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FX has given a series order to "Baskets," a new comedy from the creative all-star team of Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel. But don't get too invested in "Baskets," because its premiere is a mighty long way away. Seemingly the "Shakes the Clown" for the 21st Century, "Baskets" focuses on a Bakersfield, California resident named Chip Baskets (Galifianakis), who dreams of becoming a professional clown. When things go wrong at a prestigious French clowning academy, he's forced to make ends meet as a rodeo clown, while never giving up his true lofty aspirations. "Baskets" will begin production next year, but the 10-episode first season won't premiere until 2016. "Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show," blurbs Eric Schrier, half of FX's two-headed President of Original Programming team with Nick Grad. "To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious »
- Daniel Fienberg
Confession: I think Nicolas Cage is a great actor. And not just because of Oscar-quality performances like those in Adaptation and Leaving Las Vegas. No, the movie that introduced me to Cage’s gifts was National Treasure. And while Cage did return to the big screen for a sequel, the series deserves to become an even bigger franchise.
The National Treasure movies were made in the wake of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, an immensely popular, thrilling, if not particularly well-written novel about conspiracy theories and mini-art history lessons. National Treasure is the American Da Vinci Code—and »
- Jacob Shamsian
For a comedy about a grown man in a dog costume, FX/X’s Wilfred has surprisingly evolved into one of the darkest shows of our time — and Wednesday’s two-part series finale proved to be its most twisted hour yet.
Related Video: Wilfred Draws the Line With Ryan in Series Finale
Despite his lung cancer’s rapid progression, Wilfred began the hour in high spirits as his “Godly mission” to help Ryan find happiness had finally been achieved. But a surprise visit from Jenna’s ex threatened to ruin everything, sending Wilfred into a tailspin during his final days, »
Filmmaker Michael Dowse hasn't exactly broken out in the United States, although in his home country of Canada, he's known for a couple of cult favorites like the two "Fubar" movies and the hockey comedy Goon, starring Seann William Scott and Jay Baruchel. Neither of those movies could possibly prepare his fans for his decision to direct What If, a comedy that looks at the relationship between two young people whose situation forces one of them into "the friend zone." »
You can lead a dog to his bowl, but can you make him eat its healthy contents?
In the first of the show’s final back-to-back episodes, Ryan struggles to remain hopeful as he faces a difficult challenge, while the second installment finds him finally learning the truth about his wisecracking canine companion.
But first, he needs to help an ailing Wilfred get better. Will raw food help the medicine go down? »
The luxurious banquet hall in Toronto’s Royal York hotel was electric with excitement as Tiff senior programmers including Steve Gravestock and Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo announced the robust lineup of Canadian films (several world preems) at this year’s Tiff plus the 40+ short titles (out of an astounding 840 short films — an increase of over 200 titles from last year) that will screen at the prestigious festival. With features populating almost every section at the fest, among the headliner items from English Canada, Cairo Time‘s Ruba Nadda returns to the fest with October Gale, while also world preeming is Bang Bang Baby — Jeffrey St. Jules marks his feature film debut with a film that is equal parts Rocky Horror Picture Show and early Cronenberg. Starring Jane Levy of the recent About Alex, it revolves around a small-town teenager in the ’60s whose dream of becoming a famous singer is dashed »
- Leora Heilbronn
Stoner comedy Don Peyote tells the story Warren Allman, an unemployed graphic novelist who finally finds a purpose in life after an unpleasant encounter with a homeless man preaching the end is near. Fueled by vivid apocalyptic dreams, Warren becomes obsessed with 2012 doomsday theories and decides to make a documentary on the subject while his fiance is busy planning their wedding.
Seemingly a labour of love for co-writer, co-director and star Dan Fogler, Don Peyote plays out like a wannabe Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, only without any of the style and visual flare of Terry Gilliam. I can certainly see why Fogler would want to produce such a movie – after all the majority of his most famous roles see him playing »
- Phil Wheat
The Wrap has reported that the currently untitled return of director Cameron Crowe (Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous) has been pushed back from it’s original Christmas Day release until the middle of next spring. And while it may seem like a downer, it sounds like Sony, who are distributing the movie, have made the right choice considering the competition it faced in the Us over Christmas.
In the Us, the film was originally set to go head-head-to-head with a glut of wide, and potential hit, films. Disney’s big film for the festive season, an adaptation of musical Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and Chris Pine was arguably the biggest obstacle.
Other obsticles included Angelina Jolie-directed Unbroken, cult-comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, which begins it’s limited release on the same day, but will still draw in the crowds. »
- Scott Davis
Sony Pictures has moved its Untitled Cameron Crowe Project from December 25, 2014 to May 29, 2015. Here's what Sony Pictures chairman Jeff Blake had to say about the release date shift, commenting that director Cameron Crowe's movie is tailor-made for a summer release.
"Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release. The movie is Cameron at his best."
The Untitled Cameron Crowe Project will now go up against Focus Features' Insidious Chapter 3 and Paramount's Monster Trucks on May 29, which is the weekend after the Memorial Day holiday. If it would have stayed in its Christmas Day slot, it would have gone up against Paramount's comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2, the Disney musical Into the Woods, The Weinstein Company's animated adaptation Paddington and the Universal true-story drama Unbroken.
Thanks to "Fargo" and "American Horror Story: Coven," FX had a huge Emmy nomination haul two weeks ago. And with "Fargo" leading the way, the network still has some of the best reviewed shows on TV. However, "Tyrant" and "The Strain" both drew mixed reviews, as did the comedies "Married" and "You Are The Worst." Fxx is still struggling to find an identity as it awaits a massive influx of "Simpsons" repeats. And just last week, FX announced that it would no longer be providing L+Sd ratings for reporters, preferring the fuller picture of Live+3 and Live+7 numbers. So let's just say that FX President John Landgraf will have plenty to talk about on Monday (July 21) morning at the Television Critics Association press tour... Click through and follow along... 9:19 a.m. We were delayed a bit by a couple embargoed released for announcements that are coming in the next five minutes. »
- Daniel Fienberg
I don’t always get out to see movies these days and I’ve missed some this summer that I wanted to see. My Mary and I had a chance to sneak in a film this week and we chose to catch How To Train Your Dragon 2 before it disappeared from the movie theaters. We had seen the first one and I had been impressed: good story, good animation, and a sense of things having consequences.
I liked the sequel even more.
I should note that sequels can be notoriously difficult to pull off well. You’ve already told your story. What else do you have and, if it’s any good, why didn’t you tell it first? Mind you, there are notable exceptions to the rule. Godfather II is not only better than the first film, it’s often described as one of the best films of all time. »
- John Ostrander
How to Train Your Dragon 2, 2014.
Directed by Dean DeBlois.
When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
My brain needed a night’s sleep to make the connection and allow me to figure out what HTTYD2 reminded me of. But this morning it clicked.
That’s a rather lofty comparison I’m aware, but whilst this DreamWorks sequel doesn’t hit those heights it does a great job in the same way Empire did. Not only does it give us more of Hiccup and Toothless in an entertaining way, but it »
- Chris Cooper
The honeymoon’s over – and it has been for a while on FX’s newest comedy, Married.
Unfortunately, that isn’t the worst of Russ’ problems (according to his friends, it’s not even a real problem) in the show’s premiere, which aired Thursday at 10/9c.
We want to know what you thought of the episode, but first, a recap.
Love may be patient, but it can also get a little threadbare after years of routine — and child-rearing. That’s the central theme of FX’s latest sitcom Married (premiering tonight at 10/9c).
The series follows Russ and Linda (Ben & Kate‘s Nat Faxon and Arrested Development‘s Judy Greer) as they try to keep romance (and their sex life) alive while raising their three kids on one income. (He’s a graphic designer, she’s a stay-at-home mom.)
“It’s the non-glossy version of what living »
Update: Congratulations to Lucien P., the winner of Hiccup's Dragon Blade!
The Dragon Blade is one of Hiccup's coolest inventions in How to Train Your Dragon 2 - how'd you like to win it? To enter, just tweet your favorite moment in the film to @KidsPickFlicks using #HiccupsDragonBlade. You can enter by emailing the info to Tara@KidsPickFlicks.com with #HiccupsDragonBlade in the subject line.
"The center of the hilt (it's a sword hilt) pops open and it contains two cannisters (which would be the D batteries in the toy):
* One contains the liquid napalm-like saliva of a Monstrous Nightmare (that's Hookfang, Snotlout's dragon in the movie), its higly flammable.
* The second cannister contains gas from the two-headed Hideous Zippleback, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
★★★★☆Few could have predicted the gargantuan success of DreamWorks' 2010 franchise opener How to Train Your Dragon - an animated adaptation of Cressida Cowell's children's book series. It came out of nowhere to dazzle audiences to a tune of $500m worldwide with its soaring visuals and underlying poignancy. It's little wonder then that Dean DeBlois' How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) - a sequel that not only matches the quality of its predecessor, but quite often bests it - is primed and ready. Five years after the war between the village of Berk and dragons came to an end, all appears to be well, with Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler) keen for Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) to follow in his footsteps.
- CineVue UK
Director: Dean DeBlois
Running Time: 103 minutes
Synopsis: When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons, and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the centre of a battle to protect the peace.
How To Train Your Dragon started life as a book series written by Cressida Cowell before becoming a smash animated movie for DreamWorks in 2010. The film followed peace-loving Viking Hiccup as he forged an alliance with a loveable dragon called Toothless.
Now four years later Hiccup and Toothless are back. Set five years after the first film ended we rejoin a restless Hiccup who isn’t sure where he should fit in his newly formed world. His father wants him to be Chief, but Hiccup »
- Kat Smith
Jay Baruchel should be happy that he will be residing in his home country of Canada for his new series. Fxx has confirmed that Man Seeking Woman will be another one of their show filmed in Canada, Toronto for this show. Fxx has been slowly moving production over there for an unknown reason, which perhaps could also lead to why Jay was chosen .to play the lead role. Production should start soon and we can assume that it will premier sometime next year in 2015.
This show sounds interesting and promising. But I am not sure if the world is ready for another show like this. Especially since they already have so many similar shows out there like this one. It is overdone, unless they focus on his dating fails and make him not fall for his best female friend. Then maybe it could be saved, but even at that it is a doubt. »
- Sarah Peel
Having stopped the Red Death and ushered in a new age of human-dragon relations, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless have left Berk in the hope of spreading their message of inter-species solidarity to the rest of the viking world. It’s a belief they share with the former’s estranged mother, Valka (Cate Blanchett), who he encounters while trying to track down Drago Blundvist (Djimon Hounsou), a figure from his father Stoick’s (Gerard Butler) past who is in the process of building a dragon army. While he and his mother reconnect, Berk’s other dragon riders, Astrid (America Fererra), Snotlout (Jonah Hill), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) and Tuffnut (T. J. Miller) use dragon hunter Eret (Kit Harrington) to help find Drago.
- Steven Neish
Speaking to Digital Spy, the actress told all about the movie's more shocking moments, its underlying social political themes, and revealed whether she now gets recognised more as Astrid or Ugly Betty.
The film is released in UK cinemas on July 11. »
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