Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Lonely Island is hitting the big screen this summer. Universal Pictures has released the first look at the awkwardly (and hilariously) titled Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, starring Andy Samberg as a singer-rapper named Conner4Real. Though he seems to be at the top of his game — thanks to the efforts of a 32-person entourage — his career takes a nosedive when his latest album flops. Humbled, he’s forced to reunite with his old boy band.
Fellow Lonely Islanders Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone co-directed, and star as Conner’s lyricist and DJ respectively. The film features murderer’s row of comedy stars including Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader, Tim Meadows, and Will Arnett, and it’s stuffed to the brim with celebrity cameos by the likes of Snoop Dogg (“Surprise, motherfucker!”), Simon Cowell, Carrie Underwood, Usher, and Adam Levine‘s hologram. Watch the Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping red-band trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This weekend sees the release of The Brothers Grimsby, the latest comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen. And here’s the thing about Mr. Cohen – even when I don’t love his movies, I find him fascinating. From his early career as a television prankster who roped real people into interacting with his fictional characters, to his Hollywood career, where he worked with directors like Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton, he has never shown us a half-measure. Cohen is a performer who commits to his characters and his concepts like no one else.
And since his new movie is on the horizon, this certainly feels like the perfect opportunity to run down his finest moments on screen.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
Sacha Baron Cohen takes his time picking his projects. He’s got two big films coming out this year, the spy comedy The Brothers Grimsby and the Disney fantasy sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, and they’re his first onscreen roles since 2012’s Les Misérables. Beyond that, his future is a little bit murkier. So what’s next for the committed comedian who gave us Borat, Ali G, and Brüno? Will he lay low for another several years, or does he have another movie lined up?
As it turns out, Baron Cohen’s plan is to get back to work on an old project of his that’s never quite gotten off the ground: The Lesbian, which we first heard about in 2012. And now he’s served up the intriguing detail that The Lesbian is actually a musical. Read his comments below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Whiplash was 2014’s little film that could: the $3 million picture took Sundance by storm, won three Oscars and got nominated for two more, grossed $49 million in all, and put director Damien Chazelle on the map as an up-and-comer to watch. No surprise, then, that Lionsgate is hoping Chazelle will be able to work a similar magic with his next film, La La Land. The studio has pushed the musical romance, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, from July 15, 2016 to December, putting it right in the thick of awards season. Read More »
One of our favorite movies at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival back in January was Sing Street from director John Carney. In my review from the festival, yours truly called the movie “marvelous, delightful and just plain great.” You’ve probably already seen the trailer for this flick that comes straight from the heart of the 1980s and all the pop rock that comes with that decade, but now a new clip has debuted showing us just how great the teen band at the center of the film truly is, even if they’re a bit clumsy shooting the music video for “The Riddle of the Model,” their first single. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- Keanu Reeves reveals John Wick: Chapter Two details.
- Jesse Eisenberg says Zombieland 2 could still happen.
- High School Musical 4 is casting right now.
- A certain supermodel has joined XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage.
- New promo art for Captain America: Civil War emerges.
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Sunday night after the Oscars, late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had his usual star-studded show to follow Hollywood’s biggest night. There was plenty of fun to be had, from the premiere of a deleted scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice featuring Kimmel himself discovering the true identity of Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, to the latter star helping to sneak Matt Damon into the show.
But outside of comic book jokery and the usual Matt Damon feud shenanigans, Jimmy Kimmel also rounded up Broadway and big screen duo Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane for a new take on The Producers, this time turning Bialystock & Bloom into political consultants who concoct a plan to make money off of a candidate who is “a real trainwreck, a schmuck, a putz, a real Grade A, world-class, gold-plated nincompoop.” Yeah, you know who they’re talking about. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
Once a movie takes Sundance by storm, the wait begins for its theatrical release. Sometimes there’s hardly a wait at all; this year’s documentary Jim: The James Foley Story premiered on HBO a mere two weeks after its Sundance bow. And sometimes that wait is so long it actually laps the following Sundance: The Witch, in theaters now, debuted over a year ago at Sundance 2015.
Fortunately for fans of ’80s music, Irish accents, coming-of-age stories, and/or joy, The Weinstein Company isn’t dragging its feet on Sing Street. The upbeat musical from John Carney (of Once and Begin Again) emerged as one of the biggest crowdpleasers of this year’s festival, and now it’s going to sing and dance its way into the hearts of general audiences this spring. Read More »
UPDATE: After many months of rumors, Variety has finally confirmed that Emily Blunt is in talks for Mary Poppins. Original story from September 17, 2015 follows.
Disney has already invested in Emily Blunt with a small role as Miss Piggy’s assistant in The Muppets and one of the lead roles in the Broadway musical adaptation of Into the Woods. Recently there have been rumblings that Blunt is under consideration for Captain Marvel along with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation star Rebecca Ferguson, but the actress had an interesting theory as to why those rumors keep circling.
And now Disney has another role for which they think the star of Edge of Tomorrow and this weekend’s Sicario would be perfect: Mary Poppins. That’s right, according to a new rumor, the House of Mouse wants Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in the recently announced musical sequel set in Depression-era London, about 20 years after the original. Read More »