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Review: 'Tammy' Starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon And Mark Duplass

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 1, 2014 12:45 PM
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The marketing campaign for "Tammy," the new Melissa McCarthy comedy, has always been somewhat baffling. Instead of a straight-up teaser, Warner Bros chose to release a snippet of a single scene, where McCarthy's titular character was robbing a greasy fast food restaurant. It was funny enough, but it didn't get you any closer to understanding what the movie was actually about. The fact that this elliptical teaser was the cornerstone of the entire promotional campaign did, however, tell you something: that if anyone understood what the actual movie consisted of, they'd probably stay away in droves. Because "Tammy" is a boring, unfunny road movie that limps along idly, consisting of a string of nonsensical set pieces and halfhearted stabs at character development that come across as off-putting and odd. As soon as our screening ended, a woman behind us sighed and said, "That was uncomfortable." We couldn't agree more.

Fassbender's 'Macbeth' Adds Cast, Katherine Heigl Is In 'Your Right Mind,' Glenn Close Joins 'Gilly Hopkins' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 12:33 PM
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Berlin starts today as such, there is an eruption of casting news, so let's get to it. Most excitingly, Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth" starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard has kicked off its seven week shoot, and revealed the rest of the cast and it's a good one.

Recap: Things Slow Down A Bit For 'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 7, 'The Dead'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 21, 2013 1:28 PM
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Over the past few weeks, "American Horror Story: Coven" has piled on the craziness, to the point that the show occasionally felt overwhelming, like a giant toppling tower of racist, flesh-eating zombies that are also possessed and on fire. Mercifully, this week's episode, "The Dead," written by co-creator Brad Falchuk, gave us time to pause and catch our breath a little bit before the next round of blood-drenched mayhem.

Recap: Danny Huston's Axeman Visits 'American Horror Story: Coven,' As More Secrets Are Revealed

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 14, 2013 1:12 PM
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If last week's episode of "American Horror Story: Coven" proved one thing, it's that the tensions between the coven of New Orleans witches and the more soulful practitioners of voodoo are reaching the proverbial boiling point, you know, like in a cauldron. Vengeance was taken for the acid attack on Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) and a small army of zombies (a platoon?) was unleashed on Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies courtesie of Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett), an act that resulted in much "Evil Dead" referencing and the potential reveal of our next Supreme, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga). This week's episode, "The Axeman Cometh," deals with the fallout from those events and, in "American Horror Story" terms at least, was altogether quieter. It also showed that the male characters could be just as slippery and evil as the witches.

Recap: Things Get Hot In 'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 5, "Burn, Witch. Burn!"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 7, 2013 11:00 AM
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One of the greatest, gore-soaked magic tricks of "American Horror Story" is the way that creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have so many balls in the air, that even when some mysteries or scenarios are put to bed, ten more spring up. It's like the nighttime soap opera horror equivalent of a hydra; cut one head off and three appear. This was certainly the case with the fifth fiery episode of "American Horror Story: Coven," "Burn, Witch. Burn!," in which mysteries were seemingly laid to rest while others gleefully popped up in their place. To quote the great American poet Nelly: it's getting hot in here.

Recap: Witches Get Suspicious In 'American Horror Story: Coven' Halloween Episode 'Fearful Pranks Ensue'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 31, 2013 4:10 PM
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There are some television shows (among them "Roseanne," "The Simpsons" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") that make a very big deal out of their Halloween episode. Just as the holiday celebrates slipping out of your skin and into someone else's, these episodes often break from the formula of the rest of the series, offering a wildly divergent path into some very strange waters. With "American Horror Story," since the entire series plays a post-trick-or-treating fever dream, the Halloween episodes are an even more heightened homage to the things that go bump in the night, where the entire country takes on the show's eerie glow. They are also widely considered to be some of the series' very best episodes. The third season's Halloween offering is no different.

Ethan Hawke Joins Alejandro Amenábar’s 'Regression,' Dustin Hoffman Sings In The 'Boychoir' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 31, 2013 11:22 AM
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It's been a while since we heard the name Alejandro Amenábar. After a terrific run of films including "Open Your Eyes," "The Others" and "The Sea Inside," the filmmaker stumbled slightly with his epic "Agora." But it looks like he's ready to return with a new film "Regression," which will star Ethan Hawke. Plot details are being kept secret for now, but it's being called an "elevated genre project," according to Variety, and one that will play with "our deepest primal fears." Production will begin next spring.

Recap: Mother/Daughter Relationships Get Complicated In 'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 'The Replacements'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 24, 2013 6:03 PM
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Many of the critics of "American Horror Story: Coven" claim that its rococo stylization is both unnecessary and over-the-top. Tonight's episode, "The Replacements," certainly won't silence those critics, although it might prove that, at the very least, when the show's runaway outrageousness is corralled by someone like director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, it can be both purposeful on a narrative level and powerful on an emotional one. This was, after all, an hour of the show when a teenage girl masturbated in front of a cow-headed monster. What's more shocking than the moment itself was that it turned out to be the emotional center of the entire hour. Now that's messed up.

Recap: Things Get Witchy In First Episode Of 'American Horror Story: Coven'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 10, 2013 11:01 AM
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One of the things that has made the entire "American Horror Story" enterprise so exciting has been the promise of seemingly endless variety. Not only is each season in the spook-filled series a different beast altogether (supposedly one of the ways that co-creator Ryan Murphy got the series greenlit was his pitch to FX that promised at the conclusion of the first season's haunted house arc, "the house wins"), but each moment can play like its own self-contained genre exercise.

Mark Duplass & Susan Sarandon Say Hi To Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 21, 2013 7:28 PM
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Melissa McCarthy certainly seems to be building her career the right way. She first impressed in a big way on the small screen for many years in a supporting role on “Gilmore Girls,” and that eventually paid off with a lead role on a network sitcom with “Mike & Molly.” She’s paid her dues on the big screen too, with a slew of supporting roles eventually leading to “Bridesmaids” and after scoring a hit as a co-lead alongside Jason Bateman in “Identity Thief” she’s ready to go it alone.

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