Fist Fight trailer: Ice Cube and Charlie Day

Why should teenagers get to be the only ones embroiled in high school drama? In Fist Fight, the battle is between two teachers. Mr. Campbell is your typical Charlie Day character, which is to say (as Kumail Nanjiani puts it in the trailer) he is “probably a nice guy, but a bit of a worm and a sneak.” And Mr. Strickland is your typical Ice Cube character, which is to say he’s got a “scary but effective” reputation as a hothead. When a conflict between them escalates to the point of physical violence, everyone in school — from the teachers to the students — gets invested.

Fist Fight is the feature directing debut of Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and features a top-notch comedic cast including Jillian Bell and Tracy Morgan. And unlike a lot of comedy trailers we’ve seen lately, this one looks like it might actually live up to the potential of the talent involved. Watch the Fist Fight trailer below. Read More »

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I’m still not sure if Bruce Willis is the right man to star in a remake of Death Wish. Hell, I’m still not sure if Death Wish is a movie that needs to be remade at all. And yet, I’m interested what a director like Eli Roth, a filmmaker with a penchant for getting really ugly, does with material this inherently dark and toxic. I’m especially interested now that he’s started filling out his supporting cast with character actors I would happily watch read the phone book. Vincent D’Onofrio and Dean Norris have joined the cast of Death Wish, which means the production has officially met its quota for stocky men who make that bald thing look really good.

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One of the most emotional moments in an Emmys telecast full of emotional moments was the surprise appearance of Tracy Morgan, 15 months after the terrible accident that took him out of commission. But now that he’s on the road to recovery, Morgan’s wasting no time getting back to work. He’s just signed on for the comedy Fist Fight, his first movie role since the incident.

Ice Cube and Charlie Day also star. Get more details on the Tracy Morgan Fist Fight movie after the jump.  Read More »

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It’s a shame only 600 people got to see Jason Reitman‘s Live Read of American Beauty on Thursday. If more people saw it, they’d be lining up to see Men, Women and Children this weekend. The cast proved they are wonderful together.

As the kickoff to the 4th season of Live Reads at LACMA, Reitman presented Alan Ball‘s Oscar-winning 1999 script. For all the roles, he chose actors from his latest film. (Which happens to open wide this weekend.) In the role of Lester Burnham, for which Kevin Spacey won an Oscar, Reitman cast Adam Sandler. The wife Carolyn, originally played by Annette Benning, was played by Rosemarie DeWitt. Their daughter Jane, originated by Thora Birch, was played by Kaitlyn Dever. Her best friend Angela, originated by Mena Suvari, was played by Olivia Crocicchia. Buddy the real estate king, first played by Peter Gallagher, was read by Phil LaMarr. Next door, the Colonel, played by Chris Cooper, was read by Dean Norris. DeWitt doubled as his wife (Allison Janney) and their son, the pot-dealer Ricky was Travis Tope. Wes Bentley originated the role.

With a script as good as Ball’s, an infant could read it and it would sound like poetry. What Reitman showcased with his latest cast is prove that good words are one thing, but chemistry and talent are something entirely different and wonderful. Below, read more about the American Beauty Live Read presented by Film Independent at LACMA. Read More »

Breaking Bad Tread Lightly

After the massive cliffhanger in the mid-season finale of this last season of Breaking Bad, everyone expected the showdown between Walt and Hank to take some time. Leave it to Vince Gilligan to mess with expectations again and have it happen right in the premiere episode of the fifth season’s return. The performances by Dean Norris and Bryan Cranston in the scene were second to none; now a behind the scenes clip shows the production of that scene. Somehow, seeing other people in the room witnessing the scene makes it even more tense. Read More »

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As we promised in “The Ones Who Knock” Kickstarter, I did weekly recaps here for each episode of Breaking Bad. For those of you unfamiliar with my recapping style, it’s less of a straightforward plot summary and more a distillation of the most interesting elements of each week’s episode.  The recaps will spoil everything up through the current episode (S5E16 “Felina”), but won’t spoil any future episodes or even scenes from the “Next Time” segment of the show..because that’s all over now. So hold on to your pork pie hats, because here we go.
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As we promised in “The Ones Who Knock” Kickstarter, I will be doing weekly recaps here for each episode of Breaking Bad. For those of you unfamiliar with my recapping style, it’s less of a straightforward plot summary and more a distillation of the most interesting elements of each week’s episode.  The recaps will spoil everything up through the current episode (S5E14 “Ozymandias”), but won’t spoil any future episodes or even scenes from the “Next Time” segment of the show.  There will, however, be some light speculation and straight-up crackpot theories.  No theory or speculation is based on foreknowledge of the show.  So hold on to your pork pie hats, because here we go. Read More »

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As Breaking Bad sprints toward the finale, the theorizing over how it’s all going to end is only getting more intense. Vince Gilligan and his stars have been dancing around the big spoilers for months now, and at least one is getting tired of keeping all these secrets to himself.

Dean Norris, who plays DEA agent Hank Schrader, has posted a new video on Funny or Die in which he “spoils” the ending of Breaking Bad. Here’s a clue: According to him, it’s titled “Hank Wins” and was written by Norris himself.

Hit the jump to check it out. Ironically, the video doesn’t contain any real spoilers for anything that’s happened so far, so even those of you who are still struggling to catch up can watch with impunity.

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As we promised in “The Ones Who Knock” Kickstarter, I will be doing weekly recaps here for each episode of Breaking Bad. For those of you unfamiliar with my recapping style, it’s less of a straightforward plot summary and more a distillation of the most interesting elements of each week’s episode.  The recaps will spoil everything up through the current episode (S5E11 “Confessions”), but won’t spoil any future episodes or even scenes from the “Next Time” segment of the show.  There will, however, be some light speculation and straight-up crackpot theories.  No theory or speculation is based on foreknowledge of the show.  So hold on to your pork pie hats, because here we go.

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As we promised in “The Ones Who Knock” Kickstarter, I will be doing weekly recaps here for each episode of Breaking Bad. For those of you unfamiliar with my recapping style, it’s less of a straightforward plot summary and more a distillation of the most interesting elements of each week’s episode.  The recaps will spoil everything up through the current episode (S5E10 “Buried”), but won’t spoil any future episodes or even scenes from the “Next Time” segment of the show.  There will, however, be some light speculation and straight-up crackpot theories.  No theory or speculation is based on foreknowledge of the show.  So hold on to your pork pie hats, because here we go.

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