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Mark Harrison Published Date Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 05:44
Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night is one of the most influential movies of all time, pioneering a genre out of Beatlemania and inventing the language that has proliferated in music videos over the last 50 years. However, most modern music acts don't go down the Hard Day's Night/Spice World route in their cinematic tie-ins and concert documentaries (in 3D!) are more common than narrative features.
If we had to bet on any modern music act reviving the band movie as the Beatles had it, it would be the comedy group The Lonely Island, who first came to prominence through Saturday Night Live's Digital Shorts and have released a catalogue of catchy numbers with hilarious music videos. But for Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, it would have been almost too easy to loosely string together a number of »
The Film Society of Lincoln Center today announced the lineup for Convergence, its highly anticipated immersive storytelling program, which will run October 1–4 as part of the 54th New York Film Festival. It includes two U.S. premieres and one world premiere amongst the nine interactive works, as well as five panels from innovators of the field.
“The art of immersive storytelling is continually evolving,” said Nyff Convergence programmer Matt Bolish in a press release. “Our mission has been consistent from our first year to this, our fifth: bringing the best survey of interactive work to the Nyff audience.”
Virtual Reality highlights include the world premiere of acclaimed Indian work “Priya’s Mirror,” which fuses augmented reality with a comic book to tell the story of a rape survivor-turned-superhero. Returning for a second »
- Jude Dry
Nostalgia for the ’90s shows no sign of slowing down. YouTube user The Unusual Suspect has put together a music-video mashup syncing The Offspring’s “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)” to excerpts from 230 different movies, including “Fargo,” “Toy Story,” “The Dark Knight” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and many, many more. Watch it below.
The lead single from 1998’s “Americana,” “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)” was quite the success both nationally and at this writer’s elementary school. The Unusual Suspect is presumably a fan as well, given the painstaking efforts it must have taken to piece this three-minute video together. Among the other films featured are “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Spaceballs,” “Deadpool,” “Tron,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Meet the Parents, »
- Michael Nordine
If somehow there was a Mount Rushmore of big screen mockumentaries, Michael McKean would definitely be up there (to tell the truth it probably would be just his giant face hewn from rock, sticking out of the side of a mountain). Not only did he have a starring role in the greatest mockumentary of all time, This is Spinal Tap, he also went on to direct three more classics of the genre, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind. Now he’s at it again with the Netflix original movie Mascots, which captures all the drama, intrigue, and excitement of the disappointingly fictional 8th World Mascot Association Championships, an annual completion where the men and women in the giant heads and furry suit compete for the prestigious gold fluffy award and the honour of being crowned the best mascot in the world. The first teaser is here, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Netflix said on Tuesday it will debut Mascots worldwide on October 13 following the comedy’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
Mascots is directed by Christopher Guest, who directed Best In Show and Waiting For Guffman and starred in This Is Spinal Tap. The film centres on sports mascots competing for the most prestigious honour in their field — the Gold Fluffy.
Karen Murphy produces, and many of Guest’s regular actors star, including Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Ed Begley, Jr., Christopher Moynihan, Don Lake, Brad Williams, Zach Woods, Chris O’Dowd, Susan Yeagley, and Sarah Baker.
Gravitas Ventures has secured worldwide VOD rights from Submarine to Daniel Gordon’s Don’t Look Down, the documentary about Richard Branson’s hot air balloon exploits in the 1980s and 1990s. The film premiered at Tribeca and will debut theatrically and on VOD in the Us in November »
- email@example.com (Alec Govi)
Christopher Guest and his gang of improvisational misfits are back together again and taking on the world of sports…well, sports mascots. And now we know when Mascots is going to hit Netflix. The streaming service today announced that the direct-to-Netflix mockumentary will go live on October 13. The film, which is about the quest for the coveted Gold Fluffy, will star many of Guest’s usual troupe including Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard and Ed Begley, Jr. It will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The Emmy- and Grammy-winning Guest is the mind behind such cult classics as This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman. Of course he also played with Spinal Tap as the hot-tempered guitarist Nigel Tufnel alongside Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. Check out the teaser video below… »
- David Eckstein
Christopher Guest has helped to create some of the best mocukementaries ever made in This Is Spinal Tap and Best In Show, and he's showing no signs of slowing down! While his latest film, Mascots, will receive a limited theatrical run, the feature will be heading straight to Netflix on October 13th! Check out the first promotional pic for the film below! Click to embiggen: The story takes place in the... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Go for the gold...fluffy! Christopher Guest's Mascots comes to Netflix October 13. Mascots is the new comedy from Guest, director of Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show. Starring many of his regular troupe of actors, this latest film takes place in the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots where they compete for the most prestigious award in their field, the Gold Fluffy.
The Netflix original film stars Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Ed Begley, Jr., Christopher Moynihan, Don Lake, Brad Williams, Zach Woods, Chris O'Dowd, Susan Yeagley, Sarah Baker, Tom Bennett, Kerry Godliman, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Michael Hitchcock, Maria Blasucci, John Michael Higgins, and Jim Piddock. The film was written by Christopher Guest & Jim Piddock and produced by Karen Murphy. Mascots will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September before launching globally on Netflix on October 13, 2016. Says Guest, who recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly. »
It’s been three decades since “Stand By Me” became the little drama that could, catapulting River Phoenix to stardom, establishing Rob Reiner as a director on the rise, and racking up big ticket sales on a paltry budget.
The story of four friends from small town in Oregon, hiking into the countryside in search of the body of a boy who has been hit and killed by a train, is an unlikely coming-of-age tale. Yet in Reiner’s sensitive hands, it becomes a meditation on mortality — one that transcends its 1950s setting to have a universal appeal.
“Stand By Me” is unique in other ways. For one thing, it rivals “The 400 Blows” in its ability to evoke complex characterizations from young actors. Not only Phoenix as spiritual leader Chris Chambers, but co-stars Wil Wheaton as sensitive Gordie Lachance, Jerry O’Connell as wisecracking Vern Tessio, and Corey Feldman as hot-tempered Teddy Duchamp, »
- Brent Lang
A love letter to Mark Hamill’s great Comic-Con set mockumentary.
When I was in college, some friends and I had a ritual we’d do on nights where several of us were bored. We’d grab my friend Joe’s high-8 camera and wander into the bowels of the library to shoot our own improvised movies. These were all done with editing-in-the-camera, meaning we shot in sequence, one shot at a time with no post-production work. We never started with a script, though by the end we were bringing along an array of costumes and props.
None of these were great films, but there was an infectious energy about them. The first film was just myself and Joe, and we took turns holding the camera depending on which of us was in the shot. We had fun but wouldn’t have repeated the experiment had the friends we showed it to not said, “When »
- The Bitter Script Reader
Comedians taking on Donald Trump via social media are a dime a dozen, but when a famous father-son duo does, it’s worth noting. Legendary comic Carl Reiner and his son, director Rob Reiner, engaged in an online exchange this week that could best be described as a Trump Twitter takedown. Also Read: Did Billy Crystal Take a Jab at Donald Trump in Muhammad Ali Eulogy? Rob is best known for directing comedies including “This Is Spinal Tap” and “When Harry Met Sally,” and also politically-themed movies including “A Few Good Men” and “The American President.” The 69-year-old fired off the first salvo. »
- Lawrence Yee
If you are excited by the prospect of a Lonely Island movie, I have good news for you. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a Lonely Island movie in every way, packed with music and jokes. At 90 minutes, it moves fast, and it offers up some laser-sharp satire. If there’s any overall problem with the film, it is that they’ve made a very specific satire of a target that is so ridiculous it almost resists parody. It’s easy to just make the comparison to This Is Spinal Tap, the mockumentary that launched Rob Reiner’s career as a director, but Popstar is a reaction to a very different kind of film than Spinal Tap was. You have to go back and look at films like The Song Remains The Same or The Kids Are Alright to understand what the culture was that Spinal Tap targeted, while modern »
- Drew McWeeny
Last week saw the wide release of one of the year’s best documentaries, Weiner. Through very funny (and tragic at times) everything in this political profile is real (much to the title subject’s embarrassment). So, let’s turn the tables this week with a fictional comedy, shot and edited as though it’s a documentary. Yes, it’s another example of the hybrid made so popular by triple threat Christopher Guest (it’s almost as though he invented it), the “mock-umentary”. All the way back in 1984, Guest (with director Rob Reiner) torpedoed the serious film format with the look at a fictitious heavy metal band in This Is Spinal Tap (later he, as actor/writer/director, would take on 60’s folk music with A Mighty Wind). Happily a current group of satirists have decided that those music styles are not the only ones ripe for ridicule (rap got »
- Jim Batts
If Andy Samberg were still on “Saturday Night Live,” you wouldn’t have to close your eyes too hard to imagine Conner 4 Real, the cluelessly self-confident idiot white-boy rapper he plays in “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” as the featured playa on one of Samberg’s SNL Digital Shorts. Conner has tattoos running down his arms, and he sports a diamond earring, gold chains, and a hip-hop haircut so unthreatening it looks like it should be called the Ivy League Fade. A middle-class poseur who knows that he’s a sellout but pretends he’s a gangsta, Conner is straight outta Sacramento, and his success is a pure product of marketing. Yet all his trademarks — the baggy clothes and obscene lyrics, the palms-down “inner city” hand gestures — are signifiers of his authenticity.
If Samberg had sprung this character on us back in the day (as Conner himself might put it »
- Owen Gleiberman
Rob Reiner reportedly used Martin Scorsese‘s “The Last Waltz” as a template for his immortal mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap,” and it appears that the Lonely Island (writers Andy Samberg and co-directors Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) turned an eye to “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” when they created “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.” Perhaps it’s appropriate, then, that the gap between the two parodies is comparable to the difference in quality of the source material. Not that “Popstar” isn’t funny; the Lonely Island’s absurdist wit, which made songs like “I’m on a Boat” and “I Just Had Sex” some. »
- Alonso Duralde
This summer has already gotten a big dose of comedy with Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, a refreshing comedy sequel that mixes things up just enough to be on par with the hilarity of the first film. Plus, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping will deliver some huge laughs as the This Is Spinal Tap for the […]
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- Ethan Anderton
“The Essentials”—A Good Starting Point
Any book that claims to be a collection of the “best” of something—whether it is a listing of movies, music, art, and so forth—has to be taken with a grain of salt. These kinds of things are entirely subjective; although in this case, TCM (Turner Classic Movies) does have a kind of clout and expertise in the matter.
That said, we have this beautifully-designed and illustrated coffee-table trade paperback that contains not 1000, not 100, not 50... but 52 “essential must-see movies.” TCM’s spokesperson, Robert Osborne, explains the criteria in his Foreword—“The Essentials” is a weekly Saturday night event on the television network in which a guest host (the likes of Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Peter Bogdanovich, Drew Barrymore, and more) introduce a picture he or she believes is an Essential. The book is a collection of some of these Essentials, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
For Rob Reiner — who helmed the laugh-filled classics This Is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally..., among many others — it's the dark and deeply personal drama Being Charlie that he considers a major highlight of his career. "It was not the easiest but it was probably the most satisfying," he tells The Hollywood Reporter of his new film, which stars Nick Robinson as the titular teenager grappling with drug addiction and the shadow of his famous father (Cary Elwes). The film was tough to make not only because it features a script co-written by and based on
- Ashley Lee
Part one of our in depth interview has Gervais also talking about his editing process, why he shoots with two cameras, his love of 'This Is Spinal Tap', 'David Brent: Life on the Road', if we’ve seen the last of ‘Extras’ and ‘Life’s Too Short’, his thoughts on reality TV, and so much more
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich admits he's lived through so many rock concert clichés that This Is Spinal Tap now plays like a "horror film." The musician laughs about the landmark mockumentary during a debate with veteran music journalist/Rolling Stone contributor Alan Light and comedian Tom Papa about history's "most influential band," sampled in the above clip from Craig Ferguson's History Channel series Join or Die.
"Every single functioning band out there has sat and looked at that movie and cringed because we have all lived every one of those 'Hello Cleveland' moments, »
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