sausage party sxsw

SXSW tends to be a hectic time for anyone in the general vicinity of Austin, Texas, but Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg may be even busier than most this year. Not only are they premiering their new series Preacher, which hits AMC this spring, they’re also unveiling the first look at their animated film Sausage Party, in the form of a work-in-progress screening.

Described by Rogen as an “R-rated Pixar-style movie,” Sausage Party follows a bunch of food items at a grocery store who wonder about the “Great Beyond” — i.e., what happens after they get purchased. Rogen, who co-wrote the script with Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir, voices a hot dog named Frank who falls out of a shopping cart and embarks on an eventful journey to make it back to his shelf before the Fourth of July sale. Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon directed. Watch the first Sausage Party trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Ghostbusters - Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth may be an internationally beloved star of a multi-billion dollar franchise, but you wouldn’t know it from the first Ghostbusters trailer. He shows up looking pretty for a shot or two, and then disappears before he even gets a line in. We imagine he’ll have much, much more to do in the movie itself, but for now it’s an amusing inversion of the usual action movie trailer dynamic, in which you’ll see male heroes running around kicking ass while female leads are reduced to simple eye candy.

But like we said, Chris Hemsworth is an internationally beloved star. And that means he’s a real asset when it comes to selling this movie to overseas audiences. So naturally, he has a far bigger role to play in the new Ghostbusters international trailer. Which means, yes, it features tons of new footage, Hemsworth-centric and otherwise. Check it out after the jump.  Read More »

Leslie Jones Ghostbusters Character

There’s been a mix of reactions following the release of the first trailer for Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters, ranging from excitement to disappointment. Based on that first bit of marketing, the studio seems to be attempting to make a connection to the original franchise that doesn’t exist beyond similarities and references that have been inserted into the movie. It’s a reboot, not a sequel, and this trailer made me realize why that doesn’t seem to be working in the film’s favor for now.

But beyond the reception to the quality of the movie or the narrative direction of the reboot, some rage followed from fans and critics upset about one specific character: Leslie Jones as MTA employee Patty Tolan. Why were fans upset? They don’t like the fact that the three white Ghostbusters played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon are super smart scientists while the one black member of the team is an transportation authority employee who just knows her way around the city.

However, Leslie Jones has fired back at the enraged fans and offered up a reasonable counter argument to their complaints. Plus, another interesting source has indicated that the way her character is portrayed in the trailer is not necessarily indicative of her role in the movie. Read More »

ghostbusters trailer breakdown

The trailer for Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters remake is here and you’ve probably already watched it. And you probably already have an opinion on it. But have you gone through it frame-by-frame and shot-by-shot like a true weirdo? Because I did. Let’s pick this thing apart like real lunatics. Naturally, potential spoilers, idle speculation, and opinions of both the informed and uninformed variety lurk below.

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Ghostbusters trailer

I can’t believe we’re only four months away from a new Ghostbusters movie and we’re just now getting the first trailer. Paul Feig‘s female-led reboot of Ivan Reitman‘s popular ’80s classic Ghostbusters will hit theaters on July 15th 2016, and Sony’s Columbia Pictures has just released the first Ghostbusters trailer online. Hit the jump to watch the trailer now, and please let us know what you think.

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sausage party sxsw

Every film festival has its unique identity. Programmers from all backgrounds and walks of life come together to create a voice for a fest, selecting and pursuing movies that they believe serve their particular slice of film fanatics. And while it would be unfair to to reduce a film festival as unique and special and varied as SXSW to “Yeah, they the exact kind of outfit that would take a chance on an R-rated animated comedy about talking food,” it’s true. They are the exact kind of outfit that would take a chance on an R-rated animated comedy about talking food.

The SXSW Film Festival has announced that it will screen a “work-in-progress” cut of Sausage Party, the latest project to blossom from the deranged minds of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Although the film sounds like a lazy riff on the Brave Little Toaster and Toy Story template, the fact that this animated film is intended for adult audiences and features a killer line-up of voice talent suggests that we’re supposed to make that comparison…only for the formula to be torn to shreds.

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Ghostbusters Trailer Teaser

As you were reminded of earlier this week, Ghostbusters 2 predicted the end of the world to happen on February 14th, 2016. That’s today’s Valentine’s Day. Thankfully, we’re still here, and that means that we still get to see what Paul Feig‘s new take on the Ghostbusters will offer when it hits theaters this summer.

So far we’ve only seen photos of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in the movie, but now the first footage from the movie has arrived in the form of a trailer announcement. But keep your expectations in check, because the Ghostbusters trailer teaser does’t show us much of anything yet. Read More »

Ghostbusters Motorcycle

Just about a week ago, an official LEGO set was announced featuring Paul Feig‘s new Ghostbusters. The set included the new Ecto-1 along with the Ghostbusters played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. But in addition to those pieces, there was another interesting inclusion, a new vehicle called the Ecto-2. It’s basically a Ghostbusters motorcycle, and Chris Hemsworth‘s character Kevin was seen riding it in not only the LEGO set photos but leaked set photos as well.

Now we get an official look at the new vehicle thanks to an image from the set that was actually meant for release online. And even though it doesn’t looks like anything special, you’ll see that there are some special modifications to help the Ghostbusters to their job. Check out the new ride below. Read More »


Justin Theroux was originally going to direct Zoolander 2. The co-writer and co-star of the sequel was attached to the director’s chair for a while, but due to scheduling conflicts with HBO’s The Leftovers, he had to step down. But the actor remained very much involved in the project, as he worked on the script for years, visited the set, and, of course, reprised his role as the infamous Evil DJ.

Below, read our Justin Theroux interview.

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It can be tempting to react to the never-ending torrent of remakes, reboots, sequels, and spinoffs with a knee-jerk groan. Truthfully, though, that’s not always fair. Creed was a spinoff-reboot-sequel combo that restored the long-running Rocky series to its former glory. Ditto The Force Awakens for Star Wars. On the TV side, Ash vs. Evil Dead and Fargo have both managed to recapture the spirit of their respective originals, while also bringing something new to the table.

But if those titles are evidence that Hollywood’s obsession with existing IP can yield excellent results, Zoolander 2 represents the worst-case scenario. Not because Zoolander 2 is the worst movie ever made — it isn’t — but because it’s what we fear every time one of these projects gets announced: a joyless cash-grab more interested in rehashing old ideas than building on them.  Read More »