High Maintenance teaser

This weekend marks the season finales of Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, and Veep, but HBO wants you to know there’s nothing to worry about — they’ve got tons of other great programming coming up on the horizon. We began this week with a new trailer for Westworld, followed by the first promos for Sarah Jessica Parker’s Divorce and Issa Rae’s Insecure. Now let’s close it out with the first teaser for High Maintenance.

Ben Sinclair stars as a pot dealer (yes, the title is a pun) who bikes all over New York, delivering his product and weaving in and out of the lives of his friends and customers. It’s based on the Vimeo cult hit web series of the same name, and shares the same mellow vibe, but now there’s more of it to love — the HBO episodes will run 30 minutes long, as opposed to the five or fifteen minutes of each web installment. Watch the first High Maintenance comedy below.  Read More »

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The new Ghostbusters has already attracted more than its share of skeptics and outright haters, despite the fact that it won’t actually hit theaters for another several weeks. But it looks like there are plenty of others who are excited for Paul Feig‘s reboot of the horror-comedy classic. Early tracking numbers indicate Ghostbusters could open to as much as $50 million in North America. It’s not a spectacular number, but it’s not a disastrous one either.  Read More »

Fundamentals of Caring Review

Note: With The Fundamentals of Caring out this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival.

Often times at Sundance you see the same stories played out with different characters. This year alone, for example, there are two movies about an estranged New York man returning home when his mother comes down with a debilitating ailment. Familiar indie stories don’t always work on the festival circuit, but sometimes when the right cast comes together, a decent amount of magic happens. Such is the case with The Fundamentals of Caring, a road trip comedy with heart based on Jonathan Evison‘s bestselling novel of nearly the same name and starring British sensation Craig Roberts (Submarine) and the always reliable Paul Rudd. Keep reading the Fundamentals of Caring review after the jump. Read More »

Swiss Army Man

Note: With Swiss Army Man in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival.

About five minutes into Swiss Army Man, you’re faced with a choice. By this point in the film, you’ll have seen Hank (Paul Dano), a man stranded alone on a desert island, try to hang himself. His suicide attempt is interrupted by the arrival of a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) that proves to be a prolific farter. Hank opts not to kill himself, and instead rides “Manny” like a flatulence-powered jet ski in the direction of civilization.

The scene is weird, and absurd, and crude, and dark, but kind of beautiful, too, and it’s at this point you have to make a decision: Either you’re willing to go with a movie that delights in all of those unsavory qualities, or you’re not. If you decide you’re not, know that Swiss Army Man will only get stranger and ruder, and you’re probably better off putting it back on the shelf until you’re in the mood for it. If you decide you are, however, you’ll discover a unique, oddly gorgeous adventure anchored by a superb performance from Radcliffe as a dead body (no, really).  Read More »

Pixels Honest Trailer

With aliens invading Earth again this weekend in Independence Day: Resurgence (our review of the insanity that Roland Emmerich put together is coming soon), there’s no better time to look at the exciting alien invasion that could have been in last years Pixels.

The folks over at Screen Junkies have put together an Honest Trailer tackling Adam Sandler‘s last theatrical release before he started pumping hot garbage into your Netflix queue, and as expected, they have a good ole time talking about just how badly Happy Madison ruined what could have been a really cool movie.

Watch the Pixels Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

‘Broom-Hilda’ May Get Her Very Own Movie

Broom Hilda

Broom-Hilda, the 1,500-year-old witch, may be making her way to theaters. Created by Russell Myers in 1970, the cigar-smoking, beer-drinking witch is the star of a long-running newspaper comic strip. The character has also appeared twice on television in animated form. Now producers Gilbert Adler and Jason A. Rosenberg‘s hope is to make her the star of her own film franchise.

Below, learn more about the Broom-Hilda movie.

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Insecure trailer

HBO’s drama side is struggling right now, as we were reminded when Vinyl became its latest mercy-killing earlier this week. But on the comedy side, things are looking much, much sunnier. Veep is still going strong under a new showrunner; Silicon Valley is better than ever; Ballers is HBO’s biggest comedy hit since Sex and the City; and Curb Your Enthusiasm is set to return for season 9.

And its upcoming slate looks pretty interesting, too. Today we have the first trailer for Insecure, a new half-hour comedy from Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae. The show seems to fit right into the HBO brand while also offering something a little different. If Insecure is as fun as the promo it looks like HBO will have another hit on its hands. Watch the trailer below.  Read More »

New Ghostbusters Theme

We all knew that a new version of the Ghostbusters theme was coming for the reboot hitting theaters this summer, but for the longest time, we didn’t know who would be behind it. Not too long ago it was revealed that punk pop band Fall Out Boy would be the primary artist on the track with Missy Elliott featured, presumably providing some kind of rap interlude. Now you can hear it for yourself.

Fall Out Boy has shared the full new Ghostbusters theme song online, and it’s honestly not too bad. It doesn’t compare to the old version, but it’s just a funky update of the original song. However, it does lose the signature “I ain’t afraid of no ghost” refrain from the original song and substitutes a variation on that line instead. Read More »

Divorce trailer

Yesterday, four months after HBO renewed Vinyl for a second season, they decided to pull the plug on the series. Season one was an expensive misfire, and it marked another disappointment for HBO, following the cancellation of The Brink, the response to True Detective season two, the death of two exceptionally promising shows involving David Fincher, and some production troubles with Westworld. But things are looking up for HBO, a company that’s still been putting out plenty of high-quality content, despite their troubles.

HBO has an impressive lineup for the rest of the year, including their new comedy series, Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and, an actor I’d watch in almost anything, Thomas Haden Church. The show was created by actor, writer, and producer Sharon Horgan, who has been working on the show for a few years now, sometimes concurrently with her other series, Catastrophe.

Below, watch the Divorce teaser trailer.

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