16 items from 2014
It’s been approximately 11 years since the release of the infamous documentary about the arguable rock god Gg Allin, “Hated: Gg Allin and the Murder Junkies,” but that didn’t stop the Nitethawk in New York City from screening a rare print late last week to a sold out audience. To top it off, the director of the doc, Todd Phillips, known for such hits as “Old School,” “The Hangover,” and “Due Date,” to name a few, was present for a little Q&A. Phillips was only a junior at Nyu during filming, and it’s safe to say this was the start to a career in acidic comedic pieces revolving around deeply flawed figures. The primary difference between “Hated: Gg Allin and the Murder Junkies” and Phillips’ later work is the fact that this doc centered on an actual, real-life individual and the filmmaker has rarely done documentary films »
- Eloise Banting
Fresh from its debut at Sundance, and subsequent showings on the festival circuit in the Us, the first trailer for The Skeleton Twins has arrived online, which you can view below…
The film stars Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Bill Hader (Adventureland, Superbad) as the titular siblings, who after years of estrangement, are reunited after ten years, still facing up to the varied challenges of their respective lives. Directed by Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) the film has been garnered with mixed praise across the festivals, but the majority of critics have shared their love of Wiig and Hader’s performances in a much more dramatic setting. The Playlist in particular said that the film “proves to be a fine showcase for Wiig and Hader.”
- Scott Davis
Walsh has been cast as a con man who partners up with a fellow crook to be played by Billy Connolly, according to Deadline.
He currently portrays frazzled political aide Mike McLintock in HBO's award-winning programme Veep.
The film is expected to open next year. »
Were you your only friend that was like, super into The Campaign? Like at every chill hang you suggest putting it on, but you get rebuffed and your friends just put on Old School for the 80th time? Well, today is your day. This morning news came out of Cannes that Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis have signed on to star in another movie together, an adaptation of Daniel Asa Rose's memoir Larry's Kidney. If that isn't exciting enough, Richard Linklater is attached to direct. Ferrell will play Rose, who went to China to help his cousin Larry (Galifianakis) find a kidney transplant. No word on when they'll start shooting or if Ferrell will punch a Chinese baby. »
- Jesse David Fox
To mark the upcoming release of Bad Neighbours, we've decided to compile what we think are the wildest movie house parties of all time. Zac Efron and his frat buddies would be hard-pressed to beat some of these, although there's no doubt they'd down some booze and give it a good go.
Take a look at Digital Spy's cream of the crop below...
Animal House (1978)
This is where it all started, the house party to end (or inspire) all house parties. The toga party that featured in the 1978 classic Animal House has been recreated numerous times in both film and real life, proving just how awesome this bash really was. With an amazing performance of 'Shout' by Otis Day and the Knights and plenty of John Belushi, how could this not have made the list?
Weird Science (1985)
It's a Saturday night and you've got no plans. Oh, except the dream »
Bad Neighbours, 2014.
Directed by Nicholas Stoller.
A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.
As the summer rollercoaster beings its journey from boarding station through the swirly, twirly ups and downs of blockbuster land, it’s easy to forget those little guys you can see in the distance: the comedies. This year offers the return of Seth MacFarlane, those crazy lads from Jump Street and ready for Big Saint Nick, Harry and Lloyd return later this year. First out the traps though is everyone’s favourite goofball, Seth Rogen, teamed with hunkier than hunk Zach Efron in the season’s first comedy heavyweight.
- Scott Davis
I just walked in the door after seeing Jon Favreau's Chef (which I really enjoyed), so I'm not at all to see the R rating for this little family, road trip comedy as the F-bombs fly quite freely throughout. And I have to tell you, after Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, I have to assume there is a lot of negative energy Favreau is working out in this film and the end result is a lot of fun to watch. Also in today's ratings bulletin is Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, which was just announced this morning as part of the Director's Fortnight selection at the Cannes Film Festival (full lineup here) following its breakout Sundance premiere. And I hadn't heard of this one until just now, but Universal will release Search Party this September, which is directed and co-written by Old School screenwriter Scot Armstrong and stars the likes of Alison Brie, »
- Brad Brevet
Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Dave are four of Ivan Reitman‘s films that have stood the test of time. When Reitman was on top of his game, the now 67-year-old filmmaker hit grand slams. I’m not using these sports metaphors because his latest film, Draft Day, includes the NFL Draft, but because, like athletes, some directors have hot streaks and cold streaks. For an array of reasons, slumps happen. Reitman’s lasted 18 years. After Dave he directed Junior, Father’s Day, Evolution, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, and Six Days, Seven Nights. A few of those films had glimmers of hope that Reitman hadn’t lost his touch, but during those years, only as a producer was he making quality movies. People generally focus on the films that proceeded Dave, not Old School, Up in the Air, I Love You, Man and Private Parts, and one of those acclaimed films he came close to directing. “It »
- Jack Giroux
Neighbors director Nicholas Stoller knows that his movie, on the surface, looks like another comedy you probably adore: Old School. In fact, when we visited the film.s set last year, it was made clear that Stoller and his crew went out of their way to distance Neighbors from Todd Phillips. raucous comedy, to strike off and be its own thing. That.s not to say, however, that Neighbors doesn.t borrow from other movies. How could it not, right? During this year.s South By Southwest film festival, Stoller met me at the Neighbors frat house, located just south of the convention center in downtown Austin, to rehash the rousing reaction the Paramount Theater crowd gave his comedy at its debut screening. And as we kicked around jokes that killed and scenes that lingered, Stoller began pointing out all the different movies that ended up influencing Neighbors, and helping »
With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, the Irish are poised to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in their homeland, while Americans are simply looking for an excuse to wear green, eat corned beef, and drink copious amounts of green beer. Sounds good right? To get you in the mood to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick, I’ve compiled a group of movies that will help inspire your party planning this year.
After looking at the movies I picked out for this list, the thing that strikes me is how many are set in and around schools – high school and college respectively. I don’t know about you, but I certainly can’t remember any school I attended being like any of these movies. So, without further ado, here are my picks for the Top 10 Party Movies of All Time. Did I leave your favorite out? »
- Dane Jackson
Ivan Reitman will receive a lifetime achievement award at CinemaCon, studios’ annual grip-and-grin with theater owners. Also read: ‘Draft Day’ Trailer Stars Kevin Costner as Gm of NFL's Cleveland Browns (Video) The director-producer has shown a penchant for creating mainstream comedy hits over the past four decades, having managed to excavate the funny side of Arnold Schwarzenegger in such films as “Kindergarten Cop” and “Twins.” Reitman also directed “Stripes,” “Dave” and the “Ghostbusters” filmes, along with producing “Old School” and Howard Stern's “Private Parts.” His latest venture, “Draft Day,” a sports comedy with Kevin Costner, premieres this spring. Reitman will be feted at a. »
- Brent Lang
Matthew McConaughey’s journey from rom-com stud muffin to Oscar-winning actor is officially complete. Six years ago, he starred in Fool’s Gold and Surfer, Dude. At Sunday night’s Oscars, he took home the Best Actor prize for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, the culmination of a string of career-rehabilitating roles that included Magic Mike and Mud. McConaughey was always a popular star, and his frivolous, formulaic romantic comedies likely served as golden handcuffs for several years of his career that left him in a creative rut. Give him credit for recognizing that and then actually doing something about it. »
- Jeff Labrecque
On a sunny May morning in northwest Atlanta, Will Ferrell ambles into the warehouse at 2282 Defoor Hills Road – a windowless, 31,000-square-foot behemoth that has been transformed, thanks to low rents and generous Georgia tax incentives, into a makeshift movie soundstage. The warehouse is typically home to moving companies, but today the tenant has a much higher profile: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a.k.a. the most hotly anticipated comedy of the year, and the most buzzed-about sequel in comedy history. Ferrell is starting his workday as the film's hero, »
You can put it down to luck, clever career management or a combination of the two, but there's no doubting that over the past three years Matthew McConaughey has pulled off a career comeback, a 'McConaissance', the likes of which Hollywood has rarely seen.
After a string of certified duffers - including Sahara, Fool's Gold and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - McConaughey is now on a winning streak that could well culminate in him lifting the Best Actor Academy Award next month for Dallas Buyers Club. He's also one of the most in-demand A-listers around, with the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linkater, William Friedkin and Christopher Nolan all casting him in prestige projects.
If McConaughey, the one-time shirtless, tussle-haired Texas Surfer, Dude, can turn things around so dramatically, surely there are other big name actors out there with a locker full of surprises? Digital Spy takes a »
We're very sorry in advanced for this very old and very overused Old School quote, but we don't see a way around not using it for this situation: "Snoop! Snoop-a-loop!...Bring your green hat!" Will Ferrell visited Reddit for one of their popular Ama session (Ask Me Anything) to promote and raise money for Cancer for College, which helps provide college scholarships to cancer survivors. Not only did we find out what Mark Wahlberg smells like, but we might have received a preview for Snoop Dogg's new project. And it involves one of our favorite Will Ferrell Saturday Night Live skits. In the middle of the Anchorman star's Ama, the rapper butted in under his Reddit username »
Comedy is one of the longest-running genres in cinema, producing numerous screen legends from The Marx Brothers to Madeline Kahn, as well as numerous classics, from The Gold Rush to Hot Fuzz. Fans of the genre thus look forward every year to the new crop of films, eager to see what they may bring, and this year is no different. Here are ten comedic features we’re looking forward to seeing in 2014, in alphabetical order.
1) Bad Words
Much of Jason Bateman’s career resurrection has centred around his ability to successfully play the comic foil. While his ability to do is deservedly lauded, as shows like Arrested Development would not work without his presence, it often leads to the actor garnering the less colourful roles in any given project, ending up as more of a reactive presence. Bad Words, however, seems poised to put Bateman on the other side, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
16 items from 2014
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