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‘Masterminds’ Review: A Painfully Dense Comedy That Squanders a Talented Cast

by Erin Whitney September 30, 2016 @ 8:57 AM
Relativity Media
‘Masterminds’ stars some of the funniest names in comedy, like Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, and Leslie Jones. Too bad ‘Masterminds’ isn’t funny.

Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson’s ‘Shanghai’ Sequel Lands ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Director

by Britt Hayes September 6, 2016 @ 2:21 PM
Last year it was reported that Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson were still planning on teaming up for a third installment in the action-comedy series that began back in 2000 with Shanghai Noon. It’s been 13 years since the sequel — Shanghai Knights — hit theaters, but it looks like the duo’s goofy adventures will continue sooner rather than later (even though it’s already much, much later now).

‘Masterminds,’ ‘Before I Wake’ and More Relativity Movies Finally Coming to Theaters

by Britt Hayes May 17, 2016 @ 7:17 PM
If titles like Masterminds and Before I Wake seem a bit familiar to you, that’s because you’ve read about them before. You may have even watched a trailer for one of them. Those films, along with The Disappointments Room and Kidnap, are finally seeing the light of day following Relativity’s emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which caused a delay in the release of several of their films that were originally meant to hit theaters long before now.

Nickelodeon Taps ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Team for ‘NickToons’ Animated Movie

by Britt Hayes January 27, 2016 @ 5:47 PM
Last year Nickelodeon announced plans to revive several of our favorite ’90s shows, starting with a special block of programming called “The Splat.” But that’s not all the network has been cooking up for nostalgic fans — they’ve also been developing a new film that will bring many of our favorite ’90s cartoon characters together on the big screen for one big, animated adventure, and the company has found the right creative team to tackle the ambitious project.

‘Don Verdean’ Trailer: Danny McBride Sends Sam Rockwell to Search for Religious Artifacts

by Britt Hayes October 27, 2015 @ 7:25 PM
If that headline didn’t clue you in, then you should know that this is a trailer for Don Verdean, a new absurd religious satire from the guys who brought you Napoleon Dynamite (and some other movies that weren’t as well-liked) — not a trailer for a new religious movie. Although I’d pay handsomely to watch Danny McBride and Sam Rockwell play it straight in a faith-based drama.

‘Masterminds’ Trailer: Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig Are Hilariously Unlikely Bank Robbers

by Britt Hayes June 23, 2015 @ 7:36 PM
Back in March we saw the first teaser trailer for Masterminds, the new comedy from the director of Napoleon Dynamite, starring Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson. That sounds like quite the lineup of comedic talent in a film that may very well redeem director Jared Hess after his follow-up films underperformed and were poorly-received by critics and audiences. The new, full trailer is quite promising, and even more promising are the writing credits: Eastbound and Down collaborators Jody Hill and Danny McBride.

‘Spider-Man’ Director Shortlist Revealed for Sony and Marvel’s Joint Reboot

by Britt Hayes May 5, 2015 @ 4:55 PM
Last we heard, Asa Butterfield is Sony and Marvel’s top pick to become the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man. While we await the final casting decision (Tom Holland is also reportedly in the mix), a new report has revealed the list of names being seriously considered for the director’s chair on Spidey’s new solo film. And only one of those names seems like a vaguely good idea. Just one.

‘Masterminds’ Trailer: Zach Galifianakis and the Director of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Team Up For a Crime Comedy

by Matt Singer March 31, 2015 @ 9:26 AM
This trailer for Masterminds, which teams Zach Galifianakis with Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess, claims it is “based on a true story.” And its Wikipedia page says basically the same thing; that this tale of blundering criminals is inspired by a 1997 robbery that took place in Charlotte North Carolina, where bandits stole over $17 million from the vault of an armored car company.