When someone says the words “zombie love story” to you, you either cringe or laugh, or maybe both. It’s not really a concept you want to wrap your head around, especially if you allow yourself to think about the smell. Even in the middle of reading Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies, I found myself struggling with the utter hopelessness and grossness of R’s situation, as a zombie falling in love with the very alive girlfriend of a boy he’s eaten. But now that Fandango has premiered the first four minutes of the movie version, which is in theaters on February 1, I can see how the film is going to get over that hurdle right off the bat: 1) By making zombie Nicholas Hoult way cuter than he deserves to be, and 2) by playing up the humor.
The clip like the trailers we’ve seen before, plays up the juxtaposition of R’s reflective internal monologue with his external moaning and shuffling. But rather than make us feel all emo and sorry for his plight as a dead guy, he gives an ironic shrug with lines like, “Why can’t I connect with people? Oh, right, it’s because I’m dead,” and, as he boards a moving sidewalk, “I don’t want to be this way; I’m lonely; I’m lost. I mean, I’m literally lost. I’ve never been in this part of the airport before.” Then the humor factor goes up with the introduction of Rob Corddry and their highly intellectual conversation: “Hungry.” “City.” Read more…
In case you didn’t believe us yesterday when we told you that Warm Bodies should be one of your next obsessions, we present to you the trailer of the movie, starring Nicholas Hoult (a.k.a. Jennifer Lawrence’s partner in Cheeto-eating) as the most lovable walking dead you’ve ever met. He may do for zombies what Anne Rice and Stephenie Meyer did for vampires: turn their rotting flesh into the object of our desire. Well, OK, R is not THAT sexy right off the bat, but trust us, he grows on you. We were already looking forward to the movie after reading the book, by Isaac Marion, but now this trailer has us hyped about a few other things. Namely:
The great juxtaposition of R’s internal dialogue and his moaning outer one.
Rob Corddry as R’s womanizing undead buddy M.
The fact that M’s humorous scenes are helping erase the trauma of last week’s Walking Dead.
John Freaking Malkovich as Julie’s dad.
Dave Franco as Julie’s dead dead ex-boyfriend Perry. Why isn’t Dave in all of the things yet?
Analeigh Tipton — who cracked us up in Crazy, Stupid, Love. — as Julie’s wisecracking friend Nora.
Julie herself, played by Teresa Palmer, is still something of a blank slate in this trailer. But maybe that’s because we’re meant to fall in love with her right along with R?
Every couple of months, a conversation about the disparity between the sexes in comedy pops up in some manner. Though we find ourselves a bit burnt out on the topic (because – duh, WOMEN ARE FUNNY), it still merits serious discussion. In February, SXSW Comedy invited just one woman to perform alongside 30 men in their stand up comedy showcase. This week’s New Yorker profile on Anna Farismay champion the actress’ comedic sensibilities, but does so while highlighting the pervasive sexism of Hollywood. The ‘Why aren’t there more women working on The Daily Show?!” debate raged throughout the summer of 2010, inspired in part by the hiring of Olivia Munn. And who can forget Christopher Hitchens‘ Vanity Fair masterpiece (*snort*), “Why Women Aren’t Funny“?
It’s the debate that just.won’t.die, so we took our mic to the Comedy Awards red carpet last weekend to tackle two new touchy questions about the gender gap in the comedy world:
Are men funny?
Why aren’t there more men in comedy?
Will Ferrell, Kristen Schaal, Rob Corddry, Louis C.K., The Lonely Island, and other A-List funny people answer in our video above.
Additional higlights of the show: Nick Jonas & The Administration will serve as the Critics’ Choice house band; special tribute will be paid to recently deceased director John Hughes by John Krasinski, Amy Poehler and Death Cab for Cutie, which will perform “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from “The Breakfast Club”; and Kevin Bacon will be presented with a philanthropic award by no less than Meryl Streep. Additional presenters include Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Emily Blunt, Cedric the Entertainer, Bradley Cooper, Rob Corddry, Abbie Cornish, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Vera Farmiga, Heather Graham, Ed Helms, Samuel L. Jackson, Ken Jeong, Tobey Maguire, Amy Poehler, Craig Robinson, Zoe Saldana and Susan Sarandon.
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