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Chicago – He may be Dwight Schrute of “The Office” forever in reruns, but he is also – according to his new memoir – “The Bassoon King.” Rainn Dietrich Wilson created the offbeat Schrute, and has had a diverse and high profile career. He was at the Yellow Box Theater in Naperville, Ill., recently, being interview by Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick, in an event sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop.
Born in Seattle, Washington, Wilson’s family moved to the Chicago area during his high school years, and he attended New Trier High in Winnetka, Ill. He began his career after college in New York City, and made his on-screen acting debut in the soap opera “One Life to Live” in 1997, followed closely by his film debut in “Galaxy Quest” in 1999. He worked steadily in TV and film before landing the role »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Come dance with Jennifer Lawrence! Jennifer -- actually, "Jennifer's my father, call me Jen" -- was on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday night to promote the final "Hunger Games" movie, and you had to know Jimmy Fallon was going to put her to work. They discussed their shared habit of falling down a lot, and Jen insisted it's not a shtick. She also shared her two most embarrassing stories, because Jen wouldn't be Jen without endearing, relatable anecdotes: The first involved a woman who was Not Elizabeth Taylor, but Jen really thought she was; the other involved the real Francis Ford Coppola, her bare feet, and a revealed thong.
On to the dancing! »
- Gina Carbone
Finished all of your October must reads? Awesome, because there are a whole bunch of new books to dive into in November! Shonda Rhimes, Carly Simon, Khloé Kardashian, and Rainn Wilson are all coming out with memoirs, plus Leah Remini's book about her time in the Church of Scientology has finally hit shelves. If Ya is your thing, new novels by James Dashner and Richelle Mead have you covered. Take a look to see what's new in literature! »
- Maggie Pehanick
Rainn Wilson, the man responsible for Dwight Schrute (and likely many of your favorite quotes), spent part of his Sunday promoting his new memoir, The Bassoon King, via Reddit. Out now, the book involves Wilson's rise from struggling New York nobody to success, and details "big ideas about faith and God and life and failure" — plus, he stresses, it has tons of pictures! As is tradition in his Ama sessions, the actor dished on a wide range of topics, which this round included the content of Bassoon King, more Office trivia, the upcoming presidential election, and the Bahá’í faith he grew up in, among other things. Read on for the highlights:Where did Dwight's haircut come from? I tried to purposefully create the Ugliest haircut I could possibly design for my ungainly enormous head and forehead.I also stole that from McKenzie crook who played Gareth. He gave him a terrible haircut. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and Alison Pill can't keep a straight face in our exclusive gag reel for Cooties. This indie horror comedy is currently available through VOD formats before arriving on Blu-ray and DVD December 1. This behind-the-scenes clip features Elijah Wood cracking up, jokingly calling this production "a comedy of errors," while Alison Pill stumbles on the set and Rainn Wilson inadvertently looks at the camera, making a joke about his time on NBC's The Office.
School lunches will forever be tainted after the disturbing and hilarious Cooties arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD December 1 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The "funny, gory and brilliant" (dallasmoviescreenings.com) film is currently available On Demand. Filled with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills, the ridiculously entertaining horror-comedy was a Sundance Film Festival premiere hit!
Aside from championing cringe comedy and cursing the world with “that's what she said,” one of the The Office's early trademarks was its theme song, which, let's be honest, you're probably tapping out on your laptop right now. But according to Rainn Wilson's memoir The Bassoon King, the show almost went with a few other choices. “Many songs were being considered seriously, including ‘Better Things’ by the Kinks and ‘Float On’ by Modest Mouse,” the man behind Dwight Schrute writes. “The one we all wanted most of all was ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ by Electric Light Orchestra. It’s a sensational song and its jubilant, upbeat refrain would have fit perfectly over the drab video of the opening credits.” For better or for worse — let's be honest, for better — “Mr. Blue Sky” was taken by Lax, another member of NBC's 2005 TV class. The show ended up with its now-famous »
- Jackson McHenry
#Horror will be released theatrically in New York City and Los Angeles and on VOD on November 20th. Also in this morning's round-up: vinyl soundtrack information for the Elijah Wood / Rainn Wilson vehicle, Cooties, and Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, as well as Highway to Hell Blu-ray details.
#Horror: "Inspired by actual events, a group of 12-year-old girls face a night of Horror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of a cyber bullying to a night of insanity. Tara Subkoff explores the rarefied world of the east coast privileged through the eyes of a group of 12-year-old girls left alone and pursued by a killer. The film examines a world of escalating cruelty and alienation through an online game where scoring likes comes at the cost of human lives.
Release Date: Friday, November 20th (NY and La / VOD)
Distributor: IFC Midnight
Director: Tara Subkoff »
- Tamika Jones
It is hard to believe that it has been over two years since we were last treated to a brand new episode of the NBC comedy The Office , which ran from 2005 to 2013. The series had a cast filled with talented actors, including Steve Carell, John Krasinski, and Mindy Kaling. One of the running gags on the long-running sitcom was Jim (Krasinski) playing practical jokes on his desk buddy Dwight (Rainn Wilson). A recent BuzzFeed article showed readers that over the course of nine seasons, Jim pulled 89 different pranks on Dwight during their time at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. The article even calculated that Jim spent close to $6,000 to pull these practical jokes off. So which of these pranks were the best? Here is our list of the seven best pranks that Jim pulled on Dwight on The Office. “Jell-o Stapler” from Season 1 Episode 1, “Pilot,”…
The Office: Jim’s Seven »
- Tim Gerstenberger
In his new memoir, The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy, Rainn Wilson continues to embrace Dwight Schrute, the Office character that made him a household name, even letting him write full chapters of the book. The two even share some key character traits: a proudly outsider identity, an endlessly surprising life story and an affinity for dorky musical instruments. But in The Bassoon King, Wilson also reveals himself to be the antithesis of Schrute: refreshingly sincere, highly creative and deeply spiritual. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Wilson spoke about his path to The Office,
- Katie Wilson Berg
Title: Uncanny Rlj Entertainment Director: Matthew Leutwyler Writer: Shahin Chandrasoma Cast: Mark Webber, Lucy Griffiths, David Clayton Rogers and Rainn Wilson Running time: 91 minutes Rated: Unrated (Language, sex, partial nudity) Special Features: Deleted Scenes Available on DVD and Digital Video Nov. 3, 2015 Tech journalist Joy Andrews (Lucy Griffiths, True Blood) is given access to a high level security laboratory/apartment to interview the reclusive genius wunderkind David Kressen (Mark Webber, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). David introduces Joy to his assistant Adam (David Clayton Rogers, Nashville). She immediately believes Adam to be some sort of autistic genius, and is almost horrified when David reveals Adam to be an android. [ Read More ]
The post Uncanny DVD Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
“Tracking Shot” is a top of month featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at the projects that are moments away from lensing. This November, we’ve got a fivesome of projects that we feel are worth signaling out, but before we put the focus on those, the previous month was a rather fruitful one for mostly indiewood film productions. Films that we’ll be seeing in 2016 and which are for the most part still filming include: Mark Williams‘ workplace drama The Headhunter’s Calling (with Alison Brie, Gretchen Mol, Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina), Philippe Falardeau‘s bio boxing drama The Bleeder (with Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss), Taron Lexton’s coming-of-ager In Search of Fellini (with Ksenia Solo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Maria Bello), Kevin Tent‘s Black List scripted rom-com (with Domhnall Gleeson, Christina Applegate, Thomas Haden Church, Nina Dobrev), Sophie Brooks‘ NYC set Euro-fizzled comedy, »
- Eric Lavallee
22 Jump Street co-scripter Oren Uziel is making his feature directing debut with Shimmer Lake, a script he wrote that made the 2009 Black List. Benjamin Walker stars in the crime thriller told backwards — reversing day by day through a week as it follows a local sheriff’s quest to unlock the mystery of three small-town criminals (Rainn Wilson, Wyatt Russell, Mark Rendall) and a bank heist gone wrong. Stephanie Sigman, Rob Corddry, Ron Livingston, Wyatt Russell, John… »
Running Time: 85 minutes
Everyone and their grandmother seems to have gotten onto the zombie bandwagon. Even computer game series Call of Duty has a special level devoted to eradicating zombie hoards and The Walking Dead is one of the most successful television shows in the world right now. The common factors in most zombie films are the apocalypse and a dark atmosphere, so how can you make anything fresh? Well here comes Cooties which attempts to breathe life into the reanimated corpse genre and it mostly succeeds.
Playing heavily for laughs, Cooties is a black comedy that sees a group of teachers under siege when their elementary/primary school children succumb to a mystery virus. The disease is brought into school by one unsuspecting girl who the other children taunt as having ‘cooties’, hence the title. »
- Kat Smith
Stars: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Ian Brennan, Jorge Garcia, Cooper Roth | Written by Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan | Directed by Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion
We all remember our school years and the battlefield known as the playground. What if the little terrors the poor teachers have to try keep control of are literally becoming monsters though and are ripping adults apart? That is the main premise for new comedy horror Cooties…
When failing writer Clint (Elijah Wood) turns up to work as a substitute teacher he has the daunting prospect of dealing with a classroom full of rabid kids. When one of the little monsters bites another though things soon get out of hand as a cafeteria food virus turns the elementary school into a building full of killer zombies, who just happen to be kids.
While Cooties is pretty formulaic in terms »
- Paul Metcalf
Embedded in the Cult section of this year’s BFI London Film Festival, the low-budget The Boy boasts a small, but impressive cast. Joining newcomer Jared Breeze as the title character is superb character actor David Morse playing the father role, and Rainn Wilson in perhaps of his darkest roles to date.
The story revolves around a father and son who run a remote desert motel which hardly gets any visitors. With no apparent schooling, friends or much interaction with his Dad, the young boy, Ted, spends his days gathering roadkill for which his father pays him 25 cents for every one. When the ‘road fodder’ become fewer and far between, Ted uses his imagination as to how to make more cash – by setting up bait in the middle of the road, »
- Paul Heath
To celebrate the release of Cooties, available on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download from 12th October 2015, we’re giving 3 lucky winners the chance to bring home a Blu-ray of this year’s infectious comedy-horror!
The unique writing team of Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and Ian Brennan (Glee) bring together a star-studded cast including Elijah Wood (Wilfred) Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Rainn Wilson (The Office) and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) as they set out to battle a deadly infection of epic proportions.
Substitute teacher Clint Hadson’s (Wood) first day on the job at his new school turns killer… literally…when a virus spawned from a diseased chicken nugget quickly spreads through the school turning all the children into a swarm of savages. Hadson must unite a ragtag bunch of teachers who have to band together in the fight of their lives to escape the school and the rampaging horde.
- Laura Holmes
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wonderful Wednesday? The Game of Thrones opening theme gets mashed up with tech companies, Aladdin gets an honest trailer and learn how to make your own Kylo Ren costume from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But wait, that's not all! Star Wars gets a unique Disney mashup and one man builds an enormous Lego Batmobile! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Aladdin Honest Trailer
The Screen Junkies Honest Trailer crew turned their attention to Disney's 1992 classic Aladdin this week. This hilarious six-minute video even includes a few of their own parody songs, while skewering this whimsical plot and Robin Williams' impressions.
Life-Sized Lego Batmobile
The Lego brand is bigger than ever these days, »
If recess has taught us anything, you do not want to be the kid with Cooties!
In this endearingly grotesque black comedy, Elijah Wood goes to work as a substitute teacher after a failed novel attempt. What he doesn’t know is that he picked the wrong day to head back to school. The children have suddenly been infected by a zombie-like virus after eating tainted chicken nuggets, and now they want blood!
You really have to give it to directors Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott for bringing this dark humor to life. With a cast that includes Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson and Jack McBrayer, there is no way they could have failed. The actors feed off of each other with bits of improv during the entire film, and what we are left with is a disgusting mix of incredible humor.
The film itself is colorfully shot. If you »
- Melissa Howland
If you were planning on putting the zombie film Cooties on your holiday wish list, then you're in luck. Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced a December 1st Blu-ray and DVD debut for Cooties, complete with an alternate ending and more.
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA (September 28, 2015) - School lunches will forever be tainted after the disturbing and hilarious Cooties arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD December 1 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The "funny, gory and brilliant" (dallasmoviescreenings.com) film is currently available On Demand. From the twisted minds of the writer of Insidious and co-creator of "Glee," the film stars a witty ensemble cast including Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Rainn Wilson (TV's "The Office"), Alison Pill (HBO's "The Newsroom"), Jack McBrayer (TV's "30 Rock"), Leigh Whannell (Saw), Nasim Pedrad (TV's "Saturday Night Live"), with Ian Brennan (TV's "Scream Queens") and Jorge Garcia »
- Derek Anderson
From the twisted minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage.
Cooties stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives. Cooties will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film on »
- Melissa Howland
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