‘Game night’ Trailer: Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams Have a Real Bad Time

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It’s easy to imagine the pitch meeting for Game Night, a high concept dark comedy about an evening of frivolous fun gone horrifically wrong. “What if David Fincher’s The Game starred a bunch of bumbling idiots?” Well, here you go. The first Game Night trailer is here, and I’ll be the first to admit that it made me chuckle more than a few times.

This is a low comedy, but there’s nothing wrong with a low comedy that works! Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams lead a strong cast as a couple whose weekly game night spirals out of control when an interactive “murder mystery” element is introduced. But what’s real and what’s not? And why are people actually dying and why are guns going off? And why is that dog covered in blood?

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Most importantly, Game Night is a Friday Night Lights reunion, once again putting Kyle Chandler and Jesse Plemons within spitting distance of each other. Texas forever!

While this is undeniably a glossy studio comedy hoping to please the broadest audience possible, I’ll just be honest with you and admit that yes, I laughed during this trailer. I laughed a lot. I especially laughed during the plane engine gag, an amusing bit brilliantly punctuated by McAdams’ line delivery. While I’m not a fan of Vacation, the previous film from directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (okay, it’s straight-up rotten), the dark edge on display in this footage has my attention. After all, Bateman has been at his best when his “straightforward nice guy” persona is pushed to uncomfortable extremes, and McAdams is a frequently underutilized comedic talent. Bring it on.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or game over.

Game Night also stars Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Danny Huston, and Michael C. Hall and opens on March 2, 2018.

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Official US Trailer for Hong Sang-soo’s ‘On the Beach at Night Alone’

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“How old are you really? Are you back for good?” The Cinema Guild has released an official US trailer for the latest film from prolific Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo, titled On the Beach at Night Alone. This first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, where actress Kim Min-hee won the Silver Bear for Best Actress. It also played at the Los Angeles, Melbourne, Zurich, New York and London Film Festivals. “Art imitates life in this quietly devastating masterpiece” about an actress who wanders around a seaside town, thinking about her relationship with a married man. The film stars Kim Min-hee, Seo Younghwa, Jung Jaeyoung, and Moon Sungkeun. Hong Sang-soo is beloved by critics, but he’s kind of an acquired taste, making slow moving but deeply contemplative films. His latest might be worth your time to discover. ›››

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Inside Xbox’s sleepover pop-up, where gamers can play all night long

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You’ve probably spent your weekends hogging the game console at the local mall while growing up, much to the chagrin of your parents.

Xbox, who isn’t your mother, doesn’t care. It wants you to play all day long, and all night for a lucky few, in its Stay N’ Play pop-up in Sydney, Australia. 

Launching on Friday, the pop-up will be open for walk-ins 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Sunday for hours of “unhindered” gaming action, because you’re an adult who can do whatever the hell you like with your time now.

There’s 4K TVs, Dolby Atmos enabled headsets, and of course a full selection of games to help you pour all those precious hours down the drain.  Read more…

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Watch: Meet the New Cast Members of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season 43

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The 43rd season of Saturday Night Live is in full swing. We’ve already had three episodes with hosts Ryan Gosling, Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani ushering in some laughs (be sure to check out our reviews of each new episode over here), and there’s plenty more to come throughout the rest of the year.

Throughout this season, we’ll be keeping an eye on the three new featured players making their debut on the show: Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner and Luke Null. We were introduced to them just before the new season began at the end of September, but now a series of videos from behind the scenes of the late night sketch series allows us to get to know the new Saturday Night Live cast members a little bit better.

Saturday Night Live had the three new featured players try to answer 43 questions (because it’s the 43rd season) in just one minute. It’s the fastest way for us to find out more about each of the cast members, even if they don’t get anywhere near hitting 43 answers.

Like many Saturday Night Live cast members, Redd laid his comedy roots in Chicago by doing comedy at Second City. There he was a member of the touring company and co-wrote The Art of Falling, an improv-sketch-dance hybrid show that was pulled off with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Taking the advice of Judd Apatow, Redd moved to Los Angeles and in addition to his role in Popstar, he’s also appeared in the Netflix shows Love and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later. But you probably recognize him most from his scene-stealing performance as Hunter the Hungry in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

As another Midwesterner transplanted to Los Angeles, Heidi Gardner hails from the famous comedy house The Groundlings. Currently, Gardner can be heard on the animation series Supermansion on Crackle, and in her series of questions, she shows that she’s quite the sports fan. Maybe that’s something we’ll see her show off on SNL in some form.

Finally, Luke Null shows that he’s not exactly the quickest on his feet, or at least not as quick as Chris Redd and Heidi Gardner at answering these questions. But since he’s from Chicago, I’m gonna cut him a break, and I’m pulling for him to make a splash on the series, something that can be extremely difficult to do for featured players in their freshman year.

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Delivers $4M from Thursday Night Previews

FRIDAY AM UPDATE: Blade Runner 2049 got things started last night with $ 4 million from Thursday night previews, $ 800k of which came from IMAX screenings. For comparison, The Martian delivered $ 2.5 million from preview screenings and Gravity brought in $ 1.4 million before both films went on to open with over $ 54 million each. Another comp that carries weight is Mad Max: Fury Road, which brought in $ 3.7 million from Thursday night previews before its $ 45.4 million opening, Prometheus brought …
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Wednesday, September 20 Filming Locations for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Night School, Power, & more!

Here’s a look at various filming locations for September 20:  Filming in California TV Series: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Stars: Andy Samberg Location: : 711 S Hope St, Los Angeles (6:00 AM – 10:00 PM) TV Series: Bosch Stars: Titus Welliver Location: 545 S Plymouth Blvd, Los Angeles (7:00 AM – 7:00 PM) Filming in Georgia Movie: Night School Stars: Kevin Hart Location: 805 Peachtree, Atlanta TV Series: Gifted Stars: Stephen Moyer Location: 200 Peachtree, Atlanta Filming in Illinois TV Series: Chicago PD Stars: Jason Beghe Location: 1529 W Adams, Chicago TV Series: Chicago Fire Stars: Taylor Kinney Location: 450 N Noble, Chicago TV Series: The Chi Stars: Jason Mitchell Location: 744 W 21st, Chicago  Filming in Massachusetts Movie: Equalizer 2 Stars: Denzel Washington Location: 599 Columbus Ave, Boston Filming in New York‏ TV Series: Billions Stars: Paul Giamatti Location: Gramercy Park South, New York, signs at 2nd Ave and St.Marks Place, too Credit: Kerri TV Series: Power Stars: Omari Hardwick Location: W 42nd St and 12th Ave, NYC TV Series: Maniac Stars: Emma Stone Location: Emerson Pl and East Merrick Road, Valley Stream TV Series: Bull Stars: Michael Weatherly Location: 80 Centre St, NYC Credit: Kim TV Series: Gotham Stars: Ben McKenzie Location: 12th Ave and 134th..

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George A. Romero: Between Night and Dawn Coming in October

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New box set from Arrow Video compiles three of George A. Romero’s most interested films and packs them withe extras

This writer is still reeling from the loss of the great George A. Romero, a filmmaker that altered the course of the contemporary horror film but who also fully embodied the independent cinema spirit. And on top of that, he was a sweet, kind, funny, intelligent and humble human being whose company I will forever miss.

RELATED: George A. Romero’s Dead Films Ranked

But in the context of his filmography, there are a slew of fine films George made in the 1970s post-Night of the Living Dead that are flawed, fascinating and essential pieces of his cinematic journey. There’s Always Vanilla, Season of the Witch, and The Crazies, made between Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, showcase the extraordinary versatility and dynamism of this irreplaceable American auteur,Three films from the late, legendary director that prove that although he might have defined zombie cinema, it didn’t define him. And now, Arrow Video has compiled these three pictures in a stunning 6-disc, limited edition set, due out October 24th.

George A. Romero: Between Night and Dawn includes the following films:

There’s Always Vanilla (1971): Young drifter Chris and beautiful model Lynn embark upon a tumultuous relationship which seems doomed from the outset.

Season of the Witch (aka Jack’s Wife, 1972) : Joan Mitchell is a bored housewife whose dissatisfaction with her humdrum life leads to an unhealthy interest in the occult.

The Crazies (aka Code Name: Trixie, 1973): A small rural town finds itself in the grip of an infection which sends its hosts into a violent, homicidal frenzy.

Special Features Include:

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations
– English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
– Limited Edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films

There’s Always Vanilla:
– Brand new 2K restoration from the original negative
– Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
– Brand new interviews with actors Judith Ridley and Richard Ricci, producer Russ Streiner and – sound recordist Gary Streiner
– Digging Up the Dead – The Lost Films of George A. Romero – archive interview with Romero looking at his early films There’s Always Vanilla and Season of the Witch Trailer
– Trailer

Season of the Witch:
– Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
– Alternate extended cut
– Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
– When Romero met Del Toro – celebrated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro sits down with George Romero for this candid career-spanning conversation
– The Secret Life of Jack’s Wife – archive interview with actress Jan White
– Alternate Opening Titles
– Trailers

The Crazies:
– Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
– Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
– Romero Was Here – featurette revisiting The Crazies filming locations in Evans City, PA
– Never Before Seen BTS footage
– 2016 Q&A with Lynn Lowry from Abertoir Film Festival
– Alternate Opening Titles
– Trailers

Pre-order this amazing set HERE.

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‘Night of the Living Dead’ Director and Horror Legend George Romero Dead at 77

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George A. Romero, the director of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead, has passed away at the age of 77. The creator of the modern zombie movie, the often imitated but never matched filmmaker still looms large as one of the most important horror filmmakers of all time.

According to a statement released by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald, Romero died in his sleep following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.” He was listening to the score for his favorite movie, John Ford’s The Quiet Man, and was with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and his daughter, Tina Romero, at the time of his passing.

Born on February 4, 1940 in New York City, Romero’s first film as a director sent shockwaves through the genre movie world that are still being felt to this day. Shot in black and what and on a small budget, 1968’s Night of the Living Dead helped set the template for the modern independent horror movie – a young and hungry filmmaker pulls himself up his bootstraps and makes a scary, smart, and relevant experience. The film created an entire new subgenre of horror, inspiring blatant imitations and respectful odes to this day. The success of The Walking Dead on AMC began with Romero’s contributions to the mere concept of the cinematic zombie.

Romero remained outspoken about the horror staple he helped create, later saying of The Walking Dead: “Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism, and I find that missing in what’s happening now.”

Night of the Living Dead used a zombie apocalypse as a background for simmering chamber piece about racial tension and features one of the horror genre’s first great, black heroes, played by the fierce Duane Jones. His politically tinged zombie tales continued with 1978’s Dawn of the Dead, which took on America’s commercialism with the force of a crowbar to an undead skull, and 1985’s Day of the Dead, which drips with despair and paranoia as it explores the apocalypse from a military bunker.

Romero found it difficult to separate himself from the genre he popularized and his later zombie movies find him attempting to find something new to say while treading turf that even he admitted was familiar. 2005’s Land of the Dead, 2007’s Diary of the Dead, and 2009’s Survival of the Dead are more interesting than most zombie movies, sometimes feeling more like bold (and sometimes not successful) experiments.

Even when he wasn’t tackling the undead, Romero continued to build his career on horror. 1973’s The Crazies is a another politically charged horror tale and 1982’s Creepshow (the first and not the last time he would work in the world of author Stephen King) remain well-regarded One of his few non-horror films has earned a devoted cult following – 1981’s Knightriders, about a medieval reenactment troupe, has received acclaim in the decades since it came and went in theaters.

Even if George Romero just made the first modern zombie movies and created a formula that would be repeatedly borrowed and reinvented for 50 years, he’d be remembered as a horror icon. But George Romero did all of that while making thoughtful, funny, scary, and relevant movies that wielded shock factor like a fine blade. His work was pointed and political, even as it was inspiring generations of moviemakers, make-up artists, and monster fans. His thumbprint lurks on film and television, clear as day to anyone with access to a movie theater or a television. He will be missed.

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‘Split’ Honest Trailer: M. Night Shyamalan Is Actually Kinda Good Again

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Though January is usually a dumping ground for movies that either aren’t good enough to be Oscar contenders or have no business coming out during spring and summer, director M. Night Shyamalan delivered quite a surprise to those who had given up on the man who brought us The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth.

Split returned M. Night Shyamalan to his roots in more ways than one with a thriller that was not only suspenseful and interesting, but it had one hell of a twist that absolutely no one saw coming. We won’t spoil what that is until after the jump though. You’ve been warned.

Watch the Split Honest Trailer below.

M. Night Shyamalan had already shown that he might back back up his sleeve with the surprisingly decent thriller The Visit, even though it didn’t completely feel like the kind of movie he’s made before. But with Split, Shyamalan was back to making the kind of thrillers that made him a recognizable name in Hollywood. It comes with some of the trademark shortcomings that Shyamalan brings to some of his movies, including his distracting cameos, but since it also comes with one of the coolest twists ever, we’ll let it slide.

The fact that Split is a secret sequel to Unbreakable is mind-blowing. Hopefully once The Horde (the nickname given to James McAvoy’s multiple personality character) ends up crossing David Dunn (Bruce Willis) we’ll get to see some of those personalities which went unrevealed in Split come to the surface. As for when we might see this confrontation, Split 2 is supposed to be Shyamalan’s next film, so we may not have to wait long.

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