Hulu has tapped an impressive cast to headline its limited series Dopesick, based on Beth Macy’s book about the U.S. opioid crisis. Unbelievable‘s Kaitlyn Dever and Midsommar‘s Will Poulter are joining Michael Keaton in the Dopesick cast, which also features Peter Sarsgaard.
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After Labor Day rolls around, there’s not much left to celebrate in September…which means everyone just starts getting in the Halloween spirit a little early. Hulu is already preparing for serious spooks with the release of the trailer for Monsterland, a new horror anthology series based on Nathan Ballingrud’s story collection North-American Lake Monsters. If this trailer is any indicator, then these stories are going to keep you up at night. Read More »
So it’s come to this: a Zoom-style comedy. Coastal Elites is a new “socially distanced comedy” from HBO, and features a cast of famous faces all in their own individual spaces, talking directly to the camera. The series, which was originally conceived for Public Theater in New York before the pandemic got in the way, is described as a comedic satire that “tells contemporary stories of characters breaking down and breaking through as they grapple with politics, culture, and the pandemic.” Watch the trailer below, and check out the very impressive cast.
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The most star-studded group of elites is getting together over Zoom for HBO’s socially distanced comedy Coastal Elites. Created by playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick and directed by Jay Roach, Coastal Elites is a scripted quarantine comedy starring Bette Midler, Issa Rae, Sarah Paulson, Dan Levy, and Kaitlyn Dever in a satire that “explores our current world of deeply divided politics and the universal pursuit of human connection.”
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Another intriguing anthology series could be coming to the small screen soon. FX has greenlit the pilot for Platform, a new half-hour anthology series from B.J. Novak (The Office) that already has a pretty stacked cast including Lucas Hedges, Jon Bernthal, and Booksmart‘s Kaitlyn Dever.
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Believe it or not, the upcoming Netflix series Unbelievable is not a limited series about the making of the ultra-catchy 1991 earworm of the same name by EMF. The series actually covers far more serious subject matter: it tells the true story of a young woman who claims she’s been raped, and when officers accuse her of making up the story, two female investigators take her seriously and learn that the rapist has struck before. Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart) plays the young woman, and Emmy winners Toni Collette and Merritt Wever play the investigators who finally begin to put the pieces together. Read More »
Them That Follow is a slow-burning blend of religious mania and body horror, featuring a phenomenal cast. Set in Appalachia, the story concerns a community of snake handlers that finds itself being torn apart due to unexpected circumstances, secrets and lies. Unbearable tension, shocking gore, and lots of scenes of snakes hissing, follow. Watch the Them That Follow trailer below.
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While many have labeled the SXSW hit Booksmart the female version of Superbad (and not just because the former co-stars Jonah Hill’s sister, Beanie Feldstein), that seems slightly unfair since this film has loftier emotional ambitions. Helmed by actor-turned-first-time-director Olivia Wilde, Booksmart concerns two high school seniors—Molly (Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever—who want to change the course of their entire high school experience on the day before they graduate. The best friends have spent the last four years concentrating on scholastic achievements and put aside all thoughts of partying or socializing in any form with anyone but each other in the hopes of getting into the best colleges. But on the last day of school, Molly is confronted with the almost-unspeakable truth that all of the kids who had fun and partied every weekend also got into great schools, leaving her on a quest to have her last night as a high school student be one of throwing caution to the wind and going to a rager with best buddy.
The entire film takes place over the course of roughly a single 24-hour period, and during the course of that day, secrets and deeply buried feelings come to the surface, both girls have their friendship tested and hearts broken, and learn that judging the other kids in their school based on their public persona is perhaps a massive mistake.
Feldstein is just starting to build an impressive filmography with memorable supporting roles in such works as Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Lady Bird, as well as the FX series What We Do in the Shadows, while Dever has made a reputation for herself from a young age as a hugely talented actor in some very serious roles, including parts in Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now, Detroit, The Front Runner, and perhaps most memorably in the second season of FX’s Justified, in which she co-starred with Margo Martindale in one of the greatest seasons of television in modern memory. Seeing her play comedy in Booksmart with such gusto only adds to the lost list of what she’s capable of as a performer.
/Film recently spoke with Dever and Feldstein about bonding with each other and their director, the film’s powerhouse supporting cast of largely unknowns, and how celebrating intelligence is key to the film’s humor. Bookmsart is currently in theaters nationwide.
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This weekend, the raucously hilarious R-rated high school comedy Booksmart starts hitting theaters. Lauded as a female Superbad, this looks like it should be the sleeper hit of the summer, assuming of course people actually know that the movie is in theaters and pay for a ticket to see it.
Booksmart stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein as two best friends and high school seniors who spent their entire school career studying their asses off and getting the best grades they could in order to get into the college of their dreams. But now they realize it might have been all for naught as the less dedicated side of their graduating class got into the colleges they wanted, but still had time to party it up. That means it’s time to pack four years of partying into their last night as high schoolers. Needless to say, chaos and hilarity ensues, and you can get another taste of it in the new red band Booksmart trailer. Read More »
Even though this summer is full of blockbuster action and spectacle, we can’t implore you enough to take a break from the big studio movies this season to partake in plenty of laughs with the feature directorial debut of Olivia Wilde.
Booksmart follows Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein as two high school seniors who realize that they might have been a little too reserved in their educational endeavors. So the two decide to party it up before they head off to college, getting the ultimate high school experience under their belt before they head into the next phase of their adult life. Annapurna Pictures has released a new Booksmart clip showing the entire first six minutes, and by the looks of it, this movie deserves to be a certified hit. Read More »