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This interview contains some spoilers for Mockingjay Part 2, though we’ve tried to keep them to a minimum. That said, you may prefer to read this after you've seen the film/read the book.
Even the most devoted fans can’t say they’ve spent quite as much time thinking about The Hunger Games as director Francis Lawrence has. After taking over the franchise from Gary Ross, he’s directed Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part 1 and Mockingjay Part 2, with each movie released just one year after the last. It’s a massive undertaking, but it’s all about to reach its climax as the final movie hits cinemas and he’s free to take a break.
Although before he can get there, there’s one last hurdle to jump: the dreaded press junkets. »
I posted my review of Aziz Ansari's "Master of None" last week. Netflix's binge-release business model makes episodic reviews impractical (I've tried a hybrid model with "Orange Is the New Black" the last few seasons, with very mixed success), so I thought I would try something different. You already know my overall thoughts from the prior piece, so I'm going to offer up quick thoughts on each individual episode (with spoilers for all), coming up just as soon as I begin the night with an aggressive Cartman impression... Episode 1: Plan B The broken condom anecdote is pretty terrific and unusual as a way into the Dev/Rachel relationship that will play out over the rest of the season. Like so much of the show, the devil winds up being in the details, like the way the Uber driver is blasting rap music to make things extra uncomfortable for them. »
- Alan Sepinwall
In Aziz Ansari's new Netflix comedy "Master of None," the "Parks and Recreation" alum plays an actor named Dev, his real parents play Dev's parents, there's a running subplot where he takes a supporting role in a "black virus movie" called "The Sickening," and there are cameo opportunities for everyone from Claire Danes to Busta Rhymes. With that description, it would be safe to assume "Master of None" would be another showbiz navel-gazer, made by people — Ansari co-created the series with fellow "Parks and Rec" alum Alan Yang — only capable of, or interested in, writing about the world that's immediately around them. But what makes "Master of None" so special — and instantly not only one of Netflix's best series, but one of the best shows on TV — is that it's the thematic opposite of that. What defines Dev isn't that he spends a lot of time on movie sets, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Comedian Jon Dore, Oscar-nominated actor David Paymer (“Mr. Saturday Night”), Lynn Cohen (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Sex and the City”) and Eric Edelstein (“Jurassic World”) are set to star in the indie comedy “The Pickle Recipe,” TheWrap has learned. Michael Manasseri is directing from a screenplay by Sheldon Cohn, based on a story by Gary Wolfson and Cohn. Storyboard Entertainment’s Jason Potash and Paul Finkel are producing with Cohn and Wolfson, while Manasseri is producing through his company Made in Michigan Entertainment. Eddie Rubin will executive produce the film, which starts production this month in Michigan. Also Read: Scarlett Johansson Can. »
- Jeff Sneider
'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »
- Andre Soares
Read More: Watch: 'Orange is the New Black' Star Uzo Aduba in Exclusive Trailer for Her First Movie 'Pearly Gates' Check out the exclusive trailer for "All in Time," a new film from Chris Fetchko ("Everything's Jake," "Eavesdrop"), which debuts today exclusively on Indiewire. The film stars Sean Modica as Charlie, a banker who decides to follow his dream of managing his favorite rock band and holding a concert for time travelers. Vanessa Ray ("Blue Bloods"), Jean-Luc Bilodeau ("Baby Daddy") and Lynn Cohen ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") also star. "All In Time" premieres Saturday, April 25 at the Newport Beach Film Festival. »
Shoe Be Doo: McCarthy’s Magical Realism Has No Sole
Actor Thomas McCarthy has developed a solid reputation as an indie film director thanks to his first two films The Station Agent (2003) and The Visitor (2007). While his third outing, 2011’s Win Win, showcased a tendency for schmaltzy cliché, it’s a far cry from his most recent offering, The Cobbler. Headlining Adam Sandler, many expected this to be one of Sandler’s infrequent attempts at dramatic prowess, somewhere along the lines of his surprise turns in Punch Drunk Love, or even Spanglish…or even Men, Women & Children. Instead, McCarthy doggedly pursues a broad comedic tone, something that recalls old Jerry Lewis vehicles, except with a lethargic, bored star. Resolving a series of lazy dramatic conflicts, everyone involved coasts through this torporific exercise with grim determination.
A magical sewing machine that was inherited by one of his ancestors in the Lower »
- Nicholas Bell
Based on the George Jonas’ novel Vengeance, Steven Spielberg’s 2005 drama Munich centers on a covert hit squad that was commissioned by the Israeli government to assassinate the 11 individuals suspected of planning the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.
Leading the group is Avner Kaufmann (Eric Bana), a Mossad agent named handpicked by Israel Minister Golda Meir (Lynn Cohen) to lead the team. The diverse group includes a driven South African mercenary named Steve (Daniel Craig); Robert (Mathieu Kassovitz), a Belgian toy maker who also makes bombs, an expert forger named Hans (Hanns Zischler) and Carl (Ciaran Hinds), the person responsible for making sure the targets are clean and collateral damage will not become an issue. Despite the denial of their existence by the Israeli government, Avner occasionally reports to a hard line official named Ephraim (Geoffrey Rush).
For a while, the mission is a success as one by one, the targets are found and taken out. »
Urie will direct the series, which follows the misadventures of incompetent employees who work at a 911 call center in the town of Hell, Michigan. Ryan Spahn (“He’s Way More Famous Than You”) created the series and will star alongside Halley Feiffer (“The Squid and the Whale”) .
Also Read: TheWrap’s 19 Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2015: From ‘Better Call Saul’ to ‘Westworld’
- Travis Reilly
9 items from 2015
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