SEX TAPE Review

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One would think that a movie entitled “Sex Tape” wouldn’t have a problem being raunchy.  Sadly, director Jake Kasdan‘s latest picture can’t seem to find the balance between a sweet relationship and salty dialogue, and mostly goes with the former at the expense of the latter.  Even more baffling is why the movie constantly feels the need to justify its premise as it reiterates plot points, character decisions, and the technological chicanery involved in the story’s inciting event.  There’s always more emphasis on explaining what’s going on instead of going all the way.

SEX TAPE Clip and Images: Cameron Diaz Does Her Best Rollergirl Impression

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Sony Pictures has released the first Sex Tape clip from director Jake Kasdan’s upcoming comedy, as well as a batch of new high-resolution images from the film.  The pic stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a couple who, after discovering that their three-hour intimate video has accidentally been uploaded to the cloud, set out to delete the video from the iPads of their friends and family and ensure that their reputations aren’t ruined.  This new clip appears to be a scene from the “inciting incident” that leads to the aforementioned sex tape, as Segel’s character is very excited about Diaz’s sexy mobile get-up.  Segel also shares screenplay credit on the film with Nicholas Stoller and Kate Angelo, which is encouraging.  He and Diaz are both talented comedic actors and I’m a big fan of Kasdan’s Walk Hard, so hopefully this one delivers on the promise of a solid summer comedy.

Hit the jump to check out the new Sex Tape clip and high-resolution images.  The film also stars Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, and Rob LoweSex Tape opens in theaters on July 18th.

Armie Hammer Set to Star in Psychological Thriller MINE; Rob Lowe Drives MONSTER TRUCKS; Ryan Guzman Signs on for JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS

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Here’s some casting news for the following leading men:

  • Armie Hammer is set to star in co-writers/directors Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro’s psychological thriller, Mine.
  • Rob Lowe is the latest addition to the live-action/animation hybrid picture, Monster Trucks, also starring Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, Holt McCallany, Thomas Lennon, and Barry Pepper.
  • Step Up Revolution and Pretty Little Liars star Ryan Guzman has joined Jon M. Chu’s 80s cartoon adaptation, Jem and the Holograms.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

First Red-Band Trailer for SEX TAPE Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel

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Sony Pictures has released the first Sex Tape red-band trailer.  Director Jake Kasdan‘s (Bad Teacher) comedy stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a couple who, after discovering that their three-hour intimate video has accidentally been uploaded to the cloud, set out to delete the video from the iPads of their friends and family and ensure that their reputations aren’t ruined.  Segel and Diaz look to have solid chemistry as the lead comedic duo, and it’s promising to see that the film isn’t shying away from its R-rating.  There are a few comedic tropes glimpsed in this trailer that are well-worn territory, but Kasdan certainly has the capacity to go the unexpected route (see: Walk Hard), so hopefully Sex Tape avoids delving into too many cliches.

Hit the jump to watch the debut trailer.  The film also stars Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, and Rob LoweSex Tape opens on July 25th.

New Images from SEX TAPE Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel and ANNIE Starring Jamie Foxx

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Sony Pictures has unveiled new images from two very different Cameron Diaz films slated for release this year.  First up is director Jake Kasdan’s (Bad Teacher) comedy Sex Tape, which stars Diaz and Jason Segel as a couple who, after discovering that their three-hour intimate video has been stolen, set out to recover the tape and ensure that their reputations aren’t ruined.  These images give us a first look at the ensemble beyond Diaz and Segel, as we see Rob Lowe, Ellie Kemper, and Rob CorddrySex Tape opens in theaters July 25th.

The other Cameron Diaz film is director Will Gluck’s (Easy A) musical redo Annie, in which Diaz takes on the role of the mean Miss Hannigan.  The young Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) takes on the title role as an orphan who is taken in by a New York mayoral candidate (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film’s first trailer promised a few full musical numbers, and these images tease just that.  Annie opens in theaters December 25th.

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.

Rob Lowe Talks KILLING KENNEDY, Playing a Kennedy, Challenges of Bringing JFK to Life, Working with Ginnifer Goodwin & Being Fearless in Taking on Roles

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Produced by Scott Free Productions and based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, National Geographic Channel’s Killing Kennedy chronicles the build-up to one of America’s most shocking events – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald.  In 1959, two men faced major turning points in their lives, one in Washington, D.C., preparing to announce his presidential candidacy, and the other at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, renouncing his American citizenship.  This film charts the highs and lows of those two men, eventually intersecting with two shocking deaths that stunned a nation.  It stars Rob Lowe as President John F. Kennedy and Will Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald, with Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy and Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Rob Lowe talked about how he’d always secretly hoped to play a Kennedy someday, what finally convinced him that this was the project to do it in, the biggest challenges in bringing JFK to life without doing an imitation, how co-star Ginnifer Goodwin effected his performance, and being at a point in his career where he can be fearless in the roles he takes on.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Rob Lowe Stars in Jake Kasdan’s SEX TAPE; Tim McGraw Joins TOMORROWLAND; Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle Cast in SEE NO EVIL 2

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Here’s the latest casting news:

  • Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) is set to star in writer-director Jake Kasdan’s Sex Tape alongside Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal. 
  • Tim McGraw (The Blind Side) will join Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland with George Clooney and Britt Robertson.
  • Danielle Harris (Hatchet III) and Katharine Isabelle (American Mary) have joined See No Evil 2, starring Glenn Jacobs (aka Kane) and Michael Eklund, and directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska.

Hit the jump for more on each story.

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.

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Review

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Passion.  Possession.  Infatuation.  Betrayal.  These are the hallmarks of any unhealthy and dramatic relationship.  And despite the glitz and glam of Steven Soderbergh‘s Behind the Candelabra, none of these emotions feels fresh or surprising despite the talent of the lead actors and the colorful figure of Liberace.  The strange relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) is rendered inert by a dramatic trajectory that’s been laid out within the first ten minutes.  The love affair isn’t doomed; it’s predictable.  At best, Behind the Candelabra makes out love to be as shiny, entrancing, and as fake as Liberace’s public persona.

New UK Trailer and Images for Steven Soderbergh’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon

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Fresh off the release of an extended 12-minute featurette, a new UK trailer and a batch of new images from director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Liberace film Behind the Candelaba have landed online.  The plot centers on the tempestuous relationship between the musician (Michael Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  This UK trailer goes deeper into the film’s story, as we see the beginnings of the relationship and start to see some of the great interplay between Douglas and Damon. You can go ahead and wrap up Douglas’ Emmy right about now.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to see the new images.  The film also stars Rob Lowe, Debbie ReynoldsScott BakulaDan AykroydCheyenne JacksonPaul Reiser, and Boyd Holbrook.  Behind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO on May 26th at 9pm/8c.

12-Minute Featurette for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Goes Behind the Scenes of Steven Soderbergh’s Final Film

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HBO has released a new extended featurette for director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Liberace film Behind the Candelabra.  The 12-minute video takes us behind-the-scenes of Soderbergh’s possibly final feature film, as we get an intimate look into how the filmmaker crafted his chronicle of the tempestuous relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  Much of the featurette’s focus is on the insane costume and production design of the film, but we also get some footage of Sodbergh operating the camera himself and of a nearly unrecognizable Rob Lowe as Liberace’s plastic surgeon.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula, Dan Aykroyd, Cheyenne Jackson, Paul Reiser, and Boyd HolbrookBehind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO on May 26th at 9pm/8c.

Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, Cheyenne Jackson, and Boyd Holbrook Join BEHIND THE CANDELABRA

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If nothing else, you knew Steven Soderbergh would cull a great ensemble for the Liberace biopic Behind the CandelabraMichael Douglas is Liberace, with Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson—a great foundation.  Dan Aykroyd and Singin’ in the Rain darling Debbie Reynolds next joined the castThe Playlist adds Rob Lowe, Cheyenne Jackson, and Boyd Holbrook to the mix, but it’s Variety that reported my favorite name yet: Scott Bakula.  I mean that literally—Bakula is my favorite name.  But I also love the soulful actor, and am excited to see Bakula reunite with Soderbergh after nailing his small part in The Informant!.  Hit the jump for details on each role.

Watch a Montage of Famous Actors in Their Feature Film Debuts

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It’s always a fun treat when a now-famous actor pops up in a small role in an older movie you haven’t re-watched in a while.  We previously posted a “Before They Were Famous” supercut, but now someone has edited together a montage of actors in their very first feature film roles. While you’re most likely aware of the majority of these appearances, I’m willing to bet you’ll find at least a few surprises in this video.  I had no idea Jon Hamm was in Clint Eastwood’s “old guys can be astronauts too” movie Space Cowboys, but I now feel compelled to move the pic to the top of my Netflix queue.

Watch Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen, Emma Thompson, Zach Braff and many more make their feature debut after the jump.

Exclusive TV Spot for I MELT WITH YOU Starring Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, and Jeremy Piven

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We’re happy to debut an exclusive TV spot for the drama I Melt With You today. The film tells the story of four lifelong friends (Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, and Christian McKay) who gather for their annual get-together in Big Sur, only to be confronted by the current state of their lives darkened by a promise from their past. This spot is much more commercial than the incredibly dark trailers and promos we’ve seen before, but I’m still intrigued by the project. The cast is great, and it looks to be a pretty compelling drama.

Hit the jump to watch the TV spot. I Melt With You will be available on Magnolia On-Demand November 4th, followed by its theatrical release on December 9th.

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