Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Crack Up in Exclusive Featurette Clip from THE SKELETON TWINS Blu-ray

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One of the best films I saw at Sundance this past January was director Craig Johnson’s dark comedy The Skeleton Twins.  The film stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged twin siblings who are drawn back together after Hader’s character tries to commit suicide.  It’s at once sweet, funny, and sad, and Hader turns in a genuinely terrific dramatic performance.  Despite the serious subject matter, the picture has well-placed moments of humor, and in anticipation of the film’s release on home video, we here at Collider have been provided with an exclusive clip from one of the featurettes.  This behind-the-scenes clip focuses on the improvisation in the picture, with candid (and very funny) footage of Hader and Wiig trying to keep it together on set.

Watch the Skeleton Twins featurette after the jump.  The film will be released on Digital HD on December 2nd and on Blu-ray/DVD on December 16th.  I highly recommend checking it out.

New INSIDE OUT Character Videos Introducing Fear, Disgust and Anger

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We got a brief introduction to Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith) a few days ago and now it’s time to meet Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black) as well.  Those four plus Joy (Amy Poehler) make up young Riley’s emotions and it’s up to them to help her adjust when she moves to San Francisco in Pixar’s latest, Inside Out.

The promo material for Inside Out hasn’t been as mind-blowing as one might expect and these new character videos are no different.  There’s nothing wrong with them, but there’s also nothing about them to suggest Inside Out will be worth the two-year wait since Pixar’s last release, Monsters University.  Hit the jump to check out the new Inside Out character videos for yourself.  The film is set to open in 3D on June 19, 2015.

INSIDE OUT Trailer: Pixar’s Latest Brings a Young Girl’s Emotions to Life

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We’re without a Pixar film this year for the first time in eight years, but based on this very first teaser trailer, it looks as though Inside Out might be worth the wait.  Showing off footage from previous acclaimed feels could feel like a copout, but in this case, not only does it serve as a highly effective reminder of how much Pixar’s films have moved viewers, but the material also directly relates to the core concept of Inside Out.

The film features the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith as the emotions Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness respectively.  The promo merely introduces them and doesn’t tap into how they’ll help young Riley adjust to her new life in San Francisco, but the characters are novel and charming enough to suggest that this one could be a standout.  Hit the jump to check out the Inside Out trailer for yourself.  The film is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19, 2015.

ANGRY BIRDS Movie Voice Cast Includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage and More

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We haven’t heard much about the Angry Birds movie in a while, but over the past 48 hours, fans of the Angry Birds game have been busy unlocking the voice cast of the film by slinging one billion birds.  Apparently one billion birds have been slung because Rovio just revealed the full line-up.

Angry Birds will feature the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage.  Hit the jump for more on who they’re playing.  Angry Birds is set to hit theaters on July 1, 2016 and will mark Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis’ directorial debut.

THE SKELETON TWINS Review

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[Note: This is a re-post of my The Skeleton Twins review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  The movie opens in limited release this weekend.]

Comedic actors moving into dramatic territory is not a new concept.  Many make the transition with ease, while some have trouble crossing over or getting audiences to buy into them doing “serious” things.  SNL veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig make a striking move to drama with excellent results in The Skeleton Twins, a darkly comic drama from director Craig Johnson.  This isn’t a “look how serious I can be” performance from Hader or Wiig; the film does have some very funny moments, but the two bring a formidable amount of weight to the characters, with Hader in particular turning in a stellar performance as one half of the troubled sibling pair.

First Look at Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Judd Apatow’s TRAINWRECK

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The first Trainwreck image from director Judd Apatow’s next feature has arrived.  Unlike his previous directorial efforts, Apatow didn’t write the script for Trainwreck—the film’s star, Amy Schumer did.  Schumer has gained notoriety for her hilarious and socially conscious sense of humor on her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer, but Trainwreck puts her front and center as the star of a major studio film.  The story, which draws heavily from Schumer’s real-life experiences, revolves around “a commitment-averse woman trying to get past her self-sabotaging ways.”  Apatow tells the New York Times that when working on the screenplay, he pushed the comic to dig into her own vulnerabilities, “almost like a therapist thing.”  As if the promise of a Schumer-fronted comedy wasn’t enough, the versatile Bill Hader plays her character’s potential love interest in the film.  Very promising stuff.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first Trainwreck image, which comes from the set.  The eclectic cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, Daniel Radcliffe, Colin Quinn, Mike Birbiglia, LeBron James, and Method ManTrainwreck opens in theaters on July 24, 2015.

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

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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.

THE SKELETON TWINS Trailer: Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Go Dramatic as Suicidal Siblings

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Roadside Attractions has released the first The Skeleton Twins trailer for director Craig Johnson’s comedic drama.  The film stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as the titular siblings, who are drawn back together after Hader’s character tries to commit suicide. I caught the film at Sundance this past January and it’s excellent.  Hader in particular shines in a dramatic role that could easily have veered into over-the-top territory, imbuing the character with subtle shades of insecurity underneath a confident façade.  Though the film is a drama, Johnson doesn’t shy away from the fact that Hader and Wiig are both really, really funny, and the film ends up as something more darkly comedic than a straight-faced drama.  This trailer does a nice job of conveying the film’s tone, though it does provide a glimpse at one of the funniest scenes of the entire film that I wish had remained a surprise.

Hit the jump to watch the Skeleton Twins trailer and click here to read my full review.  The film also stars Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrook, and Joanna GleesonThe Skeleton Twins opens in theaters on September 19th.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY Trailer: Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy Lead an Unconventional Love Story

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The Weinstein Company has released the first The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby trailer for writer/director Ned Benson’s ambitious love story drama.  The film focuses on the entirety of a relationship between two people, played by Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy.  As glimpsed in this trailer, the film was actually crafted as two separate movies: Her and Him.  One told the story from Chastain’s point of view, and the other from McAvoy’s point of view, but then Benson cut together an omniscient version (titled Them), which is the one that will be released first theatrically.  I’m curious to see if the pic works in this single feature version, but this trailer is certainly an excellent start.  The tone is romantic without overdoing it, and the chemistry between Chastain and McAvoy looks swell.  The Weinstein Company plans to release Her and Him in limited release shortly after this initial version opens, so I’m looking forward to experiencing all three versions.

Hit the jump to watch the Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby trailer.  The film also stars Bill Hader, Viola Davis, William Hurt, Ciaran Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, and Jess WeixlerThe Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby opens in theaters on September 26th.

THEY CAME TOGETHER Review

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[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.

Bill Hader to Create and Star in New HBO Comedy Series

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Will Forte may not be the only SNL alum heading to the small screen in the near future with a new TV series.  Forte created and stars in The Last Man on Earth, which debuts on Fox during the 2014-15 TV season, and now Deadline reports that Bill Hader is creating a comedy series of his own at HBO.  The immensely talented actor is developing a new show for the premium cable network that he also plans to topline, adding another exciting comedy series to HBO’s eclectic lineup that now includes Silicon Valley, Veep, and Girls.  Hit the jump for more.

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

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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]

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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.]

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Blu-ray Review

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It’s a shame that some still feel like animated films are primarily made for children.  The advent of Pixar and films like Shrek and The Fantastic Mr. Fox have more than proved otherwise, and in 2009 directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller delivered a wonderfully goofy animated take on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs that appeals to adults and kids alike.  That film reveled in its offbeat sense of humor, and while Lord and Miller stepped back into executive producer roles for the sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a worthy follow-up that delivers a hefty dose of adorable buoyed by colorfully inspired designs and a heartfelt theme of friendship.  Read my review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray after the jump.

Bill Hader Is a TRAINWRECK; Chadwick Boseman in GODS OF EGYPT; Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf & Zooey Deschanel in ROCK THE KASBAH

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