"The Hangover" franchise comes to an end this week. For the bereaved who long to see the Wolfpack as grandparents, there's "3 Geezers," Michelle Schumacher's competing comedy about a trio of scatologically obsessed septuagenarians (Lou Beatty Jr., Basil Hoffman and Tony Cummings) who thrive on fart jokes, diaper jokes, and rapping to 2 Live Crew. They might look old, but their sense of humor is purely 10th grade.
Young whippersnapper J. Kimball (J.K. Simmons, playing a thinly veiled version of himself) wades into their retirement home to research a role. Indie titan Simmons averages 10 films a year, but his agent should have finally advised him to say no. "3 Geezers" is painful: Simmons tags along doing his best Tim Allen impersonation, which is topped when Tim Allen himself shows up solely so the senior citizens can defecate in his bushes.
Minute for minute, there's more nudity than a supercut of Ken Jeong's "Hangover" villain Mr. Chow, and for those raunchy retirees young enough to...
It’s one of the strangest scenes in “Star Trek Into Darkness”: With no explanation or motivation, USS Enterprise visitor Carol (Alice Eve) strips down to her blue underwear, whereupon James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) sneaks a peek.
Now, Damon Lindelof, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay, is apologizing for the gratuitous sequence — sort of.
In an email interview with MTV, Lindelof was asked why the “Men in Black III” actress was obligated to show off her ripped body.
“Why is Alice Eve in her underwear, gratuitously and unnecessarily, without any real effort made as to why in God's name she would undress in that circumstance? Well, there's a very good answer for that. But I'm not telling you what it is. Because... uh... MYSTERY?,” Lindelof wrote.
The debut feature for writer-director Alice Winocour, “Augustine” features a bracing and powerful performance by the young performer known as Soko. Now playing in Los Angeles, the film is set in 19th century France, its story based on the ethically and emotionally complicated relationship that develops between Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (played by Vincent Lindon) and the young woman (Soko) prone to fits of what was then called “hysteria” who would become his star patient.
The scenes of Augustine having fits -- which were created in part by having Soko yanked about by unseen ropes and cables and in part by her yoga-induced flexibility -- are disconcerting to watch. And they affected the young actress even after filming had stopped.
“You might think it’s just a movie, but your body lived it,” she said during a recent interview in Los Angeles, her upbeat boisterousness in sharp contrast to her on-screen role. “And it's super-violent and your...
Zach Galifianakis arrived at the premiere of “The Hangover Part III” on Monday night amid a throng of fans shrieking his name. “There’s a lot of Alan in it,” he reassured about his character's place in the film. “Hopefully he can sustain a movie. We will see.”
Indeed, the film revolves around the off-kilter Alan, who this time around is suffering from an early midlife crisis, sending the Wolfpack (Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms) out on a road trip.
“He was the one stone left unturned," said director Todd Phillips, "and we thought we needed to solve him and make sure he’s OK. When he’s OK, we could finally move on because he’s the one that causes all the trouble.”
The third installment, which opens May 23, should lift the franchise comfortably into the billion-dollar box office mark, after “The Hangover's" $400-million global take in 2009 and the sequel's more than...
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's "A Touch of Sin," which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last week, will be coming to U.S. screens in late fall or early winter.
The New York-based company Kino Lorber announced Tuesday that it had picked up the U.S. rights to the movie. The film is Jia's fourth to play at the festival and is divided into four stories.
L.A. Times critic Kenneth Turan called the film "a corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism."
Whether due to the presence of Steven Spielberg as head of the jury or for other reasons, much of the coverage from the Cannes Film Festival this year has steered toward North American-flavored fare and folks (from the Coen Brothers to Liberace and Ryan Gosling).
But as the deal for "Touch of Sin" shows, the festival's main competition is nevertheless still a hotbed for international cinema, a key launching...
"Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture" — a new documentary about the giant rock at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art — will screen June 20 at LACMA's Bing Theater as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Festival organizers announced the world-premiere gala Tuesday morning.
Heizer's famed boulder, which resides outside LACMA, captured the attention of the world last year. Over the course of 10 nights, tens of thousands of people watched the 340-ton granite boulder make its way through L.A. neighborhoods on a 294-foot-long, 206-wheeled trailer to its final resting place in a 456-foot-long negative space formed by a concrete slot.
The film, which chronicles his life and his passion for the piece, was produced by Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricoff of Electric City.
"My Little Pony Equestria Girls," a new animated film, will have its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival's Family Day festivities on June 15, organizers announced Tuesday.
The film revolves around Twilight Sparkle pursuing a thief who has stolen the crown from the Crystal Empire into an alternative universe, where she must transform herself into a high school student.
"We are extremely proud to host this year's Family Day," Stephen Davis, president of Hasbro Studios, said in a statement Tuesday morning. "We are particularly excited to be bringing 'My Little Pony Equestria Girls' to be screened for its world premiere debut at the L.A. Film Festival."
Of course, it's not just kids who like "My Little Pony." The property has its adult fans too -- men who are known as “bronies” (a combination of “bro” and “ponies”). They produce a steady stream of flying-pony-inspired blogs, rock bands, fan art and YouTube videos.
Sarah Polley's documentary "Stories We Tell" has been lauded by critics for its invigorating storytelling and the compelling way it unveils a deep-seated family secret. (Spoilers ahead.)
But many viewers say they feel particularly energized by the movie once they catch on to a filmmaking secret: Polley mixed home movies and other archival material with new footage of actors playing her family members in many of the scenes.
Though Polley contends that she didn't set out to confound audience members — leaving them questioning what was real and what was re-created — the need for footage did lend itself to the broader theme of the film, which was to examine how we construct stories out of our experiences.
"We were making a movie about storytelling and this was a version of that," said Polley in an interview in Los Angeles prior to the film's opening. "It was always part of the premise to not pretend that this was some factual thing, that this was as close to the truth as we...
For Bill Hader fans, Saturday was a dark day, as it marked the actor's last episode as a regular cast member of "Saturday Night Live."
Hader, 34, takes with him beloved characters like enthusiastic "Weekend Update" city correspondent Stefon, creepy "Dateline" correspondent Keith Morrison and classic Hollywood horror figure Vincent Price.
The transition from "SNL" to film work can be a bumpy one, but Hader has already been smoothing a path -- he and Kristen Wiig costar as twins who cheat death in the upcoming comedy "The Skeleton Twins"; he plays a loser swimming pool manager in "The To-Do List," a romantic comedy written and directed by his wife, Maggie Carey; and he voices characters in two 2013 animated movies, "Turbo" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2."
CANNES, France -- One of the biggest stars on the Croisette this year isn't even on the Croisette.
The question is: Will he be?
Ryan Gosling is to premiere his new movie, the Nicolas Refn Thai revenge drama "Only God Forgives," at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. And forget economic meltdown, Syrian civil war or Robert Pattison -- the question among both the photo-snapping masses here and the equally enthusiastic photo-posters online has been: Will Gosling make it?
Those associated with the film have been pushing for Gosling to come and take his moment in the Cannes limelight for the second time in three years (he came in 2011 with "Drive," also from Refn) -- and, oh yes, generate just a small amount of publicity for the violent foreign-set film.
But Gosling has been filming his directorial debut, "How to Catch a Monster," in Detroit, and scheduling a transatlantic flight in the middle of a shoot isn’t easy. If he was acting, say those...
Now that Seth MacFarlane has tweeted that he simply can't find the time to host the Oscars again, is it too early to say: "Tina Fey, come on down!"
"I think that's too hard," Fey tells The Times over the phone, when asked if she'd take the job. "Too many dresses to try on."
Really, Tina? You're going to go with the whole degree-of-difficulty dress thing as your primary reason to dodge the high-profile opportunity to flaunt your charm and talents in front of an audience of tens of millions of people?
"Hey, don't underestimate how exhausting it is to try on 85 dresses — and 79 of them are humiliating," Fey says, laughing.
Of course, that's not why Fey, who memorably co-hosted the Golden Globes last year with pal Amy Poehler, doesn't want the Academy Awards gig. As jobs go, hosting the Oscars might be a little toohigh-profile with the risks (bombing in front of your peers and a huge television audience) outweighing the rewards. (See:...