The first photo has been released of Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, Hunger Games, The People vs. Larry Flynt) as United States Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson in Rob Reiner‘s dramatic biopic which just began shooting this week. Lets be clear, the photo above is of the real LBJ. After the jump you will see the Woody Harrelson LBJ photo and learn more about the film. You might be surprised at the transformation Harrelson went through for this role.

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Manson Family Vacation

In Manson Family Vacation, Jay Duplass plays a Los Angeles family man whose life is upended when his burnout brother Conrad, played by Linas Phillips, shows up on his doorstep. Conrad doesn’t just want to chill on the couch, however. He’s fascinated with the story of Charles Manson, and wants to do a tour through the LA landmarks that play a part in the horrible story of Manson and the murders committed in his name.

Road tripping through the history of the Family is a weird way to bring a small family together, but maybe it will work? Check out the Manson Family Vacation trailer below. Read More »

Nasty Baby trailer

At first, Nasty Baby looks like a pretty typical Sundance indie. Kristen Wiig stars as a woman trying to get pregnant with the help of her best friends, gay couple Freddy (Sebastián Silva) and Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. There’s some raunchy banter, some interpersonal tension, a self-consciously quirky cast, and the usual themes of friendship, family, and growing up.

But Silva, who also directed, isn’t really interested in being typical. He likes the dark and unexpected, as he’s shown in films like The MaidCrystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus, and Magic Magic, and now in the first Nasty Baby trailer. By the end, Nasty Baby starts to feel like a horror film, even if it’s not exactly clear what we’re supposed to be afraid of. Watch the Nasty Baby trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Silent Bob dead

At Comic Con 2014, writer/director Kevin Smith announced that Tusk was actually the first film in what he hopes will be a trilogy of films he called “The True North Trilogy.” That film was followed by the PG-13 horror/comedy Yoga Hosers and Smith is prepping the third film, a movie called Moose Jaws which he described as “Jaws, with a moose” to conclude the Canadian-set series.

But Smith has now revealed that his Askewuniverse character Silent Bob will have a role in Moose Jaws, and you will be shocked to learn what that role is. Hit the jump to read Kevin Smith’s comments, which probably contain spoilers.

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Quentin Tarantino's Original Pulp Fiction Cast Wish List

Quentin Tarantino has always been praised for his casting choices, and its obvious that the filmmaker puts a lot of thought into which actors might be good for which characters. The writer/director even seems to write certain roles for particular actors.  Now a copy of Quentin Tarantino’s cast wish-list for Pulp Fiction has made its way online, showing the filmmaker’s original choices for the film’s cast, from first choices to back-up/alternate choices.

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The Hallow trailer

This summer hasn’t really been a great one for horror, but thankfully there seem to be some more promising entries on the horizon as fall rolls around. One on our radar is The Hallow, a British-Irish supernatural thriller that got some good reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The story follows a British conservationist (Joseph Mawle) who’s sent to rural Ireland, wife (Bojana Novakovic) and infant son in tow, to survey a forest for development. Locals warn him that the woods are teeming with malevolent spirits and supernatural creatures, and he realizes too late that they’re probably right. Watch The Hallow trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Josh Gad as Roger Ebert

Update: Josh Gad is now finally confirmed to play Roger Ebert in the film Russ & Roger opposite Will Ferrell as film producer and director Russ Meyer. (The film was formerly referred to as Russ & Roger Go Beyond.)

Michael Winterbottom will direct the movie, which follows the creation of Ebert and Meyer’s film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. This picture is described by THR as “a debaucherous comedy centering on two outsiders who defied the Hollywood establishment and made one of the first X-rated films ever released by a major movie studio.”

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‘Dope’ Returning to Theaters

New Dope Trailer

After garnering all sorts of praise at Sundance, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope opened in theaters earlier this year to disappointing numbers. Apparently audiences just weren’t interested in a coming-of-age story set in inner-city Los Angeles, against a ’90s hip-hop soundtrack.

… Except, of course, they totally were, because Straight Outta Compton is currently killing it at the box office. So Open Road is making a second play for box office gold, putting Dope back in theaters this weekend. More on the Dope re-release after the jump.  Read More »

Mike Birbiglia improv movie

If you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, I hope that you’ve discovered the work of Mike Birbiglia. If not, Netflix Instant currently has two of his comedy specials, What I Should Have Said Was Nothing: Tales from My Secret Public Journal and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and I recommend watching them immediately.

In addition, Birbiglia also made his directorial debut with his auto-biographical indie comedy Sleepwalk with Me, which played at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2012. Like Birbiglia’s comedy, it’s definitely worth watching. And now Birbiglia has just started production on his sophomore directing effort, a movie set in the world of improv called Don’t Think Twice. Read More »