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When Mike Nichols’s The Birdcage was released in 1996, it made $185 million worldwide, a truly astonishing fact. There are so many reasons why The Birdcage would never ever be made today, let alone make so much money. We’re talking about an R-rated comedy with no gross-out or potty humor. It isn’t a buddy comedy or an action comedy or even a particularly romantic comedy. Its four main characters are quite a bit over the age of 40. Dianne Wiest has an above-the-title credit, for God’s sakes. This is a film geared towards just about every audience but the young straight men Hollywood targets with its comedies today.
Of course The Birdcage is a gay movie. Its leading couple is gay, the plot hinges on a gay secret, and there’s lots of drag and swishing and short shorts. There’s no actual sex, or even too many sexual allusions, »
- Bryan Rucker
Director: Ben Stiller
Running Time: 114 minutes
Ben Stiller’s latest directorial outing starts magnificently. A simple scene involving lead character Walter Mitty (Stiller) checking his eHormony account is portrayed in silence but captures all the miniscule subtleties you may not expect from the director of Tropic Thunder and Zoolander. It’s an enchanting moment which captures the comedy and bittersweet heart warming moments of the entire film in just a few minutes of footage. This scene also demonstrates the spectacular cinematography on display courtesy of Stuart Dryburgh. It may not be striking in comparison to the most meticulously crafted arthouse efforts, but if one is expecting the traditional broad comedy antics of Stiller and Wiig, you can’t help but be surprised.
If it sounds as though there’s a ‘but’ coming on, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Written and directed by Lou Howe
The stereotype of mental illness on film is not too dissimilar from the stereotype of mental retardation put forward by the film Tropic Thunder: Successful characters have to be “disturbed,” but they can’t be completely out of control, or else audiences won’t relate to them. Thus, Lou Howe’s debut feature Gabriel, opening this week at the Tribeca Film Festival, draws notice simply because it challenges the rule. The titular character is ill to a degree that the audience cannot completely understand, and he gives an otherwise standard film the depth and edge that it needs.
This will not be clear at the start of the picture. We first meet Gabriel (Rory Culkin) on a lonely search for his long-lost girlfriend, wherein he inadvertently teaches a small child to smoke cigarettes and steals a pair of the girlfriend’s »
- Mark Young
David Koechner has been cast in Scouts vs Zombies.
The Anchorman actor will star in the long-awaited, Christopher Landon-directed horror comedy, reports Deadline.
The film centres around a group of Scouts who stumble upon an army of the living dead during a camping trip.
They must use all their survival skills to protect a small town from the zombie hordes.
Scouts vs Zombies will begin shooting on May 8. »
To celebrate the release of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty on DVD and Blu-ray release on April 21st, we’ve a great insight into the film thanks to the star and director Ben Stiller and screenwriter Steve Conrad.
The film focuses around the life of Walter Mitty (Stiller), a modern day-dreamer, and an ordinary magazine photo editor who takes a regular mental vacation from his normal existence by disappearing into a world of fantasies electrified by dashing heroism, passionate romance and constant triumphs over danger. But when Mitty and the co-worker he secretly adores (Kristen Wiig) stand in actual peril of losing their jobs, Walter must do the unimaginable: take real action – sparking a global journey more extraordinary than anything he could have ever dreamed up.
- Dan Bullock
Lumbering through development hell since at least 2010, zom-com Scouts Vs. Zombies is finally heading into production. Last we heard (a year ago), Tropic Thunder and Men In Black 3 writer Etan Cohen was directing, but he's since been replaced by Christopher Landon, who most recently made Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and wrote 2007's Disturbia. The film also now has its scout leader, in the jocular form of Champ Kind himself, David Koechner.As you might surmise from the title, Scouts Vs. Zombies finds a troop of bob-a-jobbers facing down a horde of flesh-craving undead on a camping trip. They’ll need all their survival skills to avoid becoming the zombies’ latest meal, and to help save their small town.Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki wrote the original script, which hit the 2010 Black List and attracted interest from Race To Witch Mountain director Andy Fickman. He’s still involved, but only as producer, »
Have I Got News For You was once again Friday's (April 11) highest-rated show outside of soaps.
The One Show opened the evening with 3.26 million viewers (19%) at 7pm, and was followed by 2.85 million (15.1%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm.
Ratings jumped to 3.95m (17.6%) for the latest episode of Masterchef at 8.30pm, while Outnumbered attracted 3.05 million (14.7%) at 9.30pm.
BBC One capped off the evening with 2.80 million (21.4%) for The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm. Norton was joined by Spider-Man stars Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Andrew Garfield, as well as musical guest Paolo Nutini.
Elsewhere, Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis was seen by 2.61 million (12.6%) at 8pm. »
Fans of the 1996 movie "From Dusk Till Dawn" will recall the awful twist that occurs when our main characters wander into a very scary bar. If you're watching the TV take on the film (airing Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on the El Rey Network), you might get a sense of deja vu. Below you'll see a first look image of the Titty Twister Bar, where a lot more than drinking will be going on in this week's episode. Also in this episode, after a escape from the motel, Seth leads the Fullers' Rv to the border crossing. As an irrational fear takes hold of Richie, Jacob Fuller takes control of a volatile situation, determined to get his children safely across the border Based on the cult-classic film of the same name, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is centered around bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Most Americans will probably know the distinctive comic delivery of actor Steve Coogan from his work with Ben Stiller, either in Tropic Thunder or the "Night at the Museum" movies. Cooler Americans will likely known him from his growing filmography with Michael Winterbottom, which began with 24 Hour Party People and has continued to grow with last year's Paul Raymond biopic The Look of Love and their ongoing travelogue show, which began with The Trip . More recently, Coogan got quite a bit of attention as the Oscar-nominated co-writer of Philomena , as well as co-starring in the movie with Dame Judi Dench as the title character. Long before being recognized on these shores, Coogan was hugely popular in England for playing a character called Alan Partridge, which »
Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network has announced that the small screen adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn is to return for a second season of thirteen episodes, which will air next year. "This is a truly unique property and one that has really resonated for viewers," states Rodriguez. "It has been a joy to bring these characters back to life and have the opportunity to take our storytelling to a whole new place. We look forward to going back into production later this year and are excited about raising the bar even higher in season two."
Based upon Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's cult 1996 movie, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series stars D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) taking over from George Clooney and Tarantino as the Gecko brothers, while the rest of the cast includes Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, »
- Gary Collinson
Alpha Comedian: a Partridge in a Fair Tree
Steve Coogan is known to North American audiences as the successful writer and lead actor of Philomena, scene stealer in Tropic Thunder, and perhaps for his body of work with Michael Winterbottom at the helm. As Alan Partridge? Not so much. Yet across the pond, the wildly popular character has been featured for over twenty years on every media platform from TV shows to radio and web snippets. Thus, it seems to be a natural progression for Coogan to adapt his egomaniacal alter ego to a feature length treatment via a (mostly) television director in Declan Lowney. While the film produces more than a few rip roaringly funny set-pieces, on this side of the Atlantic, this is nothing more than a comedic trifle to audiences new to the impudent character.
The film finds Partridge, having previously lost his prestigious national talk show, »
- Leora Heilbronn
In a recent interview we conducted with Robert Rodriguez, he spoke about plans for multiple seasons of From Dusk Till Dawn and it’s now official. El Rey Network has announced that From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series will be back for a second season:
“New York, March 26, 2014 – El Rey Network, the general entertainment cable channel founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, announced plans today to greenlight a sophomore season of the network’s first scripted original, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.
Based on the cult classic film of the same name, season two will be comprised of 13 hour-long episodes and will be shot in Austin, Texas, home to the filmmaker’s Troublemaker Studios. Marking Rodriguez’s first foray into television, the highly-anticipated program premiered in the U.S. on El Rey Network on Tuesday, March 11th and premiered exclusively on Netflix through their run-of-series license in Canada, Ireland, Nordics, »
- Jonathan James
Nick Cannon sparked controversy earlier in the week when he debuted his white face character Connor Smallnut while promoting his forthcoming album White People Party Music.
“It's official... I'm White!!!” Cannon captioned the first picture of him as Connor Smallnut. “#Whitepeoplepartymusic #Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!!JoinTheParty!!!! #GoodCredit#DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets#FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft "Bro I got drafted!!"
He also posted a video to his Instagram page to introduce his white face character.
Not long after the posts went up, Cannon was met with backlash from those in both the white and black community. He’s been called a “racist” and the less harsh “ignorant” and “hypocritical.” Unfazed, Cannon has continued on with his stunt. In an effort to show he’s not hypocritical, he praised Robert Downey’s blackface in Tropic Thunder and posted a picture of himself in blackface for a comedy skit. »
Deadline is reporting today that rapper-actor Tip “T.I.” Harris will be joining Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in Warner Bros.’ upcoming comedy, Get Hard. Directed by Etan Cohen, the Gary Sanchez-produced film will see T.I. playing a man named Joaquin, who is described as “Hart’s streetwise cousin who helps Hart prep Ferrell’s millionaire fraudster for prison.”
Despite being primarily known as a Grammy-nominated rapper, Harris has been slowly but surely building a steady resume of acting credits. His first big role came in the heist thriller Takers, which is actually a guilty pleasure of mine. Since then, he’s shown up in Universal’s Identity Thief and had successful guest star stints on critically acclaimed television shows like House of Lies and Boss. He may not find himself up for an Oscar anytime soon, but T.I. is a likeable and charismatic screen presence and should fit into »
- Matt Joseph
Nick Cannon, is that you? The rapper took to Instagram on Sunday to promote his new album, White People Party Music, and to share a picture of himself as his alter ego, "Connor Smallnut." He posted the snap with a long list of hashtags - "#DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft" - and followed up with a series of tweets and videos after his picture sparked some debate. Nick retweeted several supportive comments from fans then posted a picture of Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder, giving a nod to another character that involved some heavy makeup. Take a look at Nick's posts, then tell us what you think. "@woahderjustin: @NickCannon congrats on becoming white!!" Thanks! It's Freaking Awesome!!! — Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) March 24, 2014 Shout out to robertdowneyjr This is one of my favorite characters of all time! Hilarious!!! There is a… http://t.co/2oQ22rqhP5 — Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) March »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Here's a fantastic video presentation that takes us through the evolution of film in less than 3-minutes. It's a montage that film lovers are sure to enjoy. Here's a note from creator Scott Ewing:
This montage began as a labor of love and quickly became an obsession of mine. Many days and hours were spent researching clips, downloading and editing. This could not have been possible without the complete and total encouragement from my wife Tiffany ... you rock!
The following montage chronicles the evolution of film from its conception in 1878 by Edward J. Muybridge to the Lumiere brothers in 1895. Georges Melies a trip to the moon in 1902 was a total game changer and from there we go to the first theatrical releases starting in 1920-2014 ... this portion of the montage is chronological.
There are some notable films which are absent from the montage such as the Great Train Robbery (1903), The »
- Joey Paur
— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) March 20, 2014
Ivan Reitman decided to step away following the death of original Ghostbusters star/writer Harold Ramis, although he is still attached as a producer and is helping Sony find a new director, in hopes of starting production in early 2015.
The original version of the script, written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, had all of the original Ghostbusters set to appear in cameo roles. With the passing of Harold Ramis and the uncertainty of Bill Murray's involvement, it isn't known if the original Ghostbusters will still be appearing in the reboot. »
Will Ferrell will star as a loaded banker wrongly convicted of a serious crime. When handed jail time, he turns to Kevin Hart (who will play Ferrell’s ‘car washer’) who teaches him the ways of surviving in prison. Brie, who has also featured in The Five-year Engagement, Mad Men and The Lego Movie, will play Ferrell’s fiancee.
Etan Cohen (the writer behind Tropic Thunder, Men In Black 3 and the upcoming Ghostbusters III) is set to direct. Aside from the names currently attached, nothing else is known about the project at this time. Hopefully some other big comedy names will join to really get the ball rolling.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
There seems to be three constants in life: death, taxes, and Sony's desire to make Ghostbusters III.
In development for years, Ghostbusters III has gone from having a completed script to being in "suspended animation" with the only constants being the involvement of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman, Bill Murray's disinterest in the sequel and the studio's desire to reinvigorate the franchise. Now they'll have to do without Reitman's services.
In an interview with Deadline, Reitman revealed that one of the motivating factors for his leaving the director's chair was the recent passing of Harold Ramis. "With Harold no longer with us I couldn’t see it," Reitman admitted, though he plans to still be involved as a producer and will help the studio find another director. The question remains: where does the movie stand now?
"It’s a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role, »
- Ryan Gowland
This short video definitely has an affection for Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Steven Spielberg, but I found it to be an entertaining peek through the history of cinema while also managing to include quite a few 2014 features in its running time. Created by Scott Ewing, he posts in the description the following: This montage began as a labor of love and quickly became an obsession of mine. Many days and hours were spent researching clips, downloading and editing. This could not have been possible without the complete and total encouragement from my wife Tiffany ... you rock! The following montage chronicles the evolution of film from its conception in 1878 by Edward J. Muybridge to the Lumiere brothers in 1895. Georges Melies A Trip To The Moon in 1902 was a total game changer and from there we go to the first theatrical releases starting in 1920-2014 ... this portion of the montage is chronological. »
- Brad Brevet
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