Clear History won't hit theaters, but it has a truly remarkable cast of comedic ringers, a cast that puts just about in movie on the big screen to shame.
A full trailer for the HBO telemovie shows off a lot of that cast, and suggests that the improvisational comedy will give them all a little bit to do as they orbit Larry David in full-on Larry David mode.
The first look at Clear History is admittedly slight and teasery, yet it manages to promise so, so much.
Just think about the cast of this feature from HBO Films for a moment. Television titans Larry David and Jon Hamm lead the proceedings, with supporting roles essayed by Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Danny McBride, Liev Schreiber, Amy Ryan, JB Smoove, Kate Hudson, Philip Baker Hall, Paul Scheer, and national treasure Bill Hader.
For movies, awards season is but a memory of self-congratulations, what-are-you-wearings, pomp, seriousness, and circumstance. For television, though, the biggest awards ceremony of the year is still on the way. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for the 64th Annual Emmy Awards this morning. Cable favorites Mad Men and American Horror Story lead with the most nominations, but there are some surprises in there, as well.
Synopsis: Friends With Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes. The last two singles in the group observe the effect that kids have had on their friends’ relationships and wonder if there’s a better way. They decide to have a kid together – and date other people. There are big laughs and unexpected emotional truths as this unconventional ‘experiment’ leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, finally, true love.
Everybody loves a movie poster, and today we have three posters from three wildly different movies. The differences between Friends With Kids, Safe, and We Need to Talk About Kevin are reflected in the divergent styles of their respective posters, all of which are included in this edition of the One Sheet Roundup.
On paper, the upcoming Friends With Kids doesn't sound too different from any number of other movies of a certain stripe. The film follows a pair of Manhattan-based friends in their thirties who decide to have and raise a child together despite not being in a relationship and naturally being drawn to one another. But the first trailer is out now, and it fairly well promises that Friends With Kids rises above that somewhat-familiar concept.
For one thing, there's an incredible cast, led by the never-disappointing Adam Scott and proven leading lady Jennifer Westfeldt. The rest of the ensemble is like a Bridesmaids redux, including Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, and Chris O'Dowd working an American accent like a pro. Though they weren't in Bridesmaids, both Edward Burns and Megan Fox play supporting roles as well.
When Bridesmaids became an unexpected but undeniable hit over the summer, one of, if not the single most praised element of the film was Melissa McCarthy's performance as Megan, a willfully inappropriate character that posters declared to be "The Wild Card." On Saturday Night Live last weekend, McCarthy again earned rave notices as host, with her obvious enthusiasm and commitment to each bit creating something unique and alive. As Bridesmaids tears it up on Blu-ray and DVD, an extended version of the sex tape shown very briefly in the film's end credits has made its way online. Like all Judd Apatow productions, this Paul Feig-directed comedy was culled from a huge amount of funny stuff that couldn't make the final cut, and this video of McCarthy and Ben Falcone as Air Marshall John is just one such nugget of funny stuff.
Before Bridesmaids opened back in May, there was a lot of talk about how a thoroughly dirty R rated comedy starring women and aimed at a predominantly female audience was doomed to abject failure both critically and, more prominently, commercially. First, the Paul Feig-directed, Judd Apatow-produced comedy starring and co-written by Kristen Wiig kicked all kinds of ass with critics, earning praise from all corners of the critical sphere, then it went on to become a huge hit, earning no less than $169 million domestically. Not only that, but an impressive international haul bagged Bridesmaids a global total of just under $285 million. Now, predictably, the ensemble comedy is tearing it up in the realm of home entertainment.
Netflix's streaming Watch Instantly service is fast becoming America's favorite way to watch movies (instantly). The library of available titles is so vast and mutable that you, the avid instant watcher, could no doubt use a guide as you navigate the streaming frontier.
Luckily for you, we'll be here every Tuesday to update you on the latest titles available for instant-watching, as well as bringing attention some gems and even some enjoyable calamities out there in the instantly watchable wilds.
Opening in theaters on June 24th is filmmaker Rodman Flender's documentary about talk show host Conan O'Brien's "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour" entitled Conan O'Brien Can't Stop. The film chronicles the 32-city music-and-comedy tour that O'Brien and his cast embarked on in 2010 after he was fired from The Tonight Show and legally forced off of television until his return to TBS later that year. The film features Conan O'Brien, his sidekick Andy Richter, the cast and crew of his show, as well as many famous friends including Jack White (The White Stripes), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Jim Carrey (Mr. Popper's Penguins), Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report), Jon Stewart (The Daily Show), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), and Jon Hamm (Mad Men). IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down and speak with filmmaker Rodman Flender about the new film, the tour, the daunting task of editing hundreds of hours of footage, how he obtained access to the famous talk show host, and just exactly why Conan O'Brien Can't Stop.