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Normally, I'm not one to brag, but I would like to say right off the bat, I think I did pretty well with my must-see list last month. Of my five official picks -- Spy, Jurassic World, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Dope and Inside Out -- the closest I got to suggesting you see a movie people generally didn't like was Jurassic World, which has broken all sorts of box office records and sits at a "fresh" 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not that box office results or Rotten Tomatoes are the ultimate barometers of quality, but I have to base this off something, rightc Personally I didn't much care for the new Jurassic film aside from a few scenes of enormous spectacle, but others found plenty to like in it. I also ended up seeing Dope twice -- that one might be my favorite movie so far this »
- Jordan Benesh
We would all like to be in better shape, I’m thinking. Even people who work out every day always seem to want to do more to be healthier, to get into better physical condition. And goodness knows obesity and sedentary lifestyles seem to be the norm for a great many people in this country. I have to count myself among the out of shape but wanting to do something about it. I have gained and lost the same 40 or 50 pounds so many times in my life it’s now difficult to lose that weight and keep it off. I have a gym membership but rarely use it and can’t seem to find the time to get back to the gym on a regular basis.
Maybe I should get a personal trainer? Which leads me to Results, a remarkable and good hearted movie about personal trainers, a new client »
- Sam Moffitt
Note: This review was originally published during Sundance, in January 2015. 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 […]
- Peter Sciretta
Bill Hader has yet to make a bad move. After crushing Saturday Night Live for years, he started with small parts in memorable movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad, Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3. He graduated to lead voice work with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, then went against type in the dramatic The Skeleton Twins. Later […]
- Germain Lussier
What’s meant to be a simple home robbery goes wrong in every conceivable way in Adam Schindler’s Shut In, an intense horror thriller that cleverly plays with the traditional ideas of cinematic heroes and villains and features a breakout performance from Beth Riesgraf, who does a brilliant job with her quietly heartbreaking performance that often seamlessly teeters between total naiveté and blistering madness. As far as home invasion stories go, Shut In does a nice job of mixing things up a bit by taking a few familiar genre tropes and giving them a brutal twist. You’re left wondering who should be afraid of who by the time the finale rolls around.
Shut In is centered around Anna (Riesgraf), an agoraphobic who hasn’t left her home in over a decade and has been tasked with caring for her older brother, who is succumbing to cancer. After he passes, »
- Heather Wixson
Emma Stone's overcome a lot to get to where she is today! The "Birdman" star covers the July/August issue of WSJ magazine, where she opens up about dealing with anxiety and reveals how the Sony Pictures email hack affected her personal relationships. While it sounds like 26-year-old has outgrown her anxious tendencies, Stone says she regularly had panic attacks while growing up. "It was really bad. The first time I had a panic attack I was sitting in my friend’s house, and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mom and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just would not stop," the red-headed beauty tells the mag. "I would go to the nurse at lunch most days and just wring my hands. I would ask my mom to tell me exactly how the day was going to be, then ask again 30 seconds later, »
- tooFab Staff
Judging by her next TV gig, Demi Lovato can now add “official badass” to her small-screen resume.
The singer-actress will guest-star on Season 2 of El Rey Network’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, the cabler announced Tuesday.
No details about Lovato’s character are available, but she will appear in the final episode of Dusk‘s 10-episode sophomore season.
Lovato shared an Instagram photo alongside director Robert Rodriguez while filming in Austin, Texas — and if her all-black ensemble is any indication, Lovato’s character is not to be messed with. »
Iliza Shlesinger, the Season 6 winner of “Last Comic Standing,” has been tapped to host TBS’s upcoming “Separation Anxiety,” which is being billed as “a comedic, relationship-based game show featuring a unique twist that isn’t revealed to contestants until after they’ve played the game.” The series which has received a 14-episode order and will premiere in late 2015, is produced by 5×5 Media and Electus, which also produce “King of the Nerds” for TBS. 5×5’s Craig Armstrong, whose credits include “Survivor” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” is executive producing, along with Rick Ringbakk and Charles Wachter of 5×5 and Chris »
- Tim Kenneally
Iliza Shlesinger (Excused, Last Comic Standing) has been tapped to host upcoming TBS series Separation Anxiety, described as a comedic, relationship-based game show with a unique twist. TBS has ordered 14 one-hour episodes, with plans to launch the show in late 2015. The series, announced in May during Turner’s upfront presentation in New York, is being produced by 5×5 Media and Electus. “What makes Separation Anxiety such a fun, unique game show is the way it puts… »
Emma Stone is one of the most delightful and adored ladies in show business, so it's no surprise that she's currently making Bradley Cooper fall in love with her in "Aloha." She's made us laugh in movies like "Easy A" and "Superbad" and wowed us with her dramatic acting chops in movies like "The Help" and "Birdman." What can't she do?
From the quirky way she convinced her parents to let her act to who she taught to text, here are the 13 things you probably didn't know about Emma Stone.
[Source: IMDb, MTV, Nylon] »
- Rachel Horner
Into the noisy chaos of summertime at the multiplex, offering a quiet diversion from the super-heroes and natural disasters, is a gentle comedy/drama/romance aimed at a most neglected movie audience: the seniors. Or, the Aarp crowd, if you will. Their favored flicks usually arrive in the later part of the year (for Oscar noms), or in the early Spring/late Winter. The studio execs are often stunned when this demographic embraces a film. Such was the case with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which even inspired a recent sequel in addition to several Us mature pairings like And So It Goes. And in TV-land, those “Golden Girls” continue their popularity in endless reruns. This new film zeroes in on one such “golden gal” (well, she does have three BFFs) and provides a veteran actress of stage, screen, and TV with the role of a lifetime as the main »
- Jim Batts
It definitely looks like things are back on! Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield hit up a concert together at the Troubadour in Hollywood, California on Wednesday. The on-again-off-again couple kept a low-profile at the venue, where the "Spiderman" hunk even pulled the car around for the "Superbad" actress, so she didn't have to deal with all the paparazzi before driving off. How sweet, right? It's great to see that Emma and Andrew have reconciled after their brief split earlier this year. Garfield has been busy filming Martin Scorsese's latest drama, "Silence," on location in Taiwan ... and it sounds like the whole long-distance thing strained their relationship. "He's thrown himself in the project to the detriment of all else," a source told People about their break in April. "But it's too early to say the relationship is over." It's pretty safe to say that Stone and Garfield have rekindled, though »
- tooFab Staff
It's happening, people! Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's classic graphic novel series, Preacher, is officially underway under the direction of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the duo behind Pineapple Express and the script for Superbad. Rogen took to Twitter to announce the news, offering a shot of a filled-out clapperboard with Preacher graphics adorning it. It's great news for one of the most highly anticipated television events currently in production, and there's the added benefit of a second, more minor reveal concerning the forthcoming pilot, as the "Camera" line notes that the great cinematographer Bill Pope will be shooting the pilot for Rogen and Goldberg. [caption id="attachment_427863" align="alignright" width="247"] Image via Vertigo/DC[/caption] For those who don't know the name, Pope has been one of the most inventive and distinct directors of photography to work regularly in Hollywood over the last three decades or so. He shoots regularly for Sam Raimi, Edgar Wright, »
- Chris Cabin
Michael Liu has landed a fun supporting role in Greg Mottola’s upcoming Fox 2000 comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses,” which stars Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot, TheWrap has learned. Story follows a suburban couple who discover their picture-perfect new neighbors are actually undercover spies. Galifianakis and Fisher play the couple, while Hamm plays one of the spy neighbors. Liu will play Yang, an engineer who clashes with a co-worker at American Dynamics, which prompts a meeting with Galifianakis’ character. Also Read: Sarah Silverman to Star on New HBO Comedy Pilot Mottola, who’s best known for “Superbad” and “Adventureland, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Jeff Sneider
While David Krumholtz’s most prominent television role to date has been in the CBS show Numb3rs, the performer has also displayed an adeptness in comedic roles, from movies such as Superbad to guest appearances on Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 and The League, as well as a leading role in the short-lived sitcom Partners. Krumholtz’s next project will see him dive into comedic waters once again, as IFC has given a straight-to-series order for his new show, titled Gigi’s Bucket List.
The first season will consist of eight episodes, each episode being half an hour long, and will make its premiere on IFC later in the year. Krumholtz is slated to play the titular character, a 76 year old woman named Gertrude Rotblum, aka Gigi, who comes across a secret stash of millions and decides to use it to gain experiences she missedo out on previously. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Crazy, Stupid, Love, Match? Emma Stone and Steve Carell are attached to star in Fox Searchlight’s Battle of the Sexes, which will portray the famed match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Stone will play King, the No. 2 ranked female tennis player in 1973 when she, at 29, was challenged by and bested 55-year-old Wimbledon great Riggs (Carell), who came out of retirement for the match.
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the team behind Little Miss Sunshine, will direct from a long-gestating script by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). The scribe has been working with King on the screenplay (Riggs passed away in 1995), which is expected to be comedic but still address important political issues. Danny Boyle will produce.
This is one of three competing projects about the match between King and Riggs, though it’s currently predicted to be the first in front of cameras. HBO is working on an »
- Isaac Feldberg
With the white collar around his neck, you might think he's a man who follows God's word, but when he's melded with the otherworldly entity known as Genesis and God abandons his throne, Jesse focuses his attention on hunting down the big guy from upstairs. Since its first publication run from 1995 – 2000, readers have embraced the dark humor, thought-provoking writing, and visceral violence of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher comic book series, and with AMC's Preacher series pilot, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin are looking to bring that paneled page magic to the small screen. Following the casting of numerous key supporting characters, the lead role of Jesse Custer has been cast.
Seth Rogen announced via Twitter today that Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dracula Untold) has been cast in the lead role of Jesse Custer in AMC's Preacher series pilot. »
- Derek Anderson
Keeping Up With the Joneses follows a suburban couple who become suspicious of their new extremely attractive neighbors, who they later discover to be undercover agents. According to THR, Monroe and Walsh will play one of the couples already living in the neighborhood.
Walsh and Monroe join a comically charged cast including Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot. Both actors, who already have strong comedy backgrounds, will be sure to bring a nice dynamic to the set as a neighboring couple. Monroe has worked on shows ranging from Key and Peele to Modern Family, Robot Chicken to Workaholics while Walsh has worked on films like The Hangover & Hits and shows like Upright Citizens Brigade, Reno 911! and most recently HBO’s Veep. »
- William Fanelli
Allison Jones, favorite casting director of Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, is the subject of Stephen Rodrick's profile in the April 6 issue of The New Yorker — just ahead of Feig's new Yahoo sci-fi comedy, Other Space, which Jones cast. Jones has been at the forefront of comedy's new "dude humor" wave (as the piece describes it), assembling all-star casts for Freaks and Geeks (for which she won an Emmy), The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Office, and many of the best comedies on TV and film of the last decade. In her new profile, she reveals some behind-the-scenes facts spanning her entire 30-plus-year career. 1. Christopher Mintz-Plasse won his role in Superbad by sending in a camera-phone head shot. "She called the director, Greg Mottola, and excitedly said, 'I think I found McLovin; he’s like Dill from To Kill a Mockingbird.' Jones told me, 'You could tell he was a »
- Dee Lockett
Steven Spielberg’s filmic slate has become a hot spot of conversation in recent weeks. His mysterious Tom Hanks-starring Cold War epic finally announced its title to the world, and days ago news dropped that the iconic filmmaker had snagged his next project. Reports indicate that the helmer is set to direct Ernie Cline’s pop. culture heavy sci-fi gem Ready Player One. The subsequent reaction nearly broke the Internet, and did raise a few questions. Namely, what about The Bfg?
Don’t worry, because Mr. Spielberg hasn’t forgotten about the Roald Dahl classic he’s been developing for years in cahoots with E.T. cohort Melissa Mathison. Nope, that animated caper is ramping up casting, as today brings news that Superbad funnyman Bill Hader has boarded.
- Gem Seddon
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