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Longtime Daily Show scribe/correspondent Wyatt Cenac — who recently made waves after detailing a rocky relationship with Jon Stewart — will next turn his attention to The Group, TBS’ upcoming comedy pilot in which he will star.
The Group — which counts Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) among its executive producers — focuses on skeptical journalist Wyatt Jones (Cenac), who investigates a support group for people who believe they have been abducted by aliens. The more he digs into the oddballs’ claims, however, the more confused, intrigued and seduced he becomes.
The cast also includes Oscar Nuñez »
The latest celebrity to come out as a proud supporter of Bachelor Nation? That would be Michael Sheen, star of Showtime's Masters of Sex — and it's all Sarah Silverman's fault. The actor confessed to Us Weekly the morning after Kaitlyn Bristowe made her fateful decision that he and his girlfriend are hardcore devotees of the show. "I watched the final [episode] of The Bachelorette last night, which was a big, big night," Sheen, 46, said with a laugh. "I was very glad to finish work in time [...] »
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
2015’s Toronto International Film Festival, now in its 40th year, will kick off the fall festival season with their opening night film, Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal in Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club. Over 350 films are among this year’s festival.
Tiff 15’s list of Special Presentation is an incredible list of new films from Michael Moore (Where to Invade Next), Charlie Kaufmann (Anomalisa), Scott Cooper (Black Mass), Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), Cary Fukunaga (Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation), and Jacques Audiard (Dheepan). Several of the titles were among this year’s Cannes lineup, including The Lobster, Youth, and Louder than Bombs.
Deepa Meetha’s Beeba Boys, Stephen Frears’s Lance Armstrong movie The Program, Freeheld, starring last year’s Oscar winner Julianne Moore alongside Ellen Page, Steve Carell, and Michael Shannon, Atom Egoyan’s Remember, and Brian Helgeland’s Tom Hardy »
- Brian Welk
We have to wait another 7 months until the new Terrence Malick film. Broad Green Pictures has announced release dates for two outstanding films that already premiered at festivals (via The Wrap). First, they'll open Sarah Silverman's I Smile Back, a Sundance drug drama directed by Adam Salky, in theaters on October 23rd this fall (read Ethan's review). The one everyone is anxiously awaiting is Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, which already premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year (read my review from Berlinale). Knight of Cups is scheduled for release starting March 4th, 2016 early next year. Not too long of a wait, but it's certainly worth it since this is Malick getting back to form. The film will start limited and go wider in March. In Malick's Knight of Cups, Christian Bale stars as Rick, an uninspired screenwriter living on the event horizon of all the vice, »
- Alex Billington
“Knight of Cups” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February.
Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green and Ken Kao are producing. Malick’s last film, “To the Wonder,” starred Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko and grossed less than $3 million worldwide. His 2011 film, “The Tree of Life,” took in more than $50 million worldwide.
Variety‘s Justin Chang called the film “flawed but fascinating” in his review at Berlin.
Year-old Broad Green, which specializes in adult-oriented dramas such as “99 Homes,” also set awards-season releases for two other titles — an Oct. 23 release date for suburban drama “I Smile Back, »
- Dave McNary
Broad Green Pictures has announced that Terrence Malick’s star-studded “Knight of Cups” will arrive in theaters on March 4, 2016, while Sarah Silverman’s Sundance drama “I Smile Back” will hit theaters on October 23. Additionally, “The Dark Horse” starring Cliff Curtis and James Rollerston, will be released Dec. 11, 2015. “Knight of Cups” stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Frieda Pinto, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas and Teresa Palmer. Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green and Ken Kao produced the film. Also Read: Terrence Malick Establishes Creative Partnership With Broad Green Pictures Bale stars as Rick, an uninspired screenwriter living on the event. »
- Jeff Sneider
The film premiered at the Berlinale earlier this year and also stars Cate Blanchett, Frieda Pinto, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas and Teresa Palmer. Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green and Ken Kao produce.
Bale plays an uninspired screenwriter in Los Angeles on a personal journey to discover the meaning of life.
Broad Green swooped on the film and Malick’s follow-up back in February in a deal reportedly worth $6.5m.
The company announced that Sundance selection I Smile Back starring Sarah Silverman and Josh Charles will be released October 23, while festival favourite The Dark Horse starring Cliff Curtis and James Rollerston will be open on December 11.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Seth Rogen is throwing James Franco a Bar Mitzvah. The 33-year-old actor has revealed he is throwing the special ceremony for his 'The Interview' co-star, whose mother is Jewish, at his fourth annual variety show in Los Angeles on October 17, 2015 to help raise funds for he and his wife Lauren Miller Rogen's organisation Hilarity for Charity. In a statement, the comedian said: ''Ever since I've known James, he's been talking about wanting a Bar Mitzvah. ''We're excited to see him finally become a man while also helping us raise awareness and funds for people living with Alzheimer's and towards research that will lead to a cure. And in celebration we'll also have a mohel and a live bris for James at the event.'' Last year's prom-themed show featured appearances from Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Rudd, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Sarah Silverman, and raised $1 million for the charity, which »
Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, set up Hilarity for Charity to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and inspire change among the millennial generation after her mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at age 55. Tickets go on sale for the fourth annual show Aug. 11.
“Ever since I’ve known James, he’s been talking about wanting a bar mitzvah,” Seth Rogen said in a statement. “We’re excited to see him finally become a man while also helping us raise awareness and funds for people living with Alzheimer’s and towards research that will lead to a cure. And in celebration we’ll also have a mohel and a live »
- Shalini Dore
Comedian Tig Notaro first gained notoriety back in 2012, when she performed at Largo in Los Angeles and received instant praise from fellow stand-up performer, Louis C.K. Her material was raw, and full of excruciating honesty — after all, she was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer and lost her mother earlier that year. In her now legendary set, it was clear she was wrestling with demons, yet managed to incorporate her struggles into an unforgettable performance. Actor and comedian Ed Helms was also in attendance, tweeting it was "one of the most amazing stand-up sets [he'd] ever seen." Three short (and arduous) years later, Notaro is now a comedy household name. Comic heavyweights such as Jack Black (who at one point in the promo, below, refers to her as a "rare panther"), Margaret Cho, Reggie Watts and Sarah Silverman are among fans of her work, an acerbic blend I really don't give a fuck, »
- Ruben Guevara
Read More: Tig Notaro Went 'Through Hell' and to Strangers' Houses, But Stayed Very, Very Funny Tig Notaro has been through a lot in the last several years, but she has let nothing slow her down, using tragedy as fuel for her journey to success. Three years after her diagnosis with stage II breast cancer, Notaro has a Grammy nomination under her belt, a Sundance sensation documenting her struggle, and a loyal following comprised of everyone from the Lgbtq community, to cancer survivors, to her fellow comedy stars. Many of the latter appear in the trailer for Notaro's upcoming comedy special on HBO. Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Kristen Schaal, James Corden and more sing her praises ("I had no idea that she was so famous," marvels Corden) and profess their love for Tig. Cheryl Hines says, "I hope she's watching this. She's gonna throw up." Notaro herself appears only briefly at the end, »
- Sara Itkis
My Left Fist: Fuqua’s Sports Drama a Familiar, Emotionally Charged Comeback
After another recent dalliance in action genre schlock, director Antoine Fuqua returns with the type of cinema he does best—gritty, explosively violent dramatics carried on the weight of strong central characters portrayed persuasively by notable performers. Though this condensed, streamlined character study eschews typical grandiose third act fireworks, and a refreshing lack of a rushed romantic entanglement, its protagonist’s challenges often feel easily overcome. This enhances the narrative’s predictability and familiarity, even though it’s emotionally potent and well-written. Television scribe Kurt Sutter of “The Shield” and “Sons of Anarchy” proves to be as equally adept in his stellar concoction of provocative central characters. However, a handful of supporting figurers played by notable actors are barely introduced, as if they’re promised tangents that would’ve been returned to in longer form narrative.
Boxer Billy »
- Nicholas Bell
The Masters of Sex actor will lend his voice to a robot who's travelling alongside Lawrence and Pratt's character on a spaceship to a faraway planet, according to Variety.
The film follows a passenger on the ship as he wakes up 90 years too early from a cryogenic sleep and decides to wake up a female passenger too.
Sony Pictures is producing the film from a script by Jon Spaihts following numerous attempts by other production companies to bring it to the screen.
This is a reprint of our review of "Tig" from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film hits Netflix today. Tig Notaro is a remarkable person. A long-serving and much-respected comic (the kind often described as a “comedian’s comedian”) she was, until relatively recently, known only among true stand-up nerds, aside from a handful of appearances on “The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Community," and “The Office.” But then, in 2012, Notaro suffered a series of terrible events in her personal life, culminating in an August show at L.A’s Largo that immediately passed into legend: her friend Louis C.K, who was present at the show, tweeted afterwards that, “In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo.” C.K. persuaded Notaro to release the audio from the night on his website as a comedy album, and the result, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Looking to find a band to play your wedding? In a new sketch, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have you covered. The two comedians, whose Comedy Central series Key & Peele recently returned for its fifth season, star as the two frontmen of a wedding band Absorption in a new sketch produced by Jash.
Jash, which for the past two years has delivered comedy videos from co-founders Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Reggie Watts, and Tim & Eric, produced the Absorption video for release on its secondary channel, Buh. In the video, Key and Peele’s characters explain the process through which they turn songs like “Jack & Diane,” “Black Betty,” and “We Found Love” into wedding jams. They’re joined by their backing band, which consists of “the best wedding band musicians of all time...certainly in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area.” Rapper 2Chainz also makes a guest appearance, in which he shows up »
- Sam Gutelle
I think we all know with Disney, sequels are never about ifs but whens. We already have an unsurprising continuation of Frozen confirmed to be in the works, so it would seem Wreck-It Ralph 2 was only a matter of time, and that time is today as the voice of the titular character, John C. Reilly, revealed he's signed on to lend his voice talents to the forthcoming animated movie. Reilly unveiled the announcement at the Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland's international film festival where the actor was this year's guest of honor. His name on the dotted line is about as much information that's known at this point-in-time. When the movie would be gearing towards production, when he would be getting in the booth to record lines or when the animation studio would hope to have this movie ready for theaters is all still unknown at this moment. Also confirming the »
- Will Ashton
This summer's Pixels isn't the first movie to utilize popular 80s video game characters in an original story. 2012's Wreck-It Ralph actually got their first, and it proved to be such a hit with young and old fans alike, Disney is finally moving forward on a sequel. John C. Reilly has officially announced that he will return to voice the title character, a destructive video game villain who just wants to be loved.
Producer Penny Hart of Irish radio show Rte Arena tweeted out the news shortly after the actor offered up the info during an interview at the Galway Film Festival. There has been talks about a sequel since the first film arrived three years ago, earning over $470 million at the worldwide box office. Rich Moore, who directed the first film, has, in the past, teased that Wreck-It Ralph 2 will have Ralph jumping into the worlds of online gaming and console gaming, »
Reilly reportedly revealed the news during a recent interview with Irish radio program Rte Arena, a scoop that was shared by the show's producer, Penny Hart, on Twitter. "John C Reilly announced at the interview today that he has signed on for Wreck it Ralph 2!" Hart wrote.
John C Reilly announced at the interview today that he has signed on for Wreck it Ralph 2!
- Penny Hart (@pennyrosehart) July 12, 2015
That's great news for fans of the clever flick, which centered around video game character Ralph (Reilly), who wanted to transform from a villain into a hero. The Oscar-nominated film featured lots of winking references to beloved video games including Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. (Mario himself is never featured, though Bowser »
- Katie Roberts
Just over a year ago, composer Henry Jackman let slip his impression that a sequel to Disney Animation's hit Wreck-It Ralph was in the works. All was quiet after that, but now John C. Reilly - the voice of Ralph himself - has revealed at the Galway Film Fleadh that he's officially signed up for Wreck-It Ralph 2.The first slice of 8-bit adventure grossed $471m worldwide, a more than respectable return on its $150m+ budget. It wowed nostalgic gamers and dazzled kids, with its story of a video-game villain questioning his place in the gaming universe and wondering if, perhaps, there isn’t more to life than smashing up buildings and being repeatedly bested by squeaky-clean hero Fix-It Felix, Jr. (Jack McBrayer). In cohoots with Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope von Schweetz, he sets off on a life-changing adventure across numerous gaming worlds.The rumour mill suggests that Disney have been »
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