A Closer Look at Julianne Moore’s Incredible Sarah Palin Transformation

We don’t know about you, but while others spent their Saturday night socializing with the outside world at various parties and events, we stayed glued to our couches to watch the highly-anticipated political docu-drama, Game Change. The HBO film directed by Jay Roach is based on the bestselling book of the same name, which recounts the 2008 US presidential election and the now infamous vice-presidential nominee, Sarah Palin. As we hoped, the film was really, really good and left us all wondering: how the hell did Julianna Moore turn into Sarah Palin’s doppelganger? 

According to People, Moore’s transformation process wasn’t easy: it took more than two hours in meticulous hair and makeup to perfect Palin’s signature big eyes and bigger hair. For her bright peepers, Moore said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that they made "the iris on the contact lens larger than [her] iris so [her] eyes would look bigger." There was also a lot of contouring in the makeup chair to match Palin’s shape, as well as daily drawn-on lips and a deep tan to cover Moore’s freckles. A bouffant wig and fake nails also completed the look.

As for the accessories, Moore wore the same specs that the former Governor of Alaska wore and the clothes were replicas of the same "pricey wardrobe" from Neiman’s and Saks Fifth Avenue that she was slammed for during the campaign (though no brand names were dropped). 

We imagine Tina Fey’s transformation would have taken less time (she truly is a spitting image), but Moore definitely did the dramatic role justice. 

Photo via TV Informant

HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Should Make Winter Extra-Gritty

With Breaking Bad and Dexter both on their way out for good, and True Blood nearly wrapped up as well, premium cable is going to be hurting for both outlandish crime potboilers and a dose of Southern Gothic ooze. By all indications, HBO will be filling the void with True Detective, a drama series starring Matthew McConaughey alongside Woody Harrelson—one cool thing about the “Golden Age of TV” is that every A-lister seems to want a show of their own. 

Yes, it’s another of those unraveling-an-unspeakable-secret-in-a-rural-or-small-town stories, somewhat in the tradition of Top of the Lake, as well as The Killing, the Red Riding trilogy, BBC’s The Edge of Darkness, and Twin Peaksgoing back finally all the way to The Wicker Man, whose cultish overtones are apparent in the creepy Blair Witch­-like folk art we see dangling from trees in this clip. But we ought not to let this clear lineage—nor the reality of McConaughey being out of his depth against an actor like Harrelson (only one of these guys would show up in a Coen brothers movie)—depreciate our love for gory, unsettling mysteries.
And there does seem to be a promising twist on this familiar material: the two leads are pursuing their Louisiana serial killer over the course of seventeen years—well, actually, think Zodiac—and the show will have the multiple timelines to flesh that out. In the preview, for example, we see what appears to be a flash-forward to a slightly drunk McConaughey telling other cops the whole sordid story. A promising framing device, we hope, and not some more Lost-style shenanigans. Either way, we’re in for a TV show’s TV show.     

The First Actual Trailer for ‘Catching Fire’ Premieres

So now it’s 2013 and we have this thing now where we do teaser trailers for the actual trailers for movies, which is what happened with the hype around the upcoming sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. About a month ago, there was a 15-second teaser for this trailer, and its appearance last night at the MTV Movie Awards. This is a ridiculous marketing strategy why are we doing this, but if you’re into the Hunger Games series, these are very exciting times. 

In this trailer, we get the first look at the brewing revolution in Panem, for which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has become a symbol of hope and defiance. Things start to get real (really real) and the government, led by the evil President Snow and his new right-hand man, Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman!) starts going after previous winners. As per the name, lots of things do, in fact, catch fire. For more, watch the trailer below. 

‘Zombieland’ Comes to the Internet as Amazon’s First Original TV Show

Fans of Zombieland, the 2009 horror-comedy that was not, sadly, a weird sequel to Adventureland, will be excited to know that Amazon, in an effort to be as cool as Netflix, has greenlighted a series version of the film. Of course, this isn’t TV—it’s the internet. You’re not going to find your Jesse Eisenbergs or your Emma Stones or your Woody Harrelsons or your Abigail Breslins or even your Bill Murray cameos on an online retailer’s original programming network. Behold, the cast of Zombieland: The WebTV Show. Kirk Ward, Maiara Walsh, Tyler Ross, and Izabela Vidovic will star in what Amazon hopes will be their House of Cards. I am dubious; at least House of Cards had Kevin Spacey and a Mara sister. 

[via Indiewire]

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Woody Harrelson, Martin Sheen In 9/11 “Truther” Film

Martin Sheen and Woody Harrelson are two A-list celebs making the terrible, terrible decision to appear in a forthcoming 9/11 "truther" film called September Morn.

The flick, due in 2013, will present some of the theories that 9/11 conspiracy theorists spout regarding the American government being behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Sheen, Harrelson, and the film’s other star Ed Asner have all independently made comments in interviews over the years confirming they believe there may be some legitimacy to trutherism. 

According to the 12 Angry Men reference in flick’s description on IMDB, September Morn sees itself as more noble than "tin foil hat":

"We the people demand that the government revisit and initiates a thorough and independent investigation to the tragic events of 911. In the vein of ’12 Angry Men’ this dramatic piece is set with a stellar and award winning cast."

The kicker is that, according to Huffington Post, Martin Sheen became enlightened to 9/11 conspiracy theories by his son Charlie Sheen.

That’s all we need to know right there, methinks. 

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Too Excited For ‘Seven Psychopaths’ to Care What It’s About

To be honest, I don’t even care what Seven Psychopaths is about. I mean, yes, I care. But it’s Martin McDonagh, I am sure it will be wry and brilliant, and of course I will see it. But it’s not so much the exact plot points I’m interested in as the bizarre characters that seem to inhabit the film, played by a cast of manic weirdos whose presence alone is enough to make me want to shell out $14 on a movie ticket. But from what I’ve cared to gather, the film is a dark comedy that has something to do with the kidnapping of a mobster’s shih tzu, a struggling screenwriter, but most importantly, Tom Waits stroking a pet rabbit.

The promotion for the film has taken shape in a viral marketing campaign that seems just as odd as the characters in it, which I find thoroughly amusing. Two new clips have popped up online; the first, a scene between Sam Rockwell and Olga Kurylenko featuring this quote: “It’s a kidnapped dog. You don’t give back a kidnapped dog. It defeats the entire object of the kidnapping. They didn’t give Patty Hearst back, did they? This dog is my Patty Hearst.” 

The second clip features said rabbit-stroking Waits, in what appears to be his introduction to the other fellas.

And then there’s this:


Seven Psychopaths is in theaters October 12, and until then I will be distancing myself from reviews or criticism because, if you couldn’t tell by my apathetic tone, I am inappropriately excited.

‘The Hunger Games’ Are Coming to a Mall Near You

Not literally, unfortunately. Instead, the movie’s stars will hit the press circuit for a mall tour around America’s finest shopping centers, visiting locations in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Phoenix, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Minneapolis and Seattle over the first week in March. It’ll mostly be the bit players who get the chance to be screamed at by thousands of 6th graders and their moms, but main stars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth will also be available for some dates. As for the adults like Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson, well, ha ha, like hell if they were going to drag themselves through middle America for anything less than an Oscar nomination. If you’re interested, you can RSVP at the movie’s Facebook page. Total number of guests so far? 6,361  and counting over those seven malls. It’s going to be a madhouse! 

I mean, maybe you, the educated blog reader, isn’t interested in such a thing, but if you have a little sibling or cousin, you would actually be the coolest person ever by picking them up to go. It’s even okay if you like the Hunger Games yourself, because they are honestly pretty great and no one would fault you if you read through the three books in a weekend and subsequently spent hours fantasizing over how you’d fare in the Games yourself and how you and Katniss and Peeta and Gale would just be the best of friends forever and ever, yes you would, the adventures you’d have, the places you’d see, the people you’d kill. Memories to last a lifetime.

Anyways, advance tickets for the film’s March 23 release go on sale today through MovieTickets.com and Fandango.com. If nothing else, you can make a killing buying a bulk of them and jacking up the price for Adderalled tweenagers who don’t have anything better to spend their money on. Their brains will actually melt if they can’t get into that first showing, grey matter and all. It won’t be pretty, so try to cap the mark up at $50 out of fairness.

Woody Harrelson Gets Slammed by Reddit

Stoner actor Woody Harrelson took to the social bookmarking site Reddit’s AMA section, a place where non-famous and famous people like Louis CK and Stephen Colbert sometimes drop by and let users ask them anything. Literally anything. To say it didn’t go well is a vast understatement. Simply put: total train wreck.

I’m not a Reddit user but member isspecialist politely laid down the expectations: “These AMAs are a chance for your fans to interact with you directly, and usually ask some pretty random questions. It’s also considered bad form to make them brief, though I can imagine your time is valuable. I just wanted to apologize for the misunderstanding.”

Woody offered up an hour, his first mistake. His second was not answering questions honestly. He brushed off one about a one-night stand with a prom-aged woman and used the rest to push his new flick Rampart.

At some point, Harrelson’s rep took over. These reactions pretty much sum up the total:

Dingle_hopper1981: “This is the crappiest AMA in the history of the Internet.”

Bersh: “Should change this AMA to AMAAR (Ask Me Anything About Rampart).”

Sailormooncake: “You answered a total of 4 questions here today, and when I say “answered”, I mean that loosely. You have also embarrassed Mr. Harrelson in the process. Please inform the rest of Hollywood that Reddit is not a publicity outlet and that Reddittors don’t tolerate this kind of crap.”

You can read the whole debacle here. There are plenty of calls to boycott Rampart and some pretty funny comments.  Clearly Harrelson had no idea what he was in for. 

Surprise ‘Zombieland’ Cameo Spoiler Alert

Two weeks ago, I thought I was making the right decision when I left the theater midway through an advance screening of Zombieland so I could attend a New York Fashion Week party swarming with models. The following day I had interviews lined up with two of the film’s stars, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone, and I figured all I needed to see was the first hour of the film in order to pull them off. Don’t get me wrong — from what I saw, Zombieland was an intelligent, funny, and refreshing take on the overcooked zombie genre. But my guest to the screening (which also had Harrelson and his costar Jesse Eisenberg in the audience) was so adamant on experiening the singularly New York experience of a fashion party that I felt the need to indulge. Did that ever prove to be a mistake.

The next day, I got an e-mail from one of the film’s press agents asking that no one spoil a big cameo in the film’s second half. I won’t reveal the cameo’s identity here, but it didn’t immediately strike me as someone who could pull off a legendary surprise appearance. Wrong again. Early reviews from Zombieland are in, and by the sound of it, the cameo is indeed going to be legendary, and some say worth the price of admission alone. And now, my curiosity is killing me. Seeing Bar Rafaeli in the flesh was not nearly as exciting as this sounds like it would have been. Here’s a collection of some of the hype to get you excited for October 2, when Zombieland is unleashed.

/Flim: “The most talked about sequence in the film, which I will not spoil in this review, features one of the best and most unforgettable cameos of the last decade. I encourage you to avoid talking to anyone who has seen this film, until you are able to see it for yourself. This cameo is worth the price of admission alone.”

CHUD: “There’s also a secret cameo in the film – hell, cameo doesn’t even do it justice. It’s an amazing sequence that works like magic and that, even though it comes towards the end of the second act, really gels the movie together tonally. It’s a sequence that defines what Zombieland is and what it’s trying to do, and it sums up why I like this film so much. It’s a bummer that I can’t talk about it.”

HitFix: “The film has some really great surprises in it, and I’m not even going to hint at what they are. If you’re interested in the film, don’t read spoilers. Don’t go to any site that might spoil it for you accidentally. The audience I saw the film with was taken aback completely, and the delight that washed over the crowd as one particular set piece unfolded was palpable. There was a point where I thought to myself, “You’re really seeing this, it’s really in a movie and there really is a major studio releasing it.””

Spoiler Alert: Variety’s review stupidly reveals the cameo for everyone.