Posts by Meriah Doty
- Meriah Doty at Yahoo Movies2 days ago
You know that grandfatherly looking bearded man who appears on the Burt’s Bees lip balm tins? Well, that beard belongs to a real, living person. Unlike Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken, who died in 1980, Burt Shavitz is alive and well — and the subject of a new documentary: "Burt's Buzz."
The film is not, however, just an infomercial to push a zany product line. Even minus his Forrest Gump-like life story, Shavitz turns out to be a true eccentric, who justifies very close examination.
He holds gobs of bees barehanded; he lives in a in rural Maine; and fittingly, he's seen in the doc's trailer (above, seen here first on Yahoo Movies) opening a door on the second floor of a building that goes… nowhere. Oh, and Burt not only loves bees — he loves dogs.
- Meriah Doty at Yahoo Movies7 days ago
Peter Parker is a whiz kid who turns his passion for science into some awesome Spider-Man accessories. Same with Patrick Priebe.
The ultimate fanboy, Priebe has parlayed a love of lasers and mechanized thingamabobs into a steady paycheck. " It's enough to live," says the 31-year-old from Wuppertal, Germany, who sells his movie-inspired stuff to gizmo-heads all over the world.
Priebe's superhero contraptions are real... and potentially lethal. Take, for example, his latest invention: a handmade electromagnetic webshooter, which made its debut on YouTube Wednesday.
" The Spider-Man toy runs on 350 volts and the 100 joules [energy storage] charge can kill you," Priebe tells Yahoo Movies. "No kid will ever get a laser from me... or a gauss gun," he says, explaining that he sells much safer versions of his "toys" to adults only. "You would be very surprised, how many rich kids we have these days. And they try over and over again."
Final 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Trailer: Wolverine Gets Mutant All-Stars Together for Sentinel SmackdownMeriah Doty at Yahoo Movies8 days ago
We've seen some of what's in store from the evil army of mutant-hunting robots, those Sentinels that Wolverine and the gang have to contend with in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
We've had a good look at those futuristic evil Trask Industries creations — and have even wondered aloud over whether one of those mechanical marauders is going to kill Storm (Halle Berry) in the upcoming comic book movie.
But the latest and final "X-Men" trailer, which dropped on Tuesday night, offers the first good cinematic gander at the retro Sentinels of the '70s, when they were newly created by Bolivar Trask, played by Peter Dinklage of "Game of Thrones" fame.
- Meriah Doty at Yahoo Movies9 days ago
"Fast & Furious 7" has found a way to go on shooting without Paul Walker.
By using his brothers.
The "Fast 7" filmmakers announced today on Facebook that Paul's two younger siblings, Cody and Caleb, are on the film set to help finish some of the late actor's action scenes. Production was halted when Walker died in a fiery car crash last Nov. — just weeks after he attended Caleb's wedding as his best man (see above photo).
Cody Walker, in his mid-twenties and the youngest of the three Walker brothers, is a trained paramedic and now works with is late brother's Reach Out Worldwide charity. Caleb Walker is in his late thirties.
"Fast 7" filming resumed just a few weeks ago.
A man's wife is missing. A community is horrified. And it makes national news.
Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, husband of the missing Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike), who ineptly smiles at cameras during a press conference while pleading for his wife's safe return — at the one time when stoicism is the preferred expression.
Cut to Nick getting a DNA mouth swab.
Something is up.
"I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer," asserts Nick (Affleck), as heard at the end of the film's first trailer, which dropped on Monday.
There's more going on in "Gone Girl" than meets the eye in this first footage of the film, directed by David Fincher ("The Social Network"). But, if you haven't read the best-selling novel on which "Gone Girl" is based, we're not gonna tell you a thing.
In the trailer, we see flashes of the film:
It was a rare moment of speechlessness for Vin Diesel. Accepting his MTV Movie Award in the Best On-Screen Duo category, the actor was seen in a video posted to Facebook just todaychoking up and overcome with emotion as he spoke about his co-recipient, the late Paul Walker.
The two actors and friends won for their big screen pairing in last year's summer action hit "Fast & Furious 6." But it wasn't until a day after the show that the acceptance speech hit the web.
"I wish he could be here to see this," Diesel said choking back tears as he waved the Golden Popcorn trophy in his hand. "But I know he's here in spirit."
The tears began to run however as Diesel finshed his thought: "Thank you for honoring me, and more importantly thank you for honoring that angel, my brother Paul Walker."
Early footage that's surfaced from "X-Men: Days of Future Past" has promised an epic gathering of mutants — with characters from nearly every cranny of the 14-year-old comic book-inspired movie series uniting to stop a war though time travel.
It has come in flashes and snippets (or trailers and featurettes) — until Sunday night at the MTV Movie Awards when Ellen Page (aka Kitty Pryde) introduced the first full clip from the movie, called "Opening Battle," which introduces the hotly anticipated film's new mutants.
- Meriah Doty at Yahoo Movies13 days ago
When first footage of "The Giver" dropped three weeks ago, fans got irked. Big time.
The film is based on an award-winning 1993 dystopian novel by Lois Lowry and depicts a world where people see in black and white.
The big problem: The trailer, featuring Oscar-winners Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, was in color.
I'm quite upset that the giver movie isn't in black and white
One fan went so far as to "correct" the problem, posting an altered version to his YouTube page (below) with the note, "There, I fixed it for you."
But now fans needn't worry. Yahoo can confirm, without a colorless shadow of a doubt, that parts of "The Giver" will be in black and white. Film footage in a new featurette, seen here first on Yahoo Movies, shows proof at the 57-second mark (in the video at the top of this post).
UPDATE: Just an hour after posting the new featurette, fans are expressing relief.
IT REALLY IS IN BLACK AND WHITE I AM SO EXCITED NOW AGHHH #TheGiver
- Meriah Doty at Yahoo Movies15 days ago
Coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of "Garden State," Zach Braff is debuting his sophomore directorial effort "Wish I Was Here." And its first trailer, featuring a track from the Shins, is here.
The film, which Braff launched with a Kickstarter campaign, has much in common with 2004 counterpart.
Braff Stars (and Directs): Check. In "Garden State," Braff got an earful of cheer and cool music from Natalie Portman. This time he's getting his cheer from Kate Hudson, who plays his wife — and who also provides her meager paycheck for their family. (Braff plays a struggling actor named Aiden. And they have two kids to raise while money is tight.)
Death: Check. The tragedy that spurs all of that 20-something late-night, beer-fueled philosophizing (set to awesome music) in "Garden State" is the death of Andrew's (Braff's) mom. This time it's Aidan's dad, played by Mandy Patinkin, who is at death's door as his cancer has come back.
- Meriah Doty at Yahoo Movies16 days ago
Mickey Rooney died on Sunday with more than 300 acting credits to his name and secure place in the pantheon of showbiz greats. But for nearly two decades, in the 1960s and '70s, he was unemployable, his legacy tainted by bad marriages, bad finances, and bad role choices.
So when the Academy bestowed an Honorary Award on Mickey Rooney, he didn't take his big Oscar moment lightly, delivering one of the all-time great acceptance speeches.
"When I was 19 years old, I was the No. 1 star of the world for two years," Rooney told a roomful of Hollywood luminaries at the Academy Awards on April 11, 1983, as seen here in a clip provided to Yahoo by the Motion Picture Academy. "When I was 40, nobody wanted me — I couldn't get a job."