Normally, the rating of a film isn’t particularly important. In fact, ratings can totally fail to represent the content of a film. When the Motion Picture Association of America gives a sweet movie like Boyhood an R and a huge, destructive movie like Transformers: Age of Extinction a PG-13, it’s obvious the association’s judgement is questionable. But every once in a while a rating indicates something significant about a film. Now another big summer franchise is about to go through a potentially telling ratings change.
After part one and two were rated R for “strong bloody violence,” The Expendables 3 has been rated PG-13, which suggests the franchise known for being so brutal might have been toned down. Read More »
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They Came Together, directed and co-written by David Wain, is a madcap, off the wall, comedic send-up of the romantic comedy genre that goes so far over the top, you won’t believe it. The cast is a who’s who of comedy, from stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler to supporting actors Melanie Lynskey and Jason Mantzoukas, all the way down to scene stealers like Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper. There are a lot of laughs, an ambitious premise and I think a lot of people are going to like the movie. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people.
I may, however, grow to be one of those people. The brilliance of Wain’s comedy is that it can be so unexpected and off-putting that sometimes time and familiarity can make a movie funnier than it feels on the first viewing. However, on my first viewing, I felt They Came Together tried to be shocking so many times, and failed more often than not, that I couldn’t get into it. It’s so incessantly obsessed with the next joke, it skips everything in-between. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Lionsgate marketing team continues to knock it out of the park with the first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser. Rather than dishing out the usual 20-second melange of explosions and one-liners, they’ve delivered a beautifully creepy piece of Capitol propaganda, read by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) himself.
At first, the video seems innocuous enough, with Snow extolling the virtues of peace and unity and whatnot. Then the camera pulls back to reveal his new friend, and… well, see for yourself. Hit the jump for the full The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser.
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Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Amy Poehler and Ed Helms were on the same NBC Thursday night comedy block for five seasons, but somehow they’ve never actually appeared onscreen together until David Wain‘s They Came Together.
The latest clip from the romcom parody features Poehler as a quirky candy shop owner, and Helms as the accountant who has the hots for her. Obviously, any romance between them is doomed to fail since he’s not the one whose face is on the poster. (Paul Rudd is.) But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the supremely awkward way he makes his move. Watch the latest They Came Together clip after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
From James Gray’s The Immigrant to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, there’s no shortage of thoughtful, nuanced pictures out this summer. But sometimes, you don’t want thoughtful and nuanced. Sometimes, you just want to turn your brain off for a couple hours and watch famous people blow stuff up real good.
That’s where The Expendables 3 comes in. The latest entry in the summer blockbuster franchise brings together Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, and so many more for a noisy adventure that involves big-ass guns, expensive explosions, gravity-defying motorcycle stunts, and, well, pretty much everything else we’ve come to expect from an Expendables movie. Watch the Expendables 3 trailer after the jump.
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Growing up, few characters scared me from the video box alone more than the Leprechaun. Much like Chucky, there was something terrifying about seeing such a familiar, even lovable icon twisted into a new, frightening form. After a bunch of sequels though, the Leprechaun of my youth became a joke. As horror icons often do.
Enter WWE Studios, which has co-produced a remake with Lionsgate that they surely hope will terrify kids in much the same way as the original film. It’s called Leprechaun: Origins, directed by Zach Lipovsky and written by Harris Wilkinson. WWE wrestler Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl plays the lead character, who terrorizes two American couples on vacation in Ireland.
Leprechaun: Origins opens hits VOD on August 26, followed by a Blu-ray release on September 30. Check out the first Leprechaun Origins trailer below. Read More »
Miles Teller and Emma Watson are in talks to co-star in a modern-day Los Angeles musical from the red-hot director of Whiplash. That’s a cool sentence. The film is called La La Land and Damien Chazelle will write and direct with Lionsgate attached to distribute. It’ll follow two artistic, romantic Los Angeles residents who fall in love but find the cutthroat nature of the city so brutal on their relationship, they’re pushed into song.
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The new wave of YA films is turning into a great way for a set of well-established women to find a new audience and collect a solid payday at the same time. Meryl Streep is in The Giver; Patricia Clarkson has a part in The Maze Runner; and Julianne Moore shows up in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. The film Divergent already counted Kate Winslet among its cast, and the sequel, Insurgent, had locked in Octavia Spencer. Now Insurgent will also feature Naomi Watts. And Watts won’t just do the one film. She’ll be part of the series going forward. Read More »