Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
Donald Glover may have lost the campaign to play Spider-Man, but he’ll be set to portray another great American hero: Tracy Jordan. Also after the jump:
- The Flintstones reboot gets put on hold
- NBC considers an Office sorta-reboot
- Showtime sets up a Californication spinoff
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Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
I don’t even know where to begin with today’s extra-packed edition of TV Bits, so let’s just… begin. After the jump:
- Olivia Wilde will return for the House finale
- IFC renews Portlandia for a third season
- Doctor Who casts its new companion
- 30 Rock plans to do another live episode
- Wes Anderson teases a new TV commercial
- January Jones’ pregnancy means less Betty
- A first look at the Sex and the City prequel
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Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
As we head toward the holiday season, Boardwalk Empire winds down, 30 Rock gears up, and Terra Nova remains in purgatory. After the jump:
- Showrunner Terence Winter explains the explosive Season 2 finale for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire
- NBC drops an enticing teaser for 30 Rock‘s 6th season
- HBO reveals a second trailer for its Judd Apatow / Lena Dunham series Girls
- FX renews The League for a fourth season
- Fox pushes its decision about Terra Nova‘s fate to next year
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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It’s that time of year again, when all of the critics societies and film organizations name their top 10 movies of the year. The American Film Institute have released their lists of the top 10 films and television shows of 2010. As with most of the lists AFI releases, the films are not numbered in any order, but instead just a compilation of “winners.” Hit the jump to find out which movies and television shows were chosen.
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On the heels of their previously announced action-comedy, 30 Minutes or Less, from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, actors Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari are attached to star in a second planned comedy feature, this one currently untitled. Specifics about the project were not revealed in today’s press release, but it originates from a pitch credited to Ansari and 30 Rock writer Matt Hubbard. The screenplay will be penned by Harris Wittels, who’s worked as a writer on The Sarah Silverman Program and Aziz’s Parks & Rec. Wittels tweeted the news hours ago adding, “Sweet Titties!” Dear readers, don’t you agree?
More details as we get them. The project will be produced under the Rough House Pictures banner founded by those protectors of the greater good, McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green. Two other films are currently growing in RHP’s greenhouse, including Hill’s L.A.P.I. and a biopic on modern teen outlaw, Colton Harris Moore, with Green circling to direct. RHP is also producing Eastbound & Down‘s second season, which is set in Mexico and now shooting (steroids?) down in Puerto Rico. Speaking of which, it may be a coincidence (then again, maybe not): Will Ferrell has stepped into the public eye of late for charity as a sketchy Venezuelan baseball pitcher named Rojo Johnson. Check it out…
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In his new book of essays, Eating the Dinosaur, pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman posits that “as a species we have never been less human than we are right now.” Part of the reason why this has happened, he says, is that our growing consumption of media, movies, and entertainment has made it so that “we can’t really differentiate between real and unreal images.” He concludes that we thus, “no longer have freedom to think whatever we want.” For instance, the words, “basketball game,” instantly trigger a mental image of the NBA before (rather than?) a memory of a real experience. The Klosterman twist is that while “reading about Animal Collective on the Internet has replaced being alive,” he’s generally okay with this cultural and social development. I should add that he admits that the Unabomber’s Manifesto and its author had several really good and scarily prescient points.
In his second interview with /Film, many of Eating the Dinosaur‘s ideas are discussed within the context of modern television series like Mad Men and 30 Rock. We also discuss the significance of the odd documentary-style used on The Office and now Modern Family, and why he believes pop-culture writing/blogging on the internet unfortunately has become “an institutional voice” that rivals academia. Is this where I type, “Hopefully the next trailer is better?” For our first interview round with Chuck Klosterman, click here. For Klosterman’s updates on film adaptations of his books Fargo Rock City and Killing Yourself to Live, click here.
Hunter Stephenson: What’s your biggest problem with 30 Rock?
Chuck Klosterman: [pause] Does it seem like I have one?
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OBSERVE AND REPORT
It’s understandable that Observe and Report would polarize audiences. That the film even received financing remains surprising to me. Generally, studios wouldn’t dare greenlight a film as uncompromising as this without the promise of Oscar nominations down the line. I can only imagine they were banking on the financial viability of Seth Rogen, a casting decision that is both one of the film’s greatest assets and, temporarily, its greatest weakness. That weakness is not an issue with the film itself, but rather audience expectations. As much as I’d like to blame the trailers for misleading viewers, this is not an easy film to market, and as such, most ticket buyers walked into their screening ready for a simple, familiar formula: Seth Rogen + raunchy R-rated comedy. They were not, I suspect, prepared for a dark, cynical satire about American machismo and the country’s absurd obsession with guns, violence, and, to put it bluntly, obtaining satisfaction off inflicting pain on others. Even in watching the film though, these undertones may not be immediately clear; where other directors may have felt the need approach the material in a way that more clearly condemns Ronnie’s actions, writer/director Jody Hill wisely adopts the mindset of his insane lead character, playing the entire twisted tale as an inspirational underdog story. This was a brilliant decision on Hill’s part, but it came at a cost: fail to pick up on those elements, and much of film’s humor is lost. What should be (and is) scathingly hilarious instead comes across as ugly and dumb. Is it really any wonder that the film failed to find success at the box office? Thanks to DVD though, Observe and Report finally has a chance to find its niche audience. This is a movie that’s destined for cult status, where viewers can fully appreciate what Jody Hill was trying to do. The year’s not quite over yet, but as of now, Observe and Report is my pick for funniest movie of the year, as well as a lock for my Top 10 of ’09.
Notable Extras: DVD – No extras. Blu-ray – A picture-in-picture commentary track with Seth Rogan, Anna Faris, and director Jody Hill, three featurettes (‘Seth Rogen & Anna Faris: Unscripted’, ‘Forest Ridge Mall: Security Recruitment Video’, ‘Basically Training’), additional scenes, and a gag reel.
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