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Clapping For The Wrong Reasons

Why Watch? For the second day in a row we feature a Community star’s short film output. Yesterday it was Gillian Jacobs going dark, and today it’s Donald Glover being incredibly chill. Both are fascinating because of their style and content, but they’re also interesting in light of the kind of short work that the show’s actors were putting out just a few years ago. Directed by Hiro Murai (the man behind music videos like Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”) and written by Glover, this airy short spends downtime with the actor (presumably as a fictionalized (or real?) version of his Childish Gambino alter-ego) as he floats through an expensive estate populated by other artists and happy hangers-on. Filled with everyday moments that seem slightly odd, bits of in-progress rap and a few heart-to-heart stories, it’s a plotless narrative that feels like the pleasant version of the abyss staring back. It’s maybe mysterious, maybe philosophical, maybe referencing J.D. Salinger with its title, but it doesn’t really hang its hat on anything enough to be tagged for pretentiousness. There’s also — save for an unknown girl that shows up on the scene and a single moment of intense old school symbolism — no real conflict to speak of. It’s a gorgeous movie featuring a rare look into the calm zoo of creative wealth.

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What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup that always keeps its promises. Yesterday we promised we’d be back soon with Cinderella’s second evil stepsister, and today we deliver. Given her spindly, spider-like limbs, her silky black hair, and her porcelain skin, it was probably only a matter of time before Krysten Ritter ended up acting in a Tim Burton movie. The girl is basically goth catnip. So, appropriately enough, a report out of Deadline is saying that she just joined Burton’s next project, Big Eyes. This one will see Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams portraying 50s and 60s art sensations Walter and Margaret Keane, and Ritter playing Margaret’s outgoing friend, DeeAnn, who urges her to come out of her shell and stop letting her fast-talking husband take credit for her weird paintings of kids with big eyes.

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The To Do List Red Band Trailer

A movie about Aubrey Plaza giving out hand jobs, under any other name, would be just as sweet. So it’s with great anticipation that we’ve been awaiting Funny or Die vet Maggie Carey’s debut directorial effort The To Do List. The good news is, today that wait got a little bit easier, because not only has CBS Films released a red band trailer for the film, but they’ve also revealed that it will be this Valentine’s Day (February 14) when we finally get to take in this story of a virginal nerd who tries to systematically experience all the sex acts she missed out on in high school before entering college. So, based on this first teaser, does it look like The To Do List will live up to the lofty expectations that its premise creates? Maybe. Honestly, it looks a little low rent, like we’re looking at a trailer for a series of web short rather than a feature film, and while there are some amusing moments in this 90 seconds of clips, there aren’t really any of the big belly laughs that one would expect from a raunchy comedy.

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What is Movie News After Dark DRINKING? It’s the end result of a long work day, a half dozen mini doughnuts, a glass of cheap Canadian whisky, Robert Fure, and a keyboard. Suck on it, suckers! This week’s movie news after Drinking is brought to you by Revel Stoke spiced whisky (We should not get paid for this because I’m not drinking this again. Or no we should still get paid, but I’m not drinking this again). But basically the deal is I get kind of drunk and then try to type up a whole bunch of movie news before my arms stop working. If you’re wondering why I’m typing all this nonsense, it’s because we need a certain amount of buffer before we move into the news to put a proper text break in here. But totally keep reading because Will Smith NO JOKE SLAPS A RUSSIAN IN THE FACE IN THE FIRST STORY. (OH LOOK AT ME I’M FRILMCRIT HULK BECAUSE THIS IS ALL CAPITALS)

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The 2011 Gift Guide: Music for Movie Lovers

Welcome to The Holiday Gift Guide, our yearly stroll through all the things you absolutely should have on your Christmas list this year. To begin, we encourage you to strap on your little, tiny headphones, and get ready for more giving suggestions from your favorite Rejects. Do you have a friend or family member on your Christmas list that always has their fingers on the pulse of the music scene, making buying them anything music-related nearly impossible? Have no fear – I turned to the silver screen to find music they may not have heard from movies they might also enjoy. And, as has been the trend lately with popular artists starting to compose for film, I rounded up some current composers and the bands you may not know they started out in. Plus a few artists you may not know who have begun composing for films. This list features movies that came out this year with kick-ass soundtracks as well as albums from artists-turned-composers. If you have someone in your life that is a music lover and into movies, then this is the list for you. And if you are that person, this list may give you some ideas of what to include on your own wish list. Of course, this is not a comprehensive list, but merely suggestions to help inspire ideas and give you a jumping off point. And if there is a great suggestion I overlooked, feel free to sound off in the comments and let our […]

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that isn’t holding out hope that it will be chosen to host the 84th Academy Awards. It has never had a good working relationship with Brian Grazer. Earlier today the entire film world was talking about Brett Ratner’s departure as producer of the Oscars because of a whole bunch of controversy over some comments he made that offended fans of rehearsals. Everyone wanted him out, and they got it. The also got the bonus of Eddie Murphy jumping ship as host, two-for-one discount style. And now they’re getting something else, which might be seen as a bonus. The Academy confirmed this evening via a press release that Brian Grazer will produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast. The odds on Tom Hanks hosting just went through the roof.

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What is Movie News After Dark? On most nights, it’s average. Tonight, it is slightly above average. We begin tonight with an image from a movie you’re not looking forward to, but only because you probably don’t know about it yet. I know about it and am very much looking forward to it. And based on the transitive property of fandom, that means you’ll want to see it, too. It’s a first image from No Way Out, a short film by Aaron Morgan that was announced as part of the Fantastic Fest 2011 Shorts Program. I was in an Aaron Morgan joint once, and I can tell you that he’s a true professional, especially when it comes to the casting couch. Though I doubt AJ Bowen had to go through the same “rigorous” “casting process.” He’s legit and I was a newcomer.

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Why Watch? Because all week long we’ll be featuring short films featuring the gang from Community. Today’s features Donald Glover sucking on the male sex organ. User discretion is advised. This short works so damned well, especially for movie fans, because it’s a parody of Memento that takes things in a completely absurd direction. It imagines a world where Leonard Shelby is black (just like Spider-Man), and his roommate takes advantage of his short term memory loss by making him play a mouth-based video game. It’s been online a while and already been seen a bajillion times, but that’s no reason not to give it the spotlight once again. What Will It Cost? Just 3 minutes of your time. Check out Memory Loss for yourself:

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s excited about James Bond! And Muppets! And Angry Birds! And a bunch of other things that could be classified as movie-related news and notes. Why? Because this is your nightly dose of all that is good and readable in the movie blogosphere. MGM and Sony have brokered a deal in which they will split the cost of the next James Bond film, the Sam Mendes directed 23rd film in the Bond franchise. But wait, there’s more! Included in the deal is a very juicy option for Bond 24, which would be in the works shortly after 23 is released, should all go as planned. The first milestone will come on November 9, 2012, when Bond 23 is due to be released. I say cheers to that.

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The comedy talent for The Handjob is swelling with Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman, Donald Glover, Connie Britton, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, and Johnny Simmons. The film is being written and directed by Bill Hader’s comedian wife Maggie Carey. That’s not to say that he has a drama wife, too. It’s meant to show that she’s also professionally funny. The modifier placement is just weird. Regardless, Hader expounded on the plot to The Playlist recently, saying “It’s about her playing an type-A, studious girl who graduates high school and hasn’t done anything with a guy. The summer before college she decides that she has to find out how to do everything in order to be properly prepared, so she makes a very serious bullet list of everything, like… hand-job, titty-fuck, blow-job, fingering, and just kinda checks one off every time she does it. She’s being the aggressor and is very straight-forward about it, like ‘Okay, so I’m going to give you a hand-job now.’ And the guys are very taken aback about it, especially her straight-laced friends.” Sold.

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Jamie Bell Spider-Man

Thanks to the fact that Steve Jobs will clearing up all of the rumors about the new iPhone in a few moments, space has been left on the internet for another big rumor — Spider-Man casting. And while we’re working the phones and offering up back-alley handies to our friends inside the walls of Sony, we’re coming up with bupkis confirmation on this latest rumor. However, it will be a topic of conversation, so lets get on with it. Jamie Bell may be the world’s new Spider-Man.

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Here’s some humorous fan activism for your Sunday afternoon. Activism that fans of both NBC’s Community and the recently released (to DVD) comedy Mystery Team will enjoy. A campaign has begun on Twitter to get Donald Glover cast as the next Spider-Man.

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Our countdown to the release of Mystery Team on DVD continues. Today we’re at T-minus 5 days and still counting as we bust out some exclusive content.

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Mystery Team is finally coming to DVD. That’s why we’re here right now, talking about it. Next Tuesday, May 25, Mystery Team will be available for purchase online and in stores. So for the next seven days, we’re going to bring you a countdown in the form of articles that will inform, enlighten and perhaps entertain. It’s all just a ploy to get you to go out and buy the DVD next Tuesday. You should know that up front.

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The release of Mystery Team on DVD is fast approaching. May 25, 2010 to be exact. Finally, one of the absolute funniest films of 2009 will be available for all to purchase. In the mean time, watch this clip.

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Mystery Team director Dan Eckman sent us this exclusive image from the DVD extras. It’s a featurette called “Who Is Wally Cummings?: The story of an enigmatic, creepy, and disputably talented character actor who visited the set of Mystery Team.”

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If you’ve been out to see Mystery Team, a Sundance fave that we (along with plenty of other sites) have been raving about all year, then this is for you. If you haven’t been out to see the debut feature from the Derrick Comedy kids, what’s wrong with you?

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The Derrick Comedy crew strikes back with a brand new short film, which was shown at Comic-Con. They also deliver a release schedule for their fantastic film, the dark comedy known as Mystery Team.

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The Derrick Comedy crew, the minds behind the upcoming comedy Mystery Team, sat down with our own Kevin Kelly to talk about their experience at Comic-Con 2009.

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The folks from Derrick Comedy have released a brand new theatrical trailer for their upcoming film Mystery Team, one of my favorite films of 2009 thus far. As you will see in this new green band trailer, there are plenty of hilarious one liners — some of which will make you laugh without any context at all.

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