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Jason Segel on Why It Was Time to Redefine His Career in 'The End of the Tour'

20 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 'The End of the Tour' Sundance Reviews: Jason Segel Impresses as David Foster Wallace With the release of James Ponsoldt's acclaimed "The End of the Tour" this weekend, star Jason Segel joins the ranks of popular comedians who have successfully transitioned to powerful dramatic roles. Following iconic author David Foster Wallace as he's joined by Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) on the last few days of his "Infinite Jest" book tour, the indie has earned Segal the best reviews of his career for effortlessly sinking into Wallace's conflicted shoes.  Currently on a press tour of his own touting the release of the upcoming drama, Segel joined Rolling Stone's David Fear at 92Y in New York City to discuss the challenges and liberation of playing one of the most influential literary figures of the 20th century. As Fear made note of in his introduction, »

- Zack Sharf

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The End Of The Tour Review

21 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This is a reprint of our review from the Independent Film Festival Boston. 

The American Dream hinges on a set process, a progression that each and every individual pursuing it is bound to follow. Society dictates that if you work hard, seek academic and spiritual education, push past every barrier and consistently look to the future, success – and the personal sense of fulfillment that success will bring – can eventually be yours. But what happens when you finally triumph, seizing your dreams and securing the life you’ve always wanted – only to find that the happiness that was promised is nowhere to be found, and you still feel as deplorably vacant inside as before?

That existential emptiness is what appears to haunt author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) in every moment of James Ponsoldt’s sublimely elegiac The End of the Tour, which centers on a days-long interview between Wallace and »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Guess I should have checked twitter before chatting with Jesse Eisenberg

27 July 2015 4:13 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There has to be some irony in the fact I missed a key opportunity to ask Jesse Eisenberg about a very incendiary comment while interviewing him about a movie where he plays a journalist who scored a rare interview with one of the greatest authors of the 20th Century.  It may not fully fall under the definition of irony, but it certainly deserves some sort of shake of the head. Eisenberg and Jason Segel were in Los Angeles on July 14 to discuss their roles in the critically acclaimed drama “The End of the Tour.”  Directed by James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”), “Tour” chronicles the five days Rolling Stone magazine writer David Lipsky (Eisenberg) spent interviewing the usually press-shy David Foster Wallace (Segel) following the release of his 1996 novel “Infinite Jest.” The movie debuted last January at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and both actors received strong marks (HitFix’s Dan Fienberg »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Review: James Ponsoldt's Moving, Intimate And Winning 'The End Of The Tour' Starring Jesse Eisenberg And Jason Segel

27 July 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Recreating a special moment in time can be difficult. Capturing what’s supposed to be a five-day conversation between two artists/writers secondhand (thirdhand, even) is even tougher. James Ponsoldt’s “The End Of The Tour” — a film about a Rolling Stone journalist shadowing author David Foster Wallace for a profile piece on the renowned writer — doesn’t look like much of a movie on paper. In fact, it feels like a play. At first, the picture doesn’t seem like it has enough compelling reasons to justify its existence. But as it begins to open up and build a head full of steam, “The End Of The Tour” becomes an incredibly winning and engaging portrait of friendship, lasting connection, and mutual understanding. In what is easily a career-best performance, Jason Segel plays the conflicted, bandana-wearing genius Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg portrays David Lipsky, the Rolling Stone writer who pitched »

- Rodrigo Perez

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7 Must-See Movies About Writers

27 July 2015 1:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Jason Segel Wows in First Trailer for 'The End of the Tour' This week, audiences will meet the first-ever filmic representation of David Foster Wallace. Jason Segel embodies the enigmatic American literary icon in James Ponsoldt's "The End of the Tour," a rousing tête-à-tête between Wallace and a journalist (played by Jesse Eisenberg) who spent three days with him for a Rolling Stone feature. The film got us thinking about the way writers are represented in movies, from their ethical struggles to their deepest personal demons. Here are seven of the most interesting movies made about writers. 1. AdaptationNicolas Cage stars as both Charlie and Donald Kaufman in this labyrinthine work of metacinema directed by Spike Jonze. Real-life screenwriter Charlie Kaufman wrote the story, which chronicles his personal struggle to adapt Susan Orlean's nonfiction book "The Orchid Thief" into a movie, even as dramatic elements of the. »

- Emily Buder

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The End of the Tour Movie Review

26 July 2015 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The End Of The Tour A24 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya.  Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: James Ponsoldt Screenwriter:  Donald Margulies from David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace Cast:  Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner Screened at: Digital Arts, NYC, 6/15/15 Opens:  July 31, 2015 David Foster Wallace’s 1996 book Infinite Jest may not be The Great American Novel, but some literary cognoscenti have pronounced it one of the one hundred best works of American fiction.  What is traditionally considered The Great American novel is Moby Dick and there  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Review: The End of the Tour

26 July 2015 8:41 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

This was previously reviewed as part of our Sundance 2015 coverage. Plot: In the winter of 1996, Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) is sent out to write a profile of author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), who's nearing the end of his book tour for 'Infinite Jest'. Review: Director James Ponsoldt is clearly one of the most consistently exciting directors to have emerge from Sundance over... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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'Ant-Man' Barely Beats 'Pixels' with $24.7M Box Office Win

26 July 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Despite competition from three new movies in wide release this weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man held on to the top spot at the box office with $24.7 million. The studio's final Phase Two adventure dropped 56.7% from last weekend's $58 million tally, currently standing at $106 million domestically and $120.4 million internationally for a worldwide total of $226.4 million, from a $130 million budget. The superhero movie pulled in a respectable $6,403 per-screen average this weekend from 3,868 theaters, and its 56.7% drop is actually better than The Incredible Hulk and Captain America: The First Avenger, both of which dropped more than 60% in their second weekends in theaters.

Ant-Man just barely beat out its top competitor this weekend, Sony Pictures' video game comedy Pixels, which debuted in second place with an estimated $24 million. Pixels scored a $6,446 per-screen average from 3,723 theaters, opening far lower than many projections, some of which had it earning over $40 million this weekend. The film, which stars Adam Sandler, »

- MovieWeb

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Box Office Predictions: Will 'Pixels' Defeat 'Ant-Man'?

24 July 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Marvel's Ant-Man took the top spot at the box office when it hit theaters last weekend, taking in $58 million. While it kept the studio's streak of 12 consecutive movies opening at #1, it was the second-lowest opening weekend in the studio's history, behind 2008's The Incredible Hulk ($55.4 million). This weekend, Ant-Man and the rest of the holdovers take on three vastly different contenders, Sony's video game themed comedy Pixels, 20th Century Fox's young adult drama Paper Towns and The Weinstein Company's boxing drama Southpaw, two of which will likely out-gross Ant-Man.

The PG-13 comedy Pixels, which stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad, looks to take the top spot away from Ant-Man with just over $40 million. The movie, based on a 2010 short film by Patrick Jean, features a number of classic video game characters who are brought to life by an alien race to attack Earth. Pixels will open in 3,723 theaters starting today, »

- MovieWeb

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The End of the Tour | Review

23 July 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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

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How Cobie Smulders Met Her 'Unexpected' Indie-Movie Future

23 July 2015 7:26 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Cobie Smulders is not accustomed to being singled out. The How I Met Your Mother star and Marvel universe apparatchik tends to operate in the company of others, which is why she found herself somewhat stricken with panic earlier this year at the Sundance premiere of her latest film, Unexpected, which opens in theaters and on demand this Friday. "Oh shit," she recalls thinking. "I'm in every scene."

It's true, she is — though it's about time. Fans of her CBS sitcom, which concluded its nine-season run last year, might agree »

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What I Watched, What You Watched #305

19 July 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Last week in theaters I saw The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ant-Man and The End of the Tour. You already have my review of Ant-Man here, I can't tell you what I thought of U.N.C.L.E. until Aug. 10 and I will say I enjoyed End of the Tour and I'll be interviewing Jason Segel here in Seattle next Thursday. My week, however, didn't end there. I also watched the Criterion edition of Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour and I still need to dig into the features, but I know everyone praises this film as if it's one of the all time greats, but I had a really hard time becoming invested. I also watched The Maze Runner yesterday evening and my god, what a waste of time that movie is. Talk about nothing happening. On the television I watched "True Detective", the first four episodes of "Ballers »

- Brad Brevet

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Paul Rudd Tried to Prank Jason Segel at a Urinal

17 July 2015 3:12 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Paul Rudd loves pranks! He also loves his genitals, and, apparently, they often meet. After running into logistical problems doing Sharon Stone's leg-crossing move from Basic Instinct for one Michael Douglas on the set of Ant-Man, Rudd has another spirited but failed tale to tell on Conan. This one, he says, involves Jason Segel, a urinal, and an embarrassing ending. Side note: Can we put in a request for Rudd and Clooney to have a prank-off? »

- E. Alex Jung

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Q&A: Judd Apatow on ‘Trainwreck,’ Finding Amy Schumer and the Dangers of a Selfie

17 July 2015 1:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At the world premiere of “Trainwreck” at the SXSW Film Festival last March, the loudest laughs from inside the theater came from the film’s director, Judd Apatow. Slumped down in a seat behind his new star, Amy Schumer, Apatow was so invested in the story about a thirtysomething magazine journalist who emerges from a series of one-night stands to begrudgingly find true love that he actually shushed a nearby, mortified fan who tried to open a candy wrapper.

Later, Apatow and Schumer would deliver a standup comedy set in Austin that provided the launching pad for a national tour they’d announce. And “Trainwreck,” which opens today, will keep the laughs coming. Apatow, one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood (“Girls,” “Anchorman 2,” “Begin Again,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday,” etc.), has been selective about his own directorial projects. “Trainwreck” is his first film since 2012’s “This is 40, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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‘Vacation’ Reboot Writers Will Pen Marvel’s New ‘Spider-Man’ Movie

16 July 2015 7:09 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s amazing to see how far writing pair John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein have come. Daley familiarly started out in the Judd Apatow stable as one of the lead kids on “Freaks & Geeks.” While his career didn’t take off in front of the camera like Seth Rogen or Jason Segel, Daley did take Apatow’s write, write, write and write creed to heart. The pair haven't written any classic comedies (yet), and their movies "Horrible Bosses," its sequel, and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," aren't superb, but they’ve consistently been penning high profile work. Just how good is their “Vacation” reboot? (Which they wrote and also directed.) According to Warner Bros., it's terrific—they moved their directorial debut up from an October date to a much stronger summer bow. By all early accounts, it’s going to be a big hit. Thanks to their screenwriting prowess, »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Ruddy or Not: How Paul Rudd's Roles Stack Up

16 July 2015 8:14 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

With his starring role in the Marvel superhero blockbuster Ant-Man, Paul Rudd seems set to embark on a new phase in his career: action hero. But there's a scene late in the movie when, caught kissing another character, his ex-con-turned-insect-controlling-good-guy Scott Lang starts to faux-blame the deed on his partner before gracefully skirting away. It's a classic Rudd moment, and a reminder of what he brings to the table even when he's playing a comic-book character.

What is that exactly, you ask? In general, his characters tend to be earnest and romantic, »

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Hugh Jackman Exits Collateral Beauty; Johnny Depp Eyed As Replacement

15 July 2015 7:13 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Hugh Jackman’s long-standing commitment to playing adamantium-clawed mutant Wolverine across multiple X-Men films has just forced him to drop out of Collateral Beauty, the gestating drama that’s next on deck for Me & Earl & the Dying Girl helmer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, according to Deadline.

Jackman was committed to the buzzy drama but couldn’t make it work with shooting commitments for James Mangold’s untitled Wolverine stand-alone, which serve as the actor’s final outing as the beloved superhero character. One has to wonder whether Jackman wishes he could have taken off the claws for good a little earlier, seeing as his deals for the role are still making it problematic for him to balance other dramatic fare.

Nevertheless, PalmStar is moving ahead with the pic and is reportedly eyeing Johnny Depp to take over the lead role. Collateral Beauty is one of the more competitive titles on the market right now, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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‘The End Of The Tour’ Soundtrack Features R.E.M., Felt, Brian Eno & Danny Elfman

15 July 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“From early on, R.E.M. and Brian Eno were a band and a musician that sort of factored into the time that David Lipsky and David Foster Wallace spent together,” director James Ponsoldt told ComingSoon recently. “And they had conversations about what they listened to. So I knew that R.E.M. and Eno would feature in the movie.” And indeed they do. Lakeshore Records has released details on the soundtrack for “The End of The Tour,” Ponsoldt’s latest drama that stars Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel. Read More: Sundance Review: James Ponsoldt’s ‘The End Of The Tour’ Starring Jason Segel & Jesse Eisenberg Set in the mid 90s and chronicling the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter as well as novelist David Lipsky (Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, »

- Edward Davis

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Hugh Jackman Leaves Collateral Beauty

15 July 2015 1:51 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Looks like Collateral Beauty director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will have to make do without Hugh Jackman in his follow-up to Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. Deadline reports that the Wolverine star has had to drop out of the drama because of a diary clash with, well, the next Wolverine. Still, all is not lost: the producers behind the film are apparently looking to make a deal with Johnny Depp to step in and co-star alongside Rooney Mara. So given that Jackman will be seen onscreen with Mara in Pan playing Blackbeard, they’re looking to replace a pirate with a pirate…Allan Loeb wrote the screenplay, which finds a New York advertising agency, and a man – presumably Depp’s character, if he signs on – struggling with depression after a tragedy that turns his world upside down. His colleagues devise a hugely unconventional plan to break him out of it, »

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Goodbye Hugh Jackman, Hello Johnny Depp (Maybe) For 'Collateral Beauty'

15 July 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Although Hugh Jackman will soon say goodbye to Wolverine with X-Men: Apocalypse and James Mangold's upcoming Wolverine sequel, in the process of putting away the claws the actor has to give away some other roles in the meantime. That would include the lead role in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's much talked-about Me & Earl & the Dying Girl follow-up Collateral Beauty, also starring Rooney Mara. It was only last month when the Aussie actor signed onto the project, but time commitments apparently won't let Jackman play the role when production begins this fall. Producers don't seem too discouraged, though, for they've taken their efforts towards bagging another big-name star: Johnny Depp. Even if the Mortdecai's star seems to be fading these days, Depp does have the buzzed Black Mass coming up, in addition to another Pirates of the Caribbean sequel set for release in two years time. So don't rule out a comeback, »

- Will Ashton

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