June 6, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Hopefully they won’t Britta this! Deadline reports “Community” star Gillian Jacobs has landed the female lead role in comedy sequel “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” joining her NBC sitcom co-star Chevy Chase as well as returning stars Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Adam Scott.
The first film saw Corddry, Robinson, Duke and John Cusack travel back to 1986 due to a malfunctioning hot tub, where they’re forced to relive one fateful night to ensure Duke is born. No word on the plot details of the sequel, but Scott has replaced Cusack in the lead role. Director Steve Pink is returning to direct the sequel as well.
Jacobs plays wannabe political agitator and psychiatry student Britta Perry on NBC’s always-fledgling sitcom “Community”, which has once again survived being on the bubble to renewed for a fifth season. She’s had a string of supporting roles on the big screen in her off time from the show, including “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” with Steve Carell. She recently wrapped up “Walk of Shame” opposite Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden.
July 24, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It could have just followed in the footsteps of last year’s massive hit “Bridesmaids”, but this year’s pre-wedding party film “Bachelorette” seems to be far bitchier and cynical.
Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher star as bitter bridesmaids of a blushing bride they called “Pigface” (Rebel Wilson) in high school. Also featuring James Marsden, Adam Scott and Kyle Bornheimer, we saw the first promotional images late last year and the film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews, with Screen Daily suggesting it “doesn’t reinvent anything, but it keeps the bile flowing”.
Directed by Leslye Headland, US audiences will get to see the pic when it goes on limited release September 7th and European fans later in the year, but the recently released trailer gives us all a teaser of what’s to come.
March 1, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has joined Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins and “Glee” star Jane Lynch in the cast of indie comedy “A.C.O.D.”, according to Deadline. Scott plays Carter, an A.C.O.D. (Adult Child of Divorce), who’s been caught in the middle of his parents’ nasty divorce for over 20 years. When his brother gets engaged, the feud between the exes intensifies and things spiral out of control. Jenkins plays the dad, Lynch plays Scott’s psychiatrist and Winstead will be Lauren, his longtime girlfriend and “the rock in his increasingly chaotic life.” Stuart Zicherman and and Ben Karlin wrote the script, and Zicherman will direct.
Comedy is a bit of a new direction for Winstead, who is quite a veteran of the horror genre, having starred in the likes of “Final Destination 3″, “Black Christmas”, “The Thing”, and this summer, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” But critics are calling her performance in dark Sundance comedy “Smashed” her best performance ever, and she also recently completed a role in Roman Coppola’s totally absurd sounding “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III”, starring Charlie Sheen and loosely based on the volatile actor’s real life antics. She is also set to return to her favorite genre in horror flick “The Darkness.”
December 6, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Thanks to the success of movies like “The Hangover” and “Bridesmaids”, I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more similarly themed pre-wedding party-hard films to come our way in the near future. The first out of the gate is “Bachelorette”, which will premiere at Sundance next year and will see Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher as bitter bridesmaids of a blushing bride they called “Pigface” in high school.
“Bridesmaids” scene-stealer Rebel Wilson will surely do the same again here as the aforementioned poorly-nicknamed bride. James Marsden, Adam Scott and Kyle Bornheimer as the groomsman of the former Most Eligible Bachelor in New York round out the intriguing and impressive cast, and certainly the premise that promises possibilities of backbiting, infighting and self-destructive behavior makes the Leslye Headland directed project sound like more than just a “Hangover”/”Bridesmaids” rip-off (though it certainly could turn out to be just that as well).
The first three images from the film are below and “Bachelorette” will premiere out of competition in Utah next month.
December 5, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
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The most high profile of Sundance showings have been unveiled, with the Utah film festival releasing the names of the films that will be premiering out of competition next January. Unlike the competition line-up which consisted mostly of feature debuts and little-known directors and actors waiting for their big break, the out of competition is all A-list. This year’s line-up features such acclaimed directors as Spike Lee, Stephen Frears and Julie Delpy, as well as a homecoming of sorts to festival veterans like Elizabeth Olsen (who will again be represented in two films this year after breaking out in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Silent House” last year), Brit Marling and Josh Radnor, who all return to the festival that made stars out of them in recent years.
Some early standouts after a quick skim of the new list include “Bachelorette”, a seemingly Hangover/Bridesmaids-type pre-wedding comedy starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan as old friends and James Marsden and Adam Scott as the guys in their lives; “Celeste and Jesse Forever”, a comedy about what happens after a couple breaks up but decide to remain friends, with Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones as the couple and Ari Graynor, Chris Messina, Elijah Wood and Emma Roberts their circle of friends; “Lay the Favorite” with Rebecca Hall, “Shadow Dancer” with Andrea Riseborough, and the aforementioned films with Olsen, Radnor and Marling: “Red Lights”, “Liberal Arts” and “Arbitrage.”
The full list of out of competition feature films and documentaries are below.
July 26, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Awards Season 2012! As the summer blockbuster season begins to draw to a close, a different breed of films are getting ready to roll out across the fall festival circuit. Today Canada kicks off the race for Oscar by revealing its selections for the Toronto International Film Festival, where many an award winner has bowed, including last year’s Best Picture winner, “The King’s Speech.”
This year, Toronto will play host to world premieres of early awards favorites and star studded ensembles alike as Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill starrer “Moneyball”, Jonathan Levine’s cancer dramedy “50/50″ starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Seth Rogen, star studded ensemble comedy “Butter” with Olivia Wilde, Ashley Greene and Hugh Jackman and Alexander Payne’s “The Descendents” starring George Clooney.
North American premieres – which seemingly indicates the following films might make their worldwide premiere at Italy’s Venice Film Festival a month earlier – include David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method” with Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley, Clooney directed/Ryan Gosling starred “The Ides of March” and “W.E.” starring Abbie Cornish and directed by Madonna.
February 25, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Community” star, Independent Spirit Awards host and “The Soup” commentator Joel McHale also has three movies coming out this year, but he’ll multi-task just a bit more, signing on to black comedy “Ted” opposite Mila Kunis and Mark Walhberg. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane makes his big screen directorial debut with the film about a boy who made a childhood wish for his best friend – a teddy bear – to always be with him and then grows up (into Walhberg) to still be attached to the now foul-mouthed, alcoholic and slovenly bear. The guy’s girlfriend (Kunis) won’t move forward with their relationship until that relationship resolves itself.
McHale will play Knunis’ sleazy boss, a role that had been previously reported to go to Adam Scott. McHale will also be seen in “The Big Year” opposite Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson, “What’s Your Number?” with Anna Faris and Chris Evans (playing another sleazy boss), and Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids reboot opposite Jessica Alba. The 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards will air Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 10 PM Eastern and Pacific, exclusively on IFC.
December 13, 2010 | Posted by Linda Ge
Hot off her Critics Choice Award nomination, Mila Kunis has signed on to re-team with “Family Guy” creator/co-star Seth MacFarlane on Universal comedy “Ted”, about a grown man stuck with the bear he wished to come to life to be his best friend as a child, according to THR. Mark Walhberg, who also co-starred with Kunis in “Max Payne”, will play the man who, twenty-five years later, is still stuck with Ted the bear, who has become a cursing, smoking delinquent and keeps him from maturing. MacFarlane, who wrote the script, will also voice the bear as well as direct the film. Kunis will play Walhberg’s girlfriend and Adam Scott will play Kunis’ skeezy boss.
Kunis next stars opposite Justin Timberlake in “Friends with Benefits” while Scott will appear with Megan Fox in “Friends with Kids”.
December 8, 2010 | Posted by Linda Ge
Megan Fox posted on her Facebook page several new images from the New York City set of her new movie “Friends with Kids”. Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt co-star, and Westfeldt also wrote and is producing and directing the movie. The film centers on a pair of best friends, played by Scott and Westfeldt, who seek to avoid the usual pitfalls of settling down and having kids with a committed partner by deliberately having a child together and then dating other people. Fox will play one of the women Scott begins to date after the birth of the child. Hmmm, sounds a bit like “Friends with Benefits” / “No Strings Attached” for the over 30s.
See several set images of Fox, Scott and Westfeldt below.