John Krasinski

Surprise! Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’ Isn’t a Catastrophe

Public service announcement: Cameron Crowe’s new film Aloha features a party scene where Emma Stone and Bill Murray dance to Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That,” and if you (like me) are the kind of person who finds the promise of such a scene utterly delightful, let me assure you that it lives up to that promise. It’s a scene of sheer movie-star pleasure that pretty much stops the film for about three minutes; it doesn’t really move the plot (or even, in retrospect, make much narrative sense), but it feels like something Crowe had to put in, for the simple reason that he couldn’t not put it in. Maybe a more disciplined filmmaker would’ve resisted that temptation, but if we’ve learned anything about Cameron Crowe, it’s that he’s not terribly disciplined, which can be both a blessing and a curse. It seems your correspondent likes Aloha more than much of the critical community (to say nothing of the studio releasing it), but your enjoyment will hinge greatly on your level of tolerance for Mr. Crowe’s indulgences. … Read More

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Watch Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Bill Murray in the First Trailer for Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’

It’s been a weird decade or so for Cameron Crowe. His painfully earnest 2005 picture Elizabethtown was a rarity… Read More

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‘The Office’ Comes to a Poignant, Lovable Conclusion

Last night on NBC, with the appropriate pomp and fanfare, The Office did what it should have done at the close of season seven: it came to an end. The American version of the British classic had an appropriate cause for conclusion when star Steve Carrel made his exit, but the Peacock wasn’t ready to let one of its few successes go quite that easily. So things got bumpy in Scranton, during an eighth year filled with miscalculations and peculiarities. But when original showrunner Greg Daniels was brought back in to steer the show snugly into port during its last season, a funny thing happened: The Office started to work again. And last night’s series finale was a fine, poignant wrap-up of an erratic but lovable show. … Read More

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10 Celebrities’ Favorite Children’s Books

If you’re a fan of children’s books (or ever were), today is the day to brush them off and take a new look. That’s right, International Children’s Book Day, which falls every year on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. To celebrate the day, we recommend curling up with a good picture book. If you need any suggestions, check out the favorite kids’ books of ten famous readers after the jump. What’s your favorite children’s book? Let us know in the comments. … Read More

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‘Promised Land’ and the Pitfalls of Political Cinema

Fracking is bad. This is not a unanimously held view; like so much of environmental policy in this country, the greasy sway of dirty money has turned what should be a health issue into a political one, and as a result, the issue of hydraulic fracturing has become one of predominately liberal interest, taken up by progressive organizations and left-leaning docs like GasLand. And now it is the subject of Promised Land, a message movie from director Gus Van Sant and writer/actors Matt Damon and John Krasinski that plays less like drama and more like a 106-minute forgone conclusion — and as a warning of the potential pitfalls of narrative political cinema. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in October

It’s October, which means that prestige movie season is in full swing, and there are plenty of big, potential Oscar contenders slated for release this month: Argo, Cloud Atlas, um, Here Comes the Boom, maybe? Point is, the art houses are all but overflowing with terrific offerings this month, from dramas and documentaries to comedy and horror; our picks for the month’s dozen best bets are after the jump. … Read More

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Watch a Trailer for Gus Van Sant’s ‘The Promised Land’ Starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski

Our ears always perk up at the mention of Gus Van Sant, but they got even perkier than normal when we first saw the trailer for this film, which was co-written by and is co-starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, plus Frances McDormand and Hal Holbrook to boot. The Promised Land follows the story of two corporate salespeople who show up in a farming town to buy the rights to drill on their property — for millions of dollars. It should be easy, but the town has a few unexpected dissidents. We’ll hold judgement until we see the whole film, but judging from the trailer, it seems like a deeply American story and possibly crucial story of personal integrity, possibility and the way our lives are changing. We’re also betting on some killer performances. Watch the trailer after the jump, and weigh in with your thoughts in the comments. … Read More

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Celebrities Dressed Up Like Cartoon Characters

Earlier today we came across this photo of Mindy Kaling as Marge Simpson from the October issue of Glamour Magazine. It was so adorable that we were inspired to do a little digging to see what other images of celebrities as famous cartoon characters we could find lurking in the dark corners of the Internet. Click through to peep the results; we think you’ll be especially surprised by who we caught dressed up like Dora the Explorer. … Read More

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This Week in Trailers: ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ ‘Trouble with the Curve,’ and More!

Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got nine trailers this week, featuring the likes of Clint Eastwood, Paul Rudd, Amy Adams, Gerald Butler, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Justin Timberlake, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Biel, Leslie Mann, Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Radnor, John Krasinski, and Olivia Thirlby. Check ’em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More

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Watch John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby Tempt Each Other With Sound in Lena Dunham’s “Nobody Walks”

In this amazing-looking film, co-written by Girls creator Lena Dunham and director Ry Russo-Young, Olivia Thirlby is Martine, an on-the-cusp artist who enlists the help of John Krasinski’s Peter for her project’s sound design. Of course, the relationships (Peter and his wife, Peter’s daughter and his assistant, Martine and everyone) become complicated, but what’s thrilling us is the moody atmosphere, the significant star power (we love Olivia Thirlby and think she doesn’t get enough chances to shine), and the fact that with Dunham as co-writer, it’s sure to be chock full of astute observations of youthful obsession and angst. Plus, sound design has never seemed so sexy. Click through to watch the trailer, and let us know if you’ll be lining up to watch Jim Halpert think bad thoughts in the comments. … Read More

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