I was Ewan McGregor’s stand-in, or how I spent my summer vacation
0 Comments · Friday, August 29, 2014
As Ewan McGregor’s stand-in, I was not an actor in Miles Ahead
— Don Cheadle’s locally filmed Miles Davis film — but more of a
celebrity-shaped prop used only when the camera was not rolling.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Move over, Vincent Chase! DC Comics’ Aquaman will come to life on the big screen in the form of Jason Momoa,
aka Game of Thrones’ Khal Drogo, aka
My Sun and Stars. Aquaman/Momoa was recently added to the cast of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, joining Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jesse
Eisenberg (Lex Luthor) and, of course, Henry Cavill (Superman) and Ben Affleck
(Batman) in the 2016 epic comic feature.
Just for fun, here’s our pre-Thrones and Aquaman Momoa singing in a
scene from his Baywatch days.
What a voice! I had no idea
Jason Momoa was the lead singer of the Crash Test Dummies.
Miles Ahead filming kicked off Monday. The most recent film to be shot locally
stars Don Cheadle as Jazz legend Miles Davis and focuses on the musician’s
five-year “silent period,” leading to his 1969 record In a Silent Way. Ewan McGregor and Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire) also star. Scenes will be filmed in dozens of local locations. Movie crews were seen today in Northside, while I caught Cheadle in a bright blue suit topped with Davis’ signature
unkempt 'fro filming at Seventh and Elm streets Monday afternoon. Cheadle is
making the film with the help of Indiegogo funding.
Many of the donation prizes
for the film have sold out, but there are still some perks left — for example,
for $100 you can catch an advance screening of the film, where The Cheadz (that’s
my nickname for him now that we’re basically friends) will be in attendance.
He’ll also do a Q&A after the movie. Pretty cool I guess, but in “What are
we doing with our lives?” crowdfunding news, this Columbus, Ohio-based potato
currently has more than $53,000 in pledges. And it’s open for 24 more days.
It’s original goal was $10. If you’re confused about how a crowdfunding site
relates to picnic side dishes, this description from the project should help:I'm making potato salad.
Basically I'm just making
potato salad. I haven't decided what kind yet. It’s pretty hilarious until
you realize the funds raised for this joke of a project could actually pay off
your student and car loans and that no joke Kickstarter you could create will
ever be as successful. So just give up already.
So I know 2002 will soon be
calling, asking for its pop culture references back, but this delicious
parody/remix of Eminem's “Lose Yourself” via Gizmodo is winning the Internet
The headline Millennials
have been waiting for is making its rounds on every news site and blog
everywhere: Netflix Will Pay You to Watch Netflix.
Harry Potter fans will be
happy to know author J.K. Rowling has published a new story in the series on
her site Pottermore. The new Potter tale catches up with the wizard and his
pals in their adulthood. This is Rowling’s first Harry-centric piece since
publishing the series’ final novel seven years ago.
to hit the Interwebz: Jimi: All Is by My Side, starring André "3000" Benjamin as Mr. Hendrix; Before I Go To Sleep, with Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong in what sounds like Memento meets 50 First Dates; and Horrible Bosses 2. Because Hollywood.
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Google began banning porn ads from its search engine July
7, adding to the site’s previous ban of underage, non-consensual sexual
content and prostitution services. WORLD +1
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The film about Miles Davis that Don Cheadle has been trying to get made finally gets the green-light (with Cheadle as the Jazz legend), the premiere of a new Ol' Dirty Bastard documentary falls apart in classic ODB style after a cease-and-desist and Kendrick Lamar makes the cover of GQ but cancels a performance at the mag's party due to the cover story's questionable content.
Robert Downey Jr. is again charming and amusing, but Mickey Rourke's presence is mostly wasted
0 Comments · Thursday, May 6, 2010
Director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Theroux deserve credit for trying to infuse the sequel to 2008's 'Iron Man' with equal parts pleasure, wit, intelligence, silliness, self-awareness and steely action-movie grit. In other words, Favreau tries to make it a worthwhile vehicle for the acting ability of his star, Robert Downey Jr., succeeding enough to make this enjoyable by the standards of summer-movie comic-book adaptations/sequels. Grade: B-.
Star-studded gem shows Antoine Fuqua's training days are over
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 2, 2010
All of the 'Six Degrees of Separation'/Kevin Bacon mental gamesmanship generated by a star-studded ensemble cast could detract from the simple, propulsive narrative drive of a film like 'Brooklyn's Finest,' but director Antoine Fuqua ('Training Day') boldly dares audiences to play the game anyway. And, for the most part, his gambit pays off. It's a fine example of a filmmaker abiding by the law of the streets. Grade: B-plus.