Cooties trailer

In the horror comedy Cooties, Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson play teachers at a school where the kids become infected with cooties… well, they’re infected with a food-borne virus that has devastating effects on anyone who hasn’t gone through puberty. Mayhem naturally ensues. Imagine some cross between the Community paintball episode and Village of the Damned, and you might be on the right track. Check out the energetic Cooties trailer below.
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Bill Murray Letterman

Any long-time viewer has their own personal favorite moment from David Letterman‘s 30-year career in late night TV, and quite a few of those memories probably involve Bill Murray. The actor was Letterman’s first guest in both incarnations of his show, and has sat down for many other interviews with the host.

Last night, for Letterman’s next-to-last episode of The Late Show, Murray jumped out of a cake before settling in for the interview while covered with cake and frosting which he smeared all over the chairs and Letterman himself. (Thus creating a proper bookend bit of vandalism to match his first appearance at the Ed Sullivan theater, when he spray-painted “Dave” on the front of Letterman’s desk.) Then they drank vodka, and lots of it.

The conversation featured a highlight reel culled from Murray’s many appearances on Dave’s shows, and some talk about the actor’s long career. Watch it all below. Read More »

Lonely Island movie

The Lonely Island movie — which the crew itself has jokingly referred to as the Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie — is top secret no more. The film now has a title, or at least the group is going public with the title they may have had all along: Conner4real. The three members of the group (Jorma TacconeAkiva Schaffer, and Andy Samberg) will appear, with Samberg playing a rapper whose career tanks, leading him to reform the boy band that gave him his first big break.  Read More »

‘Dope’ Clip: Riding Through the Bottoms

Dope clip

This clip from Sundance smash Dope features Forrest Whitaker as the film’s narrator, and sets up a few basics of the life of Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a high school student trying to make it to class without running afoul of the many pitfalls of his Inglewood neighborhood. But he and his friends, played by Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons, are stopped short by Zoe Kravitz. Read More »

Pixels trailer

By now, you probably know if you’re going to see Pixels or not. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film stars Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan as former video game champions who are asked to save the world when real life video game characters invade Earth. Think Independence Day starring the cast of The King of Kong.

If you still aren’t sure and are hoping for some new nugget to get excited about in this second Pixels trailer, it’s probably not going to do it. There is some new footage in here, including a bit with Kevin James killing a Smurf, as well as some background on the characters, but for the most part its the same few set pieces as the last trailer. The optimist in me is hoping Sony is simply holding back lots of other moments for the theater, but that tends not to be the case with the films of James and Sandler. Watch the new Pixels trailer below. Read More »

Jack Black Nacho Libre micronations movie

One of the few directors on the Spider-Man short list has picked a new project. It’s Jared Hess, the director behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. Hess’s quirky filmmaking style seemed like an odd a match for the big budget superhero film; now he’s going to do a film that seems much more in his comfort zone. He’s even bringing along an old friend.

Hess has cast Jack Black in a film called Micronations, a comedy about a man who rises to a position of prominence among the odd world of do-it-yourself countries, small areas which exist and operate independently of the United States. This is a real thing. The script was written by the team behind New Girl, and you can read more about the Micronations movie below. Read More »

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Once you’ve seen a movie a few times, the main story just isn’t as exciting. Your eyes begin to wander around the frame seeking other details. You might find surprises the filmmaker put in there on purpose, or happy accidents, but either way, the best movies always find ways to reward a viewer over and over again.

A movie that definitely fits that description is the first Pitch Perfect. It’s an immensely entertaining and rewarding film that gets better with every single rewatch. Want to know why Pitch Perfect 2 just made $70 million at the box office opening weekend? It’s because fans watched the first film so many times, they were dying for something new from the characters.

Since its release, I’ve watched Pitch Perfect dozens of times and have gotten to a point where the big moments aren’t my favorites. Instead, I’ve become semi-obsessed with some smaller moments. Forty-five of them, to be exact. Some of these are tiny nuances in a performance, weird line deliveries, or an odd piece of production design. Others are funny lines, random asides, touching moments, or scenes that I look at in a different way than most people. Either way, add this odd collection of randomness with the obvious stuff, like the music, and you’ve got a fantastic movie that made a really great sequel.

Below, read along with what I feel are the most random, funny, under-appreciated and best Pitch Perfect moments.

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The Death of Stalin

If you’re not watching the HBO series Veep, you’re missing out on some of the best-written comedy on television right now. The series from In the Loop and Alan Partridge creator and writer Armando Iannucci is hilarious, smart and fires jokes off one right after the other. Therefore, it’ll be interesting to see how he tackles The Death of Stalin, an adaptation of Fabien Nury’s graphic novel of the same name. Read more about the project after the jump! Read More »

The Goonies

It’s time for another edition of Sequel Bits, this time with casting updates, an interview and updates on developing sequels. After the jump, here’s what we’ve got for you to check out:

  • Nathan Lee Graham is coming back for Zoolander 2
  • Sean Astin gives an update on Goonies 2
  • Regina Hall & Nicki Minaj join the cast of Barbershop 3
  • Paul Feig talks a bit more about his Ghostbusters reboot
  • Ben Whishaw hints at a sequel to Paddington

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