Trainwreck - Amy Schumer and Bill Hader

In the past couple of years, Amy Schumer has emerged as one of TV’s brightest comic talents. Now she’s poised to light up the big screen as well, with this summer’s Trainwreck. The new comedy by Judd Apatow centers on a career woman / commitmentphobe who rethinks her no-strings credo when she meets a charming doctor played by Bill Hader. Watch the Trainwreck international trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Tomorrowland roads

Hollywood has a woman problem, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. There isn’t enough female filmmakers making big movies, and there aren’t enough big-budget films centering on — or even featuring — complex female characters. This is something discussed many times in recent years here and on other sites. Over the last decade we’ve seen the Bechdel test, a simple routine which calls attention to drastic gender inequality in our big screen stories, blow up in popular culture.

The old Hollywood way of thinking has always been that female driven stories doesn’t usually equate to huge box office successes unless they involve princess fairytales or epic love stories. In recent years we have seen a growing desire for female driven stories on the big screen, from young adult adaptations like Twilight or The Hunger Games to 2013’s Oscar-winning success Gravity, or even breakout b-action films like Lucy.

But the tables are turning and we’re starting to see Hollywood bet big on female-driven stories. This summer alone is filled with blockbuster films with strong female characters in the central role. I thought now that we are almost half way into June we should look back and forward and take an assessment of the new era we may have approached.

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Trainwreck - LeBron James and Bill Hader

Knowing the comedy of Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow, you get the feeling there aren’t many clips from the upcoming Trainwreck that are safe for work. They did manage to find one, though. It features Bill Hader‘s character calling Schumer’s character the day after they sleep together. Notoriously promiscuous, Schumer’s character and her friend (Vanessa Bayer) are very confused at the seemingly normal, kind gesture. Hader’s friend, on the other hand, is loving it. Oh, and his friend is NBA MVP Lebron James.

Trainwreck opens July 17. Watch the first Trainwreck clip below. Read More »

Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2015

April isn’t even 48 hours old but at the movie theater, summer has already begun. With tonight’s opening of Furious 7, the trend of major blockbusters opening well before the first weekend in May continues. Fast Five, The Hunger Games and Captain America: The Winter Soldier are a few recent examples; next year, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will open over a month before the traditional first weekend of summer. Let’s face it. It might be Spring outside, but it’s Summer at the movies.

With that in mind, the /Film crew decided to rank our most anticipated films of the season. Everyone on staff (Peter, Russ, Angie, David, Devindra, Angie, Chris, and myself) ranked their 20 most anticipated movies of summer 2015, those rankings were given point values, and then an overall list was created.

Below, read /Film’s most anticipated movies of Summer 2015. Read More »

Trainwreck - Amy Schumer and Bill Hader

Ten years have passed since Judd Apatow made his feature directing debut with The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but none of his films since have quite been able to surpass that first one. None, that is, until Trainwreck. If the early buzz out of SXSW is to be believed, his latest romantic comedy represents a new high mark for the comedy director.

Apatow’s not-so-secret weapon this time is Amy Schumer, who stars and wrote the script. In some ways, it’s familiar territory for Apatow — Schumer plays a woman who doesn’t quite have her life together, until she meets the one person who might finally inspire her to move forward — but Schumer’s unique sensibility puts a fresh spin on his perspective. Get the Trainwreck early buzz after the jump.  Read More »

Trainwreck - Amy Schumer and Bill Hader

If you’ve seen even a little bit of her Comedy Central series, you already know that Amy Schumer one of the funniest actresses on the small screen. Now she’s poised to take over the big screen as well, as the writer and star of Judd Apatow‘s Trainwreck.

Schumer plays a woman who’s utterly allergic to commitment. Actually, “commitment” seems like too strong a word — based on the Trainwreck trailer, she doesn’t even like getting to the second date if she can help it. Enter a handsome doctor played by Bill Hader, who threatens to upend her life.

The supporting cast is equally stellar, with Vanessa Bayer and Lebron James(!) as Schumer and Hader’s supportive pals, Tilda Swinton as Schumer’s boss, and much much more. Watch the first Trainwreck trailer after the jump.

Update: A Trainwreck red-band trailer has also hit, with more raunchy jokes. Plus, a new poster and new stills — see it all below. Read More »

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Germain Anticipated 2015

If Hollywood plays its cards right, there’s no way 2015 shouldn’t break every single yearly box office record on the books. The calendar is simply jam packed with huge movies. They may end up being good, or maybe they won’t, but either way they’re going to put asses in seats. These are films audiences are excited for. Films they demanded. In some case, films we’ve been waiting years to see or never thought we’d actually see.

All that said, there’s an embarrassment of potentially awesome movies coming out during 2015. I considered at least 50 before cutting back down to a top ten that really speak to my personal tastes. Then I threw in ten more for good measure. Either way, there’s no doubt that, as great a year as 2014 has been for film, 2015 undoubtedly has it beat in the “potential” column. Especially when it comes to those big time Hollywood blockbusters I tend to get really excited about.

So, without further ado, here are my most anticipated films of 2015. Read More »

Angie’s Most Anticipated Films of 2015

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Even as I scramble to get in a few more 2014 releases before I close the book on this year, I’m looking forward to 2015. Next year promises to be huge for Hollywood, packed as it is with big-name sequels like Star Wars 7 and Avengers 2. But it also looks like a good time for movie lovers, not just movie studios. A lot of those tentpoles look genuinely good. And a lot of riskier ventures look like they’ll pay off. And that’s not even getting into all of the indie gems buried ahead, waiting for us to discover them at Sundance or Toronto or what have you.

Films from the last category were naturally left off my list, as I can’t get excited for a movie I haven’t heard of yet or know nothing about. But for a list of the films (big and small) that I do know about, and am eagerly looking forward to, join me after the jump.  Read More »

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The prospect of Amy Schumer writing and starring in a feature film is awesome. Her script Trainwreck is being directed now by Judd Apatow, with a set of co-stars that includes Bill Hader, Brie Larson, and Tilda Swinton. I’ve got no doubt that she’ll carry the role like a champ — her brutally funny show Inside Amy Schumer has been one of Comedy Central’s best new offerings, and shows more than enough to know that she could be one of the next great comedy stars. The first image has shown up from the set of Trainwreck, and you can find it below. Read More »