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“James Brown needs to think about his entire life before he plays.”
That's not how Get On Up opens, but it's close enough to the first line from 2007's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, a woefully under-appreciated comedy that should really be required viewing as a “What Not To Do” guide for anyone attempting a biopic of a musician. Alas, this film about Godfather of Soul James Brown walks into every cliché lampooned in the Apatow spoof one by one, although not necessarily in the right order.
It starts with that Cox-style pre-gig remembrance, with lines of dialogue we'll hear in the next two hours echoing around as Brown (Chadwick Boseman) walks down a long corridor to the stage. Then for mystifying reasons, we cut to 1989, to an utterly random and anecdotal »
Toronto - One of the most original interpretations of the music biopic in recent years was 2007's "I'm Not There," in which no less than six actors played different versions of Bob Dylan. Directed by Todd Haynes, the film used the different actors as a way of getting to the essential truth about an artist renowned for reinventing himself. The co-writer of that film was Oren Moverman, and now he's the co-writer of "Love & Mercy," a beautiful new movie that once again refuses to fall into the formula that hobbles so many biopics of any kind. The cliches of the genre are so pervasive that Jake Kasdan's "Walk Hard" essentially destroyed the entire form for me. Ultimately, I think the best way to approach any biopic is to pick a moment that you feel illuminates the subject in a way that allows you to narrow in, focus, and tell »
- Drew McWeeny
The average music biopic has become so riddled with cliches in recent years that the entire genre was spoofed in a parody (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) that managed to be spot-on and over the top at the same time. In Get on Up, director Tate Taylor, coming off his successful big-screen adaptation of The Help, brings together a gifted cast and crew to tell the story of "The Hardest Working Man In Show Business," but it falls into many of the traps that made the biopic format so easy to mock in the first place.
James Brown's life began in 1933 while the country was in the midst of the Great Depression. Get On Up doesn't start with his birth, but rather opts to open with a bizarre incident in the late 1980s with him running around his office in a green velour tracksuit brandishing a shotgun to determine »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Universal Pictures has released several new images for Get on Up, the James Brown biopic directed by Tate Taylor (The Help). 42 star Chadwick Boseman plays the Godfather of Soul in the film. I’m not sure what kind of role there is for these kinds of films in the post Walk Hard universe. Ever since that parody so thoroughly nailed the biopic genre the standard structure for these things has become so transparent. It could very well be that this movie breaks out of the rather constraining narrative box, though most of the elements I’ve seen don’t indicate that it will. Still, it could be a nice treat for Brown fans and the new images look handsome enough. Brown didn't live a boring life by any means, so I'm sure hitting those required bases will provide some kind of enjoyment. The film also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, »
- Evan Dickson
Jake Kasdan knows a thing or two about sex (comedies).
The young director kick-started his career under the tutelage of Judd Apatow with cult-classic "Freaks and Geeks" before moving on to direct the under-appreciated "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007) and the Cameron Diaz-starring "Bad Teacher" (2011). This summer, he reunites stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in the scantily-clad "Sex Tape" and, well, let's just say "raunchy" doesn't quite cut it.
Here's Jake Kasdan's hand-picked list of five great and sexy comedies.
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- Moviefone Staff
Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) used to love to fuck. Having hooked up in college, they would screw in her dorm, in his car, in the library stacks, even behind a tree. Ten years, two kids and one marriage later, that spark has apparently vanished, prompting the desperate couple to film a comprehensive reenactment of “The Joy of Sex” in a bid to get it back. However, this being 2014, their exploits have been filmed with an iPad and not on a video camera, allowing the file to handily vanish into the little-understood Cloud for storage. As a radio DJ, Jay has an unlikely amount of iPads at his disposal and hands them off to friends and family once he’s done with them, and as a mommy blogger, Annie is dreadfully worried that their three-hour lovemaking session might be seen by anyone they’ve given a device, including her wholesome new employer, Hank »
- William Goss
Opening this weekend is the comedy Sex Tape. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel play a married couple who film a sex tape to spice up their love life. Their video is accidentally uploaded to “the cloud,” which sends the couple through a series of hijinks to prevent everyone they know from seeing the video. Ellie Kemper, Rob Corddry, and Rob Lowe co-star in director Jake Kasdan‘s follow-up to Bad Teacher. For more on the film, watch the regular or red-band trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Jake Kasdan. After spending some time talking about Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, we talked about making Sex Tape, working with Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, the evolution of the story from script to screen, his first cut, the relatively new pattern in Hollywood of showing cooperative couples rather than combative or contradictory ones, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Jake Kasdan, you were given a gift the minute Cameron Diaz signed onto Sex Tape. Everyone can’t stop gushing over Jennifer Aniston’s Milf-y good looks, but you better believe there’s Still something about Mary when she’s wearing her birthday suit. It’s simple science; you can’t hate a movie that exploits such a voluptuous, supple tushy every chance possible, because it’d be like hating Michelangelo’s “David,” Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” or Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Double Down – true beauty can’t be denied.
But, once the overtly sexual Goddess releases you from her hypnotic stare, Sex Tape reveals itself to be nothing more than the astoundingly raunchy charade you bought a ticket hoping for. There are many erotic comedies meant to transcend sexuality and raw, carnal natures, but Kasdan’s latest only lives to poke fun at our lusty desires while making »
- Matt Donato
Don Cheadle has been working on his Miles Davis film, Miles Ahead, for so many years now that his dedication to the project is readily apparent. The film has cycled through directors and interest from studios and cable networks through its development process, but Cheadle's admirable steadfast desire to not make this a standard biopic. You know, those cradle to grave stories that are always made about famous people (think Ray and Walk The Line and then remember how fantastically that formula was skewered in Walk Hard). Instead, Miles Ahead focuses on one period of Miles Davis' life - his reemergence after five years of artistic exile, commonly known as his "silent period." Cheadle will also direct the film starring Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy Corinealdi. Head below for the first Miles Ahead image.The image comes from EW, who has an exclusive interview with Cheadle in which »
- Evan Dickson
We are a couple of weeks away from the release of Sex Tape and we now have a new clip courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, which sees Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher) give Jason Segal (How I Met Your Mother) the good news that the kids are away and they have the house to themselves.
When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… »
- Luke Owen
If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" Dp Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the Asc and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years. Academy members were a bit slower on the uptake, as you might recall. Beebe and Cameron were snubbed by the branch despite the Asc nomination. Of course, that was still a dicey time for the technology. The first feature films shot digitally were Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Sony Pictures has released the first Sex Tape clip from director Jake Kasdan’s upcoming comedy, as well as a batch of new high-resolution images from the film. The pic stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a couple who, after discovering that their three-hour intimate video has accidentally been uploaded to the cloud, set out to delete the video from the iPads of their friends and family and ensure that their reputations aren’t ruined. This new clip appears to be a scene from the “inciting incident” that leads to the aforementioned sex tape, as Segel’s character is very excited about Diaz’s sexy mobile get-up. Segel also shares screenplay credit on the film with Nicholas Stoller and Kate Angelo, which is encouraging. He and Diaz are both talented comedic actors and I’m a big fan of Kasdan’s Walk Hard, so hopefully this one delivers on »
- Adam Chitwood
Sony Pictures has released a new featurette for Sex Tape, the upcoming comedy from director Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Bad Teacher), which stars Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher, The Counselor) and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, How I Met Your Mother); check it out below…
When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… but as »
- Luke Owen
Actress and pioneer of the civil rights movement Ruby Dee died on Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91.
Ruby Dee Dies
Dee began her lengthy career on the stage, working steadily on Broadway during the 40s. She appeared in 12 shows during the decade, including South Pacific (1943), Walk Hard (1944), Arsenic and Old Lace (1946) and John Loves Mary (1946).
The Jackie Robinson Story in 1950 was Dee’s breakout film, in which she played Rae Robinson. She went on to play Ruth Younger in the A Raisin in the Sun movie, and appear in a number of other films, including Edge of the City, Gone Are the Days , The Incident and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. She received an Oscar nomination for her work in 2007’s American Gangster alongside Denzel Washington.
Dee was also a constant presence on the small screen, making appearances on a number of TV series. »
Sony Pictures has released a new UK trailer for Sex Tape, the upcoming comedy from director Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Bad Teacher), which stars Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher, The Counselor) and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, How I Met Your Mother); check it out below…
When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… but »
- Gary Collinson
Universal Pictures has released a new Get on Up trailer for director Tate Taylor’s (The Help) James Brown biopic. 42 star Chadwick Boseman tackles the role of the Godfather of Soul as the film tells the story of how Brown went from an impoverished child to one of the most popular recording artists of all time. The film still doesn’t look like it brings anything new to the cradle-to-grave biopic genre, and I can’t help but think of Walk Hard when seeing all the familiar tropes on display. That said, Taylor has assembled a rather talented group of actors to bring Brown’s story to life and Boseman feels comfortable in the lead, so hopefully there’s more to the finished film. Hit the jump to watch the new Get on Up trailer. The film also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, »
- Adam Chitwood
Watch Elvis Presley Sing 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' in 1972
Warner Bros., who are behind the project, had no official comment, though the studio and producers have been in talks with Luhrmann for several weeks now. Sweetening the deal, Warner Bros. has reportedly scored the rights to the King of Rock and Roll's massive catalogue of music.
Details about the movie, however, are scarce. Marcel's script is completely »
Put on your headphones for this one, folks.
It's been a minute since Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel starred in "Bad Teacher" together. They've reunited for the dark comedy "Sex Tape," and it feels so... good? Annie and Jay are a bored married couple looking to rekindle that special spark of sexy sexiness, so obviously they dress up and record themselves doing the dirty. Except, being the digital age and all, they use an iPad. Jay is sort of a schmuck and accidentally uploads it to the cloud -- the cloud is, as he says, "a f-king mystery," which we'll allow as a plausible excuse -- which means that all the people they gave iPads to can now access their video.
Is this the equivalent of being that person who holds up a giant iPad to take a photo in public? Because that's really embarrassing. Also, isn't the title a misnomer, »
- Jenni Miller
Trailer Simon Brew 1 Apr 2014 - 06:25
Once upon a time, the upcoming comedy Sex Tape was one of the movies slated to open against the adaptation of 50 Shades Of Grey. However, the team behind the adaptation of E L James' novel clearly blinked first when faced with the might of Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz.
It certainly could be fun this one. Jake Kasdan is behind the camera (having previously directed Zero Effect, Bad Teacher and Walk Hard), and we've got a red band trailer for the film here. As such, you're only allowed to watch this if you don't mind a little bit of rudeness, and a drug reference. Don't say we didn't warn you...
Sex Tape arrives in UK cinemas in September, following its UK bow in July.
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Sony Pictures has released the first red-band trailer for director Jake Kasdan's (Bad Teacher) comedy Sex Tape. The film stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a couple who, after discovering that their three-hour intimate video has accidentally been uploaded to the cloud, set out to delete the video from the iPads of their friends and family and ensure that their reputations aren't ruined. Segel and Diaz look to have solid chemistry as the lead comedic duo, and it's promising to see that the film isn't shying away from its R-rating. There are a few comedic tropes glimpsed in this trailer that are well-worn territory, but Kasdan certainly has the capacity to go the unexpected route (see: Walk Hard), so hopefully Sex Tape avoids delving into too many cliches. Hit the jump to watch the debut trailer. The film also stars Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, and Rob Lowe. Sex Tape opens on July 25th. »
- Adam Chitwood
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