July 2014 - Posts

Watch: 'Boyhood' Spoof 'Cathood' (Starring Patricia Ourcat and Eatin Hawk) is the Cat's Meow

With "Boyhood" expanding into more theaters this weekend, it needs a bit of viral marketing to help it along its way to prosperity. Okay -- it's actually doing just fine on its own, but that didn't stop the fine felines at The Pet Collective from producing a remarkable video tribute -- or parody, depending on your interpretation -- to Richard Linklater's achievement: "Cathood." READ MORE: Watch: 'Boyhood' Star Patricia Arquette Advocates For A More Fluid Production Process During Academy Conversation Featuring adorable performances from Patricia Ourcat, Collar Catrane, and Eatin Hawk (by far the best pun of the year, if not ever), "Cathood" is too cute to be spoiled, but we still won't run that risk. Watch it below, and check out the real thing at a theater near you this weekend.
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Watch: New 'Birdman' Trailer Proves Michael Keaton is a God in Underpants

"Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ingnorance)," directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu ("21 Grams," "Babel"), certainly seems to be making the all the right moves. The film is slowly growing into one of the most anticipated releases of the year and the new trailer certainly doesn't do any damage to that reputation. Good luck finding another spot so dedicated to seeing Michael Keaton in his underpants walking through Time Square. It's a heavenly sight... READ MORE: New York Film Fest To Close with Michael Keaton-Starring 'Birdman' Starring Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, the film revolves around an actor (Keaton) -- famous for portraying an iconic superhero -- struggling to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. The dramedy premieres at the Venice International Film Festival in late August and opens in...
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Watch: 'The Killing' Stars and Showrunner Tease Season 4 in New Netflix Featurette

Netflix has released a three-minute featurette in anticipation of the fourth and final season of "The Killing." The video includes special interviews with co-stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, as well as series creator and showrunner Veena Sud. The featurette, which you can watch below, features Enos, Kinnaman and Sud reflecting extensively on the intricacies of the relationships between Detectives Linden and Holder, who are played by Enos and Kinnaman, respectively.  "Their relationship, it's always been going up and down," says Kinnaman at one point. "There is trust and then there is broken trust, but at the core of it, it's two broken people that are two sides to a coin." According to Enos, "The seeds for Season 3 were planted in the pilot." Sud effectively corroborates Enos' statement when, at one point, she compares the series to a novel. "Every season is a chapter," says Sud. Season 4 of "The Killing,"...
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The 25 Best Film Schools in America

The Hollywood Reporter has released the fourth edition of its list of the top 25 film schools in the United States. The list is derived from a survey distributed to the industry guilds, American Cinematheque, Film Independent and finally, the schools in contention. READ MORE: What's the Best Film School for Cinematographers? Sundance Cinematographers Tell Indiewire What They Think. According to THR, this year's list, which is based on the results of more than 2,300 responses, has "resulted in a less Hollywood-centric list." Unsurprisingly, the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts (which THR dubs "the uncatchable Moby *** of film schools") takes the top spot, followed by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts at number two and the University of California, Los Angeles at number three. The American Film Institute and California Institute of the Arts round out the top five. Less Hollywood you say? Besides the usual suspects --...
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5 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in August (And the Best Episodes of Each)

1) "The Killing" (all seasons available August 1st) Why Should I Watch It? Honestly? Because it's on Netflix. After surviving more threats to its survival than the victims it follows, "The Killing" has again fought through to another new season and thusly deserves your attention on long, lazy Saturdays. Be wary of watching Seasons 1 and 3 at night the day -- they can get a little spooky -- but make sure you catch up before diving into Netflix's new season, because you'll need a little background on Mulder and Scully-- Whoops. I meant Holder and Linden. Best Episode: Season 1, without the disappointing final episode, is probably the best section of "The Killing," and now you can watch all of AMC's cops-and-killers series without the letdown many audiences experience while watching it live. Season 2 is just a click away instead of a year, so any (misconstrued) expectations of learning who killed Rose Larson won't be attached to one episode....
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Meet Thundershorts Creators: Ted Alexandro and Hollis James, the Dynamic Duo Behind 'Teachers Lounge'

Featured on Thundershorts, the comic web series "Teachers Lounge" shows the happenings inside a school that, according to creator Ted Alexandro, should "probably be shut down." In each of the episode madness is abound, as Alexandro plays a music teacher and co-creator Hollis James plays a janitor. Guest stars include Lewis Black, Jim Gaffigan, Dave Attell, Judah Friedlander, Jim Norton, Judy Gold, Todd Barry, Rachel Feinstein, Michael Che, and musician Ted Leo. So far, five episodes have been released. You can watch them below. Tell us about yourself! How did you get started in comedy? Ted Alexandro: Hollis and I met at Queens College in the sketch comedy group. After graduation, we started performing at open mics in NYC as a duo. Over the years we've collaborated on countless projects. And by "countless" I mean about seven. What inspired your online series? Hollis James: It's an idea we've had for a long time. We thought our previous...
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Get Your David Lynch Fix By Watching This Hypnotic Ad He Made for Louboutin

While we still anxiously await a new film from the oddball genius, this new commercial he directed for luxury label Louboutin will just have to do. READ MORE: 10 Things We Learned About David Lynch at His BAM Talk Clocking in at just 50 seconds, the hypnotic advert is surreal in only a way Lynch can conjure. The whole thing kind of defies description, so just watch it and let us know what you think in the comments section.
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Here Are The New Movies and Series Streaming on Netflix this August

There's still time for that epic summer movie marathon. Netflix will be adding a number of iconic films to their streaming catalogue perfect for it too. "Kinky Boots," "Rocky," "Face/ Off," "Nymphonaniac" Volume I and II, and "Justin Bieber's Believe," are just a few of the additions available on Netflix in the near future, so literally everyone will be appeased and up for it. Netflix is also premiering a new original series, "Bojack Horseman," so that means you'll have to clear a night for binging. All twelve episodes will available at once, ready to be digested, analysed and rewatched over and over again. READ MORE: Watch: Will Arnett and Aaron Paul Ask Deep Questions in New 'Bojack Horseman' Trailer Available 1st of August: "Face/ Off" (1997) "Mad Max" (1979) "Red Dawn" (2012) "Shooter" (2007) "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" (2004) "Rocky"...
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Watch: 'Adventure Time' Writer and Composer Debut Psychedelic Animated Short on Cartoon Hangover

Cartoon Hangover, a YouTube channel focused on producing and distributing animated short-form content for the web, has released "Manly," a brand new collaboration between "Adventure Time" storyboard artist and writer Jesse Moynihan and his brother, Justin, who also works on the show as a composer. Manly is actually the name of the main character: a tough-as-nails teenager who is always hankering for her -- yes, her -- father's approval. When Manly's father orders her find her missing brother, she treats it as the ultimate opportunity to prove her worth. READ MORE: How Cartoon Hangover and 'Adventure Time' Producer Fred Seibert Saved American Animation Bold, hypnotic visuals, which frequently flirt with notions of the grotesque, are accented by a rather tragic score. Check out the short below and visit the "Manly" blog to explore the Moynihan brothers' creative process.
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'East Los High' and 32 Other Web Dramas Upstaging TV With Their Diversity

The first season of Hulu's "East Los High" brought revelations of cheating, pregnancy, rape, HIV diagnosis, sexting, deceit, molestation, bullying, theft and murder, gracefully anchored by an intergenerational cast of Latinas in Los Angeles. The second season, which premiered in full on Hulu this month, adds domestic violence and *** sexuality to the popular high school drama. It's not hard to find these themes in broadcast or cable television dramas, but rarely do Latinas drive such complex narratives in English-language programming. For years, web series producers have responding to television's galling lack of diversity on a scale largely unrecognized by the mainstream media. "East Los High" stands as one of the most recent and well-produced among dozens of original dramas created by and for diverse communities, from lesbians and gay men to blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans, and released online. Created by Carlos Portugal and Kathleen Bedoya, "East...
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Watch: Exclusive Clip from Eran Riklis' 'Dancing Arab' Breaks Down Barriers

Blending dark satire and a high-school setup, the Israeli film premiered earlier this year at the Jerusalem Film Festival and has so far received positive feedback and praise; it will show next Thursday, August 7, on the Piazza Grande at the Locarno Film Festival. READ MORE: Watching Movies During Wartime: A Report From Jerusalem Part of the film's charm is the depiction of the close friendship between Arab-Israeli Eyad (Tawfeek Barhom) and wheelchair-bound Jewish-Israeli Yonatan (Michael Moshonov). In the exclusive clip below, they can be seen openly teasing each other about the cliches of their backgrounds. Check it out:
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Tribeca Film Institute Announces 2014 TFI Media Fund Grant Recipients

Seven projects, selected from a total of 208 submissions, have been selected by the Tribeca Film Institute as the 2014 TFI Media Fund grant recipients. The fund also announced that moving forward, it will be accepting submissions twice a year. The TFI Media Fund supports cross-platform, interactive nonfiction projects that tackle a wide range of social and political issues. Each project receives between $50,000 and $100,000 and this year, for the first time, the fund will extend its support beyond fully developed projects and has included two projects that require development -- "The Enemy" and "Single Rwandan Looking for Serious Relationship" -- among the 2014 grant recipients. READ MORE: Here's How to Do Immersive Storytelling "Gideon's Army" director and producer Dawn Porter, who served as a juror this year, praised the Tribeca Film Institute for its work on the frontier of new media. "The projects selected for funding address some of the most...
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Watch: 'Rectify' Gets Heated in Exclusive Clip from Tonight's Episode 7

The second season of "Rectify" has continued to deliver on its early promise of elevated action. Daniel isn't taking anything lying down anymore, adjusting faster and faster to his surroundings. He's not in jail anymore, and neither is his mind. READ MORE: "Rectify" Renews Its Contemplative Journey in Season 2 In the clip below, Ted (Clayne Crawford) is being questioned by a now desperate Senator Foulkes (Michael O'Neill) in regard to Daniel's actions of late. Ted has been given extra incentive to push Daniel out of the family, and we're about to find out whether or not he breaks.  Episode 7 of the 10-part second season airs tonight (Thursday) at 9pm on SundanceTV. 
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Watch: Will Arnett and Aaron Paul Ask Deep Questions in New 'Bojack Horseman' Trailer

How much lighter fluid can celebrities carry on a plane? The question comes up in the new trailer for "Bojack Horseman" and it's wrecking my brain. The highly anticipated show premieres in August, when we can only pray the answer is revealed. In the animated comedy for adults, "Arrested Development" alumnus Will Arnett voices BoJack, the "famous" and "well-adjusted" star from the fictional '90s family sitcom "Horsin' Around," who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris of "Strangers With Candy" fame), BoJack is primed to kick it up a notch and make a comeback. Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, BoJack was designed by graphic artist Lisa Hanawalt and animated by LA-based ShadowMachine. The show is a Tornante...
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Cruising With George Takei

Earlier this week, a gaggle of journalists boarded a coach bus to slowly wade through New York City morning traffic, go through a rigorous security check and then board the Queen Mary 2 to spend an afternoon with George Takei. As Takei himself likes to say, "Oh myyyyyyy!" READ MORE: 'To Be Takei' Producers Among 9 Projects Selected to Attend Sundance Institute Creative Producing Lab and Summit The Cunard Line ship was to set sail that afternoon, crossing the Atlantic Ocean headed for Southampton, England. Takei and his husband Brad Takei (who took George's last name after they were married) would host the Trans-Atlantic Premiere of Jennifer Kroot's documentary "To Be Takei" as well as shmooze with fellow cruisers and bask in the lap of luxury aboard the swank ship. The Takeis are going to screen the film for the passengers, host Q&A sessions, give two talks, and hold book signing s for his two books "Oh My, There Goes The Internet" and...
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