Colin Farrell’s ‘Total Recall,’ Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Killer Joe’ and Spike Lee’s ‘Red Hook Summer’ Hit HD (VIDEO)

As Christmas Day rapidly approaches, the studios race to make high-profile titles available for consumers so, if nothing else, they have some stuff to watch while all of the stores are closed. But this week offers a selection of titles which, unfortunately, aren’t altogether great gift ideas, if only because watching most of them once is one time too many, and owning them seems absolutely silly.

Nevertheless, we’ve assembled the cream of the crop, looking not only at Tuesday’s list of titles, but the films that distributors will release on Friday, in anticipation for a last-minute push from folks as irresponsible as, well, yours truly when it comes to holiday gifts.

Killer Joe (Lionsgate)

The One-Liner: Matthew McConaughey blows away his co-stars – in some cases literally – in this pitch-black tale of white-trash deceit, directed by The French Connection filmmaker William Friedkin.

Picture Perfect? A terrific transfer sufficiently preserves Friedkin’s filthily saturated images, perfectly creating a cohesive universe for his characters to unleash their worst impulses.

What Else Is There? A commentary track by Friedkin offers numerous insights into the creation of the film, while a collection of featurettes from the film’s screening at South By Southwest offers viewers comments from the cast and crew.

How Badly Do I Want It? “Enjoyment” of the film comes down to how much you are into watching bad people do terrible things to one another, but in a year when McConaughey seemingly couldn’t be stopped, this is one of his most remarkable performances.

Pitch Perfect (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)

The One-Liner: A seemingly featherweight musical movie starring powerhouse actress Anna Kendrick, this odd little movie chugged along when it was in theaters months ago, and comes home for folks to learn its songs and share in some big-screen Glee-style fun.

Picture Perfect? As always, Universal does a wonderful job of bringing the film’s big-screen presentation home, offering colorful, vivid imagery that perfectly suits its semi-music-video aesthetic.

What Else Is There? Two audio commentaries, deleted scenes, and the infamous line-o-rama expand this disc’s content significantly, offering what probably amounts to more than enough for a film that’s fun, but hardly demanding of substantial exploration.

How Badly Do I Want It? This is a film you might want to watch multiple times, and the Blu-ray offers a good value for your dollar with lots to view even after finishing the film.

Red Hook Summer (Image Entertainment)

The One-Liner: Spike Lee makes a remarkable return to form with this searing, intimate tale of a young man’s relationship with his uncle during a hot summer in New York.

Picture Perfect? Lee’s always been a terrific visual stylist, and the film is no different – and the Blu-ray does a great job preserving the saturated but naturalistic approach the filmmaker takes with the material.

What Else Is There? An audio commentary gives Lee a platform to discuss the film’s unique choices, in particular its unexpected third act, while a featurette offers some extra insights into the film’s creation.

How Badly Do I Want It? Lee’s been unfortunately uneven as a filmmaker in the last several years, but it’s a must-see if you’re a fan of his, so definitely make sure you rent it.

Total Recall (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

The One-Liner: Len Wiseman’s remake of the Paul Verhoeven original is decidedly a lackluster follow-up, but as featherweight summer entertainment is concerned, the film is mostly harmless fun.

Picture Perfect? SPHE’s transfer does an amazing job of maintaining vivid, clear image quality, ensuring a great viewing experience even on the small screen.

What Else Is There? A commentary track by Wiseman dives into his ideas for fleshing out the remake, but a series of featurettes and interviews examines the technical and artistic challenges the filmmakers faced as they tried to turn Verhoven’s film into another futuristic adventure.

How Badly Do I Want It? Not necessarily a movie you would want to own or rewatch, but as a rental the bonus content will keep you busy for several days.

Trouble With the Curve (Warner Home Video)

The One-Liner: Clint Eastwood’s first starring role in decades in a film which he didn’t direct feels just as much like an Eastwood film as ever, while Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake act adorable as Eastwood’s daughter and the baseball scout who wins her heart.

Picture Perfect? Warner Home Video does a predictably good job creating a solid, bright HD transfer that ensures that Eastwood, Adams and Timberlake look beautiful on the small screen.

What Else Is There? Only two short featurettes, which is fine since the film doesn’t really demand much more.

How Badly Do I Want It? A hopelessly generic film at absolute best, Trouble With the Curve is worth a rental if you really like the folks in it, but otherwise it’s hardly engaging enough to hold your attention.

Watch the trailer for Total Recall below, and let us know which of these films you’ve seen — or want to — in the comments section!

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Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal: Movember’s Hottest Celebrity Moustaches (GALLERY)

Movember may be winding down, but don’t expect the moustache craze to end anytime soon: a slew of Hollywood’s leading men, from doting dads Ben Affleck and Brad Pitt to eligible bachelors Ryan Gosling and Colin Farrellhave all sprouted staches.

And they’re not just doing it for Movember, aka the month of November when many guys grow moustaches to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer.

 

Not that it isn’t an excellent idea — the men who purposely sport staches in Movember (or Mo Bros, as they’re commonly called) solicit donations from sponsors during the “growing” process. Movember, in combination with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, then uses the funds to support awareness and education, survivorship and research.

 

 

In honor of Movember, Celebuzz has compiled a gallery of male celebrities with the sexiest staches. Take a peek at the hottest celeb mustaches in the gallery — above and let us know your favorite mustache man by leaving a comment below.

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‘Seven Psychopaths’: Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell Turn Crazy Killers Into Comedy Gold (MOVIE REVIEW)

Martin McDonagh has ‘it.’

After an award-winning career writing for the stage, his first movie, In Bruge, won a Golden Globe for Colin Farrell and earned McDonagh an Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay.

With his latest movie, Seven Psychopaths, McDonagh actually tops In Bruges – no easy feat considering that it’s predecessor is also one of 2008’s most highly acclaimed films.

Working in the same Grand Guignol style that has come to characterize plays like A Behanding in Spokane and The Lieutenant of Inishmore, McDonagh conjures a broad and witty comedy that turns in on itself as a meta-commentary on hip gangster movies.

What’s ‘Seven Psychopaths’ about?

Wannabe screenwriter Ray, (Colin Farrell) tells his unhinged friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) he doesn’t want to write “just another movie about guys with guns in their hands.” He wants his movie to be much more. Exactly what, however, he hasn’t a clue. What he does have is a title: Seven Psychopaths.

Intent on collaborating with Ray, Billy takes out an ad in the newspaper seeking psychopaths who are willing to share their stories.

Harry Dean Stanton is the Quaker psychopath, not to be outdone by a Buddhist Vietnamese psychopath played by Long Nguyen.

Tom Waits, stroking a pet bunny, plays a psychopathic hunter of psychopaths, while Woody Harrelson is Charlie the gangster, a psychopath obsessed with his little dog Bonny, (not a psychopath), a Shih-Tzu.

Bonny has been abducted by Hans (Christopher Walken) a psychopath at the end of his rope who runs a small-time operation kidnapping house pets and returning them for reward money.

Charlie would rather see his beautiful girlfriend dead than lose his beloved dog Bonny, and he is about to move Heaven and Earth to save her.

While it may sound confusing and maybe too smart for its own good, Seven Psychopathsunspools with clever ease and buffoonish charm. It is effortlessly brilliant and always accessible but more important, it slavishly satisfies the first rule of comedy – make ‘em laugh.

Energy accumulated in the movie’s first hour is slightly dissipated when Ray, Billy and Hans reach the desert for the final showdown and McDonagh’s screenplay spins its wheels. But the jokes keep coming, as lively and unexpected as the many plot twists and convolutions that make Seven Psychopaths so distinctive.

McDonagh is a deft director of actors, starting with Farrell as Ray, the alcoholic writer wannabe. For once, Farrell embodies the most normal character in the bunch. He underplays opposite a manic Rockwell, but still generates plenty of laughs as he wrestles with his demons and the real-life crazies popping up all around him.

Walken and Rockwell costarred in the Broadway production of McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane, and together they bring to the screen a well-honed anarchic energy. Despite their impeccable work over the years, both actors deliver performances that stand among their best.

Walken has carved an indelible niche for himself playing creepy characters in dozens of movies going back to an early cameo as Annie Hall’s suicidal brother, Duane.

In Seven Psychopaths he is strange, unbalanced and again suicidal after the loss of his wife. His performance is energized partly by the fact that it’s Walken playing Walken in the same way Seven Psychopaths is a hip gangster movie about hip gangster movies.

The old adage says, “Comedy is hard, dying is easy.” Comedies, especially ones like Seven Psychopaths, are seldom mentioned at Oscar time and almost never win. Despite how difficult they are to make, good comedies look easy, which makes them easier to dismiss. If you’re smart you won’t dismiss Seven Psychopaths. Clever, original and unpredictable, it is one of the year’s funniest movies.

Watch the trailer for Seven Psychopaths below.

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Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, and Sam Rockwell: ‘Seven Psychopaths’ Stars Perform Dramatic Reading of ‘Honey Boo Boo’ (VIDEO)

Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell are such talented actors that they can make any dialogue sound good — even the unscripted musings of the Thompson clan of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo fame.

That’s the lesson of this video from ScreenJunkies.com, which took advantage of an interview with the three stars, who were promoting their dark comedy Seven Psychopaths, to get them to reenact some of the TLC reality show’s sparkling repartee.

In the video, Rockwell reads the part of seven-year-old beauty pageant regular Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson; Farrell reads her sister Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon, and Walken reads mama June Shannon.

Much of the conversation, taken from the show, revolves around the self-styled redneck family’s recipe for “sketti,” which includes a marinara sauce made from ketchup and melted butter. In a further homage to the surprise hit series, ScreenJunkies vlog host Hal Rudnick whips up a batch of the pasta dish himself, and his commentary, which is sometimes hard to make out because he has a mouth full of noodles, is subtitled, just like on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

The actors, no doubt tired of being asked the same questions over and over by interviewers during a daylong press session, seemed to relish the chance to do something different. In the video, Rockwell calls the impromptu reading the best interview the trio had done all day.

Of course, the result is just one of many off-kilter, would-be viral videos that have emerged during the run-up to Seven Psychopaths’ release in theaters on Friday, October 12. In another cooking-related video, posted at Funny or Die, Walken roasts a chicken with the help of Law & Order: SVU star Richard Belzer and a couple of blank-faced models who are apparent refugees from a Robert Palmer music video. And another video making the rounds shows the Seven Psychopaths trailer re-enacted by a cast of cats.

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‘Seven Psychopaths’ Trailer Spoof Features Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken as Cats (VIDEO)

If it wasn’t fun enough watching Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurylenko and Tom Waits play the eponymous septet in Seven Psychopaths, CBS Films has turned the film’s cast into felines.

In a trailer posted Monday, Martin McDonagh’s crime comedy was transformed into internet-sensation-worthy fodder with a clip entitled Seven PsychoCATS, where cats take the place of key cast members.

The film, which opens Friday, follows a team of dognappers who find themselves in trouble after accidentally kidnapping the shih tzu of a local crime lord (Harrelson).

How well do the kitties keep up with their human counterparts?

The clip has already spawned a fairly hilarious series of gifs (Farrell punching Rockwell is our personal favorite). Check out the trailer above, and then for comparison, watch the original clip below.

Seven Psychopaths opens nationwide on Octob. 12. There’s no word yet when CBS will produce a feature-length version of PsychoCATS.

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Colin Farrell Talks Childhood Habits With Jay Leno on ‘The Tonight Show’: ‘I Used to Pull My Hair Out’ (VIDEO)

Colin Farrell‘s childhood consisted of some very peculiar habits.

“I was a hair puller, I used to pull my hair out,” the 36-year-old actor told Jay Leno on The Tonight Show on Friday.

“I liked biting nails too . . . I used to enjoy the feeling of plucking hair from my head,” he added.

The Seven Psychopaths star stopped by the show to chat about his new film, but Leno made sure to probe further into the actor’s childhood, which included sneaking out at night.

According to Farrell, he used to sneak out of his home and take a little stroll.

“I’d climb into the neighborhood and walk around the streets and look into people’s windows,” he told Leno.

What else did the star share about his childhood?

As some Farrell fans may know, when the star was 17, he was approached by a scout to audition for a boy band in Dublin.

“I hadn’t finished school and I thought, I’d go along for a look,” Farrell told Leno on Friday.

“I went along . . . I went and they made me sing ‘Careless Whisper,’ by Wham! man,” he added.

The group, of course, went on to form without Farrell, and became a huge success all over the country, under the name Boyzone.

“I was dejected that I was rejected,” Farrell said of the experience.

Farrell’s new film Seven Psychopaths, co-starring Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken opens in theaters Oct. 12.

For more of Colin Farrell on The Tonight Show, watch the video above.

 

‘Seven Psychopaths’: Colin Farrell is ‘The Seemingly Normal One’ (EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS)

When your character is literally called a psychopath, it’s a dubious honor to be described as “the seemingly normal one.”

But in Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh’s follow-up to In BrugesColin Farrell‘s character enjoys that description. Ferrell plays Marty, an aspiring screenwriter who becomes ensnarled in the dognapping of a gangster’s pet Shih Tzu.

Celebuzz invites you to judge for yourself – how psychotic is Marty? – in three exclusive photos from the film.

Who else appears in the film to give Farrell a run for his money in this competition of crazies?

Farrell stars in the film alongside Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Sam Rockwell, Olga Kurylenko, Abbie Cornish and Zeljko Ivanek.

Check out the film’s theatrical trailer as well. Seven Psychopaths opens nationwide October 12, 2012.

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‘Cloud Atlas,’ ‘Alex Cross’ and More: October’s Top 5 Films in 60 Seconds (VIDEO)

No need to waste time wondering which movies are worth seeing in October – Celebuzz has put together a preview that takes only a minute to watch.

Featuring some of the season’s hottest stars, including Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Tyler Perry and more, the video counts down the Top 5 films to see in the next month.

Lana and Andy Wachowski’s Cloud Atlas leads the pack, an operatic adventure that takes audiences on an incredible journey as an ensemble of characters are reborn and transformed through time and space. (Read our review here.)

What else is there to watch during the month of October?

Matthew McConaughey continues his remarkable hot streak as the co-star of Lee DanielsThe Paperboy, which also features performances by Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron.

And Tyler Perry takes off Madea’s wig and housedress to play the title character in Alex Cross, about an FBI profiler on the hunt for a serial killer played by former Lost star Matthew Fox.

Watch Celebuzz’s Top 5 movies in October in the video above for more details about these and other upcoming films.

 

‘Cloud Atlas,’ ‘Alex Cross’ and More: October’s Top 5 Films in 60 Seconds (VIDEO)

No need to waste time wondering which movies are worth seeing in October – Celebuzz has put together a preview that takes only a minute to watch.

Featuring some of the season’s hottest stars, including Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Tyler Perry and more, the video counts down the Top 5 films to see in the next month.

Lana and Andy Wachowski’s Cloud Atlas leads the pack, an operatic adventure that takes audiences on an incredible journey as an ensemble of characters are reborn and transformed through time and space. (Read our review here.)

What else is there to watch during the month of October?

Matthew McConaughey continues his remarkable hot streak as the co-star of Lee DanielsThe Paperboy, which also features performances by Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron.

And Tyler Perry takes off Madea’s wig and housedress to play the title character in Alex Cross, about an FBI profiler on the hunt for a serial killer played by former Lost star Matthew Fox.

Watch Celebuzz’s Top 5 movies in October in the video above for more details about these and other upcoming films.

 

Did Woody Harrelson Lose His Beloved Dog? Lost-Pet Posters Featuring Star Dotted Around Hollywood (PHOTOS)

“Who Stole My F#$king Shih Tzu?!”

It was the emotional plea that hit the streets of Hollywood, Calif. on Monday afternoon via lost-dog posters baring the familiar face of a Tinseltown legend, Woody Harrelson.

On the flyer, a man identified as Charlie Costello — but whom looked suspiciously like 51-year-old Harrelson, who starred in Cheers as bartender Woody Boyd – pled for the return of a well-loved Shih Tzu named ‘Bonny’ — a pup that was described as having a “heart bigger than a lion.”

“I love this f**king dog more than my girlfriend,” the owner noted.

So, what’s the deal? Has The Hunger Games star lost his pet pooch?

Fear not Harrelson fans, the Natural Born Killers actor’s dog — if he even has one — is safe and sound. The pooch belonging to his latest fictional character, however, isn’t.

The posters and a Twitter account are part of a clever guerrilla and social media campaign for Harrelson’s new dark comedy Seven Psychopaths, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival at the weekend.

In the film — which also stars Colin FarrellSam Rockwell and Christopher Walken — Harrelson’s dog is stolen, setting off a bizarre chain of events.

Despite the flyers all being an elaborate hoax, it hasn’t stopped dog lovers and Harrelson fans taking to the Twitter page to check on Bonny’s missing status.

“Vengeance will rain upon those who have stolen such a perfect creature. I stand with you! @psychocostello”, one follower wrote.

Another said she had even found the beloved pet.

“Hey, @PsychoCostello, I found Bonnie. Picture’s from last night, so no idea where he is now, but at least he’s alive!” she tweeted.

Watch the Seven Psychopaths trailer below for more on Bonny’s dognapping. Warning explicit language.