Josh Duhamel

Scenic Route

A few years ago, Josh Duhamel discussed his desire to broach darker material. He was promoting Life as We Know It at the time, and there’s a good chance he was referring to a movie like Scenic Route. Duhamel’s career has primarily been comprised of lighter works. There’s nothing wrong with that, but taking on a role like his in Scenic Route could be interpreted as his attempt to prove he’s more than just a romantic leading man. This is a movie devoid of any of the romance or gloss you’d expect from a movie featuring the actor. He’s playing a real guy with serious problems in a theatrical setting. His character, Mitchell, is stranded in Death Valley with his buddy Carther (Dan Fogler). This is a performance piece, and in addition to falling in love with the script, Duhamel  saw the movie as an opportunity to push himself further as an actor. Here’s what else he had to tell us about the dark dramedy:

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Road movies where an uptight straight man and a manic comic foil get stuck in a car together, initially get on each other’s nerves, but then bond, are nothing new. Actually, they’re one of the stock plots that mainstream comedies seem to go to most often. Scenic Route was written by Kyle Killen, the man who gave us the wonderfully offbeat The Beaver though, so you can probably imagine that it puts a pretty unique spin on the buddy road movie formula. This one sees Josh Duhamel playing the workaholic professional archetype and Dan Fogler playing the overly needy eccentric archetype, much like you would expect. The twist comes when, instead of getting into wacky hijinx, the duo find themselves in a pretty serious life or death situation. The twists then continue when, instead of teaching each other how to live and love, one of them ends up beating the other to death and burying him in the desert. Pretty big twist, huh? And seeing as the trailer gives away what normally would be the climax of the movie, it makes you wonder what other tricks Scenic Route has up its sleeve. Click through to watch the weirdness.

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Scenic Route

On paper, Scenic Route sounds like a student film: two buddies on a road trip get stranded in the middle of nowhere, and have to come to terms with their differences, while facing the possibility of death. It’s not tied to a specific location, there are only two characters, for the most part, and it’s basically a lot of talking. In the hands of any other actors, it might have slipped easily into that student film territory. But who would have ever known that Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler would have such great chemistry together?

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I walked into Safe Haven last night prepared to turn my nose up at the overly romantic Nicholas Sparks-isms and to expect a lot of people to fall victim to cancer. I had seen a few of the other movies based on Sparks’ books, so I had an idea of what was about to befall me. Once the movie started, however, I was a little ashamed of myself, because I really started to enjoy it. I giggled like a schoolgirl when hottie supreme Josh Duhamel wooed Julianne Hough. I even caught myself smiling alone in the dark as Duhamel’s character proved himself to be the greatest single father time and time again to his two adorable children. I shouldn’t be ashamed of myself, right? Director Lasse Hallström once directed What’s Eating Gilbert Grape! This Safe Haven love fest did soon give way to my initial expectations. About halfway through there’s an incredibly stupid “twist,” and the film culminates with another “twist” so insane that it out-insanes every other Sparks joint I’ve seen. I involuntarily blurted out “Jesus Christ!” quite loudly in the theater as it went down. The romantic plot is very well executed and the two leads have chemistry to burn – Hallström helps create some very palpable connections between the characters. It’s just everything else that is pretty… god-awful.

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What is Casting Couch? It’s where Hollywood moms come every day to find out if their actor kids have gotten a job. Remember that movie about the day JFK got shot that Tom Hanks was putting together because these days he’s such a history loving, lame dad? It’s called Parkland, and it just put together an awesome cast. According to Collider, director Vincent Bugliosi has signed the terrific trio of Paul Giamatti, Jackie Weaver, and Billy Boy Thornton to headline the cast. There’s no word on what characters they’ll be playing, but my guess is Giamatti will be JFK, Thornton will be Jackie O, and Weaver will be Lee Harvey Oswald. Makes sense, no?

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Here’s something sort of bizarre – director Garry Marshall and writer Katherine Fugate‘s latest star-crammed desecration of random, non-religious holidays is not monumentally or irremediably terrible. It is also not good, but it’s certainly better than its predecessor, the rancid Valentine’s Day (though that’s not saying much). New Year’s Eve is not so much a film as a gimmick – tons of stars! lots of plots! all kind of connected! just one day! – and such a gimmick can yield some unexpectedly positive results just as often as it can ending up being simply terrible entertainment not worthy of being called cinema. New Year’s Eve is not so much a film as a two-hour piece of wish fulfillment for the sort of people who read US Weekly on, well, a weekly basis. Unlike Valentine’s Day, its very existence is not offensive, but it’s bloated and kind of boring and really, just really, tremendously unnecessary.

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The horror…the horror… The best part about this poster for New Year’s Eve is either that it features all of the names and pictures of the actors, but not in the same order, or that the catchphrase “Let The Countdown Begin” lets us know that it’s a Doomsday Movie. Garry Marshall, who should be ashamed of himself for directing Valentine’s Day, proves once and for all that he owes some serious men down at the race track by stepping up to direct this sequel which seeks to squeeze even less screen time out for even more famous faces. Also, Homeless Hector Elizondo is kind of cruel considering they made everyone else look halfway decent (except for Ashton Kutcher who clearly didn’t show up for a photo shoot and forced the marketing department to find a paparazzi shot of him smiling). Enough with the words! Check it out for yourself, and feel free to largify it by clicking (if you dare):

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr decides to dump Megan Fox and hook up with a sexy British model who will shake her ass in front of a 3D camera for Michael Bay. Sadly, he couldn’t make that happen, so he heads down to the scooter pool at the local community college, hoping to find a free-spirited chick with a name that’s impossible to pronounce. Again, no dice, Chicago. So, Kevin abandons all hope and hides in a theater for almost three hours, watching Michael Bay’s latest spectacle. Then he postpones seeing Larry Crowne so he can stalk teachers from the aforementioned community college, hoping one is as drunk and pretty as Julia Roberts is in her latest film. How could this possibly end badly?

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr horses around this week with the legendary racehorse from the 1970s, hoping he too can go home with Diane Lane. After racing out to see Secretariat, he wonders if Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel would be anything more than a pretty couple. Then he gets down on his knees and prays: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I beg you skip My Soul to Take.”.

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There’s a chance I may be reading a bit too much into the trailer below… The Romantics stars Katie Holmes as a young woman who reunites with six college friends the night before two of them are to be married. The bride (Anna Paquin) has been her best friend for years, and the groom (Josh Duhamel) is the man they’ve both loved. Over the course of this final evening relationships will be tested, hidden truths will be revealed, and someone may just be out a big deposit on a reception hall. And if we’re lucky Holmes and Paquin will send fists flying and clothes ripping while fighting in the wet ocean surf. The film is written and directed by Galt Niederhoffer from her own novel, and it also stars Malin Akerman, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, and Candice Bergen. We won’t fully understand the casting of Bergen as a thirty-something until we see the film, but the smart money is on a science fiction twist in the third act. Check after the jump for the new trailer…

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Over the years, it’s likely that you’ve become accustomed to disregarding any romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl. However, this Greg Berlanti directed comedy Life As We Know It might be her saving grace.

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Michael Bay seems to be trading one type of bloat for another.

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Kevin Carr sits his chubbiness down and sees if Edge of Darkness and When in Rome can make the grade.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Neil is still off galavanting at Sundance TwentyTen, so Kevin welcomes Merrill Barr from The Film Stage to the Magical Studio in the Sky to talk about Edge of Darkness and When In Rome.

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Mad Men star and actress who I think should play anything (including Barbarella), Christina Hendricks is getting some work — which is good, because as I mentioned, she’s a damn good actress.

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Empire has debuted a few official photos from the Egypt set of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as part of their upcoming 2009 preview issue. And as we might have expected, none of the shots include any actual robot action.

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