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The creative team behind the bro-mantic comedy Ktown Cowboys have debuted a teaser for their movie, which is expected to release in 2015. Based off of the web-series of the same name, this comedy is set in the unique subculture of Los Angeles' Koreatown. It's a story about a group of ball-busting, hard-partying friends who are all struggling with their evolution into adulthood in their own unique but interconnected ways.
The film is directed by Daniel (Dpd) Park and written by Danny Cho (Mad TV, Parks and Recreation) and Brian Chung. Ktown Cowboys brings back five cast members from the original web-series. And it features cameo appearances by Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Community), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii Five-0), Steve Byrne (Sullivan & Sons), and Simon Rhee (Best of the Best).
Footnotes, also directed by Park and Cho, is a hilarious new weekly digital short series being released in conjunction with Ktown Cowboys »
Learn the lingo with a new extended TV spot from CBS Films' The Duff. Don't miss the upcoming comedy starring Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman, Allison Janney, Romany Malco & Ken Jeong, which opens in theaters on February 20, 2015. In case you're wondering what exactly constitutes a "Duff," Robbie Amell's Wesley explains that it's not a literal term, meaning one doesn't necessarily need to be fat or ugly to be considered this four-letter word.
Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, »
That first official teaser trailer for Ari Sandel’s big screen adaptation of The Duff didn’t have the warmth it needed to sell the idea of the Designated Ugly Fat Friend in an ernest manner, but I’m still holding out hope due to the high praise for Kody Kiplinger’s book. The film stars Mae Whitman as Bianca, a high school senior who’s shocked to find out that she’s The Duff within her circle of friends. CBS Films just unveiled a new 60-second trailer for the film and while it does rock a solid pace, some decent jokes and a standout cast, The Duff’s still got a long way to go to prove that it’s putting a positive and worthy spin on an ugly concept. Hit the jump to check out the new The Duff TV spot. The film arrives in theaters on February »
- Perri Nemiroff
It’s a good thing Yahoo picked up NBC’s Community when the network cancelled the comedy back in May 2014. The cast and crew of the show were recently able to celebrate its 100th episode on set on December 8, 2014. Taking place on CBS’s Redford lot, the celebration included the show’s crew and immediate cast members Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, Paget Brewster, and Keith David. Sony executive Steve Mosko, President of Sony Pictures Television, and Yahoo’s Senior Director of Programming Ian Mottiff joined the ranks as they all cut the ceremonial cake celebrating the show’s 100th episode. This milestone probably wouldn’t have happened if Yahoo hadn’t intervened. Back in June of this year, Yahoo announced it would pick up the canceled NBC comedy exclusively for streaming release on its Yahoo Screen platform. The series’ cast also welcomed Brewster and David in November, »
- Bree Brouwer
Every group of friends has a Duff—a designated ugly fat friend. At least, that's what Wesley (Robbie Amell) tells Bianca (Mae Whitman) in the upcoming comedy, The Duff ... right after he lets it slip that she's the Duff of her circle. So, now what? In the comedy, from director Ari Sandel, Bianca enlists the help of Wesley to essentially de-duff herself and then overthrow the leader of the plastics school, Madison (Bella Thorne). Bianca's other source of wisdom? Ken Jeong, obviously. EW has an exclusive first look at the newest trailer for the film, set to premiere during tonight's Pretty Little Liars Christmas episode, »
- Samantha Highfill
Community, the show that will never die, is returning next spring for its sixth season (bringing it that much closer to fulfilling its campaign promise of #SixSeasonsAndAMovie), but the premiere will find the acclaimed comedy in different shape than we last left it.
For one, the Dan Harmon-created series has jumped from NBC, which axed it last summer, to a new home on Yahoo Screen. For another, series regular Yvette Nicole Brown, who played Shirley Bennett, opted not to return for the sixth season, leaving a considerable void. As such, it makes sense that the first images from season 6 want to show us one way in which Community lovers can expect to see a new kind of show.
- Isaac Feldberg
The competition movie line-up has been revealed for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. Below the announcement video you'll find the U.S. and World Competition categories, as well as the Next section.
Out of the 12,166 submissions that the festival received this year only 185 were selected. It looks like there are going to be a lot of great films this year. I always enjoy going to Sundance because you never know what film gems are just waiting to be seen.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, »
- Joey Paur
Today the first wave of titles playing at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were announced and while the majority of the titles are new to me the names in front of the camera most certainly are not as you'll see the likes of Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, James Marsden, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Vincent Cassell and many, many more among the titles featured. I have collected several photos from many of the films playing the festival, which will take place from January 22 - February 1 in Utah next year. Today's selection includes the U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and Next program. I'll be adding a few more pictures soon enough, but for now, have a look and see what stands out. »
- Brad Brevet
Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly: Advantageous – Directed and co-written by Jennifer Phang; starring Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, and Samantha Kim. The Bronze – Directed by Bryan Buckley; starring Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Haley Lu Richardson, and Cecily Strong. Dope – Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa; starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoe Kravitz, and A$AP Rocky. People, Places, Things – Written and directed by James C. Strouse; starring Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, Jessica Williams, Gia Gadsby, and Aundrea Gadsby. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st. Advantageous In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, »
- Matt Goldberg
This afternoon, the Sundance Institute announced the dozens of films that are vying for prizes in January's festival. Because this is Sundance, there are plenty of tales of white people going through existential crises, but there are also documentaries about porn, a movie about the Stanford Prison Experiment, and the story of a man trying to reclaim his mummified leg. Sundance!The full slate, with official Sundance summaries, is below: U.S. Dramatic Competition Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim. The Bronze / U.S.A. (Director: Bryan Buckley, Screenwriters: Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch) — In 2004, Hope Ann Greggory became an »
- Nate Jones
America’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated film festival is nearly upon us! Running January 22 to February 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah, the annual Sundance Film Festival has launched its initial lineup of in-competition films in the Dramatic, World Cinema, Documentary and Next slates. In all, 66 films were announced in this initial lineup, with the Premieres and Documentary Premieres arriving December 8 and the Short Film slate arriving December 9.
Among the lineup, as always, are some intriguing prospects. The Us Dramatic Competition features films starring stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine (Z for Zachariah), Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor (The D Train), Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), among many others, and new films from recently hot directors including Alfonso-Gomez Rejon, Andrew Bujalski, and Craig Zobel. »
- Brian Welk
The countdown to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival has officially begun. Today, the festival announced its lineup for films in the U.S. Competition, World Competition, and Next categories for next month’s fest, and they’re chock-full of promising titles including the post-apocalyptic Z for Zachariah starring Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the Jack Black comedy The D Train, and much more. Sundance always highlights the best and brightest in independent filmmaking, often serving as the debut for eventual hits like Whiplash and Fruitvale Station. But the real treat of the festival is the discovery aspect of it all. Check out the full 2015 Sundance Film Festival lineup for the U.S. Competition, World Competition, and Next categories after the jump, and stay tuned for some first look images, and of course our extensive coverage from the festival in January. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd to February 1st. »
- Adam Chitwood
Last year, it was Damien Chazelle’s richly texturized, foot-tapping, finger-snapping sophomore pic Whiplash that instantly became the “it” film to beat in the sixteen competition offerings. In 2015, we have Sundance habituals in James C. Strouse, Craig Zobel and Andrew Bujalski measuring up against Park City feature film first-timers in Marielle Heller, Patrick Brice, Chloé Zhao, Nikole Beckwith and Kris Swanberg. Here are the sixteen offerings in the 2015 U.S. Dramatic Competition:
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim.
- Eric Lavallee
A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.
The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.
“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »
- Justin Chang
Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth have unleashed their first volley of films in what will be a 118-strong line-up overall culled from 12,166 submissions. Of these, 103 features are world premieres. The festival will run January 22 to February 1.
Us Dramatic Competition includes Craig Zobel’s post-apocalytpic tale Z For Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Jack Black in comedy The D Train; and Kristen Wiig in the 1970s San Francisco-set coming-of-age story The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
Other likely highlights are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller; and Saoirse Ronan in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, about a young woman who returns to live with her parents after she is freed from her abductor of 17 years »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Sundance Film Institute announced the U.S. dramatic, world dramatic, U.S. documentary, world documentary and Next selections for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival today. The premier film festival in the United States, Sundance is coming off a banner 2014 edition that brought films earning year-end kudos such as "Whiplash," "Boyhood," "Dear White People," "Obvious Child" and "The Skeleton Twins" into the world. The 2015 slate just looks just as intriguing and, according to the festival, perhaps more emotional and challenging. In a statement from the Institute, the festival's director, John Cooper, remarked, "The selections for our 2015 Festival will take audiences on a wild ride of emotional extremes. With approaches ranging from comedic to dramatic, genre to documentary, experimental to short, independent filmmakers are bravely illuminating new opportunities for understanding and empathy.” Festival founder and cinema icon Robert Redford added, "The work of independent artists inevitably reflects the state of our culture »
- Gregory Ellwood
Ahead of its UK release this Friday, a new clip has arrived online for DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar spin-off Penguins of Madagascar, which sees Skipper, Kowalski and Rico causing a diversion with a Flipping Useless Penguin Dance. Check it out below…
Discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then … you know) to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over the world.
See Also: Watch the trailer for Penguins of Madagascar
Penguins of Madagascar is out now in the States and opens in the UK this Friday, with a voice cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru and Peter Stormare.
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- Gary Collinson
I wondered after seeing The Penguins of Madagascar if the people at Dreamworks knew they were releasing their action-oriented animated movie so close to the masterpiece that was Big Hero 6. If, perhaps, they thought Disney was on the verge of a misstep and they could capitalize or maybe they just greatly overestimated the quality of their movie, it can be hard when you get too close to a project. Unfortunately, it isn’t any of these things, DreamWorks Animation must know at this point that they’re putting out inferior films but that holiday weekends mean parents need things to do with their kids and that they just need to be good enough. That’s all Penguins of Madagascar is; it’s good enough.
I’m clearly not the target audience for this movie as I never much cared for the Madagascar franchise and even within those films the »
- Arthur Tebbel
20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation released their new comedy/animation film, "Penguins of Madagascar," into theaters this past Wednesday and all the top,major critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that about half the group liked it with mixed results. It got an overall 53 score out of a possible 100 across 30 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: John Malkovich, Chris Miller, Peter Stormare, Tom McGrath, Ken Jeong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Annet Mahendru and Christopher Knights. We've posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Michael O'Sullivan from the Washington Post, gave it a nice 88 score, stating: " The screenplay by John Aboud, Michael Colton and Brandon Sawyer has a fizzy, pop-culture pizazz, tempered by a distinctly vaudeville sensibility. It’s smart, but not brainy; dumb, but never inane." Walter Addiego over at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 78 grade. He stated: " There’s plenty here to tickle the kids, »
Chicago – The only thing rarer than a spinoff that soars over its inspiration is a DreamWorks Animation production without “Dragon” in the title, and one that’s actually worth watching. Improbably, “Penguins Of Madagascar” is both.
To be honest, I’ve felt the “Madagascar” series to be typical of DreamWorks decidedly second-tier status in the field of animation. They lacked the imagination of Pixar’s best efforts, and settled for the usual collection of celebrity voices and overly hyperactive animation, topped off with a generic frenetic dance sequence that fades from memory before the beat even stops. While “Penguins” doesn’t exactly set itself apart per se, it does freshen up the formula and shows why it became popular in the first place.
This film sends the quartet of Skipper, Kowalski, Private, and Rico into their own secret agent spy adventure beginning with an inventive heist at Fort Knox. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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