Many people today don’t realize it, but much of modern comedy was born at the National Lampoon. John Hughes, Al Jean, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, John Landis, Ivan Reitman and John Belushi are just some of the famous names who got their start through something related to the once-popular humor magazine, created in 1970.
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon, directed by Douglas Tirola, tells the complete history of this incredible brand. Simultaneously, the film documents much of the humor we love today: Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, and more. Below, read the rest of our Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead review. Read More »
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Cop Car has the brutal elegance of old-school crime fiction. Two young kids find a seemingly abandoned sheriff’s cruiser in a stand of trees. One thing leads to another, and soon they’re off on a joyride through the countryside. But the sheriff wants his car back, and there’s another wild card factor, too, which draws a noose around all their necks.
Few deeds go unpunished in this daylight noir. Yet even through the increasingly grim action an innocence is maintained that sets Cop Car apart from recent companion films such as Cold in July, The Guest, and Blue Ruin. Getting reductive for a moment, Cop Car is like an Amblin film filtered through the twisted vision of the Coen Brothers. It’s a midnight movie blast. Read More »
Guardians of the Galaxy might be Marvel’s most elaborate film to date when it comes to easter eggs. I’ve watched the film twice now and have noticed a ton of inside jokes, references to characters from the comic books, 1980’s callbacks and more.I attempted to compile the most complete listing of Guardians of the Galaxy easter eggs, including (possible spoilers teased in the following):
- Who is Peter Quill’s father? Does Peter Quill’s mother have a relationship with Captain America?
- The geography of the four revealed Infinity Gems (which stones have been revealed and where are they?)
- Many Marvel comic book characters you didn’t see appear in Guardians (including a prominent female Krylorian techno-artist)
- A look at many of the treasures which can be seen inside The Collector’s museum (who or what is in the cocoon?)
- 8 cameo appearances from filmmakers, actors and even pets revealed (Nathan Fillion and Seth Green, where?)
- The stars behind the CG characters (who played Rocket on set?)
- A look at the 1980’s pop culture references in the film (did you know Star-Lord’s ship is named after a 1980’s television star?)
- How the comic book canon differs from what appeared on screen
- Funny credits and more
Take a look at /Film’s Guardians of the Galaxy easter egg list after the jump.
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You love Guardians of the Galaxy, we love Guardians of the Galaxy, pretty much everyone loves Guardians of the Galaxy. After a massive, massive opening weekend to go along with stellar reviews (currently 93% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), the Guardians of the Galaxy have officially become a piece of popular culture. How do you cement that? You get celebrities behind the film.
Dozens and dozens of comedians, directors and various other famous people took to Twitter over the weekend to praise James Gunn‘s film and you can check out a bunch of their wildly positive Guardians of the Galaxy celebrity tweets below. Read More »
Briefly: File this under pointless but awesome. Google has upgraded their already impressive search engine to now figure out Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Yes, the game that surmises any actor can be connected to Kevin Bacon in six movies or less (because Kevin Bacon has been in so many movies and worked with so many people) is now more than a conversational time-killer. Just go to Google, type in an actor’s name and the phrase “Bacon number” and let the fun begin.
If you head to the Hollywood Reporter or New York Magazine you can read more about how it works. But doesn’t this kind of take the fun out of the game?
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Some months ago, before shooting his latest film Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Billy Bob Thornton said that there just aren’t many movies being made lately that are really of interest to him. And indeed, the first trailer for his latest, which stars Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Frances O’Connor, Ray Stevenson, Robert Patrick, and what looks like a draft-dodging Kevin Bacon, makes the film look like a pretty controlled, even old-fashioned family drama the likes of which we don’t often see.
That’s not a bad thing, at least as an absolute, though in this particular case the film doesn’t look like the liveliest thing around. But there are good performance moments in this trailer, which arrives thanks to a DVD release that hits there early next year. Thornton’s ’60s-set drama is rooted in the South and revolves around a family reunited for a funeral; see some of what he put together, below. Read More »
If the career of writer Kevin Williamson is any indication, his new TV show The Following could be in trouble. It’ll premiere later this year on Fox and stars Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent on the hunt for a serial killer (James Purefoy) who can psychically connect with fellow murders. Sounds promising and, from the guy who wrote Scream, could be truly special.
So how could it be in trouble? Williamson’s career has followed a pattern of huge hit followed by big disappointment ever since he first broke into the business. There were the first two Scream movies, then there was The Faculty and Teaching Mrs. Tingle. Dawson’s Creek was a huge success, but Hidden Palms wasn’t. Currently, he’s experiencing more massive success with The Vampire Diaries so one has to wonder, will The Following follow in the steps of that show or one of the others. Check out the trailer below and decide for yourself. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
With TV upfronts just around the corner, broadcast networks have been scrambling to make some tough calls. Fox has now decreed the fates of its three freshman dramas, axing J.J. Abrams‘ Alcatraz and its Bones spinoff The Finder while re-upping on Kiefer Sutherland‘s Touch. On the animated side, American Dad and Family Guy are slated to return while Cleveland Show and Napoleon Dynamite continue to await a decision.
Meanwhile, the network has been loading up on brand-new pilots, including a serial killer thriller starring Kevin Bacon, a comedy from Mindy Kaling, the inanely-titled Mob Doctor, and more. Details after the jump.
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Kevin Bacon was aces as Sebastian Shaw in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men First Class and now he’s moving to another comic book series to raise a little hell. Variety reports that he’s in final negotiations to star opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D., Red director Robert Schwentke‘s 2013 adaptation of the Dark Horse comic about dead detectives. Read More »