Well, I dig it. You know it’s funny growing up I had two neighbors named Sylvia – well not exactly neighbors. Ya see one lived in my building one or two floors up. The other? Well, she lived in a neighboring building and I knew her from our respective building’s pool. Yep, our buildings were connected by one pool, which tenants from both apartment complexes could use. But you don’t care about that. Watch the video. It’s kick ass. My story? Pretty unnecessary really.
As “Mr. Cellophane” in Chicago, John C. Reilly – to steal a line from his comedy Step Brothers had the “voice of an angel.” While it wasn’t a Fergie/Jesus mix like that movie elaborate, the always-reliable actor showed great depth as a singer displaying one killer falsetto. Having said all that, it’s a delight to watch Reilly sing bad karaoke in his new film “Cyrus,” a mildly dark comedy co-starring Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei.
The film, written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass, finds Reilly playing a good-natured editor who has given up on love after his marriage fell apart some seven years ago. Enter Marisa Tomei’s Molly, and he falls hard — unfortunately she comes with baggage in the form of an eccentric 21-year-old son named Cyrus (Hill).
The film, which opens in select theaters this Friday (June 18), is a nice detour from the bland blockbuster summer fare and features strong performances throughout, especially from Reilly who delivers some of his finest work. The flick, like his character, is tender, funny, and delightfully awkward. At the film’s New York Premiere last week, I asked Reilly about his chemistry with Hill (the two are at odds throughout), and how it felt to do some off-key singing and roaming around in a large chunk of the film in his tighty-whities. As I found out, he enjoyed it all. On an unrelated note, he name-dropped a certain someone he met once at Warren Beatty’s house.
Precious 2? Oscar Winning Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher jokes about it – when pressed by me – on the red carpet of the New York premiere of “Just Wright” starring Queen Latifah and Common. Video/Kellie Gerardi.
“Soul Power” opens this Friday in select theaters. It won Official Selection in the 2009 Los Angeles, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals and arguably more importantly, showcases some facial hair fury on James Brown.
Anyways, here’s a clip featuring Big Black from the upcoming award flick.
Growing up, Donald Cumming loved all those classic music videos on MTV. Someday the Virgins frontman hopes to make a really elaborate video like those, but, for now, he’s content with making more “intimate” ones that emphasize who the Virgins are as a band. Their latest video, for ‘One Week of Danger,’ is essentially the band members riding around in their native New York City. “The idea for the video, we came up with in, I think, a minute,” Cumming tells Spinner. “We were just sitting in the van on tour just completely crammed and squished together, and we were like,’Remember when we used to like going around in big vehicles, like when we were younger?’”
Read the rest of my piece on Spinner here.
“Push” took the top prize. Here’s last week’s premiere at Sundance which was celeb heavy. Pictured above: Shar Jackson, Mo’Nique (with) Lee Daniels, Mariah Carey with Nick Canon, Paula Patton, her main squeeze Robin Thicke, Young Jeezy, Chyna Layne, Jesse Csincsac of “The Bachelorette,” and critic Ben Lyons with Clinton Sparks. Look, I’m not going to go light on Lyons either. Everybody trashes him, but I’ll only complain that it sucks that he gets to do what I can only dream about. Anyway, that’s it. Great movie…that “Push.”
Comedian/Writer/Actor Todd Barry arrives at the NYC premiere of The Wrestler, a film he co-stars in alongside Oscar hopeful Mickey Rourke. I asked Barry on the red carpet how it was to work with Rourke, and his eyes immediately beamed. “It was great. Surreal, because Diner’s one of my favorite movies ever. I was just weird to work with him,” he said as photographers snapped photos. “He’s very big and I’m very small,” he added.
As he made his way toward the paparazzi, I threw him a bit of a curveball. “What do you think of Mickey’s mustache?” I asked. “I like it,” a baffled Barry replied. When asked whether he liked them in general, the humble Pete Best of the Flight of the Conchords noted, “I don’t look good with a mustache, but it seems to be working for him.” See the movie, live the mustache, folks.
Dakota Fanning posed and signed autographs at the New York premiere of her controversial new flick
Hound Dog earlier this week. In the film, Fanning’s character dances in her underwear and gets raped by a much older man. Her parents have been criticized for allowing their daughter to be in such a film. What nobody criticizes them for letting her star in Cat in the Hat?
Last night, Jack Black, Tom Cruise, Matthew McConaughey, Director/Producer/Co-Writer Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. and countless other mega-celebs attended the Los Angeles premiere of Tropic Thunder at the Mann Village Theatre. Tom Cruise has a cameo in the film as a bald, fat movie exec. McConaughey is just super cool and can go wherever he wants. On an unrelated note, the premiere served as a coming out party for Downey Jr. who unveiled a mighty big ‘stache for his forthcoming Sherlock Holmes pic at the premiere. He wears it well.
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