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Jonah Hill's big break came with a very short scene in The 40 Year Old Virgin opposite Catherine Keener, where he tries to unsuccessfully buy a pair of silver disco boots from an Ebay Only store. That moment is still remembered when people talk about the movie to this day, and it launched the comedic actor's career. With each succeeding lead role he takes, Jonah has made sure to fill those one-off scenes, like the one he once starred in himself, with the best untapped talent that he can find. And this Friday's The Sitter is no different.
"Babysitting movies" is a genre that doesn't seem to get enough play these days. Just think of the niche's long and respectable history. Adventures in Babysitting. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. Uncle Buck. Mr. Nanny. Okay, I should have stopped before that last one, but still. Thankfully, now director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and Jonah Hill are bringing us a new entry courtesy of The Sitter, which casts Hill as a irresponsible college student tasked with keeping tabs on three little rug-rats. Before the night is over, of course, he winds up with problems bigger than simply where to stash the kids so he can have sex with his girlfriend. Drug-dealer problems. Sharting problems. And the kids...something's gotta be done about those kids! Check out the trailer below and you can also watch it in full HD over on Apple. The "babysitter comedy" hasn't really received the »
This week, you guys chatted a lot about the new Fall TV you're watching, and why you've gotten hooked. We also had the early debut of a Christmas song from Justin Bieber, which, like most things Bieber, elicited some mixed reactions. Check out this week's featured comments on these buzzy topics below! Audiences love staying Up All Night "It's an adorable show that's hilarious without being too over the top. It provides just the perfect amount of surrealism what with Maya Rudolph as a 90s R&B star turned Oprah-esque talk show host. Will Arnett is a guy's guy but has a sensitive side, and he's cute too - kind of every woman's dream husband. And of course Christina Applegate . . . those of us who grew up watching Married with Children and Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead, need not to explain." - pargie "It's a nice show, which is »
One of the signature formulas for '80s comedies was the whole "Get everything fixed before mom and dad get back!" gag. That plot was the basic spine for "Risky Business," "Weird Science," "Ferris Bueller," "Adventures in Babysitting," and seemed to peter out around the time of "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead."
Looks like it's making a comeback with the new throwback comedy "Fun Size," which also follows the one-crazy-night trend of "Superbad" but combines it with the awesomeness of Halloween. There hasn't been a truly great Halloween movie since, well, "Halloween."
According to Bloody Disgusting, the night in question revolves around a girl named Wren and her little bro Albert, who sneak off to a party. "The night turns to s**t when Albert goes missing and it becomes a race to find him before ol' mom finds out." Ticking clock, ticking clock!
- Max Evry
A banished Norse god! Apocalyptic vampires! A vigilant yeg! A cute scene-stealing Capuchin monkey! Mutant teenagers! A bunch of drunk and horny bridesmaids! Big Foot! A Green Ring! Pirates, Zombies, and Mermaids! Karate kicking zoo animals! A couple of forest dwelling trolls! And one smokin' hot teacher! That's what awaits us at the Cineplex over the course of May and June, and it promises to be a scorcher!
It doesn't really matter how fast and furious things get on the big screen, the summer movie season doesn't officially kick off until May 6th. And this year Thor opens things with a lighting bolt blast of Marvel excitement. It doesn't come to an end until August 31st, when Sam Worthington sends us all back to school with The Debt. Between then and now, we will see some of the biggest movies of the year hit hard. Some will win, some will lose, »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats) Trailer Honestly, I hope this movie ends with all three of them deciding to partake in ritualistic suicide. There was a »
- Christopher Stipp
Television creator/producer/writer Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Chuck, and Gossip Girl) will make his feature directorial debut with the Halloween comedy Fun Size. Penned by Colbert Report writer Max Werner, Fun Size tells the story of a girl who is forced to take her little brother trick-r-treating and accidentally loses him along the way. Based on that one-line premise alone, I'm getting an Adventures in Babysitting/Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead meets Halloween vibe. A vibe I'm completely okay with, I might add. Per THR, Schwartz (who also has a writing credit on the upcoming X-Men: First Class) will develop Fun Size under his Fake Empire moniker for Paramount. The hope is to have the film shooting in St. Louis by late spring and in theaters by Halloween 2011. With that type of turnaround in mind, we should be hearing casting news for the film in the very near future. »
- Jason Barr
7 items from 2011
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