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After kicking off the 2013 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Sebastian Silva's indie road trip comedy Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus is coming to theaters this summer. The film follows Michael Cera as Jamie, an American living in Chile who is keen on heading into the desert for a Mescaline-fueled psychedelic trip with his local friends. But the journey isn't quite what he seems after he accidentally invites Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffman) on the trip. Her free and esoteric nature clashes with Jamie’s acidic, self-absorbed personality, and it makes for some comedy and awkwardness. The performances from Cera and Hoffman are great, but the film as a whole didn't quite work for me. Watch?
Every single year, the President of the United States pardons a single turkey from being eaten for Thanksgiving. But what happens to that turkey afterwards? Apparently he lives the life of luxury. Owen Wilson voices a pardoned turkey who has his cushy life interrupted when he's recruited by another high strung, eccentric turkey (Woody Harrelson) to go back in time and stop their kind from being on the menu at the very first Thanksgiving. Amy Poehler also lends her voice to the animated time travel adventure Free Birds from the director of Horton Hears a Who!, and it looks like some good holiday fun.
If that headline sounds dirty, that's the idea. In what seems like a strange bit of pseudo-marketing for White House Down, co-stars Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum have reunited for a spectacular music video for their parody song (I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum. If you don't know what we're talking about, the two actors performed this song on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" following the Oscars earlier this year. Now they have guests like Tatum's Magic Mike co-star Olivia Munn, Precious lead Gabourey Sidibe, Miley Cyrus, and regular Kimmel target Matt Damon bringing the song to life. Watch it now!
Though the work of Greg Berlanti has mostly been isolated to executive producing and writing TV series like "No Ordinary Family," "Everwood," "Brothers & Sisters" and the comic book adaptation "Arrow," he also had a hand in the script for Green Lantern. While that might not necessarily inspire a lot of confidence, Berlanti is sticking in the realm of science fiction for his sophomore directing effort. The project is called Epsilon, and the Sony Pictures production is quite the departure from Berlanti's feature film directorial debut, the subpar romantic comedy Life as We Know It with Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. Read on!
In this day and age, there are a lot of online outlets delivering great video content in the realm of entertainment. One such group is JASH, a comedy collective featuring original content by partners Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts and producer Daniel Kellison (of Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman) with additional contributions from their many friends. This time Cera is behind the camera for a short film called Failure, and he also stars in the story of a young man unnerved by a very peculiar and stalker-esque girl played by Aubrey Plaza (it's her eyes that really sell the fear). Watch below!
With Sony Pictures just announcing release dates for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 in 2016 and 2018 respectively, the idea of a trilogy for this superhero franchise reboot went out the window. And it sounds like those plans might have shaken up what actually happens in the forthcoming sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Though Shailene Woodley has been cast as Mary Jane Watson, and set photos showed her on set filming scenes in New York City, the actress has revealed that her scenes will end up being cut, and the staple comic love interest will not appear until the next film.
"Then she falls for you... what happens then?" A24 has finally unveiled a trailer for one of our favorite films of Sundance 2013, James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now, another fantastic coming-of-age love story starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. This indie gem is from the same guys who wrote 500 Days of Summer and tells an amusing, heartwarming, riveting story of young love and growing up. Ponsoldt is one of my favorite directors around, I love the performances he captures. Shailene more than anyone melts my heart. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brie Larson and Kyle Chandler make appearances, too. Enjoy!
"I'm just going to come right out - I have no idea what's going on, at all." To go along with the very first teaser trailer debuted yesterday, another international teaser has hit for Phil Lord & Chris Miller's animated The LEGO Movie. There is a lot of the same footage in this as the other teaser, introducing Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) and the Batman joke, but there's also some other shots that make this look much crazier than I was expecting. Yea it's just one big LEGO commercial, but I trust in the directors (Lord & Miller) to come up with something genuinely hilarious, totally entertaining and yet still heartfelt by the end. Check it!
Get a first look at one of this season's top awards contenders. Fox Searchlight has released a batch of photos introducing us to Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a man living in New York during the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. His first owner is a Baptist preacher played by Benedict Cumberbatch. And Michael Fassbender plays vile owner Edwin Epps. McQueen on what got to him: "It's the situation and the detail of Solomon's recollection of those events that ingrained itself in my brain, and the humanity of everyone involved." See them below.
"Welcome to the 80's, baby." The fearsome four have returned! Paramount has finally unveiled the first full theatrical trailer for Adam McKay's Anchorman: The Legend Continues sequel, reuniting the four guys from the Channel 4 news team to Journey's "Don't Stop Believing." In addition to the four regulars, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner, we get glimpses of James Marsden, Kristen Wiig and Meagan Good but thankfully no other major cameos (just yet). There is also a hint at the story, but I'm just happy to see these guys back together again ready to report the news to San Diego. Have a blast!
Just over a week ago, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema decided not to move forward with Dumb & Dumber To, the sequel to the 1994 comedy starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Despite having directors Bobby & Peter Farrelly ready to go with the two leading man reprising their roles, the studio only saw a "limited upside" if they made the film, despite the fact that the comedy would only cost about $30 million to make. Well, that studio's loss is now hopefully a gain for Universal Pictures and Red Granite Pictures who have just picked up the sequel which could go into production early this fall for a 2014 release.
Though we're not sure when Justice League will get off the ground, next year, audiences will be able to see an assembly of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and 1980s-something space guy on the big screen next year. That's right, they're all in The LEGO Movie, the newest animated venture from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. This has all the charm and hilarity of the aforementioned animated children's book adaptation with a clear love for the LEGO toys and a comedic sensibility that kids and adults will all enjoy. Chris Pratt and Morgan Freeman stick out as voice talent along with Will Arnett as a great Batman. This looks awesome! Watch!
Right now you can see Russell Crowe in action as Jor-El, father of the last son of Krypton in Man of Steel, but soon enough the Australian actor will take post behind the camera. Deadline has word that Crowe is currently in talks to make his directorial debut with The Water Diviner, a period drama scripted by Australian television writing duo Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios. The story follows an Australian patriarch who journeys to Turkey in order to find his two sons who went missing aft the battle of Gallipoli in 1919. However, Crowe will not stay behind the camera as he is also looking to star in the drama. Read on!
Back in March, director Robert Rodriguez announced a cool short film project called Two Scoops starring Electra Avellan and Elise Avellan, the sultry twin actresses from Machete and Grindhouse, as "ice cream scoopers by day, danger seekers by night." What made this project truly cool was Rodriguez asked fans to shoot footage of themselves with a chance to collaborate with Rodriguez and finish the film. At the time, there was plenty in the teaser for the film that needed to be finished, including the creation of the monster. Now the film is finished, and you can see what Rodriguez and his fans came up with below. Watch!