For the first episode, Oswalt was given his pick of picture from the Academy's massive library of films. From that he chose the 1961 crime-noir Blast of Silence, written and directed by Allen Baron with narration penned by Waldo Salt. Then, he traveled to the New Beverly theater where he met up with friend and fellow comedienne Karen Kilgariff to take in a movie, then discuss it at a café fittingly called Shaky Alibi.
Directed by Robbie Pickering, the film's title comes from the fact that it's a mashup of multiple genre brands (as in the expression "everything but the kitchen sink"). The story follows a group of kids who are forced to unite with zombies and vampires and fight off a full-scale alien invasion.
If you didn't catch it, Patton Oswalt made a serious claim for "King of the Nerds" last month. A video from the set of Parks and Recreation was posted online showing the comedian/actor explaining, at incredible length, his very specific plot idea for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII.
The poster is credited to EW staffer Jef Castro, and it merges virtually every major player in future sci-fi and fantasy franchises. It’s kind of a clever joke, but it’s also a chilling reality that characters like Thanos, Boba Fett, Iron Man, Wolverine and more will be dominating multiplexes for years to come.
As you'll notice this happens entirely in a single take, and Oswalt name checks an astonishing amount of names and statistics from the Star Wars universe-- while also taking the time to knock Hawkeye and Black Widow for not being top-tier Avengers characters. I'll leave it to the Star Wars diehards to pick through all the insane ideas Oswalt suggests for what might happen in Star Wars: Episode VII
It’s unfortunate that it ties itself so tightly to Christian Bale’s Batman, because now I both love this video for its hilariousness and hate it because it makes Batman look dumb. It’s possibly the ridiculing that Batman deserves, but not the one he needs right now.
With Bird hard at work on the super-secretive project known as Tomorrowland, we've got plenty of great stuff from him to look forward to. But if his pal J.J. Abrams wants to ring him for advice as he oh-so-slowly gets started on Episode VII, we're sure Bird would have great advice.
A send up of The Boy Scouts of America, the film stars Oswalt as Randy, a boy scout trooper leader who is disgusted with the way that kids these days don't like to go out into the woods, make campfires or set up camps. Conversely, his brother Kirk (Knoxville) is a dad who doesn't care if his kids want to go outdoors. With Randy unable to take it anymore, he forms a plan to take all of the children at Kirk's son's sleepover and take them for a camping trip in the woods.
Based on the 1947 Danny Kaye film, Stiller will play Walter, a meek man working for LIFE magazine who constantly daydreams and fantasizes about wild adventures. One day, however, his life completely changes when he goes on the hunt for a missing photograph negative and ends up having the adventure he's always wished for. In the film Oswalt will be playing a character named Todd who helps Walter set up an online dating profile.
Among playful posts that declared indie ingénues Elizabeth Olsen and Kirsten Dunst arrived via "a shower of rose petals," Oswalt painted a vivid picture of Academy-ignored motion-capture actor Andy Serkis performing a karaoke duet of "Life on Mars" with Tilda Swinton, who many felt was robbed of a well-deserved nomination for her gut-wrenching work in We Need to Talk About Kevin.
On the day that the Oscars are announced, the only word more popular than "nominee" is "snub." Every year there are a group of filmmakers and actors who everyone thinks should have been nominated for their work in the previous year, but is passed over by The Academy. And this year is no different. Between Albert Brooks' work in Drive, Michael Fassbender's performance in Shame, Andy Serkis' turn in Rise of the Planet of the Apes...
Jason Reitman and Patton Oswalt took some time out during a sneak screening of Young Adult to create a public service announcement, which spoofs an Alamo Drafthouse video discouraging texting in their theater, a habit many movie-goers likely despise, if they aren’t among those who do it.
Jason Reitman’s Young Adult heads into theaters this weekend. If you read Katey’s review of the film then you know she had good things to say about it, particularly the relationship between Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt’s characters Matt and Mavis. The clip we have to show you shows us the (re)introduction of the two characters when Mavis returns to town and meets Matt in a bar.
Not that many people saw Big Fan, which means that this weekend's release of Young Adult may be the first opportunity for a lot of people to see how well Oswalt can build a character who's not too far removed from subjects he'd bring up in his standup, but also a fully developed and eventually heartbreaking character on his own
Ah, Diablo Cody. She's been an Academy Award-winning writer courtesy of Juno, the movie that turned her into Hollywood "It Girl" of the moment. She's been the subject of inevitable backlash over the mediocre -- but not nearly as awful as many insisted -- Jennifer's Body. This December she's returning to her Juno-esque roots with the black comedy Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron and reuniting Cody with her Juno director Jason Reitman.