Louis C.K. is deep into writing and shooting the next season of Louie, but he took a break earlier this week to share some thoughts on Sirius XM’s The Opie and Anthony Show. In addition to talking with Tim’s Vermeer producer Penn Gillette and talking about his first movie Tomorrow Night (which is now online), the comic lambasted two of 2013′s critical successes: Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost.
On the topic of Gravity, C.K. admitted it was the last movie he saw in IMAX 3D and joked about Sandra Bullock’s character being highly unbelievable. As for All Is Lost, C.K. is a ship captain himself so he was equally annoyed at how Robert Redford’s character handled that particular situation. And, as you’d imagine, all the observations are on point and hilarious. He also talks about the new season of Louie, which includes a hurricane and American Hustle. Listen below. Read More »
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Most people think Let It Go, the melodic ballad from Disney’s blockbuster hit Frozen, has the inside track to win the Best Original Song Oscar. It’s catchy, beautiful and has crossed over into the mainstream in a way most movie songs fail to do. However, that also means people want to take it down a peg and YouTube user 2chinTV does just that with this video featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Mr. Freeze from Batman and Robin singing the song. And no, they didn’t just edit Batman and Robin footage with the Idina Menzel vocals. They have a Schwarzenegger’s impersonator sing the song. It’s ridiculous. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Get your glasses on, because we’ve got a lot to look at in this edition of Star Wars Bits. After the jump:
- Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys hits DVD
- Peruse some gorgeous fan-made posters for Episode VII
- … and some others for Episodes IV through VI
- Check out more making-of photos from the original trilogy
- See Darth Vader ride a unicycle while playing the bagpipes
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Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Whether you’re bummed because you couldn’t make it to Sundance this year, or exhausted because you’re still there, here’s something that ought to help. Not Another Sundance Movie sums up all the best film festival cliches in a quick three-minute trailer, saving you from having to slog through hours of indies.
Starring such indie favorites as “young ethnic girl that’s guaranteed to be nominated for an Oscar but not win” and a “reinvented” Michael Cera, Not Another Sundance Movie is guaranteed to move you to tears with its gritty-yet-uplifting portrayal of poor folks, crying women, vintage pickup trucks, and clarinets. So many clarinets. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
In Garfield Minus Garfield, artist Dan Walsh erases the signature orange tabby from each panel of Jim Davis’ comic strips, turning what was once a cute cartoon about a mischievous cat and his exasperated owner into an unsettling portrait of a lonely man.
The new video “Fight Club minus Tyler Durden” does pretty much the same thing, only with (you guessed it) Tyler Durden and a scene from Fight Club. Instead of talking to a Brad Pitt, Edward Norton is now chatting and brawling by himself in the parking lot. Watch it after the jump. (Spoilers for Fight Club ahead.)
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Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
For the film industry, the first couple months of each year are basically one long marathon of high fives. In glitzy ceremony after glitzy ceremony, filmmakers congratulate themselves and each other for making such awesome movies. It can all feel like a bit much after a while, even for the most enthusiastic of awards season watchers.
That’s where the Golden Raspberry Awards come in. Since 1980, they’ve shoved past the year’s best movies to recognize the worst of the worst. Among this year’s contenders are 31-time(!) nominee Sylvester Stallone, past Oscar winners Johnny Depp and Naomi Watts. But the most celebrated of all is reigning Worst Actor champ Adam Sandler, whose Grown Ups 2 snagged an impressive eight nominations. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Much attention has been paid to Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson‘s exceptional performances, Casey Storm‘s eye-catching costumes, and Spike Jonze‘s eloquent script, but the soundtrack for Her – from Owen Pallett, Arcade Fire, Karen O., and others — deserves some love too. Happily, the latest behind-the-scenes featurette spotlights one particularly lovely instrumental track, playing it over film footage and behind-the-scenes clips.
The feel of that particular video is wistful and bittersweet, but one of the best things about Her is that it’s also got a great sense of humor. Jonze seems to know exactly how seriously to take the film’s far-fetched conceit. But if he’d taken things a step further into comic side, he might’ve come up with something like Him, a parody sequel that imagines a woman falling for her operating system.
Watch both the Her featurette and the fake Him trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
In Her, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) takes his OS girlfriend (Scarlett Johansson) out on all kinds of dates. They lounge on the beach, run through a carnival, and even enjoy a snowy romantic getaway in the woods. But in real life, in the present, there are certain dates where your phone should be strictly off-limits. Even Siri thinks so.
For their latest no-cell-phones PSA, the Alamo Drafthouse has enlisted Susan Bennet, the actual human voice of Siri, to admonish theater patrons looking to send texts or place calls during the show. Turns out, you do not want to mess with Siri. Check it out after the jump.
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