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Audiences love a good coming of age story, and Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ film The Kings of Summer is a great one. It tells the story of three boys (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Aries) who decide to run away from home and build their own house in the woods. The Sundance hit opens in New York and Los Angeles May 31, will expand from there and you should certainly seek it out. We’ve got a review of it here, one trailer here, and even an interview with co-star Nick Offerman here.

Several posters have spun the tone of the film into cool, variant images. Check out three below. Read More »

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There’s a lot to like in the coming of age comedy The Kings of Summer, which opens on May 31. The Stand By Me meets Superbad story of three boys who run away from home to make their own house in the woods creates an entertaining and relatable microcosm of teenage life thanks to the script by Chris Galletta. Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Aries each do wonderful work as the three main characters and Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ direction brings it all together with a timeless, exciting tone.

But the true highlights are the supporting performances by some of TV’s most recognizable faces. Paramount among those is Nick Offerman. Best known for his role on Parks and Recreation, the actor steals every scene as the man most responsible for the boys running away from home. His performance is heartbreaking, laugh out loud hilarious and totally unforgettable. So while Megan Mullally, Alison Brie and Mary Lynn Rajskub all excel in their small roles, Offerman is the stand out.

We were lucky enough to speak to Offerman about The Kings of Summer and he told us about his love affair with smaller films, how the Internet is hurting comedy, and a bit about The Lego Movie. Read it below. Read More »

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The work of Joel and Ethan Coen owes much to many who went before them, but they have few equals. There is no body of work quite like theirs in the post-1980 film landscape. Even in the decades prior, only a handful of directors — Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges prominent among them — can rival the wellspring combination of humor, humanism, and pure verve that the Coens seem able to tap into almost at will. When all is said and done, the Coens will likely stand as two of the very best filmmakers, period. And we get to be around as they release new films every couple years. What a joy that is.

The Coens’ new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, premiered at Cannes this past weekend. Immediately it became the toast of the festival (so far), with effusive reviews praising its tone, humor, and performances. We’ve rounded up a few below, just to give you a hint of what’s being said, some of which helps put footage from the trailer into more context. Read More »

‘Kings of Summer’ Red-Band Trailer

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This new red-band trailer for The Kings of Summer, from Jordan Vogt-Roberts, does a much better job of capturing the movie’s character, humor, and adolescent unease than the first trailer did. In fact, this is the look at the film that audiences should have had in the first place.

Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias play three kids who take off into the woods to build their own house over the course of a summer, while Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Alison Brie play family of a couple of the kids, and actors like Kumail Nanjiani, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Hannibal Buress show up in comic supporting roles. You’ll see a lot of them in the trailer. A lot of the interaction of the core character trio here is limited to their forest shenanigans, but that’s a great way to get to know them. Read More »

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The Hangover films have been gigantic successes, but they might be a little more raunchy than some audiences want. For your family members who maybe want to stick to movies like Meet the Parents, here’s Last Vegas. The movie is set in Vegas, with Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as four life-long friends who trek to the city for a bachelor party.

National Treasure captain Jon Turtletaub directs, and the first teaser makes it look as lightweight as the concept sounds. Sure, there’s something to be said for watching a couple of these actors break out of their usual patterns. It’s cute to watch Morgan Freeman play a guy who gets wasted on vodka/Red Bull, for example, and I won’t begrudge Michael Douglas having fun on screen at this point in his life and career. Whether that will make you want to watch the actual film is another question.

Check out the footage below. Read More »

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J.J. Abrams has big plans for Star Wars. Very big plans, reaching beyond a new trilogy of films focusing on the multi-billion-dollar franchise. We’re talking TV shows, spin-offs, online components, theme park rides, you name it. It’s a plan Abrams had several years ago for another property, Star Trek. He wasn’t able to make it work with the Enterprise crew, because the rights to Star Trek are split between Paramount, which controls the movies, and CBS, which controls the TV shows and product licensing.

The Wrap has a fascinating article detailing these issues. The core idea is that CBS’ and Paramount’s differing viewpoints on the franchise might have frustrated Abrams to a point where, when Star Wars became available, he decided to shift his allegiance and master plan over to the dark side at Disney. Read More »

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There’s a new film from Joel and Ethan Coen this year, and that is a wonderful thing. The first footage we saw from the movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, announced a preview screening and introduced us to the folk singer played by Oscar Issac, and to characters played by Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and a few others. (Along with a cute cat.)

A new red-band trailer changes just a few things from that first look — a bit of Carey Mulligan’s dialogue is cut, as is one telling shot of John Goodman, and there are a few extra shots at the end to help ID the cast. (As with the prior trailer, this is “red-band” only for a bit of cursing.) Not that the changes really matter, as the effect is much the same. If you didn’t see the screening invite trailer when we posted it in January, here’s your chance to follow along.

Look at it this way: the takeaway here is that this trailer has just a bit of new footage, and for Coen fans that’s probably enough. There’s also a new poster to go along with the film’s Cannes debut. Both are below. Read More »

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It’s great that folks in Cannes will get a chance to see Inside Llewyn Davis, the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen, later this month. But for the rest of us… how does December sound? Not so great, right? I’ll take a release date inside this calendar year for a new Coen Brothers movie over no date at all, but that December date won’t even put the film in theaters nationwide. It’s an award-qualifying run, which will lead to an expansion starting December 20. More info is below. Read More »

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