- Adam Pockross at Yahoo Movies11 hrs ago
You know you’re a character actor when the best remembered of your hundreds or roles features you in fake teeth and a giant wig.
Either that or you're simply known as the Farmers Insurance guy.
Such is the fate of J.K. Simmons (short for Jonathan Kimble), a man whose name might not come to mind right away, but whose face you'll recognize immediately from hundreds of roles in films and TV shows, including as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy.
Because his is a name every film fan deserves to know, we asked Simmons to be the next "that guy" in our series of conversation's with the screen's great character actors. Simmons phoned in from his home in Los Angeles to talk acting, "Spider-man," "Juno," "Oz," "Law & Order," "The Gift," "Burn After Reading," and his most recent offering, "Barefoot," an off-beat romantic comedy starring Evan Rachel Wood and Scott Speedman, which debuts on Blu-ray this week.
- Meriah Doty at Yahoo Movies13 hrs 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.
- Bryan Enk at Yahoo Movies13 hrs ago
When it comes to "Star Wars," we'll take whatever news we can get, no matter how small. And even the most quaint tidbit from a galaxy far, far away becomes more formidable when it comes from the guy in charge of the biggest media conglomerate on the planet.
In an interview published today, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn was predictably tight-lipped (and visibly somewhat nervous) discussing "Star Wars: Episode VII," but he brought assurances that we won't be stuck in ultra-secrecy forever. In fact, he revealed that the news about who's starring in the film will be released in the very near future.
"It's almost complete," said Horn about the film's casting in an interview with Jon Erlichman at Bloomberg.com. "We're not prepared to announce it yet but we will be very shortly."
- Amanda Bell at Yahoo Movies16 hrs ago
In Fox Searchlight's new period drama "Belle," we learn the unique true story of the eponymous Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay. Dido Belle, for short, was one of the first multiracial members of 18th century England's aristocracy and the apparent catalyst for a landmark legal decision on the nation's treatment of slaves.
Dido Belle (played in the film by English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw) was born of an affair between a British naval officer named Sir John Lindsay and an African slave woman named Maria Belle in the late 1700s. While such a coupling was not uncommon, her recognition as a member of his elite bloodline proved very unusual for the time. Rarer still, her complicated heritage would prove to have an enormous influence upon the political climate of slavery in England.
- Kara Warner at Yahoo Movies19 hrs ago
So, are we getting a Mystique spinoff from the "X-Men" movies or what?
When news broke about the possibility of multiple "X-Men" movie tie-in movies — all pegged to the upcoming release and imminent success of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" — the Internet went wild with theories and analysis about which characters should and would get the stand-alone treatment. Not surprisingly, a Jennifer Lawrence-led Mystique film received the most headline attention after "Days of Future Past" writer-producer Simon Kinberg stated his interest in exploring Mystique's solo story with Lawrence continuing to play the character.
- Adam Pockross at Yahoo Movies1 day ago
How often do you get a chance to go out on a date with a superhero?
We're guessing the answer to that question is not often enough, so we're taking you along for our Speed Date with Caity Lotz, better known as the scintillating crimefighter Black Canary on the popular TV show "Arrow."
After starting her career as a dancer and model, Lotz successfully transitioned into acting with a high-profile first gig: A three-episode arc on Season 4 of "Mad Men" playing Stephanie, Anna Draper's college-coed niece who catches Don's dirty eye. From there, Lotz landed increasingly larger roles in projects including MTV's mockumentary "Death Valley," the horror film "The Pact," and the dance movie "Battle of the Year."
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- Matt McDaniel at Yahoo Movies1 day ago
Few actors have the range to jump from a Sundance drama, to a hit animated kids film, to an R-rated comedy, to a hard-edged mystery, to a musical biopic, to a new installment of a record-breaking YA franchise. Not only can Elizabeth Banks accomplish that, she'll do it all in one calendar year.
Banks is having a banner 2014, squeezing roles from nearly every genre you can think of into one 12 month period. The star, who turned 40 this past February, has six films rolling out this year, including the bawdy comedy "Walk of Shame" hitting theaters in less than two weeks.
- Leslie Gornstein at Yahoo Movies1 day ago
The low-budget "Heaven Is for Real" has outperformed "Transcendence" at the box office. Is this about overexposure for Johnny Depp; underexposure for Jesus; or something else altogether?
That second thing, there.
I'm sure there are plenty of folks who consider themselves starved for Johnny Depp movies, despite the fact that we get one to two a year on average; despite his possible overexposure, we saw about $11 million worth of people lined up for "Transcendence" this past weekend in the U.S. But now let’s compare that figure with "Heaven Is for Real," which featured a cute little boy; excellent actor Greg Kinnear; and a faith-friendly story about the hereafter. Mix all of that up with an Easter weekend filled with families needing something to do after the egg hunt, and you get at least $21.5 million worth of fandom in one opening weekend.
- Bryan Enk at Yahoo Movies1 day ago
He won't be appearing in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (at least not physically), but J. Jonah Jameson is already making life more difficult for the wall-crawler.
A notoriously outspoken opponent of Spider-Man, the Daily Bugle editor-in-chief has the gloves off with a scathing editorial on TheDailyBugle.tumblr.com that accuses the superhero of being the cause of the recent crime wave in New York City rather than its potential cure.
Check out JJJ's misguided yet undeniably entertaining rabble-rousing below, which hints at some familiar characters we may be meeting in the "Spider-Man" sequel and beyond.
SPIDER-MAN: THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG?
An editorial from Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson
Before Spider-Man appeared, had a Lizard creature run amok on our city streets? Before Spider-Man appeared, did our city know the presence of a gangster wearing a mask and calling himself "The Big Man"?
- Bryan Enk at Yahoo Movies1 day ago
Fiercely independent, innately graceful, surprisingly affectionate, and able to wreak enormous destruction while still remaining completely lovable. When you put it that way, dragons are not that different from your typical cat.
The first five minutes of this summer's "How to Train Your Dragon 2," seen here first on Yahoo Movies, offers the complete hair-raising "Dragon Racing" sequence — an expanded version of a scene we debuted on Friday.
At one point during the sequence, our hero Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon, Toothless, get a little competitive as they wrestle about. And if you mind the dragon's movements, you may notice the adorable Night Fury comes across as more feline-like than ever. Indeed, the supervising animator for the first film, Gabe Hordos, based much of Toothless's behavior and physicality in the original 2010 film on his own personal cat companion.