Paul Rudd re-teams with his Role Models director David Wain in the zany, often hilarious Wanderlust, this time bringing Jennifer Aniston and an impressive supporting cast along for the ride. Riding high on the comedic talent of Rudd, the film avoids becoming a one-note comedy, adding life and laughter into the proceedings before it inevitably falters in the final act. Where it succeeds, Wanderlust never tries to be more than it is, but offers several laughs and highlights the clear talent the film has to offer.

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as George and Linda, a married couple living in New York City who are forced to move to Atlanta after George is fired from his depressing office job. On the way to Atlanta — where George has been offered a job by his jerk brother, Rick (Ken Marino) — they stumble upon a hippie commune called Elysium, an idyllic community filled with your typical variety of colorful, hippie characters and shenanigans. After crashing their car while attempting to drive away from a startled nudist, the couple are forced to spend the night at the commune and begin to discover this alternate lifestyle may, in fact, be right for them.

Helped immensely by an eclectic group of supporting characters, from the flat-out weird Seth (Justin Theroux), who also happens to be a bit of what I like to call “a tool,” and Joe (Joe Lo Truglio), a nudist winemaker and aspiring novelist, to the beautiful and eccentric Eva (Malin Akerman), who desires to “make love” to George in the name of free love, even Alan Alda makes an appearance as the elderly founder of Elysium. The list of supporting characters goes on and on, as they’re largely able to keep the comedic elements fresh and interesting, if not a bit odd.

Director David Wain infuses the film with his own brand of zany, raunchiness that never feels offensive or insincere, which is a rare combination to be sure. While the film lacks fluidity overall and suffers immensely in the final act, Paul Rudd and the wonky supporting characters are able to salvage what is at the heart of the film, as Rudd works comedic wonders, which seem worth the price of admission alone. Even Jennifer Aniston has moments of comedic clarity, particularly in a sequence where she unwittingly sips on a peyote-style tea and takes the phrase “I believe I can fly” to heart.

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Paul Rudd re-teams with his Role Models director David Wain in the zany, often hilarious Wanderlust, this time bringing Jennifer Aniston and an impressive supporting cast along for the ride. Riding high on the comedic talent of Rudd, the film avoids becoming a one-note comedy, adding life and laughter into the proceedings before it inevitably falters in the final act. Where it succeeds, Wanderlust never tries to be more than it is, but offers several laughs and highlights the clear talent the film has to offer.

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as George and Linda, a married couple living in New York City who are forced to move to Atlanta after George is fired from his depressing office job. On the way to Atlanta — where George has been offered a job by his jerk brother, Rick (Ken Marino) — they stumble upon a hippie commune called Elysium, an idyllic community filled with your typical variety of colorful, hippie characters and shenanigans. After crashing their car while attempting to drive away from a startled nudist, the couple are forced to spend the night at the commune and begin to discover this alternate lifestyle may, in fact, be right for them.

Helped immensely by an eclectic group of supporting characters, from the flat-out weird Seth (Justin Theroux), who also happens to be a bit of what I like to call “a tool,” and Joe (Joe Lo Truglio), a nudist winemaker and aspiring novelist, to the beautiful and eccentric Eva (Malin Akerman), who desires to “make love” to George in the name of free love, even Alan Alda makes an appearance as the elderly founder of Elysium. The list of supporting characters goes on and on, as they’re largely able to keep the comedic elements fresh and interesting, if not a bit odd.

Director David Wain infuses the film with his own brand of zany, raunchiness that never feels offensive or insincere, which is a rare combination to be sure. While the film lacks fluidity overall and suffers immensely in the final act, Paul Rudd and the wonky supporting characters are able to salvage what is at the heart of the film, as Rudd works comedic wonders, which seem worth the price of admission alone. Even Jennifer Aniston has moments of comedic clarity, particularly in a sequence where she unwittingly sips on a peyote-style tea and takes the phrase “I believe I can fly” to heart.

The first two-thirds of the film are serviceable from a story perspective, largely managing to competently bridge the gaps between the wonderfully zany and hilarious comedic moments, none of which feel dry or forced. It is in the third act, when the film faces the difficult task of wrapping up these stories and characters, that the film falters.These are issues that you’ll be willing to overlook to get to the comedic moments, where the film truly shines in all its odd, raunchy glory.

Thanks in large part to the wonderful comedic minds of Paul Rudd and David Wain, as well as several wonderful supporting characters, Wanderlust is able to rise above its faults to become a movie full of great moments. While it simply has too many issues from a storytelling perspective, the comedic moments and characters are able to rise this film to something greater than mediocrity.

Grade: B-

Rated: R (for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use.)

Wanderlust opens nationwide February 24th.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017

Maisie Williams freaks out over ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 scripts

"Nothing will prepare you for this."

7:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

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Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

At first, Williams warned fans to steel themselves for the epic events to come.

…but apparently, no amount of mental toughness will be enough for season 7.

To summarize, Game of Thrones fans the world over are now sizzlingly jealous of Maisie Williams… and also, apparently, well and truly screwed.

With George R.R. Martin’s next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire still achingly absent, there’s almost no way to predict the major events of Game of Thrones season 7. Our only theory is that we should probably say goodbye to the feelings we managed to resuscitate after Jon Snow came back to life.

Williams isn’t the only member of the cast hinting at madness to come. Maisie’s on-screen sister Sophie Turner revealed that she too had advance knowledge while pondering Sansa’s future.

“I’ve actually just got the scripts for seven,” Turner tells Variety. “So I don’t want to say too much, because I’ll probably end up slipping some truths out!”

Seven forbid, Sophie. Seven forbid.

Game of Thrones season 7 will air some time in 2017, but not soon enough.

What madness do you think ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 has in store?

Netflix adapting ‘Anne of Green Gables’ for new TV series with additional themes

Anne Shirley is returning to our screens!

2:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

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L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

The eight-book Anne of Green Gables series has been adapted numerous times over the years (including the well-known, two-part 1985 televised miniseries), but this will arguably be the biggest adaptation to date thanks to the potential audience Netflix could pull in.

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According to Deadline, “the coming-of-age series will focus on a young girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time — and thanks to her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination — 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live.”

The new adaptation “will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”

The series will be set in 1890. The first book was published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery and has gone on to sell over 50 million copies worldwide.

Will you watch Netflix’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series?

If you’ve ever been interested in reading the series, now’s a great time to start!