12 items from 2016
Chad Hartigan’s “Morris From America” earned high praise at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, winning the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. The film follows Morris Gentry (Markees Christmas), a 13-year-old who just relocated with his father (Craig Robinson) to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris is a fish out of water in his new home as he struggles to fit in with other kids, but when his German tutor (Carla Juri) insists he spend more time with his peers, he falls for Katrin (Lina Keller), a fellow classmate. He tries to impress her with his nascent rap skills while Morris’ dad attempts to acclimate himself and his son to their new life, but both of them will slowly learn that the best strategy is just to be themselves. Ahead of its theatrical release later this summer, A24 and DirecTV have released the film’s trailer, which features the new song by DJ Shadow and Run the Jewels “Nobody Speak.”
Read More: Sundance Review: ‘Morris From America’ Puts a Fresh Spin on Familiar Ingredients
“Morris From America” is Hartigan’s third feature film. His second film “This Is Martin Bonner,” about a man in his 50s who relocated to Reno, Nevada for a new job and forms an unlikely friendship, also premiered at Sundance in 2013 and won the Audience Award for Best of Next. Star Craig Robinson is best known for playing Darryl Philbin on “The Office,” along with his performances in “Pineapple Express,” “Hot Tub Time Machine,” and “This Is The End.” He will also be featured in the new animated film “Sausage Party” and James Franco’s latest “Zeroville.” Robinson won a Special Jury Award for Acting for his performance in “Morris From America.”
Read More: A24 Makes First Sundance Deal With Crowdpleaser ‘Morris From America’
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- Michael Nordine
Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) and Crispin Glover (Hot Tub Time Machine) have joined the cast of the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel American Gods. Tucker is Low Key Lyesmith. Shadow’s one confidante in prison, Low Key is a surprisingly philosophical individual. Wiry and fast talking, with an offbeat sense of humor, he has a theory for everything and gives Shadow some sage advice to ready him for the outside world. Glover will play Mr… »
Corddry, who is also the creator and star of the TV series Children’s Hospital, joins a cast which includes Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Jason Bateman (Zootropolis), T.J. Miller (Deadpool), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Randall Park (The Interview).
Office Christmas Party opens on December 9th. Will Speck and Josh Gordon (Blades of Glory) are directing, while Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office), Timothy Dowling (Pixels) and Laura Solon (Hot In Cleveland) have all been involved with the script.
- Scott J. Davis
“Greek” could be coming back to the small screen.
Titled “Greek: The Reunion,” the movie would see the characters from the original show return to Cypress Rhodes University for the five-year reunion. No cast members have been announced at this point.
The college-set series, which followed the lives of students in the Greek system, starred Spencer Grammer as sorority queen Casey Cartwright and Jacob Zachar as her younger brother. Scott Michael Foster (“Chasing Life,” “Blood & Oil”) played goofy fraternity brother Cappie, and Jake McDorman (“Limitless”) played frat heartthrob Evan Chambers. Clark Duke (“Hot Tub Time Machine”), Amber Stevens (“The Carmichael Show »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The multi-camera comedy concept will cut between a real game show and the scripted workplace that centers on an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host, Toby (Ferguson). Howard will play Jake, the game show’s head writer and a hipster playwright, who only sticks with the show for the money and his friendship with Emily (the as-yet uncast producer). Stewart will portray Marcelle, Emily’s best friend and confidante, who also works on the game show within the show.
The series hails from Universal Television, David Janollari Entertainment and The Gurin Company. Betsy Thomas wrote the pilot script and will executive produce alongside David Janollari and Phil Gurin, from an original idea by Gurin. The show marks a reunion for “My Boys” creator Thomas and Howard and Stewart, »
- Laura Prudom
Robinson will take on the recurring role of Ray, a neighborhood local who reaches out to Elliot (Rami Malek) in his time of need.
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- Garth Franklin
Casting for the sophomore outing of USA Network’s Mr. Robot is beginning to heat up, with Craig Robinson (The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine) enlisting for season 2 alongside fellow newcomers Joey Bada$$, Chris Conroy and Grace Gummer.
Landing a recurring role on the award-winning hacking drama, Robinson joins the show’s roster as Ray, a “neighborhood local who reaches out to Elliot (Rami Malek) in his time of need.” No further details were disclosed about Robinson’s newcomer nor how his own personal plight will be dealt with by Elliot, but we expect that Malek’s reclusive protagonist will handle Ray from behind his trusty keyboard.
Buoyed by the success of its inaugural season – not to mention Golden Globe gongs for Christian Slater’s scenery-chewing performance and writer-creator Sam Esmail – Mr. Robot season 2 is due to begin production today in New York City ahead of its arrival in the summer. »
- Michael Briers
The comedian will play Ray, a neighborhood local who reaches out to Elliot (Rami Malek) in his time of need.
Robinson joins new additions to “Mr. Robot’s” cast including recurring stars Joey Bada$$ and Chris Conroy, plus new series regular Grace Gummer. Michael Cristofer and Stephanie Corneliussen have been upped to series regulars for the second season, and will reprise their roles as Phillip Price and Joanna Wellick, respectively.
Robinson starred on “The Office,” and last summer, toplined his own NBC sitcom “Mr. Robinson,” which was cancelled after one short season. His other recent credits include “This Is the End,” “Hot Tub Time Machine” and “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.”
Production on the second season of “Mr. Robot” begins today in New York City, and the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Crispin Glover is an anomaly in modern Hollywood: a restless iconoclast who, after dabbling in a series of successful Hollywood pictures, has gone on to forge one of the most singular careers in modern motion pictures. There has never been another actor quite like him, and we’re all blessed to have been witness to his many great performances, from his immortal nerd George McFly in the “Back to the Future” series to his amusing turn as a one-armed bellhop in the otherwise dire “Hot Tub Time Machine.” And for those of you in need of a Glover fix, No Small Parts — a series of video essays committed to highlighting the work of performers generally thought to be underappreciated — has recently devoted a new forty-five minute video to Mr. Glover’s tremendous body of work. Read More: Listen: Marc Maron's 97-Minute Talk With Crispin Glover Fans of the actor »
- Nicholas Laskin
Imagine getting to the second month of the year and not having to write off the next four weeks of cinema, in the full knowledge that everything released this month is invariably garbage. It’s happening, people: Hollywood is killing the Graveyard Slot.
At this point last year we got the unforgivably boring Lazarus Effect, the painfully unarousing Fifty Shades Of Grey and the frankly Hot Tub Time Machine. Highlights were few and far between, with most attention inevitably focused on the Oscars and the Super Bowl, but it doesn’t look like we’re going to see a repeat of that this year.
As the release calendar becomes increasingly obese and massive films compete directly with one another, studios have had to lock not-terrible films into previous dump slots, and there’s a very real chance 2016 will see the refurbishment of the late winter release date. And it »
- Simon Gallagher
Ever since Marty McFly stepped into the DeLorean and accidentally transported himself to the year 1955, time travel has become an increasingly interesting, puzzling, and miraculous concept that cinema-goers get to experience through film.
A recent film that expertly uses time travel in an original and spell-binding way is Rian Johnson's Looper. Starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis as an assassin from the future who goes back in time on a mission to kill himself, Looper spins the time-travel genre on its head and delivers a complex moral tale that is high on action and that left us floored.
Looper screens as part of the Great Digital Film Festival which runs from February 5th-11th. Click here for tickets and showtimes.
- Adriana Floridia
This story first appeared in the Feb. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Being a bald, somewhat recognizable comedian isn't as glamorous as you think it is. Rob Corddry is on his way to the Amtrak dining car when a group of young women notice him. Sort of. They can't quite place Corddry. "You're in Hot Tub Toy Machine, right?" one asks. "Yes! I'm the black guy from Hot Tub Time Machine!" he responds. As Corddry chats genially with them, one woman eyes his companion, Jonathan Stern. His beard is partially
- Rob Tannenbaum
12 items from 2016
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