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While the networks have been announcing their new series over the past few days at the upfronts, HBO is making a couple of announcements of its own. The pay cable channel has order two pilots to series: a comedy from Mike Judge and a dramedy series centering on a group of gay men in San Francisco starring Jonathan Groff (Glee). Judge’s dark comedy is a single-camera project that takes place “in the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.” The series stars T.J. Miller (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) and Thomas Middleditch (The Campaign). Per THR, Judge wrote and directed the pilot and will executive produce the series with John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, and Scott Rudin. Judge previously created and ran King of the Hill on Fox and Beavis and Butthead on MTV, »
- Adam Chitwood
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
Laggies tells the story of a 28 year old woman stuck in perpetual adulthood, who lies to her boyfriend when he proposes marriage to her. Instead of going on a retreat as she tells him, she spends the week hanging out with a group of teenage friends.
Originally, Shelton had intended to cast actress Rebecca Hall (The Town, Iron Man 3) in the lead role, but Hall exited the project to star in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence opposite Johnny Depp. It was at that point that Shelton cast Anne Hathaway, fresh off the heels of her Oscar win for Les Miserables. Unfortunately for Shelton, it looks like Hathaway has bowed out to star in Christopher Nolan »
- Damen Norton
The last time we spoke to actor Rob Corddry, he told us how director Michael Bay “kicked his ass” and how he’d tell us about it next time. Now, almost a year after promoting Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Pain & Gain is finally hitting theaters and Mr. Corddry is here to tell us how Bay went about that ass-kicking. Some actors haven’t always taken to Bay’s blunt style, but Corddry embraced it. A director can’t get much more honest than telling one of his actors they “fucked up,” something Bay would tell the creator and star of Children’s Hospital after a take gone wrong. If Corddry didn’t respond to that approach, then he most likely wouldn’t have done a pool stunt for Bay, considering he isn’t a fan of the water. But Corddry is a fan of Michael Bay’s tireless work ethic, and »
- Jack Giroux
People have widely different ideas of how they would handle the end of the world. Some would utilize it as an opportunity to reflect amongst their love ones, while others would let their freak flag fly in a party of reckless abandon. Facing the reality of worldwide destruction is a common theme found in film. Some, like Armageddon, use universal disaster as a showcase for the capabilities of human bravery. Others, like 2012’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, use it as a philosophical dissection into the fatality of life. Todd Berger’s latest film It’s a Disaster takes an entirely different approach.
- Dan Clark
You wouldn’t think large-scale death and destruction would be good fodder for comedy, but last year’s Seeking a Friend For the End of the World proved otherwise with its sweet mix of laughs and heart. This year sees two higher profile attempts at the formula with Seth Rogen’s This Is the End and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, but the odds are both of these will lean far heavier on the comedy aspect. Unfairly allocated to the limited release indie circuit though is a little film that may just be the best of the bunch. Or should I say, the best of the brunch… (don’t worry, I didn’t write the movie). Pete and Emma (Blaise Miller & Erinn Hayes) host a regular “couples” brunch for their favorite fellow couples, but today’s get together won’t be going entirely to plan. Judging by how some of the regular attendees despise the »
- Rob Hunter
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Distributor: Warner Bros.
The Jackie Robinson who titled his 1972 autobiography “I Never Had It Made” — and meant it — is scarcely present in “42,” a relentlessly formulaic biopic that succeeds at transforming one of the most compelling sports narratives of the 20th century into a home run of hagiography. Thick with canned inspirationalism and heroic platitudes, but only occasionally pushing past the iconic to grapple with the real human drama of Robinson’s life, this personal passion project for Legendary Pictures chairman-ceo Thomas Tull should enjoy a decent first inning with audiences, but won’t surpass Robinson’s famed jersey number in box office millions.
— Scott Foundas
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- Variety Staff
James Franco had a great weekend at the box office. Not only did his $215 million blockbuster Oz The Great and Powerful top the chart for a second time, his edgy indie Spring Breakers made a big splash in limited release.
Oz dropped by a modest 47 percent to $42.2 million this weekend, lifting its domestic total to $145 million. In doing so, Oz surpassed Identity Thief to become the biggest hit of 2013 so far. Overseas, Oz hasn’t had quite as magical of a run. The film conjured another $46.6 million from 55 territories (about 85 percent of the international market) and has now grossed a $136.8 million abroad. »
- Grady Smith
Time for a twisted take on a very special subset of the business they call show (which is like no business I know). Yup it’s another flick about (exploding hand gesture)…magic! Very hot on the heels of last week’s box office behemoth Oz: The Great And Powerful, comes another story of an illusionist. This is a more modern and comic take on this entertainment staple that certainly pre-dates the wagons and caravans of Oz. Magicians soon went from those carnival side shows and became sensations of live theatre with Harry Houdini, perhaps achieving the greatest fame (folks still gather every Halloween awaiting his return from the great beyond). They even inspired a long-running newspaper comic strip, Phil Davis and Lee Falk’s “Mandrake the Magician”. When television began in the late 1940′s they immediately snapped up these performers for their visual appeal. A few hosted their own »
- Jim Batts
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and The Call arrive in theaters this weekend, though neither will come close to taking first place away from reigning champion Oz The Great and Powerful. Nearly a decade after they starred together in Bruce Almighty*one of the highest-grossing comedies ever at $242.8 million*Jim Carrey and Steve Carell are once again on screen together in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which is opening in 3,160 locations this weekend. This time around, though, Carell is the title character, while Carrey is relegated to the scene-stealing supporting role. This switch makes sense, given the actors current career trajectories. While Carrey has contributed to 12 $100 million movies, his only nationwide live-action release of the past four years was the slightly disappointing Mr. Popper's Penguins ($68.2 million). Carell, on the other hand, has been fairly consistent since breaking out in 2005's The 40-Year-Old Virgin, though even he has the occasional slip-up (last Summer's »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
God help me, I’m not even sure I can remember why, only a few days after the fact, I laughed so damn hard at The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Which is a terrible position for me to be in because on its face, this is the sort of movie -- an overblown studio comedy -- that usually makes me want to cry and maybe even run screaming from the theater to escape it. And yet, I haven’t laughed so much -- out loud -- at the movies since I can’t remember when. I need to be able to explain why this was the case, and here I can barely read my notes, I was shaking so hard as I was trying to write them. It’s pretty clear, even from my fun-befuddled perspective, that part of the reason why this just works is because where other similar films »
- MaryAnn Johanson
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: DVD $22.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The murder of a dog is at stake in comedy movie Revenge for Jolly.
Petsos stars as Harry, who returns from an all-night drinking binge to find out his little dog Jolly has been murdered. Mourning the death of his best friend, love and one source of light in his dark, solitary life, Harry vows to track down the dog’s murderer. He arms himself with a stockpile of firepower and, with his cousin Cecil (Oscar Isaac, Sucker Punch), embarks on a frenzied, alcohol-fueled wild-goose chase, leaving a bloody path of destruction in their wake.
The Apatow gang comedy juggernaut just keeps on chugging. Over a decade after they appeared together in "Undeclared" and "Freaks and Geeks," the Rogen-Franco-Baruchel connection brings us the latest in an emerging genre – the End Of The World Comedy (see previous efforts like "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," "It’s a Disaster" and Edgar Wright's upcoming "The World's End"). "This is The End," which Seth Rogen co-wrote with "Superbad," "Pineapple Express," "Green Hornet" and "The Watch" collaborator Evan Goldberg, who also co-wrote "Goon" with Jay Baruchel, is scheduled to be in cinemas on June 14th. The gang play exaggerated versions of themselves trying to find meaning in their lives as they hide out at James Franco’s house during an escalating series of apocalyptic cataclysms. Other regulars Jonah Hill and Danny McBride will feature, as well as Rihanna, the soon to be ubiquitous Emma Watson and formerly ubiquitous Michael Cera. »
- Kieran McMahon
The apocalypse is quite a hot commodity in Hollywood now, with summer’s upcoming World War Z and This is the End, as well as smaller dramas like Melancholia and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and even the upcoming black comedy It’s a Disaster. We can now add another one to the list with Rapturepalooza and we’ve got our first look at the film [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
Today the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced its nominees for the 2013 Saturn Awards, one of the few awards programs in which a lot of us will recognize nearly every production. The awards have been expanded over recent years, so if you are unclear about just what type of productions are honored by the Academy, an explanation is included in the press release below, although it can really be summarized as “we know it when we see it.”
A few head-scratchers, however, just beg to be called out:
Anna Karenina? Les Miserables? Leverage? Elementary? Really? That is some broad definition. No subgenre categories for television. The Academy proofreader should know by now that it’s “Syfy” and not “SyFy” (don’t worry, I fixed it, and sorry, it’s a pet peeve). Adding in historical fiction somewhere somehow without actually mentioning it. The entire category “Best Youth-Oriented »
- Erin Willard
This Sunday is Oscar day, but for genre fans it's The Saturn Awards that really matter, and we have the full list of this year's nominees. Although we have to say the horror pickings are rather slim indeed!
From the Press Release:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey received more Saturn Award nominations than any other film released last year, with Life of Pi and Skyfall close behind as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films today revealed the nominations for the 39th Annual Saturn Awards.
Marvel’s The Avengers, The Dark Knight Returns, Looper, Cloud Atlas, Argo and Les Miserables are among the films that have received multiple Saturn Award nominations, underscoring the ways in which genre filmmaking has expanded beyond its roots as niche entertainment.
The only major awards dedicated to honoring the finest in genre entertainment in film, television and home entertainment, The Saturn Awards will be presented in June, »
- The Woman In Black
The 39th Annual Saturn Award Nominations have been officially announced and we have the full list of nominees. The Saturn Awards recognizing outstanding Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror releases in the last 12 months, and will announce the winners in June. Included on the list are multiple nominations for American Horror Story and The Walking Dead.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the leading film with nominations for the prestigious Saturn Awards presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Peter Jackson’s return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth received 9 nominations. Other films receiving major nominations include Ang Lee’s Life of Pi (8 nominations), and the 23nd entry in the James Bond franchise, Skyfall (7 nominations).
Comic book icons-turned-cinematic spectacles, Marvel’s The Avengers and Christopher Nolan’s triumphant conclusion to his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, followed closely behind with 6 nominations each, along with the epic »
- Jonathan James
Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit movie may not have gotten much love from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Films saw things differently, lavishing the fantasy epic with nine Saturn Award nominations today. The awards, now in their 39th year, honor the best genre films, TV shows, and home entertainment. They’ll be presented in June, though the ceremony’s exact date and location have yet to be announced.
Here’s a partial rundown of this year’s Saturn nominees, including the movies honored in its new independent film category. »
- Hillary Busis
When Community returns to NBC tonight, the study group will tackle its anxiety about Jeff graduating "early," and Britta and Troy will be taking baby steps in their relationship. You know, the usual — holding hands, kissing, fighting in fountains, elaborate escape routes to hide sexual encounters, and Inspector Spacetime conventions. Gillian Jacobs, who plays Britta, chatted with Vulture about the show coming back, getting jealous of Lena Dunham, and why she doesn't want a Magic Mike lap dance.Last time we talked, you had a cameo in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. You neglected to tell me that you had won a part in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone because Steve Carell liked kissing you so much.I think I signed some contract, early on in my career, that I will only kiss Steve Carell when I do a movie. [Laughs.] Keeps everyone else jealous. Would you be »
- Jennifer Vineyard
It’s a match made in teen TV drama heaven! The actors, who starred together in the 2011 film ‘The Oranges,’ have been getting cozy. Do You think they make a cute couple?
Cue the primetime TV drama music — Leighton Meester, 26, and Adam Brody, 33, are now a couple! The Gossip Girl star and her fellow TV actor beau, who gained fame during his five seasons on The O.C., have been “hanging out,” according to Us Weekly.
“They were always close and friendly,” source tells the magazine.
Even though the new couple has been keeping their relationship low-key, they have already been spotted out and about. »
- Christina Stiehl
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