Editor’s note: This is our review of The Skeleton Twins from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It opens in limited release this weekend so we are rerunning.
When Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig were building their careers on Saturday Night Live, they played multiple characters every single week. That took incredible acting chops. Though they’ve since left the show and are concentrating mostly on comedy films, Craig Johnson‘s second film The Skeleton Twins proves these skilled comedic performers can be dramatic as well.
The Skeleton Twins is about estranged siblings, Maggie and Milo, who haven’t spoken in a decade. After they are reunited by tragedy their relationship is quickly rekindled, but deep old wounds re-open. That may sound overly solemn and, at its heart, The Skeleton Twins is certainly a drama. But you don’t cast Hader and Wiig just to cry and be depressed. The chemistry they built for years on TV sizzles on the big screen in characters with an exuberant realism. The movie itself is good, but Hader and Wiig make it great. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Bill Murray has no plans to star in Ghostbusters 3, as he’s established many times. But he’s still happy to weigh in with ideas on who should, including Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. Now Wiig has responded to his suggestion, and she seems open to the notion — if only because she “will do whatever Bill Murray tells [her] to.” Hit the jump to read her reply in full.
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A spin around the TV dial is almost guaranteed to turn up at least one appearance by Bill Hader. Whether it be his memorable stint on Saturday Night Live, smaller film roles in Judd Apatow comedies, leading roles in Greg Mottola comedies, adding voices to Edgar Wright movies, writing South Park episodes, or a commercial for his wonderful new drama The Skeleton Twins, Hader seems to be everywhere. And that’s a good thing. The guy is talented and funny, and a huge film fan.
In the book “Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers” by Mike Sacks, Hader contributed his own list of “200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See.” It pretty safe to say, though, you don’t have to be a comedy writer to appreciate these gems. Some are obvious, some not, but it’s a fun list even just as a jumping off point for a debate.
Below, check out the list of Hader’s 200 Essential Comedies and even watch him talk about it. Read More »
One of the most exciting and uplifting films of the Sundance Film Festival just got its first trailer. It’s called The Skeleton Twins and stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged siblings, reunited after a tragedy, who must begin to work through their old issues. Craig Johnson directed the film, which is decidedly more dramatic than you’re used to seeing Wiig and Hader, but they rise to the occasion. Each creates a full, interesting, flawed character with plenty of humor just under the surface.
The Skeleton Twins opens September 19 and now you can watch the first trailer. Check it out below. Read More »
Judd Apatow‘s next film, Trainwreck, has just filled out its cast. Apatow will direct a script written by and starring Amy Schumer. Now almost a dozen new actors have joined a cast which already included Bill Hader, Brie Larson and Colin Quinn. They are recent Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi, comedian and director Mike Birbiglia, Girls neighbor Jon Glaser, SNL MVP Vanessa Bayer, WWE superstar John Cena, Perks of Being A Wallflower star Ezra Miller and last, but definitely not least, Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton. The film is scheduled for release July 24, 2015. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
It felt like the end of an era when Bill Hader left Saturday Night Live last year, after eight seasons on the show. But there’s no need to worry that he’ll fade into obscurity. He’s kept himself plenty busy since then, and has now booked his juiciest post-SNL gig yet. Hader is in talks to join Amy Schumer in Trainwreck, the next comedy being directed by Judd Apatow.
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With books, games, audio, movies, and TV, this edition of Star Wars Bits crosses all media. Below, read about the following:
- Is Benedict Cumberbatch out of the running for Star Wars Episode VII?
- Is Episode VII coming out at the same time across the globe?
- Disney announced a new mobile game called Star Wars: Assault Team.
- Bill Hader kills some Star Wars impressions on Conan.
- Star Wars vet Sam Witwer talks potentially being part of Star Wars Rebels.
- There’s a new presentation video for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
- Check out the cover to William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back.
- Lego Star Wars Microfighters is now available for iOS.
- Listen to an audio clip from Star Wars: Maul Lockdown.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
SNL alum Bill Hader has been a top-billed voice performer in the past, as for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and he’s physically shown up in cameo roles here and there, too. In one current film, however, Hader has a super-brief vocal appearance. Hit the jump for more about his tiny appearance in the film in question, plus details on Anthony Weiner’s impending cameo in Alpha House and some of the surprises 22 Jump Street has in store for us.
Potential spoilers for all three films follow.
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