Ken Jeong Talks THE HANGOVER PART III, COMMUNITY’s Renewal, Dark and Subversive Humor, Stereotypes, Working with Todd Phillips, and More

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With director Todd Phillips’ comedy sequel The Hangover Part III opening this week, I recently participated in a roundtable interview with Ken Jeong.  In the final installment to the popular franchise, we find Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha) en route to taking Alan ([......]

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The Muppets’ James Bobin Might Direct Alice In Wonderland 2, Johnny Depp Returning?

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The Lone Ranger won’t be in theaters until July, but we’ve suddenly been struck by a number of Johnny Depp-related news stories. Yesterday it was revealed that Disney had offered Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg the chance to make Pirates of the Caribbean 5 – the next se[......]

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Blade Runner Sequel Coming From Green Lantern Screenwriter

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“Replicants Screenwriters are like any other machine – they’re either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, it’s not my problem.” That’s a paraphrased quote from Rick Deckard, the main character in Ridley Scott’s seminal 1982 sci-fi thriller Blade Runner. He was actually talking abou[......]

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THE COMPANY YOU KEEP Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  The Company You Keep opens tomorrow in limited release.]

Chase films probably shouldn’t feature septuagenarians. Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep is two movies: one is a surprisingly entertaining in[......]

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Sarah Polley Talks STORIES WE TELL, Bringing This Narrative to Audiences, Her Voice as a Filmmaker, and More

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From filmmaker/actress Sarah Polley, Stories We Tell investigates the search for truth, as told by a family of storytellers who paint a portrait of a complicated but deeply loving family.  As each interview subject relates their version of the family mythology, they attempt to uncover the secrets o[......]

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BEST IN SHOW Blu-ray Review

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Christopher Guest is one of a kind.  The writer/director/producer/actor carved out a niche of his own in the filmmaking community with the brilliant 1984 comedy This Is Spinal Tap, directed by Rob Reiner, and went on to helm a string of comedy hits himself in his distinctive “mockumentary” ve[......]

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‘Gravity’ Trailer: Sandra Bullock Must Fight to Stay Alive in Space

Gravity is a harrowing tale of survival that unfolds within the dangerous vacuum of space, as envisioned by the director of Children of Men and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Alfonso Cuarón. The 3D sci-fi drama/thriller features more of the acclaimed filmmaker’s trademark cinematic[......]

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Red Letter Media Breaks Down References in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

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Some of Red Letter Media‘s movie breakdowns and reviews featuring the Mr. Plinkett character are more self-indulgent than others, with drunk/gross jokes getting in the way of the movie talk. Maybe that’s par for the course when talking about some of the films being discussed, as they ca[......]

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‘Man of Tai Chi’ International Trailer Shows Off Keanu Reeves’ Directorial Debut

One of the more fascinating developments in recent international filmmaking has been the rise of American-Chinese co-productions. These have ranged from co-financing deals (such as with Looper) to the recent full logistical backing lent to Transformers 4 by the Chinese government. Somewhere between[......]

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OBLIVION Review

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When science fiction wants to present thoughtful subtext, it can’t go broad.  The freedom to construct a world has to come down to precise themes.  The world can be derivative (or “inspired by” if you want to be charitable), and the themes can be universal, but they have to be coh[......]

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