diary of a teenage girl trailer

Coming-of-age indie narratives are a Sundance staple each year, and this year one of the most buzzed-about was Marielle Heller‘s The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Based on the novel by Phoebe Gloeckner, it stars Bel Powley as Minnie, a teenager growing up in 1970s San Francisco.

Minnie loses her virginity to a much older man (Alexander Skårsgard) who also happens to be dating her mom (Kristen Wiig), and her life only gets crazier and more complicated from there. Check out the first Diary of a Teenage Girl trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Brent Spiner Independence Day

This edition of sequel bits has some casting, some photos and some interesting trivia from sequels that never will be. Below, read the latest edition of Sequel Bits.

  • Joey King and Brent Spiner return for Independence Day 2.
  • The kids are scared in a new photo from Jurassic World.
  • Brian O’Halloran returns for Mallrats 2.
  • See a crazy photo of Kristen Wiig in Zoolander 2.
  • Johnny Galecki joins the cast of Rings, plus more details.
  • Why isn’t Ja Rule in the Fast and Furious sequels?
  • The time has passed for a Dwayne Johnson Hobbs Fast and Furious spin off.
  • A new Hitman: Agent 47 poster is out.
  • The star of Tomorrowland ponders the possibility of a sequel.
  • Watch Broken Lizard start training for Super Troopers 2.
  • More discussion about a Dragon Tattoo sequel.
  • Adam Sandler killed a Freddy Krueger prequel.

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Masterminds

Zach Galifianakis seems like a smart guy. Most of the characters he plays in the movies do not. So when he stars in a movie called Masterminds, you can probably guess that the title is being a bit sarcastic.

Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Masterminds is an action-comedy based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo heist. Galifianakis’ David Ghantt makes off with $17 million, making this the largest cash robbery in the U.S. at the time.

Now his challenge is trying to get away with it — and that task seems easier said than done once you see his motley crew of associates including Kristen WiigOwen Wilson, and Jason Sudeikis. Check out the first Masterminds trailer after the jump.

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Welcome to Me trailer

Here’s the first Welcome to Me trailer, featuring Kristen Wiig as a woman suffering from Borderline Personalilty Syndrome who wins millions in the lottery. But those lottery winnings don’t make her life any easier, as she ditches her treatment and moves in to a casino. Oh, and she buys her own talk show, which she appears to host with unusually transparent personal candor. Reviews from the film’s TIFF debut last year were filled with praise for Wiig’s work, and watching this trailer it isn’t difficult to understand why.

Update: The original trailer we ran with this piece was removed at request of the distributor; now we have the official version.

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New Ghostbusters photo

Watching this weekend’s Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary show was like the TV version of Where’s Waldo. In every single crowd shot, you’d see the likes of Steven Spielberg and Michael Douglas; even in the skits, you never knew who could pop up, with people like Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper showing up.

Four women who were hard to miss were Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Each comedienne appeared on the show at least once, and some multiple times, making us laugh with their old characters, tributes to their favorite characters and even some current SNL goodness.

Of course, we mention them because those four women also comprise the core cast of Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters, which will hit theaters July 22, 2016. And for the first time since the film was announced, the four main actresses posed for a quick photo on social media. See the new Ghostbusters photo below. Read More »

New Wet Hot American Summer Cast

The original Wet Hot American Summer cast was full of budding stars, as talents such as Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Meloni, and Paul Rudd were among the huge ensemble when the film arrived in 2001. The original cast is reuniting for the Netflix limited series that is shooting now. And they’re being joined by more than a few faces new to the story, which takes place on the first day at a Jewish summer camp in 1981. Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Jason Schwartzman are all going to appear in various guises in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of CampRead More »

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Now that we know who’ll be in the new Ghostbusters film — namely, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones — the question is what they’ll be doing in it.

A new report making the rounds offers a slew of new plot info, including character details. Though the new reboot is being described as an “all-female” take, there are in fact a few male roles. And surprise surprise, Paul Feig hopes Bill Murray will consider one of them. Get all the latest Ghostbusters reboot details after the jump.  Read More »

Ghostbusters Kristen Wiig

Paul Feig‘s all-female Ghostbusters team is coming together. Among the funny ladies in talks are Feig’s Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, along with current Saturday Night Live players Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

More on the possible Ghostbusters Kristen Wiig casting after the jump. Read More »

Skeleton Twins

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 »