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Directed by Rick Alverson.
En route to meet his estranged daughter and attempting to revive his dwindling career, a broken, aging comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave desert.
“I heard a joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Life seems harsh, and cruel. Says he feels all alone in threatening world. Doctor says: “Treatment is simple. The great clown – Pagliacci – is in town. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. “But doctor…” he says “I am Pagliacci.” Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.”
Watchmen is the last thing I expected to quote when reviewing a low-budget independent drama, but Entertainment strikes that cord of jokesters in reality being tortured sad souls all too well. Exploring depression and misery »
- Robert Kojder
Chicago – It’s original, it’s off-kilter, it’s different – it’s the new film “Entertainment.” Rick Alverson has fashioned a road picture, with an offbeat stand up comic trying to get home. The director has some fiery talent behind that journey, including Gregg Turkington as The Comedian, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera and Tim Heidecker.
Rick Alverson is from Richmond, Virginia, and has had a varied career directing music videos, as well as being a musician himself. His feature directorial debut was “The Builder” (2010), followed by “New Jerusalem” (2011) and the festival favorite “The Comedy” (2012). “Entertainment” is an expression of a radical voice, one that challenges the conventions of storytelling and character.
Photo credit: Magnolia Pictures
Rick Alverson spoke to HollywoodChicago.com via phone about his expression.
HollywoodChicago.com: One of the best realities of the film is that »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” generated a lot of buzz at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and it also won the festival’s jury prize. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Greek director received Stockholm Visionary Award at Stockholm Film Festival. The following is an edited Q&A Lanthimos gave before receiving the prize.
In 2009 you had a great breakthrough at Cannes winning with “Dogtooth,” a film that also won the Bronze horse here in Stockholm and was then nominated for a foreign-language Oscar. This year you returned to Cannes with “The Lobster,” in the main competition, your first film in a foreign language and with a star cast. What has changed in the universe of Yorgos Lanthimos during these six years?
I made three films in Greece in a very particular way because that was the only way they could be made. And after the third film I understood I had to start making English-language films, »
- Jon Asp
Even as an optimistic 26-year-old who invisions a hopeful future fueled by youthful ambitions, Entertainment hits a little too close to home for comfort. I can’t fathom being twenty years older, blindly pushing forward in the name of passion while writing film reviews for an audience I could count on one hand. That thought, in all its wasted glory, is what Rick Alverson’s movie is about – drowning in personal desire with little recognition to show. Sure, one could conform and become the same generic jester that brings joy to crowds nationwide, but Entertainment is about sticking to your guns, and going down in flames while doing so. The life of an artist is f$cking brutal, especially when selling out isn’t in your vocabulary.
- Matt Donato
The comedian at the center of the new film Entertainment takes the stage of a prison in a cheap, ill-fitting tuxedo and oversized glasses. He has an oily, stringy comb over that reveals more than it conceals. He’s clutching three water bottles under his arm and his grating, high-pitched squeal of a voice repeating the word “Wuuhhyyyy???” does not make his act any more endearing, let alone “entertaining”. Thankfully, his offensive, vulgar joke about the difference between Courtney Love and The American Flag (you wouldn’t urinate on the flag, he says) kills.
Those in the know of anti-comedy on the par of Tim and Eric will recognize this comedian as Neil Hamburger. But Rick Alverson’s new film Entertainment, opening today in theaters and on VOD, stands apart from the cult cred Hamburger brings with him. It’s not a documentary or a behind-the-scenes look and doesn’t »
- Brian Welk
A pair of Sundance 2015 titles — The Film Arcade’s James White and Magnolia’s Entertainment — take their theatrical bows amidst the Oscar-vying fray this weekend. Nominated for two Gotham Awards, writer-director Josh Mond’s James White stars Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon in a story born out of personal circumstances. John C. Reilly co-stars in Entertainment, which features Gregg Turkington as a broken comedian who tours a string of third-rate California desert… »
Gregg Turkington's comedy isn't for everyone. Under his guise as sleazy, skeezy, button pushing standup Neil Hamburger, he has perversely offended audiences with his ribald, off-putting show captured on a handful of cult classic records. And while "Entertainment" isn't about Neil Hamburger, it riffs on a similar persona to hilarious, surreal effect in one of the most distinctive comedies of the year. Today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Read More: Interview: Rick Alverson & Tim Heidecker Talk 'The Comedy,' Exploring Juvenile Inertia & More Co-written with Turkington's "On Cinema At The Cinema" partner Tim Heidecker and director Rick Alverson, "Entertainment" centers on an aging comedian who tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues and novelty tourist attractions, as he makes attempts to reach his estranged daughter. Co-starring John C. Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Michael »
- Edward Davis
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It has been known for some time that both Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment were cooking up an untitled animation for a late 2016 release, and today the studios have pulled back the curtain to reveal Sing, Garth Jennings’ all-new musical comedy on course for a release next December.
Written and directed by Jennings, the feature has already assembled quite the voice cast to bring its animal characters to life, swinging open the doors of the voice booth to Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly. At the heart of the film, though, is McConaughey’s Buster Moon, a proud and resilient Koala who looks over his ailing theater business with longing eyes. And so, in the hopes of injecting his business with a new lease of life, the sharp-suited protagonist stages a musical contest in the hope »
- Michael Briers
Universal Pictures released a new teaser poster and character photos for the upcoming animated movie Sing, which opens in theaters on Friday, December 21, 2016.
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.
Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, »
- Laura Frances
From Illumination Entertainment comes the teaser poster and characters images for Sing.
Opening December 2016, Matthew McConaughey (Buster Moon), Reese Witherspoon (Rosita), Seth MacFarlane (Mike), Scarlett Johansson (Ash), John C. Reilly (Eddie), Taron Egerton (Johnny) and Tori Kelly (Meena) star in a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.
Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history.
Following the release of The Secret Life Of Pets in summer 2016, Illumination presents Sing at the holidays. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award »
- Michelle McCue
Illumination Entertainment’s animated music Sing has fleshed out its cast, with the company announcing that Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Seth MacFarlane and singer-songwriter Tori Kelly have signed on to appear alongside the previously announced Matthew McConaughey and John C. Reilly.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film, which is being written and directed by Garth Jennings :
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, “Sing” stars Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.
- Amie Cranswick
Universal and Illumination Entertainment's upcoming Matthew McConaughey–starring animated musical will be titled Sing, and will feature a slew of other big-name talents voicing animals, the studios announced Tuesday night. Taron Egerton (gorilla), Tori Kelly (elephant), Seth MacFarlane (mouse), Scarlett Johansson (porcupine), John C. Reilly (sheep), and Reese Witherspoon (pig) join McConaughey (koala) in what sounds like Ryan Seacrest's less-depressing version of BoJack Horseman. USA Today, with sneak peeks of characters, reports the Garth Jennings film will tell the story of McConaughey's Buster Moon, a struggling theater owner who tries to ameliorate business with "the world's greatest singing competition." "Buster is a salesman and a survivor, eternally optimistic, and someone who will do anything to make sure 'the show goes on,'" McConaughey explained to Today, failing to confirm if Koala McConaughey will have to drive an animated Lincoln. You can find out for sure when the movie, which »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Universal and Illumination Entertainment have titled their upcoming song contest-themed animated feature Sing. The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported in January that Matthew McConaughey would top line the voice cast on the film. Universal has added A-list voice talents of Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly for the feature. The anthropomorphic film, slated to hit theaters on Dec. 21 2016, tells the story of Buster Moon (McConaughey), a theater-owning koala who has fallen on hard times. Buster attempts to reverse his fortunes by holding the world's greatest singing competition, with five contestants in particular vying for
- Abid Rahman
“I can’t talk about it, but they should be releasing details any day now,” director Garth Jennings recently said on the podcast of English comedian Adam Buxton. Jennings, known originally as part of the video team called Hammer and Tongs, and the filmmaker behind “Son of Rambow,” and “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,” was discussing what is now called, “Sing,” his then untitled Illumination animated film that he’s been working on in Paris for several years. Tonight, Universal and Illumination revealed more details. We’d already known the cast featured Matthew McConaughey, and John C. Reilly, and that voice cast is being filled out by quite a number of stars including Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton and musician Tori Kelly. The animated tooner will be a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us. Here’s the longform synopsis: »
- Rodrigo Perez
With Kong: Skull Island heading into production, the folks over at Reel Tours Hawaii flew over the set to nab this set video that shows off a giant skeletal rib cage. No clues as to what the beast is, but it’s pretty big.
Check out the video below:
What could it be? Excavation in Vietnam? Bone yard on Skull Island? Multiple creatures? Whatever it is it’s big. pic.twitter.com/0qJAiIGDvC
— Reel Tours Hawaii (@reeltourshawaii) November 9, 2015
See Also: Godzilla vs. Kong confirmed for 2020
Kong: Skull Island will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.
Kong: Skull Island is set for release on March 9th, 2017 and will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) with a cast that includes Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise), Brie Larson (Room), John Goodman »
- Luke Owen
Entertainment Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C Director: Rick Alverson Written by: Rick Alverson, Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker Cast: Gregg Turkington, Annabella Lwin, Michael Certa, Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Mike Hickey Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 11/2/15 Opens: November 13, 2015 “Entertainment” the movie with the year’s most ironic title so far, could have been named “A Man on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” The movie could serve as an allegory for Everyman, at least for every man and women who have reached their forties and now realize that they will never accomplish the greatness in their fields that they [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Have mercy, it's the movie reenactment Step Brothers fans have been waiting for for seven years! John Stamos and Lori Loughlin, who plays his wife Becky in Full House and the upcoming Netflix spinoff Fuller House, star in an epic Dubsmash video that recreates a scene from the cult 2008 comedy film that mentions the actor by name. Both actors posted the clip on Instagram on Thursday. The movie stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as Brennan and Dale, 40-something-year-old live-at-home, childish losers with impeccable taste in pop culture who become roommates and BFFs after their single parents get married...and after several weeks of an amazing step sibling turf »
The 2015 Country Music Awards proved to be a successful night for Chris Stapleton, as he claimed kudos for best new artist of the year, album of the year, and male vocalist of the year (you can see all the winners here). Yep, all that, and he made everybody absolutely lose their marbles Wednesday night by appearing onstage with his wife, Morgane, and Justin Timberlake, to perform joint covers of George Jones's "Tennessee Whiskey" and Timberlake's own "Drink You Away":Rolling Stone points out this wasn't Timberlake's first rodeo at the CMAs, but it was definitely a more memorable one — he's really good at the whole duet-cover thing — as his falsetto meshed with the Stapletons' powerful pipes and harmonies in that special way that only John C. Reilly can describe. Note to all of them: More, please. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The past two weekends have been good for 20th Century Fox's The Martian at the box office, but they have been simply horrid for any newcomer that dares challenge it. Last weekend, The Martian won with just $11.4 million, as high-profile new releases such as Burnt and Our Brand Is Crisis pulled in dismal numbers, and another new release, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, failed to even crack the top 10. This weekend only brings two new movies to theaters in wide release, Spectre and The Peanuts Movie, both of which are expected to bring new life to the sagging box office this weekend.
According to the projections from BoxOffice.com, Spectre is expected to take in a whopping $90 million, with The Peanuts Movie projected to take a distant second place with a respectable $47 million opening weekend tally. If Spectre hits or exceeds its projection, its opening weekend will be higher »
Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Derek Connolly and Dan Gilroy penned the script which follows a team of explorers venturing on an island inhabited by monsters - most notably the King of the Apes himself.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
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