Maya & Marty’s first season comes to a close with tonight’s finale, with Emma Stone, Kelly Ripa, and Steve Martin joining the festivities. The variety program, executive produced by Saturday Night Live head Lorne Michaels, features Maya Rudolph and Martin Short mixing in sketches, musical numbers and outrageous humor into an entertaining hour.
Although naysayers of the genre claim that the variety program is an outdated concept, solid entertainment has the power of transcendence. “My kids were weaned on the Three Stooges, the Marx Brothers, and Laurel & Hardy - not every Marx Brothers film is perfect,” said Short whose movie credits include Inherent Vice and Father of the Bride. “But the funny ones are really funny. If it’s great, it deserves to exist.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Martin Short explain how Lorne Michaels was pivotal in getting Maya & Marty off the ground.
Catch Maya & Marty tonight on NBC (10 pm et/pt).
Bad Moms centers on Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis), a career woman and responsible mother who always puts her family first. With a group of overzealous PTA moms (Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Annie Mumolo) and deadbeat husband (David Walton) adding to her daily pressures, Amy has a mini-breakdown (or is it a revelation?) and decides to become a “bad mom.” The film co-stars Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell.
During our interview with Kunis, actress gives her thoughts on the term “bad moms.”
“It’s not moms who put their kids’ lives in danger,” says Kunis. “To clarify, it’s not like ‘I’m a bad mom, I forgot I had a child.’ It’s just like being able to allow yourself to make mistakes and know that it’s okay to ask for help and not put so much pressure on yourself. It’s just the emphasis of perfection that society puts and the pressure that we put on ourselves (as mothers).”
Click on the media bar to hear Kathryn Hahn and Mila Kunis rate themselves as moms!
Bad Moms opens July 29.
The Secret Life of Pets was the big winner at the box-office, as the animated flick made $103.2 million it its debut. The Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates came in at #4 with $16.6 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. The Secret Life of Pets - $103 million
2. The Legend of Tarzan - $20.6 million and to date the movie has made over $80 million domestically.
3. Finding Dory - $20.3 million
4. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates - Mike and Dave also need a better script,a s the movie was panned by critics. The flick had a $16.6 million debut.
5. The Purge: Election Year - $11.7 million
6. Central Intelligence - $8.1 million
7. Independence Day: Resurgence - $7.7 million over the weekend and $91.4 million domestic business to date.
8. The BFG - Steven Spielberg film is a big time box-office disappointment with just $50 million in worldwide box-office. This weekend it makes just $7.6 million.
9. The Shallows - Blake Lively shark film has made $45.8 million domestically which is not bad considering its $17 million budget. This weekend, it made $4.8 million
10. Sultan - $2.2 million
Have you ever been invited to a wedding where you’re at the bottom of the invitation totem pole? In Table 19, Eloise (Anna Kendrick) is the ex-maid of honor who’s relegated to the last table at the reception after being dumped via text by the best man! Joining her at “table 19″ are various castoffs (Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, June Squibb, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori) who are also doing their best to get through the wedding.
The picture is directed by Jeffrey Blitz, who’s best known for the 2002 documentary Spellbound. He also directed Kendrick in the 2007 feature Rocket Science. Kendrick, who also starred this year in Mr. Right and Get a Job, co-stars with Zac Efron in the recently released comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
Table 19 opens nationwide January 20, 2017. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Disney’s live-action re-telling of Beauty and the Beast is one of next year’s most anticipated films, as fans are eagerly awaiting to see if Emma Watson and Dan Stevens can pull off the iconic roles of Belle and the Beast. The teaser one-sheet for the film, which co-stars Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, and Ewan McGregor, has just been released, and please comment below and tell us what you think of the poster.
Released in 1991, Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film to receive a Best Picture nomination. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman received Oscars for Original Song (”Beauty and the Beast”) with Menken receiving another Academy Award for Best Score. To continue that legacy, the live-action version will feature new recordings of the classic songs that were created by Menken and Ashman. Several new songs, penned by Menken and Tim Rice, are included in this version. Beauty and the Beast opens nationwide March 17, 2017!
Time and time again, Viggo Mortensen absolutely delivers as an actor, and his latest film Captain Fantastic is no different. The story centers on Ben Cash (Mortensen), a free thinking man who’s raised his six children in the wilderness. When tragedy strikes, he takes his family back to suburbia where a culture clash ensues.
Directed and written by actor Matt Ross, Captain Fantastic is sublime entertainment that effortlessly balances the story’s comedic and heartbreaking moments. After reviewing Captain Fantastic in the first segment, Anderson Cowan and I also praise the new documentary Nuts!, the true story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, a man who claimed goat testicles would cure impotence. This assertion was just one of Brinkley’s initially successful business maneuvers (he was also a radio pioneer), but as the documentary shows, fortune is not always a permanent state. Directed by Penny Lane, the documentary opens in Pasadena and Los Angeles on July 8.
The Alex Gibney directed documentary Zero Days is also reviewed, and Anderson Cowan’s streaming picks are the documentaries Surfwise and Requiem for the American Dream. My DVD picks are The Family Fang and the Peter Lorre film noir Stranger on the Third Floor.
Click on the media bar below to hear this week’s episode of CinemAddicts. Also included is our ‘180 Seconds or Less’ review of Captain Fantastic.
A quick look at the biggest grossing movies of all-time reveals a string of action and sci-fi titles with one striking exception, Titanic.
This massive romantic disaster movie was something of a phenomenon when it was released in 1997 as it provided a cinematic feast that was emotionally arresting and visually spectacular.
And not only did the on-screen exploits of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet set a new high watermark in how romances could be depicted in the modern age, but the sheer promotional force of the movie also represent a shift in how Hollywood operated.
The project was created by the acclaimed director James Cameron who, after finding immense success with the likes of Terminator 2, enlisted the help of 20th Century Fox to create a three-hour long Hollywood epic that harkened back to the cinematic greats of the mid-20th century.
Despite a budget that topped $200 million and a film-set that frequently encountered all manner of weird incidents, the film went on to become a massive critical and box-office hit that became the first movie to make $1 billion worldwide.
It’s a movie that manages to carefully intertwine a wide number of relevant issues regarding class, nationality and technology, and it’s only through Cameron’s directorial skill that this succeeds despite its lofty aims.
Although Titanic has often been cruelly dubbed a ‘chick-flick’, it’s nonetheless become one of the cinematic greats that’s had more than its fair share of parodies and spoofs and has even made its way into the video gaming realm.
Already plans are afoot to create a role-playing game that allows you to explore the sinking ship in real-time, and if that wasn’t enough there’s also a Titanic-themed slots game on the Mr Smith Casino site that offers a commemoration of the movie whilst serving up some impressive prize winnings.
But one of the most surprising things was to come when it was revealed in 2012 that there would be a Titanic in 3D release that provided a new generation of fans with the chance to witness the story of the ill-fated ship in a whole new way.
And such is the iconography around the movie that it’s continued to serve as inspiration for many new creative endeavors with even an Australian punk performance art theatre play providing a fairly ironic look at one of the biggest movies of all-time.
Scott Wolf’s acting career began in the early 1990s, as he gained recognition for his work on the beloved TV series Party of Five, a show which also launched the acting careers of Matthew Fox and Neve Campbell. Now Wolf’s part of the talented ensemble of NBC’s The Night Shift, and during our interview with the actor he talked about how the television landscape has changed over the years.
Even with the proliferation of streaming services, reality television, and long form content hitting viewers from every direction, Wolf believes that the cream rises to the top. “At the end of the day, we’re all just trying to tell good stories with good people and hope that an audience shows up,” said Wolf. “It’s probably harder than ever to grab an audience just because there are so many places they can look. But that just places a greater demand on the people making this stuff and as it gets harder and harder to grab a viewership, the quality of what we’re making has to get better and better.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Scott Wolf discuss how the TV industry has changed over the years (The Night Shift co-star Robert Bailey Jr. is also heard in the clip).
The Night Shift airs Wednesday evenings on NBC (10 pm et/pt).
Frank Grillo reprises his role once again as Sergeant Leo Barnes in The Purge film franchise in the third installment The Purge: Election Year.
The Purge franchise is one of the most successful horror franchises of the decade, as it’s grossed over $200 million worldwide. Grillo is very excited for The Purge: Election Year because he thinks there are many elements that audiences will enjoy and it’s not your typical horror film (Click on the media bar to hear Frank Grillo)
The Purge: Election Year, co-starring Elizabeth Mitchell, is now playing in theaters
Relatively ignored during its theatrical run, the underrated film The Family Fang marks Jason Bateman’s sophomore effort as a director, and it’s an even funnier film than his debut feature Bad Words.
Annie and Baxter Fang (Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman) are emotionally scarred siblings who are struggling in their respective careers (Annie’s an actress, and Baxter’s a creatively blocked writer), and part of their challenge is dealing with their enigmatic parents Caleb and Camille (Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett).
Since their folks have spent a lifetime creating public art performances aimed to shake up an unsuspecting audience, Annie and Baxter often question their parent’s motives. When they both go missing with only their abandoned car left as evidence, Camille and Caleb are presumed to be the victims of a crime, but their children (especially a suspicious Baxter) realize something is amiss.
Based on a novel by Kevin Wilson, The Family Fang is a confident blend of drama, dark comedy, and pathos that’s also filled by excellent work from the ensemble. Plunkett is the film’s biggest surprise as the conflicted matriarch who must choose her husband’s wild, artistic ambitions and the love she has for her understandably perplexed children. The movie also works as a bit of a mystery, as viewers who haven’t read the novel really don’t know if the parents are missing or in the middle of pulling off their biggest artistic piece to date.
The DVD comes with audio commentary from Bateman who, along with giving movie fans a step by step insight on making the movie, playfully jokes about his character’s feathered hair look (Bateman says Baxter Fang’s hairstyle is a throwback to 1970s era actress Kristy McNichol and Dance Fever’s Deney Terrio).
The Family Fang (R, 106 minutes) is now out on DVD via Anchor Bay Entertainment. To listen to our CinemAddicts review of The Family Fang, click on the media bar below: