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It’s damnably hard to get the tone for a horror-comedy right – just ask Kevin Smith. Luckily, the trailer for Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion’s Cooties seems to suggest that this gore-filled laugh-and-scream-fest will be a cut above the rest.
Cooties centers on a group of elementary school teachers left to fend for themselves when a deadly virus communicated through chicken nuggets turns almost all the students into flesh-hungry zombies. As the infection can only take root if the host has not undergone puberty, the teachers aren’t at risk of catching it – but they do have to deal with being on every pupil’s menu.
The reception out of Sundance was strong, though our own Dominic Mill had mixed views on the horror-comedy. The directors have supposedly been doing extensive re-cutting since that premiere, so perhaps what’s coming to theaters this fall will be a stronger version »
- Isaac Feldberg
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Cooties" horror comedy, starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, and and Jorge Garcia. Check it out below. Plot: When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The new movie will be released in select theaters and on VOD on September 18th. Trailer: »
In the scheme of "killer kid" movies, "The Bad Seed" was first, "Alice Sweet Alice" is an underappreciated gem and "Children of the Corn" is not nearly as good as you remember it being. Also: have you seen 2008's "The Children"? If not, seek it out immediately. The latest entry in the storied sub-genre is "Cooties," a new film from Elijah Wood's SpectreVision shingle that sees a group of elementary school teachers struggling to survive against a horde of zombified students. Wood (a dedicated horror nut who also successfully fended off a murderous 12-year-old Macaulay Culkin in 1993's "The Good Son") stars alongside Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer and Jorge Garcia. The script comes from Leigh Whannell ("Saw," "Insidious") and Ian Brennan ("Glee"); it was directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (making their feature-film debut). Will "Cooties" be the next indie horror success story? Guess we'll see. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Cooties played the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and now the zombie horror-comedy is coming to select theaters and On Demand on Sept. 18 courtesy of Lionsgate. You should get a pretty good idea of just what kind of film this is based on the fact it was written by Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of "Glee"), which makes it quite clear just how this is likely to play out. Directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, the cast includes Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Ian Brennan and Jorge Garcia. Here's the official plot: When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), and Alison Pill »
- Brad Brevet
I've been eager to catch Cooties ever since it was first announced. An elementary school cafeteria virus turns the students into zombies, but folks who have been through puberty can't contract the condition so the teachers are left to defend themselves. It's a brilliant concept! Cooties debuted at Sundance in 2014 where it was quickly snatched up by Lionsgate, but apparently directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion have done a good deal of re-cutting since. If this trailer is any indication, it looks as though the duo is still on the right track because this promo for the film is absolutely brimming with energy and suggests it'll be well worth the wait. Check out the Cooties trailer for yourself below. The film stars Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Jorge Garcia, Leigh Whanell, Jack McBrayer and Nasim Pedrad, and is set to hit theaters on September 18th. Via Yahoo! Movies. Here's »
- Perri Nemiroff
“I know — it’s Hawaii, so you think, ‘What’s she talking about?’ But why don’t I put you in my little outfit and put the north winds on you for a few hours, and see how you do!” she contends, letting out a laugh.
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“Lost” fans, break out your lottery tickets.
Wednesday is being dubbed “Lost” Day by fans, as it’s the day that Hurley’s infamous lotto numbers — 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 — finally align on the calendar (April 8, 2015). The numbers really line up perfectly at 4:23:42 p.m., for those keeping track.
The series of numbers first appeared in the show on the winning lotto ticket owned by Hurley (Jorge Garcia), though he was convinced that the numbers were cursed and brought him bad luck wherever he went. They would go on to become forever intertwined in “Lost’s” vast mythology, taking on a deeper meaning as the show went on.
Viewers later found out that the numbers were the ones that Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) punched into the computer in his hatch on the island every 108 minutes for three years. And as any avid “Lost” viewer knows, there were few simple coincidences in the show. »
- Alex Stedman
If you're a fan of the show, you know why: It's all thanks to Hurley's (Jorge Garcia) lottery numbers -- for the unfamiliar, those would be 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 -- which just so happen to coincide with today's date, 4/8/15. And for an extra kicker, the last four numbers align as the (military) time 4:23:42 p.m.
The numbers were first introduced back in the 18th episode of the show's first season (which aired on March 2, 2005), explaining that Hurley played them and hit the lotto jackpot -- and was immediately beset by bad luck. It turns out that those numbers were significant to the island, too, with Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) tasked with punching them into a computer hidden in The Hatch every 108 minutes.
The sequence popped up throughout the series, »
- Katie Roberts
Admit it, millennials: When the news broke Tuesday that FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully would be returning to the Fox network for a six-episode reboot of "The X-Files," many of you said, "Who are Mulder and Scully?" After all, the show has been off the air for 13 years. Since then, Gillian Anderson (Scully) moved to England and did period dramas, while David Duchovny (Mulder) became that creepy old lech on Showtime's "Californication," and "X-Files" creator Chris Carter went Mia and was apparently abducted by aliens.
Still, even if "The X-Files," its stars, and its creator haven't been pinging the cultural radar much in recent years, the return of the show with its original cast and showrunner on board is a huge deal. Much of what we now take for granted in pop culture -- especially on TV and online -- owes a tremendous debt to the 1993-2002 sci-fi drama series. »
- Gary Susman
Madrid – Brit actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen (NBC’s “Dracula,” “World Without End”) will star in “The Healer,” a feel-good drama marking Spanish director Paco Arango’s follow-up to his standout 2011 debut “Maktub” that will be produced by Enrique Posner (“Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” ”Justin and the Knights of Valor”).
Based on what Posner describes as a “highly personal original script,” “The Healer” is in itself a highly singular and inspiring project, yoking Arango’s love of filmmaking and his continuing life battle to help children fight cancer: A large portion of the proceeds from “The Healer” will be destined to help Paul Newman’s camps for seriously ill children (https://www.seriousfunnetwork.org/), where Arango is a board member.
Written by Arango, and set to roll June 6 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, “The Healer” is produced by Arango and Posner, using Arango’s Calcon shingle, and by »
- John Hopewell
The Wedding Ringer, 2015.
Directed by Jeremy Garelick.
Two weeks shy of his wedding, a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in need.
In a week which saw long-running NBC show Saturday Night Live celebrate its 40th anniversary as the staple of American comedy, it seems apt that a comedy starring Kevin Hart, who auditioned for the show a few years back similarly to Jim Carrey and Zach Galifianakis, is released. Like Ride Along and Think Like A Man, The Wedding Ringer relies heavily of Hart’s usual charm and comedic talents to carry a somewhat mediocre concept through to box office glory, but with a less than stellar box office take in the Us thus far (the No. »
- Scott J. Davis
A smart premise, appealing performances from Kevin Hart and Josh Gad and a magnificent Lost in-joke featuring Jorge Garcia can't redeem a script that's too self-satisfied to remember the importance of basic details like credible characterisation and believable motivations.
Hart is a ball of energy as Jimmy Callahan, an opportunist who hires himself out as a Best Man to socially maladjusted strangers who need one for their wedding day. The one rule is that once the wedding is over, they part ways forever. Step forward Doug, a man with literally no friends who has still managed to procure a glamorous bride (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) and is in desperate need of help. Can Jimmy and an assorted bunch of wrong'uns convince everyone that they're Doug's lifelong friends?
The plot does stretch »
The Office may be over, but Ingrid Michaelson's latest video reunites a few of the actors - Rainn Wilson, Brian Baumgartner, and David Koechner - as they lip-sync and totally take over her new single, "Time Machine." The Office guys aren't the only funny TV stars there; Donald Faison, Garret Dillahunt, and Jorge Garcia (just to name a few!) are also guest stars, singing and dancing their hearts out until Michaelson takes the control back. »
X-Men: Apocalypse: Director Bryan Singer shared production art from X-Men: Apocalypse, revealing what appears to be a spacecraft, possibly one that contains a "force that transforms the first-living mutant En Sabah Nur into the hulking villain Apocalypse." Oscar Isaac has been tapped to play Apocalypse, but we may not learn any more until the movie arrives in theaters on May 27, 2016. [Collider] The Ridiculous Six: Adam Sandler's next comedy, The Ridiculous Six, will now be heading directly to Netflix. The project was previously set up for theatrical release via Paramount Pictures. Sandler will star with Taylor Lautner, Luke Wilson, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia and Nick Nolte; production gets underway in New Mexico this month. [Deadline] Espn...
- Peter Martin
Terry Crews, Whitney Cummings, Luke Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Nick Swardson, Chris Parnell, Jon Lovitz, Will Forte and Rob Schneider will also feature in the Western spoof, which Sandler is producing under his Happy Madison Productions banner.
Sandler will star in Ridiculous Six as an orphan who has grown up on a Native American reservation, with Lautner, Schneider, Wilson and Crews as his half-brothers.
Forte and Trejo will serve as leaders of a rival gang.
The movie is the first to emerge from a deal between Netflix and Happy Madison.
Garcia most recently appeared in The Wedding Ringer, which arrives in UK cinemas on February 20.
The Ridiculous Six will begin shooting this month in New Mexico. »
Under the terms of his agreement with Netflix, Adam Sandler will produce four films for the streaming service, and the first has already been announced as resurrected comedy Western The Ridiculous Six. A big casting announcement arrived last month and we can now add Lost veteran Jorge Garcia to the list.Sandler will be in the lead as a man who grew up an orphan raised by a Native American tribe with Taylor Lautner, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson and now Garcia as his half-brothers.Nick Nolte is set as Sandler’s long-lost father, with Jon Lovitz as an industrialist and Whitney Cummings his wife. Chris Parnell will be a bank manager while Will Forte and Danny Trejo have been hired as leaders of two local rival gangs. Steve Buscemi’s set as a jack-of-all-trades, with Blake Shelton apparently Wyatt Earp and Vanilla Ice reportedly playing Mark Twain. With »
Following the news last month that Ridiculous 6 will be the first project in Adam Sandler's four-movie Netflix deal from September, Lost star Jorge Garcia has joined the cast. Warner Bros., the studio that produced Adam Sandler's last comedy Blended, was previously in talks to distribute the Western comedy Ridiculous 6. The studio backed out after both Blended and Seth MacFarlane's Western A Million Ways to Die in the West underperformed at the box office.
Adam Sandler stars as a man who was raised as an orphan by an Indian tribe in Ridiculous 6, which is described as a spoof of The Magnificent Seven. Taylor Lautner, Luke Wilson, Rob Schneider and Terry Crews are playing the orphan's half-brothers. Last month's report revealed there is one more half-brother yet to be cast, so it's possible that this is who Jorge Garcia is playing. Nick Nolte plays the long-lost father of Sandler's character, »
“Lost” alum Jorge Garcia has signed on to join Adam Sandler in Netflix’s comedic western “The Ridiculous 6,” the Happy Madison production that is gearing up start production in Santa Fe, New Mexico, it was announced Monday. “We are pleased to have the Happy Madison team back in New Mexico and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship,” stated Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico Film Office. Also Read: Adam Sandler’s First Netflix Movie ‘Ridiculous 6′ Casts Taylor Lautner, Blake Shelton, More (Exclusive) Insiders tell TheWrap that Sandler will play man who grew up as an orphan among an Indian. »
- Jeff Sneider
Released on this side of the pond in a few short weeks, after a successful opening weekend in America a few weeks ago, The Wedding Ringer sees Kevin Hart offer his services as an emergency Best Man to Josh Gad's socially awkward groom, weeks before his wedding to the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting). It's pretty obvious that hilarious shenanigans ensue. A new clip has come our way, showing one of those shenanigans, where the cast, which also includes Jorge Garcia, Dan Gill, and Alan Ritchson, have their very own E.T. moment. Check it put below. Released: 20th February (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
I was surprised by The Wedding Ringer. Actually, I should clarify that statement: I didn’t hate The Wedding Ringer. Released in the January doldrums, backing Kevin Hart as its headline act and sticking by a title that sounds uncomfortably familiar to that other wedding movie from over a decade ago, not much was weighing in its favor. The movie, while entirely predictable and with the occasional questionably offensive joke, never becomes the broad, pandering slap-stick-a-thon its scant trailers make it out to be. Unfortunately, on the other hand, I’d be hard pressed to argue that anyone walking out of the theater this weekend will remember it come the Spring.
Kevin Hart plays Jimmy Callahan, the self-described wedding ringer, who sells a sort of best-friend-for-hire service to friendless grooms. At varying levels of service, he attends rehearsal dinners, talks up the groom to family, and gives a big, emotional »
- Mitchel Broussard
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