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A review of tonight's two "Parks and Recreation" episodes coming up just as soon as James Woods follows my niece on Twitter... In part because we're getting two episodes a week, this final season sure doesn't seem like it's wasting time, does it? Leslie and Ron's personal feud ended by the fourth episode, he joined her in the fight against Gryzzyl by the end of the fifth, and the matter of the Newport land and the national park was resolved by the end of the sixth, less than halfway to go into the season. It's a pretty abrupt narrative shift from the show that took nearly six seasons to break ground on the park Leslie proposed in the first episode, but I appreciate this newfound speed for a couple of reasons. First, it helps illustrate the bigger stakes and the greater power Leslie has as a high-ranking federal official (though, »
- Alan Sepinwall
To its credit, The End of the Tour makes it very clear that David Foster Wallace would have fucking hated The End of the Tour. Based on David Lipsky’s memoir, James Ponsoldt’s film looks at a few days in the life of the late author during the 1996 book tour for his breakout novel Infinite Jest. Lipsky, played in the film by Jesse Eisenberg, was trying to write a Rolling Stone profile of Wallace, played here by Jason Segel, and found his subject to be pathologically afraid of the attention — terrified of looking like a phony or trying to capitalize on his newfound celebrity. The film may look like a biopic, but it’s ultimately about that very fear.Ponsoldt’s film starts roughly, with the standard biopic clichés of Lipsky finding out about Wallace’s 2008 suicide, then flashing back to 1996 and to his attempts to convince his editors »
- Bilge Ebiri
Directed by James Ponsoldt
Written by David Lipsky and Donald Marguiles
The End of the Tour is the next offering from director James Ponsoldt, who brought us Smashed and The Spectacular Now. With The End of the Tour he takes us on another odyssey of a mind struggling to survive itself. The late author David Foster Wallace was revered during his time for the novel Infinite Jest and made a significant impact on literature before killing himself in 2008. This film dramatizes a few days in 1996 when Foster Wallace allowed a Rolling Stone reporter to visit and interview him at length. What emerges during the course of their casual and profound conversations is a cinematic think piece about loneliness, success, and American consumerism.
Foster Wallace was an intensely private man who retreated to write and live alone with his dogs in a small, isolated town far »
- Lane Scarberry
A24 picked up, sight-unseen, three-time Sundance director James Ponsoldt's two-hander "The End of the Tour," which world-premiered Friday night at a rousing screening at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on David Lipsky's 375-page memoir "Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace," the film tracks Rolling Stone writer Lipsky's five-day 1996 immersion with writer Wallace, who was uncomfortable with all the kudos he was getting for his postmodern novel "Infinite Jest." Jesse Eisenberg plays the alert and slightly envious novelist Lipsky opposite lanky Jason Segel as Wallace, who fought depression and resisted fame until he took his own life in 2008. Lipsky told me that he was relieved at the time that the interview was never published, as other things came up and pushed it aside. The movie opens as Lipsky hears of Wallace's death, unearths the tapes and puts fresh batteries into his. »
- Anne Thompson
In an previous interview, Del Toro stated that the line-up for his Justice League Dark movie would include Swamp Thing, Demon, Deadman and Zatana. Well according to Latino-Review, there could be a slight change to that line-up.
El Mayimbe (who has blocked us on Twitter so thanks to Cbm for the heads up) claims that the line-up will be John Constantine, Zatana, Deadman and Jason Blood.
- Luke Owen
We’re still more than a year out from the release of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and even though the majority of prominent roles have been filled, the superhero flick is quickly becoming one of the biggest ensembles ever assembled. (Take that, Nick Fury!)
But one question that has loomed large over the production, particularly when you consider the end of Man of Steel, is how the film may or may not incorporate Michael Shannon’s General Zod into proceedings. Plot details are, of course, scarce on the ground, but speculation has suggested that Snyder’s historic clash will revolve around Zod’s body in some capacity — or, more specifically his armor.
In comic book lore, the Kryptonian guise is extracted by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg, in this instance) and is morphed into a rather formidable suit of armor, which lends credence to Shannon being involved in the project, »
- Michael Briers
Now that the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is well underway, expect more and more acquisition news as distributors bid on the rights to all of the festival's hottest properties. Since sales can break at an unpredictable pace, Indiewire is aggregating all of the Sundance acquisitions so that festival goers and fans can stay up to the date with the latest deals in Park City. Check out all of the current deals per distributor below, and stick with Indiewire throughout the duration of the festival to stay updated on every new acquisition. A24 "The End of the Tour" - The latest from director James Ponsoldt tells the true story of acclaimed author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) and his five-day interview with Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) following the 1996 success of "Infinite Jest." "The Witch" - A24 has secured North American rights to this breakout horror period piece about a colonial family that. »
- Indiewire Staff
Can you call it a bromance if there is no comedic intent? If not, then what's the best way to label a burgeoning platonic relationship between two men connecting over previously unexplored similarities and interests? Maybe it's just friendship, relationship, or connection. But none of those really define the dynamic at play quite as eloquently as just calling it a bromance. Call it what you like, the dynamic explored in James Ponsoldt's David Foster Wallace drama The End of the Tour is a brilliantly touching and informative trip inside the male intellect. With remarkable performances by Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, Ponsoldt delivers a film that is both a touching portrait of an enormous literary figure and an introspective journey into the creative process. Based...
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While fans wait for the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is reportedly set to debut in February}, attached to prints of Jupiter Ascending, new details have been revealed by star Amy Adams. The actress reprises her role as intrepid reporter Lois Lane from 2013's Man of Steel, and she revealed in a new interview with Press Association that she only has one scene with Ben Affleck's Batman. Take a look at what she had to say about the actor below.
"He is going to be his own unique thing. He's got a wonderful quality and a great body of work. I was only in one scene with him, I think I'm allowed to say that. So I didn't get to see much, but what I saw was fantastic."
Production wrapped back in December, but the actress revealed that she has already seen some footage since shooting ended. »
Jesse Eisenberg open to reprising Lex Luthor role
"[Affleck] is going to be his own unique thing," she teased. "He's got a wonderful quality and a great body of work.
"I was only in one scene with him, I think I'm allowed to say that. So I didn't get to see much, but what I saw was fantastic."
Batman v Superman's Henry Cavill »
In this installment of Off the Cuff with Peter Travers from the Sundance Film Festival, Rolling Stone's movie critic catches up with actor Jason Segel, who makes his first visit to the Utah fest since 1997, when a 17-year-old Segel was promoting Slc Punk. "I remember [Sundance] being a little more quaint than this. It's turned into a real kerfuffle," Segel says. Travers adds, "There's something about Sundance. It's an audience like no other. They'll wait in the snow for two hours to see a movie they’ve never heard of because, »
New Batman V Superman Lois Lane,Batman interaction details revealed by Amy Adams. According to a new report from Comicbookmovie.com and their sources, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" Lois Lane star, Amy Adams (left), delivered some new intel about how many scenes she'll get with Ben Affleck's Batman,and it turns out that she'll only get one scene with him. She told the press: “Ben is going to be his own unique thing. He’s got a wonderful quality and a great body of work. I was only in one scene with him, I think I’m allowed to say that. So I did not’t get to see much, but what I saw was fantastic." As for the movie, it stars: Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Ma Kent, »
I am at my second Sundance Film Festival. These are my reviews.
Sundance Film Festival 2015 Reviews
Director: James Ponsoldt
Screenwriter: Donald Margulies
U.S.A., 2014, 105 min., color
Plot (courtesy of Sundance): This story of the five-day 1996 interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace explores the tenuous yet intense relationship
that develops between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave, sharing laughs, and also concealing and revealing their hidden vulnerabilities.
Review: I have a history with Infinite Jest. I bought the giant, thousand-page book because I wanted to be the guy who loved that book. Sure, there are thousands out there who have enjoyed the novel by David Foster Wallace, but I wasn’t friends with them. So, I read it. That’s not true, »
- Jeff Bayer
There’s a specific internal logic that governs road movies. Two characters—it is almost always just two—vibe off one another in the confined space of a car, revealing essential selves, embarking on what’s inevitably a journey of self-discovery, moving ever forward, together. The genre has become something of a Sundance trope over the years, thanks to movies such as Transamerica, Liar’s Dice and The Trip to Italy. And living up to that expectation, two of the buzzier entries in the fest’s early days happen to feature duos traveling for extended periods in cars on, yes, »
- Chris Lee
Now You See Me: The Second Act has been in production for five weeks, and today we get our first look at the the cast. The movie is being directed by Jon M. Chu and the cast members you see in the photo are Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe and Michael Caine. Isla Fisher was unable to reprise her role of Henley Reeves in the film because she is pregnant, so Caplan was cast as a new character to replace her, named Lula.
Radcliffe is playing Caine’s son in the sequel, and the story takes place one year after the band of magicians outwitted the FBI and won the public’s adulation with their mind-blowing magic tricks. “The Four Horsemen resurface in Now You See Me: The Second Act only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists »
- Joey Paur
"The most personally resonant film I’ve seen at Sundance so far this year is director James Ponsoldt and screenwriter Donald Margulies’s The End of the Tour, an adaptation of David Lipsky’s bestselling memoir Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace," announces Noel Murray at the Dissolve. At Vulture, Jada Yuan informs us that there's already awards chatter fluttering around Jason Segel's performance as Dfw (and she's got the tweets to prove it). Jesse Eisenberg's turn as Lipsky is earning strong notices as well. We're collecting reviews and video. » - David Hudson »
Sundance is keeping me mighty occupied though I promise that more reviews are coming. Yesterday I caught Glassland (reviewed), and two gay films, one of which I loved (Tangerine - not to be confused with the Estonian picture nominated for an Oscar right now) and the other that I'm trying to parse my feelings for still (I Am Michael) but both reviews are in the queue.
Inbetween every movie I keep hearing people enthusing about The End of the Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel (the latter winning dream reviews). If it wasn't that it was people bitching about being shut out of additional screenings added to keep up with demand for The Witch. The two of those seem to be the fest's buzziest title (thus far) so of course I didn't schedule either! It's always a crapshoot when you work out a schedule... or don't work one out »
- NATHANIEL R
It begins with an ending. James Ponsoldt’s deeply felt The End of the Tour opens with a death – an expected one, at least to anyone familiar with the life of lauded author David Foster Wallace, the man at the center of the story, the man who has come to the end of another sort of tour as the opening credits tick by – as author David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) pounds away at a laptop, hard at work on something and oblivious to the thing that has just happened that will change all of the other things. Based on Lipsky’s memoir, Although Of Course You End Up Being Yourself and beautifully translated to the screen by screenwriter Donald Marguiles, The End of the Tour opens with Wallace’s death, announced to Lipsky in the most impersonal ways imaginable: with a phone call, and then a Google search. Twelve years earlier, Lipsky »
- Kate Erbland
Take another look @ close-up set images of 'Superman' (Henry Cavill), 'Lois Lane' (Amy Adams) and 'Wonder Woman' (Gal Gadot) from director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice"...
- Michael Stevens
First up, Jesse Eisenberg recently spoke with Variety about his role as the villain Lex Luthor and asked about his willingness to return to the role in later films: "I would love to. It's a great group and director, and the most ideal character to play."
He was also asked about whether he went bald for the role, something that still has yet to be confirmed. He responds: "I can't say anything about this stuff. They want all this to be a surprise."
Potential Major Spoilers Ahead
- Garth Franklin
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