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The Movie: Going the Distance
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) strike sparks during a summer fling in New York City but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett remains behind for his Big Apple job. But after six romantic weeks, neither is sure they want it to end. So despite opposing coasts, naysaying friends and family, and unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love. And helped by a lot of texting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Romantic comedies are mostly predictable and cliched, but every now and then one comes along that perfectly mixes the tropes of Hollywood romance with just the right kind of R-rated comedy and some irresistible chemistry. That’s exactly what happens with Going the Distance, the raunchy yet charming long distance romantic comedy that makes fantastic use of the real-life romance between Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. Read More »
Later this month, the FX comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia begins a historic 14th season. It’s the second of a two-season order made in 2016 that will make the series the longest-running live-action comedy series in TV history, tied with The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. But just because It’s Always Sunny is making TV history doesn’t mean the gang has become anymore sophisticated.
As the recently released It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 14 trailer shows, this fall will have plenty of nonsensical mayhem from Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito, including a laser tag face-off, a mysterious melon, a film noir plot device, and much more insanity. Watch below! Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Fast Five stunt coordinator Jack Gill breaks down the huge bank vault car chase from the end of the blockbuster sequel. Plus, Ron Burgundy does a sound check for his brand new podcast, and Charlie Day responds to some intriguing theories fans have about It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 by Fred Topel
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns for its 13th season to answer some cliffhangers. Dennis (Glenn Howerton) was moving to North Dakota to be with his son, and Charlie (Charlie Day) and the Waitress (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) were going to try to have a baby.
With Howerton’s involvement still ambiguous (one episode features a lifelike Dennis sex doll prominently), only two of the original Sunny creators were available for interviews at TCA. Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney spoke with /Film about the upcoming season.
Episodes previewed for press include the season premiere set in an escape room (with guest star Mindy Kaling), the sex doll episode, and one in which Mac comes out. Day and McElhenney told us more, and also speculated on the gang’s political preferences. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns tonight on FXX.
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In this edition of TV Bits:
- Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day plan a new series at Apple
- Watch a teaser for the new Kim Possible live-action movie
- Shooter is canceled, but might not be entirely dead
- Find out what Lost creator Carlton Cuse thinks about a reboot
- Get ready for another Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med crossover
- Find out what Nikolaj Coster-Waldau thinks of the Game of Thrones finale
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Drew Pearce‘s feature-length directorial debut, Hotel Artemis, is the sort of movie that’s a real breath of fresh air during the summer moviegoing season. It’s an original story, for starters, but it’s also a movie that relies more on its characters and all-star cast to generate spectacle than the set pieces. Jodie Foster playing a fast-talking, hard-drinking nurse tending to criminals and Jeff Goldblum as “The Wolf King of Los Angeles” has far more entertainment than watching a city get destroyed.
Pearce’s first movie isn’t heavy on action, but it is heavy on star power, in front of and behind the camera. The Iron Man 3 co-writer and the director of Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King couldn’t have assembled a better team for Hotel Artemis, including cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung, who shot Oldboy, The Handmaiden, and most recently, It. Together, Pearce and Chung create a location full of color, history, and personality. Even with one primary location, never does Hotel Artemis feel claustrophobic or small in scale.
About a month ago, I had a chance to sit-down with Pearce for an extended interview covering his work with the DP, his influences, writing with Shane Black, and more.
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This week brings Hotel Artemis to theaters, marking the directorial debut of Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce. Set in a world reiminiscent of John Wick, our story unfolds in and around a hotel for criminals ran by Jodie Foster. She’s surrounded by an ensemble that includes the likes of Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista. But is that enough to make for a praiseworthy action flick?
Read our Hotel Artemis review round-up below to find out. Read More »
Sure, the action-comedy Hotel Artemis looks like a bit of a John Wick knock-off, but it also looks like a really fun John Wick knock-off, with a killer cast to boot. And a brand new trailer (plus a whole slew of character posters) is here to introduce you to that cast.
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Hey, did you forget that there’s a new action thriller coming out that takes place in a criminal for hospitals and stars Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista? If you did, this is your official, bloody reminder.
Hotel Artemis has just debuted a new red band trailer to show off the violent shenanigans in store from this movie that feels like it should take place in the John Wick universe (even though, sadly, it doesn’t). Jodie Foster leads the cast as the nurse of this hospital for criminals on the run, but there’s a strict set of rules to follow if you want to be treated, and it looks like one of her latest customers is about to catch the attention of some dangerous people who are ready to break all the rules. Read More »
Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce makes his directorial debut with the stylish, star-studded action thriller Hotel Artemis. Written and directed by Pearce, the film revolves around a secret hospital in near-future Los Angeles that caters to the criminal element. Under control of The Nurse (Jodie Foster), it has a strict set of rules that forbid killing, weapons, and other violence. Sound familiar? Perhaps the first Hotel Artemis trailer will ring a few bells.
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