David Schwimmer, most famous for playing Ross on Friends, was recently interviewed for The Boston Globe and expressed his hatred of “slacker-hero” movies. Apparently, movies such as Knocked Up that feature “an unemployed, pot-smoking, overweight, lazy dude” are what’s dumbing down American movie-goers, according to Schwimmer.
He tells the Globe,
I just don’t get it. I don’t get why that idea is celebrated. Maybe it’s because it taps into a male fantasy, that “Oh, we never have to work! We can sit around when we’re 35, 40 years old, smoke pot with our buddies and try to [sleep with] girls.”
From that quote, it sounds like he’s taking a direct hit at any movie Judd Apatow makes. Of course, Apatow’s not the only one making slacker comedies, he’s just the hot ticket right now.
You can read the whole article, which goes into great detail on Schwimmer’s directorial debut Run Fat Boy Run, at Boston.com.
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.
Judd Apatow officially disowned Drillbit Taylor in a press conference on Wednesday, March 19th. According to Rope of Silicon, Apatow received a producing credit on the film, but claims to have nothing to do with the movie creatively. The producing credit was, “just a courtesy.”
During the press conference Apatow explained his change of heart:
When I was originally pitched the concept I was told it would be funny and there would be plenty of senseless homeless man on high school bully violence. Unfortunately that is not what we got. On top of that there are no dick jokes and the word ‘f***’ isn’t uttered once. I mean, ‘f***’ is funny! This movie isn’t.
He then goes on to say,
However, Forgetting Sarah Marshall was all my idea and I wish Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller the best of luck. I am glad I could help them make such a great movie.
Apparently Judd Apatow has a similar sense of humor as myself. While the commercials for Drillbit Taylor have left me bored, I’ve been anxiously awaiting Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Incidentally, the tagline for Drillbit Taylor is “You Get What You Pay For.” Hmmm…indeed.
Taylor stars Owen Wilson and a bunch of unknowns and will be in theaters March 21st, 2008. Forgetting Sarah Marshall stars Jason Segel and Kristen Bell and will be in theaters April 18th, 2008.
Head over to Rope of Silicon to read about the studio’s reaction to Apatow’s statements.
There’s only so much information my brain can hold. Inexplicably I forgot about a little movie starring two of my favorite people – Naomi Watts and Michael Pitt. I read an article this morning on Cinema Blend about how Tim Roth vows to not even watch Funny Games because filming it was so difficult for him personally. In the movies, two crazies take Roth, Watts, and their son hostage in their own (vacation?) home and torture them as a game. Roth had trouble because the boy in the movie resembles one of his real life sons.
I had previously posted about the poster for Funny Games, but I hadn’t checked out the trailer yet. Michael Pitt looks as devious as ever, although I’m not so sure I like him having a partner in crime. It worked well for Murder By Numbers, but he was so much scarier in his guest spot on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.”
Funny Games is set for release on March 14th, 2008.
Just after Heath Ledger’s untimely death, Jack Nicholson appeared in a video claiming to have warned Heath Ledger about the dangers of sleeping pills. In the video, Nicholson looks confused and isn’t sure who Heath is when first asked for a comment on his death. When told he died of an overdose, Nicholson seems to say, “I warned him.”
He’s now claiming that he was misquoted and that he actually said, “I warned them,” meaning the drug company that makes the sleeping pills. Nicholson had never met Ledger, but claims to have had an odd experience with the pills which ending in him waking up in his driveway.
Nicholson had previously spoken out about his disappointment in not being asked to reprise the role of The Joker, which Heath Ledger had just finished filming before his death, so it’s even odder that Jack had no idea who Heath was when approached by the reporters and paparazzi.
The IESB has a great interview with the visual effects supervisor Jim Berney who has previously worked on The Polar Express, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and both Matrix sequels. In the interview, he discusses the challenges of creating an abandoned Times Square, the infected creatures, and the evacuation of New York City.
While the creatures were originally supposed to be shot practically, they decided to shoot them CG to get the proper effect they wanted. He says,
But even as those days came closer and closer to shooting, we didn’t know what we wanted the creatures to be but we knew it was a little bit more than what you can get out of make-up and costumes. We wanted to be able to see the underlying human structure. We wanted to see the muscle and the bone and the tendons and things like that. We wanted to see the light transmit through and the pulsing veins and things like that. So it was around the end of December, when we came to our Christmas hiatus, that we made the decision to go just completely CG.