If you’ve ever taken an introductory psychology class, you’ve probably heard of the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment. The idea behind the experiment was to take student volunteers and put them into a simulated jail where some of the students were made to be prisoners and others were made to be guards. The intention was to study human nature, but those conducting the experiment didn’t realize the humanity part of the experiment would go out the window so quickly.
The aptly titled indie The Stanford Prison Experiment chronicles the results of the test as the unfold, and the result is an unnerving drama that shows you how prison, whether you’re a prisoner or a guard, can change a person entirely.
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Posted on Friday, December 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Whatever you think of Jason Statham‘s movies, you can’t deny that Jason Statham works hard. He typically has at least a couple movies per year, and next year he has three. The first is Wild Card, a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds-starrer Heat. (Not to be confused with the 1995 Michael Mann movie Heat or 2013’s The Heat.)
Statham stars as a Las Vegas bodyguard who gets in hot water with a powerful mob boss. Michael Angarano, Sofia Vergara, Jason Alexander, Hope Davis, and Stanley Tucci also star. Watch the Wild Card trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Dwayne Johnson may be “franchise Viagra,” having helped prop up the Journey to the Center of the Earth, Fast and Furious, and G.I. Joe movie series over the past couple of years, but even he can’t keep Dito Montiel‘s Empire State from going straight to DVD.
The film’s lack of a theatrical run is even more surprising when we look at the rest of the cast list: The Hunger Games‘ Liam Hemsworth leads, while Michael Angarano and Emma Roberts play supporting roles. As starry ensembles go, it’s not Les Misérables, but it’s a combination that sounds on paper like it should sell tickets.
Then again, even the brightest, most talented stars can only do so much to elevate an otherwise mediocre film. And while the first trailer isn’t quite terrible, it is damningly generic. Hit the jump to check it out.
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Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s a fact of human nature that no matter how much we have, we want more. But how far we’re willing to go varies wildly from person to person. Some would rather be poor for the rest of their lives than hurt another, while others literally or figuratively kill to land a little extra dough.
In Ramaa Mosley‘s The Brass Teapot, a young couple played by Juno Temple and Michael Angarano find out where their limits lie. When they discover a magical teapot that promises to solve their financial problems, they’re ecstatic. The one catch, however, is that the teapot only spits out money when they hurt each other. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
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“Your childhood memories will be raped” by this creepy, twisted, but incredibly funny new Funny or Die video. It’s a live-action version of the popular 1990s Nickeoldeon cartoon Rugrats starring Michael Angarano as Tommy, Alia Shawkat as Chuckie and Mae Whitman as the evil, manipulative big-girl Angelica. In true Funny or Die fashion, the red-band trailer digs deep and exploits the sadistic subtexts of the show which were only visible to an older audience. Check it out. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 by Angie Han
2012 isn’t shaping up to be quite the Year of Sudeikis that 2011 was, but the Saturday Night Live star seems to be looking forward to another busy year. In addition to his ongoing gigs on SNL and Fox’s The Cleveland Show, Jason Sudeikis is also slated to guest star in the third season of HBO’s Eastbound & Down, and he’s now landed a role in Jay Roach‘s political satire Dog Fight.
Formerly titled Southern Rivals, the comedy centers around two politicians (Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis) running against each other in a congressional district race in South Carolina. Katherine LaNasa and Sarah Baker will also co-star, as Ferrell and Galifianakis’ respective wives. Filming will begin next month in New Orleans for an August 2012 opening. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, John Cusack is a black-ops agent, Michelle Monaghan is a hardened war vet, and Lily Collins is that girl you hated in high school.
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Posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
Ben Stiller is set to star in the supernatural comedy RentaGhost, which Fox has recently acquired from Warner Bros. In its WB incarnation, Russell Brand was slated to play the lead.
Written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum), RentaGhost revolves around a recently deceased man who decides to be more productive in his afterlife than he was during his regular life. He launches a service which allows living folk to rent ghosts and other paranormal beings. The story is based on a children’s BBC series than ran from 1976 to 1984.
Stiller’s been keeping fairly busy as of late. His next onscreen appearance will be in next month’s Tower Heist, directed by Brett Ratner. He is currently filming Neighborhood Watch with Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, and is slated to reunite with his Greenberg director Noah Baumbach for While We’re Young. [Variety]
After the jump, two vampire franchise stars find non-vampire love, and the kid from Hung gets schooled by Julianne Moore.
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Last summer we saw the first trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s B-movie action experiment in which MMA star Gina Carano beats the hell out of an big-name cast that includes Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Michael Fassbender.
The action looks fantastic and there’s a definite appeal to seeing this cast and crew making film powered by what could easily be a direct-to-DVD story. But the first trailer also suggested Carano’s limitations as an actress, as her dialogue scenes didn’t seem nearly as powerful as the action.
A UK trailer has hit that seeks to fix that issue by paring down the same basic trailer into something that is a minute shorter. It dispenses with some dialogue and some plot revelations, and focuses on action and atmosphere. And were it not for a truly terrible voice-over, it would be a big improvement on the first US version. Check it out below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2011 by Angie Han
The more people get cast in Zal Batmanglij‘s The East, the more interesting it sounds. The latest addition is the always excellent Patricia Clarkson, who’ll play the boss of co-writer and star Brit Marling.
The thriller revolves around an agent (Marling) from a private security firm who is tasked with infiltrating a terrorist group called The East. Once she’s in, however, she finds herself falling for the group’s leader, probably because he looks exactly like Alexander Skarsgard. Other recent additions to the cast have been Ellen Page as Skarsgard’s ex and another member of the organization, and Toby Kebbell as a doctor who takes a tainted drug and develops Parkinson’s-like symptoms. [The Playlist]
After the jump, Octavia Spencer goes to Vegas and Michael Angarano goes home.
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Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
Alia Shawkat may not be quite as ubiquitous as Arrested Development co-star Jason Bateman, but she’s been quietly beefing up her film resume over the past few years. Recently, Shawkat added two more projects to her slate: He Loves Me, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris‘ follow-up to Little Miss Sunshine; and The Brass Teapot, starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano.
He Loves Me revolves around a lonely young novelist (Paul Dano) who writes a fictional dream girl for himself — and manages to will her into existence. (She’ll be played by Dano’s real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan, who also wrote the script). Shawkat will play a hipster who’s obsessed with one of Dano’s literary creations, and who has a crush on the novelist himself. Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, and Chris Messina are also set to star.
The Brass Teapot marks the feature film debut of director Ramaa Mosley, known for her work in commercials and music videos. The dark comedy follows “a broke young couple who steal a brass teapot that produces cash whenever someone feels pain.” Shawkat will play the best friend of Temple’s character; I’m assuming Temple and Angarano will play the main couple. [Variety]
After the jump, Animal Kingdom star Jacki Weaver picks up a new gig, and David Oyelowo signs up for Lee Daniels’ new project.
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