Despite some encouraging recent advances, gay and lesbian characters remain underrepresented in mainstream media, and the ones who do appear tend to have it pretty rough. Even in 2012, many still get assigned to the role of “Gay Best Friend Who Advises and Comforts the Straight Female Lead,” where they’re very clever and very supportive and don’t get to have personal lives of their own. The lesbians, meanwhile, always seem to be the characters that really terrible things happen to all the time. Here’s a list of some of queer best friends in pop culture who need to make some better friends. If you’ve got any you’d like to share, list them in the comments! … Read More
1. Tower Heist surprised many by landing in second place at the box office in its debut weekend behind Puss in Boots; as ArtsBeat notes, this “does not bode well for the next Academy Awards,” which will reteam Eddie Murphy as the evening’s host and Brett Ratner as its producer.
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Margin Call, a fact-based thriller concerning the beginning of the financial crisis, opens tomorrow with a stellar ensemble cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Simon Baker, and Mary McDonnell. (And Demi Moore. Hey, can’t win ‘em all.) Throw in last month’s Contagion (featuring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston, Marion Cotillard, and Elliott Gould) and December’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (with Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, and Mark Strong), and this is starting to look like the Season of the Ensemble. In celebration of these smart, adult movies flush with Oscar winners and fine character performers, we’ve assembled some of our favorite big-cast ensemble movies after the jump — check it out, and throw in your own in the comments. … Read More
Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. This week, we’ve got seven new chunks of varyingly interesting fall fare; check ‘em all out after the jump. … Read More
Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks have a lot in common: They are two of Hollywood’s most likeable actors; their careers both peaked in the ’90s; and they’ve both previously starred in movies that make up romantic comedy canon (Pretty Woman, Sleepless in Seattle, and Notting Hill, if you’re feeling generous), but never together — until now. Larry Crowne, which is also directed by Hanks, tells the story of a guy who loses his job, buys himself a scooter, and decides to go back to college. Roberts plays the public-speaking professor who he ends up falling for. According to official synopsis her character is married, but we see no hints of that conflict (or any conflict really) in the trailer; while we understand that the film’s target demographic isn’t looking for something edgy, it seems insulting to everyone involved to serve up something so bland. Click through to check it out, and let us know in the comments what you think. … Read More
This fellow, who very much enjoys Julia Roberts, has 82 tattoos of her face on his body. His name is Milijenko Parserisas Bukovic and he is a 56-year-old Mexican newspaper vendor. Apparently, he has spent over $82,000 on the tattoos, which are inspired by scenes from Erin Brockovich, the movie that kickstarted his um, enthusiasm for Ms. Roberts. He plans to continue getting more Julia Roberts tattoos until he runs out of money and/or blank patches of skin. Click through to see Bukovic’s awesomely disturbing smorgasbord of Julia Roberts faces. … Read More
We predict that Julia Roberts’ new film Eat, Pray, Love will do for needy but smart women what Erin Brockovich did for trampy but smart women back in 2000. Provide a little validation. An adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir (which half of the women we know loved and the other half found offensive cultural tourism), the film follows a recently divorced writer who realizes that she’s spent her whole life defining herself through her relationships with men (spotted here: Billy Crudup as the ex husband and James Franco as the new boy toy). So she goes on this worldwide journey (Italy – eat, India – pray, and Bali – love, courtesy of Javier Bardem) to find herself and write a book about it. … Read More