Fans of comedian Marc Maron and his WTF podcast now have a date with IFC on May 3. That's when Maron's TV show — titled Maron — will debut. So it's Maron on Maron about Maron. The good thing is, you know right off the bat if this show is for you. The comedian and podcaster will play a fictionalized version of himself, a comedian and podcaster, working out his neuroses or merely airing them via his garage podcasting studio. One suspects this is Maron's attempt to get on the Louie train, but Louis C.K. didn't even really seem to be getting on the Louie train for about half a season, so who knows?
Are you the last holdout on The Avengers? Because it's one of the biggest movies of all time — I saw it twice in the theater, and I didn't even like it that much — taking all the appeal of a superhero movie and multiplying it by ... let's see ... four. (Six, if you count Black Widow and Hawkeye, but since they both lack superpowers of any kind, I don't.)
If you've made it this long without getting spoiled on the plot of The Cabin in the Woods, I am so excited for you! If you haven't seen it, I assume it's because you figured it was a cookie-cutter thriller about dumb college kids being set upon by one or more serial killers in the (eponymous) remote vacation home. But it's directed by Drew Goddard, formerly a writer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joss Whedon, who created both those shows, so — without spoiling anything — there's more going on.
I read an interview with Woody Allen recently in which he talked about how he releases his movies during the summer because he thinks big tentpole movies are moronic and smart people need something else to see. Whatever you think about that, it's true that a lot of comic-book movies are targeted at younger kids, and maybe you want something rated a hard R. Something like Woody Allen might make if he'd come up in Gen X. I recommend Wanderlust, David Wain's commune comedy that functions as something of a companion piece to his Wet Hot American Summer and a spiritual successor to Caddyshack and Stripes.
I tried to figure out a way to write the intro to this Mark Duplass Q&A without immediately mentioning the one thing everyone always immediately mentions about Mark Duplass, I really did. But since Mark was nice enough to sit down at an L.A. coffee shop to promote his new movie, Your Sister’s Sister, while his wife was super, totally pregnant — like next-phone-call-rush-to-the-hospital pregnant — it’d seem weird not to mention that one thing: Duplass, the writer/director/actor/producer/slightly derelict husband, who frequently collaborates with his brother Jay, is an extremely adept multitasker. For Sister, a reteam with Lynn Shelton, who directed him in 2009's extreme-bromance Humpday, Duplass mostly worked in front of the camera — although he did come up with the idea for the movie and co-improvised much of its dialogue. He co-stars alongside Rosemarie DeWitt and Emily Blunt as three screwed-up people — two half-sisters and their shaggy-charm pal — working out the particulars of an accidental, unorthodox love triangle. In theaters June 15, it’s the latest addition to Duplass’s impressive collection of quiet, calculatedly uneven, happy-cry indies.