The Films of David Fincher: THE SOCIAL NETWORK

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[With the upcoming release of his new film Gone Girl, I’m taking a look back at the work of director David Fincher.  These articles contain spoilers.]

If The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a director and a screenwriter working at cross-purposes, then The Social Network are the two sides working in perfect harmony.  Fincher’s cold, austere tone was energized by Aaron Sorkin‘s fast-paced, witty dialogue, and Sorkin’s grandiloquent verbiage was grounded by Fincher’s realism.  In some ways, the movie is highly stylized and yet it’s indisputably honest when it comes to the characters, stakes, environment, and tension of the story.  The facts may be in dispute, but this much is true: The Social Network is one of the defining works of the 21st century.

First Look at DreamWorks Animation’s B.O.O.: BUREAU OF OTHERWORLDLY OPERATIONS

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I’ve got a soft spot for cute, pet-like animated characters so when news first broke that DreamWorks Animation was making a movie about a ghost who needs to attend ghost school in order to become a better scarer, I was hooked.  However, that was a few years ago and since, the narrative and title of Boo U has changed.

Now we’ve got B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations on the way and it tells the story of a pair of ghosts who go to work for the B.O.O., an organization dedicated to protecting humans from evil spirits.  The scenario still sounds fun and also has Seth RogenMelissa McCarthyRashida JonesOctavia Spencer, Matt Bomer and Bill Murray leading the voice cast, but the very first look at the characters just surfaced and it’s not really what I was hoping for.  Hit the jump to check it out.  B.O.O. is scheduled for a June 5, 2015 release.

Watch Trailers for New TBS Comedies ANGIE TRIBECA Starring Rashida Jones, BUZZY’S with Ashley Tisdale, and YOUR FAMILY OR MINE

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TBS has unveiled first look previews of some of its upcoming new comedy series.  Briefly:

  • Angie Tribeca – From creators Steve Carell and Nancy Carell, this comedic spoof of police procedurals stars Rashida Jones and revolves around an eccentric but brilliant group of LAPD detectives.
  • Buzzy’s – An ensemble comedy from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick about a group of misfits from high school who work together in a local barbershop in Charlestown, Massachusetts.  Ashley Tisdale and Lauren Lapkus star.
  • Your Family or Mine – Based on the popular Israeli comedy, this show tells the story of a young couple, focusing on a different aspect of their family each week.  Kyle Howard and Kat Foster star, with Richard Dreyfuss and JoBeth Williams playing the in-laws.

Hit the jump to watch the aforementioned trailers, and if you missed them, check out trailers for new series from Fox and ABC.

NBC Orders Rashida Jones’ Comedy A TO Z and Debra Messing Drama THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA to Series

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In addition to ordering the DC Comics adaptation Constantine to series, as well as a couple of other pick-ups a few days ago, NBC has also committed to one new comedy and one new drama.  Briefly:

  • The comedy series A to Z, from executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever), has been given a series commitment.  The show stars How I Met Your Mother’s “Mother” Cristin Milioti and Mad Men actor Ben Feldman and takes place in the world of an online dating company.
  • On the drama side, the Debra Messing-fronted The Mysteries of Laura will debut on NBC’s schedule.  Based on the Spanish series Los Misterios, the story follows a female homicide detective.  McG directed the pilot.
  • Still no word on the Community renewal/cancelation front.

Hit the jump to read the synopses for both new shows, and stay tuned over the next few days for more 2014-15 TV season news.

Nick Frost & Rashida Jones Talk CUBAN FURY, Cuban Furry, Cute and Furry, Moms vs. Bullies, SOBER COMPANION, TRIBECA and More

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Nick Frost leads Cuban Fury as Bruce. Way back when, young Bruce was a rising salsa star. He proudly strut around in his bejeweled shirts and pristine dancing shoes, collecting trophies and titles left and right – that is until a group of bullies showed Bruce what they thought of his hobby. Years later, Bruce’s dancing shoes are collecting dust and he’s spending his days working safe and sound at a desk job. However, when he finds out his beautiful new boss, Rashida Jones’ Julia, has a little thing for salsa herself, his little thing for her inspires him to give dancing another go.

While in New York City promoting Cuban Fury’s April 11, 2014 release, Frost and Jones took the time to sit down with Collider to talk about Cuban Fury – or rather Cuban Furry. Or, if you prefer, Cute and Furry. Hear about the duo’s preference for making love at weddings versus dancing and memories of their mothers beating up bullies. We’ve also got Frost’s thoughts on his new Fox comedy pilot, Sober Companion, and Jones talking about her own for TBS, Tribeca.

Exclusive: Poster for CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Olivia Colman, Ian McShane, and Chris O’Dowd

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Today, we are pleased to premiere the poster for the upcoming comedy, Cuban Fury.  The film stars Nick Frost as a former salsa-dancing prodigy who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  He runs across formidable competition by way of his co-worker, played by Chris O’Dowd.  When you’ve got great actors like Frost, Jones, and O’Dowd leading the way not to mention co-stars Ian McShane and Olivia Colman, this should be a good time.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  Cuban Fury opens April 11th.

New Trailer for CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, and Rashida Jones

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A new U.S. trailer for director James Griffiths‘ salsa dancing comedy Cuban Fury has been released online.  The film stars Nick Frost as a former salsa-dancing prodigy who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  He runs across formidable competition by way of his co-worker, played by Chris O’Dowd.  The chemistry between Frost and O’Dowd continues to look great, and Frost appears more than comfortable carrying the comedic lead role.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Ian McShane and Olivia ColemanCuban Fury will be released April 11.

THE FLASH Adds Jesse L. Martin; ROSEMARY’S BABY Adds Jason Isaacs and Patrick J. Adams; Rashida Jones Leads Steve Carell’s TRIBECA Comedy Pilot on TBS

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Here’s the latest casting news from the world of television:

  • New CW series The Flash will add Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) to star alongside Grant Gustin.
  • Patrick J. Adams (Suits) and Jason Isaacs (Awake) will join NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby mini-series.
  • Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) will topline Tribeca, a comedy pilot from Steve Carell set up at TBS.

Hit the jump for more on each project. 

New Trailer for CUBAN FURY Featuring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, and Chris O’Dowd

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A new trailer for the upcoming comedy Cuban Fury has landed online.  Based on an original idea by Nick Frost, the story revolves around a former salsa-dancing prodigy (Frost) who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  This trailer focuses more on the chemistry between Frost and his bitter rival Chris O’Dowd, and it’s pretty great.  The two make a formidable comedic duo, and it’s quite fun seeing Frost lead a film all his own.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Ian McShane and opens in the UK on Valentine’s Day.  It’s currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

Michael Peña in Talks to Join Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN

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The Marvel news is definitely flowing now that everyone is back from their holiday break.  Fans have been waiting years to see writer/director Edgar Wright’s take on the Marvel superhero Ant-Man, and production is finally set to begin this coming April.  We learned yesterday that Michael Douglas will be playing Hank Pym opposite Paul Rudd’s lead role as Scott Lang, and now another actor looks close to joining the cast as The Wrap reports that Michael Peña has an offer to take on a role in the Marvel pic.  Hit the jump for more, including news regarding the female lead.

Watch: PARKS AND RECREATION Cast Reflects on 100 Episodes in Retrospective Special

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Though NBC’s comedy series Parks and Recreation hasn’t ever been a ratings juggernaut, it has secretly (or not so secretly) been one of the most consistently funny and surprisingly emotional shows on network television.  Currently in its sixth season, the show is coming up on its 100th episode, and to mark the occasion NBC has released a web-only, 20-minute retrospective special featuring interviews with Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe, and the rest of the Parks and Rec gang.  The actors discuss their favorite moments and episodes from the series, and while there are many highlights here that Parks and Rec fans will enjoy, my personal favorite just might be the glorious Perd Hapley.

Hit the jump to watch the special.  Parks and Recreation airs on NBC Thursdays at 8:30pm ET.

First Trailer for CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, and Chris O’Dowd

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The first trailer for director James Griffiths’ upcoming comedy Cuban Fury has been released online.  Based on an original idea by Nick Frost, the story revolves around a former salsa-dancing prodigy (Frost) who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  The pic looks to be an excellent showcase of Frost’s talents in a leading role, and the highlight of this trailer is definitely the chemistry between Frost and Chris O’Dowd, who plays his office nemesis.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Ian McShane and Olivia ColmanCuban Fury opens in the UK on Valentine’s Day and is still awaiting a US release date.

Benedict Cumberbatch & John Malkovich for PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR; Rashida Jones & Matt Bomer in B.O.O.: BUREAU OF OTHERWORLDLY OPERATIONS

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Check out the latest voice-casting news for the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movies below:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) and John Malkovich (Red 2) will lend their voices to The Penguins of Madagascar feature.  The film is due out March 27, 2015.
  • Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Matt Bomer (White Collar) will join the voice cast of B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.  The film opens June 5, 2015.

Hit the jump for more on each film. 

Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe Leaving PARKS AND RECREATION

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Pawnee, Indiana will have two fewer residents next season on Parks and RecreationBuzzfeed reports that Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are leaving the series.  Their characters, Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger, respectively, will depart in the 13th episode of the sixth season, which will probably be sometime during February sweeps.  NBC has no comment on the departure of the two actors.

In all fairness, Parks has been struggling to find something for Chris and Ann to do.  Ann wandered around aimlessly for about a season only to come back to a relationship with Chris.  It’s a welcome change for two forlorn and lonely characters, but I can see how their plotline could quickly be exhausted, especially if a new baby becomes a factor.  I’m not feeling the loss of Ann because even though Jones is a great actress, the show had run out of things for her to do other than be the object of Leslie’s glowing adoration.  But I will miss Chris Traeger and his relentless found of positivity.  He was literally one of the best things to happen to the show.

MOONRISE KINGDOM and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Lead 2013 Independent Spirit Award Nominations; Matthew McConaughey Lands Double Nods

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The nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the pack.  Both films picked up nominations for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper landing acting noms for SLP and Bruce Willis garnering a swell Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Moonrise KingdomBeasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, and Keep the Lights On round out the Best Feature nominees, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Safety Not Guaranteed were singled out for the Best First Feature award.  Also, Matthew McConaughey pulled double nominations for his stellar work in this year’s Magic Mike and Killer Joe, landing a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nod, respectively.  Notably shut out of the race entirely was Leos Carax‘s critically-lauded Holy Motors.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations.  The winners of the 2013 Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

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