Robert De Niro the Comedian

The Comedian is a script that Robert De Niro has liked for years, and it was briefly rumored to end up as a sort of King of Comedy bookend with Martin Scorsese directing. That version never happened, but for a time Sean Penn was set to direct De Niro and Kristen Wiig in his own take on the script. That one also stalled out. Now the film is moving forward, with Mike Newell in the director’s chair. And it is moving fast enough that we could see it next year. Read More »

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Pawn Sacrifice poster

Tobey Maguire plays chess champion Bobby Fischer in the film Pawn Sacrifice, directed by The Last Samurai helmer Ed Zwick. The first real trailer for the film should arrive shortly, given that we’ve got a poster, but for now we’ll have to stick with this debut one-sheet. Fortunately it’s a great image, with Maguire front and center, looking intense and somewhat unhealthy. See the image below.  Read More »

transformers writing team

Paramount wants to expand the Transformers film series with interconnected spin-offs in addition to more direct sequels. Not long ago the exec producing team made up of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura chose producer/screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to head up a “brain trust” in order to get story ideas set for that film series.

Now Goldsman and the team have made deals with a set of writers, and you’ll recognize quite a few of the names. For one, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is in there. But what may be most notable is the name not on the list at all. Read More »

Good Dinosaur Details

Pixar premiered its new film Inside Out at Cannes, and along with that finished debut the studio showed off footage from two other upcoming films, The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory.

The former film, about a dinosaur who befriends a human boy, represents the culmination of a long and ultimately revamped story development cycle. The latter is the sequel to Finding Nemo. Thanks to the Cannes presentation we have a few new comments from John Lasseter about each film, and tantalizing descriptions of environments in The Good Dinosaur as among the most realistic Pixar has ever created. Read More »

Cooties trailer

In the horror comedy Cooties, Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson play teachers at a school where the kids become infected with cooties… well, they’re infected with a food-borne virus that has devastating effects on anyone who hasn’t gone through puberty. Mayhem naturally ensues. Imagine some cross between the Community paintball episode and Village of the Damned, and you might be on the right track. Check out the energetic Cooties trailer below.
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Bill Murray Letterman

Any long-time viewer has their own personal favorite moment from David Letterman‘s 30-year career in late night TV, and quite a few of those memories probably involve Bill Murray. The actor was Letterman’s first guest in both incarnations of his show, and has sat down for many other interviews with the host.

Last night, for Letterman’s next-to-last episode of The Late Show, Murray jumped out of a cake before settling in for the interview while covered with cake and frosting which he smeared all over the chairs and Letterman himself. (Thus creating a proper bookend bit of vandalism to match his first appearance at the Ed Sullivan theater, when he spray-painted “Dave” on the front of Letterman’s desk.) Then they drank vodka, and lots of it.

The conversation featured a highlight reel culled from Murray’s many appearances on Dave’s shows, and some talk about the actor’s long career. Watch it all below. Read More »

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Lonely Island movie

The Lonely Island movie — which the crew itself has jokingly referred to as the Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie — is top secret no more. The film now has a title, or at least the group is going public with the title they may have had all along: Conner4real. The three members of the group (Jorma TacconeAkiva Schaffer, and Andy Samberg) will appear, with Samberg playing a rapper whose career tanks, leading him to reform the boy band that gave him his first big break.  Read More »

‘Dope’ Clip: Riding Through the Bottoms

Dope clip

This clip from Sundance smash Dope features Forrest Whitaker as the film’s narrator, and sets up a few basics of the life of Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a high school student trying to make it to class without running afoul of the many pitfalls of his Inglewood neighborhood. But he and his friends, played by Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons, are stopped short by Zoe Kravitz. Read More »

Runoff trailer

Kimberly Levin, a biochemist and playwright, makes her feature directorial debut with Runoff, starring Joanne Kelly of Warehouse 13, and the film looks fantastic. This first Runoff trailer is all I need to see to mark this movie as a must-see. Kelly plays a woman trapped between harsh economic realities and a tempting offer that could save her farm, but the tense and ominous trailer suggests that there will be very harsh consequences for reaching towards the easy money. This sets up Runoff as a film to complement fare like Winter’s Bone, and that is very appealing. Read More »