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It may be raining. It may be chilly. One thing is for sure, the drinks will be flowing and the giant tent that is the annual home for the Independent Spirit Awards will be buzzing. This year's show will be hosted by comedian and actor Patton Oswalt. The star of "Big Fan" and "Young Adult" is no stranger to entertaining massive and difficult audiences. Oswalt ruled Comic-Con's Hall H a few years ago when he had the tough task of making Disney's slate at the time more exciting than it actually was. He's also following a fantastic hosting performance by Andy Samberg last year. Here's hoping the Spirits can actually deliver two great shows in a row (it tends to lean toward a good show every other year). Like the Golden Globes, and the SAG Awards to an extent, the Spirits mostly focus on the awards presentations. Over the past »
- Gregory Ellwood
Director: Sebastian Silva
Writer: Sebastian Silva
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
One of 2013’s greatest cinematic slights was the fact that Sebastian Silva’s Magic Magic didn’t get a proper theatrical release, even though it played at Sundance and Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight sidebar (Silva’s other Michael Cera starring 2013 title, Crystal Fairy thankfully saw an awesome performance from Gaby Hoffman honored with an Indie Spirit Award nomination). A forerunner of the Chilean New Wave, Silva seems determined to stay in the English language realm, and we’re quite excited for this latest drama which has gathered an exciting and eclectic cast.
Gist: A gay couple are trying to have a baby with the help of their best friend. »
- Nicholas Bell
Juno Temple delivers a gonzo performance as Alicia, an unhappy teen dispatched from California to Chile to chill with her cousin Sarah (Emily Browning) and Sarah's boyfriend Agustín (Agustín Silva). Hooking up with some buddies, they venture into a verdant forested island for some down time... but pretty soon the antsy Alicia feels alienated, particularly by the bullying Brink (Michael Cera) who enjoys revelling in her discomfort. »
Deadline and other industry sites are both reporting variations on the rumor that David Fincher is hooking up with Aaron Sorkin after all for that Steve Jobs biopic. Sorkin wrote the script based on Walter Isaacson's biography "Steve Jobs," which was published soon after the Apple co-founder died in 2011.
Ashton Kutcher's "Jobs" beat the Fincher/Sorkin deal to the punch, but it got pretty bad reviews, didn't do well at the box office, and managed to annoy human teddy bear and programming genius Steve Wozniak. How's that for a hat trick?
Of course, Sorkin and Fincher have impressive track records, both as collaborators and on their own projects. Remember, we all sniffed at the idea of a Facebook movie, and they gave us "The Social Network," which earned three Oscars and finally helped audiences differentiate Jesse Eisenberg from Michael Cera. Surely they can make another winner out of »
- Jenni Miller
Whilst our American cousins saw a limited release of writer/director Sebastian Silva's psychological thriller 'Magic Magic' back last Summer us UK'ers have had to wait quite a bit longer to see its official unveiling. The movie stars British talent Juno Temple ('The Dark Knight Rises'), Aussie hottie Emily Browning ('Sucker Punch') and geek hero turned chilling menace Michael Cera ('Arrested Development'). The flick will be release theatrically and be available to own or rent On Demand in high and standard definition from digital retailers including but not limited to iTunes, Blinkbox, FilmFlex, Sky Store, Xbox Video and more, from 18 April 2014. It'll also see a subsequent DVD follow-up release from 28 April. Check out the UK quad below. »
The writer, director and actor Harold Ramis, who has died aged 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, was responsible for one masterpiece and several influential smash-hits. In each of his creative capacities, he was the eternal quiet man. In front of the camera, his blithe and undemanding presence often disguised his comic skill or made it appear effortless; he seemed happy to hang back and surrender the limelight to more demonstrative and dynamic collaborators, such as his Ghostbusters co-stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. In his writing and directing he was adept at capitalising on an audience's love of coarseness without resorting to cruelty or sacrificing his compassion.
- Ryan Gilbey
We absolutely loved it at the Edinburgh International Film Festival last summer (read our 4-star review here) and now Magic Magic is coming to UK cinemas and On Demand from 18th April 2014, and on DVD from 28th April 2014.
Leading the film is BAFTA rising star Juno Temple and the equally great and freaky Michael Cera, this film will play with your mind and assault your senses. It’s written and directed by Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning filmmaker Sebastián Silva (The Maid), and also co- stars Emily Browning, Agustin Silva and Catalina Sandino Moreno.
Check out the creepy, Psycho-music-vibe trailer below and scroll down for more info:
Magic Magic will be available in cinemas and to own or rent On Demand in high and standard definition from 18th April 2014.
- Dan Bullock
Harold Ramis - the writer, director and actor who helped re-shape American comedy in the '70s, '80s and '90s - passed away yesterday at the age of 69.
A performer with Chicago's Second City and the National Lampoon comedy troupe early on in his career, Ramis made his film breakthrough when he co-wrote the script for Animal House. Before long he was heading behind the camera to direct Bill Murray in golf comedy Caddyshack and Chevy Chase classic Vacation.
Ghostbusters, which Ramis co-wrote with Dan Aykroyd, provided him with his biggest commercial hit in 1984. Ramis memorably played bespectacled scientist Egon Spengler, adding some dry wit to counteract the scene-stealing from Bill Murray.
The success of Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel allowed Ramis to keep on directing films, with 1993's Groundhog Day his career highlight. The comedy offered up an unexpectedly profound look at the life of a weatherman (played »
Comedy legend Harold Ramis has passed away at his Chicago-area home from complications related to an autoimmune disease, a condition he battled for the past four years. He was 69 years old. Ramis is likely best known for his acting roles in "Ghostbusters" and "Ghostbusters II," both of which he co-wrote. He also co-wrote "National Lampoon's Animal House," "Stripes," "Caddyshack" and "National Lampoon's Vacation," directing the latter two films. He co-wrote, produced and directed other comedy classics like "Groundhog Day," "Multiplicity" and the Billy Crystal-Robert De Niro films "Analyze This" and "Analyze That." He directed 2005's "The Ice Harvest," starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. Most recently he wrote, co-produced and directed 2009's "Year One," starring Jack Black and Michael Cera. Before his death, he was involved with "Ghostbusters III." Bill Murray commented on his friend's death, stating: "He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him. »
We're losing them too fast, aren't we? Today comes the sad news that comedy legend Harold Ramis passed away from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis at age 69. He was old enough to have influenced a generation of comedy writers, from Adam Sandler to Judd Apatow, but gosh, 69 still feels too young. Most viewers will remember Ramis as Egon Spengler, the dry one in his landmark '84 hit Ghostbusters. No, the really dry one - the egghead who strapped Rick Moranis into some sort of cranial contraption to hear him spout about the return of Gozer the Traveler; the one who explained the »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
With his sly, Cheshire cat grin and twinkling, half-mast eyes hidden behind owlish glasses, Harold Ramis always gave the impression of a guy who was guarding the punchline to the world’s funniest joke. And it’s quite possible he was. After all, if anyone had the merry-prankster genius to conceive it, polish it into a jeweler-precise gem, and deliver it with crack comic timing, it was Ramis, who passed away early Monday morning at age 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves the swelling of blood vessels.
Although Ramis became a familiar face on both »
- Chris Nashawaty
Harold Ramis, the man behind films such as Groundhog Day and Caddyshack, died this morning from complications relating to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis. Ramis had battled the condition for the past four years and was surrounded by family and friends in his Chicago home when he died. He was 69.
Ramis’ big break came in 1978, when he co-wrote National Lampoon’s Animal House, after which he went on to co-write Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II. Ramis made his directorial debut with 1980′s Caddyshack, followed by National Lampoon’s Vacation. His most recent project was 2009′s Year One, which starred Jack Black and Michael Cera. »
- Samantha Highfill
Harold Ramis, best known as an actor in “Ghostbusters” and “Stripes” and a writer/director for “Caddyshack” and “Groundhog Day” died Monday died today from complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis, a disease he battled for four years. He was 69.
Born in Chicago, Il, Ramis got his start at the famed Second City improvisational group and made his big Hollywood breakthrough in 1978 when he co-wrote “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” starring John Belushi.
He went on to co-write and star opposite Bill Murray in “Stripes” (1981), “Ghostbusters” (1984) and “Ghostbusters II” (1989). He later co-wrote and made his directorial debut with Caddyshack (1980), followed by “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983).
A trailblazer in the comedy world, Ramis was the recipient of the American Comedy Award, »
- Alex Stedman
David Cross Graduates from Small Screen Satire, Inviting Hipsters and Libertarians to the Party
David Cross translates sketch comedy prowess into organized chaos, marking his directorial debut with Hits. Measuring small-town idiocy against narcissistic hipster activism, disparate characters are cleverly strung together by collective delusions; much like Cross’ subversive cult series “Mr. Show” was prided on the strangely interconnected nature of its sketches. His assessment of the well-meaning but helpless Generation Y, prefaced by the fatalistic words “based on a true story that hasn’t happened yet”, could easily be read as misanthropy. Cross puppeteers easy-prey caricatures, not simply to bash their offscreen counterparts (mustachioed Brooklynites could realistically be debating the estrogen levels in soy-milk at this very moment), but to critically shame certain cultural absurdities like celebrity-worshiping and Internet image-crafting.
Shot on location for an inimitable aura of economic depression, Hits welcomes us to Liberty, New York; a town »
- Caitlin Coder
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
A really good, »
The comedy concert film will be shot Feb. 14 and 15 at the The El Paso Comedy Strip in El Paso, Tex. Barcena, who grew up in East Los Angeles, has performed one-hour specials “I Gotta Be Honest” for Showtime and “Deal with It” for Comedy Central.
Longi will produce with Barcena and Matthew Spain. Gilbert Jorgenson and Joe Lawless will exec produce.
Roger Paul negotiated the deal for Barcena.
- Dave McNary
Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have been tapped by their 50/50 director, Jonathan Levine, to star in a comedy about old friends reuniting in NYC to renew an old tradition of going out on Christmas Eve. Levine, who also wrote and directed the “zombie comedy” Warm Bodies, will also write this one. Considering 50/50 was a “cancer comedy,” it’s pretty clear that the young director likes to make films that put unlikely plot elements into comedies- so perhaps there’ll be more of a twist to this fairly conventional-sounding comedy, to come.
As of now, the film has no title, and a third lead has yet to be named. The plot centers on three childhood friends, so now it’s a waiting game to see which other member of Rogen’s comedy clique becomes the third man.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
I could take or leave Jesse Eisenberg if I’m honest – he’s always been a low rate Michael Cera to me – but the combination of British comedy maestro extraordinaire Richard Ayoade and everyone’s favorite Russian dweller in the depths of human sorrow, Fyodor Dostoevsky, just about has me bursting in the trouser area. Ayoade’s adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s short story The Double, concerning a man who encounters his doppelganger who then goes on to take over his life, may not be quite the popular hit of his previous film Submarine, but it should still be great nonetheless.
What, you need proof? Well, StudioCanal have just released a new trailer for the movie, arriving a couple of months before it opens in the UK on April 4th. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is due for a limited Us release on May 9th, no doubt »
- Rob Batchelor
Shock swept through the comic book fandom last week as it was announced that the curly-haired star of The Social Network Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Superman's nemesis in the upcoming Superman vs Batman movie.
Following the controversial casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, Eisenberg faced a similarly mixed reaction as it was revealed that he will be taking on the role of Lex Luthor - one of Superman's most notorious rivals.
Despite starring in a string of successful movies over the past five years, we realised that we knew very little about the Oscar-nominated actor. So for your pleasure we have gathered ten of the most fascinating facts about Jesse Eisenberg; from cats, clowns and, erm, Michael Cera, we have you covered!
Looks like the thinking man's Michael Cera will be working overtime in 2014. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jay Baruchel has just landed a starring role in FX's upcoming comedy Man Seeking Woman and in the film adaptation of the Stephen King short story The Ten O'Clock People. Baruchel will star as a man who was recently dumped and a smoker whose anti-smoking medication allows him to see hideous secret realities respectively, which is to say there is a lot of overlap between the two roles, emotionally speaking. »
- Halle Kiefer
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