Christopher Guest is one of a kind. The writer/director/producer/actor carved out a niche of his own in the filmmaking community with the brilliant 1984 comedy This Is Spinal Tap, directed by Rob Reiner, and went on to helm a string of comedy hits himself in his distinctive “mockumentary” vein. Though all of his films have something great and unique to offer, there’s something particularly special about 2000’s Best in Show. The film’s characters are ridiculous and at times loathesome, but there’s a sincerity to the picture that prevents things from ever becoming too cynical. The result is a delightfully hilarious comedy classic. Hit the jump for my review of Best in Show on Blu-ray.
Glee fans have something new to sing about: Fox has announced it will be renewing its “genre-defying” (or logic-defying, if you prefer) series for two more seasons. For four years the show has been the only successful scripted musical series on the air, selling oodles of music and capitalizing on the current singing crazy (look no further for proof than the success of American Idol, The Voice and others). Though some of its original cast have now graduated (but are still regulars) from the show’s high school setting, the series continues to comment, with varying degrees of savvy, on hot-button topics like bullying and gun violence in schools. Knowing Ryan Murphy, there will be plenty more of that to come.
Glee, created by Murphy, stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Jane Lynch and Naya Rivera, and airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
The comedy A.C.O.D., which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to positive reviews, has been picked up for distribution by The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media. The title stands for “Adult Children of Divorce” and the Stuart Zicherman-directed film centers on a guy (Adam Scott) who has been caught in his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) ugly divorce for the past twenty years, and matters become even worse when his brother gets engaged. Then the details of the feud are revealed in a definitive new book on children of divorce.
I caught the film at Sundance (read Matt’s review here) and it’s a solid comedy with a big heart, and as a fellow A.C.O.D. it hit really close to home for me in quite a few parts. It also features scene-stealing performances by Catherine O’Hara and Richard Jenkins, with other nice turns from Clark Duke, Amy Poehler, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The Film Arcade will be handling theatrical distribution in North America, while Paramount Home Media will manage domestic home entertainment, television licensing and digital distribution, as well as international distribution. Hit the jump for the press release.
We have three new clips and five character posters to share from Cal Brunker’s animated sci-fi family film, Escape from Planet Earth. Brendan Fraser and Rob Corddry voice two alien brothers who get into all sorts of hijinks when a mission leads them to the notoriously dangerous title planet.
Also featuring the voices of Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Jonath Morgan Heit, James Corden, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and William Shatner, Escape from Planet Earth opens February 15th. Hit the jump to check out the clips and posters.
In his feature directorial debut, A.C.O.D., Stu Zicherman has taken the premise for the episode of a sitcom, and turned it into a film that’s not only funny, but also surprisingly relatable for audience members represented by the title’s acronym, “Adult Children of Divorce”. Speaking as an A.C.O.D., my parents never had the comical, over-the top fights featured in the movie, but Zicherman and co-writer Ben Karlin manage to work in a strong, emotional center to a comedy that works in broad strokes. The movie may share the same plotline as sitcom episode, but thanks to its excellent cast and willingness to push its protagonist to emotionally unpleasant places, A.C.O.D. works for kids from broken and unbroken homes alike.
The Sundance Film Festival recently announced the promising lineups for a few of the festival’s categories, and we’ve now got the first images from some films that will be playing in competition as part of the U.S. Dramatic category. Briefly:
- Afternoon Delight – Written and directed by Jill Soloway, starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, and Jane Lynch.
- Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – Written and directed by David Lowery, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker, and Keith Carradine.
- C.O.G. – Written and directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, starring Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson, and Troian Bellisario.
- Concussion – Written and directed by Stacie Passon, starring Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Jonathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney, and Laila Robins.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.
It’s looking like director Rich Moore’s animated feature Wreck-It Ralph is going to rule the box office this weekend. If you’re still on the fence about this family-friendly film, we’ve got three new clips to share with you in hopes of convincing you to check it out. They highlight Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voiced by Jack McBrayer) meeting Sgt. Calhoun (Jane Lynch) for the first time, a deal struck between Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) and a special game character cameo with some helpful information.
Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the voices of Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill, Adam Carolla and Mindy Kaling, is currently playing in theaters. Hit the jump to see the new clips.
You only have to wait a little over a week before you can see Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph in theaters, but if that’s just too long to bear, we have two new behind-the-scenes featurettes to share with you today. Both of them showcase commentary from the voice cast of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch, along with Moore himself. One even touches on the excellent use of music throughout the film, from such artists as Skrillex and Owl City. Both also show a bunch of new footage (keep an eye out for Easter eggs and nods to other famous gaming properties).
Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the vocal talents of Alan Tudyk, debuts November 2nd in 3D. Hit the jump to see the new featurettes.
One of the greatest parts of Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph (beside the excellent plot, pacing, cast, visuals, humor and heart) is the nostalgia for videogames spanning from the arcade era to modern day. Now, Disney has released these “vintage” commercials for three video games found at Litwak’s Arcade and within the movie itself: Fix-It Felix, Jr.; Sugar Rush and Hero’s Duty.
Wreck-It Ralph, features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Alan Tudyk, opens November 2nd. Hit the jump to watch the commercials and we’ll send you two quarters on your birthday!*
We have the first clip from Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden to share with you today. At nearly two minutes, the clip shows the Navy SEALS about to embark on the mission they’ve been training for: the attack on high value target, Osama Bin Laden. The feature-length dramatization from director John Stockwell (Into the Blue) stars Freddy Rodriquez, Xzibit, Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Kathleen Robertson, Eddie Kay Thomas and Kenneth Miller. Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden premieres on the National Geographic channel Sunday, November 4th at 8pm. It will also be made available for streaming on Netflix a day after its premiere (just in time for Election Day!).
There’s also a new clip from Rich Moore’s animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph. The new clip shows Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) at his self-help group, Bad Guys Anonymous. Attempting to make him feel better about being bad are fellow antagonists Zangief, Clyde the Ghost, M. Bison, Neff, Dr. Eggman, Bowser and an axe-wielding zombie. Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the voices of Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Alan Tudyk, opens November 2nd. Hit the jump to see the clips.
Two new clips to share with you today: one comes from director Rich Moore’s animated arcade game homage, Wreck-It Ralph; the other hails from Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s Paranormal Activity 4. The previously released clip from Wreck-It Ralph showed our titular hero (voiced by John C. Reilly) meeting Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman). This time around, Ralph meets up with “Hero’s Duty” drill sergeant, Calhoun (Jane Lynch). The Paranormal Activity 4 clip gives more frantic looks at creepy stuff like dead-eyed kids skulking about and a girl levitating off of her bed. So, there’s that.
Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the voices of Jack McBrayer, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling and Adam Carolla, opens November 2nd. Paranormal Activity 4, starring Katie Featherson and Kathryn Newton, opens October 19th. Hit the jump to see both clips.
Two of our most anticipated films of the last quarter of 2012 just so happen to be Sam Mendes’ Skyfall and Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph. Today, we have a new TV spot for the latest and greatest James Bond movie that features Bond (Daniel Craig), his antagonist Silva (Javier Bardem) and lots of guns and action. Things get a bit more subdued in the first clip from Wreck-It Ralph, in which we see our titular hero, voiced by John C. Reilly, meeting Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman).
Skyfall, also starring Judi Dench, Benwhishaw, Helen McCrory, Ralph Fiennes, Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris, opens November 9th stateside. The animated Wreck-It Ralph, which features the voices of Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill and Adam Carolla, opens a week earlier on November 2nd. Hit the jump to see the new spots.
Disney has released a new international trailer for the upcoming animated film Wreck-It-Ralph. John C. Reilly voices the eponymous character, a plays a bad guy in the video game “Fix-It Felix”, who leaves the game so he can be the hero for once. However, his actions end up causing chaos throughout the arcade world. While other trailers and posters have been playing up the gaming references and cameos, this international trailer relies mostly on showing the story, and even reveals a few new plot points. I wouldn’t say it necessarily spoils anything, but this might be the time the start unplugging from trailers and TV spots.
If you still want to see a bit more of the movie, you can check out the trailer after the jump. The film also features the voices of Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch. Wreck-It-Ralph opens in 3D on November 2nd.
A new trailer for Disney’s gamer-centric animated film Wreck-It Ralph has been released. The story centers on the eponymous bad guy (John C. Reilly) from the arcade game “Fix-It Felix Jr.” who decides he wants to be the hero, and escapes to other video game worlds. There are some great jokes in this trailer (mostly involving Jack McBrayer’s Fix-It Felix), but also a few that land flat (poop jokes, really?). The soundtrack is also a bit schizophrenic, but we get a look at quite a few new scenes that look really great. Ralph’s world-jumping allows for a varied palette of colors and character structures, and I’m really looking forward to seeing them up on the big screen.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and be sure to check out Steve’s very geek-friendly interview with director Rich Moore as well as our coverage from the film’s preview day. Wreck-It Ralph also features the voices of Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch and opens on November 2nd. [Update: We've added a new poster after the jump.]
Here’s a new batch of posters to complement the ones we posted earlier today:
- A look at a Chilean martial artist, Marko Zaror, trading in his fists for a shotgun in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills. The sequel, starring Danny Trejo in the title role, drops sometime next year.
- Two new Spanish posters from Rich Moore’s animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph. Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch, Wreck-It Ralph comes out on November 2nd of this year.
- An official poster for The Sessions from writer/director Ben Lewin. The Sundance 2012 Audience Award Winner stars John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy. Look for it in theaters starting October 26th.
Hit the jump for the new posters and synopses.