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Critics dig knives into Liam Hemsworth & "Paranoia"

NY Times:

"Mr. Hemsworth’s Adam is the blank at the center of the movie. This 23-year-old Australian hunk (“The Hunger Games”) has all the personality of a mannequin freshly shipped from the factory to Abercrombie & Fitch and still in its plastic wrap. Playing a supposedly ravenous eager beaver from a working-class Brooklyn background who will do anything to succeed, he ambles through the role like an obedient robot. Not since Taylor Lautner has Hollywood ogled a pretty boy this vacant and poorly prepared.

"The director makes the most obvious use of Mr. Hemsworth by having him take off his shirt at every opportunity and directing his lip-locks with Amber Heard, who plays a haughty Ivy League-educated overachiever, with a fussy attention to lighting and camera angles that bring to mind a deluxe perfume commercial."

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 4908/22/2013

We have enough *American* blocks of wood, so why are we now importing them?

I mean if these "actors" are mediocre or just plain suck, at least let them be from here.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 108/16/2013

The critic is probably straight and wouldn't have any problem with mediocre actress who had exceptional sex appeal. He'd gush about that and say it made up for her limited ability.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 208/16/2013

[quote]Not since Taylor Lautner has Hollywood ogled a pretty boy this vacant and poorly prepared.

Thank God for Taylor! Otherwise they would have had to name me.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 308/16/2013

[quote] I mean if these "actors" are mediocre or just plain suck, at least let them be from here.

Why?

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 408/16/2013

The reviewer is Stephen Holden: gay gay gay.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 508/16/2013

[quote]Playing a supposedly ravenous eager beaver from a working-class Brooklyn background

Dear God, he's not playing a Bay Ridge Norwegian Catholic, is he???

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 608/16/2013

R2, Liam Hemsworth does not have "exceptional" sex appeal. Liam's very handsome but not hot, unlike his brother Chris. (There's also Homely Hemsworth, Luke.)

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 708/16/2013

I haven't read a review that bad since Joey Tribiani!!!

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 808/16/2013

[quote]Why?

Because if he can't even act or do a proper job at playing an American -Brooklyn-born, no less- why even give him the role?

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 908/16/2013

Oh you're right r7, I confused them, I prefer Chris too. It sucked he died halfway through Cabin Fever, I really love looking that big stud.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 1008/16/2013

Correction - Cabin In The Woods

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 1108/16/2013

[quote]Not since Taylor Lautner has Hollywood ogled a pretty boy this vacant and poorly prepared.

The critic manages to bash two himbos in one sentence.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 1208/16/2013

Damn! Good thing my shooting schedule for True Blood was so packed, I think I dodged a bullet here.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 1308/16/2013

Interesting that they never have an issue with the charisma-free, hard on the eyes schlubs in Judd Apatow's gang.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 1408/16/2013

[quote] Because if he can't even act or do a proper job at playing an American -Brooklyn-born, no less- why even give him the role?

You do understand how celebrity works, don't you?

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 1508/16/2013

Explain it, R15.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 1608/16/2013

r16

Celebrity is about public interest. Yes, lots of celebrities are good at their official job title (actor, singer etc.) but ultimately it comes down to public interest.

Lot of people are interested in Liam Hemsworth and they might pay to see him in a movie.

If his acting is as excruciating as reported, the public interest might wane. It might not, if that's the source of the public's interest in him.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 1708/16/2013

[quote]The director makes the most obvious use of Mr. Hemsworth by having him take off his shirt at every opportunity ...

Okay, the poor reviews were making me want to give this a pass, but that line right there means my butt is SO going to be in the seats this weekend!

BRING ON THE HALF NAKED HEMSWORTH!

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 1808/16/2013

[quote] It might not, if that's the source of the public's interest in him.

It should have read if that's NOT the source...

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 1908/16/2013

Both great r11, especially "Woods".

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 2008/16/2013

part of the film was filmed on my block here, I'm curious about the film

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 2108/16/2013

This movie would have been a hit with Joe Manganiello as the star, but alas his schedule from filming True Blood prevented it.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 2208/16/2013

I think "but Joe Mangenello's filming schedule..." is the new "but Gary Morton talked her out of it..."

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 2308/16/2013

[quote]Lot of people are interested in Liam Hemsworth and they might pay to see him in a movie.

I follow Hollywood and have never seen him in anything or really heard his name.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 2408/16/2013

The delicious Ben Mankiewicz reviewed this topless in honor of Liam Hemsworth. Wish I could provide a link; Ben is BUFF!

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 2508/16/2013

r24

If you follow Hollywood, surely you're aware of The Hunger Games.

I haven't even seen it, and I know he's involved. He's also engaged to Miley Cyrus.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 2608/16/2013

Working-class guys from Brooklyn haven't looked like Liam Hemsworth since the 1950s lol!

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 2708/16/2013

[quote]Interesting that they never have an issue with the charisma-free, hard on the eyes schlubs in Judd Apatow's gang.

Whether you like or hate that gang they clearly have a type of charisma that appeals to tons of fans (and some critics). The success of a lot of their films speak to that.

The reviewer pretty much matches my opinion of what I have seen with Liam Hemsworth. Sure he is pretty, but he is bland as a block of wood on film on camera and Hollywood needs to quit trying to push him.

They are right, there is enough talentless himbos in LA already. His brother Chris has the "it" factor, he doesn't. Sorry Liam.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 2808/16/2013

This one manages to even make Miss Cavill look like Deniro.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 2908/16/2013

[quote]If you follow Hollywood, surely you're aware of The Hunger Games.

He didn't register at all in the Hunger Games.

[quote]He's also engaged to Miley Cyrus.

Vomit.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 3008/16/2013

R28, if people are thirsty enough, they'll drink sand. It doesn't make the sand water.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 3108/16/2013

We really do have enough attractive but wooden actors here already so I don't see the need to foist this one here in the states.

Once upon a time an actor got parts through talent and looks but now it's just about looks and then Hollywood wonders why it's imploding.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 3208/16/2013

[quote]Once upon a time an actor got parts through talent and looks but now it's just about looks and then Hollywood wonders why it's imploding.

Ahem... some of us still have both talent and looks, but the problem is schedule, schedule, schedule!

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 3308/16/2013

[quote]now it's just about looks

I WISH! I'm dying for some new stars that don't look like Seth Rogen or the other fat fuglies they force on us.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 3408/16/2013

Oh come on, R34. If all you needed was looks, then you might as well just watch porn. There's just so long a hot guy can carry a movie before you realize it sucks.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 3508/16/2013

[quote]if people are thirsty enough, they'll drink sand.

I really don't think this is correct.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 3608/16/2013

I'm just too busy, dammit!

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 3708/16/2013

[quote]The director makes the most obvious use of Mr. Hemsworth by having him take off his shirt at every opportunity

Good enough for me.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 3808/16/2013

[quote][R2], Liam Hemsworth does not have "exceptional" sex appeal. Liam's very handsome but not hot, unlike his brother Chris. (There's also Homely Hemsworth, Luke.)

We had a poll recently. Roughly 25% preferred Liam.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 3908/16/2013

OK, the Joe M. "jokes" have already killed this thread. Please move on. You people just get STUCK on anything that is even remotely amusing and will not let it go.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 4008/16/2013

Film is a bomb.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 4108/16/2013

I guess since this movie bombed, Amber Heards career is officially dead.

It probably also mean she will MARRY Johhny Depp (who is currently impersonating dried up lesbian Linda Perry)

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 4208/16/2013

I always get Amber Heard mixed up with Amber Valletta. Must be the Amber thing.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 4308/16/2013

"Paranoia" opens in twelfth place with under 4 million.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 4408/18/2013

"Once upon a time an actor got parts through talent and looks"

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA.

wait, are you being serious?

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 4508/18/2013

Beautiful comment, r45. You really skewered him. The level of wit on this site is breathtaking.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 4608/21/2013

Amber Heard is just not a good actress and Hemsworth isn't either. However, they are both very, very pretty or handsome and obviously have good PRs or are ambitious (dating Depp, Miley Cyrus). So I wouldn't say their careers are necessarily dead.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 4708/21/2013

Worst-reviewed and worst opening of any Harrison Ford movie ever.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 4808/22/2013

probably.

by Simon Halls's Wooden Paddlereply 4908/22/2013
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