First Image from SISTERS Starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; Says They Are Going to Fucking Crush STAR WARS

by     Posted 3 days ago

sisters-tina-fey-amy-poehler

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are an unstoppable duo.  They were great together on SNL, Baby Mama is a pretty enjoyable movie, and whenever they host the Golden Globes, they knock it out of the park.  Now the two are teaming up again for the new comedy Sisters (formerly “The Nest“), which has them playing “estranged siblings who reunite to clean out their childhood home before their parents sell the family house, during which they decide to throw one final blow-out party.”  And if you don’t have enough reason to admire Fey and Poehler, they’re not afraid to have their movie share the same weekend as Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  ”We said we’d only do the movie if it opened against Star Wars,” Poehler tells EW. ”We’re not scared. It’s what gets us up in the morning: We are going to f—ing crush Star Wars.”

Hit the jump to check out the Sisters image.  The film opens December 18, 2015, and also stars Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors).

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER Miniseries Moving Forward at Netflix

by     Posted One week ago

wet-hot-american-summer-sequel-series-netflix

Netflix has two bona fide original series hits on its hands with House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, but the streaming service is also very much in the business of “adapting” existing IP.  Netflix gave us the fourth season of Arrested Development, it premiered the fourth and final season of The Killing, and it’s also home to the sixth season of The Clone Wars.  While it continues to develop its own original programming in-house (including The Wachowski SiblingsSense8 and a slate of Marvel shows), it appears that Netflix is set to continue another existing property: Wet Hot American Summer.  We heard earlier this year that discussions were taking place to produce a TV series continuation of David Wain’s star-studded 2001 cult comedy, and now word comes that Netflix is indeed moving forward with a sequel miniseries.  More after the jump.

First Full-Length INSIDE OUT Trailer Journeys into the Minds of A Young Girl and Her Parents

by     Posted 12 days ago

inside-out-trailer-pixar

Pixar has released the first full-length trailer for Inside Out.  From director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.), the film explores the inner world of an 11-year-old girl, Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias), where the personifications of her emotions run the show.  When Riley is uprooted from her home in the Midwest so her father can take a new job in San Francisco, Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Joy (Amy Poehler) try to help her cope with the sudden change.  This trailer is a fantastic introduction to the world of the film, as we see how the emotions inside Riley and both of her parents react to tense situation around the dinner table.  This really feels like the kind of inspired, unique, and funny filmmaking that we came to expect from the folks at Pixar before their run of somewhat disappointing releases, and I’m really hoping Inside Out acts as a sort of return to form for the studio.  Judging by this swell trailer, I’d say the odds are very, very good.

Watch the first Inside Out trailer after the jump. The film also stars  Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan as the voices of Riley’s parents and hits theaters in 3D on June 19, 2015.

THEY CAME TOGETHER Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 95 days ago

they-came-together-slice

When Wet Hot American Summer came out in 2001, it was released by USA Films – a company that eventually morphed into Focus Features, but at the time had no real footing theatrically.  That may explain why the film was barely released, but eventually found a cult audience.  Considering it was written by Michael Showalter and David Wain (the latter of whom directed the film), and featured many members of The State there was almost a guarantee it would be funny, but the fledging USA Films didn’t know how to sell it.  Originally Showalter and Wain wanted to follow that film with They Came Together, which they were unable to make until recently, and it was also given a small theatrical release (but was also put on VOD).  But now that it’s on home video, it seems likely it too will become a cult favorite.  Starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Cobie Smulders, Chris Meloni and many familiar faces, it is equally hilarious, and my They Came Together Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

Adam Scott Tries to Tell a CRYSTAL SKULL Joke in Extended PARKS AND RECREATION Season 6 Gag Reel

by     Posted 123 days ago

parks-and-recreation-season-6-gag-reel

One of the keys to the success of NBC’s excellent Parks and Recreation is the fact that it is wholly evident that the cast (and characters) genuinely enjoy each other’s company.  This is especially clear in the just-released Parks and Recreation Season 6 gag reel, which offers nearly 10-minutes of outtakes ranging from Jim O’Heir (aka Jerry aka Larry) blowing a take, Adam Scott fumbling over the telling of an Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull joke, and Aziz Ansari and Retta serenading a straight-faced Nick Offerman.  The video is a whole lot of fun and just one more reminder of how much I’ll miss this show when it concludes its upcoming seventh and final season.

Hit the jump to watch the Parks and Recreation Season 6 gag reel.  The show returns to NBC in early 2015 for a final stretch of 13 episodes.

Greg Poehler Talks WELCOME TO SWEDEN, Using Subtitles to His Advantage, the Show’s Success in Sweden, His 3-Year Plan for the Show, and More

by     Posted 165 days ago

welcome-to-sweden-greg-poehler

On the new NBC comedy series Welcome to Sweden, New York resident Bruce Evans (Greg Poehler, who also serves as executive producer, head writer and showrunner) and Swedish import Emma Wiik (Josephine Bornebusch) seem to be the perfect couple.  But when she makes the life-changing decision to move back to her native Stockholm to accept a prestigious job after being with Bruce for a year, she is surprised and thrilled that he agrees to move with her to begin a new life together.  Only once there, he faces many unique challenges and culture clashes, not the least of which is winning over her eccentric and very Swedish family.  The show also stars Lena Olin, Claes Månsson, Christopher Wagelin, Patrick Duffy and Illeana Douglas, with guest appearances by Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell and Gene Simmons.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, producer/writer/actor Greg Poehler talked about how exciting the success of the show was in Sweden, what it’s like to be so involved with pretty much every aspect of the show, getting the respect of the people that he was working with, why the subtitles work to their advantage, having a three-year plan for the show, putting together the Swedish cast, how his sister Amy Poehler got involved, just how close this is to his own life, the difference between doing stand-up in America and doing stand-up in Sweden, how they’re looking to take this format to other countries, and that he’s currently writing a cross-border feature film project.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Exclusive THEY CAME TOGETHER Clips: Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler Poke Fun at Rom-Coms

by     Posted 172 days ago

they-came-together-clips

Last weekend may have been consumed by Mark Wahlberg, Autobots, Dinobots and one too many Michael Bay low angle shots, but there was also a unique take on romantic comedies in the mix too, David Wain’s They Came Together.  It stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler as Joel and Molly.  While on a double date with Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper’s characters, Joel and Molly run through the history of their relationship, hitting an abundance of all-too-familiar rom-com troupes along the way.

They Came Together hit select theaters and On Demand on June 27th, so if you caught Matt’s review, you might have already checked it out, but if you’d like a taste of the type of comedy and tone Wain’s going for first, we got our hands on some exclusive material from the film that might help you out.  Hit the jump to check out seven They Came Together clips as well as some sound bites from Hader on the process of making the movie as well.

THEY CAME TOGETHER Review

by     Posted 178 days ago

they-came-together-slice

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  They Came Together opens today in limited release and on VOD]

When director David Wain does his own thing, it may not be for everyone, but he’s also at his best. His more mainstream films, Role Models and Wanderlust, are entertaining, but his work on The State, Stella, and the classic Wet Hot American Summer is distinct, absurd, bold, and painfully funny. His latest, They Came Together, is Wain embracing his unique comic voice as he turns to mock one of Hollywood’s easiest targets, the romantic comedy. Despite the easily apparent flaws of that genre, Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter not only poke fun at the obvious tropes, but also let their delightfully twisted comedy burst through. Further supported by Paul Rudd brilliantly and brutally skewering his familiar leading man persona, They Came Together doesn’t bring the rom-com to its knees, but it does deliver a well-deserved gut punch.

First ARE YOU HERE Trailer Starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler

by     Posted 200 days ago

are-you-here-trailer

Millennium has released the Are You Here trailer online.  The movie centers on childhood best friends who go on a road trip after one of them inherits the estate of his late father.  Are You Here is the directorial debut of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, and it stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler, so you would assume it would be a popular film.  Instead, when the film premiered at TIFF, the word was nothing but negative.  I didn’t see the film, but I was told that there were plenty of walkouts, and judging from this trailer, it’s not too difficult to see why.  It looks like a hodgepodge that’s trying way too hard to be funny and heartwarming.  However, Weiner tells EW that the theatrical cut is “actually quite a bit different than it was at Toronto.”  So maybe it will be good?

Hit the jump to check out the Are You Here trailer.  The film opens August 22nd.

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER TV Show May Come to Netflix; Original Cast Expected to Return

by     Posted 213 days ago

wet-hot-american-summer-tv-show-netflix

Director David Wain’s 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer remains one of the funniest and weirdest comedies in recent memory, and though the film was a box office bomb, it later gained cult status on home video thanks to a number of its cast members eventually becoming huge stars—including Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, and Elizabeth Banks.  The film revolved around the last day of camp at Camp Firewood, but Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter hit upon an absurdist tone for the comedy that resulted in a twisted, hilarious little movie.

Talk of a prequel to Wet Hot American Summer has been going on for years, and while most of the cast is game to return (playing even younger versions of their 10-years-ago selves), movement on the project has yet to materialize.  Well now it appears that an alternate route for the Wet Hot American Summer follow-up is being considered, as Netflix is in talks to turn it into a TV series.  Hit the jump for more on the Wet Hot American Summer TV show.

Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler Describe Their “Corny Romantic Comedy Story” in New THEY CAME TOGETHER Clip

by     Posted 224 days ago

they-came-together-clip-paul-rudd-amy-poehler

Lionsgate has released a new They Came Together clip from director David Wain’s (Role Models) upcoming romantic comedy parody.  The film is a twisted send-up of the traditional rom-com formula, as characters played by Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler recount their meet-cute story to a pair of friends (Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper) over dinner.  This new clip comes from the beginning of the film, as Rudd and Poehler explain which romantic comedy stock characters they each fit while also revealing a third, more important character to the story of their coupling.  I caught the film at Sundance and it’s hilariously offbeat, bringing to mind the tone of Wain’s equally nutty comedy Wet Hot American Summer.  You should absolutely keep it on your radar this summer, and if you haven’t watched the trailer, I recommend you do so now.

Hit the jump to watch the They Came Together clip and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Ed HelmsCobie SmuldersChristopher MeloniKen MarinoMelanie LynskeyJason Mantzoukas, and Max Greenfield.  They Came Together opens in theaters and on VOD on June 27th.

First Trailer for THEY CAME TOGETHER Starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler [Updated with New Images]

by     Posted 237 days ago

they-came-together-trailer-paul-rudd-amy-poehler

Lionsgate has released the first They Came Together trailer for director David Wain’s (Wet Hot American Summer) unique romantic comedy.  The film is a twisted send-up of the traditional rom-com formula, as characters played by Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler recount their meet-cute story to a pair of friends (Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper) over dinner.  I caught the film at Sundance and thought it was damn funny, and definitely in the vein of Wet Hot rather than Wain’s other movies.  This trailer does a good job of conveying the tone of the film without giving away some of the best jokes.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Mantzoukas, and Max GreenfieldThey Came Together opens in theaters and on VOD on June 27th. [Update: We've added a few new images from the film after the jump as well.]

FOXCATCHER Set for November 14th Release; Tina Fey/Amy Poehler Comedy THE NEST Faces STAR WARS on December 18, 2015

by     Posted 244 days ago

foxcatcher-release-date-steve-carell

Release dates have been announced for two very promising projects.  First up, Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s new drama Foxcatcher will finally arrive in theaters on November 14th of this year.  The pic was originally slated for release last fall, before Sony Pictures Classics pushed it to 2014 in order to get out of the incredibly competitive awards season pile-up.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).

Based on the incredible first trailer, this looks to be a serious awards contender, and its November release date puts it in prime position to take advantage of the buzz.  The pic will square off against Dumb and Dumber To and the WWII actioner Fury on its date, but again, this is all about riding the buzz through the December awards voting period.  It’ll have a nice head start, as Foxcatcher has its world premiere next month at the Cannes Film Festival.  Hit the jump for release date news concerning the new Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy.

Amy Poehler to Join Tina Fey in THE NEST, Cate Blanchett in Talks for THE DIG, and John Magara Added to CAROL

by     Posted 258 days ago

amy-poehler-cate-blanchett-john-magaro

We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • The brilliant Golden Globes hosting duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may be reuniting for another feature, as Poehler is looking to co-star with Fey in the comedy The Nest.
  • Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in director Susanne Bier’s (In a Better World) archaeological drama The Dig.
  • Not Fade Away star John Magara has signed on to star alongside Rooney Mara in director Todd Haynes’ (I’m Not There) drama Carol.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.

Sundance 2014: THEY CAME TOGETHER Review

by     Posted 332 days ago

they-came-together-slice

When director David Wain does his own thing, it may not be for everyone, but he’s also at his best.  His more mainstream films, Role Models and Wanderlust, are entertaining, but his work on The State, Stella, and the classic Wet Hot American Summer is distinct, absurd, bold, and painfully funny.  His latest, They Came Together, is Wain embracing his unique comic voice as he turns to mock one of Hollywood’s easiest targets, the romantic comedy.  Despite the easily apparent flaws of that genre, Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter not only poke fun at the obvious tropes, but also let their delightfully twisted comedy burst through.  Further supported by Paul Rudd brilliantly and brutally skewering his familiar leading man persona, They Came Together doesn’t bring the rom-com to its knees, but it does deliver a well-deserved gut punch.

Click Here