Christine watched the George Clooney / John Krasinski football comedy Leatherheads. She says,
I liked the movie, but I didn’t love it…The movie is funny, but not laugh-out-loud funny. It doesn’t focus enough on either the romance or the football to be strictly a romantic comedy or strictly a sports movie. The slapstick scenes, however, are perfectly executed.
It’s Friday, everybody! TGIF! Now it’s time to relax from the crazy goings-on all week, and possibly make a trip to the cinema! Even better, with Spring and Summer being my two favorite seasons, how stoked am I that the seasonal blockbusters are coming? So, with that being said, what have you got on the horizon this weekend? Will they rake it in, or take the loss?
Welcome to this week’s installment of WIB?! Here we go!
Leatherheads: Granted I like football, but combining it with those old screwball comedies? Interesting… Taking place in the 1920s, and starring George Clooney, John Krasinski, and Renee Zellweger, the movie shows a time when football as we now know it was in its infancy (the title refers to those spiffy caps worn back then). Two members of the squad are not only trying to help mold the sport, but end up falling for the same woman! Chuckles! Being in a film with these Hollywood heavyweights might be doing Krasinski some good! This could lead to quite a push for more big screen roles! Will It Bomb? Considering that this is an attempted return to a genre that has been out of circulation for a long time, this may not get too much of good rap by the modern generation. If anything, this should get a nibble, but only enough to make either the #8 or #9 slot.
Nim’s Island: Two actors who are just forging into kid-friendly films star alongside a juvenile actress who could end up with a career just as stellar as her co-stars. Abigail Breslin stars as a girl who lives on an island with her scientist father (Gerard Butler). She spends her days yukking it up with him and her animal friends. Daddy then disappears, and then enter, Jodie Foster! Foster’s connection seems pretty vague in the trailer, but if I nose around for spoilers, I might find out some more juicy stuff! Will It Bomb? While I hope that Butler and Foster go back into doing mature roles, it’s nice to see them branch out! This film is something for the children! That will absolutely bring this into the middle of the 10, and possibly edge into the Top 5! This will be the movie for that target market for the next couple of weeks!
Shine a Light: The Rolling Stones combined ages are probably at least close to, if not over, 250 years, but in my book, they still rock! Directed by Martin Scorsese, this showcases The Stones “A Bigger Bang” tour both on and off of the stage, and it looks like they rip it up harder and better every time they perform! They have more energy now than 30 years ago! Will It Bomb? One of the world’s biggest directors and one of the world’s greatest bands? That’s definitely money in the bank. This has an extremely good chance of getting into the 10, thanks to the baby boomers and younger fans!
The Ruins: Spare me! For those of you who haven’t been around since the beginning of my stint with MovieSnobs, my first review was for a flick called Turistas. Does anyone remember that? I didn’t think so! This is a total rip-off of that crapfest, but instead of the jungles of Brazil, this takes place in the jungles of Mexico, specifically by a Mayan temple. Again, a bunch of dippy vacationing collegiates decide to wander from their comfortable surroundings to the scary “real world” where they run screaming for dear life. Bad move! To add even more insult to injury, I’ve only heard of one cast member: Jena Malone. Will It Bomb? Absolutely! You couldn’t pay me enough money to go and see this dreck, and no one else will either! This will hit the rock bottom of the Top 10, if at all!
There you have it! All the dirt you need and want. Come on back early in the week for all the recaps you can handle over at DIB?! Have a great weekend!
There have always been tales of George Clooney’s on-set pranks, but I never realized just how funny he is until I read the latest piece on him in Esquire magazine. Clooney had said that he doesn’t Google himself, but he sat down with Esquire writer A.J. Jacobs and took a trip into the internet.
Naturally, he found some inaccuracies (such as the information on his Wikipedia page that says he “secretly financed and executive-produced a political thriller short film called The Endgame Study in 2006″ – he says he’s never heard of it). He also finds plenty of information about his early film roles, including his appearance as “lip-syncing transvestite” in a 1993 movie called Harvest.
What really comes out of the internet session is what an excellent sense of humor George has, especially when making jokes at his own expense. After Googling “clooney+handsome” (at the direction of the writer, of course) and finding an anti-Clooney Facebook group, he reads this message: “I for one am sick and tired of George Clooney thinking hes [sic] the sexiest man alive, like jesus hes [sic] so old!” Clooney has the writer respond with, “That’s bullshit. He looks great for a 70-year-old.”
After discussing the mistaken rumor that he has had plastic surgery, and the origins of the rumor (a bit on Oprah when Clooney joked about just having his eyes done), he pauses and then says, “I did get my balls done, though. I got them unwrinkled. It’s the new thing in Hollywood — ball ironing.”
In response to a website titled “George Clooney is Gay Gay Gay” Clooney says, “No. I’m gay, gay. The third gay — that was pushing it.” When the website points out that he dates beautiful women and then they just disappear, he says, “That’s because I eat them.”
The entire three-page article is definitely worth a read, and there are other funny bits. George shares his favorite YouTube video, talks about his long list of previous girlfriends, and learns just how disgusting the internet can be. You can read it all at Esquire.com.
No, he’s not running for Governator, I mean political office. According to IMDb News this morning, Mr. Clooney is offering his services as mediator to try for an end to the WGA Strike. He wants to bring in a panel of his Hollywood friends, such as Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, to bring this thing to an end.
Could this be Clooney trying his hand at political maneuvering? Or just Clooney trying to tell all of us that he’s out of gas money for his motorcycle and he’d like to get back to work? (Kidding, of course. I know he’s probably still making money off every time he showed his adorable dimples on “ER” fourteen years ago.)
After watching “American Gladiators” last week, and endlessly hearing about “Celebrity Apprentice” and “Celebrity Rehab,” I’d be cheering for anyone looking to work towards an end to the strike.
The trailer for the George Clooney-directed comedy Leatherheads is now available. Leatherheads is a football comedy set in the 1920s. George Clooney and John Krasinski (of The Office) star as teammates competing over the same girl. It hits theaters on April 4th, 2008, and I will absolutely be there. Check out the trailer below.