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Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 25th, 2008

This is for real. Remember last year when Wesley Snipes got busted for not paying his taxes? Well, it came to bite him in the ass… hard. The vampire ass kicking badass was sentenced yesterday to serve three years (maximum requested by federal prosecutors) in prison for the thee misdemeanor counts of not filing his taxes.

Assistant Attorney General Nathan J. Hochman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division said “Snipes’ long prison sentence should send a loud and crystal clear message to all tax defiers that if they engage in similar tax defier conduct, they face joining him.

Also,
Actors Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson, as well as television judges Joe Brown and Greg Mathis, submitted letters to the judge on Snipes’ behalf.

Click HERE to watch the short video of Snipes leaving the courtroom.

Source CNN

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 25th, 2008

Paramount Vantage sent us a hefty stack of passes to see Son of Rambow on Monday, May 5 at 7:30PM (address will be on the passes). Since I can’t post my review until opening day of the film, I can tell you that GATW highly recommends you to see this film. Fill out the form below, and some passes will be sent to you. Each one is good for two people and I can send a maximum of two passes. Let me know if you need one pass or two. The last day that we can take pass requests for this is Thursday, May 1st. I want to make sure I get them to you on time.

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Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
April 25th, 2008

The summer movie season is set to kick off next week with the release of Iron Man, which looks like a movie deserving of that honor. However, for many the most anticipated movie of the summer is The Dark Knight, which won’t be coming for over two months. Well, we have good news for you all batman junkies out there in desperate need of another fix. A new Dark Knight poster has just been released. The new poster is incredibly cool, like everything else Warner Brothers has put out to promote the film. Check out the poster below, it will definitely be enough to hold you Batman fans over, at least till next week.

Source FIRST SHOWING

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
April 25th, 2008

Would I put my eggs in that basket? Well, if you’re referring to Amy Poehler’s, then yes, yes I most definitely would put my eggs in her basket. Writer/director, Michael McCullers, put all of his eggs in Tina Fey’s basket for this movie and, pardon the pun, out popped a winner. Baby Mama was incredibly stupid in the most intelligent way. Everything about it, aside from the first 15 minutes or so, was completely entertaining. I don’t know if it was the A list cast (Steve Martin, Sigourney Weaver, Maura Tierney, and cameos by Will Forte and Fred Armisen), but there weren’t many dull moments in this movie.

Tina Fey stars as Kate Holbrook, a career woman whose proverbial “clock” is ticking. Kate wants a baby, and she wants it bad, bad enough to implant it in a wire-haired, white-trash Amy Poehler (Angie Ostrowiski). Kate is a VP at a Whole Foods-like company called Round Earth. Working her way up the corporate ladder has inevitably prevented Kate from getting married and having children, and after finding out that the chances of her conceiving are very slim, she decides to look into surrogacy. After Angie submits a fraudulent application, she is selected to be Kate’s surrogate mother.

As the pregnancy moves along, we meet Kate’s love interest, Rob, played by Greg Kinnear. His character is equally as wonderful as the others, and aside from a few awkward relationship moments, Greg and Tina’s dynamic is great. We also start to see more of the doorman of Kate’s apartments, Oscar, played by Romany Malco (40 Year-old Virgin, Weeds), who supplies quite a few memorable funny moments while he helps Angie get through her pregnancy.

Steve Martin’s role as Kate’s new-age boss was by far my favorite. I can just see him sitting in his office, cross-legged listening to Yanni. He is hilarious, not to mention the fact that he has the most quotable lines in the movie including, “Put your palms on my palms and let me whisper to you the secret of success,” but you’ll have to see the movie to find out what that secret is. Sigourney Weaver also has a small role as the über-fertile owner of the surrogate company, and I really wish she had a bigger part in the movie since she is so incredibly talented.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with Baby Mama, considering the fact that I wasn’t expecting much. Since it is slightly in the romantic comedy genre, the audience can probably put two and two together to figure out the ending, which is pretty predictable. The ending will most likely be the only thing to bother most people, but let’s not forget that this is a comedy, so don’t expect anything spectacular from it.

Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
April 25th, 2008

I imagine the two biggest influences for Harold and Kumar 2: Escape from Guantanamo Bay would be getting high, obviously, and Comedy Central, mainly the TV programs Chapelle’’s Show and The Daily Show. After several bong hits and hours of watching these politically and culturally relevant shows the stupid and usually boring Harold Kumar 2 might have seemed like a good idea to screenwriters and first time directors, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. However, in clear light this project’s flaws are glaring. A political stoner film? Who better to preach about such delicate and important issues as politics and race than people who specialize in fart jokes and gross out humor.

It’’s not just the film satirical jokes about our government that are lazy and unimaginative; even the film’’s more low-brow jokes seem half-baked, which is unfortunate because they are a lot of them. The first poop joke is about one minute into the film, and involves Kumar taking a number 2, while Harold showers. That’s the entire joke, one friend going to the bathroom as his friend takes a shower. We have our first dick joke before the boys finish packing for their trip to Amsterdam, this joke is even more disgusting than the opening shower scene, and about as funny.

As you can imagine the pot-loving duo, played again by John Cho and Kal Penn, is very excited for their trip to the very marijuana-friendly Amsterdam. However, due to a misunderstanding on the airplane the boys do not make it to their destination. Instead, they are interrogated by the dim-witted government official, Ron Fox (Rob Cordy). Eventually, the boys are sent to Guantanamo Bay for being terrorists, which they soon escape. The trip to Guantanamo Bay provides one of the film’s funnier lines, “donuts are fucking awesome””, delivered by Kumar to terrorists in another cell, and of course another dick joke, involving the boys having to give the guards blowjobs. The rest of the film chronicles the adventures of Harold and Kumar as they try to avoid being captured by the government and Ron Fox.

The filmmakers use the ignorant Ron Fox to make many stereotypical and offensive “jokes”. During the film’’s running time, Ron Fox pours out grape soda to try and force an African-American man to reveal the location of Harold and Kumar, while a watcher in the background yells about Kool Aid. Ron also scatters loose change over a table while interrogating Harold and Kumar’’s Jewish friends. When Ron leaves the room the two men are quick to collect the change. The filmmakers want you to think they are satirizing the government and various stereotypes with Ron Fox, but really they are just using him for some cheap and not very funny laughs, and to an extent, further promote these negative stereotypes. Also, Ron wipes his ass with the bill of rights to make a point about the government not concerning itself with its own laws. Hilarious, right? No. For their next film the writers should try using more words and wit, instead of poop stains.

Before Harold and Kumar 2 is over the boys smoke weed with President Bush, get their desired girls, and eventually make it to Amsterdam. They also meet a married Alabama couple, who happen to be brother and sister, and keep their inbred and deformed son in the basement. The boys’ run-in with the Alabama couple once again shows the filmmakers are not too concerned with actually being clever just with seeing how many insensitive jokes they can fit into the film’. Neil Patrick Harris also makes an appearance in the film, again playing an alternate version of himself as he did in the first film. The scenes with Neil are marginally funny, as Mr. Harris is more than willing to sacrifice his name for comedy.

Harold and Kumar 2 does have the occasional comical line, but suffers from too many misfires and offenses to work either as a satire or stoner comedy, and definitely not both. However, if the filmmakers’ goal was to make a hollow and incredibly crass film that will probably turn a large profit, then I think Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg will be patting each other on the back when weekend box office reports are known Sunday.

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 25th, 2008


By now everyone knows the fate of our video footage for the interview. We were cleared to film the interview, but in the process, there was some form of miscommunication and we had to delete the footage. The worst part of this was knowing that Neil Patrick Harris actually said, on camera, that he went to our site and enjoyed it.

Well, thanks to Alex Regnery of The Chubby Kid Stays in the Picture, we now have the audio recording of the event, along with a photo he took. Alex, we cannot thank you enough for this.

The interview is with Kal Penn, John Cho, and Neil Patrick Harris.

PS RIGHT at the :35 second mark is when NPH talks about GATW. Boo yeah!

Cameron Sanderson

by: Cameron Sanderson
April 24th, 2008

Harold and Kumar 2

Directed by: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Written by: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn Rob Corddry, Roger Bart and Neil Patrick Harris
Synopsis: HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY marks the triumphant return of these two hilarious, slacker anti-heroes. The movie stars John Cho (AMERICAN PIE I & II, AMERICAN DREAMZ) as Harold and Kal Penn (VAN WILDER 2: THE RISE OF TAJ, EPIC MOVIE) as Kumar, two stoners who can’t seem to get a break. Their last adventure found them traveling across country to find a White Castle hamburger in order to satisfy a weed-induced case of “the munchies.”

This time, the boys get themselves in trouble trying to sneak a bong onboard a flight to Amsterdam. Now, being suspected of terrorism, they are forced to run from the law and try to find a way to prove their innocence. What follows is an irreverent and epic journey of deep thoughts, deeper inhaling and a wild trip around the world that is as “un-PC” as it gets.

Deception

Directed by: Marcel Langenegger
Written by: Mark Bomback, Jason Keller
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams, Maggie Q
Synopsis: “Are you free tonight?” A simple enough question, but how Jonathan McQuarry (EWAN McGREGOR) answers it will change his life forever. A corporate auditor adrift in a sea of New York’s power elite, Jonathan’s work is his entire life. But a chance meeting with Wyatt Bose (HUGH JACKMAN), a charismatic corporate lawyer, introduces Jonathan to a decadent playground for Manhattan’s executive upper crust. For these power brokers, whose eighteen-hour workdays leave no time for a personal life, there’s “The List” – a sex club, of sorts, where the right cell-phone number and four simple words (“Are you free tonight?”) can lead to an evening’s sexual fulfillment. It’s a world of “intimacy without intricacy,” as Jonathan’s first conquest (or vice versa) explains to him, and through The List Jonathan discovers a side of himself that he didn’t know existed. But an affair with a ravishing and mysterious stranger known to Jonathan only by her first initial ‘S’ (MICHELLE WILLIAMS), will expose him to yet another world he never imagined – one of betrayal, treachery and murder.

Baby Mama

Directed by: Michael McCullers
Written by: Michael McCullers
Cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Romany Malco, Maura Tierney, Holland Taylor, Sigourney Weaver
Synopsis: In a comedy that brings together some of today’s sharpest talent, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler team with writer/director Michael McCullers and producers Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn to tell the story of two women, one apartment and the nine months that will change their lives: Baby Mama.

Successful and single businesswoman Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey) has long put her career ahead of a personal life. Now 37, she’s finally determined to have a kid on her own. But her plan is thrown a curve ball after she discovers she has only a million-to-one chance of getting pregnant. Undaunted, the driven Kate allows South Philly working girl Angie Ostrowiski (Amy Poehler) to become her unlikely surrogate. Simple enough…

Rogue (NY and LA)

Directed by: Greg Mclean
Written by: Greg Mclean
Cast: Radha Mitchell, Michael Vartan, Sam Worthington, John Jarratt
Synopsis: An idyllic wildlife cruise disintegrates into terror when a party of tourists are stalked by a massive man-eating crocodile. Pete McKell, a cynical American travel writer, joins a disparate group of holiday-makers on a river cruise through the waters of Kakadu National Park. Initially Pete clashes with their tour captain, Kate, a feisty young woman who assumes he is just another ‘city-slicker’ in search of a quick thrill. After an uneventful day cruising the river, Kate is reluctantly persuaded to steer their boat into unexplored territory. They discover a secluded lake but terror strikes when their craft receives a powerful blow from beneath the murky depths and begins to sink. With little choice, she beaches the vessel on the closest dry land -a tiny mud island.

Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
April 24th, 2008

Reports indicate that Mad Max director George Miller’s Justice League:Mortal film has just been cancelled. The film was rumored to star Adam Brody and the Flash, and music artist turned actor, common as the Green Latern. I’m sure this news will come as relief to many fans of the series worried about the film’s quality.

Source THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 24th, 2008

GATW reader Wicky (thanks so much!) sent us to Nokia Productions, who’s partnered up to with Spike Lee to make a new film, and your help is needed. What’s needed from you? Videos, pictures, music, and text messages. All from your cell phone. Spike will collect and cut all of the material together to make his film. Head over HERE to help create the new Spike Lee Joint!

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 24th, 2008

Seth Rogen is no newbie when it comes to serving and protecting. He’s played a not so bright police officer in Superbad, and now he’s taking his duties to a new territory, the mall.

In his new film, Observe and Report, Seth plays Ronnie Barnhadt, a bumbling egotistic (who I’m guessing smokes a lot of pot) mall security guard who falls for a mall sales girl, played by the extremely cute Anna Faris. That’s not his only problem, he must face off with his nemesis, played by Ray Liotta, the local police detective. Observe and Report was written/directed by Jody Hill, the guy behind the upcoming The Fist Foot Way. You can see Rogen next in The Pineapple Express , due out this summer.

Source Hollywood Reporter

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 24th, 2008

If you watch American Idol, then you saw this Wednesday night. If not, check it out now. Hancock tells story of a drunk superhero who has to clean up his image (with help from none other than Jason Bateman!) to win the respect back from the people. I’m a fan of superhero hoopla and Will Smith, so I’ll definitely be promoting the hell out of this. Check it!

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Source Slash Film

PS I remember a long time ago Cuba Gooding Jr. said something about Will Smith being the only black man to get good roles in Hollywood. That’s because he picks the goods dude!

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 23rd, 2008

Uh, yeah, you read that right. There is a movie coming out (probably straight-to-DVD) called Young People Fucking. I’m sure you don’t need a synopsis, but just in case,

Young People Fucking is a scathingly honest and hilarious portrayal of four couples, one threesome and a crazy night of sex.

The Couple, Abby (KRISTIN BOOTH) and Andrew (JOSH DEAN), try to spice up their stale love life, only to discover that things are worse than they thought.

Matt (AARON ABRAMS) and Kris (CARLY POPE) are The Friends, lifelong buddies, one lovesick and the other sick of love. Their plan to sleep together goes off the rails when romance rears its ugly head.

The Exes, Mia (SONJA BENNETT) and Eric (JOSH COOKE), hook up again for old time’s sake, while trying to hide the feelings they still have for one another.

In The First Date, world-class playboy Ken (CALLUM BLUE) comes clean about his history to his naive young date Jamie (DIORA BAIRD), learning some of her secrets in the process.

The Roommates, Dave (PETER OLDRING) and Gord (ENNIS ESMER) are normally at each other’s throats, but set aside their differences for a threesome with Gord’s girlfriend Inez (NATALIE LISINSKA).

In each case, the couples (and trio) discovers that sex isn’t always simple.”

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Source YPFthemovie

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 23rd, 2008

James Franco is definitely back. His comedy roots started off with the underrated short-lived show Freaks and Geeks, and he’s soon to be seen in the much anticipated The Pineapple Express. Now teamed up with the the funny or DIE crew to show us he’s still the shit. In this clip, he teaches his brother (Dave) how to act in front of a green screen while using a cat’s cage as the Goblin Glider. Check it!

Source funny or DIE

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 22nd, 2008

Charlie Wilson’s War came out today on DVD and we want you to have a copy. Universal Pictures hooked us up with six DVDs to give out, and all you have to do is be one of the first six to get 3/5 questions below right. E-mail your answers to [email protected]. Winners will be announced Monday. Good luck!

1. Which of the following actors has never appeared in a film with Tom Hanks?
A. Dan Akroyd B. Tom Cruise. C. Willem Dafoe D. Paul Bettany

2. Name a film that has featured both Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson?

3. True of False. Phillip Seymour claims that Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood is his favorite book.

4. Name the movie directed by Adam Mckay whose cast featured both Amy Adams and Molly Shannon?

5. Which of the following actors has never appeared in a film with Julia Roberts?
A..Clive Owen B. Jason Alexander C. Ed Harris D Daniel Craig

Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
April 22nd, 2008

Russian director Timur Bekmambetov certaintly has an eye for action, as he created many dazzling and elaborate action sequences in his films Nightwatch and Daywatch. The director’s American film debut Wanted looks to be another impressive spectacle. Recently at the New York Comic Con a Wanted poster was revealed that was made specifically for the event. It’s nice to see that both of the film’s leads Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy made the cut, not just the more famous and well known Jolie. The poster can be seen below.

Source JOBLO

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