The Super Bowl is the time for many companies to spend millions of dollars just to get 30 seconds of air time. At this point in American life, I feel like many people just watch the SuperBowl for the commercials, and these days, studios are trying to get in on the action by previewing some of their biggest future releases. So at SB50, there were several new trailers and teasers shown.
Here’s Jason Bourne, the new Jason Bourne film (I know, shocking!), in which everyone tries to pretend that The Bourne Legacy never happened. Personally, I liked The Bourne Legacy (the Jeremy Renner one), although it probably shouldn’t be considered a Bourne movie. We get a glimpse of Julia Stiles playing the same character, and Tommy Lee Jones as the new shadowy CIA-type. We also hear (but do not see) Alicia Vikander’s character.
Here’s the new trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse. Oscar Isaac is Apocalypse, the super-old mutant with blue skin. We also get a good look at Michael Fassbender’s ginger Magneto beard and Jennifer Lawrence doing something as Mystique.
This was our first look at the live-action version of The Jungle Book. I liked the cartoon when I was a kid, but I don’t know if a new generation of kids will enjoy this.
Wow, this Captain America: Civil War teaser is SO GOOD. It’s a proper “teaser” in that it leaves you wanting more. Sebastian Stan looks great, and once again, we get a glimpse of Black Panther. And poor Don Cheadle!
Is anyone else kind of over the Deadpool stuff?
Independence Day: Resurgence trailer… Jeff Goldblum is… very… ominous.
What is 10 Cloverfield Lane about? Something something monsters. I don’t know.
Here’s is the absolutely absurd and dumb-looking Gods of Egypt. After this one, I can only say… I’m done. Totally done. This is ridiculous.
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Melanie Griffith went through a divorce in 2014 with Antonio Banderas, her husband of 18 years, which wasn’t finalized for over a year. It then took an additional four months to work out the financial details. So she was dealing with her divorce for well over a year, and she’s also been married three other times. Griffith was married to Steven Bauer (Avi on Ray Donovan) from 1982 to 1987 and has a 30 year-old son with him. (The last we heard, Bauer, 59, was dating an 18 year-old.) She was also married to Don Johnson both before and after Bauer, and they have daughter Dakota.
Melanie has a lot of experience with marriage, having been married four times to three different guys, and judging by her latest comments she wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. At the premiere of Dakota’s film How to Be Single, which Melanie attended along with her ex, Dakota’s dad Don Johnson, US Weekly asked Melanie for her advice to women about being single.
[Melanie Griffith] was asked for her best piece of advice for women about how to be single. Her answer: “Don’t get married!”
“There’s no need,” explained the actress, who was photographed at the premiere with ex-husband Don Johnson, 66, and their daughter, Dakota, 26.
“You don’t need to get married to have a child anymore,” the Working Girl star explained. “It’s not like there’s a stigma on a child, and getting married, you either go through the whole bulls–t of a prenuptial, or if you want to get divorced and you don’t have a prenuptial, then you wish you had a prenuptial.”
“So why not enjoy the person and have a good time and do whatever — live together, don’t live together — but marriage seems archaic to me,” she added.
[From US Magazine]
US also reports that Melanie vowed never to get married again. I agree with her in theory, but in practice many women need the legal protections that go along with marriage. So many people need to marry their partners for more practical reasons, and that’s why marriage equality is important. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need to get married to get health insurance or to be able to visit our partners in the hospital, but that’s how it works now unfortunately.
It’s nice that Melanie and her ex partners like Don Johnson and Antonio Banderas still are friendly when it comes to supporting their kids. I don’t think she has that kind of relationship with Bauer, but the guy is a mess.
In the photo below that’s Dakota’s half brother, Jesse Johnson, 33.
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Here are more photos from the Duchess of Cambridge’s appearance yesterday in London at the 75th Anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets event. This was her first solo “work” event since December. Kate made this appearance ahead of a “busy” couple of weeks as she plans to do a lot of work on behalf of children’s mental health, mostly in conjunction with her patronage Place2Be. Ahead of Children’s Mental Health Week, Kate and Place2Be released a new video in which the duchess not only chats about mental health, but actually chats TO four children who benefit from Place2Be’s programs. Here’s the video:
First: she’s wearing purple eyeshadow, right? Wow. Second: Is it just me or is the editing on this video amazingly bad? Like, it’s so bad that it transcends the normal PR fluff. She asks questions to the children and we never hear their answers. We hear the children speak and then instead of seeing Kate’s reaction, they cut to her staring blankly at the camera and reading the autocue. No, I jest! She actually memorized her lines, or perhaps that’s why there were so many awkward edits – she’s being fed her lines one by one off-camera, and then they had to edit around it, thus the “filler” of Kate talking to kids.
Now, all that being said… this video is better than her previous videos. She actually seems somewhat natural at times, especially when she’s interacting with the kids. As much as her PR team wants to convince us that she’s the second coming of Diana, I get the impression (consistently, over the years) that Kate really isn’t a people person, nor is she very comfortable around random children (no judgment, I’m not comfortable with kids either). Diana had such a high emotional IQ and she was so touchy-feely with everyone, of course Kate (or anyone else) is going to come up short. The answer, then, is to stop trying to convince people that Kate is Diana 2.0.
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There’s a lot of great stuff that comes along with being an elite professional athlete. Tens of millions of dollars in paychecks and endorsement deals, all of the romantic liaisons you could ever want, little kids worshipping the ground you walk on. All great things. But the worst part of being a professional athlete is the Coliseum-like atmosphere of the post-lose interview. It’s like sports journalists are just waiting to rip the loser into shreds, hoping to get the athlete to break. Because I’ve been watching so much tennis lately, I’ve gotten used to a certain level of class and grace from the post-match interview – even in defeat, a Roger Federer or Serena Williams or Andy Murray will sit for 30 minutes and answer the same questions (“Why did you lose?” and “Do you think you could have played better?”) over and over.
So, the Panthers lost to the Broncos at Super Bowl 50 last night. I won’t get into the logistics of it, mostly because I’m not a football person and mostly because I watched the first half and I was like, “Yeah, the Broncos are going to win.” So Panthers QB Cam Newton had to sit through an excruciating post-lose press conference in which every sports journalist in the world basically asked him variations of the same questions: Why did you lose, bro? Are you sad that you lost? How sad, man? After several minutes of muttering answers like “we got outplayed” and “we lost,” “They scored more points than us,” Cam Newton had enough. He walked out of his post-game presser.
“I don’t know what you want me to say, I’m sorry.” – A dejected Cam Newton walks off the podium abruptly. #SB50
— NFL (@NFL) February 8, 2016
Now, was there a better way to handle this? Of course. He could have shown some grace and class and the headlines today wouldn’t be so bad. But in his defense… he JUST lost the Super Bowl. He barely had time to process that. Of course he felt like a loser. And what else did you want him to say?
As for Peyton Manning… everyone wondered why he took the time to mention Budweiser during his post-victory interview. Budweiser is not one of his many endorsements, although Variety points out that he has some ownership stakes in some Louisiana beer companies that “deal with Anheuser-Busch.” In any case, Anheuser-Busch wants you to know that they didn’t pay Manning to name-drop their beer. My guess? Manning wants to add Budweiser to his portfolio of endorsements so he was giving them a taste of what he could do for their brand.
— NFL (@NFL) February 8, 2016
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Last night’s Superbowl commercials were somewhat underwhelming, with the exception of a couple of gems like a Heinz ketchup commercial featuring dachshunds running in hot dog costumes and an unborn baby trying to get some Doritos. The best ads were the ones that stuck with a concept and went with it while the worst were those that tried to cram everything in to see what would stick. I’m thinking of the bizarre and disturbing “puppy monkey baby” ad from Mountain Dew Kickstart. There were some funny commercials, especially Kevin Hart as an overprotective dad for Hyundai and a Prius ad with goofy bank robbers. Here are the commercials which stood out, for good or bad reasons.
Hyundai: First Date featuring Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart offers his daughter’s date the keys to his new car so he can track and follow them, unbeknownst to his daughter. This made me laugh out loud several times.
Snickers: Willem Dafoe
Last year’s “you’re not you when you’re hungry” Snickers commercial had Danny Trejo and Steve Buscemi as Jan and Marcia on The Brady Bunch. Willem Dafoe is Marilyn Monroe in a classic scene from The Seven Year Itch which seems more goofy than fun. I didn’t want a snickers at all, despite the fact that I’ve been eating ice cream snickers bars for like the past week.
Avocados From Mexico: #AvosinSpace
At first I thought this alien-themed commercial was going to be dumb but it soon had me laughing out loud with references to commercial airplanes as torture, chia pets, the “what color is it” dress and a cameo from Scott Baio.
Doritos: Baby wants a chip
A pregnant woman goes for an ultrasound while her partner snacks. He realizes that the baby is responding to the chips he’s eating and starts to tease it, getting a reaction from inside the womb. This clever, funny ad was made on a $2,000 budget by an Australian filmmaker and was the winner of the Doritos “Crash The Superbowl” contest.
This commercial, equating driving in an Audi to traveling in space, works because of the use of Bowie’s “Starman.”
Mountain Dew Kickstart: Puppy Monkey Baby
The concept for this ad “three great things together” led to the Frankenstein like CGI creation of a servile creature with a pug face, monkey torso and baby butt and legs. Just no.
Squarespace featuring Key and Peele
Key and Peele play sports commentators in this ad for Squarespace, which is interesting in that it’s Key and Peele in character but I wanted more comedy here.
Buick: catch the bouquet
I didn’t really get all the football references in this Buick ad featuring Emily Ratajkowski and Odell Beckham Jr., but I guess it wasn’t aimed at my demographic.
Bud Light: The Bud Light Party
This Bud Light ad, featuring Amy Schumer, Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd and Michael Peña, reminds us that there’s more that unites us than divides us, namely beer.
Steven Tyler: Skittles portrait
Rocker Steven Tyler encounters his own portrait in Skittles, which sings to him. This had me wanting Skittles but it doesn’t take much.
Hyundai: What if every dude was Ryan Reynolds
The premise to this commercial makes no sense. If every dude was Ryan Reynolds, I would be bored within five minutes, not distracted. At least Hyundai had that awesome Kevin Hart ad. They should have just done a part two for the protective dad commercial.
Prius: Getaway Car
Bankrobbers steal a Prius as their getaway car and the world starts rooting for them to evade the cops. The best part is when they sneak by a roadblock in their ultra quiet vehicle.
Pepsi: The Joy of Pepsi featuring Janelle Monae
An adorable and entertaining commercial featuring Janelle Monae dancing and singing through the 50s, 80s and present day. The visual effects at the end are clever and stunning.
Doritos: Dogs get theirs
I think I saw this on the Muppet movie but I don’t care. More dogs please. This was one of the winners of the Doritos Crash the Superbowl contest and was made with less than $1,000.
Mini: Defy Labels
Mini takes on their critics with Serena Williams, Abby Wambach, Randy Johnson, Harvey Keitel, T-Pain and Tony Hawk. The car may be tiny but if all these badasses drive it, that’s saying something right?
Pokemon: I Can Do That
Kids inspire each other around the globe with their feats of excellence. This commercial equates performance on the field to playing video games, which is mildly questionable, but it’s still one of those inspirational commercials that I could watch several times. Plus Pokemon is cool, we already knew this. My son was like “What is this for? Is there a Pokemon movie?”
LG Oled featuring Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson is the wise mentor to a newcomer in what looks like a blatant ripoff of Tron. The prize at the end is a gorgeous thin TV which I totally want now, so mission accomplished.
Butterfinger: Bolder than Bold
A cowboy riding a bull jumps out of an airplane, eats a Butterfinger and gets scolded by his mom for ruining his dinner. This was one of those stupidly random commercials. See also: “puppy monkey baby.”
Heinz: Meet the Ketchups
This inspired deceptively simple commercial features dachshunds in hot dog costumes running toward people in ketchup and mustard suits to a swelling pop song. My favorite was the little kid ketchup packet.
NFL: Superbowl babies choir
The NFL got together a choir featuring groups of people who were conceived at different years on SuperBowl Sunday. They all join together to sing about their conceptions to the tune of Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose.” It’s alternately bizarre and funny.
Schick Hydro: Robot Razors
I wonder why no ad company has come up with the idea to make razors into fighting Transformers so far because it seems so obvious and yet so inspired. The effects are also impressive.
Kia Optima: Walken closet
Christopher Walken delivers a hilariously deadpan performance with socks on his hands as he counsels a man to dare to be different.
T-Mobile: Restricted Bling
T-Mobile execs tell Drake to change the lyrics of “Hotline Bling” to include contract regulations like two year upgrades and data charges. It’s a good message but I would have rather heard Drake sing it.
Budweiser: Helen Mirren schools drunk drivers
There’s something sexy about Helen Mirren scolding drunk drivers and Budweiser knows this. I assume the “nice and cold” line at the end is a reference to the somewhat mistaken belief that British people like warm beer. I lived in Germany and can say that cellar temperature is much different from “warm.” It’s also different from “icing over.”
Adobe Marketing Cloud: The Gambler
Axe: Find Your Magic
Coke Mini: Antman and Hulk drink coke
Paypal: New Money
Turbotax: Never a Sellout featuring Anthony Hopkins
Weathertec: Made in America
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As everyone knew ahead of time, Coldplay did not perform the Super Bowl Half-time show alone. Beyonce and Bruno Mars joined the Coldplay guys, only I think most people were way more excited for Bey and Bruno than they ever were for Coldplay. Which is the point: why did the NFL ever choose Coldplay in the first place? Anyway, Beyonce dropped her first single in a year ahead of the Super Bowl and that’s what she performed – “Formation.” Bruno did his big hit of 2015, “Uptown Funk,” with a great cameo by Mark Ronson. Coldplay didn’t even have time to do a proper medley of their greatest hits, which is kind of funny. They did a few lines of “Yellow,” some short versions of “Vida la Vida,” “Paradise” and “Fix You.”
I know I’ve given Chris Martin and Coldplay a lot of crap, but I don’t think they went out there and embarrassed themselves. Sort of. I think they sort of misjudged the Halftime show though – it’s supposed to be epic, it’s supposed to involve dancing and visual craziness, and they just seemed to think it was going to be another stadium show. And does it make a difference if I say that I was not alone in being somewhat disappointed? Almost all of the professional critics were like “Thank God for Beyonce and Bruno, they saved what could have been a tepid Halftime show.” A word about Bruno: what a pro. What an entertainer. What a cutie. I love him.
A word about Beyonce’s performance of “Formation”… good choice. Great choice for a moment like the Halftime show. She really brought it. And NO SHE DID NOT FALL. She just sort of lost her footing for a split second.
Also: Jay-Z apparently sent Beyonce 10,000 roses ahead of her performance. She earned it. And she’ll take him to Red Lobster tonight.
PS… Chris Martin’s ex-wife and Beyonce’s BFF Gwyneth Paltrow was at the game, and she seemed to be watching Blue Ivy Carter. Goop Instagramed this:
#superbowl50 jacket game
A photo posted by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on Feb 7, 2016 at 2:56pm PST
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I’m developing a bizarre conspiracy theory about Lady Gaga this year. Not only does she look really, really different these days, but she sounds different too, right? I had totally forgotten that Gaga was scheduled to sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50, so I was pleasantly surprised when she stepped out in a sparkly suit and did a “Broadway” version of the Anthem. But… I didn’t think she sounded like herself. Her voice sounded different to me. Is it possible that she pre-recorded the Anthem and there was some post-production trickery? Is it possible that Old Gaga has been replaced by New Botox Gaga? I’m just putting it out there. If “Paul is dead” can be a conspiracy that lasts for decades, so too can the “Gaga has been replaced” conspiracy.
She sounded fine. I’m glad that she treated the Anthem with respect and that she used the opportunity to show off her vocals, because it’s a notoriously difficult song to sing correctly. I’m also glad that Gaga wore an appropriate outfit, mostly because I’m grateful I’m not having to sift through 10 million headlines about “Why did Gaga wear a meat dress and nude panties to the Super Bowl?” Gaga’s sparkly suit is Gucci. Classy! Her blue sparkly mani got some attention too. Good for her. Man, 2016 really is turning out to be Gaga’s comeback year.
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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won the Directors Guild of America Award last year for Birdman. He also won the Best Director Oscar last year. And now I’m worried that he’s going to repeat. Maybe I’m utterly alone here, but I absolutely loathed Birdman and I’m avoiding The Revenant like the torture-p0rn plague that it is. Inarritu is a technically brilliant director and there are so many shots and setups that I don’t even understand. But his films are beautiful nothingness – they’re severely plot-challenged and at the end of the day, why should I care? Why would any of us care?
Anyway, Inarritu won the DGA Award this weekend for The Revenant. The guild awards – whether it’s the SAGs, DGAs, WGAs – are some of the best indicators for who will win the Oscar. And so Inarritu made history by being the first director to win two DGA Awards in a consecutive years, and he might make history by being the third director to win two Oscars in row in the same category (John Ford was the first, winning in 1939 and 1940, then Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1949 & 1950). This is something that hasn’t happened in more than 65 years. So will it happen? That’s the thing… even though the DGA just upped Inarritu’s chances significantly, I do wonder if the Academy is just looking for a reason to give Best Director and Best Picture to any film other than The Revenant. It feels like The Big Short is coming up, as is Spotlight.
When Inarritu won, he apparently “fought back tears” and talked about his late father. He said, in part: “I never expected to win this award, truly. I’m… paralyzed. Tough men don’t cry, that’s what Ridley Scott said today.” He also spoke about what it’s been like for him to be embraced as a Mexican director, and how “this embrace is going to a whole country.” After his win, he even slammed Donald Trump for Trump’s plan to “build a wall”: “The power of this country is diversity. Building a wall betrays that.” You can read more about the winners and the DGAs here at Variety.
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Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale really fly undercover as a couple – even their fans might not even realize that they’re together and have been since 2012, and most people didn’t even realize that Rose got knocked up last year. They’re actually a great study in celebrities going undercover without even hiding anything. They would talk about each other in interviews, they would walk red carpets together and media outlets reported on her pregnancy, but Bobby and Rose are so low-key, I think most people just forgot.
Anyway, Rose gave birth to a Cannavale Baby one week ago. Bobby announced the birth when he appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They had a boy and they named him Rocco. Rocco Cannavale is a very Italian name, right? When Colbert asked if the name choice was for Saint Rocco (who is a real saint, I checked), Bobby said: “Actually, yeah, patron saint of the sick…pretty sure. Could be wrong. I’m tired.”
Rocco is Bobby’s second child and Rose’s first. Bobby was previously married to Jenny Lumet (Sidney Lumet’s daughter) and they have a son, Jake, together. Rose and Bobby are not married and I don’t think they’re engaged either. Bobby’s 45 years old (fantastic genes) and Rose is 36.
Met a super hot lady at the JETS game #letsgojets
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2015 was quite the busy year for actress/director/producer Elizabeth Banks. She earned critical praise for her roles in the Brian Wilson biopic Love and Mercy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. In addition, she signed a 2-year contract with Universal and began work on two new movies, Heist Society and White Girl Problems. Oh, and there was her directorial debut, Pitch Perfect 2, which earned a whopping $287.1 million worldwide. 2016 looks even brighter for Elizabeth as she’s set to direct Pitch Perfect 3 and a big screen adaptation of the young adult novel Red Queen, as well as a Charlie’s Angels reboot (why?) Speaking of reboots, Elizabeth was just cast as villainess Rita Repulsa for the upcoming Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie.
Who knew that Elizabeth, whom audiences took notice of in her small but memorable part as a randy book store employee in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, would make it so big? She recently spoke with Vanity Fair about her success, working as a producer with her husband, Max Handelman, whom she married in 2003, and the still present wage gap between men and women in Hollywood. Here are some highlights from the interview:
On how she achieved success
“There’s only three things that can happen to you when you come to Hollywood. You can break big right away. You can work, work, work, and just be consistent. Or you can flame out. So (1) didn’t happen for me; (2) happened. And probably five years ago, I felt like, I’m O.K., I’m gonna work. Which gives you a lot of courage in this business. And you’d better understand that it is a business.”
She founded a production company with her husband
“We have always made decisions that kept us together as a couple. We like working together. We’re good at working together.”
On growing their company, Brownstone Productions
“We talked about producing as sort of a three-legged stool. You have to have taste, first. You have to have access—know writers and directors and agents. And then you have to have clout. And clout comes when you direct or produce a hit movie.”
“[Pitch Perfect was] not a one-off. When you do it twice, that’s meaningful. You actually knew what you were doing and there was design to what you did.”
On the wage gap
“I have two young boys. And they do not like to share and they do not like change. That’s humanity. As you go on in this business, especially as a woman, and you start thinking about all the opportunities and money that the men at your level are making, you definitely start to feel that it’s kind of bullsh-. I love acting. This all came about partially because I was frustrated in my acting career. I had nothing to lose by directing.”
[From Vanity Fair]
What a down to earth lady. I hope she encourages more women in Hollywood to fight this archaic wage gap. She’s no stranger to taking on causes – in fact, the first project she ever directed was a funny, informative P.S.A. for the American Heart Association called Just A Little Heart Attack. I am glad she’s still going to be in front of the camera as well. You know she’s going to bring it as Rita Repulsa, right? So yeah, I’ll go ahead and say it, the odds are certainly in her favor.
How @ElizabethBanks hit the Hollywood trifecta https://t.co/Ke5S4mKQcY pic.twitter.com/liFlIe6QgR
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) February 4, 2016
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