Jake Gyllenhaal’s new psychological thriller Enemy hits theaters this Friday, and to celebrate that occasion we are giving away an Enemy poster signed by its two leading men: Jake Gyllenhall and Jake Gyllenhaal. In director Denis Villeneuve’s film, Gyllenhaal plays a man who seeks out his double after seeing him on a movie screen. So that’s two Jake’s for the price of one. To win the autographed poster, just head to Bullett’s Facebook page and comment on this post. If we like you’re comment, then there’s a good chance you can win! The runner ups will get a copy of the film’s soundtrack or a copy of the poster not signed by the two Jakes
True Detective may be over, but that doesn’t mean we all have to go do anything rash like learning how to interact with people face to face in the real world, because Game of Thrones is about to return. As a harbinger of their return, the cast, shot by Annie Leibovitz, appear on the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair.
The show runners explain some of their plans for the upcoming season, and the series in general in the issue.
Benioff and co-creator D. B. Weiss tell Windolf that the show has a lifespan, and they would like to wrap it up after seven or eight seasons. “It doesn’t just keep on going because it can,” Weiss says. “I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis has seen its share of charismatic d-bags come through the set to passive aggressively insult the host, but this time they got the most charismatic d-bag of them all, Community Organizer Barack Obama (Sp?).
Obama is asked about his practice of pardoning turkeys on Thanksgiving. “Was that depressing to you?” he fires back, with pretty good timing. “Seeing a turkey taken out of circulation. One you couldn’t eat?”
It gets better from there.
“What’s it like being the last black president?”
“If I ran a third time it’d be sort of like doing a third Hangover movie. Didn’t really work out did it?… Bradley Cooper kind of carried that movie didn’t he?”
I won’t spoil all the bits. Plus, there’s a SHOCKING REVELATION at the end.
It’s pretty hard to make any given picture of Nic Cage on the internet any funnier than it already is, but UK artist Jamie J has cracked the code. Simply take horribly drawn fan art, then Photoshop the picture it’s based on into a correspondingly horribly visage.
Naturally, his tweet sharing the nightmare celebrities from the realm of doom has become a big hit on Twitter today. He also took the knife to Brad Pitt and Zach Braff’s faces. Garden State would’ve been so much easier to enjoy if it starred this guy. (h/t Gawker)
I’ve photoshopped what some celebrities would look like based on their worst fan art. pic.twitter.com/cYdczcLrDB
— Jamie J (@JamieDMJ) March 10, 2014
On any given weekday in Manhattan, comedian Billy Eichner is ambushing strangers on the streets and quizzing them with subjective pop culture trivia. He is armed with a microphone and trailed by a team of production assistants and cameramen. Sometimes there are A-List celebrities like Lena Dunham and Amy Poehler by his side. Eichner’s game show, Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street, premieres its third season on March 12 on Fuse TV at a time when he is getting recognition beyond his original cult-comedy following.
Eichner first hit the streets to barbarically quiz New Yorkers for laughs ten years ago. Before he had an entire production team and camera crew, Eichner had the help of just one friend. He began uploading his man-on-the-street videos to YouTube, and cultivated a niche following with the help of social media. In 2011, Funny or Die took notice of the show’s off-beat and pop culture obsessed comedy style, and produced it for Fuse, launching Eichner’s career for good. These days, the Queens native is more visible than ever, as a fixture of the late-night comedy circuit (he’s taken his act to Conan) and as a new addition to Parks and Recreation, where he plays Craig, the devoted and neurotic new employee to the fictional Pawnee parks department. We recently spoke to Eichner about how important New York is to his show, his famous fans, and that weird thing he asked Olivia Wilde to do.
Now that Billy on the Street is more popular and chances are higher that you’ll get recognized, does that change things? I feel like part of the show’s charm in the beginning was that people didn’t recognize you when you would approach them on the street.
You know, there’s a lot of people in New York City and they’re here from all over the world. Chances are, not everyone is on the Billy on the Street bandwagon. We’ll see, we’ll take it season by season and if I have to start filming in Africa, then that’s what we do.
Your show is super New York specific, though. What is it about New Yorkers that make them such good sources of comedic possibility?
Oh, everything. They’re smart, they don’t put up with bullshit, they’re game. During the interaction I have with people, that ambush, you know, it’s not for everybody. But there are a lot of people who just are willing to participate, even though they have no idea what it is. It just seems strange and fun to them. And, they’re New Yorkers! So they’re funny and they’re pop culture savvy and they give as good as they get, and that’s just intrinsic to the show.
Do you think that the New York specificity of the show affects how it resonates in the rest of the country? Do other people love you as much as New Yorkers do?
Uh, yeah! Well, I know that they do thanks to Twitter and Facebook and YouTube and all that. You might not be a person who wants to live in New York 24/7 but you have to be out of your damn mind not to be excited about what’s happening here because this is still like the center of the universe to many people. There’s also so much diversity on the show because we’re in New York and that’s something very rare on TV. Every minute there’s someone from a different background, someone from a different race, a different ethnicity, a different cultural background, a different economic background, a different sexual orientation. It’s anything and everything that you run into in New York and you don’t get that everywhere. I’m a native New Yorker and I grew up taking the subway to high school everyday so I’m used to all that. But, for someone from a small town, that’s interesting, that’s fresh to them.
Does it take some smoothing over to get people to sign the release after you’ve yelled at them in the street?
Yeah, you know, there’s always a couple of people who are angry that don’t want to sign the release, or just people who aren’t angry but don’t want to sign the release because they don’t want to be on television or because they don’t quite get the joke. But, for the most part I have a really great production team who follows me around, and they’re willing to go up to these people and they just explain what it is, you know, “He’s crazy and he’s a comedian and it’s for a game show on TV and on the internet that’s produced by Will Ferrell’s production company and that’s the spirit that it’s in.” Most of the time people do sign the release and they get that it’s an absurd joke and they’re willing to play along.
So, in some ways, Fuse isn’t the most natural place for your show. Do you feel pressure to work in music-related jokes?
Um, that’s a good question. Fuse is a music network and 99.9% of their programming is music related and I ask questions about singers and musicians all the time. But at the same time, when it comes to this show, there was no way that I was going to do 100% music questions. That’s not what the show was supposed to be and that’s not what I was doing online and it’s just not what I’m interested in. I do get a lot of creative freedom on the show and I do try and sprinkle in some music references in most of the episodes but they don’t hold me to it. I really wouldn’t be able to do Billy on the Street otherwise because you can’t predict what could lead to the interactions that could end up on the show before you shoot them. So, you know, they’re cool with it and it all works out.
I’ve heard that a lot of celebrities approach you to be on the show instead of the other way around. Is that true?
Uh, yeah! This season we really had a lot of luck. The first two seasons, we started out so under the radar. I had my little cult following from YouTube, but no one really knew who I was. But the second season really exploded. When it came to guests this season, everyone on my dream list said yes and almost immediately. Even people like Olivia Wilde who reached out to me to do the show because she was a fan and Joel McHale really wanted to do the show and Seth Meyers and Paul Rudd who in a minute got back to me and said yes. I feel really honored to have those people on our side.
And I saw that RuPaul is a fan of yours?
Yes, Rupaul! Who knew? Gotta get Rupaul on the street…But, look, the real people on the street will always be the heart of the show. In terms of the celebrities, you know, a celebrity or two per episode is good, as long as they go along with what I want them to do. Most celebrities don’t come on to promote their work on my show, they come on because they’re a fan and they think it’s a bizarre opportunity and they want to experience it for themselves by being on the street with me. And they’re always willing to go along with whatever crazy idea I come up with. Like, I told Olivia Wilde: “Look, I really think it’s funny if we do a little spin, a little twist on your image, and we go up to women and make them tell you you’re beautiful…” That’s kind of a weird thing to ask her to do!
So she was game?
And she was game. It’s really nice that they trust me enough. I said, “Look, no one’s going to think that this was your idea. This is all coming from me, this is just my perspective on the world.” You look at Olivia Wilde and, that’s a movie star. Olivia is gorgeous and she’s also incredibly talented. I just love taking that part of her image and throwing it in peoples’ faces and making it ten times the size of what it is. Like, when we did “It’s Debra Messing, you Gays!” she [Messing] obviously has a huge gay following from Will & Grace and I love just taking that and exaggerating it. And I think that’s really fun and it’s really great that they’re so game and go along with it.
So, Elena, your favorite contestant from the second season comes back next season, right?
In the past I’ve always said I don’t want to bring people back to the show because I always want the show to remain really unpredictable and fresh and I don’t want the show to be this revolving door of recurring whacky characters, you know? But, Elena is just so damn funny. And, I got a hand-written letter from Elena after her episode aired and she started getting recognized on the streets and on the subway and she got a kick out of that. And, I just thought, if this show is about anything, it’s about someone like Elena getting their time to shine because she’s a real person.
And, then we got Lena Dunham to do the show and Lena is really becoming an iconic New Yorker and this show is very New York and I’m a New Yorker and Elena in her own ways is also an iconic New York type, marching to the tune of her own drummer and eccentric. I thought just putting all that together we would have something special.
If you haven’t seen last night’s satisfying, creepy True Detective finale, THEN TURN AWAY NOW BECAUSE WE’RE ABOUT TO SPOIL THE SHIT OUT OF IT. If you have though, then it’s likely you went to bed last night with petrifying images of TD‘s Big Bad, the hatchet-wielding serial killer Errol William Childress, seared into your brain. Some fans of the show have been complaining that after a season of conspiracy theories and supernatural speculation, True Detective reverted to a cliched version of a Southern, inbred, psychopath as its arch villain. This is true, but it does not diminish the fact that Childress is one of the most nightmarish figures to appear on television, well, ever. Credit goes to writer Nic Pizzolatto for dreaming up the hulking, scarred murderer in his nightmare factory, and to TD‘s costume and makeup departments for bringing him to life, but let’s also give props to Casting Director Christine Kromer, who saw in actor Glenn Fleshler a quality that would allow him to embody Childress with both a sense of Southern hospitality and uncontrollable fury.
As for Fleshler, a gentle giant who some of you might recognize as George Reemus on Boardwalk Empire, he’s spent most of his career performing bit parts in well-known projects like The Good Wife and Blue Jasmine, before booking the lead role in every nightmare I have for ever and ever. To assuage my—and presumably your—fear that Errol Childress is going to stab me in the stomach, lift me up by my neck, and tell me to “take off my mask,” here are a bunch of pictures of Glenn Fleshler looking friendly, cuddly, and generally non-threatening. Remember, acting.
HBO lost some clout around the water cooler when True Detective ended last night, but then came this is: a, shattering teaser for The Normal Heart that packs more emotional punch than some movies do in their entire running time. The Ryan Murphy-directed movie is based on Larry Kramer’s autobiographical 1985 play about the onset of the AIDS crisis in New York City. Mark Ruffalo stars at Ned Weeks, an activist who goes on to found an HIV advocacy group. Ruffalo, who is all raw emotion here, is joined by Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, and Jim Parsons, all of whom appear to be on a mission to straight-up devastate you. The Normal Heart premieres this spring, and you can watch the teaser below.
Lena Dunham was the guest host on Saturday Night Live last night, and, fulfilling the sketch idea that we can’t help but think about every time Adam is onscreen on Girls, one of the funniest bits dropped Dunham and Adam played by [SNL guy] into the Garden of Eden. ”You’re like a part of me,” Adam says. “Literally. God made you from my rib, kid.”
Despite being able to see most of the gags coming, it’s still pretty great. Eve is totally going to eat the apple. “Seriously I know I committed original sin, but at least it’s original. I think I deserve some credit for that. Or at least a publishing deal.”
Here’s something you may not know: The people who perform in pornographic videos are human beings. Weird right? Sometimes they go to college. Sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they write op-eds for websites, like this one in particular, Belle Knox, did for xoJane, sending the internet into a lotion-gripped flurry of reactionary think pieces and scolding and reverse-scolding and slut-shaming and slut-shaming-shaming. Knox has been, sometimes eloquently, sometimes naively, arguing that she should not be judged for her decision to perform in porn. Agreed there. Especially as someone who consumes porn, I certainly have no right to judge. But there are plenty of people still out there, like her classmate, young Mr. Thomas Bagley, who find the idea of an actual walking, breathing, woman sex-haver in their midst a scandal worth gossiping about.
Bagley, who Knox says outed her to his fraternity brothers after she asked him not to, has caught a face-full of his own medicine of late from a porn CEO named Mike Kulich, who wrote an open letter speculating and/or doxxing about his taste in porn, which you can read below.
After a lot of push back about the idea of a porn company sharing a user’s private information, Kulich has clarified that he was not speaking from actual information about Bagley’s porn subscriptions, but rather making an educated guess.
First off, I would like to thank you for being such a fan of our business. For someone who subscribes to a site like Facial Abuse I want to commend you for spending the $200 a week your parents send you every week for living expenses wisely. Facial Abuse is a great site! There is nothing like watching a new girl getting a huge cock viciously rammed down her throat. I like your taste!
I want to also commend you on getting accepted into Duke. Great school! I am sure your parents are proud. I bet you pull straight A’s when you’re not whacking it to Facial Abuse and Casting Couch movies. I love our fans and I love you! You are the type of guy that makes our business move.
With that I would like to make you an offer. As I sit here in my office at 6:30 on a Wednesday night I am writing a check for $10,000 to pay to the order of Thomas Bagley. I want to give you the opportunity to live out all your fantasies. In addition to that 10K, there is a plane ticket and hotel room with your name on it out here in sunny Los Angeles. Screw the polar vortex. Get your ass out and come shoot for us! I will give you the opportunity to bang ANY porn star you want. We will make you a celebrity because it is apparent how much you love porn and attention.
10 Grand is a lot of money for a kid like you. Do you know how many porn memberships you could buy with that? That is more than a lifetime membership to Facial Abuse!
I ask that you seriously consider our offer. Any girl you want! Come out to LA and become a star. ALSO, for every inch you are packing over 4, I will throw in an EXTRA $1,000. Get your tiny pecker out here and become the next Ron Jeremy kiddo!
Here’s the bottom line: men and women perform in porn. Men and women consume porn. While one or both may not be for you, shaming people for either is the only thing anyone should be called out for.
Last Monday, Kieran Crilly‘s Facebook wall exploded with ecstatic messages that echoed this one: “A-ma-zing!! Congrats dude!” That’s because the night before, at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, Crilly’s film, The Lady in Number 6, won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject, and Crilly’s friends could not quite believe that one of their own had worked on a movie that just won his industry’s top honor. The film, in which Crilly served as Director of Photography, is an uplifting portrait of Alice Herz-Sommer, a classical pianist and the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor and was considered the favorite going into the awards. Still, when Kate Hudson announced the winner, Crilly was stunned.
Crilly is a cinematographer and producer based out of Montreal, a city where I spent some of the most hedonistic years of my life. I know him mostly in the context of late nights and earlier mornings. But back then he was still a driven filmmaker, and as a member of the Kidnapper Films collective, planted the seeds that led him to the Kodak Theater last Sunday. To see him reach this career pinnacle so early on is both surprising and somehow totally expected. I asked Kieran to take us through his night and what his might mean for the rest of his career. Even though he’s a big deal now, he graciously accepted.
So did you actually get a statue yourself?
Unfortunately no. Only two got handed out for the film. One went to Nick Reed the producer, and the other was for Malcolm Clarke the director. But I definitely tried to take as many pictures as possible with it to completely mislead everyone.
What did you think your chances to win were like going in? Did you read all the forecasts?
I think my attitude towards our chances changed back and forth every day after the nominations were announced. I’m working on a new film with the same director now, so we were forwarding every email and I saw all the forecasts that the producer would send Malcolm, so obviously that was encouraging. But when I got a chance to check out the competition, I couldn’t believe how moving some of those films were. Those stories were pretty amazing: a revolution in Yemen, a hospice run by inmates for inmates, an incredible artist in the desert, and a story of incredible forgiveness. After you see those films and meet those filmmakers, it really makes you wonder how anyone can predict what will happen. But yeah, we were going in with high hopes. Right up until the envelope got opened up, then it was like “Holy shit, we’re going to lose.”
What was walking the red carpet like? A surreal experience?
Are you kidding! It was insanely surreal!! In fact, it was such a rush that I snuck back out and did it a second time!
Describe what it’s like to actually walk the red carpet.
The red carpet is divided between nominees and guests, so if you’re the actual nominee, Nick and Malcolm, you go on one side of a velvet rope and you can interact with the press, and that’s where the big names are. Along with the other Canadians on the team I was on the other side, so we walked next to the celebs, but not along with them. Inside the theatre there was a big cocktail party for about two hours, so in there I met with other people in the industry, but not necessarily what you’d call celebrities. I got to meet and shake hands with one of the biggest cinematographers in the business, Roger Deakins, someone I really admire and look up to. For me, that was a bigger thrill than meeting say Angelina Jolie or Steve Carell. After the awards at the Vanity Fair party there were tons of big names walking around. We took a photo with Bill Murray, my girlfriend met Larry David, and I took a pee next to Bill Hader, but I’m not really someone who goes bonkers around celebrities.
And what’s it like approaching the Kodak Theater? Tight security?
Yeah, they don’t show that part on TV. They block off Hollywood boulevard (is it a boulevard?) for blocks in either direction and you have to drive through about four checkpoints before you even get close to the Oscars area. The LAPD have concrete blockades up, the sidewalks are fenced off, there’s a ton of people on the other side with posters and cameras, screaming every time a car or limo pulls up.
Did you have a flask of booze on you?
Ha, no. But there’s tons of free drinks inside, bars on every level of the theatre, and during the actual show you can get up and leave the theatre during every commercial break. The publicist we had, (little shout out to Dish Entertainment) was pretty awesome. They had us prepared for the whole experience and we brought some snacks in, knew exactly what to expect, and really shepherded us through the night. I can’t imagine going through that week without someone like that to really give you a heads up about every little detail.
What was watching the show like live?
The show itself was really impressive. Basically you’re watching the most professional people in the world put on the biggest entertainment show of the year. I guess the only difference from TV is that you’re taking photos and texting them to friends and seeing them write back “Holy shit that just happened on TV!” Of course, right after our category was announced we all ran downstairs to find Malcolm and Nick and hoist the golden boy. I guess that’s a pretty big difference.
What was going through your head after their name was called?
Um, I think my hand went up to my mouth in shock, and the first thing that happened was actually really awesome. The guy sitting right in front of me was Tom Christopher, the producer of one of the other short docs, Facing Fear, and he instantly spun around and grabbed my hand and shouted “Congratulations!” with a huge smile on his face. It was really that moment that you see on TV where the nominees really are happy for each other and it was really sweet of him. Then I jumped up and hugged the Canadian producer Frederic Bohbot, who was sitting next to me and we shouted and jumped up and down.
What happens when the show is over, is it a nightmare to get out of there?
You wait. Right after the show all the nominees and winners go to a banquet called the Governor’s Ball where they eat, there’s some entertainment and you get the plaque screwed on to the statue. But that part of the night is strictly nominees and winners only, so we hang out outside drinking lattes and waiting till their done to head out to the party. We did try to sneak in to the Governor’s Ball but never even got close, and then ended up outside the theatre! It was a hassle getting back in to get the valet.
And so where did you party after? The Vanity Fair party?
Yeah, we headed to the Vanity Fair party. Basically, the Oscar is like a golden ticket. Whether you’re invited or not, it opens doors. On the way up Sunset Blvd. to the Vanity Fair party, there were barricades and state police, and every time you just stick the Oscar out the window and they’re like “Oh, cool, have a great night!”
What was the party like?
Pretty swanky. They had taken over a parking lot and built a massive series of tents and trailers. It was done up like a big banquet hall, lots of portraits on the walls, big open bar, people walking around giving out food and trinkets, and you couldn’t walk three steps without running into either a celebrity or someone swinging an Oscar.
And is your cell phone blowing up?
Oh dude, texts, emails, instagram, facebook, I’m still working my way out of it.
What do you think this means for the rest of your career?
I think that’s probably the hardest question to answer. Probably easier to answer in a few years, when I can look back at what has it done for my career, right? I mean, I hope that the film is seen by a wide audience, I hope that people enjoy it, and that maybe some of those people want to work with me. I’ve been doing documentary for a long time and I’m really ready to work in some other areas – commercial, creative web content, that kind of stuff really interests me right now. Also I do a lot of producing so I want to continue on that front – hopefully this opens some doors. And directing is something I’ve dipped my toes into before but now I’d like to explore that further. I think I’m going to make a move to Toronto soon so that’s exciting and obviously I’d love to do more in the US. Either that or this is where I peak and it’s all downhill from here, hahaha!
Did you ever expect a nomination might be possible, let alone a win? How did you find out about the nomination?
Well we knew we were shortlisted in the category for the short nomination in December. The Academy released a short list of 8 films and announced that between three and five of those would get nominated. Then on January 16th the nominations were announced. For me that was the biggest anticipation really, because after that no matter what, you’ve got a nomination on your CV, and really that’s a major accomplishment right there. I was in Washington DC shooting on the current film I’m working on, a feature doc about the relationship between the US and China. I was having breakfast with Malcolm, who is directing this one too, and we were watching the TV in the hotel restaurant. They announced all the big categories, but skipped the doc shorts, so we were sitting there waiting for about twenty minutes before our producer Fred Bohbot texted me from Montreal to let us know. It was totally surreal. I think that was the big moment where I had to stop and think about it, holy shit I have to go to LA, I need a tux, I need to figure out how to crash the parties….um, we just got nominated. The win was just too much to really hope for and hasn’t even begun to sink in yet.
The Lady in Number 6 is now available for rent or purchase on Vimeo.