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Judd Apatow has an impressive number of big hits on his resume, both as a director and as a producer, but one thing that he has never really specialized in is sequels. There is Anchorman 2, and semi-spinoffs like This Is 40 and Get Him To The Greek, but for the most part the movies he.s made have been largely one-and-done. If it were up to him, however, that wouldn.t be the case, as he has evidently spent a good amount of time trying to fight for a Superbad 2 With his new movie Trainwreck screening as a work in progress cut at SXSW this past weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down for a one-on-one with Apatow while in Austin, Texas yesterday, and it was during our chat that he revealed his long interest in bringing back Jonah Hill.s Seth, Michael Cera.s Evan, and »
A dark, loud, found footage horror film set in a Barcelona apartment block at night. No, not that one – with not a fireman in sight, on a lads’ holiday following a bad breakup, two awful young Americans hook up with girls in a bar and retire to a creepy old apartment block for sex. It’s all fun and games until someone ends up bleeding from the balls.
A film which starts out with one of its characters vomiting into a toilet for a good five minutes, Hooked Up is resolutely hard to like. Its two leads are a terrible pair, one being a borderline rapist, the other a violent creep who struggles to hold his booze and makes far too many hand gestures when he gets stressed. Tonio acts like Jay from The Inbetweeners »
- Joel Harley
I know you’re thinking the same thing. You knew it was wrong he minute you heard that Sony is planning a combined Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe and bringing in Channing Tatum for the lead role. Channing Tatum; the most beautiful man in the world. Chisled from granite with the steely eyed gaze that could launch a thousand spontaneous orgasms. This beautiful deity who walks among mortal men. This is who they chose to be the new face of the Ghostbusters franchise.
By now, you know how I feel about the franchise fracking that’s going on in Hollywood right now. Ghostbusters has become the latest bet Sony is willing to place a few hundred million dollars on, and they’re banking on Channing Tatum for the win. I like Tatum. I think he’s adequate in »
- Anghus Houvouras
As Ariana Grande proved during this meet and greet with her fans, hugs are hard. But sometimes weird hug can be the best hugs. So along with Ariana's meet and greet, let's look at what happens when friendly embraces get super awkward.
Here's to all the weird huggers!
News: Ariana Grande Says She "Almost Died" The First Night of Her Tour
We all know the struggle.
Awkward hug of the evening. pic.twitter.com/pMF0tkEcNv
— Mark Holland (@RiffRaff41) January 26, 2015
Even King James and the Duchess of Cambridge can't quite get it right.
This is like 1st junior high dance awkward. Mt @STN_Sports: .@KingJames meets Prince, Duchess http://t.co/IZ2ZkcnOVn pic.twitter.com/JvhtTgPey6
— Michael Cronin (@TMichaelCronin) December 9, 2014
Some don't line up quite right.
Commercial break flashback to this perfectly awkward red carpet moment. #ETOscars #Oscars pic.twitter.com/RgawpU3h0i
— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) February 23, 2015
Some line up a little too well.
That awkward »
Unfinished Business, coming to UK cinemas 6th March, staring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, and Sienna Miller, follows the story of a businessman (Vaughn) and his two employees (Franco and Wilkinson) who travel to Berlin, Germany to close the biggest business deal of their lives. However, things don’t go to plan when they bump into their competitor (Miller) who used to be Vaughn’s boss. What follows is a series of embarrassing and awkward twists that’ll keep you entertained throughout, including a brief stop in at a bondage festival and being caught in the middle of a violent city protest.
To celebrate the release of Unfinished Business we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 awkward moments in film. Check them out below:
There’s Something About Mary – Zipper Scene
Possibly the most awkward and graphic scene in cinema history, Ben Stiller gave a new meaning to »
- Phil Wheat
James Franco is in talks to star in the 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him?, which will be produced by Shawn Levy's 21 Laps company and Ben Stiller's Red Hour Pictures. Both of the production companies are based on the 20th Century Fox lot.
The plot centers on a Midwestern father who takes his family on a trip to Stanford, to visit his daughter during the Christmas holiday. What started as an innocent family trip quickly spirals out of control, as the father gets into an unexpected competition with his daughter's new boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire. While Variety doesn't specify which role James Franco will play, it seems likely that he will portray the billionaire boyfriend.
John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Nick Stoller (Neighbors, The Five-Year Engagement) and Ian Helfer (The Oranges). No production schedule was given at this time, »
Winter is long and hard, and it seems to just get harder as we wade further and further in. The days keep getting colder and greyer, summer feels a long way off, and sometimes the only rational option is to hole up on the sofa and watch some feel good films to help you forget the world outside.
Here are some of Digital Spy's favourite movies - all available on to watch on Netflix right now - to help us get through the season that never seems to end:
1. Forrest Gump
The unlikely adventures of Forrest Gump, a man who trips with blissful unawareness through some of the most important events of 20th century Us history are endlessly quotable, totally hilarious and offers a look at the world through clear, innocent eyes.
As Lorne Michaels prepares to fill Studio 8H with a few hundred former Saturday Night Live castmembers, writers and hosts for the show's 40th anniversary special on Feb. 15, The Hollywood Reporter has been busy reuniting past talent, photographing the five-time hosts and gathering memories from so many involved. From former NBC executive Dick Ebersol recruiting a then-30-year-old Michaels back in the mid-1970s to Michael Cera agreeing to host the episode that viewers will never see some three-plus decades later, here are 19 stories that helped shape SNL. See more 'SNL': Inside the Show's 40
- THR Staff
Writer/director Rick Alverson ("The Comedy") returns with this nightmarish account of a traveling entertainer lost on the brink. In Alverson's immaculately bleak portrait, Gregg Turkington stars as The Comedian, caught in a struggle between being the center of attention and the object of alienation, occasionally challenged by an unexpected cast of characters played by Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz. An aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement and the possibility of rekindling a relationship with his daughter, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Sebastian Silva is one of the most interesting and likable filmmakers working at the moment, creating movies that are loose and relaxed, but also risky, tapping into dark secrets and deep wells of the human experience. He’s also got a knack for working with comedic performers and allowing them to play in a new realm, against type. His films “Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus” and “Magic Magic” debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, both starring Michael Cera, and Silva returns to the festival this year with “Nasty Baby,” starring himself, Kristen Wiig, and Tunde Adebimpe. Again, he creates a world of amicable and fun characters that you enjoy being around, but the film takes a hard left in the last act that leaves one feeling a bit confounded about the overall story. But first: Silva plays Freddy, an artist living with his boyfriend Mo (Adebimpe) and attempting to impregnate his best girl friend, »
- Katie Walsh
Over the past decade, we've seen the rise of the bromance, mostly popularized by Seth Rogen and James Franco with films like Pineapple Express and The Interview, or even Jonah Hill with Michael Cera and Channing Tatum in Superbad and 21 Jump Street repectively. But the new indie The D-Train starring Jack Black and James Marsden takes the bromantic comedy to a whole new level, and it makes for an absolutely hilarious and wild ride. If you want to keep aspects of this comedy in the dark (which I recommend), then stop reading after the fourth paragraph and then just come back for the final paragraph. Dan Landsman (Black) is one of those guys who just tries too hard, and it really gets on the nerves of most people, especially those on the high school alumni committee who are having trouble rounding up people to attend the 20-year reunion. Dan keeps giving himself nicknames like D-Fresh, »
- Ethan Anderton
Not everyone found much to laugh about in director Rick Alverson’s 2012 Sundance competition entry “The Comedy,” an extravagantly rude, confrontational and surprisingly poignant study of a dissolute New York slacker waiting to inherit his dying father’s fortune. And not everyone will be entertained by Alverson’s new “Entertainment,” an even darker, weirder odyssey through a soulless American nowhere, with perhaps the world’s most abrasively unfunny insult comic as our guide. But take it or leave it, Alverson’s fourth feature is singular stuff, and it reconfirms the director as one of the truly bold voices in the all-too-homogenous U.S. indie film scene. General audiences will keep a safe distance, but “Entertainment” should have no trouble finding a fervent cult to call its own.
- Scott Foundas
The Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced the first nine films in the long-lived showcase for new work. They include Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s winner of the Critics’ Week grand prize at Cannes, which is set in a Ukrainian school for deaf and mute coeds and is told entirely in sign language, with no subtitles. The Tribe is one of four films that will make their way to Manhattan from Park City, Utah, where they’re also on the Sundance roster: Charles Poekel’s Christmas, Again, about a heartbroken Christmas-tree salesman; Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, a follow-up to The Comedy, about a broken-down comedian doing stand-up across the Mojave Desert and Kornél Mundruczó’s White God, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes about a dog’s journey back to its owner after being abandoned in the city.
Representing 11 countries from around the world, »
- The Deadline Team
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by Edgar Wright
UK, USA, Japan 2010
When the film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim was released in 2010, it was like an explosion of colour and two-tone jingles. To the casual eye, the film is a classic – albeit awkward – love story between Scott (Michael Cera), a loveable loser, and the intriguing yet aloof Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). In order to date her, Scott has to defeat the League of Evil Exes - Ramona’s exes. All seven of them.
Scott Pilgrim’s overindulgence of video game references – both retro and lesser-known – not only places the film in a different league to the conventional comic-book/video-game film adaptation, but its distinctive blend of styles manages to bridge the generation gap, widening its appeal.
When we talk about arcade games, the memories of tiny joysticks, frantic shuffling in pockets for »
- Katie Wong
David Cross is betting online video audiences will pay to download his film as well as see it in theaters. The Arrested Development actor plans to release his directorial debut Hits via BitTorrent Bundle on February 13, 2015, making it the first feature film released through the Bundle format.
Hits looks at the enigmatic nature of YouTube fame by telling the story of a family from small town New York whose father becomes recognized nation-wide due to a video of his city council rant going viral. The film stars Amy Sedaris, Michael Cera, Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, and Jason Ritter. David Cross originally debuted the independent comedy at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014.
But instead of seeking a larger, Hollywood-level distributor, Cross has chosen to sell Hits using BitTorrent’s unique file-sharing system. The torrent site’s Bundles essentially put several files together in a large group and allow users to download »
- Bree Brouwer
The film will open on February 13 in what Honora founder Giles Andrew described as an unprecedented distribution agreement.
Viewers will also be able set their own pricing in theatres at pay-what-you-want screenings throughout the Us and Canada and on Vhx.
This will coincide with a traditional theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles as well as digital launch on iTunes, Google Play, Vimeo and other platforms.
Hits takes place in a small town in upstate New York populated by people who trade in unrealistic expectations.
“With the release of Hits, we’re giving audiences what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in and at a price that they choose,” said Andrew.
“As far as we know, this experiment is the first of its kind and was borne out of »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Comedy legend David Cross, who created the classic skit series Mr. Show with Bob and David and the cult sitcom The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, marks his feature directorial debut with Hits. This timely expose examines Youtube cultural and the dangers of viral celebrity in our tech-based society. The first trailer has arrived, and it delivers an ensemble cast that is sure to get any comedy fan excited.
Hits takes a dark look at the nature of fame in 21st century YouTube America. David Cross brings his camera into a small town in upstate New York populated by people who trade in unrealistic expectations. It's a story in which fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them.
Watch the first footage, which finds one small-town girl with dreams of making it big on the internet fall into the shadow of her well-meaning »
After years of acting in films both awesome and terrible, David Cross is finally making his directorial debut with Hits. The indie comedy centers on a small-town girl (Meredith Hagner) who dreams of fame, while her father (Matt Walsh) accidentally stumbles into it. Cross has stuffed the cast with familiar faces, including Michael Cera, Wyatt Cenac, […]
- Angie Han
David Cross’ new film Hits has received its first full trailer. Written and directed by Cross, the film has a killer cast, led by the always hilarious Matt Walsh (Veep), and appears to have all of the expected offbeat style and sense of humor that fans of the Arrested Development star have come to love.
Hits premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and then subsequently screened at the Sundance London Film Festival the following April. It is a dark comedy that explores the strange phenomenon of 21st century YouTube fame in America. The film takes place in a small town in upstate New York and deals with the townsfolk riddled with unrealistic expectations and delusions of grandeur. The trailer shows Walsh as a regular “Joe” as he hits sudden fame after his insane rant at the local town meeting goes viral on YouTube.
Alongside Walsh, the film stars Michael Cera, »
- William Fanelli
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