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Sarah Silverman is set to receive the Mill Valley Film Festival Award after a screening of her film "I Smile Back" at the festival (October 8 through 18, 2015) and an onstage Q&A. "I Smile Back," scooped by Broad Green out of Sundance and set for October 23 release, marks a serious dramatic turn for Silverman (excellent before as a recovering alcoholic in Sarah Polley's "Take This Waltz"). She plays Laney, a suburban housewife whose facade is slipping away in the face of manic depression, and drug and sex addiction unknown to her long-suffering husband, played by Josh Charles ("The Good Wife"). This upsetting movie, even when careening into melodrama, is a real showcase for Silverman, who embodies a frittered woman willingly complicit in her own downfall, who wants redemption — but not quite yet. The film is directed by Adam Salky and written by Paige Dylan and co-writer Amy Koppelman, who penned »
- Ryan Lattanzio
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
The "Fast and Furious" team returns, and also says goodbye to star Paul Walker, in this action blockbuster. If you wait for the DVD/Blu-ray to come out on September 15, you can get all of these amazing bonus features. However, if you want to download the movie earlier, the Digital HD release date is August 25. Go for both?
Blake Lively magically manages to stay 29 for decades, which apparently isn't the ideal existence, in this romantic drama co-starring Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker and Ellen Burstyn. The movie isn't out on Blu-ray and DVD until September 8, but it's here on Digital HD on August 25.
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- Gina Carbone
Last spring, I shared with you my disappointment/anger that the much-ballyhooed Alicia-Kalinda reunion/farewell scene in The Good Wife‘s Season 6 finale was shot — incredibly —without Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi ever being in the same room together. As I stated then, the behind-the-scenes issues that drove a wedge between the two Emmy-winning actresses was less of interest to me than the impact the apparent falling-out had on a show that I love.
RelatedGood Wife Season Finale Controversy: CBS Boss Insists CGI’d Alicia-Kalinda Scene Was ‘Satisfying’
Now, three months after that piece ran (and in the context of a larger fall preview piece, »
Will Gardner may be gone, but Josh Charles isn't done with The Good Wife. After his gut wrenching, shocking death on screen in season five, Charles has remained a part of The Good Wife family behind the scenes to direct three episodes of the hit CBS drama. And he's not done! "I would love to return," Charles tells E! News. "I don't know. I was supposed to do one last year, and then the schedule didn't work out with Wet Hot [American Summer: First Day of Camp production]. That's my family over there. But I don't know about this season. Probably not because I'm busy this year but it's possible." And while fans still haven't gotten over the controversy »
Directed by David Wain
Released on July 31, 2015 by Netflix
When Wet Hot American Summer was released in 2001, it was poorly received by critics and flopped at the box office, but thanks to DVD rentals it garnered a huge cult following in the wake of its failure. The affectionate send-up of ’80s summer camp romps like Meatballs and Porky’s was the brainchild of David Wain, who first cut his teeth on The State, a scattershot mid-90’s sketch show that lasted 26 episodes on MTV. It was Wain’s first film, and it featured an excellent cast of relatively unknown actors at the time, which included Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Poehler, to name a few. Considered by many to be the first “great” American comedy of the 21st century, it’s hard »
Previously: Review: 'Masters of Sex' Season 3, Episode 4: The Anxiety of 'Undue Influence' The Syllabus Midway through "Matters of Gravity" -- funny, poignant, sexy, poetic "Matters of Gravity" -- Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) and Dan Logan (Josh Charles) conduct an experiment with Betty Dimello (Annaleigh Ashford) and Lester Linden (Kevin Christy). As electrodes measure the beat of Lester's heart, he identifies in one fragrance hints of attraction, memories of rejection, notes of defeat. "Is failure an emotion?" Lester asks, when tasked with describing how the scent makes him feel. "That would be my emotional response to this." It's a tossed-off line from a secondary character, petering out before the period in an attempt at comic relief, but Lester's response to the scent echoes the central thrust of tonight's tightly focused episode. "Matters of Gravity," to wit, is a chronicle of failure:...
- Matt Brennan
Previously: Review: 'Masters of Sex' Season 3, Episode 4: The Anxiety of 'Undue Influence' The Syllabus Midway through "Matters of Gravity" -- funny, poignant, sexy, poetic "Matters of Gravity" -- Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) and Dan Logan (Josh Charles) conduct an experiment with Betty Dimello (Annaleigh Ashford) and Lester Linden (Kevin Christy). As electrodes measure the beat of Lester's heart, he identifies in one fragrance hints of attraction, memories of rejection, notes of defeat. "Is failure an emotion?" Lester asks, when tasked with describing how the scent makes him feel. "That would be my emotional response to this." It's a tossed-off line from a secondary character, petering out before the period in an attempt at comic relief, but Lester's response to the scent echoes the central thrust of tonight's tightly focused episode. "Matters of Gravity," to wit, is a chronicle of failure: »
- Matt Brennan
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
By now, you may have seen the new unedited "Deadpool" red-band trailer, which debuted on "Conan" Tuesday night. Ryan Reynolds was the night's big guest and the whole show went TV-ma for the R-rated movie trailer. Conan said it was the first time ever in the history of the show for them to get that rating. The benefits of cable! "In other words, ladies and gentleman, tonight we can really f--king cut loose." (That had to be bleeped, though.) Andy Richter also openly gave Conan the finger instead of secretly giving it under his desk, like he normally does.
- Gina Carbone
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First off, I want to apologize for this column's absence this past couple of weeks. When It Follows and Ex Machina arrived on Blu-ray back on July 14 I honestly completely spaced and forgot all about this column, which is a shame considering those are two of my top three movies of 2015 so far. That said, if you weren't aware they were released you can click on either title and purchase them now. Otherwise, here are this week's new DVD and Blu-ray releases along with a boatload of new release dates including Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Duke of Burgundy (another one of this year's best films), Mad Max: Fury Road (probably my favorite film of 2015 so far) and Furious 7.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent Not a good movie and I'm pretty sure everyone knows it, though they may say something different so »
- Brad Brevet
Comedy is a tricky thing to talk about critically. There are methods to break down jokes or gags into their component parts and explain why each is objectively funny. But unless you are writing a doctoral thesis, there is no faster way to suck all the fun right out of humor. Comedy's power comes from the involuntary nature and immediacy of the response it can elicit. Everything about it is subjective and that's the way it should be. Discussing an entire season of a show all at once is also a difficult task. We've talked about it several times but for something like the broad absurdist comedy of "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp", which essentially plays as a four hour movie, binging might actually be a benefit. Seeds planted in early episodes can be paid off later without losing the intent of the joke resulting in even funnier punchlines. »
- Michael Hindle
Every day, small-screen addicts have the chance to check out dozens upon dozens of offerings: network police procedurals, basic-cable sketch shows, late-night hosts gaming with their guests, streaming sitcoms, Britcoms and rebooted series, premium-channel prestige dramas, off-brand reality TV and those unclassifiable oddities that reside left of the virtual dial. But here at Rolling Stone's new column, we're zeroing in on and counting down the five best moments of the viewing week — from the scenes everyone's been talking/recapping/tweeting about to the underseen, undersung performances and undeservedly neglected episodes you might have missed. »
Read More: Tiff Review: 'Adult Beginners' Starring Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale "Adult Beginners," a comedy about being forced to grow up all over again, is gearing up for its DVD release and Indiewire is excited to premiere an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip about the script of the film. The comedy follows a young entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) whose business suddenly fails, forcing him to visit his pregnant sister (Rose Byrne) in the suburbs to live with her and her husband (Bobby Cannavale) and to nanny their child. "Adult Beginners" also features Jane Krakowski, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Josh Charles and Joel McHale. Nick Kroll and Rose Byrne discuss deviating from the script in the "Making Of" clip above -- in one scene, the siblings video chat with their parents in a relatable Skype talk, one that was mostly improvised according to the actors. "Adult Beginners" will be on DVD on August. »
- Meredith Mattlin
Mark this down in your gournal: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is available today, bringing the counselors of Camp Firewood back for more of the antics started in the 2001 film.
Is the premiere of the eight-episode Netflix series as satisfying as gooey s’mores roasted over an outdoor fire? Or is it as limp as a sweaty athletic sock left to molder under a bunk? In a moment, we’ll tell you our thoughts — and ask for yours. But first, a quick recap:
The action takes place on June 24, 1981, the titular opening to Camp Firewood’s summer season. »
It’s been a long road back to Camp Firewood.
It seems that ever since the release of the original Wet Hot American Summer movie back in 2001, writers David Wain and Michael Showalter have been teasing the idea of a reunion. However, given that the film featured a cast which included Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd - each only a fraction as famous at the time as they are now - the idea fast became a dangled carrot which seemed to get further and further from anyone’s grasp. It was going to take a Goliath to make it happen.
Enter Netflix, who in January announced (following a long period of speculation) that it would be stumping up the cash to get the band back together. »
If you plan to visit Camp Firewood for Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer prequel series — which hits the streaming service at midnight on Friday — make sure to leave some room in your duffel bag for suspension of disbelief.
Executive producers David Wain and Michael Showalter, who also wrote the eight-episode limited series, are well aware that the camp’s counselors don’t look exactly as they did in 2001, when the feature film was released.
“When we made the original movie, we were 30 playing 16. Now, we’re in our forties playing 16. There’s only so much you can do to de-age that, »
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.
The actress »
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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2 | Are The Strain‘s kills becoming as gruesomely creative as The Walking Dead’s? »
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