After taking a year break, LOGO is bringing back its Always Next, Forever Now Award for the 2013 NewNowNext Awards. Janet Jackson was the first to receive the “lifetime award” at the inaugural ceremony back in 2008. The following years went to Britney Spears (2009), Paula Abdul (2010) and Lady Gaga (2011).
E! Network’s Chelsea Handler will present the honor to this year’s recipient during the ceremony taking place at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA on April 13th. Why Handler? Apparently, the late-night talk show host and this musician are buddies. Read the following statement from the network and see if you can figure out who’s getting the award.
“[____] embodies what the Always Next, Forever Now Award is all about in everything that she does” said Lisa Sherman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Logo. “She continuously pushes boundaries, stunning us with her creative vision and ability to make a tremendous impact on pop culture.”
Almost everyone panned James Franco for his Oscar co-hosting duties last year. Even his performance as the titular wizard in OZ: The Great and Powerful earned mixed reviews. On the flip side, the 34-year-old actor has been universally praised for playing the pot-smoking Saul Silver in Pineapple Express. His real-life persona lends itself really well to that role. He always looks like he’s on a permanent high. LOL. It only makes sense that Franco revisit his well-received character.
A brand new red band trailer debuted online earlier today for Pineapple Express 2. I had no idea a sequel was even in the works. Turns out I was correct. The movie trailer is actually an April Fools’ Day joke. In the clip, Seth Rogen and Franco are instructed to kill Woody Harrelson. The faux movie trailer also serves as a promotional clip for Rogen’s upcoming summer flick, This Is The End. Check out the video after the jump.
Looks like the decision to push back G.I. Joe: Retaliation from June 2012 to this weekend was a wise one. The film’s test scores during early screenings were so poor, Paramount decided to rework it. Reportedly, the focus groups complained there wasn’t enough Channing Tatum. The action film was made before Tatum hit a trifecta of hits- The Vow, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike. Naturally, movie goers were craving more of him. G.I. Joe: Retaliation soldiered into the top spot, piling up $41.2 million over three days and bringing the four-day cume to $51.7 million. It fell short of breaking the Easter record set by Clash of the Titans ($61.2 million) back in 2010.
Also opening this weekend were Tyler Perry’s Temptation and The Host. The steamy thriller debuted in third with $22.3 million. Pretty impressive when you consider Madea was nowhere to be found in the film. Although it tried to capitalize on its Twilight connection, The Host bombed with just over $11 million landing in fifth spot. I’m sure the bad reviews and less-than-riveting trailers helped attribute to the poor showing.
Coming in the runner up slot was The Croods. The animated film continued its successful run, raking in another $26.5 million pushing it past the $200 million mark. Oz the Great and Powerful generated another $11.6 million, bringing its total to $198,278,000. The Wizard of Oz prequel will definitely pass the $200 benchmark in the next couple of days. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
First off, unbeknownst to some, ambivalence isn’t the lack of an opinion, in fact it’s the opposite as it reflects the inability to choose between opposite opinions, and that’s the dilemma I face with Struck By Lightning. A star-studded cast (for this budget), this “Easy-A“/Jude Apatowian-esque indie struggles to really make you care as it attempts to dig into a realistic reveal of high school live but unfortunately stays mainly on the surface. The story starts off with our leading
lady man, Chris Colfer getting (wait for it) struck by lightning. The story told is Colfer looking back on his life and particularly the last few months of school as he blackmails his way into success at a school that otherwise laughs at him. Trying to get into I think Northwestern University (honestly, I don’t even remember anymore, it’s not that important), the lead finds himself surrounded by high school cliches and an unaiding family life that has him struggling.
Really, that’s all you need to know to decide if you want to see it. I have a hard time knowing who I’d recommend this movie to. I suppose if you are 16 and questioning your sexuality and wanting to break out of your small town Anywhere, USA, then go for it- otherwise you’ll likely be pretty much bored to tears. That said, there are a couple of odd additions that made this thing viewable to the end: Allison Janney and Rebel Wilson. Chris Colfer is famous for “Glee” and “Glee” alone and will likely keep it that way as even when he doesn’t play “a gay character” as he KIND of is not suppose to be in this one, his speech and mannerisms get in the way of you thinking of him in any other way. Janney and Wilson must have owed this kid a favour because they actually managed to bring it in their slightly limited parts with Janney stealing the show as the only true actor on screen who portrays an emotionally stunted alcoholic with the perfect blend of humour and maudlin.
After releasing a short 20-second teaser yesterday, the first full trailer for Wolverine has just been released, starring the sexy Hugh Jackman. The story takes place in Japan and even features a cameo by his long lost love Jean Grey, played by Famke Janssen (who I love). Here is the premise of the film:
“Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.”
The trailer starts off a little slow, but soon picks up in both intensity and in action/fight sequences. The film hits theaters on July 26, 2013. Check out the first full trailer below.
When I first saw the title of the film and who was in it, I was expecting something super cheesy or maybe even a comedy, but I was wrong and pleasantly surprised. White House Down is an upcoming action-thriller film directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal. I think I thought comedy because the first thing that came to mind was Jamie Foxx singing “Channing All Over Your Tatum” a while back on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon…but anyway…
Here’s the premise of the film: “When a paramilitary group led by Stenz (Jason Clarke) take over the White House, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum), a failed applicant to the Secret Service, must rescue the President of the United States James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). The trailer is pretty epic, which is to be expected when you consider that the director of this movie also directed Independance Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012. In the trailer, they say “Our darkest secrets will become our biggest threats.”
As a side note, another “White House attack” type movie called Olympus Has Fallen comes out this month and that once looks good too. The film comes out this summer, opening in theaters on June 28, 2013. Watch the trailer below!
Who doesn’t have a favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle? I’m certain at some point, we’ve all watched these beloved characters growing up. I certainly did. Obviously, I’m excited for Michael Bay’s reboot of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series from the early 1990s. The Jonathan Liebesman-directed flick find the mutated reptile warriors defending the world from invading aliens. Ninja Turtles began production this month in New York and is tentatively scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2014.
Until recently, Megan Fox was the only actor attached to the project. The 26-year-old actress snagged the role of April O’Neil- a good friend of the Turtles. If you recall, Fox publicly said a few not so choice words about Bay while working with him during the Transformers films. As a result, she was replaced in the third film by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. With Megan’s career going nowhere fast, she allegedly groveled back to the action producer to make amends. Looks like it worked. Find out who’ll be joining Fox in the film below.
Comic book fans thought X-Men: Days of Future Past was their first opportunity to see their favorite X-Men characters reunite. Turns out they don’t have to wait until 2014. James Mangold, the director of The Wolverine, unveiled a very revealing short tweaser showing a mini-reunion.
Online rumors surfaced that Famke Janssen shot a cameo during filming, but Mangold neither confirmed nor denied those claims. In the short six-second clip, the speculated reunion between Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Jean Grey (Janssen) is finally confirmed.
The past few days have been a goldmine for those eagerly waiting for the Wolverine sequel. The studio released a brand new poster (see above) and eight movie stills exclusively given to EW.com. It’s your first look at Viper played by Svetlana Khodchenkova. Originally, Jessica Biel was tapped to play the character, but negotiations fell through. If that wasn’t enough, the first full-length movie trailer debuts this Wednesday on MTV and Apple trailers. Check out the tweaser below, along with a couple of photos.