Walt Disney paid $100,000 for the film rights to ‘Mary Poppins.’ Go behind the scenes of the beloved family classic in ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ the new film starring Tom Hanks as Disney.
How should you laugh at Key and Peele sketches? The hot comedy duo talks to The Daily Beast about how to approach their jokes from a biracial standpoint.
“I’m a f--king baseball player, that’s what we do. We f--king hit home runs and f--king slap-ass.” The line is from Comedy Central duo Key and Peele’s hilarious sketch “Slap-Ass.” The premise: an intervention for a man who is addicted to, well, slapping ass. But what are we laughing at? Is it because the biracial comedians seamlessly slip into the characters and skewer racial stereotypes? Or are we laughing at people from the Dominican Republic? Or is the repetition of the phrase “slap-ass” just funny? Does it matter?
Hailed as the successor to Chappelle’s Show, Key and Peele averages nearly 2 million viewers a night. (“Slap-Ass” has more than 2 million views on YouTube; “East/West College Bowl,” the video that perhaps launched their virality, has 20 million.) The guys are co-producing and co-writing a movie with comedy guru Judd Apatow, who says Key and Peele can make “the movie that America desperately needs right now.” (Read: a grown-up comedy about race.)
Yet, for two comedians who think the idea of race is absurd, Keegan Michael-Key (the tall bald guy) and Jordan Peele (the short guy) sure do talk a lot about it. The ex-Mad TV cast members came out proudly as biracial in the first episode of their show. They say that if Obama weren’t elected president, they probably wouldn’t be on television right now.
The younger Affleck brother was seemingly on top of the world, with starring roles and an Oscar nod. Then he put his acting career on hold for two years to make a gonzo mockumentary with his brother-in-law, Joaquin Phoenix. Now he’s back in the new film ‘Out of the Furnace.’ He discusses his turn as a troubled war vet.
Casey Affleck seems nervous.
We’re seated across from each other at a nondescript wine bar in Tribeca—an area of Lower Manhattan that, for over a decade, he called home—and the 38-year-old actor is nibbling on a mezze platter of hummus and baba ghanoush (he’s vegan). Affleck’s in town to promote his latest film, Out of the Furnace, in which he stars as Rodney Baze Jr., an Iraq War veteran who returns to his depressed Rust Belt town and reconnects with his older brother Russell, played by Christian Bale. With his employment options limited, and the specter of war still haunting him, Rodney turns to bareknuckle boxing for money and cathartic release. It’s a stunning turn by Affleck, who conveys the horrors of war in his hardened visage and soft, broken voice, prone to fits of rage. It’s also a testament to his mutability as an actor, given his stoic turn earlier this year as an escaped convict on the run in the somber Western Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.
Despite these standout performances, as well as an upcoming role in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi flick Interstellar, Affleck’s not sure the whole acting thing will pan out.
When Paul Walker steps on the pedal in ‘The Fast and Furious,’ his boyish glee takes over. This is why people fall in love with speed. We rank all six films in the franchise.
As Paul Walker boasted in this joke video from last year, The Fast and the Furious was his franchise. The actor died Saturday in a fiery car crash following a fundraiser at Always Evolving, the high-end auto shop that he is part owner of. According to TMZ, the shop’s CEO Roger Rodas took Walker on a 20-minute ride because Walker had wanted to check out the Porsche Carrera GT, and the crash killed both of them on the way back just some 500 yards from the shop.
Walker was a passionate racer even before the Fast and Furious series began, and he was perhaps even the reason why the franchise exists, persuading director Roger Cohen to make a car-racing film when they worked together in 1999’s The Skulls.
That was the beginning of six Fast and Furious films. Fast and Furious 7, which had just about completed filming and was due out in July 2014, is reportedly being delayed but not scrapped, though Universal had signed up to extend the series even further, and the fate of those sequels are not yet known. Walker’s death puts the entire franchise in uncertainty—how will Fast and Furious survive after its star was killed under circumstances similar to what the films themselves glorified? As police officer turned street racer Brian O’Conner, who joins Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) crew, when Walker steps on the gas pedal, his boyish glee takes over the camera, and you can really understand why people fall in love with speed. We rank all six films in the franchise for the uninitiated, from worst to best.
The Walking Dead's explosive midseason finale saw the Governor and Rick engaged in all-out war. There were many casualties. Warning: spoilers ahead!
The Walking Dead’s fourth midseason finale episode, “Too Far Gone,” could easily have been called “About F—king Time.” It was everything fans have been waiting for since Season 3’s snooze-worthy ending. After a year of buildup and fake-outs, the Governor (David Morrissey) finally engaged the prison in all-out war. There was a tank, there were grenades, and Daryl (Norman Reedus) came this close to becoming walker meat. (Imagine the riots!) The prison walls were torn down and self-appointed child soldiers blew invaders’ heads off. We finally got the bare-hands fight to the death between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and The Governor that’s been overdue for half a season. And there were four significant deaths, one of which got millions at home shrieking for joy: The Governor is finally dead!
Philip Blake, a.k.a. Brian Heriot, a.k.a. World’s Most Tedious Bad Guy got his just desserts, sort of. I was rooting for Michonne (Danai Gurira) to poke out his other eye then for him to get eaten alive by walkers—but being impaled then shot in the head by Lilly (Audrey Marie Anderson), the woman whose daughter died because of his insatiable need for power, works too. His death came at a moment when we couldn’t have hated him any more—besides making us suffer through two slow-paced, melodramatic episodes about his attempts to become a new man, he had just used Michonne’s sword to hack Hershel’s (Scott Wilson) head off in front of his two daughters. Hershel was The Walking Dead’s Dale 2.0: wise, selfless and the show’s moral center. Rick relied heavily on his advice and his medical skills. During the outbreak in “Internment,” Hershel even proved himself a hero by saving Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Lizzie’s (Brighton Sharbino) lives.
Back in the dark days of the Great Depression, Hollywood pumped out brilliant, inspiring, high-spirited films. Now they give us calamity and combat, slavery and drudgery— on land, sea and even in outer space. Liesl Schillinger calls for the return of big-screen romance and wit to enliven the season.
In the midst of the holidays—a time for turkey, pumpkin pie, latkes, mulled cider, and tree-trimming, and long, post-feast afternoons with multiple generations of your family—you will find yourself riffling desperately through movie listings of newspapers, hunting for a heartwarming, mood-lifting film you can all escape to for a few hours, en masse, before the next meal. What will you see, on this and ensuing festive weekends? What has Hollywood unwrapped for us this season? Let’s see, one movie about a man who dies on a boat (probably), another about a man who almost dies on a boat. One about astronauts stranded in outer space, one about slavery. One about teens battling to the death, and several about bereft middle-aged people struggling to keep it together. Oh, and one about Nazis and books. Will the fun never cease?
It’s odd to think that, five years into the Great Recession, Hollywood has not leapt to fulfill the public hunger for celluloid (OK, digital) cheer. Back in the 1930s—the last time prosperity yawed off a corner and landed in the ditch—the movies rushed to the rescue of the demoralized citizenry with a spate of feel-good movies that filled studio coffers while raising the spirits of ticket buyers. Screenwriters, directors and producers lifted apple-sellers out of their doldrums with a tempting array of escapist treats: high-stepping dance pictures with Fred and Ginger; glamorous, bantering “Thin Man” mysteries; intricately staged musicals by Busby Berkeley; and rousing Frank Capra dramas—with Carole Lombard, Jean Arthur, Greta Garbo and Shirley Temple thrown in to kick the charm factor into the stratosphere.
Two visually stunning Xbox One games delight in gore: the zombie-infested 'Dead Rising 3' and hack-and-slash adventure 'Ryse: Son of Rome.' Only one does it right.
The Xbox One proudly proclaims that its games “look and feel like real life,” promising players that they can be immersed in cinematic worlds, with characters that feel more human. Two third-person launch games have a massive penchant for violence: zombie-massacre simulator Dead Rising 3 and action adventure hack-and-slash Ryse: Son of Rome. Both are extremely violent, but only one of them is worthwhile.
A screenshot of the Xbox game "Dead Rising 3." (Xbox)
Ryse is kind of disturbing, which is not inherently bad (in fact, more games should feature disturbing violence), but disturbing violence has to be meaningful. In Ryse, a few button presses will cut off a barbarian’s limbs and then shove a sword through his neck in close-up, but even as it impresses visually, it fails to mean anything. Players aren’t forced to come to grips their decisions of taking a digital life (or a hundred); the game just revels in its technical prowess and gleefully runs ahead, beckoning the player to kill again and again and again. On the other end of the spectrum, in Dead Rising 3, you can combine a motorcycle and a steamroller into a vehicle of mass destruction that also shoots fire. It’s silly, crazy, and fun.
Paul Walker, star of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ films, died on Saturday in a fiery car crash in Southern California. The actor leaves behind a string of entertaining films.
Paul Walker, the blond-haired, blue-eyed actor best known for starring in The Fast and the Furious film series, died on Saturday afternoon at the age of 40.
According to TMZ, “the actor was in a Porsche when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or tree… and then the car burst into flames.” The actor was in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, for a car show to support relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged the Philippines, on behalf of his humanitarian aid team REACH OUT Worldwide. CBS Local reported that the crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. PT in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia, and when officials arrived at the scene, they found the vehicle “fully engulfed in flames.” After the Los Angeles County Fire Department put out the fire, two victims were found inside the wreckage and pronounced dead at the scene. The County Coroner is still waiting to determine the official cause of death, and identify the second victim.
The following message was posted to Walker’s official Facebook page Saturday night:
Condoms help prevent STDs and pregnancy, but they sure are a buzzkill for the adult industry. Stars weigh in on what would make the perfect prophylactic.
Face it, condoms aren’t sexy. Yes, they are mostly reliable and protect us against STDs and pregnancy, but nothing can compete with the thrill of skin on skin contact. So many couples get caught up in the heat of the moment, the moment when kisses turn to caresses and the clothes land in a heap on the floor. Uncontrollable attraction takes over as our pleasure centers catch fire, the world falls away and our concerns for safety cease to exist. One thing matters: sexual gratification. Having to pause and fuss around with an annoying wrapper and then figure out how to put it on correctly in a dimly lit room can ruin the moment. That’s when the condom FAILS.
Nana Kofi Acquah
Condoms have been a buzzkill for the industry, too. Since Los Angeles County passed Measure B, which mandates condom use in all porn films made locally, there’s been an estimated 95 percent drop in permits to film. While the measure does seem extreme, we can’t forget that the industry was rattled when a few performers tested positive for HIV this year.
From a shocking, exploding sperm whale to a Black Friday brawl in the aisles of Walmart, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.
Wal-Mart Black Friday Fight
Some viewers have taken notice of a particularly gruesome scene in the new ‘Catching Fire,’ but why should a movie about kids killing kids be sugarcoated?
A gruesome whipping scene is about to unfold. You half expect—and hope—that it will just be heard and won’t be shown. The tormentor stands above the victim, who’s cowering and bracing for the lash. But the whip flies through the air and, no luck, the camera lingers on the mangled back. We see torn skin. Blood drips from the whip.
The scene is not from 12 Years a Slave, but The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film, which cradles a PG-13 rating despite being about kids killing kids, isn’t very violent. The camera turns away before heads are smashed; bloodthirsty baboons snarl but are never seen ripping into a jugular. Yet in this brutal scene where Gale is whipped, we witness the violent act. For the first time in the franchise there’s a palpable sense of terror, elevating the sequel above the usual glossy thrills of a popcorn blockbuster.
The online underworld of Grand Theft Auto V can easily suck you in. You might just be surprised by what eventually forces you back to reality.
For the past six weeks I have been leading a double life. Most of the time I am Eli Lake, national security reporter for the Daily Beast. But for a few nights a week, I become Xe BlackH20, a car thief and hit man trying to make it on the mean streets of Los Santos.
A screen shot from the video game, "Grand Theft Auto V." (Rockstar Games/AP)
On October 1, Rockstar released the online version of Grand Theft Auto V, the most popular video game in history. Unlike the “story mode” of the video game where players test their skills against computer generated cops and gangsters, in the online version of fictional Los Angeles we also get to kill and rob each other.
Disney's 'Frozen' debunks outdated tropes like love at first sight and damsels in distress, slyly showing us how not to make a princess movie. Warning: some spoilers ahead.
When Brave hit theaters in the summer of 2012, Pixar was lauded for, after 17 years, finally creating its first female protagonist. The “radical,” frizzy-haired Princess Merida was a rebellious tomboy and an expert archer who, even as a princess in patriarchy-governed medieval Scotland, refused to be given away for marriage or really have a love interest at all.
'Elsa,' voice by Idina Menzel, in Disney's "Frozen." (Disney)
But Merida, for all her breaking of the princess mold, didn’t leave a lot of room for femininity. When a “glammed-up” version of Merida appeared on Disney’s website, complete with a sparkly dress, eyeliner, and a lower neckline, the backlash centered on what some saw as the sexualization of Disney’s most asexual princess. The company yanked the illustration and rightfully so—it was untrue to Merida’s character. But in real life, we know that girls don’t have to hate the idea of marriage or stay away from pretty dresses to be feminists, a point that’s driven home in the fantastic Frozen, Disney’s best film in years.
New Wonder Woman Named
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Paul Walker Autopsy Released
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Nigella Lawson: I Used Cocaine
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'House of Cards' Gets Return Date
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CBS Buys ‘Scary Stories’ Film
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Billy Joel to Become MSG Franchise
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The Daily Beast goes backstage at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, seeing how models like Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge get ready for the runway.