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Emily Blunt Is Selling ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ All By Herself, And It’s Working

Every generation there is a chosen one…

Sorry, I’ve started my Buffy rewatch…but there is a connection. In every Tom Cruise movie, there is female lead 20 years his junior. In Tom Cruise’s personal life, there is female lead who is 20 years his junior. They all do their best to sell the product, but not all of them show up for the job or are up for it. Emily Blunt has started doing press for Edge of Tomorrow, and while Emma Stone did a great job selling The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (I’ve watched that lipsynch video probably 100 times), Emily Blunt is doing this all on her own. If you’ve noticed, Tom hasn’t done much, if any, North American press yet (but he’s coming…) and she’s already appeared on both Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel to promote the film. On both shows she’s funny, charming, engaging and does an amazing Tom Cruise impression. No, seriously, can we get a super cut of her impression because it’s a game changer (it’s the way she says “…it’s…a challenge” on Kimmel that does it in for me).

So Emily Blunt’s sold me on Edge of Tomorrow (though I’m in the minority that was already sold on this movie) but at the same time, why hasn’t *it* happened for her yet. She’s had several attempts at becoming a really big star (she was fairly close to being Black Widow) but still isn’t a household name. To many, she’s still “the one from The Devil Wears Prada“. Which, fine, she’s still ours. We haven’t outgrown her or are annoyed with. In fact, these kind of interviews are a treat and I am looking forward to her being overexposed for the next few weeks.

Maybe it’s a good thing she hasn’t broken…

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Dear Marshmallows: The ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Is Getting Good Reviews

We’re 5 days away from the release of the Veronica Mars movie. Can you stand it? I can’t wait. When are you going? I’m going Friday night and it’s going to be 100 minutes of me punching those I’m going with. I just re-watched the entire series; I genuinely believe the show remains ahead of it’s time.

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Anyways, the movie has been screening for critics this week and made it’s SXSW premiere yesterday. And? Well, the reviews have been coming out and they’ve been fantastic. Like, glowing. Which, I never had any doubt Rob Thomas and co would deliver anything less than the fans deserve, but you never know. The thing is though, from the reviews I’ve read, all critics were fans of the series. I’m really interested but afraid of what non-fans are going to say. The thing with this type of movie-based-on-a-TV-show thing is that this was made for and by the fans so it should cater to the fans and I don’t want to hear anyone else’s opinion who isn’t a fan. You know what I mean? With that said, if you go into the movie having never seen a second of the show and come out having enjoyed the film, PLEASE do yourself a favor and watch the series.

So, About That ‘Annie’ Trailer…

You’ve probably seen it by now. If not, here it is. Watch it and join me below…

…Uh. I mean…maybe…maybe it’s just a really, poorly cut trailer. Ya, that’s probably it! No?

Look, I had high hopes for this. Not that I ever cared for this remake, or the original, or anything to do with Annie, but when studios differ from the typical presentation of a narrative, like with with casting Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie, it has my full support. This is a big deal. I don’t want that to escape you. And I think that this will do well enough just on the fact that, hey, look, that is an exciting casting choice, smart, important! So, there’s that. But at the same time, I want this kind of color-blind casting to be of a certain quality. It doesn’t look outright terrible, because frankly, any scene in the trailer where Cameron Diaz is not doing whatever it is that she thinks she is doing with her character, is more than fine. It’s actually enjoyable. Wallis’ interactions with Rose Byrne are great, and Foxx seems fine. But, shit, Diaz, WHAT TONE was she going for here EXACTLY? If you forgot, Sandra Bullock was originally up for her role but dropped out. I think Bullock would’ve have gotten this character right but also, maybe, made a good life choice in dropping out.

Just. Guys. I don’t know…

One Line Review For The 9 Best Picture Nominees

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With the Oscars just around the corner, everyone is bustling to get caught up with the nominated films, particularly those nominated for the coveted Best Picture award. If you didn’t have time to catch the nine Best Picture noms in theatre and want to clean up on your Oscar pool this year, here’s our one-line movie reviews for those films whether you’ve seen them or not.

American Hustle (dir. David O. Russell)

David O. Russell assembles an all-star cast and weaves and messy web in this haphazard attempt at cleaning up during award season.

Captain Phillips (dir. Paul Greengrass)

Turns out real pirates are not nearly as funny or cool as Jack Sparrow.

Dallas Buyer’s Club (dir. Jean-Marc Vallee)

Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner reunite after 2009’s very forgettable Ghosts of Girlfriends Past in an equally depressing film about dealing with the mistakes of the past.

Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuaron)

The tagline “In space, no one can hear your scream” would have been best suited for this movie.

Her (dir. Spike Jonez)

Artificially Intelligent partners can break your heart as much as, if not more than, human partners.

Nebraska (dir. Alexander Payne)

Disgruntled families are funnier in monochrome.

Philomena (dir. Stephen Frears)

Never doubt the genius that is Steve Coogan and Judi Dench, the only actors who can make a story about a woman trying to find her long-lost son into a road trip buddy comedy.

12 Years A Slave (dir. Steve McQueen)

Steve McQueen uses gratuitous violence to remind you just how brutal and immoral slavery is, just in case you had forgotten.

The Wolf Of Wall Street (dir. Martin Scorsese)

This is one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s least impressive roles and may land him his long deserved Oscar statue.

Alright, Let’s Talk About This ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot

It’s been in the works for a while. Most of the casting has been “rumored” for months and then, yesterday, they decided to spill that Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara are “nearing” deals, while Miles Teller and Jamie Bell are still in talks. Again, we’ve known about these names for their roles for several weeks now, so not a lot of people were *that* surprised. Well…

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Not to be racist, but people are still ignorant. This kind of reaction from certain individuals, with, um, certain mindsets, was expected. I feared it was coming. I mean, the internet nearly broke when Ben Affleck was chosen to play Batman. Here’s how I feel about this entire thing: Michael B. Jordan’s casting for this pointless reboot of a franchise that no one cared for to start with, is the only inspired thing about it. It’s smart, it’s fresh, it’s exciting, it’s necessary; there are enough white superheroes, thanks very much. As I noted today on Twitter, audiences identify with the character and not the presentation of the character, this kind of inspired casting is more than welcome, it’s needed. What offends me most about this cast is Miles Teller, because to be honest, wake me up when we’re done trying to make him happen.

So now I have to defend this unnecessary Fantastic Four reboot. Why? Because it just made itself important. Because this kind of ignorance will only get louder once the movie goes into production. Because people like to be heard, especially the stupid. This reboot of a failed franchise is now as unnecessary as it is important.

That’s Quite Enough, Melissa McCarthy

Disclaimer: I like Melissa McCarthy. She may not have fulfilled the potential set-out by her amazing performance in Bridesmaids,  but I like her. The Heat is really good and she’s really good in it and was the best part of This Is 40 and made me laugh, like, once, in Identity Thief which I still haven’t forgiven her for. So I like her. I do, but… this new trailer for Tammy, the movie she and her husband wrote (and he, Ben Falcone, directed) isn’t encouraging.

Before Bridesmaids (which, let me make clear, she is brilliant in and deserved that Oscar nomination) Melissa McCarthy did a lot of small, quirky parts. To a lot of you, she is best known for her role on Gilmore Girls. To the other 5 people, myself included, you remember her time on Samantha Who? (take a moment to bow you heads and remember Samantha Who?). On either show she played to aspects of her comedy we’ve come to enjoy (or be annoyed by) but it was way more subtle. I assume she plays the same type of “normal” on Mike & Molly but I won’t watch that until it becomes The Melissa McCarthy Show it should have been from the beginning (or, just, Molly).

I’m not disqualifying her talent, there are others on the internet who would love to do so. It’s that Tammy does not show me anything else, anything new, it’s just another variation of one of her sketch characters we’ve seen when she hosts Saturday Night Live (which, by the way, her most recent hosting job was subpar). But it clicks. The general audiences LOVE this shit. This is why Identity Thief did so, so well. The Heat too but that is a good movie. Maybe I’m jaded because I assumed Tammy wouldn’t be this kind of movie, I thought, with her writing, it would be a bit more grounded. Granted, I’m judging from a 2 minute teaser trailer that is just from one scene (and it did make me laugh) but still, it seems it follows her Psychopath With A Heart of Gold-shtick. She’s more than this. I support her, I love that she is a hugely successful movie star, but if we’re going to shit on, who, Johnny Depp for playing the same character all the time, then she deserves some shit too.

Robert Redford Blames The Lack Of Campaign For His Oscar Snub

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Robert Redford, who can be seen on the cover of the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter wearing you grandmother’s favourite knit blanket, was asked at the opening of Sundance about his feelings on not receiving an Oscar nomination this morning (like, how do you think one is going to respond? “I FEEL GREAT!” said no one). He, graciously, said it’s not bothering him, and wants to focus on Sundance. When pressed, he continued on saying “Hollywood is a business, and it’s a very good one, and I have nothing but respect for that…

we had no campaign to help us cross over into the mainstream.” This statement has some of you up in arms because it comes off as though he is disrespecting the film and everything involved. Is he though?

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