When Whiplash premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, it shocked everyone. Nobody expected a movie about an aspiring jazz drummer and his demanding teacher to be one of the most gripping films in recent memory, but by all accounts that’s exactly what it is. The film went on to win the festival’s top two prizes, and awards buzz for its dueling leads, Miles Teller as the student and J.K. Simmons as the teacher, has already begun. Now we have our first look at the trailer, and it’s a punishing, insanely absorbing look at what promises to be a punishing, insanely absorbing movie. Check it out below.
There’s nothing that feeds my soul quite like racking up a bunch of Instagram likes on a picture. My higher ones usually top out in the low thirties, but that’s because my pictures suck and my life is basic. I can’t imagine then, how many likes I’d get if I took a selfie with a friend, and THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND was there in the background, photobombing her royal face off. That’s exactly what happened to Australian hockey player Jayde Taylor, who was in Scotland for the Commonwealth Games, and saw a rare opportunity to break her Instagram likes record when she saw the 88-year-old monarch in the background. This of course is not a true photobomb, as some people have been pointing out, since Taylor was very aware of her majesty’s not-so-secret presence. At press time, the post is at 733 likes, which in my opinion isn’t enough, considering the novelty here. So let’s all chip in and help Jayde Taylor get over the 1,000 mark, shall we?
At the Television Critics Association press gathering in California, Showtime just dropped the gauntlet. The cable network has revealed the release date and first footage for its cornerstone show, Homeland. The fourth season of the spy thriller will premiere on October 5, and will find Carrie working at a station in the Middle East (which is actually South Africa) and facing a new, still unknown foe. When we last saw her, she was pregnant with Brody’s baby, the same Brody who was publicly hung in a Tehran square. Based on the footage below, it looks like Carrie has given birth, which enables her to return to her wine guzzling, pill-popping ways. Regular cast members Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, Nazanin Boniadi and Laila Robins, are all returning to the Emmy winning show, which many feel lost its way in Season 3. Can Homeland course-correct in Season 4? Only time and TV recappers will tell!
A Malaysia Airlines passenger flight traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in the Ukraine, killing 295 on board, according to early reports. Anton Gerashenko, an official in Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, claims that the plane was shot down from land near the city of Donetsk. The area is a reported to the home to pro-Russian separatists.
A video purports to show the wreckage of the plane.
You always knew the producers of True Detective would land a totally bangable babe to lead the HBO hit’s second season, and it looks like they’ve gone and done just that. The Wrap is reporting that movie actor Colin Farrell is in talks to play the main mystery solver, replacing Matthew McConaughey who just picked up an Emmy nomination for the role. Rumors of True Detective castings have been the LeBron James rumors of the entertainment world, but this seems like a done deal. HBO execs were obviously looking to go the movie star route again, and ever since the first season wrapped, names like Brad Pitt and Jessican Chastain were being thrown around.
The Wrap is also reporting that Taylor Kitsch, another above average looking human male, is being “eyed” for a younger role. The casting would be something of a coup for the Friday Night Lights star, whose bid to become a major movie star crashed and burned a couple of years ago when his twin blockbusters John Carter and Battleship both fizzled at the box office. That still leaves two roles left to cast, as series creator Nic Pizzolato told The Daily Beast recently that his second season would feature four leads. Our guess is they’re going to be of the attractive female variety.
Anne Thompson of Indiewire sat down for a great interview with Mel Gibson at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Gibson, who was in town accepting a lifetime achievement award, spoke candidly about his career and whether or not he might consider directing again some day. Thompson, who weirdly filmed the whole thing on her flip cam, manages to bring up Shia LaBeouf at some point, which led Gibson, who knows a thing or seven million about PR catastrophes, to shed some light and offer some empathy:
“When I see someone like Shia LaBeouf with the bag on his head and stuff, my heart goes out to the poor guy … I think he’s suffering in some way. People are in line to sort of point the finger at him and say that he’s this, that, or the other. It’s easy to judge. But I’m sure he’s going through some kind of personal, kind of very painful, cathartic thing that he has to exorcise and get out there.He’ll probably play it out and come back, whatever it happens to be. He’ll be alright. I actually like the kid. I think he’s good. I’ve never met him.”
Gibson goes on to chalk it up to the pressures of fame and the loss of anonymity. “It’s very difficult to explain to someone who hasn’t been through it,” Gibson said. He’s probably right.
The Internet is freaking out over this clip that shows an apparently awkward moment between Victoria Beckham and Samuel L. Jackson as they watched the men’s final at Wimbledon yesterday. But what makes it the most awkward thing you’ll see today, as Buzzfeed called it? Or one of the most uncomfortable scenes ever posted to Vine, as Gawker claimed? Are two supposed strangers who set next to each other at a sporting event required to talk? Is it because they’re both celebrities and therefore members of an exclusive club that makes them automatic friends. Or is it because Jackson appears to be gently scratching his crotch region when Posh Spice looks over and then looks away in apparent mortification? These were all important questions to be answered, until Jackson took to Twitter to settle the matter himself, like only he can:
Lotta Bullshit goin’ round, I had a ball sitting next to @victoriabeckham at Wimbledon yesterday! Truly Lovely!STFU!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) July 7, 2014
Basketball overlord LeBron James is currently on vacation with his family. That includes his 9-year-old son LeBron Jr., who stars in his dad’s latest Instagram video as the young fellow tries to reel in a black fin tuna on a speeding boat. Spoiler alert: He succeeds, and LeBron Sr. explodes with the pride of a father watching his son catch his first fish. But we couldn’t help but feel sad for the fish, who has to dangle helplessly from a hook as the life slowly seeps out of him while the world’s most famous athlete celebrates like he just hit a buzzer beater in Game 6 of the NBA finals. There’s a chance he threw the tuna back into the water, but there’s an even better chance it made for some supremely fresh sashimi.
(h/t Bleacher Report)
There isn’t much we can say about this photo of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in New York City without coming off as insensitive jerks. That’s because just behind Brady— who looks every inch the higher life form he is—all blurry and out of focus, is a sad man who appears to be without home. The juxtaposition surely says something about capitalism and the (false?) promise of the American Dream, but we’re too blown away by Brady’s hat to really a give a damn.
Just because season four of Game of Thrones ended a few weeks ago, that doesn’t mean we have to stop writing about shareable Game of Thrones viral content. That’s how we pay for avocado on our subs around here. The latest bit to join the fray is an ’80s mash-up version thing of the GoT title credits, which YouTube user Mikolaj.Birek is quick to point out is not his doing. He’s not the genius who made the original VHS intro, nor is he the genius who created the retro theme song, but he is the genius who put the two together, and for that we salute him. We salute you, Mikolaj.