12 items from 2012
Metric have made their new album Synthetica available to stream in full online. The band's upcoming fifth studio LP can be streamed via their Soundcloud page ahead of its release on June 25. The album contains 11 tracks and is produced by guitarist Jimmy Shaw. Listen to the album below: Lou Reed features on vocals on the track titled 'The Wanderlust', while lead single 'Youth Without Youth' was released last month. Guitarist James Shaw said of the album: "Synthetica (more) »
- By Tom Eames
I'm only just now catching up with this year's edition of De Filmkrant's best-known project, Slow Criticism 2012, for which editor Dana Linssen has invented a new game: "It is called The Other Side(s) of the World and includes a lot of cinephile Wanderlust and cybernetic travel schedules. With the kind assistance of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (that made the films available trough a preview stream) we have assembled a dossier with reviews of most of the premieres in the Bright Future section. Playing along were film critics from all over the world who embarked on a virtual journey to see a film that came from a country or film culture that was as far from their current location as possible. Or was it?"
Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López launch this collection of journeys with an essay on the "intimate connection between cinephilia and travel," in which they »
On Saturday, Jan. 21, lucky attendees of Sf Sketchfest got to witness an event a decade in the making: A staged recreation of the cult classic "Wet Hot American Summer" by (most of) the original cast at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre in San Francisco, CA.
The 2001 summer camp movie parody, made primarily by members of comedy troupe The State on a shoestring budget, was a box office failure upon its theatrical release. But the following decade has been kind to "Wet Hot." Today, the movie has become a sort of comedy calling card, and telling someone that you're a fan of "Wet Hot American Summer" immediately sends a message about your sense of humor: Straight faced and silly simultaneously, hyper self-aware and more than a little ironic.
At Sf Sketchfest, one of most highly regarded comedy festivals in America that leans on so-called "alternative" comedy, much of the "Wet Hot" cast »
- The Huffington Post
Among the R-rated comedy boom of the last decade or so, there were the obvious, instant, giant hits: "Knocked Up," "Superbad," "The Hangover," "Bridesmaids." But there are also the films that, while they didn't turn the world upside down on release, have proven to be cult hits with long legs, films that have found their way into regular rotation just as much as their more monstrously-grossing cousins. One such film is "Role Models." Taking a respectable, but less than earth-shattering $67 million on initial release, the film performed better overseas than some of its more domestically-successful relatives, and has proven to be something of a cable TV and DVD favorite over the past four years. Paul Rudd, David Wain and Ken Marino are imminently reteaming for "Wanderlust," but the film's also proven a calling card for Timothy Dowling, who penned the original draft of the screenplay. The former actor has landed. »
 Though everyone knows Marilyn Monroe is Lindsay Lohan's deceased classic Hollywood legend of choice, it may be Elizabeth Taylor she'll be playing next. Lohan has entered early talks to star in the Lifetime original movie Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story, about the tempestuous, Vatican-condemned romance between Taylor and actor Richard Burton. Oh boy. I can't do better than this old quote from Slate  (via Deadline ) about the things the two had in common, so I won't try: "Both had domineering stage mothers, little semblance of a real childhood, fame from a young age, substance abuse issues, public emotional outpourings, and copious amounts of tabloid drama. The key difference, though, is that Elizabeth Taylor had a true record of achievement before she became the most notorious movie star in America." Even with those similarities, it's tough to see how casting the troubled, famously unreliable Lohan could possibly seem like a good idea. »
- Angie Han
The first three months of the year are often known as the dumping ground that follows the loaded awards season, but we here at Collider found plenty to look forward to in the releases from January to March. As part of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, Brendan, and Dave each picked their top 5 and included a brief explanation of why these movies are noteworthy, and what has us excited. All in all, we selected ten films that represent a variety of genres including drama, comedy, action, horror, sci-fi, and animation. Hit the jump for our picks, along with information on the cast and plot for each film. Matt's Picks The Grey Director: Joe Carnahan Cast: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, James Badge Dale, and Nonso Anozie Release Date: January 27 Why I'm Excited: Liam Neeson has already proven he can play a badass, and what's »
- Collider Staff
Los Angeles — Hollywood is respecting the environment and recycling – again.
The prospect of a few dozen sequels, prequels, remakes and assorted other reworkings of familiar tales might sound tiresome until you look over the guest list studios have lined up.
More Batman with "The Dark Knight Rises." More Peter Parker with "The Amazing Spider-Man." More short guys on a quest with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." More vamps and werewolves with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2." More cool sunglasses with "Men in Black 3." More Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Incredible Hulk with "The Avengers." More prehistoric pals with "Ice Age: Continental Drift." More traveling zoo animals with "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted." There's even more Curly, Larry and Moe with "The Three Stooges."
Add in three action flicks based on classic fairy tales and four 3-D reissues of major blockbusters, and 2012 might make good on Hollywood's aim to »
What a lovely way to start the day, with new images of a studious looking Emma Watson in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Stephen Chbosky not only directs the movie, but has adapted it from his own novel. It is ‘A funny and touching adventure based on a best-selling novel that has sold over a million copies in the U.S. and has been published in 16 countries and 13 languages, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a modern classic about a shy, sensitive teenager caught between trying to live his life and escape it.’
That teenager is played by Logan Lerman, who recently starred as d’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers 3D, but is best known as the titular hero in Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief. Its noteable that he is playing opposite Emma Watson, who starred in Harry Potter. Some have accused the Percy Jackson books/films of blatantly plagiarising the Potter franchise, »
- John Sharp
The big arc on this season of Parks and Recreation is the campaign of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) for city council. It has been an open question who her opponent would be. The series has secured several high profile guest stars in the past, like Patricia Clarkson, Parker Posey, and Louis Ck, so we had high hopes for the casting possibilities. Parks and Rec did not disappoint: Vulture hears that Paul Rudd will play an opposing candidate in at least one upcoming episode. Rudd reportedly shot his scenes at the end of last year, suggesting he will pop up in the next month or so. Rudd's loveable shtick is perfect for the tone of the show, and I am excited to see how he plays off the cast, especially in a political debate scenario with Wet Hot American Summer co-star Poehler. Rudd will next be seen on the big screen in Wanderlust, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Have you been shouting "Knope in 2012" since the last episode of "Parks and Recreation?" Well, we now know who will play Leslie's (Amy Poehler) political rival. Comedian Paul Rudd will be joining the show, according to Vulture.
There had been speculation that Kathryn Hahn from the doomed "Free Agents" would be facing off with Ms. Knope, but it turns out that she'll be playing an adviser to one of Leslie's rivals. Now, we're not sure exactly how many episodes Rudd will appear in, but an insider tells the site that Rudd filmed his scenes in late December, and it's possible he'll be doing more than one episode.
Rudd has three movies coming out this year including "This is 40," "Wanderlust" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." Our favorite Paul Rudd line of all time? "Oh the weather outside is ... weather," from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." What's yours? »
Leslie Knope's campaign for Panwee City Council may hit a bump in the road thanks to a new guest star. Paul Rudd will play a political opponent on an upcoming episode of "Parks and Recreation" (Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Est on NBC), according to Vulture.
The actor, who can next be seen in "Wanderlust" opposite Jennifer Aniston, will appear in at least one episode of the NBC comedy. Other upcoming guest stars include "Free Agents'" Kathryn Hahn as an adviser to one of Leslie's opponents and Carl Reiner as a powerful Pawnee elder.
In other casting news ...
- Chris Harnick
Screening of Wanderlust, starring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston! Enter for a chance to snag some passes to our North Carolina screening of Wanderlust, the latest comedy from David Wain, the director of the uproariously-funny Role Models. The film tells of a couple who leaves the pressures of the big city and joins a freewheeling community where the only rule is to be yourself. George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After George is downsized out of his job, they find themselves with only one option: to move in with George's awful brother in Atlanta »
12 items from 2012
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