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The many faces of Bill MurrayOur own Steve Murray (no relation) provides an illustrated, narrated guide to Bill Murray’s prolific acting career, from Ghostbusters to Garfield natpo.st/1iJ4IKm

The many faces of Bill Murray

Our own Steve Murray (no relation) provides an illustrated, narrated guide to Bill Murray’s prolific acting career, from Ghostbusters to Garfield natpo.st/1iJ4IKm

Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith’s hilarious public feud will end in a drum battle
Have you ever noticed that actor Will Ferrell and musician Chad Smith, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, look like the exact same person? No? Look up!
It’s uncanny, right? SO uncanny, in fact, that it apparently makes both men uncomfortable which is (in part) why they’ve been engaging in a very public, very funny (faux) feud.
The whole thing started last week, during Ferrell’s Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. When someone brought up the actor’s physical resemblance to Smith, Ferrell responded: “A lot of people think that it’s me playing for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But that would be an insult to Chad Smith. The truth of the matter is there is no Will Ferrell. Only Chad Smith:” http://natpo.st/1csS1za

Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith’s hilarious public feud will end in a drum battle

Have you ever noticed that actor Will Ferrell and musician Chad Smith, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, look like the exact same person? No? Look up!

It’s uncanny, right? SO uncanny, in fact, that it apparently makes both men uncomfortable which is (in part) why they’ve been engaging in a very public, very funny (faux) feud.

The whole thing started last week, during Ferrell’s Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. When someone brought up the actor’s physical resemblance to Smith, Ferrell responded: “A lot of people think that it’s me playing for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But that would be an insult to Chad Smith. The truth of the matter is there is no Will Ferrell. Only Chad Smith:” http://natpo.st/1csS1za

Tagged with:  #Will Ferrell  #RHCP  #Music  #Celebrity  #Movies
Cuba Gooding Jr. crashes SAG Awards stage during Ben Affleck’s closing remarks
Gooding Jr., who starred in this year’s SAG-nominated film Lee Daniels’ The Butler, took the stage after Affleck had delivered the best ensemble cast to American Hustle, and was wrapping up the ceremony. “Wait, man!” Gooding Jr. shouted from the side of the stage, rushing to the front and grabbing Afflek’s mic. “Happy MLK!” natpo.st/1e59G2Q

Cuba Gooding Jr. crashes SAG Awards stage during Ben Affleck’s closing remarks

Gooding Jr., who starred in this year’s SAG-nominated film Lee Daniels’ The Butler, took the stage after Affleck had delivered the best ensemble cast to American Hustle, and was wrapping up the ceremony. “Wait, man!” Gooding Jr. shouted from the side of the stage, rushing to the front and grabbing Afflek’s mic. “Happy MLK!” natpo.st/1e59G2Q

New York Film Critics Circle apologizes for Armond White’s ‘crass bit of heckling’ as contrarian critic denies calling Steve McQueen a ‘garbage man’
The New York Film Critics Circle has issued an apology to Fox Searchlight and director Steve McQueen after NYFCC member Armond White reportedly heckled the 12 Years A Slave director as he took the stage at an awards ceremony Monday night.
In an email to Fox Searchlight, NYFCC chairman Joshua Rothkopf apologized for the incident, indicating that the group would be taking “disciplinary action,” according to Deadline.
“On behalf of the New York Film Critics Circle, I apologize sincerely for the crass bit of heckling Mr. McQueen encountered,” Rothkopf wrote. “I’m mortified to learn that this was from one of our own members.”
White has denied Tuesday’s allegations that he heckled director Steve McQueen at Monday night’s New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony in a statement in which he labels himself “the strongest voice that exists in contemporary criticism:” natpo.st/1bRgA7O

New York Film Critics Circle apologizes for Armond White’s ‘crass bit of heckling’ as contrarian critic denies calling Steve McQueen a ‘garbage man’

The New York Film Critics Circle has issued an apology to Fox Searchlight and director Steve McQueen after NYFCC member Armond White reportedly heckled the 12 Years A Slave director as he took the stage at an awards ceremony Monday night.

In an email to Fox Searchlight, NYFCC chairman Joshua Rothkopf apologized for the incident, indicating that the group would be taking “disciplinary action,” according to Deadline.

“On behalf of the New York Film Critics Circle, I apologize sincerely for the crass bit of heckling Mr. McQueen encountered,” Rothkopf wrote. “I’m mortified to learn that this was from one of our own members.”

White has denied Tuesday’s allegations that he heckled director Steve McQueen at Monday night’s New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony in a statement in which he labels himself “the strongest voice that exists in contemporary criticism:” natpo.st/1bRgA7O

Cultural Lessons of 2013: Thor is the new SupermanThor smiles; naturally, even. The new Superman smiles with sad eyes, like it’s a bone thrown to the audience to let them know that this isn’t just a flying Batman. Thor battles the bad guys with a sense of fun, even though, and here’s the interesting part, he’s a warrior who surely kills people. So, do I have a double standard here? Why is it OK for fictional alien do-gooder No. 1 to kill people and not the other guy? Well, it’s all in the execution, so to speak. Superman unleashed holy hell in a dark, painfully contrived, no-win scenario, culminating in a disturbing snapping of a person’s neck. Thor threw his super-hammer at a rock monster in a daylight battle, smashing it to pieces, and then delivering a fun quip. Did that rock monster have a rock family? A little rock monster at home, wondering where rock daddy is? I don’t know. Who cares? It was gleeful and ludicrous and unreal, like a comic book. Bloodless and bright: natpo.st/1f0nkYS
[Illustration by Steve Murray]

Cultural Lessons of 2013: Thor is the new Superman

Thor smiles; naturally, even. The new Superman smiles with sad eyes, like it’s a bone thrown to the audience to let them know that this isn’t just a flying Batman. Thor battles the bad guys with a sense of fun, even though, and here’s the interesting part, he’s a warrior who surely kills people. So, do I have a double standard here? Why is it OK for fictional alien do-gooder No. 1 to kill people and not the other guy? Well, it’s all in the execution, so to speak. Superman unleashed holy hell in a dark, painfully contrived, no-win scenario, culminating in a disturbing snapping of a person’s neck. Thor threw his super-hammer at a rock monster in a daylight battle, smashing it to pieces, and then delivering a fun quip. Did that rock monster have a rock family? A little rock monster at home, wondering where rock daddy is? I don’t know. Who cares? It was gleeful and ludicrous and unreal, like a comic book. Bloodless and bright: natpo.st/1f0nkYS

[Illustration by Steve Murray]

Tagged with:  #Thor  #Superman  #Movies  #Comics
From Russia, with liver disease: Real-life James Bond would be an impotent drunk, U.K. doctors say
He may have a license to kill, but is he sober enough to shoot?
British doctors who carefully read Ian Fleming’s series of James Bond novels say the celebrated spy regularly drank more than four times the recommended limit of alcohol per week. Their research was published in the light-hearted Christmas edition of the medical journal BMJ on Thursday: natpo.st/JfxJ4j

From Russia, with liver disease: Real-life James Bond would be an impotent drunk, U.K. doctors say

He may have a license to kill, but is he sober enough to shoot?

British doctors who carefully read Ian Fleming’s series of James Bond novels say the celebrated spy regularly drank more than four times the recommended limit of alcohol per week. Their research was published in the light-hearted Christmas edition of the medical journal BMJ on Thursday: natpo.st/JfxJ4j

Tagged with:  #James Bond  #Bond  #Movies  #Books

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is no laughing matter – which should please Tolkien fans, she-elf and all

Review: There is so much going on in the middle chapter of Peter Jackson’s three-volume Hobbit tale, you’ll have time to enjoy its excesses, weary of them, and finally return to a kind of grudging admiration of the film’s prodigal nature. 

Evan Rachel Wood accuses MPAA of ‘shaming women for enjoying sex’ as censors cut steamy scene from film

Actress Evan Rachel Wood has come out swinging against the Motion Picture Association of America, after the organization censored a scene from her upcoming film Charlie Countryman that apparently depicted a woman receiving oral sex.

“I would like to share my disappointment with the MPAA, who thought it was necessary to censor a woman’s sexuality once again,” the actress began. “The scene where the two main characters make ‘love’ was altered because someone felt that seeing a man give a woman oral sex made people ‘uncomfortable’ but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered:” natpo.st/ItG5Fz

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, reviewed: Jennifer Lawrence struts her stuff in unfaltering sequel that sets the stage for a fantastic finale

REVIEW: Lawrence, who was such a revelation in the first Hunger Games, continues to strut her stuff in this one. It takes a superior actor to play a character who is herself putting on an act for much of the picture, and to separate those strata of performance cleanly – in a neoprene suit, no less. Hutcherson is often in her shadow, but since that’s also true of Peeta it works well.

The film – again, like the book – ends on a cliffhanging note, which will annoy viewers who don’t want to wait a full two years for resolution. (The final installment, Mockingjay, has been split into two parts, opening in Novembers of 2014 and 2015.) But such is the curse of the middle chapter. Hunger Games got off to a smashing start and hasn’t faltered yet. If it keeps up the pace, the finale will be worth the wait: natpo.st/17N3MDM