17 items from 2014
Here's the latest Austin and Texas news (and boy, is there a lot of it this week).
Fantastic Fest announced its first wave of films in the 2014 lineup. Kevin Smith's horror film Tusk will open the fest (a 180 degree turn from the Kevin Smith film that opened Fantastic Fest in 2010, Zack and Miri Make a Porno), followed by the Tim League-produced anthology ABCs of Death 2. The festival also announced that movie critic/film historian Leonard Maltin will be in Austin for the fest, heading up the comedy film jury and hosting events. Also, take a look at the gorgeous 2014 poster for the fest.Fantastic Fest will take place Sept. 18-25 at Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar -- and check out the photo above for a preview of what the renovated theater looks like right now. No word yet on the grand opening, although aGLIFF will also take place »
- Jette Kernion
Director and writer Kevin Smith, the man behind movies like Clerks, Dogma or Zack and Miri Make a Porno, returns to the big screen with the horror Tusk. If you’ve been following Kevin James and regularly listened to his podcast, then Tusk is definitely a movie you are familiar with. Actually the idea for this […]
Who should be more embarrassed: the husband and wife who accidentally release a homemade porn video in “Sex Tape,” or the studio that’s willfully distributing “Sex Tape”? Basically an extended marital-therapy session wrapped in an iPad commercial, this surprisingly bland Cameron Diaz-Jason Segel vehicle has a marketably racy premise but takes it in a stilted, unfunny direction that leaves both actors flailing about, sort of like the translucent red double-ended dildo that gets whipped out in an especially sad fit of comic desperation. Interesting mainly as a sign of how thoroughly smut, Apple products and smut viewable on Apple products have seeped into contemporary life, Sony’s July 18 release might attract audiences starved for a decent R-rated summer comedy following recent hits “Neighbors” and “22 Jump Street,” but seems unlikely to show anywhere near the same box office stamina.
In one of the more unorthodox post-Muppets-movie career moves in Hollywood history, »
- Justin Chang
Written and directed by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Red State, Dogma, Zack and Miri Make a Porno), Tusk scheduled for theatrical release sometime this fall through A24 Films. When podcaster and journalist Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing mysterious seafarer Mr. Howe (Michael Parks) who has amazing tales and a curious obsession with walruses, his best friend and girlfriend team with an ex-cop to look for him. Tusk also stars Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Ralph Garman. According to his blog, Smith will debut the film's first trailer at Comic-Con International in San Diego in two weeks. »
- Pietro Filipponi
"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes," it's claimed Andy Warhol once said. Some stars shine much brighter than others, though, and in the case of Hollywood we often see actors hit big early before disappearing without trace.
Brandon Routh, who delivered a sensitive and assured turn as the Man of Steel in 2006's Superman Returns, is one such example. Routh never quite got the breaks he deserved after landing that life-changing role, so it's nice to see him back in the superhero game with an upcoming role as Atom in Arrow.
Digital Spy takes a look back at a handful of stars who couldn't escape their one big role.
Plucked from relative obscurity to lead Bryan Singer's lavish Superman sequel, Routh impressively channelled Christopher Reeve on his big screen debut but found leading man roles difficult to come by in the aftermath.
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Kevin Smith is primarily known as a comedy director, with titles like Clerks., Dogma, and Zack and Miri Make A Porno all coming out over the last 20 years. In 2011, however, he changed things up in a major way and brought us the R-rated horror film Red State. For his next feature, Tusk, Smith is once again sticking with blood and guts over laughs, and as you can see in the photo above, it's going to be pretty disgusting. In celebration of star Justin Long's birthday, Smith sent out the image over his Instagram account. The picture came with the message, "Happy bloody Birthday to the bravest actor I've ever worked with: Mr. Tusk himself, Justin Long! #WalrusYes." So exactly what the hell is going on in this picture? Well, in Tusk Justin Long stars as Wallace Bryton, a podcast host who goes missing after going to interview a mysterious »
“Neighbors” conquers this weekend’s box office. Starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron, it is the story about a couple with a newborn baby facing unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house. “Not only is he (Seth Rogen) one of the biggest comedy stars on the planet, he’s also a multi-hyphenate, having co-written and co-directed This is the End (along with having co-written The Green Hornet, Pineapple Express, and Superbad, to name a few). He’s probably the most successful of the Judd Apatow troop so far, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. By and large, his best films often are broad comedies (like his newest movie opening this week, the very funny flick Neighbors), with Rogen being a likable oaf. He’s a rare leading man who doesn’t look like a leading man. Sometimes, like in »
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are getting animated in Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, an all-new adventure in the View Askewniverse. Stoners Jay and Bob hit the lottery jackpot and use their cash windfall to become crime-fighting superheroes in this latest outing, now available On Demand. We recently caught up with Jay himself, Mr. Mewes, for a chat about the movie. It was originally conceived as a tour-only treat for fans, but once they realized shows were selling out, and not everyone could see it, they decided to bring it home. We discuss this, the inevitable groovy cartoon sequel that Jason is currently writing, and the destiny of the long awaited Clerks III. And for all you Todd and the Book of Pure Evil fans, don't worry! He also gives us an update on this cult classic Canadian TV show that continues to amass a huge following here in the states. »
Here we go with another installment of my Spotlight on the Stars series (the return of it too after a few weeks spent looking at more under the radar folks). As a refresher, each week I’ll look at an A-list actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of a way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like most weeks, honestly) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. For this week’s piece, I wanted to take a look at our first mainly comedic actor, and that would be Seth Rogen. Not only is he one of the biggest comedy stars on the planet, he’s also a multi-hyphenate, having co-written and »
- Joey Magidson
This summer, we're going to be taking a look at the summer movie season from a number of different angles. Kristopher Tapley put up a great piece yesterday about his favorite summer movie summer, back in 1989, and you can expect three more of those. We also just posted a gallery of people we think have a chance at being breakout stars by the time September rolls around. But each month, we're also going to be taking a look at people who are at a crossroads, people who are having defining moments, people who are either on the wane or on the rise, and we're going to spotlight them. We're going to look at the stakes for them this summer, and how this could change things for them. May is kicking off the summer movie season this year with "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which brings us to our first star… Emma Stone »
- Drew McWeeny
Over the course of her career, actress Elizabeth Banks has garnered critical and commercial acclaim for her roles in movies such as Wet Hot American Summer, Slither, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and Our Idiot Brother, as well as tv shows such as Scrubs and 30 Rock. Fans of Banks were thus interested to learn that she had signed on to the leading role in a new project. Titled Walk of Shame, the film is written and directed by Steven Brill, and Banks stars in the feature alongside James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright, Ethan Suplee, Bill Burr, and Kevin Nealon. A new red-band trailer for the movie has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: Us Magazine)
- Deepayan Sengupta
Everyone knows the walk of shame, but it’s safe to say that most are not nearly as painful and comical as Elizabeth Banks’s in the new trailer for her upcoming comedy Walk of Shame. With the film’s early May release date right around the corner, Focus Features is upping its marketing campaign with a new red band trailer.
I wasn’t too impressed by the tamer trailer that dropped back in January, and though this new preview is certainly raunchier, it still doesn’t have me convinced that Walk of Shame will be anything special, despite its exceptional cast.
Check it out below:
Other than Banks running around in a tight yellow dress, there’s not much going for Walk of Shame so far as I can see. The jokes on display just aren’t that funny, and the most talented individuals in the cast (including Community »
- Isaac Feldberg
Before Kevin Smith made his breakthrough into the film industry with his debut film “Clerks,” he was what some people would call a “slacker” from New Jersey. When that slacker took a brief detour to the Vancouver Film School back in 1992, he met his future long-time collaborator Scott Mosier, who would go on to produce every one of Smith’s films from “Clerks” to “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.” While Kevin Smith was only at the Vancouver Film School for a few months, he did manage to make a short documentary with Mosier called “Mae Day - The Crumbling of a Documentary.” The ten-minute film explores Smith and Mosier’s failure to go through with a documentary about a local transsexual named Emelda Mae. Smith and Mosier narrate the film with their faces only appearing as silhouettes. Their tone, which is fairly sardonic, is quite different from their classmates »
- Ken Guidry
Costume your life.
Fleming costume designer talks about getting into the business, and if she’d be up for Bond…
Michael O’Connor chats briefly about his Oscar nominated contribution to the film.
The costumes travel to the U.S. We predict this’ll be popular.
A UK Costume Designers Guild?
Anastasia Miari poses the question.
Tyranny of Style takes a really interesting look at how Tony Award winning costume designer Gregg Barnes brought Disney’s »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
It's February 14, so what better time than now to snuggle up with your significant other for a special Valentine's Day movie weekend.
With The Lego Movie heading into UK cinemas this weekend (a smart bit of Valentine's Day counter-programming but a film you really need to see) we asked its star Elizabeth Banks to recommend us some romantic movies.
Throw this trio into your DVD player this weekend then head out to catch the rather excellent brick flick...
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
There are some great comedies in Elizabeth's back catalogue (40-Year-Old Virgin, Pitch Perfect), but one she'd really like to see get a bit more love is Zack and Miri Make a Porno, the 2008 film she made with Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen.
"It's a really romantic movie, people don't realise," she said. "It also happens to have a lot of boobs in it - never a bad thing. »
Most of you may remember Tyler Labine from his drunken interruption at the coffee shop in Kevin Smith's Zack And Miri Make A Porno and he's continuing to cause mischief to this day, especially in the new indie comedy Someone Marry Barry. Today, we have an exclusive clip that has Labine getting caught "in the act" when his surprised best friend comes home to find a very unwelcome surprise. It's a pretty funny clip and the set-up is all there from the »
- Paul Shirey
Every adventurous college student is familiar with the walk of shame, to the point where stumbling back to one’s dorm in disheveled clothing after a night on the town is considered a rite of passage by many. However, most one night stands don’t result in as much trouble as Elizabeth Banks’s does, in the appropriately titled Walk of Shame.
The first trailer for the film, which you can check out below, was released today and it gives us a peek at her truly disastrous morning after:
Banks plays aspiring reporter Meghan Miles (Banks), who encounters many obstacles as she attempts to make the trek from the home of a random hook-up (James Marsden) through downtown L.A. to get to the most important job interview of her career.
It’s nice to see Banks taking on a leading role for the first time in what feels like a long while. »
- Isaac Feldberg
17 items from 2014
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