Freaks and Geeks documentary

In the always-evolving world of the internet, two things still seem like unshakable certainties. One is the classic Rule 34, which says, “If it exists, there is porn of it.” And the second is that if you ever come across a list of TV shows that were cancelled too soon, Paul Feig and Judd Apatow‘s short-lived 1999 comedy series Freaks and Geeks will appear on that list. Guaranteed.

There’s been all sorts of talk about a reunion or revival series in the intervening years, but now some of the people involved in the original show have confirmed that a new Freaks and Geeks documentary is coming to television next year. Get the details below.
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Steven Spielberg Documentary Trailer

There aren’t too many filmmakers who general audiences know by name. But if there’s one name still making movies today that they’ll recognize the most, it’s Steven Spielberg.

The man has been behind the movie magic and suspense of Jaws and Jurassic Park, the wonder of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, the adventure and action of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Minority Report, and the powerful drama of The Color Purple and Schindler’s List. Now he’s getting in front of the camera for an extensive documentary profile on HBO that is simply called Spielberg, and the first trailer not only has the man himself, but it also features an impressive array of talent talking about the Oscar-winning filmmaker and his undeniable influence on cinema at large.

Watch the Steven Spielberg documentary trailer below. Read More »

Trailer roundup Gaga

Sometimes, while we’re buried in the deluge of never-ending movie news, a few trailers manage to slip past us. But in an effort to never miss anything essential, we take hold of our metaphorical novelty-sized butterfly net, reach back, and scoop them up for articles just like this one. In this trailer round-up, get the newest looks at The Foreigner, Gaga: Five Foot TwoThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and more.
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dealt trailer

As you probably know by now, I’m a magic fanatic. I’ve written in the past about my favorite magic movies, and even my audition experience joining Los Angeles’ prestigious Magic Castle as a magician member. One of the movies I was really bummed to have missed at Sundance this year is a documentary titled Dealt about Richard Turner, one of the greatest card magicians of our time.

I’ve seen Turner perform in the close-up gallery at the Castle and his card skills are some of the best I’ve ever seen. The fact that he is a blind man is just insane. And it’s not something that is advertised. He isn’t introduced as a blind man, it’s only five or so minutes into his routine that the audience begins to realize that the amazing card feats they’ve been watching have been performed by a person without the ability to see. Hit the jump now to watch the Dealt trailer and get a glimpse of Richard Turner in action.
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Gilbert Gottfried Documentary

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is best known by general audiences for being a wholly inappropriate comedian with an extremely grating voice. They may not know his name, but they recognize that signature voice, the same one that brought Jafar’s parrot sidekick Iago to life in Disney’s Aladdin. But they definitely don’t know the real Gilbert Gottfried.

Gilbert is a documentary that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival this past spring, and it’s finally arriving in theaters this year. You might be surprised when you hear Gottfried speak during interviews in this documentary, because his voice isn’t piercing your ears as it usually does. Because Gottfried doesn’t talk like that all the time – it’s part of the calculated character he’s created for his stage persona, and the real Gottfried is even more fascinating, sweet and wonderful than you could have ever imagined.

Watch the Gilbert Gottfried documentary trailer below to see what we’re talking about. Read More »

Man on the Moon Documentary - Man on the Moon Documentary - Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond Review

“When did this movie start?” asks a modern-day Jim Carrey to director Chris Smith. It’s the start of what we know as Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond – With a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton. It’s also probably one of the more normal things Carrey says or does throughout the documentary, a work presenting unreleased footage shot by Carrey behind the scenes of his Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon.

Read our Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond review from TIFF below. Read More »

haunters: the art of the scare trailer

Sometimes, you see a trailer for a movie and can’t help but wonder if it was made specifically for you. The trailer for Haunters: The Art of the Scare, a feature-length documentary about the world of professional haunted houses and the people who run them, feels like someone decided to make a movie for me and only me. This is my jam and I can’t wait to watch it at Fantastic Fest next month.

Anyway, you can watch the Haunters: The Art of the Scare trailer below, too. You know, just in case you’re also the kind of person whose heart beats a little faster when October rolls around because it means you’ll soon be able to start hitting up the local haunted attractions.

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Super Size Me 2

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is underway, and there will be plenty of indies and hopeful awards contenders debuting up in Canada as fall kicks into gear. One of those movies is an anticipated documentary from Morgan Spurlock, a sequel to the movie that put him on the map as a filmmaker back in 2004.

Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! follows Morgan Spurlock as he explores the world of fast food again, but this time from behind the register as he aims to open his own chicken franchise. Spurlock starts off by raising chickens and runs all the way through the opening of his own restaurant, one that calls attention to all the deception that fast food chains put right in front of our faces without us knowing it.

We don’t know when we’ll be able to see Super Size Me 2 yet, but it sounds like YouTube Red will be the ones distributing it, since they’re in negotiations to pick up the doc after it premiered at TIFF on Friday. Read More »

Man on the Moon Documentary

Update: If Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton sounds like something you want to see, you’re in luck. Netflix has officially picked up the film. No release date has been set. Our original article follows below.

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As a die-hard stand-up comedy nerd, one of my favorite movies is Man on the Moon. The 1999 biopic about famous, controversial and genius comedian Andy Kaufman starred Jim Carrey in the lead role, and his work on the movie is very well known due to the length that he went to in order to stay in character.

We hear about method acting from actors occasionally, with talents like Daniel Day-Lewis investing themselves so deeply into a character that they maintain the illusion of that performance between takes on set, sometimes even when they’re completely away from the production, all in an effort to give the most authentic portrayal possible. That’s exactly what Jim Carrey did while working on Man on the Moon, and a new documentary that premiered at the Venice Film Festival explores the “psychotic” lengths to which the actor went to stay in character. Read More »

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long shot trailer

You should take everything you read in the IMDB trivia pages with a fistful of salt, but one piece of information has stuck with me in the decade or so since I first read it. Curb Your Enthusiasm saved a man’s life. Literally. Because this man was arrested for a murder he didn’t commit and was facing the death penalty and the only hope of clearing his name meant the producers of HBO’s comedy series finding him in b-roll footage they filmed at Dodger Stadium at the time of the crime. Now that’s trivia worth knowing.

And now, this trivia tidbit has become a new documentary called Long Shot, which is set to premiere at the Telluride Film Festival before making its way to Netflix next month.

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