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You won't find many comedies in the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category (2003's "The Barbarian Invasions" and last year's "The Great Beauty" stand out as recent, funny-ish winners). But that's not stopping Sweden from backing Ruben Östlund's incisive, family dramedy, "Force Majeure," as its 2015 contender. The film's first trailer should help skeptics understand the decision. Picking up an Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Östlund's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"-esque film chronicles a Swedish family's week-long vacation at a ski resort in the French Alps. Everything's swimming along nicely, until a controlled avalanche cascading towards the resort's breakfast patio (the "great force" in question) scares the family into a retreating frenzy. With their lives appearing to be on the line, the father (Johannes Kuhnke) beelines away from the snow to save his own skin. The mother (Lisa Loven Kongsli), on the other hand, instinctually grabs and protects the kids. »
- Matt Patches
Arriving in UK theatres finally on 1 October is Jeff Baena's comedy horror directorial debut 'Life After Beth'. The romantic comedy with a little light-hearted zombie ex-girlfriend action thrown in stars Aubrey Plaza ('Safety Not Guaranteed'), Dane DeHaan ('Chronicle'), Anna Kendrick ('Up in the Air'), John C. Reilly, Alia Shawkat ('Arrested Development'), Cheryl Hines ('Curb your Enthusiasm') and Molly Shannon. And you can catch a glimpse at the new UK quad poster below. »
Chris Rock has a rule for when he starts working on a screenplay. “If I’m going to write something, I get the second-best part,” says the comedian.
The same can’t be said of the offers that come his way. “Some of the stuff is s**t,” Rock says. “There’s a lot of garbage. Have you seen movies this summer? There are a lot of horrible movies.” (He was a fan, however, of Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.”)
- Ramin Setoodeh
Joan Rivers, who died yesterday at the age of 81, was an unstoppable performer who made an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. In addition to her stand-up performances, hosting gigs, and other appearances, she also popped up on a number of TV shows, both as herself and as assorted characters. Here are just a few of her best.
1. "Suddenly Susan" (1999)
Kathy Griffin played the (naturally) acerbic best friend of Brooke Shields in this long-running sitcom, and Rivers had a recurring guest role as her onscreen mom. Check out the clip below, and then read Griffin's tribute to her friend and idol.
2. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (2002)
This appearance was a meta moment, showing Rivers doing her red carpet thing to comedian Richard Lewis, a regular fixture on Larry David's anxiety-fest of a show. The two were old pals in real life from the stand-up circuit. Rivers gets some real zings in during this short clip, »
- Jenni Miller
David Hasselhoff on Thursday compared his upcoming U.K. TV comedy series Hoff the Record to Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm, saying the semi-fictional show is "kind of a highlighted version of my life." Describing the show that will air on British comedy network Dave as mostly improv-driven, he said Curb is one of his favorite shows along with old British comedy Fawlty Towers. "We have taken kind of a Larry David style," he said about the series' approach. "Almost everything in the show has happened to me." He also quipped: "I think my whole
- Georg Szalai
The digital age has changed television dramatically within the past two decades. With the advent of cable channels, home video media, dish on demand and the internet, the average TV viewer has a variety of venues to access television programs. With all these ways to access television shows, the viewing audience has become more aware of repetitive story lines, inconsistency in character development and continuity errors. In short, these advances in technology have made for a more sophisticated casual television viewer, therefore allowing for the progression of serialized storytelling.
Today’s television writers have a landscape to develop complex narratives beyond the limitations of the episodic format, and now that audiences have better accessibility to these shows, there is a higher demand for serialized storytelling where there wasn’t one before.
Although there have been many television shows that have contributed to the overall progression of the modern serialized television series, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
As the Summer winds down to a precious few last days, many folks wait until the season’s last hurrah, the Labor Day holiday, to finally “get outta’ Dodge”. If you can’t find the time or funds perhaps you can head to the theatre and watch someone else hit the trail. A few weeks ago movie goers watched two men of a certain mature age head off for adventure in Iceland in Land Ho in an improvisational pseudo-documentary. Well, now two seasoned comedy pros who scored with a similar flick a few years back have returned to vacation once more. Now I’m not talking about a re-discovered, unearthed from the film vaults Hope and Crosby road picture. No sir, this is the return of a more recent comedy team: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and unlike most teams they take turns being the straight man. Four years ago »
- Jim Batts
Talent is currently being sought for Broadway’s “Fish in the Dark” written by and starring “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David. Several roles are being cast for this production, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. This is, of course, a paid, Equity gig, and auditions will be held Sept. 4, 5, and 8 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Fish in the Dark” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »
Comedy horror 'Life After Beth' marks Jeff Baena's directorial feature debut and it's about to land a home release complete with commentaries from Baena and the cast plus some deleted scenes and more. The movie stars Aubrey Plaza ('Safety Not Guaranteed'), Dane DeHaan ('Chronicle'), Anna Kendrick ('Up in the Air'), John C. Reilly, Alia Shawkat ('Arrested Development'), Cheryl Hines ('Curb your Enthusiasm') and Molly Shannon and will land on DVD and Blu-ray 21 October. Check out the Blu-ray artwork below. »
Zach has a second chance at love, but it’s because his girlfriend, Beth, has come back from the dead. They still care for each other, but their relationship will be tested by Beth’s voracious appetite for human flesh. Lionsgate Home Entertainment is bringing Life After Beth to Blu-ray and DVD in time for Halloween, and we have the release details and a look at the official cover art.
Life After Beth hits Blu-ray (with Digital HD) and DVD (with Digital) on October 21st, with each release containing the following special features:
*Subject to change
Press Release — “It’s never too late for a second chance at love in Life After Beth, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD »
- Derek Anderson
For how many years has Hollywood endured the Ya novel onslaught? Five? Ten? When was Twilight? It’s strange to think of The Giver as merely the latest in a string of adapted young adult fiction given that its source material, Lois Lowry’s 1993 bestseller, precedes the publication dates of Divergent, City of Bones, and the Twilight saga. Like most of its cinematic contemporaries, The Giver squeezes its story into an angsty, dull, and poorly acted template, sapping any chance of inspiration out of its low-key science fiction concept.
Having not read Lowry’s novel, I can only presume she uses her social structure — a utopian future in which emotions are outlawed — to latch “forbidden” teen angst and romance onto the awkward feelings puberty brings with it. On the verge of graduation, three teenagers join the adult ranks of The Community, envisioned here as a Levittown straight out of Starship Troopers, »
- David Klein
Tis Better to Give: Noyce’s Adaptation Too Little Too Late in Ya Dystopic Cinema
In today’s onslaught of dystopic film franchises dominated by adaptations of young adult novels, the announcement that Philip Noyce would be resurrecting Lois Lowry’s Newberry Medal winning 1993 title The Giver seemed to make perfect sense. But in today’s cluttered market of similar scenarios, the powerful allegory that initially made Lowry’s text such a lasting achievement seems cheapened by the glossy, over baked screen version that seems more medicated than the anesthetized minds of its characters.
After some kind of unexplained happening that nearly resulted in the end of civilization, a band of elders of the surviving peoples have managed to erase all memory and start from scratch, creating a rather rigid yet positively inclined utopia. All citizens live in units, are assigned to jobs and families based on talents and needs, »
- Nicholas Bell
In the grand tradition of comic stars creating showbiz-centric projects loosely informed by their real lives — think Tina Fey in 30 Rock or Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm — comes Jennette McCurdy's newly launched web series What's Next for Sarah, which she wrote and stars in. McCurdy, the 22-year-old actress who starred opposite Ariana Grande in the recently canceled Nickelodeon sitcom Sam & Cat, plays the eponymous Sarah, an actress who gained fame on a TV show for tweens and is now forced to figure out what to do with her life. "I wanted What’s Next for Sarah to be a light-hearted call-out to some of the more absurd experiences I've faced growing
- Ryan Gajewski
The Veronica Mars franchise is alive and well outside the confines of its TV beginnings. First there was the Kickstarter-funded movie, now details have been announced for internet spin off Play It Again, Dick, which looks to be headed in more of a Curb Your Enthusiasm direction. Focusing on lothario Dick Casablancas, the series goes metatextual by simultaneously documenting Ryan Hansen, the actor who plays him.
While Vm fans have been aware of this project since the start of the year, they will be delighted to learn that Kristen Bell is returning in a dual role as Veronica and herself. It’s unclear whether the fictional world of Mars is following on from events in the film or if the characters have a whole new scenario. From what creator Rob Thomas is saying, it seems the tried and tested formula of showbiz egos running rampant will be applied to Hansen »
- Steve Palace
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Disney ladies as Jedi; a censored version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014); the season 3 finale of Bad Days featuring Superman; and the broadway cast of The Lion King taking over a NYC subway car to give riders a little surprise. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Censored) – Tmnt 2014
In case you were planning on seeing the new Tmnt movie this weekend, you should watch this uncut directors edition first!
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- Justin Vactor
Details have been revealed about the much-mooted Broadway debut of popular curmudgeon and co-creator of Seinfeld Larry David. Fish In The Dark, written by David, showcases the Curb Your Enthusiasm star in a role that shockingly isn’t a million miles from what he does best. Throw in a plot, so to speak, about a family bereavement and you have all the ingredients for a comedy blacker than Marilyn Manson’s duvet cover. Unless he’s planning a deviation into dramatic territory (highly unlikely but we can’t rule it out) this looks to be more of the trademark Larry-based calamity, though the chance to see this brilliant performer spew venom live makes the production a hot ticket from the off.
David famously put himself on the New York stage in a fictionalized capacity opposite David Schwimmer in The Producers via Curb, so Fish In The Dark has him putting »
- Steve Palace
Larry David is coming to Broadway. The actor-comedian best known as the co-creator of Seinfeld and star of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm will star in a play that he wrote called Fish in the Dark, according to a report in the New York Times. The play, which is set to run at a Shubert theater starting March 5, is a comedy about a death in the family, with roughly 15 characters, and he would be playing someone similar to himself, perhaps just himself with a different name, David told The Times. David, who had written the play
- Hilary Lewis
Amp up your enthusiasm—Larry David is coming to Broadway.
EW has confirmed that the Emmy-winning Seinfeld co-creator and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm will make his Broadway debut—two debuts, in fact, for acting and writing—in the 2014-15 season in his first play Fish in the Dark.
According to The New York Times, which first reported the news, David’s play is an ensemble comedy (about 15 characters) centering on a death in a family. David tells the Times that he’ll play “somebody very similar to Larry David—it might even be Larry David with a different name. »
- Marc Snetiker
Larry David is making his Broadway debut next year as a character “very similar to Larry David,” which marks new territory for him. “It might even be Larry David with a different name,” the actor and Emmy-winning “Seinfeld” co-creator told the New York Times in an interview published Thursday. See photo: Larry David Unknowingly Posed for a Perfect Picture at a New York Knicks Game David's first play, “Fish in the Dark,” will open on March 5 at a Shubert theater, which will be announced later. The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star, who again is no stranger to playing a fictionalized version of himself, »
- Greg Gilman
All the way back in January, we first heard that Larry David was working on a play, possibly for Jerry Seinfeld to star in. Well, it appears the Seinfeld part was off, but the New York Times reports David has in fact written a play, and that he will star in it himself on Broadway. Entitled Fish in the Dark, it will open on March 5 at the Shubert Theater. David wouldn't share any details about the play itself, other than that the character he is playing is “somebody very similar to Larry David — it might even be Larry David with a different name.” David says he wasn't planning on starring but was convinced by the show's megaproducer, Scott Rudin. Save his work pretending to be in The Producers on Curb Your Enthusiasm, David admits he hasn't acted onstage since the eighth grade. He was once a working stand-up, »
- Jesse David Fox
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