Bill Hader

Sundance Review: Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Are As You’ve Never Seen Them In Otherwise Conventional ‘The Skeleton Twins’

Sundance Review: Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Are As You’ve Never Seen Them In Otherwise Conventional ‘The Skeleton Twins’

Outside of their Saturday Night Live work, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig have delivered some of their best performances onscreen together, in ADVENTURELAND and PAUL (they even both scored scene-stealing voice cameos in Spike Jonze’s HER). Even so, their chemistry in Craig Johnson’s THE SKELETON TWINS is something altogether different: These are serious dramatic roles with dark comedic ingredients that take them out of the farcical realm and allow them to craft fully realized characters.

Sundance Regular Mark Duplass Explains How the Festival Changed His Life And What to Expect From Him This Year

Sundance Regular Mark Duplass Explains How the Festival Changed His Life And What to Expect From Him This Year

Back in January 2005, Mark Duplass and his brother Jay Duplass debuted their first feature length film, THE PUFFY CHAIR, at the Sundance Film Festival. That fateful night in Park City would spark a career that has seen the duo flourish into two of the most influential names in American independent film. Writing and directing studio projects CYRUS (2010) and JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME (2011) as well as executive producing the films of other budding filmmakers, the Duplass Brothers have become a staple at Sundance. Mark has also blossomed into a bona fide leading man in the indie world, starring in recent Sundance hits YOUR SISTER’S SISTER and SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. Adding to his ubiquity is a starring role in FX comedy The League and his upcoming HBO series Togetherness, which he created with his brother.

Dear Santa: Criterion, please

Dear Santa: Criterion, please

If you happen to be shopping online, a stop at premier DVD publisher Criterion is likely to derail your giving into dreams of receiving. Their site kicks ass, frankly. Not only can you drool over new releases of your favorite classic, arthouse and foreign films, you can browse a plethora of famous peoples’ top ten Criterion lists. Bill Hader is actually a cinephile genius with Kurosawa’s HIGH AND LOW as his number one and an obscure Ozu as his number three! Bill Hader and Ozu? I teach at a film school and when I wear my Ozu t-shirt that’s shaped into an Ozzy logo I get nothing but blank stares. Nice work, Hader. And Kim Gordon puts a film on her list (Catherine Breillat’s FAT GIRL) that she admits to not having seen! Awesomely bold.

But back to buying. Criterion does such an amazing job reinventing a film through not only through its famous Criterion extras, but also by redesigning a film’s identity and thereby inviting you to rediscover it in a new way. Take Kieslowski’s brilliant 1994 trilogy, THREE COLORS: RED, WHITE, BLUE.

Stefon-themed Mad Libs

Stefon-themed Mad Libs

One of the highlights and crowd favorites of this season’s SNL was Stefon, your local guide to New York’s hottest clubs. Stefon is played hilariously by Bill Hader, who despite his best efforts always breaks character in large part due to the writers making last-minute surprise changes to the script, as Bill explained to David Letterman. Well, for you fans, create your own club that Stefon would visit with these three Mad Libs.