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Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
Warner Bros. UK has released a new international trailer for Anne Flectcher’s (The Proposal, The Guilt Trip) buddy cop comedy, Hot Pursuit. The film follows an uptight cop (Reese Witherspoon) who is tasked with protecting vivacious widow of a drug kingpin (Sofia Vergara) as they hit the road, on the run from criminals and crooked cops. The new trailer hits a lot of the same beats as the previous one, but it's just a little less funny, making me worry that the appeal of the first trailer may have been a trick of editing. Witherspoon and Vergara are both accomplished comedic actresses and they seem to have a nice chemistry, so I'm going to continue to give this film the benefit of the doubt. Check out the new trailer below. The film also stars Robert Kazinsky, Mike Birbiglia, and John Carrol Lynch and opens in theaters on May 8th. »
- Haleigh Foutch
Trainwreck was applauded for being one of the best comedies to premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival, with sports stars LeBron James and John Cena called out for being huge scene stealers. We have the first clip from the movie, which features one of the men in question. LeBron James plays himself, serving as the ultra-protective wingman to his on-screen doctor, played by Bill Hader.
Ever since her father drilled into her head that monogamy isn't realistic, magazine writer Amy (Amy Schumer) has made promiscuity her credo. As much as she enjoys an uninhibited life free of commitment, Amy is really in a rut. While writing a profile about charming and successful sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), she finds herself actually falling in love for the first time -- and what's more, Aaron seems to like her too. Amy starts to wonder if it's time to clean up her act. »
It's time we get to our yearly troubled siblings dramedy! Last year, we had the really good and under seen The Skeleton Twins, starring Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig. This year we have the not-quite-as-good-but-still-very-entertaining Adult Beginners with Nick Kroll and Rose Byrne. Now, this film doesn't have much to say on the nature of sibling relationships, but it's an incredibly sweet and funny movie filled with layered human beings, making even the "villain" a good person, anchored by two superb performances from its leads and writing always willing to go for a joke, even in serious moments. Jake (Kroll) is an egomaniac entrepreneur who has put all his time and money into a new tech company, but when the manufacturer of some specific hardware drops out at the last minute, his whole life savings crashes to nothing. With no way to pay rent or for anything else for that matter, »
- Mike Shutt
Austin - While it was introduced as a work in progress, Judd Apatow's new film "Trainwreck" looked pretty much locked and ready to release when it played on Sunday afternoon at the Paramount. Since "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" was released, Judd Apatow's filmography has been made up exclusively of films he wrote, many of which felt very personal. "This Is 40" felt to me like a summation of a lot of those ideas and themes, and I'm glad he took some time to decide how to follow that film. "Trainwreck" was written by Amy Schumer, and her voice runs clearly through every part of this movie. What Judd's done here, and it's not as easy as it sounds, is turned his own considerable success into a shield he could use to protect Schumer and guarantee that her voice reached the screen intact. As a result, "Trainwreck" is lacerating, smart, »
- Drew McWeeny
A young, hipster entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister (Rose Byrne), brother-in-law (Bobby Cannavale) and three year-old nephew in the suburbs — only to become their manny. Faced with real responsibility, he may finally have to grow up — but not without some bad behavior first.
Katz made his directorial debut with the HBO film “Taking Chance.” Beginning as a film producer, the Adult Beginners director said, “My dream came true when a script called “Brother’s Keeper” (now titled “Adult Beginners”) landed on my desk. Written by the brilliant Liz Flahive and Jeff Cox, with a story originated by comedian and actor Nick Kroll, I was absolutely blown away as I tore through the script. »
- Melissa Thompson
A young entrepreneur is forced to start over again from scratch in the first trailer for Adult Beginners. RADiUS-twc acquired the comedy back in September, after its successful debut at the Toronto Film Festival. The story is based on an original idea by star Nick Kroll, with Jeff Cox and Liz Flahive writing the screenplay.
The story centers on a young, narcissistic entrepreneur (Kroll), who crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister (Rose Byrne), brother-in-law (Bobby Cannavale) and 3-year-old nephew in his suburban childhood home - only to become their nanny. Adult Beginners is a comedy about priorities, growing up and beginning again...as an adult.
Based on the cast list, you’d probably think Ross Katz‘s Adult Beginners was a broad comedy. The lead is Nick Kroll of Kroll Show and The League fame; co-stars include SNL‘s Bobby Moynihan, Community‘s Joel McHale, 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski, and comedians Mike Birbiglia and Jason Mantzoukas. But while the Adult Beginners has some laughs, it’s really […]
- Angie Han
Sneak Peek the first footage from director Anne Fletcher's upcoming 'buddy cop comedy' "Hot Pursuit", starring Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Kazinsky, Mike Birbiglia and John Carrol opening May 8, 2015:
"...a by-the-book cop (Witherspoon) is tasked with protecting the sexy and outgoing widow (Vergara) of a drug boss...
"... as the two race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and criminal gunmen..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Hot Pursuit"...
- Michael Stevens
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer and photos from Hot Pursuit, which was previously just known as the Untitled Reese Witherspoon/Sofia Vergara Film. As you can see from the footage below, Hot Pursuit is certainly a fitting title. The story follows an uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) who tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Sofía Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.
The supporting cast is rounded out by John Carroll Lynch, Robert Kazinsky, Michael Mosley, Richard T. Jones and Mike Birbiglia. While Sofía Vergara is certainly no stranger to the comedy genre, after starring in Modern Family and last year's indie hit Chef, it seems like quite awhile since we've seen Reese Witherspoon in a comedy, after critically-acclaimed performances in dramas such as Wild and Inherent Vice.
Conceptually speaking, the subject matter of this movie looks like something we may have already seen before, but what sets movies/shows like this apart is the voice. This is quite the cast, too. Bill Hader is already kicking some ass, but it's always good to see Mike Birbiglia, Dave Attell, and Colin Quinn too. And LeBron James is funny! Who knew? I'm pretty excited for this. »
- Matthew McKibben
Sneak Peek an official restricted 'red band' trailer supporting director Judd Apatow's comedy feature "Trainwreck", written by and starring Amy Schumer, with Tilda Swinton, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Barkhad Abdi, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena, Ezra Miller, LeBron James, Method Man, Jim Norton and Norman Lloyd:
"...since she was a little girl, it's been drilled into Amy's head by her rascal of a dad that 'monogamy isn't realistic'. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo, enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment...
"...But in actuality, she's kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she's writing, charming and successful sports doctor 'Aaron Conners', Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something. »
- Michael Stevens
Earlier this morning, the first trailer for director Judd Apatow's Trainwreck debuted, starring Amy Schumer as a woman who struggles to stay single on the old advice of her father. While that initial trailer had one great scene with WWE Superstar John Cena, he's really allowed to shine in a new, very raunchy red band trailer that offers up his version of 'dirty talk'.
Amy Schumer wrote the Trainwreck screenplay, loosely based on her own life experiences, following a woman named Amy (Amy Schumer) who will do anything to avoid commitment, until she falls for a doctor, played by Bill Hader. The comedy marks Judd Apatow's returns to the big screen for his first directorial effort since 2012's This Is 40. It also comes packed with plenty of cameos from the likes of NBA star LeBron James, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, Mike Birbiglia and Barkhad Abdi. »
The first trailer for Judd Apatow’s new comedy movie Trainwreck has landed online, which sees Amy Shumer (Inside Amy Schumer) as a jaded singleton afraid of marriage and commitment fall into the bed of sports doctor Bill Hader (The Skeleton Twins).
Check out the trailer and synopsis below:
Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s head by her rascal of a dad that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo – enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment – but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners, Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something. »
- Luke Owen
The first trailer for writer/director Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck dropped on Wednesday and showed that even some of the world’s biggest athletes can generate big laughs. Co-written and starring Amy Schumer, the film follows Amy, a magazine writer who has never found that actual relationships are something she wants. Not until she meets Aaron (Bill Hader), a sports doctor who she is interviewing for a piece.
Schumer certainly has the charisma to carry a lead role in a film (as if we needed any more proof), and it also looks like Apatow could be making his way back to his classic hits such as The 40-Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up after a few misfires commercially. The film also stars LeBron James as Aaron’s supportive pal (because why not), Vanessa Bayer as Amy’s friend, Brie Larson, »
- Zach Dennis
Directed by Judd Apatow, the new comedy "Trainwreck" will premiere at SXSW next month for a "work in progress" screening, eight years after he screened a work in progress version of "Knocked Up" at the same festival. The film was written by Amy Schumer, who also stars alongside Bill Hader. While plot details are being kept firmly under wraps, the film reportedly follows a woman with an aversion to monogamy trying to rebuild her messy life with a serious boyfriend, while simultaneously trying to balance her career and relationships with her father, sister and best friend. The film also stars Vanessa Bayer and Brie Larson, and features a huge ensemble, including Lebron James, Colin Quinn, Ezra Miller, John Cena, Barkhad Abdi, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, Daniel Radcliffe, Marissa Tomei, Amar'e Stoudemire and more. Check out the trailer below:Here is the trailer for @TrainwreckMovie #Trainwreck We are very proud. I hope you like it. »
- Jena Keahon
Since the release of mid-life crisis drama This Is 40, acclaimed director Judd Apatow has switched gears to focus on producing, dabbling in a variety of projects including Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Begin Again, not to mention HBO’s award-winning series, Girls. Now, the filmmaker will step back behind the camera once more for his upcoming all-new comedy Trainwreck, which today revealed its first trailer.
Starring stand-up comedian Amy Schumer – who also helped with script duties – opposite Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall star Bill Hader, the film will orbit around Schumer’s protagonist as a woman who struggles to sustain a relationship with a significant other beyond the clichéd one night stand. But when she is given the opportunity to produce a feature piece on a sports doctor (Hader), she soon finds that her once-concrete attitude about men is beginning to chip away and that monogamy, despite what she has been told, »
- Michael Briers
It has been three years since Judd Apatow's middle age dramedy "This Is 40," and he's mostly been busy since, working his producer muscles on "Girls," "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," and "Begin Again." But he's back in feature length form with "Trainwreck," his big summer comedy, and the first trailer for the movie has arrived today. Amy Schumer (who also wrote the film) and Bill Hader lead the effort, about which plot details have mostly been kept under wraps, but will reportedly center on a woman trying to rebuild her life, with a boyfriend, parent and best friend all in the mix of characters she's dealing with. And the ensemble for this one is huge, with LeBron James, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Ezra Miller, John Cena, Barkhad Abdi, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Amar'e Stoudemire, and more slated to make appearances. Too much of a. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Comedian Amy Schumer unveiled the first trailer for her upcoming comedy Trainwreck on her official Twitter page earlier today, giving fans a glimpse at the rising star's first starring role in a feature film. Amy Schumer also wrote the screenplay, loosely based on her own life experiences, following a woman named Amy (Amy Schumer) who will do anything to avoid commitment, until she falls for a doctor, played by Bill Hader.
Director Judd Apatow returns to the big screen for his first directorial effort since 2012's This Is 40 with Trainwreck. The trailer also features a number of amusing supporting roles, including NBA star LeBron James as a version of himself, who apparently is a huge fan of Downton Abbey, and WWE Superstar John Cena as a man who doesn't appreciate being compared to Mark Wahlberg. The cast is rounded out by Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, »
Park City, Utah – There are still some films to be discussed in my Sundance coverage. Here’s write-ups of “Digging for Fire,” “Entertainment,” and “Results,” which featured the return of festival-approved directors, albeit heading in different directions.
At this year’s festival, two maestros of the ol’ mumblecore days stepped into the big-time spotlight with their new films that boasted their biggest casts and fanciest films yet. The first to show was Joe Swanberg, who has gone from super low-key directing to hosting a celebrity party this side of “This is the End” in “Digging For Fire.” The other is Andrew Bujalski, whose previous films were nerd alerts like “Mutual Appreciation” and most recently “Computer Chess.”
In a reverse course is Rick Alverson’s “Entertainment,” which doesn’t start modestly but attempt to reach a wide audience, but starts with a big promise to reach a very specific audience. An explanation on that below. »
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