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Love him or hate him, Ashton Kutcher has helped keep Two and a Half Men going strong and has ensured it will be around for a 10th season. Many know him for his movie roles but he clearly honed his comedy talents on That '70s Show.
Revolving around teens and adults living in Wisconsin during the 1970s, the sitcom ran for eight seasons and 200 episodes on Fox. Kutcher left the show after seven seasons but returned five episodes in the show's final year, including the series finale. Topher Grace also left after seven seasons but made a guest appearance in the final episode. Castmembers that stayed the whole time include Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama, Debra Jo Rupp, and Kurtwood Smith.
The first two seasons of That '70s Show have been re-released on DVD. They include all 51 episodes as well »
Ashley Greene has touched down in the ’60s.
The Twilight Saga star has landed a multi-episode arc on ABC’s high-flying freshman drama Pan Am.
Greene will play a debutante with a connection to Michael Mosley’s character Ted, EW.com reports. She makes her first appearance in the series’ Dec. 5 installment.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• Charlie Walden’s Malibu home on Two and a Half Men is getting fully remodeled, »
- Megan Masters
TBS has secured a bevy of high-profile guest stars to appear in The Wedding Band, the cabler’s upcoming comedy series that stars Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 90120) and Harold Perrineau (Lost) as two of four guys who escape their crazy lives by performing in a band. Some of the high-profile guest stars for the series that bows next summer include Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Kurtwood Smith (That ‘70s Show), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) and Molly Sims (Las Vegas).
- Lynette Rice
".. Earth's 'Green Lantern', ace test pilot 'Hal Jordan', is used to being in dangerous situations but never anything like this. In the farthest reaches of deep space, Hal patrols the 'Guardian Frontier', where he must face down invasions from the 'Red Lantern Corps.', who have sworn to destroy all Green Lanterns and everything they stand for. With ever-emerging galactic threats, Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect 'Guardian Space' and the Green Lantern Corps...".
In the first part of the two-part series premiere episode, Hal Jordan (Josh Keaton), who leads a secret life as Earth's guardian Green Lantern, is called back to 'Oa'. Searching for the culprits behind a series »
- Michael Stevens
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Sometimes imitation can lead to sincere embarrassment. I’ll let you decide if sitting through this song & dance number clearly inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video from the 1985 TV horror musical The Midnight Hour will make you want to get dead.
It must be said that The Midnight Hour boasted quite an eclectic cast of B and C list actors, some whose careers had long since peaked and others who would go on to become better known than they were at the time they appeared in this.
The bell of this monster’s ball was Shari Belafonte. “Get Dead” was her big musical number, and it delivered everything you could expect from a cheesy TV movie stab at recreating the aesthetics »
Green Lantern comes to television in an all-new CG animated action series from world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce W. Timm (Green Lantern: First Flight, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm). Based upon the DC Comics super hero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series follows Earth's Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, who is used to being in dangerous situations - but he's never faced anything like this! Set in the farthest reaches of deep space, the series finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion from the Red Lantern Corps. Powered by pure rage, the evil Red Lanterns have sworn to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and everything they stand for. Dispatched on the experimental spacecraft The Interceptor, Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space - and the Green Lantern Corps itself!
The one-hour special premiere airs Friday, »
You may remember a few weeks ago Matt Edwards wrote a column that put Rocky IV up against Demolition Man – if you haven’t read it, it might be worth starting there. The piece was inspired by a daily movie game I run on Twitter, where my followers choose which is the better of two related movies – basically, Matt did all of the groundwork for me, and for that, I’m eternally grateful.
Having run dozens of these so far, I thought I’d write a movie showdown article based on two films that received the highest number of votes, and also one of the closest run contests: Robocop versus Starship Troopers.
If faced with the choice of watching a film about a robot cop dishing out justice, or a film »
DVD Playhouse—October 2011
By Allen Gardner
Terri (20th Century Fox) An awkward, obese teen (Jacob Wysocki) finds himself forming an odd friendship with his equally left-of-center vice-principal (John C. Reilly), who decides to help the boy navigate his way through adolescence’s rocky road. Low key film is filled with pathos and humor, but is ultimately too laid back for its own good (not to mention too long). Worth seeing for young Wysocki’s amazing, completely natural performance, and Reilly’s goofy charm. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurette; Deleted scenes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.
Mr. Nice (Mpi) Rhys Ifans stars in the true story of Howard Marks, a Welsh-born Oxford grad who gained the most notoriety in his life for being the UK’s biggest hashish smuggler during the ‘70s and ‘80s, when he wasn’t busy spying for Her Majesty’s government, hanging out with a »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Dynamite Entertainment's "RoboCop: Road Trip" #1, available December 2011, is written by Rob Williams, with illustrations by Unai and a cover by Fabiano Neves :
"...America has fallen into a landscape of revolution and chaos and 'Ocp' has taken over 'Old Detroit' from the authorities in a political coup. Now it's up to 'RoboCop' and what's left of the Old Detroit Police Department to try and make it out of the state in order to get help from the Us military. But 'Ed-309' robots patrol the streets and Ocp has a new, deadly prototype to send after 'Murphy', while RoboCop's sanity continues to crumble..."
Padilha said he is currently polishing the screenplay, targeting either a February or March 2012 start, »
- Michael Stevens
Action cinema appears to have lost its way a bit. Here are our suggestions for setting it back on the right course...
Heading into UK cinemas right now are a pair of action films that have managed to misfire in very different ways. Killer Elite (review here) should have been a shoo-in, but it relegates the action to the sidelines for long periods, replacing explosive spectacle with ponderous, dull conversations.
Abduction, meanwhile (review here), seems to believe that Taylor Lautner is the future of action cinema, when he very clearly isn’t. Both films, though, are the tip of a proverbial iceberg. Because action cinema has a bit of an identity crisis. What trend should it follow? What kind of action movies should be made? What kind of action do people want to see?
Here are some of our answers to those questions...
A massive, massive bugbear, although hopefully, »
With new Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher as a guest, CBS’ late-night host David Letterman predicted that the veteran sitcom is “going to go through the roof” with him. Kutcher agreed. “I think it’s going to go through the roof, I really do,” he said. “I’ve been laughing really hard.” The first indication was the taping of the season premiere on the Warner Bros lot. “The roof popped off Warner Bros that day,” said Kutcher, who wore protective gear for the interview in reference to the recent jihad threat against Letterman. With a solid feature career, why did Kutcher decide to go back to sitcoms where he started years ago on That ’70s Show? Kutcher said he remembered how, while he was on That ’70s Show, he used to dream of a feature career all the time. Then one day, Robin Williams, fresh off winning an Oscar, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Flickering Myth presents a detailed look at the work of internationally renowned Australian filmmaker Peter Weir...
Weir Did He Go? Flickering Myth Welcomes Back Peter Weir
Trevor Hogg introduces the Peter Weir Blogathon.
A Weir View: A Peter Weir Profile
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of director Peter Weir in a two-part article from 2009.
Trevor Hogg discusses the making of The Way Back.
Picture Perfect: A conversation with cinematographer Russell Boyd
The Cars That Ate Paris, 1974.
Ed Helms' career has some marked similarities to that of celebrated funnyman Steve Carell. Both started as news correspondents on the hilarious and cutting-edge 'The Daily Show'. Both went from there to The Office, and both established their indie street-cred in well-respected indie movies: Carell as the foremost living Proust expert in Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Ed Helms as Tim Lippe in Cedar Rapids. Let's hope that Helms' next film proves to be his version of The 40-Year-Old Virgin – because in any of his roles, he's quite talented, and genuinely likeable. In fact, there are many similarities between Ed Helms' character Tim in the film, and his character Andy on The Office. Both are LL Bean outlet shoppers, and both are hopeless romantics (remember Andy and Angela's engagement?) And neither character is able to turn down an opportunity to sing a cappella.
The story really centers around Tim's initial innocence, »
DVD Playhouse—July 2011
By Allen Gardner
The Music Room (Criterion) Satyajit Ray’s 1958 masterpiece looks at the life of a fallen aristocrat as a metaphor for an India that is not only becoming Westernized, but modernized technologically and culturally beyond recognition. When the beloved music room, where he has hosted lavish concerts in the past, starts falling into disrepair as attendance drops steadily, the man realizes his way of life is vanishing. Stunningly shot in black & white, one of Ray’s finest works. Bonuses: Documentary on Ray from 1984 by Shyam Benegal; Interviews with Ray biographer Andrew Robinson and filmmaker Mira Nair; Excerpt from 1981 roundtable discussion between Ray, critic Michael Ciment, director Claude Sautet. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The premise of Cedar Rapids is familiar: small town boy (Ed Helms) goes to the big city, and discovers a lot about himself, and who he thought he was. But in Miguel Arteta’s take, this story is both smaller and more perilous than previous versions. The big city is Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the peril is that the main character tries meth and hangs out with a prostitute. The film also has a killer line up of actors, with Helms playing alongside John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Root, Kurtwood Smith and Thomas Lennon. My review of Cedar Rapids on Blu-ray after the jump. Helms stars as Tim Lippe, a straight shooting insurance agent from a small town. His company prides itself on winning a two diamond rating, but when hit shot seller Roger Lemke (Thomas Lennon) dies of auto-erotic asphyxiation, Lippe has to »
- Andre Dellamorte
While at the 37th annual Saturn Awards, we got the chance to speak with Sam Witwer (Being Human), Christopher Judge (Stargate Sg-1), Kurtwood Smith (Robocop) and Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth). The actors talked about their projects past and present, with Witwer speaking about the filming experience of Crank and Judge giving his reaction to X-Men: First Class. Hit the jump to see the interviews, and if you missed our previous Saturn Awards coverage be sure to check out our conversations with Marvel Studios VP of Production Tom Cohen, Let Me In director Matt Reeves, makeup artists Rick Baker and Dave Elsey, Brandon Routh, Fringe’s Lance Reddick, producer Dean Devlin, Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd from The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. Sam Witwer :08 Talks about his attraction to Being Human. 1:36 Working on Crank. Talks about the filming process. 2:37 Upcoming projects. He »
- Adam Chitwood
Chicago – Millions more people have seen his work in the two “The Hangover” films but Ed Helms’ best performance to date is actually in the recently-released-on-Blu-ray “Cedar Rapids,” a clever and enjoyable slice of midwestern comedy that co-stars John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Sigourney Weaver, and more. The excellent cast elevates a somewhat-inconsistent screenplay, making this fun film worth the trip.
Blu-ray Rating: 3.5/5.0
Helms plays a variation on the stuck-up characters he’s been known for in “The Hangover” and “The Office” but with a bit more heart and naivete. Tim Lippe is a sweet guy but almost uncomfortably so. He doesn’t drink, doesn’t swear, doesn’t tell dirty jokes, and certainly doesn’t sleep around or do drugs. All of that will change in one crazy trip to “Cedar Rapids.” Playing a Midwestern business trip to Iowa as if it is a crazy innocence-busting weekend in Tijuana was an undeniably clever idea. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
We have an exclusive clip from the upcoming home video release Cedar Rapids, which hits the shelves on Blu-ray and DVD on June 21. Click on the video player below for a scene where Ed Helms is pressured by John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. to drink his first shot.
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Cedar Rapids features an all-star cast including Ed Helms (The Hangover), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), Anne Heche (TV's Hung), and Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver (Avatar). Find additional chaos and laughs in deleted scenes, gag reel, and other extras in the Super Awesome Edition Blu-ray disc and DVD!
In Cedar Rapids, a naïve small-town Midwesterner (Helms) is sent to represent his company at a regional insurance convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his mind is blown by the "big city" and he finds himself in the midst of the most unexpected shenanigans. »
Love Bites is definitely getting stronger and continues to brings the laughs as well as a handful of other satisfying emotions each week. The story telling is well crafted and performed brilliantly by the main and rotating casts. The guest stars in “How To…” did not disappoint!
“Banana Bread” followed Annie’s (Becki Newton) friend, Jodie (Michelle Trachtenberg) and her current flame, Charlie (Bret Harrison) in New York City. After just three dates, Jodie decided to bake banana bread for Charlie, which scared a non-committed Charlie into giving Jodie the friend line. Instead of parting ways, defeated, Jodie decided to play on his words. This was genius and immediately proved itself to be the best vignette of the night. Watching a female actually initiate the friends phase after the sexual encounters was so incredibly refreshing to see. While the Katherine Heigl movie marathon definitely brought the laughs, what was especially »
- Melody Simpson
Cedar Rapids, 2011.
Directed by Miguel Arteta.
An innocent, small-town insurance salesman is introduced to the harder, partying ways of life at a conference in Cedar Rapids.
John C. Reilly used to be a respectable guy. He was the solid character actor of Boogie Nights, The Thin Red Line and Magnolia. Actors like that often plod away with these thankless roles, getting stuck in their own revolving doors. But then came Will Ferrell. He showed Reilly a sneaky way out.
If this were school, Reilly’s drama teacher would have been disappointed. “Such high hopes for that boy,” she’d bemoan in the staff room, “but now he’s fallen in with that bunch of comedians.” It was Talladega Nights what did it, playing Ferrell’s best friend, »
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