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‘The Big Sick’ Star Zoe Kazan Didn’t Want to Make Another Rom-Com, Until She Fell in Love With a Real-Life Romance

‘The Big Sick’ Star Zoe Kazan Didn’t Want to Make Another Rom-Com, Until She Fell in Love With a Real-Life Romance
In the thick of awards season, “The Big Sick” star Zoe Kazan maintained the kind of multi-tasking she’s known for. In this case, that meant stumping for the Michael Showalter comedy, while also preparing for the New York city premiere of her latest play, “After the Blast.” Kazan is no stranger to juggling projects, but the timing of these two very different obligations was still ambitious, considering that both projects resulted from years of work and personal investment.

A veteran of the film industry at just 34 – her film debut was the 2003 feature “Swordswallowers and Thin Men,” which she starred in two years before graduating Yale with a degree in theatre, and that’s to say nothing of her familial pedigree, which includes a pair of directors: mother Robin Swicord and grandfather Elia Kazan – Kazan is usually looking for something new. Her current slate speaks to that variety: she’s
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Dave Bautista set for action comedy Stuber

Deadline is reporting that Dave Bautista has signed on to star in Stuber, an action-comedy which is set to be directed by Michael Dowse (Goon) from a script by Tripper Clancy, who developed the concept with Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley.

The project will see the former WWE star as a very determined detective who commandeers an unsuspecting Uber driver named Stu into a harrowing evening of hijinks and mayhem.

Bautista, who was last seen in Blade Runner 2049, has a number of project son the horizon. He will next be seen reprising the role of Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, and is currently shooting its as-yet-untitled sequel, while other movies incoming include the sci-fi Hotel Artemis, action sequels Escape Plan 2: Hades, Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station, animated action-comedy Groove Tails, Ip Man spinoff Ip Man Side Story: Cheung Tin Chi,
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Dave Bautista To Star In Action-Comedy ‘Stuber’ For 20th Century Fox

Dave Bautista To Star In Action-Comedy ‘Stuber’ For 20th Century Fox
Exclusive: Dave Bautista, last seen in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and Blade Runner 2049, is attached to star in Stuber, an action-comedy written by Tripper Clancy, which 20th Century Fox picked up for mid-six figures last year. Michael Dowse is directing the pic about a very determined detective (Bautista) who commandeers an unsuspecting Uber driver named Stu into a harrowing evening of hijinks and mayhem. Clancy and his manager Jake Wagner came up with the idea and…
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Goon: Last of the Enforcers review – feeble Canadian sports comedy

An ice hockey hero returns to the rink in this puerile sequel to 2011’s Goon

In this inane sequel to Michael Dowse’s 2011 Canadian sports comedy Goon, Seann William Scott returns as Doug Glatt. An ice hockey hero, captain of the Halifax Highlanders and “a huge, Jewish freight train”, Glatt is good natured and more than a little slow. When he gets his face pounded in on the ice by blond-haired baddie Anders Cain (Wyatt Russell), he hangs up his skates and takes early retirement. He tries his luck with a new job in the basement office of an insurance company (“Doug Glatt – storage room. That’s you!”), while pregnant wife, Eva (Alison Pill, doing her best but not showing her range), tries to keep his spirits up, but it’s not long before he’s sneaking back to the rink.

Directed and co-written by Jay Baruchel (one of the
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‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’ Review

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Seann William Scott, Alison Pill, Marc-Andre Grondin, Liev Schreiber, Wyatt Russell, Kim Coates, Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel, Callum Keith Rennie, Jonathan Mark Cherry | Written by Jay Baruchel, Jesse Chabot | Directed by Jay Baruchel

Back in 2011, Michael Dowse’s Canadian sports comedy Goon was a minor hit with critics, but only ended up taking a modest $12m at the U.S. box office. Evidently, however, the film has since picked up something of a cult following, which explains the presence of this somewhat belated but nonetheless entertaining sequel that reunites the majority of the key players.

The directorial debut of actor Jay Baruchel (who co-wrote and co-starred in the first film), the sequel finds sweet-natured but dim-witted ice hockey bruiser Doug “The Thug” Glatt (Seann William Scott) still playing for his beloved Halifax Highlanders and now married to former girlfriend Eva (Alison Pill), who has just announced that she’s expecting.
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New to Streaming: ‘Carrie,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘It Comes at Night,’ ‘Bottle Rocket,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson)

Wes Anderson’s feature debut, the slyly comedic Bottle Rocket, positions its heroes, three young wannabe criminals with an eye for small-scale robberies, as blind innocents, lost in the unfamiliar world of adulthood. As part of his 75-year plan, Dignan (Owen Wilson) forms a gang, consisting of himself, Anthony (Luke Wilson) who’s fresh out of a voluntary psychiatric hospital, and Bob (Robert Musgrave) who
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Film Review: ‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’

Film Review: ‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’
A gem among umpteen lame Canadian hockey comedies, 2011’s “Goon” was an unexpectedly snappy mix of violent slapstick, screwball farce and modern dude humor, one that struck a chord with viewers (at least eventually, particularly up north; in the U.S., it found its primary audience in home formats after modest box-office performance). Belated sequel “Goon: Last of the Enforcers” brings back most of the winning original cast, plus some promising new faces, in a slick followup.

Not returning, however, are original director Michael Dowse or writer Evan Goldberg, with star and co-writer Jay Baruchel taking over helming duties in his feature directorial bow. The earlier duo are missed. One immediately detects the lowered brow of Baruchel and Jesse Chabot’s new material, as well as its competent but uninspired handling, which extends to less viscerally funny rink action. “Goon” was a keeper. The perhaps prophetically named “Last” isn’t exactly 101 minutes in the penalty box, but
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Review: ‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’ is a Padded, Heartfelt Sequel

The best part of hockey comedy Goon is its ability to never forget itself. Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg didn’t write it (based on Adam Frattasio and Douglas Smith’s non-fiction book) like your usual sports film where winning or losing was the goal. They instead brought to life a soft-spoken, compassionate guy whose only talent isn’t laying guys out on the ice like his bloodthirsty fans believe. No, Doug Glatt’s (Seann William Scott) calling is as protector for his family, friends, and teammates. He joined the Halifax Highlanders to provide a spark as well as a formidable presence that would lend his more talented linemates peace of mind and confidence. Victory was never about securing a championship, it was reminding his team what hockey meant beyond the scoreboard.

So when things cut to black on a game for which success occurred before the puck dropped — and
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Preacher season 2 episode 9 review: Puzzle Piece

Ron Hogan Aug 15, 2017

Preacher season 2 continues to handle action scenes and violence to great effect. Spoilers ahead in our review of Puzzle Piece...

This review contains spoilers.

See related Doctor Foster series 1 recap

2.9 Puzzle Piece

There’s nothing quite so uncomfortable as tension within a group. When there are things unspoken between people, it’s unpleasant to be around. It’s like having a corrupted wound. Maybe if you leave it alone it will go away on its own, or maybe it’ll get infected and your nose will rot off your face. That’s always the risk when a foreign body gets under someone’s skin, and in the case of Preacher, everybody’s got their something.

Puzzle Piece is an episode with a central focus, but with multiple ways to approach said focus. For Starr, it’s a casual aside, while for Hoover and Featherstone, stopping Jesse Custer
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‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’ Trailer: Seann William Scott Hits the Ice Again

‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’ Trailer: Seann William Scott Hits the Ice Again
Comedy sequels are already a rare breed of movie, but sports comedy sequels are seen even less. But that didn’t stop actor Jay Baruchel from getting his passion project off the ground: a sequel to the hockey comedy Goon that he wrote back in 2011. Take Me Home Tonight director Michael Dowse was at the […]

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Interview: Jay Baruchel & Seann William Scott on Goon: Last of the Enforcers

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Hockey movies generally aren’t great, with the exception of something like Slap Shot. Yet, defying all expectations, Michael Dowse’s Goon emerged to become a genuine cult classic and one of the best hockey flicks ever made. And so, a sequel has been made and is on the verge of being released in Canada (March 17th, but American fans will have to wait a bit longer – as explained below).... Read More...
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Berlin: Viceland Orders 'Fubar' TV Adaptation

Vice Media in Canada has handed out an eight-episode order for a Viceland TV series based on Michael Dowse's 2002 headbanger movie Fubar.

The half-hour show, unveiled on Friday, reteams Dowse and stars David Lawrence and Paul Spence in their original roles as Terry and Dean. Vice Studio Canada and Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media are co-producing the series, set to debut later this year.

The Viceland adaptation sees the clueless Terry and Dean characters fleeing the wildfires of Fort McMurray, Alberta, for Calgary with nothing but emergency government debit cards to their names. Discovering high-speed internet for the first time,...
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Doug ‘The Thug’ Glatt Returns To The Ice In New Trailer For Goon: Last Of The Enforcers

Sean William Scott may be forever associated with the role of Steve Stifler from the American Pie saga, but the actor delivered a surprisingly scrappy and heartfelt performance in Goon, Michael Dowse’s sports comedy that went on to become something of a cult favorite six years ago.

And though it’s box office performance wasn’t enough to inspire confidence, fans have been quietly campaigning for the next chapter in Doug ‘The Thug’ Glatt’s story ever since. Well, it won’t be long before the Halifax Highlanders return to the silver screen – for those in Canada, at least – with Goon: Last Of The Enforcers now teetering on the verge of release. Things aren’t looking too good for hockey’s hardest hitter, who is sidelined following a gnarly injury. In his wake, Wyatt Russell’s boisterous newcomer Anders Cain threatens to take the Halifax Highlanders in a new direction,
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Adam Driver Delivers: ‘Silence’ and ‘Paterson’ Are His Best Roles Yet — Consider This

Adam Driver Delivers: ‘Silence’ and ‘Paterson’ Are His Best Roles Yet — Consider This
Like most actors – or, at least, most actors who want to keep getting cast in quality projects – Adam Driver is quick to refer to filmmaking as a director’s medium. In doing so, he reveals a key aspect of his success to date.

“I don’t like being labeled as a certain kind of person or a certain kind of actor,” he told IndieWire in a recent interview. “Hopefully you get a chance to stretch and not stay in one mode.”

Read More: ‘Silence’ Review: Martin Scorsese Delivers a Gorgeous Crisis-of-Faith Drama

It’s easy dismiss such generic statements as aspirational, but Driver’s varied choices back it up. To date, none of his roles look much alike, but they constantly hit the right notes.

In just seven years on screen, the actor has worked with the likes of lauded masters like Clint Eastwood, the Coen Brothers and Steven Spielberg,
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Towards a Canadian Cinema: Future//Present and Viff 2016

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Last year the The Globe & Mail released an article entitled "What is Wrong with the Canadian Film Industry?" that outlined the problems facing our country’s cinema: low box-office numbers, a crisis of English-Canadian identity, an inability to compete with Hollywood entertainments etc., etc. Focused entirely on the industry, the piece fails to mention the resurgence that had been taking root for quite some time. 2015 was an important year for Canadian cinema, but while Room, Hyena Road and Wet Bum ate up the article’s word count, three of the year’s great Canadian films by emerging directors went unnoticed: Isiah Medina’s 88:88, Kurt Walker’s Hit 2 Pass, and Kazik Radwanski’s How Heavy This Hammer. Equating cinema with ‘content,’ a product to be bought and sold, the article is as much a reflection of the problems with Canadian cinema as an exposition of it. But this insidious
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Coming Distractions: Hockey still violent, kind of gross in the red-band trailer for Goon 2

2011’s Goon was a surprisingly successful merger of a standard sports movie and a violent, fart-filled frat comedy, buoyed along by Seann William Scott’s undervalued charms. Now, Scott is bringing grinning hockey enforcer Doug “The Thug” Glatt back to theaters, with Goon 2: Last Of The Enforcers scheduled to pummel its way into theaters in March 2017.

Co-star Jay Baruchel is directing this time, taking over for Michael Dowse. Going off of the red-band trailer for the movie, released today, Baruchel’s take on the material seems even raunchier, louder, and less appropriate than what’s come before, with plenty of jokes about eating semen, and a lot of ostensibly hilarious faux-sexual assault between burly hockey players to remind you why the movie might be rated R.
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Goon 2: Last of the Enforcers Trailer Has Arrived

Goon 2: Last of the Enforcers Trailer Has Arrived
Comedy sequels are a difficult thing to execute correctly. In the history of cinema there are very few that have managed to live up to their predecessor. Goon 2, the sequel to the 2011 cult comedy, will attempt to do that next year. Now, director Jay Baruchel has unleashed the first trailer for Goon: Last of the Enforcers, which gives a promising look at what could be one of those few comedy sequels.

The trailer for Goon 2 showed up on YouTube and five years after the original, shows the return of Seann William Scott as Doug "The Thug" Glatt. It really is a teaser in the true sense of the word, since the trailer clocks in at barely a minute long and gives very little in terms of plot for the movie. Even without that, the trailer is probably exactly what everyone who liked the original Goon would want to see, because
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‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’: Seann William Scott Revisits His Hockey Glory Days in Comedy Sequel

Back in 2011 Seann William Scott starred in the Canadian-American sports comedy “Goon,” directed by Michael Dowse and written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg. The film, which was the surprise of the summer, followed a dimwitted man who becomes the enforcer for a minor league ice hockey team. Now six years later, Scott and almost all of the original cast is back in the sequel “Goon: Last of the Enforcers.”

Making his directorial feature debut, Baruchel serves as director and returns as co-writer, this time with Jesse Chabot. The comedy once again follows Doug Glatt (Scott) who, after being forced to give up his aspirations of going to the big show, rejoins the Halifax Highlanders to reclaim his former glory. Check out the first trailer below.

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The sequel features returning actors Baruchel,
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Hit the Ice in First Trailer for ‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’

Released back in 2011, Michael Dowse‘s Goon proved to be on the comedy surprises of the year and a solid sports movie in its own right. Over half-a-decade later, (most of) the gang is back with a follow-up entitled Goon: Last of the Enforcers. With Dowse handing over the directing reigns to star and co-writer Jay Baruchel, the first trailer has landed today ahead of a spring release.

Once again following Seann William Scott’s character The Thug, this time around the plot centers around his return to the Halifax Highlanders to reclaim his former glory. Baruchel and crew seem to retain the same style of hard-edged slapstick with more than a few bruises to go around. Also starring Elisha Cuthbert, Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill, Wyatt Russell, Marc-André Grondin and Kim Coates, check out the trailer and poster below for the film we’d expect to show up at Sundance
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Daniel Stern Revives His ‘Rookie of the Year’ Character in Support of the Cubs’ World Series Bid

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Daniel Stern Revives His ‘Rookie of the Year’ Character in Support of the Cubs’ World Series Bid
Having fulfilled the role of lovable losers for decades now, the Chicago Cubs have a lot of goodwill in their first World Series appearance since 1945. (They also have a one-game deficit to overcome, but let’s try not to think about that.) Among their celebrity fans is Daniel Stern, whom you might recognize as Phil Brickman from “Rookie of the Year” — a standout from the mid-’90s halcyon days of kids’ sports movies (see also: “Little Big League,” “Air Bud,” “Little Giants,” “The Big Green”) that he also directed.

Read More: World Series 2016: Hollywood Is Divided Over the Battle Between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians

Stern — who appeared in both “Home Alone” films and narrated “The Wonder Years” — has reprised his quirky role on both YouTube and Twitter in support of the Cubbies, who haven’t won the World Series since 1908. He’s posted a number of videos
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