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Logline: Rosie travels with her best friend, Tucker, for a weekend getaway, reuniting with former high school friends who face equally uncertain futures.
#adulting is hard. “Twentyfiveish” follows Rosie, in the midst of a quarterlife crisis, who escapes for a weekend trip with her best friend Tucker. Upon arrival, she is surprised by former high school friends, some welcome and some not, who also face equally uncertain futures. Together, over the course of the weekend, they try to navigate their way through being twentyfiveish.
Brendan is an American actor known for playing »
- Steve Greene
I think we can all agree, that while we may love Chris Hemsworth as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his solo adventures have left a little something to be desired. That being said, Thor: Ragnarok is shaping up to be something very interesting, and potentially special. Things just got even more interesting, as Marvel Studios has tapped Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh to compose the original score for Thor's third solo outing.
Entertainment Weekly confirmed the news that Mothersbaugh will be joining the project, which was originally reported by The Wrap. The studio has yet to make the announcement official. Many may feel that he is a peculiar choice to put together the music for Thor: Ragnarok, but Mothersbaugh has actually had a very impressive career outside of writing 80s hits like "Whip It" and "Uncontrollable Urge." He has nearly 200 composing credits to his name, dating back to the late 1980s. »
Page is portraying Lucy, the daughter of a man on death row falling in love with Mara’s Mercy character, a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause. As a result, Lucy’s value for truth is tested as her world begins to unravel.
Page first revealed the then-untitled project last year during a news conference at the Zurich Film Festival, »
- Dave McNary
Well, it’s going to be dirty, that much is for sure. Here’s one of those films I genuinely thought would never happen, no matter how many times they announced it. The original Bad Santa, directed by Terry Zwigoff, was manhandled so much during post-production and even after release that it’s one of those accidental hits. It wasn’t released by Miramax as much as it was abandoned to its fate. But one of the greatest things about the way films are digested by culture is that home video gives movies a long tail, and people can discover films over time, and word of mouth is still, at the end of the day, the single greatest weapon a film has. Bad Santa was a film that people passed along when they discovered it, and it’s a film that people tended to rewatch repeatedly as they shared it with other people. »
- Drew McWeeny
Thirteen years after the filthy hijinks of Bad Santa, professional thieves Willie T. Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) and right-hand-man Marcus (Tony Cox) reunite in the film's long-awaited sequel. The first trailer finds that disgruntled duo talking business at a diner, as Marcus teases a new job with a potential windfall of "millions." Fittingly, Soke fires back with a racist one-liner.
Overall, the clip is light on plot and heavy on button-pushing quips — like Soke, dressed in his familiar Santa attire, spouting profanity at passerby ("Ho, ho, merry Christmas. Feed the starving children. »
Pegged to hit theaters on November 23, when the black comedy sequel will bring its unique brand of festive cheer to moviegoers, Mark Waters (Mean Girls) is calling the shots behind the lens, and though 13 years have past since the original cult hit, Thornton hasn’t lost any of his charm as the bitter curmudgeon.
Indeed, many are hailing the mere existence of Bad Santa 2 as an early Christmas miracle. Long before Waters came aboard, a sequel to an R-rated seasonal hit from yesteryear was little more than a pipe dream, but low and behold, soon after Thornton confirmed he would don the big red suit once more, Broad Green Pictures and Miramax eased the wheels into motion.
And that’s »
- Michael Briers
After nearly five years of rumors about a “Bad Santa 2” being in the works, we finally have a trailer for the much anticipated holiday movie. Judging by the looks of things, star Billy Bob Thornton’s Willie Soke hasn’t warmed up to his job as jolly old St. Nick one bit.
So what took so long getting the sequel off the ground? “The writer is still working on the script. He’s doing his rewrite right now,” Thornton told The Playlist way back in 2012. “We saw the first draft and we just had a few little things we wanted to take away or add and he’s doing that. The plan is to shoot that in the fall.” As is frequently the case in Hollywood, unanticipated script revisions can add years to a project’s timeline.
Miramax and Broad Green Pictures are releasing the movie in November. Thornton »
- Graham Winfrey
RedOne might not be the most recognizable name in music - but he's responsible for some of the biggest Top 40 hits of the century. Born Nadir Khayat in Morocco in 1972, RedOne began producing and songwriting music in 1998. By 2006, he scored Billboard hits like Kat DeLuna's summer jam "Whine Up." But it wasn't until he teamed up with Lady Gaga that he became a go-to hitmaker in Hollywood. RedOne co-wrote and produced most of Gaga's earliest hits, from breakouts "Just Dance" and "Poker Face" to "LoveGame." Now 44 and with three Grammys to his name, RedOne has produced hits for everyone in the industry, »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
With less than a month to go until its release, Netflix has released a poster and trailer for its critically-acclaimed feature film Tallulah, which stars Ellen Page and Allison Janney; check them out here…
Tallulah, the Netflix original film, was written and directed by Sian Heder (Orange is the New Black), and tells the story of young vagabond, Lu (Ellen Page – Whip It, Inception), who lives in a van and is fiercely independent in her hand-to-mouth existence. When a chance encounter incites her to impulsively “rescue” a baby from a negligent mother, Lu, at a loss for what to do, turns to the only responsible adult she knows: Margo (Allison Janney – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Way, Way Back), who mistakenly believes she’s the child’s grandmother. Tammy Blanchard (Into the Woods, Moneyball), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Girls), John Benjamin Hickey (The Good Wife, Manhattan) and »
- Amie Cranswick
Netflix has released the trailer and poster for the critically-acclaimed film Tallulah, which will debut on July 29 in all territories where Netflix is available.
Tallulah, the Netflix original film, was written and directed by Sian Heder (Orange is the New Black), and tells the story of young vagabond, Lu (Ellen Page - Whip It, Inception), who lives in a van and is fiercely independent in her hand-to-mouth existence. When a chance encounter incites her to impulsively "rescue" a baby from a negligent mother, Lu, at a loss for what to do, turns to the only responsible adult she knows: Margo (Allison Janney - Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Way, Way Back), who mistakenly believes she's the child's grandmother.
- Kellvin Chavez
Recurring Orange Is The New Black writer Sian Heder is making her feature-length directorial debut after two short films with the Netflix-distributed Tallulah. Following a premiere at Sundance, the first trailer shows the struggle of the titular Tallulah (Ellen Page), a down-on-her-luck young woman who stumbles upon a nannying gig that sends her on unforgettable (or maybe very forgettable) journey. Oh, and she sorta kidnaps the baby and pretends it’s her own in order to get money from her missing boyfriend’s mother — but don’t worry, it’s inspirational when you put sad music over it.
We said in our review: “The light tone works well enough on its own, but suffers against the contrasting police investigation, a constant reminder that our lead’s new-found motherhood (also fodder for much comedy) has come at an awful price. Though this dichotomy is of clear intention by all involved, these »
- Mike Mazzanti
The teaser poster and trailer for the upcoming drama Tallulah, which stars Ellen Page and Allison Janney, which debuted at this year’s main Sundance Film Festival and Sundance London, has just been release ahead of its debut on Netflix next month.
Tallulah, the Netflix original film, was written and directed by Sian Heder (Orange is the New Black), and tells the story of young vagabond, Lu (Ellen Page – Whip It, Inception), who lives in a van and is fiercely independent in her hand-to-mouth existence. When a chance encounter incites her to impulsively “rescue” a baby from a negligent mother, Lu, at a loss for what to do, turns to the only responsible adult she knows: Margo (Allison Janney – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Way, Way Back), who mistakenly believes she’s the child’s grandmother. Tammy Blanchard (Into the Woods, Moneyball), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Girls »
- Paul Heath
Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our semi-regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a bevy of the latest movie trailers including Ghostbusters, Sausage Party, Star Trek Beyond, Precious Cargo, Independence Day: Resurgence, Barbershop: A Fresh Cut, and Morgan.
Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today. Get ready to watch them save the world this summer!
Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. »
- Phil Wheat
Returning to the form of feature-length documentary to chronicle a subculture and the people that take pleasure in it, Brent Hodge’s third feature The Pistol Shrimps follows a recreational basketball team with a starting line-up that includes comediennes Aubrey Plaza and Molly Hawkey. The Shrimps, started as an impromptu team, inspired the league to grow into something somewhat serious — the team is even required to hold practices now. Oddly the team and the league inspire a podcast (Pistol Shrimp Radio) hosted by Matt Gourley and Mark McConville mixing alt comedy, geeky fandom and sports talk radio as the men become experts on all things Pistol Shrimps. This of course requires more energy, dedication and mental bandwidth than most men would have and, although they’re not the focus, their passion is reminiscent of the men that love My Little Pony, the subject of Hodge’s first feature A Brony Tale. »
- John Fink
Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.
- Movie Geeks
Screenwriter and director Lorene Scafaria has tended to mix high concepts with comedic material about critical junctures in young lives, with pictures such as “Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” “Whip It,” and “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World.” But in the upcoming "The Meddler," there is no quirky adolescents, roller rink battles, or uh, apocalypses, and the result is a low-key charmer. Read More: Review: Lorene Scafaria's 'The Meddler' With Susan Sarandon Starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong, Lucy Punch, Casey Wilson, Michael McKean, and Jason Ritter, the story revolves around a young woman whose life is suddenly intruded upon by her well-meaning mother, who has just moved to the West Coast, following the death of her husband. Here's the official synopsis: With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
David Bowie. Thin White Duke, Goblin King, Ziggy Stardust, Genius. The world was shocked by his death, so soon after gifting us with his album, Blackstar. Released only days ago on his 69th birthday and intended as a parting gift to us all, David Bowie was wonderful, weird, and surprising until the very end.
While there’s no denying the musical talent Bowie brought to generations through his many albums and character incarnations, the film world has also lost a charismatic actor known for some iconic roles. While Bowie may not have worked steadily as an actor, his roles were carefully chosen and memorable, allowing him to work with some of the most talented directors of the past 40 years.
Whether Bowie is the Goblin King, a beautiful androgynous alien, or the master of the fashion catwalk to you, we look back and celebrate his most iconic performances in film.
- Rachel West and Sasha James
The Oscar-nominated Juno star talks about child stardom, her Vice TV show and why she had to stop living a lie
Within a few minutes of meeting the actor Ellen Page near her Los Angeles home, we’re talking about what she enjoys doing around here, which is going surfing with her girlfriend, artist Samantha Thomas. She likes to watch Thomas, the more experienced surfer, examine the waves. Thomas tells her which way to turn, based on movements in the water that Page can’t even see. “Particularly on days where there are onshore winds, so it’s kind of rough, she’ll say, ‘Oh, a wave’s coming at you, it’s a right, go right’ and I’m just like, ‘What are you looking at? You can read the ocean like that?’ It’s really hot,” she adds, the excitement in her gentle voice suggesting that she is quietly, »
- Sophie Heawood
Just in case you missed it, Miramax and Broad Green Pictures announced on January 11, 2015 that principal photography has started in Montréal, Québec, Canada, on Bad Santa 2, the follow-up to the raucous comedy hit Bad Santa.
As was previously reported, the film boasts an all-star cast led by Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Tony Cox, and Brett Kelly. Joining the already announced cast are Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, 2 Broke Girls), comedian Jenny Zigrino (50 Shades of Black), and Jeff Skowron (The Good Shepherd). Hansen will play Regent Hastings, who runs a charitable organization with his wife Diane (Hendricks). Zigrino and Skowron play security guards Gina and Dorfman, respectively. The trio joins Thornton (television series Fargo, Sling Blade, Simple Plan, Bandits) reprising his Golden Globe-nominated role as Willy Soke, and Bates (Misery, Titanic, Dolores Claiborne) who plays Willy’s tough-as-nails mom Sunny Soke, as well as original cast members Cox »
- Mike Tyrkus
It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.
Check out the new trailer below.
- Michelle McCue
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