Hollywood’s Hottest Leading Men: 12 Chiseled Faces and Darling Smiles We Love

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Dear people who say things like “Happy Monday,” Who are you? For those of us who routinely wake up on “the wrong side of the bed,” here’s a little pick-me-up: 12 of Hollywood’s hottest leading men to crush on.

1. Ryan Gosling “Hey girl…” It’s gonna be okay, it’ll be hump day before you know it.

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2. Miles Teller This 28-year-old is not just pleasing to the eyes, but he’s also garnered tons of critical acclaim as an actor. Check our interview with him HERE.

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3. Ryan Reynolds He might be married to Blake Lively (see the actresses best looks here) but that won’t stop us from dreamily re-watching The Proposal.

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4. Paul Rudd From Clueless to This Is 40, this guy just gets better and better.

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5. Bradley Cooper Here’s what would make a Monday better: staring into those baby blues.

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6. Joseph Gordon-Levitt 500 days would hardly be enough! Check out our 2011 cover story on him HERE.

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7. Jon Hamm We’d be mad not to love this man.

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8. Joe Manganiello Werewolf, human…Manganiello is hot in any form.

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9. Taye Diggs We Diggs Taye.

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10. Eddie Redmayne The accent, the eyes, the Oscar! What isn’t perfect about Eddie?

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11. Chris Hemsworth Another accent to swoon over, this gorgeous Australian is easy on the eyes and the ears.

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12. Jamie Dornan For the 50 Shades fan, you already know he’s got Christian Grey skills down.

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David Gordon Green Gets Back to Nature With ‘Prince Avalanche’ Trailer

A decade ago, David Gordon Green was a three-named director with a loyal and building following who adored the small but mighty films he created, like the stunning George Washington. Then, major studios released his last three films, including the wildly popular stoner comedy Pineapple Express. Now, after a fairly quiet production process, Green is ready to release his newest film, a return not only to independent cinema for the director, but to a more lush and green setting.

Prince Avalanche, Green’s adaptation of Icelandic film Either Way, which won him the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlinale, seems quiet in some senses of the word in the trailer. The film only has three major characters and takes place in a gorgeous middle-of-nowhere. But after watching the trailer, it seems like Green tries to pack a lot of volume and power into its two main characters. Paul Rudd plays serious straight-man Alvin and Emile Hirsch his girlfriend’s goofball brother, Lance, who together must learn to get along while repainting a stretch of remote highway. Relationships, personal conflicts and more are dredged up. A beautiful, unfurling soundtrack from Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo complements the trio as they navigate relationships and themselves in these towering woods. Prince Avalanche hits theatres on August 9th, but in the meantime, you can watch Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd bicker in the trailer below.  

See New Details for Explosions in the Sky & David Wingo’s Soundtrack for ‘Prince Avalanche’

If there’s one thing Explosions in the Sky evokes, it’s all of the emotions. Every last one. Anyone who has watched Friday Night Lights will understand how "Your Hand in Mind" played at dusk over a football field is truly the easiest trigger for tears. And if you’ve ever gazed wistfully out a bus window in the country while listening to "Who Do You Go Home To," you know the magical power of some stirring instrumental indie rock. And although David Gordon Green latest film, the Sundance hit, Prince Avalanche isn’t a philosophical tear jerker, it does possess a strikingly beautiful glowing and burnt natural landscape and some existential dilemmas, which, are always grounds for some EITS. And with composer David Wingo collaborating at the helm for the score, the tone of Prince Avalanche is set by its subtly lovely soundtrack that melds his and EITS’ sensibilities. 

So with Prince Avalanche premiering this summer, new details on the OST have been announced for the film that stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as two lost men working together in a remote area of Texas as highway road workers who spend the summer of 1988 away from their lives in the city. Based on the original story by Hafsteinn Gunner Sigurosson, the two are foils to one another, clashing and butting heads as they struggle to understand one another as they spend their time isolated in the woods.
 
Out on August 6th, the soundtrack track listing goes as follows:
 
01. Fires
02. Theme From Prince Avalanche
03. Dear Madison
04. Passing Time
05. Rain
06. Alone Time
07. Hello, Is This Your House?
08. Can’t We Just Listen To The Silence
09. Wading
10. Dear Alvin
11. The Lines On The Road That Lead You Back Home
12. An Old Peasant Like Me
13. Join Me On My Avalanche
14. The Adventures Of Alvin and Lance
15. Send Off
 
Check out the trailer below and see the film on August 19th.
 

See the First Teaser Trailer for David Gordon Green’s ‘Prince Avalanche’

David Gordon Green’s history of films is a strange one. At first glance, you wouldn’t necessarily put together that the man who made George Washington and All the Real Girls is the same directorial mind as the man behind Pineapple Express and Your Highness. However, with his eighth and latest feature, Prince Avalanche, Green manages to meld both his comedic and grittier sensibilities into a wonderfully done film that grows on you like its characters grow on one another.

It’s a bizarre study of two lost men, contrasted by a glowing and burnt woodland landscape set to music that reels you into their world. And with a cast of Paul Rudd and Emilie Hirsch we see the men in a remote area of Texas as two highway road workers who spend the summer of 1988 away from their lives in the city. Based on the original story by Hafsteinn Gunner Sigurosson, the two are foils to one another, clashing and butting heads as they struggle to understand one another as they spend their time isolated in the woods. And now, we finally have a teaser trailer for the film just in time for its summer release. Also, check out the poster for the film below.

 

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Relive Your Teen Angst With ‘The Perks of Being A Wallflower’ Trailer

Did you hear that sound, readers? That sound was Tumblr exploding, thanks to the trailer that launched a thousand “squeeeeeeeeeee!”s. The film adaptation of The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky’s modern young adult classic that is either the Catcher In The Rye of the digital generation or a string of annoyingly-overquoted high school poetic Facebook profile soundbites, depending on who you ask, has been the subject of buzz for a while. And now there’s a trailer, which premiered, aptly, during the MTV Movie Awards.

The trailer exhibits some key scenes fans of the novel will recognize, and pretty faithfully at that, which makes sense, since Chbosky wrote the screenplay and serves as director (fun fact: he also wrote the film adaptation of Rent, which, much like Wallflower, is another work a lot of people tend to really, really love in their formative years—and a few quite a bit later). But sadly, none of the music referenced heavily in it appears—nothing from The Smiths, no “Landslide.”

Mr. Mudd, the studio that brought you Juno and Ghost World, is behind the adaptation, which stars Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & The Olympians) as Charlie, the earnest young narrator. The great and terrifying Ezra Miller, who starred as the disturbed-teen title character in We Need to Talk About Kevin, plays Charlie’s best pal, Patrick, and Emma Watson trades in her Gryffindor robes for Rocky Horror fishnets as his other best friend/love interest, Sam. Paul Rudd (as Charlie’s English teacher), Nina Dobrev, Kate Walsh and Dylan McDermott round out the cast. The trailer shows several pivotal scenes, including a schoolyard brawl, the Christmas party, one of the many Rocky Horror Picture Show reenactments and that iconic moment, in the tunnel, when Sam/Emma stands up on the truck flatbed with her dress billowing in the wind and everyone has a lot of feelings. We also get two of the book’s key profile-quote soundbites: “We accept the love we think we deserve” and “In that moment, I swear we were infinite.” Commence GIF-creating in 5… 4… 3… 2…

Watch the trailer below, and then listen to one of the theme songs appearing throughout the novel—“Asleep” by The Smiths.

 

The ‘Anchorman 2’ Teaser Checklist

Fans who jumped up and down like an animated gif waiting to happen after hearing the news that Will Ferrell’s beloved and oft-quoted Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy would be getting a sequel now have the delight of a teaser trailer for the film, coming in at under a minute and appearing at cinemas near you. Maybe.

The teaser for the film (due out in 2013), doesn’t include much indication as to what the plot will be. It’s just Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) and the rest of his news team doing what they do best: shooting off lines that people you dislike will put in their Facebook profiles someday.

That said, there were some lines fans will enjoy. To recap, here’s a checklist of tropes from the last film featured in this teaser:

  • Weird combovers, Greg Brady hair and ’70s threads? Check.
  • Ron Burgundy making a nonsensical motivational imperative statement? Check.
  • References to scotch? Check.
  • A same-mannequin-different-outfit reiteration of the "Invitation to the pants party" / "I love lamp" exchange? Check.
  • Steve Carell as Brick Tamland making everyone in the theatre uncomfortable? Check.
  • (Ron Burgundy addressing the people of America? Check.
  • Him telling us to "stay classy" in the process? Uncheck.)
  • Use of "Grazin’ In The Grass" by the Friends of Distinction? Check.
  • Veronica Corningstone? Uncheck, which seems pretty unfair, as the whole point of the last movie was getting them to the point of equal billing, becoming co-anchors as well as co-people. 

David Wain Finds Broad Appeal With His New Film ‘Wanderlust’

David Wain is funny. We know this. From Wet Hot American Summer to Stella to Children’s Hospital, it seems that everything David Wain touches turns to cult-comedy gold — and we’re not complaining. With an absurd and bizarrely addictive sense of humor, he’s found a way to bring that unflappable sense of humor to Hollywood while still preserving his smaller projects for his fans to obsess over. With Wanderlust, which he co-wrote with fellow State member Ken Marino, he gives us perhaps his best studio picture — one that manages to appeal to a broad audience while still keeping the Wain comedy trademarks alive. Starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, the film follows a couple who’ve lost their apartment and are in search of the next phase of their lives. After packing up their things and hitting the road, they stumble upon Elysium, a commune rife with free-loving hippies, vegan meals, casual afternoon acid trips, and a brilliantly funny cast of characters including Justin Theroux, Alan Alda, Kerri Kenney, and Joe Lo Truglio. We caught up with Wain to chat about what sparked his interest in this story, his early days in comedy, and the role improvisation plays in his work.

I heard the original idea for the movie was when you and your wife were having trouble selling your apartment?
Well, we’re actually currently having trouble. But it’s more that we just live in an apartment that’s way too small and way beyond our means, basically just to live in Manhattan. That was sort of one of the inspirational seeds, so taking that to the next step of losing everything and suddenly being in a position where you might make more radical choices about your life because you have less to lose.

And you wrote with Ken Marino, who is someone you’ve worked with many times before. How did you go about writing it together?
We’re both so busy and live on separate coasts so we picked a week and got into room for 12 hours a day for seven days without any ideas, and we made it our assignment to come up with that idea, outline it, and write a draft by the end of the first week so we had something to work from. We tried to invent a story that would use a lot of the people we love to work with and use themes we were interested in.

Were you writing the role of George for Paul Rudd?
Kind of; we definitely had him in mind. We didn’t know that he would do it or be interested in it, but having him in a leading role in the previous three movies I did, it was hard not to picture him playing that.

What’s your relationship like with him? He’s in so many of the things you do and he’s obviously so good.
He’s become a great friend, obviously, but he’s also such a good actor and such a funny guy great at improv, and in every way such a good person to have in your court making everyone look good.

Did the other characters sort of just come about because they’re all such strong personalities themselves?
Generally our process is not to do that, so we wrote most of the characters in something of a vacuum just imaging who the people on a commune would be, with the exception of Justin Theroux, who we really did visualize in that part.

It was so strange seeing him like that and I really loved it.
You know, he had played Jesus in The Ten and I guess that had something to do with what informed it for us. We had Justin in mind for that one, but once we got to the next phase we started looking at people we knew and also auditioning to fill out the cast. And people we didn’t know would do it, like Alan Alda, who we just made Hail Mary-best offers to.

He was so perfect for the role, but I was going to ask how you decided to cast him.
He’s basically my dream-list actor for any role and I assumed, having never met him, that he was the funniest, coolest guy. And I was right by ten-fold. He was just the greatest, so working with him was amazing. You want someone who’s funny and knows what he’s talking about, and I can’t believe he did it. A lot of his funniest stuff didn’t even make it into the movie just for time, so it’s going to be on the DVD.

Is there going to be a lot of stuff on the DVD?
The DVD has something we call the Bizzaro Cut, which is essentially an entire other cut of the movie that’s made up almost entirely of material that’s not in the first movie, so it’s going to be really cool.

Do you think that being a part of The State and being at NYU really shaped you as a comedian in terms of being able to collaborate so well with other people?
I certainly couldn’t state that enough. Meeting all those guys at NYU at the beginning of college changed and formed my life in just about every way. They were my best friends and still are most of my best friends, and I don’t even know necessarily if I’d still be doing comedy if it wasn’t for them. We all came together at a time and basically taught each other everything about comedy and doing this stuff, and we lived together day and night from age 18 to 27, and we still, now into our forties, work together all the time. Being part of The State has defined my professional life.

Do you find that writing bigger studio films like this is different than when you’re doing TV or smaller films? Do you feel like you have less freedom?
The pros and cons are sort of balanced in a lot of ways. You have less freedom because there’s money riding on it, but you have more freedom because you generally have more time and more resources. But independent films can be just as restrictive. Unless you’re personally writing a check for a movie, there’s always someone or some company that has an agenda that’s important to them which may not be the same as the director’s. Movies are always collaborative and always filled with compromises.

Your work over the years has always had a cult following, perhaps because your style of comedy is isn’t mainstream — it’s very bizarre, but it’s not dark. What do you think it is about it that people are so drawn to?
I think part of it that it was formed in things like The StateWet Hot American Summer, and Stella, which were very much largely without any outside input at all. I think because we developed our comedy through each other in a bubble — we didn’t come out of Second City or UCB or Groundlings or anything like that — so there was just a certain specificity to it or “we don’t care what anyone thinks” quality to it that was appealing. And I think it was perhaps solidified by the nature of Wet Hot American Summer being so unsuccessful; it had all the makings of a cult movie because then people could discover it and feel ownership of it. [Fans think], Here’s this thing that I know of and to this day most people don’t know it, but certainly far, far more frequently watch it [since] it came out.

When you have a cast of people that’s so funny I imagine it’s not difficult to make things really entertaining. How much of Wanderlust was scripted and how much was improvised?
When we’re shooting we do a ton of both. We always make sure to get what’s on the page for sure, because sometimes new ideas or instincts [you think of] on set may not be better than what you thought about for years. We also always let the actors try stuff and improvise and have fun with it, then in editing we just end up choosing what’s funniest. It doesn’t matter how we got it.

Stella is one of my all-time favorite shows. So much of it seemed improvised, but then read where you said sometimes it would be 95% scripted and then 95% unscripted. I feel like there’s an art to making comedy that seems like it’s improvised but is, in fact, not.
Well, like, Wet Hot was 90% scripted. But the writing process is kind of an improv-y process in a way — we’re sitting together in a room throwing things out — so especially on a film like Wet Hot when the budget is so low, you just don’t have time to sit around and play with it. But in a way there are pros and cons to it. You end up not second guessing much of what’s in the script.

I feel like films like Wet Hot and The Ten are sort of abstract humor and then Role Models is broader and more mainstream. Do you think that those older films’ humor can’t translate into a bigger studio film?
I think that it can in the way that we’ve approached things like Role Models and Wanderlust, where we’re taking some elements of what’s needed for a mainstream audience to connect to it while also trying to layer in enough of our sensibility so it’s recognizable. I think that in both of these projects, we’ve done that in different ways, and hopefully the fans will agree.

One of the moments in Wanderlust where I couldn’t stop laughing was when Paul is in the mirror and he’s trying to psych himself up to have sex.
That’s the perfect example of a scene where half of what ended up in the final scene was in the script, but the most memorable part is just Paul being insane.

It seemed like he was going to stop but he just kept pushing it and pushing it.
One of our first instincts in editing was, Let’s just cut this way down. But then we were like, The whole point of this is how long he kept doing it.

Bringing in someone like Jennifer Aniston obviously helps drive people to see the film, but did you have someone in mind that you wanted for the role?
She was definitely at the very top of our list. I didn’t know her very well but Paul had worked with her on Friends and Object of My Affection, and so he kind of knew what hopefully the rest of America will find out — that she totally has the edge in her, is very ballsy, a great sport, a very funny improviser, and can mix right in with our whole group.

You seem to always have these large ensemble casts. Is that something you just love working in?
Yeah. Looking back on my past four movies they’ve had these huge, huge casts, and I think it’s because partially I just hate excluding people from the process because it’s so much fun to work with friends and the more the merrier! And partly because the movies I always loved growing up were these large cast ensembles.

So, what’s next?
I am in editing on the fourth season of Children’s Hospital and just released the DVD of Wainy Days. Next I’m working on the Wet Hot American Summer follow up.

Can you say anything about the follow up?
Just that it’s going to be as many of the same cast as we can wrangle. That’s all I can say so far. But then we also have another show that we’re starting to shoot in the spring that will be on Adult Swim called News Readers, which is a spin-off of Children’s Hospital.

Rudd & Aniston Relax in ‘Wanderlust’ Red-Band Trailer

In Wanderlust, Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston play an overstressed NYC couple who find themselves at a hippie commune after Rudd is laid off from his job. Having nothing else better to do, they decide to hang out for a few weeks and explore their feelings amidst a collection of stoners, nudists and Malin Akerman. Directed by David Wain, it looks to be as reliably rude as his previous mainstream comedies like Role Models, which also starred Rudd. Case in point: this newly released red-band trailer, which balances jokes about drugged-out orgies with jokes about jerking off cows. 

The punch lines are not incredibly subtle, no. But they will do while we wait for Wain to get on that Wet Hot American Summer sequel/prequel/whatever it is. Wanderlust comes out on February 24, which is next week! We’re all very excited.

Celebrities Make Video Pledges to See ‘Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie’

Adult Swim’s Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim really want you to see their first feature film. They’ve asked people to sign a pledge to go see Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie and not the upcoming film The Lorax because it  “looks BAD." They’ve enlisted several of their famous friends to make videos including Paul Rudd and his son, a bloody Weird Al, Fred Armisen and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, who appears with them in The Comedy, and really struggles with the task because he wants to see The Lorax, if he’s “on a plane or something.”

The movie follows Tim and Eric as they try and earn back $1 billion they owe on a three-minute short film starring a Johnny Depp look-alike by renovating a shopping mall and has cameos by Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Will Forte. It’s currently available On Demand and will be in theaters on March 2nd. It’s gotten mixed reviews with a third of the audience walking out during a screening at Sundance.

You can find all the videos on the campaign’s official YouTube page.

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