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PARKS AND RECREATION (SEASON 2)
My write-up of the first season of Parks and Recreation amounted to little more than a prediction that the show would hit its stride in Season 2. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened. Following a nearly identical pattern to The Office, Parks and Rec struggled through a forgettable introductory 6-episode season that mainly served to set up the characters and find the show’s rhythm. I see it as the trial run to the expanded 24-episode second season, which utilizes its engaging cast to much greater comedic effect. If you gave up on it after the first season, I highly recommend giving it another chance.
Available on Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Over two and half hours of deleted scenes, six audio commentaries, a blooper reel, five webisodes, “Mouse Rat Rocks the Wrap Party”, “?uestlove on: Parks”, Theme Song performed by Gabby Moreno, and Winter Games promos.

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The /Filmcast Ep. 106 – Knight and Day

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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the brilliance of Wayne Kramer, forecast a potentially bleak future for both Futurama and Party Down, shower some appreciation on the under-appreciated War of the Worlds, and get excited about Michel Gondry’s Green Hornet. Russ Fischer joins us for this episode.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next week on Monday night at Slashfilm’s live page as we review The Last Airbender.

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Knight and Day – What Did You Think?

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Knight and Day is what you get when you throw together two aging stars trying to be cool, $100+ million (most of which was spent on mediocre CGI), a script written by a guy whose most recent claim to fame was his role as an extra in Senseless (the 1998 David Spade trainwreck) and stir it using the level of subtlety found in Walk the Line. Already, the box office has not been kind to it, and I can see why: The movie feels like it was meant to be inconsequential, but lacks enough focus to be fun or exciting. While there were cool ideas to be found within, Knight and Day ended up being little more than a series of heavily CGI’d set pieces of greatly varying quality. And that ending…

But what did you guys think? Was the film a return to form for Tom Cruise? Did Cameron Diaz charm as much as she did in There’s Something About Mary? Did James Mangold prove he can handle a tentpole blockbuster action flick? As always, spoilers are allowed past the break.

Knight and Day is out right now in theaters everywhere.
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20th Century Fox believes releasing a movie trailer as a movie trailer is not enough, so they’ve taken it to the next level and have released the new Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action comedy Knight and Day trailer as a playable video game. Interesting concept, horrible execution. Click here to watch/play it now. Press release after the jump.
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Knight and Day Movie Trailer #2

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20th Century Fox has released the second movie trailer for the new Tom Cruise action/comedy Knight and Day. Directed by James Mangold (Walk the Line / 3:10 to Yuma / Girl, Interrupted), the film centers on a fugitive couple (played by Cruise and Cameron Diaz) on a “glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure where nothing and no one – even themselves – are what they seem. Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the globe, with their survival ultimately hinging on the battle of truth vs. trust.” The film also feratures Maggie Grace, Peter Sarsgaard, Marc Blucas, Paul Dano, and Viola Davis.

When the first trailer was released, I commented that “the comedy moments fall flat (which is a shame, as I loved Cruise’s appearance in Tropic Thunder)” but that “the Bourne-style action sequences might be enough to earn my $10.” And nothing has changed with this new trailer. The comedy is still bad to passable, and the action is still pretty interesting. Watch the trailer now  after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Knight and Day Release Moves Up One Week

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The new Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action comedy Knight and Day was originally scheduled to be released on Friday, July 2, 2010, putting it up as counterprogramming against The Last Airbender and to some degree, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (which drops the following Wednesday). Variety now has word that the film will now be released on June 25, 2010. This gives it some more room to breathe before Nolan’s Inception hits on July 16, and Phillip Noyce’s spy thriller Salt, starring Angelina Jolie, hits on July 23.

The move also means that Knight and Day will face off against the new Chris Rock/Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups. I have heard that the latter film is atrocious so I foresee fewer problems for Cruise and Diaz on this new date.

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This just in: Tom Cruise still does his own stunts and Mary Hart still thinks it’s goddamn amazing. Ever since Cruise’s romantic action comedy changed its title from the serious-sounding Wichita to the jump-out-a-castle-windowish, Knight & Day, I don’t think any of our readers have wondered, “How is that film going?” And even though the current title befits a high concept Matt LeBlanc comeback vehicle, the lack of awareness is odd since Knight is due next summer and directed by James Mangold, who can aptly do the macho-thing (3:10 to Yuma), the girl-thing (Girl, Interrupted), and in between (Walk the Line). In a Vanilla Sky reunion, Cameron Diaz co-stars with Cruise as the romantic interest. She has plenty of happy things to say about him (and the flick’s dangerous stunts with footage!) after the jump…

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James Mangold’s Wichita Gets a New Title

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Whenever I go to screenings at the Boston Commons AMC theater, typically my post-screening ritual is to walk a couple of blocks to Boston’s version of Chinatown and dine at one of their fine hole-in-the-wall establishments. On one of these occasions, I happened to strike up a conversation with an older gentleman sitting across from me and I quickly discovered that not only was he a cinematographer, but he had worked on some of the most financially and critically successful films of the past few decades. He was currently in Boston to do some shooting on James Mangold‘s new action comedy, then known as Wichita, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.

Of course, when I tried to tell people that I had met the cinematographer from Wichita, most of them responded by giving me a bizarre look and asking, “What movie?” I don’t think the working title Wichita has ever been a strong suit for the film, which has Cameron Diaz playing an “upbeat Midwestern woman who goes on a blind date with a man (Cruise) who turns out to be a federal agent. She gets pulled into a violent worldwide journey to protect a powerful battery that holds the key to an infinite power source.” Small wonder, then, that we’ve received word the movie will be getting a new title. Hit the jump to see what it is, and let us know what you think in the comments.
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