Twenty years ago today the comedy favorite Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion hit movie theaters, and to mark the anniversary the film’s director, David Mirkin, joined Yahoo Movies for a Facebook Live interview. Mirkin, also a key architect of The Simpsons, dropped all sorts of nostalgic nuggets about the film, which memorably paired Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow as clueless twentysomethings determined to fake their success at their 10-year reunion in Tucson, Arizona. One of the best tidbits came when Mirkin recounted how he convinced Will Ferrell to make a cameo in the film, only to cut the scene following a test screening.
At this point we are well within reason to expect absurdly over-the-top — and possibly logic-defying — stunt pieces in our Fast and Furious movies. We’ve seen cars parachute from planes, cars jump skyscrapers, and cars do… tons of others things cars have no business doing.
In 2008 it was announced that F. Gary Gray would direct Marvin, a biopic based on the life of the late legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye. “This is my passion project, the one that I wake up every day thinking about,” Gray said at the time. “I always say Marvin Gaye, just because I love his music,” Gray (Friday, Straight Outta Compton) told Yahoo Movies when we asked about his dream project during a Facebook Live promoting his latest film, The Fate of the Furious.
After three decades of potshots and putdowns stemming from the much-maligned 1986 film, Howard the Duck made a big comeback following his cameo during the end credits of Marvel’s 2015 megahit Guardians of the Galaxy. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 weeks from opening, the subject of Sir Duck from Duckworld came up with director James Gunn (who wrote and produced the new thriller The Belko Experiment) during a Facebook Live interview with Yahoo Movies, and the filmmaker hilariously echoed the sentiments of comic book fans worldwide: He really loves Howard the Duck the character, and really detests that movie Howard the Duck. “I’m a huge Howard the Duck fan,” Gunn said of the character first introduced by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik in Marvel Comics’ 1973 Adventure Into Fear No. 19.
James Gunn came into Yahoo Studios Thursday for a Facebook Live discussion about The Belko Experiment — the bloody new workplace thriller he wrote and produced — but conversation inevitably turned to that other little property he masterminds, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The big news surrounding the MCU’s outer-space odyssey today revolved around Gunn seemingly confirming a threequel ahead of May’s release of Vol. 2. In simplest terms, his comments should not be viewed as an announcement that there will in fact be a Vol. 3….
For a sampling of what you might expect at Saturday’s 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards, look no further than our Facebook Live interview with its hilarious cohosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (watch above).
Since her breakout role as Tyra Collette on the beloved television drama Friday Night Lights (#ClearEyesFullHeartsCantLose), Adrianne Palicki has participated in some grand-scale productions. As Baby, Baby, Baby hits DVD and Digital HD, Palicki dropped by Yahoo Studios for a Facebook Live interview (watch above) to tell us all about her new indie, plus her idea for a FNL spin-off and what she thinks went wrong with her failed Wonder Woman pilot. Palicki got to explore her artsy side in Baby, Baby, Baby.
There’s rarely a dull moment in Sleepless, the new action flick starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan that remakes the 2011 French import Sleepless Night. Foxx plays a Las Vegas detective deep undercover with an Internal Affairs officer (Monaghan) hot on his trail over the course of an eventful night at a casino. Foxx and Monaghan — who had previously appeared together in the 2010 comedy Due Date — joined Yahoo Movies for an action-packed Facebook Live interview, which you can watch above.
As men at odds over a young woman (one’s daughter, the other’s girlfriend), Bryan Cranston and James Franco go head-to-head in the new comedy Why Him? Cranston is Ned, a Michigan businessman who’s less-than-thrilled when he flies the family to Northern California and meets Laird (Franco), the eccentric, foul-mouthed Silicon Valley billionaire dating his daughter (Zooey Deutch).
Dominic Monaghan says he’s often asked which of his under-the-radar films would he recommend most. Now, however, the 39-year-old Brit and alum of Lord of the Rings and Lost has a different response: his new low-budget psychological thriller Pet, which he describes as “Fatal Attraction meets (500) Days of Summer.” In the film, Monaghan is Seth, a lonely employee at an animal shelter who cooks up a twisted dish of revenge when he’s dissed by Holly (Ksenia Solo), a former high school crush he reconnects with years later. Monaghan dropped by Yahoo Studios Monday for a Facebook Live interview (watch above), where we talked about Pet, why there are so few female characters on Sesame Street, and a few other random subjects.
Bryce Dallas Howard filmed Jurassic World and Pete’s Dragon — two tentpole blockbusters featuring behemoth CGI creatures — in such close proximity the actress admits that there were points where she forgot which set she was on. The 35-year-old mother of two recently appeared in an episode of Netflix’s buzzed-about series Black Mirror and will soon be seen in the December drama Gold opposite Matthew McConaughey. In between she chatted with Yahoo Movies for a Facebook Live (watch above) to promote this week’s home release of Pete’s Dragon, Disney’s live-action update of the 1977 favorite.
You may have noticed an uptick in Space Jam nostalgia on the interwebs today. To celebrate, we had voice actors Bob Bergen and Bill Farmer join us for a live chat on Facebook, which you can watch above. Together, these two voiced a handful of the Looney characters that hit the hardwood with M.J. (and Bill Murray, of course) in the 1996 hit: Bergen is the man behind Marvin the Martian, Porky Pig, and Tweety, while Farmer did Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, and Sylvester the Cat.
The new romantic dramedy Rules Don’t Apply marks the first film in 15 years from Warren Beatty, who wrote, directed, produced, and stars in the picture as eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Just as central to the film, however, are young leads Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins. Collins (Mortal Instruments) plays Marla Mabrey, a straight-edged singer-actress from rural Virginia who moves to Hollywood in the 1950s under the “employment” of Hughes, who was infamous for keeping a small army of beautiful actresses under contract for his production studio, RKO Pictures, even if he didn’t have any films for them.
It’s a tale as old time, but Beauty and the Beast became forever etched into the pop-culture consciousness in 1991 thanks to Disney’s mega-hit, the first animated film ever to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary (and its sparkly new Blu-ray edition), the film’s lead voice star Paige O’Hara — a Broadway actress best known at the time for the 1983 revival of Showboat — stopped by Yahoo Movies for a Facebook Live interview (which you can watch above). —The filmmakers hired O’Hara to play the free-spirited bookworm Belle for her voice and her voice alone, which she found out after five minutes of first doing a more cartoonish, Ethel Merman-esque riff on the character.
The new sci-fi thriller Morgan centers around a genetically engineered human (Anya Taylor-Joy) who may or may not pose a serious threat to the team of scientists that has spent years creating and studying her. Mara (House of Cards, Fantastic Four) joined Yahoo Movies for a Facebook Live interview (watch above), where she talked about the new film directed by Luke Scott, son of her Martian helmer (and genre master) Ridley Scott, who served as producer.
It’s rare we have to label our interviews NSFW, but things went blue very quickly when Ben Schwartz stopped by Yahoo for a Facebook Live chat about his new film, The Intervention (watch above). In a nutshell, we asked Schwartz (best known for TV’s Parks and Recreation and House of Lies) how he and co-star Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) prepared for all the heavy petting they’d have to do in the film. The Intervention, by the way, marks the directorial debut of Clea DuVall (Argo) and follows a group of thirtysomething friends who gather for a weekend away with the secret intention of convincing their miserable married friends (Cobie Smulders and Vincent Piazza) to get divorced.
How many times can two guys say the word “Hollars” in a 20-minute interview? John Krasinski, the director and star of the comedic drama The Hollars, joined Yahoo Movies for a Facebook Live Q&A Tuesday, which you can watch above. In his second directorial effort, after 2009’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, The Office alum plays John Hollar, a wannabe graphic artist in New York who returns to his small hometown after his mother (Margo Martindale) collapses and needs surgery.
Ashley Tisdale started acting at the age of 3 — so she was already a showbiz vet by the time she landed the fame-making role of Sharpay Evans in Disney’s absurdly popular High School Musical series. Stepping out of her comfort zone was part of the reason she signed on for Amateur Night, a new R-rated comedy in which he plays a punk-rock prostitute named Fallon. The film centers around a hapless Los Angeles architect (Jason Biggs) so desperate for work that he falls into a gig chaperoning escorts around town.
The cancellation of the ABC sitcom Happy Endings — beloved by hard-core fans but not so much by the Nielsens — never slowed down Adam Pally, who rose to fame as the schlubby, lovable Max. Pally quickly rebounded on The Mindy Show, recently landed a lead gig in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s upcoming pilot Making History, and has appeared in a steady stream of movie projects in between. Written and directed by Jeff Baena, the Sundance indie stars Pally, Thomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll, Alex Ross Perry, and Brett Gelman as five bros who carry on with plans for a debauched bachelor party after a tragic event spells the end of the planned nuptials. Pally joshed around with Yahoo Movies on Thursday for a Facebook Live Q&A, which you can watch above.
Craig Robinson is having a busy summer. The Chicago native still found time to sit down for a Facebook Live chat with Yahoo Movies on Wednesday in West Hollywood, where he was promoting Morris shortly before heading to the world premiere of Sausage. In Morris, Robinson (The Office, This Is the End) plays Curtis Gentry, the hip-hop-loving former soccer pro and single father of the titular 13-year-old (Markees Christmas).
Chad Michael Murray isn’t the most obvious candidate to headline a gritty, bloody Western. He’s a Northerner from Buffalo, N.Y., best known for playing clean-cut heartthrobs on TV favorites like Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill. As he told us in today’s Facebook Live interview, his father would often show him Clint Eastwood cowboy classics like A Fistful of Dollars. Murray plays the scrappy Henry, part of a band of robbers on the run who invade a frontier family’s home, where he falls for the clan’s teenage daughter, played by Francesca Eastwood.
As the first half of the famous stoner fanboy duo Jay and Silent Bob (Clerks, Mallrats, etc), Jason Mewes has a lot of practice breaking down action movies. Now, in his new film, Vigilante Diaries, Mewes gets some action of his own. He plays an in-you-face webhost who documents the maneuvers of the titular crimefighter (Paul Sloan) in a bullet-riddled thriller that also stars UFC star Quintin ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite), and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs).
There was a conversation between Jake the Dog from Adventure Time and The Brain from Pinky and the Brain. There was the singing of “Bacon Pancakes.” There was the most hilarious Tracy Morgan impression you’ll ever hear.
The 23-year-old Los Angeles native, who has been performing on stage since the age of 5 and calls Jonah Hill big bro, stopped by Yahoo Movies for a Facebook Live chat.