Posts Tagged ‘Thing’

New ‘Star Wars’ Set Photos Feature Big Rubber Alien Thing, Actual Sets


If you’re looking for some behind-the-scenes photos from Episode VII, look no further than unofficial Star Wars fan site TMZ. They’ve got 45 photos from the film’s Abu Dhabi set, and, like with J.J. Abrams’ on-set video, there’s some refreshing evidence that the series has returned to using practical effects over the prequel trilogy’s reliance on CGI and green screens. The one exception to that new creed: Harrison Ford. He will of course be rendered with computers, the actor having died in 1999 during the shooting of Random Hearts.

Found-Footage and Dance Movies Merging into One Thing with Way Too Much Motion


Singer-songwriter John Legend and Step Up: All In writer John Swetnam are teaming up to fuse the found-footage = and dance genres into one jittering mass of shaky movement. According to Deadline, Legend will produce and Swetnam will make his directing debut on Breaking Through, “the first feature of its kind to combine two subgenres — dance movies and found footage — in a plot described as a ‘documentary-style dance drama for the YouTube generation.'” Presumably, the drama will come when someone finds footage of dancing, uploads it for everyone to ridicule, and then the person in the video feels bad about themselves for the rest of their lives.

Here’s Eli Roth’s Latest Thing, ‘Green Inferno’


Absent from the feature directing scene since 2007’s Hostel: Part II, Eli Roth has returned with The Green Inferno, a reminder that indigenous peoples are frightening, terrible savages that are a very real threat to pretty white people. Here’s the trailer:

Amazon Has Their Own Thing You Can Plug in Your TV Now


Amazon has announced something new we can shove in the TV besides AppleTV, Roku, Chromecast, and your Eckboxes. It’s called Fire TV, and like all those other black rectangles, it brings streaming services like Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, and not HBO GO to internet-less televisions. It also lets you play Android games, finally allowing you to dick around on your TV like you dick around on your phone. But what really sets this new thing apart is, apparently, its voice recognition. Amazon has made a whole commercial celebrating that part, and because they now predict what we want, that commercial involves Gary Busey being typically insane. In case you’re in the market for a microphone that will play Angry Birds and House of Cards episodes, here it is:

Justin Timberlake – Not a bad thing (Lyrics)

Liam Neeson To Return to Not Shooting People for Scorsese’s Next Thing


Liam Neeson will reportedly take a brief respite from murdering dudes to star in Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Based on the Shusaku Endo novel in which no one runs around snarling with a pistol, the thriller is a 17th-century tale of Jesuit priests who go undercover to Japan to spread Christianity and find out what happened to their mentor. Neeons’s Batman Begins co-star Ken Watanabe and The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Andrew Garfield have already been cast in the film. In related news, oh good, Scorsese must have finally caught up on his superhero reboots.

Larry David and Seinfeld’s Big Thing Might Be a Stage Play


Just a week ago, Jerry Seinfeld alluded to something “big, huge, gigantic” that he and Larry David were working on but that he couldn’t reveal yet. Now comes the big reveal sure to disappoint anyone hoping for Seinfeld: The College Years: he was probably talking about a play. Speaking to Showbiz411, David revealed that he’s written what will be his Broadway debut (unless you count The Producers), and Seinfeld may star in it:

[David] told me: “I’ve written a play.” A play? For, like, Broadway? “Yes.” And Jerry would star in it? “Maybe,” he said. “We’re talking about it.”

Surprisingly, there’s somehow already a preview of how that would go:

Spielberg’s Next: Maybe a Montezuma Thing with Javier Bardem as Cortés


With his robot apocalypse postponed indefinitely, Steven Spielberg has moved on to another tale of a people bested by horrifying technological superiority (but with woefully fewer robots). According to Deadline, he’s now eyeing Montezuma, an unused script from the late Roman Holiday and Spartacus screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Spielberg’s Schindler’s List writer Steve Zaillian is said to be re-writing the 50-year-old script with an eye on shifting the focus more toward Cortés, the Spanish conquistador who took down Montezuma’s Aztec empire. Though Kirk Douglas was long-ago attached to star, since he is now 97, Javier Bardem is taking over the lead. He can maybe use that Spanish accent he’s been practicing.

Busy Philipps Is Nailing The Whole Elf On A Shelf Thing

Still don’t really know what this toy is, but I like what Busy is doing with it.

Background: Elf On A Shelf is some doll toy thing that to my knowledge does basically nothing except makes for pretty wonderful photo ops, even though they are kinda creepy.

Busy's elves DO X-TREME SPORTS:

Busy's elves DO X-TREME SPORTS:

They go upside down and just hang there:

They go upside down and just hang there:

This one makes snow angels…

This one makes snow angels...

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Here’s Tyler Perry’s Next Thing That Doesn’t Involve Madea


Madea Christmas doesn’t hit theaters until Thursday night, but as is the Tyler Perry’s tradition, the director is giving you one of your Madea Christmas gifts early. It’s a trailer for The Single Moms Club, one of the Madea-free films Perry likes to sprinkle into his catalogue every now and then while he lets the fat suit air out. This one focuses on a group of single moms (naturally) who support each other by sitting in a circle sipping wine, as they’ve seen other women do in other movies. They also dish about all the hunks they’re pursuing in apparent bids to no longer be single moms, one of said “hunks” being writer-director Tyler Perry (naturally). But who better to tell of the very real struggle of the single mother than a rich 44-year-old man who occasionally pretends he’s an intermittent single mom by way of lipstick and a wig? Hallelujer.