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Mike Mills on Therapy Through Filmmaking and the Hybrid History of ’20th Century Women’

27 December 2016 12:25 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

To watch Mike Mills‘ two most recent features, Beginners and 20th Century Women, are such warm and open-hearted experiences that I was led, in my review of the latter, to wonder if he’s ever been unsympathetic to anybody. Actually sitting down with the writer-director does nothing to make me think otherwise, though he could’ve been a total bastard and I’d still want to pick his brain about his new film. It’s too rich and satisfying a work for me not to have many questions.

Also of little surprise is how quickly the discussion can turn towards a personal place, but one doesn’t follow-up a film about the last days of their gay father with a film reflecting on their relationship with their mother and not tip their hand a bit more than the average subject. Don’t think it’s too heavy, though: what follows »

- Nick Newman

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Passengers – Review

21 December 2016 6:50 AM, PST | | See recent news »

You can usually count on big-pedigree sci-fi films like Arrival to contain truly challenging ideas, but how, this late in the game, can we still get a movie like Passengers, one of the most misguided big-budget sci-flicks in recent memory?

Set in an unspecified future, Passengers stars Chris Pratt as Jim Preston, a mechanic onboard the spaceship Avalon. Like the other 5000 passengers, Jim is in suspended animation for the ship’s 120-year journey to the planet Homestead II, where earthlings are colonizing after overpopulation problems back home. Unfortunately, Jim has the misfortune of waking up 90 years too soon when his sleeping pod malfunctions. He sends an email back home to apprise someone of his predicament, but is informed it will take decades for that message to transmit, so like Chuck Heston in The Omega Man, he settles in to his role as the last man (not) on Earth. After a year of shooting hoops, »

- Tom Stockman

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‘Office Christmas Party’ Review

9 December 2016 2:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, Courtney B. Vance, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Sam Richardson, Jamie Chung | Written by Justin Malen, Laura Solon, Dan Mazer | Directed by Josh Gordon, Will Speck

Josh Gordon and Will Speck, co-directors of one of, if not The, greatest ice-skating comedy ever (Blades of Glory), re-team for another buddy comedy that once again mixes gross-out humour and heartfelt laughs – this time in a story set in the world of office politics. Think Animal House for the tech generation…

Reminiscent of last years The Night Before, Office Christmas Party is very much in the same vein: an ensemble cast in a crazy scenario, featuring raunchy comedy and some totally outrageous situations and it’s all set over the Christmas holiday season. It also shares a similar taste in songs, in fact the two films could switch out »

- Phil Wheat

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'Office Christmas Party' Review: Holiday Raunch-Com Is Lump of Sh-t in Your Stocking

8 December 2016 7:02 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Talk about holiday buzzkill. Office Christmas Party sounded like it would be just the right raunchy timewaster the season needed, an Animal House rager without a thought in its shitfaced noggin. Instead, this pooped party brings you down from all the jokes that don't land and the flop sweat pouring off good actors whose forced cheer is exhausting.

T.J. Miller – so good on Silicon Valley, so lost here – plays Clay, the doofus who's been running the Chicago branch of his family's tech company into the ground. His Grinchy-as-hell sister, Carol »

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2017’s Jumanji adds Tim Matheson to its cast

7 December 2016 8:39 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to Deadline, actor Tim Matheson is the latest addition to the cast of Sony’s Dwayne Johnson-led Jumanji reimagining/sequel. Matheson has signed on to play the role of Old Man Vreeke; no details were given on the character or how he relates to the film’s plot.

It appeared as if the Jumanji cast had already been rounded out after Annie and Boardwalk Empire actor Bobby Cannavale came on board in November, but clearly, that was not the case. Seeing as how filming on Jumanji began in September, one would assume that Matheson will be the last major cast addition since production should be finishing up soon.

Matheson has had a career that spans over five decades, first getting into the business as a teenager in the 60s and appearing on such shows as Leave It to BeaverJonny Quest and My Three Sons. The Emmy-nominated actor, »

- Justin Cook

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Office Christmas Party Review

7 December 2016 2:09 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The ‘party getting out of hand’ narrative is one we’ve seen many times before, whether it be it Animal House, Project X or Sisters, and Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s Office Christmas Party bears similarities to the latter, in that we’re watching this night of destruction and debauchery unfold between (supposedly) respectable adults. This is […]

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- Stefan Pape

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Jumanji adds new face to its cast

6 December 2016 8:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Nick Harley Dec 7, 2016

Tim Matheson joins Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black in the new Jumanji movie...

Jumanji is adding another player to its game, as Deadline has reported that Tim Matheson has joined the cast of Sony’s sequel/reboot.

The Leave It To Beaver, Animal House, Johnny Quest, The West Wing and most recently, Killing Reagan star will be playing Old Man Vreeke (perhaps a villainous role akin to the part Johnathan Hyde played in the original?) in the new film alongside Dwayne Johnson.

Director Jake Kasdan (Orange County, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) has revealed that the new Jumanji will continue the events from the first film and will pay tribute to Robin Williams’ character. The original Jumanji was an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. It was directed by Joe Johnston and also starred Bonnie Hunt, »

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Exclusive: Tim Matheson Has No Problem Playing the President—but It May Depend on Which One

2 December 2016 1:50 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Tim Matheson is no stranger to politics -- onscreen and off.

On The West Wing, the longtime actor -- perhaps still fondly remembered for playing Otter in Animal House -- played Vice President John Hoynes, earning two Emmy nominations for the role. Most recently, he portrayed President Ronald Reagan in National Geographic Channel’s adaptation of Killing Reagan. The part earned him well-deserved award buzz, including a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries.

“I was not politically aligned with Ronald Reagan -- nor am I today -- but you can’t act politics,” Matheson tells Et by phone, just a week after the election. The 68-year-old actor has made no secret of his support of Hillary Clinton or dismay over the election of Donald Trump. While he’s steadfast in his own politics, which vastly differ from the likes of Reagan or even Trump, Matheson set those »

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7 Films New To Netflix to Watch In December 2016, Including ‘Animal House’ and ‘Waking Life’

21 November 2016 2:26 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Next month, Netflix has a wide variety of films — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar winners to romantic comedies — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch once they’re made available on the streaming service. Enjoy.

Read More: 7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In November 2016, Including ‘Boyhood’ and ‘The Jungle Book

1. “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (available December 1)

John Landis’ 1978 classic college comedy follows the rowdy Delta Tau Chi fraternity’s battle to remain on campus after they provoked the ire of the conniving Dean of the college. Features John Belushi in his most anarchic performance, toga parties, and sing-a-longs to “Louie Louie” and “Shout!”

2. “Waking Life” (available December 1)

Richard Linklater’s 2001 film “Waking Life” examines a bevy of philosophical issues — the nature of dreams, the limitations of consciousness and the meaning of life — in a surreal, rotoscoped dreamscape that demands the viewer’s mind to take flight. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Fuller House Returns! Here's What Else Is Coming and Going on Netflix This December

21 November 2016 12:06 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's the most wonderful time of the year! We're not just talking about all of the insane gift-giving, face-stuffing holidays that are coming. It's that time when Netflix announces their lineup for the month of December! We've got your list of what's coming and going on Netflix next month. The standout title is (obviously) the Netflix Original Fuller House, which will be coming back for its second season on December 9. Other shows and films to look out for are season one of Homeland and throwback classics like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and National Lampoon's Animal House. If you're all about those guilty pleasure films, you'll be pleased to know that the Paris Hilton classic, House of Wax, will be »

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Netflix's New Releases Coming in December 2016

21 November 2016 9:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is coming to Netflix next month.

Netflix originals Barry, Fuller House: Season 2 and Call Me Francis are also launching in December. And flashback favorites like Honey I Shrunk the Kids, D2: The Mighty Ducks and National Lampoon's Animal House will be available on the streaming service.

Missed last month? See Netflix's Nov. 2016 releases here.

A full list of Netflix's December movie and TV additions follows.


- THR Staff

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Netflix's New Releases Coming in December 2016

21 November 2016 9:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is coming to Netflix next month.

Netflix originals Barry, Fuller House: Season 2 and Call Me Francis are also launching in December. And flashback favorites like Honey I Shrunk the Kids, D2: The Mighty Ducks and National Lampoon's Animal House will be available on the streaming service.

Missed last month? See Netflix's Nov. 2016 releases here.

A full list of Netflix's December movie and TV additions follows.


- THR Staff

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Tim Matheson on ‘Killing Reagan’ and Character Versus Caricature

20 November 2016 6:17 AM, PST | | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Long-term fans may know actor Tim Matheson as “Otter” from the cult-classic Animal House, but new fans may recognize him for his portrayal as the 40th President of the United »

- Clarence Moye

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Sliff 2016 Interview: Karen Allen – Star of Year By The Sea

7 November 2016 6:19 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Year By The Sea screens Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8:00pm at The Tivoli Theater as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Writer/director/composer Alexander Janko, producer Laura Goodenow, and star Karen Allen, a 2016 Women in Film Award honoree, will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here

After 30 years as a wife and mother, empty-nester Joan Anderson (Karen Allen) retreats to Cape Cod rather than follow her relocated husband (Michael Cristofer) to Kansas. Intent on rediscovering herself, but plagued with guilt, she questions her decision until stumbling on a spirited mentor, Joan Erikson (Celia Imrie), wife of the famed psychologist Erik Erikson. Supported by her literary agent (S. Epatha Merkerson) and a host of locals, including a sexy fisherman (Yannick Bisson), Joan learns to embrace the ebb and flow of life — ultimately discovering the balance between self and sacrifice, obligation and desire. Based on »

- Tom Stockman

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Stephen Fishbach’s Survivor Blog: The Perils of Power Coupling

27 October 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. He has been blogging about Survivor strategy for People since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

Erik Reichenbach is a comic artist, illustrator, and former Survivor Fan Favorite. See more of his artwork and commissions on and follow him on Twitter!

“Leaving an outspoken duo, a power couple in this game, doesn’t seem to make that much strategic sense.” —John Cochran, winner, Survivor: Caramoan

In the college movie version of Survivor, Adam would be the Millennial tribe’s leading man — geekily handsome, »

- Lanford Beard

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In Praise of Profanity by Michael Adams review – entertaining study of swearing

23 October 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Michael Adams takes great pleasure in sharing and shocking in this cultural history of expletives

Michael Adams can pinpoint the exact moment profanity moved into the mainstream, and it’s with the launch of a 1978 gross-out movie. “Since Animal House, we’re all a little vulgar,” writes this American professor of English language and literature in his eulogy to expletives.

Related: James Gandolfini: his best Sopranos scenes, in clips

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- Ben East

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Sliff 2016 – The St. Louis International Film Festival Schedule Announced

13 October 2016 6:16 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The schedule for the 25th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff) has been announced and once again film goers will be offered the best in cutting edge features and shorts from around the globe. The festival takes place November 3-13,  2016.

Sliff kicks off on November 3 with the opening-night selection St. Louis Brews, the latest home-brewed documentary by local filmmaker Bill Streeter, director of Brick By Chance And Fortune: A St. Louis Story (read my interview with Bill Here)

According to Sliff, the festival will feature more than 125 filmmaking guests, including honorees: Actress Karen Allen (Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Animal House), director Charles Burnett (Killer Of Sheep, To Sleep With Anger), winner of the Cinema St. Louis Lifetime Achievement Award; and director Steve James (Hoop Dreams).

Full information on Sliff films, including synopses, dates/time, and links for purchase of advance tickets is available on the Cinema St. »

- Tom Stockman

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The Top 10 Horror-Comedy Movies

11 October 2016 7:06 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Horror movies can give you nightmares, but they can also give you belly aches because you laughed too hard. This is our list of the ten best films that are a perfect blend of comedy and horror. 

Horror films allow us to explore our fears. They find the ideas and concepts that frighten us the most, and then they bring those things to life. One of the most universal concepts explored in horror films is death. A universal fear among the living. Death, it turns out, is actually an excellent topic for comedy as well. Since death is something that haunts us all, it is a perfect universal target for comedy. Different perspectives can paint death in a less frightening light. In doing so, it gives our fears a new perspective. We can laugh at them. 

Horror-comedies are, therefore, not as juxtaposed as they might first seem. They play off »

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September 27th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Blood Diner and Chopping Mall

26 September 2016 7:02 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

You can tell Halloween is right around the corner, as September 27th has over 20 different horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases looking to put a dent in your wallet. As far as new movies go, The Shallows, The Neon Demon, and Warcraft are all coming home on Tuesday, and for all you classic horror fans, there are new releases of An American Werewolf in London, Blood Diner, Chopping Mall, Lady in White, Slugs, and the 30th anniversary Blu-ray for Highlander.

Other notable releases for September 27th include Stephen King’s Cell, Count Dracula’s Great Love, The Mangler, Grimm: Season Five, and The Shape of Things to Come.

An American Werewolf in London: Restored Edition (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray)

Re-discover one of the most gripping horror films of all time with the cult classic An American Werewolf in London Restored Edition. Blending the macabre with a wicked sense of humor, »

- Heather Wixson

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Sex, booze and stupidity: fratboys on film, from Animal House to Goat

23 September 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The hijinks celebrated in Animal House are depicted as more sinister in Goat – but in other movies there’s recognition than fratboys have evolved, too

The frathouse comedy is almost as much of an all-American institution as fraternities themselves. In 1978, National Lampoon’s Animal House became one of the most profitable movies of all time and Hollywood realised that there was gold in them there locker rooms. Animal House’s uproariously wacky tone, however, couldn’t have been further removed from Goat, the dark drama starring Nick Jonas about a fraternity’s brutal hazing ritual. Out in the Us this Friday, it’s an indication of how America’s attitude has changed towards fraternities, from harmless hijinks to something much more sinister.

After Animal House grossed $141m, having been made on a $3m budget, cinemagoers couldn’t move for snobs and slobs battling in subgenres from sports comedies (Caddyshack, Ski School »

- Noah Gittell

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