Screen Junkies » keri russell http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 04 Dec 2014 21:59:38 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Mankind Is Sick Of All These Warrior Monkeys In ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mankind-is-sick-of-all-these-warrior-monkeys-in-dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mankind-is-sick-of-all-these-warrior-monkeys-in-dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-trailer/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:00:16 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258413 They're not just throwing their own poop anymore.

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In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, primates tired of being persecuted and used for drug testing and hilarious birthday cards developed super-intelligence and rose up against their captors. The sequel picks up a decade later as a group of human rebels strive to find peace with the apes because apparently bullets still don’t work on them.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes stars Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Judy Greer, and Andy Serkis as Caesar with Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves directing.

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Producers Of ‘Insidious’ Present ‘Insidious’ With Aliens Thriller, ‘Dark Skies’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/producers-of-insidious-present-insidious-with-aliens-thriller-dark-skies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/producers-of-insidious-present-insidious-with-aliens-thriller-dark-skies/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:15:17 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=252122 Felicity vs. some interstellar dickheads.

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The producers of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister are back with another tale of a family tormented by an evil force. But this time… aliens.

Felicity stars as a mom who notices weird stuff happening around the house like groceries stacked to the ceiling, lockjaw, branded flesh, and birds flying into the windows by the hundreds. Proof of extra-terrestrial visitation or good reason not to stockpile bird seed? I say Column A and Column B.

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Bret McKenzie To Act Ironic Opposite Keri Russell In ‘Austenland’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bret-mckenzie-to-act-ironic-opposite-keri-russell-in-austenland/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bret-mckenzie-to-act-ironic-opposite-keri-russell-in-austenland/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2011 22:10:33 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218954 Can a Jane Austen project work without zombies?

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Keri Russell has signed on to likely be creeped out a lot in the directorial debut of Napoleon Dynamite writer Jerusha Hess. Bret McKenzie will also star in the romantic comedy, Austenland. Russell’s character is a woman obsessed with Colin Firth‘s portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the BBC‘s zombieless adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. All other men pale in comparison causing her love life to suffer. She then travels to a resort for women obsessed with Jane Austen where she hopes to meet the man of her dreams.

Jennifer Coolidge, JJ Field, Jane Seymour, Rupert Vansittart and James Callis round out the rest of the cast. I wouldn’t normally want to see a Regency-based romantic comedy but keep in mind that Hess’s past films have featured the verbal abuse of a llama and python diarrhea. This could be a refreshing take on Austen. (THR)

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Vera Farmiga, Keri Russell, Minnie Driver & Will Arnett Latest Bunch of ‘Goats’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/vera-farmiga-keri-russell-minnie-driver-will-arnett-latest-bunch-of-goats/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/vera-farmiga-keri-russell-minnie-driver-will-arnett-latest-bunch-of-goats/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 20:43:36 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15069 The upcoming adaptation of Mark Jude Poirier’s 2000 novel Goats has been gestating for a while now, but the movie finally has what appears to be an actual cast apart from already-attached David Duchovny.

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The upcoming adaptation of Mark Jude Poirier’s 2000 novel Goats has been gestating for a while now, but the movie finally has what appears to be an actual cast apart from already-attached David Duchovny. Despite the title, it has been confirmed that Goats is indeed not the sequel to last year’s documentary Babies, but about goats instead of babies. Actually, the movie is about a teenager to be played by Graham Phillips who attends the prep school that his father attended. Here the teenager is lucky enough to meet a father-surrogate character played by David Duchovny whose name is “Goat Man” for some reason. Oh, think of how much better the world would be if every young man had a father figure played by David Duchovny who goes by the name of “Goat Man.” Most of us had to settle for father figures played by Jim Breuer (he of stoner movie fame), who insisted we call him “Goat Boy.” Man, “goat” is a funny word, isn’t it? Goats!

Especially interesting is the casting of Will Arnett, who really seems to be blowin’ up after the beloved”Arrested Development.” Perhaps his being cast in Goats means we’ll get to see him add “goat” to his dance repertoire, which currently consists of “chicken.” (IndieWire)

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Will Arnett Almost Opened ‘Running Wilde’ With Suicide, Dishes On Future Episodes http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/will-arnett-almost-opened-running-wilde-with-suicide-dishes-on-future-episodes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/will-arnett-almost-opened-running-wilde-with-suicide-dishes-on-future-episodes/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Will Arnett as a billionaire is hilarious, right? “Running Wilde” shows each week how Steven Wilde (Arnett) blows his money in competition with fellow billionaire Fa’ad (Peter Serafinowicz), and creates a wacky surreal world of servants and caretakers. It was actually going to be a lot darker if Arnett had his original vision. More after the jump...

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Will Arnett as a billionaire is hilarious, right? “Running Wilde” shows each week how Steven Wilde (Arnett) blows his money in competition with fellow billionaire Fa’ad (Peter Serafinowicz), and creates a wacky surreal world of servants and caretakers. It was actually going to be a lot darker if Arnett had his original vision.

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“When we were first talking about doing this show actually I was talking to Mitch [Hurwitz] about the idea of these people in this life and how lonely that must be,” Arnett said in a conference call with the media today. “We originally began the show with Steve on the verge of committing suicide and then deciding not to. That seems dark but that was because we really wanted to explore that. So I think that is something we’d like to get into further into the series. One of the functions of the Fa’ad character is to almost be like the extreme version of Steve in a way. In much the same way that Niles was an extreme version of Frasier. It sort of pushes Steve more into the middle for the audience. They both do live this very lonely existence. That’s one of the things we wanted to examine.”

Until the very special suicide episode, “Running Wilde” will focus on romantic stories between Steve and Emmy (Keri Russell), and heartwarming ones with her daughter Puddle (Stefania Owen). Spoilers follow, but hilarious spoilers.

“We have an episode coming up in two weeks where we tell the story of how Steve and Emmy were going to go to the prom together and then weren’t allowed to be there together. We tell this story of Puddle going to a school dance and how she’s faced with a similar situation. Through that we discover what happened between Steve and Emmy years ago. This boy who’s supposedly not allowed to go to the dance with Puddle because the dad has said Puddle is this kid  grew up in the Amazon, she’s not rich and is not of the same social stature, and Steve now realizes that his dad was wrong so many years ago when he forbid him from being with Emmy. He goes and confronts this boy’s dad played by Andy Richter. What ends up happening is that the guy misinterprets Steve as he talks about not holding people back who are in love, he misinterprets that and thinks Steve coming onto him and the guy turns out is secretly gay. Steve at the same time, as the guy comes onto Steve, Steve misinterprets that as fatherly affection. It’s very much a Mitch Hurwitz story. Things get very complicated.”

For those just joining, Emmy is Steven’s childhood sweetheart. As a teen, Steven rejected Emmy in favor of expensive presents. Now Emmy is an environmentalist who’s lived with a tribe in the Amazon. She comes back to try to stop Wilde Oil, and thinks a good way to do that is living on Steven’s property in their treehouse.

“We have an episode where his stepmom arrives back on the scene and he’s desperately trying to get her out of the picture as she’s trying to turn his life upside down. All with the idea that his objective is to get Emmy to live with him in the house because she’s really the only person he’s really been in love with.”

The love story raises some questions itself though. These aren’t just mismatched lovers who learn something in the end. “What’s complicated is the fact that Emmy, she’s not just this one-dimensional character, she wants Steve to change his tune and then she’ll be fine. She’s engaged. In a way what she’s doing is kind of sh*tty. She’s essentially moved in with this other guy who she’s had a relationship with. It’s complicated.”

So far Puddle seems like the mature one, but that’s going to change too. “I think Steve and Puddle are going to grow to be a lot closer too so that adds another dimension to it. You have this guy, Steve in essence becoming a father like figure to Puddle for better or worse by the way, because who knows if he’s the best role model. She’s really becoming a kid for the first time and Steve is forced to be somewhat more responsible. I think he really likes Puddle so he’s filling the role of male parent in a way, in the way that Andy (David Cross), her fiancé, can’t really do. So she’s allowing him to grow up and he’s allowing her to be a kid.”

This week’s episode, “Oil & Water,” says that Steven vows to quit Wilde oil. That would make “Running Wilde” a short trilogy rather than a series. “It does seem that way although as it turns out, like the mob, you can’t quit Wilde oil.”

“Running Wilde” airs Tuesdays at 9:30 on Fox.

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Review: ‘Running Wilde’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-running-wilde/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-running-wilde/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I was the only person who liked “Running Wilde” when they sent the original pilot out over the summer. I thought it was very Mitch Hurwitz-y, it made me laugh and I could see where it was going for a series. Of course, I like things no one else likes so they’re not going to cater a show to me. I like the reshot version of the show a little less, but maybe this is what the general public will like. Will Arnett plays Steven Wilde, a rich trust fund baby who’s somewhat Gob-y, although he was more Gob-y in the original version so maybe one of the notes was “less Gob-y.” He’s somewhat self-centered and oblivious to the world around him. That’s not to say that Arnett is rehashing his character, it’s just funny to base a show around that type of main character and then take him somewhere he couldn’t go as part of an ensemble. More after the jump...

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I was the only person who liked “Running Wilde” when they sent the original pilot out over the summer. I thought it was very Mitch Hurwitz-y, it made me laugh and I could see where it was going for a series. Of course, I like things no one else likes so they’re not going to cater a show to me. I like the reshot version of the show a little less, but maybe this is what the general public will like.

Will Arnett plays Steven Wilde, a rich trust fund baby who’s somewhat Gob-y, although he was more Gob-y in the original version so maybe one of the notes was “less Gob-y.” He’s somewhat self-centered and oblivious to the world around him. That’s not to say that Arnett is rehashing his character, it’s just funny to base a show around that type of main character and then take him somewhere he couldn’t go as part of an ensemble.

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Already in the new scenes it seems like they’re trying to make Steven nicer, which is just plain impatient. He already starts learning a lesson by the end of the episode. Can you give him at least the first act to be an A-hole who needs to be redeemed? He’s getting a humanitarian award from his father’s oil company and he knows that looks bad, but his concern is that a girl won’t like him, not that he’s a fraud.

Steven’s childhood sweetheart Emmy (Keri Russell) lives in the jungle trying to save an endangered tribe from Wilde Oil. The show treats the environmental movement with the same irreverence as the wealthy community, having fun with clichés like chaining yourself to a tree. Her fiancé Andy (David Cross) is the same as in the pilot only played by David Cross now. That character doesn’t suffer in the new version. Her daughter Puddle (Stefania Owen) doesn’t speak because she hates it in the jungle and is trying to get her mother’s attention. I’d be pretty pissed too if my name was Puddle.

All of the characters are well defined in their roles. I really liked a character that was removed from the original pilot. Steven had a maid who was kind of like his nanny with a whole system for dealing with his needs. I don’t think the new butler Mr. Lunt (Robert Michael Morris) is as endearing or funny. Nothing against Morris, I just think the other character was more defined.

The best elements of the humor are the weirdly surreal ones. Steven is in constant competition with his friendly rival Fa’ad (Peter Serafinowicz), and they find obscure ways to compete that are probably real but just out of our world enough to be funny. It’s got a sort of “Arrested Development” format with narration and cutaway gags, and they mess with that very device in the first episode. Even the background music they play is a joke. The humor is layered and fast-paced.

The parts that worked for me are still there, mainly in the scenes that weren’t reshot. Emmy and Puddle go to Steven’s award ceremony to try to get his help with the tribe. What Steven does for them is brilliantly misguided and outrageous. I could see this show moving forward where every week, Steven tries to do something good but his ideas are even worse than the problem. It would probably take five years to fix his bad behavior.

“Running Wilde” was great comedy material where people try to be good but they’re so bad at it that it’s funny. I’m concerned now that they’re already too self-conscious, too worried about people liking them and that’s the death of edgy comedy. Hopefully now that they’ve tinkered with the pilot enough, they can just move on and tell stories with these characters and the network, viewers and critics will give them a chance.

"Running Wilde" premieres Tuesday at 9:30/8:30c.

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This ‘Running Wilde’ Trailer is as Close as You’ll Get to ‘Arrested Development’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/this-running-wilde-trailer-is-as-close-as-youll-get-to-arrested-development/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/this-running-wilde-trailer-is-as-close-as-youll-get-to-arrested-development/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 You "Arrested Development" fans are like delusional ex-girlfriends. Sure, the three years you spent with the show were wonderful, and I know it left you with some very special memories. I'm not asking you to forget that. But the fact of the matter is that it's been gone for four years, but you still talk about it like it was yesterday. The way you bring it up to anyone who will listen is creepy. Just last week, at that party, you asked a total stranger if they had seen it. Doesn't that come across as pathetic and desperate to you? Face the facts: "Arrested Development" is gone, and it's not coming back. It's moved on, and it's time you did the same. The best way to get over an old relationship is to start a new one, which is why I'd like you to meet "Running Wilde." It has Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett, which is pretty cool. I know it's not the same, but you can't go around comparing every show you watch to "Arrested Development." It's not healthy, and it's just setting yourself up for disappointment. Why don't you go in with an open mind and give it a chance? Also, maybe you should up your dosage of Wellbutrin. You're not looking so good. (Movieline) See Will Arnett in the "Running Wilde" trailer after the jump.

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You "Arrested Development" fans are like delusional ex-girlfriends. Sure, the three years you spent with the show were wonderful, and I know it left you with some very special memories. I’m not asking you to forget that. But the fact of the matter is that it’s been gone for four years, but you still talk about it like it was yesterday. The way you bring it up to anyone who will listen is creepy. Just last week, at that party, you asked a total stranger if they had seen it. Doesn’t that come across as pathetic and desperate to you? Face the facts: "Arrested Development" is gone, and it’s not coming back. It’s moved on, and it’s time you did the same.

The best way to get over an old relationship is to start a new one, which is why I’d like you to meet "Running Wilde." It has Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett, which is pretty cool. I know it’s not the same, but you can’t go around comparing every show you watch to "Arrested Development." It’s not healthy, and it’s just setting yourself up for disappointment. Why don’t you go in with an open mind and give it a chance? Also, maybe you should up your dosage of Wellbutrin. You’re not looking so good. (Movieline)

See Will Arnett in the "Running Wilde" trailer after the jump.

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‘Extraordinary Measures’ Actress Keri Russell http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/extraordinary-measures-actress-keri-russell/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/extraordinary-measures-actress-keri-russell/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2010 18:55:09 +0000 Defy Media Keri Russell hit it big playing Felicity on one of J.J. Abrams's first shows Felicity. Her hair was such a major part of her and the show’s appeal that rating plummeted when she cut it short, thus proving audiences don't understand how hair works.A word from Keri: "People still take (the haircut) really personally. They come up to me at breakfast places like, 'When are you growing your hair back?"It grows back, crazies! It's not like she hacked her arm off. I can understand how a stump would be off-putting, but let the woman have short hair.Check Keri out with long locks after the jump.

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Keri Russell hit it big playing Felicity on one of J.J. Abrams’s first shows Felicity. Her hair was such a major part of her and the show’s appeal that rating plummeted when she cut it short, thus proving audiences don’t understand how hair works.

A word from Keri: “People still take (the haircut) really personally. They come up to me at breakfast places like, ‘When are you growing your hair back?”

It grows back, crazies! It’s not like she hacked her arm off. I can understand how a stump would be off-putting, but let the woman have short hair.

Check Keri out with long locks after the jump.

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