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Normally, I'm not one to brag, but I would like to say right off the bat, I think I did pretty well with my must-see list last month. Of my five official picks -- Spy, Jurassic World, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Dope and Inside Out -- the closest I got to suggesting you see a movie people generally didn't like was Jurassic World, which has broken all sorts of box office records and sits at a "fresh" 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not that box office results or Rotten Tomatoes are the ultimate barometers of quality, but I have to base this off something, rightc Personally I didn't much care for the new Jurassic film aside from a few scenes of enormous spectacle, but others found plenty to like in it. I also ended up seeing Dope twice -- that one might be my favorite movie so far this »
- Jordan Benesh
If season one of "Orange is the New Black" was about exploring who Piper (Taylor Schilling) is, and season two expanded to explore who the other inmates are, then season three is shaping up to be about Litchfield Penitentiary itself. How Litchfield functions and what it means to those who are incarcerated and work there has been in the background of the series since the first episode. In the pilot, Piper (and by extension the audience) quickly learns prison will be nothing like she expects. The misconceptions about prison life, especially in minimum security situations, are widespread and the realities harsh. In the middle of season three's fourth episode, "Finger in the Dyke", there is a single scene involving Soso (Kimiko Glenn) and a visit she gets from her friend Meadow (Andi Matichak). When Meadow all but congratulates her for being in prison, showering her with accolades ranging from "brave" to "cool", Soso explodes. »
- Michael Hindle
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.
Set for release July 17th in the States and August 28th in the UK, Trainwreck features a cast that also »
- Gary Collinson
Three seasons of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer have shown us that Amy Schumer is no one-hit-wonder. With her hilarious sketches and irrepressibly edgy style of humor, she’s cemented her grip on the small screen – and now, this summer, she’ll bring her shtick to theaters with the hilarious-looking Trainwreck.
A new trailer for the Judd Apatow-directed comedy has hit the web today and it’s as gut-bustingly funny as you’d expect. Schumer is a rare comedian in that she’s demonstrably fearless in her tackling of modern romance, sexuality, body image, societal double standards and systematically imposed misogyny. Unafraid to take on big targets (and simultaneously skewer herself), she has proven herself to be one of the most unrepentantly honest voices in comedy today. From the looks of Trainwreck, for which Schumer also wrote the script, it doesn’t appear that a shred of that »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ruby Rose is most definitely the breakout star of this season of Orange Is the New Black (sorry, Mike Birbiglia — we love you, too), with her impish good looks and plethora of tattoos. With her flirty smirks and haircut, the Justin Bieber comparisons were natural, so much so that the show itself acknowledged it. Well, after some cheeky social-media behavior, the two finally met this weekend (probably at some hidden club where hot people go to be hot, pull off wearing hats indoors in the summer, and feel comfortable knowing they are surrounded by their own kind). You can see photos below of what it looked like. It's like a sexy, sexy ad for your bicuriosity. »
- Jesse David Fox
Orange is the New Black episode “Where My Dreidel At” showed Cindy and the other Kosher meal eaters trying to prove that they’re Jewish, while Piper finally fully launches Felonious Panties. Orange Is The New Black Recap Pearson (Mike Birbiglia), speaking for McC, tells Caputo (Nick Sandow) that something has to be done about the […]
The post ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 3, Episode 9: ‘Where My Dreidel At’ appeared first on uInterview. »
- Chelsea Regan
The Barrow Group and the Theatre Communications Group are teaming up to bring acting coach and theater educator Seth Barrish and actor-comedian Mike Birbiglia together for their In Conversation series in New York City. Barrish will be giving acting tips, as well as speaking about his book, “The Actors Companion.” Released through Tcg, the companion includes a foreword from Anne Hathaway and positive commentary from actors like Sakina Jaffrey, Birbiglia, and Alison Wright (“How I Met Your Mother”). The book is designed to “encourage spontaneity; foster entertaining, human, and compelling behavior; help you to become more sensitive, imaginative, responsive, and alive onstage; change your work effortlessly and invisibly (so the audience won’t detect any effort on your part and therefore will feel like they are watching a real person rather than an actor ‘working’),” according to the Barrow Group website. Set to take place June 23 at the Barrow Group (312 W. »
We're continuing this weekly trip through "Orange Is the New Black" season 3, two episodes at a time. Thoughts on episodes 3 & 4 coming up just as soon as I can smell Trey Anastasio's Bo... "But guess what? We all think we're good guys." -Alex "Orange" is made with the assumption that most of its audience is going to race through the season in a short period of time, and me reviewing two episodes a week is more of a concession to the realities of my job (and my desire to write more about a show I love) than it's meant to be a reflection of how the show is designed or consumed. But I still appreciate it when I wind up with a pair of episodes that tie together as nicely as "Empathy Is a Boner Killer" and "Finger in the Dyke" do. It's not just that our two flashback subjects, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Netflix’s newest original programs may be debuting to mixed reviews, but the streaming platform’s stalwarts are going as strong as ever. On June 11th, the third season of Orange is the New Black premiered in its entirety, and the consensus among early reviewers is that the third trip to the Litchfield women’s prison lives up to--or even exceeds--the two previous seasons.
The third season of Oitnb was initially slated for a June 12th release, but Netflix opted to distribute the new episodes of Jenji Kohan’s prison dramedy six hours early in order to coincide with OrangeCon, a large gathering of Oitnb fans in New York City. At the event, the show’s cast members snapped pictures with fans and celebrated the arrival of the new season.
Oitnb’s ensemble cast has always been one of its greatest strengths, and season three adds some new faces to its eclectic mix of characters. »
- Sam Gutelle
After picking up three Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards, Alejandro G. Inarritu isn’t done collecting honors. The “Birdman” director was presented with the Vanguard Leadership Award at the fifth Sundance Institute Celebration benefit hosted by Acura and held at 3 Labs in Los Angeles.
“I don’t deserve an award for what I do with joy and freely, but I thank you for it,” said Inarritu.
Based on the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner and starring Kristen Wiig, “Diary” was developed at Sundance’s director and screenwriter labs. “For me, the Sundance Labs were a totally transformative experience,” Heller said in her speech. “It’s where I became a director.”
Heller was presented her award by comedian and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia, »
- Jenelle Riley
Who exactly is Amy Schumer? By now, you’ve probably heard her name, seen a clip from her TV show “Inside Amy Schumer” make its round on the web, or caught her hosting gig fronting the MTV Movie Awards. Whether you’re new to the Schumer club and just trying to find out as much as you can about the stand-up star before her summer laugh fest Trainwreck drops or you’ve been cheering her on since “Last Comic Standing,” get to know Amy Schumer now:
She got her start early
Remember how great the 1992 Disney movie Newsies was starring a young Christian Bale as a dancing newsboy in 1899? We thought so. What you probably don’t remember is a young Amy, dressed as a boy, dancing along next to Bale. The 11-year-old was an extra on the set of the film. But don’t strain to catch a strain »
- Rachel West
Inarritu will be honored with the Vanguard Leadership Award for the originality and independent spirit of his films.
Inarritu’s films include “Amores Perros” (2000), “21 Grams” (2003), “Babel” (2006), “Biutiful” (2010) and “Birdman,” which won him three Oscars for best picture, director and original screenplay. He has produced three films that appeared at the Sundance Film Festival: “Nine Lives” (2005), “Mother and Child” (2010) and “Rudo y Cursi” (2009).
Inarritu will be the fourth recipient of the Vanguard Leadership Award, joining philanthropist and former institute trustee George Gund, journalist and film critic Roger Ebert, and actress and arts advocate Glenn Close.
- Dave McNary
Any aspiring comedic actor or comedian knows there are countless lessons to be learned from watching the greats. And with Jen Kirkman’s Netflix special, “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine),” out May 22, you have some catching up to do before you get to the new stuff. Here are 17 stand-up specials all actors should watch. (Add yours! What are your must-watch comedy routines?) Maria Bamford, “The Special Special Special!”Released in 2012, Bamford (who’s also got an incredible résumé of voiceover credits—many of which she exhibits during her standup) performed “The Special Special Special!” for an intimate audience of two: her parents. From God to Kirstie Alley, Bamford covers it all in her very special special. (Currently streaming on Netflix!) Roseanne Barr’s 1987 HBO SpecialAs one of standup’s leading ladies, Barr helped clear the path for some of today’s favorites such as Sarah Silverman, »
Judd Apatow will kick off a 7-city “TrainWreck Comedy Tour” Thursday featuring Amy Schumer, Dave Attell, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, Colin Quinn and the director himself. “TrainWreck comedy tour in 7 cities for charity. No one knows about this yet. Get your tickets right now http://tinyurl.com/ptv96ll,” Apatow tweeted. The cities include Boston, New York, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles. Fans can buy tickets to one of the shows and donate for a chance to win “a VIP experience at crowdrise.com. Also Read: Judd Apatow's 'Trainwreck' Trailer Released Exclusively on Twitter »
- Deborah Day
When Hot is Cold: Fletcher’s Tone Deaf Comedy a Frivolous Altercation
For those familiar with director Anne Fletcher’s studio track record, including the rom-com platitudes of The Proposal (2009) and the broad mother and son road trip comedy The Guilt Trip (2011), it will hardly be surprising to find a similar lack of comical finesse on hand in the shrill insistence of her latest venture, Hot Pursuit. Basically another blacktop jaunt desperately trying to amuse with a countless host of familiar squirming scenarios, television alums David Feeney and John Quintance try to inject their small screen inclined tropes into the old odd couple formula with a surprising lack of success. This had to have been something that seemed like it could have worked thanks to the talent it attracted to headline, but the vehicle serves a complete disserve to its leading ladies, on both content and visual fronts.
- Nicholas Bell
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, May 8. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Hot Pursuit Director: Anne Fletcher Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Michael Mosley, John Carroll Lynch, Richard T. Jones, Jodi Lyn Brockton, Robert Kazinsky, Matthew Del Negro, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Mike Birbiglia Synopsis: "An uptight by-the-book cop must protect the widow of a drug boss from crooked cops and gunmen." Limited 5 Flights Up Director: Richard Loncraine Cast: Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Michael Cristofer, Cynthia Nixon, Claire Vanderboom, Korey Jackson, Carrie Preston, Sterling Jerins, Josh Pais, Miriam Shor Synopsis: "A couple (Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton) must decide whether or not to sell their Brooklyn walk up of 40 years. The story takes a comedic turn when the dynamic couple have to contend with eccentric open house guests, their pushy realtor niece, and the health of their beloved »
- Steve Greene
Chicago – I get it. The old fashioned buddy movie, except with the twist of the femme-flavor-of-the-moment Sofia Vergara and runty Reese Witherspoon. It practically writes itself. In fact, that might be the only legitimate excuse for the mess that is “Hot Pursuit” – it wrote itself.
With a title so lazy it should come with its own hammock, “Hot Pursuit” recycles every plot point and joke stylings from every buddy picture ever made. What could have been an interesting twist – Sofia Vergara has established herself as a funny character on TV’s “Modern Family” – turns into a shriek fest with Vergara doing most of the unfunny shrieking, with a philosophy of “If we say the jokes louder maybe they’ll be funny…” Reese Witherspoon, who is no slouch when it comes to doing comedy (Her Tracy Flick role in “Election” is one of the funniest characters of the past 20 years), seems lost as well, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The superheroes started the Summer with a bang (and a pow and lotsa’ crashes) last Friday, so it’s now time for what is turning out to be another warm weather cinema staple: the female-driven, often raunchy comedy, which can probably be traced back to the surprise smash of 2011, Bridesmaids. Its breakout star, Melissa McCarthy, then became the unofficial queen of Summer R-rated gagfests with The Heat and Tammy. So, is this the 2015 model Mm comedy? Nope, we’ve got a few weeks to go before she reteams with director Paul Feig for Spy (also to premiere shortly is the feature film debut of cable TV firebrand Amy Schumer). This is an attempted funny flick that riffs on one of her previous hits. It’s an action-cop-buddy-comedy which pairs an Oscar-winning actress (like Sandra Bullock in The Heat) with funny lady mostly known for her broadcast TV work (Melissa still »
- Jim Batts
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new action/comedy “Hot Pursuit” starring Sofía Vergara and Reese Witherspoon!
“Hot Pursuit,” which opens on May 8, 2015 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Jodi Lyn Brockton, Robert Kazinsky, Michael Mosley, John Carroll Lynch, Matthew Del Negro and Mike Birbiglia from director Anne Fletcher and writers David Feeney and John Quaintance.
To win your free “Hot Pursuit” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – Friday, May 1st, kicks off one of 2015 Chicago’s most special events, the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association. The place to be is at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, and the titles included are an exciting batch of movies making their premiere here.
Many of the films had their world premiere at festivals like Sundance, Toronto and South X Southwest, and HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the kick-off weekend. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
Be sure to check back with HollywoodChicago.com on Monday, when we finish our preview of the festival by looking ahead to the weekday schedule, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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