There’s a lot of chemistry, and no “spaghetti arms,” in this rare footage of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s Dirty Dancing screen test. This Yahoo Movies exclusive clip, taken from a new featurette on the 30th anniversary Dirty Dancing Blu-ray, shows the two stars getting to know each other as they work through some dance steps. Swayze, an experienced ballet dancer by the time he made the film, instructs Grey to lift her chest so he doesn’t hurt her ribs. “It hurts my ribs,” she replies, giggling, as Swayze gently puts her down.
You have to wonder how Kevin Hart’s pitch went to Don Cheadle when attempting to recruit the Oscar-nominated actor to appear in Kevin Hart: What Now?, the comic’s new standup special/action movie. Guess we’ll have to see Kevin Hart: What Now?
Rogue One is still 80 days away, but by the end of the week you’ll be able to play way through the newest Star Wars adventure — this Friday is when licensees can officially start selling their latest merchandise, including loads of new toys. To hype their wares, toy makers teamed with Lucasfilm and a group of superfans to create Go Rogue, a series of stop-motion YouTube videos loosely retelling the Rogue One plot (spoiler-free!) with the latest action figures, vehicles, and playsets.
As we mentioned in yesterday’s report from the set of PopStar: Never Stop Never Stopping, there are roughly a cajillion celebrity cameos in the concert mockumentary from Lonely Island’s masterminds Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer.
When it came time to interview the cast of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, we returned to one of our favorite places on the web: the communal question-and-answer forum Yahoo Answers.
Upon hearing the premise of this week’s comedy sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising — in which a young married couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) are terrorized for a second time by a houseful of loud college party animals wearing Greek letters — we’d bet one of your first reactions was, C’mon, really, wouldn’t they have just moved away from that campus after the first nightmare? In fact, very early in the movie, they sell their house to a lovely couple played by Sam Richardson and Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson.
These days Kate Beckinsale is probably better known for werewolf-whooping in the Underworld series than tea-sipping in costume dramas. But her roots are firmly planted in the latter. The 42-year-old London native made her movie debut in the 1993 Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing while on summer break from Oxford before headlining fanciful fare like Cold Comfort Farm (1995) and Emma (1996).
The testosterone-fueled 2014 comedy Neighbors featured all the excess and belligerence you’d expect from an R-rated comedy about a wild fraternity making life hell for the couple next door: hazing, mushroom trips, erection party tricks, a homemade dildo racket, etc.
In retrospect, assuming the iconic role of Obi-Wan Kenobi was nothing compared to Ewan McGregor’s latest undertaking. Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Nine Lives, Albert Nobbs) and shot by Emmanuel Lubezki (who has won the last three consecutive Academy Awards for Best Cinematography), the film imagines a 40-day trek made by Christ as he fasts, prays, soul searches, and resists the temptations of the Devil (also played by McGregor).
Former 007 Pierce Brosnan looks much more like a raving lunatic James Bond would foil than Her Majesty’s suave secret agent in the upcoming thriller Urge (watch the exclusive trailer above). Tempted by this super drug are a crew of young New Yorkers on vacation (including Justin Chatwin, Danny Masterson, Ashley Greene, and Alexis Knapp) in tropical paradise.
We’re not going to reveal our sources, but word around town is that the kitten actor that has the world fawning in the new Key and Peele comedy Keanu has also become one of Hollywood’s biggest (and most troubled) divas.
If you’ve ever watched Comedy Central’s hilarious sketch show Key & Peele, you know that hosts Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are big-time fans of Liam Neeson… er, Liam Neesons. The Taken actor’s slightly modified moniker entered the pop-culture lexicon thanks to a widely shared clip in which the comedic duo, playing parking valets, ramble on with unadulterated glee about the majestic badassery of “Liam Neesons” movies. “It’s inspired by that world, and certainly John Wick,” Peele told Yahoo Movies (watch above) when asked if Keanu is their take on the Liam Neeson(s) Taken trilogy.
In Keanu, the new action-comedy starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele fame), we meet arguably the cutest kitten ever to star in a major motion picture. Go on YouTube, though, and you will find dozens, if not hundreds, if not bajillions, of videos claiming to show “The World’s Cutest Kitten.” With that in mind, we screened three of the cutest of the very cutest to Keanu stars Key, Peele, Will Forte, and Jason Mitchell (watch above) to determine the single cutest kitten on the entire internet.
Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real-life paranormal investigators portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring, claimed they had taken on more than 10,000 cases over the course of their illustrious (and creepy) career. “I knew that when I signed on for the first one — both Vera and I talked and said, ‘You know, this could be something that we could do for a while, just because of the way that it’s structured,” Wilson told Yahoo Movies from the Encino, Calif. set of The Conjuring 2 (watch above).
You don’t even have to sit through The Boss to hypothesize about who Melissa McCarthy’s larger-than-life Mama Warbucks, Michelle Darnell, might be based on. “I actually started Michelle Darnell about 15 years ago, I played her at the Groundlings,” McCarthy explained (watch above) at the film’s recent Los Angeles press day, shouting out the legendary Los Angeles improv collective that also counts Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, Paul Reubens, Maya Rudolph, and McCarthy’s husband/Boss co-writer-director Ben Falcone as alumni.
In the new comedy The Boss, Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) is a titan of industry, who wows conventions full of wannabe entrepreneurs with her motivational mojo. Even after the richest woman in America bottoms out and does hard time for insider trader, Michelle rebounds by teaming with her ex-assistant (Kristen Bell) to build a homemade-brownie empire.
“OK, Lillian.” There’s a creepiness to Ray Liotta’s titular character from the first moment we see him in Blackway, for which you can watch the exclusive trailer above. He’s not just a crooked ex-cop, tatted up like Max Cady, but a meth-dealing sleazebag who’s taken to stalking.
Sadly there was no shot of Bill Murray posing with a bear last week when Disney released a cool series of shots placing its Jungle Book stars alongside the animals they voice. The scene shows the first face-to-face encounter between Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi) and Baloo, coming shortly after the bear has saved the man-cub from the “jaws of death” (likely meaning the attack of the tiger Shere Khan, voiced by Idris Elba). Now Baloo is bent on The Big Payback.
Marvel fan-favorite Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will be sitting on the sidelines until he returns to action in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. At the press day for his new Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light, we asked Hiddleston if he thinks Loki has a dog in the fight.
Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen deliver convincing, authentic performances as country music legend Hank Williams and his wife Audrey in the new biopic I Saw the Light. But both quickly own up to not having the deepest knowledge of country music in real life. (Hiddleston grew up in Westminster, London, while Olsen was raised in Sherman Oaks, Calif. — neither exactly hotbeds for honky-tonks.)
Amazingly, Kristen Bell — a mother of two daughters who voices the sweet but impetuous Princess Anna of Arendelle in the film — revealed to Yahoo Movies that she has only seen the infectious animated musical four times. “They don’t really watch TV yet,” Bell said of her girls while promoting her new comedy, The Boss. “I think I’m [in] the only household with kids that’s not inundated with Frozen stuff,” said Bell, who’s married to actor-director Dax Shepard (Parenthood, the upcoming action-comedy CHiPs).
“Every second lunchtime we play Kiss Chase,” Allegiant star Theo James said in describing how close the cast of The Divergent Series has grown over the course of shooting three movies now. Shailene Woodley, who headlines the series as Tris, took it to the next level. Just check out Miles Teller and Zoë Kravitz , who locked hands for the entirety of our interview.
“Theo James” is a lot easier to say — and fits way better on a movie poster — than the The Divergent Series’ breakout star’s full birth name: Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis. So you understand why the 31-year-old Brit goes by a shorter, Hollywood-friendlier stage name.
As far as American literary giants go, Thomas Wolfe is one of the biggest. Maybe not Ernest Hemingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald big, but Wolfe was hugely influential nonetheless. The upcoming biopic Genius will shed some new light on the author’s life and works (and propensity to go waaaaaay over word-count limits), and you can watch the first trailer for it above.
In Brooklyn, the heartrending immigrant love story that scored three Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and Best Actress), Saoirse Ronan’s Eilis Lacey is considered the responsible one among a houseful of young Irishwomen taking up residence in a New York brownstone. It’s why the boarding house’s landlady, Mrs. Keough, gives her dibs on the digs’ prime space: the basement.