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Arguably the most outrageous line in the consistently bonkers heist comedy “Masterminds” occurs just four minutes in, after Zach Galifianakis, playing an armored-truck driver with an overgrown beard and Little Lord Fauntleroy haircut, shoots a hole in his shorts when ineptly trying to holster a handgun in his waistband. It is then that director Jared Hess (making his funniest film since “Napoleon Dynamite”) flashes the words “Based on a true story” across the screen. Sure enough, as crazy as the details can get, the basic facts of how a handful of rednecks stole, squandered, and were ultimately forced to surrender nearly $17 million in Loomis Fargo loot are true, making for a movie that will leave many gawking in disbelief — and the beleaguered Relativity laughing all the way to the bank.
- Peter Debruge
There’s a pretty good heist story buried underneath the muddled, sloppy mess that is “Masterminds.” After all, the film is based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery, in which an employee of the armored truck company attempted to make off with nearly $20 million in a daring (and daringly stupid) act of criminal inspiration. Jared Hess’ film, his followup to the critically maligned “Don Verdean,” is so deeply unfunny that it’s probably wise to imagine what could have been. Despite a stacked cast of typically reliable talent, including Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Owen Wilson, Hess’ feature is practically anti-comedy, a punishing 94-minute endurance test with nearly zero return.
- Kate Erbland
Relativity Studios has just released a brand new trailer and some new photos from their upcoming action-comedy, Masterminds, and believe it or not this is Inspired by true events.
In this action comedy inspired by true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who »
- Kellvin Chavez
Some movies based on true stories are meant to inspire the audience, by presenting a tale of how a real person overcame insurmountable odds to achieve greatness. There are others, though, that recount tales so outlandish most won't believe them to be true. Relativity Media's Masterminds is the second kind of true story adaptation, as you can see in the new trailer that was released today.
In Relativity Media's action comedy inspired by true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. »
Zach Galifianakis is discovering the true meaning of adventure that’s far beyond his wildest dreams in the new official trailer and images from his upcoming action crime film, ‘Masterminds.’ The clip and photos from the comedy were released by Relativity Studios, which is set to distribute the movie in theaters on September 30. ‘Masterminds’ is the latest comedy from director Jared Hess, who also helmed the 2004 critically acclaimed and box office smash, ‘Napoleon Dynamite.’ The upcoming film was written by Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer and Emily Spivey. In addition to Galifianakis, ‘Masterminds’ also stars Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Ken Marino, Jason Sudeikis, Devin Ratray, Jon Daly, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Episodes: 30 (half-hour)
TV show dates: August 1, 2013 -- November 3, 2015
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
Prock (Meyers) has always wanted to be a superhero like his father. Now that the original Mr. Awesome has retired, he has the opportunity to step into his shoes.
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The 2016 Writers Guild of America awards winners have been announced. In the original screenplay category Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies will be going up against the likes of Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck, while the adapted screenplay sees The Big Short compete against Carol, The Martian, Steve Jobs and Trumbo.
The awards also take in documentary material, and television productions. You can see the rest of the nominations below.
- Paul Heath
The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.
Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths »
- Jeff Beck
8 items from 2016
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