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Happy Birthday, America! It's time for a weekend of people gathering around grills so they can critique someone's meat-cooking technique (don't flip it yet!), fireworks being set off in unnecessarily close quarters and lots and lots of freedom of speech. If you are wary of venturing out to the barbecues and pool parties and whatnot, let the most America-loving man ever to grace our television screens, Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), properly prep you for the big holiday. Just follow these 17 Ron Swanson-approved guidelines and your Fourth of July will be the best one yet! 1. Don't let people judge you for bringing an oversized drinking container to a barbecue. If your cup »
Voting closed for Emmy nominations on Friday. Ordinarily, I would have already completed my usual If I Had An Emmy Ballot exercise by now, but various other projects got in the way, which means what I'm about to post is even more hypothetical than usual, since it's after the voting deadline. As always, I'm working with the choices listed on the actual Emmy ballots, which means I have to go along with where various shows and actors were categorized and submitted. So I have to consider "Orange Is the New Black" a drama, have to consider Key and Peele supporting actors on their own show, and can't go off the ballot to try nominating an actor like Max Greenfield from "New Girl," who didn't even put his name up for submission. Also, while I've done these as a bunch of separate posts the last few years, this thing's already so »
- Alan Sepinwall
John Carroll Lynch, who has made a meal out of roles like Twisty the Clown on American Horror Story and as the creepy suspect in David Fincher’s Zodiac, has joined The Weinstein Company’s The Founder, the story of McDonald’s icon Ray Kroc that stars Michael Keaton. Lynch will play Mac McDonald, who with his brother Dick (Nick Offerman) founded the original McDonald’s Hamburgers in 1940 in San Bernardino. Kroc went into business with the brothers and eventually took over… »
Ahead of its UK release in September, we’ve got a new international poster for the Sundance hit Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which stars Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, R.J. Cyler with Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal and Connie Britton. Check it out here…
See Also: Read our review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl here
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl (Rj Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But »
- Gary Collinson
What does it take to get to know someone? Like truly, to know someone. Greg (Thomas Mann) drifts through his high-school days by casually interacting with all of the social circles. He’s perfectly content with his surface level “friendships” he has with the jocks, the techno-geeks, the white-guy hip-hop kid – never taking the time to go too far out of his way to get to know any of them and always hiding his own life in the process. Even Earl (R.J. Cyler) is never described as a friend by Greg, instead he’s called a co-worker due to the film spoofs they make together. All of this changes though when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) forces him to go visit the girl from school that was diagnosed with cancer. What soon develops though between Greg and the dying Rachel (Olivia Cook) calls into question Greg’s impersonal way of getting through life. »
- Michael Haffner
It's time for more Fargo. Noah Hawley's FX anthology series has released a short teaser for season two, showcasing a hallmark of the show: beautifully bleak Midwestern landscapes. Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons will topline Fargo's season 2, which began production in Calgary, Alberta, in January, with the 10-episode season set to premiere in September on FX. Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson, Nick Offerman and Jean Smart are also on board. The season centers on the 1979 Sioux Falls, S.D., incident teased in the first season and features a young Lou Solverson (Wilson) — the former state trooper played by Keith Carradine
- Aaron Couch
Season 2 of FX's hit "Fargo" is nearing, and the first teaser has just been released. The second season of the show, inspired by the Joel and Ethan Coen movie of the same name, will air in September. Read More: Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson Head to 'Fargo' Season 2 Sticking to the anthology format, the show will be moving back in time to the 1970s. Lou Solverson returns return (now played by Patrick Wilson instead of Keith Carradine), with the season focusing on the bloody events alluded to in Season 1. Alongside Wilson will be Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson, Jean Smart, Jesse Plemons, Nick Offerman and Bruce Campbell (as Ronald Reagan, of course). The teaser offers little information, though does indicate that the new season won't be lacking in gunfire and snow. Watch it above. Read More: 'Fargo' Season 2 Adds Kirsten Dunst & Jesse Plemons as Headliners »
- Ethan Sapienza
The ten-episode second season of FX's "Fargo" will offer up an examination of the corporatization of America through a true crime tale of a mob turf war set in 1979, even including Ronald Reagan starting out on the presidential campaign trail. Today a brief teaser for the season has arrived offering gunfire in the forest amid the pecking of a woodpecker. None of the second season principals appear, just a bit of peck, peck, bang, bang. readmore postid="179865" The second season will star Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Patrick Wilson, Jean Smart, Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeffrey Donovan and Angus Sampson. No exact premiere date has been announced, but it will be arriving this September. Watch the first "Fargo" season two trailer below and for more details on this second season and info on the characters those above play, click here. yt id="Hv4ABEEbabQ" width="515" »
- Brad Brevet
FX’s anthology series Fargo - based on the Coen Brothers film of the same name – was one of the biggest surprises of the 2014 television season, and all eyes are on series creator Noah Hawley to catch lightning in a bottle twice. We still have three months to wait until we find out if that’s possible, but we finally have our first glimpse at Fargo‘s much-anticipated return thanks to this new enigmatic teaser trailer.
Much like the trailers for the first season, the video above is light on plot details and simply sets the scene and tone for what’s to come. Fargo once again takes us to the snowy landscape of the American Midwest, with Hawley’s keen eye for ultra-violent undertones juxtaposed against the calming charm of the Dakotas is on full display.
Showing only a woodpecker and the flash of distant, ambient gunshots, the trailer »
- James Garcia
A new teaser for FX’s anthology series Fargo doesn’t give us any specifics for Season 2, but it confirms that the series will stick to Season 1’s (and the Coen brothers original film’s) aesthetic of violence against a pristine, snowy background. In the short spot (which you can view below), a woodpecker pauses at the gun shots in the distance ... but then gets on with its business. What we do know about Season 2 is that it will be taking a leap back in time to the 1970s, and will focus on Lou Solverson (played by Keith Carradine in first season, and Patrick Wilson in the upcoming season), and pivot around the violent events Solverson spoke cryptically about in Season 2. Wilson will be joined by Kirsten Dunst, Kieran Culkin, Ted Danson, Brad Garrett, Nick Offerman, Jesse Plemons, and Bokeem Woodbine, as well as Bruce Campbell, who will be playing a pre-potus Ronald Reagan. »
- Allison Keene
Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.
Since Dave retired and the Summer weekly talk-show break eased into Summer talk-show down time, mostly occupied by a few blockbusters, it has been better to write these posts weekly. That way, we can show only the best bits, and cut out most of the filler.
Anyway, last week on late night, John Oliver talks torture, Jurassic World cast did the late night rounds, Kimmel is in full swing with the ABC’s NBA Finals, Jerry Seinfeld stopped by Late Night, and all Late Show with David Letterman clips have vanished from the Internet…for now.
- Max Wood
After the events of 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back on the force and busting drug dealers, or at least trying to. When a trafficking bust goes bad, however, Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) decides that they should just go back to their old formula from 21 Jump Street and see if magic happens twice, with a much bigger budget. Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) finds a drug case that looks just like their high school case from before, except that this time, Schmidt and Jenko are going to college. As Dickson and Hardy say to stick to the formula, though, Schmidt and Jenko discover that this case won’t be solved by retreading their first case, and their friendship might not survive fraternity life.
- Rachel Kolb
One of my favorite films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Based on the Jesse Andrews novel of the same name, the film revolves around a movie-obsessed high school senior (Thomas Mann) who is talked into spending time with an acquaintance classmate (Olivia Cooke) who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. The film was this year’s big winner at the Sundance Film Festival, following in the footsteps of Whiplash and Fruitvale Station by taking home both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. The film also stars Rj Cyler, Nick Offerman, Jon Bernthal, Connie Britton and Molly Shannon. For more here’s the trailer and Adam’s review. A few days ago I sat down with Rj Cyler for an exclusive interview. He talked about when he knew it was a special film, the movie references, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Chicago – There are feelings encoded in a film, imparted by the creators, which sometimes takes a while to become apparent. “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is an example, with a deceptive surface story that contains an ocean of feelings and emotions within its passionate core.
The film won both the top jury prize and audience favorite award at the Sundance Film Festival, and brings it into the marketplace five months later with a considerable momentum behind it. That momentum doesn’t do the first part of the film any favors – it is filled with glib high school and adult characters who either act beyond their age or pour too much into stereotypical character traits. But the film clicks into place once all this is established, and becomes a story that touches like a retrieved cherished memory – rooted in the main character’s love of the history of cinema arts. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life.
He even describes his constant companion Earl (Rj Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.
- Movie Geeks
One of my favorite films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Based on the Jesse Andrews novel of the same name, the film revolves around a movie-obsessed high school senior (Thomas Mann) who is talked into spending time with an acquaintance classmate (Olivia Cooke) who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. The film was this year’s big winner at the Sundance Film Festival, following in the footsteps of Whiplash and Fruitvale Station by taking home both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. The film also stars Rj Cyler, Nick Offerman, Jon Bernthal, Connie Britton and Molly Shannon. For more here’s the trailer and Adam’s review. A few days ago I sat down with Thomas Mann for an exclusive interview. He talked about when he knew it was a special film, the movie references, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Chicago – In my second meeting with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, I was struck by his almost child-like wonder regarding his breakout film, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” Gomez-Rejon bleeds celluloid, and loves films in every fiber of his being. To be able to contribute to the cinema universe is his greatest reward.
The film came out of the Sundance festival with the top jury prize and audience favorite awards, much as its predecessor “Whiplash” has done in 2014. The poignant film, about the effect a dying classmate has on a movie loving boy, is done almost as an allegory in so many aspects. Its success is a testament to director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who has worked his way upward in the film industry for years, under the auspice of mentors such as Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Film Review, a film directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and starring Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, Ronald Cyler II, Jon Bernthal, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon.
“I have no idea how to tell this story. I don’t even know how to start it.”
That’s the opening line of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, spoken by our lead character Greg, an awkward high school kid whose only real desire is to not be noticed at all. Greg is a kid who doesn’t have a ton of friends (and refers to his only real friend as his “co-worker”), stemming from his issues with his parents and his lack of confidence in himself. That’s not me reading subtext from the film, because there is literally a scene in which a character describes Greg in this way. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl »
- Michael Smith
Every year a number of indie comedies bow at Sundance to good word-of-mouth, but once the festival ends the rest of us approach with caution, perhaps rightfully so. Quirkiness and weirdness are too often used to cover a weak foundation, to hide the cracks instead of filling them. When a movie relies on such flimsy attributes, it crumbles before our very eyes, but when heart rests at its core, it can be truly special. Ultimately that is what makes Me and Earl and the Dying Girl as good as it is; no reason to proceed with caution, just open your arms and embrace it. Adapted by Jesse Andrews from his novel of the same name, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl tells the story of Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), an awkward, self-deprecating high school kid determined to coast through his senior year as anonymously as possible. Over the course »
- Jordan Benesh
It’s been one of the most buzzed-about films since it bowed at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Now, the rest of us will finally get a chance to see what the fuss is about when it comes to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl as the movie starts making its way into Canadian theatres beginning June 12.
It’s a movie for film lovers, for book lovers, for friends. The movie has been dubbed all of those things because, well, it is all of those things and more. Based on the Ya novel of the same name by Jesse Andrews (who also penned the screenplay), Me and Earl is a coming-of-age tale that’s more than just a story about a friendship between two guys and a girl with cancer.
Greg (Thomas Mann) is a high schooler who spends most of his free time making movies with »
- Rachel West
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