"The comedy you were doing, you were playing it so well and I was telling people, 'oh my god, Tom Cruise is so great when he does comedy,' and then I remembered, wait a minute, you did it in Tropic Thunder. You killed in Tropic Thunder." Tom Cruise laughed after Conan O'Brien gave him some praise and then mentioned the name of his Tropic Thunder character: Les Grossman. "Look, I love comedy I used to write sketches when I was a little kid and I would do imitations to make my mother and my sisters laugh," said Cruise. Many fans were shocked to see Cruise in such a drastically different role from anything they'd seen previously, and not a whole lot of people know that he was mainly responsible for the details behind Les Grossman. He then delivered some lines from the movie, much to the surprise of Conan's San Diego Comic-Con audience. The actor yelled, "Stand back and literally f*ck your own face," and the audience went crazy. … [Read more...] about Les Grossman Remembered: Tom Cruise Revisits Tropic Thunder Character at Comic-Con
Best Bad Movie: Hands down, its The Happening. Some claim its awful dreck, and that it supports the worst performance of the year. Those that didn't like The Happening didn't quite understand its foothold on bad B cinema. This thing is a purposely-ingenious spoof of z grade Drive-In movies, and Walberg's acting is extracting from those same elements. This is the most awesomely horrible movie I have seen in ten years. Was this intentional on M. Night Shyamalan's part? If so, The Happening is a brilliant recreation of the worst in schlock cinema. Maybe that was supposed to be the secret twist. Because its heart reeks of Ed Wood. If it was an accident, that makes it even more of a feat of wonder. Mark Walberg talking to a fake houseplant? A dude lying down in front of his riding lawn mower? Miscasting in every single role? Using the R rating to pimp it out, even though it looks like a PG rated film? People running from slight gusts of wind? Best part: "I like hotdogs." The movie is a … [Read more...] about BEST of 2008: A Look Back at This Year’s Film Highlights!
Simmons: “Great Expectations” started off as a song I wrote called “I Am a New Man.” It went, “I am a new man, born in the ashes of ruin/Born in the meadows of lies, born in the meadows of your lies.” The chordal patterns were more English and less bluesy. It was kind of ethereal. And then I saw the movie Great Expectations, which I felt was slow, but then the lyrics hit me: Gee, if you’re a sad girl, and you’re looking up on that stage, you watch me playing guitar and you wish you were the one I was doing it to, well you’ve got great expectations. I played it for Ezrin, saying, “Here’s some other Beatle-esque things I do,” he goes, “Yeah. I really like that. Why don’t we get Kiss singing along with a symphony orchestra?” I’m going, “Wait, wait? We’ve never done that.” So we hired the Brooklyn Boys Choir to come in. … [Read more...] about The Oral History of Kiss’ ‘Destroyer’: ‘It’s a Miracle We’re Alive’
The current band gives “Schizoid Man” a flavor of the original, with distortion added to Jakko Jakszyk’s voice to approximate the album version. But at Radio City, once the instrumental section kicked in, exploration took over. If the rest of the set was about showcasing the power of the full seven-piece ensemble, here, the group seemed to atomize: Fripp shared his solo feature with Jakszyk —who played a guitar decorated with the Schizoid Man himself — the two building up a fiery, abstract duet that only increased in urgency when other players briefly dropped out underneath them. And during the saxophone solo, Mel Collins, bassist Tony Levin, and drummer Jeremy Stacey split off from the larger band, forming a wiry bebop unit. … [Read more...] about King Crimson’s ’21st Century Schizoid Man’: 50 Years in the Life of a Gamechanging Song
“We’ve had a pretty good run,” Cash said onstage. “We’ve been across the country and around the world together.” And despite the passing of Jennings in 2002 and Cash a year later, the supergroup’s legacy, like the wandering ghost of “Highwayman,” will always be around and around and around. … [Read more...] about Flashback: See the Highwaymen Perform Their Signature Hit