Ed Helms, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Anne Heche, John C. Reilly | R |
Ed Helms must be a generous guy, because if I were making my first foray into Leading Man Land, I wouldn't let a scene-stealer like Reilly anywhere near me. Helms is perfectly cast as genial (if slightly unbelievable) naif Tim Lippe, an insurance salesman at his first convention. But Reilly is richly hilarious as the profane one in a group of gin-soaked conventioneers (including a sweetly funny Whitlock) who decide to show Tim a felonious but well-intentioned good time. It takes a while for the fun onscreen to translate into laughs, but once they start, they don't let up.
Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell | PG-13 |
Marcus (Tatum, below) is the tall one. That's key, since nothing else distinguishes the grim, loyal soldier from Esca (Bell), his grim, loyal slave. They're personality-free as they search for a bronze eagle, the Roman army standard, lost by Marcus' father. Cobbled together from Gladiator, Braveheart and other movies, The Eagle never develops much of a personality either.
ITTY-BITTY FILM COMMITTEE
How does Gnomeo & Juliet (now playing) stack up against The Smurfs (Aug. 3)?
PEOPLE's resident Bieberologist, Joey Bartolomeo, thought she knew almost everything about the pop star until she saw Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
1 He's not a picky eater: He grabs a doughnut from the trash and eats pepperoni, pineapple and bacon pizza with friends.
2 He grew up around wild animals: His beloved grandfather has a taxidermied fox and wolf in his house in Canada. (Thanks to Justin and pals, the fox now has a detached leg.)
3 He shaves! "I need a razor," the 16-year-old proclaims before a scene of him grooming his (seemingly) whiskerless face.
4 He's still a kid at heart. His bedding themes: the Toronto Maple Leafs (in his bedroom at his grandparents' home) and Spider-Man (on his tour bus).
5 Bieber downs a green drink he calls "dinosaur pee." (Usher encouraged it.)
WHAT I LOVE THIS WEEK
NEW DVD EDITION
Holly Hunter, William Hurt and Albert Brooks in one of the best (and funniest) films about the biz.
IN TALKS FOR THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
No word on whom the Inception star might play, but fingers crossed he'll be a baddie.
THE LAST LIONS
OPENING FEB. 18
Terrific (but brutal) documentary about a lioness trying to save her cubs. Go, but don't take the kids.
DIANNA AGRON'S NEW NUMBER
ON GETTING ROMANTIC WITH AN ALIEN IN I AM NUMBER FOUR
I had never been involved in a love story like this. On Glee it's the coupling, the breaking up, more of the high school drama. This was beautiful: His last line to me is, "We only love one person, and you're the one for me." Some people can think that's cheesy, but I think the message is, when you fall for somebody, you really put the effort in and you can't take it lightly.
ON COSTAR ALEX PETTYFER, HER RUMORED FIANCE
He was so enthusiastic. He wasn't a diva, so that was good.
ON SHOWING OFF HER PHOTOS
My character has this love of photography. I found my love for photography in school-I take photos when I'm traveling, on trains, on bike or on foot, so they asked me if I wanted to contribute.
ON KEEPING A DIARY LIKE HER CHARACTER
I used to keep one with my friend Ashley. We started in seventh grade. We'd trade it, take it home and cut out magazine clippings and be like, "Brad Pitt
or Johnny Depp
? Circle one." I found one not too long ago, and it was amazing to hear the voice of my youth!