Blog Posts by Matt McDaniel
- Matt McDaniel | Movie Talk – Sat, Apr 27, 2013 1:31 AM EDT
- Matt McDaniel | Movie Talk – Fri, Apr 26, 2013 12:50 PM EDT
Helen Mirren in 'RED 2' (Photo: Summit Entertainment)
Helen Mirren has traded in Queen Elizabeth's pearls and corgis for camouflage and a sniper rifle. And according to her director, Dean Parisot, "She actually loves being sort of her own version of an action hero."
Parisot previously directed the now classic sci-fi action comedy "Galaxy Quest," and he gets to show the world just how bad Dame Helen can be in his new film, "RED 2." And to hear him tell it, the esteemed 67-year-old Academy Award-winning actress was fully committed to causing mayhem.
"She actually would train with all the weapons so that she was sure to look incredibly proficient at it," Parisot told Yahoo! Movies in a phone interview this week. "And in some ways she's more proficient than anyone in the movie. She's taking out bad guys left and right in this one."
The film reunites Mirren with the stars of the original "RED," the surprise 2010 hit adapted from the comic book by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. Bruce Willis and John Malkovich alsoRead More »from Exclusive 'RED 2' Trailer Has Helen Mirren Embracing Her Bad Side
- Matt McDaniel | Movie Talk – Thu, Apr 25, 2013 1:00 AM EDT
- Matt McDaniel | Movie Talk – Tue, Apr 23, 2013 12:47 AM EDT
The long-running HBO comedy "Entourage" made stars of its leading men, and it made the phrase "Let's hug it out!" a common refrain for bros everywhere. But Kevin Connolly, known as superstar Vincent Chase's best friend-turned-manager "E," revealed to Yahoo!'s The Sidebar that he wasn't all that thrilled to embrace Jeremy Piven to begin with, and the subsequent reaction from fans has been even more grating.
In addition to being an actor, Connolly has been moonlighting as a director for years. Now he's combining his passion for directing with his love of hockey for his first documentary, "Big Shot," about the mogul who bought the New York Islanders in the mid-90s and the fallout that ensued.Read More »from The Sidebar: Kevin Connolly Reveals His Reluctance to ‘Hug It Out’
- Matt McDaniel | Movie Talk – Wed, Apr 17, 2013 3:43 PM EDT
Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in 'The Lone Ranger' (Photo: Walt Disney Pictures)
Even if you've never seen an episode of the old TV show, there are still three things you surely know about the Lone Ranger: he wears a mask, he has a best friend named Tonto, and he carries silver bullets.
The reasons behind the first two are obvious: he wears a mask to obscure his identity, and his trusted pal Tonto is a skilled scout and valuable resource. But why on earth would someone cast bullets out of silver?Read More »from ‘The Lone Ranger’ Exclusive Trailer: Why Does He Have Silver Bullets Anyway?
- Matt McDaniel | Movie Talk – Mon, Apr 15, 2013 1:30 AM EDT
Michael Shannon as General Zod in 'Man of Steel' (Photo: Clay Enos/Entertainment Weekly)
Superman's most fearsome foe is back, and he'd like to have a word with you.
A new video for this summer's "Man of Steel" presents a static-filled message from General Zod (played by Michael Shannon) to both the citizens of Earth and the lone Kryptonian living amongst them, Kal-El (better known around these parts as Superman). Zod wants Superman -- who, of course, was sent to our planet as a child — returned to him. We can deliver him, or he can give himself up in 24 hours, otherwise, Zod promises that Earth will "suffer the consequences."Read More »from ‘Man of Steel’ Viral Spot Issues a Command From Superman’s Enemy General Zod
- Matt McDaniel | Movie Talk – Sun, Apr 14, 2013 4:32 PM EDT
Rebel Wilson hosts the 2013 MTV Movie Awards (Photo: MTV)Rebel Wilson first grabbed our attention with her scene-stealing turn in 2011's "Bridesmaids." And then she was everywhere last year, appearing in six movies including the sleeper hit "Pitch Perfect." She's become such a rising star that MTV invited her to host their 2013 Movie Awards. But you have to wonder just how huge her career would be today if she hadn't been cut out of one of 2012's most talked about movies, "Magic Mike."Read More »from 2013 MTV Movie Awards Sneak Peek: Rebel Wilson Is ‘Magic’
- Matt McDaniel | Movie Talk – Thu, Apr 11, 2013 4:59 PM EDT
Chris Hemsworth in 'Thor' and in 'Rush' (Photo: Marvel Studios/Universal Pictures)
The opening of the cockpit for a Formula 1 racecar is required to be a maximum of 850 millimeters long (about 33 1/2 inches) and 520 millimeters wide (20 1/2 inches). So how are you supposed to fit a Norse god inside one of them?
That was the problem faced by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard in making his new movie, "Rush," the true story of a rivalry between two F1 drivers that electrified motorsports fans in the mid-1970s. To play the tall, blond, and brash British racing legend James Hunt, the director cast tall, blond, and brash Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, best known to audiences as the hammer-swinging Marvel hero Thor. But to turn the god of thunder into a titan of speed, Hemsworth had to trim down his world-famous "Avengers" physique.Read More »from Exclusive: ‘Rush’ Trailer Features a Drastically Slimmed-Down Chris Hemsworth
- Matt McDaniel | Movie Talk – Fri, Apr 5, 2013 1:06 PM EDT
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in 'Iron Man 3' (Photo: Marvel Studios)
When you're a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, very little gets under your skin. Especially when most of your problems can best be solved by putting on a mechanized suit of armor. So you know if Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) stops making jokes and starts making threats, then things must really be serious.
That's what we see in the first film clip for "Iron Man 3," released exclusively today here on Yahoo! Movies. Stark is surrounded by reporters outside a hospital following an attack by the international terrorist known as the Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley). Tony uses the media to get a personal message out to his new enemy. And to show how serious he is, Stark invites the Mandarin to bring the fight literally to his door (plus he smashes a reporter's smartphone to drive home the point). Watch the clip, and then read on to see what it is that puts Tony Stark in the mood for some "good old fashioned revenge."Read More »from First ‘Iron Man 3′ Clip Shows Tony Stark Taunting His New Enemy
- Matt McDaniel | Movie Talk – Thu, Apr 4, 2013 12:33 PM EDT
Michael Cera and Rihanna in 'This Is The End' (Photo: Columbia Pictures)
Just because the world is ending doesn’t mean you can get grabby with Rihanna.
In the new green band trailer for the apocalyptic comedy “This Is The End,” debuting exclusively here on Yahoo! Movies, the multiplatinum artist plays herself just hanging out at a massive party hosted by James Franco (also playing himself). That’s when Michael Cera (played by guess who?) gets a little forward, and Rihanna won’t stand for it.Read More »from ‘This Is The End’ Trailer Has Rihanna Getting Tough as the World Goes Boom