Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

The Playlist

Review: 'Girls' Unfortunately Stumbles Into Sitcom Territory

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • May 6, 2012 11:00 PM
  • |
  • 17 Comments
As we mentioned in our review of the season premiere, "Girls" came out of the gate strong, exhibiting a fresh approach and confidence that many shows don't often have in their first season. Navigating the complexities of sex, relationships and friendships between women in Manhattan, Lena Dunham's effort seemed to sidestep the usual structure and expectations of the half hour format for something a bit more direct and honest. And while we figured "Girls" would stumble at some point, or perhaps deliver an episode below the standard set thus far, we didn't expect it to be so soon, or done so sloppily.

Review: A Diva, A Dog & 20 Years In D.C. On 'Veep'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • May 6, 2012 10:30 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
If over the last couple of episodes of "Veep" we've been critical of the writers overstuffing their plot, that's not an issue this time around. But unfortuantely, the titular subject of the episode (who really only comes into play in the last third), is also the least interesting.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Avengers' Assemble The Biggest Opening Weekend In History With $207 Million

  • By Gabe Toro
  • |
  • May 6, 2012 11:50 AM
  • |
  • 17 Comments
Box office: you just got Avenged. Combining the feature attractions of four separate blockbusters, "The Avengers" was looking to at least surpass the first weekend gross of "Iron Man 2," which pulled in a non-3D three-day total of $128 million during this weekend two years ago. However, few expected the team-up film to approach the final domestic tallies of both "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger," roughing up previous weekend record-holder "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part Two." That 3D-enhanced final installment of the "Potter" series still holds the record for the biggest opening day at $91 million, but "The Avengers"' $80 million Friday wasn't as frontloaded, and the film will finish Sunday at the top of the blockbuster opening weekend summit. Hooray money!

Scene:Brooklyn Gives A Preview Screening Of 'Redlegs,' Director Brandon Harris Talks His Influences

  • By Christopher Bell
  • |
  • May 6, 2012 11:17 AM
  • |
  • 5 Comments
Following a night of short films and a video installation "Green|Red" displayed under the Manhattan Bridge, Scene:Brooklyn took over Dumbo's reRun Gastropub Theater for a special preview screening of Brandon Harris' "Redlegs," a feature following a trio of childhood friends brought together after the murder of another chum. Harris, a regular editor/critic for Filmmaker Magazine and occasional cohort of The Playlist (here he chats with the eternal New Yorker Abel Ferrara), raised the appropriate funds on Kickstarter and ventured to his stomping grounds of Cincinnati to create his debut comedy-drama.

Hot Docs Review: 'Bones Brigade' Another Winning Look At Skateboarding Culture From Stacy Peralta

  • By Samantha Chater
  • |
  • May 6, 2012 11:10 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Most people don't have enough happen in their life to make one documentary, but it turns out Stacy Peralta has enough to make at least two. Eleven years after he delved into his own adolescent history with “Dogtown And Z-Boys,” Peralta has made another skateboarding doc about the next phase of his career after the Z-boys. When Peralta founded his skateboard company Powell Peralta in the late '70s, he brought together a bunch of unknown amateur skaters, cherry picked from around the USA -- including Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and Rodney Mullen, among others -- and created a skate team called the Bones Brigade. In case you know less about skating than me, these guys pretty much all grew up to be the top competitors of the 1980s, and went on to inspire and shape the next generation of skaters and their culture -- in short they are skate legends.

James Cameron Teases A Possible 'Avatar 4'; Says He's No Longer Developing New Feature Film Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • May 5, 2012 6:36 PM
  • |
  • 10 Comments
James Cameron has sailed the "Titanic," gone into outer space with "Aliens" and traveled through time with "Terminator." But it looks like the director has committed a large portion of his upcoming cinematic career to the world of "Avatar," to the point where he says he's no longer going to even be considering new feature film projects.

'Toy Story 3' Writer Michael Arndt In Talks To Re-Write 'Catching Fire'

  • By Drew Taylor
  • |
  • May 5, 2012 12:41 PM
  • |
  • 5 Comments
Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” is now packing some new heat. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for “Little Miss Sunshine” and more recently wrote “Toy Story 3,” is being brought onboard to polish the initial drafts that were written by “Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours” writer Simon Beaufoy. “Catching Fire” is, of course, based on the second book in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young adult series and the follow up to Gary Ross' runaway smash from earlier this year.

New 'Dark Shadows' Images Show Off Alice Cooper's Cameo & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • May 4, 2012 5:52 PM
  • |
  • 3 Comments
While the multiplex explodes this weekend with superheroes emerging out of every cinematic orifice, next week the blockbuster movie leading the pack will be quite a different beast altogether. A vampire and a witch will battle it out in the 1970s in the high concept fantasy/horror/comedy hybrid "Dark Shadows."

'Snowtown' Director Justin Kurzel To Helm Adaptation Of John Le Carré's 'Our Kind Of Traitor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • May 4, 2012 5:20 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
While we'll have to wait see if the team behind "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" ever gets the sequel "Smiley's People" going, it looks like fans of John Le Carré have another adaptation to look forward to.

In Theaters: 'The Avengers' Is 'A Little Bit Of Heaven'; Have It 'My Way' At 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

  • By Emma Bernstein
  • |
  • May 4, 2012 5:02 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Well, people, it’s here. Each year, starting around Memorial Day and continuing through the early weeks of summer, we find ourselves knee-deep in a period marked by the release of monstrously large popcorn flicks, movies that show off stars and special effects while raking in the dough. That’s right: it’s the season of the terminal illness drama-comedy. And the studios aren’t wasting any time with two films already released this first weekend. Oh, wait – just kidding. It’s Summer Blockbuster Season! And we’re off to a great start with Marvel’s debut picture this weekend. Buckle up.

Email Updates

Recent Comments