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Get ready to feast upon the latest update on HBO’s The Leftovers. Don’t worry, we won’t make you eat your peas. There is something so insensitive about that title, but, hey, it fits the topic of the drama pilot that deals with the people left behind after the Rapture. If you think you’ve got this potential series pegged, don’t forget that it promises that things don’t exactly go down the way they are “supposed” to. In the news today, actor Michael Gaston joins the cast.
Gaston has a long resume of TV work. He acted in a handful of Terriers episodes, recurs in The Mentalist as Director of Cbi Gale Bertram, played agent Quinn for Prison Break, and worked on Jericho, Fringe, Rubicon, 24 and more.
- Sasha Nova
It's probably safe to assume that the most-quoted genre in all of cinema is probably comedy. A good comedy — and there have been many over the years — can come up with at least five or or six above-average zingers, lines that are sure to be remembered, cherished and repeated to the point where it stops being funny ... and then comes around to being even funnier.
Here are some of the funniest quotes from 50 of our favorite comedies — in meme form, for your re-posting convenience. Share the laughter, why don'tcha?
1. 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' (2005)
2. 'Airplane!' (1980)
3. 'Along Came Polly' (2004)
4. 'American Pie' (1999)
5. 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy' (2004)
6. 'Arthur' (1981)
7. 'Beverly Hills Cop' (1984)
8. 'The Big Lebowski' (1998)
9. 'Billy Madison' (1995)
10. 'Blazing Saddles' (1974)
11. 'The Blues Brothers' (1980)
- NextMovie Staff
There’s no surer way for a storyteller to grab an audiences’ attention than by offing a character in an unexpected or mind-blowing way. Sometimes filmmakers use a character death as a cheap shock tactic to drum up interest in a flagging narrative but, when executed well, a surprise demise can cause an audience to drop their collective jaws, stare and the screen and revel in the fact that they just had their minds blown by an expert storyteller.
I present to you a list of ten such death scenes, ones that left audiences reeling and glued to their seats: ten shocking death scenes that blew audiences’ minds.
Showbiz kid, Ben Stiller, took Hollywood narcissism to task in his uproarious 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder, which chronicles the disastrous production of an Oscar-baiting Vietnam War film. Stiller held nothing back when sticking it to »
- Travis Earl
Man of Steel was one of the most-anticipated movie events of the year, and from a box office perspective it did not disappoint.Through Sunday, Man of Steel earned a fantastic $128.6 million*$116.6 million during the traditional Friday-to-Sunday period, and another $12 million from Thursday night group sales. That's the second-best opening of 2013 so far behind Iron Man 3, and it's a new record for highest opening ever in June ahead of Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million). The official three-day figure of $116.6 million ranks second all-time among non-sequels behind The Hunger Games. Man of Steel also performed well compared to 2006's Superman Returns. That movie opened on a Wednesday and earned $84.6 million through its first five days. Adjusting for ticket price inflation, that would come out to $102.5 million, or noticeably lower than Man of Steel's $128.6 million haul so far.In need of a major franchise to fill the void left by Harry Potter and The Dark Knight, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Calling all Movie Geek Dads! As we head into the weekend, collect your minions for some great BBQ, a movie, a baseball game and have a Despicable Father’s Day!
Now that the ever-entrepreneurial Gru has left behind a life of super crime to raise Margo (Miranda Cosgrove of television’s iCarly), Edith (Dana Gaier of Bullied) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher of television’s Masha and the Bear), Gru, Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand of Get Him to the Greek, Hop) and the Minions have some free time on their hands. But as he starts to adjust to his role as a suburban family man, an ultra-secret organization dedicated to fighting evil around the globe comes knocking.
- Movie Geeks
Saturday Am Update: After starting strong on Thursday night, Man of Steel added a very impressive $44.05 million on Friday ($56.05 million total). That opening day ranks 20th all-time, and second among non-sequels behind The Hunger Games ($67.3 million). That's also the highest opening day ever for a superhero origin story, and it's twice as high as Superman Returns's $18 million debut. The Thursday grosses make the math a bit tricky, but it now seems like Man of Steel is guaranteed to earn at least $120 million by Sunday. It could even make it over $140 million if it winds up being a major draw on Father's Day.Friday Am Update: Before regular Friday shows even begin, Man of Steel has already taken in an estimated $21 million. It earned $12 million from Thursday night's Wal-Mart screening program, and an additional $9 million from general midnight shows. While the Wal-Mart shows throw off the calculation a bit, this »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Warner Bros.’ “Man of Steel,” which could hit $100 million this weekend, and Sony’s ensemble comedy “This Is the End,” tracking in the high-$30 million range, will keep summer domestic box office flying high as current totals are more than 6% ahead of this time last year.
Summer totals (from May 3 to June 11) have reached $1.488 billion, compared to $1.403 billion last year.
See Also: “Man of Steel” – Film Review
If “Man of Steel,” from Legendary Pictures, Syncopy and DC Comics, reaches nine figures, it will be the second film this summer to score a $100 million-plus three-day opening. (Warners is managing expectations with an estimate around $80 million.) “Fast and Furious 6″ well surpassed $100 million over the long Memorial Day weekend, with $97 million in its first three days.
- Andrew Stewart
Over the past ten years British comedian Steve Coogan hasn’t been having a bad time in Hollywood. Since starring alongside Jackie Chan in 2004′s Around The World In 80 Days, he has appeared in such films as Night At The Museum, Tropic Thunder, and this summer lends his voice to Despicable Me 2. Not one to forget his humble origins however, he has also appeared in British comedies Hot Fuzz and In The Loop, and has now returned to the one character where it all started, Alan Partridge.
First appearing as sports reporter in Radio 4′s On The Hour, Partridge later made the leap to television in The Day Today and was eventually given his own chat show, Knowing Me Knowing You With Alan Partridge. Perhaps his biggest success however, was the sitcom I’m Alan Partridge, which followed the failing star’s attempts to make it back to the small screen, »
- Ian Coomber
In addition to may be the most anticipated British comedy of the summer, The World’s End, there’s also the big-screen adaptation of the popular BBC TV series ‘I’m Alan Partridge’. After the first brief trailer, a full trailer has arrived over at MSN for Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa ahead of its August release. Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder, The Other Guys) will reprise his infamous television role as fictional lovable radio DJ in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa directed by Father Ted’s Declan Lowney and co-written by Coogan, Peter Baynham (Borat), and Armando Iannucci (Veep). The film features an ensemble cast of British comedy stalwarts such as »
- Nick Martin
By his own admission, Jay Baruchel is the least well-known of the six main stars in This Is The End. He’s been acting for decades, appearing in Oscar-winning films from Almost Famous to Million Dollar Baby and blockbusters like How To Train Your Dragon and Tropic Thunder. Yet, when compared to some of his co-stars, he simply isn’t [...] »
- Germain Lussier
Sony has no illusions as to which film (ahem, “Man of Steel”) will win the weekend, hence the early launch of its R-rated comedy “This Is the End,” which bows Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m. at 2,000-plus locations.
In five days, “This Is the End,” which expands Wednesday to 3,055 Stateside engagements, could gross somewhere in the low-to-mid $30 millions. “Man of Steel,” meanwhile, is projected to land on either side of $100 million from Friday to Sunday.
Read Our Review of “This Is the End”
“This Is the End” should turn a tidy profit for Sony, which hit a rough patch recently with “After Earth” tanking. Rogen also makes his directing debut, co-helming with his producing partner Evan Goldberg.
The laffer, which features comedy stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel and Jonah Hill (essentially) playing themselves, cost just $32 million to produce (not including marketing), and could easily top grosses for »
- Andrew Stewart
This week the former star of "Harry Potter" gets hotter as the squeaky-clean Emma Watson shows off her inner bad girl in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," where her character Nicki commits a series of robberies against celebs like Paris Hilton. For the 23-year-old Watson, who shot to fame as goodie-two-shoes wizard Hermione Granger in the "Potter" movies, this role marks a distinct departure from both her on-screen and real-life images. The only thing more shocking would be if Lindsay Lohan maintained sobriety for six months.
While we're all hoping young Ivy Leaguer Watson doesn't follow in the Lohan mold and quit Brown University for the School of Hard Knocks, let's take a look at some other actors who shed their media-sanctioned image to take on roles nobody saw coming. From Tom Cruise going bad to Jennifer Aniston going perv, these actors played against type for keeps.
9. Tom Cruise, »
- Max Evry
In many ways, Tom Cruise never escaped the fallout from that infamous 2005 ride on Oprah’s couch. His box office returns have gradually slipped and the sheen of “Scientology Weirdo” still hangs around him in the public mind. It’s quite unfair because 1) the man’s private life is still his own business and 2) the quality of his films in recent years has been quite good. From his brilliant cameo in Tropic Thunder to the slick thrills of Valkyrie and the unexpected triumph of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, he’s pretty much firing on all cylinders these days... despite comparatively poor box office. Jack Reacher is a sad testament to the bind he finds himself in: a smart, intelligent action thriller that got lost amid bad timing. The Blu-ray release is a perfect opportunity to catch what you probably missed. Hit the jump for my full review. Cruise’s »
- Rob Vaux
Brangelina, Kimye, Bey & Jay, Posh 'n' Becks -- Hollywood is glittered with gorgeous celebrity couples who have captivated the world.
Not only are these dynamic duos powerful, but they're in love -- which ultimately makes for a better story.
But, how did these "it" couples fall head over heels for one another? Well, let's take a trip down memory lane ...
Brangelina met on the set of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" in 2003. Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston at the time, but admits he "fell in love" with Jolie while shooting the flick. Aniston filed for divorce in March 2005 and 10 months later, Jolie and Pitt announced they were expecting their first child -- daughter Shiloh. They now have six kids together. "It took until, really, the end of the shoot for us, I think, to realize that it might mean something more than we'd earlier allowed ourselves to believe, »
- The Huffington Post
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
Beginning with this trailer back in February, I’ve hated the marketing for The Internship. It looks like an unfunny Google ad that hopes everybody still really likes the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson pairing. To be fair, this film does have an appealing cast on paper. I like Vaughn and Wilson, and there’s a funny film to be made with them, John Goodman, Rose Byrne, Josh Gad, Aasif Mandvi, and the rest. I’m just not feeling good about this being it.
Still, maybe The Internship will be much better than the trailers and TV spots have made it seem. That’s something we can find out this weekend. Right now I want to stop with the speculation and instead look back on some of my favorite recent comedies and their awesome casts. I stuck to films whose main goal is »
- Shane T. Nier
This Is the End, 2013.
"And Jonah Hill?! You're just a c***!" Danny McBride there, shouting expletives at the Moneyball star halfway through Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's comedic take on The End of Days. The quote, one of many, Many extremely crass but brilliant ones throughout this awesome comedy, perfectly sets the tone for what Rogen and Goldberg are going for.
The stage is set at James Franco's house party, where our multi-talented cast, essentially playing themselves with just the smallest of twists (Hill an apparent homosexual, Baruchel hating everyone bar Rogen, Cera the cocky drunk who ends up on »
- Flickering Myth
Casting is underway for Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof’s first TV series since the ABC drama ended its run in 2010, and the show’s lead has now been set. Variety reports that Justin Theroux has been tapped to topline The Leftovers, which is based on Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same name that takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people that didn’t make the cut. Theroux will play the show’s lead, chief of police Kevin Garvey who is described as “a father of two who is trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in a world that is starting to completely reject that notion.” Friday Night Lights helmer Peter Berg is directing the pilot for HBO, and Lindelof will serve as executive producer/showrunner alongside fellow Ep’s Perotta, Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger, Sarah Aubrey and Berg should HBO decided to order the pilot to series. »
- Adam Chitwood
The world of celebrity is teaming with a vast array of original, crazy, inventive and hilarious fictional characters and they are often more famous than the people who portray them.
However, many celebrities with alter-egos outgrow the characters they have played and become better known as themselves – take Matt Lucas, Paul O’Grady and even Ricky Gervais as prime examples. For years, many people knew them best as George Dawes, Lily Savage and David Brent until they came in to their own and became better known for their work as themselves.
The people in this list, however, haven’t outgrown their characters. And that’s not necessarily a smear on their name – in fact it’s often more of a compliment to their characters! Here are 10 celebrities who are better known by the names of their alter-egos…
10. Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge)
Aha! Let’s get the most controversial one out of the way first! »
- Kev Stewart
Quentin Tarantino is without question one of the most talented and popular directors working today. Ever since Reservoir Dogs hit the scene in 1992, his combination of zany dialogue, dark comedy, over-the-top violence, and memorable characters have made him a favorite amongst movie fans.
Tarantino has earned a reputation as a filmmaker who can resurrect a fading star’s career (John Travolta in Pulp Fiction) or introduce an unknown to a wide audience (the amazingly awesome Christoph Waltz). However, his last two films, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, featured established movie stars in no need of a career boost (Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio respectively). Tarantino has spent the latter part of his career enticing the A-listers to play in his sandbox (remember, he wanted Will Smith for Django originally), so there’s a chance he could look to sign another star to headline his next movie. Whatever it is, I »
- Chris Agar
Last week, the National Association of Theater Owners announced that they were requesting that movies trailers be shorter and that marketing campaigns begin no more than four months in advance of a film's release. This week on The Collision, we talk about trailers, the marketing machine, blitzing the mainstream and luring in the fanboys, and much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Popcorn Movies and Fast & Furious 6"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations. Adam's Recommendation: Mud Dave's Recommendation: The NeverEnding Story Matt's Recommendation: Tropic Thunder »
- Matt Goldberg
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