Joe is sick of dealing with his depressed father after the death of Joe’s mother; Patrick’s cloying parents are getting him down, too. Sounds like the beginning of a typical teen comedy, but The Kings of Summer (which debuted at Sundance as Toy’s House) isn’t quite that. This is a coming of age story that calls back to certain tendencies from ’80s teen movies. Yet it has personality of its own to spare as Joe, Patrick, and a strange friend literally make their own home as as summer blooms.
Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias play the lead trio of characters who escape to the woods where they can barrel into adulthood without parents. A host of comedic talent including Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kumail Nanjiani, and Hannibal Buress show up to offer support.
We liked the movie a lot at Sundance, and the first teaser, while pretty limited, did a good job of getting the tone of the film into a minute of footage. This first trailer doesn’t do such a good job, however. Still, check it out below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Let’s just dive right in. After the jump:
- Enlightened gets canned, CSI gets renewed
- A Once Upon a Time spinoff is in the works
- Fox is developing an O.J. Simpson series
- Is Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno?
- Adam Green‘s Holliston sets a return date
- American Horror Story gets a subtitle
- Sam Raimi will direct the Fox pilot Rake
- Adam Scott could’ve been Jim Halpert
- David Brent returns in The Office Revisited
- Game of Thrones gets a new promo and a GRRM cameo
- Hemlock Grove and Hannibal get twisted new trailers
- HBO reveals a teaser for Phillip Noyce‘s Mary and Martha
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Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Lately, it feels like any show with any significant following promises a movie on its way out, whether the series in question was a tragically short-lived critical favorite or a hugely popular hit that went on seasons past its prime. Not all of these proposed projects ever actually make it to the big screen, of course, but today we have some minor updates on two very different projects that seem a little more realistic than some others.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this weekend, Kiefer Sutherland confirmed what we’ve already heard, that the 24 film was on track to begin shooting this spring. Meanwhile, Megan Mullally confirmed that Party Down was still aiming for a late spring or early summer start, just as Adam Scott said last fall. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
Funny folks Jeff Garlin and Mary Lynn Rajskub have signed on for Safety Not Guaranteed, which will also star Kristen Bell, Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation), Lynn Shelton (Humpday), Jenica Bergere (Rat Race), Jake Johnson (No Strings Attached), Mark Duplass, and newcomer Karan Soni. The comedy centers around “three magazine employees sent to investigate a classified ad from a man seeking a partner for time travel” and is based on an actual ad that was once featured on the Jay Leno Show.
Safety Not Guaranteed will be the first feature by Colin Trevorrow, who is directing from Derek Connolly‘s original screenplay. Big Beach Films (Little Miss Sunshine) and Duplass Brothers Productions (The Puffy Chair) are producing, which should probably give you some hint as to what kind of humor and general vibe we can expect. The film is currently shooting in Seattle. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, Hilary Swank considers co-starring with Jeremy Renner and a Silence of the Lambs parody musical hits Off Broadway.
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Fox has released a batch of photos to promote Season Eight of 24, including a first look at Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff, Freddie Prinze, Jr, Slumdog Millionaire’s Anil Kapoor and other new and returning cast members. Check out all the photos, after the jump.
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Earlier tonight we reported that Jesse Eisenberg is in talks to star in Ruben Fleischer‘s Zombieland. But you might be wondering, who exactly is Ruben Fleischer?
Answer: Rleischer He has directed a few music videos for bands ranging from Piebald to M.I.A., in addition tosome commercial work (including this Up Late With The King commercial for Burger King). But I’d like to point you to some of his short films.
First up is Load/Unload, which stars Nick Thune and Kevin Heffernan of Broken Lizard fame.
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Next up is another short film from 2007, titled Phone Tag, which features Olivia Munn of G4′s Attack of the Show fame.
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And finally, you can check out Fleischer’s 2001 short film The Girls Guitar Club which stars 24′s Mary Lynn Rajskub:
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Filmz.ru got their hands on the first promotional image for The seventh season of 24. I assume this image was taken to publicize the season’s premiere, which was originally scheduled to take place on January 13th, 2008, but was postponed reportedly due to the writer’s strike. The new season is now set to premiere with a two hour prequel in fall before the regular season in January 2009. With CTU disbanded after the events of season 6, and with Jack Bauer on trial for his actions in the pursuit of justice, a major national security incident occurs when the firewall responsible for protecting America’s government computer infrastructure is breached. Click on the photo to enlarge.
The photo above features from left to right: FBI Agents Sean Hillinger (Rhys Coiro), Janis Gold (Janeane Garofalo), Larry Moss (Jeffrey Nordling), and Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) who is also in an “adversarial relationship with Jack Bauer”, SPOILER WARNING, Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), who was supposedly killed in a previous season, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), Bill Buchanan (James Morrison), Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), First Gentleman Henry Taylor (Colm Feore), the show’s first female president Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones), and Chief of Staff Ethan Kanin (Bob Gunton).
I wasn’t a big fan of the last season of 24 as the show almost became a parody of itself. I’ll give the two hour premiere a chance, but if the commercial which aired late last year is any indication, I’m not sure I’ll continue on after that.
From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine comes a dark dramedy starring Amy Adams (Enchanted, Junebug), Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine). Rose’s son is expelled from school after licking his teacher’s leg, and in order to raise the tuition for private school, the high school cheerleader turned 30-something-year-old maid (Adams) stumbles upon the idea of starting up a lucrative Crime Scene Clean-up business with her screw-up sister Norah (Blunt), who is still living in her father’s (Arkin) house. Joe, a fancy corn salesman, always has a new scheme to make a couple bucks, must now babysit Rose’s son. The morbid job allows the sisters to confront issues with their Mother’s death.
Using the new indie dramedy formula introduced in Little Miss and Juno, Sunshine Cleaning takes on a darker tone, which allows the film to function more as a drama than a comedy. This may be a turn off to some portion of mainstream audiences, but I think the dramatic sequences easily stand on their own. Every moment Alan Arkin is on screen is pure hilarity, however Amy Adams and Emily Blunt turn in lower than average performances. Not to say they are bad, they just aren’t up to the level of some of their previous work (Junebug, Devil Wears). Blunt explores a romantic relationship with the daughter of one of their their crime scene victims. Mary Lynn Rajskub of 24 fame is the second name from the Little Miss cast to appear in Cleaning. I respect the subtlety used in the Rajskub/Blunt relationship. Rajskub is fantastically awkward, as always.
The concept of crime scene cleaning is a fascinating look at a job that you would never even think to realize that exists. Sunshine Cleaning could have explored this aspect more but it isn’t that type of film. As the credits roll, you begin to realize that Sunshine Cleaning is as much about family as Little Miss.
/Film Rating: 7.5 out of 10
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