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Neil Berkeley, 'Harmontown' Director, on Hitting the Road with Dan Harmon

Honesty has gotten Dan Harmon in trouble in the past -- whether you're a fan of his or not, you're likely well-aware of Harmon's much-publicized trials with "Community," his meta-sitcom, beloved by critics and a small-but-diehard fan base. The show was taken away from him in May 2012, but honesty also seemingly ended up being his salvation, and not just because NBC hired him back to run the show's fifth season in June 2013.

Somewhere along the way, the "Community" mantra-turned-meme of six seasons and a movie became 20 shows and a documentary. And much like another fan favourite ousted by NBC, Harmon decided to hit the road during the ensuing layoff, taking his nerd-friendly podcast Harmontown on a 20-city, 23-day cross-country tour with a documentary crew, his co-host Jeff Davis, fiancée Erin McGathy and personal D&D dungeon master Spencer Crittenden in tow. Bringing his brand of unfettered candour to the people
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Conan, Back On Top, Has 'Nothing To Say' To Jay Leno

Conan, Back On Top, Has 'Nothing To Say' To Jay Leno
In The Hollywood Reporter's cover story on Conan O'Brien, the TBS host admitted that he would rather move forward in life rather than look back at the 2010 "Tonight Show" controversy. And part of that is coming to terms with the fact that any energy spent thinking about Jay Leno is a waste.

"The odds are we will both leave this Earth without speaking to each other, which is fine," O'Brien tells THR. "There's really nothing to say. We both know the deal. He knows; I know. I'd rather just forget."

Of course, he does take some small amount of glee in the fact that nearly every NBC executive involved with the blunder have since exited the company. "It helps that almost everybody involved in the craziness has been relieved of their jobs," he said.

When O'Brien left NBC, part of his exit agreement included a non-disparagement clause. Since such a
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Conan, Back On Top, Has 'Nothing To Say' To Jay Leno

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Conan, Back On Top, Has 'Nothing To Say' To Jay Leno
In The Hollywood Reporter's cover story on Conan O'Brien, the TBS host admitted that he would rather move forward in life rather than look back at the 2010 "Tonight Show" controversy. And part of that is coming to terms with the fact that any energy spent thinking about Jay Leno is a waste.

"The odds are we will both leave this Earth without speaking to each other, which is fine," O'Brien tells THR. "There's really nothing to say. We both know the deal. He knows; I know. I'd rather just forget."

Of course, he does take some small amount of glee in the fact that nearly every NBC executive involved with the blunder have since exited the company. "It helps that almost everybody involved in the craziness has been relieved of their jobs," he said.

When O'Brien left NBC, part of his exit agreement included a non-disparagement clause. Since such a
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SXSW preview: 10 buzzy events, from 'Cabin in the Woods' to a conversation with Seth MacFarlane

SXSW preview: 10 buzzy events, from 'Cabin in the Woods' to a conversation with Seth MacFarlane
Part musical festival, part film festival, part tech-head confab, SXSW is a unique event in the pop-culture firmament, bringing massive stars and indie up-and-comers in music, movies, and tech together in the Texas hill country of Austin. Running from March 9-17, the film festival has especially expanded its profile in the last few years: The 2011 SXSW fest featured premieres of Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, the doc Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Source Code, the sci-fi comedy Paul, and the eventually Oscar-winning feature documentary Undefeated.

My colleague Karen Valby and I will be on the
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'The Cabin in the Woods' to open the 2012 SXSW Film Festival

'The Cabin in the Woods' to open the 2012 SXSW Film Festival
The hotly anticipated horror film The Cabin in the Woods will open the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Tex. on March 9, the festival announced today. Produced by Joss Whedon, and co-written by Whedon with director Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods stars Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford, and promises to take on the classic horror genre with Whedon’s signature wit. It hits theaters April 13. Whedon will also be on hand for a filmmaker panel the following day.

The festival also announced today that the first three episodes of HBO’s Girls, the
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The best documentaries of 2011

Why not fold documentaries into my list of the "Best Films of 2011?" After all, a movie is a movie, right? Yes, and some years I've thrown them all into the same mixture. But all of these year-end Best lists serve one useful purpose: They tell you about good movies you may not have seen or heard about. The more films on my list that aren't on yours, the better job I've done.

That's particularly true were you to depend on the "short list" released by the Academy's Documentary Branch of 15 films they deem eligible for nomination. The branch has been through turmoil in the past and its procedures were "reformed" at one point. But this year it has made a particularly scandalous sin of

omission. It doesn't include "The Interrupters" (currently scoring 99% on the Tomatometer), which has received better reviews and been on more critic's Best lists than any other.
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2011 Film Junk Readers Choice Award Winners

Alright, folks... the votes have been cast and the results have been tallied. It's time to find out what you guys thought were the best movies of 2011! We nominated five movies in a number of different categories (while attempting to keep each category relatively balanced) and then we turned it over to you. We ended up with a few tight battles (ie. Best Action Movie, Best Foreign Film) and a few other categories that weren't even close (Best Animated Film, Best Thriller). Either way, it's always fun to find out just how in sync we are with the tastes of our readers. So without any further ado, check out the full results of the 2011 Film Junk Readers Choice Awards after the jump. Best Comedy 1. Bridesmaids -- 34% 2. 50/50 -- 19% 3. Crazy Stupid Love -- 17% 4. The Trip -- 16% 5. The Muppets -- 13% Best Horror Movie 1. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil -- 28% 2. Insidious -- 23% 3. Paranormal Activity 3
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Qwikster (2011-2011)

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In a surprising reversal, Netflix says it is forgoing the split it announced less than a month ago, in which its DVD-by-mail business would have been spun off to a new venture and website called Qwikster. In a blog post this morning, Netflix and Qwikster CEO Reed Hastings says that DVDs will now be staying at Netflix:

"It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs. This means no change: one website, one account, one password.. in other words, no Qwikster. While the July price change was necessary, we are now done with price changes."

Obviously the question on everyone's mind now is: why? Why go through the trouble of launching this terrible sounding new website and pissing off your customers only to change your mind
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The Not Just New Movies Podcast: Ep. 61 - Big Trouble in Little China (Guest: Vince Mancini from Filmdrunk)

 

In this week's episode, Ben and Tyler are joined by Vince Mancini (from Filmdrunk.com) to discuss John Carpenter's 1986 film, Big Trouble in Little China.

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Character Name Game Intro - 1:49

Media Consumed

Tyler

"Free Agents" cancellation - 2:27

The Burning - 3:53

Bridesmaids - 4:40

Vince

"South Park" - 8:05

"Chopped" - 13:03

Ben

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop - 14:58

Dracula vs. Frankenstein - 20:20

Review

Big Trouble in Little China - 24:45

Wrap-Up

Next Week: Raging Bull -56:32

Listener Voicemail/E-mail/Twitter -57:20

Character Name Game - 1:00:08

Where You Can Find Us -1:02:37
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This Week on DVD: Thor, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, Star Wars: The Complete Saga

The biggest and most controversial release of the week doesn't hit stores until Friday when George Lucas unleashes his latest "draft" of the Star Wars films on Blu-ray, but in stores right now we have Marvel's Thor along with a handful of intriguing indie releases and a some solid Blu-ray re-releases as well. The hilarious documentary Conan O'Brien Can't Stop finally makes its way to a wide audience this week, along with Meek's Cutoff starring Michelle Williams and Hesher starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman. Also potentially worth checking out is Julie Taymor's The Tempest, Yuen Woo-ping's martial arts drama True Legend, and the single-shot horror flick The Silent House. TV releases include new seasons of Glee, The Big Bang Theory and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and on Blu-ray we have The Frighteners, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the 70th Anniversay edition of Citizen Kane and the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer!
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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: September 13, 2011

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Star Wars on Blu-ray Original Trilogy / Prequel Trilogy / Complete Saga The Star Wars saga is coming home to Blu-ray, but it isn't the same version any of us have seen as George Lucas has again been tinkering away with his money-making franchise with several changes, many of which I have already detailed. Few screeners of the set were sent out to press as is always the practice with the Star Wars home video releases so I didn't get a copy and there is no chance I will ever purchase any of these three sets. The only time this franchise will ever get my money ever again is if the original, as they were first released, versions make their way to DVD or Blu-ray. I wouldn't mind a little restoration and/or cleaning up around the edges, but I don't want any new effects,
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New Release: Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop Blu-ray, DVD

Release Date: Oct. 13, 2011

Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.98

Studio: Magnolia

The joke's on us in Conan O'Brien Can't Stop.

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is a documentary about the comedian/talk show host’s 32-city music and comedy tour from 2010, which followed his much-publicized departure from hosting duties on NBC’s Tonight Show.

The tour was entitled “The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour” as a response from O’Brien to a contractual stipulation that banned his appearance on television, radio and the Internet for six months following his final Tonight Show appearance.

Directed by veteran TV director Rodman Flender (TV’s 10 Things I Hate About You, not to mention the 1994 feature film Leprauchan 2), the film was released on a limited basis to theaters in late June, where it grossed nearly $300,000.

The DVD and Blu-ray include the following bonus features:

deleted scenesextra footage commentary with Conan and crewmusic video
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Movie Review: Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

Directed by Rodman Flender

Starring: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter

Release Date: June 24, 2011 (limited)

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last year and half, you've at least heard of The Tonight Show debacle that happened last year. Conan O'Brien's short-lived reign as the show's host only lasted 7 months, but the fallout from his departure lasted significantly longer. Though it was certain O'Brien would land another show with ease, as part of his exit deal with NBC, O'Brien was prohibited from appearing on TV and radio for six months. To fill the gap, O'Brien went on his "Legally Prohibited from being Funny on Television Tour." But even during this time, O'Brien often found himself in front of a camera, as Rodman Flender filmed a documentary about the trip. Nearly a year later, the film is now showing in a very limited amount of theaters.
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Critical Consensus: "Tabloid" Is Tops As Your Art House "Harry Potter" Alternative

Critical Consensus:
For the fourth time in the past five weeks, a documentary has topped criticWIRE as the "pick of the week." Following "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop," "Page One," and "Project Nim," Errol Morris' "Tabloid" is the best bet in the specialty market this weekend (aka the best alternative to "Harry Potter"). The doc follows Joyce McKinney, a colorful Midwestern woman convicted of kidnapping her Mormon husband in the U.K. in the ...
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/Filmcast Ep. 154 – Horrible Bosses

/Filmcast Ep. 154 – Horrible Bosses
This week, Dave [1], Devindra [2], and Adam [3] continue the discussion over Terence Malick's Tree of Life, praise indie films like Another Earth, Insidious, and Rubber, and ponder the state of television as art. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We'll be back on Sunday at 10 Pm Est / 7 Pm Pst to discuss Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Download [4] or Play Now in your Browser: [audio:http://traffic.libsyn.com/slashfilmcast/Slashfilmcastep154.mp3] Subscribe to the /Filmcast: [5] [6] Shownotes Introduction What We've Been Watching Devindra (02:00): Into the Wormhole, Insidious David (07:00): 13 Assassins, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, Another Earth Adam (20:00): Tree of Life, Rubber News Discussion (36:30) Neil Burger Attached to Uncharted [7] (41:00) Seth Gordon Says King of Kong Remake to Be Mockumentary [8] (46:20) How I Met Your Mother Advertising New Movies [9] [10] [10] [10] Featured Review (58:30) Horrible Bosses Credits A big thanks to our sponsor,
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JoBlo Podcast: Conan O'Brien's New Doc. Reviewed, Long Overdue Walking Dead talk, A Look Ahead to Harry Potter's Last Stand.

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Voicemails, Zombies, & Nachos.   Click above to Listen Now! Johnny Moreno and I sit down and answer, a record, 10 voicemails from our listeners covering such subjects as our favorite Summer blockbusters of all time, movie-based video games that are actually better than the movie, and eating nachos while watching Gung-ho. We also check out 4 documentaries - Hot Coffee, Waking Sleeping Beauty, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, and Inside Job. There's a...
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Why I can't stop being annoyed by Conan O'Brien

Why I can't stop being annoyed by Conan O'Brien
A late-night talk-show host occupies many roles at once. He is stand-up comic, he is party host, he is sketch-comedy utility man, he is interviewer, he is national spokesman/judge, he is tie-and-jacketed Diy surrealist. But it wasn’t until Conan O'Brien fought his doomed war against the suits at NBC that a late-night talk-show host came to occupy the following role: the Rebel You Have to Like. For a while (and this was the culmination of Conan’s cult of cooler-than-thou TV-zombie-head cachet), it simply wouldn’t do to think, or say, that Conan O’Brien was anything but the bee’s knees.
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'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' Review: Late Night Host Needs Laughs, Will Travel

Filed under: Documentaries, Reviews, Sundance Film Festival, Moviefone Canada

You can't keep a good man down. Or apparently, a good talk show host. The biggest takeaway from 'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop,' a behind-the-scenes documentary about the red-bearded late night host's forced exodus from TV, is that Conan O'Brien has a near pathological drive to perform. He's a man who can't seem to allow himself to take a break, even after he was paid $45 million by his former employer to shut it down for six months.

Whether he's in front of his personal assistant, the writers' table, or a packed concert hall, Conan is constantly seeking an audience. That compulsion is part of what makes him a successful comedian, and it's also what pushed the suddenly unemployed O'Brien on the road last year for a 32-city tour following his exceedingly public dust-up with NBC and Jay Leno. With director Rodman Flender in tow,
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The 10 Best and Worst Films from the First Half of 2011

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Today marks the last day of the first half of the year, and as per custom, it's time to look back and reflect on the best and worst of 2011 so far. We could easily fill a Top 25 Worst films, and in the first six months, it's much more difficult to judge degrees of suck than it is to value the merits of the handful of great films, so the measure of hostility will additionally be taken into account in ranking the Ten Worst.

The top ten films are also limited to theatrical releases, as well, which unfortunately excludes a film that's now available on iTunes that would have competed for the top spot on this list: Turkey Bowl. Track it down; it's only 62 minutes, and it may be the funniest 62 minutes of the year (check out Seth's review here, and Dan's review over at the Houston Press).

The 10 Worst Films
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Critical Consensus: "Terri" Is The Pick of the Week This Holiday Weekend

Critical Consensus:
Azazel Jacobs's "Terri" is the criticWIRE pick of the week heading into this holiday weekend. Following two straight weeks of documentaries ("Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" and "Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times") topping iW's weekly chart, the 2011 Sundance Film Festival alum edged out the likes of Cristi Puiu's "Aurora" and Nick Tomnay's "The Perfect Host," both of which also open this week. Poignant, unexpected and quietly ...
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