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"Uh, you tell me, man. You make all this shit up." Indeed. To drum up some attention for their coverage of Star Wars, Vanity Fair made a video featuring The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams being asked questions about The Force Awakens from a bevy of celebrities. He takes their questions from an iPad, featuring people like Jared Leto, Lena Dunham, Katie Couric, T.J. Miller, Lee Daniels, Shane Smith, and even George Lucas, asking him all kinds of things he can't really talk about yet. He doesn't even answer most of their questions, of course, but tries his best one-liners with some. Oh, J.J. This is fun, and honestly, it's the most we'll get out of J.J. Abrams on pretty much anything until The Force Awakens finally opens.
"Sometimes I think it would be better if we just couldn't feel…" Are you ready for this? Can you handle another emotional drama about the hardships of life? Jimmy Kimmel has debuted the trailer for Crying in a Sweater, a new indie film starring Kristen Wiig. This "extremely independent" films is already earning Oscar buzz, all for the emotionally devastating and totally reborn performance by the remarkably talented Kristen Wiig. No, but really, this is a funny joke trailer that does a good job of showing just how goofy the awards season can be. And we've only begun. I'm not sure why they chose Michael Bay to direct it, though?
"I'm not shaking your hand after that!" Universal has debuted the first official trailer and poster for Ride Along 2, Tim Story's sequel to the comedy hit from 2014 starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. The two actors/comedians reunite this time for an explosive showdown in Miami. Continuing the first film, the two partner cops from Atlanta head to Miami where they find themselves in even more trouble. Cue the action, cue the Kevin Hart comedy, etc. The cast includes Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong, Nadine Velazquez, Tika Sumpter, Glen Powell and Benjamin Bratt. If this is the sequel you've been waiting for, well - have fun.
"If God exists, then why did he make ugly people?" Paramount has unveiled the first official teaser trailer for Ben Stiller's highly anticipated sequel Zoolander 2, starring Ben Stiller and directed by Ben Stiller. The cast includes a whole bunch of other names, but this teaser only features Stiller as Derek Zoolander and some fun CGI animation. Oh, and Stephen Hawking's voice, or so it sounds like it's him. Owen Wilson did show up at the catwalk event earlier this year, so he's still in the mix in this somewhere. This teaser is presumably playing in front of Mission: Impossible all weekend, but in the meantime you can catch it below.
"That's what it's all about folks - having fun." A few years back filmmaker Rick Alverson broke out with a controversial comedy called The Comedy, which premiered at Sundance to both rave reviews and constant walk outs. Alverson is back again this year with a new film, Entertainment, starring Gregg Turkington as The Comedian, a performer "caught in a struggle between being the center of attention and the object of alienation". The cast includes Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz. This is a very funky film that seems like something more from the mind of Quentin Dupieux, with lonely, dusty California landscapes and kooky characters aplenty. This is not for everyone, but might tickle your fancy.
"With every new discovery there is risk…" Check out this amusing old school VHS remix trailer for a totally different Fantastic Four movie. Vulture has remixed and recut footage from the campy Roger Corman Fantastic Four movie made in the early 90s that was never distributed. Josh Trank's take on Fantastic Four hits theaters in a few more weeks, and seems to be a very dark, very grounded take on "what if this really happened to these four people". This version is the total opposite, a glossy and fantastical take on four superheroes trying to save the world. It looks so cheesy and bad I'm even more excited for this year's movie.
10 teams. 10 positions. One Will Ferrell. Are you ready to rumble with the one, the only, Señor Ferrell?? HBO's next sports faux-documentary (following the absurdly hilarious 7 Days in Hell) is one titled Ferrell Takes the Field, in which Will Ferrell plays all 10 positions in baseball playing on 10 different teams in one day. I really admire what HBO is doing with Funny or Die and these sports sketches, sort of extending the online content into something that is worthy of being presented cinematically (and if you haven't seen it, I recommend Casa de mi Padre). This may not be groundbreaking, but it looks like it will make me laugh.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? We all know one. Now playing in theaters everywhere is Judd Apatow's new comedy Trainwreck, starring up-and-coming actress/comedian Amy Schumer as a girl who just can't settle down. That is until she meets a nice guy named Aaron, played by Bill Hader, a sports doctor she is profiling for work. The cast also includes Colin Quinn, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, Randall Park, Ezra Miller, Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, and LeBron James stealing the show. So how is it? Did you laugh your ass off? One of Apatow's best comedies, or not at all? If you've seen it yourself, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Apatow's Trainwreck.
"You want to get through this?… Do as I say." Awesome! Mash up the excellent Mad Max: Fury Road with Star Wars and you get this - Road Wars: The Imperator Strikes Back. Created by Krishna Shenoi, this fun mash-up YouTube trailer combines the full Mad Max: Fury Road trailer with sleek Star Wars bits and it's kind of amazing. A bit like Fury Road if it were set on Tatooine instead, complete with the sand people taking pot shots, and Tie Fighters, and lightsabers, and the Sarlacc pit of course. I'm glad there's a shot or two of the pod racers tossed in, because they kind of fit perfectly as well. Nice work on this mash-up.
Everyone's Getting Smoked. I am really, really digging the marketing materials for this movie - American Ultra, the upcoming "stoner Jason Bourne" comedy arriving this August. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star as a pot-loving couple in a small town whose lives are thrown into disarray when government agents show up to eliminate Eisenberg. The first trailer looks hilarious, but the posters have been absolutely perfect - the right mix of stoner-inspired wackiness, with Eisenberg/Stewart zaniness, without any terribly Photoshopped floating heads. Nice. With Comic-Con 2015 taking place this week, Lionsgate has unveiled another fantastic poster along with a comic book cover for a comic that apparently has a key role in the film.
You don't even want to know what Amy Schumer will do to you if you talk or text during a movie. Alamo Drafthouse has unveiled their latest pre-show PSA, played at Alamo Drafthouse theaters before the movie begins. Amy Schumer stars in this brand new PSA, providing some valuable wisdom in the form of some "pro tips" on how to be a good moviegoing audience. This applies to every movie theater all over the world. Basically - don't talk, don't text, put your phone away, order food/drinks/cocktails if you want, enjoy the movie, and say nice things to any ladies sitting next to you. Oh, and go see Trainwreck in theaters this July.
"How hard can it be - you load up a truck, and drive away." Relativity has debuted a second, full-length trailer for Masterminds, the crazy hilarious heist comedy coming out later this summer from filmmaker Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Gentlemen Broncos, Don Verdean). Zach Galifianakis & Kristen Wiig star as a couple who plan a heist that goes right, and they end up with $17 million with their friends Owen Wilson, Ken Marino and Devin Ratray. But once they get the money, that's when things start to fall apart. Jason Sudeikis and Kate McKinnon also star. This does look very funny, I can't deny that. I just might have to go see it after all. Owen Wilson looks like he's having fun. Plus - explosions galore.
"Walley World… here we come!" Warner Bros has debuted the new "green band" trailer for Vacation, from writers/directors John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, a continuation and update of the comedy classic National Lampoon's Vacation. This time we follow Rusty Griswold all grown up, played by Ed Helms, who takes his family on another road trip back to Walley World. The first red band trailer showed quite a bit of promise because they could include the raunchy jokes. In this trailer they hold back a bit, but it still looks ridiculous and potentially amusing in the right ways. It's got a huge cast, and seems absurd but still funny.
Thunder buddies for life. Universal has debuted yet another red band trailer for Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2, the return of everyone's favorite foul-mouthed teddy bear. This ain't even the first red band trailer either. They basically pack all kinds of jokes and ridiculous scenes into this trailer that they can't normally show to regular audiences. F-bombs, lots of pot smoking and pot jokes, and a little bit of the plot. Mark Wahlberg returns along with Seth MacFarlane as the voice of Ted, joined by Amanda Seyfried, who shows up in just about every scene of this trailer, plus Morgan Freeman and Jessica Barth as Tami-Lynn. Have fun.