While We're Young

What happens when you hit your 40s and realize you still feel “like a child imitating an adult”? Well, if you’re Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in While We’re Young, you befriend a pair of 25-year-olds (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) and embark on wild adventures like ayahuasca ceremonies and hip-hop dance classes.

Then, not surprisingly, you discover that fulfillment doesn’t lie that way. And also that your arthritis will prevent you from keeping up with your cool young friends. Watch the trailer for Noah Baumbach‘s While We’re Young after the jump.

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Fish Friend
Fish Friend is a short film about the tender relationship between a young girl and her murderous pet piranha. But this isn’t (quite) a horror story. It’s more like a sweet coming of age tale set in a world that is equal parts ’50s Americana and subversive ’90s animation thrown in. It just happens to have some blood, skulls, and a lot of teeth. Oh, and a stop-motion piranha who is as oddly endearing as he is menacing. Watch the short Fish Friend film after the break.

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sex criminals tv series
One of my current favorite comic book writers is Matt Fraction, and his Sex Criminals is one of my favorite on-going comic book series of the moment. I once half seriously joked on Twitter that David Fincher should direct the live action adaptation based on a screenplay adaptation from Chuck Palahniuk and John August. Now my dream version probably won’t ever happen, but Universal has signed Fraction and his collaborator/wife Kelly Sue DeConnick to a two-year television deal to develop comic book properties for the small screen. The first of which is, yes, Fraction and artist Chip Zdarsky’s Image Comics series Sex Criminals. Find out more about their deal and the Sex Criminals tv series, after the jump.

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boy who couldn't sleep short

Actor and comedian DC Pierson wrote a novel called The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To, and you can now see part of that book adapted as a short film. See, Pierson and director Dan Eckman (Community, Mystery Team) and producer Meggie McFadden want to turn the novel into a feature, and they’ve made this short as a proof of concept. The cast features Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Dope) and Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games).

In The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep short, Revolori and Quaid play high school friends whose foray into making comics is complicated when Revolori reveals he has the power to manifest ideas into reality. Naturally, that has some pretty huge and funny consequences. Watch the short after the break.

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‘The Lego Movie Sequel’ Gets a New Director

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote and directed The Lego Movie to massive hit status, and created a legitimately good movie at the same time. We knew a sequel was in the works, but the Lego Batman spin-off movie (to be directed by The Lego Movie‘s director of animation Chris McKay) recently took over the release date once meant for the sequel. McKay was also set to direct the proper Lego sequel, and him moving to the Batman movie created an empty director’s chair on the sequel.

Now The Lego Movie Sequel — that’s the legit title, based on a new press release — has a new director. Rob Schrab, a directing veteran of Community, The Mindy Project, Childrens Hospital, and writer on The Sarah Silverman Show, will direct the sequel. Read More »

Pee Wee Herman

Pee-wee Herman is finally ready to make his big return. Netflix has announced that Pee-wee’s Big Holiday will shoot in March for release on the streaming service later this year. Paul Reubens reprises the character and serves as producer with Judd Apatow. John Lee (Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City) will direct.

Get all the latest on the Pee-wee Netflix movie director, plot details, and more after the jump.  Read More »

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It’s time for another trip to the Barbershop. Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man Holiday) is in talks to direct a new installment of the comedy franchise, over a decade after the last one hit theaters. In addition, Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer are nearing deals to reprise their roles. Get all the latest details on Barbershop 3 after the jump.

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stay puft marshmallow man

The first thing many people remember when thinking of Ghostbusters is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. It’s just the simple truth of the matter. The logo is iconic, the characters are memorable, but that final scene featuring a building-sized villain (one made of marshmallow, to boot) is unlike anything moviegoers had seen when the film was released. Since then, there have been few moments as ballsy and out of the box in a major blockbuster, which is why it’s so unforgettable.

So what went into both the creation of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man scene, and the execution of each shot? Find out in a new video in the Art of the Scene by CineFix. It’s pretty great. Read More »

What We Do in the Shadows

If you’ve seen enough vampire shows and movies — and there are always plenty to choose from — you’ve probably noticed that they feature some conflicting mythology. Do these creatures of the night sparkle when exposed into sunlight, or burst into flames? Can they control your mind, or just read it? Fortunately, the real vampires of What We Do in the Shadows are here to set the record straight.

In a new Funny or Die video, Viago (Taika Waititi) and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) lay out 7 vampire truths. Along the way, they dispel stereotypes (they don’t all wear capes… except the ones that do) and reveal personal tastes. (Evanescence is big with bloodsuckers, apparently.) Watch the What We Do in the Shadows vampire rules after the jump.  Read More »

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