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Fxx’s latest half hour comedy “Man Seeking Woman” is both darkly funny and absurd. On the surface the series, which follows a twenty something’s search for romance, appears simple enough but don’t be fooled by its standard premise.
During a recent conference call discussion, star Jay Baruchel spoke about the show’s unconventional nature, now airing on Fxx,and his own connection to the material.
Q: The show is very unique and very bizarre. Are you concerned at all that it might go over the head of some general viewers because it is so different? It’s really hard to pinpoint what the show is when I describe it to my friends who haven’t seen it yet.
Jay Baruchel: Yes, I have the same problem. Yes, but I have that same concern on any gig I do because I have yet to figure out the metric, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Super User)
Written by Katie Cook
Art by Andy Price
Published by Idw
Katie Cook and Andy Price kick off another arc of their excellent My Little Pony series. This time around, the ever mysterious Everfree Forest which borders the main cast’s home of Ponyville is lashing out, overwhelming the town, but this event isn’t just attacking one small village, it’s happening to every place which borders the forest. With time of the essence, the team makes their way towards the heart of the Everfree forest to stop the infestation. What they come to discover is a secretive city of mystical deer-folk who serve as guardians of the forests and are outraged that a group of construction workers are tearing down their home to put up an amusement park.
Plot-wise, this feels like an odd outing for the pony gang. Much of the »
- Grant Raycroft
Sean Hickey, a student and member of the Dublin Business School's Film Society, has a new video essay which brilliantly lays out all of the reasons why Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is a complete joke when compared with The Lord of the Rings films. And it's not just the typical complaints, either: he barely touches on the fact that they stretched this story into three movies, spending much more time diving into direct comparisons between the two trilogies and showing why The Lord of the Rings is superior in every way when it comes to basic storytelling. This just became my go-to video to send to anyone who tries to argue that The Hobbit films are solid, because I honestly don't know how you can watch this and still believe that those movies are anything other than pale imitations of what came before it. Is Martin Freeman a great Bilbo? »
- Ben Pearson
There were high hopes for The Hobbit, the movie(s) that would visit Middle-Earth for the last time. And, in the hands of Peter Jackson, there was a definite sense of confidence that a film would be produced (or two at most) that would stand up admirably next to the near perfection that The Lord Of The Rings trilogy achieved.
Alarm bells started to ring when, just 6 months before the first film would be released, New Line Cinema confirmed they would make a trilogy rather than the originally planned two films. Sadly, as expected all three films were a bloated mish-mash of interpreted scenes with the source material stretched unbearably thin.
It all could have been so different. There was a time when Guillermo del Toro was in charge of the project, who would (as revealed concept art attests to) certainly have taken Tolkien’s fantasy world down a distinct design path. »
- Fred Humphries
By Anjelica Oswald
Only one of this year’s adapted screenplay nominees isn’t adapted from a book, and that’s Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which is adapted from his short film of the same name that took home the jury prize for short film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The other four adaptations all come from books, three non-fiction and one fiction.
- Anjelica Oswald
Director: Raymond Mizzi
Running Time: 90 Minutes
You won’t have heard of this film before – so under the radar is Seventh Sword that it doesn’t even exist on IMDb. Well it does, but under a different name – Adormidera; normally film name changes are acknowledged on the site, but not this one.
I understand that Seventh Sword is a Maltese film, but the production values are shockingly bad. The whole point of a film is that it looks like a film, the sets, costume and make-up should draw you into the world it constructs. However, the team behind Seventh Sword appear to have forgotten this, leaving the viewer very conscious that they are just watching a film. It’s almost like watching a recording of a cheap stage-play; it even comes complete with (what looks like) hired medieval costumes and red face paint smeared »
- Kat Smith
For anyone who has ever wanted to watch The Lord of the Rings, but thought that the pace was just too fast and the characters were just too young, then A Walk in the Woods is just right for you. Walk in the Woods, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, is a film based on Bill Bryson's book of the same name. It follows two elderly men who decide to take on the treacherous Appalachian Trail and all of the twists and turns that follow them along the road.
Altogether, the movie was, as critics will probably put it, "a fun romp." There are plenty of funny moments spread throughout the movie, although at times the pace is a little slow. Jokes that require a quick, sharp punch feel more like a lofty slug in the arm. Edits tend to linger a bit too long to really hammer in jokes, »
- Bryan Dayley
Latino Review broke the news and also says that "The Lord of the Rings" and "Star Trek" star Karl Urban is being sought for a supporting role in the film which may be the villain (Ocean Master maybe?).
Jason Momoa will play the title character in the film. Momoa will make an appearance as the character in next year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" ahead of this solo film due for release in July 2018. Momoa apparently has a four-picture deal to play Aquaman, the other two films of the deal being the two-part "Justice League" movie
- Garth Franklin
Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, Jupiter Ascending is written and directed by the Wachowskis.
- Movie Geeks
Clint Eastwood’s remarkable film about the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, American Sniper, broke all box office records this weekend with an estimated $90 million. Since it’s initial release on December 25, 2014, the R-rated drama’s total stands at $93.6 million domestically – $119 million globally to date. Made for $60 million, Bradley Cooper heads the cast, which also includes Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell.
The film is looking to add about $15 million Monday, raising its total since its limited Christmas Day release to $108.6 million in the U.S.
The screenplay, written by Jason Hall, is based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.
American Sniper received 6 Academy Award nominations last week for Best Picture, »
- Movie Geeks
The art of creating a successful mystery seems to be lost on many of today’s filmmakers and their films. Instead of allowing a solid story to play out in front of you and keep you guessing, a lot of films falling into the mystery/thriller genre tend to utilize the same ol’ twists and turns we’ve all seen time and time again. When a film comes along and offers a story full of suspense and surprise, it’s a surprise and a very refreshing one at that. Luckily, Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini’s feature directorial debut, The Two Faces Of January, is just that type of film, one that keeps you guessing until the very end.
- Jerry Smith
February 22 could be the least-watched Oscar show in years, no matter how hard energetic new host Neil Patrick Harris and his musically gifted producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron try to dazzle viewers worldwide -- having the five best songs performed on the show is a start. Viewers come to see their favorite films-- from "Argo," "Life of Pi" and "Gravity" to "The Lord of the Rings," "Titanic" and "Avatar"-- vie for Best Picture. »
- Anne Thompson
“Boyhood” has a fight on its hands if it wants to retain its shaky position as this year’s Academy Awards frontrunner.
Thursday morning’s Oscar nominations found Richard Linklater‘s film, the year’s presumed leader, with six nominations to nine for “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and eight for “The Imitation Game” and “American Sniper” in a busy field with lots of other favorites now in play.
See photos: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises: Oscars 2015 (Photos)
“Boyhood” got nominated in all the right categories, though, which means it could still be in good position for the stretch run. »
- Steve Pond
Coming to the small screen later this year is the CGI reboot series Thunderbirds Are Go!, which trades its traditional marionette puppets for a more modern animated design. After delivering a very brief teaser over the Christmas holiday, ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures have today unveiled a first look at the famous Tracey family as they prepare for their first mission into space.
Weta Workshop, who famously worked on The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies, are responsible for the VFX in this new series. This time, the cast is lead by a few well know names, with Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike taking on the lead as Lady Penelope. David Graham will reprise his original 1965 role as chauffeur and International Rescue agent Parker. Unstoppable inventor Brains will be voiced by Kayvan Novak, while Tracy brothers Gordon and John are both played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, "Game of Thrones »
The biggest complaint about The Hobbit Trilogy has been the stretching of one book into three. Making two films was deemed acceptable; after all, everyone expected Peter Jackson to tie the story into the Lord Of The Rings films and use the appendices of those novels to flesh it out. But when the announcement came that The Hobbit was being made into three films it was viewed simply as a cynical, money-making move by the studio rather than a justifiable narrative decision.
The first two Hobbit films failed to garner the same adoration that The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy; the first was too light, the second too dark and neither had the depth and grandeur of Jackson’s earlier Middle-Earth films. But The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies was a different and much improved beast to its predecessors.
You might ask how a two »
- Baz Greenland
Rhys-Davies will play a king in the fantasy drama that revolves around the struggles of a family with magical powers.
Actor is also known for his role in the “Indiana Jones” franchise. The MTV series produced by Sonar Entertainment begins lensing in New Zealand in February.
- Variety Staff
Shannara, MTV's new fantasy series based on the popular book series from Terry Brooks, has added John Rhys-Davies, best known for The Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones, to its cast. The show, which follows the Shannara family thousands of years after civilization's destruction, has previously cast Ivana Baquero as Eretria, Poppy Drayton as Amberle, Austin Butler as Wil Ohmsford, Manu Bennett as Allanon, and Aaron Jakubenko as Ander. Rhys-Davies will join the cast as King Eventine. According to a release, he is Amberle's grandfather who has ruled the kingdom of Arborlon for decades. "Eventine has done questionable things »
- Samantha Highfill
Harvey Weinstein, who occasionally contributes to Deadline when he has something on his mind that goes beyond business, just asked us to run this op-ed piece to be sure it got seen before the start of the Golden Globes. It first appeared in our sister publication Variety. So here goes:
When I was a college student, it gave me great pleasure to read about politics because it was my passion, along with film and journalism. I used to love reading Herblock cartoons in the Washington Post. And I loved Tom Toles’ cartoons from the Buffalo News (I went to school in Buffalo). Of course, Herblock went on to great success, as did Tom Toles, but they were always an insistent reminder that cartoon and caricature could be great weapons for good, and deterrents to bad.
This preamble hopefully illustrates the humanity and the affection that I think people have for cartoons. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
A longtime champion of social and political freedoms, onscreen and off, Oscar-winning producer-distributor Harvey Weinstein has written articles on our industry and world events for many leading publications. In light of last week’s tragic terror attack on France’s satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, Variety editor-in-chief Claudia Eller and chief film critic Scott Foundas asked Weinstein to contribute a guest column on his thoughts and outlook, as follows.
When I was a college student, it gave me great pleasure to read about politics because it was my passion, along with film and journalism. I used to love reading Herblock cartoons in the Washington Post. And I loved Tom Toles’ cartoons from the Buffalo News (I went to school in Buffalo). Of course, Herblock went on to great success, as did Tom Toles, but they were always an insistent reminder that cartoon and caricature could be great weapons for good, and deterrents to bad. »
- Harvey Weinstein
One of the first things you learn as a creative person is that everyone needs an editor. (Except me.) (Especially me.) Having an extra set of eyes that cares about your piece and wants it to be better can never hurt. Sure, sometimes studios get in the way, and in those cases, Director’s Cuts are a wonderful thing. But sometimes a director gets a bug up their ass about some perceived flaw in their film and puts out a cut that’s just… worse. Like, bad worse. 4. The Lord of the Rings Extended Editions I’ve griped about this before, so I’ll lead with it. The extended editions of the Lord of the Rings films are freaking terrible. Yes, they include some nerdy scenes that didn’t make it from the books, and yes, those are fun. But those scenes were excised for a reason. The movies already have terrible pacing. Remember »
- Ashe Cantrell
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