<p>One of the few iconic images from &quot;Green Lantern.&quot; Unfortunately, the movie didn't have enough of them on Earth.</p>

One of the few iconic images from "Green Lantern." Unfortunately, the movie didn't have enough of them on Earth.

Credit: Warner Bros.

'Green Lantern's' future: Salvaging a franchise

With WB still considering a sequel some suggestions

In most industry circles the huge second weekend drop as well as critical and audience reaction to "Green Lantern" would seem to be clear signs the Emerald Crusader won't return for a second go around.  However, sources confirm to HitFix that a sequel is still in the works.  That's pretty amazing considering the weak global box office so far and a domestic cume expected to top out at approximately $135 million.  Especially when you're carrying a reported $200 million plus price tag and that's not even counting marketing costs.  And sure, licensing helps ease the burden, but it can't cover everything. As a toy and licensing property, "Green Lantern" isn't in the billion dollar league of "Cars."

Read Full Post
<p>Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel talk &quot;Bad Teacher&quot;</p>

Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel talk "Bad Teacher"

Watch: 'Bad Teacher's' Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel pitch '127 Hours'

Plus: Lucy Punch and 'The Office's' Phyllis Smith

Note to anyone looking to sit down and get some serious answers from Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel:  it's not going to happen.

The "Bad Teacher" duo, who play romantic interests for the title character played by Cameron Diaz, took some time to discuss their new comedy, but diving into character motivation was the last thing on their agenda.  Strangely, Timberlake was the most rowdy of the two giving reenacting a very funny pitch for "127 Hours" he'd heard from Judd Apatow which makes the video interview worth watching alone. 

The always busy Segel ("The Muppets," "How I Met Your Mother"), on the other hand, was more than happy to act as "straight" man for the pair.  Plus, he knows the talking points better than anyone (or can recite them with a nice wink at least).

And did I mention the poster display behind the duo collapsed in the middle of the interview?  A memorable five minutes to say the least.

Another fun sit down was with two of the supporting ladies in "Bad Teacher," Lucy Punch (soon to star in FX's "Powers") and "The Office's" Phyllis Smith (who does her best to steal the movie out from under everyone).  You can watch that interview below.

For Drew McWeeny's review of "Bad Teacher" click here.

"Bad Teacher" opens nationwide on Friday.

Read Full Post
<p>Kermit the Frog in the foreground and some blurry Muppets with Jason Segel and Amy Adams in the background in a scene from &quot;The Muppets.&quot;</p>

Kermit the Frog in the foreground and some blurry Muppets with Jason Segel and Amy Adams in the background in a scene from "The Muppets."

Credit: Walt Disney Studios

15 things we learned on the set of 'The Muppets'

'Does Miss Poogy sound like a man to you?'

 GLENDALE, CA - Visiting the set of "The Muppets" was a once in a lifetime experience.  The chance to see some of your favorite childhood characters such as Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy come alive in front of your eyes isn't something you experience in Hollywood every day.  Your chances are probably higher of running into Brad Pitt or Will Smith on a red carpet.  This is one of the reasons moviegoers and many in the industry are excited about the prospects for Disney's potential Thanksgiving holiday blockbuster.

Read Full Post
<p>Juno Temple in the new poster for &quot;Dirty Girl.&quot;</p>

Juno Temple in the new poster for "Dirty Girl."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Exclusive: Juno Temple lowers her shades in new 'Dirty Girl' poster

'Dark Knight Rises' star making noise in 2011

Once again, a new decade has brought a wave of impressive new acting talent to moviegoers and the media's attention.  Chris Hemsworth already has "Thor" under his belt with the increasingly hyped "Cabin in the Woods" already in the can. Taylor Kitsch will make it or break it with next year's double take of "John Carter" and "Battleship." Mia Wasikowska was relatively unknown before the success of "Alice in Wonderland," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Jane Eyre" and now she's recognized all over the world.  Rooney Mara used roles in last year's "A Nightmare On Elm Street" and "The Social Network" to help her land "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." And before 2012 is done, Juno Temple  will have gone from that little, mean girl in "Atonement" to an adult actress to seriously watch out for.

Read Full Post
<p>Ryan Gosling at the LA&nbsp;premiere of his other big fall movie, &quot;Drive.&quot;</p>

Ryan Gosling at the LA premiere of his other big fall movie, "Drive."

Credit: AP Photo/Katy Winn

George Clooney and Ryan Gosling's 'The Ides of March' heading to Venice

If you play Venice you are in the game

Ryan Gosling is heading to another major film festival this year.  The "Blue Valentine" star has made Sundance and Cannes frequent stops over the past 18 months and now it appears he'll be heading to another annual cinefile event in Venice.  It hasn't been officially announced, but according to reports, the cat is out of the bag and George Clooney's "The Ides of March" will be the opening night at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.  The festival begins on Aug. 31.

"March" is based on Beau Willimon's play "Farragut North" and finds Clooney  playing a governor looking to find a more presidential office in a scenario loosely based on the campaign of Howard Dean.  Gosling plays his press spokesman and Paul Giamatti is a rival campaign manager.

It's unclear how good Gosling is in "March," but he certainly merits awards consideration as well for his subtly strong performance in Nicolas Wending Refin's "Drive" which played at Cannes and opens nationwide on Sept. 16.

Venice is almost a second home for Clooney. He won a slew of awards for "Good Night, and Good Luck." at the festival in 2005 and premiered "Michael Clayton" in 2007, "Burn After Reading" in 2008 and "The Men Who Stare At Goats" in 2009.  Oh yeah, and "Intolerable Cruelty" in 2003.  Clooney also stars in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," another expected awards season player, which may debut at the Venice, Toronto, Telluride or New York Film Festival. 

Obviously, both men have a busy fall ahead of them.

Darren Aronofsky, who won the festival's Golden Lion in 2008 for "The Wrestler," has already been tapped as the head of this year's jury.

Read Full Post
<p>Cameron Diaz discusses &quot;Bad Teacher&quot;</p>

Cameron Diaz discusses "Bad Teacher"

Watch: Cameron Diaz explains how hard it is to find a Sugar Daddy in 'Bad Teacher'

Can Diaz benefit from the success of 'Bridesmaids' ?

One of the common questions you hear after moviegoers see the trailer for "Bad Teacher" is "Why is this beautiful woman a school teacher?"  Well, the main answer becomes pretty apparent in the first 20 minutes of the the film, but as I discovered while interviewing Diaz a few weeks ago there is an even bigger one that's so obvious it's gone over most peoples heads.  Frankly, the economy has ruined the market for gold diggers like Diaz's character Elizabeth.  There just aren't enough Sugar Daddies around anymore to meet demand.

Read Full Post
<p>Jason Segel, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy in a scene from &quot;The Muppets.&quot;</p>

Jason Segel, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy in a scene from "The Muppets."

Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Set Visit: Jason Segel and 'The Muppets' get ready to take on the 21st Century

The 'HIMYM' star reveals all and insists he's 20% creepy

GLENDALE, CA - Disney's new movie "The Muppets" features two-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, a new Muppet named Walter and a slew of your favorite Jim Henson creations, but the picture is really the Jason Segel show.  Even if you hadn't heard the "How I Met Your Mother" star wax during interviews about his love of The Muppets, the final scene in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (which he wrote and starred in), you knew there was a connection between Segel and the Muppets.  That love turned into an original screenplay, co-written with Nicholas Stoller, that could make the beloved franchise a family favorite once more.

Read Full Post
<p>Ryan Gosling behind the wheel of Nicolas Winding Refn's &quot;Drive.&quot;</p>

Ryan Gosling behind the wheel of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive."

Credit: FilmDistrict

Review: Superb direction and stellar ensemble make 'Drive' a must-see

HitFix
A-
Readers
A+
Ryan Gosling

Hyping a movie as a "must-see" can be a dangerous habit and should therefore be treated judiciously.  It can lead to unfulfilled expectations by an audience and if used too often cheapen the recommendation.  Happily, that's not the case with Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive."  The "Bronson" helmer won the best director prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival over noteworthy competition from Terrence Malick and Pedro Almodovar (among others) for his work on the new thriller and after catching it at the 2011 LA Film Fest Friday evening it's clear the honor was distinctly deserved.

Read Full Post
<p>&nbsp;New Academy member Beyonce Knowles singing a nominated song from &quot;Dreamgirls&quot;&nbsp;at the 79th Academy Awards.</p>

 New Academy member Beyonce Knowles singing a nominated song from "Dreamgirls" at the 79th Academy Awards.

Credit: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Beyonce, Russell Brand, Bradley Cooper and Gregg Araki among 178 new Academy members

Notable HBO and Showtime stars make the cut too

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 178 new members to join the movie industry's most premier voting club this year and, happily, it continues the recent tradition of skewing the organization younger.

Read Full Post
<p>Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black at the world premiere of Richard Linklater's &quot;Bernie&quot;&nbsp;at the 2011 LA&nbsp;Film Festival in downtown Los Angeles Thursday night.</p>

Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black at the world premiere of Richard Linklater's "Bernie" at the 2011 LA Film Festival in downtown Los Angeles Thursday night.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Review: The old Jack Black is back in Richard Linklater's mixed 'Bernie'

MacLaine and McConaughey are solid in a comedy that should be funnier

Do you remember when Jack Black was the next big thing?  When he was seen as the heir apparent of leading comedy actors?  Well, yes, it's been awhile, but let's review for context's sake, shall we?

Black first made some noise stealing scenes in "High Fidelity" and on his HBO series "Tenacious D," but after stumbling in films such as "Shallow Hal" and "Saving Silverman" he finally broke through to mass adoration in the critical and audience pleasing "The School of Rock."  That Richard Linklater film was the first time Black was able to combine his natural charisma, actual acting talents and, of course, ability to rock into one signature performance.  He came close to duplicating that achievement in the 2006 hit comedy "Nacho Libre" and was impressive later that year in the straight drama "Margot at the Wedding."  He even took chances with Michel Gondry's misfire "Be Kind Rewind" and Nancy Meyer's uneven romantic comedy "The Holiday" and his star continued to rise. It all seemed to peak in a summer of 2008 double bill where he supplied the voice of Po in "Kung Fu Panda" (at the time considered DreamWorks Animation's best film ever) and as the drug addict actor Jeff Portnoy in Ben Stiller's contemporary classic "Tropic Thunder."  The three year since, however, have not been as kind.

Read Full Post