There is perhaps no villain as mad or sadistic as The Joker. In the course of cinema (and television) the crown prince of crime has been played by great men. Cesar Romero. Jack Nicholson. Heath Ledger. Mark Hamill. Jared Leto. And now… Zach Galifianakis?! (more…)
Whatever happened to Michael Cera? He used to appear in two or three movies a year, but aside from the fourth season of Arrested Development and a memorable appearance in This is the End, he seems to have all but disappeared from the landscape. Appropriately enough, Cera’s next big role will only require his voice and not his actual person, and it will require him to team-up again with his Arrested Development uncle Will Arnett. What weird sort of project brings these two Canadian actors together again? Why it’s the LEGO Movie spin-off The LEGO Batman Movie, and Cera will play the Boy Wonder to Arnett’s Caped Crusader. (more…)
The power of the internet can be completely amazing. It can destroy the millions of dollars’ worth of publicity that a studio puts into a movie or television series in a blink of an eye, it can get movies made (such as the case with the recent Veronica Mars movie), hell, it can even bring back the dead. Such was the case for Arrested Development, the 2003-2006 FOX sitcom from Mitchell Hurwitz. Seven years after its initial cancellation on FOX, fan outcry brought the series back from the dead for a fourth season, which premiered on its new home, Netflix. The question of when or if the series would return for a fifth season has been the subject of debate but it looks like fans of the Bluth family finally have a definitive answer. Kind of. (more…)
Looks like Netflix made a huge mistake when they originally ordered just 10 episodes of the fourth season of Arrested Developmentbecause it turns out there’s still money in that banana stand.
It seems that Mitchell Hurwitz and Co. are delivering an additional episode to bring the total number up to 15, it was announced sometime ago that the initial 10 was bumped to 14. In addition, we now have a release date for the new season. Mark your calendars because Arrested Development premieres on May 26. You may want to book now and take the day off from work. Or school. Or church. Whatever.
Arrested Development reunites Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, David Cross, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor and Alia Shawkat in a more anthology type storytelling where each episode focuses on one of the main characters with the others coming and going. Bateman is the only one who will appear in all 14 15 episodes. The new episodes will also feature special guest stars Ben Stiller, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Conan O’Brien, Isla Fisher, and John Slattery.
Finally, Netlix has released new poster for Arrested season 4. Not sure what that cargo container imagery means, maybe we’re just taking the Bluths out of storage after seven years? I guess we’ll find out in less than two months.
Curly hair, inappropriate laugh, awkward gestures…repeat. Follow this formula and you’ve got all you need to be the new Michael Cera. So wait, where does one go to learn such difficult skills? The Michael Cera School of Acting, of course. This recent video post is certainly intended for all you Cera haters out there but can also be enjoyed by those who dig the guy as well. Whether you like the guy or not it’s just WAY too easy to make fun of the dope! In the end, what makes Cera great isn’t necessarily his acting ability; He has what I like to refer to as the “Nic Cage affect” where he ends up playing the same character in every film, but rather his uncanny ability to makes us laugh at him for who he truly is and that’s what is so charming about the guy. So the question is, do you wanna be like Michael Cera? If so, check out the video for some step by step directions on how to be a fucking klutzy goofball.
(Review by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay– Twitter @NickBungay)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was thought to be just another toss in the hat of comics and Manga turned live-action film. When it was first revealed to be coming to life, people worried for it’s early demise. In the hands of Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) this was turned into a brilliant mix of comedic timing, heart and nerd references galore. This film is perfect for anyone who’s been into the series or just hearing about one man’s fight for the rocking new chick in town. This film even had an 8-bit opening theme, how sweet is that?
Created originally by Brian Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is like every 22 year old slacker in Toronto. He’s in his own band, perfectly named the “Sex Bob-Omb”, slightly enjoys his life and has a 17 year old girlfriend (envious yet?) It’s perfect, until he encounters Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) literally in his dreams. From there it begins to spiral into love at first sight with hearts and Scott playing guitar. Enter the battle of the bands, which in itself was a hilarious segment of overall film experience. Hearing the music is one thing, when it’s translated into actual spikes and rhythm you can see it gets into a very surreal place.
With first encounter of the Evil Ex’s (did I mention Scott has to battle Ramona’s 7 evil Ex’s to win her heart?) the movie really takes a turn. Long gone are the musicals where people break into song, these people break into fist fights (with a clever “Vs.” placed right between the fighters). The style and splashy-ness of these fights are enough to make your pupils hurt (in a good way). After every video game inspired fight things go straight back to normal, if seeing floating pee bars and 1-up signs are normal. Even defeated foes get turned into cash (Canadian change only). With each ex trying to kill Scott and sully his chance at a co-op action, each fight only gets weirder and more absurd. Yet all this makes for a really entertaining movie.
An outstanding supporting cast of Scott’s friends (Kieran Culkin has fantastic comedic timing) and the evil ex’s, each getting their own pop-up bio. References are everywhere from co-op gaming, Zelda, and freaking Seinfeld, it’s every nerd’s wet dream. The films does however, have a few stitches in it’s side that could have been better. With a slight overuse of split screen dialogue, it takes slight focus away from the viewing experience. The evil ex’s and Scott’s friends could have been expanded upon a bit more or stretched out during fights. As well as Knives (Scott’s g/f at start of film) twist into an evil personality should have been exploited just a little longer. This film still manages to keep everyone at attention, those with time to spend inside should check this out.
Scott Pilgrim is the result of taking one mans idea, tossing in some 8-bit love, taking just under 2 hours to wow a crowed and resulting in one of the most original film’s of the summer. This movie has potential for a possible sequel if warranted. While it does have a few faults here and there it’s a movie for all ages, young and old (though the films tone and sensibilities might be too outlandish for the conventional movie-goer). Edgar Wright performed his duties to the letter and created a perfect blend (it’s actually amazing how many panels and dialogue from the comic were copied exactly) If giving this movie an 8.5 outta 10 is wrong then I need to put in another quarter and hit continue.
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That wait is over. Edgar Wright‘s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is here!!! But, was it worth the wait? It’s being herald as one of our generations most outlandish, quirky, stylistic, unconventional, pieces of cinematic heaven. Does it live up to it’s critical acclaim? Was it a faithful adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels? Was it fun, funny and offbeat as you were hoping? Were the visuals as splashy and stylish enough to make your pupils hurt (in a good way)? Is the films tone and sensibilities something everyone can enjoy? How was Micheal Cera? Was the role of Scott Pilgrim his most un-Cera role yet or did you still want to punch him in the face? How has Scott Pilgrim set the bar for future comic/videogame genre films?
Was Scott Pilgrim an epic of epic epicness or was it the most overrated film of the year?
Tell us what you thought. Spoilers are allowed in the comments.
Is everyone out there really tired of Michael Cera? Sure his roles are never a stretch, and it feels as though he’s always playing himself but there are plenty of other actors out there that make it doing the exact same thing (Nick Cage, Jesse Eisenberg). That shouldn’t make Cera any less likable. And we certainly aren’t on Cera overload. In fact, the last time Cera had a lead role in
something was back in 2009 with Youth in Revolt. His awkward behavior seems so genuine and that’s what makes him so easy to like.
So although it’s hilarious it is quite surprising to see a fake TV spot edited of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, where Cera is repeatedly getting the crap kicked out of him. The TV spot certainly makes the statement that at least some people out there are bored with Cera. Maybe Michael Cera’s charm is fading and no longer rubbing off on people. Is the wide-eyed, boy next store look out in 2010? Maybe rocking that Jersey Shore blow-out wasn’t such a good idea.
Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” is quickly approaching (released Aug. 13th). And, just when you thought a major motion picture, video game and toys were as epic as epic can get Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim is gearing up to air a short animated special titled “Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation” on August 12th at midnight.
The animated special will be about Scott’s high-school relationship with Sex Bob-omb’s sardonic drummer Kim Pine.
Michael Cera and Alison Pill will reprise their role for the special along with co-stars Mae Whitman and Jason Schwartzman to provide the voices for Lisa and Simon Lee, respectively.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation” will air on Cartoon Network in two parts between 12:00 and 12:30 am and then again the next day on adultswim.com when “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” debuts.
From /Film, here’s what producer Jason DeMarco had to say about the animation:
We were approached by Universal to do something cool around the release of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Being huge fans of the comic, and very excited about the film, we asked if we could produce an animated short in the style of the comic. The filmmakers and Bryan Lee O’Malley were into the idea, so we actually made it! Edgar Wright was kind enough to secure some of the talent from the film for us, so we have Michael Cera as Scott, Allison Pill as Kim, Mae Whitman as Lisa and Jason Schwartzman as Simon Lee doing voices in the short.
Slashfilm debuted two clips from the shorts so far. One showcases Scott and Lisa’s first meeting, while the other serves as a commercial for the special stating “‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World’ is almost in theaters. Check out the latter after the jump:
So when you first watched Zombieland, did you say ” wow that guy from from ” Juno” was a bad-ass”? Well guess what? It’s not Michael Cera, It’s Jesse Eisenburg. Very identical to each other, BUT the huge question is, who came first, and what are some differences? Read more after the break. (more…)