Today we saw the first trailer for The Final Girls, wild and very entertaining movie that successfully blends scares, comedy, and character stories to offer a great perspective on horror films and family relationships. I’d enjoyed the film at SXSW, where it premiered in March; today I spoke with director Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) about the Wizard of Oz influence on the movie, and the very personal experiences that make it more than a simple blend of horror and comedy concepts. Read More »
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I went into The Final Girls at SXSW this year having no idea what to expect from the horror/comedy Todd Strauss-Schulson. What I saw was a very funny comedy that has a good take on the tropes of slasher films, but also a movie that has a really effective core about dealing with difficult family trauma. The cast is led by Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, and Nina Dobrev, with Alexander Ludwig, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, and Adam Devine in major roles. Check out The Final Girls trailer here. Read More »
Joking about TV edits of R-rated movies is a tried and true Internet tradition. Lines like “Yippie-Ki-Yay Mr. Falcon” and the use of “melonfarmer” will forever live in our memory banks. However, while the results of TV edits are fairly prominent online, the process to get there is usually masked.
Director Todd Strauss-Schulson pulled back that curtain every so slightly on Instagram this week. He showed a list of notes given that needed to be changed on a TV version of his R-rated comedy A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and it’s pretty damn funny. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Last fall’s A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas may not have been a runaway hit, but it was certainly good enough to boost the profile of its relatively unknown director Todd Strauss-Schulson. Before that film, he was best known, by those who knew him at all, for being “some MTV director.” Since the modest critical and commercial success of Harold & Kumar, though, Strauss-Schulson has been weighing a few different options for his next feature.
Among other things, there was talk last year that he could do the horror send-up Final Girls or perhaps the assassin comedy Family Getaway. Now he’s also gone and attached himself to Warner Bros.’ Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge, a live-action/animation hybrid based on a graphic novel by Oni Press that suggests what might happen if Sylvester ever actually managed to catch Tweety. More details after the jump. Read More »
Lets face it, 3D movies are not going away any time soon. Every year we’re seeing more and more films being released and re-released in 3D. So why not experience the 3D in the best way possible?
There are several 3D formats. RealD? Dolby 3D? IMAX 3D? XpanD 3D? Which is the best 3D format? I attempt to answer that question in this weeks edition of Q&A. We’ll take a look at the technical differences, and the advantages and disadvantages between the four big choices. We’ll show you why your local multiplex picked one format over another, and we even got some of the top 3D filmmakers and 3d experts to comment.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Even as Julie Delpy gears up for a possible third Before Sunrise pic with Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater, the busy writer-director-actress has attached herself to helm a biopic of iconic rock musician Joe Strummer called The Right Profile. Strummer is best remembered as the frontman of British punk group The Clash, though his musical resume also includes solo work, stints with The Mescaleros and The Pogues, and the soundtracks for Walker and Sid and Nancy. (The film is named after this Clash song, from London Calling. The tune even points back to the movies, with lyrics about ’40s film star Montgomery Clift.)
Few details about the project have been revealed at this time, though we do know the film will follow Strummer’s disappearance from the public spotlight in 1982. Variety notes that Delpy could appear in the picture — seeing as she’s acted in nearly all of her directorial efforts, including the recently wrapped 2 Days in New York — but as far as we know, that’s just speculation at this point.
After the jump, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas helmer Todd Strauss-Schulson finds his next project, while The Help director drops out of Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy.
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Todd Strauss-Schulson, the director of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, is pumping out the behind the scenes videos. Recently we posted the half embarrassing, all funny lip dub he and his crew did of a Miley Cyrus song and now he’s released something slightly more serious. I say “slightly” because while the below video was obvious made in service of the film, it’s still absolutely ridiculous.
It’s no spoiler to say Neil Patrick Harris, better known as NPH in the H&K world, has been resurrected in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. As seen in the trailers, NPH has an elaborate Christmas musical number in the middle of the film and Strauss-Schulson created this pre-viz video storyboard breaking down the scene. Just like yesterday’s video, and the movie itself, the video was done with a sly sense of humor that’s very enjoyable. Read More »
Watching A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, it’s pretty damn obvious everyone making it is having a blast. Whether it’s Neil Patrick Harris acting straight and referencing Starship Troopers to get a girl naked, Danny Trejo wearing an awful sweater, cast members referring to John Cho as “Sulu” or body parts liberally flaunted on screen, the whole thing is just totally over the top and fun. It would have to be for the following video to exist.
What follows is not for the faint of heart. It is, in fact, somewhat disturbing. This exclusive video features a good portion of the crew behind A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas – everyone from an assistant editor, the composer, visual effects supervisors, line producer, full visual and digital effects teams and even director Todd Strauss-Schulson himself – doing a lip dub of Miley Cyrus‘ hit single, Party in the USA. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
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 »