By Sharon Knolle
While much attention has been focused on pop music's sizzling siblings - Jessica
and Ashlee Simpson
, Nick and Aaron Carter
and Solange Knowles
- there's also a bumper crop of movie names keeping it all in the family nowadays.In fact, this month brings us two major features that showcase movie brothers - although Shawn and Marlon Wayans appear as sisters through most of the June 23 release "White Chicks." Through the magic of makeup, Shawn and Marlon undergo a major transformation as FBI agents who go waaay undercover to protect white heiresses in the flick directed by older brother Keenen Ivory Wayans.
There are six acting Wayans siblings - and that's not even counting the whole family! Marlon, 32, and Shawn, 33, who, like most of the Wayanses, got their starts on "In Living Color" in the '90s, also teamed up to write the hugely successful "Scary Movie" films, which Keenen directed as well.
So who's the funniest Wayans? Marlon swears that his mother Elvira, is the funniest family member. "My mother is hilarious, but only when she's mad. She's Richard Pryor with breasts."
Then there are Luke
and Owen Wilson
. The pair of Texas-born brothers frequently team up, as in their debut flm, "Bottle Rocket." But they've carved out unique careers at the same time.
Luke, 32, is as well known for his high-profile dating life (Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow) as for playing romantic leads opposite Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson. Owen, 35, (of the blond hair and broken nose) has taken the wisecracking sidekick route in films like "Shanghai Knights" and "Starsky and Hutch," but he's also an Oscar-nominated screenwriter.
The brothers will reteam for "The Wendell Baker Story," which Luke penned and lesser-known older brother Andrew will direct.
Luke and Owen also cameo as the Wright Brothers in the June 16 release "Around the World in 80 Days."
And that's not nearly all.
Jake Gyllenhaal, 23, and sister Maggie, 26, both indie darlings, come from a socially conscious filmmaker family. Even when these two went mainstream, they did it with style. Maggie, who made a stir with the provocative film "Secretary," was nearly as liberated in the '50s era "Mona Lisa Smile," starring Julia Roberts. And Jake says he made the blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow" because of its environmental message. Jake gets provocative himself as a gay cowboy in the upcoming "Brokeback Mountain," while Maggie's film slate includes "Happy Endings" and "Criminal."
"I think we are both each other's toughest critic because we know each other so well," Maggie has said.
Chris and Danny Masterson both have hit sitcoms on FOX: Chris, 24, is oldest brother Francis on "Malcolm in the Middle," while Danny, 28, is stoner Hyde on "That '70s Show." "We don't go out for the same roles," Danny has said. "We're best friends. We goof around together. It's very normal."
They both started out doing commercials when they were very young, but their brotherly resemblance once cost Chris a small role job alongside Danny in 1993's "Beethoven's 2nd." Chris went on to star in the flop "Cutthroat Island," before finding fame on "Malcolm." Offscreen, Chris dates Danny's "'70s" co-star Laura Prepon.
In a 2001 interview, the brothers initally balked at being interviewed together. "People were comparing us to the Olsen twins," Danny said at the time. "We just want to be our own men." Chimed in Chris, "I don't want to just be Ashley." "I don't want to just be Mary-Kate. So we just decided to be separate but equal," said Danny.
"What's in that gene pool?" you might ask of families who produce not one, but two or more star acting offspring, such as Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine, Jeff and Beau Bridges, or Dennis and Randy Quaid.
Today's brother and sister movie acts show every sign of measuring up to their illustrious predecessors - and then some.