In the past month alone, two biopics (The Program and I Saw the Light) have come out that followed the tired biopic formula. Showing a person’s life in a span of two hours isn’t easy — and, in some cases, isn’t even necessary — but biopics that zero in on a specific time in a person’s life, to let that one event or a small series of events speak for the figure, tend to be the bio films that stand out. Papa: Hemingway in Cuba is doing just that, focusing on Ernest Hemingway’s time in Cuba.
Luckily for director Bob Yari, he actually got to tell this Cuba-set story in Cuba, making this the first American feature film shot there in over 45 years.
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Results came out of Sundance this year, and shows director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation) moving into more polished comedy than the very low-key films that originally made his name. This one stars Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, and Kevin Corrigan as an unlikely trio who are united by Corrigan’s neediness and depression after a divorce. And that sounds pretty heavy, but this first Results trailer makes the story look bitterly funny, with a particularly good turn from Smulders. Read More »
“Hey, if that other guy can do it…”
When Chris Evans talks about wanting to leave acting behind, maybe he’s talking about movies like Playing it Cool, once called A Many Splintered Thing. The romcom follows a screenwriter who just wants to write action, but is talked into writing a romcom… and somewhere along the way, this self-professed love-hater falls for a charming young woman (Michelle Monaghan). In truth, this doesn’t look bad, just terribly lacking in character. And that’s despite a great supporting cast, which includes Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson, Philip Baker Hall, Giovanni Ribisi and Martin Starr. Check out the Playing it Cool trailer below. Read More »
Seth MacFarlane had already conquered TV when he released his feature debut, Ted, in 2012. The film was a smash, he went on to host the Oscars and while some are looking at 2015’s Ted 2 as the director’s next foray into the multiplex, he actually has a pretty huge film out this year.
It’s the western comedy called A Million Ways To Die In The West, which tells the story of a meek farmer (MacFarlane) who loses his girlfriend after backing out of a gunfight, then falls in with a mysterious woman who has an evil outlaw boyfriend. The cast is super impressive (Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi and Neil Patrick Harris) and now you can see them all in character on eight different posters. Read More »
Seth MacFarlane‘s comedic western A Million Ways To Die In The West will hit theaters on May 30, 2014. It’s the story of a wimpy farmer who loses his wife, learns courage from a mysterious outsider, and then must defend his honor. It will star MacFarlane in the lead role, along with Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi and Neil Patrick Harris. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
Seth MacFarlane‘s first foray into feature filmmaking, Ted, was an unqualified success, grossing over $500 million on a $50 million budget and even picking up some strong reviews along the way. Naturally, then, he’s having no trouble recruiting strong talents for his sophomore effort, A Million Ways to Die in the West. Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried are already on board to star, and now they’re being joined by Giovanni Ribisi and Liam Neeson. Hit the jump to read more.
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Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
With Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad hitting theaters today, Warner Bros. is squeezing in one last extended trailer. Based on true events, the drama follows a special force of LAPD officers who are tasked with breaking the mob’s iron grip on the city of Los Angeles. The new three-minute promo offers looks at Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling‘s incorruptible cops, but it mostly highlights Sean Penn‘s scenery-chewing performance as gangster king Mickey Cohen. Watch it after the jump.
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For better or worse, Seth MacFarlane‘s Ted is exactly what you think it’s going to be. The story of a man who lives with his walking, talking, pot smoking teddy bear is crude, rude and incredibly funny. It’s also bursting at the seams with cameos and pop culture references much like MacFarlane’s popular TV show, Family Guy. However, the story all that comedy is built around is as familiar as they come. You’ve seen it a million times. Thankfully, MacFarlane’s film is so hilarious and filled with heart that you won’t really mind the obvious story and third act that, literally, ends up in left field. Read More »
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There are a lot of big, attention-getting films in 2012, and one that I forget about once in a while is Gangster Squad, the film in which Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer follows the efforts of a squad of LA cops (Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie) to stop the incursion of organized crime into LA, led by Sean Penn as famed mob boss Mickey Cohen.
A trailer has just been released for the film, and it looks like a good period cops and robbers story, bolstered by that cast into a level of quality that might let it sit alongside other period LA crime tales such as L.A. Confidential. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
The first trailer for Ted, the debut feature from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, probably had to be a red-band clip. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a guy who once got his wish to have his teddy bear come to life, but now has to life his adult life with a foulmothed stuffed companion. (Voiced by MacFarlane.) When he meets the girl of his dreams (Mila Kunis), conflict naturally arises between the old companion and the new.
The trailer lets us know that the film is from the man behind Family Guy pretty fast, but I imagine most people will have that fact pegged even sooner, thanks to MacFarlane’s recognizable voice. Ted sounds like a furry little Peter Griffin, and the humor shown off here is a bit like what might happen on Family Guy if all restrictions on language were lifted. Read More »