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Anne Hathaway Defends ‘Catwoman’ Costume

Source: The Projector

Written By: Joseph Brannigan Lynch

Anne Hathaway will be matching wits with Batman himself in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises,” but right now she’s facing off against Internet naysayers who responded tepidly to the first photo of her in her Catwoman suit.

“I was not going to admit it,” the 28-year-old actress told MTV in a sit-down interview. “I asked someone to send me a few reactions [to the photo], and I happen to know that MTV’s reaction was ‘meh.’ ”

MTV called the photo “underwhelming” and “unflattering,” but Internet commenters were far harsher (surprise, surprise). When Yahoo Movies posted the pic, commenters derided it as “weak,” “cheap-looking” and some demanded to know where the “cat part of the costume” was.

Even worse, an US Magazine pollasking “which star was the sexiest Catwoman?” put the Academy-Award nominated actress in last place, with Michelle Pfeiffer taking 52 percent, Halle Berry earning 37 percent, and the “Princess Diaries” star at 11 percent.

Hathaway’s response? “If you didn’t like the photo, you only see about a tenth of what the suit can do,” she teased. “And if you did like the photo, you have excellent taste.”

Considering there’s not much to the costume other than skintight black leather (you can catch a sideview of the suit here) and those 3D-esque goggles, it’s probable that this photo isn’t of the complete Catwoman costume. After all, Selina Kyle starts out as a mere cat burglar before developing her style and powers.

Overall, considering Christopher Nolan’s past track record with the franchise, fans should probably retract their claws before tearing his take on Catwoman apart.


Broadway Musical THE BOOK OF MORMON Likely Coming To The Big Screen

Source:  Coolider.com   Written By: Phil Brown

In one of the least surprising news bites to slip out of the internet in weeks, it appears that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s new Broadway musical The Book Of Mormon will likely be getting a big screen adaptation. The play opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre back on March 24 to rave reviews and perpetually sold out houses. The pair teamed up with Avenue Q creator Robert Lopez for the musical and as you’d predict it’s a filthy, irreverent, and hilarious look at the wild and wacky world of Mormonism.

No official deal is in place for the movie adaptation yet, but Deadline reports that Parker, Stone and producer Scott Rudin have discussed the possibility. With money coming in from the Broadway show in comically large burlap sacks delivered by the Monopoly Man, it’s only a matter of time before Hollywood lets Trey and Matt spend a bunch of money on another silly, smart, and offensive comedy for the masses.

Between cranking out seasons of South Park Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been working on the script for The Book Of Mormon for 7 years. The project started after the pair giggled like schoolgirls through the gleefully twisted Avenue Q and befriended the show’s creator Robert Lopez. They asked Lopez what he had in mind for a follow up project and he mentioned an interest in writing a musical about Mormons. Since Parker and Stone already enjoyed farting all over the religion in both South Park and Orgazmo, they quickly decided to join in. The result is a musical the pokes fun at the religion, but not the followers. Songs like “Fuck You, God” and “Tomorrow Is A Latter Day” ensure that the show is just offensive enough to please their fans, without inciting riots from any sweetly insane lads from Utah.

Parker, Stone, and their longtime super producer partner Scott Rudin have discussed the idea of turning play into a movie and it’s pretty clear that they are at least interested. When asked if he thought there would be much resistance from the studios to producing a dark musical featuring a song about the importance of stifling gay urges, Parker replied, “We’ve learned in our careers that as long as something is successful, they will give you money for it. They just want to make money in Hollywood, they don’t really care. As long as the musical continues to do well, I don’t think it’s going to be hard at all.”

That’s damn exciting news for South Park fans unable to make the pilgrimage (oh religious humor) to New York for the Broadway show. Lord knows the duo were able to sneak their skewed sensibility through the studio system with South Park: Bigger, Longer, And Uncut and Team America, so it’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t be able to do it again with The Book Of Mormon. If you want to see this bad boy make it to the big screen, book a flight to New York and buy as many tickets as you can. The more money it makes, the more likely it is we’ll see a movie version.


‘Breaking Bad’ Season 4 Premiere: What Viewers Are Saying

"Cougar Town" co-creator Bill Lawrence and "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof are among those weighing in on the AMC drama series opener.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Breaking Bad is back.

The AMC drama series had its fourth-season premiere Sunday night.

THR chief TV critic Tim Goodman says the show is darker than ever thanks to the “genius” of creator Vince Gilligan.

“Audacious doesn’t even begin to cover what this man is doing,” he wrote. “Gilligan is attempting (and has succeeded over the course of three brilliant seasons) a kind of confrontational transformation that should, using conventional logic, alienate his core audience and not only slay the golden goose but light it on fire as well. You don’t take your main character and make him unlikable. You just don’t. Nobody does that. Nobody has ever really done that to this extent.”

The show was a hot trending topic on Google on Sunday night, and many viewers — including some fans in Hollywood — hit the Internet to share their reactions, praising both the episode and the cast.

Here is a sample:

Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence: “Current talent jealousy, letter “B” only: Book of Mormon, Breaking Bad, Bridesmaids, Bon Iver.”

Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof: “Every potential Supporting Actor Drama nominee for 2012 who watched BREAKING BAD tonight just quietly muttered, ‘S–t..”

Scott Mosier: “Breaking Bad – favorite show on the air. Great – great stuff -”

Nelson George: “Giancarlo Esposito has role of his career in ‘Breaking Bad.’ Very controlled internal performance from actor who was once over the top. Nice.”

Kyle Killen: “Dear Breaking Bad, we give up – The Rest Of Television.”

Shaun Hutchinson: “Very few shows can pull off what seemed like 5 full minutes of silence in one of the tensest scenes in the series. ❤ this show.”

Harry Shuldman: “I honestly got a slight stomach ache from the tension during that whole Walt-pleads-his-case-while-Gus-changes scene.”

Anna Goldfarb: “Can we talk about how that stuffed animal’s eyeball is creepy as helllllll? Why did he keep it?”

Andrea Woo: “What’s great about #BreakingBad? Plot. Character development. Acting. Cinematography. They all deserve Emmys.”

Jason MIttrell: “I believe #BreakingBad featured the first Chekovian box cutter in the history of dramatic arts.”

Sammy Dunn: “#BreakingBad Nothing but Good! Now get back to work.”

Rotten Drunk: “Dear #breakingbad you are the final boss of television.”

Adecas: “The following SEGMENT contains unsuitable content…I have never seen that. So scared.”


‘Jackass’ star Ryan Dunn killed in car crash

‘Jackass’ star Ryan Dunn has died.

The 34-year-old daredevil and an unnamed second person passed away in a car crash in Pennsylvania early this morning, April Margera — the mother of his ‘Jackass’ co-star and close friend Bam Margera — has confirmed to gossip website TMZ.

According to reports, Ryan’s Porsche flew over a guardrail on Route 322 at around 3a.m., hitting a tree before bursting into flames.

Images were later released showing a tow truck arriving to take away the remains of the vehicle.

It is not known who was driving the car.

Just a few hours before the accident, Ryan — who appeared in all of the ‘Jackass’ movies — posted a picture on his Twitter page of himself drinking with friends.

In addition to being part of the ‘Jackass’ crew, Ryan – who turned 34 just over a week ago – appeared alongside Bam in ‘Viva La Bam’ and in his friend’s 2003 movie ‘Haggard’, as well as MTV show ‘Homewrecker’.

 

Rest in Peace, Ryan Dunn.

A photo sent to Twitter, hours before the crash


Conan O’Brien entertains graduates with inspiring and hilarious commencement address

Source: The Lighter Side

Written by: Nadine Bells

 

“Though you should not fear failure, you should do your very best to avoid it.”

That’s just one of the great lines Conan O’Brien included in a commencement address that won the hearts and laughs of students at Dartmouth College this past weekend. He also picked up an honorary degree, and many would argue,  solidified his place as “the undisputed champion of the commencement speech.”

Breaking with the tradition of boring commencement addresses, Conan filled his 24-minute speech with hilarious student-life anecdotes and self-deprecating humour:

“Today, you have achieved something special, something only 92 per cent of Americans your age will ever know: a college diploma. That’s right, with your college diploma you now have a crushing advantage over 8 per cent of the workforce. I’m talking about dropout losers like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg…”

In moments of poignancy, Conan turned his own late-night catastrophe-turned-success drama into encouragement, stating that “there are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized.”

“Whether you fear it or not, disappointment will come. The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.”

His motivational address concluded with Conan-style reassurance:

“At the end of my final program with NBC, just before signing off, I said ‘Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.’ Today, receiving this honour and speaking to the Dartmouth Class of 2011 from behind a tree trunk, I have never believed that more.”

Read the entire transcript here.


Horrible Bosses: Coming to a theatre near you July 8th

Synopsis

For Nick, Kurt and Dale, the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers…permanently. There’s only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them. Produced by Jay Stern.


New Muppets Movie

Source: Business Insider

Disney is releasing a new Muppets movie this Thanksgiving — one that’s costing them $50 million to make.

Judd Apatow comedy crew member Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “I Love You, Man”) wrote the script, so we’re expecting the humor bar to be raised a little.

And we get that this is what’s going on with this trailer, which — under the guise of a fake rom-com called “Green With Envy” — makes a secret of Kermit and Co. for almost one full minute.

Good for viral buzz? Sure. (We’re writing about it, after all.)

But kind of a weird choice as the first short for a costly, holiday-weekend film that’s ultimately aimed at kids?

Yeah, maybe. Take a look at the video below and decide for yourself.