The Hollywood 5 & 1: 10.19.13: April Rose VS Maggie Grace Edition!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 10.19.2013
April Rose takes on Maggie Grace in Vs, a look at who's holding up the Entourage movie, Tom Hanks wants to be a superhero, Pacific Rim 2 is in the works, Jacky Joy is our "& 1" Model of the Week and more!
A WORD FROM STEVE...
Welcome back! How was your week? We're back for another week of hot women, the biggest Hollywood news, and some celebrity gossip! For some additional reading you can check out my Comics 411 or my Big Screen Bulletin!
It's been a while. It's time for another installment of something I like to call...
This week I'll be reviewing The New Behind the Green Door. If you're not familiar with your adult film history, in 1972 the original Behind the Green Door came out and is widely considered one of the genre's "classic" pictures and one of the films that ushered in The Golden Age of Porn. Featuring Marilyn Chambers, who became a mainstream celebrity, it was one of the first hardcore films widely released in the United States and the first feature-length film directed by the Mitchell brothers. It was adapted from an anonymous short story of the same title, which was circulated by means of numerous carbon copies. Along with Deep Throat, also released in 1972, it was the first hardcore adult film to reach a mass mixed-sex audience. Made with a budget of $60,000, it achieved a nationwide theatrical release which earned over $1 million. The movie ultimately grossed over $50 million, including its video release. It was the one of the biggest box office successes of the 1970s, alongside Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones. It was even screened at the Cannes Film Festival. It's impact was immediate. It's been said there is, "a relatively small corpus of pornographic films – e.g., Deep Throat, The Devil in Miss Jones, and Behind the Green Door – that have a minimal but still sufficient artistic interest to distinguish themselves from the rest of the genre", and the film is "more artful than most smut films".
So when Vivid announced that they were producing a loose remake/reimagining entitled New Behind The Green Door, I was very curious on what they would come up with. This new film stars Brooklyn Lee as the main character Hope, a young, wealthy girl who is slowly drawn into a shady underworld while on an erotic journey to find her birth mother. The cast also includes Dana DeArmond, Penny Pax, Bailey Blue, Steven St. Croix and James Deen, with special appearances by original cast member Johnnie Keys and original star Marilyn Chambers' daughter McKenna Taylor. Personal favorite Chanel Preston makes an appearance as well.
What really caught my eyes about this erotic drama is the involvement of the legendary Paul Thomas. The original screenplay directed by the multiple-award winning Thomas and anyone who is familiar with his work knows he always gives the watcher a new eye to view from. The New Behind the Green Door doesn't disappoint. Thomas explores the sexual side of human nature as only he knows how. Something lacking in modern adult film is the rushing of the plotline. Not so here. While the sex scenes are well directed and enticing, it's the story that takes center stage. Thomas allows his actors to act, for the scene to breathe. He doesn't stick the camera on a tripod and walk away. He gives us interesting angles that keeps our attention. His love and respect for the source material is evident and while this isn't a direct remake, the echoes of the original flow throughout the movie. The movie also includes footage of the original Behind The Green Door as Hope, describes a sexual fantasy that recalls the plot of the 1972 film.
Brooklyn Lee had the difficult task of taking on an iconic role that falls under Chambers' shadow. I appreciate that they kept Lee's style slightly vintage. She could have just as easily been cast in the original. The movies rests on her shoulders and she brings it to a surprising and welcome conclusion. James Deen is on a roll and continues to obtain a variety of roles that showcase the layers of his acting ability. Like I said, this movie isn't the usual A to B to C and done. It has a genuine story to tell and the leads tell it with passion.
I touched on the cinematography earlier and I wanted to stress that this isn't your run-of-the-mill adult film. It has depth and the shot selection is thoughtful. You become invested in Lee's Hope and each scene is built on the last. It's easy to dismiss a porn movie or use it as a punchline but The New Behind the Green Door has true artistic merit. When compared to the original, it's a shocking example of not only how far the adult film industry has come but also how far away from the weight it used to have.
This is yet another outstanding product from Vivid and Paul Thomas. It stands above anything else on the market and a great tool to use for discussion on sexuality and the porn industry. Head to vivid.com today and buy it.
Alright, who's greeting us this week? It's none other than...Jessica Ryan! Jessica is one of my newer friends on Twitter. She and I share a love for vodka, tequila...actually, she had me at vodka. I'll be catching up with Jessica (hopefully) at AVN and she's taking part in my Pornstar Pictionary event. If you're in Vegas this January, hit me up for details.
Last week we had Chrissy Teigen taking on Brooklyn Decker. Here's how it went down:
Brooklyn Decker 77.38%
Chrissy Teigen 22.62%
Not even close! Decker takes this in a wash. I guess that video didn't sway you. This week are a couple new faces. First is model and actress, April Rose. She's takes on Maggie Grace!
NOTE: I had to run and just realized the photo of Maggie is cropped incorrectly. Google or use your imagination!
April Rose VS Maggie Grace
PIC OF THE WEEK!
Looks like a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame isn't in the cards for Kim Kardashian. Unless she wins an Oscar or something. While Kanye West made it known in his Oct. 9 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he thinks the mother of his only child shouldn't be shut out from receiving the honor because she's a reality star, the spokeswoman for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce reiterates that she's not eligible. "We don't have reality stars on the Walk of Fame," Ana Martinez tells omg Yahoo, explaining that they don't have a category for it. "We're happy to consider reality stars once they get nominated for, or win, an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar. We'll consider them when they're legitimate actors or singers."
While Kardashian may not "qualify," it's the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce that makes the rules, and doesn't appear to want to bend them one bit for Kardashian, or grow with the times to accept there are some out there who could want to see reality stars as deserving of such accolades. But when challenged on this, Martinez appears rather defensive, changing the subject back to Kardashian, telling omg Yahoo, "I hate to say it, but a lot of people just don't like like her. No one has ever nominated her."
Here is Kim on Instagram. This pic made the rounds.
WHAT THE HELL?
Director Michael Bay was attacked and slightly injured Thursday on the set of the fourth installment of the Transformers movie series currently filming in Hong Kong, police said. A Hong Kong police spokeswoman said two brothers surnamed Mak who own a shop near the film set approached Bay and demanded 100,000 Hong Kong dollars, about $13,000. When Bay refused to pay, they assaulted him, she said. The brothers also allegedly assaulted three police officers who were called to the set. The spokeswoman said Bay suffered a minor injury to his face but declined medical treatment. She spoke on customary condition of anonymity. The two men, aged 27 and 28, were arrested and face charges of blackmail, assault and assaulting police officers, she said.
Paramount Pictures gave a somewhat different account of the incident, which it said occurred on the film's first day of production in Hong Kong. It said in a statement that a man allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance rushed onto the set wielding an air conditioning unit and swung it at Bay's head. It said Bay ducked and wrestled the air conditioning unit away from the man. Police arrested the man and two companions, and no one on the set was injured, Paramount said.
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction stars Mark Wahlberg and is to be released next June.
OK, I was going to post a random Transformers picture in here but decided to go with this instead:
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Tom Hanks: Superhero!
Oscar-winning actor, Tom Hanks says a comic-book role is the one gig he can't seem to land. During an interview with Showbiz 411, Hanks had this to say when a fan asked why he'd never starred in a big superhero movie:
"They don't ask me, man. I keep trying. Come on, I can do it. I can do it. Even let me play a bad guy, let me play the bad guy against Batman. I'll do anything, call me. They've never asked. What do I gotta do? God, I want to throw a shield at somebody. I want that. And I don't want to play the guy in the suit who tells the superheroes what's going on, I don't want to be that guy. ‘Well, you know Batman, Captain America, Iron Man, here's what we've discovered,' I don't want to be that guy. I want to get in there, I want to play The Flash or something like that. They'll never give me a chance."
What kind of role could Hanks do? Hero? Villain? Any suggestions?
At least we know he's cool with costumes.
In an interview with IGN, Guilldermo del Toro revealed that he is writing a sequel to Pacific Rim, which underperformed in the US but did incredibly well overseas for a worldwide gross of $407 million, double its $190 million budget. Here are highlights:
On the Pacific Rim blu-ray release: "I try to put the very best features on Blu-rays and DVDs. There is as much as we could cram in it. We have all the capsules that were available on the Internet, plus more. We have a very comprehensive, interactive feature that allows you to really get behind the process of making the movie. I did my commentary track, as most times on the DVDs or Blu-rays I do. I end up doing my commentary tracks two or three times, because every time I do it, I take it very seriously, but I spend a couple of days thinking about it, and I go to my producer Javier [Soto] -- he's always tearing his hair out because I always go back and say, "I want to do it again." So there's a lot to be found. Hopefully, people will find that we have it packed to the gills. It's a very beautiful transfer and an incredibly beautiful sound mix, so it's the best presentation I could do."
On the reception of the film: "I'm very happy. Out of the top 10 titles of the summer, we were perhaps the one that was not dependent on a star name or a pre-established property, and I think that's really, really good. The passion with people that saw the movie and raved about it was great. What was troubling was that we didn't achieve -- and the tracking was clear -- we were not being exposed beyond the core. The core was reacting to the movie, but people on the street were not hearing about it in the right way. I cannot decipher that because that's exactly what the numbers indicated. It's sort of a head-scratcher, but when we opened we were in very low awareness, which means we were not being rejected or accepted. That was not the issue. The issue was we were not on the radar."
On a possible sequel: "No, we are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active. The decision to green light or not, that's definitely above my pay rate."
Are you interested in Pacific Rim 2?
Marvel Studios has released fifteen minutes of B-roll footage for Thor: The Dark World. The film opens on November 8.
Here's a synopsis: Marvel's Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
This movie has some serious buzz!
So Jerry Ferrara isnt' the one holding up the Entourage movie.. After Mark Wahlberg said earlier this week that the film version of the HBO series is being held up because the cast is "being greedy," Ferrara--who played Turtle on the show--told TMZ that he doesn't care how much he got paid and noted, "I'd do it for free."
Wait. We might have something. Adrian Grenier said on his Instagram account:
"To all Entourage fans. I owe it to you to make a couple things clear. I take my role as Vince on the show & off very seriously. All decisions I make personally & for business are for the principle of friendship and brotherhood. It has, & never will be about the money for me. I promise. I will always stand up for the boys (that includes you) & do what I can to make sure they are treated fairly, and not be taken advantage of by anybody. The spirit of Entourage is about sharing the opportunities given to us and I will sign any deal that gives ALL the boys an opportunity to share in the upside of success EQUALLY. I assure you, despite the perception, there is no greed in my heart. Remember, it will all work out in the end. It always does."
Whether that means that he's holding up the film because someone is getting paid unfairly more than everyone else or not isn't clear. Jeremy Piven and Kevin Connelly have reportedly already signed deals for the film.
Will we see an Entourage movie?
What's the VIDEO BUZZ?
CHECK THIS OUT! Seriously. Director J.J. Palomo has me drooling over his three-minute short/trailer, Keloid. The trailer sets up Keloid as the latest singularity-based, man-vs-machine disaster movie with some extremely creepy imagery. A truly amazing mix of some practical effects with slick effects and CGI that lends the appearance of a Hollywood blockbuster. Massive armies of robot machine gunners take to the streets against amassed armies of armor-clad humans, and the whole thing sets up a conflict that it would be a lot of fun to watch play out over the course of two hours.
What do you think?
Welcome back to the & 1 Model of the Week! I'm going to use this area to introduce a lovely young lady that you might not be familiar with. This week our & 1 Model is ...Jacky Joy! What can I say? We can never get enough Jacky Joy! She's one of the ones I'm most looking forward to interviewing at AVN. Always fun and has something funny to say. You can find more Jacky at www.jackyjoyxxx.com!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present...Jacky Joy!
Before I say GOODBYE!
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