Brüno's TV Ads Are Now Live

The new TV spots for Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno are up—check it out, above. Among the goofy, German-tinged voiceover lines? "Brüno ist rated RRRRRR!"  Now that they've ridden the early NC-17 warnings from the MPAA to their full publicity potential, guess it's time to distance themselves?

Morning Mix: Mike Tyson Marries Wife No. Three

Efron to Take On Tony Manero? Zac Efron recently detached himself from the Footloose remake, his reasoning that he didn't want to be the cherubic Musical Guy all his life. But now, Efron's name is cited as the top pick for a Saturday Night Fever remake that American Idol judge Simon Cowell is organizing. Think he'll bite? [Kansas City Star]Tyson Marries in Vegas Hotel-Casino.  Mike Tyson wed his girlfriend, Lakiha Spicer, at a Vegas casino chapel yesterday -- just two weeks after his four-year-old daughter accidentally strangled herself to death on a dangling cord from a treadmill in the boxer's home. Spicer is Tyson's third wife. [AP via USA Today]Carradine Details May Corroborate Family's Claim of Homicide. New details emerging from body photos of 72-year-old actor David Carradine may uphold his family's claims that his bizarre death was not a suicide or a sex-play accident (as Thai authorities have deemed it), but rather a murder. The body...

Jack Black is Blasé About Being in Love

A new extra scene from forthcoming project Paper Heart, a documentary-slash-movie (trailer above) about being in love, made by two people in love -- Michael Cera (Arrested Development) and Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up). In this clip, Jack Black... well, you'll see.

Who Will Be the Last "Saved by the Bell" Star to Commit to Fallon?

Last night, Mark Paul Gosselaar -- in character as Zack Morris -- committed to the Saved by the Bell reunion that Jimmy Fallon is attempting to orchestrate on Late Night.  (If you haven't seen the clip yet, immediately watch). So far, that gives us Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkeley), A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins), Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies), and now Zack (Gosselaar). But what about the most and least attractive characters, respectively, on the show -- Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) and Screech (Dustin Diamond)?  They've yet to sign on -- who will hold out the longest?  Early advantage goes to Dustin Diamond, who's supposedly publishing Behind the Bell, the tell-all memoir about the show. What do you think?And if you really want to feel old today, consider this: it's been 15 years since our Bayside buddies wrapped production on Saved by the Bell: The College Years. Sigh.

Say It Ain't So! Everybody Hates Will Ferrell

I postulated earlier that Land of the Lost may be Will Ferrell's worst-reviewed film in his career as a big-time leading man. Turns out, that's just about the kindest thing that's been written about the comedian this week: as the Los Angeles Times writes in a sprawling feature today, Hollywood views him as a guy whose "movie-star credentials should be revoked." Say what?!Industry insiders and studio execs sound off about Universal's dinosaur-sized failure in the story, which specifically cites Ferrell's brand and comedy empire as "poorly managed." Misstep No. 1 for the star's team was lobbying hard for director Brad Siberling (), who is roundly denounced as having driven the movie into the ground. Says writer Patrick Goldstein in the article:Sandler is the master of dumb hijinks. Eddie Murphy has become a cuddly...

Morning Mix: Adam Lambert Comes Out, Officially

Adam Lambert Comes Out -- and Says a Lot of Other Stuff, Too. In Rolling Stone's cover story this week -- a profile of Adam Lambert, runner-up of American Idol -- the rocker admits that he is gay, and moreoever, that he was semi-attracted to Kris Allen, his roommate and a "pretty" guy who is "totally [his] type."  But more interesting, he essentially admits he decided to try out for Idol after tripping on shrooms. [Rolling Stone via USA Today]The Gosselins Don't Beat Their Pets -- That Hard. The Gosselin family of Jon & Kate Plus 8 fame just spoke out to quash rumors that they beat their dogs. (This after rumors that Kate is cheating, Jon is cheating, they overwork their children, and more). In response to Humane Society complaints, Jon had this to say: "Those kids beat them up, climb on them, pull their tails, bite at...

"The Hangover" Seizes Top Honors -- Plus Soundtrack Scoops!

This morning's Mix gave you the dish on the weekend box office numbers as they were -- namely, with Up squeaking out a sliver of a victory over runner-up The Hangover.  But hold the presses!  The Todd Phillips-directed buddy flick -- for which we interviewed the supremely funny Zach Galifianakis last week -- actually took top honors once all cash was counted.  And they truly eeked it out -- the margin between the films is roughly $300,000 to $400,000, Warner Brothers estimated.  By the latest calculations, The Hangover takes between $44.6 and $44.8 million, while Up will likely tally around $44.4.This is interesting for quite a few reasons.  While a $44.4-million second weekend is hardly a loss for Pixar, it is a bit of a shock -- Up was the easy pick for No. 1, with its stellar reviews and a family-friendly tone that should've snagged significant matinee sales. But where adult audiences should've splintered -- with Will Ferrell loyalists migrating to Land of the Lost...

Bret Michaels is Laughing Off His Pratfall

Poison front man Bret Michaels -- who took a spill Sunday after colliding with a setpiece during the Tony Awards -- had three stitches put in his lip and has fractured his nose, the Associated Press is reporting.  He's also undergoing a precautionary CAT scan -- but isn't suffering from sour grapes.  He reportedly laughed backstage at host Neil Patrick Harris' remark that the singer "gave 'head-banging' a whole new meaning." 

Morning Mix: Current TV Journalists Sentenced to Labor

"Land of the Lost" Fails to Tempt. Not even Will Ferrell could save Land of the Lost from itself -- or is he the reason it didn't sell? The movie scratched together a mere $19.5 million, though it cost more than $200 million to make, distribute and promote. Meanwhile, The Hangover very nearly nabbed first place away from Up -- the former took $43.3 million, while the latter's second weekend took $44.2 million. [The New York Times]Current TV Journalists Sentenced to Hard Labor.  The two journalists working on a story for Al Gore's Current TV in North Korea have been tried and sentenced to a labor camp for "hostilities against the Korean nation and illegal entry."  Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been imprisoned since March. [ABC News]Bret Michaels Meets Business End of Tony Set Piece.   When a piece of the stage set at Sunday's Tony Awards descended after a performance (not unlike a curtain -- check video here), it found an unaware receiver in...

Universal Responds to "Brüno" Lawsuit

The Associated Press is reporting a statement from Universal Studios that responds to the woman who claimshe was crippled during a scene of Brüno:The allegations made by Richelle and Lance Olson in their complaint are completely baseless. Filmed footage of the full encounter, which took place more than two years ago, clearly shows that Ms. Olson was never touched or in any way assaulted by Sacha Baron Cohen or any member of the production and suffered no injury. If the Olsons elect to proceed with their frivolous action, we expect each of the defendants to be fully vindicated.

Is "Land of the Lost" Ferrell's Worst-Reviewed Movie Ever?

You can check out our homepage spectrum of today's movie reviews for Land of the Lost, the Will Ferrell-toplined movie that's an adaptation of the 1970s dinosaur adventure-show.  As you can see, the critics have been brutal -- anytime a movie is dismissed as "an ersatz pot of dinosaur piss," you might wanna consider other ways to drop $12.  But is this film the worst-reviewed ever in Ferrell's career as a headlining star?It's certainly a contender. As of press time, its 23-percent rank on Rotten Tomatoes notches below the universally panned Bewitched, and is just on the heels of 21-percent-er Semi-Pro.  On MetaCritic, it falls well below both of those movies with a ranking of 32 -- the lowest score assigned any movie Ferrell has ever headlined with the exception of his co-starred SNL film, 1998's A Night at the Roxbury.  So it depends on your timeline.  At the very least, it's among the most abysmally reviewed outings for the star in the last decade, and is...

Missing Tooth in "The Hangover" Was No Gag

 The whole time I sat through The Hangover, I could not stop wondering how the makeup artists made Ed Helms' missing tooth (see above, at right) look so real... or rather, really-not-there.  Turns out, it was no trompe-l'oeil -- the big, gummy gap in the 35-year-old Office star's smile is authentic.  As Helms -- who plays an uptight dentist in the film -- told People: It is totally real. I have an implant. An adult tooth never came in … and when I was 16, they did a permanent implant. We started to do different tests with prosthetics and blacking it out and nothing worked. I wasn't eager to take out my implant because my mouth is healthy, but I talked to my dentist … and he was like, 'Yeah we can do it!' My dentist was really into it.

Gwyneth Paltrow Will Come to Rue Her Blog's Name

Gwyneth Paltrow was on Conan O'Brien's fourth Tonight Show last night, and typically, she showed off her toned stems (thanks, Iron Man 2 preparation) by wearing a scrap of wisp of a dress.  But while she attempted to dazzle the world with her wit and child-rearing tips (give 'em beer and Jay-Z -- really), bloggers and Twitter-ers were instead dazzled by her unnaturally shiny legs.  She was wearing sequins and her legs still had more sheen and blinding sparkle than her dress, for God's sake.  Was there baby oil involved?  Was she sweating?  Or is her skin just naturally as taut, pale and smooth as one of those windshield reflector thingies? Taking the fall, of course, is GOOP -- Paltrow's holistic-lifestyle brand and blog, already a target for its soothingly PC vibes.  A sampling of this morning's headlines:Gwyneth Paltrow Puts Too Much GOOP On Her LegsWhat Was That GOOP All Over Gwyneth Paltrow's Legs on The Tonight Show? Gwyneth Paltrow's...

Neuroses Aplenty in Latest Woody Allen Outing -- Surprise!

NEWSWEEK's movie mastermind David Ansen unpacks the history of the neurotic New Yorker--the peg being Whatever Works, Woody Allen's latest film and the director's cinematic return to NYC after a several-picture series in Europe.  Whatever Works stars Larry David in the Allen-esque role of over-obsessive misanthrope -- and Ansen makes the claim that neither David nor Allen could've succeeded without the torch-bearing Oscar Levant.  An excerpt from the piece, below: Has the Neurotic New York Jew lost his power to make us squirm? Watching David enacting one of Allen's archetypal alienated souls, I couldn't help but think that neither of these angst-ridden schmoes could have existed if it weren't for Oscar Levant, the man who almost single-handedly introduced The Neurotic into the pop-culture lexicon. Levant, initially renowned as a gifted classical pianist and the foremost interpreter of Gershwin, frequently popped up in movies (An American in Paris, The Bandwagon) as the ...

Carradine's Suicide Disputed; Rep Calls Hanging "Accidental"

Friends and family of actor David Carradine, who was found dead this morning in his Thai hotel room, are now saying that they dispute Thai authorities' pronouncement that the 72-year-old committed suicide.  Director Adam Rifkin -- who worked with the actor -- has said he "find[s] it extremely hard to believe that ... [this] was done in by his own hand."   Meanwhile, Carradine's mother-in-law Betty Fraser also disputes the suicide claims, saying that "he was a very strong person and I don't think it's likely at all."And now The Daily Mail is reporting that the death-by-hanging "accidental," per Carradine's spokesman Chuck Binder.  The rep also gave the following quote to TMZ.com: "We can confirm 100 percent that he never would have committed suicide. It was an accidental death. Everybody is in shock."

David Carradine, Star of "Kung Fu," Found Dead at 72

Kill Bill and '70s television series Kung Fu star David Carradine was found dead in his hotel room in the Thai capital of Bangkok, the Associated Press reports. U.S. consular authorities confirmed that the 72-year-old actor was found dead; cause of death was not released.  Citing anonymous sources in the Thai police department, the Thai newspaper The Nation posted a story to its website that claims Carradine was found hanging in his luxury suite's closet by a maid, who came to clean his room at 10 a.m. on Thursday.Here is NEWSWEEK's 2004 chat with the star.

Q&A With "Hangover" Star Zach Galifianakis

Stop me if you've heard this one: a guy walks up to a poster for The Hangover, takes one look and says, "Who the hell is that guy?" The answer is Zach Galifianakis, an absurdist, piano-playing stand-up comedian (and one of the "Comedians of Comedy") who looks kinda like the Brawny paper-towel guy. With five pending 2009 releases, Galifianakis is about to have a breakout year in film, and he starts by playing third fiddle in The Hangover to two better-known stars, Ed Helms of The Office and Bradley Cooper, of Wedding Crashers fame. But for a comparative newbie, he steals the show as a zany, socially inept groomsman who's utterly unaware of his third-wheel status. So successful is his shtik—and, by the same token, the movie's laugh factor—that Warner Brothers has already greenlighted a sequel. Ahead of The Hangover's June 5 release, NEWSWEEK talked to Galifianakis about roasted beets, his affinity for jockstraps and why men don't wear white jeans anymore. Excerpts:Ball: I'm afraid to...

Morning Mix: Angelina Jolie Infringes on Oprah's Territory

Swayze's Television Show Gets Cancelled. A&E's The Beast, in which Patrick Swayze starred as a rogue Chicago FBI agent, has been cancelled according to Variety. The final installment of the first season aired April 23; it's speculated that the show was canned due to its star's health problems, but A&E will not confirm. [Variety]Forbes List Gives Power Crown to Jolie -- Not Winfrey. Angelina Jolie has bumped Oprah Winfrey off the top of the annual Forbes celebrity power list, which is based on media coverage and earnings, among other things.  Joining the pair in the top five: Madonna (3), Beyonce (4) and Tiger Woods (5).  Among those who fell off the list are J.K. Rowling, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Depp and Tyra Banks. And for the first time, a president has been included on the list -- Obama ranks at No. 49.  [BBC News]Discovery Charts the Ferrell Effect.  When Will Ferrell guest-starred on an episode of Discovery's Man vs. Wild, he...

YouTubeXL + NBA Playoffs = Match Made in Heaven

I've been fiddling with YouTubeXL today, and so far, it doesn't seem like there's enough TV-related content to abandon Hulu.However, it is a well-timed upgrade for clip-sharing site, given the deluge of highlights that are coming out of these highest rated NBA playoffs. The XL Spotlight currently features the ESPN Top 10 plays from both Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant, as well as the Top 10 plays from last year's finals, and it's a lot more fun viewing these in higher definition, jumbo-screen versions than grainy mini-clips.  Same goes for those hilarious 1950s etiquitte films (see above).  They're a lot funnier in supersized form.

Stuck in 2-D During a 3-D Craze

 If there's one thing I love about going on a Maine vacation with my family, it's heading to the movies.  The local theater's admission cards are ripped from a wheel of repurposed raffle tickets; the previews are slideshows of local homes and wildlife, and the movies are invariably a week (or three) behind urban America's release dates. But what's endearing in the slowest summer dog days is pretty infuriating during the rest of the year.  When Pixar's 3-D extravaganza Up hit U.S. theaters last weekend, the Associated Press reported that "[i]n Maine, you can count on one hand the number of theaters that showed [the film] in 3-D."  And it's not unique to northern New England, though the deficiency is particularly glaring there (RealD and Dolby Digital told the AP they've equipped only 6 theaters for 3-D capability in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine combined). Many privately owned movie theaters in remote areas across the country are...

It's Official -- The First "Brüno" Lawsuit of the Summer

Depending on your comedic tastes, this is either the funniest or saddest story of the day: Fox News and MTV are reporting that a California charity worker who organizes weekly bingo for the elderly is suing Borat and Brüno star Sacha Baron Cohen, alleging that he beat her up, "crippled" her and caused the demise of her marriage in a bingo melee. Richelle Olson was organizing a bingo game for the elderly, one she says Cohen (in character as gay Austrian TV personality Brüno) offered to guest-call as a European celebrity.  When he showed up in his notoriously revealing costume and used offensive language, a violent struggle ensued over the bingo microphone.  Olson alleges that "And this is just the beginning, folks. Brüno hits theaters July 11.

Morning Mix: Will Gosselin Covers Save Print Media?

"Hamlet" to Become Modern Suspense Thriller. A contemporary, American-set version of Hamlet is in negotiations, and set to fill the title role with actor Emile Hirsch, who helped conceive the idea.  The project already has good cred: it'll be produced by Milk's producers; written by Philadelphia's scripter; and directed by Twilight and thirteen director Catherine Hardwicke. [The Hollywood Reporter]Is "People" in Cahoots With TLC? We know that the Gosselins are captivating in their own way, but two confessional covers in a month?  While Kate gave a tell-all to People for a mid- to late May issue, husband Jon is on the cover this week for an exclusive sitdown (under the headline, "Enough is Enough!")  With the smash-hit ratings for the show on its season premiere, we're starting to feel how we did when Bruno landed in Eminem's lap: it's a stunt! [People]"Alien" Lives On -- Reboot Confirmed. Ridley Scott will produce...

"The Beatles: Rock Band" Trailers -- Are You a Fan?

Sorry, Where the Wild Things Are.  This latest viral video is officially as badass and funky and musically rockin' as that trailer, minus all the hipster-y, twee elements that make it hedge on cloying.  We were already excited for the September drop of The Beatles: Rock Band, but the quirky animation in this ad for the game has us extra-pumped.  What do you think?To see a preview of the game's actual functionality, and what it will look like to actually inhabit Paul McCartney, check out these other clips:

"Wall Street 2" Will be Faustian at the Very Least

New scoops about the new sequel to Wall Street, for a which a script'll be handed in this week, all per Nikki Finke. Just as the original leaned heavily on actual bankers to lend technical advice about finance culture and insider trading, so too will the second one, to be released in Febrary 2010.  A rundown of the key players, and what we can look forward to:Michael Douglas -- of course, reprising his role as Gordon Gekko.  This time he's fresh out of prison and disgraced, and telling everyone that the end is near.  Naturally, no one listens -- the time frame is June 2008 up to the federal bailouts.Javier Bardem -- an evil, shorting hedge fund manager who play mentor to rising young star (LaBeouf)Shia LaBeouf -- hot new Wall Street trader, engaged to Gekko's estranged daughter.  Gekko, who wants to reunite with her in his post-slammer sentimental phase, makes a "Faustian" deal with Shia.NEWSWEEK's Kurt Soller also did this Q+A with the original Wall...

Morning Mix: Salinger Sues Over "Rye" Sequel

Miley Climbs Aboard for More "Montana." While stars like Zac Efron have been busy distancing themselves from their kiddie-show beginnings, Miley Cyrus wants more.  The 16-year-old singer-actress just closed a deal with Disney to film a fourth season of her Disney channel show, . Maybe 'cause a 2007 episode of the show is still the highest rated basic cable series telecast in television history (10.7 million viewers)? [Reuters]J.D. Salinger Sues Would-Be Sequel Writer. He emerges!  Famously reclusive author J.D. Salinger is now suing a Sweden-based author, two publishers and a distributor over a forthcoming sequel to .  The new book -- called -- is called a "rip-off, pure and simple" by 90-year-old Salinger's lawyers in the court papers. Salinger has also refused film rights to over the years. [BBC News]CBS  Boots the Emmys.  We know who's boss around here.  CBS has announced that this season's NFL schedule will drop-kick the Emmys up one week...

Morning Mix: Eminem is Not a Bruno Fan

Eminem is Uncomfortable with Bruno Bottom.  Right as I was thinking that I was too old for last night's MTV Movie Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen flew in and saved the day -- by apparently deeply offending Eminem. Cohen was in character as Bruno, a gay Austrian television personality, and was suspended over the audience in a half-naked Cupid ensemble. Due to the deliberately erratic control of his puppeteers, he landed crotch-in-face of rapper Eminem, who stormed out in an angry, curse-filled tirade that preceded a quick cut to commercial.  Real or staged? [Rolling Stone]"Up" Beats "Wall-E."  They're seeing eye-to-eye from a critical standpoint -- both received raves from the press -- but there was much buzz that Up's characters wouldn't sell the film as well as those in previous Pixar films.  But they have (Mr. Frederickson to the rescue) -- had the third-biggest opening weekend in Pixar history, behind The Incredibles and Finding Nemo.  The $68.2...

Laughing at the Real Estate Bust -- Too Soon?

It's Up versus Drag Me to Hell this weekend -- and with it, a fundamental question.  Are ya happy you bought a house? The (above-linked) trailer for Drag Me to Hell -- about a loan officer denying a mortage extension to an old hag, and facing the wrath of the underworld for it -- kinda looks like a tepid installment of Are You Afraid of the Dark?  But amazingly, the horror-thriller is currently tied with critical darling Star Trek for a 95 percent positive review rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Yes, really.  Newsday calls it a "near-brilliant" comedy, and Rolling Stone's Peter Travers calls it "horror-movie heaven." I can't say I giggled at the clip above, but in the full-length version, it's apparently in the campy tradition of humor-horror hybrids like 2004's Shaun of the Dead. Which sounds fun. And it's at least competently helmed, with Spiderman trilogy Sam Raimi guiding the way.What do you think?  Is the collapse of the housing...

Morning Mix: Adam Has Always Been Out, Says Kara

"Family Guy" -- Can It Break the Ceiling?  For the second year in a row, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane will submit his animated comedy for a Best Comedy Emmy -- only this time, doing so makes him ineligible to submit the show in the animated category, as well.  His rationale: "We don't produce our show the that way SpongeBob does. We're much more analogous to traditional sitcoms. Our writers...

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