Demetri Martin

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Probably nobody has been hankering to see a movie set in the thrilling world of voice-over acting, but the world that writer/director/star Lake Bell has created for her new indie, In a World…, seems like a world that’s probably going to be charming and funny enough for you to want to visit it anyway. Or, at least that’s how the trailer makes it look, but who can trust what you see in trailers? The trailer for In a World… is all about the empty showmanship that goes into trying to sell movies with trailers. What can’t be faked is that Bell’s amazing supporting cast is one that includes names like Tig Notaro, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino, Geena Davis, Nick Offerman, and many others though, or that the film won the award for screenwriting at Sundance, so you can feel safe giving this Meta ad about a movie about ads a watch anyway.

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After an entire decade of nonstop irony during the 90s I felt like I was already done with snarky references to 80s pop culture. Then once VH1 systematically mined the decade, year by year, for every possible comment and quip that an army of B list comedians could come up with for I Love the 80s, I was certain that the book on the subject had been closed. At least until last year when we got the mediocre Hot Tub Time Machine, which went for every cheap 80s joke in the book, and suddenly the door was once again open to make fun of the decade of excess. I dreaded watching Take Me Home Tonight. I could not watch all of the same jokes regurgitated, yet again. How happy was I then, when this didn’t turn out to be that sort of movie at all? Super happy. Take Me Home Tonight has less in common with comedies like the aforementioned hot tub movie or something like Sandler’s The Wedding Singer and more in common with movies about young people from another decade like American Graffiti or Dazed and Confused. It bathes itself in an 80s aesthetic, but it doesn’t ever shine a spotlight on the trends and tropes in order to exploit them for laughs. This isn’t so much a comedy about the 80s as it is a comedy set in the 80s. The trailers really do it no favors, so don’t walk into it with a bad attitude like […]

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Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis are in final negotiations to star in the upcoming Paramount comedy Will, the second film from the team that brought you Little Miss Sunshine.

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Kevin Carr looks ahead to this week’s movie releases, effectively shredding The Final Destination, urging you to stay clear of Halloween 2 and Taking Woodstock to task.

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‘Taking Woodstock’ is an unexpected detour into sunny territory for director Ang Lee but it’s so lightweight it’s almost insubstantial.

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A little birdie left a bunch of cool images from Taking Woodstock on my doorstep, and then clumsily flew off into a nearby window.

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It’s hard to tell from the trailer, but it looks like Post Grad might move beyond simple comedy to explore the frustration of graduating college without any job prospects.

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Ang Lee’s forthcoming flick has a new poster that looks like H.R. Pufnstuf threw up all over a large piece of paper. In the good way.

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Last night the first trailer for Taking Woodstock, the latest film from director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), premiered during the Comedy Central show Important Things with Demetri Martin. And since then, it has appeared online in a low resolution format. Lo-res or not though, we feel that it’s important that you get a look this morning.

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Director Ang Lee

You have to give Ang Lee credit for being a wily and unpredictable filmmaker. He has jumped from genre to genre throughout his careers. And his next jump will land him in a very strange place.

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THE Ohio State University may never be the same.

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We will be there when this train of laughter rolls through Columbus, Ohio… Word.

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