The new 'Rapturepalooza' trailer seals the deal: 2013 is the year of the apocalyptic comedy. For whatever reason, the next few months will see the theatrical release of three comedies about people trying to survive as the world crumbles around them. When, exactly, does a high concept stop being unique?
Aca-heck yes! Universal confirms they're planning a 'Pitch Perfect 2,' and that news is so great that we don't even care that we can't see it for another couple years or so.
There are probably more works of fiction about the Weather Underground than there were ever members.
Okay, that's a hyperbolic statement, but when you get in the mindset of the radical left of the 1960s and 1970s you tend to get a little grand in your rhetoric. The Weather Underground, if you don't know, was the anti-Vietnam youth movement so sickened by the US's foreign policy that they felt they had to “bring the war home” with acts of domestic terrorism. In real life, they called ahead to warn of bombs in government buildings – and the only blood they shed was their own during an explosives accident in a Greenwich Village apartment – but for the movies, even one by a bonafide liberal like Robert Redford, it is easy to paint them as people who let their ideals take them too far.
What's wrong with a little good clean fun? While a cappella versions of the biggest pop hits of the '80s, '90s and today are not exactly my jam, a crowd-pleasing comedy with a few unexpected subversive moments can be. It would take a misanthrope of the highest order to dislike 'Pitch Perfect,' preposterous and predictable though it may be.
'Captain America 2' - now officially subtitled 'Winter Soldier' - takes place in modern day, which means Cap's flame, Peggy Carter, won't be returning for the sequel. So Steve Rogers is gonna need a new woman in his life and Marvel has narrowed down their search to three actresses for the role.
Lately, Hollywood has been giving us a steady stream of summer blockbusters inspired by comic books (‘The Avengers’), campy television shows (‘Dark Shadows’) or board games (‘Battleship’). ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ might be a first, then.
The ensemble comedy – which opens in theaters on May 18; read our review here – takes its cues from a massively popular self-help guide that’s traditionally purchased for a young couple upon the news that they’re about to have a baby.