Monthly Archives: June 2011
Ethan Hunt returns for the fourth installment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, and thanks to the trailer we learn a little about what the “Ghost Protocol” in the title is referring to.
The clip starts things off with a literal bang, and before long Tom Cruise‘s Hunt and Jeremy Renner‘s Brandt are in the back of a car being told that thanks to an explosion at the Kremlin, the president has initiated “ghost protocol” and the entire IMF has been disavowed.
The trailer then launches into a rapid-fire set of cuts showing off the cast, including Simon Pegg, Paula Patton and Josh Holloway, plus plenty of stunts. What do you think – are you adding this to a must-see list?
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” opens in theaters December.
Critics are calling “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” as bleak and meaningless as its title, but some do say that Michael Bay‘s latest effort was at least better than the 2009 sequel.
The third installment features a grown-up Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) who teams up with the Autobots against the Decepticons in (of course) a battle of good versus evil involving a mission to the moon.
What would a “Transformers” movie be without a sexy girlfriend by Witwicky’s side? British model-turned-actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley almost seamlessly replaces former co-star Megan Fox, who dropped out of the trilogy last May.
If audiences were hoping for a 3-D cinematic show, most reviewers thought the graphics came through.
As CNN’s Tom Charity concluded, “It’s a lousy movie, but at least it’s a lousy movie with a serviceable story, killer CGI and an action climax.”
The Los Angeles Times agreed that “you don’t go to ‘Transformers’ for the character or the plot – you go for metal-crushing, sensory-overloading action…The visual payoff is striking.”
“(The movie) is a visually ugly film with an incoherent plot, wooden characters and inane dialog,” Ebert noted. “It provided me with one of the more unpleasant experience.”
Not even the talent from the supporting cast, which included Academy Award winner Frances McDormand as well as new additions Patrick Dempsey and Ken Jeong, were enough to give the plot a spine.
“See Bay use his magic on actors. By that I mean his uncanny gift for making talent look talentless,” said “Rolling Stone” reviewer Peter Travers.
The reviewers may have been unimpressed with “Cars 2” – which still went on to open at the top of the box office over the weekend– but interest has definitely been piqued for an upcoming project from the studio: “Brave.”
The animated tale follows a Scottish princess who goes against the wishes of her parents and inadvertently puts the kingdom in jeopardy as a result.
The minute-long clip shows the princess riding through a picturesque landscape as a narrator explains, “When we are put to the test, it is the one thing we must always be,” before the title card flashes on the screen.
Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”) provides the voice of the red-haired princess, with Emma Thompson and Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”) also cast. The animated fantasy will hit theaters June 22, 2012.
Check out the trailer below:
NBC revealed its four finalists on Wednesday’s (June 22) live episode of “The Voice,” and it was clearly an emotional experience for the performers and coaches.The semifinalists opened the show with a fun group rendition of George Michael’s “Freedom,” while Cee Lo Greene performed his single “Bright Lights, Bigger City.”
The Voice was just one of two programs watched by more than 11 million viewers across the U.S. and Canada last week. (The other was America’s Got Talent.)
The Voice is quirky, unpredictable, tension-filled and, most surprising of all, has clearly touched a nerve with a mature viewing audience disheartened by too many seasons of Tweener Text Vote Country Idol.
This time, there’s a sense that, when the final four singers square off in a two-hour performance program tomorrow, Tuesday, followed by an hour-long finale Wednesday, a genuine recording artist may emerge in the end.
Will it be from Team Adam – “the charismatic performer with the smooth voice” – Javier Colon, Team Blake –” The natural” – Dia Frampton, Team Ceelo – “hard-luck acoustic rock singer-songwriter from Tacoma, Washington” – Vicci Martinez or from Christina’s Team -“hard rocker” – Beverly McClellan.
Johnny Knoxville says he’s been running through a gauntlet of emotions since his friend and “Jackass” co-star Ryan Dunn died last week … ranging from mind-numbing sadness to anger directed at Ryan.
Knoxville went to his blog this weekend … and explained why he froze up while speaking at Ryan Dunn’s memorial service last week … saying he tried his best, but “What came out were the mumblings of a man trying his best not to cry.”
Knoxville writes, “Here is what I wished I could have told everyone then.”
During the painfully honest blog, Johnny explains how much he loved Dunn — he loved Dunn’s “hair trigger laugh reflex … Dunn was a great listener … a great friend … “as loyal as they come.”
But midway through the tribute, Knoxville expresses his discontent with Dunn … saying, “I’m becoming upset now because this isn’t right, goddamnit. Ryan, I had to go wake up Madison and tell her you were gone. Do you know how hard that was?!! She loved you so much and I know you loved her, so why, buddy? Rocko will never get to know you like she did, nor will my daughter that is coming in October. I cry a lot about that.”
Knoxville — who refers to Dunn as his “brother” — closed the post by saying, “I don’t know what else to say right now, so I will close with I love you, Ryan. I have a lot of emotions swirling, but I want you to know I love you so very much.”
Just when you think he couldn’t get any hotter, Johnny Depp plays guitar! The Pirates actor performed with veteran rock star Alice Cooper on Sunday at London’s The 100 Club.
Johnny certainly fit the part as a sexy guitarist, wearing a newsboy cap, his trademark shaded glasses, and a vest that revealed his biceps! According to music site NME, Alice introduced the 48-year-old actor to the audience as “the blues master, Mr. Johnny D from Kentucky.”
British The X Factor contestant Katie Waissel attended the show and tweeted about the night, writing:
“Oh my god johnny depp just got on stage with Alice cooper wtf omg I love this right now I’m speechless!!!!!”
Johnny is no stranger to the stage! Back in the 90s, he was a member of the band P, that included Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Steve Jones from Sex Pistols.
James Bond star Daniel Craig recently got married to actress Rachel Weisz, according to Weisz’s publicist.
In an example of life imitating art, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig have tied the knot.
Weisz, 41, announced her split from partner of nine years Darren Aronofsky in November.
At the time, she and 43-year-old James Bond actor Craig — who reportedly parted ways with girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell — denied they were an item.
Weisz is best known for her roles in “The Mummy” movies and she won an Academy Award for her performance in “The Constant Gardener.”
Today (June 25) marks the two year anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s sudden death and the world is still missing the King of Pop.
While there are still many questions surrounding his mysterious passing, one thing is for sure — his iconic music will live on forever. MJ set the bar extremely high for pop music acts today, and we doubt anyone will be able to dethrone the King of Pop.
Fans and mourners left flowers and candles on Michael Jackson‘s Hollywood Walk of Fame star today to honor the pop star on the second anniversary of his death.
The world-famous pop star suddenly suffered cardiac arrest June 25, 2009 in his Los Angeles home and died hours later.
The death was ruled an overdose of pain pills.
R.I.P Michael Jackson 1958-2009
Kim Kardashian’s ample backside has oft been the subject of a “is it real or is it fake?” guessing game, and now the 30-year-old reality TV star is trying to set the record straight.
On an upcoming episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” the soon-to-be Mrs. Humphries headed to the doctor for an X-ray to prove that her tush is implant-free.
In a promo clip for the show, Kim explains to her physician that her sisters “dared me to get a butt X-ray, because there are so many rumors that I have butt implants, and I’m so tired of them.”
Her sister Kourtney got an X-ray of her breasts to show what implants would look like.
On her blog, Kim’s sister Khloe posted the photographic evidence of Kim’s backside along with the caption, “Hey dolls. The PROOF is in the X-ray. Kim’s ass is 100% real!!!”
Kim retweeted the link to Khloe’s blog post, adding, “Haha! The things my sisters have me do! Proof baby!”
Wednesday Night Ratings on LIVE Shows along with US President Obama’s Announcement.
Who gathered the most viewers as most of the networks is airing LIVE broadcast!
Below are the final broadcast ratings.
NBC won the night overall, though the total viewers and adults 18-49 rating won’t be known because of the impact of President Obama’s address. The network kicked off the night with a special results show of The Voice, which drew 10.01 million viewers and a 3.3 demo. That was down 17% amongst total viewers from Tuesday night, and a significant 25% in the demo.
However, going for the series is that it aired at a special time, on a special night, without a lead-in, went up against FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, and was delayed 16 minutes because of President Obama’s address.
Leading out of The Voice was a one-hour original of America’s Got Talent, drawing 13.49 million and a 3.9 demo — that was up 9% in total viewers and up 13% in the demo compared to the night prior.
Leading out of an original episode of Talent was a rerun of Talent, bringing in 10.75 million and a 2.9 demo.
FOX was next, drawing a 6.28 million viewers and a 2.2 demo for what So You Think You Can Dance drew from 8:16-10:16PM after President Obama’s address. However, that was down 17% from last week’s 7.59 million and down 19% in the demo compared to last week’s 2.7.
As noted above, however, this was the first time it went head-to-head with NBC’s The Voice, and because both reality shows were down, may have negatively impacted each other.
ABC was next on this night with a rerun of The Middle at 8:30 following President Obama’s address, 3.99 million and a 1.1, a rerun of Modern Family, 4.47 million and a 1.6, a rerun of Happy Endings, 2.79 million and a 1.1, and an original Primetime: Nightline, 4.76 million and a 1.3.
CBS was next with Undercover Boss, which aired in progress following President Obama’s speech, a rerun, 4.42 million and a 1.0. A rerun of Criminal Minds drew 6.33 million and a 1.3. Blue Bloods closed the night for the network, doing 5.83 million and a 1.0.
The CW went with two reruns of America’s Next Top Model, the first drawing 920,000 and the second doing 870,000 viewers. Both episodes drew a 0.4 demo.