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As FX’s highly-anticipated “American Horror Story: Hotel” premiere episode was thrilling audiences on Wednesday night, another bloody anthology series from the “fearless” network was unspooling in Hollywood — the Season 2 premiere of “Fargo.” Also Read: 'American Horror Story: Hotel' Premiere Terrifies Twitter: 'Insanely Good,' 'Intense,' 'Killing It' Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Jesse Plemons, Jean Smart, Cristin Milioti, Nick Offerman, and fresh from Carnegie Mellon University, Rachel Keller walked the largest carpet the Arclight in Hollywood can hold before retreating for an after party across the street. Read TheWrap’s seven standout moments from the celebration »
- Mikey Glazer
It had no business working. None. Who in his right mind would think to take the Coen brothers' "Fargo" — the most acclaimed movie by two of the most idiosyncratic filmmakers in a generation — and turn it into a TV show? It had already been tried in the late '90s, with a pre-"Sopranos" Edie Falco as Marge in a straightforward adaptation of the film; it was terrible, and CBS never aired it. Even after last year's FX version — not an adaptation, but a second cousin once removed — received acclaim for the way writer Noah Hawley managed to evoke the Coens' voice without being a poor imitator, those who hadn't seen it were skeptical. A new season of "Fargo" debuts Monday at 10 on FX, with an impressive collection of actors — including Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Jean Smart, and Jeffrey Donovan — most of whom admitted to reporters »
- Alan Sepinwall
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Insidious: Chapter 3 (horror prequel; Dermot Mulroney, Lin Shaye; includes bonus Q&A; rated PG-13) Magic Mike Xxl (comedy-drama sequel about male strippers; Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer; rated R) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (comedy-drama; Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton; rated PG-13) The Anomaly (sci-fi action-thriller; Ian Somerhalder, Alexis Knapp; not rated) Batkid Begins...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Want more details on the Peabody Award-winning drama created by Noah Hawley? FX is happy to provide them in the above featurette, letting cast and crew reveal just what it means to go to "Fargo." Read More: Watch: 'Fargo' Season 2 Is 'Back on the Clock' with Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson and Ted Danson In a "True Detective"-like fashion, the dark comedy-crime drama show returns next week with a completely new plot and completely new characters. The brand new series regulars include such well-known actors as Patrick Wilson ("The Conjuring"), Ted Danson ("Cheers"), Jean Smart ("Designing Women"), Kirsten Dunst ("Spider-Man"), and Jesse Plemons ("Battleship"). In addition, a knock-out recurring cast includes such as Jeffrey Donovan ("Burn Notice"), Rachel Keller ("Hollidaysburg"), Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation"), Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), Kieran »
- Sonya Saepoff
Hotel Transylvania 2, 2015.
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.
Starring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan Michael Key, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Dana Carvey, Rob Riggle, Chris Kattan, Sadie Sandler, Sunny Sandler, Jon Lovitz, and Mel Brooks.
Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.
Full disclosure, I have not seen the first Hotel Transylvania, but decided to give the sequel, simply titled Hotel Transylvania 2 a shot, partly because I take some pleasure in coming online and professionally trashing Adam Sandler’s recent lazy output. I can’t really do that this time though, because I kind of enjoyed what I saw, despite the fact that it’s clear Adam Sandler has brought his friends along again for another easy paycheck. »
- Robert Kojder
The original title of Sky/NBC’s new comedy drama was sacrificed to the gods of transatlantic appeal. Apparently Us audiences aren’t familiar enough with English boroughs just off the M4 for Apocalypse Slough to work (Apocalypse Slu-ff? Slo-oo?), hence the change to something more generic.
Thankfully, that seems to have been the only thing flattened in translation, because title aside, You, Me And The Apocalypse is a blast. Pun intended.
Mat Baynton (Horrible Histories, The Wrong Mans) is likeable as ever in the role of Slough bank manager Jamie Winton, the routine-loving straight man to his feckless, hedonistic housemate, Dave (Joel Fry). Yes, it’s a bit in debt to Peep Show, but these two soon have much more to worry about than Mark and Jez ever did. »
It’s been three years since the original Hotel Transylvania released back in 2012, with a Dracula-in-the-hospitality-industry monster mash-up that made some fervent little fans out of the army of monstrosities on screen and, more importantly to Sony, resulted in a higher-than-expected box office gross. Which is why we’re here now, with Hotel Transylvania 2 picking up a few years after the events of the first movie and throwing the expected cadre of things that go bump in the night into a new paradigm: parenthood.
Just like its predecessor, the new movie is sweet and broadly humorous, but that’s also sort of the problem. It’s so preoccupied with a simplistic – if nonetheless laudatory – message of tolerance and acceptance, and its jokes are so slapsticky, that it constantly bars itself from being anything other than an Adam Sandler-and-gang movie that’s actually watchable. Which is a feat unto itself, »
- Mitchel Broussard
'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was the latest one: a reported $88 million production (plus marketing and distribution expenses) that earned $76.67 million in the U.S. and Canada (plus an estimated $145.1 million elsewhere). But now comes the Sony Pictures release Hotel Transylvania 2, the concisely titled sequel to the late Sept. 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80-85 million-budgeted animated feature should open around $48 million from 3,754 theaters according to early weekend box office estimates found at Deadline.com. The report adds that some “rival studio box office analysts” believe Hotel Transylvania 2 may actually pass the $50 million mark. On Friday, Sept. 25, '15, it collected a better than expected (estimated) $13.5 million. »
- Zac Gille
Chicago – For the younger set unable to experience the mystique of Dracula, Wolfman and Frankenstein in their original creations, “Hotel Transylvania 2” may prove to be an introduction to the legendary bloodsucker and his band of movie monsters – and for that Adam Sandler deserves a stake through his heart.
The premise is the same this time around. Sandler is back to voice the overly protective, positively batty sitcom dad Dracula who hovers over his only daughter. He runs a hotel exclusively for monsters so they can get away from those pitchfork toting angry mobs, but Drac has reluctantly opened the hotel to humans as well after his daughter marries a human. And before you know it he learns he’s going to be a “vamp-pa.” That’s a vampire grandpa, and it’s a joke that the film repeats with the same exact phrasing and explanations multiple times, in »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
A worthy animated sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2 has lively monster design, fangtastic visuals, great characters, gorgeous animation, and a top-notch voice cast. It’s a lot of fun and if you liked the first one, you won’t be disappointed with the follow-up. Drac (Adam Sandler) and his pack of classic Universal monsters are back and everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania. Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is concerned that his red-headed half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) is busy visiting her human in-laws (Megan Mullalley and Nick Offerman) with her husband Johnny (Andy Samburg), “Vampa” Drac enlists his monster friends Frank (enstein), Murray (the Mummy), Wayne (the Werewolf) and Griffin (the Invisible Man) to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. »
- Tom Stockman
We live in a world where Amy Poehler has never won an Emmy for playing Leslie Knope. Let that shock sink in. (We're not going to even mention the fact that Nick Offerman has never been nominated for playing Ron Swanson. Oops, we just mentioned it.) The 2015 Emmy Awards were the last time she was eligible to win for her Parks and Recreation role (barring any upcoming reunion or revival, and we all know TV loves a revival/reboot these days) and she lost—in style, mind you—to Emmy favorite Julia Louis-Dreyfus who took home her fourth Emmy in a row for Veep. But! Poehler is not alone; many stars have been snubbed by the Television Academy for their iconic roles. So many, it's pretty shocking. Hey, »
When Halo 5: Guardians launches later this year, it will introduce several new features to the popular franchise. One of the more game-changing aspects being brought in by 343 Industries is the new Requisition System. To help fans of the series adjust to it, Microsoft has released a helpful new video to explain everything.
Narrated by the off-brand, not copyright infringing Mister Chief, the clip details not only what the Req system is, but also how it factors into the multiplayer action of Halo 5. As it stands, players can earn Req points by playing matches in either the Arena or Warzone multiplayer modes. Acquired points are then used to purchase Req packs, which come with several different cards.
Cards come in three different varieties:
Cosmetic – Armor and weapon skins, as well as new assassination animations, that don’t effect gameplay. They just make you look cooler. Permanent – New loadout weapons and »
- Eric Hall
Perhaps not surprisingly for a man of advanced years, Robert Redford takes a leisurely approach to portraying Bill Bryson, the renowned travel writer whose same-titled book details his attempt to conquer the Appalachian Trail, 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine along the east coast of America.
It's worth noting that Redford is almost twice the age Bryson was when he set off on the hiking trail, but joined by a grizzled Nick Nolte, the spectre of infirmity closing in upon the both of them adds another layer of humour and tension.
Emma Thompson has a small role as Bryson's better half who can sense his feet beginning to itch after they attend the funeral of a friend. It isn't a midlife crisis looming but a late-life one that director Ken Kwapis only hints at to keep the mood light.
Nolte plays Bryson's old travelling buddy, Katz, who has fought a lifelong »
Broad Green Pictures released their new comedy/drama film, "A Walk In The Woods," into theaters this past Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, and the reviews are in from all the major, top movie critics. It turns out that half the group liked it with a mixed, overall 51 score out of a possible 100 across 25 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Emma Thompson, Kristen Schaal, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Nolte, Nick Offerman and Robert Redford. We've added blurbs from a couple of the critics, below. Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a very nice 80 score, stating: " A Walk in the Woods serves as a terrific showcase for two exceptionally durable stars." Leah Greenblatt over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 score. He stated: "Their odd couple interplay propels a series of shambling, expletive-laden mishaps that aim more for easy laughs than Wild epiphanies." Peter Keough from the Boston Globe, »
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, September 4. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. WideThe Transporter Refueled Director: Camille Delamarre Cast: Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Radivoje Bukvić, Gabriella Wright, Ray Stevenson Synopsis: "Frank Martin is living a less perilous lifestyle, or so he thinks, transporting classified packages for questionable people. Things get complicated when femme fatale Anna and her three accomplices orchestrate a bank heist and the kidnapping of Frank's father. It's all part of a grand plan to take down the human trafficker who victimized her years earlier. Now a pawn in her vengeful scheme, the former special-operations mercenary must use his covert skills to play Anna's dangerous game." A Walk in the Woods Director: Ken Kwapis Cast: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, Mary Steenburgen Synopsis: "When an »
- Steve Greene
A firm favourite on the festival circuit earlier on in the year, and picked up at Sundance by Fox for a record $12 million, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s indie movie Me and Earl and the Dying Girl finally makes it to UK shores as summer slowly fades away.
The film revolves around high-school senior, and part-time parody filmmaker Greg (Thomas Mann), who is directed by his mother to befriend Rachel (Olivia Cooke), his classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
Written by Jesse Andrews, based on his novel of the same name, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a beautiful, very quirky movie that enchants from the beginning. The cast and characters are hugely likable, »
- Paul Heath
A Walk in the Woods is a film decades in the making, a passion project of sorts for the film’s lead actor Robert Redford. Based on the acclaimed memoir by Bill Bryson, the film is part travelogue, part male bonding movie, as two friends that disconnected over time bond together again to tackle the 3,500km Appalachian Trail.
The film is about friendship – did that play into the working relationship between Mr. Nolte and Mr. Redford?
Robert Redford: My relationship with Nick was very much in the film, it was organic, it was genuine. I see him as a friend and a colleague, and so if you saw that in the film, then I guess we succeeded. »
- Jason Gorber
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
A massive success on its debut earlier this year at Sundance, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl calls to mind much of the work from the late, great John Hughes as well as a smattering of other influences, most notably Wes Anderson, as from the opening shots of the film, it’s as we are in the midst of the Moonrise Kingdom auteur’s latest venture. Starting from the “end”, we meet Greg (the film’s Me) as he starts to write at his computer as his »
- Scott J. Davis
Nothing inspires magical thinking quite like death. That's the central idea in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's Sundance standout Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a coming of age drama whose lightness of touch never undermines its emotional weight. It's truthful and funny and often bracingly tragic, its teenage characters believably incoherent in the face of despair.
"Me" is Greg (Thomas Mann), a lanky, awkward yet socially versatile high schooler who drifts between cliques without belonging to any, too much in need of validation to commit. His only actual friend is the languid Earl (Ronald Cyler III), whom he nevertheless describes as more of a "co-worker" thanks to their sideline in amateur movie making.
Greg's overbearing parents (played by the TV dream team of Connie "Mrs Coach" Britton and Nick "Ron Swanson" Offerman) guilt him into befriending Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate recently diagnosed with leukemia. Despite their initially mutual »
Kim Davis, you in danger, girl. Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson are coming for you. Funny or Die has created a mashup of Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman's Parks and Recreation characters (moment of silence for that wonderful show) that features anti-gay Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis. For those not in the know, Davis has been refusing to issue marriage licenses because she says gay marriage infringes on her religious beliefs. She has continually defied the federal courts despite being ordered to issue the licenses regardless of her personal opinion. Kim Davis also has apparently never heard of the separation of church and state and also, you know, the fact that the federal government employs her »
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