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Targeting the lazy contrivances and conventions that permeate the romantic comedy genre, They Came Together is a hit and miss affair that lacks the cohesion and consistency of similar spoofs Airplane and The Naked Gun. Sporadic moments of inspiration and a wonderful cast, spearheaded by the effortlessly amiable leads Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, ensure that there's enough charm and laughs to make this a worthwhile experience.
Rather than unfolding in linear fashion, this tale about how Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler) overcame initial hatred to become a couple is recounted through flashbacks over the course of dinner with fellow amours Kyle (Bill Hader) and Karen (Ellie Kemper). This narrative framework instantly establishes the lampooning nature of the piece, with the diners amusingly discussing how »
After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.
In better news David Wain’s relatively well »
- Chris Holt
To celebrate the release of “They Came Together” this September, we’re giving you the chance to win a rom-com DVD bundle.
Starring comedy greats Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, They Came Together is an irreverent subversion of the romantic comedy genre that will be simultaneously released across cinemas nationwide, on digital download and premium on-demand on September 5th.
From the director of Wanderlust and Role Models, David Wain, this smart and fresh comedy takes on every romantic comedy cliché in the book and features laugh-out-loud performances from two of comedy’s leading lights.
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★★☆☆☆The quest for a new take on the romantic comedy has been a vague Hollywood inclination since Marc Webb's (500) Days of Summer (2009) 'reinvented' the genre by daring to implant a male character in the leading role. David Wain's Sundance offering They Came Together (2014) exhibits an enthusiasm for the task in this spoof of the genre that's saturated so heavily in self-parody that it literally eats itself alive. Wain's foray into rom-com cannibalism sees leading actors Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd (the new Ant-Man) stampede through a lexicon of the genre's clichés before wildly throwing them back in our faces shrieking, "You didn't see that coming, did you?" Unfortunately, for the most part we did.
- CineVue UK
It's hard to believe, but legendary comic Joan Rivers is gone. Following is a roundup of reactions from around the entertainment community. Rip the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind. — Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014 we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers - she was funny all the way to the end — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 4, 2014 Joan Rivers!!! Oh Noooo!!! — Queen Latifah (@Iamqueenlatifah) September 4, 2014 My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan ???? — Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) September 4, 2014 My heart is broken. Joan Rivers Rip. Gone way too soon. All my thoughts & prayers are with Melissa & her family. — Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) September 4, 2014 A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. Rip #JoanRivers @joan_rivers pic.twitter.com/jnAC5G4AQo — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 4, 2014 Heaven just got a whole lot funnier. »
- Chris Eggertsen
From Brian Fantana to Crap Bag (aka Mike), Paul Rudd has played some brilliant characters on both the big and small screen. The Anchorman star comes to cinema and video on-demand once again this Friday, September 5th in the romantic comedy They Came Together, and to celebrate the release we take a look at some of his best comedic roles.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Paul Rudd played the character of Andy in the comedy directed by David Wain about an 80’s American summer camp. It’s the last day of camp so the staff and campers are all determined to resolve their unfinished business. The cast included Bradley Cooper, Molly Shannon and even They Came Together co-star Amy Poehler.
In the iconic comedy series Friends, Paul Rudd played the character of Mike Hannigan who appeared in a total of 19 episodes. After falling for the quirky Phoebe, the pair »
- David Agnew
With the arrival of one of our favorite films of the year thus far, David Wain‘s hilarious They Came Together, on Blu-ray, we’ve teamed with Lionsgate to give away one (1) Blu-ray to our readers. One (1) winner will receive one (1) copy of They Came Together on Blu-ray. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm […] »
- TFS Staff
The magnificently, gloriously silly spoof romantic comedy They Came Together, starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, hits the UK on Friday, so to gear up for a big belly laugh, we caught up with director, co-writer and all-round very funny man David Wain (Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer) to talk about going goofy, shooting in New York and getting a cameo from Zod himself.
Michael and I just love that genre, we grew up watching so many of those movies and loving them, and also we always had an interest in what that formula was, what the tropes were, without even an eye towards making fun of it, just talking about them. As we got more into making movies and doing comedy we thought it’d »
- Andrew Jones
Stars: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Max Greenfield, Ed Helms, Jason Mantzoukas, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Ian Black, Michael Murphy, Kenan Thompson, Jack McBrayer, Ken Marino | Written by David Wain, Michael Showalter | Directed by David Wain
Spoof films are rarely done well. There is so little subtlety in them, and they often result in terribly written and ridiculous slapstick comedy films that mock other films in a very obvious and unrelentingly silly manner (see Scary Movie 4, Date Movie, Disaster Movie, A Haunted House) but this, a satire more than a spoof, finally shows the pretenders how it’s done, bringing a softer hand to a genre that is flooded with terribly over-bearing abominations.
Directed by David Wain (Role Models, Wanderlust) who co-writes it alongside Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer), They Came Together is something of a throwback, reminiscent of older spoof-comedy films like Airplane. »
- Chris Cummings
In a further demonstration of how a little-seen TV show can have a second life once its cast members hit the big time, Party Down is about to cater to users of Hulu.com – the online, ad-supported, on-demand streaming website. The channel has obtained the exclusive streaming rights to the entire series, which originally debuted on Starz in 2009. The first 5 episodes will be available for a limited time on Hulu.com, with the whole thing becoming available on Hulu Plus from August 29th, 2014.
Party Down is a comedy show that follows a group of wannabe actors who are trying to make it big in Hollywood, but instead find themselves working for a Los Angeles catering company to make ends meet. With 20 episodes over 2 seasons, the show was created by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and starred Lizzy Caplan (Masters Of Sex), Jane Lynch (Glee), Adam Scott (Parks And Recreation), Ken Marino »
- Sarah Myles
September 5, 2014
Director: Jake Kasdan
Running time: 94 mins
Director: Rowan Joffe
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Director: Adam Wingard
Running time: 100 mins
Director: David Wain
Running time: 81 mins
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Director: Anton Corbijn
Running time: 122 mins
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20,000 Days on Earth
Running time: 97 mins
Director: Phillip Noyce
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Director: Woody Allen
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Fay and Harris have been tweeting photos from the set.
Best cast a boy could ask for! Rt @RitaWilson: @bibbymoynihan @RachaelEHarris @davidwain Man, this is No fun at all. http://t.co/gm9VkXpU7U—
Cameron Fay (@Cameron_Fay) August 20, 2014
Oh good times with the couples! #swinging @ritawilson #billpullman @davidwain #brotherinlaws http://t.co/BzPxFqrHqj—
Rachael Harris (@RachaelEHarris) August 19, 2014
Villines and Rodriguez have directed and edited comedy shorts for Funny or Die, »
- Dave McNary
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist
Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist
Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist
(Winner) “Downton Abbey”
Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist
Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist
Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist
Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist
Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist
Gary Machin, Hairstylist
Nicola Mount, Hairstylist
Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist
Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist
Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist
Ai Nakata, Hairstylist
Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special
Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist
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- Variety Staff
They Came Together, 2014.
Directed by David Wain.
When Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler) meet, it’s hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie shop. But amazingly, they fall in love, until they break up and then must find their way back together.
Romantic comedies continue to get churned out every year, and almost every director and screenwriter continue to do the same things over and over again. It’s not often that we get a romantic comedy that tries to do something different, let alone attempts to parody the genre. With They Came Together, director David Wain (Role Models) decided to bring his own brand of humor in to try and poke some fun at the genre and »
- Gary Collinson
Thanks to the greatness that is VOD, last night I was able to check out David Wain and Michael Showalter's rom-com parody, They Came Together. Starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, the film looks to deconstruct the romantic comedy much like Wain and Showalter's Wet Hot American Summer sought to satirize summer camp films. From the standpoint of ripping the often shallow and happenstance conceits of the modern rom-com to shreds, They Came Together is wildly successful. Poehler and Rudd are great and Wain and Showalter know the genre so well that the script often feels like a template for a Valentine's Day release waiting to happen. While its constant barrage of meta can be distracting at times (a scene where Rudd drowns his sorrows at a bar specifically comes to mind), more often than not I found myself laughing too hard at the absurdity of the genre's conventions to care. »
- Jason Barr
As Drunk History continues its second season on Comedy Central (Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Et), viewers keep learning fascinating stories of America’s lesser-known past—and how far co-creator/interviewer Derek Waters will go to both get his inebriated friends to tell them and actors to reenact them. Here, we discuss some of season two’s early highlights (like “Weird Al” Yankovic as Hitler).
As for what lies ahead, the July 15 “American Music” episode features Johnny Knoxville as Johnny Cash and Jon Daly as Kris Kristofferson, as well as Jack McBrayer as DJ Alan Freed. “He doesn’t scream DJ, »
- Mandi Bierly
From the director of Wet Hot American Summer, Wanderlust and Role Models comes a hilarious and irreverent subversion of the romantic-comedy genre: They Came Together, arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD September 2 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is also currently available via Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. This laugh-out-loud comedy features an all-star cast including Paul Rudd (Anchorman, Role Models), Amy Poehler (TV's Parks and Recreation, TV's Saturday Night Live), Cobie Smulders (TV's How I Met Your Mother, Marvel's The Avengers), Christopher Meloni (TV's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Wet Hot American Summer), Max Greenfield (TV's New Girl, Veronica Mars), Bill Hader (upcoming The Skeleton Twins, TV's Saturday Night Live), Ellie Kemper (TV's The Office, Bridesmaids), Jason Mantzoukas (TV's The League, Neighbors), Melanie Lynskey (TV's Two and a Half Men, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Ed Helms (TV's The Office, »
Chicago – The second-annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, which took place from May 9 to May 15, 2014 at the Music Box Theatre from the Chicago Film Critics Association, has been one of the best film events of 2014 in Chicago. Over seven days, films from such diverse representatives as David Wain, Martin Starr, Dick Miller and Bobcat Goldthwait were unreeled for Chicago film aficionados.
Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com was there and captured these exclusive portraits of the stars, directors and documentary subjects that defined the Chicago Critics Film Festival programming. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Last weekend may have been consumed by Mark Wahlberg, Autobots, Dinobots and one too many Michael Bay low angle shots, but there was also a unique take on romantic comedies in the mix too, David Wain’s They Came Together. It stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler as Joel and Molly. While on a double date with Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper’s characters, Joel and Molly run through the history of their relationship, hitting an abundance of all-too-familiar rom-com troupes along the way. They Came Together hit select theaters and On Demand on June 27th, so if you caught Matt’s review, you might have already checked it out, but if you’d like a taste of the type of comedy and tone Wain’s going for first, we got our hands on some exclusive material from the film that might help you out. Hit the jump to check »
- Perri Nemiroff
There has been a flurry of super-important, nostalgia-drenched movie anniversaries recently, including, but not limited to Tim Burton's "Batman" (25 years), "Gremlins" (30 years), "Ghostbusters" (30 years) and "The Karate Kid" (30 years). But one movie that seems to have been overlooked completely is "Weekend at Bernie's" (find out where to watch) which came out 25 years ago this week. The story of a couple of yuppies who try to pretend that their dead boss hasn't died at all, it was a surprise hit, pulling in double its production budget at the box office and spawning a goofy, guilty pleasure sequel. (It did get a Blu-ray release earlier this summer, so you can now watch all of the icky '80s tomfoolery in HD.)
Even though "Weekend at Bernie's" was far from a phenomenon (as evidenced by the deafening silence around its anniversary), you can bet one thing: it will be remade. Look no »
- Drew Taylor
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