February 24, 2012 |
anderlust" director David Wain has a gift for finding laughs in oddball subcultures without making fun of them. In "Role Models," you may recall, he managed to make the world of medieval fantasy role-playing seem like great fun, with help from his gifted in-house troupe of improv comedy pros. They're all on board for "Wanderlust," an R-rated but cheerful comedy about a couple of Manhattan yuppies (Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston) who end up stranded in a Georgia hippie commune, and find they like it. George (Rudd)
March 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Filmmakers from Richard Linklater to David Gordon Green to Whoopi Goldberg are bringing films to this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The New York festival announced the second half of its 89-film slate Wednesday, all in various out-of-competition sections. Some of the films, like Linklater's "Before Midnight" and Green's "Prince Avalanche," will be continuing on the festival circuit after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Others, like Goldberg's documentary, "I Got Somethin' to Tell You," about the comedian Moms Mabley, will be showing for the first time.
August 3, 2015
* JAY PHAROAH: CAN I BE ME? 10 p.m. Saturday, Showtime. The "Saturday Night Live" player, President Obama impressionist and standup comedian (below) unveils his first special. * LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX . 8 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. A wedding becomes an occasion for revealing a number of secrets in the Season 3 finale. Nicola Walker gives a particularly fine performance as the cold-footed bride, Gillian, but the acting honors, as always, belong to Derek Jacobi. * MASTERPIECE: POLDARK . 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12.
July 16, 2016
Billy on the Street You knew someone was funny when David Letterman got a kick out of them. The first time Letterman interviewed Billy Eichner, the notoriously gruff, erstwhile late-night host couldn't stop giggling at Eichner's simple but genius shtick. On Billy on the Street , Eichner's truTV show, he roams New York asking people ridiculous questions - such as, "Would you sleep with Paul Rudd?" as Rudd stands next to him - and then yells at the poor souls regardless of whether they give him a correct answer.
March 22, 2013 |
HARD TO SAY when I first sensed that "Admission" was going wrong, but it might have been when Paul Rudd picked up the ax. I like the urbane Rudd of "I Love You Man" or "Wanderlust," but here, sporting a flannel shirt and stubble, playing a wood-chopping, cow-milking world-adventuring he-man who drives a vintage International Harvester, not quite. He's John, headmaster at an unconventional private school who wants a prodigy named Jeremiah (Nat Wolff) to go to Princeton, and so sets about convincing Portia, the university's admissions officer, played by Tina Fey. Sparks fly. Fey also looks a little uncomfortable.
July 17, 2015 |
SOONER or later, someone was going to make fun of the incredible hulking obesity of the "Avengers" franchise, so Marvel was smart to keep the jokes in-house. Its nimble, amusing new "Ant-Man" has fun deflating the run-on visual giganticism of other recent comic-book adaptations - here, the title character shrinks to the size of an insect. Smaller than a minion, less powerful than a Thomas the Tank Engine locomotive, unable to leap tall buildings in a single bound . . . He's played by Paul Rudd, well-suited to the role in his capacity as cinema's most engagingly self-effacing comedian.
December 21, 2012 |
HOLLYWOOD'S MOST popular delusion is the story of romantic destiny, the couple buffeted by fate until they meet on top of the Empire State building, or whatever. The implication: happily ever after, true and perfect love. Have you noticed you never actually see these people living together? You never see, for instance, Meg Ryan, a few years down the road, telling Tom Hanks that he's once again left his socks in the middle of the den, then screaming at him because he's watching the Seahawks game and hasn't actually heard a thing that she's said, which leads to him spending the night on the pull-out couch - sleepless, indeed.
December 21, 2012
IF YOU'VE SEEN the commercials for Judd Apatow's "This is 40," you may have seen Leslie Mann asking permission to touch co-star Megan Fox's famous chest. It's never a bad idea to feature Fox or her figure in a TV commercial, but in fairness to Apatow, it also happens to be one of the movie's most telling scenes. "This is 40," as the title implies, is very much a movie about fear of growing old. Mann, Apatow's real-life wife and collaborator, plays a woman turning 40, and who sees in Fox the flickering, fading ghost of bra sizes past.
October 11, 2014 |
The romantic comedy is turned on its head in Obvious Child , a hilarious and controversial comedy about true love, one-night stands, and abortion. A cross between a Woody Allen farce and a particularly filthy one-woman show by Sarah Silverman, the film features an incredible turn by Saturday Night Live alumna Jenny Slate. She stars as Donna, a stand-up comic approaching 30 who discovers her boyfriend and her galpal have been having an affair for months. Feeling ugly and unlovable, Donna gets carried away one night and has a drunken one-night stand with Max, a sweet graduate student ( The Office 's Jake Lacy)
March 15, 2013 |
AMY POEHLER likes her ladies from right outside Philly. The former "Saturday Night Live" and current "Parks and Recreation" star is not only besties with Upper Darby's own Tina Fey , but she's also the producer of "Broad City," a new Comedy Central show created by and starring Wayne's own Abbi Jacobson and her nonlocal buddy Ilana Glazer . The 10-episode show will premiere in 2014. "Broad City" started out as a webseries (broadcitytheshow.com). The premise is simple: "It's about two friends in their 20s trying to figure out s--- in New York," Jacobson, a Conestoga High grad, told me. But what separates "Broad City" from other media about youngsters finding themselves in the big city is the dynamic between Jacobson and Glazer, who have pitch-perfect chemistry.