16 Times Leslie Mann Was the Best Part of Every Movie She's In
Leslie Mann is a freaking delight. If you don't believe me, just watch any movie she's in and be amazed when you forget that any other people are even in it. Whether she's starring in "This Is 40," being a supporting character in "Knocked Up," or just popping up for five minutes in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," she steals every scene.
These are the 16 times we couldn't get enough of Leslie Mann.
Harrison Ford Calls Himself a 'Schmuck' for Plane Landing Snafu
Han Solo would've been appalled by Harrison Ford's botched landing, and the actor is not letting himself off the hook.
On February 13, Ford accidentally landed his single-engine plane on a taxiway, instead of a runway, at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. He flew directly over an American Airlines Boeing 737, ready to take off with 116 people on board. That's bad.
In newly released FAA audio, obtained by Entertainment Tonight, the "Star Wars" icon can be heard humbly admitting his mistake to an air traffic controller.
"[I'm] the schmuck that landed on the taxiway. I was distracted by the airliner which was in movement when I turned to the runway and also the big turbulence from the landing."
The pilot of the American Airlines 737 can also be heard talking about Ford's accidental proximity:
"The tail of my airplane is 42 ft. tall. So when he went by ... you get an idea of how close it was."
At the time of the faulty landing, Ford asked the air traffic control tower, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" When he realized his mistake, he acknowledged, "Oh. I landed on Taxiway Charlie. I understand now. Sorry for that."
The incident left everyone confused, and led to an investigation by the FAA, but at least no one was hurt. And it's not like Indiana Jones didn't warn us...
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Watch Jake Gyllenhaal FaceTime Ryan Reynolds During 'Late Night' to Prove They're Friends
Seth Meyers is the only loser in this story, since he missed the whole thing play out. "Life" star Jake Gyllenhaal has been working the promotion circuit hard this week, and he was just on "Late Night" talking more about his bromance with co-star Ryan Reynolds.
Seth Meyers called the two yin and yang, surprised that they got along so well in real life. Gyllenhaal said he knew Reynolds in passing beforehand, but didn't really get to know him until they started shooting. "He's just a great dude." Meyers asked if they're really friends. Gyllenhaal quipped, "No. I mean I don't know him, I've never really spoken to him." Meyers asked if he could get Reynolds on the phone. Gyllenhaal said yes, and whipped out his phone in an attempt to FaceTime him.
It did not work.
The phone just rang and rang with no answer. You can just picture Reynolds on the other end, offering a deep sigh and an eyeroll to the heavens. Not this guy again.
Meyers said Gyllenhaal didn't really know Ryan Reynolds. Gyllenhaal swore he did, and said he'd try again while Meyers did something else. So they tried again.
It did not work. Again.
The phone rang and rang. However, when they went to a commercial break, and Meyers went backstage to deal with a microphone issue, Ryan Reynolds actually called back. So Gyllenhaal stole Meyers's desk and chatted with Reynolds while the actor was out pushing his kids in a stroller.
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Peter Parker Chills Out in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Posters
At the end of the day, Peter Parker is just a teenage kid who wants to kick back, put on his headphones, and make the world disappear. Even if he is also Spider-Man.
Sony and Marvel released two new posters for "Spider-Man: Homecoming." The first shows Peter (Tom Holland) relaxing across the river from the New York City skyline, with the Avengers tower prominent in the background. He's wearing his school jacket and headphones and seems very chill:The second poster is more typically Spider-Man, as he clings to the "A" on the side of the Avengers Tower logo:
Here's the official synopsis of the movie:
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
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Judy Greer Says Hello to 'Wilson,' Refuses to Say Goodbye to 'Archer'
Film and television actress, motion capture performer, voice actress -- it certainly seems like Judy Greer's doing it all. But she'll have you know: she wants more.
After a long windup primarily as that actress stealing scenes on some of your favorite big- and small-screen comedies, including "13 Going on 30," "Arrested Development," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and "Californication," Greer's career blew up even bigger with her dramatic turn in "The Descendants," followed by a string of blockbuster turns in films including "Jurassic World," "Tomorrowland," "Ant-Man," and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (she reprises her mo-cap role as chimp Cornelia in this summer's "War for the Planet of the Apes").
And, of course, for the past seven seasons she's been the voice of kink-minded heiress/receptionist Cheryl Tunt on FX's animated spy comedy "Archer," which recently revealed it would end after three more eight-episode seasons.
Adding to her always-packed schedule was "Wilson," a film adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel by award-winning writer and illustrator Daniel Clowes ("Ghost World," "Art School Confidential"), who also penned the screenplay, in which she plays a sweet-natured pet-sitter who becomes drawn into the world of a misanthropic, socially maladjusted man who becomes obsessed with his own legacy after the death of his father and the discovery of his long unknown daughter.
Greer joined Moviefone for a chat about her continually wide-ranging career -- and to concede that she's still not yet ready to face the news of "Archer's" impending finale.
Moviefone: I was a fan of the graphic novel, and was really pleased to see how you all captured so much of it with the film, but also broadened it out -- and you're a big part of that: you brought that character to life in a way that she wasn't on the page. Tell me a little bit about looking at that source material, then seeing the script, and kind of figuring out how you were going to bring her alive.
Judy Greer: I like to build my characters kind of from the outside in. I like to know what I'm wearing, and what I look like, and where I am. I would have to say that, besides the work I did on the script that I do, I'm really influenced by like, in this movie specifically, being in Minneapolis, and by how she dressed, and what her house looked like, and the people she was around.
I found, like, a softness. I feel like Shelly's a really grounding force in Wilson's life, but I think Shelly herself is a very airy person. She's very easygoing, and I think she's very good for Wilson, because she just sort of allows Wilson to be Wilson. She doesn't really ... not take any sh*t from him, but she doesn't allow him to drive her crazy, which is why I think he does really well with her, and I think he kind of grows up a little bit with her too.
I think Wilson and Pippi are like just the best couple ever. I think they are true lovers, but I don't know that I think they should be together, which is what I find heartbreaking and beautiful about the movie, and that they'll just have to kind of love each other forever, but separately.
I like how, in the graphic novel, it's sort of like when Shelley gets involved with Wilson we're feeling, "Oh please, no, no, no ..." But in this, she brings a sort of redemptive quality to who he could be going forward. I thought that must have been fun to figure out how to play with Woody, given Wilson's toxic qualities.
Yeah. It was fun, because in some ways, I feel like Woody and Shelly are very similar, and Wilson and Woody are very, very different. I don't know. I would be curious to hear what Woody would say about that. Wilson has a freedom with her that I think he doesn't really have with anyone else.
What's funny is, everything sort of happens exactly how it should, I think, in filmmaking. Laura Dern's last day of work was the day before my first day of work. Woody said he was so sad to see Laura go. He loved working with her so much, and it was just like hard for him that she was finishing. Then he said then I showed up, and then we started having a lot of fun together.
And it was a really sweet thing to say, because I think that kind of happens in the movie, too. He can't stand to see Pippi go, but then there's like, here's this other nice person that can maybe be helpful to me. So it was very serendipitous of a shooting schedule.
There was a period where we'd see you in so many different kinds of movies, and then "The Descendants" felt like a really big moment that kind of helped you, maybe, have even more choices. How are you feeling about your ability to choose what you want to do, the roles that come your way, and just your overall career path and vision right now?
I always want more. I think, in general, I have high expectations. "The Descendants" kind of was a game-changer for me in the way that mostly the people who give me jobs see me. I think I was seen as a comedic actress, and then even though I had done dramatic roles in the past, that one was just different. It was on a whole other level -- the film, not my performance -- but just like the scope of the movie, and Alexander Payne, and George [Clooney], and Shay [Woodley]. So it was just different, and it really afforded me a lot of opportunities.
It was life-changing. It was really great. It was, for me, my dream to work with Alexander Payne. I didn't even know what I needed to do after that. I was like, "Well that's it. I've done what I wanted to do. So everything else now is total gravy." But I've been really happy with the roles and the auditions that have come my way. I feel like I do have some opportunity to pick and choose a little bit.
I always see things, I watch things, and I'm like, "Oh, I'd love to do something like that," or "I'd love to do something like this." So I don't know; I'm never totally ready to say, "Yeah, this is it, this is what I wanted," because I think that would be weird, too, if you're an artist, to like limit yourself in that way. I'm intrigued with what's next. I'm curious about what else is out there and how can I stretch myself? How can I find people to inspire me, and how do I make it so I can work with them?
Now that there's so much television, there's so many more opportunities all the time, but in a way that there wasn't before, when you just had your networks and your cable shows. So I don't know. I feel very hopeful about the future, but no, I'm not ready to say like, 'This is great, and I'm happy." Who would ever say that? I wish I could say that, by the way! I'm always lamenting to my husband, where I'm like, "I wish I didn't want more. Why can't I just be satisfied? Why?"
You do have a couple of choice franchise films to your credit, and presumably, we'll see you in another "Ant-Man" movie, and definitely in another "Apes" movie. Tell me what got you excited about playing in both of those worlds, the Marvel world, and the "Planet of the Apes" world, and keeping in them hopefully going forward.
I wanted to see what it was like on the other side, and do like a big giant franchise movie. I remember having a conversation with my agent about it. Like, "I kind of want to try and be in like big movies. Can we try that?" Then it was, like, insane, and then I got "Jurassic World," and "Ant-Man," and "Planet of the Apes, and I was like, "Whoa, OK, cool."
I wanted to be in a Marvel movie because it's a whole thing. To be honest, I really wanted to work with Peyton Reed and Paul Rudd and Bobby Cannavale. I just really wanted to work with them. "The Break-Up" is one of my favorite movies. Paul Rudd is a genius. Bobby is a genius. It could have been "Ant-Man," or it could have been anything else, I would have wanted to be in that movie. The best is that it's a big old Marvel movie, and I was really happy to see Paul Rudd playing a superhero, because he is a superhero.
Then with "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," that is like a movie that my husband was obsessed with me being in. I was too. I've been a huge fan of the franchise. He's just the most giant fan of the franchise, and it was just something that I thought, doing motion capture work would be a whole different acting experience. I'm always trying to stretch myself and better myself. It was totally different, and having scenes with Andy Serkis. Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson, two of the greatest actors out there -- I got to work with both of them!
It was just a huge couple years for me. Yeah, those were kind of the reasons I wanted to do them. I don't want to, like, naysay the big franchise movies, but I find myself more attracted to the people I'm working with, than the scope of the project, if you will.
Through it all, you've been right there with your team over at "Archer." And now we know that there is probably an endpoint ahead. Obviously, you all love working on the show. Tell me your feelings when you learned, OK, there is going to be a definitive full stop at some point soon.
We're in denial. I don't think there will be. We're still trying to find ways to figure out how to make Adam [Reed] write more. I don't know -- it's too upsetting to really think about, so we don't. I don't. I don't like it.
All good things must come to an end, and Adam writes every episode. He must be exhausted from it. It's just such a good thing on so many levels, and it's made me so happy. I think it's such a great show, and it's so smart -- so consistently smart and funny that I shudder thinking that it's going to be over.
Maybe we can get some "Archer" movies out of Adam.
I swear, I hope so. I really hope so.
Lastly, tell me about your plans to expand right now beyond acting.
I directed a movie that is almost finished. It's an independent movie, so we don't have distribution yet. That's next. It was an incredible experience, and I kind of got bit by the directing bug, and now it's like all I want to do all the time.
It's called "A Happening of Monumental Proportions." It follows several people through their day and their life in Los Angeles. It's a comedy. It's a comedy about loss, and trying to make it through your day. The sort of general plot is that a man gets fired on the day that he has to speak at his daughter's career day at school, and like how does he stand in front of her class and deal with that?
I know it's a beautiful script. I hope I made it a beautiful movie, but it's really funny, and I have an amazing cast. I just was inspired by sort of the smallness of the story, and I really like movies about people just trying to make it through their day, and people who are just real people.
Adam Sandler Signs Deal to Make Four More Netflix Movies
Recommended for you by Netflix: More Adam Sandler movies.
The actor has signed a deal to make four more original movies for the streaming service. Deadline reports that Netflix hails Sandler's two completed movies, "The Ridiculous 6" and "The Do-Over," as its two biggest film releases. Apparently, his flicks have "proven very popular and helpful in gaining subscribers and keeping them in place."
The third movie in his original deal, "Sandy Wexler," debuts April 14, and Sandler is prepping production on the fourth. Now, Netflix subscribers can look forward to Sandler films for some time yet.
Netflix has been doubling down on comedy, signing stand-up special deals with Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, and more top talent.
"Adam Sandler is one of the leading comedians in the film world, and his movies have proven to be extremely successful with our subscribers around the world," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. "We are thrilled at the opportunity to extend our partnership with Adam and his entire team at Happy Madison and keep the world laughing."Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.
See the Wonder Woman 'Justice League' Poster and Teaser Trailer
A Wonder Woman character trailer for "Justice League" debuts tomorrow, but a short teaser was posted today to the movie's Twitter account.
In the teaser, we see Gal Gadot as Diana Prince with a Grecian statue, striding purposefully in high-heeled boots, and in full costume as Wonder Woman raising her shield for battle.
Gadot also tweeted out the official Wonder Woman poster with the phrase "Wiser United."
Yesterday, director Zack Snyder shared the movie's official poster and character posters for Batman (Ben Affleck) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa). We also got a tease for The Flash (Ezra Miller), with a longer trailer also dropping tomorrow.
And here's the Flash character poster:
6 Things We Learned About Kurt Russell's Mysterious 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Character
Last year, Moviefone and a group of reporters head to Atlanta to visit the set of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" in an attempt to get as much information as we possibly could about the upcoming Marvel sequel -- especially details on who Kurt Russell was playing.
We've all had our suspicions since the casting was announced, and while Marvel couldn't tell us everything, they told us enough to get us excited about buying our tickets now. Here's what we learned:
1. His name isn't J'son, and James Gunn never lied to you.
"There is no J'son in the MCU," writer-director Gunn told us. "That's just [the name] we're using for now, but he isn't named J'son in the movie."
2. Russell is playing Ego the Living Planet, Star-Lord's father.
And when Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) meets his dad, it is going to have a huge impact on our hero.
"We can all understand how you'd want to meet your dad, if you didn't know who your dad was," Russell said. "You've heard these things about your father, and you've been told certain things by your mother, and now you're trying to put the picture together. When it comes to parents that are missing, we have a tendency to put them on a pedestal, and Peter is living in that world."
Russell went on to say about Ego and Peter's first face-to-face: "To finally have that opportunity to meet that person, and then begin to compare who they had in mind to what they're really getting, is a lot of what we're doing [in this movie]."3. Peter isn't the only one searching for a father-son reunion.
"I'm looking for Peter," Russell answered when asked where his character is when we first meet him. So expect Peter's dad to be on a quest of his own by the time we meet him in the movie. Whether or not he first meets his son in human or planet form remains to be seen.
4. You're (probably) going to love this guy.
"He's no letdown," Russell said. "He has a great adventurous spirit that he shares with his son." Duh.
5. He's ready to kick all the a**.
"He's a fighter," Russell told us. "He's probably used about every weapon you can conceive."
6. We pretty much already know what Ego's personality is like.
"He's a lot like Kurt Russell," Gunn revealed. "He's a very interesting guy, and I think he's a very thoughtful guy and a very gregarious guy. We get to see Kurt Russell in his full glory expressing himself."
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" hits theaters May 5th. Advance tickets available today.
Chris Evans Says 'It's Up to Marvel' Whether He Stays on as Captain America
Chris Evans is contracted to play Captain America through "Avengers 4," and then, the actor says, it's up to Marvel whether he continues or not.
Last week, a bruised and tired Evans told Esquire he was ready to quit since his contract was up. According to the article, "He's hurting all over because he just started his workout routine the day before to get in shape for the next two Captain America films. The movies will be shot back to back beginning in April."
But while out promoting his new film "Gifted" this week, he told Collider it's hard to think of giving up playing the iconic red-white-and-blue character: "It's really not up to me. My contract is up. I'm not going to sit here and say, 'No more.' I love the character. The only reason it would end is 'cause my contract is up."
He added, "Talk to Marvel. If we engage further, I'd be open to it. I love the character. It's almost like high school. You certainly always look to senior year, and then, all of a sudden, senior year happens and you're like, 'I don't know if I'm ready to go.' It's tough thinking about not playing the guy."
If Evans doesn't come back as Cap, there are ready-made options to replace him. In the comics, both Winter Solider Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Falcon Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) pick up Cap's shield at some point.
Since each "Captain America" movie has made more money than the last -- "Captain America: Civil War" earned $408 million just in the U.S. -- it seems unlikely Marvel wouldn't jump at the chance to continue such a profitable relationship.
Fans have probably already started petitions to keep Evans on as true blue Steve Rogers.
The Latest 'Alien: Covenant' Poster Shows the Hellish Path to Paradise
The creepy creatures are out again.
20th Century Fox revealed the latest "Alien: Covenant" poster on Thursday, and not surprisingly, it's more than a little disturbing. The image comes right out of our worst nightmares. It shows what is basically a pit of despair, full of terrifying and strange lifeforms, wrapped around helpless bodies.
The Alien Anthology Twitter account's accompanying caption echoed a line from the trailer and said all that needed to be said: "The path to paradise begins in hell."
The storyline promises to be equally terror-inducing. It centers on the members of a colony ship who arrive on what they think is an uncharted paradise. Instead, they find more of a hell, complete with a hostile alien lifeform. The Ridley Scott-directed film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, and Billy Crudup, among others.
"Alien: Covenant" hits theaters on May 19.
[via: Alien: Covenant/Twitter]
Amy Schumer Is No Longer Starring in the 'Barbie' Movie
The "Barbie" movie just suffered a big loss.
Amy Schumer has bowed out of the comedy, citing scheduling conflicts, Variety reports. The goal had been for production to start in late June, but the comedian couldn't fit it in with everything else on her plate. She's set to shoot the dramedy "She Came to Me" with Steve Carell and Nicole Kidman, and she also has to promote her upcoming Fox comedy "Snatched" ahead of its May theatrical release.
It sounds like Schumer was disappointed to leave the project, but the studio couldn't push back its June 29, 2018 release date, according to Variety sources.
"The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners," she said in a statement. "I'm bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen."Whoever fills Schumer's shoes will play a character banished from Barbieland for not being perfect enough. In the real world, she'll have new adventures and probably -- we're just guessing here, but come on -- discover that everyone is perfect in their own way. Even without the comedian, it's bound to be cute.
'Star Wars': Bob Iger Talks Episode VIII, Carrie Fisher's Death, Han Solo Movie, and More
The Star Wars universe is busier than ever, and it looks like it will stay that way.
Disney CEO Bob Iger gave fans some insight into the franchise's future during a talk in Santa Monica Thursday, as THR reports. Naturally, there was a lot he had to cover -- from the sad subject of Carrie Fisher's death to the much more pleasant topic of the film universe's future.
"We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016," he said. "Carrie appears throughout 'VIII.' We are not changing 'VIII' to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in 'VIII.'"
He acknowledged that some digital character was used in "Rogue One," but he made it clear that Fisher won't be brought back that way.
"We are not doing that with Carrie," he said.
Take a moment if you need to.
Unfortunately, Iger didn't satisfy our curiosity regarding how they'll deal with her loss. Yet while he apparently isn't ready to publicize that yet, he did share that Disney is going beyond the three films the studio originally planned on making when it bought Lucasfilm.
"We're starting talk about what could happen after 'Episode IX.' About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories," he said.
Oh, yes, you read that right -- another decade-and-a-half. Between all of these new sequels and spinoff projects, it's hard to say who is more excited about the franchise at this point: the studio or Star Wars' die-hard fans.
Iger also discussed one specific spinoff. Bringing the topic around to the young Han Solo movie, he revealed a rare piece of information about the story. It turns out the film will follow the beloved smuggler from ages 18 to 24 as he (played by Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) travel around on the Millennium Falcon.
What a time to be a Star Wars fan.
'Life' Writers Talk Technological Advances, That 'Venom' Rumor, and 'Deadpool 2'
This week's terrifying sci-fi odyssey "Life," which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson as crewmembers aboard a doomed international space station that comes in contact with a very nasty Martian (they nickname the squid-like beast "Calvin"), began, like the monster, as a simple, single-celled idea in the minds of writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The screenwriters, who have penned wise-ass classics like "Zombieland" and "Deadpool," take a surprisingly straightforward approach with "Life." This is a singularly scary movie. Prepare to clutch your significant other's hand until you hear bones break.
I got a chance to chat with them ahead of the film's world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, and we talked about the inspiration for the movie, what it was like seeing their visions come to life (not only Calvin but the entire space station), the possibility of a sequel, and what's going on with "Deadpool 2."
Moviefone: What's interesting about this movie, especially coming from you guys, is how straightforward it is. Had you always wanted to do a straightforward sci-fi horror movie?
Rhett Reese: Absolutely. It really is. I grew up with a very active imagination, and movies like "Alien" and "The Shining" absolutely terrified me. When I was younger, I wouldn't even get to see them, but I'd see the commercials and they would absolutely terrify me. Deep down inside I always wanted to write something that was really scary. And this was the attempt to do that. We had fun. It was certainly not going for the same things we normally go for, so we got to flex a different writing muscle.
Technology seems to have freed you up, too. Because if you had been writing this 30 years ago there would have been no way to visualize something like this creature.
Paul Wernick: Absolutely. And not just the creature but the technology of the weightlessness and how that all visualized itself on screen and visual effects and wirework it's just ... We've been afforded so many gifts on this movie, with the ability to do stuff we couldn't have done even five years ago at the price point that we wanted to do it. And as for Calvin, he's a creature that we did extensive research on going into this. He's one of the seven main characters and the primary villain in the piece. We visualized him in a way that we tapped into research we did on the deep-sea world with these translucent sea creatures and the octopus was a great inspiration of ours. And then Daniel and the visual effects guys and the creature design guys brought it to life in a way that far exceeded even our expectations.
Was there ever a point where you guys said, "Screw it, let's give him a face"?
Reese: There was, at some point, because you're so used to seeing faces. But everybody felt that to anthropomorphize it too much would be a mistake. Because it really is based on the idea that it's all these interconnected cells that perform the bodily functions of all the differentiated tasks of a human body. So a cell that could be an eye cell and a muscle cell and a nerve cell all at once. It doesn't look as much like the average creature on Earth, let's say.
What was it like seeing the set for the first time?
Wernick: It was amazing. There's such detail, and I don't know if you know this, but it was shot on two soundstages at Shepperton in London, and they built basically the entire space station. The level of detail on everything, there was Russian on buttons that you'd never actually see on screen. The level and attention to detail was incredible and really awesome. It shows on screen. We could have shot this on the space station. It's pretty astonishing. And they had to build it in such a way that it had to be open air so the wires could move above it. It was a technological and artistic thing of beauty.
Reese: I'm not sure what he's talking about.
Wernick: He might have put in some definite Easter eggs. There were some on "Deadpool" we didn't know about either. Everyone likes to throw stuff in there. I'm sure there's a bunch of stuff in this one. You know, "Alien" was definitely a huge inspiration of ours. It's a great movie, and almost 40 years ago it came out. For us it was making the thing as current and relevant and up to date as we could.
It also has such an international feel, which is really great in today's climate, with all of these countries working together. Was that something that you guys were cognizant of?
Reese: Yes, and that's the way the space station is, with astronauts from different countries aboard it. We didn't want to get into the divisiveness between nations or the divisiveness between characters in the sense that one character wants to bring the sample back to Earth to turn it into a weapon or something like that. We wanted a diverse but united crew that did their jobs well and had each other's back. That was part of the realism factor, with these astronauts putting aside their country's differences to come together on that space station to do work together.
Have you guys thought about a sequel to "Life"? The ending is terrific and definitely leaves the possibility for another film open.
Reese: Well, the sequel is going to be "Venom." [Laughs] We would love a sequel but it depends on whether or not people buy tickets.
Wernick: We always felt that an unconventional ending to a big tentpole movie would be cool, to us at least. We're always left-of-center and it felt left-of-center to us. But studios do love franchises so that set up the potential should the movie succeed, we'd love to make another one on Earth. It brings a smile to our face.Let's talk about "Deadpool 2." The first film was such a surprise for so many people. How do you do that again?
Reese: I think we'll find some more rules to break hopefully. I think sequels should have the familiar and the new in them. They shouldn't feel too similar to the previous movie otherwise people will get bored but I think they should also carryover in terms of tone and character so that people will still see what they know and love in the new movie. So we have similar elements, the tone will be the same, but the story is very different -- it'll have more characters, different characters, Deadpool is going to go on a new emotional journey so we want to keep it emotional. So it's all about striking that balance.
How did you guys feel about the movie hitting the way that it did?
Reese: It was probably the most gratifying moment of our careers. Because we've certainly reached big audiences but never a massive international audience like that, and the passion people had with it was so intense. We meet people all the time and the second you mention "Deadpool" they just light up. That, for us, is why we do it. There's that line in "Zombieland," when Woody Harrelson is gushing at Bill Murray and Bill says, "Well that's why we do it." That's what we say about "Deadpool." It's really fun.
Was it also fun introducing that character to the world?
Wernick: Well, there was always the fear that "Deadpool" was a one-quadrant movie. I think that's why it took six years to get made. And the fact that it extended all over age ranges, including kids as young as 10, which I cringe at, all the way to grandparents, to hit all four quadrants in a movie that could have, if it had gone wrong, was astonishing to us and really gratifying. Because it was a passion of ours, it remains a passion of ours. And to see that passion come across on screen and relay that to audiences is amazing and awesome for us.
Can you talk about working with new director David Leitch and what he brings?
Wernick: He's the best. His mind works in ways that others don't in terms of visualizing the action. We were just in the production offices and saw the pre-viz on one of the action scenes that we'd written and it elevated it in such a way that's jaw-dropping. So we're playing to his strengths and we feel like audiences are going to be blown away.
Reese: He also really gets the tone and the character. There was no learning curve. He came in and just got it.
So is it going to have more action?
Reese: I think it'll be a little bigger, just by virtue of it being a sequel and wanting to top ourselves. But we're not going to be lifting cities into the air or having alien invasions.
Wernick: We're saving that for the third one.
Reese: The first film was an underdog movie, and we don't want to feel like "The Avengers" -- that big and bloated and huge. It will always have a scrappy, underdog feel to it.
"Life" comes to our galaxy tomorrow.
'Justice League' Starts 'Countdown' With Official Posters & Teasers
Snyder directed "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which brought back Henry Cavill's "Man of Steel" Superman, and introduced Ben Affleck's Batman and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. "Justice League" will add Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and The Flash (Era Miller).
Snyder decided today was the day to give fans the official poster, so here it is:
Snyder has some very loyal fans, and they reacted to the poster in their usual fashion:
"Justice League" also released a few teasers to promote the full trailer coming this Saturday:
Individual character posters followed, starting with Aquaman:
And here's Batman:
Before we get to "Justice League," DC and Warner Bros. will give fans Diana Prince's "Wonder Woman" origin story, which opens June 2.
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Rotten Tomatoes Responds to Brett Ratner's Slam That It's 'the Worst Thing' for Movies
Does a rotten or fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes affect whether you see a movie or not? The $873 million worldwide gross for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" would suggest fans don't really care -- they'll see what THEY want to see, critics be damned. But producer/director Brett Ratner, who helped finance "BvS," lashed out at the Tomatometer aggregate score as "the destruction of our business."
Here's part of Ratner's speech at the Sun Valley Film Festival (via Entertainment Weekly):
"The worst thing that we have in today's movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. I think it's the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline's Kael's reviews, or some others, and that doesn't exist anymore. Now it's about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it's about, 'What's your Rotten Tomatoes score?' And that's sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on 'Batman v Superman' I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful."
But isn't that contradictory? How could it put a cloud over the movie if it was incredibly successful, despite having just a 27 percent rating on RT? It suggests fans saw the movie anyway.
Ratner, who is not exactly objective on the subject of BvS since his company had a financial investment in it, continued:
"People don't realize what goes into making a movie like that. It's mind-blowing. It's just insane, it's hurting the business, it's getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it's, 'Oh, it's a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I'm not going to go see it because it must suck.' But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it's not always correct. I've seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What's sad is film criticism has disappeared. It's really sad."
What's sad is anyone speaking for Middle America, especially when plenty of people did see "BvS" and other movies/shows that have gotten low scores -- including "Iron Fist," which many viewers defended from critical attacks. Sometimes low ratings just leave fans with low expectations, leaving them pleasantly surprised. And there are plenty of movies out there with high Rotten Tomatoes scores that fans didn't bother to see. Don't act like viewers are just sheep who buy tickets to whatever the critics tell them to see.
EW asked Rotten Tomatoes for a response to the "Rush Hour" director's comments, and Jeff Voris gave them a statement:
"At Rotten Tomatoes, we completely agree that film criticism is valuable and important, and we're making it easier than it has ever been for fans to access potentially hundreds of professional reviews for a given film or TV show in one place. The Tomatometer score, which is the percentage of positive reviews published by professional critics, has become a useful decision-making tool for fans, but we believe it's just a starting point for them to begin discussing, debating and sharing their own opinions."
It's not like there's just one guy out there raising or lowering his thumb, it's a collection of reviews. And fans do know that. If "BvS" had been better liked (and a better movie in general) you probably wouldn't hear Ratner complaining at all.
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Ryan Gosling Has a Semi-Serious Reason for Laughing Through Oscars Fiasco
Obviously, Ryan Gosling won the 2017 Oscar for Best Reaction to That Hot Mess. While everyone else lost their poop through the "La La Land"/"Moonlight" Best Picture snafu, Gosling just stood on stage with the "La La Land" crowd and giggled:
He looked so amused, like he forgot he was part of the losing movie's team, and instead thought he was watching from home in his PJs like the rest of us.
Gosling explained his thought process this week during a talk with Adobe CMO Ann Lewnes at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas. As he put it, his laughter was more in relief than amusement.
"What really was happening as I was watching, it was surreal anyway, I was watching people start to have this panicked reaction in the crowd and guys were coming on with headsets and I felt like someone had been hurt. I thought there was some kind of medical situation, and I had this worst-case scenario playing out in my head. And then I just heard 'Moonlight' won and I was so relieved that I started laughing."
Yes, it is very Hollywood to get so melodramatic over an award that a reasonable person might think there was an actual crisis, like a heart attack.
The Gos was not even slightly upset about "La La Land" losing Best Picture:
"Truthfully, I was also so thrilled that Moonlight won. I know the director [Barry Jenkins] ... I've worked with them before. It's such a groundbreaking film, made for a million dollars, and incredible achievement and I'm so happy for them that they were being recognized."
And he was used to losing at that point, since he lost Best Actor to Casey Affleck. But it's not like "La La Land" went home empty-handed. Damien Chazelle won Best Director, Emma Stone won Best Actress, and the film won awards for cinematography, music score, and production design. Plus, Gosling won himself a few more memes, making him some kind of unofficial lifetime champion.
Read People's full post for his reaction to his cereal meme, among other things.
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Chris Pratt Hypes 'Guardians 2' as the Greatest Movie Ever: 'Everyone Will Get Pregnant'
Chris Pratt really, really loves "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," and he thinks you'll love it so much it'll leave you knocked up with your own Baby Groot. Yes, you too, fellas! Start planning for child support now.
Pratt proved he's a Don Draper-level marketer with a hilariously hyperbolic letter to fans on Facebook, shared with the new international poster. That the over-the-top plug is signed "Humbly, Starlord" just adds to the majesty:
On May 5th the greatest movie in the history of movies is coming. There has never been and will never again be a movie like this. Seriously. Ever heard of Citizen Kane? We're much better. Seriously. Our movie just tested at over one million points. Rotten tomatoes already has it at 234% fresh. #GotGVol2 will win every movie award AND about 39 Olympic gold medals in swimming, gymnastics, the skiiing event with the gun, x games, snowmobiling and everything. It will win the World Cup and about 7 super bowl rings, sorry TOM Brady. This movie will fry your brains and lift your spirits. James Gunn will be elected president of the world. They will add the faces of the guardians to Mount Rushmore for sure. We're gonna get a planet. May 5th will become a national holiday. Everyone will get pregnant. Candy will fall from the sky. Global warming will stop. Dinosaurs will come back to life. Which unlike some movies might tell you, is actually a really good thing. Because they won't flip out and kill people instead they'll be your awesome pets. So basically get your tickets as soon as you can. Don't be the only person on the planet who doesn't see this movie.
Sorry, Tom Brady! Pratt and Ryan Reynolds should win special awards for how they promote films. Whether those films are good are not ("Passengers"?) is up for debate, but they certainly make the journey enjoyable.
By the way, director James Gunn is up for his appointed task:
A few months ago, Pratt said "Guardians 2" would be the "biggest spectacle movie of all time," so it's clear his thoughts have only gotten larger since then. He mentioned it, but the "Guardians" sequel arrives in theaters May 5, aka our new national holiday.
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Exclusive: How the Death Troopers Were Brought to Life for 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'
Tomorrow "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" debuts on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, ahead of its release on Blu-ray on April 4, and we've got your exclusive sneak peek at one of the release's many bonus features. And it's a doozy.
In this mini-doc, you get a look at the design and creation of the fearsome Death Troopers, the elite Stormtrooper unit favored by Ben Mendelsohn's Director Krennic. They're described here as being like the "Seal Team 6 version of the Stormtroopers," and boy are they scary -- tall, elegant, scary. While the clip is brief, it does highlight a tidbit that I hadn't even heard before: that their design was based on a sketch by Ralph McQuarrie, one of the designers for the original series whose distinctive look has been appropriated recently for things like "Star Wars Rebels" and even "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." It goes to show you that a good idea never dies it just surfaces decades later."Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere this Friday, and on Blu-ray/DVD April 4.
The Han Solo Movie Might Be the Best 'Star Wars' Film, Says Woody Harrelson
The untitled young Han Solo movie is still filming, but Woody Harrelson is confident that the finished product is going to top all of its Star Wars predecessors.
The actor, one of the stars of the upcoming space Western, recently made his prediction to Collider. It's a bold statement, of course. The Star Wars trilogies, and now the series' spinoffs as well, have inspired a devoted, multi-generational fan base and raked in billions of dollars over the decades. Still, Harrelson has his reasons for believing what he does, so we should hear him out before getting too up in arms.
"Any movie's only as good as the director or in this case directors," he said. On top of that, he argued that none of the previous films had the same combination of "great actors, great directors, great script" (though he did concede that they have had "a lot of great stuff").
"I really feel like we're gonna make the best one," he told Collider.
The project does certainly have impressive players involved. Harrelson stars alongside Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Joonas Suotamo. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing, and the script was penned by father-son writers Lawrence and Jon Kasden.
In spite of all that, it's still a big statement. While we love Harrelson's confidence, we're going to have to see a movie that backs it up before we get too excited. We'd love to see him proven right, though.
Correction: This article previously stated that Harrelson's young Han Solo movie character is named Garris Shrike, as had been widely reported. He subsequently told Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on "The Tonight Show" that his character is called Beckett.
'Death Note' Trailer Brings Japanese Horror Manga to Netflix
Dear, murderous diary ....
Netflix released the first trailer for the movie "Death Note," based on the popular Japanese horror manga. Nat Wolff stars as a young high school student who finds a notebook. But this is no ordinary notebook. The teen soon realizes that he can kill anybody just by writing their name in it. Soon, he becomes drunk with power, doling out death sentences to people he deems unworthy of life.
He also becomes acquainted with the terrifying Ryuk, a shinigami or god of death who follows the notebook's owner.
Willem Dafoe voices Ryuk, and the movie also stars Shea Whigham, Margaret Qualley, and Paul Nakauchi. "Death Note" is a huge sensation in Japan, where it's inspired anime series, live-action movies and TV shows, video games, and even a musical.
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Michael Shannon Is the Frontrunner to Play Cable in 'Deadpool 2': Report
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Shannon is the frontrunner, though not the only name on the list. "Stranger Things" star David Harbour is also a candidate, though Kyle Chandler -- thought rumored for the role -- is not.
In the comic books, Cable, aka Nathan Summers, is a mutant with telepathic and telekinetic powers. He is also the son of Scott Summers aka Cyclops. The character is depicted as bulky and strong, with an intimidating presence. Cable was often paired with Deadpool in comics, and his inclusion in the sequel was teased both at the end of the first movie and in an Easter egg in "Logan."
If Shannon is selected, he'll join Reynolds and new "Deadpool 2" cast member Zazie Beetz, who is playing the mercenary Domino.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.
'Baywatch' Trailer Features Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in Shirtless, Slo-Mo Glory
The first official trailer for the "Baywatch" movie has everything you could ever want: Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron showing off their ripped bodies, some criminal hijinks, some tongue-in-cheek jokes, and of course, slow-motion running down the beach.
Johnson plays Mitch Buchannon, the veteran head of Baywatch, who is forced to "rebrand" the unit. That introduces new recruit Matt Brody (Efron), who butts heads with his new boss. They're forced to work together when they discover a criminal drug ring run by Priyanka Chopra.Judging by the trailer, director Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses") keeps things fast-paced, with lots of banter between Johnson and Efron, flashy action set-pieces, and plenty of poking fun at the "Baywatch" aura. It looks very much in the vein of "21 Jump Street," another TV show successfully turned into a movie.
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What's Leaving Netflix in April 2017
Brace yourself: Nearly every Joss Whedon series is leaving Netflix streaming in April. Noooo! So, get your fill of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly," Angel," and "Dollhouse" while you can! Also going bye-bye: "The X-Files." Is this some kind of cruel government conspiracy?!
The bad news continues with the removal of fan favorites "The Princess Bride" (1987) and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986).
Here's everything leaving Netflix in April.
Leaving April 1
- "Ally McBeal": Seasons 1 - 5
- "Angel": Seasons 1 – 5
- "Better Off Ted": Season 1
- "Barbershop 2: Back in Business Bones": Seasons 1 - 4
- "Buffy the Vampire Slayer": Seasons 1 - 7
- "Chaplin" (1992)
- "Dollhouse": Season 1
- "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986)
- "Firefly": Season 1
- "House, M.D.": Seasons 1 - 8
- "Lie to Me": Season 1
- "Menace II Society" (1993)
- "Resident Evil: Extinction" (2007)
- "Roswell": Seasons 1 - 3
- "Snow Day" (2000)
- "Stomp the Yard" (2007)
- "Superman: The Movie" (1978)
- "Superman II" (1980)
- "Superman III: (1983)
- "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" (1987)
- "Superman Returns" (2006)
- "The Agony and the Ecstasy" (1965)
- "The Boys from Brazil" (1978)
- "The Escapist" (2008)
- "The Princess Bride" (1987)
- "The Riches": Seasons 1 - 2
- "The Usual Suspects" (1995)
- "The X-Files": Seasons 1 - 9
- "Vanilla Sky" (2001)
Leaving April 3
- "Collateral Damage" (2002)
- "The Circle" (2014)
Leaving April 7
- "Legit": Season 2
- "Wilfred": Season 4
Leaving April 9
- "Hero" (2002)
Leaving April 10
- "Legit": Season 1
- "Flower Girl" (2013)
Leaving April 14
- "The Lazarus Effect" (2015)
Leaving April 15
- "A Fantastic Fear of Everything" (2013)
Leaving April 27
- "American Dad!": Season 6
Leaving April 26
- "The Nutty Professor 2: Facing the Fear" (2008)
Leaving April 30
- "Under the Tuscan Sun" (2003)
- "The Mirror" (2014)
- "Born to Defense" (1986)
- "The Defender" (1994)
New on Netflix: April 2017
Netflix has outdone itself this April.
Watch out, sub-par movies: "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return" is here to mock your ineptness! The revival of the cult TV show debuts April 14.
New original series debuting in April include "Bill Nye Saves the World," "Girlboss," and "Dear White People." Among the returning Netflix original series are "The Get Down" and "Chelsea."
Here's everything new on Netflix streaming in April 2017.
Available April 1
- "A Weekend with the Family" (2016)
- "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984)
- "Across the Universe" (2007)
- "An American Tail" (1986)
- "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West" (1991)
- "An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster" (1999)
- "Boy Bye" (2016)
- "Born To Be Free" (2016)
- "Cool Runnings" (1993)
- "Good Witch": Season 2 (2016)
- "Gremlins" (1984)
- "Only for One Night" (2016)
- "Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'" (1971)
- "Scooby-Doo" (2002)
- "Schindler's List" (1993)
- "Something's Gotta Give" (2003)
- "Thunderstruck" (2012)
- "Wynonna Earp": Season 1 (2016)
- "Trouble with the Curve" (2012)
- "Tropic Thunder" (2008)
- "The Tenth Man" (2016)
Available April 2
- "The D Train" (2015)
Available April 4
- "Chewing Gum": Season 2 (Netflix Original)
- "Louis C.K. 2017" (Netflix Original)
Available April 6
- "Disney's The BFG" (2016)
Available April 7
- "El Faro De Las Orcas (Netflix Original)
- "Dawn of the Croods": Season 3 (Netflix Original)
- "The Get Down": Part 2 (Netflix Original)
- "Win It All" (Netflix Original)
Available April 8
- "Kubo and the Two Strings" (2016)
Available April 10
- "Documentary Now!": Season 2 (2016)
Available April 11
- "Kevin Hart: What Now?" (2016)
Available April 12
- "DC's Legends of Tomorrow": Season 2 (2016)
Available April 14
- "Chelsea": Season 2 (Netflix Original)
- "El Elegido" (2017)
- "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return" (Netflix Original)
- "Sandy Wexler" (Netflix Original)
Available April 15
- "Disney's Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" (1993)
- "Slam" (Netflix Original)
Available April 18
- "Lucas Brothers: On Drugs" (Netflix Original)
Available April 19
- "A Plastic Ocean" (2016)
Available April 21
- "Bill Nye Saves the World": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- "Girlboss": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- "Hot Girls Wanted": Turned On: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- "Sand Castle" (Netflix Original)
- "Tales by Light": Season 2 (Netflix Original)
- "The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show": Season 4 (Netflix Original)
- "The Prestige" (2006)
- "Tramps" (Netflix Original)
Available April 22
- "The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass": Season 1-3 (2016)
- "The Secret Life of Pets" (2016)
Available April 23
- "Liv and Maddie": Season 4 2016)
- "Phantom" (2013)
Available April 24
- "Long Nights Short Mornings" (2016)
Available April 25
- "Disney's Queen of Katwe" (2016)
- "The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared" (Netflix Original)
- "Vir Das: Abroad Understanding" (Netflix Original)
Available April 26
- "Real Rescues": Season 6-7 (2012)
- "Trust" (2010)
Available April 27
- "Las Chicas del Cable": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Available April 28
- "A Murder in the Park" (2014)
- "Casting JonBenet" (Netflix Original)
- "Dear White People": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- "Rodney King" (Netflix Original)
- "Small Crimes" (Netflix Original)
Available April 30
- "Sofia the First ": Season 3 (2015)
'Love Actually' Stars Debate Who Aged Best in Adorable 'Red Nose Day' Teaser
The network just shared a promo, featuring the actors all using Andrew Lincoln's iconic cards to get fans excited to see how the characters turned out. The video features Andy Lincoln, Martine McCutcheon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rowan Atkinson, Lúcia Moniz, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, and Bill Nighy.
It's really adorable, as you can see for yourself:So which one has aged the best? Is it really Liam Neeson and "definitely not Colin Firth"? They don't even show Colin to compare, so how can we be sure?
If you want more visual teases before the special airs May 25, producer Emma Freud shared a bunch of photos from set, from the Daniel, Sam, Joanna, and Carol storyline to David and Natalie and the Juliet/Peter/Mark love triangle.
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