Magic Magic is the second of two Sundance 2013 films from writer/director Sebastián Silva and star Michael Cera. This is the one that features Cera performing much of his dialogue — quite credibly, I believe — in Spanish. But Cera isn’t actually the lead here. That role belongs to Juno Temple, who very impressivly plays a young woman who goes completely out of her mind while visiting a cousin in Chile.
Programmed as part of the Midnight series at Sundance, there’s the implication that Silva’s film is a horror picture. And it is, to a certain extent, but it’s of the sort seen in Roman Polanski movies such as Repulsion and The Tenant. As with Stoker, this is a horror film where the monsters are simply people; here, they’re too selfish and short-sighted to see what damage they’re doing.
In its best moments, Magic Magic has far more power to unnerve than most horror. The disintegration of one girl’s psyche is rendered in such familiar, insistent terms that you might feel your own sanity crack slightly while the film runs.
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Michael Cera has crafted a recognizable outsider persona since his breakout gig on Arrested Development, and this latest role hones the edge of his gawky, lovelorn screen ego from brightly earnest towards something more viciously awkward. In Crystal Fairy Cera looks like Gene Wilder playing Abbie Hoffman, and he gives his funniest adult performance by dropping all self-conscious comic pretense.
At a house party somewhere in Chile, Jamie (Cera) takes drugs and retreats into the bathroom, where he comes face to face with ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights‘ by Hieronymus Bosch. The wild triptych points to the few days ahead, in which a quest for an elusive psychoactive cactus will lead Jamie to understand what an ass he can be. That might not sound like a lot of fun, but the odd, meandering Crystal Fairy has a loopy honesty paired with the uncomfortable laughter Cera provokes throughout. And Gaby Hoffmann, known to fans of Uncle Buck, Field of Dreams, and Sleepless in Seattle, gives an all-out provocative performance.
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Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Based on the header image, can you guess who’s coming back for Breaking Bad‘s final stretch? Also after the jump:
- Sam Mendes and a Skyfall co-writer team for a Showtime project
- Rupert Wyatt gets hired for AMC’s period drama pilot Turn
- Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising desperately needs more viewers
- Check out two new stills from Arrested Development
- Could Michael Cera be angling for an Archer guest spot?
- Michelle Monaghan joins Cary Fukunaga‘s True Detective
- The CW’s Amazon and Arrow could be set in the same universe
- Dexter and Stephen King‘s Under the Dome get premiere dates
- A&E’s Bates Motel unveils five creepy new posters
- Here’s a new cast photo for Mortal Kombat: Legacy
- Watch the season premieres of Californication and Shameless
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The return of Arrested Development is undoubtedly one of the biggest pop culture events of 2013. Mitch Hurwitz‘s comedy has been off the air since 2006 but Netflix will release either 13 of 14 brand-new episodes simultaneously this May. If that revival is successful, the plan is to possibly follow it up with a movie. And in a new interview with USA Today, Hurwitz explains exactly how that film would tie into the new episodes.
He also discusses some of the difficulties of shooting these new episodes with their now super-famous cast, how these episodes will feel different from the original three seasons that aired on Fox from 2003-2006, and their overall story. Read his quotes and a ton of new information about Arrested Development after the jump.
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This Is The End (formerly Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse, aka The End of the World, aka The Apocalypse) is the new title of the directoral debut of frequent collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The pair, who co-wrote Superbad, Pineapple Express and more, also co-wrote this apocalyptic comedy about a group of actors who end up hanging at James Franco‘s house during the end of the world. Co-stars, as themselves, include Rogen, Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Aziz Ansari, Rihanna, Paul Rudd, Danny McBride, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson and others. Some are larger roles, some are cameos but all are super frightened to be witnessing the end of days with their fellow famous friends.
With the Mayan Calendar predicting Friday, December 21 as the possible end of the world, Rogen decided it was a perfect time to release a teaser clip from the film, which is scheduled for release June 14. You know, just in case the end of the world stops us from seeing This Is The End. Check it out below. Read More »
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We’re just over a month away from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and I can almost feel the slushy snow seeping through my boots already. The line-up is already incredibly impressive, as it includes world premieres of Ashton Kutcher in jOBS, the new Shane Carruth film Upstream Color, Richard Linklater‘s Before Midnight; and the horror sequel S-VHS just for starters. (Click on those links to read our coverage of each film so far.)
Plus, the real gems of the festival are rarely the movies you’ve heard of beforehand. Who heard of Beasts of the Southern Wild before last year’s festival?
Sundance has just add four new movies to the already impressive line-up and each is weirder than the next. One is about the birth of a musical genre featuring the biggest names in music, the next features Michael Cera traveling to Chile, the third is an in-progress film by Rubber and Wrong director Quentin Dupieux starring Marilyn Manson and Eric Wareheim and the last is one of the most influential films to ever come out of the festival: a return screening of Robert Rodriquez‘s El Mariachi. Read about all the films below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Get ready for another year of serious (and often seriously enjoyable) WTF-ery, because FX has renewed American Horror Story for a third season. Also after the jump:
- Guillermo del Toro‘s The Strain starts casting to shoot in 2013
- Da Vinci’s Demons hires Walking Dead composer Bear McCreary
- Michael Cera is an Arrested Development writer; Lupe returns
- Bryan Fuller casts Mockingbird Lane‘s Eddie Izzard in Hannibal
- Michael Bay books a guest role as himself on ABC’s The Neighbors
- Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer joins HBO’s The Newsroom
- Aaron Sorkin is sad The Newsroom won’t cover the Petraeus scandal
- HBO unveils its first teaser poster for Game of Thrones Season 3
- See a save the date for Liz Lemon’s likely trainwreck of a wedding
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Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
Yes, that is James Bond rocking a horrible wig. Makes Silva’s odd blond mop look positively attractive, doesn’t it? After the jump:
- M. Night Shyamalan sets up Moby Dick-ish series at NBC
- Jason Bateman sells Wonder Years-esque show to NBC
- Arrested Development announces walk-on role contest
- Bryan Fuller adds a Pushing Daisies star to Hannibal
- Lena Dunham promises more racial diversity in Girls
- Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV get renewals
- Daniel Craig gets silly for Saturday Night Live promos
- The Walking Dead Season 3 teaser makes the case for jail
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Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
It can be tough to wrangle a truly good performance out of a child actor, for pretty obvious reasons. So it may help if the kid in question has no idea he’s even acting. For his sophomore directorial effort End of Love, actor/filmmaker Mark Webber (you may recognize him as Stephen Stills from Scott Pilgrim) cast his two-year-old son Isaac without explaining to the boy that they were making a movie, and then hired some of his better known actor pals to improvise around Isaac’s blissfully oblivious “performance.”
Webber leads as a youngish father struggling to take care of his son as he grieves the death of his wife (Frankie Shaw, who is also Isaac’s real, non-dead mom). Among the activities he engages in while trying to pull himself together are an audition with Amanda Seyfried, a party at Michael Cera‘s, and an awkward affair with Lydia (Shannyn Sossamon). Watch the trailer after the jump.
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