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Unfinished Business, coming to UK cinemas 6th March, staring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, and Sienna Miller, follows the story of a businessman (Vaughn) and his two employees (Franco and Wilkinson) who travel to Berlin, Germany to close the biggest business deal of their lives. However, things don’t go to plan when they bump into their competitor (Miller) who used to be Vaughn’s boss. What follows is a series of embarrassing and awkward twists that’ll keep you entertained throughout, including a brief stop in at a bondage festival and being caught in the middle of a violent city protest.
To celebrate the release of Unfinished Business we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 awkward moments in film. Check them out below:
There’s Something About Mary – Zipper Scene
Possibly the most awkward and graphic scene in cinema history, Ben Stiller gave a new meaning to »
- Phil Wheat
To pull a successful and entertaining con in a movie is to walk a fine line between feeling sensational and realistic. You want to give the audience a sense of magic and illusion while still making them say, “Well, that could happen.” It’s perfectly acceptable not to let us in on the con, but the con shouldn’t be on the audience. When all is finally revealed, I should think that was clever, not cheap.
There was hardly a moment where I cracked a smile or even a smirk during the entirety of Focus – a film that seems to think it can get by on style as opposed to smarts. Fashionable clothes, luxurious cars, and exotic locales can’t help this sorry attempt for a con film. Focus doesn’t have an ounce of charm or charisma beneath all the flash and glamour, which is a great shame considering the talent involved. »
- Michael Haffner
The return of Pee-wee Herman has been officially confirmed by Netflix.
Pee-wee's Big Holiday will see comedian Paul Reubens reprise his role of the childish title character.
The feature film follows Pee-wee as he takes his first ever holiday after a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: "We didn't hesitate for a moment knowing that Pee-wee's Big Holiday was such a passion project for Paul and Judd, and we are delighted by the opportunity to introduce such a beloved character to a new generation.
"We are thrilled to bring our viewers around the world the wonder of Pee-wee Herman."
Apatow added: "As a fan of »
Superbad/Paul director Greg Mottola has been busy putting together the pieces for his latest comedy, Keeping Up With The Joneses, since at least last March. With Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher all aboard, he wants to add Gal Gadot to the list.Mottola's film, written by Michael LeSieur, finds a settled yet bored couple discovering that their new suburban neighbours might be more than they appear on first glimpse. Could they be criminals? Or spies? Or both? Or neither? Or something else entirely? Are we trapped asking questions at this point? Possibly?Not much is known about the roles the various actors will play yet, though we’re guessing at Galifianakis and Fisher as the first couple, with Hamm and Gadot as the second. That, of course, assumes that Gadot’s talks work out – she’s got a busy schedule with her Wonder Woman duties and other films, »
It.s hard to imagine a time before Emma Stone existed in film. But, before 2007, the actress had barely touched any segment of the entertainment industry. After her first appearance on TV as a 16-year-old on In Search of the Partridge Family, Stone then went on to make appearances in a few shows including one particularly angsty role in Lucky Louie and then in 2007 she took the big screen as Jules in Superbad and the magic began. Now, the 26-year-old actress has shown off her chops in an array of genres, and is currently up for her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the film, Birdman. In less than eight years, Stone went from quirky teen playing a minor role in a comedy blockbuster to critically-acclaimed actress, with award nominations and even a run on Broadway as the leading role in Cabaret. Her career may only just »
This year's Best Supporting Actress race has pretty much been settled since the equivalent honor was handed out at the BAFTA Awards earlier this month, but indulge as we pay tribute to some of the other nominees will you? In any other year Emma Stone might be Oscar night's upset special. A talented ingenue who has delighted audiences and the industry for a number of years with great roles in "The Help," "Superbad" and "Easy A," she's the sort of contender the Academy usually wants to anoint on Oscar night. In "Birdman" she gives an underrated turn (yes, we realize that it sounds ridiculous to call an Academy Award nominee "underrated") as a daughter who sill hasn't figured herself out, but has enough street smarts to realize her father may be in a very strange place. If there is any sort of upset Sunday night, Stone would be a part of it. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Judd Apatow, whether writing, directing, or both, is someone that, at the very least, lets you know what you’re getting yourself into. If you like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up, you probably know where you are when This Is 40 hits.
The comedienne, and creator/star of Inside Amy Schumer is one of the funniest people working today, and those who are familiar with her work will know that this is the sort of story she ought to be able to knock out of the park… sort of.
Of course, the film may cause some people difficulty, when it comes to figuring out their expectations, because I love Amy Schumer, but I hate pretty much everything Judd Apatow has had any connection to.
It always makes »
- Marc Eastman
Making a comedy that gets recognized by the Oscars is an almost impossible pursuit. Best Picture nominees that are comedies are few and far between, let alone winners. Still, there are some filmmakers who traffic in laughs and you really feel can make a mark with the Academy. Judd Apatow is one of them. He had a few brushes with awards attention early in his directorial career, but his recent efforts haven’t done much for voters, even as the material has been baitier and baitier. Will a return to simplicity with his Amy Schumer vehicle Trainwreck be the cure? We shall see, but it looks hilarious, if nothing else. When Apatow moved from producing and writing to also directing, he burst on the scene with The 40 Year Old Virgin. Teamed up with now Academy Award nominee Steve Carell, they crafted an uproarious sex comedy that also managed to have a ton of heart. »
- Joey Magidson
Since the release of mid-life crisis drama This Is 40, acclaimed director Judd Apatow has switched gears to focus on producing, dabbling in a variety of projects including Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Begin Again, not to mention HBO’s award-winning series, Girls. Now, the filmmaker will step back behind the camera once more for his upcoming all-new comedy Trainwreck, which today revealed its first trailer.
Starring stand-up comedian Amy Schumer – who also helped with script duties – opposite Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall star Bill Hader, the film will orbit around Schumer’s protagonist as a woman who struggles to sustain a relationship with a significant other beyond the clichéd one night stand. But when she is given the opportunity to produce a feature piece on a sports doctor (Hader), she soon finds that her once-concrete attitude about men is beginning to chip away and that monogamy, despite what she has been told, »
- Michael Briers
Universal has dropped the first trailer for Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, the upcoming film starring Amy Schumer as a woman whose lived her life believing monogamy isn't realistic, but when she begins to fall in love she begins to wonder if it's time to re-evaluate her stance. The pic is Apatow's first behind the camera since 2012's This is 40 and along with Schumer, Trainwreck co-stars Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Tilda Swinton and LeBron James. Set for release on July 17, check out the red and green band trailers below along with the poster and a much longer synopsis. Green Band Trailer sb id="1449551" height="360" width="640" Red Band Trailer sb id="1449839" height="360" width="640" No contemporary filmmaker has chronicled the messy human experience with the eye and ear of a comedic cultural anthropologist like Judd Apatow. Hits as varied as those he's directed, like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, »
- Brad Brevet
Universal has dropped the first trailer for Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, the upcoming film starring Amy Schumer as a woman whose lived her life believing monogamy isn't realistic, but when she begins to fall in love she begins to wonder if it's time to re-evaluate her stance. The pic is Apatow's first behind the camera since 2012's This is 40 and along with Schumer, Trainwreck co-stars Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Tilda Swinton and LeBron James. Set for release on July 17, check out the trailer and the much longer synopsis below. sb id="1449551" height="360" width="640" No contemporary filmmaker has chronicled the messy human experience with the eye and ear of a comedic cultural anthropologist like Judd Apatow. Hits as varied as those he's directed, like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and those he's produced, like Superbad and Bridesmaids, are all unified by their honest, unflinching, comic »
- Brad Brevet
The news that Amy Pascal will step down as chairwoman of Sony Pictures is not shocking. In fact, it was expected.* This is how Hollywood works. You spend years running a studio or acting as president of production and then something goes wrong and you segue to a “producing” deal. That’s the way it’s been for almost 30 years and that’s the way it will be for the foreseeable future. Surviving any controversy, even one outside of your own control, is simply impossible. *Although forgive our surprise this wasn’t left to a late Friday afternoon announcement to quell reaction from the cable news talking heads. Pascal’s fate was sealed when numerous E-mail conversations she was a part of were leaked after a massive security breach credited to North Korean hackers took place on Nov. 24. Her E-mail exchange with producer Scott Rudin about the President of the »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Interview, 2014
Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show “Skylark Tonight.” When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.
Back in 1994, it was announced that Guns N’ Roses were working on a new album, the first with all-new material since 1991’s simultaneous release of Appetite for Destruction I & II. And as the years dragged by and members came and went, the hype and anticipation for Chinese Democracy only grew and grew. When it was released some 16 years later in 2008, the album was met with a tepid reaction. Chinese Democracy wasn’t terrible, but the problem was that it took too long to come out. »
- Luke Owen
Though you may not know him by name, Martin Starr has been around for a little while. The young actor has been around for awhile, making his breakthrough in "Freaks and Geeks" and landing pivotal supporting roles in Knocked Up, Superbad, Adventureland and more recent TV shows like "Party Down" and "Silicon Valley." But now Starr is ready to take the lead role in Amira & Sam, in which he plays an Army veteran trying to get used to civilian life in New York City. But it's not just another Ptsd drama as he strikes up a friendship with a soldier friend's niece (Dina Shihabi) and tries to keep her safe from immigration trouble. Here's the first trailer for Sean Mullin's Amira & Sam from Drafthouse Films: Amira & Sam is written and directed by Sean Mullin, making his feature debut. Sam (Martin Starr), an army veteran adapting back to civilian life after a lengthy tour overseas. »
- Ethan Anderton
Four days in, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope is the best film I’ve seen so far at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. A coming of age story for the “post hip hop generation” best described as a mix of three films: Doug Liman’s Go, Greg Mottola’s Superbad and John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood. I’m posting this review […]
- Peter Sciretta
Over the past decade, we've seen the rise of the bromance, mostly popularized by Seth Rogen and James Franco with films like Pineapple Express and The Interview, or even Jonah Hill with Michael Cera and Channing Tatum in Superbad and 21 Jump Street repectively. But the new indie The D-Train starring Jack Black and James Marsden takes the bromantic comedy to a whole new level, and it makes for an absolutely hilarious and wild ride. If you want to keep aspects of this comedy in the dark (which I recommend), then stop reading after the fourth paragraph and then just come back for the final paragraph. Dan Landsman (Black) is one of those guys who just tries too hard, and it really gets on the nerves of most people, especially those on the high school alumni committee who are having trouble rounding up people to attend the 20-year reunion. Dan keeps giving himself nicknames like D-Fresh, »
- Ethan Anderton
A playwright, screenwriter, poet and essayist, he was an adjunct professor of Screenwriting at Columbia University's School of the Arts and Barnard College, as well as Nyu's Tisch School of the Arts. Among his former students are James Mangold ("Girl Interrupted," "Walk the Line") and Greg Mottola ("Superbad," "Adventureland"). After receiving his Mfa from the Yale School of Drama in 1982, Gallo met Huston, who was impressed by his adaptation of Malcolm Lowry's novel, and made the film version. Starring Albert Finney and Jacqueline Bisset, it was released in 1984 and was a selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Gallo wrote over a dozen feature screenplays, and had four others produced. Among them was an adaptation, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Part I, which American Playhouse broadcast in 1986; its cast included Lillian Gish and Geraldine Page. Born February 16, 1955 in New Orleans, Louisiana, »
- Annette Insdorf
Emma Stone doesn’t appear to have beef with Sony following the cyber-attacks on the film studio that has revealed hundreds of personal documents and emails exchanged between its top executives. Stone, who has worked with Sony on more than half a dozen films that include, says that the studio has always been good to the award winning actress. “I did Superbad when I was 17. I remember going to Matt Tolmach’s office when he was a studio executive and I met him when Judd (Apatow) wanted to cast me,” Stone told Deadline. “Then several years later, Tolmach was the producer on Amazing Spider-Man and was no longer working with the [ Read More ]
- Sarah Anne Luoma
By Anjelica Oswald
The nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were announced this morning live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills in a two-part announcement. Joining some Oscar veterans, such as Meryl Streep, Marion Cotillard and Wes Anderson, are a number of first-time Oscar nominees. Of the five nominees for actor in a lead role, only Bradley Cooper has been nominated before. Two actresses in a lead role and two actresses in a supporting role are newcomers and one director and one supporting actor have never been nominated before. First-time Oscar nominees include:
Morten Tyldum — Achievement in directing
The Norwegian filmmaker who helmed The Imitation Game earned a spot in the top five for best director. He was also nominated for a Hollywood Film Award. The film received eight nominations, including best picture. His film was also recognized by the Human Rights Campaign “for bringing the »
- Anjelica Oswald
From the writers of Superbad and Pineapple Express, and the directors of This Is the End, the new film The Interview arrives on "Freedom Edition" collectible Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 17. The action-comedy stars Academy Award nominee James Franco (Best Actor, 127 Hours, 2010) as a celebrity talk show host and Seth Rogen (Neighbors) as his producer longing to make the jump to serious news. After snagging an exclusive in-person interview with North Korea's Kim Jong-un (Randall Park, Fresh Off the Boat), the unlikely pair are recruited by a covert CIA agent (Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex) to embark on a mission to take out the reclusive dictator.
The "Freedom Edition" Blu-ray disc comes packed with 90 minutes of bonus feature content, including 14 deleted scenes, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, a seven-minute blooper reel that shows the outrageous gags and goofs from the set, as well as three "line-o-ramas" (where cast shot several alternate takes of »
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