May 29, 2008 |
To HEAR Will Ferrell's producing partner Adam McKay tell it, America is about to come down with a case of "Foot Fist" fever. "I heard [John] McCain made mention of [the movie] at some town hall meeting in Iowa, then he kind of did the bow and then said to some reporters, 'Like "Foot Fist Way"? No one?' " OK. So maybe he's kidding about Sen. McCain's endorsement, but McKay and Ferrell think the ultra-low-budget taekwondo comedy "The Foot Fist Way" is no joke, even though the film has had its share of Hollywood heavyweights in stitches ever since its premiere at Sundance in 2006.
June 5, 2008 |
Director and former taekwondo student Jody Hill made "The Foot Fist Way" on a shoestring budget, so he didn't have money to hire professional stuntmen. Turns out taekwondo instructor Sean Baxter, whose school in Concord, N.C., served as the film's primary location, stepped in at the last minute, saving the production not only cash but potential grief as well.
April 26, 2009
UNDERRATED Kristin Scott Thomas: After "The English Patient," we sort of lost track of her. It took a couple of turns in recent foreign dramas, such as "I've Loved You So Long" and "Tell No One," to remind us how arresting she can be. But check out IMDB -- did you realize she's also done comedy? An "Ab Fab" ep and the unintentionally hilarious "Under the Cherry Moon" (with Prince!). Seriously, we'll follow her anywhere. 'The Iron Giant': Remember our Vin Diesel item a while ago?
October 11, 2009
Lala.com: Lost amid the concerns about MP3 file-sharing was one of its root causes: Music fans wanting to try an album before they buy. Record stores addressed this with listening stations and consider Lala an online listening station for a new era. Log in and you can sample about 7 million songs for one free listen without spending a penny. It's like window-shopping with your ears -- what a time to be alive. Zombies: Finally, after wasting time with onscreen villains such as Nazis, terrorists and vampires, Hollywood has returned to a common enemy we can all get behind: the walking dead.
February 28, 2010
SUNDAY The template for many an espionage thriller, famously set to celluloid by suspense master Alfred Hitchcock in 1935, John Buchan's novel "The 39 Steps" comes to "Masterpiece Classic" in a new by-the-book adaptation. Rupert Penry-Jones stars. (KCET, 9 p.m.) MONDAY Sure she can sing, but can she act? We'll find out as country-music cutie and Season 4 "American Idol" champ Carrie Underwood guest stars as Ted's (Josh Radnor)
September 20, 2009 |
Observe and Report Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99 Those with darker tastes in comedy than "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" should take a shine to "Observe and Report," a different kind of mall cop movie, starring Seth Rogen as a security guard whose sense of self-importance borders on psychotic. Written and directed by Jody Hill -- one of the people responsible for the unapologetically raunchy HBO series "Eastbound & Down" -- "Observe and Report" is about characters so gruff and single-minded that they're not always that fun to be around.