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 »
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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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Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, Welcome to Me features Kristen Wiig as a lady with multiple personalities. She then wins the lottery and spends the money on a TV show that’s about herself. It’s written by Eliot Laurence, directed by Shira Piven and starts production in August. Three actors were just added to the group, all of which add to the layered feel of the comedic drama. They are Tim Robbins, Linda Cardellini and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Read the full press release below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
When the first Anchorman hit theaters, we were smack in the middle of the ’00s. Lost and Veronica Mars had yet to hit the airwaves. The Janet Jackson Super Bowl controversy was still kind of a thing. John Kerry looked like a viable option for the presidency. It was a crazy time.
But times have changed for us since then, and so, too, have they for the Channel 4 news team. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues sees Ron (Will Ferrell), Brian (Paul Rudd), Champ (David Koechner) and Brick (Steve Carell) running headfirst into the ’80s and facing the new challenges that come it. Among those are diversity in the workplace (as represented by Meagan Good) and the 24-hour news cycle (as represented by Dylan Baker). Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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It would’ve been easy for Kristen Wiig to keep riding the Bridesmaids train with a sequel. Lord knows Universal would’ve been happy if she did. But instead, the Saturday Night Live alum took the road less traveled with a string of indies, including her passion project Girl Most Likely (formerly Imogene).
Directed by American Splendor‘s Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pucini, the comedy follows a New York playwright (Wiig) who’s released into the care of her Jersey-trash mother (Annette Bening) following a suicide attempt. Mom and daughter don’t exactly get along, and tensions are high at first, but… well, you can probably guess where this is headed. Matt Dillon and Darren Criss also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Last year at CinemaCon, 20th Century Fox previewed very early footage for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. Attendees at the presentation were floored, and the buzz on all the blogs was that Pi was an Oscar contender. Some argued that April was too early to be calling for possible Oscar contenders, and they were probably right. We all know how that turned out.
This year Fox arrived in Vegas bearing another special preview: between fifteen and twenty minutes of the Ben Stiller-directed The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. (Stiller also stars.) Again, it’s April, it’s too early to make such claims, but the Oscar buzz has begun.
After the jump you can read my thoughts on the footage screened from Mitty, or watch a video blog I recorded with Alex from Firstshowing talking about presentations of footage from The Wolverine, Epic, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
What the earlier Despicable Me 2 teaser trailers lacked in information, they made up for in cuteness. The puffy yellow minions were all over those, performing “Barbara Ann” and investigating otherworldly visitors. Now a full-length trailer has arrived, and while it’s not quite as adorable (that’s just what happens when you shift focus away from the minions), it tells us far more about what this movie actually is.
Steve Carell is back as the voice of supervillain Gru, who’s recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help defeat a powerful new baddie. Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, and Ken Jeong also lend their voices. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud return as directors. Check out the new trailer and poster after the jump.
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