Editor’s note: This is our review of The Skeleton Twins from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It opens in limited release this weekend so we are rerunning.
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 Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Bill Murray has no plans to star in Ghostbusters 3, as he’s established many times. But he’s still happy to weigh in with ideas on who should, including Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. Now Wiig has responded to his suggestion, and she seems open to the notion — if only because she “will do whatever Bill Murray tells [her] to.” Hit the jump to read her reply in full.
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Ridley Scott‘s The Martian is on the fast track. With a November 2015 release date fast approaching, it has to be. So we’ll surely be hearing more and more about the Cast Away meets Apollo 13 thriller in the coming weeks.
The director has already got Matt Damon to play the lead role of Mark Watney, a wisea-ss astronaut who is stranded on Mars. And now the trades are reporting Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig are circling “the female lead” of the film. However, the book most certainly doesn’t have a “female lead” so either the movie is radically different from the book or they’re just up for one of the several supporting, but equally awesome female characters in the film. Read more about The Martian casting below. Read More »
One of the most exciting and uplifting films of the Sundance Film Festival just got its first trailer. It’s called The Skeleton Twins and stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged siblings, reunited after a tragedy, who must begin to work through their old issues. Craig Johnson directed the film, which is decidedly more dramatic than you’re used to seeing Wiig and Hader, but they rise to the occasion. Each creates a full, interesting, flawed character with plenty of humor just under the surface.
The Skeleton Twins opens September 19 and now you can watch the first trailer. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Like so many actors before her, Kristin Wiig is making the leap into directing. Her first feature will be an untitled comedy for TriStar, which she’ll pen with Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo. And as if they didn’t have enough to do already, Wiig and Mumolo are also set to star. Hit the jump for more details on the new project.
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Sony yesterday announced a summer 2016 release date for Sausage Party, an animated film from the comedy minds of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. We’ve heard vague details about the R-rated animated movie, but Seth Rogen recently talked about the project and revealed new details about how seriously crazy this film is. Find out, after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Less than a year after The Way, Way Back hit theaters, directors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon are prepping a reunion of sorts in The Heart. The pair have just cast The Way, Way Back actors Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney in their upcoming action-comedy, which stars Kristen Wiig. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
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Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
As audience members, we’re encouraged to laugh as long and as loud as we can at Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. But as the stars of the show, Will Ferrell and company were obligated to maintain a straight face. Which isn’t always easy when the scenes are this hilarious.
A recently released reel of Anchorman 2 bloopers show the stars screwing up and screwing around on set — riffing on specialty condom brands, bursting into giggles at the phase “frothy ejaculate,” or nearly tearing up with laughter during an awkward romantic scene. Even Brian Fantana’s famous kittens get in on the non-camera-ready action, adorably attacking each other instead of their toys. Watch the video after the jump.
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