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Trailer for OBVIOUS CHILD With Jenny Slate Promises a True-to-Life Rom-Com

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by on April 15, 2014

If you’ve been waiting for the amazing Jenny Slate to get top billing in a movie, you should have gone to Sundance this year to see the premiere of Obvious Child. Fortunately, A24 acquired Obvious Child for a theatrical release, since most of us can’t make it out to Park City, UT just for a film festival.

Based on the short film of the same name (which Slate also starred in years ago) by writer-director Gillian Robespierre, the film appears to be a very promising, realistic romantic comedy. Slate plays a stand-up comedian who has a one-night stand and gets pregnant, then has to figure out what she should do. Gabe Liedman, Gaby Hoffman, Polly Draper, and Jake Lacy round out a very solid cast.

Obvious Child is set to make its theatrical run starting June 6th.

MONSTER HUNTER-ish FREEDOM WARS Headed to the Vita in the U.S.

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by on April 15, 2014

Like some kind of Monster Hunter set in a grim, post-apocalyptic future, Freedom Wars is coming to the Vita in the U.S. sometime later this year, according to publisher Sony.

Co-developed by jack-of-all trades studio Dimps (they supported Capcom in Street Fighter IV development and Sega with Sonic the Hedgehog 4), Shift, and SCEA Japan, Freedom Wars is an 8-player action game putting you in the role of a, let’s say, “hunter of monsters,” who must earn his or her freedom from a one million year sentence by taking down the beasts that plague the polluted wasteland that is Earth in the distant future.

Sony hasn’t provided a release date – simply a target of sometime later this year.

What do you think? Will you be picking it up?

HT: PlayStation.com via Kotaku

ROSWELL and THE NIGHT SHIFT Are Coming To ATX 2014

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by on April 15, 2014

Before there was the amazing Parenthood or phenomenal Friday Night Lights, writer Jason Katims was busy with a little-known WB/UPN sci-fi series called Roswell. The series, based on the Young Adult book series Roswell High, followed the lives of a group of alien teenagers that crashed to earth many years ago and have made camp in the mecha of UFO lore, Roswell, New Mexico. The show ran for three seasons and went on to gain a bit of a cult status when it became available to stream on services like Netflix. Now, on the year of its 15th anniversary, cast members Shiri Appleby, Nick Wechsler, and Brendan Fehr, along with creator Jason Katims and others to be announced, will be attendance for a special reunion panel at this year’s ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas.

In addition to that, it’s also been announced that the festival will hold a special preview screening of the upcoming series The Night Shift with co-creator Gabe Sachs and co-stars Jill Flint and Daniella Alonso ahead of its May 27th premiere on NBC.

The exact date and time of both panels is currently TBD. Tickets and more information will be available by clicking here.

A New LOUIE Promo Offers A Taste of Season 4

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by on April 15, 2014

During tonight’s premiere of the highly anticipated televised adaptation of Fargo, FX will air a brand new Louie promo. But you can watch it here, right now:

This season’s first promo, played when Louis C.K. hosted Saturday Night Live, revealed little beyond the premiere date of Monday, May 5th at 10/9c on FX. The new promo offers a better idea of the surreal, cinematic, absurdist world that these long awaited episodes of Louie might inhabit.

For Reals? Snoop Dogg Lends His Voice For Upcoming CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS DLC

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by on April 15, 2014

Snoop Dogg is lending his vocal talents to Activision and Infinity Ward for Call of Duty: Ghosts’ upcoming content. Yes, you read that right. And although many would think he’s written a new song to add to the game’s soundtrack, he’s actually going to voice multiplayer callouts. 

Wait, what?

The “dee-oh-double-gee” himself will let you know when “Ballistic vests ready. Those are some fine ass threads” or that “You got that spitfire drone now. That’s what’s up.”

You’ll see in the video below what drew him to the Call of Duty project and how he added his own “Snoopisms” to the game:

Snoop Dogg isn’t the only star talent lending his voice to the game. The “Drill Instructor Voice Pack” adds similar vocal contributions from R. Lee Ermey, best known as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket. Both packs will cost $2.99 (and potentially your sanity).

The two voice packs, as well as several other character and weapon customization packs, will be released just two days shy of Snoop Dogg’s favorite day, on April 22. The prices and packs will vary from a $1.99 marijuana-leaf themed “Blunt Force Personalization Pack” to a $3.99 “Soap Legend Pack.” All packs are set to release first on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, with other platforms receiving the DLC at a later date.

HT: Call of Duty: Ghosts Community Blog

Music Geek Track of the Day: ‘Sweatpants’ by Childish Gambino

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by on April 15, 2014

With its heaping portion of braggadocio, “Sweatpants” was one of the more vicious tracks from Donald Glover’s — a/k/a Childish Gambino — divisive but great sophomore album, Because The Internet.

Now we have the accompanying music video, in which a perceptibly bummed Childish begins to lose his mind after a late-night, outdoor text exchange. It’s like the doctor always says: If your face is everyone’s face, you’re probably goin’ crazy, dog! Speaking of which, have you checked a mirror recently? Because now you have Donald Glover’s face. Because the internet.

The eerie music video also coincides with news that Glover is pretty steamed about the creative roadblocks he said his label, Glassnote Records, hurled in his way during the process of filming and building his new blog. I am basically just imagining him wearing that stonewall face, talking to an exec in an office, and saying, “Don’t be mad cuz I’m doin’ me better than you doin’ you,” and walking the fuck out of there.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below, then check out previous Music Geek Tracks of the Day!

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Awesomely Bad Movies Heats Up THE BURNING

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by on April 15, 2014

It’s another episode of my webseries Awesomely Bad Movies, the show in which I skewer weird and/or ungood movies for the betterment of society and the youth of the nation.

In honor of the recent Blood Moon, this week I take a look at the very first Miramax movie, an attempt by the Weinstein Brothers to cash in on the success of Friday the 13th in the early ’80s. It’s got a camp, it’s got nubile young women, it’s got Tom Savini gore effects, and it’s got George Costanza with hair… one of these things doesn’t seem to fit. It is, of course, 1981′s The Burning.

I love it when movies don’t make any sense! For more on The Burning, read my Schlock & Awe article on it, and for more of me making fun of dumb flicks, and other comedic endeavors, subscribe to Modern Primate on YouTube.

The Most Intentionally Funny Video of The Day 4/15/14: Pete Holmes and Matt Berninger Make a Summer Hit

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by on April 15, 2014

The Most Intentionally Funny Video of The Day is exactly what you need as the blood moon passed in the sky last night and there were no monsters or really anything out of the ordinary that happened. In fact, its color only seemed vaguely suggestive of “blood red.” The MIFV, however, is definitely as advertised, and will probably be better looking than a red moon, especially seen hundreds of times over on Instagram.

Today’s MIFV is The National’s Matt Berninger and Pete Holmes (who previously paired up on a You Made It Weird episode) making up a radio-friendly hit that might very well might be the song of the summer.

Here’s the previous MIFV pick, in case you missed it.

Per usual, I’m taking submissions for the MIFV like so many featured in the past. I love finding new, hilarious videos from people hundreds and thousands of miles away, so please do send your videos so long as they follow the rules below.
-E-mail embeddable video link to [email protected] with subject line “MIFV Submission”
-Videos must have been posted online (i.e. have a time stamp that says so) within exactly two weeks from when you submit (i.e. videos uploaded more than 14 days from the day when you submit will not be up for consideration)
-Don’t add any cover letters or explanations; please just send the link

Watch STAR TREK Films Accompanied By a Live Orchestra

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by on April 15, 2014

Go boldly where few films have gone before and experience both of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films accompanied by a live orchestra: Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness will be re-released in a limited number of cities around the world and shown in music halls and concert venues. Local symphonies will perform Michael Giacchino’s score as the movie plays. It seems like having the music up close and personal would make for a more dramatic viewing experience, since the music of a movie influences the way you engage with it.

The dates and locations are as follows (each venue is linked to the ticket page):

May 24: Star Trek Into Darkness, KKL Luzerne (Lucerne)
May 25: Star Trek, KKL Luzerne (Lucerne)
May 29-31: Star Trek, Royal Albert Hall (London)
May 30-31: Star Trek Into Darkness, Royal Albert Hall (London)
July 18: Star Trek, Jones Hall (Houston)
July 19: Star Trek Into Darkness, Jones Hall (Houston)
July 26: Star Trek, Embarcadero Marina Park South (San Diego)
July 31: Star Trek Into Darkness, The Mann Center (Philadelphia)
March 21, 2015: Star Trek, Sony Centre (Toronto)

Note that the July 26th date coincides with San Diego Comic-Con, and it’s just a four minute walk away from the convention center. Though nothing is certain, I wouldn’t be surprised if any actors who happen to already be in town for the convention show up at the movie/performance.

Will you be purchasing tickets for this event? Let us know in the comments!

HT: io9