One of the reasons James Marsden took on the starring role in the family film HOP was so his two children could see his work. In the live-action flick, opening today, he plays a slacker who accidentally hits the CGI-ed Easter Bunny with his car - voiced by the ebullient Russell Brand - and nurses him back to health while the two develop an unlikely friendship.
But Marsden says that his kids, 10-year-old Jack and five-year-old Mary, don't really like seeing their dad on screen.
His son watched X-Men but preferred Hugh Jackman's Wolverine to Marsden's Cyclops character. And when his daughter saw Enchanted, she wanted to "fast-forward past dad's stuff and watch the dragon."
The reality thriller that made an impressive splash at Sundance and subsequently won over audiences when it was released in theatres this past September will be spun into a TV series for MTV, according to Variety.
Considering the plot involves misrepresentation on social network sites - Facebook in this case - and the fallout from a very complex level of deception, MTV is a good match since their viewers would likely be all too aware of the dangers, pitfalls and possibilities that exist when virtual identities come before literal ones, a commonplace situation in the current young adult dating landscape.
Charlie Sheen and his "goddesses" took the stage to thunderous applause Saturday night for the first leg of his Torpedo of Truth tour. The 70-minute show hadn't even ended when the first reviews were in, and they were brutal.
The former "Two and a Half Men" star showed that comedic success on the screen doesn't necessarily translate to the stage, and the capacity crowd at Detroit's 5,100-seat Fox Theatre rebelled before the show ended, chanting "refund!" and walking out in droves.
Linda Fugate, 47, of the Detroit suburb of Lincoln Park, left the theater and walked up the street yelling, "I want my money back!" She said she paid $150 for two seats.
"I was hoping for something. I didn't think it would be this bad."
"I think that a lot of times you can actually do more and accomplish more being outside of the system," the muscle man-turned-Hollywood hunk-turned-California governor told The Associated Press in an interview Monday.
Just three months out of office, he's unveiling his plans for "The Governator," an animated TV show that he describes as a funny, action-packed, crime-fighting fantasy with comic strip giant Stan Lee at the creative helm.
Showbiz is eclipsing politics in his mind for now - "I am not as eager to run for office," he says. But he nonetheless perked up to share his thoughts about Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster, the Arab world turmoil, environmental issues and economic troubles in the West.
With Brand providing the voice of the reluctant new Easter bunny, HOP bound well beyond the expectations of industry analysts, who had figured the movie would debut in the $25 million range.
Released by Universal, HOP matched the year's best debut, for Johnny Depp's trippy CGI Western Rango, which opened a month ago with $38.1 million.
Jake Gyllenhaal's action thriller Source Code debuted in second place with $15.1 million. The haunted-house tale Insidious opened at number three with $13.5 million.
A Summit Entertainment release, Source Code stars Gyllenhaal as an Army officer tracking down a terrorist bomber by entering the mind of a man aboard a train that's about to be blown up. It co-stars Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan and Jeffrey Wright.
Hidden away in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is a medieval fantasy kingdom. Sort of. Step inside a warehouse in the city’s docks area and you step back in time. There’s a castle, towers, battlements, chain mail and wenches as far as the eye can see. This is the set of the outlandish swords-and-sorcery comedy Your Highness.
The filmmakers behind the 2008 stoner comedy Pineapple Express — Danny McBride, James Franco and director David Gordon Green — have reunited to make this trippy tribute to the fantasy films we loved and loathed in the 1980s. The result is a film combining the action and adventure of Krull and The Dark Crystal with McBride and Green’s trademark silly humour.
Much of the film was shot inside this enormous soundstage that has a strange claim to fame — it was the shipbuilders’ warehouse where the Titanic was built.
After it was announced that Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence had won the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen in the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling young adult book The Hunger Games, the search for her two male co-stars was officially on. And Lionsgate has found the right men for the job.
Deadline has just announced that Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) and Aussie Liam Hemsworth (whose brother is Thor) have both won roles in Gary Ross' upcoming sci-fi tale that pits teenagers against one another in a televised match to the death. The Hunger Games is the first book in a trilogy that follows Everdeen, the story's female protagonist who is forced to fight against other teenagers from District 12, the poor area of the fictional nation of Panem...
James Franco and Seth Rogen played unlikely BFFs in Pineapple Express, David Gordon Green's hysterical mix of big action, laugh-out-loud comedy and sweet bromance, where the dim-witted twosome bonded over their shared admiration of and indulgence in pot. Super-strength, long-lasting, out-of-this-world grass that lead to a series of hilarious and unfortunate events, that is.
And Gordon Green again uses reefer as a comedic element in his latest laffer Your Highness - get it? - a period piece starring Franco as a noble knight out to find his kidnapped lady love and Danny McBride as his spoiled, slacker brother who'd rather puff on some medieval marijuana and chill out than embark on an epic adventure. The comedy, written by McBride and Ben Best, also stars Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel and Justin Theroux and promises faux British accents, some of that wizard's weed, multi-headed dragons and silly sword fights.
Sure, Gordon Green's two films aren't among the first, and certainly won't be the last, to mine the inherent humour that goes along with being under the influence so we thought it was, wait for it, high time to count down the Top 5 stoner comedies that had us giggling our heads off, man.
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