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“Have I ever told you the story about the time I tried to find a dead body?”
Sounds like an ear catching anecdote, but in reality that’s the line that started Jake Johnson (New Girl, Jurassic World) and Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas) down the road which eventually led to Digging for Fire, a film that garnered a 2015 Sundance Film Festival premiere. Jake Johnson and costar Steve Berg (Drunk History, Skinwalker Ranch) have been on tour promoting the film with several Q & A’s across the country. Last Friday they brought their wit and a pitcher of beer to the front of the screen at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX.
“The way Joe (Swanberg) and I work is we just keep pitching each other ideas until one jumps out… I texted him one night and said, ‘Have I ever told you about the time I tried to find a dead body? »
- Katie Mae Peters
Lynn Shelton is joining her former mumblecore collaborators, the Duplass brothers, at HBO. The premium cable network has put into development "Family Drama," an anthology series to be executive produced by Shelton, Megan Griffiths and former "True Blood" Ep Gregg Fienberg. The Seattle-set show will follow a new family every season "as an explosive event or revelation rips open and exposes the family’s driving emotional flaw, forcing its members to finally confront and deal with each other," according to TheWrap. Shelton, whose TV directing credits include "New Girl," "The Mindy Project" and "Mad Men," would direct the pilot. The trio would also pen the series. The filmmaker behind "Laggies," "Your Sister's Sister" and "Humpday" is also attached to helm the HBO miniseries "Madame X," a period drama about a controversial midwife to be played by Anna...
- Inkoo Kang
Hail to the chief — our future President Kanye West stole the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, announcing his beautiful dark twisted candidacy for Commander-in-Cheezus. "Yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided to run for President in 2020," he said, after a brilliantly rambling 10-minute-plus speech that had more music in it than any of the night's performances. Kanye's stoned Video Vanguard soliloquy ("we the Millennials, bro!") was this year's Vma highlight, as everybody knew it would be. The whole point of the bash every year is »
Jason George took the stage at a crowded Montage Beverly Hills patio area Thursday evening to mark the celebration of diversity in the 67th Annual Emmy Award nominations. The patio was filled with attendees involved in showbiz — most of whom are considered a minority of some kind.
The third Dynamic & Diverse event from the TV Academy brought people from the industry old and new to celebrate the occasion. “Grey’s Anatomy” regular George, chair of SAG-aftra’s Diversity Advisory Committee, made a speech that touched on the “Empire” effect — or as he likes to call it, the “Shonda Rhimes” effect — that snowballed into the 2015-16 season having the most diverse television content in years.
“Diversity is good business,” he started. It was a statement that he had made last year before series “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat” premiered. He continued, “I don’t know if we can do ‘All in the Family »
- Mannie Holmes
To clarify, this article and the ones similar to it are not reviews of this fall/midseason’s pilots (because pilots can change a lot between now and when they broadcast). These are just my first impressions of the not-for-air network pilots that I have been able to screen. I last wrote about The CW’s Containment. Next up: Fox’s Lucifer, which premieres at midseason. The Premise: Based on the DC/Vertigo comic. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub, and begins assisting a skeptical detective on an investigation after a friend of his is murdered. The Cast: Tom Ellis (Merlin) as Lucifer Morningstar, Lauren German (Chicago Fire) as Detective Chloe Dancer, Db Woodside (24) as Amenadiel, Rachael Harris (Suits, New Girl) as Kim Martin, Scarlett Estevez (The Massively Mixed-Up Middle School Mystery) as Trixie, »
- Chris King
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? A parody of video essays targets The Dark Knight, a supercut of every punch Jason Statham has ever thrown on camera and Straight Outta Compton gets a hilarious Batman-themed mashup. But first, Mad Max: Fury Road gets an honest trailer that you surely won't want to miss. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Mad Max: Fury Road Honest Trailer
The Screen Junkies crew is back with yet another Honest Trailer, this week turning their snarky gaze to Mad Max: Fury Road. While this video is far less critical than most of the others in this long-running series, they do take director George Miller to task for essentially turning »
Next to its stalwart rep troupe, American Horror Story's fifth season has taken a couple of bold casting risks that look as though they may pay off. Lady Gaga and Naomi Campbell are due to appear alongside the more tried and tested likes of Kathy Bates, Wes Bentley, Evan Peters, Sarah Poulson, and Angela Bassett in the new series, which premieres this October in the Us.
The fifth season is the first not to welcome the inestimable talents of Jessica Lange, but the crop of talent lined up below should rush in to fill that gap.
Here's an introduction to American Horror Story: Hotel's new characters, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly's exclusive:
First up is The Countess (Lady Gaga), owner of the Cortez Hotel, "a glamorous but »
Since its launch in November 2014, IFC’s Comedy Crib has served as a home for high-quality web series, some of which have caught our attention. Now, Comedy Crib has announced the shows that will make up its fall slate, and it has assembled a strong lineup. Leading off is Suburban Sons, a series produced by Above Average that stars Lamorne Morris of New Girl fame.
In Suburban Sons, Morris plays one of four dads who together make up a gang of suburban gangsters. However, instead of running a dangerous criminal syndicate, the Suburban Sons spend their time making sure local lawns are well-maintained. In the premiere episode, this process involves torturing a resistant neighbor by over-cooking hamburgers and sharing Breaking Bad spoilers.
Suburban Sons, which is sponsored by Hyundai and will debut its episodes across four consecutive Tuesdays, is one of at least eight series that will arrive on Comedy »
- Sam Gutelle
Shattering records globally, Jurassic World crushed the opening-weekend box-office, scoring the highest domestic, international and worldwide openings of all time. The film has taken in more than $1.6 billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history.
Now fans can experience the thrill and awe when Jurassic World arrives on Digital HD on October 1, 2015 and on 3-D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on October 20, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. More than two decades since Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was released, fans of the original films and new moviegoers alike can witness the story come full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life.
Now, 22 years later, an even bigger and enormously popular attraction has risen on Isla Nubar: Jurassic World. To keep attendance high, the park operators introduce a new, genetically modified hybrid creature called Indominus Rex. Bigger, stronger and far more intelligent than »
- Michelle McCue
Starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and Whiplash star J.K. Simmons, Scafaria’s picture is a story of second chances and the universal draw of family members. Centering on Marnie Minervini (Sarandon), The Meddler will see our recent widow throw caution to the wind and uproot from her New Jersey home in order to spend more time with her daughter in Los Angeles.
Armed with little more than her wit and will – and a bank account packed to the rafters – Marnie plots course for the west coast, and early reviews have praised her performance as poignant and deeply resonant.
Here’s the official logline from the Tiff schedule.
“Striking a winning balance of insight, heart, and laugh-out-loud hilarity, Lorene Scafaria’s second feature stars »
- Michael Briers
Viewers will be able to enter the realm of dinosaurs from the comfort of their couches this fall, when Jurassic World comes out on Digital HD October 1st and 3-D Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray, and DVD October 20th.
Press Release: Universal City, Calif., Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Shattering records globally, Jurassic World crushed the opening-weekend box-office, scoring the highest domestic, international and worldwide openings of all time. The film has taken in more than $1.6 billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history. Now fans can experience the thrill and awe when Jurassic World arrives on Digital HD on October 1, 2015 and on 3-D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on October 20, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. More than two decades since Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park was released, fans of the original films and new moviegoers alike can witness the story come full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life. »
- Derek Anderson
Funny Or Die has always produced topical content, but their latest short might just be one of their most spot-on satires yet, mostly due to the direct involvement of some of the industry's leading female directors. Read More: No More Excuses: Hollywood Needs to Hire More Female Directors Entitled "The Real Reason Women Don't Direct More Action Movies," the two-and-a-half-minute web video depicts a group of talented filmmakers -- Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight"), Shira Piven ("Welcome to Me"), Nisha Ganatra ("Transparent"), Nicole Holofcener ("Enough Said") and Anne Fletcher ("The Proposal") -- who can't seem to land a directing gig for the upcoming action sequel, "Super Cops 4." In a pitch meeting for the job with a trio of immature businessmen, including "New Girl" star Max Greenfield, the women all provide sensible answers to their ludicrous questions ("'Twilight made $400 million »
- Zack Sharf
There's a new boy in a "New Girl" star's life!
The couple named their son Ozzie James Greenfield, according to the website.
The baby weighed in at 6 lbs., 12 oz.
Max and Tess, who tied the knot in 2008, also have a daughter, Lilly Greenfield (born 2010).
Photos: Hollywood Dads
In addition to his double dad duties, the 34-year-old star will soon be seen on ...
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Max Greenfield is a dad again! The New Girl actor welcomed his second child, a son, with wife Tess Sanchez on Monday. The couple, who are already parents to daughter Lilly, who was born in 2010, named their baby boy Ozzie James. A source tells E! News that "everyone is doing great" after the little one's arrival on Aug. 24. Congrats to the happy family! »
Happy family of four! New Girl's Max Greenfield and his wife, Tess Sanchez, have welcomed their second baby, a boy named Ozzie James Greenfield, E! News reports. Born on Monday, Aug. 24, baby Greenfield joins big sister Lilly, 5. Having already gotten the first-time parenthood jitters out with Lilly, Greenfield, 34, anticipates his second round of diaper duty is going to be a breeze. "You know, it's the second one. With the first one, you have the nursery set up when you find out that you're pregnant. 'Let's [...] »
There's a new little boy in a New Girl star's life! Golden Globe-nominated actor Max Greenfield and his wife, casting executive wife Tess Sanchez, welcomed son Ozzie James Greenfield Monday, they tells E! News exclusively. Sanchez announced her second pregnancy in April. Little Ozzie weighted 6 lbs., 12 oz. and joins big sister Lilly Greenfield, born in 2010. A source tells E! News everyone is "doing great" after Ozzie's arrival. Needless to say, it's been a busy summer for Greenfield and his wife. In addition to reprising his role on Schmidt on Fox's New Girl, Greenfield will appear on FX's American Horror Story: Hotel this year. To prepare for the role, the actor »
Chicago – Actor Jake Johnson is expanding his presence in movies, and much of that has to do with his collaboration with director – and Chicago native – Joe Swanberg. Johnson and Swanberg have teamed up for their second film, after the success of 2013’s “Drinking Buddies, and are listed as co-writers in “Digging for Fire.”
“Digging for Fire” is a character study of Tim and Lee – portrayed by Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt – at some serious crossroads. They are in their thirties, have been married for a number of years and have a child, but both seemed stalled in the “is that all?” syndrome. When Lee’s wealthy client asks them to housesit, a series of events take place that separate them for a night, and allows them the freedom to explore some other possibilities. The film is filled with symbolic purpose, questions of life that are familiar to couples in that age range, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Beloved film and TV actor Jake Johnson is a lot like the characters that he plays on screen, just way more focused. As we sit down at the Four Seasons hotel to talk about his latest film, “Digging For Fire,” he instantly launches into a discussion of romper logistics, informed by his “New Girl” co-star Hannah Simone's experiences, as well as a recounting of a dramatic medical emergency at the previous night’s screening. “Digging For Fire,” directed by Joe Swanberg, marks Johnson’s co-writing debut on a feature film, a film in which he also stars. But as we start talking about the process, he quickly explains that writing a Swanberg film is unlike writing any other kind of film. Our conversation covered all aspects of the filmmaking process, from real-life inspiration, to the on-set rehearsal, improvisation, and surprises, to playing across his director's son, to Johnson’s »
- Katie Walsh
To clarify, this article and the ones similar to it are not reviews of this fall/midseason’s pilots (because pilots can change a lot between now and when they broadcast). These are just my first impressions of the not-for-air network pilots that I have been able to screen. I last wrote about NBC’s Blindspot. Next up: Fox’s Scream Queens, which premieres with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. The Premise: A devil-clad killer begins targeting those involved with Kappa House, the most popular, sought-after, and sadistic sorority on campus, causing everyone to question who the killer is and if they could be his or her next victim. The Cast: Emma Roberts (American Horror Story) as Chanel Oberlin, Jamie Lee Curtis (New Girl) as Dean Cathy Munsch, Skyler Samuels (The Nine Lives of Chloe King) as Grace Gardner, Lea Michele (Glee) as Hester, Keke Palmer »
- Chris King
It’s been a great year for Universal, with two of their movies passing the $1 billion mark (Jurassic World and Furious 7) and their animated outing Minions set to pass the billion dollar mark in the next couple of weeks. And one of those billion dollar movies is still making a lot of bank.
Now in its 10th week of release, Jurassic World added another $1.2 million to its domestic box office (totaling up to $637.9 million), and has brought its worldwide figure to $968 million. All in all, Jurassic World now sits at $1.6 billion worldwide.
Pretty impressive! It’s unlikely to beat its position as the third biggest movie of all-time as it is sat behind Titanic ($2.1 billion) and Avatar ($2.7 billion).
See Also: Jurassic World 2 will be released in the UK before the Us
- Luke Owen
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