Director Adam Wingard has received rave reviews for his R-rated, home invasion horror-comedy You’re Next, which screened at several film festivals over the past couple of years and will be released August 23. But his often gore-drenched creative sensibility — and twisted sense of humor — is not everyone’s cup of Darjeeling. In the spring of 2007, for instance, the then just the 24-year-old Wingard appeared on the premiere episode of Fox TV’s On The Lot, a much-hyped but now little-remembered, Steven Spielberg-produced filmmakers’ competition with the first prize of a million-dollar development deal at Dreamworks. As Wingard recalls, he was immediately put off by the reality show vibe of the televised contest and decided to self-sabotage. So in an unaired segment, he pitched a movie about a giant, skinless, suburbia-terrorizing dog named Roger to the show’s three judges: Brett Ratner, Carrie Fisher, and Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall. “I kept emphasizing how violent the film needed to be, and I was doing a dance as I was pitching,” says Wingard, who, it is probably worth noting, stands 6 feet 4 inches tall. “The whole thing was like a performance art piece. I was shocked they didn’t use it because I went out of my way to make an ass out of myself on national television. It was gold!” Needless to say, the Alabama-raised Wingard did not progress to the next round. “I don’t remember what the judges said,” he chuckles, “but I think they were really disappointed in me.” READ FULL STORY
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We wouldn’t want to say exactly how many movies prolific indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg has directed because he might have finished another one in the time it’s taken to write this sentence. But we can say that his new film, the brewery-oriented comedy Drinking Buddies is his most high-profile to date thanks to a cast which boasts Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Jason Sudeikis, and Swanberg’s fellow auteur, Ti West. Drinking Buddies arrives in theatres August 23 — the same day cinemagoers will be able to see both Swanberg and West in the horror-comedy You’re Next — and is currently available to watch on VOD.
Below, the Chicago-based Swanberg explains why he felt like Michael Bay while he was making the movie and talks about the paltry three other films he has awaiting release.
To millions of Anchorman fans around the world, the news that Will Ferrell’s blow-dried, self-mythologizing, jazz-flute-playing newsman Ron Burgundy is coming back to the big screen in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a veritable ticket to Pleasure Town. But if things had taken a slightly different turn along the way, we might now be talking about the Anchorman Broadway musical instead of the movie sequel. And no, that’s not a joke.
Ferrell and his frequent collaborator Adam McKay, who directed the original Anchorman in 2004, first started kicking around the idea of a sequel around 2008. But despite the movie’s growing cult status, the prospects looked iffy at best. With the original movie having grossed an unspectacular $84 million, Paramount Pictures wasn’t in a hurry to make a follow-up. Then in 2009, following Ferrell’s successful run as President George W. Bush in the Broadway show You’re Welcome America, McKay had one of those so-crazy-it-just-might-work ideas: What if they did the second Anchorman as a Broadway musical?
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How terrifying is the new home invasion movie You’re Next? Very. It is also extremely funny, although a new clip from director Adam Wingard’s film — like its trailer — concentrates on the project’s potentially bone-splintering elements rather than its rib-tickling ones.
You’re Next stars Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), AJ Bowen (A Horrible Way to Die), and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) and hits cinemas Aug. 23. You can check out the new clip and the film’s trailer below.
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If you like watching stuff topple over, have we got a treat for you: This trailer for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, the fourth (!) feature released under the Jackass label.
This time, the guys are ditching vignette-style pranks for a movie with a semblance of narrative: Irving Zisman, a.k.a. Johnny Knoxville’s old man character, is taking his young grandson (Jackson Nicholl) on a cross-country road trip. Along the way, they’ll hit a bunch of stuff with their car, destroy a wedding, crash a Toddlers & Tiaras-style beauty pageant — and horrify the unsuspecting people they meet along the way.
Basically, think Borat, only with Knoxville in geezer makeup instead of Sacha Baron Cohen in a banana hammock. Or, as the trailer describes it: “Real people. Real reactions. Real messed up.”
“I got a call from Mark Duplass, and he’s like, ‘Hey, Ken, do you want to be in this movie about a monster that comes out of your ass?’” Marino told EW earlier this year, just before the film’s premiere at South by Southwest. ”I was like, ‘Where do I sign up? And when’s the fitting?’”
Bad Milo! (which also stars Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare, and Patrick Warburton) will be available on demand from August 29 and arrives in theaters Oct. 4. But(t) you can see a red-band preview of the Jacob Vaughan-directed film below.
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Here at Entertainment Weekly we’re as keen as anyone that people drink responsibly. Yet we also want you to check out a tourism video for the British burg of Newton Haven and its highly irresponsible invitation to try the town’s infamous Golden Mile pub crawl. (“One mile! 12 pubs!”)
Why? Because Newton Haven is actually the fictitious setting for director Edgar Wright’s sci-fi comedy The World’s End, which stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, and Rosamund Pike, and arrives in cinemas Aug. 23.
You can check out the clip below.
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Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing garnered the attention of many Whedonverse fans with its cast of frequent Joss collaborators, including Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg and Amy Acker. But there are also a few less familiar faces in the cast of the Shakespeare play adaptation, including Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher of New York-based comedy duo BriTANicK. The two first-time entrants to the Whedonverse talked to EW about getting cast, their experience making and promoting the film, and catching Whedon’s attention with their YouTube videos.
In Much Ado, in theaters now, Kocher and McElhaney play First Watchman and Second Watchman, who, along with the constable Dogberry (Nathan Fillion), take down Much Ado‘s villains in a very comedic manner. They’re two small parts without proper names, but the size of the role, the miles they had to travel from New York to the set at Whedon’s Santa Monica, Calif. home, and the small paycheck for the indie production did not at all deter the two actors from jumping aboard the project because, of course, this was Joss Whedon.
It turns out, Whedon was also a fan of theirs. He wrote a post on Whedonesque.com praising BriTANicK’s YouTube videos (which McElhaney told EW “blew our minds”) shortly before beginning production on The Avengers. When Kocher and McElhaney arrived at Whedon’s house for the Much Ado shoot, “My wife and I were fan gushing over them so badly,” the director tells EW. He discovered the duo’s sketches when a friend sent him “A Monologue for Three,” in which McElhaney attempts to remember the closing lines of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. READ FULL STORY
Pretty much everything which could go wrong at a wedding does so in the new movie Breakup at a Wedding — and every hiccup is diligently captured through the videographers’ lenses in this found footage comedy. The film was directed by Victor Quinaz and stars his brother Philip and Alison Fyhrie as the unfortunate betrothed couple. The movie’s producers, meanwhile, include Zachary Quinto. Yes, that Zachary Quinto (although, to be honest, I’ve yet to hear of another one).
Sixty percent of the time, this trailer works every time.
It has many leather-bound books, and it smells of rich mahogany.
It ate the whole wheel of cheese. (Heck, you’re not even mad — that’s amazing!)
It would like to extend to you an invitation to the pants party.
In short: It’s kind of a big deal. And so, without further ado — little Ham ‘n Eggs comin’ at ya! Hold on, people, hope you got your griddles…
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