Emma Stone All Blonde And Stuff

So, I haven’t written about Emma Stone up here in quite some time, and while I’m in the midst of writing all sorts of other stuff I feel that this takes a little more precedence over all of that.

Emma Stone is BLONDE!!!!

She had to have her hair dyed for her new role as Gwen Stacy in the upcoming Spider-Man re-boot. I must say I miss the red hair, but she’s gotta do what she’s gotta do….I guess.

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Leslie Nielsen Passes at 84

Canadian-born actor and star of such comedy classics as Airplane! and The Naked Gun series, Leslie Nielsen, died today, Sunday November 28 at the age of 84. He passed away at a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, FL due to complications from pneumonia.

Leslie Nielsen started out his acting career in dramatic television during the 1950s and got his big break with the 1956 film, Forbidden Planet, which became a huge success landing Nielsen a line of other MGM films. However, despite his dramatic background, Nielsen was most widely known for his comedies, particularly his role as Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun series.

Nielsen was the absolute master of deadpan comedy. His calm, matter-of-fact delivery paired with the absurdity surrounding him made such simple lines like, “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.” all the more hilarious. That line of course comes from the 1980s satire, Airplane! in which Nielsen plays a doctor on board an airplane where people are falling sick from food poisoning. It’s ranked on AFI’s top 100 comedies of all time and is the host of one of my favorite lines in comedy history:

“A hospital? What is it?” the flight attendant asks, referring to the illness

“It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.” replies Nielsen in perfect deadpan.

It’s difficult to see a tremendous talent pass, especially when it is held by someone as good-hearted as Leslie Nielsen. And so in our own special way, Bitchy Queens is going to honor his talent and impact on the film world by Chris and I each watching our favorite Nielsen comedy and posting up our ramblings about it as a sort of thank you and final good-bye to a comedy legend.

R.I.P. Mr. Nielsen.

Preview Theater

Thursday night I went to go and see the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (review coming later) and amidst the crazy of the super-fans all dressed up as Hermione, Bellatrix or Snape, there were the previews. I generally enjoy previews, except for when they last an hour long and are all about some ancient Knight that has to rise up and become King or a quirky couple that hate each other and (against all odds) fall in love. All in all though, previews are a great way to see what’s coming up and ultimately judge a movie’s quality. I decided to make this little segment all about previews for movies that I’m excited about, movies that look crappy, or just cool lookin’ trailers, and for purposes of this first post I’m going to talk briefly about the line-up of trailers that were at the HP premiere starting first with:

The Eagle

Directed by Kevin Macdonald, starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland

I’d like to preface my thoughts about this movie by letting you all know that I have a deep-seated hatred for Channing Tatum. I’m not sure where or when it started, but G.I.Joe sure as hell didn’t help it, and the fact that the’s starring in this movie will skew my opinion on it no matter how good it is. Having said that, he doesn’t look that God awful in it and it does have Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland so that may be able to balance it out. Maybe. This movie falls under the “epic journey” category and while it may have a slightly different plot than most Knight movies, it doesn’t seem to have any sort of different feel making it, well, boring.

Which brings me into the next movie:

Season of the Witch

Directed by Dominic Sena, starring Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman and Claire Foy

The theater I was in played this and The Eagle‘s trailer back to back and it honestly took me a moment to realize that they were two different movies. Now I understand that the time periods are generally the same, but everything down to the colors and tone were practically identical. What makes this one stand out is it’s plot, you know the whole dealing with a witch thing. I think that element looks pretty interesting, but all of the slow motion Knight battles set to heavy metal fused with Gregorian chants makes it seem like another generic battle movie. But hey it’s got Nic Cage, so that’s a plus.

Red Riding Hood

Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, starring Amanda Seyfield, Lukas Haas and Gary Oldman

Of all the trailers I saw that night, this is the one that stuck with me the longest. As bizarre as the concept may seem this film looks interesting. I wasn’t sure how I’d buy into the whole making little red riding hood “edgier” but it sure is different. I’m not the biggest fan of Catherine Hardwicke’s stuff but this trailer has gotten my attention, oh and Gary Oldman! Im just glad that I’m not the only one who pictured little red riding hood gettin it on with the woodcutter.

The Green Hornet

Directed by Michael Gondry, starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Christoph Waltz

This is just an add on to the trailers that have been circling around for quite a bit now, although it gives us a little bit more of Christoph Waltz’s villain as well as some more Rogen one-liners. I’m liking what I see from this movie so far, and I’m very excited for it’s release in 2011.

Cowboys and Aliens

Directed by Jon Favreau, starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde. Adapted from the graphic novel of the same name by Scott Mitchell Rosenburg

This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen and I absolutely love it. First off it’s directed by Favreau (Ironman) and it’s about freaking cowboys fighting aliens. It’s got everything a good story needs: cowboys, aliens, conflict and Olivia Wilde. Harrison Ford sure is looking old in this one though, but I mean who doesn’t love the guy? This trailer made me cry with laughter, which is even funnier considering this isn’t supposed to be a comedy. Nonetheless, I can’t wait for this one to come out.

The Green Lantern

Directed by Martin Campbell, starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard

Unfortunately I was least impressed by this one. I’m a pretty big comic book fan and I’ve been looking forward to this film for quite a long time now, but this trailer really just turned me off. I don’t know if it was entirely down to the crappy looking CGI or the whole Fantastic Four vibe I got from it, but I just hope that the finished product is significantly better than this trailer was. I do have to say that I enjoy Ryan Reynolds though, and from what they showed it seems like he does a good job, everything else though…eeks…

Daniel Day-Lewis=Abraham Lincoln

Source: Deadline

Two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis has been cast as honest Abe in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln set to release in 2012. DDL beat out contender Liam Neeson for this role, and while I personally think that Neeson looks a bit more like the Prez, Lewis is one of the most versatile actors in the business today so I’m sure he’ll pull off the role brilliantly. I like him in case you couldn’t tell. Here’s a little more information about the movie:

Based on the best-selling book, Team of Rivals, by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the screenplay has been written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner.  It will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg.

It is anticipated that the film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.

Let’s just hope his Lincoln is as crazy as Bill the Butcher

 

Carey Mulligan As Daisy In Great Gatsby Adaptation

Source: Deadline

Carey Mulligan (An Education) has been selected for the role of Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, The Great Gatsby. She will be starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio who will play Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire who will play Nick Carraway. Daisy was  a very coveted role with a bunch-load (yeah that’s right) of big name actress up for the part, and when Mulligan heard she won the part she apparently broke down into tears on the red carpet. Mulligan’s performance in An Education was outstanding (I mean, she did receive an Oscar nomination for it) so I’m pumped that she won this part, I’m sure she’ll do an amazing job with it. Here is what Luhrmann had to say regarding the decision to cast Mulligan:

“Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: “Hello, Daisy Buchanan.”

 

Oh Hey Look, A Blog!

Hey. So, um, yeah how have you been? Me? I’ve been doing ok, yeah just trying to get things sorted out you know? Yeah. Well, you look great. No I mean it you really do, glad to see you’re doing alright for yourself. Yeah………..Look, I uh, I’m sorry for not writing in a while. I’ve just been caught up in a lot of other things and I’ve been meaning to, I really have, it’s just…I dunno I guess it just slipped my mind. Can you forgive me?

That sincerely awkward apology goes out to all three of our viewers (Mom, Dad, StarHump69) and we want to let you all know that we’re coming back from our month long hiatus with avengeance, starting with this steamy story hot off the presses:

Jessica Simpson Engaged!!! 

I don't know what the man sees in her

That’s right folks, the “30 year old singer” (neither of those claims have yet to be proven) became engaged to her man-friend Eric Johnson on Thursday, just days after her ex-husband, Nick Lachey, popped the question to Vanessa Minnillo. Can this engagement just be a reaction to her ex’s? Will Simpson’s new marriage be a more successful one? Does anybody actually care about any of this? No. No, they don’t. Which is why I’m happy to say that Bitchy Queens is back to bring you real stories, like this one:


Paul Giamatti Joining The Hangover II 

Like this but MORE hungover

Paul Giamatti will be joining The Hangover Part II and will head down to Thailand with director Todd Phillips and the film’s cast in a few weeks. I’m not sure which character he is slated for, and what exactly the film is going to be about but really does it matter? It’s Paul Giamatti!

Anyways, expect a heckuva lot more posts to be coming your way now that we’ve gotten up off of our asses and are writing again.

Comic Book Movie News Mashup

I’m trying my hardest to make sure this blog doesn’t become only about comic book movies, but with all the announcements it’s so gosh danged hard! Figured I’d put the most recent developments all into one post so:

  • D.C. is expecting a script for Flash to come in by the end of the year. It’ll be written by Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green, who most recently wrote the script for The Green Lantern.
  • When asked about the possibility of a Justice League Movie, D.C.’s chief creative officer, Geoff Johns, said “I’m going to speak frankly: I think our characters are bigger than Marvel’s.” He went on to say “that he’d rather spend time building each character on his or her own rather than smashing them together.” Pretty ballsy to say, we’ll see if he’s right.
  • A week after announcing that Emma Stone has been cast as Gwen Stacy, the Spider-Man reboot announces it’s villain will be played by Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, The Replacements). No news on who the villain’ll be. I’d love to see some Mysterio action, but that’s pretty doubtful.

Well, I’ll keep postin’ em as I hear em. I swear I’ll write something of substance on here some day. But until then, COMICS COMICS COMICS!

Sin City 2 On The Way Mayhaps

Sin City is on my list of movies that I can watch over and over again and never get tired with. It’s a rare breed of comic book film that doesn’t focus on the cape-bearing, tights-wearing hero that we normally see, and to top it off it’s one that fans of the original comic love. In that regard, I’m pretty danged excited at the news that Robert Rodriguez plans on directing Sin City 2 after he’s finished up with Spy Kids 4. However, comic book sequels never really do that well, although Frank Miller wrote brand new material for the movie (focusing on Nancy Callahan avenging the death of Hartigan). I dunno, I’ll definitely watch it and I have faith in Rodriguez, I just hope it can at least be as fantastic as the first. Is that too much to ask?!

Flippin’ Sweet! Napoleon Dynamite Gets Cartoon Show

Deadline reports that Fox has ordered six episodes of the animated TV adaptation of Napoleon Dynamite to possibly air next season along with Jonah Hill’s Allen Gregory. But wait there’s more! Fans of the movie will jump with joy for the news that the original cast is actually coming back to voice the series.