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We’ve been waiting for Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel‘s apocalyptic movie ever since their short Jay and Seth Vs. The Apocalypse was released back in 2010. And now, it’s finally here. Take a look at the first trailer for This Is The End, where all of Rogen and Baruchel’s friends play themselves, but beware! – this is a red band trailer, so consider it Nsfw.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.
- Vesna Sunrider
While some of you may have spent the Wednesday before Thanksgiving at your very own high school reunion (as seems to be the tradition, so Zack and Miri Make a Porno remind us), like most things, it’s an experience that seems to go down much more smooth when consumed cinematically, and in the comfort of your own home. So let’s forget our high school years and just watch Anchor Bay’s 10 Years instead! For your movie-going pleasure, we’re giving away one (1) 10 Years prize pack, which includes a DVD of 10 Years, along with Blu-rays of a whole mess of other great Anchor Bay titles: Happythankyoumoreplease, My Week With Marilyn, Paper Heart, Blue Valentine, and Daydream Nation. Yes, that will fill up your home video collection quite nicely. To win one (1) prize pack, all you have to do is jump down into the comments section and let us know the title of your favorite high school-centric »
- Kate Erbland
Following the commercial and critical success of Kevin Smith’s first film, Clerks, in 1994, the filmmaker rode a wave of more moderately successful releases that kept his career head slightly above water. His devout cult following has helped him sustain his career as a writer/director in Hollywood after enduring such flops as Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Cop Out.
For years, Smith has talked about retiring from directing. Some suspected Red State may have been his last film if it wasn’t a hit – and it wasn’t – but Smith announced he would do one last feature (a hockey film titled Hit Somebody) before calling it quits. However, with the news that Hit Somebody is becoming a miniseries, Smith now has an opportunity to amend his retirement ...
- Daniel Johnson
Kevin Smith – either you’re a devout follower of his cinematic career, or you think he’s the bottom of the cinema barrel. The maker of such films as Clerks, Mallrats, Zack and Miri Make A Porno, and Red State has long voiced his disapproval of Hollywood norms and suggested retirement, but recently declared his upcoming hockey comedy Hit Somebody would be his final curtain call. Or so we thought.
Due to a recent shift that saw Hit Somebody be crunched from two films back into one, and then again cut into a six-part miniseries, it seems Smith still wants to go out on the big screen. And hell, if you’re Kevin Smith, why not treat your cult-like fans to exactly what they want – another Clerks film.
- Matt Donato
Kevin Smith, as a director, has two halves to his career. Any of the films in which he has played Silent Bob I love. Everything is is incredibly hit or miss. I liked Zack And Miri Make A Porno and Red State was an interesting exercise, but nothing can compete with Jay and Silent Bob. Kevin Smith recently announced that his movie Hit Somebody was going to be a television mini-series instead of a theatrical release. He also announced the following on his Twitter feed: So with the Hit »
- Alex Maidy
Sex sells. But too little sex and it won’t sell enough, and too much sex and you’ll be lucky to get that picture of yours a wide, theatrical release. But we’ve been watching couples strip down and get intimate for years now, and since sex is such a huge part of life, you can bet that it’s certainly not going to be leaving theaters any time soon.
Sometimes, it makes us laugh. Other times, it makes us cringe. Sometimes, it makes us feel sick to see, or uncomfortable. Sometimes, you have to read between the lines to see it at all! But with movies like Zack and Miri Make a Porno and The Dreamers, it’s important to step back and be able to separate the good, the bad, the bleh, and the “Wtf” so you can be a well-rounded, cinematic viewer. What follows is an »
- Cameron Domino Carpenter
Four new nationwide releases all underperformed this weekend, which allowed Argo to move up to first place in its third outing. Overall business was fairly quiet, with the Top 12 off 13 percent from last year with $81.2 million.It's hard to gauge the actual impact of Hurricane Sandy, which as of Sunday was about bear down on the East Coast. At worst, Sandy may have suppressed business by about 10 percent (for example, that would put Paranormal Activity 4's drop in line with Paranormal Activity 3), though it's impossible to say for sure. One thing that wasn't affected, at least, was the Saturday-to-Sunday drops: the Top 10 titles dipped 43 percent from Saturday to Sunday, compared with 47 percent last weekend. Argo eased 27 percent to $12.1 million in its third weekend. It's the first movie since True Grit to claim the top spot for the first time on its third frame. That's partly due to the movie's strong word-of-mouth, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
There are some women among today's crop of talented female actors that seem fearless when it comes to comedy. Elizabeth Banks is one of them. Though she has tackled dramatic performances in the past (The Hunger Games, People Like Us), she shines when there's humor involved in the role (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Zack and Miri Make a Porno). So It's always good news to hear she's starring in a comedy, particularly after her brief but memorable appearance in the recently released Pitch Perfect, which she also produced. According to Variety, Banks is set to star in Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment's Walk of Shame, which is set to start shooting in Los Angeles early next year. Directed by Steven Brill, the comedy follows " an aspiring Los Angeles TV news anchor who loses an audition for her dream job, and goes out for an uncharacteristic night of partying that leads »
Actress, director and producer Elizabeth Banks is no stranger to the comedy world. She's starred in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Zack and Miri Make A Porno, Role Models, and produced Pitch Perfect (in which she also had a small role), plus she's directing and acting in a segment of the ensemble comedy Movie 43. But she's stepping up from supporting roles, as Variety reports Banks will lead a new comedy called Walk of Shame for director Steven Brill, whose credits include such films as Drillbit Taylor and Little Nicky, but also the terrific kid fat camp comedy Heavy Weights and writing The Mighty Ducks awhile back. Read on! Banks will play an L.A. news anchor who loses an audition for her dream job. She soon gets a call from her agent saying that she actually ended up scoring the gig, but it may be too late; thinking she had lost the part, »
- Ben Pearson
If it doesn’t hit you when you’re watching his characters swing back and forth on fast dialogue, it may hit you when you check out his Q & A’s. But, eventually, it should hit you like a hockey player being slammed against the glass; Kevin Smith is not an ordinary filmmaker. He’s sometimes argued to be the independent movie genre’s savior with his 1994 release of Clerks, a film that, to this day, is looked at with a particular reverence. His characters are off-the-cuff, observing, age-captured philosophers who throw pervasive, sexual dialogue into their every day conversations the way you’d salt french fries. Also a long time lover of comics, he’s responsible for comic runs on Batman, Green Arrow, and Daredevil, among others. If you haven’t caught on, Kevin Smith is easily one of the heroes of modern day film making and comic book writing. »
- Cameron Domino Carpenter
"The Hunger Games" star Elizabeth Banks has a very Effie Trinket-esque — only, add a sense of humor — role in the upcoming sing-off flick "Pitch Perfect." For the "Clueless" meets "Glee" meets "Bring It On" movie, Banks serves as a producer and an actress, which means fans will get to see her work her magic with hilarious one-liners starting this Friday.
When it comes to these types of zany roles, Banks is on point at every turn, so, to celebrate her latest we decided to hash out some of her quirkiest, most Effie-like portrayals to-date.
Miri - 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno'
In the raunchy 2008 comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," Banks portrayed one half of a down-and-out-besties-since-high-school duo who come up with the bright idea to make porn to pay the rent after being dissed at their 10-year reunion. Opposite Seth Rogen, Banks' character dishes quick »
- Amanda Bell
*full disclosure: a review copy of this book was provided by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books. An Askew View 2: The Films of Kevin Smith was produced by author John Muir ten years after the original. In this time, director Kevin Smith has created several more features since his original, Clerks (1994). Muir makes notes of Smith's highlights such as Clerks, Chasing Amy (1997), Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Red State (2011). He also notes Smith's less dazzling productions like Mallrats (1995), and Jersey Girl (2004). Smith has had a wild ride during his career and it would be best to focus on his career highlights in this book review, rather than the missteps. As mentioned, Kevin Smith's career began with the indie hit Clerks. After dropping out of film school, this would be the first film to introduce the recurring characters Jay (Jason Mewes), Silent Bob (Smith), Dante (Brian O'Halloran), and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Anchor Bay have announced that they intend to drop the gruesome Richard Bates Jr. horror flick 'Excision' onto both DVD and Blu-ray across the Us from 16 October. AnnaLynne McCord ('90210', 'The Haunting of Molly Hartley') and ex-porn star Traci Lords (' Zack and Miri Make a Porno') star in the 'mind-blowingly grotesque' feature and now not only do we catch a glimpse of the expected new artwork for the release next month but also a handful of brand new stills. Sadly, however, it doesn't appear there's going to be a great deal of extras on the said DVD or Blu-ray as only an audio commentary with writer/director Richard Bates Jr. and star AnnaLynne McCord has been mentioned. 'Excision' also stars Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, John Waters, Malcolm McDowell ('A Clockwork Orange'), Marlee Matlin, Matthew Gray Gubler and »
Join Kevin Smith (the “Jay and Silent Bob” movies, “Dogma”) and Jason Mewes (the “Jay and Silent Bob” films, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”) this week on his movie review show, “The Spoilers,” as he and the Spoilers review “The Watch.” They will, with the help of special guest Len Wiseman (director of the “Underworld” films and “Total Recall”), determine if “The Watch” is really going to be this summer’s big hit comedy. “The Watch” is the newest offering from Ben Stiller (“Zoolander,” “Night at the Museum”) and Vince Vaughn (“Couples’ Retreat,” “Wedding Crashers”), and it stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill (“21 Jump Street,” “Moneyball”) and Richard [ Read More ] »
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Elizabeth Banks and Reggie Watts, at some point, built a Lincoln Log cabin. There was a fire involved, somehow. And marijuana. The rest of the story, well, is really up to interpretation. Banks, who has carved out a sizable spot in the comedy scene with roles in projects such as 30 Rock and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, appears in the latest episode of the podcast-turned-ifc show, Comedy Bang! Bang!. Which means, of course, a duet with funnyman and impressive keyboardist Watts. There is a pretty decent chance (read: 100%) that Watts and Banks improvised the lyrics
- Jordan Zakarin
You’ll know Mewes from his brilliant work in Kevin Smith’s films from the View Askewniverse and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and seeing him take a leading role in a British movie is a very interesting move.
Starring alongside them will be the Tony Award-winning Frances Ruffelle (Les Misérables), Jessica Jane Clement (The Real Hustle), Peter Barrett (UFO, Jack Falls), Jazz Lintott (UFO, Airborne), and Emma Buckley (How to Stop Being a Loser), in her first principal role.
- Kenji Lloyd
Are you ready for a whacky comedy version of Girl Six? Because that’s the best way to describe For A Good Time, Call… It plots Lauren Miller (the “Moaner and Groaner” from Zack and Miri Make a Porno) and The Sitter‘s Ari Graynor as a pair of unlikely roommates who fall upon hard times in an economy that has no room for attractive, likely well-educated, stylish city gals. So they decide to go into business working the lines of a homegrown phone sex operation. It appears to be a tale of sexual awakening, complete with massive dildos and airline pilot Seth Rogen. Also, did anyone notice Justin Long in this movie? The first trailer is red band, earning it with language and naughty talk, so gird your loins and enjoy. For A Good Time, Call hits theaters in limited release August 31. »
- Neil Miller
Chicago – If a collective chorus of guffaws is heard throughout the Windy City this week, blame it on the ‘Just for Laughs Chicago’ 2012 Festival. From June 12th-17th, stages large and small throughout Chicagoland will feature some of the hottest comedy acts, stars and the taping of the ‘Conan’ TBS chat show, featuring Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter.
Every day through Sunday, June 17th, over one dozen venues will be open for a variety of acts, in both types and sizes. HollywoodChicago.com has compiled the highlights of each day, with both the name acts and something more Chicago-centric to celebrate one of comedy’s great American cities. For a complete schedule, including ticket buying information, click here.
The ‘Conan’ Show is in Chicago through June 14th
Photo credit: TBS
Tuesday, June 12
The “Conan” TBS show will be taped at the Chicago Theatre with load-in beginning at 4pm from today through June 14th. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
"Hunger Games" star Elizabeth Banks
Photo: MTV News
"The Hunger Games" is nominated in several categories, including Best Movie, at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards tonight (June 3). Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and the rest of the cast have surely gotten massive career boosts from the runaway success of the box-office phenomenon. We can only imagine, then, how badly some of the actors who didn't make the cut must feel.
What sort of choices did they make in their own careers that caused filmmakers to excise them from the flick? Elizabeth Banks, of course, won the coveted role of Effie Trinket. In this exclusive MTV "After Hours" episode, the "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" and "40 Year Old Virgin" veteran revealed some never-before-seen footage to MTV News. »
By Josh Wigler
Photo: Columbia TriStar
On-screen transformations aren't purely dominated by Autobots and Decepticons. Actors can undergo their own forms of cinematic overhauls too, from makeup-heavy makeovers to complete 180-degree turns against type to — as the case may be — shocking returns to one's original form.
All of these and more are represented in the Best On-Screen Transformation category at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. This year's nominees include the twice-nominated Colin Farrell for his dirtbaggy turn in "Horrible Bosses" and "Hunger Games" favorite Elizabeth Banks' perfectly pink metamorphosis as the irrepressible Effie Trinket, among others.
There's no shortage of worthy candidates for the Best On-Screen Transformation award, but which nominee will walk away feasting on Golden Popcorn? You can make that choice for yourself by voting over at MovieAwards. »
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