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Is Amy Schumer Hot Enough for TV? Jeff Goldblum, Paul Giamatti & More Debate in Ridiculous 12 Angry Men Parody!

5 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

This season of Amy Schumer's hit Comedy Central show has already been packed full of viral moments, and last night's episode was certainly no exception. The entire thing was a parody on 12 Angry Men featuring some of the most famous men in Hollywood. Jeff Goldblum, Paul Giamatti, Vincent Kartheiser, John Hawkes and more gathered around to debate whether the comedienne is hot enough for television. Ryan McFaul co-directed the episode alongside Schumer, and opened up to HitFix about how the entire thing came about. "This season, it was kind of a secret thing, where my first week of prepping, we were short three sketches, and I was hearing that Amy was working on this opus that was going »

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Paul Giamatti, Jeff Goldblum, John Hawkes Debate Amy Schumer’s Hotness in ’12 Angry Men’ Parody (Video)

12 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Amy Schumer devoted an entire episode of her Comedy Central show Tuesday to answering one very important question: Is Amy Schumer hot enough to be on TV? In a spoof the classic film “12 Angry Men,” Schumer recruited Jeff Goldblum, Paul Giamatti, John Hawkes, Nick Dipaolo and eight others to settle the question of her hotness once and for all. Even Dennis Quaid, who recently made headlines for a viral Funny or Die prank, makes an appearance. Tempers flared as most believed Schumer is not hot, with Hawkes casting the lone dissenting vote. The men are outraged but soon begin to. »

- Joe Otterson

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Inside Amy Schumer’s 12 Angry Men Parody Is Brilliant and Hilarious

12 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Inside Amy Schumer is one of the best shows on television right now, and I predict that when Trainwreck opens, she’s going to go from star to superstar. But right now, the new season of her sketch comedy series is firing on all cylinders. Last night’s entire episode was based on Sidney Lumet’s classic 1957 film, 12 Angry Men. For those who haven’t seen it: Shame. Also, it’s about twelve men discussing if a young man is guilty of murder. Inside Amy Schumer decided to make it about whether or not Amy Schumer is hot enough to be on television. The satire is dead-on about unfair standards about female beauty in entertainment, and our double standard when it comes to male actors like Kevin James (we also let him be a movie star even though his comedies are garbage). It’s one of the most insightful pieces »

- Matt Goldberg

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Video of the Day: Watch a group of jurors debate Amy Schumer’s attractiveness

12 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Comedian Amy Schumer has proven herself unafraid of taking on media standards for women throughout her career, a position she has further cemented with her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer. With the show’s third season premiering recently, it has once again tackled the subject, most notably in the sketch “Last F**kable Day“, which explored the double standards that aging men and women faced in Hollywood and on television.

Last night’s episode of Inside Amy Schumer, however, went down the route of lampooning the criticism often levelled at Schumer and other women in media that they’re not attractive enough to be in front of a camera. Following the structure of Sidney Lumet’s classic 12 Angry Men, the show featured a jury with a number of guest stars, including Vincent Kartheiser, John Hawkes, Paul Giamatti, Jeff Goldblum, Chris Gethard, and Kumail Nanjiani. A clip from the episode, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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'Inside Amy Schumer' director on '12 Angry Men' spoof: 'It was something she was incredibly passionate about'

5 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This morning, I published my interview with Amy Schumer about tonight's "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer" parody, which focused on the origins and themes of the episode-length sketch. Now it's time to hear from Ryan McFaul, who co-directed the episode with Schumer, and who speaks more about the technical end of things, including which parts of the Sidney Lumet film they were and weren't able to work into their episode. "12 Angry Men" is one of those movies where whenever I come across it on cable, I have to watch until the end. What was your experience with it before this episode came about? Ryan McFaul: I'm a serious film nerd. I probably first saw it when I was 15 or 16, at the point when I was first falling romantically in love with cinema, and starting to learn about visual storytelling, and the way pictures can make a story powerful. It's one of those classic examples, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Amy Schumer Did an Episode-Long 12 Angry Men Parody About the Horrible Way Men Talk About Women

5 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

On a season already full of boldly feminist sketches, Tuesday night's episode of Inside Amy Schumer was the boldest yet: an episode-long parody of 12 Angry Men in which male stars like John Hawkes, Paul Giamatti, Vincent Kartheiser, and Jeff Goldblum debated the important question of whether Schumer is hot enough to be on TV. "It's a theme that has been kind of ever-present on the show — women constantly being evaluated and the sort of rage men have for anyone who is not a '10,'" Schumer told Vanity Fair. "People were so mad about Lena [Dunham] taking her clothes off ... there is like this weird anger towards women who feel comfortable in their own skin and aren’t afraid to show it." In this clip, Hawkes, Kartheiser, and Nick Dipaolo define the concept of "reasonable chub." »

- Nate Jones

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'Inside Amy Schumer': Go Behind the Scenes of That Incredible '12 Angry Men' Homage

5 May 2015 7:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Season 3 of "Inside Amy Schumer" is blowing up everything we knew about how comedy on television tackles gender. The first two episodes of the show's return featured some ballsy, thought-provoking sketches with viral appeal, but for its third installment, it went long-form.  Read More: Inside 'Inside Amy Schumer': They're Gonna Do 'Whatever the F***' They Want "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer," featuring an amazing cast including Jeff Goldblum, Dennis Quaid, Paul Giamatti, Vincent Kartheiser, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris Gethard and John Hawkes, is a 20-minute celebration of the 1957 Sidney Lumet film starring Henry Fonda, mimicking the original on the level of a shot-by-shot remake. It is also a savage, brutally funny riff on the question, "Is Amy Schumer hot enough to be on television?" — a question Schumer's heard plenty before. To get the story behind the episode, co-directed by Schumer herself, Indiewire got on the phone with...

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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'Inside Amy Schumer': Go Behind the Scenes of That Incredible '12 Angry Men' Homage

5 May 2015 7:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Season 3 of "Inside Amy Schumer" is blowing up everything we knew about how comedy on television tackles gender. The first two episodes of the show's return featured some ballsy, thought-provoking sketches with viral appeal, but for its third installment, it went long-form.  Read More: Inside 'Inside Amy Schumer': They're Gonna Do 'Whatever the F***' They Want "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer," featuring an amazing cast including Jeff Goldblum, Dennis Quaid, Paul Giamatti, Vincent Kartheiser, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris Gethard and John Hawkes, is a 20-minute celebration of the 1957 Sidney Lumet film starring Henry Fonda, mimicking the original on the level of a shot-by-shot remake. It is also a savage, brutally funny riff on the question, "Is Amy Schumer hot enough to be on television?" — a question Schumer's heard plenty before. To get the story behind the episode, co-directed by Schumer herself, Indiewire got on the phone with »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘A Babysitter’s Guide To Monsters’ Movie Coming from ‘My Little Pony’ Writer

5 May 2015 1:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Walden Media and Montecito Pictures have bought movie rights to Joe Ballarini’s upcoming three-book series “A Babysitter’s Guide to Monsters.”

HarperCollins imprint Katherine Tegen Books acquired publication rights last month and plans to publish the book in late 2016 or early 2017. The story follows a teen girl searching for the child she was babysitting after the child is kidnapped by monsters.

Ballarini wrote the script for Hasbro’s upcoming “My Little Pony” movie and “Lockdown at Franklin High” for Sony Pictures with Michael Bay producing.

Walden, which is controlled by Philip Anschutz, specializes in backing family-friendly fare including “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” series, “Nim’s Island,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Holes,” “Amazing Grace” and the documentary “Waiting for Superman.”

Walden Media most recently released “The Giver,” starring Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush and Taylor Swift. »

- Dave McNary

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Amy Schumer on her '12 Angry Men' spoof: 'I'm more proud of it than anything I've ever done'

5 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We know that "Inside Amy Schumer" can do great parodies, and it can do biting social commentary, and that it has a gift for hiding the latter inside the former. That's been apparent throughout its run, and early in the Comedy Central sketch show's great third season, which has featured a dead-on "Friday Night Lights" parody that was really about rape culture, as well as last week's "One Direction" spoof about women who don't need makeup. Tonight's remarkable episode (it airs, like usual, at 10:30) takes both sides of the show to an extreme. Titled "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer," it's an episode-length parody of Reginald Rose's classic play "12 Angry Men" (and particularly of the staging of the 1957 Sidney Lumet film version) in which the jurors — played by Jeff Goldblum (the foreman), John Hawkes (the crusading hold-out) and Paul Giamatti and Nick Dipaolo (the two bullying loud mouths), among »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Watch: '12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer' Decides the Question of the Decade

4 May 2015 4:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you love classic film, subversive feminist satire, Amy Schumer or any combination of the three, make sure you check out "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer." The latest episode of Schumer's popular sketch comedy show is a razor-sharp shot-for-shot parody of the famous film in which jury members deliberate over whether to convict a teenage boy of murder and attempt to reach a consensus on their verdict, right down to the black-and-white cinematography. Read More: Review: 'Inside Amy Schumer' Season 3 Knows What It Looks Like, Doesn't Care What You Think Of course, Schumer puts her own hilarious spin on the trial proceedings, which are entirely concerned with whether or not she is considered attractive enough to be on television. The jury members — including Paul Giamatti, Jeff Goldblum, John Hawkes and Vincent Kartheiser — take their roles as the deliberators incredibly seriously, allowing Schumer to lampoon the criticism that is »

- Becca Nadler

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Time Machine: Paltrow Silvery Oscar Dress at 83rd Academy Awards

1 May 2015 6:03 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »

- D. Zhea

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Director Baltasar Kormakur Talks Everest and His Viking Movie Vikingur

27 April 2015 8:53 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

While at this year’s CinemaCon, I landed an exclusive interview with director Baltasar Kormákur. He was in Las Vegas to accept the award for International Filmmaker of the Year from CinemaCon and also to promote his upcoming Universal movie Everest. If you’re not familiar with the film, it’s based on a true story and it “documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.” Loaded with an all-star cast featuring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, Robin Wright, and Keira Knightley, Everest hits theaters September 18th and is one of my most anticipated films of the year after seeing the first footage. Kormákur and I sat down for an interview shortly after he won his award. He talked about where he’s at in post-production, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Time Machine: Lawrence Is Dazzling Woman in Red

24 April 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »

- D. Zhea

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Chris Pratt, 'Crimson Peak' and 8 other takeaways from Universal's CinemaCon sneaks

23 April 2015 7:02 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Las Vegas - It's been a fantastic 2015 so far for Universal Pictures.  "Fifty Shades of Grey" has earned $568 million worldwide and "Furious 7" has taken in $300 million domestic and $1.15 billion globally.  Universal was the last studio to present their slate to the world's theater owners and, as you can guess, they were pretty bullish on what's to come. Unlike some of their competitors, however, Universal joined Sony Pictures 20th Century Fox by actually making some news during their presentation.  The next "Fifty Shades" movies have titles and release dates and Vin Diesel himself appeared on hand to announce "Furious 8's" April 14, 2017 opening day. Other talent on hand included Seth MacFarlane ("Ted 2"), Amy Schumer ("Trainwreck"), Chris Pratt ("Jurassic World") and Dr. Dre and Ice Cube ("Straight Outta Compton").   Here are some quick takeaways from Universal's upcoming slate. "Everest" looks, um, epic Slight hint to Warner Bros. You might want to move "Black Mass"* off Sept. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Marc Blucas Joins Wgn America Series ‘Underground’ In Recasting

22 April 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Buffy The Vampire Slayer alum Marc Blucas has been cast as a regular in Underground, Wgn America's upcoming pre-Civil War series about the Underground Railroad. He will play John Hawkes in the series from Sony Pictures TV and Tribune Studios, replacing Devon Gummersall, who was originally cast in the role. The change was made before the straight-to-series drama started production on its 10-episode order. Underground follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from… »

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The Driftless Area Review | Tribeca 2015

20 April 2015 5:38 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

First-time feature writer-director Zachary Sluser clearly has something to say about metaphysics, the idea that we’re all connected and karma, but none of it makes much of an impression due to the extremely loose, bemusing and rather dull narrative in The Driftless Area. The movie opens with a scene between Pierre (Anton Yelchin) and Shane (John Hawkes). Pierre’s stranded on the side of the road and Shane’s nice enough to give him a lift, but eventually the two get into an argument and Shane gives Pierre the boot. However, instead of driving off and leaving Pierre in the dust, Shane accidentally drives his truck off the road, giving Pierre the opportunity to get back at him and take off with his bag of stolen cash. It’s an amusing opening that introduces two curious characters who inadvertently get into a madcap scuffle, but immediately after, the charm »

- Perri Nemiroff

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CinemaCon: First Everest, Sisters and London Has Fallen Posters

19 April 2015 3:51 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Plenty of posters are being set up at CinemaCon right now as studios try to woo exhibitors, and Steve is on the floor snapping plenty of photos. The first Everest poster banks on the outstanding cast—Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, and Sam Worthington—along with the tagline, “Human Beings Are Not Meant to Survive at the Cruising Altitude of a 747.” I cannot argue with that statement. Everest opens September 18th. Here’s the official synopsis: Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.  Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Tribeca Review: ‘The Driftless Area’ Starring Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes, & More

19 April 2015 8:31 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ponderously exploring pedestrian notions of the universe and connectedness, while mixing in familiar coming-of-age conflicts of love, death, and loss, and sprinkled with bumbling neo-noir crime and even magical realism, “The Driftless Area” is an overloaded, but generally underwhelming and meandering story about small town existence, fate, and the meaning of life. Based on the novel by Tom Drury, the story is ostensibly about an unremarkable, luckless 24-year-old man named Pierre (played by an unassertive Anton Yelchin) who returns to life as a bartender in his Midwest hometown after his parents die and gets fatefully involved with a dangerous, but semi-idiotic career criminal named Shane (John Hawkes). It’s hackneyed plot — which feels more contrived and arbitrary than convincing about chance and the mysteries of coincidence — strains to connect disparate characters and their cosmic destinies in any organic or believable manner. Read More: The 20 Most Anticipated Movies Of The »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #35: Stellar Cast Teams Up to Solve a Mystery in 'The Driftless Area'

16 April 2015 4:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers First-time feature director Zachary Sluser hit the jackpot with his new film "The Driftless Area," with a cast of star talent like Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, and John Hawkes. The film is about a bartender named Pierre (Yelchin) who returns to his small hometown following his parents’ death. Back home, he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Stella (Deschanel), and is eventually thrown into a strange cat-and-mouse game with a criminal (Hawkes). The film also stars Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, and Ciarán Hinds. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? "The Driftless Area" is a contemporary fable about the ways we struggle to control time and fate in a possibly predetermined universe. Now what's it Really about? Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin), a bartender with unyielding optimism, returns to his tiny hometown after his parents’ death. When he falls for the. »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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