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Alejandro G. Inarritu, Marielle Heller Tapped for Sundance Honor

21 May 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sundance Institute will present its Vanguard Awards to “Birdman” director Alejandro G. Inarritu and Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”) at its Sundance Institute Celebration on June 2.

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.

Comedian Mike Birbiglia will present Heller his Vanguard Award. Heller’s first feature film, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” was supported by Sundance Institute’s Feature »

- Dave McNary

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17 Stand-Up Specials All Actors Must See

20 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

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, »

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Judd Apatow to Launch TrainWreck Comedy Tour With Amy Schumer, Colin Quinn, Dave Attell

14 May 2015 5:13 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Judd Apatow will kick off a 7-city “TrainWreck Comedy Tour” Thursday featuring Amy Schumer, Dave AttellVanessa 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

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Hot Pursuit | Review

8 May 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, May 8; What Will You See?

8 May 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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

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Film Review: ‘Hot Pursuit’ is an Unoriginal, Redundant Hot Mess

8 May 2015 7:06 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

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, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Hot Pursuit (2015) – The Review

7 May 2015 9:26 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘Hot Pursuit’ With Sofía Vergara, Reese Witherspoon

3 May 2015 5:57 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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!

Preferably, use your computer to enter rather than your smartphone.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Preview: Stellar Weekend Kicks Off 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival

1 May 2015 10:57 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interview: Nick Kroll Starts it Up in ‘Adult Beginners’

23 April 2015 9:15 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Finding the adult button and hitting “on” is becoming more of a challenge as the tech generation morphs into their thirtysomething era. Comedian Nick Kroll (“Kroll Show,” “The League”) ponders this situation in the new film “Adult Beginners,” a primer on growing up and moving on.

Kroll portrays Jake, a entrepreneur whose new tech gadget goes bust. Left with no life and no income, he moves back in with his sister (Rose Byrne) and brother-in-law (Bobby Cannavale). There is a twist – Jake’s nephew Teddy needs a daytime caregiver, and Nick is now available. As he takes on his new duties, he begins to understand that life has different angles, especially when it comes to raising children.

Nick Kroll Portrays Jake in ‘Adult Beginners

Photo credit: Radius-twc

Nick Kroll is a multi-tasker. After graduating from college in 2001, he began his career as a stand-up and in improvisation groups, and »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: Adult Beginners, An Excellent Cast In A Movie That's Not

23 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

One thing I know for sure: Adult Beginners is not a good movie. Here's the cast: Nick Kroll (Kroll Show), Rose Byrne (Neighbors) and Bobby Cannavale (Chef), with supporting roles from gifted comedians Joel McHale (Community), Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me), Jason Mantzoukas (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Parks and Recreation, The League), and SNL's Bobby Moynihan. A formidable new tribe of comedians in an R-rated movie, so this movie should be filled with filth and fun, right? Nope. It's one of the most unfunny, forgettable movies with a large ensemble of comedians ever made. Kroll stars as Jake, a guy who invented glasses similar to Google glasses. Life is good and he's throwing a big-ass party to celebrate the launch of the release of this new...

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Comedy Central Renews Inside Amy Schumer For Fourth Season

21 April 2015 8:15 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Taking a hint from other cable networks, notably HBO, Comedy Central has renewed Inside Amy Schumer for a fourth season before the third season even begins.

With little more to go on than a lot of buzz surrounding the music video, critical acclaim, and, I suppose, having seen where the third season goes, the show is set to return.

It’s big news for a show like this, and a serious vote of confidence. It also opens a lot of doors for the show’s direction, with a lot of room to play now.

Be sure to tune in tonight, and catch some previews with our look at Inside Amy Schumer Season Three here.

Catch all the info below.

 

Fresh off hosting the MTV Movie Awards, gracing the cover ofEntertainment Weekly, receiving a Peabody® Award for “Inside Amy Schumer,” and being named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, »

- Marc Eastman

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'Inside Amy Schumer' Renewed for Season 4

21 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Good news, "Inside Amy Schumer" fans: The show just got picked up for a fourth season, ahead of its season three premiere.

Schumer made the announcement herself during an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday night, where she told the host she just got word about the pickup before heading out onstage. Letterman congratulated the comedienne, and the duo chatted about the highs and lows of working on series television, where Schumer quipped that the annual effort doesn't get any easier, but "I find I'm getting easier."

In a statement released Tuesday, Comedy Central praised the show and Schumer.

"We love being 'Inside Amy Schumer' and are thrilled our audience agrees," said Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming at the network.

"I'm so happy to keep the 'Inside Amy Schumer' family together," Schumer added in her own statement. "Excited »

- Katie Roberts

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Adult Beginners | Review

20 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Arrested Development: Katz’s Debut an Affectionate Familial Dramedy

A familiar yet generally charming vehicle that impressively utilizes a pair of actors known mostly from a mainstream comedic realm, Adult Beginners is a low-key dramedy assembled from unpredictable voices. Premiering at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival before making its Us bow at SXSW earlier in 2015, it serves as producer Ross Katz’s feature debut (previously he directed the 2009 television drama Taking Chance, starring Kevin Bacon), with Nick Kroll credited with the story, and a screenplay penned by Liz Flahive (“Nurse Jackie”) and Jeff Cox (Blades of Glory, 2007). Neither as broadly comedic or serious minded as the credits would seem to indicate, the title serves as an estranged sibling reunion film that plays like the lighter, rosy faced cousin of last year’s The Skeleton Twins. Produced by the increasingly philanthropic Duplass Bros., the film displays the sort of vibrant charm »

- Nicholas Bell

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35 Movies You Need to See This Summer

18 April 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, »

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Hot Pursuit Trailer: Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara Go on the Run

9 April 2015 12:55 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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'Trainwreck' Clip: LeBron James Is Bill Hader's Wingman

8 April 2015 8:36 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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. »

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'Adult Beginners' (2015) Movie Review

20 March 2015 2:57 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Review: Amy Schumer is only pretending to be a 'Trainwreck' for Judd Apatow

16 March 2015 12:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Adult Beginners Trailer Features Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll And Bobby Cannavale

13 March 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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.

From director Ross Katz, here’s the new trailer for Adult Beginners.

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

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