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The FilmCow channel is best known for creating the Internet classic that is Charlie the Unicorn, but its first Kickstarter campaign concerns another project altogether. Creator Jason Steele needed fewer than four days to reach his funding goal of $18,000 for a feature film based on his Detective Heart of America character. Detective Heart Of America stars a toy eagle who is also an American detective who loves America and wants to make sure everything in American stays American and doesn't get corrupted by un-American evildoers. This surreal version of Team America: World Police first played out in two shorts released this year, and with Kickstarter funds secured, it will soon continue as a feature film to be released for free on YouTube. Detective Heart of America was able to reach its goal thanks to FilmCow's 900,000+ YouTube subscribers and a personal endorsement from Charlie the Unicorn himself. With more than three weeks left in the campaign, »
- Sam Gutelle
You won't see Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Jonah Hill, and Morgan Freeman in the trailer for The Lego Movie - but you will hear them! The stop-motion film may not be on your list of movies to get excited about yet, but this trailer is so funny. Pratt voices Emmett, a happy-go-lucky Lego who's plucked from his ordinary existence and suddenly thrust into a group of Lego superheroes attempting to defeat the evil Mr. Business (Ferrell). Lego Batman (Arnett), Wonder Woman (Smulders), and Green Lantern (Hill) all make appearances on the team. Comic-Con audiences got a sneak peek of the film this year, but this full trailer is worth the wait. Though it's definitely not as crude, this trailer really reminds me of 2004's Team America: World Police. It's deceptively cute to look at, but most of the characters are sarcastic and jaded, especially Arnett's Batman. »
- Maggie Pehanick
You want funny? We got funny! From Airplane to Duck Soup, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' pick of the 10 best rib-ticklers
• Top 10 romantic movies
• Top 10 action movies
Peter Bradshaw on comedy
Notionally, one of the most loved of genres, comedy persistently finds that it is somehow ineligible for greatness. Comedies rarely get Oscars. Charlie Chaplin, the great comic, was one of cinema's first international superstars. Keaton, the Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy produced sublime gems of film-making, arguably cherished more now than at the time. Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot is one of the most loved films of all time, with a miraculously light touch and a glorious romantic chemistry between Curtis, Lemmon and Monroe. In Hollywood, the screwball tradition came to be supplanted in public taste by Woody Allen, whose DNA can be traced through the cerebral creations of Charlie Kaufman.
Recently, Hollywood comedy »
Rosamund Pike will voice International Rescue agent Lady Penelope in the upcoming re-invention of classic kids series Thunderbirds Are Go! The UK’s ITV Studios is teaming with New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop to co-produce the update of the series that was created by Gerry and Sylivia Anderson in 1965. Pike, who’s starring with Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl and coming off roles in The World’s End and Jack Reacher, will be heard alongside original cast member David Graham who is reprising his role as chauffeur and International Rescue agent Parker. The new series of 26 half-hours will debut on ITV in 2015 using a mix of CGI animation and live-action miniature sets. Also joining as the five brave Tracy brothers, who rocket around the world fighting evil-doers, are Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rasmus Hardiker and David Menkin (the former two are doubling up on roles »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
According to the search I just completed 17 seconds ago, Google defines the word "kinky" as "remove your safe search." Wait, sorry, that's not right. One second.
According to the search I just completed 48 seconds ago, Google (and then Wikipedia) defines the word "kinky" as "a term used to refer to an intelligent and playful usage of sexual concepts which are overt, accentuated, unambiguously expressive of sexuality."
Seems excessive, no? For the purpose of this list, we're pretty much defining "kinky" as "Hey, look, a hot sex scene." [SFX: Whip crack] Like you're going to complain. Especially with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Don Jon" coming out this week.
Here now are the 10, er, "kinkiest" sex scenes in movie history, generally embedded from sketchier websites than Youtube. And, yeah, you probably shouldn't watch any of these videos at work unless you want to get fired or start a really weird Nsfw-themed relationship with your boss.
Speaking of. »
- Nick Blake
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
The Colony: a small-scale science-fiction horror story full of big, troubling ideas about what a new Dark Ages might look like [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Much Ado About Nothing: pure cinematic joy from Joss Whedon and Co.; a smart, snappy adaptation of perhaps Shakespeare’s funniest play, performed by supremely talented people having an enormous amount of infectious fun [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] The Purge: mixes science fiction speculation with familiar horror tropes to create a startling satire on America’s culture of violence [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] This Is the End: hugely funny jape in which the entire cast is having a ball making fun of themselves and the incongruity of the endless celebration that is L.A. facing the apocalypse [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sometimes calculated, diplomatic, well-thought-out speech is the best way for someone to get a point across. Other moments, however, require yelling, finger-pointing, spittle-projecting and the type of language that would get you 50 Hail Marys in Sunday school.
Indeed, movie history has provided us with hundreds of instances where a character's unstoppable flood of emotions got the best of them. Luckily for you, we've narrowed them down to the fifteen best.
Warning: Most of these rants contain Nsfw language, as you might imagine.
The gist: Donnie was a good bowler, and Vietnam was a bitch.
It's hard to pick just one Walter Sobchak rant from "The Big Lebowski," considering almost every time he speaks is a rant and almost every one of his rants is memorable. But we'll go with the scattering of Donnie's ashes, which starts off as a »
- Adam D'Arpino
The Luna Cinema | The Nomad Cinema | Pop Up Screens | Rooftop Film Club | Film4 Summer Screen | Picnic Cinema | Bp Big Screens | Spinningfields | Summer Nights | Hot Tub Cinema
The great British outdoor cinema roulette season gets into full swing this month. If we're not exactly spoilt for weather in this country, we are at least relatively spoilt for choice in terms of movies and venues, with more and more players getting into the "let's put on the film right here" spirit. Starting in London, your first choice is between travelling shows and fixed venues. In the former camp, The Luna Cinema (Thu to 29 Sep) begins a three-month roam across central London and scenic spots in the south-east this week, starting at St Albans' Highfield Park this Thursday with Dirty Dancing, followed by Top Gun at Canterbury's St Augustine's Abbey on Fri. Later highlights include Les Misérables at Sissinghurst Castle (13 Jul), a publicly »
- Steve Rose
Roland Emmerich sure loves blowing up the White House. He's also rubbing the destruction of "Doma" in the faces of patriotic homophobes everywhere in a really awesome (if unintentional) way.
"Independence Day" is one of the most "Team America: World Police" style movies ever, putting the U.S. President in the action years before W. landed on that aircraft carrier and making sure it was America who ultimately beat down the alien Earth invaders.
Emmerich, who is known for his activism for the Lgbt community, cast the openly gay Tony Award-winning Harvey Fierstein in a fairly central supporting role. Fierstein's Marty Gilbert character, though never explicitly identified as gay, has been criticized for being too stereotypical, but it's hard to ignore how »
- Ryan J Downey
What's better than filming the most beautiful landmarks in the world? Blowing them up. Edited by Avaryl Halley.
Movies Included (Click to Buy):
National Lampoon's European Vacation | Team America: World Police | Uhf | GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra | Godzilla | Marvel's The Avengers | Mars Attack | Armageddon | V for Vendetta | Disney's Aladdin | Batman Forever | Cloverfield | Deep Impact | Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers | 2012 | Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 | Richie Rich | Superman The Movie | Judge Dredd | Independence Day | X-Men 3 | Monsters Vs. Aliens | The Core | It Came From Beneath The Sea | War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave | San Francisco | Superman II | Superman III | 1941 | The Day After Tomorrow | The Rocketeer »
Everyone seems just as pumped for the Jay-z-produced soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby" as they are for the flick itself. But before we look ahead at what The Hova has in store for what we can only imagine will be the coolest-ever soundtrack to something you were forced to read in high school, let's look back at some of the all-time great movie songs.
Feature by Adam D'Arpino
20. Three 6 Mafia: 'Hard Out Here For a Pimp' ('Hustle & Flow')
Three 6 Mafia took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for this jam that confirmed what we had all already suspected: Pimpin' ain't easy. Terrence Howard and Taryn Manning's performances in "Hustle & Flow" were stellar, but there's little doubt that Three 6 Mafia's Oscar appearance, combined with host Jon Stewart's verbal Oscar tally ("Three 6 Mafia 1, Martin Scorcese 0") is what everyone remembers most about the movie. »
- NextMovie Staff
Given that Michael Bay’s name is synonymous with deafening, overbudgeted sexist swill to the point where it even inspired a tuneful song about his suckitude in the South Park guys’ Team America: World Police, I often find myself in the position of defending him somewhat. Apart from Pearl Harbor and the synapse-frying second Transformers picture, he’s not that bad. Sometimes he’s even really good — his work is smashing, in all senses. Now he hits new levels of both artistry and sleaziness in the black comedy Pain & Gain, which I strongly recommend if you don’t overvalue taste, subtlety, and moral decency. I liked it.Actually, the movie is not entirely unsubtle. Its star, Mark Wahlberg, is a comedian of surprising refinement. His secret is that he plays everything straight, finding a razor’s edge between bovine thickness and predatory cunning. As Florida personal trainer Daniel Lugo, his »
- David Edelstein
They haven’t released a film above a 38 on Metacritic or 36% on Rotten Tomatoes, with averages at 32 and 20% respectively. Practically every 80s horror fan detests them almost as much as critics do. With every remake they churn out, controversy is stirred and concerns are raised. These are then proven rightfully so, as Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company release another pitifully dire film.
Platinum Dunes was started back in 2001 by Bay and fellow film-makers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. They soon set out on their path of destruction, acquiring the rights to their first victim: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. The film was a box office success due to relentlessly heavy and meticulously planned advertising, but the film itself put to shame the masterful original and even the prior sequels that it was following. But besides being an all round terrible film, it started a new trend, one that »
- Jordan Wicks
What’s funnier than a couple of detectives? Well, I can name quite a few things funnier, but that’s probably because I’m not yet familiar with America’s sexiest billionaire detectives, Ashleigh and Amelia Dangerhole, who will be brought to life on Adult Swim’s new live action detective comedy, Hole to Hole. Watch your back, Archer.
Deadline had the news from Adult Swim when they officially greenlighted a pilot called Hole To Hole. The live-action comedy is co-created and executive produced by South Park alumna Pam Brady and Arden Myrin of MadTV. Myrin will also star in the project, which is being described as a parody of 1980s detective shows. You remember Hart To Hart, don’t you? Well, Google it and stop making me feel old!
- Sasha Nova
Exclusive: Adult Swim has greenlighted a pilot for live-action quarter-hour comedy Hole To Hole, co-created/executive produced by South Park alumna Pam Brady and Chelsea Lately panelist Arden Myrin (MadTV). Myrin will also star in the project, a parody of 1980s detective shows (the title does sound like a riff on Hart To Hart). It follows the fabulous exploits of Ashleigh and Amelia Dangerhole, America’s sexiest billionaire detectives. Brady, repped by Mosaic, UTA and Robert Offer, was a longtime staff writer on South Park. She co-wrote the movies South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Team America: World Police and wrote Hot Rod starring Andy Samberg. A regular panelist on Chelsea Lately, Myrin, repped by Innovative and Jackoway/Tyermnan, was seen recently in the Sundance films Wrong Cops, Bachelorette, and Wrong. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Prince of Wales, London
If you're lucky enough to somehow have a ticket for this, the most cryingly good night out to have come along for years, and are by any chance looking forward to a smug few British-liberal hours sneering at the mad imbecilities of self-righteous Americans and organised religion, I have to tell you that you'll be disappointed. The Book of Mormon is far, far cleverer, far kinder, far more nuanced than that, and one of its many surprises is that it sent an enraptured, ecstatic audience home with an odd sense of having come, somehow, to really like Mormons.
The first surprise is how punchingly good the music is. The opening number, Hello!, which introduces us to our new friends the Mormons, singing rondo as they pop up around stage to ring our doorbells, accompanied by their impossible teeth, clean monochrome garb and burnished naivety, is one »
- Euan Ferguson
Director: Dan Bradley; Screenwriter: Carl Ellsworth, Jeremy Passmore; Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Jeffrey Dean Morgan; Running time: 93 mins; Certificate: 15
"We inherited our freedom. Now it's up to us to fight for it". This dismal remake of the overrated '80s cult flick is littered with the type of nausea-inducing patriotic dialogue lampooned by the likes of Team America: World Police. If you turn up the volume loud enough, you can probably hear the bad guys muttering the North Korean equivalent of 'durka, durka' repeatedly.
Red Yawn (sic) does itself no favours by seeking to establish a contemporaneous framework that positions the daring premise, revolving around a sudden invasion of America by North Korean forces, as a plausible scenario. For we're bombarded with a wealth of genuine news footage at the beginning, featuring the likes of Barack Obama, Kim Jong-il and Hilary Clinton. Tapping into credible fears is fine, »
Feature Paul Martinovic 26 Feb 2013 - 11:41
A few months ago a programme aired on ITV called Superstar. If, like the majority of the British viewing public, it passed you by, let me quickly get you up to speed: the reality show was the brain child of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the hugely successful composer behind West End smashes such as Cats, Starlight Express and Evita who has seen a late career resurgence as the self-appointed Simon Cowell of musical theatre.
Following Webber's similarly successful recruitment shows for productions of The Wizard Of Oz and The Sound Of Music, Superstar saw contestants compete to win the title role of Jesus in a new production of Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, alongside Sporty Spice as Mary Magdalene and a newly unemployed Chris Moyles as Herod. »
Feature Mark Harrison Feb 15, 2013
Once DVD really overtook the home entertainment market, there was an increased trend towards extended cuts of comedy movies once they reached shiny discs. Whether it's an 'Extreme Edition', or it has 'Gags You Didn't See', or it’s simply 'Uncut', it's hardly the same as releasing extended cuts of movies that suit the director's vision - in the case of Judd Apatow's school of comedy production, it only means that you film absolutely everything, and most of the footage makes it into the film anyway.
Apatow-produced films like Bridesmaids, Funny People, Get Him To The Greek and this week’s This Is 40 tend to give their actors lots of room for improvisation. You also get the impression that they're still coming up »
In the comments on my review of Identity Thief one person said, "Brad is hard on comedies...so I always expect him to give unfavorable reviews to them," and that's true. I am hard on comedies, but most often because they aren't very funny, especially today's R-rated comedies where it's no longer about making a funny movie, but about making a "raunchy" movie. The recipe for one of today's R-rated comedies has nothing to do with screenwriting and working out the best story combined with solid punchlines. The key ingredients involve elements that result in an R-rating, most typically an immense amount of swearing and a penis. This kind of humor is funny in the same way deep fried vegetables are good for you. Speaking of which, what makes a penis so funny? This has always confused me and I tackled it in my review of Forgetting Sarah Marshall a »
- Brad Brevet
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