This week in Blu-ray/DVD recommendations I confidently offer up writer/director Maggie Carey‘s The To Do List for your consideration. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, and many more, The To Do List delivers consistent laughs and, at times, an all too realistic depiction of the awkwardness of “first times”. As an added bonus, I imagine viewers who grew up in the 90′s will appreciate the fashion and accessory induced nostalgia the film provides (the sound of a Trapper Keeper ripping open is music to my ears). Moreover, having a story like this told from a female perspective is refreshing to say the least. I don’t want to oversell it as being a comedic game-changer but The To Do List is a solid feature debut for Carey and Plaza is excellent as the overachieving lead who approaches sexual experience the only way she knows how: like it’s a class final that’s worth 75% of your overall grade.
Home entertainment recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for director Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Out of the Furnace interviews with Christian Bale and more, Gal Gadot landing the role of Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman, Sundance 2014 announcing its competition lineup along with a slew of first/new images from many of the entries, and the possibility of X-Men: Apocalypse hitting theaters in May 2016. For more, check out a brief recap and link to each of the above after the jump.
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This week I was invited to take an early look at the hilarious new animated adventure, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. The press day was held at Sony Pictures Animation Studios where I had an opportunity to talk to Anna Faris, Benjamin Bratt and Bill Hader who return in the sequel. The plot picks up right where the first film ends and reveals what happens after the island of Swallow Falls is evacuated to clean up the food disaster and Flint (Hader) discovers his infamous invention is still active and churning out deadly food monsters.
During our roundtable interview, Faris, Bratt and Hader talked about returning to their characters, working with new directors, why mining the funny in an animated feature is a unique challenge, how they often don’t know how their work looks until they experience it in a theater, why El Gallo Negro would be a cool addition to the Cloudy universe, and how they’d return if there was a Cloudy 3. They also discussed their upcoming projects including Faris’ new CBS TV show, Mom; Bratt’s PBS documentary, American Latinos; and Hader’s roles in The To Do List, The Skeleton Twins, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, and writing on South Park.
With writer/director Maggie Carey‘s comedy The To-Do List opening tomorrow, I recently did a video interview with Clark Gregg and Connie Britton. The film stars Aubrey Plaza as a sexually inexperienced teenager with a type-A personality who decides to engage in numerous sex acts before she goes to college. Loaded with an amazing cast (Alia Shawkat, Donald Glover, Rachel Bilson, Andy Samberg, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader and Scott Porter), The To Do List is extremely funny and a welcome addition to the sex comedy genre.
During my interview with Gregg and Britton we talked about how this movie allows reporters to ask questions you normally never get to ask (about sex), what they collect, how the film was a true indie, what they love about the movie, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
With writer/director Maggie Carey‘s comedy The To-Do List opening tomorrow, I recently did a video interview with Bill Hader and Scott Porter. The film stars Aubrey Plaza as a sexually inexperienced teenager with a type-A personality who decides to engage in numerous sex acts before she goes to college. Loaded with an amazing cast (Alia Shawkat, Donald Glover, Rachel Bilson, Andy Samberg, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse), The To Do List is extremely funny and a welcome addition to the sex comedy genre.
During my interview with Hader and Porter we talked about how this movie allows reporters to ask questions you normally never get to ask (about sex), Porter tells a funny story about his friend, what they collect, artist Tyler Stout, the way Hader stores his DVDs (seriously), and more. Hit the jump to watch.
As plenty of sex comedies have proved, sex acts can be hilarious when attempted by the inexperienced. The awkwardness is overwhelming, and the trick is to find the comedy rather than just making the audience uncomfortable at watching a teenager fumble through dry humping. The To Do List follows its close relative American Pie in pressuring its uptight protagonist to achieve sexual adequacy, but the “twist” is that the teenager is a woman because hey! Women want sex too! Despite writer-director Maggie Carey providing a welcome gender swap for the genre, the picture is surprisingly tame until it occasionally manages a sneak attack with some of the most shocking gross-out gags in recent memory. Unfortunately, the overbearing 90’s setting and an unfortunately miscast Aubrey Plaza undermine the sympathy we’re supposed to feel towards our protagonist.
Joss Whedon’s contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is now playing in theaters. The micro-budget film was completed in just twelve days at his house, and stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Clark Gregg, Tom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, Reed Diamond, Riki Lindhome, Sean Maher, and Nathan Fillion. For more on the film, here is Matt’s review and all our previous coverage which includes clips, posters, and images.
During the recent L.A. press day, I landed an extended video interview with Gregg. He talked about making the film, the complicated dialogue, if he agrees to whatever Joss Whedon asks of him, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The To Do List, premiering his film Trust Me at the Tribeca Film Festival, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Earlier this month, we saw the red-band trailer for The To-Do List, and now the all-audiences trailer has been released. The film stars Aubrey Plaza as a sexually inexperienced teenager with a type-A personality who decides to engage in numerous sex acts before she goes to college. This green-band trailer is basically the red-band trailer but with all of the R-rated material removed. There isn’t much in the way of new jokes, and the ones that are there are kind of disappointing. Perhaps I’m just missing the humor in her ignorance of common sexual terms (it takes place in the 90s, so Urban Dictionary doesn’t exist), and the old joke about someone losing their bathing suit in the pool.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The impressive cast also includes Alia Shawkat, Bill Hader, Donald Glover, Rachel Bilson, Andy Samberg, Johnny Simmons, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Scott Porter. The To-Do List opens July 26th.
CBS Films has released a new red-band trailer for writer/director Maggie Carey‘s comedy The To-Do List. The film stars Aubrey Plaza as a sexually inexperienced teenager with a type-A personality who decides to engage in numerous sex acts before she goes to college. As we saw in the previous trailer, The To-Do List looks like a fantastic starring vehicle for Plaza, and the laughs don’t stop in this new red-band trailer. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a genuinely funny sex comedy, and between the 90s setting and the incredibly talented ensemble cast (Bill Hader, unsurprisingly, is the standout in this trailer), The To-Do List looks like it could be a worthy entry in the genre.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Alia Shawkat, Donald Glover, Rachel Bilson, Andy Samberg, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Scott Porter. The To Do List opens July 26th.
One step forward, three steps back with these new release dates:
- Warner Bros. will push All You Need Is Kill, led by Tom Cruise, from March 7 to June 6, 2014.
- 300: Rise of an Empire will take its place on March 7, 2014, seven months after the planned August 2, 2013 release date. The original 300 was released on March 9, 2007.
- The Aubrey Plaza comedy The To-Do List is moving up from August 16 to July 26, 2013.
- Sony Animation is delaying Genndy Tartakovsky‘s animated Popeye movie to a date to be named later in 2015.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
If I had to bet on a sleeper hit this summer, I’d put my money on The To Do List. A sex comedy with an outstanding cast can really do well at the end of the summer (e.g. Superbad), and other than This Is the End, it’s hard to find a better group of comic actors in a movie this year. The film stars Aubrey Plaza as a sexually inexperienced teenager with a type-A personality who decides to engage in numerous sex acts before she goes to college. This clip highlights the benefits of drinking pineapple juice in order to improve the taste of semen. In a missed opportunity, Dole did not provide product placement.
Hit the jump to check out the clip and a few images. The terrific cast also includes Donald Glover, Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Scott Porter. The To Do List opens August 16th.
We have plenty of new release dates to pass along:
- Sony Animation scheduled two Genndy Tartakovsky’s projects. The 3D cartoon Popeye that Tartakovsky will direct hits theaters September 26, 2014. The sequel to Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania opens the following year on September 25, 2015.
- Relativity scheduled fellow cartoon Turkeys—featuring the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Dan Fogler—for a Thanksgiving release on November 14, 2014.
- The Last Exorcism II: The Beginning of the End is dated for March 1, 2013.
- The Aubrey Plaza comedy The To-Do List will move from Valentines Day next year to August 16, 2013. Relativity took advantage of the open slot and moved the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven from February 8 back to February 14, 2013.
Hit the jump for details on each project.
I have a confession to make: I’ve dropped too much cash on sweet, sweet movie poster prints and frames the last month or so. In addition to my Mondo/Jock The Dark Knight Rises print (which was secured for me by my friend and fellow Collider teammate, Bill Graham), I’ve also picked up Mondo/Phantom City Creative’s The Cabin in the Woods and this little Drive gem by artist Louis Fernando Cruz all in a matter of a few weeks. While I couldn’t be any happier with my purchases (well, I could have stood to pay a little less for The Cabin in the Woods), the truth remains that I’m quickly running out of wall space and disposable income. With all of this in mind, I do have to give a big “thank you” to my wife for tolerating my plans to adorn our house with movie posters. I’ve promised her that my buying flurry will now subside. Unless, of course, someone out there has a Gallery 1988/Rhys Cooper Robocop print they want to part with on the cheap, in which case, I think I have just enough wall space and unaccounted for monies to make one last purchase.
Poster hunting aside, in this week’s edition of the Top 5, I’ve compiled for your reading pleasure our Lawless interviews with Shia LaBeouf, screenwriter/composer Nick Cave, and more, a week filled with rumors surrounding Warner Bros.’ Justice League pic, For a Good Time, Call… video interviews with Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller, and more, a well deserved red-band trailer for The To Do List, and some encouraging, some not so encouraging, news from the set of director Jose Padilha‘s Robocop reboot. A brief recap and link to each awaits after the jump.
The debut red-band trailer for the R-rated comedy The To Do List (previously titled The Hand Job) has landed online, and it’s wonderfully filthy. The film stars Aubrey Plaza as a sexually inexperienced teenager with a type-A personality who decides to engage in numerous sex acts before she goes to college. The trailer is very explicit about said acts, but never veers into “too awkward to watch” territory. Plaza is spot-on as the lead, and she’s buoyed by a ridiculously amazing supporting cast that includes Donald Glover, Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Scott Porter. Seriously, this ensemble is stacked and they all look to be bringing their A-game.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, then make your Valentine’s Day plans accordingly. Written and directed by Maggie Carey, the film opens on February 14th, 2013.
The raunchy and outrageous comedy That’s My Boy tells the story of Donny Berger (Adam Sandler), an aimless loser who knocked up his smoking hot teacher when he was a teenager, and was left to raise their love child even though he was completely unprepared to be a parent. Now, 30 years later, Todd (Andy Samberg) is all grown up and a successful Wall Street executive who hasn’t seen his father in years. But, with Donny owing tens of thousands to the IRS, he figures that tracking down his son will not only give him the chance to ask for the money he needs to stay out of jail, but to also finally bond with his son.
At the film’s press day, actor Andy Samberg spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he came to be playing the son of Adam Sandler and Susan Sarandon, how much of the comedy was on the page when he initially read it, and keeping the heart with all of the R-rated humor. He also talked about the news that he has officially left Saturday Night Live after seven seasons, what that conversation with executive producer Lorne Michaels was like, his hopes to continue contributing to the show, where he’d like to go next with his career, making another Lonely Island album, how uncomfortable his tight white shorts were for Grown Ups 2, who he’s playing in The To Do List, how excited he is for the release of the animated feature Hotel Transylvania, and the cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery in New York. Check out what he had to say after the jump.