powerless review

Every superhero show or movie has them: dozens or hundreds of anonymous extras milling about in the backgrounds of all those CG-heavy, city-destroying third-act climaxes, looking alternatively terrified and grateful. Every once in a while, some of them even get to speak – to testify against Superman in Congress or to corner Iron Man in an elevator. But NBC’s Powerless is the first time these nameless nobodies truly get to take center stage. And as it turns out, they’ve got a pretty great story to tell.  Read More »

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Whenever superheroes and supervillains throw down, there’s going to be collateral damage. Sometimes there’s more, sometimes it’s less, but at best we’re talking about millions if not billions in property damage and countless ruined days for ordinary civilians unlucky enough to live in a superpowered universe. While the superheroes get to return to Asgard or hole up in their secret Batcaves or whatever it is they do, these folks are left to sweep up the dust. Now a new comedy promises to tell their stories.

NBC has given a series order to Powerless, a DC Comics comedy about an insurance claims adjuster (Vanessa Hudgens) who has had it with the crime-fighting superheroes messing up her daily commute. Geek favorites Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk also star, along with Christina Kirk. The show itself won’t premiere for another several months, but the first photos have arrived to give you a little taste of this non-superhero superhero series.  Read More »

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Ever notice how every single superhero movie seems to end in a massive battle that destroys an entire city? Ever wonder whose job it is to foot the bill and sort through the paperwork afterward? As it happens, NBC is developing a single-camera comedy about just those folks. Powerless follows a group of totally normal people who work in a totally normal insurance company, only they happen to exist in a world with DC superheroes — and all the inconveniences that suggests. (You try getting home in time for your kid’s birthday party when the subways are jammed yet again because some flying dude in a unitard decided he just had to smash an evil alien into the railway.) ‘

But what the characters of Powerless lack in superpowers, they make up for in geek cred. Powerless has just added Firefly‘s Alan Tudky and Community‘s Danny Pudi to the cast, along with Vanessa Hudgens and Christina Kirk (NBC’s A to Z). More on the Powerless cast, including character details, below.  Read More »

Grease Live Promo

Networks are all about turning iconic musicals into live broadcast events. NBC already delivered Peter Pan with Alison Williams as the title Neverland defender and Christopher Walken as the weirdest Captain Hook, and this coming week they’ve got a live version of The Wiz with Queen Latifah, Common, Uzo Aduba and more. But early next year, Fox is getting in the live musical game too.

Grease: Live will bring what Fox is calling “America’s favorite musical” to air, and they’ve got a young cast geared towards the tween audience to introduce the classic to a new generation. Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables, Gossip Girl) and Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages) take the roles of Danny and Sandy (played by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the original version), and the first promo for the live musical shows them off with some other odd casting choices for the supporting characters. Read More »

Freaks of Nature red-band trailer

Several years ago we reported on a Black List script by Oren Uziel called The Kitchen Sink, a horror-sci-fi-comedy mashup that combined vampires, zombies, and aliens. Jonah Hill was originally set to direct, and then Robbie Pickering. A promising cast (including Bob Odenkirk and Patton Oswalt) was assembled, and then the updates slowed down and eventually the project fell off our radar completely.

But it’s back now, in finished form under a new title: Freaks of Nature. And it’s hitting theaters in just two weeks, so Sony has finally put out a first trailer. Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie DavisJosh FademEd WestwickVanessa HudgensJoan CusackKeegan-Michael Key, and Denis Leary star. Watch the Freaks of Nature red-band trailer after the jump. Read More »

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It isn’t the fault of Vanessa Hudgens that her new movie, Gimme Shelter, steals its title from one of the best music documentaries ever made. (The original Gimme Shelter is famous for catching the murder of a Rolling Stones fan by a Hells Angel employed as concert security, and is commonly considered to represent the end of the so-called Summer of Love.) But Hudgens is being experimental this year, casting off her good girl persona for films like Spring Breakers and The Frozen Ground. She might as well take a title from another movie while she’s at it.

This movie is totally different, as it features Hudgens as a 16-year old girl dealing with all-too-real issues: pregnancy, homelessness, and the need for help.  Rosario DawsonBrendan Fraser, James Earl Jones, Ann Dowd and Dascha Polanco also appear, see the trailer below. Read More »

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Up until now, odds are Robbie Pickering‘s film Kitchen Sink hasn’t been on your radar. That’s about to change. The genre mashup written by Oren Uziel (who Sony also hired to write Men in Black 4 and 22 Jump Street 2) placed on The Black List, and was almost the directorial debut of Jonah Hill before Pickering (Natural Selection) came on board to direct. The movie is about to start filming with a cast that includes Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Joan Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens and Denis Leary. Plus, three more names have just joined the cast. They are comedic everyman Ian Roberts, pop culture genius Patton Oswalt and Breaking Bad‘s Bob Odenkirk.

Oh, right, Kitchen Sink is a film about a world where vampires, humans and zombies all live together and must band together to stop an alien invasion. Read More »

‘Machete Kills’ Trailer: Muy Bien Indeed

Machete Kills

The marketing team at Apple would have you believe that there’s an app for everything, but when you’re a killer agent, sometimes you need your tools to be a little more hands-on. Count on Robert Rodriguez to fix that problem by hiding a blade inside the device.

That’s just one of the many ridiculous sights on display in Machete Kills, which once again stars Danny Trejo as ex-Federale Machete. When a billionaire arms dealer (Mel Gibson) plans to ignite a war by launching a missile into space, the President of the United States (Charlie Sheen, billed as “Carlos Estevez”) calls upon Machete to stop him. Watch the new full-length trailer after the jump. Read More »

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The last time we saw anything from The Frozen Ground, in which Nicolas Cage plays a detective on the trail of a serial killer played by John Cusack, it was an artless sales trailer that didn’t do the film any favors. Made it look like a direct to DVD throwaway, in fact. This theatrical teaser is a better look at the movie, if only because it leaves some mystery for the story to reveal.

Surprisingly, this also minimizes the presence of Vanessa Hudgens, who plays a prostitute who escaped the killer’s clutches and is working with the cops to capture him. A cheery intro from Hudgens contrasts with the chilly, creepy tone of the trailer, but we’ll have to wait to see how much she really plays into this telling of the true crime story. Read More »

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At times Spring Breakers pops with energy and excitement. It then dives into much more intense drama. The tones, like those of the score, sometimes clash. But often the oddfellows mesh beautifully, making us question why this film is the way it is: a fever dream of drugs, sex and violence. The answer brings to light some tough questions about society’s core beliefs. Read More »