In the English language, the phrase Nature Calls has a few different connotations. The title of this film, which recently had its world premiere at SXSW 2012, refers to men going into the woods to become men. The woods, Earth, nature is calling them for something greater. However, the more appropriate connotation would be when the phrase refers to someone going to the bathroom. Because that’s more akin to what the film is.
Written and directed by Todd Rohal, Nature Calls stars Patton Oswalt as a Boy Scout enthusiast who takes a group of reluctant Scouts into the woods to try and revitalize his dying troop, only to be chased down by his anti-Scout brother, played by Johnny Knoxville. It also stars Rob Riggle, Maura Tierny, Darrell Hammond, and the late, great Patrice O’Neal, to whom the film is dedicated. As a huge fan of O’Neal’s, it truly pains me to say these things about the movie, but he would have agreed. Nature Calls is like an animal distracted by a shiny thing. It’s dumb and all over the place with nothing to say. Read More »
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Oscar season is over, and so we’re at the point where everyone can spend a day or two talking about the actual winners before moving on to enjoying the great bounty of films that 2012 has to offer. But before we move on, take one last moment to enjoy a fake Oscar tribute reel. This one is for all the films that didn’t get nominations in 2012. There’s a good chance that one of your favorite filmmakers is represented here. Read More »
The latest actor to sign on to Ben Stiller‘s remake of the imaginative Danny Kaye comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is Adam Scott. He joins stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine and Patton Oswalt in the story of a LIFE magazine photo editor (Stiller) who daydreams his way out of a dull reality. No word on Scott’s role at this point, but given that Kristen Wiig plays Mitty’s workplace crush, I wouldn’t be surprised to find him playing another LIFE staffer who competes for her attention. [Deadline]
After the break, The Evil Dead finds a new potential victim and the sci-fi thriller Oblivion gets a Game of Thrones player. Read More »
I’ve really enjoyed watching the rise of Patton Oswalt as an actor. His early stand-up remains hugely entertaining (as is his recent comedy), but his legit acting work has been improving massively since his early role on The King of Queens. I still dig his leading performance in Big Fan, and his work in Jason Reitman’s Young Adult is one of the best supporting roles of 2011.
It’s a shame Oswalt didn’t score an Oscar nomination for Young Adult, but we can take heart in the knowledge that filmmakers saw his work, and he’ll likely be in more movies as a result. The next film role looks like it will be in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which Ben Stiller will direct and star in. Read More »
No one is immune to the Alamo Drafthouse‘s strict no texting policy, not even comedian Patton Oswalt. Recently, Oswalt was in Austin promoting his new film Young Adult when the notorious Tweeter was caught on his phone in a well-lit, sparsely populated theater. Director Jason Reitman then walked in to kick him out and…wait a minute, this is a joke!
After the jump, watch Reitman and Oswalt parody the Drafthouse’s now infamous public service announcement which featured an actual voicemail left by an irate customer who actually had been kicked out of the theater for texting. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch Paramount’s unannounced screenings of Young Adult in your town, you can still get an early look at the film here in the form of three newly released clips. Jason Reitman‘s latest collaboration with Juno writer Diablo Cody stars Charlize Theron as young adult author Mavis Gary, who returns to her hometown and attempts to win back her now-married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson).
The buzz around the film is that it’s almost uncomfortably dark, with Mavis as an interesting but very unlikeable character — and these clips seem to confirm just how messed-up she is, as she faces off against a hotel worker, fails to remember an ex-classmate played by Patton Oswalt, and schemes to steal her ex-boyfriend from his wife. Watch them after the jump.
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The two existing Harold & Kumar movies have gone a long way towards keeping raunchy, healthy R-rated humor alive over the past few years. The third one, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, seems to be operating on the principle that you can get away with just about anything, so long as it is all wrapped up in a big holiday bow.
The first trailer made the third film look mildly manic and possibly funny. This new red-band trailer (which is very NSFW) makes it look straight-up wrong. Which is as it should be. Read More »
Here’s a slightly different trailer for Jason Reitman‘s new film Young Adult. The film is scripted by Diablo Cody and features Charlize Theron as Mavis, a struggling, damaged author who heads back to her home town to win back her old flame, played by Patrick Wilson. Trouble is, he’s a married family man. Not that it really matters to Mavis. She’s determined to bulldoze her way back into his life.
As in the other trailer you may have seen earlier today, Theron’s character is announced as a giant bitch with the opening chords of David Bowie’s ‘Queen Bitch’ well before someone in the trailer gets around to calling her out on it. From there, we’re treated to a collection of moments of Mavis being terrible to others, and to herself. We’d heard the movie was supposed to be very dark, even uncomfortable. So far, that’s on point. But moments with Patton Oswalt lighten the mood a bit, if not quite in the way we’re used to seeing from him.
This trailer swaps out the clothes shopping gag that hits towards the end of the ‘clean’ trailer for a slightly more raunchy joke. Check it out below. Read More »
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