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"It’s the big question of a movie of this size —will people care if they don’t care about David Foster Wallace?" Jason Segel recently told RogerEbert.com. "It’s not a cradle to grave biopic. It’s just these four days. What it really rests on is creating this character tension between two guys. Between [screenwriter] Donald Margulies curating the actual interview into a narrative and [director] James Ponsoldt creating tension out of active listening. It’s really hard to do." Read More: Sundance Review: James Ponsoldt's 'The End Of The Tour' Starring Jason Segal And Jesse Eisenberg However, Segel, along with co-star Jesse Eisenberg, pulls it off with "The End Of The Tour," a drama that brings a slice in the life of famed writer Wallace to the big screen. Ron Livingston, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer and Mickey Sumner co-star in the movie about the four »
- Kevin Jagernauth
1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation" is a film I have an enormous fondness for, and I have no doubt part of why I feel that way is because of when I saw the film. After all, I was 13 when it came out, and the script by John Hughes felt like it was shockingly transgressive at the time. A few weeks back, I saw the film again for the first time in a while, and while I smiled at most of the familiar scenes and lines, I also saw the film with fresh eyes, and I was struck by the fact that, overall, it's a little shabby. I think Harold Ramis gets great performances out of his entire cast, but as actual filmmaking? It's a step forward from the "held together with bitter tears and cocaine" aesthetic of "Caddyshack," but not a giant step. As an overall series, this is about as »
- Drew McWeeny
Chicago – Retreads from classics are often as weary as having to write that they are almost never as good as the original. And here we go again with the Ed Helms-led “Vacation,” which fails to capitalize on the beloved Chevy Chase film “National Lampoon’s Vacation” from 1983.
Lacking the soul and whimsy of the original, this modern-day take on the Harold Ramis and John Hughes classic attempts to recreate the charm with actors who know how to read the lines but don’t embody the characters. And they’re forced to speak within a lazily written story that doesn’t add enough to justify coming back.
The decision by Ed Helms to take his family to Walley World – just like his father (Chevy Chase) did with his family – feels forced for the film to have a reason for being. It feels like it went down like this: “Hey, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
I really don't want to waste anymore time on this than is necessary. Vacation, written and directed by Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, is a rebooted sequel to the original 1983 comedy National Lampoon's Vacation. It uses self-awareness as a defense mechanism and feces as its punchlines, which is to say it knows it's swimming in gutter humor and doing a poor job at it, but hopes you'll excuse it out of nostalgia for the original and compassion for what it feels it's up against. Hmmmm, best of luck to those that don't even know the original exists. How do you follow up a franchise of films that still stand tall more than 30 years after the original hit theatersc Well, having the family at the center of it all swim in sewage and attempt to clean out a bathtub that looks »
- Brad Brevet
The Admiration Game: Ponsoldt’s Moving Homage to Artist and Artistry
Following the critical successes of 2012’s Smashed and 2013’s The Spectacular Now, director James Ponsoldt recreates a defining moment in time between acclaimed author David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stones’ journalist David Lipsky with The End of the Tour, based on the memoirs of the latter. Beginning with Lipsky learning of Wallace’s suicide in 2008, we backtrack twelve years to 1996, after the publication of the author’s famed novel, Infinite Jest, which inspired the journalist, a novelist himself, to vie for an interview with the enigmatic personality. Framed as an unforgettable memory, Ponsoldt captures what feels like a sincere elegy from Lipsky to Wallace, a road trip that lasted five days and ran a gamut of intellectual, emotional, and philosophical highs and lows pertaining to the meaning of fame, success, and what it means to be an artist. Carried magnificently by its two leads, »
- Nicholas Bell
"What kind of a family are you?!" Warner Bros has let loose one final red band trailer for the Vacation sequel/reboot, starring Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold and the rest of the his family: Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins. The cast also includes appearances by Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Charlie Day and Ron Livingston, plus the original Griswolds though they're not really in this trailer much. At this point we've seen so many trailers I just hope they're not ruining the best parts or the best jokes, at least saving something for the actual movie. Arriving in theaters in just a few weeks. Have fun! Here's the final red band trailer for Warner Bros' new Vacation, originally from Yahoo: Vacation is written and directed by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, the writers of Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, making their directorial debut. In the follow-up »
- Alex Billington
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new comedy “Vacation” starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and Chris Hemsworth!
“Vacation,” which opens on July 29, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Leslie Mann, Chevy Chase, Charlie Day, Ron Livingston, Norman Reedus, Regina Hall, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Beverly D’Angelo and Catherine Missal from writers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free passes to “Vacation” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
"Ya'll ready for this?!" Gravitas Ventures has debuted a trailer for the indie comedy Addicted to Fresno, from filmmaker Jamie Babbit (Breaking the Girls, Itty Bitty Titty Committee). This kooky indie stars Judy Greer & Natasha Lyonne as sisters at a hotel in Fresno, California. When one of them accidentally kills a guy, they go to extreme lengths to cover up the crime. The supporting cast includes Aubrey Plaza, Clea DuVall, Allison Tolman, Ron Livingston, Molly Shannon and Fred Armisen. This looks funny at times, but doesn't seem like anything that stands out in a crowd. At least it's nice to see more of Judy Greer. Here's the official trailer for Jamie Babbit's Addicted to Fresno, found on YouTube (via The Playlist): Synopsis: Two co-dependent sisters, a recovering sex addict and a lonely lesbian (played by Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne) who work as hotel maids, go to ludicrous »
- Alex Billington
For those of you getting a bit bummed about Judy Greer spending the summer in thankless Blockbuster Mom roles (seriously Hollywood, she's great and deserves better), here's a movie that gives the actress so much more to do. "Addicted To Fresno" features Greer in the lead role alongside a pretty talented ensemble, in what looks like a pretty light-hearted comedy caper. Directed by Jamie Babbitt ("But I'm A Cheerleader") with Natasha Lyonne, Fred Armisen, Molly Shannon, Ron Livingston, Allison Tolman, and Aubrey Plaza among the players, the story follows a recovering sex addict and her lesbian sister, who work together at Fresno Suites and get caught up in covering up a crime after they accidentally kill a hotel guest. This looks light and breezy, but again, the highlight seems to be Greer given a major big screen spotlight. The film opens on October 2nd. Check out the trailer below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lead actor Johnson teamed up to write the screenplay with mumblecore godfather Swanberg, who turned Digging for Fire into his most star-studded feature yet.
The duo previously teamed up on Drinking Buddies back in 2013.
Digging for Fire opens on July 25 in the Us. A UK release is yet to be set. »
Judy Greer is a very fun actress who often brings plenty of depth to her characters. Of course, this year she's had two awful characters to play in both Jurassic World and Ant-Man and I'm not sure if she had more than two minutes of screen time in Tomorrowland... that movie is sort of a blur to me at this point and best left forgotten. However, it does appear Greer does have one solid performance on the horizon in Jamie Babbit's Fresno (now apparently titled Addicted to Fresno). Here's the plot: Fresno is a comedy about co-dependent sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno, CA. Shannon (Judy Greer) is fresh out of sex rehab when her younger, overly optimistic lesbian sister Martha (Natasha Lyonne) lands her a job as a maid at Fresno Suites, the local hotel. When Shannon jeopardizes her fresh start by accidentally killing a hotel guest after a post-rehab relapse, »
- Brad Brevet
Read More: SXSW: How Natasha Lyonne and Judy Greer Escaped the Hollywood Boys Club for 'Fresno' Judy Greer is normally the level-headed sidekick, and Natasha Lyonne the crazy mess, but not this time around. Jamie Babbit's SXSW comedy "Addicted to Fresno" runs far away from typecasting by starring Greer as the sex-addicted wreck, Shannon, and Lyonne as her strangely optimistic sister, Martha. The film follows the two sisters as Shannon comes out of sex rehab and gets a job as a maid at the hotel where her sister works. After Shannon relapses and accidentally kills a hotel guest, her and Martha go on an all-out adventure to cover up the crime. "Addicted to Fresno" marks the second collaboration between Lyonne and Babbit after the 1999 cult hit, "But I'm a Cheerleader." The comedy also stars Aubrey Plaza, Fred Armisen, Jessica St. Clair, Molly Shannon, Michael Hitchcock and Ron Livingston. The »
- Kaeli Van Cott
Do you enjoy seeing tons of stars collide in a quirky trailer accompanied by the tunes of alt-j? You do? Then you're going to love the trailer for Joe Swanberg's Digging For Fire. The Drinking Buddies director again enlisted Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston for a movie about relationships, but this time it's a completely different ball game. Johnson plays a slob of a husband whose wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) leaves him at home to do chores, but instead he has his friends over to dig in the backyard while she strolls on the beach with a guy played by Orlando Bloom. Sam Rockwell, Mike Birbiglia, Sam Elliott, Brie Larson, Melanie Lynskey, Judith Light, and Jenny Slate all costar in the movie, out on Aug. 21. »
Joe Swanberg's casts keep getting bigger, but his movies stay the same size. In addition to Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt, Digging for Fire stars Orlando Bloom, Anna Kendrick, Sam Elliott, Ron Livingston, Chris Messina, Jenny Slate, Melanie Lynskey, Sam Rockwell, Mike Birbiglia, and Brie Larson in the story of an L.A. couple's three-eighths' life crisis. It's as if Vulture readers cast a Robert Altman movie! »
- Nate Jones
Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) has proven to be massively prolific over the last few years with his brand of low-key, mumblecore comedies about everything and nothing in particular. His latest film, Digging For Fire, assembles an enormous cast in a weekend getaway as a group of friends dig for, treasure maybe isn’t the word, in the woods.
Jake Johnson (who also co-wrote the script with Swanberg) and Rosemarie DeWitt lead a cast that includes Mike Birbiglia, Orlando Bloom, Sam Elliott, Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Brie Larson, Melanie Lynskey, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Chris Messina, and Jenny Slate. Here’s the full synopsis:
The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.
J.R. Kinnard caught up with the film at Sundance and was disappointed, writing, “It lacks the narrative focus and observational humor to be more than a mild diversion, »
- Brian Welk
Amazon’s “The Good Girls Revolt” has added “True Blood” actress Anna Camp, an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap. Camp, who appeared in featured roles in films “The Help” and “Pitch Perfect,” also signed on for National Geographic Channel’s miniseries “Saints & Strangers” last week, which TheWrap exclusively reported. She will be joined by Ron Livingston and “Mad Men’s” Vincent Kartheiser on the project. “The Good Girls Revolt” is set in 1970s-era Newsweek magazine during the women’s rights movement. Camp will play Jane, a highly skilled, couture-wearing, straight-arrow star researcher at the magazine. The Sony »
- Tony Maglio
Vincent Kartheiser, Anna Camp, Ron Livingston, Barry Sloane, Michael Jibson, Ray Stevenson, Natascha McElhone, Brían F. O'Byrne, Raoul Trujillo, Tatanka Means and Kalani Queypo have been cast in Saints & Strangers, the four-hour movie about the crossing of the Mayflower that National Geographic is plotting. Sony Pictures Television is producing with Little Engine Productions, and Paul Edwards is directing a script by Bosch co-creator Eric Overmyer and Seth Fisher’s… »
Kinney will play Nora, an intelligent and gutsy young adult who volunteers to become a sex surrogate in the name of research. The show, now set in 1966, will continue to explore the relationships surrounding researching duo Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) in the wake of the sexual revolution.
In addition to garnering a substantial fanbase on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Kinney’s television career spans the likes of “The Following,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Svu” and a role in season two of “The Knick.”
Kinney is repped by Paradigm, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt Kurnit. Season three of “Masters of Sex” premieres at 10 p.m. July 12 on Showtime.
In other casting news:
- Seth Kelley
Ron Livingston, Anna Camp and Vincent Kartheiser are among the “saints” marching in on National Geographic Channel’s miniseries, “Saints & Strangers,” network insiders told TheWrap. Joining the trio as “Saints” are Barry Sloane and Michael Jibson. The “Strangers” will be played by Ray Stevenson, Natascha McElhone and Brian F. O’Byrne, while the Native Americans include Raoul Trujillo, Tatanka Means and Kalani Queypo. The epic explores the trials and tribulations of the first settlers at Plymouth: 101 men, women and children who sailed on a chartered ship for a place they had ever seen, according to Nat Geo’s summary. Of this group, »
- Tony Maglio
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
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