Zach Galifianakis

See Brad Pitt Spit Gum In Zach Galifianakis’ Face on ‘Between Two Ferns’

Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis’ surprisingly long-running awkward interview series, has dropped a new episode. This time, Galifianakis is… Read More

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Alejandro Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’ is Brainy, Buoyant, Brash, Meta Moviemaking

The pompous, self-important Method actor played by Edward Norton in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman is not, as you might think, based on any particular prickly thespian Norton has worked with (and he’s worked with many: De Niro, Brando, Keitel, himself). In fact, he confessed after the picture’s New York Film Festival press screening yesterday, he was mostly inspired by his director. “I’m wearing his scarf in the movie, I’m wearing the jacket, everything I say in the movie, I’ve heard him say or know he wants to say…” It got a little eerie, Iñárritu confessed, when they got to the scene where Norton’s character is in the midst of a contentious rehearsal with Micheal Keaton—playing a character at least somewhat inspired by himself. “So I was explaining to Edward the movement of the camera and the pace and everything, and he began to question me about it: ‘What is it? Why is she saying that?’” And that’s when it hit the director: “Oh my God, this is a fucking mirror in a mirror in a mirror”—which is a pretty apt description of Birdman, when you get right down to it. … Read More

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10 Great Movies to Stream This Holiday Weekend

The Labor Day weekend doesn’t begin until end of day tomorrow, but c’mon, who’re we kidding — you’ve already checked out for the week, and it’s time to start making plans. And while we know some of you (shudder) sociable types will be heading out to lakes and barbeques and such destinations to enjoy the end of another summer, we’re catering (as usual) to the shut-ins, who’re taking the three day holiday weekend to catch up on some long-delayed nothing-doing. So here are a few of the recent(ish) additions to Netflix and Amazon Prime to add to your holiday weekend viewing lists; just click the title link to watch them right now. … Read More

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25 Must-See Movies For the Fall

Hey there reader, been to the movies lately? If the box office reports are any indication, I’m guessing not — and who can blame you? We’re currently in the weird dead zone between the tentpole blockbusters of the summer and the prestige, Oscar-friendly pictures (and, increasingly, tentpole blockbusters) of the fall. But relief will be here soon enough, so in the interest of helping you mark up your movie-going calendar, we’re looking ahead to the fall films we’re anticipating most. … Read More

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Why Can’t TV’s Beloved “Difficult Men” Make Good Movies?

Considering the kind of dancing in the streets that greets every new season of Mad Men (particularly now that we’re in the home stretch), you’d think Are You Here, the feature filmmaking debut of Mad Men creator/mastermind Matthew Weiner, would be accompanied by a bit more fanfare. But it’s getting a muted, multi-platform, limited release today, after a Toronto Film Festival premiere under a different title, to decidedly mixed reviews. If you see the film — and this is not much of an endorsement to do so — it’s easy to see why; Are You Here is a bit of a mess. But there’s an odd and interesting trend at work here, where genuinely gifted television creators, with distinctive voices and unique styles, try their hand at filmmaking and whiff that transition completely. … Read More

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The Strange, Frustrating Reason Why Matthew Weiner’s Feature Film Debut, ‘You Are Here,’ Was Retitled ‘Are You Here’

This Friday, the feature film debut of Mad Man mastermind Matthew Weiner will open in select cities, but it’s not exactly the same film that premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. It’s not that just that the writer/director re-edited the Owen Wilson/Zach Galifianakis/Amy Poehler comedy/drama, changing some music and expanding the running time. The film’s title has also been altered, from the definitive You Are Here to the questioning Are You Here (and don’t even get me started on that missing question mark). The flip-flopping of those three words isn’t just a tactic to hide the picture’s mixed festival reception. There’s a much simpler explanation: Are You Here is also debuting On Demand this week, and the new title’s placement is much more desirable on alphabetical VOD menus. And this kind of thing happens all the time. … Read More

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‘Bob’s Burgers’ Season 4 Finale Recap: “World Wharf II: The Wharfening (Or How Bob Saves/Destroys The Town—Part II)”

Nowhere has it been more apparent that Bob Belcher can’t survive without his family than in the Season 4 finale of Bob’s Burgers. With its play on mystery and musical, the episode served as an action-packed cap to a season in which Bob’s writers experimented with genre. The storyline, however, was all heart and humor — the two elements that have made Bob’s Burgers stand out from the start. There was never any question over whether Bob would survive Felix’s wrath — it was just a matter of how many fart jokes Gene would make along the way. … Read More

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‘Bob’s Burgers’ Season 4 Episode 21 Recap: “Wharf Horse (Or How Bob Saves/Destroys The Town—Part I)”

If part one is any indication, Bob’s Burgers’ fourth season got the finale it deserved. This year we’ve seen tremendous character growth, a willingness to take chances with format and theme, and the enduring commitment to telling TV’s best puberty jokes. In “Wharf Horse (Or How Bob Saves/Destroys The Town—Part I),” all of these elements are at play, particularly the middle one. The episode not only delved into a plotline that came with ramifications for the way Bob’s Burgers fundamentally operates, it ended with a murder mystery. Ostensibly, this cliffhanger will have to be cleared up in next week’s finale. It would have been braver for them to leave it hanging until next season, but that’s not Bob’s style. Between Mr. Fischoedor and Bob, I think both parties are staying put. … Read More

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