17 items from 2015
Wrong guy, same heart. Superbad actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse has been receiving a flood of heartfelt tweets since news broke that a man named Chris Mintz stood up to the shooter at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. on Thursday, Oct. 1. But though the well-wishes are well-deserved (Mintz, 30, is currently recovering in an Oregon hospital after being shot seven times), Mintz-Plasse wanted to clear up the case of mistaken identity as quickly as possible. “So much love for the real Chris Mintz,” the Kick-Ass actor tweeted on [...] »
The Ranch was created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson, and is set on a Colorado spread, with Colt Bennett (Kutcher) returning home after a brief semi-pro football career to run the family business with his brother Jimmy (Danny Masterson). Cuthbert (who is next going to be seen opposite Seann William Scott in Goon: Last Of The Enforcers) will apparently play Cold’s old flame, a former cheerleader. Debra Winger and Sam Elliott have already been cast to play Colt and Jimmy’s parents in the series.
That’s an impressive cast, and it’s been a pretty busy week for Netflix as well, as they also recently cast Christopher Mintz-Plasse in another comedy series they’re working on titled Flaked. »
- Josh Wilding
Kick-Ass and This is the End star Christopher Mintz-Plasse has joined the cast of Flaked, the upcoming Netflix series which stars Will Arnett. Co-created by Arnett (The Lego Movie) and Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret), the show has been described as follows:
Flaked is the serio-comic story of Chip (Arnett), a celebrated long-time resident of the insular world of Venice, CA who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullshit that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel.
That’s not the most detailed of synopses, but it certainly sounds like an interesting enough premise. In Flaked, Mintz-Plasse has been cast as a character called Topher, “a tech whiz kid new to Venice and desperate to fit in.”
An air date for the series has yet to be revealed, but this is the latest »
- Josh Wilding
Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Pitch Perfect, This Is The End) has been cast opposite Will Arnett in Netflix comedy series Flaked. Co-created by Arnett and Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret), Flaked is the serio-comic story of Chip (Arnett), a celebrated longtime resident of the insular world of Venice, CA, who falls for the object of his best friend's fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullshit that underpins his… »
With its latest web series, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is bringing together athletes, celebrities, football, video games, and puppets. The production company co-founded by Seth Green and best known for creating Green’s Adult Swim TV series Robot Chicken, has launched The Madden 16, in which puppet versions of famous people become avid Madden gamers.
As a brief description on the series' website explains, the titular characters in The Madden 16 are “A rag tag [sic] team of athletes and celebrities assembles with one singular mission, to play a whole lot of Madden, and save the world.” Most of these characters are based on well-known people and voiced by their real-life counterparts; the “athletes and celebrities” who contribute to The Madden 16 include NFL stars like Rob Gronkowski and Odell Beckham, Jr. as well as actors like Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The result is a strange mix of video games, football, and Team America: World Police, served with a star-powered twist. »
- Sam Gutelle
30. Lady Snowblood Part 1 and Part 2
While American comic books have struggled for legitimacy as adult entertainment for decades, their Japanese counterparts have long enjoyed acceptance as legitimate elements of mainstream culture. So while the American comic book movie only properly took off in the last fifteen years, jidaigeki adaptations of popular manga have been a staple of Japanese pulp cinema since the early 1970s. The best of these remains Lady Snowblood, director Toshiya Fujita’s two part revenge opera of a woman checking off a kill list of the gangsters who killed her family and left her for dead. Any familiarity to Kill Bill is entirely intentional, with multiple visuals, soundtrack elements and plot points lifted whole cloth by Tarantino. But even for those only familiar with the update, Fujita’s films remain feats of hard edged efficiency, actress Meiko Kaji a goddess of death in a world of opposing colors and sudden violence. »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this magnificent Monday? The Madden 16 video game has a new ad using movie stars, we have a supercut of awkward celebrity interviews and a video that shows iconic horror themes with much different sounds. But first, watch how teenagers react to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 trailer and learn just how many people Batman has killed over the years. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Batman Movie Kill Count Supercut
Mr. Sunday Movies is back with a new three-minute supercut that shows every time Batman has killed one of his enemies in the live-action movies. The final number may surprise you, and it's interesting to see the ways that Batman has dispensed of his enemies, »
Triple "A" video games are big money and the big publishers such as Activision and Electronic Arts aren't afraid of opening their wallets to promote their biggest franchises. Case in point: EA Sports has released Madden: The Movie, a new short film designed to promote Madden NFL 16 that may rival the game in entertainment value.
The movie's premise has a mix of actors and athletes including Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Julio Jones, Rob Gronkowski, Colin Kaepernick, Antonio Brown and Rex Ryan coming together to take down a video game boss. Yes, there's a giant T-Rex in it.
YouTube commenter are complaining that EA Sports spent more money on Madden: The Movie than they did on Madden NFL 16. We'll never know, but there's no denying this almost five-minute movie cost a pretty penny to produce.
Madden NFL 16 comes out for everyone on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 next Tuesday, August 25.
EA’s short film promotion for “Madden NFL 16” may be the most hilarious filmed entertainment released this weekend. “Madden: The Movie” stars Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, along with NFL stars Julio Jones, Rob Gronkowski, Colin Kaepernick, Antonio Brown and Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan, and starts out as a gang crime-thriller before transitioning into a Bollywood romance — Mintz-Plasse dance routines and all — and then finally closing with a dinosaur threat. With names like “Blade Johnson,” “Half Top,” “Trick Montalban,” “Sticky Bun” and “Janet,” this playmaker team-up dominates the small screen — for about five minutes. Also Read: Dave Franco Returns »
- Deborah Day
Having had previous viral video success with their gay chicken short, comedy actors Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse have re-teamed for a new and amusingly absurd action movie-inspired five-minute "Madden: The Movie" trailer.
The extended satirical commercial has been crafted to promote the upcoming "Madden NFL 16" title which hits stores next week. NFL superstars Julio Jones, Rob Gronkowski, Colin Kaepernick, Antonio Brown, coach Rex Ryan and a Tyrannosaurus Rex also star in the spot.
- Garth Franklin
With his starring role in the Marvel superhero blockbuster Ant-Man, Paul Rudd seems set to embark on a new phase in his career: action hero. But there's a scene late in the movie when, caught kissing another character, his ex-con-turned-insect-controlling-good-guy Scott Lang starts to faux-blame the deed on his partner before gracefully skirting away. It's a classic Rudd moment, and a reminder of what he brings to the table even when he's playing a comic-book character.
What is that exactly, you ask? In general, his characters tend to be earnest and romantic, »
On June 26, the studio that brought you How to Train Your Dragon unveils an all-new Netflix original series that takes Hiccup and Toothless to the edge of adventure: DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge! DreamWorks Animation and Netflix revealed the exact premiere date today, along with the first sneak peek at the exciting, action-packed opening credits. Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera who voice the two young Viking heroes in the feature film return to the television series to voice Hiccup and Astrid, and are joined by Christopher Mintz-Plasse and T.J. Miller who will reprise their roles as Fishlegs and Tuffnut in the series.
In this new original series, Hiccup and Toothless lead the Dragon Riders as they soar beyond the borders of Berk and discover the mysterious Dragon Eye - an ancient artifact filled with secrets that will lead them to new lands filled with undiscovered dragons. But the »
Allison Jones, favorite casting director of Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, is the subject of Stephen Rodrick's profile in the April 6 issue of The New Yorker — just ahead of Feig's new Yahoo sci-fi comedy, Other Space, which Jones cast. Jones has been at the forefront of comedy's new "dude humor" wave (as the piece describes it), assembling all-star casts for Freaks and Geeks (for which she won an Emmy), The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Office, and many of the best comedies on TV and film of the last decade. In her new profile, she reveals some behind-the-scenes facts spanning her entire 30-plus-year career. 1. Christopher Mintz-Plasse won his role in Superbad by sending in a camera-phone head shot. "She called the director, Greg Mottola, and excitedly said, 'I think I found McLovin; he’s like Dill from To Kill a Mockingbird.' Jones told me, 'You could tell he was a »
- Dee Lockett
Following a ruling last month that the Television Academy would only consider half hour shows eligible for the comedy category at the Emmys, a panel of nine analysts have now begun handing down the rulings for exemptions in the selection process. The panel, which was set up to determine the category assignment of hour-long shows that appealed their placement in drama, has now ruled, as per Variety, that the Fox show Glee, the Showtime series Shameless, and the CW series Jane The Virgin can compete as comedies at the upcoming primetime Emmys. The decision will apply to all categories, from Acting to Directing, and so on.
One show that notably wasn’t granted a waiver, however, is the Netflix serial Orange Is The New Black. The series, which revolves around the inhabitants of a women’s prison, was categorised as a comedy at last year’s Primetime Emmys, where it picked up three wins. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Judd Apatow has an impressive number of big hits on his resume, both as a director and as a producer, but one thing that he has never really specialized in is sequels. There is Anchorman 2, and semi-spinoffs like This Is 40 and Get Him To The Greek, but for the most part the movies he.s made have been largely one-and-done. If it were up to him, however, that wouldn.t be the case, as he has evidently spent a good amount of time trying to fight for a Superbad 2 With his new movie Trainwreck screening as a work in progress cut at SXSW this past weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down for a one-on-one with Apatow while in Austin, Texas yesterday, and it was during our chat that he revealed his long interest in bringing back Jonah Hill.s Seth, Michael Cera.s Evan, and »
DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 took Best Animated Feature top honors at the 42nd Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, January 31 at UCLA's Royce Hall. The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (Voyager Pictures LLC); Best Animated Short Subject Feast (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial Flight of the Stories (Aardman Animations); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children Tumble Leaf (Amazon Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children's Audience Gravity Falls (Disney Television Animation); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production The Simpsons (Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television); Best Animated Video Game Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft); and Best Student Film My Big Brother (Savannah College of Art and Design, Jason Rayner).
The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 36 categories from best feature, »
17 items from 2015
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