11 items from 2015
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 »
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 »
- Michelle McCue
Judd Apatow continued to vocalize his disapproval of Bill Cosby -- who has numerous sexual assault allegations against him -- in a conversation on Marc Maron's Wtf podcast. Just like his Twitter rants, the Superbad producer doesn't hold back when getting into what he thinks The Cosby Show star deserves.
"I absolutely would like to see him in jail," he told Maron. "That’s where people who commit sexual assaults go."
News: Bill Cosby's Accusers -- A Timeline of Alleged Sexual Assault Claims
Cosby has never been criminally charged for any of these allegations and has universally denied all claims.
Apatow admitted that one reason he's calling out the sexual assault claims against the comedian so often is because he thinks not enough celebrities are doing so in Hollywood. "If everybody was talking about it, I probably wouldn't have much to say about it," he said. "But I don’t want it to suddenly disappear »
Judd Apatow, the reigning bro-man-king of Hollywood comedy, has ushered in a wave of some of our most gifted and ubiquitous comic actors. He’s arguably made careers for the likes of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Lena Dunham, but once upon a time, Judd was just like you and me. Okay, not really, but the comedic poet of male regression behind “Knocked Up,” “Superbad,” “Girls” and more was once a young and hungry screenwriter who churned out specs in hopes of breaking into television. One of the shows young Apatow aspired to write for was “The Simpsons," not surprisingly, and now two decades later, Fox has announced their plans to air Apatow’s once-rejected 'Simpsons' script from 1990. Actually, this is not Apatow’s first contribution to the world of “The Simpsons”: he just recently played a smarmy version of himself on the show (alongside frequent collaborators Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd) and, »
- Nicholas Laskin
The Interview is a movie doomed to collapse under the weight of all the external nonsense forced upon it. It is not a movie worth being called an act of war. It is not a movie worthy of being the standard bearer for free speech against real or imagined tyranny. It’s not a movie worth the total public embarrassment of Sony Pictures. It’s just a stupid comedy. I don’t even mean “stupid” pejoratively here, it is in the same grand tradition of stupid comedies that has brought us movies like There’s Something About Mary and Caddyshack. Both movies I like a great deal, neither of them worth an international incident.
- Arthur Tebbel
11 items from 2015
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