11 items from 2016
Our host for tonight is Larry David: a comedian, writer, producer and actor who is best known for his work on Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and most recently, playing Bernie Sanders on this season of Saturday Night Live. He also served as a writer on SNL for just one season in the ‘80’s before becoming the force behind television’s most popular sitcom, basically making him this show’s Jennifer Hudson. Let’s see how he fares tonight! Cold Open: Ted Cruz delivers a message to the American people. Taran Killam’s Cruz impression isn’t quite as studied as his Trump, and honestly I’m not totally sure why they don’t still have him playing Trump, or perhaps Marco Rubio, when they could easily pass Ted Cruz on to Bobby Moynihan, who portrayed him well in last season’s The Rock episode. But Killam is a good »
- Emilie Sowers
Directed by Rob Letterman.
A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.
2015/2016 seems like such an odd time to adapt the best-selling book series that really had its heyday 20 years ago. Like The Tom Green Show or Jackass, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps was a product of its time; horror stories written for children while shows like Tales From the Crypt entertained adults. As such, adapting Goosebumps for the big screen in the 21st Century was never going to be an easy task. The earliest attempt can be traced back to the late-1990s – when the book series was at its most popular – with Tim Burton possibly directing. Obviously, that movie never materialised either, »
- Luke Owen
I had no interest in seeing either of the first two Kung Fu Panda movies. I thought they were a place for a brand of Jack Black shtick that I had grown tired of by the time 2008 got here (for the record: peak Jack Black was 2003’s School of Rock). I had a strong idea of what these movies were, and I didn’t want anything to do with it. As far as Kung Fu Panda 3 is concerned, I was wrong. This is a charming movie, a funny movie, sometimes even a touching movie. I regretted nothing about my time spent watching Kung Fu Panda 3, and it’s the first movie of 2016 to make me feel that way.
Kung Fu Panda 3 tells a story I was happy to hear told. Po (Black) is told he needs to start teaching the rest of his action team (voiced by »
- Arthur Tebbel
Attention all child rockers: “School of Rock: The Musical,” is holding an open casting call on Friday, Feb. 26, for young performers and musicians with dreams of the stage! Currently shredding it up on the Great White Way, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical is the story of Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck rocker who schemes his way into becoming a private school substitute teacher. From there, he concocts the greatest kid rock band of all time. And while Alex Brightman gives a star-making performance as the show's central man-child, the true stars of “School of Rock” are its ensemble of memorable, scene-stealing students. The February open call is for girls who play bass and boys who play drums, piano, and/or guitar. Auditions to cast these roles will begin at 10 a.m.; and child actors and their guardians can sign in beginning at 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Talents needed »
Laverne Cox is calling for clean drinking water in Flint, Michigan. Cox, who has been a strong advocate for the Lgbtq community, once again used her celebrity status to as a platform to send a message. While walking the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night, she made a point to address the Flint water crisis. "United States people should have clean drinking water," she told E! News. The community of Flint have been without clean drinking water since mid-2015, causing the issue to escalate into a state of emergency after a number of children suffered lead poisoning from drinking water. »
- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3
Amid the controversy about the Oscar nominations' lack of diversity, Laverne Cox is reminding us all to commend the award shows that do champion people of all races, sexual orientations and walks of life. While attending the Entertainment Weekly celebration honoring the Screen Actors Guild nominees at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Friday, the Orange Is the New Black star spoke to People about the progress occurring in Hollywood. "I think it's a really wonderful time to be on television now, and I think what's happening, with the SAG Awards, for example, is that there's a number of actors »
- Andrea Park, @scandreapark
Ahead of its UK release next week, Sony has debuted a new clip from the upcoming Goosebumps movie entitled ‘I Just Killed That Bear’. Take a look below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Read our review of Goosebumps here
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. »
- Amie Cranswick
There's nothing like great music that makes you so happy you want to get up and dance. The latest film from John Carney, the Irish director who broke out with the musical Once at Sundance in 2007, is called Sing Street and it's utterly joyful. It's almost an Irish version of School of Rock amped up to 11, but there's such an unique, energetic, exciting vibe to it, I think it's time to proclaim Sing Street as the new winner of the Battle of the Bands. Sing Street so much fun to watch, but it's also genuinely passionate about encouraging the weirdos and oddballs to be whatever they want. Sing your heart out, fight against authority, be someone. The film is another story that connects directly to the life of director John Carney, who introduced the world premiere at Sundance by telling the story about how he was living in his parents house, »
- Alex Billington
It’s like a Lady Gaga song, just with more ‘bros’. And we have three copies to give away.
Written and directed by Jarrad Paul (Yes Man) and Andrew Mogel, Bad Bromance stars Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda series, School of Rock) as Dan Landsman, the socially awkward head of a high school reunion committee determined to finally win his former classmates’ approval by convincing the most popular guy from their graduating class, Oliver Lawless, played by James Marsden (X-Men series, Enchanted), to attend their reunion. Willing to do anything – including engaging in a night of hilariously debauched partying that must be seen to be believed – Dan soon discovers he may have gone too far in the name of high school popularity.
Here’s a clip of the movie…
Bad Bromance is out to buy on DVD now.
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, January 31st. UK readers only please. »
- Oli Davis
Stars: Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor, Russell Posner, Henry Zebrowski, Kyle Bornheimer, Mike White, Corrina Lyons, Donna Duplantier, Charlotte Gale, Denise Williamson, Han Soto, Danielle Greenup, Dermot Mulroney | Written and Directed by Andrew Mogel, Jarrad Paul
Bad Bromance. That’s an interesting title… You might not have heard it till the debut of this movie on DVD. Hang on though. Did anyone go and see The D Train in UK cinemas? I tried. It was screening once a day at a cinema 20 minutes drive away from me and only at 11pm every night. Talk about burying a movie. Maybe that’s why The D Train has been retitled Bad Bromance for its DVD release? Or maybe it’s because this “comedy” is anything but and the the reviews of the cinema release were less than stellar.
- Phil Wheat
Sarah Paulson is continuing her love tweets for girlfriend Holland Taylor, this time with a celebratory dedication. The American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson star wished the 73-year-old actress a happy birthday on Twitter Thursday. "Happiest Birthday to @HollandTaylor my most favorite human... No one is more deeply grateful that you were born than I," Paulson, 41, wrote. Happiest Birthday to @HollandTaylor my most favorite human... No one is more deeply grateful that you were born than I— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) January 14, 2016 People confirmed that Taylor is dating the American Horror Story actress in December, before they »
- Karen Mizoguchi
11 items from 2016
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