Thanks to Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), the marquee is twinkling at Prince Theater again. The historic structure was bankrupt and all but extinct, when, in March, PFS swept in to save it. Since then, Prince Theater has rolled out some fine local entertainment, including a production by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. This weekend, though, it’s gearing up for summer with its promised film programming, which will make it the only movie theater in Center City where you can catch a mainstream flick.
The breakout hit of 2012, Pitch Perfect hit all the right notes and had all the right sass to become a run-away hit with the gay community. But even more than that, the film’s themes of comradery and perseverance have found universal appeal, resonating with everyone from the Green Bay Packers (more on that later) to my cousin’s 8-year-old son Nick who can recite the entire movie. Add in the fact that it’s perpetually playing on cable and available OnDemand to the point where you can accidentally watch it for a 49th or 50th time (it is impossible to turn off!), you’ve got a bona-fide universal hit for … Universal. So after crossing the $100 million-dollar mark, a sequel was naturally put in the works. I’m happy to report that while Pitch Perfect 2 isn’t as aca-awesome as the first film, but if you’re a fan of Pitch Perfect, they’ve tailor-made this sequel just for you.
UPDATE [5/15/2015, 3:43 pm: The first trailer for Limitless was released today, showing Cooper in the first seconds of the clip—up close and person, baby blues and all—encouraging the protagonist Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) to take the brain-boosting drug NZT. Check it out above. Limitless is slated for a fall 2015 release on CBS.
ORIGINAL: Bradley Cooper is set to play a recurring character in Limitless, the upcoming television series based on his 2011 film of the same name. Deadline reports that he will play sidekick to the character he played in the film, which is now portrayed by Jake McDorman. More on the plot:
For everyone looking forward to this year’s Awesome Fest, this isn’t good news. Founder and Artistic Director Josh Goldbloom announced today that all Awesome Fest events—free movies in Clark Park, the Kevin (Bacon) Fest, everything—have been canceled indefinitely. Read more »
When approaching one of these glitzy PR gimmicks, best to go with an open mind. They are there to create synergistic buzz for their product, of course, offering you a list of preferred hashtags (#insidious, unsurprisingly, for one) should you find yourself wanting to, you know, engage your social media engines in the wake of the experience. But, as such, they are also there to blow your mind a little bit, just enough so that you’ll be sure to breathlessly tweet about the horrifying ordeal and make other folks in your network curious enough to check it out for themselves.
Here’s how it went down, in jumbled-note form.
We’ve seen the photos of Jared Leto’s Joker in David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad, and this week shots are emerging of Philly’s Will Smith on the set as Floyd Lawton (aka Deadshot). Ign.com shared the photos first, saying that they capture Deadshot in his street clothes and possibly his Deadshot costume.
— Adam Frazier (@AdamFrazier) April 30, 2015
Two local heroes, Tina Fey and M. Night Shyamalan, collide in this awesome mashup from Staten Island comedy/party outfit Super Secret Show. They’ve taken the catchy opening song to Fey’s Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and mixed it with clips from Shyamalan’s 2000, Bruce Willis-starring thriller Unbreakable. They call it “Unbreakable Bruce Willis,” naturally.
Check it out above, and good luck getting it out of your head later.
The film Insidious: Chapter 3 comes out on June 6th, the third installment of the Insidious horror film series. (It’s actually a prequel to the first two movies.)
And there’s a pretty neat promotion for it called the Into the Further 4D Experience. Featuring much-praised Oculus Rift VR technology — now owned by Facebook — the event features actress Lin Shaye (playing Elise Ranier) guiding visitors through a haunted-house type experience. It’s a unique ride that’s certain to scare the heck out of you.
Into the Further 4D will be at the South Street Spring Festival at Headhouse Square from 11am to 8pm on Saturday and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday. Ticket is offering 25 lucky winners two passes each to go see it. Read more »
Jared Leto, who cut his acting teeth at Philly’s University of the Arts, is packing on pounds and muscle for his role as the Joker in director David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad. He offered a sneak peek at his new buff bod in an Instagram photo on Tuesday.
Looks more like Superman, huh? Over the weekend, Ayer posted the first official photo of Leto, 43, in full Joker gear, which, somehow, doesn’t find the actor looking quite so ripped. He is, however, decked out in tattoos, metal chompers and the Joker’s iconic green locks: