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Okay let’s see: We’ve got underground suburban casinos, bathroom nail salons, closet massages, bedroom strip clubs, 11-year-old DJs, living room girl-on-girl MMA fight clubs, Will Ferrell in Italian women’s sunglasses, Amy Poehler in a cocktail dress wielding a flamethrower, and all-around bad math. READ MORE: 2017 Summer Movie Preview: Blockbusters And Beyond You’ll find that and much more in “The House,” the new film from writer and director Andrew Jay Cohen (“Neighbors”), which follows middle-aged parents using somewhat unconventional methods to cover the cost of their daughter’s college tuition. Continue reading Will Ferrell & Amy Poehler Gamble Big In New NSFW Trailer For ‘The House’ at The Playlist.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s….“Captain Underpants“? Don’t worry, it’s not some Marvel or DC hero you haven’t heard of. Rather, it’s the creation of best-selling author Dav Pilkey, which is now headed to the big screen in a new, animated movie. You know, for kids! Nicholas Stoller (“Storks,” “Neighbors“) directs the film, which features the voices of Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, and Kristen Schaal, and tells the unlikely story of a new hero who wears an unlikely undergarment. Continue reading A Hero Is Born In First Trailer For ‘Captain Underpants’ at The Playlist.
Best And Worst Of The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight,’ Nick Kroll And John Mulaney, Molly Shannon
How about those Independent Spirit Awards? Hollywood was blessed by a sunnier Saturday than expected (the rain predicted only days ago magically went away) and even with Natalie Portman bowing out (she also is skipping the Oscars) the star power at the Spirit Awards tent was impressive. In fact, you could argue the line of presenters at the Spirits was more impressive than the predictable list the Academy Award producers have set for Sunday (truth hurts). Continue reading Best And Worst Of The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight,’ Nick Kroll And John Mulaney, Molly Shannon at The Playlist.
Indie Spirits 2017: Nick Kroll & John Mulaney’s Hilarious Opening Monologue, In Memoriam Parody & Acceptance Speeches
If the Golden Globes have always been the looser, cooler brother to the Oscars, the Indie Spirits are the unpredictable, wilder cousin. This afternoon, the warmup to the big show tomorrow unfolded, and not only was it finished in just over two hours, it was actually kind of fun. Nick Kroll and John Mulaney delivered an opening monologue that was politically sharp and hilarious, and poked fun at the nominees too. Continue reading Indie Spirits 2017: Nick Kroll & John Mulaney’s Hilarious Opening Monologue, In Memoriam Parody & Acceptance Speeches at The Playlist.
We love Will Ferrell, but it’s been a while since he’s starred in a truly great comedy. Let’s face it, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and “Zoolander 2” were disappointments, “Get Hard” wasn’t what it could be, and while I think that “Casa De Mi Padre” is pretty underrated, it never found an audience. But this summer he’s swinging for the fences with “The House.” Co-starring with fellow ‘SNL’ alum Amy Poehler, this one has a pretty good premise, following a couple who run an illegal casino operation, looking to raise some much needed cash. Continue reading Will Ferrell & Amy Poehler Bet ‘The House’ In New Trailer at The Playlist.
Oscar’s Saturday sister, the Independent Spirit Awards, may not get the ratings or have anywhere close to the same production budget, but news alert: It usually has much better hosts. Over the past decade Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Joel Mchale, Sarah Silverman and Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen have killed at the annual indie filmmaking event where almost anything goes (although it wasn’t Steve Coogan or Patton Oswalt were two rare and unexpected mistakes). Continue reading Oh, Hello! Nick Kroll And John Mulaney To Host 2017 Independent Spirit Awards at The Playlist.
Politics Provide Undercurrent At Gotham Awards, While Casey Affleck & Isabelle Huppert Overwhelmed By Honors
Politics of course weighed heavily upon the 26th annual Gotham Awards, the first major awards show of the fall, and it’s likely indicative of the tenor this season will set through to the Oscars in February. Barry Jenkins’ hit coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” was the evening’s big winner, taking home every honor it was nominated for including Best Feature and Best Screenplay as well as a previously announced jury prize for Ensemble and an Audience Award. Continue reading Politics Provide Undercurrent At Gotham Awards, While Casey Affleck & Isabelle Huppert Overwhelmed By Honors at The Playlist.
There’s a certain breed of cinephile who may turn their nose at “Sing,” the upcoming, ridiculously star-laden animated musical featuring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll, Nick Offerman, Peter Serafinowicz, Leslie Jones, Jay Pharoah, and more. However, you might be able to get them buy a ticket, and also dazzle them with a bit of film trivia, by telling them that Wes Anderson and Edgar Wright have also lent their voices to the movie. Continue reading An All-Star Cast Steps Up To ‘Sing’ In New Trailer For Animated Musical at The Playlist.
There is the Great Man theory of history, in which it’s anomalous individuals with massive destinies that dictate the course of world events. And there’s the more sociological approach which suggests that mass movements and prevailing political currents are how change occurs. But trapped in the no man’s land between those two opposing ideas — he probably tinkering with a car engine, she maybe flouring up some scones — are civil rights pioneers Richard and Mildred Loving, at least as imagined and carefully homaged by director Jeff Nichols in his quiet gem, “Loving.” As polished a film in terms of craft and performance as Nichols has ever made, the director’s trademark considered intelligence shows itself in how subtly it reworks and refreshes the tired conceits of the historical biopic, while still remaining a conventionally appealing and, yes, Oscar-y example of the genre. Continue reading Love Wins In Jeff Nichols’ Quiet, Polished ‘Loving’ [Review] at The Playlist.
“My Blind Brother” is a romantic comedy that spins around one central thesis: what if a blind person was a selfish prick? That’s the joke in the middle of the threadbare, laughless plot that brings together a quartet of immensely talented people — Nick Kroll, Adam Scott, Jenny Slate, Zoe Kazan — and sees them all (with the exception of the latter) playing variations of pathetic and pitiable. And it’s hard to tell if it makes the film better or worse that they all share such great chemistry and charisma together; “My Blind Brother” is certainly the best version of this script you’ll get thanks to the cast, but it’s also a painful viewing experience to see such potential so thoroughly wasted, and such magnetism dulled off. Continue reading Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate & Zoe Kazan Deserve Better Than ‘My Blind Brother’ [Review] at The Playlist.