And Your B-List Dude of the Week is…

MARK BOAL

"The Hurt Locker" writer Mark Boal arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday,  March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Age: The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything (42)
Height: On-screen hero status (6’2″)
Nationality: ‘Murican (Born in New York)

Mark Boal worked as a journalist, writing articles for The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and Salon, among others. It was his 2004 story, “Death and Dishonor,” published in Playboy is what got him into Hollywood. The article became the basis for the movie In the Valley of Elah, starring Tommy Lee Jones. He then went on to write The Hurt Locker for Kathryn Bigelow, which won him as Oscar. They collaborated again on 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty, and he was again nominated. Basically, everything this guy touches turns to Oscar gold. He’s Midas with a keyboard, and I’m super excited for his upcoming collaborations, particularly if they are with Bigelow.

Thanks for playing. See you next week, when we explore the gloriously hypermasculine filmography of Joe Carnahan.

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Kathryn Bigelow Dudes

Hello and happy Tuesday! Apologies for missing last week, but life got busy. Anyway, good news: Fear the Chick Flick has become a regular column at Film Takeout! It’ll be running on Thursdays, and I’m super excited to get to continue the work.

For November, we’re going to be celebrating the B-List Dudes populating various directors’ filmographies. Today we start with Kathryn Bigelow, Oscar winner, kick-ass action director, and B-List dude connoisseur. Fair warning: most of these dudes are from Zero Dark Thirty, because for all its controversy, it is also a veritable smorgasbord of hotties.  Pick your favorites, and I’ll announce the winners at 5:00pm.

Mark Boal
Bigelow movies: The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty
Journalist-turned-screenwriter Boal is both smart and a total babe. I should probably not include him because he has an Oscar, but it’s for screenwriting, so tragically, no one remembers.
Boal

Jason Clarke
Bigelow movie: Zero Dark Thirty
I would love to be able to remove Clarke from the B-List, but he has made terrible choices, including the lesser apes movie and the most recent terrible Terminator film.
Clarke

Mike Colter
Bigelow Movies: Zero Dark Thirty
I am so excited to see him as Luke Cage in the upcoming Marvel Netflix shows.
Colter

Frank Grillo
Bigelow movies: Zero Dark Thirty
Frank Grillo is awesome. That is all.
Grillo

James Le Gros
Bigelow movies: Point Break
He’s in the upcoming reboot as well. Good for you, Roach.
LeGros

Adrian Pasdar
Bigelow movie: Near Dark
Vampires! Bill Paxton! Bishop from AliensNear Dark had it all.
Pasdar

Glenn Plummer
Bigelow movie: Strange Days
Looking through Glenn Plummer’s filmography is how I learned there’s a sequel to Showgirls. God help us.
Plummer

Edgar Ramirez
Bigelow movies: Zero Dark Thirty
He is also in the upcoming Point Break, which concerns me because he should be winning Oscars.
Ramirez

Jeremy Renner
Bigelow movies: The Hurt Locker
But he’s not B-list, you say. Well, he should be, because he’s terrible outside of this one single movie. Don’t vote for him.
Renner

Peter Sargaard
Bigelow movie: K-19: The Widowmaker
You’d think a movie starring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson would be awesome. You’d be wrong. Peter Sarsgaard would probably agree.
Sarsgaard

And Your B-List Dude of the Week is…

JOSH HARTNETT
Hartnett 2
Age: Older than I expected (37)
Height: Suspect (He’s listed at 6’3″, and while he’s tall, I’m not 100% sold on that number)
Nationality: Minnesota nice (I’ve used this joke before, and I don’t care)

I’m disappointed in you. I would have preferred to write about Jamie Kennedy over this. Jamie Kennedy! He’s so annoying even Jennifer Love Hewitt dumped him. Anyway…

Josh Hartnett came from the passive-aggression capital of the United States, Minnesota. But he’s not cool like Lou Solverson was on last night’s Fargo. No… he’s more like Martin Freeman’s character from last season. He got his start on Halloween: H2O, and from there, went on to star in The Faculty and The Virgin Suicides. This, combined with his eyebrows and natural charm, indicated promise. But no, not for Hartnett. Dude squandered his fame by starring in the crime against America, cinema, and the Japanese, Pearl Harbor. Much like Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the same movie, Hartnett had a few more movies in him, most terrible, and a few passable, then he more or less disappeared. He’s made a comeback recently, in Penny Dreadful, but everyone knows that’s Eva Green’s show. I hope he re-disappears and takes his dumb dirt mustache with him. And I hope you all do better next week.

Happy Halloween. I’ve just lived a nightmare.

Kevin Williamson Dudes

Hello and happy Tuesday! Today, we’re looking at dudes in movies or television shows written or produced by Kevin Williamson. If you think that’s weird, consider that Williamson wrote Scream, show-ran The Vampire Diaries and The FollowingThe Faculty, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. He writes horror for people that don’t want to be scared. And for teen-agers. So enjoy the list, pick your favorite, and come back for the winner at 5pm!

David Arquette
Seen in: Screams 1-4
Dewey!
Arquette

Shawn Ashmore
Seen in: The Following
I hated this show, but the pilot was so good.
Ashmore

Josh Hartnett
Seen in: 
The Faculty
He used to be A-List, yes, but I think this is fair now, right?
Hartnett

Joshua Jackson
Seen in: Dawson’s Creek, Scream 2
Now he’s with Diane Kruger, so there is hope after Williamson!
Jackson

Jamie Kennedy
Seen in: Screams 1&2
I was super happy when he got killed.

Ghost Whisperer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim, Jay Mohr, Aisha Tyler (dvdbash.wordpress.com)

Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Seen in: I Know What You Did Last Summer
Remember when Freddie Prinze, Jr. was everywhere?
Prinze

James Purefoy
Seen in: The Following
Purefoy is really good and deserved so much better than this show. I hope he and Kevin Bacon can team up in the future for something good.
Purefoy

Ian Somerhalder
Seen in: The Vampire Diaries
I love this show, and I love Ian Somerhalder in it. He’s not good, per se, but he’s hilariously sarcastic.
Somerhalder

Paul Wesley
Seen in: The Vampire Diaries
Paul Wesley’s hair contains gravity defying magic and should be studied by scientists.
Wesley

 

And Your B-List Dude of the Week is…

A TIE!

SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Seann William Scott is seen in Soho on September 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
… and puppy!

Age: Top of the hill (39 – about to head over!)
Height: Standard Plus (6′ even – like 5’10”, but better)
Nationality: Super sweet, doncha know (He’s from Minnesota. He’d actually be really good on another season of Fargo.)

Seann William Scott was discovered as a kid in a talent competition. He worked on several national commercials, including a spot for Sunny D. But he got his big adult break as Stifler in American Pie. If I’m being honest, I’ve never seen any of those movies, so I don’t care. What I do care about is that he was in the hilarious and terribly underrated movie Role Models. Seriously, that movie is a treasure, and Seann is awesome in it. Awesome enough that until today, I forgot he was in the abomination that is Dukes of Hazzard. Unfortunately, he was also in Cop Out, but I totally don’t blame him because on paper it looks like a good idea. He was also far and away that movie’s saving grace. Currently, he’s filming a follow up to Goon, which is also a really great movie, even if you’re not into hockey. Here’s hoping Goon 2 is also good, and that we Seann William Scott in more things, because he’s super charming and funny.

NICK ZANO
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Age: Nearing that hilltop (37)
Height: Tallish (6’1″)
Nationality: Weird (He’s American, which isn’t really that weird, but he’s from a town called Nutley in New Jersey. Nutley!)

Nick Zano got his start on What I Like About You, playing Vince. From there, he tried his hand in a few movies, including Final Destination 4 (I seriously refuse to call it The Final Destination – dumb dumb dumb), Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and Joy Ride 2. TV proved kinder, and he’s since had recurring roles on the reboots Melrose Place and 90210as well as a stint on Cougar Town. His best role was at Pete on Happy Endings, where he played Casey’s boyfriend/fiance/ex, but we’ll never know what could have happened because it was canceled to early, and that’s terrible. Currently, he’s on the Minority Report TV show, which might actually be the reason I was looking for to check it out. Here’s hoping it’s successful!

Thanks for playing! Tune in this week for more Fear the Chick Flick, and come back, as always, next Tuesday for voting!

Final Destination Dudes

I should probably be embarrassed about this, but I love the Final Destination movies. I had a roommate who was really into them, and his excitement for this ridiculous franchise roped me in. So to celebrate our spooky dudes in October, I give you the quintessentially B-List Dudes of Final Destination. Pick your favorite, and I’ll be back at 5:00pm to announce winners.

Texas Battle
Final Destination: 3 – The terrible one with the roller coaster.
Death: Head crushed by workout equipment

Texas Battle Attends The Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences Daytime Emmy Nominee Reception Held At Savannah Resturant,Burbank California,June 9 2008 ©RD/Longendyke/Retna Digital

Bobby Campo
Final Destination: 4 – The one with the race cars
Death: Run over by a truck, with a sweet X-Ray effect!
Campo

Nicholas D’Agosto
Final Destination: 5 – The one with the bridge
Death: Flight 180!
DAgosto

Arlen Escarpeta
Final Destination: 5 – The one with the bridge
Death: Crushed by a tire from the sky
Escarpeta

Ryan Merriman
Final Destination: 3 – The worst one with the roller coaster.
Death: Subway crash
Merriman

Devin Sawa
Final Destination: 1 – The original Flight 180
Death: An offscreen falling brick. Super lame.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10:  Actor Devon Sawa arrives at the Screening of New Line Cinema's "Final Destination 5" at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Seann William Scott
Final Destination: 2 – The one with the freeway pile-up.
Death: Decapitation by spinning metal debris
Scott

Kerr Smith
Final Destination: 1 – The original Flight 180
Death: Crushed by a falling sign in Paris – the final death of the first film. Carter, noooo!
SmithK

Nick Zano
Final Destination: 4 – The one with the race cars
Death: A reverse-colonoscopy from a pool vacuum.
Zano

Fear the Chick Flick: Crimson Peak

I’m going to try to cram in a few of these this week to make up for a slow last week. I saw a number of non-chick flick movies, and I’ll get those as we sashay toward award season. But the most important movie I saw last week, and my personal favorite, is the chick flick I’m reviewing today. Fair warning: there are spoilers. Go see it first, then come back.

CRIMSON PEAK
Crimson Peak
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: GdT, Matt Robins
Key Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain,Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam

In Short:
Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), an aspiring writer, has trouble selling her ghost stories to publishers. Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), visiting Buffalo, New York, to seek financial backing for his clay mines, finds both Edith and her stories captivating. The two fall in love, and they are married after Edith’s father dies suddenly. Edith goes to England to live with Thomas and his sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain). Once at their crumbling estate, Allerdale Hall, Edith begins seeing ghosts, who bring bad tidings of terrible death. Lucille exercises an immense amount of control over Thomas and the estate, and Edith has to resister her in order to save herself from a violent end. Luckily, her longtime friend, Dr. Alan Michael (Charlie Hunnam), shared Edith’s fathers suspicion of the Sharpes and continues his investigation. He arrives to help Edith, but discovers he, too, is in over his head. It’s up to Edith to face the Sharpe’s and their terrible past to save herself.

As Cinema:
Sumptuous set and costume design, as well as an absolutely to-die-for ensemble, make this a can’t-miss film. Visually, it’s absolutely stunning, which is no surprise given that it’s a Guillermo del Toro film. The story is pretty straightforward, playing right into many gothic romance tropes. For some, the pacing might feel too slow. For me, I enjoyed the chance to look around and explore this beautiful world.

This movie would be absolutely nothing without Jessica Chastain’s performance, though. Lucille is obviously the villain from the outset, but Chastain manages to imbue her with such a desperate humanity that there are moments when you want her to be ok, because you want her to find a better life for herself. Lucille could have gone without saying anything through the whole film because the story plays across Chastain’s face in tiny expressions. She’s alive, even amidst all the death and decay, and she’s endlessly captivating. Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska are dependably wonderful, and Charlie Hunnam gives what might be the strongest performance of his career. He’s not the tough guy we’ve come to know from Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim. He’s a well-intentioned weenie, and he pulls it off with aplomb. Also, everyone is beautiful, so that’s nice.

The Horror:
You’ll notice I just reviewed the movie without a single mention of a ghost. Because they are window dressing to a romance. This movie is more Legends of the Fall than The Others, but it has plenty of other ways to freak you out. Edith is a monster, spewing opinions and ambitions like some sort of poisonous bile. She doesn’t fawn over Thomas (who, I should remind you, is Tom Hiddleston), even though he’s way into her. And when they finally do get married and he’s reluctant to consummate the whole thing, she’s the one that gets on top to seal the deal. Her sheer curiosity and force of will makes the ghosts bend to her will, making her a ghost king like that dude that helps Aragorn at the end of Return of the King, and he was badass, so by transitive property, she must be too.

And then there’s Lucille, who is both legitimately terrifying, and probably also the scary reason this excellently-crafted film is only sitting at 69% on Rotten Tomatoes, which Meryl Streep kindly reminded us is mostly made up of dude-critics. Lucille makes no apologies for her brokenness. She embraces it like a tortured male artists, only her canvas is murder. At the end of the day, she’s a woman who wants to love and be loved, but she does not know how. She is not so different from Julia Roberts’s Anna in Notting Hill –  just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. Only that boy is her brother, and instead of asking, she murders all of his wives.

And then there’s the men: Thomas is a pawn, and Dr. Alan is just so far out of his depth. They’re both enamored of Edith, but Alan never says anything, preferring to stand quietly on the sidelines until it’s too late and he’s useless. Meanwhile, Thomas woos her to her death, just sort of hoping his love will make everything ok for both her and Lucille. Neither of these are the man with a plan, and for the typical moviegoer, this is seriously uncharted waters. Like, Pacific Rim into another dimension uncharted. And it’s neither of these men that cancels the Allerdale Apocalypse – it’s Edith who must save herself in the end, in a beautiful, bloody, whimsical knife fight. You probably just peed yourself a little at that sentence. Go clean yourself up, and tune in tomorrow for voting. I’ll be back later this week with Cinderella stories and probably some Julia Roberts. Or maybe Brad Pitt. I haven’t decided yet.

Fear the Chick Flick: A Dude’s Guest Post

Today in Fear the Chick Flick, we have a guest poster, Elliot Campos. Elliot is a writer living in Los Angeles. He’s currently producing two podcasts: the sci-fi audio play BEYOND SCHOOL and the TV-focused SUPERHERO SAMPLER. Find them both on iTunes! 

In my elementary school years, I saw a clear divide between boy entertainment and girl entertainment, and I made damn sure I stayed on my side. I watched every animated series on Fox Kids, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network except Sailor Moon. When I was forced to accompany my father and sisters to a screening of Spice World, I kept my eyes closed for the entire movie. I scowled my way through The Princess Diaries and its accompanying bonus features (I had a weird obsession with completely watching every DVD my family owned).

As far as I was concerned, boys ruled and girls drooled. They could have their Barbies and Disney Princesses while I enjoyed masculine, intellectually-stimulating cinema like Lost in Space and Wild Wild West.

Eventually, I realized that Lost in Space and Wild Wild West were not heartbreaking works of staggering genius. And after reading 50+ issues of the Spider-Girl comic (featuring the alternate-universe teenage daughter of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, natch), I learned that narratives based around women are not inherently devoid of value.

Over the years, I’ve watched a lot of chick flicks. There have been many bad ones – just like there are bad superhero movies, bad zombie movies and bad L. Ron Hubbard movies – but the good ones tend to stick out in my mind. It’s one thing to be wowed by special effects; it’s something else entirely to care so much about a character that when she achieves her goals, you grin from ear to ear and get that tingly sensation all over.

Inspired by this website’s Chick Flick Appreciation Month, I decided to take a look at two offbeat examples and see how they held up. The results… were mixed.

THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE
Time Travellers Wife
Director: Robert Schwentke
Writer: Bruce Joel Rubin (based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger)
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Ron Livingston, Stephen Tobolowsky, Hailey & Tatum McCann

In Short
Henry DeTamble (Bana) is a lonely librarian with a mysterious condition: he spontaneously travels in time to random locations. It’s not as fun as it sounds. He generally sticks to his own personal timeline, but he’s powerless to stop tragedies like his mother’s death. He also reappears without his clothes, so wherever he winds up, his first priority is always to dress himself. Henry is resigned to his fate until he meets Clare Abshire (McAdams). Upon seeing him, she has a total joygasm. Clare has known Henry for decades – he popped into her life throughout her childhood and adolescence. Of course, these encounters haven’t happened in Henry’s personal timeline yet, but he still falls in love with Clare and marries her. As the years pass, Clare struggles to live with a husband who’s always disappearing for random intervals. Things become more complicated when Henry and Clare get a momentary visit from a slightly older Henry who’s dying from a gunshot wound. Clare is determined to bear Henry’s child before he departs, and after some ups and downs, she gives birth to a girl named Alba (McCann). After his daughter turns five, Henry knows that his days are numbered. When the fateful night arrives, he enjoys the company of his friends and family before he’s pulled into a patch of woods and is accidentally shot by his father-in-law. He returns to his home and dies in Clare’s arms. Years later, a younger Henry visits Clare and Alba to give them a final goodbye.

As Cinema
Audrey Niffenegger’s book is heavily episodic and alternates between Clare and Henry’s first-person perspectives. Across 550 pages, the author creates two sympathetic, engaging characters. Over the course of 108 minutes, the filmmakers aren’t quite able to deliver the same impact. In order to focus on the adult stars, the rich details from the protagonists’ formative years are largely excised. Some of this is arguably necessary – onscreen, the Henry & Young Clare scenes have an unavoidable creep factor – but the massive cuts leave the main characters too blank. Henry has no real goals or interests, and Clare is saddled with one of those nebulous art-related jobs that has no impact on the plot. As the film dutifully follows the book’s plot points, the chief pleasure is McAdams. She eventually drowns in melodrama, but her irrepressible charisma is such a treat that both Woody Allen and Richard Curtis cast her in a similar role.

The Horror
This is a movie where a shy dude walks into a room and meets a beautiful woman who is already in love with him. It is the ultimate wish-fulfillment for nerds, and that’s before we get into the chrono-displacement. But instead of indulging in high-concept rom-sci-fi like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, this film is more like McAdams’s The Vow: a sluggish sob-story featuring an inconvenient medical condition.

The film adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife is for the Nicholas Sparks fans out there. Everyone else should read Niffenegger’s book. I mean, there’s a scene where two sexually-curious teenage Henrys experiment with their bodies. You didn’t see that inBack to the Future.

DOWN WITH LOVE
Down with Love
Director
: Peyton Reed
Writer: Eve Ahlert, Dennis Drake
Cast: Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Sarah Paulson, David Hyde Pierce, Tony Randall, Jeri Ryan, Melissa George

In Short
Barbara Novak (Zellweger) arrives in 1960s New York with a mission: to create a sexual revolution with her new book Down with Love. Although her editor Vikki Hiller (Paulson) is a believer, the sharp-suited men at the publishing house roll their eyes at Barbara’s silly feminism. The book is released without fanfare… until Vikki cajoles Judy Garland into promoting it on The Ed Sullivan Show. Down with Love fever sweeps the globe, and Barbara Novak becomes a household name. Everyone wants a piece of her – especially suave journalist Catcher Block (McGregor). The ladies’-man-man’s-man-man-about-town previously had the opportunity to interview Barbara, but he repeatedly blew her off so he could entertain a series of flight attendants (including Ryan and George). As more and more women fall in line with the Down with Love philosophy, Catcher discovers that they stop being targets for cheap thrills and casual sex. Unhappy with this change, Catcher decides to write an expose on Barbara that will show that she wants romance as much as anyone else. Donning glasses and a fake Southern accent, Catcher becomes astronaut Zip Martin and enraptures Barbara with disarming sweetness. After a whirlwind courtship, Barbara tells Zip that she loves him. Triumphant, Catch drops his charade, only for Barbara to drop her charade as well. It turns out she was one of Catch’s past secretaries, and she concocted the entire Down with Love scheme to prove herself as Catch’s equal. Dumbstruck, Catch immediately proposes to his perfect match, but Barbara rejects him after realizing that she can’t abandon her new principles so easily. Some time later, Catch applies for a job at Barbara’s new magazine. At the interview, Catch connects with Barbara on a human level, and before long, they’re romantically dangling from a helicopter ladder as it flies into the distance.

As Cinema
If you had to apply filmmaking terms to a romantic comedy, the phrase “inspired directing and cinematography” wouldn’t exactly spring to mind. After all, aren’t the chief visual pleasures in a chick flick typically the leading man’s muscles and the leading lady’s smile? Not in this case. Director Peyton Reed and cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth pull out all the stops to create precisely-performed comedic set pieces and joyfully inventive split-screen shenanigans. Costume designer Daniel Orlandi also deserves a shout-out for draping his stars in an absolutely fabulous wardrobe. But all of this production design would be a waste if the cast didn’t measure up. Supporting players Sarah Paulson and David Hyde Pierce fire off their dialogue with zany machine-gun accuracy. Paulson’s a determined working woman who’s much more savvy than her male contemporaries, and Pierce is the son of a self-made man who’s brimming with insecurities. These two charming, funny actors cultivate one of the most agreeable B-plots in cinema history. And what about the leads? Ewan McGregor gets to stretch his acting ability, playing a stud and a dork. He’s so smooth that he would slip out of your hand like a wet bar of soap. As for Zellweger, she’s saddled with the least interesting character, but she’s perfectly able to keep pace with her showboating costars. And it could be said that her powerfully-delivered one-take monologue in the third act recontextualizes her entire performance. Still, her high point is probably the closing musical number she shares with McGregor. Their song and dance not only shows off their Chicago and Moulin Rouge chops but also ends the film on a cheer-worthy high note.

The Horror
Down with Love is a feature-length homage to a series of romantic comedies that were released forty years earlier. Executives were probably hoping to tap into the Austin Powers well of ‘60s spoof magic, but those films openly broadcast their dick-and-fart jokes and only trot out old tropes to ruthlessly mock them. Down with Love, on the other hand, is rooted in (groan) love. Reed and his collaborators clearly have deep affection for the time period and the genre, and they created a film that wasn’t a parody as much as a faithful recreation. You don’t feel bad when Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley’s relationship blows up, but Zellweger and McGregor’s relationship troubles are meant to elicit genuine reactions. The film demands viewer involvement, and in an age when sincerity is greeted with eye-rolls and snickers, Down with Love didn’t stand a chance.

When I was in high school, I had a tradition of watching Down with Love every Valentine’s Day. I responded to the witty repartee and bubbly music, but on a deeper level, I appreciated that this was a labor of love that was essentially rejected by society. Nobody cared, and the film was carelessly tossed in the $5 DVD bin. In the twelve years since its release, Down with Love hasn’t developed a noteworthy cult – not even with the rise of the ’60s-set Mad Men, Reed’s success with Ant-Man or Paulsen’s role inAmerican Horror Story. The film is an overlooked curio, but sometimes, those diamonds-in-the-rough can offer more than the highest grossing movies out there.

Down with Love is the puppy that no one wanted to adopt. You know, the puppy with a keen insight into gender dynamics and a flair for comedic banter.

And Your B-List Dude of the Week is…

RUSSELL TOVEY

British Actor Russell Tovey Philips British Academy Television Awards in 2011 - Drama photography shoot for Event Brochure and The Observer Magazine. Styling Rachel Fanconi and Neil Cunningham - Make Up by MAC and Hair by Charles Worthington. Styling partners Carat Jewelery.

Age: Good Lord! (He’s 33, like Jesus when he died. Get it?)
Height: Normal (5’10”)
Nationality: Pre-US (He’s British)

Russell Tovey was on a bunch of BBC stuff that, due to my unfortunately location in the United States, I have not seen. He was, however, also in Little Dorrit – a BBC/HBO co-production, which I have seen, and he was excellent. He was also Budgie in the adorable Gavin & Stacey, which is also James Cordons come from. Both of them are now much better known over here, but Russell was first. At the same time he was doing all these programs I actually watched, he also starred alongside fellow B-List Dude Aidan Turner in Being Human. He was the werewolf to Turner’s vampire, and it was all very excellent. We all kinda got to know him by way of Sherlock, and then he hit the US in earnest as Kevin in the prematurely-canceled and very good Looking. He’s scheduled next for the Looking special on HBO, but I really hope he lands another show soon since he is super talented and a very earnest actor. It’s really easy to like Russell Tovey, and it is absolutely no surprise to me that he won for play a werewolf that is, effectively, a puppy.

Tomorrow, I have a guest post from my friend Elliot in the Fear the Chick Flick series. I’ll be posting my own on Friday, and I’m sure I’ll have words about CRIMSON PEAK OMG I’M SO FREAKING EXCITED… sorry. Deep breaths. And of course, more spooky and evil October voting next week! Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

Werewolf Dudes

Happy Tuesday, everyone! This week, we’re venturing into some age-old Germanic mythology – WEREWOLVES! Beware the full moon when these dudes are on the prowl. Pick your favorite, and I’ll announce the winner at 5:00.

Jason Bateman
Werewolf in: Teen Wolf Too
Michael J. Fox, as star of the Back to the Future trilogy, does not qualify for his turn in the far superior Teen Wolf.
Bateman

Liam Cunningham
Werewolf in: Dog Soldiers
Before he was Sir Davos, he was just trying to survive the werewolf infestation in the Scottish highlands.

Premiere of the third season of HBO Series 'Game of Thrones' - Arrivals Featuring: Liam Cunningham Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 19 Mar 2013 Credit: Ai-Wire/WENN.com

Rhys Darby
Werewolf in: What We Do in the Shadows
If you haven’t seen this movie, do so right now. Stop everything, forget voting, and understand how important it is that we’re celebrating werewolves, not swearwolves!
Darby

Taylor Kinney
Werewolf in: Vampire Diaries
Mr. Gaga was cousin Mason, the best werewolf in the series.
Kinney

Taylor Lautner
Werewolf in: Twilight
#TeamJacob forever and ever!
Lautner

Joe Manganiello
Werewolf in: True Blood
And now we’re all dog people.
Manganiello

David Naughton
Werewolf in: 
An American Werewolf in London
OG – The best werewolf transformation on film, for sure.

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Russell Tovey
Werewolf in: Being Human
He was also, appropriately enough, in the Hound of the Baskervilles episode of Sherlock.
Tovey