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PSA Sunday: Pee-Wee Herman Discusses the Pitfalls of Crack Cocaine

25 December 2011 11:07 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

While most PSA’s nab intimidating or influential celebrities in order to better deter youngsters from dangerous activities, Pee-Wee Herman is not the first name that comes to mind when thinking of people who would keep kids off drugs.  However, that’s exactly what he’s doing in this vintage PSA about the dangers of crack.  It’s eerily reminiscent of Tim Meadows’ character in Walk Hard, and I half expected Herman to end with “You don’t want no part of this shit!”  The piece also takes place in a dark room with spotlights, so you know Pee-Wee’s super serious.  Hit the jump to learn a lesson and click here for more PSA Sundays. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Movies that suck: an obsession

22 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The compulsion to see movies you have already been warned to avoid is the central wiring defect in the male moviegoer's psyche

My son and I always go to see action movies together, usually on the night they come out. This is partly because of a psychological imperative known as the Scarface Protocol, a powerful directive governing the relationship between fathers and sons, stipulating that all action movies must be seen, even if they star Jake Gyllenhaal. But it is also because there are never very many movies worth seeing in the first place, and even the worst action movie is going to be more entertaining than watching Adam Sandler.

Last week, my son was out of town with some friends who wanted to see a new action movie. I will not disclose the name of the film, because I do not want to spoil things for everyone else. I »

- Joe Queenan

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Bad Teacher: Unrated Edition DVD Review

12 November 2011 8:12 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A box office blessing while being critically commonplace, Columbia PicturesBad Teacher was recently released on DVD and Blu-ray. The Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) picture, starring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake, follows foul-mouthed, gold-digging middle school teacher Elizabeth Halsey (Diaz) in her quest to raise funds for a boob job in hopes of landing a wealthy suitor. That’s about as deep as the film’s plot gets as half-hearted attempts at character development suffer from poor editing and disjointed pacing. Collider’s Matt Goldberg has praised the film’s humor while our Bill Graham pointed out its flaws in his review. Hit the jump to see where I stand and for a look at what you can expect on the DVD. Before I get into my review, here’s a basic summary of the plot of Bad Teacher: Unrated Edition. [Spoilers] When the film opens, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Jake Gyllenhaal In Talks for ‘The Way, Way Back,’ From ‘The Descendants’ Writers

11 November 2011 10:18 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Four years before The Descendants hit theaters, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (the latter is best known for playing Dean Pelton on Community) collaborated on The Way Back, a coming-of-age story that didn’t actually involve an epic journey from Russia to India. Paul Young soon picked it up for Fox Searchlight, and Shawn Levy was getting ready to helm the project. To put it in simpler terms: it was looking good. Problem is, this was 2007, and the WGA strike ended up screwing the project’s future for a little while.

Now, in 2011, it’s reported by Variety that producer Kevin Walsh has acquired the rights to the screenplay, now titled The Way, Way Back. (There is no way in hell Peter Weir‘s film didn’t lead to that slightly extended title.) In some cases, a producer getting their hands on a script might only mean that it’s »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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‘Bad Teacher’ Director Jake Kasdan Teaming With Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky on New Comedy

19 October 2011 3:32 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Coming off of this summer’s Bad Teacher, Sony is planning to recreate that success with the main creative team. Not a sequel to the Cameron Diaz starrer, but a new project that Deadline says will be directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky.

As they sum it up, “[a]fter a Supercuts manager advises his best friend to break off his engagement, he unexpectedly falls in love with the jilted fiancee, testing both his new romance and his friendship.” Sounds like a humorous enough premise, yet we weren’t fond of Bad Teacher, and the only other feature credit for the screenwriting team is Year One, a movie that nobody liked. To make matters worse, they’ve also been working away on draft after draft of Ghostbusters III, one of the quintessential “please don’t make it” films.

But let’s be a little positive; Kasdan has been behind Orange County, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Exclusive: Jake Kasdan Talks Bad Teacher Blu-ray

19 October 2011 2:17 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jake Kasan directs Cameron Diaz in the hilarious comedy Bad Teacher, in stores this week

Bad Teacher Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, Blu-ray, and DVD are available in stores now. Jake Kasdan directs this hilarious hit comedy starring Cameron Diaz as Elizabeth, a drunk and disorderly educator hoping to land the sugar daddy of her dreams.

We recently caught up with Jake Kasdan to chat about this release, wet spots, and his hit series New Girl. Check out our conversation below.

Out of all the teacher movies made in the past couple of decades, Bad Teacher reminds me most of 1984's Teachers, with Nick Nolte. Why was that left off Elizabeth's personal collection of Educator-based VHS tapes that she uses for her curriculum?

Jake Kasdan: Part of it was...We wanted to look at the most ridiculous things she could be showing in class. Which is a slightly different criteria. »

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DVD: DVD: DVDs In Brief: October 19, 2011

18 October 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

After flopping commercially with the stellar cult favorites Zero Effect, The TV Set, and Walk Hard, director Jake Kasdan finally scored a big commercial hit with Bad Teacher (Sony), a ribald, hard-r-rated comedy distinguished by Cameron Diaz’s fearlessly committed performance as a proudly amoral gold-digger who sets her sights on exquisitely milquetoast new co-worker Justin Timberlake. It’s just too bad the filmmakers couldn’t think of anything for love interest Jason Segel to do beyond standing on the sidelines looking/being adorable… Actor Michael Rapaport made an unexpectedly moving directorial debut with Beats Rhymes & Life (Sony), a documentary »

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Exclusive: Phyllis Smith Talks Bad Teacher Blu-ray

17 October 2011 6:10 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Phyllis Smith stars alongside Cameron Diaz in the hilarious comedy Bad Teacher, in stores October 18th

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD October 18th is director Jake Kasdan's hilarious summer comedy Bad Teacher, which stars Cameron Diaz as Elizabeth, a drunk and disorderly educator hoping to land the sugar daddy of her dreams. Appearing alongside Cameron Diaz is The Office's lovely Phyllis Smith, who plays an earnest, kindhearted fellow high school instructor that gets seduced by the wicked ways of the Bad Teacher.

We recently caught up with Phyllis to chat about her role in the movie, the fact that she has not yet seen the unrated director's cut, and her continuing role on Season 8 of The Office. She also let us in on her road to stardom as a comedic actress. Check out our conversation below.

When Bad Teacher hit theatrically, a lot of people felt Cameron Diaz »

- MovieWeb

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Blu-Ray Review: Excellent ‘Terri’ Defies Genre Expectations

14 October 2011 1:33 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Most movies about awkward teens feel like they’re mocking them as much as embracing them. I’m exhausted by the subgenre because of this fact — there’s a deep hypocrisy in so many of these movies that wants to make fun of their subjects and then tell you how bad it is to make fun of them. Imagine my surprise at the charming, wonderful, incredibly well-written “Terri,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. This is a hidden gem.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

Terri Thompson (Jacob Wysocki) is awkward but not in the way that it’s usually presented in independent film. He’s a huge kid who has taken to skipping school and showing up in pajamas when he does come to class. He is a gentle soul but he’s presented as such a fully-rounded, believable person. He’s not the creation of an independent film screenwriter. He’s smart, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Will Full Frontal Nudity From Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan Guarantee a Nc-17 Rating For ‘Shame’?

5 September 2011 7:56 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

One of the most talked-about stories in last year’s Oscar race was Blue Valentine and its Nc-17 rating. The Ryan Gosling-Michelle Williams Sundance drama was picked up by The Weinstein Company and then garnered the nefarious rating for a brief scene of oral sex. After Harvey Weinstein himself appealed to the MPAA, the rating was finally overturned in time for distribution. Films slapped with the rating often only receive a small portion of theaters picking it up, or even worse, they head straight to home release and skip a theatrical run altogether. A certain film premiering at Venice and showing at the Telluride, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals may be headed for the same troubles.

Steve McQueen‘s Hunger follow-up Shame sees a re-team with his star Michael Fassender, who plays a sex-addicted man living in New York City. If you’ve seen Hunger, then you »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Glen Campbell Biopic Coming From ‘Walk the Line’ Producer

31 August 2011 9:50 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The musical biopic seemed to be on something of a comeback streak during the middle part of the last decade, with both Ray and Walk the Line being big hits. That never quite panned out as many in Hollywood would have hoped; if you ask me, the best one from the last ten years is I’m Not There, a complex, sometimes frustrating portrait of an artist who isn’t always the most likable guy. Mainstream audiences aren’t too hot on the idea of something like that, so the best of that bunch failed. If you take this into account, the quick rise and fall of the subgenre over the last ten years makes sense.

But there is at least one man who wants to keep it alive, and that man is Walk the Line producer James Keach. According to Spinner (via ThePlaylist), he’s currently pushing a film about country musician Glen Campbell. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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New Release: Bad Teacher Blu-ray and DVD

15 August 2011 3:03 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Release Date: Oct. 18, 2011

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack $45.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Modern education: Cameron Diaz nurses her hangover in Bad Teacher.

Bad Teacher features both the R-rated version screened in theaters and an unrated edition of the film on Blu-ray, DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack.

The irreverently funny and frequently raunchy film stars Cameron Diaz (The Green Hornet) as a sexy but wildly inappropriate and scheming instructor with her own unique ideas about educating America’s youth.

The unrated version of the movie includes some six minutes of footage not seen in  theaters.

Directed by Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) and co-starring Justin Timberlake (The Social Network), Jason Segel (Gulliver’s Travels) and Lucy Punch (Dinner for Schmucks), the comedy has grossed $100 million at the domestic box office since its release in theaters in late June, 2011.

Here’s a list of »

- Laurence

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‘Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life’ Trailer

1 August 2011 4:40 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We just got the poster, and Apple now has the trailer for Joann Sfar‘s directorial debut, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. A biopic of musician Serge Gainsbourg, played here by Summer Hours actor Eric Elmosnino, it shows how he rose to fame through his classic music, as we expect a biopic to do. Also chronicled are his relationships with legendary women of the day, like Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Greco, and Jane Birkin, the lattermost of whom he had a daughter with, singer and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.

I’m sure that there’s an interesting story to tell with the man’s life, but I’m not really getting it from this preview. Even though the cinematography is all quite lovely (as are the women), all I could really think while watching the trailer is “Walk Hard.” That’s a movie which managed to completely deconstruct the musical biopic subgenre, and »

- Nick Newman

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22 July 2011 6:01 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »


Directed by: Azazel Jacobs

Cast: Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly

Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: July 22, 2011 (Chicago)

Plot: An overweight teenager (Wysocki) living with his uncle is taken under the wing of an unusual school official who has his own problems (Reilly).

Who’S It For? Those happiest with Terri will be fans of John C. Reilly, especially those appreciate when he’s not playing up a strange character for immediate yuks. Judging by the way it presents itself, Terri might also be satisfactory to those who particularly appreciate the kind of typical fare that plays at film festivals like Sundance or SXSW.

Expectations: I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with Terri, especially with the small response it received at the most previous South by Southwest Festival. What makes it so that a John C. Reilly movie plays an artful, hip film festival without gaining a notable following? »

- Nick Allen

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Kristen Wiig Photos: Hollywood Movie Photo Gallery of the Day

19 July 2011 5:41 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hollywood Movie Photo Gallery of the Day” is Kristen Wiig.

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Kristen Wiig is hotter than ever. After her movie “Bridesmaids” has become the biggest “female R rated movie” of all time, she also has a much deserved Emmy nomination for her work on “Saturday Night Live.” In addition to that, Wiig is in the middle of shooting a movie called “Revenge of Jolly”, directed by shortfilm maker Chadd Harboid and written by her boyfriend Brian Petsos. Enjoy this hilarious star’s gallery!

Kristen Carroll Wiig (born August 22, 1973) is an American film and television actress who currently appears as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Wiig is a member of improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings, and »

- Anastasia Alvarado

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What to TiVo: Saturday

15 July 2011 11:59 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

8:00 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (repeat) 9:00 Special Edition of Primetime With Diane Sawyer (repeat) 8:00 Chaos (new) 9:00 The Mentalist (repeat) 10:00 48 Hours Mystery (repeat) 8:00 Cops (repeat) 8:30 Cops (repeat) 9:00 The Indestructibles (new) 11:00 Fringe (repeat) 8:00 Who Do You Think You Are? (repeat) 9:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (repeat) 10:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (repeat) 11:30 Saturday Night Live (repeat, with guests Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga) More to watch when you read more. 8:00 Monsters, Inc 10:00 Matilda 8:00 The Mummy 11:00 Constantine 8:00 Pretty Woman 8:45 The 40-Year-Old Virgin 11:00 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 8:00 The House Bunny 10:00 Legally Blonde 9:00 The Longest Yard »

- BuzzSugar

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Geek Deals: $12.49 How To Train Your Dragon Blu/DVD Combo, $6.99 Blu-rays, Raising Arizona and More

12 July 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

How to Train Your Dragon Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo [1] is on sale for only $12.49, 69% off the $40 retail price. Amazon [2] is holding a sale today on Blu-ray movies for only $6.99, titles include: Cliffhanger, Walk Hard (2 Disc), 21, Roxanne, So I Married an Axe Murderer, The Other Boleyn Girl, Perfect Stranger and a few more. The sale is only valid until midnight tonight, so act fast. The Coen Brothers' Raising Arizona is being released on Blu-Ray on August 30th 2011, and the new disc is available for preorder [3] for only $16.99. This doesn't qualify as a "geek deal", but maybe someone you know might be interested or maybe this would make a good gift for someone you know? Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the day today is the Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection on DVD [4] for only $89.99, 65% off the $258.82 list price. The price vanishes at midnight tonight. [1] http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B »

- Peter Sciretta

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The Office Confirms James Spader for Season 8

6 July 2011 10:48 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Multiple Emmy Award winner James Spader (Boston Legal, The Practice) will be joining the regular cast of NBC's The Office (Thursdays, 9-9:30 p.m. Et) as CEO Robert California of Sabre, the parent company of Dunder Mifflin.

"James will reprise his role as Robert California, this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior," said Paul Lieberstein, one of the series' executive producers and a series regular. "He'll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted. Within days, he took over the company. James has an energy that is completely his own, and The Office has no tools for dealing with this guy. We're thrilled he's joining our cast."

Some of Spader's credits include: Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape, which won him the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival; David Cronenberg's Crash, »

- MovieWeb

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Q&A: John C. Reilly Screams for 'Terri'

30 June 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

We've seen a few variations of John C. Reilly over the years.

There was the character actor that stole scenes throughout the '90s in prestige fare like "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia" and "The Thin Red Line." Then we met the hilariously dim schlub in broad comedies like "Talladega Nights," "Walk Hard" and "Step Brothers."

Recently we've seen Reilly sit squarely in the middle of drama and comedy (don't call it dramedy), inciting indie-awkward laughs in "Cyrus," "Cedar Rapids," and now the new film "Terri."

In his latest, Reilly is a lovable but broken guidance counselor who mentors the titular overweight outcast (Jacob Wysocki), a pajama-only-wearing kid prone to trapping mice for kicks. We went to the surprisingly serious Reilly with a few questions of our own.

So you star in a new film called "Terri," which begs the question, who is Terri?

Terri is this kid in school who is »

- Kevin Polowy

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TSRn: Director of ‘The Messenger’ to write Beach Boy Brian Wilson biopic

26 June 2011 10:20 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

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News: Oren Moverman, writer/director of the Woody Harrelson film The Messenger, is set to script a biopic about Brian Wilson, the troubled pop maestro behind the Beach Boys. River Road Entertainment has secured the “life rights” to Brian Wilson and his wife, Melinda.

Source: Deadline

Thoughts by Tsr: As pointed out by the brilliant film Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, the musical biopic is a sub-genre that lends itself easily to similar story arcs and dramatic moments. Every legendary musician seems to go through the same career steps, including having an early relationship with music, diving headfirst into popularity, and the drugs and rocky relationships that follow. Mix unlikely inspirations to now-classic songs with resonant traumatic events, and you’ve got Walk the Line, Ray, and even This Is Spinal Tap.

The story of Brian Wilson, as told in his autobiography “I Just Wasn »

- Nick Allen

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