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A YouTube star plans to eat a photo of Jason Segel every day until the actor agrees to return the favor. Yesterday marked the first day of a challenge posed by YouTube user Dog S—, who uploaded a 4:21 video to the platform in which he chomps at a headshot of the “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” actor. He doesn’t really say anything but occasionally stops to drinks some water. Then, at the end, he says “Hey Jason” while staring into the camera, before the hashtag #Eatmyfacesegel appears. See Video: Watch the Trailer for Robert Redford's Eerie Afterlife Film ' »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
This is why we don’t negotiate with terrorists. Look, I understand that people try to get attention on their Youtube channels each day and I’m biting. I’ve stooped to the lowest level on earth by actually sharing this. But how could you not? I mean, seriously? How could you not share something like this when it’s going on? It has to make you wonder how you’re a part of the same species as certain others in our clan. You read the title of this article correctly. There is a person, a human being, in this world that we live in,
This Guy is Eating a Picture of Jason Segel Every Day Until Segel Reciprocates »
- Nat Berman
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
The Lego Batman Movie won the weekend as expected, but not with nearly as much money as I had predicted, not besting the opening of The Lego Movie as expected, but instead ending up with a reasonable and not so bad $53 million. Fifty Shades Darker proved that the audience for movies based on the popular books was still great enough for it to win Friday with $21 million (to Lego Batman’s $15 million) and end up second for the weekend with a strong $46.6 million. That was still almost $40 million less than the opening of the previous movie Fifty Shades of Grey, but the sequel also didn’t have the benefits of Valentine’s Day and a four-day holiday. Coming in »
- Edward Douglas
Riley Keough has been on the kind of streak few young actresses get to experience. Steven Soderbergh knew talent when he saw it, casting the actress in “Magic Mike,” “The Girlfriend Experience,” and his upcoming “Logan Lucky.” Overall, Keough has seen a flurry of doors open, landing roles in George Miller‘s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” with a forthcoming slate of movies that includes: “The Discovery” with Rooney Mara and Jason Segel; Trey Edward Shults‘ “It Comes At Night“; and David Robert Mitchell‘s “Under The Silver Lake.” And now she’s adding another auteur to her CV.
- Kevin Jagernauth
In the last few years, Riley Keough has carved out quite a burgeoning career, working with George Miller, Andrea Arnold, Steven Soderbergh, David Robert Mitchell, Trey Edward Shults, and, for her most recent premiere, Charlie McDowell. Starring alongside Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Robert Redford, and Jesse Plemons, The Discovery finds her playing Lacey, a character attempting to rebuild her own life under the guidance of Redford’s character after the afterlife was discovered.
While at Sundance Film Festival, I sat down with the actress to discuss the emotional sci-fi film, how realistic it might be, the ethical questions behind it, as well her promising upcoming year, her favorite sci-fi films, her thoughts on television after The Girlfriend Experience, and much more. Check out the conversation below.
The Film Stage: There’s great world-building right from the beginning, and I was curious if it was all in the script, or did »
- Jordan Raup
The "No More Drama" singer celebrated her 46th birthday with close friends and family at a private residence in Deer Valley, Utah, on Jan. 20. Guests included Aisha Tyler, DJ Nice, Jason Mitchell, and her sister, Latonya Blige. The party was catered by The Hudson restaurant, which provided tasty bites like quinoa bowls, skirt steak and street corn. Those in attendance sipped on D'usse mixed cocktails and feasted on a delicious cake emblazoned with "Happy Birthday Queen."
Photos: Star Sightings at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Earlier in the day, Jon Hamm was spotted in Park City, Utah, promoting his latest film, Marjorie Prime. The 45-year-old actor took time off his busy schedule to stop by the Variety Studio at Sundance to get acquainted with the new Google Home, a voice-activated speaker designed to play any song in the world. Hamm's tune of choice was "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin.
The Discovery Review The Discovery (2017), Film Review from the 33rd Annual Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Charlie McDowell, starring Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, and Ron Canada. A common theme of this year’s Sundance Film Festival has been the abundance of extremely interesting premises that are poorly executed. Add this Netflix Original to the list. The film explores various existential questions: […] »
- Drew Stelter
After premiering his directorial debut, the futuristic, mind-bending romance The One I Love here in Park City three years ago, director Charlie McDowell returns with the dystopian future drama The Discovery. Part Philip K. Dick, part Stanley Kubrick, with a dash of Christopher Nolan, The Discovery follows Will (Jason Segel), a neurosurgeon whose physicist father Dr. Harbor (Robert Redford) is even more renowned, radical and revolutionary in the medical field. Harbor has… »
The 36-year-old actress sold her Brooklyn home she shared with Ledger -- whom she dated for three years -- in December 2015, and in a new interview, she opens up about the devastation she experienced. Ledger died in 2008 due to an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, and Sunday marked the 9-year anniversary of his death.
"At that time, I was inconsolable, because I felt, 'How will he be able to find us?'" Williams tells WSJ. Magazine for their February issue. "This is where we lived, and he won't know where we are."
"And now I can't believe I thought that," she reflects. "Maybe that's what's making me cry is I feel sad for the person who thought he won't be able »
Deadline is holding its Sundance Film Festival portrait and video studio at the Applegate Reel Food Café on Main Street in Park City, opening its doors to this year’s most riveting and groundbreaking filmmakers. Guests stopping by the Deadline Studio on Day 2 included Al Gore (An Incovenient Sequel), John Legend (Underground), Rooney Mara and Jason Segel (The Discovery) and many more. In between Deadline’s video chats and photo shoots, guests sampled sweet and savory… »
Over the past couple of years, it seems that if a new TV show hasn’t been adapted from a movie, then there’s a strong likelihood that it’s actually a revival or a reboot of an old series (see The X-Files, 24, Full House, Prison Break, Gilmore Girls, Will & Grace, Twin Peaks et al).
Naturally, this has led to a lot of speculation as to which other shows could be set for a return to the air, but any Freaks and Geeks fans out there wondering if Judd Apatow and Paul Feig might be keen on dusting off the comedy-drama for a second season are probably going to be disappointed with Apatow’s response to that very question.
“I don’t want to do more Freaks and Geeks because we liked how it ended, so I feel it’s unwrapping something and seeing if you can not screw it »
- Gary Collinson
If climate change is an inconvenient truth, then overwhelming scientific evidence of the afterlife would be an immobilizing one. And so it is in Charlie McDowell’s “The Discovery,” a provocative slice of theoretical sci-fi that isn’t about death so much as the things that mortality forces into focus.
By turns resoundingly human and regretfully half-baked, the film wears its influences on its sleeve, beginning with a brilliant prologue that recalls the opening sequence of “Children of Men.” Doctor Thomas Harber (Robert Redford, commanding in his small but vital role) is introduced on a television monitor, a mediated version of himself flickering on the screen. He’s preparing to give his first interview in the six months since he’s found compelling data in support of the idea that something — brainwaves, energy, a soul — leaves the body after it expires. During those six months, more than a million people have committed suicide, »
- David Ehrlich
Plot: A scientist (Robert Redford) is able to prove the existence of the afterlife, a discovery that leads to millions of suicides all over the globe. Years later, his son (Jason Segel) returns home with a mysterious woman (Rooney Mara), and both find themselves drawn into his father.s new project, which promises a glimpse into this newly-confirmed afterlife. Review: Sundance 2017 may well go down as... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Robert Redford has discovered the afterlife so everyone is trying to get there fast in this slack-paced, heavily-signposted love story
The Discovery posits a world in which an afterlife has been scientifically proven. There are no specifics, other than concrete evidence that brainwaves move to a different plane of existence. The public reacts with a drastic spike in suicides, as unhappy people rush to “get there”. Hitting reset is an understandable impulse, especially after watching a film which starts so promising only to get bogged down in dreary, desultory scenes and confusing plot contortions.
Jason Segel is the determined man whose name just happens to be Will, and Rooney Mara is the emotionally isolated woman whose name just happens to be Isla. Everybody got that? Okay. They meet on an otherwise empty ferryboat to an unnamed destination, a seaside town during the off-season. Segel’s father, Dr Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford »
- Jordan Hoffman
Following up their delightfully original debut “The One I Love” with a less playful piece of speculative fiction, writer-director Charlie McDowell and co-scenarist Justin Lader suggest the unexpected, even disastrous consequences that might arise if mankind were to receive definitive proof that there is an afterlife. Though “The Discovery” starts out with a great premise, its mystery dissipates over a somewhat tepid course as the concept ultimately heads in a direction we’ve seen many times before, and depends overmuch on chemistry that fails to materialize between stars Jason Segel and Rooney Mara. Netflix is releasing the film both to theaters and streaming on March 31; response is likely to be muted.
Long estranged from his father for reasons that emerge later on, neurologist Will (Segel) is nonetheless visiting him now, at a time when the latter has retreated from enormous public controversy. Two years earlier, Dr. Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford »
- Dennis Harvey
Park City – Is there life after death? It’s a question that’s been a recurring theme in both the written word and visual arts for as long as man has walked he earth. What is rarely considered, however, is how the world would react if definitive proof of some sort of afterlife was found. That’s the initial and, frankly, most interesting conceit of Charlie McDowell’s “The Discovery” which debuted Friday night at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
- Gregory Ellwood
If you knew what was to come after death, would you live your life differently? Or would you want to live at all? These are but a few life-altering questions at the center of The Discovery, Charlie McDowell’s follow-up to The One I Love, another film which used the backdrop of a science-fiction premise as a playground for exploring universal emotional quandaries. While the director/co-writer’s skill at world-building has expanded, as has his cast, his second film retains a similar, welcome sense of relatability, favoring an emotional throughline over Primer-esque scientific explanation. There’s no greater human truth than death and McDowell uses this to fuel our imagination about what might await, doing so in a way that, like the best sci-fi, stimulates introspection on the part of the viewer.
It’s been two years since Doctor Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) revealed a scientific breakthrough that altered the world forever. »
- Jordan Raup
Et has details on what some of your favorite celebs have been up to recently that you might have missed.
At the Equinox Sports Club lounge in Los Angeles, hosts Nicole Kidman, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Rumer Willis joined 1976 Olympians Caitlyn Jenner and Nadia Comaneci to welcome a new generation of Team USA to Hollywood at CW3PR's 4th Gold Meets Golden event on Jan. 7. The honorees included Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and NFL pro boyfriend Colton Underwood, Conor Dwyer, Ashton Eaton and Brianne Thiesen-Eaton, Dannell Leyva and Kristi Castlin.
Jack Nicholson will turn 80 this spring, and though the last movie he did came out in 2010, he has never officially retired. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t retired, according to Peter Fonda, with whom Nicholson has been close since the two made “Easy Rider.”
“I think he is basically retired,” Fonda told Page Six at this month’s BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party, held annually in Los Angeles. “I don’t want to speak for him, but he has done a lot of work and he has done very well as a person financially.”
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Four years ago, rumors circulated that the actor was slowing down due to memory loss, but those claims were swiftly denied by his representatives. “Sometimes people have a reason that you don’t know, and it’s not for me to ask,” said Fonda. »
- Jude Dry
Although the 2016 season in film isn't quite over until the Oscars take place, 2017's newest and most anticipated films are about to usher their way onto the (screen) scene. The Sundance Film Festival has arrived! This year's festival consists of 113 full-length films coming from as many as 31 countries and debuting 36 first-time filmmakers. Those included in the lineup come from a whopping 13,782 submissions, 95 of which will be world premieres. And to save you some trouble (read: countless hours scrolling Rotten Tomatoes), we've rounded up the most eagerly awaited movies you're most likely to hear about postpremiere. How about that for upping your indie culture game? 1. Before I Fall Director: Ry Russo-Young Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Diego Boneta This is a book-to-film adaptation based on the 2010 novel of same name by Lauren Oliver. High schooler Samantha Kingston (Deutch) thinks she has it all, living life amongst her Mean Girls-esque clique, »
- McCall Minnor
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