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‘Live Nude Girls’: A Wonderfully Crass Homage to 1980′s Sex Comedies

By Penn Collins

About 45 seconds in to Live Nude Girls, a new period piece (1980’s) sex romp from director Jay Legett (Without a Paddle, Employee of the Month), it’s pretty clear that the filmmakers aren't going to stop the story for exposition.

Before the audience can bat an eye, you learn that it’s 1985, two friends are traveling to Los Angeles, and one of them was living in and selling weed out of their car prior to the road-trip. Oh, and it probably warrants mentioning that they’re going out to LA because the protagonist, Shane, has inherited his uncle’s strip club.

And with that rapid-fire opening scene, the table is set to move on to greener pastures, because this film’s loftiest goal isn't character development or taking the viewer on a journey. Which is a good thing, because you don’t want to get lost in the details when a story about strippers is co-starring porn stars Tera Patrick, Bree Olsen, and… Andy Dick?

Yup. Andy Dick. More on that in a moment.

During the film, peaks and valleys that the characters experience are largely incidental, but as is true with the better sex (and stoner) comedies, the random scenes serve as an opportunity for the actors and writers to make a meal out of the ridiculousness, as we see repeatedly with Dave Foley’s beat-down strip club manager/pill-popper. His lament that a girl’s ass “is a feast,” and he’d love to “stuff that with cornbread.” It would just be stupid if it wasn't stupid and funny.

Of course, not every scene can be a winner, and the faux-documentary aspect of the film seems to be gratuities in terms of piling on both the exposition and the jokes. Again, this criticism doesn't apply to the Dave Foley scenes, which he absolutely kills as Harry Horowitz, the washed-up manager of the place.

Because the film’s exposition is front-loaded and then doled out in large chunks, we’re afforded more ridiculous scenes like Andy Dick as a surprisingly professional sex toy sales rep (perhaps a nod to his Old School appearance as a blowjob…consultant? Guru?), making an appearance to peddle the "Cock Boxer 2000." I guess the earlier models of the "Cock Boxer" were getting obsolete. The scene plays up against a conversation between two characters in a bathroom, one of whom is tending business in a stall while smoking a joint.

It’s hard not to know what you’re in for with Live Nude Girls, so it’s not like the wonderfully crass asides. To the production team’s credit, the scenes, as gratuitous as they are on paper, have a certain perverse charm to them. Perhaps it’s because they’re coming from very likable former Newsradio personalities whom we don’t consider to be smutty. Well, maybe we consider Andy Dick a little smutty.

When the third-act conflict comes to a head, as it invariably does in these types of films, the movie finally gets to make use of its 1980’s setting. Until that point, however, it served as quite a mystery as why the film would be set outside of the present day, but the writers offer up a pretty clever twist that ties the era into the plot. But mostly I’m guessing that the 1985 setting existed solely to feature K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider.

It’s easy to dismiss this film (and the genre) as a simple T&A delivery service. And it certainly does deliver. But with a fairly frequent barrage of scene-stealing turns and some damn funny writing, Live Nude Girls easily clears the low bar that the premise may set and turns in a fair amount of fun aside from the nudity. Not “family gathered around the TV at the holidays” fun, but the fun that a good raunchy comedy can provide. Then again, that might interest your family after all. Who am I to judge?

President Snow Has a Message For You In This ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ Teaser

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President Snow has a very important message for the people of Panem. Well, it's more of a veiled threat.

"If you resist the system, you starve yourself. If you fight against it, it is you who will bleed."

Well said, Mr. President!

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you should really catch up on The Hunger Games. The third installment of the franchise, Mockingjay Part 1, has a new teaser trailer featuring Donald Sutherland reprising his role as the menacing dictator. It also features a silent Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), who was left in the lurch in the last film. Is he really on board with Snow and his regime, or is he simply a victim of circumstance? I guess we'll find out later this year.

The film hits theaters on November 21, 2014.

Shane Black Will Direct A ‘Predator’ Reboot

Shane Black, the writer behind Lethal Weapon, is set to direct a Predator reboot, THR is reporting. Shane, who wrote Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, will also write a treatment for the film, with screenwriter Fred Dekker taking over from there.

THR is also reporting that Dekker and Shane wrote the screenplay to the 80's comedy Monster Squad, which is either great or horrible depending on your appreciation of 80's nostalgia.

The original film starred 80's icons Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura, and Shane himself actually appeared in a minor role. But as of now, there's no word on who will star in the film, or whether or not Arnie will make some sort of an appearance. But if I was a gambling man, I'd put my money on yes.

‘Better Call Saul’ Has Already Been Renewed for a Second Season

The Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul has already been renewed by AMC for a second season. That's good. The show has also been postponed from November to 2015. That's bad.

Sometimes you gotta take the good with the bad.

As the photo above shows, production has already begun. Breaking Bad alums Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks as well as newcomer Michael McKean round out the cast, with Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould acting as showrunners.

"We could not be more proud of nor more excited about the work to date," said AMC president Charlie Collier. "We join the fans in eager anticipation for this series and today we happily confirm that our initial Saul order is for two seasons and a total of 23 episodes. When introducing any series, especially one with the DNA of Breaking Bad, there are countless factors to consider in making sure the show gets the launch it deserves. We have a strong history with Vince, Peter, Bob, the studio and so many involved with this production; we are enjoying the process on Saul and all share a focus on making it a true television event. No half measures.”

Stare at Scarlett Johansson’s Big Brain in the New ‘Lucy’ Trailer

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There's a reoccurring plot device in science fiction that humans only use 10% of their brains, and the remaining 90% is just sitting there waiting to be unlocked. The Lawnmower Man, Limitless, Dead at 21, and many other works have used variations on this idea as a foundation. But while it might make for an entertaining story, the 10% brain trope is nothing more than a myth.

But that hasn't stopped the producers of Lucy from doubling down on the idea. When Scarlett Johansson's titular character taps her brain's full potential, she gains not only the requisite mental prowess we've seen in other films, but also the ability to bend matter and control other humans. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but I'm willing to suspend disbelief as long as Johansson is willing to suspend the use of a bra for a good portion of the film.

Lucy was written and directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element, and costars Morgan Freeman. It's scheduled to hit theaters July 25. (Source)

Michael Keaton Was Born to be ‘Birdman’ (Probably)

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The teaser trailer for Birdman is here, and it's, without a doubt, the best looking Michael Keaton film in a long time. That's not saying much, all things considered. But still, the guy played Batman and Mr. Mom, plus he used to work for Mr. Rogers. He deserves some damn respect, and it's good to see him doing well.

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the film is a black comedy (think Happiness, not Soul Plane) about a down-on-his luck actor who is trying to make a comeback via a Broadway play. Like Keaton himself, the film's protagonist is most famous for playing an iconic superhero (Birdman, obviously). He must battle his own demons and family issues in order to fight his way back to the top.

The film costars Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan and Naomi Watts, and hits theaters on October 17th.

There’s A New Trailer for ‘Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’

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Frank Miller's last attempt to direct resulted in The Spirit. Luckily, he's come to his senses, and has re-teamed with Robert Rodriguez for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The pair "co-directed" the film, which I imagine consisted of Rodriguez reigning in Miller's more insane ideas. But hey, whatever works. If the new film is anything like the original Sin City (and it seems to look exactly like the original Sin City), we should be in for a good time.

The film stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Martin Csokas, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Chung, Jamie King, Alexa Vega, Julia Garner, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach and Jude Ciccolella. It hits theaters on August 22.