Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Having tackled racism in Civil Rights-era Mississippi with the help of Emma Stone in last summer’s The Help, Viola Davis is now taking on the modern public education crisis with the aid of Maggie Gyllenhaal in Won’t Back Down.
Directed by Daniel Barnz (Beastly) from a script he co-wrote with Brin Hill, the apparently fact-based drama stars Gyllenhaal and Davis as a pair of determined mothers who team up to establish a charter school for struggling children in their Pittsburgh neighborhood. Oscar Isaac co-stars as a ukelele-strumming teacher who takes a romantic interest in Gyllenhaal, because he’s in everything these days. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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A sense of humor is like a fingerprint; no two are alike. What one person finds hilarious another doesn’t, and everyone has their own catalog of things that make them falls into hysterics. Sacha Baron Cohen‘s latest vehicle, The Dictator, tries to cover every single kind of humor imaginable. Do you like super offensive, evil humor? It’s got that. Potty humor? That’s there too. Social satire? Sure, why not. This wild unevenness is the film’s distinguishing factor and it leads to moments of genius, outbursts of offensive hilarity, and others of awkward, silent stupidity.
Structured around a boring, run-of-the-mill mistaken identity narrative, the main thing that keeps The Dictator from dying is an incredible level of unpredictability. At any moment, seemingly anything can happen in the name of a joke. This begets huge hits and big misses. Once again directed by Borat and Bruno helmer Larry Charles, The Dictator entertains but is deeply flawed and anything but subtle. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
When real-life politics get ugly, it’s depressing, but when fictional politics go negative, it’s hilarious. After whetting your appetite with Monday’s silly political ads, the first full-length trailer has been unveiled for Jay Roach‘s The Campaign. Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell star as rivals competing for a Congressional seat in North Carolina. As you can probably guess by that cast, it’s not long before the race spins amusingly out of control. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
Fans of NBC’s Thursday night lineup will want to keep a close eye on TV news in the coming days, as the network is nearing a seventh season renewal for 30 Rock. As for geek favorites Community and Parks & Recreation, let’s just say the latter seems to have a better shot of coming back than the former. Also after the jump…
- NBC picks up 1600 Penn and Animal Practice
- USA’s Political Animals picks up Dylan Baker
- A synopsis for Game of Thrones‘ Season 2 finale
- TRON: Uprising and Once Upon a Time producers take fan questions
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Though superheroes are likely to dominate the early and mid summer box office, politics could be the highlight of August. That’s when The Campaign, Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis‘s political spoof, is scheduled for release. Timed to play around height of the 2012 Presidential elections,the Jay Roach film centers on two men – Cam Brady and Marty Huggins – running against each other for Congress.
The Facebook page for the film has just updated and given us our first taste of Ferrell and Galifianakis in character. Plus, each candidate has released their own ads which reveal our first glimpse of footage from the movie. As you’d expect, it’s all incredibly stupid and funny. Check everything out below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm sign on to play the same guy, while a Cabin in the Woods star who’s not Chris Hemsworth lands a sweet new gig. Also after the jump:
- True Blood reveals a new poster for Season 5
- A Heroes alum becomes Sigourney Weaver’s boss
- Amazon Studios pushes into TV, calls for ideas
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Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
After a decade of false starts on the big screen, an adaptation Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections looked to finally be making some headway on the small screen. HBO began developing it as a series with producer Scott Rudin last fall, and quickly signed director Noah Baumbach as well as a high-profile cast including Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest. The novel, which won the National Book Award in 2001, centers around an elderly couple and three adult children as they gather for “one last Christmas” near the turn of the millennium.
But alas, it seems this incarnation of the project isn’t going anywhere, either. After viewing the pilot, the premium cable has chosen to pass on the series. While HBO apparently liked the episode and the performances, it was concerned about the long-term sustainability of the premise. The book’s plot jumps back and forth through time, filling in the characters’ backstories, and HBO worried that it would be difficult for viewers to follow. The decision was not related to this week’s straight-to-series order of True Detective; with Luck off its plate, HBO would have had the resources to do both. [Deadline]
After the jump, the West Wing gang prove they’ve still got their walk-and-talk skills.
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Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
I can’t really think of anyone more perfect to poke fun at vile tyranny than Sacha Baron Cohen, the guy who brought us Borat, Ali G, and Bruno. While plenty of comedians play at edginess, Cohen’s material feels genuinely daring and fresh — not to mention very, very funny.
So I’m a bit sad to admit that none of the clips or trailers we’ve seen for The Dictator so far have done all that much for me. Still, I’ve got my fingers crossed that my first impressions will wind up being dead wrong, and this amusing clip of the opening sequence offers a glimmer of hope. Watch it after the jump.
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