On paper, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl doesn’t seem particularly exciting. An adaptation of a book by Jesse Andrews, it’s the story of a high school senior who is forced to become friends with a school acquaintance who is diagnosed with leukemia.
Interesting, yes but not that exciting. Thankfully, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl isn’t merely on paper. It’s a film — in fact, a film that loves film, celebrates film, and is very much about the medium – with beautiful shot composition, tense long takes and elaborate tracking shots. It tells a touching and incredibly funny story with very realistic, honest characters and enough self-awareness to make it all feel modern. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and adapted by Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival this weekend. Read our Me and Earl and the Dying Girl review here. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
Noah Hawley is cozying up to a whole new cast for Fargo Season 2. Jeffrey Donovan and Rachel Keller are reportedly in talks to board the FX anthology series, while Nick Offerman has an offer out.
The next season of the Coen Brothers-inspired series will take place in 1979, with some of the Season 1 characters returning in younger iterations. More on the Fargo Season 2 casting after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Just because something is fun to watch doesn’t mean it was fun to make, as gossip rags are all too happy to tell you. But there’s something about NBC’s Parks and Recreation that makes us think this cast might actually be as delightful on set as they are on screen. Now, the Parks and Recreation Season 6 gag reel confirms those suspicions.
In the ten-minute video, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza and more take turns messing up, teasing each other, and just generally look like they’re having a good time. Plus, you get to see Ann and Chris again, and even Lil’ Sebastian stops by for an appearance. Watch the Parks and Recreation Season 6 gag reel after the jump.
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What if voice-over narration and scene-setting music could be heard by the characters in a film?
The split between diegetic and non-diegetic sound (ie, stuff characters can hear vs. stuff only the audience can hear) prevents voice-overs from intruding on the lives of the people in a story. But in The Gunfighter, a lone man walks into an old west saloon, and things get weird when everyone in the joint hears a baritone voice explaining the guy’s thoughts and actions.
And because the narrator is voiced by Nick Offerman, the messed-up situation is also very funny. I laughed more in eight minutes than in all of A Million Ways to Die in the West. Director Eric Kissack and writer Kevin Tenglin really nail the script and tone here, and Offerman’s performance — along with that from everyone else in the cast — is spot-on. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
Even if you’re too old for trick-or-treating, you can count on getting at least one shiny new treat tomorrow. Warner Bros. has announced that they will release the second trailer for Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s The Lego Movie on Thursday, October 31, to follow up that delightful first trailer we got back in June.
And to prepare for that new promo, the marketing team has revealed five brief new teasers based on some of the film’s central characters: good guy Emmet (Chris Pratt), kickass Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), villainous President Business (Will Ferrell), pirate-y Metalbeard (Nick Offerman), and competitive Batman (Will Ferrell). Check ‘em out after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, August 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
What’s that line about unhappy families each being unhappy in their own way? If the wholesome-looking nuclear family at the center of We’re the Millers seems to bicker an awful lot, that may be because they’re suffering from a very unusual problem indeed — namely, that they’re not actually a family at all.
Jason Sudeikis leads the comedy as a small-time drug dealer who’s forced into a big job by his unscrupulous supplier (Ed Helms). In an elaborate scheme to smuggle pot into the country, he gets a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), a runaway (Emma Roberts), and an overeager neighbor (Will Poulter) to pretend to be his family. Watch the new red-band trailer after the jump.
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How has the movie business changed in the past decade? For one, VOD and streaming video have changed the stigma once attached to films debuting at home before they hit theaters, and movies now routinely can be seen on the small screen before they open on the big one.
But the distribution scheme for Diablo Cody’s first turn as a director is still a bit unusual. The movie is Paradise, starring Julianne Hough as a devout young woman badly burned in a plane crash, who travels to Las Vegas to immerse herself in sin city. Octavia Spencer, Russell Brand, Nick Offerman and Holly Hunter also appear.
Cody said today that the film will premiere on August 8 on DirectTV. A theatrical release will still take place in October, and in other responses to questions Cody said that the film will hit other VOD services after theatrical. Get her comments below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Diablo Cody has written some of the sharpest female-led dramedies of the past several years, and now she’s taken the next step by helming her own.
The Juno scribe makes her feature directing debut this fall with Paradise, a comedy about a sheltered young woman (Julianne Hough) taking a walk on the wild side. Octavia Spencer, Russell Brand, Nick Offerman, and Holly Hunter also star. Check out the first pics after the jump.
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From the instant In A World… premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, I remember thinking, “I can’t wait to see the trailer for that.” That day is here. Written, directed by and starring Lake Bell, In A World… is the story of young woman trying to make a living in the male-dominated field of voice over work, specifically that of movie trailers. When marketers for a new movie decide to reinstate the classic phrase “In a world” for the film’s trailer, a competition breaks out that pits the young woman against her father (Fred Melamed) and an up and comer (Ken Marino).
Featuring supporting performances by Dimitri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Rob Corddry, Nick Offerman and Geena Davis, the film won the Best Screenwriting award at Sundance. It opens on August 9. Check out meta-trailer below. Read More »