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Nothing like a good three minute gag reel to make you smile on a Friday. Universal Pictures released some outtakes from Trainwreck today, the new Amy Schumer comedy that’s been making waves. Directed by Judd Apatow and written by Amy Schumer, the film presents a version of Schumer’s own life and is branded with her signature style of comedy: plenty of sexual humor and constant improvisation.
Comedy stars Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park and Mike Birbiglia are great contributors to the film and make appearances in the outtakes. Obviously Amy Schumer is an improv machine, riffing non-stop to Bill Hader and Brie Larson (and to a guy’s man parts). But the one who really steals the show is LeBron James. Seeing the basketball star riff with the best of them is strange but wonderful. It makes you hope that directors like Apatow will recruit LeBron James for their own comedy films. »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
It's only fitting in a season defined by its relentless desire to challenge the faith of its characters, for the third season finale of "Orange is the New Black" to present the inmates with an actual miracle. Obviously the hole in the fence has a very good reason for being there and there is also a very good reason the inmates are able to take advantage of it, but they make the narrative feat executed by Jenji Kohan and the other writers no less miraculous. Those reasons might even make the final scene more special when you stop to consider all of the events that had to transpire to make it possible. "Trust No Bitch" begins not long after the closing moments of the previous episode and lets Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) and Big Boo (Lea DeLaria) come to terms with not fully exacting their revenge on Coates (James McMenamin). The »
- Michael Hindle
If you are someone who uses Netflix Instant as your sole source for TV and movie entertainment, then you know how easy it is to fall into a rut. It can be so hard to find quality movies after a while and you end up watching the same stuff over and over. Well, search no more! Here are 6 often overlooked movies that you may not have seen or had a chance to watch yet. (Or you may not know whether they are worth your time but trust me they are!)
Starring Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” fame and Mark Duplass from “The League.” This film is… surprising. I can’t give too much away because the film was specifically advertised with misdirection. The actual premise sneaks up on you and you is one of the most clever films released in 2014. Also these two actors are the »
- Sarah Sommer
“Nope. No way. Not after Ghostbusters 2.”
The sequel to the live-action/animation Looney Tunes movie Space Jam (Michael Jordan, Bill Murray) has had the cliff face disappear from underneath it more times than Wild E. Coyote in pursuit of Road Runner. After today’s Warner Bros. Entertainment’s announcement that they’re partnering with NBA player LeBron James and his production company SpringHill Entertainment, however, the sequel might be back on/believe it can fly again.
In a piece of speculative connect-the-dots investigating, Capital New York reporter Alex Weprin noticed the following:
The plot thickens. Just a month ago, Warner Bros. filed new trademarks for Space Jam. Today they announce the LeBron James partnership. Warner Bros. CEO and Chairman Kevin Tsujihara said of the partnership:
“LeBron James has one of the most powerful, well-known brands in the world and we are excited to be in business with him and his partner, »
- Oli Davis
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? We all know one. Now playing in theaters eveywhere is Judd Apatow's new comedy Trainwreck, starring up-and-coming actress/comedian Amy Schumer as a girl who just can't settle down. That is until she meets a nice guy named Aaron, played by Bill Hader, a sports doctor she is profiling for work. The cast also includes Colin Quinn, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, Randall Park, Ezra Miller, Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, and LeBron James stealing the show. So how is it? Did you laugh your ass off? One of Apatow's best comedies, or not at all? If you've seen it yourself, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Apatow's Trainwreck. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep »
- Alex Billington
Lead actor Johnson teamed up to write the screenplay with mumblecore godfather Swanberg, who turned Digging for Fire into his most star-studded feature yet.
The duo previously teamed up on Drinking Buddies back in 2013.
Digging for Fire opens on July 25 in the Us. A UK release is yet to be set. »
Do you enjoy seeing tons of stars collide in a quirky trailer accompanied by the tunes of alt-j? You do? Then you're going to love the trailer for Joe Swanberg's Digging For Fire. The Drinking Buddies director again enlisted Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston for a movie about relationships, but this time it's a completely different ball game. Johnson plays a slob of a husband whose wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) leaves him at home to do chores, but instead he has his friends over to dig in the backyard while she strolls on the beach with a guy played by Orlando Bloom. Sam Rockwell, Mike Birbiglia, Sam Elliott, Brie Larson, Melanie Lynskey, Judith Light, and Jenny Slate all costar in the movie, out on Aug. 21. »
Posted via her Instagram a couple of days ago, Trainwreck star Amy Schumer has a new photoshoot in the latest issue of GQ Magazine, which sees the comedian in several racy poses with the droids of Star Wars, C-3Po and R2-D2. The shoot caused quite a stir, but a group of people it seemed to really upset where Lucasfilm, who released a statement about the shoot.
“We’ve seen some conversation on this and want to set the record straight. It’s not surprising that GQ would want to capitalize on the cultural cachet of Star Wars, but Lucasfilm and Disney did not authorize, participate in or condone the inappropriate use of our characters in this manner.”
See Also: Read our review of Trainwreck here
- Luke Owen
Joe Swanberg's casts keep getting bigger, but his movies stay the same size. In addition to Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt, Digging for Fire stars Orlando Bloom, Anna Kendrick, Sam Elliott, Ron Livingston, Chris Messina, Jenny Slate, Melanie Lynskey, Sam Rockwell, Mike Birbiglia, and Brie Larson in the story of an L.A. couple's three-eighths' life crisis. It's as if Vulture readers cast a Robert Altman movie! »
- Nate Jones
Digging for Fire tells the story of a husband, Jake Johnson (New Girl), and wife, Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married), who discover a bone and a gun, sparking separate adventures. Also starring in the picture are Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell and Mike Birbiglia.
Young married couple Tim and Lee have planted the seeds of a family in their East L.A. duplex. Three years after the birth of their son, they’re still adjusting to the joy and pain of life with kid, navigating potty talk at the dinner table, disagreeing over preschools, and putting off doing their taxes. For a change of pace, they decide to house-sit for one of Lee’s Westside yoga clients. »
- Jake Wilson
Read More: Sundance Curiosities: Joe Swanberg and Noah Baumbach Could Take American Indie Film Mainstream After making the move from mumblecore to mainstream indies with "Drinking Buddies," Joe Swanberg continues to appeal to the masses in the star-studded new trailer for his upcoming marital comedy-drama, "Digging For Fire." The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. "Digging For Fire" stars Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt as Tim and Lee, a married Los Angeles couple who take individual trips of self-discovery. While Tim connects with friends in the area and literally digs for bones in the backyard, Lee worries about losing her identity while on a visit to her parents. The two get sidetracked in their own adventures -- ones that incorporate friends and newcomers in the form of Sam Rockwell, Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia, Jenny Slate, Orlando Bloom and Anna Kendrick, among others. Watch the trailer above. »
- Meredith Mattlin
Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) has proven to be massively prolific over the last few years with his brand of low-key, mumblecore comedies about everything and nothing in particular. His latest film, Digging For Fire, assembles an enormous cast in a weekend getaway as a group of friends dig for, treasure maybe isn’t the word, in the woods.
Jake Johnson (who also co-wrote the script with Swanberg) and Rosemarie DeWitt lead a cast that includes Mike Birbiglia, Orlando Bloom, Sam Elliott, Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Brie Larson, Melanie Lynskey, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Chris Messina, and Jenny Slate. Here’s the full synopsis:
The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.
J.R. Kinnard caught up with the film at Sundance and was disappointed, writing, “It lacks the narrative focus and observational humor to be more than a mild diversion, »
- Brian Welk
"There's garbage in the ground... If you dig far enough, you'll find a landfill." The Orchard has debuted the first official trailer for Joe Swanberg's newest film Digging for Fire, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This time Swanberg doesn't appear in it, instead this stars Jake Johnson along with an eclectic cast including: Jane Adams, Rosemarie Dewitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia. It's essentially an examination of everyone's going on in life at this point, by way of a party with a bunch of friends. It's good, not great, but this is a fun trailer. Here's the first official trailer for Joe Swanberg's Digging for Fire, from YouTube (via The Film Stage): The discovery of a bone and a gun sends a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend. Digging for Fire »
- Alex Billington
Together, Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow are a comedy force to be reckoned with. How funny are the writer/star and director of Trainwreck? We had to pause our interview due to laughter since it’s nearly impossible to get through any discussion with a straight face when these two are in the room.
The duo are hoping that you won’t be able to keep the laughter at bay when Trainwreck hits theatres this Friday. Comedian Amy Schumer wrote the screenplay and stars in the brand new comedy as Amy, a career-driven woman who seems to have her all of her priorities in order until she meets good guy Aaron (Bill Hader). With Aaron around, the commitment phobic Amy is suddenly rethinking her life-long stance against monogamy.
The laughs are plenty for Schumer in her first starring role. But she’s not the only funny one on screen. Besides Hader, »
- Rachel West
Are you ready to see Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3Po like you've never seen them before? In honor of this weekend's comedy Trainwreck, comedian and star Amy Schumer participated in a wild and raunchy photo shoot for GQ magazine that has her frolicking with some of the galaxy's best known droids and Imperial soldiers. Warning, some of these photos verge on being R-Rated!
The GQ cover finds Amy Schumer checking C-3Po's oil the old fashioned way, and it's sure to grab any fanboy's attention. This foreplay obviously leads to a much wilder romp, and we're offered a look at the aftermath as Amy Schumer enjoys a smoke following her three-way with the Golden droid and his counterpart, R2-D2. The comedian even finds a way to sexualize the once androgynous mech droid. She then dresses up like Princess Leia to catch a limousine ride with Chewbacca and Jedi Master Yoda. »
Who’ll Stop the Train?: Apatow Matures with Schumer’s Impressive Skills
The most inappropriate element of Judd Apatow’s latest film Trainwreck is its title, which promises to be a bawdy, crass marathon of blatant innuendo with a high potential for poor taste, if judging solely by its marketing publicity and reputation of its director and star/writer, comedian Amy Schumer. What a surprise to find not only a rather mature but even sensible depiction of generally undiscussed difficulties concerning relationships. Schumer shines in her own generously concocted marinade, deftly spinning an excellent characterization for herself while managing a surprising amount of appealing supporting characters. With a running time just falling over the two hour mark, you’re bound to find a few instances worthy of trimming, but Schumer’s pleasurable hurricane hits almost all its marks, a thankful reprieve from the usual glut of testosterone fueled R rated adult studio comedies. »
- Nicholas Bell
Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin Quinn) 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 »
- Michelle McCue
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
I’ve pretty much always had a good feeling about Trainwreck, ever since it was announced that it would be Judd Apatow’s next film. I love Apatow’s writing, but if he was going to direct someone else’s script, Amy Schumer was the perfect choice. She would be making her leading lady and feature screenwriting debut, something I’d also been anticipating. Everything seemed poised for a great comedy, but I somehow underestimated them. Not only is Trainwreck a modern romantic comedy classic, it’s just as sharply edged as Schumer’s Comedy Central variety show Inside Amy Schumer, and it has surprising dramatic depths to mine as well. In a perfect world, this would be an Oscar contender in multiple categories. It hits this weekend and is just brilliantly well done. The plot is pretty simple, fitting in with its romantic comedy trappings. This is no ordinary rom com though. »
- Joey Magidson
The tagline for Trainwreck claims “We all know one,” but Amy Schumer’s boisterous leading debut succeeds not because we see our “trainwreck” friends in her performance. Whether you’ll admit it or not, we instead see ourselves in the shoes of Amy, because we’ve All experienced that period where no f#*ks are to be given. You’re damn right to assume “we all know one” – we all own mirrors. But it’s Ok to be a trainwreck, and that’s the journey that this floozy-on-steriods is here to teach us.
I don’t know about you, but being a strapping young lad living in New York City has taught me a thing or two about the current dating landscape, and a lot of Schumer’s on-screen defense mechanisms/paranoias are commonplace in today’s day and age. Relationships are scary in the city, where a smorgasbord of »
- Matt Donato
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