Hold on to your hats, dear readers: the 29th annual Sundance Film Festival kicks off today in Park City, Utah. Your humble film editor is on the ground, in snow boots and several layers of sensible sweaters, with a film-going schedule that could alternately be described as “ambitious” or “insane.” Here are the ten movies that top our “must-see”… Read More
1. Yes, Tom Hanks dropped an inadvertent f-bomb during an appearance of Good Morning America, but he did it while in character, so we’re not sure that it really counts. [via Gawker]
2. “The stakes on this could not be bigger. War, peace, Supreme Court, women’s rights issues, whether we’re creating jobs in… Read More
It’s safe to say that a majority of Party Down fans are also part of the Freaks and Geeks cult — which means we all remember the moment when we realized that the guy who plays arrogant nerd writer Roman DeBeers on Party Down is the same one who made us laugh out loud as sweet, meek nerd Bill Haverchuck on Freaks and Geeks. But if you ever had any doubt that Martin Starr was born to play the geekiest of the geeky, a viewing of his wonderful Freaks and Geeks audition tape is sure to vanquish it. After the jump, see the inimitable Bill come to life for the very first time, in all his adorably neurotic and misguided splendor. … Read More
Tomorrow marks the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival, the annual winter movie orgy/buyer’s market/excuse to party for those who make, buy, watch, and act in independent films (or what passes for independent, in this IMAX 3-D superhero climate). Your humble film editor is traveling to Park City (for the first time) to take it all in: the swag, the hobnobbing, the VIP parties. Or he may just end up going to movies all day and staying up all night writing stuff about them. That’s probably a bit more likely.
Taking on the screening schedule is a bit daunting; the festival is screening 110 feature-length films from 31 countries, and, well, there’s only so many hours in the day. (If you think that’s heavy, it’s worth noting that the number of submissions was up to 4,042 films. Yikes.) But I think I’ve plucked out the cream of the crop; I’ll probably find out that I’m wrong, that the movie I missed to see the Sean-Penn-as-an-emo-Nazi-hunter movie (yes, that’s real) ends up winning the competition and getting picked up for $5 million by the Weinstein Company. But until that happens, here’s the ten Sundance films I’m most looking forward to. … Read More
If you’ve got 37 seconds to spare this morning, then we invite you to check out last night’s episode of Childrens Hospital, which featured a Party Down reunion of sorts. Yes, this scene at Ken Marino’s bar mitzvah is entirely too short, but at least you get to see him and Megan Mullally sharing the small screen with Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, and Ryan Hansen again, right? Plus, there’s the always hilarious David Wain as “an undercover slutty rabbi.” What’s not to love? … Read More
Some exciting news for those of us who can’t wait for the much-discussed Party Down movie (or simply don’t believe it will ever really happen): Our friends at Splitsider are reporting that in an upcoming episode of Childrens Hospital, which is fittingly entitled “Party Down,” former castmates Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr,… Read More
Pete Sciretta at /film just posted a definitive list of 100 Directors, Screenwriters and Actors/Actresses on Twitter that we’ve spent the past half an hour pouring over. To save you that kind of time, after the jump find the 13 non super-celebrities off of his list who we think are worth following — because we’re sick of telling you how awesome David Lynch’s feed is. Oh god! We’ve done it again! (Side note: Screenwriters. Women. Why are there so few of you tweeting? Get on that.) … Read More
So he’s not spending all of his time in the gym: Variety reports that Seth Rogen is behind a new porno-based comedy for Showtime with his good buddy Evan Goldberg (other new Showtime series with A-list talent include Nurse Jackie which stars Edie Falco and United States of Tara from Diablo Cody).
Overexposed Rogen is one of the last members of Judd Apatow’s “Back Pack” that we’d like to see playing a guy running a pornography shop (maybe because he looks too much like a guy running a pornography shop), so we hope this isn’t one of those projects that he plans to write and star in. Knowing that these incestuous funny guys like to keep things in the family, after the jump you’ll find our casting suggestions for him — let us know if you agree with our ranking. … Read More