When Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig were building their careers on Saturday Night Live, they played multiple characters every single week. That took incredible acting chops. Though they’ve since left the show and are concentrating mostly on comedy films, Craig Johnson‘s second film The Skeleton Twins proves these skilled comedic performers can be dramatic as well.
The Skeleton Twins is about estranged siblings, Maggie and Milo, who haven’t spoken in a decade. After they are reunited by tragedy their relationship is quickly rekindled, but deep old wounds re-open. That may sound overly solemn and, at its heart, The Skeleton Twins is certainly a drama. But you don’t cast Hader and Wiig just to cry and be depressed. The chemistry they built for years on TV sizzles on the big screen in characters with an exuberant realism. The movie itself is good, but Hader and Wiig make it great. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
There have been no shortage of teasers, trailers, and clips for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller‘s latest directorial effort, but for the most part the footage has been revealed in brief one- or two-minute increments. Today, we have a brand-new trailer for the romantic adventure that clocks in at six minutes long.
Based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber and the 1947 movie inspired by same, Stiller’s Walter Mitty follows a timid Life Magazine photo editor who constantly daydreams to escape his dull life. When his job is threatened, however, he sets out on an epic journey every bit as incredible as the elaborate fantasy sequences he’s concocted in his head. Watch the latest promo after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Most of us lead fantasy lives more “noteworthy and mentionable,” as one might put it, than our real lives, but the protagonist (Ben Stiller) of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty faces a bigger divide than most. In his daydreams, he’s a handsome hero who sweeps his crush (Kristen Wiig) off her feet, whereas in reality he can barely look her in the eye.
But that all starts to change for him when real-life circumstances threaten to put him out of a job. In order to save himself and the woman he loves, he must embark on the kind of wild, colorful adventure he’d previously only imagined. Hit the jump to watch the newest trailer.
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Each member of the news team has already assembled on their own character poster, and now it’s time for the new additions. Paramount has released three new character posters for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues featuring Kristen Wiig‘s character Chani, Meagan Good‘s character Linda Jackson and James Marsden‘s character, Jack Lime. Check them out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty isn’t a fantasy movie per se. There are no hobbits or house elves, and when Walter needs to get from New York to Greenland he hitches a ride on an airplane, not a friendly dragon. But the world inside Walter’s head is a different story, as demonstrated in the latest clip from Ben Stiller‘s fanciful drama. Check it out after the jump.
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While the mainstream is fetishizing the ’90s, a crew is still looking back at the forgotten corners of ’80s pop culture. IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon is from exec producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. (Steele and Piedmont wrote.) It is designed as a spoof of ’80s event television, and skewers stuff like The Thorn Birds; beach lit stories that, in their small-screen incarnations, are forgotten by most people who weren’t around to watch them the first time.
The series is about the Morehouse oil tycoon family, with Tobey Maguire, Tim Robbins and Kristen Wiig among the leads. (Jessica Alba, Jelly Howie, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, and Steve Tom also show up.) Below, watch a trailer in which Maguire narrates a brief history of the family, culminating with the ominous memory of the Morehouse son Winston. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, October 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
What separates the people we are from the people we wish we were? Is it courage? Money? Charisma? Imagination? The Secret Life of Walter Mitty poses that eternal question, and then glosses over it entirely so it can go live out its wildest fantasies.
[Ed: Of course, not everyone feels that way -- Peter's very different response can be found in spoiler-free video form at the end of this post.]
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Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
Ben Stiller‘s efforts as a director have been fairly well received for the most part. The zeitgeisty Reality Bites is still fondly remembered today, and The Cable Guy, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder were each among the comedic highlights of their respective years. But his latest, the dramedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, may be the first time we’ve heard the O-word tossed around about him.
Our own Peter Sciretta was one of those buzzing about the film’s awards potential after catching 15-20 minutes of it at CinemaCon. While he admitted that it was really too early to talk Oscar, his description — “a mixture of the loneliness of Eternal Sunshine, the hopeful comedy of (500) Days of Summer, and the epic bigger-than-life moments of Forrest Gump” — sounds very promising indeed. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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