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Rock the Kasbah movie review: whitemansplaining, the movie

Behold Bill Murray as the white savior barreling into a foreign land and teaching the ignorant natives how to be better people. Obnoxious and tone deaf. I’m “biast” (pro): love Bill Murray

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Bill Murray is Richie Lanz, a sleazy Los Angeles music manager. He’s the kind of guy who takes money from a wannabe singer with no talent and no chance of even the most measly sort of success but who is also naive enough to believe that it’s normal to pay him upfront. And he’s clearly been stringing along his assistant, Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel: Your Highness, Yes Man), who has been working for him in the expectation that she will get a boost to her own singing career. So when he takes her to Kabul — yes, in Afghanistan — to perform for U.
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The Best and Worst of Ben Stiller, A to Z

The Best and Worst of Ben Stiller, A to Z
Ben Stiller's professional onscreen career is officially turning 30 this year — that's roughly 412 in comedian years. In a business where funny people tend to quickly exhaust their limited charm and sink from telling jokes to becoming a punchline, the restless and versatile Stiller has managed to sustain one of the most consistent comic careers this side of Bob Hope. From his days as a bit player to his later emergence as a force of nature in front of the camera and behind the scenes (you have his production company Red
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Amy Poehler Just Sang the Crap Out of Bette Midler's "The Rose" With Jack Black

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Amy Poehler joined Jack Black on stage at Tenacious D's third annual Festival Supreme on Saturday for an unexpected - but very welcome - rendition of Bette Midler's "The Rose." (You know, it's the one that goes, "Some say love, it is a river that drowns the tender reed . . . ") As you might expect, it's straight-up amazing. This isn't totally out of the blue, though. Poehler and Black go back a long way; they costarred in 2004's Envy and 2006's Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. Maybe if this video racks up enough views, they'll appear in another movie together? Let's hope so.
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SNL's Cecily Strong Declares Barack Obama Our 'Funniest President'

SNL's Cecily Strong Declares Barack Obama Our 'Funniest President'
Barack Obama is a tough act to follow, and that doesn't just apply to the next president.

Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong will be the featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on Saturday night – and the idea of taking the stand-up stage after America's "funniest president" has left her "truly terrified."

"He's known as an amazingly funny guy," she tells Variety in a new interview. "He's maybe our funniest president. You know, his timing is great. He had that moment at the State of the Union where he said, 'Well I should know because I won two of them.
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New 'While We're Young' Trailer: Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts Hallucinate, Have Sobering Thoughts

New 'While We're Young' Trailer: Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts Hallucinate, Have Sobering Thoughts
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts party and hallucinate with a younger couple before they make some sobering revelations in the latest trailer for A24's upcoming While We're Young. The Noah Baumbach-directed film centers around a New York-based documentary filmmaker and his wife (Stiller and Watts), who begin hanging out with a couple in their 20s (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). Read More Watch Naomi Watts Envy Amanda Seyfried's Hip-Hop Skills in the 'While We're Young' Trailer When Stiller and Watts' Josh and Cornelia tell their friends (one of whom is played by Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz) about

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Christopher Walken Dancing Video Supercut

Art by JasonCasteel

I know what will cheer you up today! A little video supercut that has nothing except Christopher Walken dancing. I didn't realize just how much he's danced over the course of his career. The guy has sure got some crazy moves! Below the video you'll find the full list of movies that are featured in the video which comes to us from The Huffington Post.

Roseland” (1977)

The Deer Hunter” (1978)

Brainstorm” (1983)

Pennies from Heaven” (1981)

The Dead Zone” (1983)

A View To A Kill” (1985)

At Close Range” (1986)

Puss in Boots” (1988)

Homeboy” (1988)

Communion” (1989)

King of New York” (1990)

The Comfort of Strangers” (1990)

“Sarah, Plain and Tall” (1991)

All-American Murder” (1991)

Batman Returns” (1992)

Skylark” (1993)

True Romance” (1993)

“Wayne’s World 2″ (1993)

A Business Affair” (1994)

Pulp Fiction” (1994)

The Prophecy” (1995)

Search and Destroy” (1995)

Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” (1995)

The Funeral” (1996)

Suicide Kings” (1997)

Mousehunt” (1997)

New Rose Hotel” (1998)

Blast from the Past” (1999)

Sleepy Hollow” (1999)

The Opportunists” (2000)

“Scotland,
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Let’s Watch a Supercut of Every Christopher Walken Dance Scene

I didn’t know Christopher Walken had danced in so many movies but it’s a good thing he has otherwise we wouldn’t have this great supercut to show you. He had the moves in Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice video [watch it here] but put them all together with his movies and it’s something special.

Fyi: Walken initially trained as a musical theater dancer at the Washington Dance Studio.

Below is the video and the complete list of the films used:

Here’s a full list of the films featured in the video, via HuffPo:

Roseland” (1977)

The Deer Hunter” (1978)

Brainstorm” (1983)

Pennies from Heaven” (1981)

The Dead Zone” (1983)

A View To A Kill” (1985)

At Close Range” (1986)

Puss in Boots” (1988)

Homeboy” (1988)

Communion” (1989)

King of New York” (1990)

The Comfort of Strangers” (1990)

“Sarah, Plain and Tall” (1991)

All-American Murder” (1991)

Batman Returns” (1992)

Skylark” (1993)

True Romance” (1993)

“Wayne’s World 2″ (1993)

A Business Affair” (1994)

Pulp Fiction” (1994)

The Prophecy” (1995)

Search and Destroy
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The Bay Review

Looking at the trailers for The Bay made me wonder if Barry Levinson was slumming as a filmmaker. It’s been a while since he has made a feature film that really worked, and some of his recent movies like Envy and Man of the Year were duds. Sure, he did make You Don’t Know Jack which featured Al Pacino in one of his best (and non-bombastic) performances but that was relegated to HBO and not the big screen.

Here, Levinson looks to bring us another found footage movie which is a genre that just won’t die. As I sat down in the theatre I couldn’t help but to wonder if the director of Rain Man had run out of ideas and was just looking for any job to take on.

Well, it looks like I owe Mr. Levinson an apology because The Bay is not only
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Box Office News: ‘The Watch’ Opens with Dismal Numbers While ‘Tdkr’ Drops

Chicago – Critically reviled “The Watch” with Ben Stiller & Vince Vaughn opened with downright depressing numbers, good enough for only third place. Meanwhile, “Step Up: Revolution” claimed fourth while “The Dark Knight Rises” tumbled over 60% in its second frame.

For comparison, “The Dark Knight” fell 52.5% from its massive opening weekend four years ago. Estimates pin “The Dark Knight Rises” at over 60%. Exactly what is keeping people away is unclear (some point to Aurora, some point to the Olympics, and some point to the fact that most viewers don’t consider this film to have the repeat value of its predecessor), but it is clear now that “Tdkr” will not top the previous film in overall gross. Still, the film has made over half a billion worldwide already.

As for “The Watch,” horrendous reviews, bad marketing, and maybe even controversy surrounding its subject matter killed this comedy before it even hit theaters.
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Exclusive: Actress Ariel Gade Talks Some Guy Who Kills People and More

Already, at age 15, actress Ariel Gade has managed to make quite a name for herself inside and out of the genre world, and Dread Central had the opportunity to chat briefly with her about her most recent project: Some Guy Who Kills People

Ever since making her debut on television at the young age of 6, Gade has gone on to co-star in films like Envy, Dark Water and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and portrayed youngster Rose Varon in the cult classic ABC TV series "Invasion." In Jack Perez's dark comedy Some Guy Who Kills People she appears as precocious tweener Amy Wheeler, who not only discovers she has a dad (Kevin Corrigan) but also figures out that he very well could be the killer behind a string of grisly murders in their small town.

Written by Ryan A. Levin and produced by John Landis, Some Guy Who Kills People also stars Karen Black,
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Jack Black On 'Bernie,' Richard Linklater, And Paul Rudd's Love of 'Airborne'

Fans of "School of Rock" are probably unaware that Jack Black has re-teamed with the hit family film's director Richard Linklater for another bizarre character comedy. However, this time around, their collaboration is a very different affair: the indie dark comedy "Bernie." The grimly funny tale is based on the true story of Bernie Tiede, a beloved community figure in the small town of Carthage, Texas, who in 1996, confessed to murdering the wealthy and elderly Marjorie Nugent. Bernie's close friendship with the widowed Nugent was a well-documented dysfunctional relationship, and when the crime occurred, it irrevocably changed the tiny Texas community. To bring the story of Bernie to life, Jack Black delivers one of the better performances of his career, making Tiede a unique and sympathetic character, full of bombastic Southern personality. Moviefone sat down with Black to talk about his experiences working on the movie and interacting with the real Bernie Tiede.
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Ben Stiller vs. Eddie Murphy

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There are no two comedic stars who are as serious about comedy as Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, and no two actors who have starred in such a bounty of diverse blockbusters. Murphy, his mouth spouting jokes at breakneck speed, is a natural foil for Stiller, who's at his best when shown struggling to comprehend the intentions of a stronger willed costar.

Lucky for us, the yin-and-yang pair (no, not because one's white and one's black -- we mean in temperament!) is about to collide in "Tower Heist." And, as a pre-game show, we're throwing this vertically challenged duo in the ring to battle it out. So let's get ready to rumble ... and/or read quietly to ourselves!

Full Name

Eddie Murphy: Edward Regan Murphy

Ben Stiller: Benjamin Edward Stiller

Advantage: Stiller. By co-opting Eddie's name as his own middle name, Stiller dominates Murphy in truly humiliating fashion.
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Movie Review: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011)

Jason Sudeikis and Tyler Labine in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Photo: Samuel Goldwyn Films When Eric (Jason Sudeikis) learns his father (Don Johnson) has decided to sell their Hamptons summer home, a place he's come to spend his summer weekends drinking and partying with his thirty-something friends, the only thing left to do is to throw one last major fiesta. But it can't be just another beer swilling, bean dip served out of a toilet "White Trash Bash". It's got to be memorable. It's got to be something none of them will ever forget. It's got to be A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.

With absolutely no warning, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy landed a Labor Day weekend release, which is fitting enough considering the film's titular orgy is set for the very same weekend. One would think that with a concept as lowbrow as a sex party we're not
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Worst Movies Ever – The 00′s Edition

If you've been following me for any length of time, you probably know that I'm not a fan of lists. The best of the year lists are something of a mandatory enterprise at this point, and I have several other efforts at best of something lists (mostly as a result of dares), but I don't like them. They don't make a lot of sense, especially where numbering is concerned, and they don't actually deliver any great value. Of course, they do deliver in the one sense that they are a good way to get a feel for a critic's tastes, but beyond that, they are a kind of industry in-group nonsense.

Worst lists, are even worse. They also have more baggage built into them. For one thing, to be included in the list, you have to admit you've watched the thing. Thus, there are clearly worse movies than any on this list,
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Barry Levinson to direct Oklahoma City bombing Documentary

Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Barry Levinson (You Don’t Know Jack, Envy) will be directing a documentary centered on the devastating 1995 Oklahoma City bombing called O.K.C. The film is being scripted by Safran Co. Clay Wold, who’s brother was a “a young legal clerk on the defense team of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh”. The film is being fast-tracked into production, and Wold is expected to submit another draft next week.
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Monday Morning Discussion: Should Jack Black Stick to Supporting Roles?

Filed under: Features, Cinematical

Did you have a good holiday weekend? If you're Jack Black, probably not so much. In 'Gulliver's Travels' he plays Lemuel Gulliver, a magazine mailroom worker who improbably gets shipwrecked on Liliput, an island of tiny, tiny people, and becomes an ego-inflated "hero" before trouble arises. The film opened on Saturday; our critic William Goss says it is "depressingly dependable on disappointing good taste and moderate expectations at every turn." Adding injury to insult, 'Gulliver's Travels' fared poorly at the box office.

As our own Jeffrey M. Anderson pointed out a couple of years ago, Black has given good performances in smaller roles, in everything from 'High Fidelity' (this writer's personal favorite) to 'Jesus' Son' to 'Dead Man Walking.' Aside from 'The School of Rock,' however, Black has been a disaster in major roles, even those where
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Monday Morning Discussion: Should Jack Black Stick to Supporting Roles?

Monday Morning Discussion: Should Jack Black Stick to Supporting Roles?
Filed under: Features, Cinematical

Did you have a good holiday weekend? If you're Jack Black, probably not so much. In 'Gulliver's Travels' he plays Lemuel Gulliver, a magazine mailroom worker who improbably gets shipwrecked on Liliput, an island of tiny, tiny people, and becomes an ego-inflated "hero" before trouble arises. The film opened on Saturday; our critic William Goss says it is "depressingly dependable on disappointing good taste and moderate expectations at every turn." Adding injury to insult, 'Gulliver's Travels' fared poorly at the box office.

As our own Jeffrey M. Anderson pointed out a couple of years ago, Black has given good performances in smaller roles, in everything from 'High Fidelity' (this writer's personal favorite) to 'Jesus' Son' to 'Dead Man Walking.' Aside from 'The School of Rock,' however, Black has been a disaster in major roles, even those where
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‘Waiting for Forever’ Trailer Starring Rachel Bilson

The trailer for Rachel Bilson‘s new movie, Waiting for Forever has finally been released online. Co-starring Tom Sturridge, Blythe Danner and Richard Jenkins, the story focuses on Emma (Bilson) and Will (Sturridge), two childhood best friends who lost touch many years ago, who are, in Will’s eyes at least, meant to be together. Sound like the perfect start to a romantic comedy?

Directed by James Keach (Blind Dating) and written by Steve Adams (Envy), Freestyle Releasing will open the movie in February 2011.

Check out the trailer below via MTV and tell us what you think!
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Box-Office Confirmation Demonstrating Why Today's Biggest Comedic Actors Seldom Do Drama Even When They're Capable

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This is one of those common sense posts where it's often nevertheless enlightening to see actual numbers to back up obvious theories. Of the five actors currently best known for making broad comedies right now, there are still movies that each of them have made that most of us adore: Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love, Ferrell in Stranger than Fiction, Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Carell in Little Miss Sunshine and Stiller in The Royal Tenenbaums. We know they're capable of making good films and, indeed, the list of smaller, more dramatic roles on each of these gentlemen's resumes is (mostly) impressive.

So why do they continue to make broad stupid comedies that make many of us hate them all the more? For the same reason many of us would. The money, of course. But what's the real-dollar difference between making a 90-minute fart joke and baring your soul?
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You Don’t Know Jack Movie Review

I've always rather admired Barry Levinson as a director, even during my dislike of certain films. Whether you had iconic classics (Diner, The Natural, or Rain Man), or disasters (Toys, Envy), or something in the middle, his movies have always been teetering on the edge. They are generally in the "just crazy enough to work" category, but sometimes they don't. Whether ultimately hits or misses, you have to wonder going in. Rain Man could have gone wrong, and let's just say that I think many of the films in the lesser category could have gone right. The daring behind such works is still in play with You Don't Know Jack, a look at Jack Kevorkian's life. Few ideas come to mind more readily when pondering the efforts that could more easily go wrong. From preachy nonsense, to just plain boring, there are countless ways this film could have gone wrong.
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