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IFC has announced that the second season of Comedy Bang! Bang! will kick off on Friday, July 12th. They've ordered 20 new episodes and have numerous guest stars booked.
Here's a press release with the details:
Comedy Bang! Bang! Returns With Guest Stars…
Appearances by Selma Blair, Andy Daly, Will Forte, Chris Hardwick, Nick Kroll, Thomas Lennon, Jack McBrayer, Christopher Meloni, Bobby Moynihan, Bob Odenkirk, Jordan Peele, Horatio Sanz, Kristen Schaal, »
Scott Aukerman's podcast-turned-surreal talk show "Comedy Bang! Bang!" returns to IFC for a second season on Friday, July 12 at 10pm, the network announced today. The half-hour show, hosted by Aukerman (the co-creator, director and producer of the brilliant "Between Two Ferns") and his "band," Reggie Watts, will have a 20 episode run this year, double the number from last year. The new season will run in two chunks, from July 12 through September 13 and from October 18 through December. The guest list includes Jessica Alba ("Sin City"), Aziz Ansari ("Parks and Recreation"), David Cross ("Arrested Development"), Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover"), Bill Hader ("Saturday Night Live"), Pee-wee Herman ("Pee-wee's Playhouse"), Rashida Jones ("Celeste & Jesse Forever"), Anna Kendrick ("Up in the Air"), Jason Schwartzman ("Moonrise Kingdom"), Casey Wilson ("Happy Endings") and many, many more. Read More: Scott Aukerman Brings Celebrity Guests and a 'Bizarro Version' of Himself...
- Alison Willmore
Scott Aukerman's podcast-turned-surreal talk show "Comedy Bang! Bang!" returns to IFC for a second season on Friday, July 12 at 10pm, the network announced today. The half-hour show, hosted by Aukerman (the co-creator, director and producer of the brilliant "Between Two Ferns") and his "band," Reggie Watts, will have a 20 episode run this year, double the number from last year. The new season will run in two chunks, from July 12 through September 13 and from October 18 through December. The guest list includes Jessica Alba ("Sin City"), Aziz Ansari ("Parks and Recreation"), David Cross ("Arrested Development"), Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover"), Bill Hader ("Saturday Night Live"), Pee-wee Herman ("Pee-wee's Playhouse"), Rashida Jones ("Celeste & Jesse Forever"), Anna Kendrick ("Up in the Air"), Jason Schwartzman ("Moonrise Kingdom"), Casey Wilson ("Happy Endings") and many, many more. Read More: Scott Aukerman Brings Celebrity Guests and a 'Bizarro Version' of Himself »
- Alison Willmore
"Spock, I do not know too much about these little Tribbles yet, but there is one thing that I have discovered. I like them … better than I like you." –Dr. McCoy, "Star Trek" (1967)
Greetings from the apocalypse! The trouble with Tribbles is not how cute they are but how much they multiply, or in the case of "Star Trek Into Darkness," the silly plot point for which they cameo. That's the only thing I'll spoil from that movie (besides that it stinks), but luckily there's some sweet alternatives this week that boldly go where no J.J. Abrams movie has gone before … coherence.
Friday, May 17
Pow! In Theaters
Oh boy. "Star Trek Into Dumbness" finally fulfills J.J. Abrams' five-year mission to run this franchise through a Cuisinart of stupidity. I would need a spoiler avalanche to make a proper case for how this sequel squanders classic characters and scenarios from »
- Max Evry
Currently filming his latest comedy drama The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is set to star an ensemble cast including Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and Saoirse Ronan, Wes Anderson has been producing quirky dramas for almost twenty years at this point in time.
Director, screenwriter, actor, and producer of features, short films and commercials, Anderson’s work is mostly known for his family struggles, flawed characters, British rock soundtracks, and colourful cinematography. Not only do his films compare in visual style, though, they also often include regular collaborators Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen and Luke Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman.
Here’s some of his best:
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
A personal favourite of mine is Anderson’s adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book, Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2009. As one of his most recent pieces of work, it was hard to »
- Charlie Derry
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, a comedy starring Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray about a graphic artist who goes through a weird breakdown after a breakup with his girlfriend, isn't based on a true story, strictly speaking. Writer and director Roman Coppola, however, was inspired by the real life of a graphic artist by the name of Charles White III. He's not an instantly recognizable name as a poster artist like Drew Struzan, but the two were actually good friends and collaborated together on a special Star Wars poster for the film's rerelease in 1978. The result is one of the coolest Star Wars posters around, and Lionsgate has given us an exclusive clip from the Blu-ray featuring the real Charles White telling the unique story of how it...
- Peter Hall
Roman Coppola's comedy A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is available on Blu-ray and DVD starting today. We have an exclusive featurette that takes a look at the similarities between star Charlie Sheen and his on-screen alter-ego Charles Swan, who finds himself desperate after a harsh break-up.
A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III - Exclusive "The Similarities Featurette"
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III was released February 8th, 2013 and stars Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Katheryn Winnick, Patricia Arquette, Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The film is directed by Roman Coppola. »
Cloud Atlas Tom Tykwer teams with Andy and Lana Wachowski to take on the epic task of adapting David Mitchell's sweeping novel that occurs in different times and places. The filmmakers enlist a crew of A-list actors, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Jim Broadbent, to play several versions (and races) of themselves. Their interweaving stories prove how the present can be affected deeply by the past, and despite its cast and how visually impressive it is, Cloud Atlas is a letdown. The DVD comes with the featurette, "A Film Like No Other." 68% A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman collaborate with writer/director Roman Coppola for this self-absorbed turkey of a film. Sheen is Charles Swan, a graphic designer whose life falls apart when his true love (Katheryn Winnick) breaks up with him. Set in a stylized Los Angeles, »
- Maggie Pehanick
Rick Alverson’s 2012 film The Comedy screened at Sundance last year and was On Demand before it ever reached theaters across the country. This isn’t an uncommon fate for low budget, independent films, and, in fact, this film probably fared better than most of its ilk. That said, its scope was still tiny and its audiences selective. The Comedy, though, is an important film in a certain sense, and its recent release on Netflix will make it more accessible than it has been since its release. I have to qualify its importance because it’s overtly aimed at hipsters (I’ll spare all of us the debate about what actually makes a hipster, the resistance to the label by the people to whom it applies, etc), and while these people only make up a tiny fraction of the population, the appropriation of the hipster image is in full force right now, »
- Michael Moeller
Moviefone's Blu-ray of the Week "Cloud Atlas" What's it about? Cloud Atlas delves into how the consequences of one's actions can travel farther than we know – through time and space, impacting lives even in the distant future. Why we're In: Aside from its its all-star cast and dynamic action, Cloud Atlas has a plot that will put your brain through the wringer. Moviefone's New Release of the Week "Back to 1942" What's it about? Starring Adrian Brody, this film portrays the Henan Province famine of 1942 against the backdrop of a war-torn China at a time when the country was partially occupied by Japan. Why we're In: Filmmaker Feng Xiaogang is considered to be one of the greats, which is enough to get our attention, but Best Actor Oscar Award winner Adrian Brody gives this dark epic extra appeal. New on DVD & Blu-ray "Frankie Go Boom" What's it about? A promisingly hilarious »
- Natasha Young
This week: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry play several different characters over many lifetimes in the beyond-ambitious time-traversing think piece "Cloud Atlas," written and directed by the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer.
Also new this week is horror icon Leatherface's return in the sequel "Texas Chainsaw 3D," Charlie Sheen in Roman Coppola's comedy "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" and a new mastered-in-4K Blu-ray of "Ghostbusters" that is optimized for Ultra HD TVs.
Box Office: $27 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh
Storyline: Combining sci-fi, drama, mystery, action and romance, "Cloud Atlas" weaves together six stories that span centuries as characters reunite from one life to the next. Written for the screen and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski, this 172-minute epic stars Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whisaw, James D'Arcy, Zhou Xun, »
- Robert DeSalvo
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The fifth season finale of Parks & Recreation was better than I expected. Despite having supported the Pawnee players throughout this debatably lackluster season, the lack of genuine stakes and satisfying resolutions began to wear on me these last few episodes; however, “Are You Better Off?” ultimately performed admirably not only in terms of any given Parks episode, but specifically as a season finale, which has certain functions.
One of the most prominent reasons Parks & Rec is a great series is because it fulfills sitcom conventions without being too obvious or cloying. A staple of season finales is to provide a look back at the growth the season saw while setting things up for a potential future; “Are You Better Off?” accomplished both these feats while allowing many of the series’ peripheral characters to make worthwhile contributions such as Jerry’s, “I miss you guys!” or Jean »
- Joseph Kratzer
It’s time to wrap up another season of Parks and Recreation, one in which new City Councilwoman Leslie Knope found herself in soda wars (of the 512-ounce variety) and jams (of the Councilman Jamm variety). Tonight’s episode, which airs on NBC at 9:30 p.m., will boast a different feel than last year’s celebratory send-off. “Last year’s finale was very much about ending something,” says series co-creator/exec producer Michael Schur. “It was the end of her campaign and it was her victory speech, and it put this great punctuation mark on the entire season. And »
- Dan Snierson
After tackling Magneto, a killer robot, and a sex-addicted New Yorker, Michael Fassbender has set his sights on his next challenge: "Macbeth." Fassbender will play the scheming nobleman for "Snowtown" director Justin Kurzel. The screenplay, by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff, while supposedly a "visceral" new adaptation, will retain the original Shakespearean setting and dialogue. Louiso and Koskoff collaborated on the Paramount Vantage comedy "The Marc Pease Experience," which, despite starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman, was unceremoniously dumped into a handful of theaters while Vantage was being erased from the Paramount landscape. "Macbeth" will reunite "Shame" producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (who also produced Fassbender's upcoming comedic drama "Frank"). It's unclear when the adaptation will film, however, since Kurzel was recently attached to an adaptation of the John le Carre thriller "Our Kind of Traitor," which was supposed to go later this year. If you've never read "Macbeth, »
- Drew Taylor
Based on British author Jon Savage's punk history novel, Matt Wolf's "living collage" of a documentary, "Teenage," aims to tell the story of the formulative of years of youth culture. The doc, which premiered at Tribeca last Saturday, presents a bounty of rare archival footage and beautifully shot reconstructions that delve into the lasting effect that flappers, swing kids, Nazi Youth and Boy Scouts had in the period between the enacting of child labor laws in the beginning of the twentieth century to the dropping of the atom bomb. It's a stylish, freewheeling and fun ride, buoyed by an astounding score from Deerhunter front-man Bradford Cox, but it also opens up the thought-provoking subject of the evolution of youth culture and where it's headed in contemporary times. We sat down with Wolf, Savage and executive producer Jason Schwartzman to talk about the arduous research process, how the film »
- Mark Lukenbill
If you’re a fan, friend, or Evil Ex of Ramona Flowers, it’s a good time to make a Pilgrimage to Hollywood.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will get a next-level celebration on May 1 when the Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival in Los Angeles reunites filmmaker Edgar Wright with two of the film’s stars — Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jason Schwartzman — and Bryan Lee O’Malley, the Canadian cartoonist who has followed Pilgrim’s progress (or lack thereof) over six bestselling graphic novels.
Maybe the inventive 2010 film didn’t light it up at the box-office like studios execs hoped, »
- Geoff Boucher
Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's #11...
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 2010.
Directed by Edgar Wright.
Based on the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series by cartoonist Brian Lee O'Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World stars Michael Cera as a young musician who meets the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), but in order to win her heart he has to do battle with 'The League of Evil Exes' - including a former Superman in Brandon Routh and the current Captain America in Chris Evans.
Despite being well received by critics, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World struggled to connect with audiences upon its theatrical release and ultimately went out with a whimper at the box office, »
- Flickering Myth
She was kicked out of the MTV Movie Awards after crashing the stage during Will Ferrell's acceptance speech for his "Comedic Genius Golden Popcorn" award. The barefoot star had the name of her upcoming film #The To Do List written on her chest as she approached Ferrell and tugged at his award. Here are five things you don't know about Aubrey Plaza.
1. Born Aubrey Christina Plaza on June 26, 1984 in Wilmington, De -- her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is of English/Irish descent.
Pics: Star Sightings
2. Was named after the song Aubrey, released by the pop/rock group Bread in 1972.
3. At the age of 13, her first boyfriend during high school asked her out by singing onstage in front of an audience. The boyfriend was John Gallagher, Jr., who won a Tony Award in 2007 for Spring Awakening.
Video: Would You Let Ron Swanson Babysit?
4. Her TV debut came in 2006 when she portrayed a page on »
DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. has acquired the IP for the iconic Trolls franchise from the Dam Family and Dam Things of Denmark with plans to introduce the beloved brand to a new generation of fans around the world. In support of the brand's enormous global potential, DreamWorks Animation has named American Girl veteran Shawn Dennis as head of brand development to cultivate this classic franchise.
"Trolls is a brand with over fifty years of deep heritage and we are thrilled to bring this iconic, multi-generational property to DreamWorks Animation. We have big plans for this franchise and Shawn Dennis is uniquely suited to lead this charge. She helped grow the American Girl brand into a household name and by bringing this expertise to Trolls she will introduce these characters to legions of new fans around the world. »
John Lee Hancock's Highwaymen drama could land Liam Neeson and Woody Harrelson as stars in the Mrc Universal film who have teamed to co-finance the project. The story follows legendary lawman Frank Hamer, who assembled a posse and hunted down killed Bonnie & Clyde, notorious Depresson Era Bank robbers. John Fusco scripts the film produced by Casey Silver. Hancock, known for the critically-acclaimed Sandra Bullock starrer The Blind Side, is in post-production phase on Disney's Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson, Jason Schwartzman »
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