Now that May is here, there’s no ignoring it: our tackiest American teenage rite of passage is approaching. That’s right, it’s prom season. Whether this conjures up cringe-worthy memories or no memories at all for you, not to worry — hosts of your favorite cultural icons have gone through it too, with varying degrees of grace. Click through for a collection of some of the greatest photos of actors, politicians, musicians, and even writers in their prom-night… Read More
Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s a ton of new and catalog titles streaming on Netflix — great flicks from Harrison Ford, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Ewan McGregor, Adam Scott, Stanley Tucci, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Martin Scorsese, Danny Boyle, and Leos Carax, plus two of last year’s best documentaries. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More
Lizzy Caplan is a cult-favorite 30-year-old actress known for her dry wit. Fred Willard is a 73-year-old actor, comedian, and Christopher Guest lifer who made headlines a few months ago after his arrest for “engaging in a lewd act” in a porn theater. They make a pretty unlikely pair, but then again, the project that brings them together is also an unlikely one.
It’s OK to Do Stuff is a 40th-anniversary tribute to Marlo Thomas’ era-defining Free to Be… You and Me, the all-star kids album that taught Generation X about feminism. The new version is a loving parody of the original, featuring the voices of everyone from Eugene Mirman to Andy Richter to Samantha Bee. In their skit, “Girl Meets Boy,” Baby Lizzy schools Baby Fred on the intricacies of gender identity. If you’ve ever wanted to hear Caplan talk about “the phallocentric hierarchy of gender construction” — and who hasn’t? — click through and listen to the clip. You can stream the full album here, or pay $5 to download it. All proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. … Read More
This week, we found out a piece of very interesting news: that Robert Downey Jr. may be playing Geppetto in an upcoming Tim Burton-directed live action version of Pinocchio. Yep, you heard that right. While we think a live action version of Geppetto should be a little… shall we say friendlier than Robert Downey Jr., the news got us to thinking about actors who could step into the shoes of some of our favorite animated characters, from Aladdin and Jasmine to the characters from UP. Click through to see our dream casts for classic (and modern classic) animated films, and let us know who you’d love to see step into your favorite characters’ cartoon shoes in the comments. … Read More
1. Yes, Tom Hanks dropped an inadvertent f-bomb during an appearance of Good Morning America, but he did it while in character, so we’re not sure that it really counts. [via Gawker]
2. “The stakes on this could not be bigger. War, peace, Supreme Court, women’s rights issues, whether we’re creating jobs in… Read More
September is kind of a peculiar month for movies. Summer blockbuster season has faded, and though the Oscar hopefuls are rolling out at the prestige fall festivals (Toronto, Venice, Telluride), most of them won’t hit theaters until at least October, to accommodate the notoriously short memories of Academy voters. So it’s a perfect month to check out some of the mid-level indies (many of them first seen at Sundance and other, earlier fests) that will hit arthouses this month; we’ve got some recommendations for you after the jump. … Read More
Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got nine trailers this week, featuring the likes of Clint Eastwood, Paul Rudd, Amy Adams, Gerald Butler, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Justin Timberlake, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Biel, Leslie Mann, Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Radnor, John Krasinski, and Olivia Thirlby. Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More
1. R. Kelly says that he realized his marriage of 12 years was over after he watched The Notebook. No, seriously. “As the film credits started to roll, I couldn’t move,” he writes in his new memoir. “I burst into tears. People walking past me patted me on the back, trying to console me.” [via… 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. We’ve got ten new trailers for you this week; check ‘em all out after the jump. … Read More
Tomorrow marks the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival, the annual winter movie orgy/buyer’s market/excuse to party for those who make, buy, watch, and act in independent films (or what passes for independent, in this IMAX 3-D superhero climate). Your humble film editor is traveling to Park City (for the first time) to take it all in: the swag, the hobnobbing, the VIP parties. Or he may just end up going to movies all day and staying up all night writing stuff about them. That’s probably a bit more likely.
Taking on the screening schedule is a bit daunting; the festival is screening 110 feature-length films from 31 countries, and, well, there’s only so many hours in the day. (If you think that’s heavy, it’s worth noting that the number of submissions was up to 4,042 films. Yikes.) But I think I’ve plucked out the cream of the crop; I’ll probably find out that I’m wrong, that the movie I missed to see the Sean-Penn-as-an-emo-Nazi-hunter movie (yes, that’s real) ends up winning the competition and getting picked up for $5 million by the Weinstein Company. But until that happens, here’s the ten Sundance films I’m most looking forward to. … Read More