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First poster for the animated Captain Underpants movie

23 June 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s been a good couple of years since we heard anything about DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants movie, but thanks to Coming Soon we’ve now got a look at the first teaser poster for the film, which is on display at Licensing Expo 2016…

Based on Dav Pilkey’s children’s book, Captain Underpants is being directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens) and features a voice cast that includes Kevin Hart (Grudge Match), Thomas Middleditch (The Campaign), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Nick Kroll (Kroll Show) and Jordan Peele (Keanu). It is set for release on June 2nd 2017. »

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Who Are The ‘Bad Moms’? Meet Them in Our Set-Visit Interviews

17 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

When the invitation came to “party like a mother” with a group of women who’ve had enough of the bento-box-lunch lifestyle and PTA perfection in Bad Moms -- the latest from Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (writers of The Hangover) – we knew this was one we couldn’t pass up. So on a day in New Orleans last February, we set out to learn who these self-proclaimed “bad moms” are and why they’re taking a mini vacay from being moms in the first place....

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Meet The Blacks Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand August 2

15 June 2016 7:38 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Beverly Hills isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be in Meet The Blacks, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and On Demand August 2 from Lionsgate and Codeblack Films. When Carl Black comes into some unexpected money, he decides to give up his hustling lifestyle, take his family and leave Chicago behind, but…they realize they picked the worst time to move. The laugh-out-loud cast includes Mike Epps (The Hangover), Gary Owen (Ride Along), Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club), Bresha Webb (Ride Along 2), Lil Duval (“Bet’s “ComicView”), Andrew Bachelor (Fifty Shades of Black,), DeRay Davis (21 Jump Street), with George Lopez (TV’s “George Lopez”) and Mike Tyson (The Hangover).

In a send-up of the hit franchise The Purge, Carl Black moves his family to Beverly Hills in hope of a better life, but their arrival coincides with the city’s annual purge, where all crime is legal for twelve hours.

The home entertainment release of Meet The Blacks includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes, the “Hit the Gas” music video, “Don’t Hate Wiring” parody commercial, and outtakes. Meet The Blacks will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Blu-ray/DVD Special Features*

“The Making of Meet the Blacks” Featurette “Hit the Gas” Music Video Behind the Scenes of “Hit the Gas” “Don’t Hate Wiring!” Parody Commercial Outtakes

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- Tom Stockman

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DreamWorks’ Kendal Cronkhite Unveils ‘Trolls’’ Art and Craft at Annecy

14 June 2016 4:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy — Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrik stole the show at the Cannes Festival’s presentation of DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy ‘Trolls,’ dueting its finale song “True Colors” in the Palais des Festivals, with Timberlake on acoustic guitar.

At the Annecy Animation Festival on June 14, the central stage belonged to DreamWorks’ trolls themselves, six-inch-high forest folk with pudgy faces and an obelisk of straight-up hair the color of tropical dyes.

In an 80-minute presentation, featuring a continuous 17 minutes of fully-lit final footage, Kendal Cronkhite, “Trolls’” production designer, talked at length about how through film’s interplay of theme and craft contributed towards embodying its directors’ vision. Made up of mostly young animators, many from French animation schools, the sometimes dazzling show of artistry played to an appreciative audience.

An original story directed by Mike Mitchell (“Shrek Forever After”) and Walt Dohrn,  a story artist on “Shrek 2” and “Madagascar,” “Trolls” turns on “finding one’s true self and true happiness, which is all inside,” Cronkhite commented at Annecy. The trolls themselves seem to have mastered that life art. Poppy (Anna Kendrick), “Trolls” heroine, has a slightly hippy air with her straight-up red hair topped off in a pony tail and a blue headband bedecked in green flowers. She scrapbooks, has sleepover parties, and wears a wrist watch which blossoms and lights up every half hour, reminding her to hug all her fellow trolls.

From the extended sequence shown at Annecy, it’s clear that those who could do with more happiness training, are the Bergens – monster urban human-scale trolls who, in a ‘70s retro touch, wear polyester, consume fast food and are pale, poor and miserable. They are only content one day a year, at Trollstice, when they feast on the mini troll folk. Doing so, they experience fleeting joy.

Also in need of a crash course in happiness is Branch (Justin Timberlake), who’s about as downbeat as mini-Trolls get, a near curmudgeonly loner who lives in a bunker, fearing imminent Bergen attack. When the Bergens capture her 12 best friends, Poppy sets out to rescue them. Plucked from “Trolls’” late second act, the 17-minute sequence at Annecy took in Poppy trying to persuade Branch to accompany her to Bergen Town. He refuses. On the way, Poppy sings an anthem, “Get Back Up Again,” as her environment, designed by Cronkhite, goes through 27  fantasy locations.

“Poppy” is a super-positive, happy loving personality,” Cronkhite said, though the near psychedelic environments she encounters on her way to Bergen Town really kick her butt, whether gummy sugar candy geysers or a knit macrame snake that chases her through the jungle of its body, or a hill creature whose mouth she falls into, or popping balloon eyeballs. But Poppy doesn’t lose one ounce of optimism. Branch, a Bergen expert, reluctantly catches up with her to take her into Bergen Town.

Cronkite also showcased the various stages of production. Using a sequence where Poppy sings Simon and Garfunkel classic “The Sounds of Silence” to Branch, Cronkhite broke down the film into a progression reel – a four-panel split-screen – of b/w storyboard drawings with soundtrack; lay-out of sets and characters’; animation, with the characters acting in the scene; and the final surface-light pass. All parts played simultaneously. The demonstration was a testament to the skill of the story artists whose tight work matched pretty closely the end result.

Designing the look of a film, the characters and environments, a production designer boards early on and works in tandem with the head of story, writers and directors and editors, Cronkhite said.

A DreamWorks veteran – she art designed “Antz,” DreamWorks Animation’s first CGI movie – Cronkhite’s challenge was to transfuse “Trolls” informing themes into the look of the movie. Her aim was to create “a very fuzzy, fibre-art inspired world” in CG, she explained.

Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam carved the first troll doll in 1959. The first part of “Trolls’” process was to take the character and break it down, according to Cronkhite. DreamWorks kept the trolls’ hair and the “stubby, fat, rounded fat language of the troll,” she added.

Cronkite had a “lightbulb moment,” she said, when she wondered  “if the whole Troll world could be wool. Because of their positive nature, diversity and their communal lifestyle, it made sense that their environment should reflect them,” she added.

“Since we were going with a fiber-felted world, we decided to do the same with the characters.”

For Cronkhite, the ‘70s was an important inspiration. “That’s when the doll became very popular. We decided that the trolls would be our hippies of the ‘70s. They live in nature. They macrame. They’re probably vegetarians.”

DreamWorks hired Portland-based Sayuri Sasaki Hemann, a fabric, fibre and encaustic paintings artist, to take early development drawings from the film’s stylist, Amelie Flechais, a French comic and children’s book illustrator, and build a fibre, six-feet model world.

The Trolls always have a song on their lips. Indeed, the comedy highlight of the 17-minute continuous footage shown at Annecy was Poppy singing “The Sounds of Silence” to Branch, backed up by a forest creature chorus. In one of the film’s latest talent announcements, Crondhike’s Annecy preview comes as DreamWorks Animation has officially confirmed that Christophe Beck (“Frozen,” “The Hangover”) will serve as “Trolls’” composer. Justin Timberlake is executive producing “Trolls’” entire soundtrack, and has written four original songs for the film, including “Can’t Stop the Feeling” which, released on May 6, has topped charts in the U.S. and U.K. As “Frozen” suggested, Beck is adept at working in such a structure.

“We are delighted to be working with Chris; he is masterfully unifying our patchwork tapestry of song cues from many eras and giving our film an emotional and harmonious sophistication,” said “Trolls’” producer Gina Shay.

From a screenplay by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who co-penned “King Fu Panda 3,” “Trolls” is slated for a Nov. 4 release from Fox becoming Dwa’s second-half 2016 title, before DreamWorks’ “Boss Baby,” another Annecy sneak-peek, bows in the U.S. on March 10, 2017.

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Why R-Rated Comedies Have More Fun and More Highlights From Greenwich’s Comedy of Business Panel

13 June 2016 1:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

How do you make money being funny? Last weekend, the Greenwich International Film Festival’s Comedy Of Business Panel featured a selection of industry luminaries to talk about that exact topic. Actor Will Arnett (“Flaked”) joined producers Richard Brener (“Wedding Crashers”), Stuart Cornfeld (“Tropic Thunder”) and Chris Bender (“American Pie”) to talk about the process behind making a truly great comedy.

Between jokes about Twitter “correctness” and losing the script for “The Hangover” (which would go on to gross around $50 million), the seasoned assembly got down to the heart of what comedic films are today. Here are the three of their most interesting insights they had to offer.

Let the Douche Be the Fall Guy

“All of us are constantly being painted further and further into a corner,” said Arnett on the topic of political correctness in feature comedies.

In a time when Twitter backlash can ruin a career over an off color joke, the industry leaders had quite a bit to say about finding where to draw the line. When asked about Ben Stiller’s infamous “Tropic Thunder,” Cornfeld admitted it would be difficult to produce today, especially when it comes to the movie’s “full retard” sequence, of which Cornfeld said, “I can’t believe you would tell a joke like that now.” Richard Brener added, “or then.”

He later added, “Don’t aim low and miss. If there’s no joke behind the joke and it’s just mean spirited you’re going to fall on your face.” The panel revealed that it was this very reason that so many comedies feature an unlikable character saying horrendous things, like ‘American Pie’s douche extraordinaire Stiffler. If the audience knows the joke is coming from a bad person, they are less likely to take offense.

“I play a lot of dumb characters on purpose so I can say a lot of shitty things,” Arnett joked.

Read More: Greenwich International Film Festival Hires New Executive Director Colin Stanfield

R-Rated Movies Have More Fun

With difficulty to create comedy that would be inoffensive to anyone, the speakers agreed that R-rated comedy was the place to find freedom. Nearly everyone on the panel had taken part in making a movie that was acclaimed as bringing R-ratings back into style. From box office successes like the “Wedding Crashers” and “Zoolander” to the more recent giant “The Hangover,” the popularity of R is cyclical every few years.

Speaking from his own experience with “American Pie,” Chris Bender noted that, “R is so much more freeing, both in, like, being more truthful and real in language.” PG-13 may be more attractive to studios that want as many people to see a movie as possible, but language constraints can often stunt comedy. Brener, who works for the studio New Line Cinema confirmed, “You only get one non-sexual ‘fuck.’”

Read More: ‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 to be a ‘Serialized Murder Mystery,’ Could Premiere By November 2016

Make A Comedy For the Joy and the Pain

When you boil it down, comedies are perhaps the most difficult (and wonderful) movies to make.

For Arnett, “it’s always about the experience of it. I know that for me, as a performer, if you’re going to have a good experience and feel like you’re a part of something you are really into, the other person is going to raise their game. So, you want to do that because that’s kind of the recipe for success.” The panel agreed, if it looks like the audience was having fun making it, they probably were.

However, as a producer, that is not always the case. For Cornfeld, the Tenacious D movie was the best experience, but never yielded returns like he thought. Whereas on the set of “Zoolander,” his money problems with the studio went as far as debt collectors leaving him threatening messages at his home.

But it does feel good to look back and laugh. Brenner and Bender certainly do when they remember how they almost made “The Hangover.” After workshopping the script, and even providing the key plot point of the groom disappearing (something that really happened to a friend), the script went to another studio. They both admitted it would not be the same wonderful movie if they had made it.

In fact, it’s Brenner’s dad’s favorite movie. “He brings it up every time I see him,” he laughed at the lowest point of his career.

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- Sarah Colvin

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‘Seoul Searching’ Exclusive Clip: Korean Teens Attend Summer Camp To Reconnect With Their Roots

13 June 2016 12:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

 

Seoul Searching” follows a group of Korean teenagers in 1986 who travel to South Korea to participate in a government-sponsored program to help reconnect them with their roots. They’ve come from all over the world, from the United States to Hamburg, to party hardy in their homeland, flirting and drinking the nights away. However, the teens also learn a little bit about their ancestors’ struggles, and slowly come to terms with their own issues at home and abroad as well. Watch an exclusive clip from the film featuring Sid (Justin Chon) and Grace (Jessika Van) share a sweet moment in front of a Buddha statue.

Read More: Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #69: ‘Seoul Searching’ is the Angsty ’80s Korean Teen Dramedy You Never Realized You Wanted

Seoul Searching” is written and directed by Benson Lee based on his own experiences as a teenager. His previous credits include “Planet B-Boy,” a documentary about the history of breakdancing and its global resurgence, and “Battle of the Year,” a 3D dance film based on “Planet B-Boy” starring Josh Holloway (“Lost”), Chris Brown (“Think Like a Man”), and Josh Peck (“Mean Creek”). The film is also executive produced by Ken Jeong, best known for his role on Dan Harmon’s sitcom “Community” as well as his appearances in “The Hangover” movies. “Seoul Searching” stars Justin Chon (“21 and Over”), Jessika Van (“The Gambler”), In-Pyo Cha (“Crossing”), Teo Yoo (“Day Night Day Night”), and more.

Seoul Searching” premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. It opens in New York City on June 17th and in Los Angeles on June 24th.

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- Vikram Murthi

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Latin American Distributor Diamond Films Moves Into Spain

30 May 2016 4:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Diamond Films, part of Latin America’s Telefilms Group, its biggest independent movie distributor, has expanded to Europe, setting up Diamond Films España, a direct distribution operation in Spain headed by Spanish distrib vet Carles Montiel and Gonzalo Claiman-Versini.

Montiel has held executive positions at multiple Spanish independent distribution houses such as Lauren Films, Universal Pictures and Wide Pictures; Claiman-Versini is a former lawyer at the Buenos Aires and Paris bar.

Diamond Films España, which handles home entertainment and TV rights on movies it acquires, will release five titles in Spanish cinema theaters this year, beginning on July 29 with Stx Ent.’s “Bad Moms.”

Directed by “The Hangover” writers Jon Lucas  and Scott Moore, and starring Mila Kunis (“Black Swan”), Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars”) and Kathryn Hahn (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”), “Bad Moms” is the first of four titles accessed by Diamond Films España via an output »

- John Hopewell

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Lucifer Season 1 Blu-Ray And DVD Release Date Announced

28 May 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The latest TV series based on a DC/Vertigo property to be granted a home video release is that of Lucifer, which has already won over audiences with its devilish charm and intriguing mysteries. On August 23, you can add the first season to your collection, but there’s a catch: WB has elected to go the same route they have with the iZombie home video releases and bring Lucifer to major retailers via DVD only. If you wish to buy the show on Blu-Ray, you will have to do so through your online retailer of choice.

You can check out the full press release below, which includes a detailed synopsis, a full rundown of featurettes and episodes included and specs.  We also have the cover art for both formats for your viewing pleasure.

Take a look at everything and be sure to drop a comment letting us know if »

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Lucifer: The Complete First Season details revealed

26 May 2016 7:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As we await the second season, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced details of the Blu-ray and DVD release of Lucifer: The Complete First Season, which will be released in the States on August 23rd.

Based on the character from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo comic, Lucifer is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, and has resigned his throne and retired to the City of Angels where he is indulging in a few of his favorite things — wine, women and song. When a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered before his eyes, he feels something awaken deep within him – for the first time in roughly 10 billion years. Is he actually capable of feelings for a human being? The very thought disturbs him — as well as his best friend and confidante, Mazikeen (aka Maze), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman. The murder attracts the »

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Lucifer: The Complete First Season Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

26 May 2016 2:09 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Fans of Fox’s Lucifer series will want to circle August 23rd on their calendars, as that is when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the show’s first season on Blu-ray and DVD with bonus features aplenty:

Press Release (via TVShowsOnDVD.com): Burbank, CA (May 25, 2016) – Just in time for the second season, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you the “hottest” new series with the release of Lucifer: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray & DVD on August 23, 2016. Lucifer delivers over 8 million Total Viewers weekly, and is the #3 scripted series on Fox with Households and Total Viewers (Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 Us AA%; excluding repeats, specials, sports, movies, and a gag reel.

Lucifer: The Complete First Season, on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, will be available at all major retailers, and is priced to own at $39.99 Srp. Lucifer: The Complete First Season comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Archive, »

- Derek Anderson

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Lucifer Rises to Home Video Shelves on August 23

26 May 2016 12:12 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, CA (May 25, 2016) – Just in time for the second season, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you the “hottest” new series with the release of Lucifer: The Complete First Season on Blu-rayTM & DVD on August 23, 2016. Lucifer delivers over 8 million Total Viewers weekly, and is the #3 scripted series on Fox with Households and Total Viewers*.  Fans will feel the burn as they binge on all 13 devilishly delightful episodes from the first season, and indulge in the gripping extras including the 2015 Comic-Con panel, featurettes, character profiles, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

*Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 Us AA%; excluding repeats, specials, sports, movies, and <5 TCs; Season To-Date = 9/21/15-3/20/16

Lucifer: The Complete First Season, on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, will be available at all major retailers, and is priced to own at $39.99 Srp. Lucifer: The Complete First Season comes to Blu-rayTM courtesy of Warner Archive, and will »

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Mike Tyson Joins ‘Kickboxer: Retaliation’ (Exclusive)

25 May 2016 8:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Former world champion boxer Mike Tyson has joined “Kickboxer: Retaliation,” the sequel to “Kickboxer: Vengeance.”

Kickboxer: Retaliation” is currently filming in California and Nevada and will head back to Thailand in June for final principal photography.

“This is a monumental moment for us,: said producer Robert Hickman of Our House Films. “We have already signed on 14 champions from the sporting world, mostly decorated fighters from the Ufc, being able to add Mike Tyson as a cast member adds a whole new element and excitement to the film.”

Kickboxer: Vengeance” was directed by John Stockwell, and starred Alain Moussi, Jean-Claude Van Damme (who played Kurt Sloane in the original “Kickboxer”), Dave Bautista, Gina Carano, Georges St-Pierre and Darren Shahlavi. Rlj Entertainment bought the rights to “Kickboxer: Vengeance,” a remake of the original 1989 “Kickboxer,” and is planning a release in September in theaters and VOD.

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Chris Bender Launches Good Fear Film + Management

23 May 2016 4:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A week after dissolving 18-year-old Benderspink, producer Chris Bender has launched his new shingle, Good Fear Film + Management.

Notable clients include “It Follows” director David Robert Mitchell and “Gleason” director Clay Tweel.

The new company will include Jake Weiner as a partner. Managers Jake Wagner, Daniel Vang, Scott Stoops and talent manager Ryan Revel will join Bender at the new company along with creative executives David Baggelaar and Matthew Reis.

Management clients of the new company include Jennifer Weiner (“In Her Shoes”), Allison Schroeder (“Hidden Figures”), Billy Brown (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Eddie Jemison (“Ocean’s Eleven,” “Hung”), Matt Gerald (Netflix’s “Daredevil”), Adam Busch (“Colony”) and Tiffany Dupont (“Murder in the First”).

Other clients include eight primary cast members from the Bravo series “Vanderpump Rules”: Jordan Ross (“Cruel Intentions”), Ashleigh Powell (“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”), Victoria Aveyard (“Red Queen”), Evan Daugherty (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles »

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Benderspink Dissolving Production-Management Company After 18 Years

17 May 2016 2:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

JC Spink and Chris Bender are dissolving their 18-year-old management-production company Benderspink, which has been involved in “The Hangover” trilogy, “We’re the Millers,” “A History of Violence” and “Zombeavers.”

The duo said the split is amicable in a statement issued Tuesday: “We started Benderspink in our late 20s almost 18 years ago. We could not be more proud of what we’ve achieved together and are excited for this next chapter in each of our lives.”

The statement did not elaborate on what they will do next.

Spink focused mostly on management while Bender focused on producing. The company was formed in 1998 after the two had worked as assistants at Zide-Perry Productions, where Bender received a co-producing credit on “American Pie.”

The duo, who met at Bucknell University, had a long-time first-look deal through New Line that launched in 2001. They delivered mid-budget titles such as “Horrible Bosses” and “The Butterfly Effect” franchises, »

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[Review] Search Party

16 May 2016 1:01 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Scot Armstrong’s Search Party, which is packed to the gils with comedic talent — most of whom, thankfully, have found work that’s more tailored to their abilities — is mostly just a terrible movie. But while it’s a deeply unpleasant experience, dragging down even the most potentially funny scenes by ramming in tone-deaf jokes or indifferent rhythms, it’s also instructive in demonstrating how not to make incredibly funny people humiliate themselves for 90 minutes.

The plot of Search Party has been repeated ad nauseam so many times in the years since Todd Phillips’ irritatingly influential fratty touchstone The Hangover that not even the movie feels particularly invested in mapping out the geography or progression of its narrative. Search Party is set in motion within the opening minutes as as Nardo (Thomas Middlemitch) passes around a joint in a hotboxed van with his two life-long friends, Evan (Adam Pally) and »

- Michael Snydel

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From Living in a Laundromat to Walking the Red Carpet: Queen Mimi Reveals Her Secret to Happiness

13 May 2016 8:55 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

She went from middle class housewife to living on the streets to rubbing shoulders with A-list celebrities, and now her amazing life story is the subject of a new documentary. Queen Mimi, a film by amateur Israeli filmmaker Yaniv Rokah, opens Friday in Santa Monica - the same quiet beachfront city where Marie "Mimi" Haist, now 90, has lived as a local celebrity for the past four decades. Rokah, an aspiring actor at the time, was working as a barista at a coffee shop when he first met Mimi. Friends familiar with the area knew her as the "Queen of Montana »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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From Living in a Laundromat to Walking the Red Carpet: Queen Mimi Reveals Her Secret to Happiness

13 May 2016 8:55 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

She went from middle class housewife to living on the streets to rubbing shoulders with A-list celebrities, and now her amazing life story is the subject of a new documentary. Queen Mimi, a film by amateur Israeli filmmaker Yaniv Rokah, opens Friday in Santa Monica - the same quiet beachfront city where Marie "Mimi" Haist, now 90, has lived as a local celebrity for the past four decades. Rokah, an aspiring actor at the time, was working as a barista at a coffee shop when he first met Mimi. Friends familiar with the area knew her as the "Queen of Montana »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Film Review: ‘Search Party’

12 May 2016 7:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Now three seasons into the HBO series “Silicon Valley,” T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch have developed terrific chemistry as tech-world outsiders — the former a gaseous stoner, the latter a quivering bundle of anxiety. That same dynamic is more or less on display in “Search Party,” a woeful road comedy that was produced before “Silicon Valley” but is only now sputtering out into the world. Stepping behind the camera after partnering with director Todd Phillips as a writer on hits like “Road Trip,” “Old School,” and “The Hangover: Part II,” Scot Armstrong bros out again with a lewd-and-loud blockbuster comedy in the Phillips tradition. A binge-drinking session away from being a fourth “Hangover” movie, the film is a non-starter in theaters, but a who’s-who of alt-comedy talent may give it a boost on VOD, with attendant morning-after regrets.

Patching together elements of his previous scripts like refrigerator-magnet poetry, Armstrong »

- Scott Tobias

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Search Party Review

11 May 2016 9:46 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Search Party is one of those shelved Black List productions you so desperately want to succeed, if only for its cast of on-the-bubble, breakout-seeking lead actors. T.J. MillerThomas Middleditch and Adam Pally are all star-worthy comedians (Silicone Valley/The Final Girls/Night Owls/Happy Endings), but Scot Armstrong’s directorial debut struggles to muster its own frat-comedy voice (Armstrong wrote a majority of Todd Phillips’ films). There are funny moments, and enjoyably deranged comedic beats, but they’re sandwiched between characters who only find humor in offensive insults and an obsession with Middleditch’s dangling member. It’s no direct-to-dvd Road Trip sequel, but stoner comedy of the highest order this is not – pun intended.

Armstrong’s wild ride begins when Jason (T.J. Miller) and Evan (Adam Pally) ruin their best friend’s wedding, sending the depressed groom, Nardo (Thomas Middleditch), into an emotional draught. With his heart still broken, »

- Matt Donato

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Red & Green Band Trailers: "Bad Moms"

3 May 2016 6:58 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Stx Entertainment has revealed both green and red band versions of the first trailer for the comedy "Bad Moms". "The Hangover" scribes Jon Lucas & Scott Moore both penned and direct the film about three over-stressed moms (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities for some overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence.

This soon puts them on a collision course with a clique of devoted perfect moms (Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo). The film is currently targeting a July 29th 2016 release.

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