Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Emma Watson | R |
Nothing says "the party's over" like a sinkhole opening up on the front lawn, catapulting guests into what looks suspiciously like the pits of hell. That blows for Rihanna
, Aziz Ansari, and a crowd of celebs who die off faster than you can say "cameo appearance." But it's great for us, because This Is the End is one unapologetically offensive, ridiculously raunchy good time.
It all starts with Franco - or rather "Franco," since the stars play fictional versions of themselves. (At least I hope they do, or Michael Cera really is one nasty little crud nugget.) He's hosting a party when Los Angeles erupts in flames, hordes die and others are sucked up into a blue light. The survivors hole up in the house, cuddling for safety and debating the ethical division of a Milky Way bar. Everyone is hilarious, with Franco creepily crushing on Rogen and Baruchel and Jonah Hill hoping for each other's deaths. But it's the unfairly gifted Danny McBride who'll bring tears to your eyes with his utter self-absorption. Watson has a great scene too, but her brief presence only underscores the film's silly lack of women.
Other than that, End is a terrific payoff for this crew's fans, with funny nods to Superbad and Pineapple Express. Even with a hard-R rating, it's still pretty sweet. In theaters June 12.
Violet & Daisy
Alexis Bledel, Saoirse Ronan | R |
Teens Violet (Bledel) and Daisy (Ronan) are pretty cute for a pair of professional killers - but how exactly have they stayed alive this long? There's much about this achingly affected black comedy that strains credulity - like the catnap they take waiting for their next target (James Gandolfini) to come home. He lets them sleep, then bakes them cookies. Bledel and Ronan give it their level best, exploring the nature of young female friendship. But they're stuck in a twee, boring misfire. Wake me when the cookies are ready.
Will Smith, Jaden Smith PG-13 |
Count vanity movie projects among the things you shouldn't buy your kids. Will conceived the story, in which he plays Gen. Cypher Raige, father of Kitai (Jaden), whom he takes on a space mission. They end up crashing on Earth in a disaster that kills everyone not named Smith. While Cypher nurses his broken legs and spouts self-helpy Smithentology about the nature of fear, Kitai lopes through the land of the lost to find the ship's beacon. The plot is silly, but better than the wooden acting and stilted dialogue.
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This is the first feature film made from your books, and your son Larry directed it. Why pick Tiger Eyes, about a girl who loses her dad?
Oh, there was never any question that it would be Tiger Eyes. Larry and I, we talked for years. He knew that he wanted to be a filmmaker and always said, "This is the one."
How was it collaborating?
We made a real conscious decision that if we did this together, it was going to work and it was going to be a good experience. And it was. It was so much fun!
I'm still holding out hope for a movie of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
Margaret is a favorite. Who knew that was going to grow into something that everybody knew?
Especially the "I must increase my bust" chant.
I saw my breast surgeon yesterday. We were talking about the first time we met, when she looked at me and said, "A cups, right?" And I said, "Yeah! The exercises didn't work for me!" She didn't have a clue what I was talking about.
Did surviving breast cancer change the way you live?
I would like to tell you yes. I remember in the beginning saying, "No more stress [and] no more cupcakes." But I love those Magnolia cupcakes!
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THE WORST JOB I EVER HAD
I spent one summer in telemarketing in this unmarked building in Waukegan, Ill. We were selling tickets for a police rodeo. Looking back, I don't know if there ever was a rodeo. Talk about thankless.
MOST HEROIC MOMENT ON THE JOB
I was a lifeguard at the YMCA, and one day there was a woman in the pool who was not a good swimmer and started to slowly drift toward the deep end. So I got in the pool and just lightly dragged her over to the shallow end. My boss said, "Congratulations on your first save." When I told my dad, he said that there wasn't anything "save" about it. He took it off the big board, and rightfully so.
FIRST SHOWBIZ JOB
I cut school and went to an audition with another kid's mom. I got cast [in an industrial film] and from that got an agent and a lot of stuff in Chicago, like a national commercial. I had done okay. Then I went out to Los Angeles, and Jon Favreau and I made Swingers. That really changed things!