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Normally, I'm not one to brag, but I would like to say right off the bat, I think I did pretty well with my must-see list last month. Of my five official picks -- Spy, Jurassic World, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Dope and Inside Out -- the closest I got to suggesting you see a movie people generally didn't like was Jurassic World, which has broken all sorts of box office records and sits at a "fresh" 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not that box office results or Rotten Tomatoes are the ultimate barometers of quality, but I have to base this off something, rightc Personally I didn't much care for the new Jurassic film aside from a few scenes of enormous spectacle, but others found plenty to like in it. I also ended up seeing Dope twice -- that one might be my favorite movie so far this »
- Jordan Benesh
Before going to Six Flags over Georgia to visit the set of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s Vacation with a couple other online journalists, I had only been to the amusement park once in my life. I was about 7, somehow got on a roller coaster I was clearly not tall enough to ride, and banged my face into the safety bar. Since then, I’ve never had much desire to return to Six Flags, but now I was going back and going to another roller coaster. But this time I didn’t have to ride, and even if I wanted to, I would have to get in line. Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms), his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their two kids are at Walley World trying to board the “Velociraptor” (the Ninja ride in real life) and finding it difficult as they once again encounter a smarmy dad »
- Matt Goldberg
The first trailer for director James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour released on Wednesday and offered our first look at Segel playing author David Foster Wallace. The film also stars Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Mamie Gummer, Ron Livingston, Mickey Sumner, and Joan Cusack.
The film is about the five-day road trip that a young Rolling Stone writer (Eisenberg) ventured on when writing a profile on the famous, and semi-reclusive, media-shy novelist.
Ponsoldt has been on a roll lately with Smashed and The Spectacular Now and all the buzz from this movie is very positive with many people signaling Segel as a potential Best Actor nominee for next year’s Oscars.
Our own Lane Scarberry said that the film is “a quiet, »
- Zach Dennis
I’ve only been to the Sundance Film Festival once, but every single year I’m on the lookout for which titles from Park City could make the transition to the Academy Award race late in the year. Sundance this year had a handful of offerings that meet such criteria, but none captured my interest as much as The End of the Tour. The movie, from up and coming ace filmmaker James Ponsoldt, captured some of the fest’s best reviews and did in fact create some awards buzz, so today’s debut of a Trailer for the film (which you can see below) has me very excited about its possibilities. If you’re not aware about the flick at all from Sundance, it’s a look at the time spent between Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky and the celebrated late author David Foster Wallace, while the former interviews the latter for an article. »
- Joey Magidson
The End of the Tour follows the true-to-life story of a Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) as he joins novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) on his book tour after the incredible success of Infinite Jest in 1996.
Though the interview from the five-day road trip was never published, Lipsky compiled his taped conversations with the novelist in his memoir Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. The film, adapted from the memoir, received high praise from critics this winter at the Sundance film festival.
Directed by James Ponsoldt, The End of the Tour also stars Ron Livingston (Office Space, “Band of Brothers”) and boasts music by the Academy Award-winning composer (and probable best friend to Tim Burton) Danny Elfman. The film will play select Cineplex theatres starting on July 31, 2015.
- Sasha James
The first trailer has arrived online for The End of the Tour, the critically-acclaimed drama from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which stars Jason Segel (The Muppets) and Jesse Eisenberg (Night Moves). Check it out below after the official synopsis…
The End Of The Tour tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. »
- Scott J. Davis
One of the most talked about performances out of this year's Sundance Film Festival was Jason Segel's as author David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt's new drama The End of the Tour, which was picked up by A24 and will be hitting theaters on July 31. Today we get the movie's first trailer. Co-starring Jesse Eisenberg as "Rolling Stone" reporter David Lipsky, the story is set in 1996, shortly after the publication of Wallace's groundbreaking novel "Infinite Jest" and follows a five-day interview session between Wallace and Lipsky. The two form a relationship as they bob and weave around each other, revealing as much in what they don't say as what the say. They share laughs, expose hidden frailties, yet it's never clear when or to what extent they are being truthful. The interview is never published. Five days of audio tapes are packed away in Lipsky's closet, and the two men never meet again. »
- Brad Brevet
Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recommendation? Submit a question! You can email email@example.com, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. We're seeing a lot of good television shows (or, at least, well-loved television shows) get rebooted/remade. But that seems to have things backwards: why remake a classic? With Battlestar Galactica, we saw the benefits or remaking/rebooting a Flawed original show (albeit one that retained some cult appeal). So here's my question: what flawed show(s) from the past should be rebooted? My darkhorse candidate: Defying Gravity. I have no idea why Ron Livingston and a bunch of hot people in space on a mission to save humanity didn't work, but the premise was at least creative and if they did it right/better, »
- Margaret Lyons
The Film Arcade will release "James White" theatrically this Fall followed by an awards campaign, which the La-based indie distributor promises to be "aggressive," for the career-topping work of Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon. No release date has been set. Based on writer/director Mond's real-life ordeal, this devastating drama hits like a brick through a windshield. Abbott, who left HBO's "Girls" to pursue film, is deeply affecting as a twenty-something alcoholic caught in arrested development, and eliciting concern from his best friend (Kid Cudi). He channels Marlon Brando as the self-destructive son of his strong-willed mother — played by a brutally committed and amazing Nixon — who is rapidly dying of cancer. Makenzie Leigh, Ron Livingston and David Call co-star. Read More: Cynthia Nixon on Facing Death in "James White" and the Hard Hours of "Sex and the City" "James White" comes from Borderline Films, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
It's nonsensical that actress Michelle Monaghan isn't a bigger name in Hollywood. She is an excellent foil to Robert Downey Jr. in cult dark comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and inspires Jake Gyllenhaal in Source Code. She was even in the lauded first season of True Detective (which I didn't watch). Fort Bliss, a film written and directed by Claudia Myers, is a special treat for Monaghan fans. Instead of supporting an A-list actor onscreen, Monaghan gets her chance to lead a film.
She plays Staff Sgt. Maggie Swann, recently returned from service in Afghanistan. Maggie is an army medic, quick to respond to injuries in the field, yet thrown by the changes that have occurred while she's been abroad. Her young son Paul (Oakes Fegley, This Is Where I Leave You) has lived with Maggie's ex-husband Richard (Ron Livingston, Office Space) and grown extremely close to Richard's new wife Alma (Emmanuelle Chriqui, »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
SXSW 2015 Film Review
complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015
7 Chinese Brothers
Director/Screenwriter: Bob Byington
A man unaccustomed to telling the truth learns to at least describe it. Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Tunde Adebimpe, Eleanore Pienta, Olympia Dukakis, Stephen Root. (World Premiere) (film synopsis from sxsw.com)
The film is almost about nothing, just like the title of the film. Most of the time this doesn’t matter because we get to watch Schwartzman do many Schwartzman things, including acting opposite his real-life dog. There is a very sweet and surprisingly authentic death involving a key character. Besides that moment, when the film ends, you’ll quickly forget about it and move on.
Final Score: 6/10
Out of a job after a disastrous product launch, a big-city yuppie retreats to his suburban childhood home, in this heart-warming and hilarious film about crashing hard, »
- Jeff Bayer
The titular burg will probably not be throwing a parade for “Fresno,” a mean-spirited farce whose strenuous bad taste seldom translates into actual laughs. A cast of familiar faces and funny people — though they’ve all had much, much better material — will make this a viable ancillary item, though it’s unlikely to accrue the modest cult following attached to helmer Jamie Babbit’s 1999 debut feature, “But I’m a Cheerleader.”
Babbit and her scenarist Karey Dornetto have each worked on a number of good TV comedy shows; between them, they include “Girls,” “Arrested Development,” “Community,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Portlandia,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” and “South Park.” But the feature format is apparently not their friend, together or separately. “Cheerleader” was awfully broad, 2007’s “Itty Bitty Titty Committee” painfully so; for its part, “Fresno” provides pain and lots of broads (this is a lady-free zone), and is pretty awful. »
- Dennis Harvey
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
Park City, Utah – There are still some films to be discussed in my Sundance coverage. Here’s write-ups of “Digging for Fire,” “Entertainment,” and “Results,” which featured the return of festival-approved directors, albeit heading in different directions.
At this year’s festival, two maestros of the ol’ mumblecore days stepped into the big-time spotlight with their new films that boasted their biggest casts and fanciest films yet. The first to show was Joe Swanberg, who has gone from super low-key directing to hosting a celebrity party this side of “This is the End” in “Digging For Fire.” The other is Andrew Bujalski, whose previous films were nerd alerts like “Mutual Appreciation” and most recently “Computer Chess.”
In a reverse course is Rick Alverson’s “Entertainment,” which doesn’t start modestly but attempt to reach a wide audience, but starts with a big promise to reach a very specific audience. An explanation on that below. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
In addition, Sony Pictures International has paid an undisclosed film for foreign rights to the off-beat comedy.
The film arrives courtesy of “Drinking Buddies” creator Swanberg and follows a husband and wife who come across a bone and a gun and the fallout from that discovery. A big selling point was the picture’s ensemble cast, which features prominent names such as Sam Elliott, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey and Jenny Slate. Jake Johnson co-wrote the script with Swanberg.
The Orchard previously outbid a number of distributors to snag the sex comedy “The Overnight.”
“After admiring Joe’s films for a long time, it’s a dream for us to have the opportunity to work with him,” said Paul Davidson, the Orchard »
- Brent Lang
[Exclusive Update 12:45 p.m.: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has bought international rights to “Digging for Fire,” which means the film will be distributed worldwide.]
An individual with knowledge of the negotiations told TheWrap that the deal is worth around $2 million.
The film, which made its world premiere earlier this week at Sundance, co-stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia. The supporting cast includes Sam Elliott, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey Jenny Slate, Timothy Simons and Jane Adams.
“Digging for Fire” follows the discovery »
- Jeff Sneider
The story is set after four waves of an alien invasion have left most of Earth decimated. A teenage girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is desperately trying to save her younger brother and meets a young man who may be her last hope. Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Liev Schreiber and Zachary Arthur also star.
J. Blakeson helms from a script by Susannah Grant. Sony Pictures will release the film on January 29th 2016.
The countdown begins. #The5thWaveIsComing #36Five #5thWaveMovie https://t.co/H0oFzNg97U
— The 5th Wave (@5thWaveMovie) January 29, 2015 »
- Garth Franklin
For fans of the beloved Rick Yancey novel, today, January 29, marks exactly one year until the highly-anticipated The 5th Wave hits theaters. To kick off the countdown, Columbia Pictures has released a brief trailer, featuring tiny snippets of footage from the adaptation, which showcases the post-apocalyptic state the world has been left in. Sadly, we don't get our first look at star Chloe Moretz and Alex Roe, who play survivors Cassie Sullivan and Evan Walker, but perhaps we'll get the first footage soon, since production recently wrapped.
Aliens attack Earth in 5 waves, the 1st wave being a permanent blackout of power, setting earth back into the Stone Age. The 2nd wave being a massive tsunami, killing off all coastal cities. The 3rd wave being a plague caused by birds, leaving only the unlucky alive. The 4th wave being humans with activated alien brains. And what's The 5th Wave? Well that's »
Title: James White Director: Josh Mond Starring: Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Mackenzie Leigh, David Call, Ron Livingston Growing up is not easy, and that makes a character with a stunted sense of maturity perfect for the focus of a film. Usually, this character makes an appearance in comedies, with an exaggerated childishness prohibiting his or her development used to humorous effect. Portraying a similar situation in a drama can be just as compelling if not even more so, but it is underlined with a certain sadness. James White is the story of a man who has avoided becoming an independent adult due to his circumstances and a lack [ Read More ]
The post James White Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Digital releases seem to be the way to go for a few different video projects these days, and now Rob Benedict is following suit. The actor from the CW’s Supernatural series is releasing his short film The Sidekick on iTunes, Amazon, and Vimeo On Demand on February 3, 2015.
Written by Benedict and directed by Michael J. Weithorn (of The King of Queens), The Sidekick stars Benedict as Max McCabe, a 40-year-old, obsolete superhero sidekick who is fired by his boss Captain Wonder (played by Ron Livingston) in favor of a younger associate named Kid Loco (Jason Ritter). Max makes a new friend (Lizzy Caplan) and must learn to forge a new path for his life. The Sidekick co-stars Martin Starr, Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, and Key and Peele’s Jordan Peele.
The Sidekick originally debuted at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 before Benedict and Wiethorn took it on a festival tour. The »
- Bree Brouwer
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