Interview: ‘Underground’ Costume Designer Karyn Wagner Talks Southern Costuming

As networks have expanded their original programming, several networks have looked to take advantage of finding untold stories. One show that benefited greatly from this was “Underground,” a series brought to the small screen by WGN. The story follows a group of slaves who have chosen to escape their plantation, and the process they went […]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Community: What Are Your Favorite Joseph Gordon-Levitt Performances?

It’s not often that child actors are able to convert their careers into films with starring roles, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt did just that. After his breakout performances in “Third Rock from the Sun” and “Angels in the Outfield,” Gordon-Levitt was a star. However, his career did not immediately move in an upward trajectory. After a few […]

Film Review: ‘Sausage Party’ Brings Raunchy Laughs and an Oscar Worthy Song

Animation has never been such a fantastic blend of fun and dirty as seen in “Sausage Party” from Sony Pictures.  Created as the movie your perverted older brother made in high school but you can’t help but love him for it, the definitely offensive but enthusiastically rapturous romp is the surprise hit of the summer. Directors […]

Community: What’s your favorite comedic performance in an animated movie?

Seth Rogen is set to release “Sausage Party” this weekend, and so far reception has been overwhelming positive. The film seems to accomplish it’s goal as an R-rated Pixar movie, and considering the talent involved that’s not surprising. The film’s cast includes frequent Rogen collaborators Jonah Hill and Bill Hader. Even Alan Menken wrote original music and songs for […]

Seth Rogen’s ‘Sausage Party’ releases 4th of July PSA

2016 has already left its mark as a strong year for animation with the releases of “Zootopia” and “Finding Dory.” However, there are still a handful of exciting animated films to release in 2016. Perhaps the most anticipated (outside of “Moana“) is “Sausage Party.” The R-rated animated comedy is the brainchild of Seth Rogen and Evan […]

Astronaut Comedy with Seth Rogen, Bill Hader and Zach Galifianakis Gets Release Date

Universal’s latest comedy starring Zach Galifianakis, Bill Hader and Seth Rogen has been set for a May 26 release date next year. The film, which currently lacks an official title, will center on three astronauts who find a mysterious spacecraft and find out the hard way that they are not meant to represent humanity against […]

Film Review: Kung Fu Panda 3 (★★★)

Visually dazzling and outrageously funny, DreamWorks Animation’s hit franchise shows no signs of petering out. With this third entry, Kung Fu Panda 3 allows audiences to simply marinate in the pleasures that its memorable roster of characters produce. Jack Black’s Po is as lovably buffoonish as ever, while the elite Furious Five – Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey […]

Film Review #3: Steve Jobs (★★★★)

As a huge admirer of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin‘s use of the written word in cinema, I’ve come to accept that most filmmakers (with the exception of David Fincher in The Social Network) don’t attempt to marry a visual style to his dialogue, instead just trying to keep up. Well, now Danny Boyle has come along […]

NYFF Film Review: Steve Jobs (★★★)

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: There are dozens of things to truly admire about Danny Boyle‘s new film “Steve Jobs,” from its ambition to tell a compelling story about a famous man and the structure in which it decides to tell it.  The initial casting of Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender was criticized initially because some […]

Oscar Circuit: Much Support for the “Supporting” Players

A little less than a year ago, we examined one of the most competitive Oscar races we’ve seen in some time.  Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” entered Phase 1 as the critical favorite, many declaring it the one to beat.  “Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” came as a serious threat after bowing at Telluride, Venice, […]

Michael Fassbender is in Deep Thought on the New ‘Steve Jobs’ Poster

As Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” is rumored to be getting its big premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this upcoming weekend, a poster has been released.  Also chosen as the Centerpiece Selection at the New York Film Festival, this Universal Pictures release looks to have all the makings of an Oscar contender. “Steve Jobs” also […]

See the Birth of iMac and the iPhone in the First Trailer for ‘Steve Jobs’ with Michael Fassbender

One of the most anticipated films of the fall is Oscar-winner Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs,” written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin.  Starring Michael Fassbender, Jeff Daniels, Seth Rogen, and Kate Winslet, the film, which will be distributed by Universal Pictures, seems to have awards pedigree all over it.  Much in the same vein of […]

Watch Michael Fassbender as ‘Steve Jobs’ in First Trailer

One of the fall’s most anticipated films is Steve Jobs which sees a wonderful team of Danny Boyle, Aaron Sorkin, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels. The movie is about the iconic leader of Apple and is set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of […]

Awards Profile: Steve Jobs

Welcome to the 2015 Awards Profiles series.  For the next two months, every day (except for Saturday), we will bring you a run down of a future 2015 film that we see as a potential awards vehicle for next year’s Academy Awards.  This is all speculative since with just about all these films, we haven’t seen a […]

2015 MTV Movie Awards Nominations: “Guardians,” “Fault” and “Neighbors” Lead The Pack With 7 Noms Each

Beginning today, fans can cast their votes for their favorites at MovieAwards.MTV.com through Saturday, April 11. Voting for “Movie of the Year” will continue throughout the live broadcast of the show. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Neighbors” lead the field with seven nominations each, while Ansel Elgort and Seth Rogen […]

Film Review: The Interview (★★★)

The film North Korea doesn’t want you to see as well as the one that Sony Pictures and theater chains across the country literally wouldn’t let you see (until recently), The Interview is honestly a fairly harmless comedy. Yes, it’s really funny and about as un PC as it gets, but it’s still just a movie. […]

From Hack to Flak, Sony’s Plight and Filmmakers’ Rights

Opinion: By now, most people have heard that North Korea is responsible for the hacking of Sony Picture’s computer system in the last few weeks, according to the FBI, in which they released a myriad of personal information, including private e-mail exchanges between Sony exec’s, which spurred the studio’s decision on Wednesday to cancel the […]

New Red Band Trailer for ‘The Interview’

Despite the whole “North Korea thinks this is an act of war and covert terrorism” thing, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen‘s sophomore feature The Interview has sort of fallen under the radar lately. Part of it has to do with a new release date later on this year and the confusion over rumors about certain […]

Vince Vaughn could be a ‘Bad Politician’

Here’s a comedy that I think could actually turn out to be really funny (sadly, that’s a novel concept in the genre more often than not these days). The satire Bad Politician is slowly coming to fruition, with Vince Vaughn now attached to star, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This script has been a hot […]

Sony Pictures to alter controversial comedy ‘The Interview’

I never like to see a cinematic vision get compromised, especially when it’s something rather high concept like this one. Apparently, Sony is getting some cold feet in terms of their very controversial Kim Jong Un assassination comedy The Interview. First, they moved the release date of the film to December from October last week, […]

Watch the First Trailer for ‘The Interview’ with Seth Rogen and James Franco

After showing that he could direct (or at least co-direct) last year with This is the End, Seth Rogen is back with his partner Evan Goldberg for their sophomore feature, The Interview. Rogen co-stars with James Franco as a talk show producer/host who are recruited to help assassinate Kim Jong-un. The First Trailer has dropped […]

Neighbors (★★★)

There haven’t been too many overtly hilarious comedies so far in 2014, but we’ve finally got one with Neighbors. Director Nicholas Stoller isn’t particularly aiming for anything too deep here, but he is aiming to make you laugh, and boy does he succeed here. Pitting Seth Rogen against Zac Efron (along with giving Rogen a […]

Ten Best Studio Films – The Weinstein Company

Continuing the Best Films by the Studios Series. The Weinstein Company, the name that’s synonymous with Oscar-bait projects that gathers excitement from awards lovers everywhere and manages to get shortlisted in dozens of categories, even when the odds are not in their favor.  Harvey Weinstein, love him or hate him, is one of the most […]

This is the End (***½)

Most of the time when discussing actors who make the transition to directing, writers like myself tend to focus on the dramas that the actors were a part of and the A-list directors they worked under/learned from. We very rarely bring up the comedy side of things, but man oh man does Seth Rogen make […]

Weekend Openings: (12/19-12/21)

Having emerged as somewhat of the frontrunner in the awards race in recent weeks, Zero Dark Thirty opens to special limited engagements this week before nationwide release in January.  It’s a pretty strong week in terms of variety, with Judd Apatow’s latest, This Is 40, foreign drama powerhouse, Amour,and Walter Salles’ adaptation of On the […]