The Hero centers on an aging movie star who’s best remembered for his performance in a beloved western forty years earlier. It’s a vehicle written specifically for actor Sam Elliott, who, of course, has his own storied history in that genre and has embraced that vibe as a key part of his acting persona, even in films as divergent as Ghost Rider and The Big Lebowski. While The Hero doesn’t offer any particularly insightful observations about what it means to get older in Hollywood, it’s still a pleasure to watch Elliott – a perennial ensemble player since his made-for-TV movie heyday of the ’80s and ’90s – do terrific work as the clear lead of a film that lasers in on his sensibilities as a performer.
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Now that summer is getting closer, not only will we get the usual onslaught of studio blockbusters looking for box office dollars, but we’ll get plenty of indies looking to attract the niche audiences, including plenty of films that debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. One of those indies just debuted its first promising trailer.
The Hero follows Sam Elliott as Lee Hayden, a former western star past his prime at a point in his career when he’s receiving lifetime achievement awards while he’s still looking for one more career-defining role. Funnily enough, this leading turn for Sam Elliott is getting plenty of praise for being just that.
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Last year, director Martin Scorsese brought us Silence, a pensive, harrowing story of 17th-century Portuguese missionaries, who embark on a perilous journey to Japan to find their missing mentor and struggle with the decision of renouncing their faith or suffering an agonizing death. This year, director Jeff Baena brings us a trio of raunchy, horny nuns who just want to fuck the new servant at their convent.
The Little Hours follows Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci as three nuns who are anything but holy. I’ll just leave it at that, because the red band trailer does a much better job of showing you just how wild these sisters can get. Watch red band The Little Hours trailer below. Yes, this is NSFW because of ample dirty language and even some nudity. Read More »
Leslie and Ron are back together again!
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are planning to fill the hole in our hearts left by the Parks and Recreation finale (I know it was two years ago, I’m still not over it!) with the purest reality show you’ve possibly ever heard of: The Handmade Project. And they are reuniting on NBC, the network that gifted us with Parks in the first place, to host the competitive crafts-making reality show.
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The Founder doesn’t resemble the often feel-good stories of some of John Lee Hancock‘s previous films, such as Saving Mr. Banks, The Rookie, or The Blind Side. At the end of the day, this is a story of the good guys losing. Depending on who you ask, there’s little that’s inspiring about Ray Kroc’s (Michael Keaton) success story.
The Founder is a biopic that doesn’t champion, idolize, or demonize its subject; it’s a warts-and-all portrait of an unimaginative but ambitious (or greedy) man with a hunger for success. He achieved the American dream by destroying Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac McDonald’s (John Carroll Lynch) dream. They’re the heroes of the story — always pure in their intentions — but they don’t come out on top.
In one thrilling sequence, Mac explains how McDonald’s got started over dinner. It’s a lengthy, dialogue-heavy scene that communicates history and backstory, helps strengthen Dick and Mac’s loving relationship, and moves along at such a fast pace. This scene, which was written by Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler), is where we began our recent conversation with Hancock.
Below, check out our John Lee Hancock interview.
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Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Every successful business is a story. There are those hopeful and desperate beginnings, when someone puts their livelihood on the line to pursue a dream. There are those dramatic rises to power, where everything pays off and the money and accolades start to roll in. And, often enough, there are those dramatic third acts where all kinds of chickens come home to roost and the shape of that original dream has been distorted beyond measure.
The Founder tells the story of Ray Kroc, the struggling businessman who stumbled across a homegrown hamburger restaurant called McDonald’s, recognized its potential for greatness, and dragged it kicking and screaming into the future, where it set the template for how Americans would consume food for the rest of the century and beyond. Oh, and as the new trailer makes it clear, he was probably a bit of a dick.
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There are plenty of fans who expect Nick Offerman to be just like his Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson. And while the two do share some similarities, Offerman is a decidedly warmer person than Swanson, though the latter did show his true feelings from time to time on the show, albeit begrudgingly. But one of the key traits that Offerman shares with his on-screen alter ego is an affinity and fondness for woodworking, and if you don’t know just how gifted he is with nature’s building material, check out the Parks and Recreation series finale gift that he’s just now giving to some of the cast and crew. Read More »
It’s been tough living life without Ron Swanson ever since Parks and Recreation ended earlier this year. But thankfully, the actor who effortlessly brought one of television’s greatest characters to life is returning to the small screen with a stellar guest role.
Nick Offerman will be stopping by Brooklyn Nine-Nine in November. However, as the precinct deals with fluctuating captains following the transferring of Captain Holt (Andre Braugher), Offerman won’t be playing the new supervisor as he does in the 21 Jump Street movie series. His role might actually be even better. Find out more about Nick Offerman in Brooklyn Nine-Nine below! Read More »
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Fargo is probably my favorite narrative television series currently still on the air. So I’m very excited for second season to arrive this October. Until now, FX has been releasing a series of fun but cryptic teaser trailers, but they have finally unleashed the first real trailer for Fargo’s second season. Watch the two and a half minute Fargo season 2 trailer embedded after the jump.
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This morning brought the nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards, and while the winners (and losers) won’t be revealed until September 20th on Fox, the nominations themselves are enough to stir up some conversation.
When it comes down to itt’s all a matter of personal preference, and the opinions of average viewers don’t always match up with what the Emmys have cooked up. But we can’t help but notice some of the more annoying snubs, as well as some wonderful surprises, in this year’s round of honorees.
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