August 17, 2007
10 Reasons Why We McLove Superbad
To paraphrase a popular ditty currently climbing the R&B charts, Michael Cera and Jonah Hill are comedic movements by themselves, but a force when they're together. The pair of comic talents -- one a lovable potty mouth, the other a master of the deadpan -- are about to give audiences one of the funniest movies of the year. We've got our own reasons for loving Superbad, and here they are.
August 16, 2007
Box Office Guru Preview: Make Way for McLovin
Carrying some major buzz into the marketplace, Sony's teen comedy Superbad hits the multiplexes this weekend aiming to bring in some big business from horny young adults looking for a spark to get rid of their end-of-summer blues.
December 29, 2006
Kasdan, Apatow & John C. Reilly to Introduce "Dewey Cox"
How many musician-centric biopics do you have to sit through before you start clamoring for a nice juicy parody of the sub-genre? Well, one's on it's way, courtesy of director Jake Kasdan, screenwriter/producer Judd Apatow, and character actor turned comedy star John C. Reilly.
August 31, 2006
ThinkFilm Turns On "The TV Set"
Interested in a comedy that takes a no-prisoners, warts-and-all approach to network television production? How about if I told you it came from Jake Kasdan, son of high-quality filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan, as well as the guy who directed "Zero Effect," "Orange County," and several episodes of "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared"? Well, I'm interested...
July 14, 2006
"Virgin" Team Gets "Super Bad"
If you're a big fan of Judd Apatow and/or the "Arrested Development" gang, then here's a new comedy you might want to read about. Producer Apatow, actor/screenwriter Seth Rogen and the young yet hilarious Michael Cera will present the teen-centric comedy "Super Bad," which I predict will be better than 80% of the teen-centric movies you see every year.
June 5, 2006
2006 MTV Movie Award Winners!
I was going to try to avoid the MTV Movie Awards winners until the broadcast on June 8th, but since we at RT like to bring you the movie news while it's still relevant ... OK, here they are!
May 23, 2006
MTV Movie Awards Builds a Cast
With Hollywood's most anticipated blockbuster only weeks away and stars lining up to attend, MTV: Music Television today announced that Colin Farrell, Jessica Simpson, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Bynes and Dane Cook will join the star studded cast of presenters at the "2006 MTV Movie Awards."
April 26, 2006
Get Your Goofy MTV Movie Awards Noms Right Here
You thought the awards season ended with the Oscars? Please. MTV's just gearing up for their movie awards, which will be broadcast worldwide on June 8th -- but we have all the nominations listed just a click away. (Interesting to note that not only were Paris Hilton & Rob Schneider nominated for awards, but also that "Hustle & Flow" earned three noms -- a movie produced by "MTV Films.")
April 19, 2006
"Virgin" Team Knocks Up Heigl
Katherine Heigl, best known for her current work on TV's "Grey's Anatomy," will step into Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up," replacing former leading lady Anne Hathaway, who bailed on the flick due to "creative differences."
March 3, 2006
Steve Carell Receives RT's Golden Tomato Award!
Everybody's favorite virgin Steve Carell had a banner year in 2005 -- a hit show, a hit movie, and newfound celebrity status -- so RT's Senh flew down to LA to give the man that coveted golden mark of success: a Golden Tomato Award.
March 3, 2006
2006 Golden Schmoe Award Winners!
Sure, everyone's psyched for the Oscars this Sunday night (yes, even the movie snobs who claim to hate the Oscars), but let's kick the weekend off with an awards presentation that's a little less ... highbrow. If you followed our advice last week, then you've already cast your ballot for JoBlo's Golden Schmoe Awards. Now check out the winners!
February 17, 2006
Paul Rudd Joins the "Reno" Police Force
The ever-likable Paul Rudd has joined the cast of "Reno 911! Miami," says Larry Carroll of MTV Movies, which is good news for comedy fans in general. Mr. Rudd previously injected some hilariousness into flicks like "Clueless," "Wet Hot American Summer," "Anchorman," and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," so his inclusion in any new comedy flick is cause for mild celebration.
February 8, 2006
"Flightplan" Soars on Sales, Rental Charts
It was a smooth DVD landing for Buena Vista Home Entertainment's "Flightplan," as the Jodie Foster-starring thriller topped both the national DVD sales and rental charts for the week ended Jan. 29.
January 11, 2006
The "People's Choice" is Pure Idiocy
Whenever I share a new Top Ten List or Critic's Group Nomination list, I'm always extra careful to be fair and respectful of other peoples' opinions. But after seeing what the "People's Choice Awards" handed out for 2005's movies, I just can't contain myself. It's simply too hilarious.
January 10, 2006
Broadcast Film Critics Dole Out Their Awards on National TV
The Broadcast Film Critics Association held their annual awards presentation live on The WB network, with plenty of mildly corny jokes, appreciative acceptance speeches, accolades galore, and even a few cool surprises. (Oh, and their favorite film overall was "Brokeback Mountain.")
January 10, 2006
2005 Golden Tomato Awards Winners Announced
Rotten Tomatoes, the trusted online source for gauging the critical reaction to movies, has announced the 2005 recipients of the Golden Tomato Awards, the site's annual awards given to recognize the year's best-reviewed films.
January 10, 2006
Online Film Critics Offer Their Annual Nominations
The OFCS, which is hosted right here at Rotten Tomatoes and (full disclosure) includes yours truly as a member, announced their year-end nominations yesterday ... and we hope you'll find a few solid surprises among the more familiar (yet obviously deserving) nominees. The winners will be announced on Monday the 16th.
January 5, 2006
Writers' & Producers' Guilds Deliver Their '05 Noms
As usual we rely on Movie City News to bring us the "best of 2005" picks from the critics, and now come the year-end nominations from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Producers Guild of America (PGA).
January 4, 2006
Ebert & Roeper Share Their Favorites from '05
TV's biggest and most (relatively) beloved movie critics, Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, have announced their top ten lists for 2005, and you can either listen to the banter on their official site, or you can hang out here and just read 'em. Our way is quicker.
December 16, 2005
It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Virgin
The surprise sleeper hit "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" just barely cracked the century mark at the domestic box office, which is pretty impressive for a movie star-less sex comedy, but the flick is selling like those proverbial hotcakes now that the DVD has been released. Between DVD and VHS, the Virgin sold over 2 million copies. In one day.
December 13, 2005
Awards Season Gets Rolling with Crix Picks
If you're a fan of the late-year awards season, be sure to add Movie City News to your hit list, because they deliver some consistently excellent coverage. Mid-December is when most of the critics' groups start doling out their accolades, and so far we've gotten input from reviewers' groups in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington.
December 2, 2005
"Dick and Jane" Budget Balloons to $100 Mil
The LA Times reports that the forthcoming suburban caper remake, "Fun with Dick and Jane," has somehow rung up a $100 million production tab despite a lack of enormous special effects or complicated filmmaking usually involved in big-budget films.
October 14, 2005
Steve Carell Signs Yet Another New Deal
Steve Carell will stick with Universal and pen the screenplay for his next vehicle, says Variety. With "Evan Almighty," "Little Miss Sunshine," and "Get Smart" already in the works, Mr. Carell looks to be busier than Will Ferrell over the next few years.
September 19, 2005
Lotsa Pennies for "Heaven" at the Weekend Box Office
As expected, the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy "Just Like Heaven" handily snagged the #1 spot at the weekend box office, grossing an estimated $16.5 million from 3,500 theaters. Based on the early returns from Ms. Witherspoon's last vehicle, "Sweet Home Alabama," the tally is seen as somewhat of a disappointment, but hey, first place is still first place.
September 15, 2005
That Crazy Carell Lands Yet Another New Gig
According to Variety, the suddenly VERY busy "40 Year-Old Virgin" Steve Carell has signed with Disney to star in Peter Hedges' comedy "Dan in Real Life," after he finishes work on Universal's "Evan Almighty."
September 6, 2005
"Transporter 2" Kicks Some Labor Day Box Office Butt
Jason Statham in "Transporter 2" was the go-to guy over the holiday weekend, hauling in an estimated $20.2 million from 3,300 screens. This is a marked improvement over the debut of the original "Transporter," which opened to $9.1 million, eventually snagged a grand total of $25.2 million, and then became a bona-fide hit once the DVD was released.
August 31, 2005
Uni Locks Up Apatow for Another Offbeat Rom-Com
If you're among the millions who enjoyed "The 40 Year-Old Virgin," then you should be happy to learn (from Variety) that writer/director Judd Apatow has just inked a deal with Universal to deliver another "offbeat romantic comedy" -- and no, it's not a "Virgin" sequel.
August 29, 2005
Carell's "Virgin" Remains On Top (of the Box Office Chart)
Universal's "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" maintained its grasp on first place at the box office for a second consecutive weekend, beating out a trio of newcomers without exerting too much effort. "Virgin" pulled in $16.4 million in its second frame, which is a rather impressive 23% decline from its opening weekend. So far the 40-year-old has sold nearly $49 million worth of tickets.
August 18, 2005
Critical Consensus: "Red Eye," "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" Soar
This week at the movies brings four studies in aviation. What happens when you're trapped on a plane with a creepy seatmate? (See "Red Eye.") Is it ever too late for Cupid's arrows to take flight? (Check out "The 40 Year-Old Virgin.") Were the unsung heroes of the Allies in WWII? pigeons? ("Valiant," this one's for you.) Isn't it cool when those Supercross dudes, like, totally go up in the air, and like, for a few seconds, y'know, it looks like they're, like, flying? (Ahem?."Supercross: The Movie.") And most important of all: which of these flicks will fly with the critics?
August 15, 2005
"Four Brother" Split $20 Million at the Weekend Box Office
John Singleton's action drama "Four Brothers" opened in 2,500 theaters to a better-than-expected $20.7 million in its first weekend, handily beating a trio of other newcomers. One of its main competitors was the Kate Hudson bayou thriller "The Skeleton Key," which unlocked nearly $15.8 million (from about 2,800 theaters) in a comparatively slow weekend at the box office.
June 21, 2005
Trailer Bulletin: The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Frequent background funnyman Steve Carell has stolen scenes in "Anchorman," "Bruce Almighty," and "Bewitched" -- which means it's high time the guy got a movie of his very own! If you're likely to agree, then head on over to Quicktime Movie Trailers to check out the rather amusing trailer for "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
April 1, 2005
Steve Carell to "Get Smart"?
Andrew Weil of ComingSoon.net had a brief chat with funnyman Steve Carell while visiting the set of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," and here's what the actor had to say about his next project, a remake of the old "Get Smart" comedy-spy series: "The basic premise is that both CONTROL and KAOS have fallen on hard times and are not being funded by the government. They're not getting the same kind of funding as (the) CIA. They have one last mission to try to get back on top?it's not retro at all."