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Updated: “We want to thank Amy Pascal for having the balls to make this movie,” said Seth Rogen Thursday night at the subdued world premiere of The Interview, the Sony Pictures comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The film is the one most closely associated with the company’s hack attack, so consider it a small victory that in a week of extreme tumult for Sony, the December 25 comedy played well as storm clouds gathered ominously outside.
There were obvious signs of beefed-up security tonight: A dozen uniformed Lapd officers stood watch outside downtown’s Ace Hotel theater, and seven private security guards stood shoulder to shoulder at the box office. The very controlled atmosphere outside the venue featured only a small photographers’ corral, and a restricted-access red carpet and pre-screening reception was held inside (no big studio after party tonight). And it went off without a hitch. »
- David Robb and Jen Yamato
A grumpy old loner who comes to embrace the spirit of friendship and community? It’s like Groundhog Day. Well, it is and it isn’t
• Bill Murray interviewed
• St Vincent reviewed
Does anyone remember The Hidden, a nifty, nasty and inventive 1987 sci-fi B movie with Kyle MacLachlan? It’s about an alien organism of maximum hostility and violence that can transfer itself from one human host to another, each time discarding the previous used-up host-corpse. And it never dies: it just reappears in another guise.
This reminds me a great deal of St Vincent, Bill Murray’s brand-new old-codger movie. The story of a kid named Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) and his newly divorced mother (Melissa McCarthy) who move in next door to a grouchy old alcoholic and degenerate gambler (that’ll be Bill), it is the umpteenth retread of a venerable and creaky Hollywood standard that reboots itself incessantly in ever-changing forms. »
- John Patterson
Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away.
While everyone's favorite subscription streaming service is adding a ton of awesome movies and TV shows in December, it's also yanking a huge list of popular titles from its library. Below is said list. I'm especially sad to see "Dirty Dancing" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" go. Those movies are the sh...
Watch them while you can!
Movies Being Dropped by Netflix on December 1st
"The Apostle" (1997)
"Audrey Rose" (1977)
"The Believers" (1987)
"Better than Chocolate" (1999)
"Blood & Chocolate" (2007)
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" (2008)
"The Choirboys" (1977)
"The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County" (1970)
"Coffee and Cigarettes" (2003)
"The Cold Light of Day" (1996)
"The Constant Gardener" (2005)
"Count Yorga, Vampire" (1970)
"Dirty Dancing" (1987)
"Double Indemnity" (1944)
"En la Cama" (2005)
"Event Horizon" (1997)
"Eye for an Eye" (1996)
"Fairy Tale: A True Story" (1997)
"First Knight" (1995)
"Five Easy Pieces" (1970)
"Foreign Student" (1994)
"Free Men" (2011)
"Funny Lady" (1975)
"The Ghost and Mrs Muir" (1947)
- Tim Hayne
The last Smash Bros. console iteration was released over 6 years ago and the gap before that was 7 years. That’s okay though, because it makes this gathering of the iconic and memorable characters all the more special each time it happens. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U arrives in a context that is in stark contrast compared to 2008′s Brawl release. Nintendo’s latest and first ever HD machine is struggling and the company has to prove the system’s worth with titles two years into the Wii U’s life cycle that could make or break the console’s success. A lot of pressure has been put on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and it needs to be absolutely stellar to meet the expectations both Nintendo and fans have put on it.
Smash Bros. is an atypical fighting game where bouts between characters are based on whether one »
- Francois Chang
It is as much a part of Halloween as pumpkins, trick or treating and stuffing your face with candy. Halloween just wouldn't be Halloween without an annual viewing of the Disney spook-fest that is Hocus Pocus.
Firmly established as a cult classic, the 1993 movie was a surprise hit, taking 8 years to get made and originally being planned as a straight-to-tv project titled Disney's Haunted House.
21 years on from its release, we look back at the film's stars and find out where they are now.
1. Bette Midler as Winnie
What did Better Midler do after Hocus Pocus? She spent the next 21 years being Bette bloody Midler, isn't that enough for you? If you want more specifics, she's been nominated for three Grammys, produced a stage show, starred in her own self-titled sitcom, been on 7 tours, released 7 albums and starred in movies such as Parental Guidance, The Women and The Stepford Wives. »
If you aren’t familiar with Rick & Morty, now is your chance to catch up on the Adult Swim animated show that is taking over conversations everywhere. If you’re already a fan, you need to pick up the first season release. With an exclusive comic book, commentaries, and great featurettes, this is a release worthy of the hilarious show.
Check out all the info on the release below, as well as several clips.
Available October 7, Series’ Blu-ray and DVD Debut Includes Exclusive Comic Book, Guest Commentaries, Behind-the-Scenes Featurette, Animatics and Creator Commentaries for Every Episode
It’ll be out of this world, Morty! This October, Adult Swim’s interdimensional – and unsuspecting – space crusaders Rick and Morty will make their home entertainment debut with the release of Rick and Morty: The Complete First Season. »
- Marc Eastman
Ashe never got to see a ton of modern classics from his youth, so we’re making him watch them all as a nostalgia-less adult. Check out the inaugural article for more info. Listen, if you didn’t immediately start singing Halloween songs (that you probably made up) the second it turned October 1st, we can’t be friends. Syfy does 31 days of Halloween, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the people responsible for Tara Reid’s career resurgence show me up. All month long, I’m watching Halloween movies I haven’t seen and talking about them to people who probably have seen them. (That would be you guys.) We’re going to kick things off with a movie people have been telling me to watch for years: Hocus Pocus, starring The Divine Miss M and Carrie Bradshaw and Peggy Hill. (Seriously, she did the voice in King of the Hill. Look »
- Ashe Cantrell
Following a successful showing at this year’s FrightFest (read our review here), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced that Bad Milo! will be released on DVD here in the UK on 20th October 2014.
Here’s the press release:
For over a century, Hollywood has been scaring audiences around the world with its terrifying monsters…but none as terrifyingly funny as Bad Milo!, available on DVD on 20th October from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Ken Marino (We’re the Millers, Wanderlust) and Gillian Jacobs (TV’s “Community,” The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) star in this shockingly original horror comedy about a man named Duncan (Marino) who discovers he has an actual pint-sized demon living inside him. In order to keep it from popping out and murdering anyone who angers him – including his sweet but pressuring wife (Jacobs) – Duncan must learn to embrace his inner demon and control its killer appetite!
- Luke Owen
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While it remains to be seen what comes out of Lifetime’s TV version of Brittany Murphy’s career and personal story, one thing is clear: the beloved actress had a number of iconic roles despite her short-lived career. Everyone from Clueless Tai to Shellie from Sin City is here as we look back on the most iconic Murphy roles we hope get covered in her Lifetime story.
In the words of Cher’s best friend slash makeover challenge, these roles were totally “doable.”
(If you can’t get enough of her film roles below, then check out her looks throughout the years in the gallery above.)
Tai, Clueless (1995)
In her second film role, Murphy played the high schooler who wasn’t a virgin and could drive. The role turned out to be a total Valley Girl who defied all stereotypes.
Luanne Platter, King of the Hill »
- Stacy Lambe
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. King of the Hill creator Mike Judge arrived first to Quixote Studios in Hollywood. Cagney & Lacey's Barbara Corday pulled up soon after. Then The Simpsons producer Al Jean; Sex and the City's Michael Patrick King; and The Dick Van Dyke Show's Carl Reiner. By 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Aug. 6, 19 others — each producers of an Emmy-winning comedy or drama — had joined them. Over the next hour and a half, the gathering of producers, who have
- Stacey Wilson, Lacey Rose
Walmart prides itself on being the place where you can "Save Money, Live Better," and one Texas teen took that motto to the extreme recently, camping out hidden in one of his local superstores for four days. In a plot that recalls both the 2000 Natalie Portman vehicle Where the Heart Is, as well as a 2003 episode of King of the Hill, the unnamed 14-year-boy spent days living in two makeshift "compounds" he had constructed in a Corsicana, Texas, Walmart. According to local affiliate CBS Dfw, the boy cleared two spaces behind the store's baby and home goods aisles, stocking them with food, »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
Lifetime has announced that it's working a a biopic about actress Brittany Murphy (Sin City, 8 Mile, Don't Say a Word, "King of the Hill," "Happy Feet), who died in 2009 at the age of 31. It was reported that she passed away from cardiac arrest. But just five months later, her husband Simon Monjack, also passed away. He was only 39 years old. Even though police couldn't find any evidence of murder, Murphy's father claims that the couple has been poisoned. It's not clear how much of Murphy's life will be covered and how much of the conspiracy theories will be brought up. We'll see ourselves when the film airs on September 6th. Amanda Fuller (Last Man Standing) will play Murphy and Sherilyn Fenn ("Twin Peaks") will play Murphy's mom Sharon. »
Exclusive: Writing partners Greg Coolidge (Ride Along) and Kirk Ward have been tapped to script Roadrunner, an action comedy to be produced by ex-Legendary Pictures exec Scott Mednick (300, Superman Returns). Gran Torino‘s Scott Eastwood is attached to star in a story in the vein of road romp Smokey And The Bandit, with country singer Trace Adkins also attached to star.
Mednick’s coming off this weekend’s No. 1 opener Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which he produced. Mednick, through his Mednick Productions banner, is producing Roadrunner in association with Kss Productions’ Kevin Gandy and Samantha Kastner-Gandy, who conceived of the project.
Eastwood is filming Fox 2000’s Nicholas Sparks romance The Longest Ride and will appear in David Ayer’s WWII tank actioner Fury. He’s repped by UTA. CAA client Adkins’ screen credits include Fox’s animated King Of The Hill, The Lincoln Lawyer, and May’s Moms’ Night Out. »
- Jen Yamato
Before creating Silicon Valley— the new HBO comedy that Thursday morning garnered five Emmy nominations—Mike Judge says he “hadn’t had a hit in awhile.” Specifically, he was referring to a pair of high-profile 2009 projects: the ABC animated series The Goode Family and the Jason Bateman-led feature film Extract, both of which were received unenthusiastically by audiences. Despite those hiccups, flops have been the exception rather than the rule for the creator of Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, Office Space, and Idiocracy. So when it was announced that Silicon Valley was up for Emmys in Best Comedy, »
- Neil Janowitz
On the latest season of Louie, Pamela (Pamela Adlon) delivers her first line —“Hi, stupid asshole” — right after literally kicking our antihero in the ass. “Why are you so mean to me?” he asks a few episodes later. “Why do you like it?” she replies. Louis Ck and Adlon — an Emmy winner for voicing 13-year-old Bobby on King of the Hill — previously shared acidic repartee as spouses on the series Lucky Louie, which HBO canceled in 2006 after one season (sample plot: Louie ruins a romantic weekend by calling his wife the C word). Before reuniting with Ck for Louie, where she’s also a consulting producer, Adlon began a seven-season run as bikini waxer Marcy Runkle on Californication, which concluded with Sunday night’s series finale. We spoke with Adlon about the Louie scene that made us cringe, bar-hopping with Blondie, and reading porn penned by her dad.It’s been four seasons, »
- Jenna Marotta
Starz today announced the greenlight of The Girlfriend Experience, a 13-part anthology series produced by Transactional Pictures. Inspired by the 2009 Magnolia Pictures film of the same title, Steven Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman will serve as executive producers along with independent filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz, who will also write and direct on the series.
The scripted anthology series will feature 13 half-hour episodes.
The Girlfriend Experience explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex. These purveyors - or GFEs (Girlfriend Experience) - share intimacies more common to romantic partners or husbands and wives, becoming quasi-lovers and confidants who are richly paid for their time.
Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz had this to say in his statement.
"We are all »
When Pamela Adlon's oldest daughter was going into middle school, the actress suffered a mini-meltdown. Another mom had said that she allowed her children – a seventh grader and a nine-year-old – to watch Californication, the sexually explicit Showtime comedy series about debauched yet well-meaning novelist, Hank Moody (played by David Duchovny) and his equally depraved friends, one of whom is the professional pubic-hair waxer Marcy Runkle, played by Adlon. "I was thinking, 'How is she explaining "stunt cock" to her kid – or is she not?'" Adlon says in her »
There’s an old saying about buses in London; you wait ages for one and then two come at once. The same apparently applies for Halo games on the Xbox One; we’ve waited what feels like ages (well, two years) and now we’re getting four at once. Rather than be bitter and cynical about this, we’re simply emptying our calendar from November 11th onwards and embracing the fact that Halo is set to take over our lives once more.
The Master Chief Collection had been rumoured long before Microsoft’s E3 presentation earlier this month but still – finally seeing it announced felt awesome. Running through all four campaigns will be an absolute treat (especially getting to relive Halo 2 in a new shiny coat of paint) but it’s the multiplayer details that have us wishing we could hibernate until November. The Master Chief Collection will feature every Halo map ever released, »
- Sam Coleman
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill go undercover as improbable college students in 22 Jump Street, in theaters now, and one of the film’s comedic highlights is the duo’s new dorm-mates, the Yang Twins: a fictional pair of hilarious, heavy-lidded, perpetually narcotized twins who finish each other’s sentences played by the Lucas Bros, a real-life pair of hilarious, heavy-lidded, perpetually narcotized twins who finish each other’s sentences.
- Keith Staskiewicz
Cartoons historically have not been meant for adults (just ask your grandfather, who probably still stubbornly feels that way). Mostly, with some exception cartoons were simply made as amusement for children that were often made as cheaply as achievable. They were just cartoons, and nothing more. This way of thinking thankfully changed during the late ‘80s.
In 1987, The Tracey Ullman Show made its debut to critical acclaim, but almost no public interest. However the show would go down in history for introducing us to the screwball cartoon world of The Simpsons. After initially being featured in 90 second shorts on the variety show, Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie and the rest of Springfield were skyrocketed to irrefutable super-stardom. The Simpsons debuted in 1989 and the rest is history. The show would go on to change the industry perspective of what an animated series could be. The show prompted a tidal wave of adult cartoons, »
- Jesse Gumbarge
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