Heel turns: 23 movie stars cast against type as villains

Villains can be much more fun to play than heroes. Just ask Gary Oldman or Christoph Waltz or any actor who’s built a résumé filthy with scoundrels. But perhaps the dark side exerts a particularly seductive pull on those performers who don’t specialize in heavies, those who have established a reputation for playing…

TBS greenlights cop cartoon from Louis CK, Greg Daniels, and Albert Brooks

TBS has acquired a new animated series—tentatively titled The Cops—from three of the biggest names in comedy: Louis CK, Greg Daniels, and Albert Brooks. The series—developed through CK’s production deal with FX—would feature him and Brooks as police officers, dead-panning their way through their efforts to protect and…

Forget the fireworks—all of Albert Brooks’ movies are coming to Netflix

Not all of us are built for fireworks: they’re loud, they’re gaudy, and they encourage people to recklessly look at the sky. Sometimes you just want to tune out all the flashy explosions and savory barbecues of a big holiday weekend, and tuck into a well-crafted comedy about the failings of the human animal instead.…

J.C. Chandor takes another left turn with the gritty A Most Violent Year

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When Steven Soderbergh retired from feature filmmaking last year, American cinema lost its foremost chameleon—the kind of director who’s not interested in endlessly refining a particular type of film, preferring to explore every genre imaginable. It now seems that we may have his heir apparent: J.C. Chandor, who, over…