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Last week, us Wgtc critics counted off some of our favorite films of 2015 so far, but all in all, it hasn’t been a terrific first half of the year. Avengers: Age of Ultron arrived as a bloated, messy sequel with far less charm than the first McU phase-capper, talented sci-fi filmmakers like the Wachowskis and Neill Blomkamp delivered some of their worst work to date in Jupiter Ascending and Chappie, Johnny Depp eliminates any residual good-will in Mortdecai, and strong actors like Tom Hardy and Jonah Hill ended up mired in slogfests Child 44 and True Story. It’s been a depressing season for cinephiles punctuated by some occasional pleasant surprises.
But amid all the mediocre-to-bad entries from Hollywood so far this year, there were some titles that triumphed above all else to cement their place on the list of the year’s worst, most atrocious and irredeemable films. »
- WGTC Staff
Rose Byrne got spectacularly filthy for her 2010 “Get Him to the Greek” audition to play lead actor Russell Brand’s girlfriend, Jackie Q. Not only does she flip from aggressive and hostile to loving and passive at the drop of a hat, Byrne perfectly captures the freeloading hottie who’s only dating a musician for the parties, the chance to rub shoulders with famous people, and the vacations. Also starring Jonah Hill, the comedy follows a drug-addled rock star (Brand) and the assistant (Hill) trying to get him to a concert. Watch and listen as Byrne has everyone in the audition room cracking up. Want to see more? Check out "9 Great Actors’ Audition Tapes!" »
Comedy fans everywhere can rejoice, for The Film Society at Lincoln Center is launching a special five-day showcase of Judd Apatow's work. Read More: Watch: Amy Schumer and Vanessa Bayer Freak Out in Hilarious New 'Trainwreck' Clip From July 10-14, Apatow classics of the big and small screen will be screened as part of a special series Film Society is calling "I Found This Funny: The Comedy World of Judd Apatow." Films that inspired the writer-director will also be screened. Additionally, Apatow will be present for several appearances and Q&As, while Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham and more special guests are set to be a part of the program as well. According to the Film Society's official release: "Apatow asserts his belief in romantic fidelity despite the protestations of many of his characters, and his frequent collaboration with friends—nine projects with Paul Rudd, eight with Seth Rogen, »
- David Canfield
You might have missed the quick news item last summer, but Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill teamed up write a one act play for fashion label Opening Ceremony, that was presented last fall during New York Fashion Week. It has taken a little while, but the star-studded result will now be available for the rest of us who don't roll in haute couture circles. Directed by Jonze, and featuring Elle Fanning, Dree Hemingway, Catherine Keener, John Cameron Mitchell, Bobby Cannavale, Alia Shawkat, Rashida Jones and Karlie Kloss, "100% Lost Cotton" is send up of the fashion world, and includes some song and dance numbers as well. No word yet on when the final play will drop online, but it looks to be on the way. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Like all superheroes (or anyone else who uses a secret identity), there came a moment when someone finally cracked the code and published my real name. To be fair, my identity was a pretty poorly-kept secret by that point. The first time I went to an actual press event, I used my real name, and anytime I met someone, I used my real name. "Moriarty" was a fun identity to slip into, and especially in the early days of the site, we played up the mythology of things. My friends all got their own spy names and would show up in the reports in the form of Henchman Mongo and Segue Zagnut and Harry Lime and more. From my end, it was silly and fun, and not something to be taken seriously. But when Film Threat ran a fairly vicious hit piece on Harry, I was also a target, and »
- Drew McWeeny
When it was first announced that Paul Feig was to put together a Ghostbusters movie headlined by women, one of the names that instantly sprang to mind was the wonderful Emma Stone. Yet when the official casting announcement came out, it turned out that Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones were named as the new Ghostbusters.
So then: was Emma Stone overlooked? Absolutely not. Instead, she turned the movie down.
Chatting to the Wall Street Journal, Stone confirmed that she had been approached about the film. "The script was really funny", she said. "It just didn't feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment - it's a whole 'thing'. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water".
That water, »
After the events of 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back on the force and busting drug dealers, or at least trying to. When a trafficking bust goes bad, however, Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) decides that they should just go back to their old formula from 21 Jump Street and see if magic happens twice, with a much bigger budget. Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) finds a drug case that looks just like their high school case from before, except that this time, Schmidt and Jenko are going to college. As Dickson and Hardy say to stick to the formula, though, Schmidt and Jenko discover that this case won’t be solved by retreading their first case, and their friendship might not survive fraternity life.
- Rachel Kolb
I don't have a lot of friends who listen to "Howard Stern, and many of them are baffled by my obsession with the King of All Media. I suppose the fact that I'm a gay man has something to do with this, given that Howard is traditionally viewed as a straight-male icon. But I love him, I listen to every second of his show and I will continue to do so until he chooses to retire (a distinct looming possibility given that his contract with Sirius is up at the end of the year). I'll admit: I'm a latecomer to the Stern universe. I didn't become a regular listener until about six years ago (i.e. the very tail end of the Artie era) and missed out on the "Golden Age" terrestrial years -- though the claim that he was at his peak in the '80s and '90s is often made, »
- Chris Eggertsen
“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Furious 7″ lead the 2015 Teen Choice Awards nominees with five noms each. “Insurgent,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” “Avengers” and “Empire” are also making a big splash with four nominations at this year’s awards show.
The first wave of nominees were released this week, thanks to more than 500,000 fans heading to Twitter to unlock the nominations. Continued voting for more categories is now open on TeenChoice.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with fans able to vote once each day per category on the website, or by posting to social media with a category-specific hashtag (see below) with their nominees’ names until June 26.
Additional nominees, plus the host, performers and presenters, will be announced later.
The Teen Choice Awards, which celebrates pop culture icons in TV, film, music, sports, fashion, comedy and the Web, airs live at 8 p.m. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
I wonder how many excellent movies we’ve been cheated out of by Melissa McCarthy’s commitment to Mike & Molly. I understand the appeal of a regular paycheck and the success of the show has led to McCarty being the highest paid actress in Hollywood but Spy is such a good movie and couldn’t she be doing two or three of these per year instead of one and a season of bad television? Spy is the funniest movie I’ve seen in years and it isn’t close. I laughed so often and so hard I’m sure that I laughed over important dialogue and even other jokes. It’s the kind of movie that can shift the paradigm of movie comedy in the way the Judd Apatow movies of the early 2000s did and it can even be the movie you throw in your idiot friend’s face »
- Arthur Tebbel
Even though Clint Eastwood has been around Hollywood for decades, the legendary actor/director is just coming off his biggest film to date. 2014's American Sniper, a biopic about Navy Seal Chris Kyle, earned $543 million worldwide (more money than any other Eastwood film and largest domestic release of 2014) and garnered a Best Picture nomination. Eastwood will follow that film with another biopic titled Sully about heroic pilot Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger for Warner Bros (via THR). Frank Marshall, Allyn Stewart, Tim Moore and Eastwood will produce. Todd Komarnicki will adapt Sullenberger's memoir "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters", which the pilot co-wrote with Jeffrey Zaslow. The film will begin production this fall. amz asin="0061924695" size="small""I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall," Sullenberger said of the project via statement. »
- Cory Woodroof
On January 15, 2009 Captain Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III flew into a flock of birds, had the left engine on his plane catch fire, and in order to save the lives of everyone on board, made a successful crash landing in the Hudson River. He immediately became a media darling, America's Captain Sully, and now his life is getting the movie treatment. Clint Eastwood has signed on to direct the movie which be based on the book, "Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters" by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. Todd Komarnicki ("Perfect Stranger") is writing the script about not only what happened on Us Airways Flight 1549, but behind the scenes too with Sully's career on the line. Here's the book synopsis: Read More: Clint Eastwood Eyes Richard Jewel Picture With Leonardo DiCaprio And Jonah Hill To Star On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed a remarkable emergency landing when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The first trailer for director James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour released on Wednesday and offered our first look at Segel playing author David Foster Wallace. The film also stars Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Mamie Gummer, Ron Livingston, Mickey Sumner, and Joan Cusack.
The film is about the five-day road trip that a young Rolling Stone writer (Eisenberg) ventured on when writing a profile on the famous, and semi-reclusive, media-shy novelist.
Ponsoldt has been on a roll lately with Smashed and The Spectacular Now and all the buzz from this movie is very positive with many people signaling Segel as a potential Best Actor nominee for next year’s Oscars.
Our own Lane Scarberry said that the film is “a quiet, »
- Zach Dennis
Jonah Hill is a two-time Oscar nominee, James Franco can switch back and forth between comedy and drama like the best bi-curious performers, and Seth Rogen is about to co-star next to Michael Fassbender in Danny Boyle’s awards contender “Steve Jobs.” So all the Apatow alum are flexing their creative muscles in dramatic territory. And while you might not think you’d ever hear Jason Segel and serious Oscar contender in the same sentence, this became a reality this previous winter. Segel wowed critics at Sundance in James Ponsoldt’s “The End Of The Tour,” an indie drama where he stars as celebrated author David Foster Wallace who committed suicide in 2008. The movie, however, is not about Wallace’s death or the lead-up to it, but instead is about a life-changing five-day road trip that a young Rolling Stone writer (played by Jesse Eisenberg) ventured on when writing a profile on the famous, »
- Edward Davis
"I don't know if people can understand the pressure to be funny," Apatow says today, "just knowing how badly you can fail and how embarrassing it will be."
To the public, Apatow had nothing to fear. He was the king of comedy, the overlord of an unprecedented seven-year, 21-film barrage of hits and near-hits that he'd either directed, written, or produced. His leading men had become marquee names: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Paul Rudd. And Bridesmaids had recently given him his biggest box office haul ever.
Arms and the Dudes
"The Hangover" filmmaker Todd Phillips has used his Instagram account to post the first photos from his upcoming feature "Arms and the Dudes". Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in the project about a Miami-based small business who bid on U.S. military contracts and started raking in big money.
The film tells of the aftermath of the attack which left dozens permanently injured, and how the city came together to heal itself. Espinosa is coming off the period Soviet drama "Child 44" which has had a disastrous run so far in cinemas. [Source: THR]
Ratchet and Clank
- Garth Franklin
Director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) just released the first photo from his upcoming "Arms and the Dudes" film, giving us a look at Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Check it out below. Plot: The movie is based on a true story and focuses on two stoners (Hill, Teller), who got a $300 million contract to supply weapons for allies in Afghanistan. Due to their inexperience, they quickly find themselves in danger abroad and in trouble back home. Warner Bros will release the film sometime in 2016. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Todd Phillips knows dudes, so it was probably only a matter of time until the word actually landed in one of his movie titles. And so it goes for his upcoming "Arms And The Dudes," another story of bros getting in way over their heads, except in this case, it's all based on true events. Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in the movie based on Guy Lawson's Rolling Stone article (read it right here) that follows 25-year-old David Packouz and 21-year-old Efraim Diveroli, who scored a $300 million Pentagon contract to arm allies in Afghanistan, taking them on a journey through the absurd and political world of international arms trafficking that would end up with the duo being busted for fraud. Bradley Cooper is one of the producer's on the movie, and the images suggest something slightly more serious than we're used to from the filmmaker. Read More: Todd Phillips »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The first images from Arms & the Dudes, director Todd Phillips’ first film since The Hangover Part III, have landed online thanks to Phillips himself. Based on a Rolling Stone article of the same name, the film tells the true story of two young guys who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to supply America’s allies in Afghanistan with munitions. After 85 deliveries to the war-torn country worth over $66 million, their Miami offices were raided by federal agents and the two were charged with 71 counts of fraud. Phillips had been developing the project for a few years as a producer through his and Bradley Cooper’s production shingle at Warner Bros., but last year he finally pulled the trigger on directing. Miles Teller and Jonah Hill star in the two lead roles, and Phillips co-wrote the script with Stephen Chin and Jason Smilovic. The first images, which Phillips unveiled on his Instagram, »
- Adam Chitwood
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