Obvious Child

The delightful Obvious Child came seemingly out of nowhere in 2014 to win us over. In our defense, it was the first-ever feature by director Gillian Robespierre, and the first screenwriting credit for Elisabeth Holm, and star Jenny Slate hadn’t yet established herself as a movie star. But now that we’ve all seen and loved Obvious Child, there’s no chance of the gang’s next team-up flying so far under the radar.

Slate is set to star in Robespierre’s next directorial effort, Landline, to be written by Robespierre and Holm. As the title suggests, Landline is a period piece — specifically, an ensemble comedy set in 1995. John TurturroEdie FalcoJay Duplass, and newcomer Abby Quinn are also among the cast.  Read More »

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The Secret Life of Pets trailer

Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets promises to reveal just what these creatures get up to when we’re not around, and the answers so far have ranged from obvious (eating human food they aren’t supposed to) to shocking (headbanging to heavy metal). Now the latest trailer starts to shape those cute little secrets into an actual story.

Louis C.K. voices Max, a terrier living in New York City. He loves life with his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper), and is dismayed when she brings home a new “brother” for Max, a big sloppy mutt named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). One thing leads to another, and before they know it Max and Duke find themselves caught up in an army of abandoned pets led by a bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart). Watch The Secret Life of Pets trailer after the jump. Read More »

Zootopia - Bellwether

Zootopia is filling up. Disney has announced the full cast of its 2016 animated feature, set in a sprawling metropolis populated by non-human mammals. Joining previously announced leads Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin will be Idris ElbaJ.K. SimmonsOctavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, and more. Oh, and Alan Tudyk will drop by for a role that references his Frozen character.

Get the Zootopia full cast, and see the first photos of their characters, after the jump.  Read More »

Secret Lives of Pets teaser

Take the idea of Toy Story, but feature animals as the central characters rather than toys, and you have the setup for The Secret Lives of Pets, Illumination’s Summer 2016 animated film. Featuring the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Burress and Albert Brooks the film answers the question what happens with your pets as they’re home alone all day.

Check out the first Secret Lives of Pets trailer below, along with a poster and some stills. Read More »

‘Obvious Child’ Team Making FX Comedy

Jenny Slate in Obvious Child

Obvious Child isn’t the kind of movie that spawns multiple sequels or a Marvel-style universe, but it is getting a follow-up of sorts. The team behind last year’s low-key charmer is reuniting for a new FX comedy, with Jenny Slate leading the cast. Get all the details on the Obvious Child FX comedy after the jump.  Read More »

The Best Performances of 2014

Selma trailer

The right director and the right script don’t mean anything without the right actor. Performers are the ones who bridge the gap between the minds behind the camera and the ones in front of the screen. It is their personalities that draw us in, their expressions that tell the story, and their faces that we remember.

There were no shortage of great performances this year, across all genres and all budgets. Inevitably, a few stood out above the rest. See our list of the best performances of 2014 after the jump. Read More »

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9 Kisses

As the end of the year approaches, critics and awards voters everywhere are scrambling to put together their lists of 2014’s best performances. But the New York Times has outdone them all by actually getting the brightest talents of the year in a room together — and then asking them lock lips with one another.

The 9 Kisses video series pairs off 18 of the year’s best actors, ranging from established A-listers (Reese Witherspoon) to recent breakthroughs (Jenny Slate). Each couple plays out an intimate moment in a public setting at night, though the details within those parameters vary wildly. Some of the kisses are passionate and warm, others are awkward or funny. Watch the 9 Kisses videos after the jump.  Read More »

Obvious Child trailer

Jenny Slate is about to become a movie star thanks to the Obvious Child trailer. The comedic actress, best known for her TV roles on Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, House of Lies and others, plays her the lead character, Donna, in the Gillian Robespierre film. She’s a stand-up comedian whose life gets turned upside down when a one-night stand with an unlikely man leaves her pregnant. It might sound like a simple, cliché set-up but Slate’s brave performance and Robespierre’s frank, foul screenplay exposes lots of truth and even more laughs.

Obvious Child premiered at Sundance where Peter gave it a rave review. A24 Films picked it up and scheduled it for release June 6. Now, you can watch the first Obvious Child trailer below. Read More »

A24 Films Buys Sundance Hit ‘Obvious Child’

Obvious Child

One of the buzzier comedies in Park City, UT at the Sundance Film Festival this week is Obvious Child, a New York set comedy about a comedian (Jenny Slate) who mistakenly gets pregnant. Read Pete’s positive review here. Co-written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, A24 Films has picked it up for domestic distribution. Read the press release below. Read More »