At the Sundance Film Festival, indie romantic comedies are a dime a dozen, and it takes something really special to make one stand out among the horde of movies playing in Park City, Utah. Thankfully, one of those special movies premiered at the festival this weekend.
The Big Sick tells the story of up and coming Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani (who just so happens to be played by the Silicon Valley star of the same name, Kumail Nanjiani), living in Chicago and trying to land a gig at the Montreal Comedy Festival. After one of his sets at a local comedy club, he flirts with a woman named Emily (Zoe Kazan), and what starts as a one night stand eventually turns into real romance, and we all know how that goes. But the true story of how real life comedian Kumail Nanjiani met this woman has quite the curveball, making this one of the most unique and authentic romantic comedies I’ve seen in years.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
Why should teenagers get to be the only ones embroiled in high school drama? In Fist Fight, the battle is between two teachers. Mr. Campbell is your typical Charlie Day character, which is to say (as Kumail Nanjiani puts it in the trailer) he is “probably a nice guy, but a bit of a worm and a sneak.” And Mr. Strickland is your typical Ice Cube character, which is to say he’s got a “scary but effective” reputation as a hothead. When a conflict between them escalates to the point of physical violence, everyone in school — from the teachers to the students — gets invested.
Fist Fight is the feature directing debut of Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and features a top-notch comedic cast including Jillian Bell and Tracy Morgan. And unlike a lot of comedy trailers we’ve seen lately, this one looks like it might actually live up to the potential of the talent involved. Watch the Fist Fight trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
Following the smashing success of 2014’s The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. has been building up its Lego movie franchise brick by brick. Next up will be The Lego Batman Movie, out in February, but after that comes Ninjago. That one will be based on Lego’s Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu line of toys, which already has its own video game and TV series. Development has been pretty quiet so far, but expect to hear more and more as its 2017 release date inches closer.
Today, for example, we have the Ninjago voice cast list to share with you. And it’s good news if you like to laugh. Jackie Chan will lead as Master Wu, and the others include two Silicon Valley stars, one-half of the Broad City duo, a Saturday Night Live alum, and more. Read More »
If you’ve been reading /Film awhile, you know that character actor Stephen Tobolowsky holds a special place in our heart thanks to David Chen’s outstanding podcast The Tobolowsky Files, as well as his documentary, The Primary Instinct. And now the star of movies like Groundhog Day and shows such as Californication is heading to one of the best comedies on television.
The first trailer for the third season of HBO’s series Silicon Valley has just arrived, and it shows that the future of Pied Piper is a bit uncertain as the company is getting a new CEO following the events of last season that saw Laurie Bream (Suzanne Cryer) and Raviga Capital removing Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) as the CEO of his own company. And guess who the new CEO turns out to be?
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we let the Duplass brothers take us into the world of animals and insects, unbox the world of people who can taste color, head to Uganda for shirtless dudes kicking ass, catch up with Tommy from Snatch and find he’s ready to throw down, and get to know a Nobel-laureate who has a fascinating tale to tell.
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Hello, My Name is Doris premiered at this year’s South by Southwest. The film, co-written and directed by Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer), was acquired by Roadside Attractions after its premiere for the price of $1.75 million, the biggest purchase made at the festival this year. The comedy, starring Sally Field (Lincoln), also won the audience award for headliners. Watch the Hello, My Name is Doris trailer after the jump.
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More than likely you know Martin Starr from his fantastic supporting work on HBO’s comedy series Silicon Valley, or maybe from his appearances in movies such as Knocked Up, Save the Date, This is The End and Veronica Mars. But now you can see a completely different side of his talent with a special live show that Starr is directing in Los Angeles.
The Bad, The Sad and The Broken Hearted is described as a comedy western radio play, and it will unfold exclusively in Los Angeles at the iconic Steve Allen Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. Trust me when I say that this will not be a show you want to miss, especially since the chances of seeing some of Starr’s co-stars and friends from Freaks and Geeks pop up are very high. Read More »
For fans of The X-Files, the return of their favorite series in January of 2016 is already fantastic enough. But one massive fan of the sci-fi series that launched in the 90s is even more excited, because he actually gets to be part of the revival with Mulder and Scully.
Comedian Kumail Nanjiani has been making waves with a series regular role on the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley, but he’s also a very successful stand-up comedian with a podcast called The X-Files Files, which runs through each episode of the series one-by-one, talking about it with various guests from comedians to bloggers. Now he’ll have a small role in one of the episodes of The X-Files event series coming next year.
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For people of a certain age, the Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine were the introduction to reading, and to horror, and probably to many other things. Now there’s a Goosebumps movie, with Jack Black as the lead, playing a fictionalized version of Stine himself, and Jillian Bell, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, and Kumail Nanjiani playing characters who end up touched by the not-so-fictional world and creatures created by the writer. Check out the Goosebumps trailer below. Read More »
HBO has released the second Silicon Valley Season 2 trailer. The minute and a half-long trailer teases the future adventures of our nerd heroes: Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Josh Brener, back at work in the dungeon-like darkness of the tech incubator. On April 12th 2015, “this shit gets real.” Watch the Silicon Valley season 2 trailer embedded after the jump.
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