Kumail Nanjiani Hosted Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live finished up their first batch of new episodes kicking off the 43rd season by bringing in Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani to host for the first time, fresh off the summer success of his indie romantic comedy The Big Sick. Since Nanjiani is also a celebrated and established stand-up comedian, this episode felt like it was going to be a hit. So how did Nanjiani fare for his first time in Studio 8H?

Find out as we run through the best and worst sketches of the Kumail Nanjiani hosted Saturday Night Live. Read More »

Rotten Tomatoes Scores - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a new video explains why the Rotten Tomatoes scores that are thrown around don’t really mean what you might think they do.. Plus, Edgar Wright reveals some Baby Driver Easter eggs to keep an eye out for the next time you watch the movie, and Kumail Nanjiani gets lost looking for the Saturday Night Live mainstage. Read More »

John Cena and Kumail Nanjiani Movie

The success of a buddy cop movie not only hinges on a good script (as all movies do), but on the strength of the duo at the center of the movie. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider in The French Connection, and Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell in Tango & Cash are all prime examples of fantastic partners in justice. But putting two partners together can be infinitely more difficult when comedy is involved, and now a new duo will be put to the test.

Universal Pictures has picked up an untitled buddy cop comedy from the mind of Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, one that will have wrestler turned actor John Cena teaming up with Silicon Valley co-star Kumail Nanjiani. Read More »

Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani - Saturday Night Live Season 43 Hosts

The end of this month will bring the 43rd season premiere of Saturday Night Live, fresh off winning several Emmys recently, including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. They’ve got a lot to live up to after last season really brought out the best in the writers room and the cast, and it sounds like they’ll be starting things off on the right foot with a great batch of hosts to start things off.

Ryan Gosling was already announced to host the season premiere on September 30, just in time to promote the forthcoming sequel Blade Runner 2049. Now NBC has announced two more exciting hosts to follow him in the two weeks following: Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot and The Big Sick star and co-writer Kumail Nanjiani. Read More »

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Not too long ago, we highlighted a new featurette for The LEGO Ninjago Movie that took us behind the scenes of the animated spin-off to The LEGO Movie. We got to meet the cast, see some improvisation done during dialogue recording, and see new footage from the movie. Now we get a different kind of glimpse behind the scenes, this time within the world of the movie itself.

A new fully animated featurette takes audiences “behind the bricks” of The LEGO Ninjago Movie, guided by the characters in the movie as if they were the real actors bringing the story to life. Not only does it provide some amusing introductions for the film’s characters, but it shows off a bunch of new footage from the movie as well. Read More »

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Featurette

Though there doesn’t seem to be as much pomp and circumstance surrounding The LEGO Ninjago Movie as there was The LEGO Movie and the spin-off The LEGO Batman Movie, the more I see of the latest expansion of the LEGO cinematic universe, the more excited I get to see it.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie takes a cue from the LEGO building brick set of the same name, which has already spawned an animated series. But this feature adaptation has no narrative ties to the animated series, which means audiences of all ages can go into the movie without having to know anything except that this is another clever LEGO movie with a fantastic voice cast behind it. The LEGO Ninjago Movie featurette that was just released online goes behind the scenes with the cast, reveals new footage and shows a surprising amount of improvisation for an animated movie. Read More »

The Big Sick Alamo Drafthouse

Starting this weekend, the acclaimed Sundance hit The Big Sick is opening in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. That might be frustrating for people who live in the rest of the country, but sadly, that’s how the indie release pattern works, even when the studio who picked up the movie is Amazon and they can send you pretty much any movie you want in two days. But that’s not important right now.

What’s important is that people in those two major cities go see The Big Sick, because that helps determine how big of a wide  release the movie gets when it expands into more theaters in the coming weeks. One place you should seek out The Big Sick, if you’re lucky enough to have one near you, is at the Alamo Drafthouse. The theater chain has unveiled a special Pakistani menu inspired by the relationship between comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his real life wife Emily V. Gordon, marking the first time they’ve ever worked with the movie’s creators to plan a themed menu.

Check out The Big Sick Alamo Drafthouse menu and a signature PSA to go along with it. Read More »

The Big Sick Clip

The Big Sick premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and I could not pay the romantic comedy enough compliments in my glowing review, so much that the marketing department even tossed up a pull quote on the trailer and the home page of the movie’s website. Thankfully, I’m not the only one gushing about this film as it’s currently sitting at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the entire /Film team named it as our favorite of Sundance.

The film follows a fledgling relationship between a Pakistani comedian (Kumail Nanjiani, playing a fictional version of himself), and a young white woman (Zoe Kazan as Kumail’s real-life wife Emily) that falls apart when the culture of Pakistani marriage threatens to tear them apart. But when Emily suddenly ends up in a coma with a mysterious illness, Kumail suddenly finds himself connecting with her parents (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter) as they wait to see if she’ll come out of it.

That may not sound particularly funny, but a new clip has just debuted featuring a hilariously awkward conversation between Ray Romano and Kumail Nanjiani about 9/11, and that should give you an idea of the great comedy that you’ll find in this movie.

Watch and enjoy The Big Sick clip below. Read More »

The Big Sick Trailer

You might think it’s a little bold to proclaim that The Big Sick will be the best comedy of the summer. And while reactions from trailers can tend to be hyperbolic in the moment, in this case, we’ve actually already seen the movie in question.

The Big Sick debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and when all was said and done, it was the /Film crew’s favorite movie that premiered there. Now the first trailer for the movie written by comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his real life wife Emily V. Gordon has arrived, giving us a tease of the romantic comedy which adapts the writing duo’s surprisingly true love story. Trust me when I say the movie is hilarious, touching and absolutely worth seeking out this summer.

Watch The Big Sick trailer below. Read More »

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The Big Sick interview

The Big Sick is one of the best movies you’ll see in 2017 and one of the most refreshing, romantic, and emotionally brutal romantic comedies…of all time? That sounds like hyperbole, but in the weeks since I named it my favorite movie of SXSW 2017, it feels more and more true. Director Michael Showalter and Amazon Studios, who acquired the film after its Sundance debut, have a gem on their hands.

But all movies start with a script and that’s where Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (who also stars in the movie) come in. Their screenplay, based on the wild true story of how the two of them actually met and fell in love, is a masterpiece: detailed, character-driven, painful, and oh-so-very funny. I was able to sit down with this duo at SXSW for an all-too-brief chat about making movies universal, casting actors to play their parents, and their favorite comedies that also make them cry.

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