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The New Birdman Trailer Is Super Long and Super Great

Back in June, we got our first glimpse of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, and it looked completely awesome. Now an extra-long international trailer has dropped and our initial assessment still seems accurate. Michael Keaton stars as a former giant movie star, famous for playing a superhero, who tries to mount a play that will be his comeback. It co-stars Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Edward Norton, and Naomi Watts. Hell, we’d watch that cast just sit around and hang out with a bunch of birds, man.  

  • Posted 7/31/14 at 4:30 PM
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Here Is Vin Diesel Singing Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

America's Sweetheart contender Vin Diesel is making the press rounds this week, repeating "I am Groot" for every late-night talk show, and if you're lucky (and happen to have a karaoke machine?), he'll even perform your favorite song. Take Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," which Vin could easily slay with a bit more practice, although this is a very good start. See you on VinBook for the final version, yes?

Guillermo del Toro on Movie Makeup Artist Dick Smith, His Friend and Mentor

This morning news broke of the death of Rick Smith, the famed makeup artist behind The Exorcist, Little Big Man, The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and Amadeus. We spoke to director Guillermo del Toro, a close friend and colleague of Smith's, and condensed and edited his comments into this as-told-to piece.

Without Dick Smith, I would not be making movies. He was my mentor. The first time I came into contact with him was as a child. When The Exorcist came out, I bought his makeup kit (below) in a toy store. It came with gelatin and molds and colors, and I did my own makeup effects at a very young age. It wasn’t until later that I actually wrote to Dick, explaining to him how much I needed to take his makeup-effects course because no one in Mexico was going to help me do effects for my first feature, Cronos. I said, “I cannot afford an American makeup effects artist. I have to sculpt, paint, design — I have to do everything myself!”

"To this day, many of the principles that he taught me, I still apply to my own creations." »

SpongeBob Is Way Too Sexy and Muscular in This Trailer for SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water

Yikes. SpongeBob SquarePants is not only going 3-D, he's also going ... IRL. In real life, SpongeBob is apparently super jacked, and so are all of his friends — yes, even Patrick Star the starfish. Honestly, it's all just really uncomfortable.

The Into the Woods Trailer Is Finally Here

Here's the first trailer for Into the Woods! There isn't a single moment of singing, so don't get your Sondheim hopes up too high, but at least one can get a sense for the visual style of the movie. (Think Once Upon a Time, only dustier.) Disney's being coy about revealing Johnny Depp's Wolf costume, perhaps because in the original Broadway production, the Wolf has a borderline-disturbing jangly dong. That will probably not be in the movie, but who knows. Maybe Rob Marshall will surprise us.


Lorde Is Curating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Soundtrack

Here's a good idea: Lorde is curating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack. (She's also written the soundtrack's first single.) To prove that she's the perfect teen for the job, she wrote about the entire thing on her Tumblr: 

"Easily the most responsibility i’ve ever had." »

  • Posted 7/31/14 at 11:00 AM

What’s New on Netflix Streaming: August 2014

At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Netflix Streaming adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. Some of these were added halfway through or near the end of July, but we're going to include them in this roundup anyway since you may have missed them. Some of these may also have previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.

Netflix's decision to pick up the final season of The Killing was a head-scratcher. »

The Very Fun Guardians of the Galaxy Is the Class Clown of the Marvel Universe

The most touching thing in Guardians of the Galaxy is its very first opening scene, set in 1988. A young boy, inseparable from his Walkman, watches his mother die of cancer and then runs, in tears, out onto a field, where he’s promptly abducted by a spaceship. The scene positions this entire sci-fi spectacle as a wish-fulfillment fantasy, anchoring its derring-do and frivolity in grief. We read and watch stuff like this to get away, it tells us. So come away with us. Of course, this is just another variation on the old Spielbergian motif of the broken child saved by wonder, but it still works. It’s also an artful dodge, because while this very enjoyable film does return briefly to this scene later on, it mostly avoids anything approaching this level of poignancy for the rest of its running time.

That young boy, 26 years later, is Peter Quill, who wanders space and calls himself Star-Lord. »

  • Posted 7/31/14 at 8:30 AM
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Dick Smith, Makeup Artist on The Godfather and The Exorcist, Dead at 92

He turned Marlon Brando into the bulldog-jowled Vito Corleone for The Godfather, Dustin Hoffman into a 121-year-old for Little Big Man, and Linda Blair into a profane, cracked-faced, demon-possessed teen in The Exorcist. In 1985, along with Paul LeBlanc, he won a best makeup Oscar for his work on Amadeus, in which he aged F. Murray Abraham's Salieri. Dick Smith was one of the great Hollywood makeup men, and he has died at the age of 92, according to protégé Rick Baker. Below we've embedded a 13-minute video in which Smith talks about his work on The Exorcist, including his construction of the dummy whose head-turning capability resulted in one of the most famous images in American movies, as well a detailed two-part look at his process.

  • Posted 7/31/14 at 12:17 AM
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Jamie Foxx Will Play Mike Tyson

After playing Muhammad Ali's corner man in Ali, Jamie Foxx is putting on some gloves of his own. Variety announced today that Foxx will play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic written by Terence Winter. While HBO made a TV movie about Tyson in 2005 (as well as bringing his one-man show to the screen in 2013), this will be the first attempt to make his life into a feature film. It's not clear what part of his life the movie will focus on — his rise to heavyweight champion? His troubles with the law? The ear-biting incident? The tiger-rearing? His cameo in The Hangover? — but it's safe to say there's plenty of material to work with.

John Goodman Will Reteam With Bryan Cranston for Trumbo Biopic

The Wrap reports that John Goodman is in talks to join Helen Mirren and Bryan Cranston in Trumbo, a biopic about the Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus, Roman Holiday), who was blacklisted in the late '40s after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Cranston is to play Trumbo and Mirren will play Hedda Hopper, the gossip columnist who helped take him down, while Goodman is in talks to play Frank King, a producer who hired Trumbo while he was blacklisted. Fun fact: Along with Argo, this marks the second movie Cranston and Goodman have starred in together that has a one word, bisyllabic title ending in o. What's next on the docket — Disney's live-action Dumbo reboot? (We hope so. That would be awesome.)

How Will Zoe Saldana Shoot All 5 of Her Upcoming Sci-Fi Sequels?

Enjoy seeing Zoe Saldana while you still can! In due time, she'll disappear for a while to shoot a whopping five big-budget sci-fi movies: In addition to those three sequels to Avatar, she's also got the just-announced sequel Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Star Trek 3 on her plate — and she's visibly pregnant, to boot. Who's planning this woman's insane schedule?

James Cameron’s got first dibs. »

  • Posted 7/30/14 at 6:54 PM
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The 6 Handsomest Photos of Orlando Bloom, Plus: The 6 Worst Justin Bieber Lyrics

While we don’t condone violence, it looks like Orlando Bloom officially did something to redeem himself for Elizabethtown. This incident, which we will forever deem “Miranda Kerr? Really?” had a crowd of celebs literally cheering (according to source) after Bloom took a swing at King Baby Justin Bieber at Cipriani Ibiza. Owned. Here are six other reason why Orlando Bloom will always win this fight.

Take a Look at the Into the Woods Stills

The difference between a cow and a bean is a bean can begin an adventure, and the differences between the stage version of Into the Woods and the Rob Marshall movie version appear to be dust, mist, smokiness. People has some of the first stills from the upcoming film, and it ... you know, looks like a fairy tale.

I wish... »

Let Vin Diesel Teach You How to Say ‘I Am Groot’ in So Many Languages

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin Diesel plays a tree-alien thing of not many words. He says only three words, always in the same order: “I am Groot.” This limited vocabulary allowed for Diesel to record the voice-over in many languages. Today Marvel sent out footage of him saying the phrase in Brazilian Portuguese, French, Russian, and Spanish. Watch that and the clip of him saying it in Mandarin on The Tonight Show last night below. Groot is truly the Muzzy of the 2010s.

Chris Pratt Made an Awesome Playlist, Just for You

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt's Star-Lord treasures nothing more than a classic-rock mixtape from his mother, an aural reminder of his brief boyhood spent on Earth. When we ran into Pratt last night at a Guardians screening hosted by the Cinema Society, Men's Fitness, and FIJI, we brought up Star-Lord's "Awesome Mix Vol. 1," and asked the actor what he might put on his own personal playlist. "Oh, that's a good question!" Pratt enthused. "I'm a big country music fan, so probably a lot of Garth Brooks, Eric Church, George Strait. Maybe some good '80s music — we were listening to some Madonna in the car today; I was singing the Patrick Swayze song from Dirty Dancing today." With his thoughts collected, Pratt launched into an off-the-cuff playlist, which you can listen to below.

"Star light for a Star-Lord!" »

See Christopher Nolan’s Outer Space in the New Interstellar Trailer

The latest trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which premiered at Comic-Con last weekend, is out in the world. We finally get to see what Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and the film's other astronauts are in search of: ice, water, and other things that look like the bottom level of Inception. For the time being, we are only able to direct you to the film's website. Input the code 7201969 to watch the trailer.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Trailer

With about $1 billion of worldwide grosses between two movies, the Night at the Museum franchise has undeniably been a success and undeniably changed how kids complain about museums forever. As a result of this and the whole world of museums to make come to life, we have Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (which may or may not be an allusion to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze). This time, Ben Stiller and his friends are in England, a place famous for liking old stuff. As it is England, Rebel Wilson plays the default person who says "whiff" instead of "with" and Dan Stevens plays Lancelot. The film opens on December 17. If only Santa was in one of these museums.

Can You Guess Famous Clueless Lines From Just a GIF?

Okay, you’re probably thinking, “Is this, like Wheel of Fortune, or what?!” But seriously, the Vulture Quote Quiz is, like, way important. When you’re finished playing Suck and Blow, sit down and see how many lines from the 1995 classic Clueless you can guess from just GIFs. Our game works Hangman-style: You type in letters to fill in the quote that goes with the GIF or still image, but if you get more than three letters wrong, you lose that question. (If you're stuck, click for a hint on the upper-right-hand corner of each picture.) When you're done, share your final score on Twitter, Facebook, or just tell Amber because that girl has a big mouth.

  • Posted 7/30/14 at 12:00 PM
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This May or May Not Be Guardians of the Galaxy’s Completely Insane Post-Credits Scene

Note: As was always going to be the case, it appears the video has been taken down.

Unlike in previous years, Marvel has not been including the post-credits scene in press screenings, creating a lot of speculation and buzz. This morning it appears to have leaked — well, maybe. If this is the actual post-credits sequence, it is 10,000 percent bonkers. Not to give anything away, but it features, legitimately, the least likely character that Marvel owns the rights to. However, considering how silly it is, some believe Marvel intentionally leaked this as a fake out. Either way, seriously: What the, well, duck?