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Even with Michael Dougherty’s Krampus invading theaters this year, Chris Kasick’s Uncle Nick will assuredly be the creepiest Christmas tale of the holiday season. Demonic elves and killer toys might get a few screams, but there’s nothing more horrifying than a drunken Uncle who’s contemplating some inter-step-family boinking. Mike Demski’s screenplay scrutinizes every family-get-together cliché in this Yuletide clusterf#ck, with the sleaze factor jacked up to sloppy, mythical levels of alcoholic debauchery. This is the family dinner every dysfunctional family dreads, especially if memories of Cleveland-based sports teams are only more cause for sadness. Forget about a bad Santa, this Christmas is all about one bad uncle.
Posehn stars as the lewd, crude, and far-too-jolly Uncle Nick, who kicks off his Christmas Eve with a whiskey Old Fashioned that never seems to find itself fully empty. His brother, Cody (Beau Ballinger), invites Nick over »
- Matt Donato
I’m not sure what your holiday traditions are, but in my family, it’s not Christmas until you’ve watched at least one movie that makes you realize your family is not that bad, because it could always be worse. I joking, of course, but let’s say “hypothetically” that I’m not.
For me, ever since I first saw National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at an age probably too early to be watching the film, I’ve had a special place in my heart for Clark Griswold. A man with a good heart and no sense to navigate in the world. Year after year, I watch that film like a big eyed, innocent child all over again, and when Clark finally loses his shit in front of everyone, chugging back the adult egg nog, inside I’m saying “Amen, brother!”
What the Hell am I babbling on about, »
- Travis Keune
Liquor and sex make Christmas an unholy mess in “Uncle Nick,” a suitably profane Yuletide vehicle for I’ve-seen-that-guy-before comedian Brian Posehn. Taking its crass Christmastime cues from “Bad Santa,” Chris Kasick’s directorial debut breaks little ground in detailing a Cleveland clan’s Dec. 24 gathering, which is torn apart by the resentments and jealousies of three siblings and their new relatives. Even at a brisk 81 minutes, this indie can barely sustain its boozy comedic buzz, but thanks to an amusingly dirty-and-dour lead performance, it should find a niche among those who prefer their holiday cheer dirtied up by some pitch-black humor.
First depicted sitting on his couch in nothing but boxers, bottles lining his coffee table and porn playing on his laptop, Uncle Nick (Posehn) is a lout who embraces, and embodies, his hometown of Cleveland’s sports-fostered reputation as “the Mistake by the Lake.” A sloppy bachelor who »
- Nick Schager
Uncle Nick could still turn out to be a black comedy yuletide classic, but it’s going to be foremost remembered as a piece of trivia as the only (first?) comedy that renowned documentarian Errol Morris ever produced (Uncle Nick director, Chris Kasick, is a regular actor in Errol Morris-directed commercials). In a resume that includes hard looks at genocide, war atrocities, and however you want to categorize the sexual mishaps of Tabloid, Uncle Nick’s broad black comedy looks particularly out of place, but maybe Morris knows something we don’t.
That said, the first green band trailer isn’t a particularly strong argument for the movie’s actual quality. It’s not a great first impression to release a sanitized, mildly suggestive trailer for a movie about a skeezy, obnoxious, foul mouthed drunk uncle, but the preview does serve as a good look at the ensemble cast »
- Michael Snydel
Adult Swim's new live-action mini-series, Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter, premieres Monday, December 7, 2015 at 12:00am Et/Pt, and will air for five nights in a row, with the series finale airing Friday, December 11. When the small town of Garrity, Vt is threatened by a werewolf, it's Neon Joe to the rescue.
Read More: Errol Morris Reveals Idfa Top 10 Program, Including 'Man With A Movie Camera' A family of socially awkward people are getting together for the holidays in a house that feels weird to them in its obsessive perfection. Directed by Chris Kasick, written by Mike Demski and executive produced by Errol Morris, "Uncle Nick" stars Brian Posehn, Scott Adsit, Missi Pyle and Paget Brewster and promises one uncomfortable anti-Christmas movie. The official synopsis reads: "Lewd, drunken Uncle Nick stumbles his way through his brother's cookie cutter-family's annual Christmas gathering in the hopes of scoring with a super-hot party guest. But the arrival of his equally crass sister coupled with Nick's liquor-fueled faux pas cause family secrets to bubble to the surface that might spell disaster for the whole clan before the night is over." The film hits theaters nationwide December 4. Check out the uncomfortable trailer above. Read »
- Sonya Saepoff
A review of the "Veep" season finale coming up just as soon as I have incompatible shoes for this carpet... Earlier this season, I wondered if the show might find some way for the election to end with Selina as someone else's vice-president, allowing the show to revert to its original set-up. A part of me was amused by the thought of the contortions necessary to get us to that point, while another was dismayed at the idea that the show might have to hit the reset button so hard, given how much fun Selina-as-potus has been. We'll see if season 5 actually goes through with this tiebreaker mess, where Tom James becomes president, and Selina perhaps becomes his veep. But if the level of execution remains as good as it was throughout "Election Night," and this whole great season, then I don't know how much I care exactly what job »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is having their 17th Del Close Marathon, to honor the legendary improv teacher/guru, from June 26 to 28 in New York City. There's a veritable smorgasbord of funny people who will take over nine different stages around New York City, starting with Ucb founders Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh. The roster includes Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City, Ellie Kemper, Adam Pally, Horatio Sanz, Sasheer Zamata, Aidy Bryant, Scott Adsit, Nick Kroll, writers from Key and Peele, The Daily Show, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and basically anyone else who writes jokes and has been associated with Ucb at some point. (Everybody!) Weekend passes are $35, with tickets for certain premium shows running $10 to $20. For the full schedule, head on over to delclosemarathon.com. »
- E. Alex Jung
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Several months after it won the Oscar for “Best Animated Feature,” Sketchy finally decides to discuss “Big Hero 6.” Featuring the voice talents of Scott Adsit (from 30 Rock), T.J. Miller (from everywhere), Ryan Potter and Daniel Henney, this film touches on a lot. So, stop reading and start listening. Enjoy!
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- Ryan Clagg
During their 260-block journey down the island of Manhattan, the four friends in Growing Up and Other Lies engage in a lot of banter and bickering. The characters are all in their late twenties and early thirties, yet common conversation topics include erections and defecating in bathtubs. A running joke throughout the 90-minute film is a “would you rather” situation that one of the characters poses to his friends. “I’m not playing that game,” says the embittered Gunderson (Wyatt Cenac), as his three companions debate the choice they would take. “I find it childish and silly.”
As the title suggests and their infantile talks further prove, the film is dealing with men who still behave like children, resistant to move beyond the glory years of their high-school friendship and take responsibility for their own lives. That is likely the writers’ intention: to treat the characters as if they were belligerent high schoolers, »
- Jordan Adler
Today, Walt Disney Animation Studios' Academy Award-winning Big Hero 6 became the #1 animated title of 2014 with more than $620 million globally. The film, which has earned $221 million domestically, also surpasses $400 million at the international box office this weekend.
Big Hero 6 continues to perform strongly in China, where it opened Feb. 28 and has brought in over $51 million, surpassing Frozen to become the highest grossing animated release ever from Disney or Pixar. In Japan, it has earned more than $75 million and is the second highest grossing Disney animated release ever. It's the second biggest Disney or Pixar animated movie ever released in Korea and Russia, and it's the biggest animated release of all time in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Last weekend, Big Hero 6 surpassed Tangled to become the third biggest Walt Disney Animation Studios release ever globally, behind only Frozen and The Lion King. It is also Walt Disney Animation Studios' third »
After taking in more than $600 million at the box office, and winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature last month, many fans are hoping that Disney will pull the trigger on a sequel to Big Hero 6, but the studio has not made an official announcement at this time. Of course, since the movie is based on a Marvel comic book, there are surely more stories to be told in this universe, although directors Don Hall and Chris Williams recently revealed that they have no current plans to make a follow-up. While doing press for her action-thriller Run All Night, Genesis Rodriguez, who voiced Honey Lemon in Big Hero 6, says that she has heard "rumblings" of a sequel in the works at Disney.
"There's rumblings of something else happening. I mean yesterday I just saw that it's the third most grossing Disney animated feature, so this is huge for them. »
Scott Adsit has spent over a decade playing and voicing different supporting characters in dozens of television shows and movies. All his hard work is paying off thanks to the landmark role the actor took on for Disney’s incredibly popular Big Hero 6. He voices Baymax, the loveable inflatable robot, who lead character Hiro teams up with to fight evil in San Fransokyo.
I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Adsit about what will no doubt be a career-defining role. Big Hero 6 has the potential to become a monstrous franchise that could go on for years to come. His character of Baymax will obviously be a central figure in any sequels Disney would make.
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Disney’s animated version of Marvel’s Big Hero 6 comes home to thrill families. You can now own the movie which rightfully won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. A successful blend of relatable characters, life lessons, and plenty of hilarity and frantic excitement make for an enduring movie which will have you going back for repeated viewings.
In Big Hero 6, Robotics prodigy Hiro (Ryan Potter) lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro's closest companion is Baymax (Scott Adsit), a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends, Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller) into a band of high-tech heroes.
Imagine the Avengers if »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Beyond the Lights (drama; Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver; rated PG-13) Big Hero 6 (Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature; voices: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter; also available in 3D; rated PG) Horrible Bosses 2 (comedy sequel; Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Pine, Jennifer Aniston; rated R) Whiplash (music drama; Miles Teller, Oscar winner J.K. Simmons; rated R) Serena (drama; Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Baymax may not be fast, but he's definitely beloved by the Academy! Disney's Big Hero 6 beat out DreamWork's How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Boxtrolls to take home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, making it the fourth Oscar win for Disney since the start of that category in 2002. Big Hero 6, starring the voices of Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, T. J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Maya Rudolph, follows the adventures of young robotic genius Hiro and his "personal healthcare companion," Baymax, aka the best superhero sidekick ever. Director Chris Williams took the stage with his Big Hero 6 colleagues Roy Conli and Don Hall to thank the cast and team, and he ended his »
Check out these cool promotional posters for Big Hero 6!
In anticipation of the release of Disney's Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray February 24, Disney has released this series of poster images featuring characters from the film. The posters, which have a strong Asian influence, features characters Baymax, Hiro, Wasabi, Fred, Honey Lemon, and Go Go Tomago. They can all be seen below.
Big Hero 6 tells the story of Hiro, a young boy genius living in San Fransokyo, California. When an evil villain threatens the city, Hiro and the medical assistant robot Baymax team up with some unlikely heroes in order to save the city. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel comic and features the voices of Scott Adsit and Ryan Potter.
Big Hero 6 is now available to order on Blu-ray from Amazon by clicking right here.
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
By Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson
This year there are 30 nominees in the animated category, between the Short and Features. “Don’t we love these people who bring us the magic?,” said Academy Governor Bill Kroyer as The Academy celebrated the Feature Animated films on Thursday.
The Academy presented their seventh annual event celebrating the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film.
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, who won last year’s Animated Feature Film Oscar for Frozen, moderated the discussion with all the nominated filmmakers from Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya. This year’s nominated films come from around the world and encompass traditional animation, computer animation and stop-motion, and the evening also featured clips from each film.
Prior to the panel discussion, a few of the nominees spoke with Wamg.
- Movie Geeks
A decade in rehab has failed to tame abrasive former supermodel Salem Rogers (Leslie Bibb, About a Boy), Model of the Year 1998. Now that she’s been let loose on the world, hard-partying Salem is intent on recreating her former success and glamorous lifestyle in a new world she barely recognizes. She tracks down her browbeaten former assistant (SNL alum Rachel Dratch), who’s since built a career as an author of self-help books, and stops at nothing to enlist her in her plans to return to the spotlight – whatever it takes.
Discovered through Amazon Studios’ open submission website, Salem Rogers was created by newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) and executive produced by Will Graham (The Onion News Network). In addition to Bibb and Dratch, the half-hour comedy stars Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Brad Morris (Playing House), Harry Hamlin (Mad Men), Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors »
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