WATCH: Jean-Claude Van Damme Does ‘The Most Epic Of Splits’
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WATCH: Jean-Claude Van Damme Does ‘The Most Epic Of Splits’
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WATCH: Jean-Claude Van Damme Does The Most Epic Of Splits
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:18:40 GMT
2011’s "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" was about as big and as pleasurable a surprise as you could imagine. Four movies into the franchise, which had already weathered a series of ups and downs, returned in fine form with a beautifully directed, wonderfully exciting installment directed by a filmmaker making his live action debut, Brad Bird ("Ratatouille"). Beyond the smashing creative accomplishment, it was also a genuine blockbuster; not only was it the highest grossing entry in the franchise, but also the highest grossing movie starring Tom Cruise. Ever.
So the pressure’s on for "Mission: Impossible 5" to actually deliver. Much about the sequel remains unknown, although considering producer J.J. Abrams is back on board, it’s safe to assume that at least some of the characters from the fourth film will make it back (the team dynamic was so great there). At least we now know when to look for it: Paramount has announced a Christmas Day, 2015 release date for the fifth film. Choose to accept it.
This time around the film will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who did un-credit script work on the fourth movie and is Cruise’s go-to guy, having written "Valkyrie" and written and directed last year’s unfairly overlooked "Jack Reacher." (McQuarrie, along with virtually every other screenwriter in Hollywood, also had a hand in Cruise’s "Edge of Tomorrow," which opens next summer.) Drew Pearce, who co-wrote this year’s outstanding "Iron Man 3" with Shane Black, wrote the script for "Mission: Impossible 5" alongside McQuarrie.
What’s interesting is that the film will open just a week after Disney unleashes "Star Wars: Episode VII," a film that is being directed by "Mission: Impossible 5" producer J.J. Abrams. It’s unlikely any blockbuster stands a chance against that behemoth, but you’ve got to give Paramount credit for standing their ground. (Fox and DreamWorks Animation will release "Kung Fu Panda 3" that same day, while Warner Bros. has Ben Affleck’s period crime epic "Live By Night" also opening.)
While it would be somewhat foolhardy to think that it can scale the heights of "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," it’s feasible to think that it can at least try. It is their mission, should they choose to accept it.
Who could have guessed that Chris Pratt, the lovable goofball from "Parks and Recreation," would be Hollywood’s next big-time action leading man? Of course, when Michael Keaton, who was primarily known for his comedic output, was cast as Batman, people booed and balked. And we know that that turned out pretty well. And while Pratt briefly showed his action chops in last year’s "Zero Dark Thirty," he’ll shine (quite literally, we assume) in next summer’s poppy Marvel confection "Guardians of the Galaxy," where he plays dashing rogue Starlord. And it looks like he’s being eyed for another huge franchise: apparently Universal wants him for "Jurassic World," the hugely anticipated fourth "Jurassic Park" movie, according to The Wrap.
Supposedly Pratt will take over the role recently earmarked for Josh Brolin, until the deal stalled in the negotiation phase. Jason Schwartzman is supposedly up for another role; that has yet to be confirmed by the actor or the studio (we asked him last week and he wouldn’t spill). Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins are also locked. The same Wrap report also notes that the studio is interested in Irrfan Khan ("Life of Pi") for a role.
Plot details for this newest installment have been kept under wraps (and guarded by bloodthirsty velociraptors), but it’s been rumored that the movie will follow a version of the park that is fully functional. This idea, it goes without saying, is really, really cool. Director Colin Trevorrow, who is reteaming with his "Safety Not Guaranteed" screenwriter Derek Connolly (who is also working on a movie for Pixar), will helm the 3D extravaganza.
Pratt can be seen next month in Spike Jonze‘s wonderful sci-fi romance "Her," and is the lead vocal performer in February’s "The LEGO Movie" (he also costars in "The Delivery Man" with Vince Vaughn, so there’s that). He’s going to be huge!
[via The Wrap]
We get it, Tom Hiddleston, you’re the most adorable charming man on the planet. You don’t need to keep rubbing it in our faces. Okay, maybe you do.
Hiddleston, who plays the villainous god of mischief Loki in last weekend’s blockbuster "Thor: The Dark World," is potentially the most affable human being currently living. If you need further evidence of this, watch as he does karaoke in a car for a weird German talk show (it’s "Stand By Me," in case you were wondering). It’s the closest we’ve ever seen to Hiddleston seeming slightly "uncomfortable," but when push comes to shove and some strange German goads you into singing, you better believe the trickster god sings!
Hiddleston was pressured into another silly challenge while on the "Thor" red carpet. Maria Menounos, the incredibly attractive Extra reporter with the most annoying laugh ever, asked Hiddleston to join in a dance-off against his "Thor: The Dark World" costar Zachary Levi. He just went for it. And it was kind of amazing. Levi claims that he won the dance off. He did not.
Both of these videos illustrate that being the most likable, easy-going guy in the world has its downside: if someone asks you to do something insane and potentially stupid, you’ll probably do it.
We will keep you abreast of the next goofy, endearing thing Hiddleston does, as Hiddlewatch ’13 continues.
Usually the most shocking thing about Bravo’s "Watch What Happens Live" is how much alcohol the guests consume in one 30-minute chunk of time. But last night, guest
Terrence Howard, who was visiting Andy Cohen’s chat-fest alongside his "Best Man Holiday" costar Nia Long, dropped some gossipy knowledge after a caller asked why the star didn’t return for "Iron Man 2" (instead, his part was played by Don Cheadle, who reprised it once again for this summer’s $1 billion-grossing "Iron Man 3").
"Would you like to really know?" Howard began.
"Yes!" Cohen exclaimed.
"This is going to get me in a lot of trouble…" Howard said, before trailing off for a second or two. He continued: "It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out."
Cohen helpfully told Howard what we had all heard: "The word was that you wanted the same money as Downey."
Not true, according to Howard. "No, we did a three-picture deal. That means you did the deal ahead of time — there was going to be a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second, a certain amount for the third," Howard explained. "They came to me with the second and said ‘look, we will pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you, because we think the second one will be successful with or without you.’ And I called my friend, that I helped get the first job, and he didn’t call me back for three months."
Cold, Downey! Cohen asked: "How are things now with your friend?" To which Howard responded: "Oh, I love him. God’s going to bless him." And then he gave Cohen what can only be described as a murderer’s stare.
Of course, Cohen is a gifted programmer and talk show host and summed up the whole thing eloquently at the end of the conversation: "Two words for that — messy boots!"
Honestly, I have no idea what that means. But I’m going to be saying it a lot for the rest of the day. Hope you will too!
"The Heat" was one of the hottest comedies of the year, so it’s no surprise that director Paul Feig is looking to turn the dial up on a follow-up.
In "The Heat," the two played members of the trashy extended family of Melissa McCarthy‘s cop character. Beth (Denbo) and Gina (Chaffin) speak with a heavy Boston accent, so when they grilled Sandra Bullock, they asked her if she was a "naahhhc" (narc). Though the roles were very small, Denbo and Chaffin proved to be hilarious scene stealers.
"Jamie and Jessica are two of the funniest people on this planet," Feig told Deadline.
"They took small roles in ‘The Heat’ and turned them into characters worthy of their own movie. I can’t wait to unleash Beth and Gina on the world. Run for your lives."
As for a sequel to "The Heat," don’t hold your breath. Bullock has already said she won’t do it.
Andy Cohen, the man responsible for unleashing countless Real Housewives onto the masses (and by proxy the entire subgenre of “lets put grown women together and watch them bicker like 13 year old girls” reality television), is stepping stepping down from his post as head of development over at Bravo.
However, it doesn’t mean that he’s leaving altogether…BLOOP!
Cohen is only stepping down as a Bravo executive to step into a new role that is more focused on his hit nighttime talk show Watch What Happens Live, as well as working to pitch and develop ideas for Bravo from his very own production company.
The new deal with Bravo includes a two year pickup of Watch What Happens Live, a retained role as an executive producer on the Real Housewives franchise, and allows him to continue to wrangle the Housewives together on their reunion shows as only he can. As if anyone else can deal with the likes of Teresa Guidice, NeNe Leakes, and Kenya Moore.
Cohen is taking the move in stride, and seems to be excited about the future, telling the New York Daily News, “It was challenging hosting the show five nights a week and coming into work and running development, so this gives me more time to focus on Watch What Happens Live and gives me more time to launch a production company and figure out what else I’m going to be producing.”
Hopefully Cohen can use the time to figure out the next big idea in reality television and for Bravo, as the Housewives ratings (with the exception of the Jersey and Atlanta franchises) aren’t what they used to be and the aforementioned “braying rich older women” subgenre is getting more tired by the day.
Our suggestion? Getting that long rumored Gay Housewives show off the ground with some, ahem, real A-listers.