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Alyson Hannigan is returning to CBS … as a guest.
Hannigan, who portrayed Lily Aldrin on the long-running CBS show, will play Pam — Marjorie (Laurie Metcalf) and Arthur’s (Jack McGee) broken-hearted tenant. She’s invited to join the family for Christmas Eve festivities, which end up being more than she bargained for when the Boston clan gets boisterous and competitive during their annual gift exchange.
The Christmas episode airs December 18.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Starz's terrific reality series "The Chair" — in which two first-time filmmakers are picked to direct their own take on the same script — just concluded, with an hour looking at the premieres of both films and with the winner of the $250,000 prize being announced. I spoke with Chris Moore — the "Project Greenlight" alum who dreamed up the series and served as a backer and producer of both the show and the films — about the results of the contest, the transparency of the project, Zachary Quinto (whose production company helped fund both films) hating one movie so much that he took his name off it, and more, coming up just as soon as I identify all the TCA members shown on camera... So, as pretty much everyone — with the possible exception of Chris Moore himself — figured going in, Shane Dawson's gross-out comedy "Not Cool" ended up beating Anna Martemucci's "Hollidaysburg" for the grand prize. »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Japanese film, per THR, is "the story of what happens to a group of commuters who get on a subway train at a station deep underground and are terrified as the train's passengers disappear.
- Ryan Turek
What a pal! Chelsea Handler sat down with Conan O'Brien on Wednesday, Oct. 15, and retold a gross story about that time when her buddy Jason Biggs peed on her face. "There's this horrifying video on the web," O'Brien noted of actress Jenny Mollen's viral Vine from last month involving the American Pie actor and comedienne. "Jason Biggs is standing on what appears to be a dock, and there's no other way to say it…. He's urinating on you. I had to bring it up because I think [...] »
It must be weird going from an actor taking bit roles, busting your hump to "make it," and then crossing into the zone where you're known. Where people on the street recognize you. Know your name. Or at the very least the roles you've played. Over the years, John Cho's been called Harold and Sulu... but he's also been called to with a more confounding title. In an effort to promote his new television series Selfie, John Cho took to Reddit's Ama where he shared the strange moment when he realized he was famous. Asked what was the first time someone on the street recognized him, Cho reached back to the days just after American Pie had become a phenomenon: "The first time I really remember it is I had shot American Pie, it was just a little bit role, i didn't think anyone would know what the movie »
1999 will always be one of my favorite years for movies. This is partially because there were a lot of great movies released that year, but mainly because in 1999 I was in high school, and as we all know, the world was more important and less terrible when we were in high school. Last week, I took a look at which movies from 1999 had aged well, and asked which had aged poorly. The response was overwhelming, insofar as it's overwhelming that anyone likes American Beauty. However, one reader email in particular struck me as a launchpad for an important conversation. Here »
- Darren Franich
Dylan Minnette has found himself in some very good company.At 17, the actor shares the screen with Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Coolidge in this weekend's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" -- and has already done projects with Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard and Jack Black. In the new family-friendly film, his character describes his life as "#blessed" -- and, while it's not a phrase Dylan uses in his everyday life, he did drop it while talking to us about his career. "I’ve learned so many different things," Minnette tells toofab's Brian Particelli about his many costars. "I was learning everything to do right dramatically from Hugh and Jake and people like Terrance Howard. And then I go to this and I learn a lot about comedy and it’s just – I feel like I’ve learned a lot of different territories and I love that. »
- tooFab Staff
In SyFy’s Sharknado 2: The Second One, another shark-infested hurricane slams the mainland, this time engulfing the East Coast, and Ian Ziering is at the ready with a massive chainsaw to take on the airborne, sharp-toothed predators. With their home media release of Sharknado 2: The Second One flying onto shelves next week, Cinedigm has provided us with a prize pack for one lucky Daily Dead reader.
“When a Category 7 hurricane pummels New York, the surging floodwaters bring thousands of sharks. To make matters worse, tornadoes soon dot the horizon. As Sharknadoes tear through the city, no vehicle, building, or national monument is safe.”
Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive:
(1) Sharknado 2: The Second One fin used on set and signed by Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, Cassie Scerbo, Jason Simmons and Anthony Ferrante (1) Poster signed by the cast (1) Sharknado 2: The Second One Blu-ray (1) T-Shirt (1) Book: “How To Survive »
- Derek Anderson
New York City and its colorful celebrities become a buffet for scores of category 7 hurricane-flung sharks in Syfy's schlocky social media darling sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One. Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, and enough celebrity cameos to appease the hungriest of sharks are headed to Blu-ray and DVD on October 7, and we're thinking some of you might want to check it out.
Two winners will each take home a copy of Sharknado 2: The Second One on Blu-ray in this contest. For a chance to win, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you return to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.
Don’t let the title fool you! 'Selfie' is equal parts endearing and charming, with an extra dash of lighthearted fun.
Every TV fan knows that Fall is the most overwhelming season of the year. Why? One very simple reason: Too many shows and too little time. So we at ETonline are reviewing each and every one of the new fall TV shows to bring you our reviews on the good, the bad, the adorable and the just plain horrible.
When It Airs: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
The Biggest Stars: From Emily Kapnek, aka the witty woman who brought you Suburgatory, Selfie stars Guardians of the Galaxy's Karen Gillan as Eliza Dooley. You'll also find John Cho, the man who introduced us to the term "Milf" in all those American Pie movies, and Allyn Rachel, the girl from literally every single commercial ever, in this laugh-out-loud »
Monster Fest, Australia’s foremost celebration of cult cinema, kicks off on November 20th with the Melbourne premiere of the eagerly awaited Australian slasher film, Charlie’s Farm at Cinema Nova, Carlton. Helmed by Chris Sun, who also directed the superb Daddy’s Little Girl (review), the film tells the story of Charlie Wilson, played by the Mad Max: Fury Road actor, and 6’11″ Australian strongman, Nathan Jones, and his brutal encounters with 4 thrill seeking friends – led by actress Tara Reid (American Pie, Sharknado) – in the Australian outback.
At the back of beyond lies an abandoned farm known to some as ”Charlie’s Farm”. Legend has it that it once housed a family of blood crazed maniacs who, after years of murder and torture, met their fate at the hands of a local mob hellbent on vengeance. When four thrill seekers head to the farm for a weekend of morbid exploration, »
- Phil Wheat
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for Exists, Don’t Blink, and The Wolves of Savin Hill, an announcement of the Fifth Annual PollyGrind Film Festival, Dead Rage first details, and more:
New Clip from Exists: “For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway – a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a blood curdling force of nature is unleashed – something not exactly human, but not completely animal – an urban legend come to terrifying life and seeking murderous revenge.
- Tamika Jones
Ensemble films can be quite the tricky endeavor, especially for a first time director. Making sure one person has their performances dialed can be a pain in the ass, but a whole group of people?, That can be murder. Luckily, in the case of Travis Oates and his feature debut, Don’T Blink, the ensemble not only shines, but gives viewers one hell of a time while doing so.
Focusing on a group of ten friends heading to a secluded resort for a weekend getaway, Don’T Blink doesn’t waste any time in letting audiences get to know it’s characters. Jack and Tracy (Chromeskull: Laid To Rest‘s Brian Austin Green and American Pie‘s Mena Suvari), a happy couple on the verge of the next step in a relationship leads the group, filled with couples Sam and Charlotte (The Amazing Spiderman‘s Leif Gantvoort and First Winter »
- Jerry Smith
It takes a gutsy TV pilot to build to a closing scene of an adorable teenage boy getting his leg amputated — and then to sell it as a moment that’s as soaring as it is heartbreaking.
But Red Band Society — a freshman drama that initially looks like over-boiled broccoli but tastes like delicious pizza — has concocted a recipe that, while not entirely perfect, manages to cut its saccharine undertones with acidic punchlines and a complex, meditative view of mortality that’s worth the price of the two or three Kleenex required to get to the closing credits.
Related Fall »
Mena Suvari (American Pie, American Beauty), Brian Austin Green (Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2), Zack Ward (A Christmas Story, Transformers), Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13), Fiona Gubelmann (Wilfred), David de Lautour, Leif Gantvoort, Curtiss Frisle, Emelie O’Hara and Samantha Jacober, Don’t Blink is set for release on September 18th on VOD, Sept 19th in select cinemas across the Us and then hits DVD on Tuesday Oct 14th courtesy of Vertical Entertainment & Premiere Entertainment.
In this gripping suspense-thriller, 10 friends head to a remote mountain resort for a quiet weekend getaway. But upon their arrival, the rustic lodge is more than just sleepy … it’s deserted.
Food is served, baths are drawn and signs of guests are everywhere but the forest and cabin are eerily silent, devoid of all life. With no gas, cell service or phones to be found, the anxious group is left wondering what to do next.
- Phil Wheat
In Timothy S. Susanin’s book Walt Before Mickey: Disney's Early Years, readers are treated to a portrait of the famous animator from age 17 through his rise to international stardom. Directed by first-time filmmaker Khoa Le, Walt Before Mickey reveals the struggles Disney faced in the early days at his animation studio in Kansas when it was known as “Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists.” Disney’s most popular character, Mickey Mouse, didn’t appear on film until 1929’s Plane Crazy, so when we say “early days,” we mean it. Thomas Ian Nicholas from American Pie portrays Disney, while Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder (whoa) takes on the role of brother Roy. According to Design Taxi, this is a straight-to-video affair...
- Alison Nastasi
In his book Teenage, Jon Savage pinpoints the exact era when the idea of mopey, angry, hormone-filled adolescents finally took root in popular culture. Before 1945, there was no such thing as a teenager, no hinterland between childhood and adulthood. You finished school, then you were a grown up. No time to tread water or get used to things, just thrown in at the deep end. It’s only in the 20th century that the “liminal state of development that is temporally finite, cut short by the onslaught of responsibility and exhilaration of adulthood” reared its ugly head. Which coincides, rather handily, with the invention of the teen movie.
The fifties saw the rise of the rebellious biker picture, all rebels without causes and wild ones. The seventies was the time for George Lucas’ nostalgic American Graffiti to take the young folks’ minds off the draft. The eighties was presided over by John Hughes, »
- Tom Baker
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
I'm surprised that we haven't seen a really good biopic based on the life of Walt Disney. The closest thing we've gotten is his portrayal by Tom Hanks in the movie Saving Mr. Banks. There is an independent film coming though called Walt Before Mickey, which chronicles the early days of Walt's animation career. The film was directed by Juilliard graduate Khoa Le, and it's based on a 2011 book by Timothy Susanin called Walt before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928. The feature stars Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie) as Walt, Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) as his brother Roy, David Henrie plays an animator, and Jodie Sweetin (Full House) as Charlotte Disney.
This may seem like the kind of made for TV movie biopic that you'd see on Lifetime, but it's what we've got for now. I'm sure someday fans of Walt will get the amazing biopic we've all be waiting for. »
- Joey Paur
“We’re both in the sequel to ‘Finding Nemo'” West revealed in an interview this week with Shortlist, “so we were recording that.”
Also set to star retuning cast Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Willem Dafoe, as well as new additions Diane Keaton (The Godfather), Eugene Levy (American Pie) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Finding Dory takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life.
Finding Dory hits theaters on June 17th, »
- Scott Davis
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