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This week on Accidentally on Purpose, Billie caused some drama between Abby and her husband when she chose Abby to be the godmother of her child, but Davis to be the godfather.
While things didn't necessarily bode well for the married couple during "The Godfather," it sure did for entertainment. Meanwhile, Michael Rapaport guest starred as a potential love interest for Billie, Sully.
Just check out some of our favorite Accidentally On Purpose quotes from the episode:
Abby: This couch is so dirty, I really feel like I'm having an adventure.
Davis: You should see the bathroom. It's like being in Bangladesh.
Abby: You know, if my sister weren't pregnant, I never would've met you.
Davis: Well, if my best friend hadn't had sex with her, I never would have met you. | permalink Billie: I got to go meet my sister at a bar a few blocks away.
Sully: Whoa, »
- email@example.com (The Barnacle)
Despite an interesting cast and passionate pleas from more than one film critic, Brett Simon’s Assassination of a High School President is the latest project to be burped out of the gaping, bankrupt maw of the Yari Film Group and directly onto the DVD market. Yari’s failure has claimed some terrific films - most notably a pair of Rod Lurie movies - and although Assassination doesn’t quite deserve to be lumped in with the best of the studio’s aborted litter, it’s certainly better than most direct-to-video projects, and well worth a rental and 90 minutes of your time. My review after the jump:
Sort of a clownish, noir-scented blend of Rushmore and The Usual Suspects, Assassination stars the deliberately Jason Schwartzmann-like Reece Thompson as Bobby Funke (it’s pronounced “Funk,” but everyone says it “Funky”), a wannabe cub reporter for the paper at St. Donovan’s High, »
- Jeff Giles
Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.
Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows like Trick ‘r Treat (pictured above with Anna Paquin), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Chinatown, Bones Season 4 and the complete Stargate: Atlantis series.
Check them out.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil ~ Robb Reiner (DVD)
- Joe Gillis
Patton Oswalt has been making us laugh for years, whether it be from his long-running stint on the hit comedy The King of Queens or his hilarious stand-up comedy special or his roles in films like Reno 911!: Miami, Balls of Fury or his voice role as the culinary rat Remy in the Pixar hit Ratatouille. As funny as the man is, we get to see a whole new side of his acting chops as the lead character Paul Aufiero in Big Fan, which will be released on August 28 in New York City and will expand to Los Angeles and other markets on Septemeber 11. We were able to speak exclusively with Oswalt about his new film (and a few tidbits about The Informant!) as well, so click below on our exclusive video interview to see what Oswalt has to say.
One of the Canadian films premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this year that seems to be getting a lot of early buzz is Peter Stebbings' Defendor. The film stars Woody Harrelson as a somewhat delusional man who thinks he is a superhero trying to track down his arch enemy Captain Industry. It definitely sounds very similar to Hal Haberman and Jeremy Passmore's Special which featured Michael Rapaport in a nearly identical role, but apparently the script was written way back in 2005. I guess that means it also has no connection to "real-life superheroes" like The Shadow Hare , who have recently become YouTube stars. The first trailer for Defendor has turned up online this week, and it looks pretty good, I guess. I generally love Woody Harrelson's comedic performances, but I'm just wondering if the movie's premise will eventually overstay its welcome. I am not that interested »
Release Date: Aug. 28
Director/Writer: Robert D. Siegel
Cinematographer: Michael Simmonds
Studio/Run Time: First Independent Features, 85 mins.
Wrestler writer’s directorial debut shows promise
Before Robert Siegel wrote The Wrestler for Darren Aronofsky, he wrote a screenplay called Big Fan about a Staten Island parking-lot attendant who spends his nights and weekends obsessing over the New York Giants and their star linebacker. And before that, Siegel edited satirical newspaper The Onion, which may explain why both of his dramatic screenplays are built on deep currents of absurdity—it’s in his blood. »
Big Fan Written and Directed by: Robert Siegel Starring: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Jonathan Hamm When Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler started to gain a lot of attention last year, people were pretty shocked to find out that the man who came up with the story and the screenplay was none other than Robert Siegel, former editor of the satirical newspaper and website, The Onion. How someone could go from peddling fake news to weaving such a dark, heartbreaking tale of redemption is beyond me, but if nothing else, Siegel certainly proved his versatility as a writer. Then he decided to take it a step further, and find out if he could not only write a script, but also direct it as well. Following on the success of The Wrestler, Siegel managed to pull together a fairly low budget independent production for his directorial debut, »
There’s more than a shade of Michael Rapaport-starring lo-fi superhero film Special in Peter Stebbings’ Defendor, but you know ... the idea of Woody Harrelson wearing a superhero outfit composed partially of duct tape puts enough of a smile on my face that I really don’t mind.
Reality intersects with delusion in the mind of Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson), a regular man who adopts a superhero persona known as Defendor, and combs the city streets at night in search of his arch-enemy, Captain Industry. In his attempts to combat crime and bring down Captain Industry, a drug and weapons dealer who he mistakenly blames for the death of his mother, Defendor ends up befriending a young prostitute, Katerina Debrofkowitz (Kat Dennings). Armed with unconventional weapons of mass confusion, aided by his new friend, and putting his life on the line, Defendor proves that everyone is capable of making a difference. »
- Todd Brown
If you’re an aspiring screenwriter which, let’s face it, you may be, one way to break into the “business” is through a lab where you work with established mentors and advisers on honing your work and getting it in the hands of the right people. One of the most prestigious and famous of these labs is the one sponsored by Film Independent, a non-profit group dedicated to fostering and nurturing creativity that also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards.
Today, they’ve announced a new group of writers who will participate in this year’s lab. Here’s all the info about the lucky 9 participants from the official press release.
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the screenwriters and film projects selected for its 10th annual Screenwriters Lab, sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, »
- Joe Gillis
Plotting comic intrigue, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is set to release Assassination of a High School President on DVD October 6th for the suggested retail price of $24.96. The witty high school satire film (in the tradition of Election and Rushmore) features Mischa Barton (TV.s .The O.C.., The Sixth Sense), Reece Thompson (Rocket Science) and action icon Bruce Willis (Die Hard series, upcoming Surrogates). The film marks the feature directorial debut of Brett Simon and was scripted by the writing team of Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski, former production assistants on TV.s .South Park.. It co-stars Michael Rapaport (TV.s .Prison Break,. Hitch), Zöe Kravitz (The Brave One, No Reservations) and Kathryn Morris (Resurrecting The Champ, TV.s .Cold Case.). »
- Patrick Luce
One of the highlights of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival was Assassination of a High School President, a dark-comedy Noir set in a high school. The film earned praise for being a sort of Brick-meets-Election mashup, featuring a strong comedic performance by Bruce Willis as the school’s militaristic principal.
Screen Rant recently gave you a (belated) first look at Assassination of a High School President, while we kept eager fingers crossed that the film - whose owners, the Yari Group, filed for bankruptcy soon after it wrapped - would be able to clear all legal red tape in favor of a proper release.
Well, Assassination of a High School President has snagged a release date but I wouldn’t call it proper: the film is going straight to DVD this fall.
Here is the official synopsis released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:
Sophomore newspaper reporter Bobby Funke (Reece Daniel Thompson »
- Kofi Outlaw
About a month ago, we brought you news about the little indie movie that could in The Assassination of a High School President and it’s fight for a theatrical release, or at the very least, a distributor. Fortunately, the film’s fight appears to be over now with its distribution being picked up by Sony Pictures for an expected DVD release.
The film is about high school newspaper reporter Bobby Funke (Rocket Science’s Reece Thompson), who uncovers a series of conspiracy plots going on in his private school. The film also brings in Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, and Michael Rapaport to fill in the supporting cast for what most critics are calling “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in high school”.
- Matt Raub
It wasn't until fairly recently that voice acting in video games was done by either no-name actors trying to pay the bills or B- and C-list actors who were, well, also trying to pay the bills. The Command and Conquer games began employing a mixed bag of actors in its 1999 iteration, Command and Conquer: Tiberian Sun, when they managed to snag Luke Skywalker's big daddy James Earl Jones, but otherwise continued casting random character actors like Udo Kier and Barry Corbin in future games like Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2.
Grand Theft Auto III changed the game, literally, with its roster of recognizable names and voices like Joe Pantoliano, Michael Madsen, Michael Rapaport, Debi Mazar, and Kyle MacLachlan all playing parts in the free-for-all crime cape that make Rockstar Games just that. With GTA III's massive sales and buzz (particularly from angry parents), the scene was set for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, »
- Jenni Miller
You can relive the high school drama on DVD and Blu-ray this October. Assassination of a High School President will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 6. The standard DVD will be priced at $24.96 Srp while the Bd will be priced at $34.95 Srp, although we don't have cover art images as of yet. The film stars Mischa Barton, Reece Daniel Thompson and Bruce Willis.
How far would you go to hang with the hottest girl on campus? Assassination of a High School President is an acid-tongued high-school comedy with attitude to spare, starring a sexy young cast including Mischa Barton (TV's "The O.C.," The Sixth Sense), Reece Daniel Thompson (Rocket Science), and superstar Bruce Willis. Sophomore newspaper reporter Bobby Funke (Thompson) is assigned to write a cover story on popular class president and top athlete. After a stack of Sat tests is stolen from the office of hard-as-nails Principal »
I’m not a fan of rap. I’ll start there. I appreciate some of the beats and the coordination between the music and the words. I appreciate the craft and the poetic touches it takes to achieve rhymes in places that most people could never squeeze one in. I appreciate the attitude and the energy. But that said, I’m not a fan of rap. Here is of list of things that I don’t appreciate: the money grabbing, the arrogance, the women (those poor women), the cheesy lyrics, the constant cursing, the shameless materialism. I’m sure there are plenty of rappers who aren’t all about the cheap tricks and quick bucks, but many are.
For a non-fan, rap music videos are a blessing for two reasons. One is that they end in about three minutes. So even if you’re looking to see your favorite Three »
- Erin Burris
The 2009 Sundance Film Festival darling Big Fan trailer has dropped and will strike a chord with anyone who roots for an NFL team in the Nfc East. Big Fan stars Patton Oswalt as a parking garage attendant with an obsession for the New York Giants and more specifically, the team's star linebacker. After meeting his idol does not go as planned, the "big fan" becomes the center of a potential scandal that tests his allegiance to his team, family and friends. Co-starring in Big Fan are Michael Rapaport, Kevin Corrigan, Marcia Jean Kurtz, and Matt Servitto. Look for Big Fan to engage in a limited release starting August 28. Head over to Yahoo! Movies to see the trailer in HD. »
Here’s a list of some of the new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week. Plus, some old favorites coming out this week on Blu-Ray.
• Flight 666 ~ Iron Maiden (Blu-ray)
Previously Released and Classic Movies:
- Chris Ullrich
After writing the script for Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, Robert Siegel makes his directorial debut with Big Fan, a dark character study about an obsessed football fan who gets beaten up by his favourite player. This is a movie I've been really looking forward to, and I was completely bummed that we weren't able to catch it at Sundance earlier this year. Fortunately, it was picked up for distribution by First Independent Pictures, and they will be releasing it in select theatres next month. The first trailer has arrived online this week and I think it looks pretty intriguing. The movie stars Patton Oswalt in the lead role, and he has been getting a lot of praise for his performance. Obviously with Oswalt there is an expectation for it to be a comedy, but as the trailer indicates there is very little humour here at all. The supporting cast »
“Big Fan” is like “The Wrestler”, only it’s about football and Patton Oswalt isn’t Mickey Rourke. Other than that, they should probably have called this movie “The Wrestler 2: The Football Fan Guy”, because it has the exact same tone and vibe as that other film, which writer/director Robert D. Siegel also wrote. With “Big Fan”, Siegel is making his directorial debut, and oh boy is it a doozy. This movie will either depress the hell out of you or make you glad you kinda like football, but not that much. But hey, there is a bright side to all this: if it had been Plaxico Burrows, Oswalt’s character might have gotten shot instead of just beaten up. Paul Aufiero, a hardcore New York Giants football fan, struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player. Starring Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, »
I first heard of Assassination of a High School President during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival where the movie - a political/Noir mystery set in a high school - managed to make something of an impression. Fans of the film were calling it the next Brick (and if you don’t know what Brick is, you should), only two-times as funny. And that was endorsement enough for me.
Well, after Sundance, I waited for the seemingly inevitable theatrical release of Assassination of a High School President to happen, but nothing ever came of it and the film slowly faded from my overcrowded memory until recently, when a trailer for the film and news of its release finally arrived.
Now apparently, Yari Film Group, which owns Assassination, was forced into bankruptcy before they could get the movie into theaters. The resulting legalities involved with bankruptcy court have kept the movie on »
- Kofi Outlaw
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