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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
The 2015 Portland Film Festival is Oregon’s largest film event of the year, with 80 narrative and documentary feature films and 134 short films selected out of 3500 Submissions.
This weeklong extravaganza also includes over 75 Master Classes, Two Lifetime Achievement Tributes, and an unprecedented live event featuring Several Thousand Festivalgoers As Extras in a record-setting Zombie Day Event.
Los Angeles – August 13, 2015 – Portland Film Festival announced today the feature film competition programs, opening and closing screenings, music and midnight sections, tribute presentations, northwest, and special screenings for the 2015 Portland Film Festival. The 3rd Annual festival is a weeklong event of 214 screenings of feature length and short films from around the world, red carpet world premieres, tributes to filmmaking legends, more than 50 hours of professional workshops, nightly after-parties and more.
The third annual Portland Film Festival will take place September 1 – 7th, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, at seven venues throughout the city, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The cast roster of the upcoming NBC comedy “Crowded” has just gotten … well, more crowded.
Variety has learned exclusively that dancer-choreographer Clifford McGhee will guest star on creator Suzanne Martin’s midseason comedy. He will play Ethan, the stepbrother of Patrick Warburton’s Mike in the series about a couple of would-be emptynesters (played by Warburton and Carrie Preston) whose plans for some alone time are cancelled when their grown daughters and other family members descend upon their homestead.
“Crowded” is exec produced by Martin as well as by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner through their Hazy Mills Productions in association with Universal Television. Stars also include Miranda Cosgrove, Stacy Keach, Carlease Burke and Mia Serafino.
- Whitney Friedlander
Here are the details:
Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Glitter, Glamour And Sexual Depravity In The New Animated Series "Moonbeam City" Premiering On Wednesday, September 16 At 10:30 P.M. Et/Pt
Series Premiere and Two Additional Episodes Now Available in the Comedy Central Screening Room
Fans Can Visit cc.com/moonbeam for Episode Previews »
When last we left the ragtag heroes of Tales From The Borderlands, things were looking somewhat bleak. An Empire Strikes Back-esque ending saw the gang outnumbered and outgunned by the vicious Vallory, and any hopes of an escape seemed unlikely or foolhardy. Now, as the action picks back up right where players last left off, it seems escape was even more than unlikely. Dragged into an unwilling – let’s say – alliance with Vallory, Rhys and Fiona have to come up with a plan to lead their friends back toward Helios, where they will have to retrieve the final Gortys piece for the Queenpin.
After a quick spell in the storytelling present, Escape Plan Bravo wastes little time in getting its players back to the heart of the adventure. This part of the story is still kept mysteriously unclear for the episode, and it’s actually surprising how much of a »
- Gareth Cartwright
Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, 2015.
Directed by Fred Wolf.
When happy family man Joe Dirt finds himself transported to the recent past, he begins an epic journey to get back to his loved ones in the present.
It’s been fourteen years now since Joe Dirt came out, during which the film has garnered a small cult following despite the fact that it’s not the greatest comedy to ever hit the sceen. I’ll be the first to admit that while I don’t find the original particularly good, there are some parts that do make me laugh and it’s something I can throw on everyone once in a while. Now here we are in 2015 and for whatever reason we’re getting a sequel that I’m pretty sure nobody asked for. We »
- Jake Peffer
Is the man who sang “We Saw Your Boobs” at the Oscars one to give us a touching story about civil rights and human dignity? Take a guess.. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first movie…
I’m “biast” (con): …but it was a MacFarlane fluke
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I admit it: Seth MacFarlane had me fooled. I thought he intended Ted as a sly commentary on extended male adolescence. That was certainly the way it played. But I was wrong. What I saw in Ted was accidental. Not deliberate. The proof is here in Ted 2, which obliterates everything that was smart and clever in the first film by actually negating it, as if it were entirely beside the point. Which I see now that it was.
Or else MacFarlane — writer (one of three credited), director, and voice of Ted — simply »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Ted 2, 2015
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
After last summer’s horribly unfunny A Million Ways To Die In The West, many had begun to question writer/director Seth MacFarlane’s true abilities to turn animated success into film gold. There certainly seemed many positives for the Family Guy creator, not least the success of his film debut Ted in 2012, which grossed almost $550million worldwide. But his sophomore feature was a dud, and further doubts set in when the inevitable sequel for the fuzzy bear was announced.
MacFarlane had himself spoke many times about his (and »
- Scott J. Davis
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, Bill Smitrovich, John Slattery, Liam Neeson, Dennis Haysbert, Patrick Stewart | Written by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild | Directed by Seth MacFarlane
2012′s Ted asked the important questions about what happens to a relationship when your partner’s best friend is a swearing teddy bear with the voice of Peter Griffin. The sequel, Ted 2, asks the important questions about the practicalities of knocking off a follow-up when your original film made more money than anyone could reasonably have expected.
We catch up with Ted and Marky Mark Wahlberg at the bear’s wedding to Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). Their marriage soon turns sour and after a predictably horrible incident at a sperm bank, they turn to adoption to reignite their relationship. At this stage, it is revealed that the government »
- Jack Kirby
Crackle is helping people worldwide turn themselves into hicks. Sony’s streaming video network has launched the Hick Yourself! app to promote the upcoming release of Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser on July 16, 2015.
The Hick Yourself! app allows users to add mullets, mustaches, and other white trash-inspired accessories (including a chainsaw) to a photo of themselves. The app’s users can upload their completed hick photos to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. As Variety notes, Crackle appropriately released Hick Yourself! on July 2, which is National Mullet Day.
Crackle’s Joe Dirt film is a made-for-digital sequel to the hit 2001 film starring David Spade as the titular mullet-wearing Southern redneck “hero.” Produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madision Productions and directed by the original Joe Dirt lead Fred Wolf, Joe Dirt 2 tells the story of Joe as he travels through central America (and, apparently, his mind) to find his family.
Spade reprises his role as Joe, »
- Bree Brouwer
With the film set to land on Crackle in just under three weeks, a new trailer has arrived online for the sequel Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, which you can watch right here…
Directed by Fred Wolf, Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser sees returning cast members David Spade, Christopher Walken, Brittany Daniel, Dennis Miller and Adam Beach alongside new additions Patrick Warburton, Mark McGrath and Charlotte McKinney. The film will premiere on streaming service Crackle on July 16th.
- Gary Collinson
Let's have a Ted talk. Sometimes, wishes do come true. For those who wanted to see more of the foul-mouthed teddy bear, your wish has been granted. Ted 2 hit theaters this weekend, though it might have had less to do with squeezing your eyes tight and hoping, and more about the 2012 Ted making caboodles of cash at the box office. Mark Wahlberg, the voice of Seth MacFarlane, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton and the voice of Patrick Stewart are back. Let's find out how they compete with themselves in this week's Film Face-off of Ted vs. Ted 2. Ted & John Ted A young John makes a wish and his teddy bear magically comes to life. After society bores of a magic bear, an adult John (Wahlberg) and Ted...
- Jeff Bayer
Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane are back as John Bennett and his childhood stuffed bear Ted in the new film Ted 2. For those not familiar with the first film, Ted comes to life after a Christmas wish a younger John makes. Fast forward to the present, and both are grown up losers (of the lovable variety), smoking weed and drinking beer through life. A few years have passed in between the first movie and the sequel, and some things have changed. John is now divorced, and, as Ted 2 opens, Ted is marrying his one true love Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth).
The film’s conflict begins once the honeymoon is over. Ted and Tami-Lynn are fighting more than expected and after some advice from a fellow cashier, Ted and Tami-Lynn decide to have a baby. The only problem is, Ted is a living stuffed animal with no working parts. Through »
- Dane Jackson
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 26. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Max Director: Boaz Yakin Cast: Lauren Graham, Robbie Amell, Thomas Haden Church, Luke Kleintank, Jay Hernandez, Joseph Julian Soria, Josh Wiggins, Owen Harn, Kelly Borgnis, Zeeko Zaki, Edgar Arreola, Chris Matheny, Pete Burris, Mark Anthony Little, Marlo Scheitler Synopsis: "A dog that helped soldiers in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience." Ted 2 Director: Seth MacFarlane Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Patrick Warburton Synopsis: "Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law." Limited 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets Director: Marc Silver Synopsis: "Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving »
- Steve Greene
Chicago – While it’s cruder and it can’t quite match the original “Ted,” “Ted 2” is still funnier than it has any right to be. It is unmistakably a Seth MacFarlane production, and there are a million reasons why this movie shouldn’t work, chief among them a plot that attempts to plop a foul mouthed talking teddy bear into a moralistic legal parable about civil rights. But I can’t deny I laughed throughout, almost despite myself.
It’s less a movie than a collection of scenes strung back to back. After an elaborate and largely joyless Busby Berkeley inspired title sequence, the plot revolves around Ted and new wife Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). When they try to adopt a baby, the government challenges Ted’s personhood and declares him property instead. So Ted and buddy Mark Wahlberg enlist a pot-smoking civil rights lawyer (Amanda Seyfried) to take his case, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
To celebrate the release of Seth MacFarlane’s comedy sequel Ted 2 – which is out in the States tomorrow and in the UK on July 8th – the lovely people at Universal have kindly supplied us with a limited edition Ted 2 talking Ted bear complete with Flash Gordon costume to give away to one lucky reader!
See Also: Read our review of Ted 2 here
Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and co-star of Ted 2, Universal and Media Rights Capital’s follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow “Ted” writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark.
- Gary Collinson
There are many things to marvel at in Pixar’s Inside Out — the intricate, novel narrative concept, the sad fate of one Bing Bong, the ruthlessness with which it milks every tear from your body until you’re more lacrimal fluid than human, etc. But among all these elements, one stands out: Amy Poehler’s vocal performance as Joy, the film’s chief protagonist. Terrific voice-acting is nothing new in Disney and/or Pixar movies, of course: Think back to Robin Williams in Aladdin, or Patrick Warburton in The Emperor’s New Groove, or Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Nemo, or Jean Sincere in The Incredibles. But rarely do you find an actor who is asked to do this much in a voice role, and who pulls it off this beautifully. The more I watch Inside Out, the more I realize just how much of the film rests on Poehler’s shoulders. »
- Bilge Ebiri
To promote the new streaming availability of Seinfeld, Hulu has created an interactive pop-up exhibit of Jerry Seinfeld's iconic apartment in New York City that is free to for fans to explore. The Seinfeld exhibit recreates Jerry's Upper West Side digs down to the smallest detail. Actual props and set pieces from the show were pulled out of storage and are on display, including George Costanza's infamous Valentine's Day photoshoot lounger, the Festivus Pole, the Maestro's wand, George’s Frogger videogame, the Superman statue from Jerry's apartment and -- of course -- the Monk's Café booth Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer sat in. Patrick Warburton, who played Elaine's on-again-off-again boyfriend David Puddy, attended the opening of the exhibit as well as Larry Thomas -- better known as »
- Pietro Filipponi
Get out! Every single Seinfeld episode is now streaming on Hulu, so, to celebrate, the streaming service rebuilt the apartment that Jerry Seinfeld (the character) lived in on the show. Rolling Stone visited the apartment and museum, which prominently displayed the magazine's Seinfeld cover stories, to see if the installation was indeed real and spectacular.
From a wide selection of cereals in the kitchen to the hallway with Kramer's reverse peephole, the prefab domicile – which is located on 14th Street near the Highline in New York City – eerily conjures the spirit of the show. »
Seth MacFarlane is funny, no doubt, but he's quickly proven he's not a filmmaker, or, at least not a very good one. Whether you love Ted or can even stomach A Million Ways to Die in the West, you may remember laughing at either film, but you won't come away believing they were made by a director with any kind of substantial control over storytelling, editing or direction. A Million Ways to Die in the West is best left forgotten, both comically and narratively, and Ted was about as cliche as they come outside of the fact it centered on a talking, drug and sex-addicted teddy bear with a foul mouth. Admittedly, the concept is comical, and in the early going the first film had its share of laughs before it became redundant and tiresome. That said, when it comes to Ted 2 I will admit I laughed even more. »
- Brad Brevet
The magical teddy bear with the heart of gold and the mouth of potty is back in “Ted 2,” and so is writer-director-star Seth MacFarlane’s mischievous mojo, which went missing somewhere in last year’s mirthless comic Western “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” A sequel to MacFarlane’s surprise 2013 smash ($549 million worldwide), “Ted 2” is surely the last movie one would expect to find quoting from the anthropologist Dawn Prince-Hughes’ writings on the essence of human consciousness. But in its own, sweetly subversive way, this might be just the tolerance plea America needs right now — a movie that says, in effect, “Love thy plushie as thyself.” Fret not: Such high-mindedness has little diminished MacFarlane’s appetite for locker-room humor, gross-out sight gags and bounteous pop-culture in-jokes, which should make “Ted 2” the season’s go-to attraction for arrested-adolescent males of all ages, and continue Universal’s beary good summer box office. »
- Scott Foundas
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