Roger Ebert passed away today at the age of 70. He announced on Tuesday that he was taking a "leave of presence" from his movie reviewing after discovering his cancer had returned following a hip fracture. Being one of the most popular film critics of our time, Roger had touched many celebrities' lives over the past five decades. Read on to hear how stars like Oprah Winfrey, Barack and Michelle Obama, Tom Cruise and more celebrities are reacting to the tragic news. He will be missed.
It's Friday, so that means it's finally time for your weekly fix of celebrity viral video madness! Old Navy gets some holiday help from a New Kid on the Block, Jimmy Fallon and Rashida Jones sing about sexy ladles, the Parks and Recreation crew spoof Hollywood Squares, Zooey Deschanel transforms into Old Girl, and more in today's addictive PopSugar Rush.
Rainn Wilson is best-known for his role as Dwight Schrute on The Office, but he gets a chance to show off his range as a dramatic actor in his latest movie. In Hesher, which is out in selected theaters Friday, Rainn portrays a pill-popping, recently widowed dad whose grieving is interrupted by a strange visitor, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Rainn said that, while he hasn't experienced a similar level of loss in his own life, being a father to his young son, Walter, definitely informed his work. The actor also chatted about Steve Carrel's recent exit from The Office and what it means for the future of the show before telling us what it was like to have Natalie Portman as a producer. Watch our talk with Rainn, as well as our interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Rainn Wilson and director James Gunn stopped by WonderCon last weekend to talk about their dark comedy Super. Gunn, who's the ex-husband of Wilson's The Office costar Jenna Fischer, talks about how Wilson came to be cast as Frank, a costumed but powerless superhero. Wilson divulges the reasons why he wanted to make the film, and why this "oddball" movie isn't for everyone — a statement I'd agree with.
In Super, Rainn Wilson dons a costume to play a different kind of social avenger: one without any powers, strength, or special talents. Wilson plays Frank, a downtrodden diner cook whose spouse (Liv Tyler) has recently left him. He has an enlightening spiritual experience that compels him to suit up as "The Crimson Bolt," and run around his town fighting crime with nothing but a disguise, the intention to help people, and a huge, highly effective wrench.
Though Frank originally sets out to take down criminals like the smarmy Jacques (Kevin Bacon), the drug dealer that his recovering addict wife has taken up with, soon Frank finds himself literally splitting the skulls of anyone he perceives as corrupt. This includes citizens as innocuous as line cutters at the movie theater, leading the media — and the audience — to start questioning whether the Crimson Bolt is a bad guy himself.
When Frank befriends local comic book fan Libby (Ellen Page) while he's doing "research" for his side job, she figures out his secret identity and wants a piece of the action. Cue Page in a skintight green and yellow ensemble, pitching herself as "Boltie," a sidekick to the Crimson Bolt. The sight of Page in her homemade costume doing cartwheels and other silly gymnastic moves is a funny one — and the last time you'll laugh. Though Super begins as a comedy with an offbeat sense of humor, it takes a severe change in tone and turns into a movie that's needlessly violent and repulsive.
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Liv Tyler had her American Idol judge father, Steven, on her arm for the LA premiere of her new movie Super last night. The Aerosmith frontman has been busy promoting his Fox program and bonding with his new buds Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez, but he seemed happy to support his daughter's big evening and even show some paternal PDA. Her costars in the indie superhero film Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson also stepped onto the red carpet, and later Rainn and Liv tore up the dance floor with their crazy moves. Liv has been focusing on her East Coast social schedule recently alongside her rumored boyfriend Theo Wenner, who is both the son of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner and a photographer who memorably shot Robert Pattinson for Dossier magazine in 2009.
Rainn Wilson tells Jay Leno how sad it was to wrap up shooting with Steve Carell, joking that it was like a cast of kids losing a father ("We miss you, dad! Come home please!"). Rainn goes on to share that he isn't yet sure who will be taking Steve's place, but mentions how amazing it's been working with Will Ferrell as Steve's temporary replacement.