Judy Greer

Lily Tomlin Shines in the Feisty, Charming ‘Grandma’

“I told her, ‘I wrote something for you,’ and she lost her appetite immediately.” And that, according to writer/director Paul Weitz, is how he introduced Lily Tomlin to Grandma, which made its New York premiere last night in the Spotlight section of the Tribeca Film Festival. The film, which co-stars Julia Gardner, Marcia Gay Harden, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliot, and Judy Greer, was one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Sony Pictures Classics picked it up for release later this year, with talk of an Oscar campaign for Tomlin — and for good reason. She’s dynamite in it. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival

The SXSW Film Festival will continue through the weekend (albeit mostly with repeat screenings and music-related films, pegged to the concurrent music fest), but your correspondent has returned from Austin, with a belly full of BBQ and a head full of leftover images and snatches of dialogue from the 21 narrative and documentary films I took in over my week in Texas. Here are a few thoughts on each, along with the best and worst films I saw there. … Read More

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10 SXSW 2015 Movies We Can’t Wait to See

Hold my calls, I’ll be in Austin. Yes, tomorrow marks the start of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, one of the most purely enjoyable weeks of the movie year (and, no small side plus, a welcome blast of sunshine after a particularly miserable winter). With a remarkable 145 features in this year’s fest — from a record 2,385 submissions — there’s no way to even come close to seeing everything that looks interesting, or striking, or fun. But here are a few of the movies we’re looking forward to seeing, either in Austin or soon thereafter. … Read More

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Here’s the Knockout Trailer for Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’

One of the summer’s more intriguing big-budget blockbusters is Disney’s Tomorrowland—and by “intriguing,” I mean, “a big summer movie… Read More

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Jason Reitman Is Here to Save All You ‘Men, Women & Children’ From Your Evil Screens

The first important image of Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children is for his production company, Right of Way Films — a logo of a man with a rolling suitcase in front of a bank of windows. It recalls, of course, his 2009 Best Picture nominee Up in the Air,and I’m gonna go ahead and put this out there: reminding everyone of the greatness you’re capable of is probably not a great idea when you’re on a losing streak. Following last year’s bizarrely tone-deaf adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day, Reitman’s latest is a peculiarly alarmist ensemble piece about how, in spite of our copious technology, we’re all just so disconnected, man. When Reitman burst on the scene with Thank You for Smoking back in 2005, he seemed bent on making another Dr. Strangelove; based on his new picture, he’s apparently spent those years harboring the desire to make another Crash. … Read More

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Watch: International Trailer for Jason Reitman’s Tech-Wary ‘Men, Women and Children’

Men, Women and Children‘s title is deceptively human: Jason Reitman’s newest film is not only about people, but the… Read More

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FX’s ‘Married’ and ‘You’re the Worst’ Hilariously Demolish Romantic Comedy Conventions

Last fall, I found myself lamenting, with other TV obsessives, how “nice” sitcoms had gotten. These conversations usually touched on the optimism of Parks and Recreation (a show I love but sometimes find overwhelming) or the glut of new family sitcoms — The Goldbergs, The Michael J. Fox Show, Trophy Wife, Sean Saves The World — about people who love each other dearly, bicker a bit, and hug at the end. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing (I adored Trophy Wife); when done well, like The Middle, these shows can be sweet and funny. It’s likely that the sheer volume of similar shows is what made us so cynical — and that’s also what makes FX’s two new sitcoms, Married and You’re the Worst, so appealing. … Read More

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Watch Kate Beckinsale and Judy Greer Parody Republicans’ War on Women

Sometimes the news about reproductive rights is so weird that you have to laugh about it (if only to prevent yourself from crying). Kate Beckinsale, Judy Greer, and Andrea Savage do just that in a new Funny or Die video that parodies Republicans’ obsession with women’s private parts. As a trio of GOP women, they explain that they don’t want government interfering in their classrooms or banks — but they do want it “way, way deep up there in my vagina.” We don’t want to ruin this by quoting too much (OK, just one more: “Let the Oval Office take care of your Oval Office”), so just watch the hilarious video after the jump. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Here’s an extended sneak peek at the new episodes of Community, courtesy of Joel McHale, who debuted the footage on The Soup. Things are looking mighty dark for the Greendale Seven! The NBC comedy finally returns to the air on Thursday, March 15th at 8pm.

2. Another day, another TV musical competition.… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we learned that even World Scrabble Championship players can be tempted to “misplace” their crappy tiles. We tried our best to guess a few novels by their famous opening lines. We wished that The Real Housewives of South Boston would get picked up by Bravo. We… Read More

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