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 »

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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 »

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 »

Exclusive ‘Young Adult’ Alternate Trailer

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 »

Want to hear comedians Paul Scheer and Patton Oswalt dissect what went wrong on Punisher: War Zone? Which members of The Avengers are going to be at New York Comic-Con? Will Juno Temple address the rumors about her character in The Dark Knight Rises? Is Showtime’s Dexter just a modern take on the superhero? What’s the title of the new animated Batman series scheduled for 2013? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

What are eight things we can expect to see in The Dark Knight Rises? Does Chris Hemsworth have thoughts on possible Thor 2 director Patty Jenkins? Which villains could possibly appear in later films in the Man of Steel universe? What do the X-Men look like in stained glass? Who is the new head of Professor X’s school in the X-Men universe?  Read about all of this, plus a ton of quotes about The Avengers, in today’s Superhero Bits! Read More »

It’s too bad that Sony, David Fincher and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo have already locked down the ‘feel-bad movie of Christmas’ tagline, because it looks like Jason Reitman‘s fourth film Young Adult might be a contender for that title.

The movie, scripted by Juno writer Diablo Cody, is a dark comedy about an alcoholic youth-lit author (Charlize Theron) who returns to her hometown to chase her now-married high school flame, played by Patrick Wilson. The one-sheet for the movie has just hit, and it looks like something that could be snuck onto a middle-school bookshelf alongside old Judy Blume books. With that portrait of a passed-out Theron, the youth-lit derived poster is in the running for most inspired design of 2011. Check it out in full below. Read More »

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