August 19, 2011
Critics Consensus: Conan the Barbarian is a Bloody Mess
This week at the movies, we've got a heroic strongman (Conan the Barbarian, starring Jason Momoa and Rachel Nichols), pint-sized agents (Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, starring Jessica Alba and Joel McHale), scary neighbors (Fright Night, starring Anton Yelchin and Colin Farrell), and part-time lovers (One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess). What do the critics have to say? The 1982 Conan the Barbarian became a seminal entry in the sword-and-sorcery subgenre, maiking Arnold Schwarzenegger a star in the process. And although critics say Jason Momoa does his best with the title role, this new Conan the Barbarian eschews pulpy swashbuckling for non-stop action.
August 19, 2011
Five Favorite Films with Joel McHale
Joel McHale's been making the abyss of modern culture that little bit more bearable over the past decade as the host of E!'s satirical The Soup, while he recently added a residency as the star of TV's acclaimed series Community to his resume. It follows that his next step toward media ubiquity should be a big screen career (he's already had supporting roles in Spider-Man 2 and The Informant), and this week McHale takes a somewhat unlikely starring role opposite Jessica Alba in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D -- the latest in Robert Rodriguez's hugely successful series of adventure films. "You know, being in a kids movie -- I'd never really thought about it in my life until it was presented to me," says McHale. "My first inclination to do it was getting to work with Robert, and that's how it came together." In the film, McHale plays Wilbur Wilson, a sham TV host -- irony noted -- who pretends to hunt for real-life spies, unaware that his wife (Alba) is actually a secret operative herself (and that his dog is a robotic canine who sounds a lot like Ricky Gervais.) Here then are Joel McHale's all-time favorites.
August 19, 2011
Total Recall: Robert Rodriguez's Best Movies
Since breaking into Hollywood in 1992 with his low-budget masterpiece El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez has done it all -- and not only in terms of his eclectic filmography, which includes action, sci-fi, horror, comedy, and family-friendly thrills. He's also one of the most hands-on filmmakers in the studio system, assuming editing, composing, and cinematography duties on top of directing, writing, and production. Given all that, we felt it was only right that we honor this weekend's return to the Spy Kids franchise by taking a look back at some of the brightest critical highlights from his career. It's time for Total Recall!
October 28, 2010
Jeremy Piven Joins Spy Kids 4
Clear all the sushi from the set! Jeremy Piven has joined the cast of "Spy Kids 4," which now has an official synopsis and expanded title ("All the Time in the World").
August 24, 2010
Jessica Alba in Talks for New Spy Kids Movie
The original "Spy Kids" aren't kids anymore, but Robert Rodriguez wants to continue the franchise, so he's aiming at a reboot for the fourth installment -- and Jessica Alba is in talks to star.