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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Take a look at the latest casting news below:

Hit the jump for more on each story.

Sundance 2014: THEY CAME TOGETHER Review

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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.

Sundance 2014: THE SKELETON TWINS Review

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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 to 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 the Hader/Wiig duo, as the film does have some very funny moments, but the two bring a formidable about of weight to the characters, with Hader in particular turning in a stellar performance as one half of the troubled sibling pair.  Read my full review after the jump.

Bill Hader and Anna Faris Talk CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 2009’s surprisingly terrific animated feature, deftly adapted a children’s picture book into a hilarious genre-blending mix of mad science run amok and action adventure disaster. Since its release, original writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have moved on to helm 21 Jump Street and the forthcoming The Lego Movie. Now the reigns of the Cloudy franchise have been left in the capable hands of the original film’s storyboard artist and story team member Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. Instead of a Frankenstein-ian/Roland Emmerich mash-up, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 entwines a riff on Jurassic Park with a surprisingly pointed satirical denouncement of corporate culture. It’s strange to think that the most pointed critique of Steve Jobs & Apple can be found in an animated sequel to an adaptation of a children’s book.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review.

Anchoring the sequel yet again, Bill Hader and Anna Faris provide the voices to lead Flint Lockwood and his paramour Sam Sparks. The animated characters almost feel like doppelgangers to Hader and Faris, natural extensions of their live-action comic personas. In the following interview with Hader and Faris, the duo discuss having so much in common with their animated alter egos, the secrets to being a voice actor and how the success of the first Cloudy influenced their performances in part two. In addition, Bill Hader briefly touched upon providing voice performances for the two upcoming Pixar releases: The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out. For the full interview, hit the jump.

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Review

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I adore Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsPhil Lord and Christopher Miller’s adaptation of the classic children’s book is one of the most unexpected and successful book adaptations of the past several years.  Most movies based on children books are belabored, tiresome affairs, and Cloudy turned the simple idea of food falling from the sky into a weird, adorable, and hilarious animated comedy.  It set an incredibly high bar for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, but new directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn have come close to giving us a movie as wonderful as the original.  Everything that made the first Cloudy a success is still in place, even though there’s more reliance on some cheap gags.  The sequel has cemented the identity of the series even though the story leaves some residual guiltiness about being a carnivore.

Watch 5 Clips from CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Sony Pictures Animation has released five clips from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  In the follow-up, Swallow Falls is under attack by mutant foods known as “foodimals”, so Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Earl (Terry Crews), and Steve (Neil Patrick Harris) must contain the creatures before they overrun the planet.  I’m going radio silent on the movie since I love the first one, and I like everything I’ve seen from the trailers, so I don’t need more to sell me on this flick.  However, if you still need some convincing, these clips are for your viewing please.  Also, if you live in Atlanta, you still have a time to enter for a chance to win passes to an early screening.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.

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