Calvary

The opening scene of John Michael McDonagh‘s Calvary is a frightening juxtaposition that perfectly sets the tone for what’s to come. Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is taking confession from a mysterious man who admits to being molested by a priest as a child. Not this specific priest, though, another one, and to get revenge he tells Father James he’s going to kill him for no good reason. In an instant, McDonagh has sucked the audience in.

Much like McDonagh and Gleeson’s previous film The Guard, Calvary is wholly original. It blends elements of mystery, a detective story and comedy with lots of philosophical ruminations. As Father James spends what might be his final week alive dealing with the townspeople, one of which is his would-be murderer, he tries to solve the riddle by delving into their problems (alcoholism, depression, adultery, etc) through his Catholic beliefs. The result is an ambitious, slow-burn drama with dynamite performances from top to bottom that just misses the mark because it’s trying to do too much. Read More »

Cuban Fury

Nick Frost has made a nice career of playing sidekicks and supporting characters, often alongside frequent collaborator Simon Pegg. But as his unexpected straight-man turn in The World’s End showed, the guy’s certainly got the chops to lead a movie of his own. In Cuban Fury, he gets the chance to do just that.

Directed by James Griffiths (NBC’s Up All Night) from an idea by Frost, the comedy follows a lonely sad-sack named Bruce (Frost) who’s crushing on his gorgeous new boss Julia (Rashida Jones). Because this is a movie, the only way he can win her over is by mastering the art of dance. Good thing he used to be a child prodigy at salsa dancing — now all Bruce needs to do is rediscover his inner passion. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Ben Foster

With seemingly half of Hollywood racing to bring a Lance Armstrong biopic to the big screen, the first one to reach the starting line is Stephen Frears. His untitled picture began shooting a few days ago, with Ben Foster in the lead role of the disgraced cyclist. A first-look image has just hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Is Mondo starting a Marvel Comics poster series? How did the 1989 Batman logo change marketing? Which Bridesmaids star has a cameo in Thor: The Dark World? Could the Birds of Prey appear on Arrow? Is Alice Cooper going to play a Spider-Man villain? Was there a clue to The Winter Soldier in Captain America: The First Avenger? Why can’t you see a Punisher fan film online anymore? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Look how excited Masuka is about the impending return of Dexter. After the jump:

  • HBO sets Boardwalk Empire and Hello Ladies premiere dates
  • Bobby Cannavale joins Martin Scorsese‘s HBO pilot
  • Michelle Fairley (a.k.a. Catelyn Stark) heads to Suits
  • Dan Stevens is sorry about that Downton Abbey stuff
  • The IT Crowd crowd is back at work for one last episode
  • Showtime’s Shameless loses one of its regulars
  • Nurse Jackie will stick around for another year
  • The Borgias will end after Season 3, won’t get a movie
  • Peek at photos from the Dexter Season 8 premiere

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Hannibal

Netflix reveals posters, stills, and a clip from the new season of Arrested Development. Also after the jump:

  • What was the unaired original Game of Thrones pilot like?
  • Yahoo gets exclusive access to the 38-season SNL archive
  • Corey Stoll lands Guillermo del Toro‘s FX drama The Strain
  • AMC forays into the science-fiction genre with Line of Sight
  • Hannibal‘s unaired episode has been turned into a web series
  • See a new poster and pic from the newly revived The Killing
  • Watch a trailer for The Rock‘s new reality competition show
  • Peek behind the scenes of Christopher Guest‘s Family Tree
  • Dexter conducts his final symphony in an artsy new trailer

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Mad Men Season 6

Whether you’re scrambling to catch up on the Mad Men Season 6 premiere or you just want to experience it again, AMC’s got the entire episode online right now. Also after the jump:

  • Vikings and Bates Motel get renewed
  • Paul Reuben heads to Wonderland
  • HBO’s Girls loses one of its boys
  • Will USA pick up Happy Endings?
  • The Kitten Bowl is coming in 2014
  • Jonathan Strange is coming to the BBC
  • Peter Berg will direct HBO’s The Leftovers
  • See a trailer for Christopher Guest‘s Family Tree
  • FX reveals four creepy promos for The Bridge

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‘Thor: The Dark World’ Features a Comedic Cameo

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Marvel Studios has become such a moneymaking juggernaut that it is able to bring a diverse approach to casting. Look at some of the great names that have decorated Marvel movies in the past couple years: Stanley Tucci, Idris Elba, Hugo Weaving, and Tommy Lee Jones are just a few. The studio is pulling in other talents, too, and is drawing from the world of comedy to populate some of its second wave films. Chris Pratt of Parks and Rec is in Guardians of the Galaxy, and Kat Dennings returns for Thor: The Dark World.

Also appearing in Thor 2 will be an actor who cut his teeth on British comedy shows before appearing in one of the biggest US comedies of the past few years. Sounds like his Thor appearance will be a cameo only, and to spare those who don’t want spoilers, we’ve got the details below the break.  Read More »

Family Tree

There was a time when it would’ve been considered a massive downgrade for a big-screen talent to tackle a small-screen project, but these days even A-listers like David Fincher are opening up to the joys of television. This spring, comedy auteur Christopher Guest and frequent collaborator Jim Piddock will follow suit with HBO’s Family Tree, starring Chris O’Dowd as an aimless young(ish) man researching his wacky genealogical roots. The first teaser trailer has just surfaced, and you can watch it after the jump.

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One can only guess how the horribly mismatched Ben and Alison from Knocked Up are faring these days, but in just a few weeks we’ll get to see how their pals Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are dealing with being on the cusp of middle age. Universal has just dropped a new red-band trailer for Judd Apatow‘s This is 40, which picks back up with the bickering marrieds five years after we last saw them.

A few things have changed: Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl are nowhere to be seen, Maude Apatow has grown from cute kid to angsty teen, and Albert Brooks, John LithgowMegan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, and Lena Dunham are joining in on the fun this time around. The winning blend of cozy sentiment and inappropriate humor, however, remains much the same. Watch the somewhat NSFW trailer after the jump. (And yes, smartasses, the “favorite movie blog” I’m referencing in the headline is /Film.)

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