As someone who observes the film industry from a journalistic standpoint more so than a fan these days, it's easy to get jaded and cynical about all of Hollywood, full of overpaid actors with too-fragile egos, studios churning out quantity over quality, making movies to win awards, award season, etc. Thankfully there are ways to drown out that noise with little reminders of why movies and a lot of the people who make them are awesome. Case in point, Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman's innovative and wholly entertaining project Live Read, which brings together a group of known and working actors to read live a script from a beloved or classic film in front of an audience.
The stars of "Star Trek 2" took a break from filming the highly-anticipated sequel and headed out for a bite to eat. Where did they go to unwind, you ask? Hooters. We bet the actors had a jolly good time. Zachary Quinto tweeted, "i am at a hooters in northern california watching a boxing game. i have never felt more at home. cc: @simonpegg."
If we could grab food and drinks with one cast, these guys would definitely be at the top of our list. But they don't just hang out during mealtimes (despite Simon Pegg's morning after tweet, "Eggs with Benedict"), Pegg also let followers know about his gym time with Chris Pine. "Right, me and Pine are off to the gym to lift heavy things and grunt and sweat in a veritable Kirk/Scotty slash fest of homoerotic exercise," he wrote. Looks like Benedict Cumberbatch isn't the only one looking forward to racy fanfic.
Also in May 7, 2012's Twitter-Wood: Mark Ruffalo and Greg Grunberg comment on Twitter hackers, Tom Felton remains mysterious about getting his eyes checked for work and the stars continue to talk "Game of Thrones."
As you might already know, John M. Chu directed "Step Up 2: The Streets," "Step Up 3D," "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," oh, and this little movie you might have heard is coming out this summer called "G.I. Joe: Retaliation"! The film is currently in post-production, but when we saw Chu write that he landed in a "secret location," our minds immediately asked: "Cobra lair?!" Hey, "Marvel's The Avengers" shot an extra scene after the film already premiered—it could happen!
Also in May 3, 2012's Twitter-Wood, Rainn Wilson tweets his thoughts about "The Hunger Games," Emma Roberts is obsessed with "Girls" and Simon Pegg wants everyone to live long and prosper.
Only one more week until the "Avengers" assemble in theaters! We've been ready to don a pair of Iron Man 3-D glasses since the announcement that a movie was in the works (and the announcement that Iron Man 3-D glasses were a real thing!).
But we've been able to compose our excitement as Marvel released tons of clips, posters and movie stills to tide us over until May 4. One of our favorite pre-released scenes is when Iron Man confronts Loki and reminds him exactly who he's up against. Actor Tom Hiddleston, who plays Thor's scorned brother, tweeted a picture of his script from that very scene and it features our favorite line, too! He wrote, "Here's a fun & familiar excerpt from my copy of Joss Whedon's #Avengers screenplay. #theyhaveahulk #s--- #notideal." It's easy to see why Hiddleston is turning into one of our favorite tweeters.
Also in April 27, 2012's Twitter-Wood, Josh Duhamel tweets a photo from the "Don Peyote" set, Eva Longoria wraps "Desperate Housewives" and more!
Ah, Ricky Gervais. It seems like there's not enough words to describe him, but we're also rendered speechless when we think of his antics as a two-time Golden Globe host and the star of the original "Office." Currently, Gervais is filming "Idiot Abroad" specials with producer Karl Pilkington and actor Warwick Davis, who works with Gervais on "Life's Too Short."
"Idiot Abroad" stars Pilkington who reluctantly travels anywhere Gervais and Stephen Merchant make him—as they stay in the comforts of London and monitor his journey. The second season, titled "Bucket List," premiered in January and shows Pilkington crossing off once-in-a-lifetime opportunities; it's just been nominated for a BAFTA.
Also in April 25, 2012's Twitter-Wood, Rainn Wilson gets excited about "The Raven," Eliza Dushku is on the set of "Leap Year," and more.
The two actors who play Spock, our favorite logical Vulcan in "Star Trek," not only discuss the films, but banter back and forth on Twitter, too. Zachary Quinto tweeted a picture of the New York City skyline with a comment that he "can't sleep without the sirens."
To which Leonard Nimoy replied, "We can arrange to have a siren installed in your front yard. #LLAP" At first, his choice of hashtag threw us off. LLAP? Love Loud Announcing Protocol? Is that his club for city dwellers who love the sirens when police cars and ambulances drive by? That can't be right. Then, it hit us. Live long and prosper. Duh. We can hear everyone over at Splash Page weeping for our sakes.
Here's what the rest of the celebs are saying in April 9, 2012's Twitter-Wood.
The boys could be back in town for a new installment of "The Hangover," but not before they get some ginormous paychecks for the movie. Meanwhile, Chloe Sevingy could be getting Demi Moore's recently-vacated spot in "Lovelace," Russell Brand is headed to family-friendly territory and Paul Giamatti is ready for some Shakespearean tragedy.
It's January 26, and you're tuning in to today's casting call.
There may or may not be more "Transformers" movies in Michael Bay's future, but for now, the stars who previously battled the robots in disguise are still getting along. "Transformers" actors Tyrese Gibson and Ken Jeong reunited over the weekend, and perhaps there's more than meets the eye to their mention of "JS" -- Jason Statham, perhaps? Your guess is as good as ours!
Meanwhile, "Harry Potter" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" bad boy Tom Felton conquered Table Mountain over the weekend, Rainn Wilson made a shocking confession about his bathroom behavior and Christopher Mintz-Plasse may have stumbled upon his own secret Spider-Man origin.
I'm @roundhoward, and here's your Twitter-Wood for December 12, 2012.
Stop the presses — turns out that "Celebrity Apprentice" host Donald Trump isn't running for president after all. The news was announced during the NBC up front presentation today, prompting a flurry of reactions from the celebrity-driven space of Twitter-Wood.
In unrelated news, "Bridesmaids" was a hit at the box office this weekend, crushing any doubts that Kristen Wiig's latest comedy couldn't achieve commercial success. It's a critical darling, too, with glowing reviews pouring in from all across the blogosphere.
I'm @roundhoward and this is Twitter-Wood for May 16, 2011.
"Bridesmaids" is almost here, and it looks like director Paul Feig is getting some pre-wedding jitters, if his recent tweets are any indication. Of course, he's got nothing to worry about — early buzz is very positive, with many members of the Twitter-Wood community already rallying behind the Kristen Wiig comedy.
But critical acclaim doesn't always translate to financial success, of course. Hollywood producer Jeff Katz hopped on Twitter and went over the latest tracking data for this summer's hottest movies, and some of the results may surprise you.
Plus, if you thought Sarah Michelle Gellar's anti-"Buffy" reboot stance would slow the movie's progress down, you're in for a rude awakening: screenwriter Whit Anderson says it's very much still on track.
I'm @roundhoward and this is Twitter-Wood for May 12, 2011.