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Trying to outdo Nicolas Cage in the number of mediocre movies he can appear in, John Cusack is in yet another movie we didn't know existed (or possibly forgot about). It's called "The Factory," and apparently it's been on DVD since February. Huh. In any case, the U.K. trailer is here, and the folks who cut it really want to make sure a voiceover holds your hand, explaining everything every step of the way. Co-starring Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter"), Mae Whitman ("Arrested Development") and Katherine Waterston (one of our 2014 Actresses On The Rise), the generic story follows a cop hunting a serial killer who gets more than he bargained for when his own daughter goes missing. Morgan O'Neill (Sam Worthington surf movie "Drift") co-wrote and directed this wintery procedural, which doesn't seem to shake up the genre too much. But hey, if this kind of mediocrity helps Cusack keep his lights on, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Pete checks out Netflix animation Bojack Horseman, and finds a bold, hilariously dark comedy featuring a cast at the top of its game...
Over the last few years, Netflix has steadily gone from being a supplier who helps us binge on our favourite TV shows to a legitimate producer in its own right. Not content with merely reviving one of television’s wittiest sitcoms in the form of Arrested Development, they’ve gone on to create award-winning dramas such as House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black.
Bojack Horseman is Netflix’s first foray into animated comedy, and it follows a delusional faded sitcom star (the titular Horseman, who happens to be an anthropomorphised talking horse for reasons that are, happily, left unexplained) whose only companions are his agent and on-again-off-again girlfriend Princess Carolyn (herself a pink cat), his long-term layabout house guest Todd, his ghost-writer Diane, and Mr Peanutbutter, »
We’re about a month away from the U.S. release of Kevin Smith’s horror Tusk, which was reported to be the first part of a Canadian-based trilogy, and now Smith has confirmed that production has started on the second instalment, Yoga Hosers.
The Hollywood Reporter states that the film will follow two 15-year old girls Colleen Collette (Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Smith) who work in convenience store Eh-2-Zed as an after school job. But when an ancient evil rises, the two girls team with Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight to save their invitation to a Grade 12 party.
Smith has described the movie as an action-adventure film with a comic book vibe. “People always ask me ‘Are »
- Luke Owen
Although the events in Ferguson, Missouri have created a social media firestorm over the last week, much of the media cycle was dominated by the death of Robin Williams on Monday. Tributes have been pouring in, including this one and this one from Sound on Sight, and there has been some absolutely beautiful writing to go along with it.
It was first revealed that Williams died in a suicide after battling severe depression. Even more tragic news came when Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said he was just recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” she said in a statement.
But when someone iconic as Williams passes away, that’s never the end of the story, »
- Brian Welk
Pixar has occasionally shown a penchant for using the bonus features section of their Blu-ray releases to show off their stabs at 2D animation (all of the studio's feature films use 3D computer animation). Included on the upcoming Toy Story of Terror Blu-ray, the physical release of last year's TV special (Matt's review), is this Combat Carl PSA. And I can get behind Combat Carl. Why? Not only is he voiced by Carl Weathers, who taught us how to act and gave us some amazing stew recipes on Arrested Development, but he also has a great message - don't f*cking cough everywhere. I travel a lot and I always see people, grown adults, coughing without covering their mouths. That's bush-league. They don't even try to use their hands, which is also a rookie mistake but at least demonstrates common courtesy. Hit the jump so Combat Carl can teach you how to really cough. »
- Evan Dickson
Much has been said since Robin Williams' death on Monday of his contribution to movies. Certainly, his performances in such films as "Aladdin," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and "Good Will Hunting" are likely to endear him to new fans among moviegoers for generations to come. But it's easy to forget that he also made indelible contributions to the world of TV throughout his four-decade career. Older viewers remember his starmaking turn as a lovable alien on "Mork and Mindy," but that was only one instance of many where he changed the medium in ways large and small that will continue to be felt for a long time to come. Here are some of those ways.
"The Richard Pryor Show." Imagine an era when you could have seen Richard Pryor and Robin Williams doing sketch comedy together every week in primetime. That era really happened; it lasted just four weeks in 1977. That's »
- Gary Susman
You guys, Michael Cera now exists in music form.
You guys, Michael Cera now exists in music form.
My great friend Michael Cera not only is a brilliant actor, he also makes great music. Check it out: http://t.co/lbc8sDcSco
— Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) August 13, 2014
This album totally exists and is so Michael Cera it hurts. You can listen to it here.
5 Things You Don't Know About Jonah Hill
true that by Michael Cera
There's something about this album’s existence that you want to make fun of so badly but after listening to it, we just can't. It's lo-fi, folky, and kind of amazing. Picture being inside on a rainy day, reupholstering thrift store furniture, while Arrested Development plays on Netflix in the background. That's what true that is like.
He even sings, too! Michael Cera sings on »
What do Michael Cera and Beyoncé have in common? They both released surprise albums this year. The actor, best known for comedies like “Superbad” and “Arrested Development,” dropped an 18-track digital album online on Tuesday and curious listeners can currently stream it for free. Also read: ‘Ten Commandments’ Series Directed by Michael Cera, Gus Van Sant and Others Ordered by Wgn America If they like what they hear on “True That,” they can buy the album for $7. Cera has showed off his musical talent before in “Juno,” as well as on tour with indie rock band Mister Heavenly in 2010. See »
- Greg Gilman
Joining the premium-tv ranks requires a certain commitment to doing what others aren’t. Hence, Netflix gets virtually no points for “BoJack Horseman,” a raunchy animated series that not-so-boldly goes where seemingly everyone — Fox, Comedy Central, Adult Swim — has gone before. Will Arnett and Aaron Paul lend their voices to the enterprise (as well as helping pad the roster of exec producers), but it’s such a stale premise that even when the series musters the occasional smirk, it feels deserving of a trip to the glue factory. Does “BoJack’s” Hollywood satire merit saddling up to watch? To quote the protagonist, “Neigh.”
Part of the series’ problem right out the starting gate is that Arnett’s boorish, self-absorbed former sitcom star feels like little more than an equine version of a character he’s played a dozen times, most effectively in “Arrested Development.” BoJack headlined a “Full House”-like »
- Brian Lowry
The TV vets are set to guest-star in a Scandal Season 4 episode, TVLine has learned, playing a power couple.
No further details on their storyline are available.
Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. The Hollywood star had more than 100 acting credits to his name, and although he'll be largely remembered for his comic roles, looking back through his career it's quickly evident that he was just as talented when it came to drama.
Digital Spy takes a look back at 10 incredible roles, from Good Morning, Vietnam to World's Greatest Dad, below:
1. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
One of Williams's earliest and most memorable roles on the big screen came in Barry Levinson's Vietnam war comedy, in which he played radio DJ Adrian Cronauer. Newly appointed to the Armed Forces Radio Service in Saigon, the anarchic Cronauer alienates his military superiors but endears himself to soldiers and colleagues thanks to his irreverent humour and insistence on reporting censored news.
2. Dead Poets Society (1989)
There's a reason why the Walt Whitman line 'O Captain! My Captain!" has played a »
Monday’s episode of Conan ended on an unusually somber note. The cause: During the course of taping that evening’s show, Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, and their guest Will Arnett got word of Robin Williams’ unexpected death.
“We tape these shows a few hours early, and by the time you see this now on TV, I’m sure that you’ll know. I’m sorry to anybody in our studio audience that I’m breaking this news—this is absolutely shocking and horrifying, and so upsetting on every level,” a visibly shaken O’Brien explained at the end of the show. »
- Hillary Busis
The world of online television (is it really television? Nothing's being broadcast, technically...) is getting more and more interesting with each passing moment: Netflix is obviously killing it, with their stellar line-up of critical and commercial darlings ("House of Cards," "Orange is the New Black") and Yahoo is about to seriously get into the game by taking a page from the Netflix handbook and resurrecting a wonderfully cultish TV series ("Community," in the spirit of "Arrested Development"). Also: Hulu keeps plugging along. And while Amazon certainly has made strides, with several original shows developed in the last few years, it has yet to really breakthrough. That could change later this month, with its new "third wave" of pilots that boast an impressive line-up of exciting, starry projects.
As Variety notes, the site will debut five pilots as part of its third "pilot season" - they will all debut on August »
- Drew Taylor
Last year, Jason Sudekis (Horrible Bosses) brought us a skit that featured him as an American football (or soccer) coach who was hired to manage Tottenham Hotspur. Since he was let go from duty (after just six and a half hours), he now finds himself working at NBC as a pundit.
Still inept as ever, watch as Ted Lasso as he doesn’t understand live TV, struggle with time differences and run into someone how looks an awful lot like Everton and USA keeper Tim Howard.
Watch the video below:
Jason Sudekis will return to cinema screens later this year with Horrible Bosses 2 alongside returning cast members Charlie Day (The Lego Movie), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Jennifer Aniston (We’re The Millers), Kevin Spacey (Superman Returns) and newcomers Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Christoph Waltz (Muppets Most Wanted).
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- Luke Owen
More Arrested Development is on the way, but not very quickly…
Appearing on Us chat show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Will Arnett announced that the rumours of more Arrested Development are true, adding that it was Netflix’ head honchos who made the decision to revive the show again.
He did add, though, that “We don’t know when,” suggesting that talks are at a very early stage.
Further evidence about the long-rumoured fifth season is fairly sparse though, so fans will be pleased to hear this news from one of the cast.
One thing we do know is that the show is likely to return to focusing on the cast as a whole, not individual characters in their own episodes (as was the case in season four).
If you want to see the news straight from the horse's mouth, here’s the clip, which also features a bottle of pink wine, »
Though the fourth, Netflix-ordered season of Arrested Development didn’t exactly thrill everyone with its mixed, talent schedule-juggling narrative concept, there is still plenty of hope for more. The streaming service’s Ted Sarandos has said he was positive it would happen and now Will Arnett showed up on The Tonight Show – as reported by Entertainment Weekly – to offer confirmation.Given how much Arrested creator Mitch Hurwitz and his various cast members have said they want to do more, it was a likely proposition. But the big issue will be once again with the timetable. Everyone involved in the show has gone on to do other things and while some – like Arnett and Jason Bateman – are in more demand than others, the tricky issue will be corralling time when they’re all available. And hopefully this time the team might be able to carve out a window to reunite »
A few days after we heard that Arrested Development would have a fifth season the future, Will Arnett echoed the statement. He agreed that a fifth season was in the future, but not in the near one. The stars of the show have moved on with other projects. Thus when Netflix picked it up, the stars were happy and surprised. However, their lives have remained as moved on. Now Will is admitting that it will take some hard work, especially since it would have to wait until 2015 summer break at the earlist.
So far Netflix and the studio have not received any details on the second season. While fans enjoyed the return with the fourth season, but they didn’t like how each episode focused on one star. They wanted to see the whole gang back together again, thus making it harder for production. However, we are sure it would »
- Sarah Peel
There are always more episodes in the banana stand. Earlier this week, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told USA Today that he was “positive” that a fifth season of Arrested Development will happen, noting that “it’s just a matter of when.” And last night on The Tonight Show, when Jimmy Fallon asked him to confirm the news, Arrested star Will Arnett revved up the crowd when he said, “And the answer is… Yes!” He later added, “It’s going to happen. We don’t know when, but it is going to happen.” (Arnett also told the Today show »
- Dan Snierson
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Kicking off the late night roundup in the most literal sense ever is Will Arnett, who stopped by "The Tonight Show" for a festive game of Karate Piñata, aka "the time honored sport of kicking piñatas while blindfolded." Whoever breaks the most piñatas while kicking around like a ninja wins, and yes, slow motion is involved.
Of course, the real question on everyone's mind is whether or not Netflix is green-lighting a fifth season of "Arrested Development," and Will gave Jimmy exclusive confirmation that your favorite comedy will once again be available for binge-watching!
- Mehera Bonner
The Bluth family saga will continue.
By: CBS News
The Bluth family saga will continue.
"It's just a matter of when," Sarandos recently told USA Today, citing the actors' work schedules as a factor in determining at what point production would resume.
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The sitcom featuring a zany ensemble of characters led by Jason Bateman originally aired on Fox from 2003-2006, before being canceled due to low ratings despite strong critical acclaim and a devoted fan base.
A fourth season which included the return of all the lead cast members was eventually released on Netflix in May, 2013.
Sarandos concedes it is a "fair criticism" that "the cast didn't appear on screen often enough together" during season 4, which received a lukewarm response from viewers and the media.
The Cco also »
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