On paper, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl doesn’t seem particularly exciting. An adaptation of a book by Jesse Andrews, it’s the story of a high school senior who is forced to become friends with a school acquaintance who is diagnosed with leukemia.
Interesting, yes but not that exciting. Thankfully, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl isn’t merely on paper. It’s a film — in fact, a film that loves film, celebrates film, and is very much about the medium – with beautiful shot composition, tense long takes and elaborate tracking shots. It tells a touching and incredibly funny story with very realistic, honest characters and enough self-awareness to make it all feel modern. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and adapted by Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival this weekend. Read our Me and Earl and the Dying Girl review here. Read More »
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If nothing else, This is Where I Leaves You earns a peek for its cast alone. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda are just a few of the names in this adaptation of a novel by Jonathan Tropper. In the story, a dysfunctional family is forced to reunite for a whole week when their father dies. Old feuds become newly inflamed, passions are ignited, and all kinds of other madness ensues.
But This I Where I Leave You isn’t a straight up, sad drama. There are laughs too, as evidenced not only by director Shawn Levy being at the helm, but the brand new trailer. Check out the first This Is Where I Leave You Trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
A star-studded cast doesn’t guarantee a good movie, but it definitely doesn’t hurt. Especially when the stars in question include the likes of Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Jason Bateman, Corey Stoll, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, and Rose Byrne.
Directed by Shawn Levy, This Is Where I Leave You centers on the Altman family, who come together for their father’s funeral. Which sounds like somber stuff on paper, but — as you might’ve guessed from the cast — This Is Where I Leave You plays out as a bittersweet comedy. See the first This Is Where I Look image after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
It wasn’t long after Friday Night Lights concluded its fifth and final season in 2011 that word spread of a possible movie sequel. But despite the active interest of series creator Peter Berg, producer Brian Grazer, and stars including Connie Britton and Adrianne Palicki, actual progress has been mysteriously slow. Now we know why.
According to Britton, Kyle Chandler has no interest in reprising his role. That’s a pretty big hurdle, seeing as his Coach Eric Taylor is the main character. Hit the jump to read her comments.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
With her sharp, sarcastic persona, Aubrey Plaza could’ve easily wound up with a decent career playing BFF and sidekick roles. But in this year’s heartwarming indie hit Safety Not Guaranteed, she proved herself equally up for the task of leading a film — and now she’s about to do so again in next year’s The To Do List.
The cast list for the R-rated coming-of-age comedy reads is chock full of funny young talents. In addition to Plaza, Alia Shawkat, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Rachel Bilson, Scott Porter, Johnny Simmons, and Sarah Steele all co-star. Connie Britton and Clark Gregg take on the rare grown-up roles, apparently as Plaza’s parents. CBS Films has just offered a first red-band (i.e., NSFW) look at the film in a new video announcing the release date. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
Sleazy lawyers, nefarious CIA Cold War plots, and Scandinavian crime thrillers fill up today’s TV Bits. After the jump:
- Run Lola Run and Bourne star Franka Potente goes nuts for American Horror Story
- AMC is working on a Cold War-era Area 51 drama with Walking Dead producer Gale Ann Hurd
- A&E will adapt the Danish crime drama Those Who Kill; Joe Carnahan will direct
- Connie Britton gives a small update on that possible Friday Night Lights movie sequel
- Vince Gilligan is making no promises about a Saul Goodman spinoff, wants to do a Western
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Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
While some of her Friday Night Lights co-stars have made the leap into big-screen adventures, Connie Britton‘s still shining on the small screen. Fresh off of a single-season stint on FX’s American Horror Story, Britton has now signed on for ABC’s musical family soap Nashville. And yes, the “musical” part of the description indicates that we’ll be hearing the former Mrs. Coach Taylor sing.
R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) is set to direct the pilot from a script by Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), which centers around country star and married mom Rayna James (Britton). Unhappy with the weak sales of her latest record, her label forces Rayna to go on tour with a younger rising star (Hayden Panettiere). Eric Close, who guest-starred on Britton’s American Horror Story, will play Rayna’s husband. [Deadline]
After the jump, two leading ladies of sci-fi tackle television.
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Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2011 by Angie Han
FX’s American Horror Story won’t debut until next week, but it’s already been getting some intriguing buzz. The premise sounds normal enough: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, and Taissa Farmiga star as the Harmon family, who relocate from Boston to a haunted house in Los Angeles; Jessica Lange plays their neighbor. However, early reviews have indicated that it’s outrageously over-the-top and very, very weird in its execution. Which, actually, shouldn’t come as a surprise seeing as it comes from the minds of Glee and Nip/Tuck creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck.
After the jump, check out the first five minutes of the show. It looks like pretty standard horror movie stuff here, but Murphy, who directed the pilot, does a fine job of setting up an eerie mood.
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Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Last week, we reported on an as-yet-untitled documentary about South Park that would be airing on Comedy Central October 2, days ahead of the show’s October 5 return. We now have a bit more detail on what, exactly, the special will be about. According to Playbill (via Collider), the documentary will be:
an all-access pass to the behind-the-scenes world of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone at South Park Studios in Los Angeles through this special documentary, providing an exclusive, insiders look into the making of a ‘South Park’ episode.
The documentary is apparently part of a year-long celebration of the series to mark its 15th anniversary. Other components of the celebration include the “South Park Fan Experience” at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, a traveling exhibit curated by artist Ron English, and limited-edition South Park-branded merchandise.
After the jump, lots of TV marketing: posters for Boardwalk Empire and Person of Interest, plus a poster and an intriguingly creepy teaser for American Horror Story.
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