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Early in 2001's summer camp movie parody "Wet Hot American Summer," Bradley Cooper's Ben told his fellow counselors, "Hey, let's all promise that in ten years from today, we'll meet again, and we'll see what kind of people we've blossomed into." It's been 14 years, and Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks have blossomed into some of the biggest comedy stars around, while "Wet Hot" itself has become a beloved cult classic. Director David Wain and his co-writer Michael Showalter have remained tight with the cast, and as the movie's reputation grew well beyond the paltry box office (it grossed less than $300,000 during its initial release), there were rumors of a sequel that would fulfill Ben's request, and perhaps allow Wain and Showalter to spoof the reunion movie genre next. Instead, all the original stars — and many, many, many more of the talented friends they've made as their »
- Alan Sepinwall
Issue driven films with a ton of heart usually find their way into the awards season one way or another. Hopefully, it’s because they’re good movies and legitimately important, either for the culture or the world in general. Sometimes though, it’s just due to how shamelessly manipulative they can be on an emotional level. Hopefully, one new entry into the former category will be Freeheld, which is hitting the awards season at a very timely moment in history. A Trailer hit last week (which you can see below) and it appears to be hitting all of the right notes in order to appeal to Oscar in a potentially significant way come its October theatrical release. The film is about same sex marriage and centers on two women fighting for the benefits that straight couples take for granted. Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) is a Lieutenant in the New »
- Joey Magidson
Some thoughts on tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I sell an airplane to the Amish... * The Marriage of convenience remains a dominant theme of the season, even in an episode where George is absent. We see Libby trying very hard to convince her new best friend Joy to stay in her marriage, because if this woman can walk away from a marriage that isn't perfect but is still vastly better than her own, then what excuse does Libby have to still be with Bill, other than vanity? Barton Scully returns, no longer living with Margaret, but now with a new female companion who either doesn't know or doesn't care about his sexual orientation. (Even if rumors of it forced him out of his job as provost.) Bill tries desperately to make a match with an academic institution to help make "Human Sexual Response" a nationally-recognized textbook, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Greer will appear in the penultimate Season 3 installment as Alice Logan, the wife of Charles’ Dan Logan, a perfume magnate who approaches Masters and Johnson about bottling the smell of sex. A recovering alcoholic and long-suffering spouse, Alice will join Dan, Masters and Johnson for an uncomfortable dinner.
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We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Falling Skies, UnREAL, Zoo and Suits!
1 | Does Falling Skies’ Pope kinda have a point, that through three years’ worth of battles, the Mason family has barely gotten a scratch on ‘em? Also, yea or nay to Pope’s clean bean? And hey, Falling Skies/Wayward Pines fans, recognize the police station?
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Greer will play Alice Logan, the wife of guest star Josh Charles’ character, Dan Logan, a perfume magnate who approaches Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) about bottling the smell of sex.
A recovering alcoholic and long-suffering spouse, Alice joins her husband and Masters and Johnson for a painful dinner in which agendas collide, truths are exposed and no relationship emerges in the state it entered.
The in-demand actress currently appears in two FX comedies, starring opposite Nat Faxon in “Married” and voicing Cheryl on the animated series “Archer.” She can presently be seen in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” as Paul Rudd’s ex-wife.
Earlier this summer, Greer had a supporting role alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in “Jurassic World,” which is now the third-highest grossing film in box office history, generating more than $1.52 billion worldwide. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Supermodel Naomi Campbell is set for a multi-episode arc on the FX horror anthology series "American Horror Story: Hotel". Campbell will play a fashion editor who must pay the ultimate price for her critiques.
Campbell begins shooting her scenes next week and is coming off a major arc on Fox's "Empire". "American Horror Story: Hotel" premieres in October on FX. [Source: The Live Feed]
Leo the African
Debbouze will play Hasan Al-Wazzan, or Leon Africanus, the 16th century traveler and writer who fled the Spanish Inquisition and encountered pirates, slave girls and princesses in his travels on a merchant ship. He also underwent his own multi-faith journey against the backdrops of the fall of Granada, the Ottoman conquest of Egypt »
- Garth Franklin
According to Josh Charles, the way to a man’s heart is through his nose. Wait… his nose?!?
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Let me explain: When the casualty of The Good Wife debuts in Sunday’s Masters of Sex (Showtime, 10/9c), his character, perfumer Dan Logan, asks sexperts Bill (Michael Sheen) and Virginia (Lizzy Caplan) to help him develop a fragrance that says less, “I smell like flowers!” than it does, “I want you!”
Does he succeed? Press Play on the video above and draw your own conclusion. (The smooth talker’s provocative pitch is pretty hard to resist, »
Hope you have a bunch of tears saved up, because you're about to cry them all watching the trailer for Freeheld. Julianne Moore and Ellen Page star in the film, based on the 2007 documentary of the same name, about police lieutenant Laurel Hester and her partner, Stacie Andree. Once Laurel is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she begins to face the reality that the state doesn't allow for pension benefits to be passed along to same-sex domestic partners. Rather than die knowing her loved one won't be taken care of, Laurel fights the system. Steve Carell, Michael Shannon, and Josh Charles also star in the film, out on Oct. 2. »
“Knight of Cups” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February.
Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green and Ken Kao are producing. Malick’s last film, “To the Wonder,” starred Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko and grossed less than $3 million worldwide. His 2011 film, “The Tree of Life,” took in more than $50 million worldwide.
Variety‘s Justin Chang called the film “flawed but fascinating” in his review at Berlin.
Year-old Broad Green, which specializes in adult-oriented dramas such as “99 Homes,” also set awards-season releases for two other titles — an Oct. 23 release date for suburban drama “I Smile Back, »
- Dave McNary
Ellen Page and Julianne Moore have, over the courses of their career, received critical acclaim for numerous dramatic performances, with Moore’s filmography including the likes of films such as Safe, Boogie Nights, Far From Heaven, and I’m Not There, among others, culminating in an Academy Award for Best Leading Actress for her role in 2014’s Still Alice. Page, meanwhile, has been seen in Whip It, Inception, and The East. The two performers, however, have yet to work together, a fact that is poised to change with their upcoming feature Freeheld. The film’s synopsis is below.
New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
- Deepayan Sengupta
The film premiered at the Berlinale earlier this year and also stars Cate Blanchett, Frieda Pinto, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas and Teresa Palmer. Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green and Ken Kao produce.
Bale plays an uninspired screenwriter in Los Angeles on a personal journey to discover the meaning of life.
Broad Green swooped on the film and Malick’s follow-up back in February in a deal reportedly worth $6.5m.
The company announced that Sundance selection I Smile Back starring Sarah Silverman and Josh Charles will be released October 23, while festival favourite The Dark Horse starring Cliff Curtis and James Rollerston will be open on December 11.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Hollywood is renowned for the waves and phases of its output, and in terms of reflecting current social issues, it is generally always trying to catch up. The current flurry of movie projects that suddenly seek to address the life-long fight for equality for same-sex couples is one for which we can be grateful, however, as studios finally appear to be widening their historically narrow view of who can be represented onscreen in lead roles, and in what context. Each wave of thematically related movies must have one that leads the charge, of course, and in this case, that movie is Freeheld – for which we finally have a trailer.
Freeheld has been in development for over six years, and is based upon the Academy-Award winning short documentary of the same name, made by Cynthia Wade in 2007. It tells the true story of Stacie Andree, whose domestic partner – New Jersey police »
- Sarah Myles
"If you could have anything, what would it be? What's your dream?" Lionsgate has debuted the official trailer for Peter Sollett's new film Freeheld, a moving drama starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore as domestic partners. The story focuses on their struggle to keep a pension intact when Laurel Hester, played by Julianne Moore, is diagnosed with cancer. The supporting cast includes Steve Carell, Michael Shannon, Josh Charles and Luke Grimes. This has one of those very inspirational, hopeful, powerful messages of "change the world" at the end, complete with pop song. But it also looks really good, especially the two lead performances. Ellen Page looks to be at her best, and Moore is always at her best. #loveislove Here's the first official trailer for Peter Sollett's Freeheld, originally from Buzzfeed: New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page »
- Alex Billington
Netflix’s usage metrics remain shrouded in mystery, but one needn’t be a genius to see what attracted the streaming service to “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” an improbable and wholly silly prequel to a 2001 movie most notable for all the people in it who went on to bigger and better things. Victory here was delivered before production began just based on who the producers got to return or, impressively, join in the festivities, to the point where it’s almost easier to rattle off who isn’t involved than provide a comprehensive list of who is.
In terms of garnering attention, pretty much everything after that is sheer gravy. The conceit of doing a “prequel” 14 years later to a production that already featured adults playing teenagers is, of course, the big joke. But director David Wain and writer-star Michael Showalter go one better by actually »
- Brian Lowry
Has The Good Wife found her new man? Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined the CBS drama as a new investigator hired by Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) in season seven. Since the departure of her campaign manager Johnny (Steven Pasquale), death of Will (Josh Charles) and Finn's (Matthew Goode) decision not to partner with her, Alicia's hurting in the man department. So, will that void be filled by Morgan? "We'll see. I don't know. I've been told a little bit of my character's background. I know that there's a lot of speculation that there might be some possible romance thing happening," Morgan tells E! News' Marc Malkin at San Diego Comic-Con while promoting Extant, his CBS drama, on which »
An actor well-known to all different types of TV fans is joining one of television’s most critically acclaimed (and, in recent months, scandal-filled) series. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, most famous for his roles as Izzy’s ill-fated love Denny Duquette on Grey’s Anatomy and Sam and Dean’s father John Winchester on Supernatural, has joined CBS’ Emmy-winning legal drama The Good Wife as a series regular for Season 7. Per EW.com, Morgan will play Alex, a “calm, experienced hourly investigator” whom Alicia (Julianna Margulies) hires in the show’s upcoming seventh season. It’s unclear if Alex and Alicia will become romantically involved, but with Will (Josh Charles) having been killed off in Season 5, Matthew Goode’s Finn Polmar not returning in Season 7, and Alicia still estranged from Peter (Chris Noth), there’s at least somewhat of a chance that Morgan’s character could be the one for Ms. »
- Chris King
Just a week after the second Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp trailer debuted, Netflix has released the third trailer, which features tons of new footage and famous cameos, arriving along with an awesome theatrical-style poster. The video re-introduces us to several stars from the original 2001 movie Wet Hot American Summer, such as Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Christopher Meloni, along with new casting additions Jordan Peele, John Slattery, Michael Cera, Josh Charles, Chris Pine, 'Weird Al' Yankovic and Jon Hamm. Netflix has also issued a few friendly reminders for "new campers" before the series debuts on July 31.
Welcome to Camp Firewood! Just in time for the July 4th holiday weekend, here are some reminders for all new campers: Remember to wear suntan lotion. It's totally normal to cry on the first night of camp. The sign up sheet for archery is posted on the target. »
After teasing the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer reboot with a goofy, VHS-tinted teaser, Netflix has offered an official trailer with a hilarious, enticing look at the star-studded prequel series, First Day of Camp.
The clip begins with talk of blossoming summer love and fun, as well as an uncomfortable Camp Firewood meeting that's literally crashed by Paul Rudd's surly, too-cool counselor Andy. When chastised for being a week late, Andy replies: "Whatever. It smells weird. Who beefed?" (Notably, the counselor supervisor is played by H. Jon Benjamin, and with any luck, »
Before tasting some burgers for Fourth of July weekend, Netflix would like fans to savor the latest trailer and key art for the “Wet Hot American Summer” TV series.
The trailer for the comedy series shows returning cast members like Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper and Janeane Garofalo. It also offers glimpses of those new to Camp Firewood, including Jon Hamm in military fatigues, a preppy Josh Charles and an eager Kristen Wiig.
- Whitney Friedlander
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