Heather Graham Sends Out the “ExTerminators,” “The Goonies” Return and More New DVDs

Heather Graham Sends Out the “ExTerminators,” “The Goonies” Return and More New DVDs (photo)

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“ExTerminators” (2010)
Directed by John Inwood
Released by Image Entertainment

Also appearing on VOD, Heather Graham, Amber Heard and Jennifer Coolidge team up to launch a service that will permanently wipe away your exes from your address book (and life) under the cover of Coolidge’s bug extermination business in this comedy from cinematographer-turned-director John Inwood.

“Bad Ass” (2009)
Directed by Adamo Cultraro
Released by Well Go USA

A hitman (Tom Sizemore) has a change of heart when his latest job leaves the nurse of an aging mob boss as the prime suspect in Adamo Cultraro’s feature debut. Frank Stallone co-stars.

“Centurion” (2010)
Directed by Neil Marshall
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment

Following “Doomsday,” Marshall returns to Hadrian’s Wall in England for the story of surviving group of Roman soldiers in 117 A.D., including Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Liam Cunningham among their ranks, who defend themselves against the rebellious Scottish tribe, the Picts, led by Bond girl Olga Kurylenko. During the film’s premiere at SXSW, Alison Willmore wrote in her review that the action flick “doesn’t really aim to be anything more than a loping B-movie, but still comes up hollow.”

“Come Hell or High Water”
Directed by Wayne Shipley
Released by North American Picture Company

Writer/director Wayne Shipley’s western (also known as “One-Eyed Horse”) is a revenge tale that pits a recently released Confederate prisoner of war (Mark Redfield) against the man who tortured him and killed his brother during the Civil War.

“Deadfall Trail” (2010)
Directed by Roze
Released by Midnight Releasing

From a filmmaker who only goes by the name of Roze, this horror film takes place in the Arizona desert where three men’s peyote vision quest goes totally awry.

11022010_TheGoonies.jpg“The Goonies” (1985)
Directed by Richard Donner
Released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

If it’s the holiday season and the 25th anniversary of Richard Donner’s ’80s adventure classics, that must mean it’s time for a boxed set that is short on additions to the exitsing Blu-ray of “The Goonies,” but includes a host of physical goodies to accompany the film, including a board game, reprinted articles from 1985 and 2009 detailing the production, and storyboards, among other collectibles.

“The Hungry Ghosts” (2010)
Directed by Michael Imperioli
Released by Virgil Films and Entertainment

Current “Detroit 187” star Imperioli recruited his “Sopranos” co-star Steve Schirripa for his feature directorial debut, a New York-set drama following the lives of two troubled couples — one trying to work out the differences in their relationship while the other pair of exes reunite to keep their teenage son on the straight and narrow.

“In Therapy” (2009)
Directed by Jose Alvarenga Jr.
Released by Maya Entertainment

Brazilian director Jose Alvarenga Jr.’s often amusing character study follows the 40-ish Mercedes as she confides in her therapist about her unhappy marriage, her two sons and the loss of her mother.

“I Am” (2010)
Directed by John Ward
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

John Ward’s religious drama is said to play out like “Crash” for Christians, following a group of strangers around Los Angeles as they try to live by the Ten Commandments.

“Love & Distrust”
Released by Phase 4 Films

Don’t let the impressive collection of names on the box cover fool you, but Phase 4 Films has done well to package this collection of shorts as an anthology film to capitalize on some of the most popular actors of the day, including Eric Kmetz’s 2006 tragic romance “Grasshopper” featuring James Franco and Rachel Miner as an unlikely pair who bond over a lost cell phone, Darcy Yuille’s 2004 drama “Blue Poles,” featuring a young Sam Worthington in the story of a woman with a split personality, Warner Loughlin and Diana Valentine’s 2006 thriller “Pennies” featuring Amy Adams as a waitress who races against the clock to save her daughter, Daisy Gili’s 2008 “The Summer House,” which stars Robert Pattinson as the aggrieved boyfriend of a woman (Talulah Riley) who has moved to France for the summer. (trailer)

“Menage a Trois” (1997)
Directed by Richard Zelniker
Released by Pathfinder Home Entertainment

Back when “Charlie St. Cloud” director Burr Steers was an actor, he was part of this threesome in the festival hit originally titled “Fix,” where he starred as a man who brings his girlfriend (Lisa Collins) to meet his brother in Los Angeles and realizes it might not have been the best idea when romantic entanglements develop.

11022010_OnceFallen1.jpg“Once Fallen” (2010)
Directed by Ash Adams
Released by First Look Studios

Actor-turned-director Ash Adams assembled quite the cast for this semi-autobiographical drama about the son (Brian Presley) of a lifer (Ed Harris) who recently was released from prison himself and tries to walk a straight line, though the debts of his family and friends on the outside won’t let him. Peter Weller, Amy Madigan and Taraji P. Henson co-star.

“Please Remove Your Shoes” (2010)
Directed by Rob DelGuadio
Released by Boston Aviation Services, Inc./Black Pearl Productions

DelGuadio takes a look at the Transportation Security Administration in this documentary that features interviews with air marshals, former FAA agents and legislators to examine whether safety procedures have actually prevented a terrorist attack in the years since 9/11.

“Regeneration” (1997)
Directed by Gillies MacKinnon
Released by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

“Hideous Kinky” director Mackinnon’s World War I-set drama about a squadron of soldiers, led by Jonathan Pryce and Jonny Lee Miller, who face their demons when they’re sent to an asylum.

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead”
Directed by Jordan Galland
Released by Indican

Don’t worry, Tom Stoppard isn’t writing zombie movies yet, but musician-turned-filmmaker Galland uses “Hamlet” as a jumping off point for the story of an off-Broadway director who hopes to win back his ex (Devon Aoki) with a vampire-filled take on Shakespeare’s classic. When life begins to imitate art and people involved in the production start to die, two detectives (Jeremy Sisto and Lou Carbonneau) are called in to investigate.

“The Sound of Music” (1965)
Directed by Robert Wise
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

For its 45th anniversary, the Oscar-winning musical is said to have undergone a “meticulous” restoration and remastering for its debut on Blu-ray, which will include many of the special features from the previous DVD editions and new features, including screen tests, audio commentaries by stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, virtual backlot tour and more.

“Toy Story 3” (2010)
Directed by Lee Unkrich
Released by Disney/Pixar

After fans had to wait over a decade for the third installment of the adventures of Buzz and Woody, they won’t wait so long for the DVD and Blu-ray of the film with picture-in-picture commentaries by the film’s animators, a plethora of making-of documentaries, and perhaps most exciting to any Pixar fan, the “Day and Night” short that preceded “Toy Story 3” in theaters.

“The Visitor” (1980)
Directed by Michael J. Paradise
Released by Code Red

John Huston, Sam Peckinpah, Mel Ferrer and Shelley Winters star in this lunatic Italian exploitation flick about a young girl with a knack for telekinesis who gets pulled into the the Devil. Franco Nero plays Jesus, so how bad could it be, right?

“The Way We Get By” (2010)
Directed by Aron Gaudet
Released by Virgil Films and Entertainment

A special edition of Aron Gaudet’s SXSW Special Jury Prize-winning doc about a trio of senior citizens who spend their lives greeting the troops as they arrive back in the U.S. from fighting in Iraq.

“Winnebago Man” (2010)
Directed by Ben Steinbauer
Released by Kino

It would’ve been easy for Steinbauer to simply loop the legendary outtakes of profane Winnebago salesman Jack Rebney’s misbegotten sales video, which became a viral sensation long after it was made in 1988, and asked audiences to line up to see it. (They would’ve; the film points out Ben Affleck and Spike Jonze as famous fans.) Instead, Steinbauer tracks down Rebney nearly 20 years later and offers up a complex portrait of the former RV salesman as the personal embarrassment of the infamous tape begins to subside and Rebney starts to accept his unusual celebrity. (Matt Singer’s review of the film and my interview with Steinbauer are here.)

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar


IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

Sport Court gavel

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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