The late-20s Bruce Willis of the present (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is on a mission to hunt down the time-traveling, late-50s Bruce Willis of the future! The Look Who's Talking series has indeed taken a dark, science-fiction-heavy turn in its final chapter.
If the last coupletrailers for Rian Johnson's Looper still left you confused as to why Joseph Gordon-Levitt was made-up to look like a young, svelte, healthier-scalped Bruce Willis, this international trailer should clear it up. This one really spells it all out for you. If you are still flummoxed after this, I'm sorry, but you need to move on to another movie in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt maybe wears less Bruce Willis makeup. How about this thing where he rides a bike?
Here's the newest preview for HBO's upcoming The Newsroom, the Aaron Sorkin-created series in which anodyne news anchor Jeff Daniels has a public meltdown and reinvents himself as an impassioned Aaron Sorkin character. The first trailer highlighted the aforementioned meltdown, but with this second trailer, we get a little more of the titular newsroom's behind-the-scenes banter, and thanks to the always-amazing Sam Waterston, we also get the strangest ever delivery of the phrase "news organizations." It's like he has an orgasm halfway through but keeps going, because Waterston is a fucking pro who does not let spontaneous ejaculation ruin a take. You'd hardly know he was masturbating through most of his later seasons of Law & Order.
In this first trailer for Looper, star Joseph Gordon-Levitt sets himself up as a trained, well-paid killer for major crime organizations, but to call him an assassin would probably be overstating it. As the title puts forth, he's a "looper," a member of a secretive profession that's more like being the guy at slaughterhouse who stands there with a mallet and waits for the next cow to come through the gate.
In the future described by Brick director Rian Johnson's film, organized crime has wrested control of time travel; rather than using the technology to go back in time, place some surefire sports bets, dominate with their futuristic weaponry, and utterly fuck up the past, these responsible mobsters simply use the film's conceit as a cleaner way of offing those who have wronged them. Strapped with gold, the mob's target is transported to some predetermined location in the past where Gordon-Levitt (or one of his co-workers) is waiting, with a gun. Problem solved, thanks to future science. And guns.
This life of standing around with a gun, tossing a guy into an incinerator, then having drinks with Paul Dano works out well for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. UNTIL: One day, Gordon-Levitt-- always knowing in his heart he'd devolve into a blunt, squinting, hairless man--recognizes a to-be-executed Bruce Willis as HIS FUTURE SELF. Willis, also recognizing the situation, and possibly recognizing, "Oh, shit, this is that time when I was 30 and I tried to kill older me," uses Gordon-Levitt's moment of hesitation to escape, leading to what appears to be an extended cat-and-mouse chase wherein the mouse is just the cat, balder and surprisingly burly. Here's the trailer.
The Farrelly brothers' insistence on providing belated updates on the states of mentally ill adults was not sated with The Three Stooges. They still think Dumb and Dumber's sociopathic leads have more stories to tell, more diarrhea scenes to warble through, and the sibling directors are going to bring the characters back with a sequel to shoot this fall.
In their effort to become the Costco of fast-talking, bordering-on-overwritten political humor, HBO is this season offering a bulk selection of verbose, foul-mouthed, politically-charged programs to any subscribers who wish to have expletives shouted at them. As previously seen in trailer, next month brings the network Veep, the Armando Iannucci-created White House comedy that stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matt Walsh, Tony Hale, and Anna Chlumsky. And, as seen below in its first trailer, Aaron Sorkin's similarly-trenchant The Newsroom comes in June. Featuring an impressive cast rivaling Veep's for both eclecticism and likelihood of getting pissed off, the comedic drama stars Jeff Daniels as an in-crisis news anchor working alongside Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Alison Pill, and, best of all, Sam Waterston. Yes, Jack McCoy is back, and he's more authoritatively sage-like than ever. Now he wears a bow tie:
The Farrelly brothers' February claim that the "ball is in motion" on a Dumb and Dumber sequel has today been confirmed with the hiring of Sean Anders and John Morris for scripting duties. As before, when Bob Farrelly mistakenly claimed, "If we could get those two guys back together, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels that might be a worthwhile sequel," the idea is to undo the casting mistakes of Dumb and Dumberer and once again get Carrey and Daniels making terrible noises and having diarrhea, respectively. Neither actor has actually agreed to this deal, but Carrey reportedly hinted at a possible return while doing press duties for Mr. Popper's Penguins--a film also scripted by Anders and Morris, evidently as a testing ground for writing Jim Carrey face contortions. No mention of whether or not Lauren Holly would be involved in this sequel, but she sure could be, because despite what you might think, she is still alive. You can check.
In between all those General Hospital episodes, Columbia classes, and days spent reflecting on Spider-Man 3, James Franco still somehow managed to star in a movie about Allen Ginsberg. His multi-tasking abilities equal his looks, ladies. Named after Ginsberg's epic poem, Howl chronicles the poet's young life and the obscenity trial that surrounded that famous work that your annoying lit major friend now recites when high. Here's the trailer, which also features Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Weeds' Mary-Louise Parker. If nothing else, it will remind you about all those cable shows you're supposed to be catching up on this summer.
I don't know how anyone would ever top David Cross's portrayal of Allen Ginsberg in I'm Not There--at least in terms of looking exactly like him--but James Franco will soon try his hand at playing a bad-boy heartthrob Ginsberg in Howl, and now five more have joined the cast:
David Strathairn, Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Rudd are attached to join James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in the beatnik biopic "Howl."
Telling Pictures documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will make their narrative writing, producing and directing debut with the 1950s-era tale, focusing on the obscenity trial launched to censor Ginsberg's groundbreaking book-length poem. The pair were approached by the Allen Ginsberg Trust to make a film commemorating the 50th anniversary of "Howl."
Among the real-life characters featured in the film are prosecuting attorney Ralph McIntosh (Strathairn), Judge Clayton Horn (Alda), prosecution witness Professor David Kirk (Daniels), radio personality and prosecution witness Gail Potter (Parker) and literary critic and defense witness Luther Nichols (Rudd).
I don't know whether this movie will be any good or not, but can we acknowledge that Jeff Daniels and Dave Coulier are now officially the same person? They are.
In Traitor, Guy Pearce plays a federal investigator on an international conspiracy case, and all the clues lead to the shocking conclusion that U.S. Special Operations Officer Don Cheadle is a... traitor! Though, reportedly, Pearce's method of investigation is based entirely on making subtle markings on the milk carton to measure if Cheadle was still using the U.S.'s milk in his cereal.
I understand it must be a difficult realization that your best role will always be that of a semi-retarded catchphrase machine, but that sad excuse does not give Jon Heder the right to continue making movies. Case in point, this trailer for Mama's Boy, in which he drags Diane Keaton and Jeff Daniels into the idiot mire with him.
In the film, Heder plays a stereotypical non-character that the writer clearly researched by asking his friends, "What's something funny a big nerd would do?" The result is an asexual, one-dimensional freak that wears Ren-fair armor, reads comics, plays Dance Dance Revolution, and lives with his mom at 29. Keaton and Daniels, like the rest of society, attempt to tolerate Heder's droning voice and antics.
Who would have thought, Annie Hall, that 30 years later you'd be involved in not one, but several visual gags where you're dry humped by either Dumb or Dumber?