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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
Chicago – Adam Scott has become familiar to audiences through his five year run as Ben Wyatt on TV’s “Parks and Recreation,” but he is also creating a presence on the big screen, with various supporting roles in big films (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) and his latest comedy, “The Overnight.”
“The Overnight” is an exaggerated and very funny truth story about marriage, sexuality and understanding the relationship to one’s self. Two couples, portrayed by Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godréche, start with a simple planned dinner party, and that gathering devolves into a substance-fueled debauchery which lasts through the night. Each individual learns a bit about themselves during the events, and Adam Scott’s character is particularly willing to participate in that change.
Photo credit: The Orchard
Scott was born in California, and after graduating from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Overnight, 2015.
Written and Directed by Patrick Brice.
Alex, Emily and their son, Rj, are new to Los Angeles. A chance meeting at the park introduces them to the mysterious Kurt, Charlotte and Max. A family “playdate” becomes increasingly interesting as the night goes on.
Coming off of a wave of excellent reviews from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The Overnight is a comedy about 21st century love, lust and prosthetics. Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) are married with a young boy who have uprooted to Los Angeles for work and the promise of a better life. Eager to meet new people, they head to a birthday party for a friend’s boy, when they meet Kurt (Jason Schwartzman), an exceedingly confident local whose open nature is somewhat off-kilter. But with their eagerness to mix it with La life, »
- Scott J. Davis
She’s Funny That Way, 2015
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
A screwball comedy featuring the interconnected personal lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway production.
They don’t make ‘em like they used. The eternal cry from many film fans across different walks of life whilst watching what new fads and trendy hip subjects have found themselves at the centre of the Hollywood Babylon. There are those who hate modern blockbusters and prefer their summer entertainment more, well, summery, while many hate the crassness of modern comedies, instead choosing to revisit the Golden Era when Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn were trading blows in the “battle of the sexes”. So its somewhat surprising to report that one of this summer’s big comedies is trying to do exactly that, »
- Scott J. Davis
Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis star as relationship phobics in the indie comedy Sleeping with Other People. The pair play Lainey and Jake, serial cheaters who reconnect twelve years after they last hooked up. Acknowledging their failure at monogamy, the two make a pact to be just friends, but their increasing attraction to one another throws a wrench into their plans to keep it out of the bedroom.
The comedy was a hit when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival with comparisons to a modern-day When Harry Met Sally… popping up in the film’s buzz. A romcom for the Tinder age, the first trailer for Sleeping with Other People shows us that sharp-witted dialogue and some heartfelt humour are in store for the cast which also includes Adam Scott, Natasha Lyonne, and Amanda Peet.
The comedy pedigree doesn’t stop with the cast. Will Ferrell is a producer »
- Rachel West
Daddy’s Home Trailer. Sean Anders and John Morris‘s Daddy’s Home (2015) movie trailer stars Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini, and Paul Scheer. Daddy’s Home‘s plot synopsis: “When a divorced guy’s ex-wife re-marries someone way more uptight, he re-enters her life and wreaks havoc.”
Mark Wahlberg has solidified himself as a viable comedic asset ever since Ted blew up the box-office. He was hysterical at various points in Boogie Nights, but that was a far more successful showcase for his dramatic chops than anything else. Bit parts in things like Date Night helped ramp up his official entry to comedy, and Ted just cemented that ability to transition in and out of it. This is now the second time Wahlberg joins Ferrell in a comedy – the two were in The Other Guys together in 2010.
Daddy’s Home reminds strongly of Step Brothers, though this time, »
- Marco Margaritoff
Daddy’s Home stars Ferrell as the stepfather to Linda Cardellini’s two young children, who just won’t accept him as being nearly as capable as their own father. Ferrell’s The Other Guys co-star Mark Wahlberg stars as the biological father whose sudden return to the children’s lives finds the two father figures competing for attention.
With Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, we obviously expect their attempts to one-up each other to be hilarious, and based on the trailer they don’t disappoint. In the war for kids’ affection, Ferrell and Wahlberg learn that pony beats out puppy, and cash beats out tickles. We can’t wait to see what other outrageous attempts are made to outdo one another.
Daddy’s Home also stars Thomas Haden Church, »
- Amanda Wood
With an eclectic collection of films, including Step Brothers, Wreck-It Ralph, Magnolia, Gangs of New York, and Chicago, under his belt, John C. Reilly has cemented himself as one of the most popular character actors and, in recent years, comic leads working today, and the Galway Film Fleadh are delighted to announce that he will the subject of their annual Public Interviews, hosted by Sean rocks and taking place at Rte One’s Arena in the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday July 12th. With an amazing number of beloved roles under his belt, it will no doubt add up to an insightful and hilarious time for all, and will be followed by a screening of cult comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. For tickets and more information, you can click here. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
This story first appeared in a special Emmy issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. From her Academy Award-winning role in Jonathan Demme's quirky 1980 drama Melvin and Howard to playing Will Ferrell's mom in 2008's Step Brothers, Mary Steenburgen has never been pigeonholed as an actor. The Arkansas native, 62, added three acclaimed TV gigs to her roster this season, all of which have placed her squarely in the primetime Emmy race for supporting actress (FX's Justified) and guest actress in a comedy (Fox's The Last Man on Earth and HBO's Togetherness). How were you cast as the scheming
- Stacey Wilson Hunt
The first trailer for Sundance Film Festival entry A Walk in the Woods has debuted online, and you can watch it below…
Based on the memoirs of Bill Bryson, Woods stars Marvel-vets Robert Redford (Captain American: Winter Soldier) and Nick Nolte (Hulk) as two old friends who team up to hike across the Appalachian Trial, across 2,100 miles. But rather than this being like Reese Witherspoon-starrer Wild, both men are in the golden age of life, and find it difficult to cope with the conditions surrounding them.
Directed by Ken Kwapis (He’s Not That Into You), A Walk in the Woods co-stars Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation), Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers) and Mary Steenburgen (Step Brothers), and opens in Us cinemas on September 2nd.
- Scott J. Davis
We’ll soon be seeing a lot more of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when the Mad Titan takes centre stage for Avengers: Infinity War, but in the meantime we’ve had to make do with his post-credits scenes in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy.
While we await his next appearance (Thor: Ragnarok?), the folks at Luma Pictures have posted a featurette which delves into the VFX work that went into bringing Thanos to life for Guardians of the Galaxy, and you can check it out here (via ComicBook)…
“Loic Zimmermann our concept designer took the most prevalent features of Josh Brolin that we thought would stand out the most and put them into who the character is underneath,” Luma Pictures VFX supervisor Vincent Cirelli tells FX Guide. “He began blending those elements. We’ve taken Josh’s eyes, »
- Gary Collinson
Box office winner and Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell (Get Hard, Anchorman 1 and 2) will star in the comedy Tom’S Dad to be directed by Oscar nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, The Hundred-foot Journey).
Principal photography on the feature film is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway.
Set in 1960s Nevada, Arthur (Ferrell) is a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship.
It was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke (The Way Back, upcoming Ben Hur) of Point Blank Productions, Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil (Hugo, Rum Diary, Dark Shadows) and Arsenal’s John Ptak (Let Me In, »
- Michelle McCue
"The D Train," out today, concerns a delusional small-town family man (Jack Black) who tries to wheedle the popular guy from his high school class (James Marsden) into attending their 20-year reunion. It's a shockingly grim movie dotted with comic moments, including one particularly tough confrontation between Black and his wife (Kathryn Hahn). We spoke with Hahn, a veteran of comedies like "Anchorman," "Step Brothers," and "Our Idiot Brother," about what it's like watching Jack Black's creepy character spiral in front of her. She also reflects on the most awe-inspiring comedian she's ever worked with. Can you guess? »
- Louis Virtel
Deadline reported on Tuesday that Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, and Brad Pitt are set to join Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei in McKay’s adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The book tells the story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
This is McKay’s first dive into large-scale drama after making a name for himself with comedy hits such as Anchorman, The Other Guys, and Step Brothers. He most recently worked with Marvel and Paul Rudd on the script for Ant-Man, which just released its second trailer, and is rumored to be on the shortlist »
- Zach Dennis
"Give me 20 minutes, and I will give you parental bliss." We're used to seeing Adam Scott in raunchy comedies like Step Brothers and Hot Tub Time Machine 2, while Jason Schwartzman is usually reserved for quirky indies. Now it looks like these two worlds will meet in The Overnight. This sex comedy that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival throws two newly acquainted couples together for what begins as a friendly, neighborly playdate between parents but turns into a weird late night sex party. This one had a lot of buzz at Sundance, but sadly I missed it, so I can't offer my own thoughts, but it looks pretty fun. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Patrick Brice's The Overnight, originally from Yahoo: The Overnight is written and directed by Patrick Brice (Creep). Alex (Adam Scott), Emily (Taylor Schilling), and their son, Rj, have recently moved to La's Eastside from Seattle. »
- Ethan Anderton
Distributors Gkids has debuted a U.S. trailer for When Marnie Was There, the latest offering from animation maestros Studio Ghibli, and we have it for you below after the official synopsis…
A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with flowing blonde hair. As the friendship unravels it is possible that Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect.
When Marnie Was There will open in the States on May 22nd, with a voice cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 2), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), Geena Davis (The Fly), Kathy Bates (Misery), Ellen Burstyn (Interstellar) and Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone).
- Gary Collinson
Of all the left-field composers out there — typically musicians who don’t follow the traditional rules of film composing — if Jon Brion isn’t at the very top, he’s very damn close. The musician, composer, producer (who has worked with folks like Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Of Montreal, Elliott Smith and more) has been tapped by filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson (“Magnolia,” “Punch Drunk Love”), Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind”), David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees”), Charlie Kaufman (“Synechdoche, New York”), Miranda July (“The Future”) and more. In recent years he’s been moving towards comedies, especially for the films of Adam McKay (“The Other Guys,” “Step Brothers”), Vince Vaughn (“The Break-Up,” “Delivery Man”) and Judd Apatow. Brion scored “Funny People,” “This Is 40,” and has also written the music for the upcoming “Trainwreck” film starring Amy Schumer. The bête noir of all film composers is temp music — the music a. »
- Edward Davis
Does Paul Rudd have what it takes to get on the hero level with Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans? We think so, no matter how big he is.In this new full-length Ant-Man trailer (no ant-sized trailers today!) we meet Scott Lang (Rudd), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) serving us Parker Posey in Best in Show haircut realness. Watch Rudd shrink down to itty-bitty, commune with the ant-kind and get into an epic battle with Corey Stoll on a Thomas the Tank Engine Train Set (we hope that scene lasts the whole length of the movie).
We have high hopes for this and know it will bring the laughs. Rudd actually wrote the movie with Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers) and there was a ton of on-set improvising. See it when it hits theaters July 17. »
- Courtney Enlow
Though time travel is a far-out concept, there are productions that give the term a whole new definition. When H.G. Wells wrote The Time Machine, would he have guessed it would give rise to a comedy about a group of middle-aged underachievers who zap back twenty-four years after spilling an energy drink on a hot tub? Doubtful. In fact he may have considered abandoning his classic tale altogether.
Yet Hot Tub Time Machine exists, and five years on its sequel has bubbled to the surface. Heavyweight lead John Cusack has been replaced by Step Brothers star Adam Scott, but aside from that the cast are present and correct. As this ragtag band of bawdy brothers slosh into cinemas with further exploits, let’s take a look back at some other offerings that took that central idea of traversing the decades and made it a whole lot stranger… »
- Steve Palace
0:00-4:00 – It’s our 5th anniversary! We reminisce a little (plus a baby-monitor cameo by Dylan)
4:00-6:00 – Lead-up to a big announcement, derailed by April Fool’s Day
6:00-12:30 – A big, exciting announcement! Really! One that affects the sitcom of our lives!
12:30-15:10 – Another announcement: the Movie B.S. Perpetual Lunch Fund
15:10-35:40 – “Furious Seven” review
35:40-49:00 – Qotw (movies that could be 7-film franchises)
1:01:00-1:02:20 – Recap and goodbye
1:02:02-1:05:55 – Bonus: the first couple minutes of our very first show
Qotw: What’s your favorite animal character (non-animated) in a movie?
Furious Seven C+ 7/10
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- Jeff Bayer
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