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The Movie: Stranger Than Fiction
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: What happens when a man suddenly starts to hear someone narrating his life as if he were the main character in a story? That’s exactly what happens to IRS auditor Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), and as if hearing a female voice describing everything he was doing wasn’t bad enough, she’s also made him out to be an ill-fated protagonist, and his death is imminent. It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, “There are only two things certain in life: death and taxes.”
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Will Ferrell is best known for his raucously hilarious comedic roles in Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and other comedies. But in 2006, Stranger Than Fiction saw Ferrell mix some of his comedic antics with an outstanding dramatic performance that should have earned him an Academy Award nomination. 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, John Oliver turns a Q&A about Wag the Dog into an opportunity to question Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment accusations made against him. Plus, check out the process of making an incredible, professional Chewbacca mask, and see what Mary Poppins would be like with Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta in the lead role instead of Julie Andrews. Read More »
Every once in a while, Adam Sandler decides to stop making paid vacations disguised as movies and turn in a genuinely good performance. The best example is his work in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love, which proved Sandler could turn his short-tempered man-child routine into something genuinely compelling. Now Sandler is at it again with Noah Baumbach‘s The Meyerowitz Stories. Baumbach has surrounded Sandler with quite a cast, and you get a better glimpse of them all, as well as Sandler’s performance, in the new The Meyerowitz Stories trailer.
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Netflix is already full of Adam Sandler movies. The only problem is that most of them are downright terrible, with the only exceptions being Big Daddy and Punch-Drunk Love, the latter of which showing us what the comedian can do when he really puts the effort into giving a great performance. Thankfully, it looks like Netflix is about to get another one of those movies.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) debuted at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, and Adam Sander received some of the best reviews ever, with some critics even saying that the film marked the finest performance of his career. It helps that the movie also features Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, and you can get a preview of the movie by watching The Meyerowitz Stories trailer below. Read More »
Adam Sandler has become an easy punching bag as he continues to make awful to mediocre comedies to fuel not just his career, but also the careers of his less talented comedian friends. But every now and then, Sandler reminds us that he can be a really good actor when taking roles in films like Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Spanglish and to some extent, Funny People. It sounds like one of those movies just debuted at Cannes, and some are even saying it’s a career-best performance.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is a new film from writer/director Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha) that just debuted at the Cannes Film Festival as one of two titles playing in competition coming from Netflix. Adam Sandler stars in the film along with Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Candice Bergen and Emma Thompson, and the actor known for being a complete goofball is getting positively rave reviews.
Find out what some of the critics are saying in their The Meyerowitz Stories reviews. Read More »
Noah Baumbach is on a roll. Over the last five years, he’s treated us with Frances Ha, While We’re Young, Mistress America, and the greatly revealing De Palma doc, which he co-directed with Jake Paltrow. That’s one delightful, albeit sometimes hilariously awkward and cringe-inducing, movie after the other.
His next film, The Meyerowitz Stories, stars Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler and it will officially arrive on Netflix this year.
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You’ve got to hand it to Noah Baumbach – it takes a lot a guile to assemble a cast of movie stars for a small indie drama and then start filming without telling anyone, which is the case for his new movie, a seemingly untitled project that is undergoing production in New York City right now. This is par for the course for Baumbach, who has spent the past few years working quickly and quietly, seemingly only pausing to attend the film festivals where his work screens.
Also par for the course for Baumbach is the eclectic cast, which includes Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Kung Fu Panda 3 is only two months away from release and you know what that means – a whole new collection of “Pandas are fat!” jokes. Which is perfectly fine, if fat pandas doing fat panda things is your idea of great comedy. There are definitely some of you out there since they’ve made three of these things.
As we’ve seen in the previous trailers, the third film in DreamWorks Animation’s series will find Jack Black‘s unlikely (because he’s a fat panda) kung fu master reuniting with his long-lost fat panda father, returning to his ancestral fat panda home, and training his fat panda brethren how to kung fu so they can stop an evil villain who is surely going to underestimate an army of fat pandas. A new clip from the film has arrived online and it contains no shortage of fat panda jokes. Hey, if the formula isn’t broken…
Watch the new Kung Fu Panda 3 clip after the jump.
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If seeing Jack Black bring a rather peculiar version of R.L. Stine to life in Goosebumps last month wasn’t your cup of tea, maybe you’ll be more pleased with his return to animation in Kung Fu Panda 3, arriving early next year.
A new Kung Fu Panda 3 trailer has just arrived, giving us more of Po (Black) being reunited with his estranged father (Bryan Cranston). As teased at the end of Kung Fu Panda 2, there’s a whole panda village waiting to meet Po, but the reunion isn’t all bamboo and laughs when a new evil threatens to obliterate them. Read More »
Normally voice casting for animated movies is done far in advance, mostly because sometimes the performance from each actor voicing the characters informs how the animators will bring the character to life. And because voice recording is done in advance, it’s a rarity to hear of someone being replaced with just under five months before the film’s release.
But that’s exactly what’s happening with Kung Fu Panda 3. Previously, Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson was slated to voice a character named Mei Mei, a ribbon-dancing panda who is romantically obsessed with Po. However, Almost Famous star Kate Hudson has now been hired to replace her on the film. Read More »