20 items from 2015
Translating tricky source material to the screen with flying colors, actress Marielle Heller’s feature directing debut, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” manages to plunge into the too-precocious sex life of a 15-year-old girl without turning exploitative or distasteful. This adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s heavily autobiographical novel is ideally cast and skillfully handled, making for a salable item likely to stir some attention-getting controversy and win favorable reviews in territories where the subject matter (which is depicted not graphically, but with a fair amount of nudity) doesn’t create daunting censorship problems.
“I’ve just had sex! Holy s—!” Minnie Goetz (Bel Powley) exults to us (or rather to her cassette-tape audio diary) for starters, before rewinding to chronicle the loss of her virginity to Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard), the two-decades-older boyfriend of her mom, Charlotte (Kristen Wiig). Minnie was somewhat the instigator, though Monroe scarcely voiced an objection. »
- Dennis Harvey
There’s a reason Lars Von Trier decided to premiere his sexually explicit “Nymphomaniac” at the Sundance Film Festival last year. The mountainside gathering has a history of attracting edgy and boundary-pushing fare.
The Danish auteur won’t be showing anything explosive in Park City this time, but the 2015 edition of Sundance promises to have plenty of controversial documentaries and feature films about everything from sexual abuse to Scientology that are certain to spark debate.
Here’s a look at some of the most controversial projects looking to heat up the snowbound festival.
Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Why It Pushes Buttons: Based on the true story about a Stanford University psychological survey that had students create a mock prison setting to look at the root causes of abuse, the film will bring to mind recent clashes with authority ranging from »
- Brent Lang
A full twenty-one actors from the original "Wet Hot American Summer" feature are set to be joined by nine more actors for Netflix's upcoming TV series prequel to the cult 2001 comedy.
Their roles are said to be as follows: "Watkins will play a tough New Yorker, Charles is a guy from a rival camp, Huebel's a rival professor to Pierce, Schiff is Pierce’s academic superior, Park's a librarian in love with Shannon, and Scheer is a journalist."
Pretty much every actor is set to return from the original including Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, »
- Garth Franklin
Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer series is adding some new faces, but most of them will be familiar to TV fans. As first reported by Deadline, several well-known actors, including Josh Charles (The Good Wife), John Slattery (Mad Men), Jayma Mays (Glee), Michaela Watkins (Trophy Wife), Randall Park (The Interview‘s Kim Jong-un and ABC’s upcoming family comedy Fresh Off the Boat), Paul Scheer (The League), Rob Huebel (Transparent), and Richard Schiff (The West Wing), have been cast in the nine-episode, limited series. It has yet to be confirmed who out of the group will be guest stars, recurring players, or possibly even regulars. Charles, Slattery, and others join most of the original cast of the 2001 film. Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Janeane Garofalo, Marguerite Moreau, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, Elizabeth Banks, Joe Lo Trugilo, and co-writer Michael Showalter »
- Chris King
This news is sure to warm up your winter. The 2001 cult classic Wet Hot American Summer is making a comeback and director David Wain has managed to get virtually the entire star-studded cast on board.
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Deadline confirmed on Friday that Netflix will air an 8-episode limited series based on the movie. Returning cast members include Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter and Kevin Sussman.
Wet Hot American Summer is set on the last day of camp in the hot summer of 1981, and follows a group of counselors trying to complete their unfinished business before the day ends.
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This isn't the first time the cast has reunited. In August »
First, the joke. In the middle of today at press tour, Adult Swim paneled "The Jack and Triumph Show," an upcoming multi-cam sitcom starring Jack McBrayer and the show's creator Robert Smigel in his guise as Triumph the Insult Dog. Smigel began the panel hiding behind a chair and letting Triumph roast the room, which included this bit: No, you guys are great. Lots of great people here. The great Alan Sepinwall. Yes. Used to be a New Jersey guy. Now he’s got his own column, “What’s Alan Watching?” Not his weight! Oh, snap. It’s okay. Alan’s a friend. Alan’s good. He’s actually taking care of himself. He’s on a strict diet of Matt Weiner’s asshole. Wait. That one needs a rim shot. It’s a joke. You all kiss Matt Weiner’s ass. No, I’m honored to be here at the TCA, »
- Alan Sepinwall
The incredible news came out this week that Netflix picked up a Wet Hot American Summer TV series. "After months of deal-making and prep work, I've learned that filming has started this week on an 8-episode limited series," Deadline Hollywood reported, "with virtually its entire ensemble cast returning."
After the initial shock and excitement faded, some basic questions have come up. They began filming this week? It was famously cold when they filmed the original, but if they're back at Camp Towanda in Honesdale, Pennsylvania it's about 10 degrees Fahrenheit and probably covered in snow. »
After giving new life to Arrested Development, Netflix revealed that they are now reviving another cult comedy: Wet Hot American Summer, the all-star 2001 film that absurdly captured the last days of summer at Camp Firewood in 1981, will return to Netflix as a limited series. "It's true, camp is back in session. #WetHotAmericanSummer will return for 8 all new episodes," Netflix's official Twitter alerted followers Friday night, with the film's director David Wain retweeting the message.
According to Deadline, nearly the entire original cast is returning for the eight-episode series, with filming set to begin this week. »
Heading back to camp! After months of planning, the 2001 satirical comedy Wet Hot American Summer is officially getting an 8-episode limited Netflix series, Deadline reported on Friday, Jan. 9. To top it off, the entire original cast is set to return. The jam-packed, star-studded ensemble group includes Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo, Ken Marino, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni, Michael Showalter, Judah Friedlander, Nina Hellman, Zak Orth, Joe LoTruglio, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, [...] »
A TV series adaptation of Wet Hot American Summer is on the way at Netflix.
The original cast of the David Wain-directed 2001 cult film are expected to reunite for an eight-episode series, with filming starting this week.
The original movie took place on the last day of summer camp in 1981, but Netflix is yet to confirm when the new series will occur.
Rudd, Banks and Poehler had all publicly supported a sequel or prequel for Wet Hot American Summer in recent years.
Poehler and Rudd have more recently collaborated with Wain and Showalter on the romantic comedy They Came Together. »
Netflix made lots of Wet Hot American Summer fans very happy when it announced it would revive the camp counselor film by David Wain as a miniseries. Now, the streaming video-on-demand service has reportedly started production with most of the film’s original cast on board.
If a report from Deadline is to be believed, Wain and Wet Hot film co-writer Michael Showalter have managed to re-unite the ensemble cast to reprise their original roles. In an interview with Crave back in June 2014, Showalter said he and Wain “wouldn’t have wanted to [bring back Wet Hot American Summer] if we couldn’t get everybody.”
Apparently, Showalter and Wain “did their due diligence” and managed to align the schedules of most of the cast from the 2001 film. Netflix’s 8-episode limited series will see fan favorites grace the (albeit more digital) screen, such as Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Michael Ian Black, Judah Friedlander, »
- Bree Brouwer
They're back! David Wain and Michael Showalter's hysterical cult smash "Wet Hot American Summer" is bringing all the kids back to camp in an eight-episode limited series via Netflix. Deadline broke the news, stating reports that virtually the entire cast would be returning. That means Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter and Kevin Sussman are all set for one more trip to Camp Firewood. Wain and Showalter have written the series and production is already underway with Wain again in the director's chair. But is this really what we want? Everyone remembers what happened the last time Netflix revived an American comedy classic. After years of buildup, with rumors and secrets flying around faster Gob's magic. »
- Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers
If you're a fan of David Wain and Michael Showalter's 2001 cult comedy hit Wet Hot American Summer, I hope you're sitting down. Netflix is officially rebooting the movie for an eight-episode series. It's going to be a prequel, and though no one has confirmed yet, all the original stars are expected to return. That means Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Poehler might again be all in one place. Yes! »
What are those mad geniuses at Netflix up to? First they revive Arrested Development to more hype than the actual reunion actually deserved, and now they’ve got yet another cult project cooking with just about the greatest reunion cast ever assembled: the original cast of David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer.
Deadline is reporting that Wain’s cult film is being revived for an 8-episode limited series run on Netflix, currently filming now and featuring nearly the entire original cast. For those curious about that cast, here’s all who is involved, according to Deadline:
Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter and Kevin Sussman.
Let that list sink in for a moment.
- Brian Welk
After Arrested Development, Netflix has found itself in the cult-comedy resurrection business. The streaming service announced today its plan to bring back Wet Hot American Summer for an eight-episode series, with what Deadline calls "virtually all" of its original cast returning. Not just Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni, and all the State dudes — but also Bradley Cooper, whom you might have expected to be way too big for this kind of thing now. Even H. Jon Benjamin, who voiced a talking can of vegetables, is coming back. This cast is committed. Just like the movie, the Netflix series will be directed by David Wain, and written by Wain and Michael Showalter. Hopefully, there will be montages. »
- Nate Jones
Write your name in your underwear and sharpen your s’mores sticks: Camp Firewood is about to re-open its doors.
Wet Hot American Summer, the 2001 big-screen comedy, will live on as an eight-episode Netflix limited series, per our sister site Deadline.
Even better for fans of the cult classic: Deadline reports that almost every member of the original cast — including Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games movies), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Svu), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Paul Rudd (Parks and Recreation) and Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers) — will return for the revival.
Nearly 15 years after its debut, cult classic “Wet Hot American Summer” has set its revival as a limited series on Netflix, Deadline reports. Filming has begun on an eight-episode series, with much of the movie’s original cast returning.
It's true, camp is back in session. #WetHotAmericanSummer will return for 8 all new episodes. pic.twitter.com/xMgUk9YgqW
— Netflix Us (@netflix) January 10, 2015
The movie’s cast included Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Showalter and Kevin Sussman.
Variety first reported news of the series possible return last May.
Set on the last »
- Shelli Weinstein
Less than one month after a report revealed that Netflix is moving forward with a limited series based on the 2001 cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, Deadline has confirmed that production started earlier this week, with "virtually its entire ensemble cast returning." While last month's report indicated that this project would be a 10-episode limited series, it was revealed that Netflix only ordered eight episodes. It isn't known when Netflix is eyeing the series to premiere at this time.
Returning cast members include Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Lo Truglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter and Kevin Sussman. David Wain and Michael Showalter, who wrote the original Wet Hot American Summer, co-created the series with David Wain also directing. The »
Nick and Vanessa Lachey are the latest stars to hop on the celeb baby name bandwagon! Reason being? They're calling their little lady Brooklyn, the ever-rising name du jour! Obviously Brooklyn Beckham kicked off this trend back in 1999, but the New York-inspired name has really taken off in recent years. According to data released by the Social Security Administration, the name Brooklyn went from being No. 912 in 1984 to being in the top 30 baby names for the past three years. (Brooklyn Decker, Btw, thank your parents: They were hipster-levels ahead of the trend when they named you that in '87!) According to Ssa data, Sophia was the most common female name in 2013 (Jude Law, Christopher Meloni, and Benjamin »
Exclusive: Kyle Luker, a founding member of The Group Entertainment, has left to join Industry Entertainment. He’s bringing his client list with him, including Krysten Ritter (co-managed with Steve Caserta), Patrick Heusinger, Gillian Alexy, Josh Salatin, Ryann Redmond, Liza Bennett and Marnie Schulenburg.
Luker will join Bill Butler and Michelle Kittrell in Industry’s Gotham headquarters. There, they rep Christopher Meloni, Victor Garber, Calista Flockhart, Billy Porter (The Humbling), Thomas Sadoski, Dean Winters (co-managed with Sandra Chang), Kathryn Erbe, John Pankow, Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie), Ward Horton (Annabelle) and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
Said the Industry partners:, “Kyle is a magnetic and respected manager with great taste and is a wonderful addition to our team as we continue to grow our presence in New York”.
- Mike Fleming Jr
20 items from 2015
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