Posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 by David Chen
This week, David, Devindra, and Adam discuss the sad business of Brett Ratner’s Oscar-hosting gig, unabashedly praise Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, ponder the bizarre world of Cars, and get excited for new episodes of Arrested Development. Special guest Keith Phipps joins us from AV Club. To read more about the twisted world of Cars check out Eric D Snider’s and Rachel Mercer’s respective blog posts. Also, check out the AV Club’s awesome podcast, Reasonable Discussions.
You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We’ll be reviewing The Muppets and Hugo next week.
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Few awards hosting appearances have been as divisive as Ricky Gervais‘ stint on the last Golden Globes. That gig kicked off with a detailed evisceration of Charlie Sheen before taking time to poke ugly/accurate fun at many celebs nominated for awards, and at the Globes themselves. The fallout was quick, with then-president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Philip Berk saying Gervais “definitely crossed the line. And some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that’s Ricky.”
Now after a long period of speculation the HFPA — a group of professionals, it must be noted, that is regularly considered to be generally useless and self-serving at best — has voted to invite Gervais back to host once more. Read More »
My feelings about Ricky Gervais have become more complex than they once were as some of his comedy and general public statements have veered into mean-spirited territory over the past year or two. But he can still deliver and/or enable a very biting and hilarious sort of comedy, as evidenced by clips from Life’s Too Short, the show he is doing with Warwick Davis and Stephen Merchant.
The last time we saw anything from the show Gervais was being berated by Johnny Depp. This time, Liam Neeson shows up to announce that he wants to break into comedy. The attempts at comedy that ensue are dreadfully unfunny. Which means, ironically, that they are hilarious. Check out the five-minute clip below. Read More »
Below you’ll find a minute of the opening of Disney’s The Muppets, whcih hits screens on November 23. The scene is a fun little song and dance number that introduces new Muppet Walter and his human friend Gary, played by the film’s co-writer Jason Segel.
This is a pretty effortlessly charming little piece of film that helps sell The Muppets as a film that still has at least one foot firmly planted in the classic musical storytelling style that always made the show a small wonder. I think you’ll like it. Read More »
OK, fine, Johnny Depp isn’t really upset with Ricky Gervais. But in this preview from Life’s Too Short, the new show Gervais, Warwick Davis and Stephen Merchant are doing for the BBC, we watch as Davis introduces Depp to Gervais. Thanks to a few jokes made as Gervais hosted the Golden Globes, the conversation doesn’t go very well. But Tim Allen will be happy to know that someone has his back, I expect. Check out the clip below. Read More »
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It has been fun to watch Disney remind audiences about The Muppets as it prepares to release a new feature starring Jim Henson’s classic characters. There have been some creative, playful trailers and a poster that was a little bit unusual as Muppet depictions tend to go — Muppets with legs! But this new international poster is a pure and simple old-school look at the crew, with no humans allowed. You’ll probably love it. Read More »
Depending on what you want out of Robert Rodriguez, this first trailer for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World may either instill dismay (“he made this instead of a ‘real’ movie?”) or happiness (“if he wants to make this, then let someone else do Deadpool“). This looks like a Canadian promo for the film — check the Alliance logo where the Weinstein-related one should be — but I imagine it is very similar to the US trailer we’re likely to see. Check it out below. Read More »
“Not only am I lending my voice to Spy Kids, but they can keep it. I’m sick of it.” That’s what Ricky Gervais had to say when it was announced he’d be voicing an “outrageous robot spy dog” named Argonaut in Robert Rodriguez‘s fourth installment in the Spy Kids series, Spy Kids: All The Time In the World. The popular actor and comedian is best known for co-creating and starring in the original version of The Office and has since done an incredible amount of work both in front of the camera, behind the camera, on stage and in animation. He joins a cast that already includes Jeremy Piven, Joel McCale, Jessica Alba, Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Every once in a while, The Simpsons still hits the right notes. A few months ago the show opened with a Banksy-designed sequence that was the most pointed bit of animation seen on the show in years. Now The Simpsons is turning barbs toward the film award season, and is taking easy but amusing shots at Pixar, Aardman Animation, Sylvain Chomet and more. Some of the ideas in here are pretty well-worn (Mixar instead of Pixar?) But there are moments of good stuff that are worth watching to find. Check out the episode after the break. Read More »