FOXCATCHER Set for November 14th Release; Tina Fey/Amy Poehler Comedy THE NEST Faces STAR WARS on December 18, 2015

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Release dates have been announced for two very promising projects.  First up, Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s new drama Foxcatcher will finally arrive in theaters on November 14th of this year.  The pic was originally slated for release last fall, before Sony Pictures Classics pushed it to 2014 in order to get out of the incredibly competitive awards season pile-up.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).

Based on the incredible first trailer, this looks to be a serious awards contender, and its November release date puts it in prime position to take advantage of the buzz.  The pic will square off against Dumb and Dumber To and the WWII actioner Fury on its date, but again, this is all about riding the buzz through the December awards voting period.  It’ll have a nice head start, as Foxcatcher has its world premiere next month at the Cannes Film Festival.  Hit the jump for release date news concerning the new Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy.

Amy Poehler to Join Tina Fey in THE NEST, Cate Blanchett in Talks for THE DIG, and John Magara Added to CAROL

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • The brilliant Golden Globes hosting duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may be reuniting for another feature, as Poehler is looking to co-star with Fey in the comedy The Nest.
  • Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in director Susanne Bier’s (In a Better World) archaeological drama The Dig.
  • Not Fade Away star John Magara has signed on to star alongside Rooney Mara in director Todd Haynes’ (I’m Not There) drama Carol.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.

Sundance 2014: THEY CAME TOGETHER Review

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When director David Wain does his own thing, it may not be for everyone, but he’s also at his best.  His more mainstream films, Role Models and Wanderlust, are entertaining, but his work on The State, Stella, and the classic Wet Hot American Summer is distinct, absurd, bold, and painfully funny.  His latest, They Came Together, is Wain embracing his unique comic voice as he turns to mock one of Hollywood’s easiest targets, the romantic comedy.  Despite the easily apparent flaws of that genre, Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter not only poke fun at the obvious tropes, but also let their delightfully twisted comedy burst through.  Further supported by Paul Rudd brilliantly and brutally skewering his familiar leading man persona, They Came Together doesn’t bring the rom-com to its knees, but it does deliver a well-deserved gut punch.

First Clip and Poster from David Wain’s Rom-Com Spoof THEY CAME TOGETHER Starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler

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We’re going to be seeing a lot of films at Sundance this year, but as any festivalgoer will tell you, you can’t see them all.  Scheduling complications always come into play, but it still stings that we’re going to miss David Wain‘s latest, They Came Together.  The rom-com send-up stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, and as you can see from the first clip, this is Wain operating in the absurd style of The State, Wet Hot American Summer, and Stella rather than his more traditional features like Role Models and Wanderlust.  Also, the poster will easily be one of the best of 2014, and I hope it gets used in the wide release.

Hit the jump to check out the poster and clip.  The film also stars Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, and Christopher MeloniThey Came Together will make its world premiere at Sundance on January 24th.

Watch: PARKS AND RECREATION Cast Reflects on 100 Episodes in Retrospective Special

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Though NBC’s comedy series Parks and Recreation hasn’t ever been a ratings juggernaut, it has secretly (or not so secretly) been one of the most consistently funny and surprisingly emotional shows on network television.  Currently in its sixth season, the show is coming up on its 100th episode, and to mark the occasion NBC has released a web-only, 20-minute retrospective special featuring interviews with Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe, and the rest of the Parks and Rec gang.  The actors discuss their favorite moments and episodes from the series, and while there are many highlights here that Parks and Rec fans will enjoy, my personal favorite just might be the glorious Perd Hapley.

Hit the jump to watch the special.  Parks and Recreation airs on NBC Thursdays at 8:30pm ET.

Watch: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Prepare for Their Hosting Duties in New Promos for the Golden Globes

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The main reason to watch the Golden Globes this year is to see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as the awards ceremony’s hosts. They brought a fantastic sense of humor to the show last year, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did right by signing them on as hosts for the next two ceremonies.  Fresh off of this morning’s Golden Globes nominations announcement, NBC has released a trio of promos in which Fey and Poehler tease their hosting duties.  Unsurprisingly, they’re quite funny.  Hit the jump to watch the videos.  The 71st Golden Globes will take place on January 12, 2014.

Sundance 2014: New Images from THE RAID 2, THEY CAME TOGETHER, FRANK, and LAGGIES

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The Premieres lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was just unveiled, and along with it a collection of first look images and synopses for said films are now online.  Briefly:

  • The Raid 2 – Directed by Gareth Evans; starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, and Alex Abbad.
  • They Came Together – Directed by David Wain; starring Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, and Christopher Meloni.
  • Frank – Directed by Lenny Abrahamson; starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy.
  • Laggies – Directed by Lynn Shelton; starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, and Mark Webber.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

Amy Poehler Talks FREE BIRDS, Time Traveling Turkeys, What it’s Like to Work with Nick Offerman on PARKS AND RECREATION, and More

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Opening this weekend is writer-director Jimmy Hayward’s animated family movie, Free Birds.  The film centers on two turkeys who travel back in time in order to try to undo the tradition of eating turkey on Thanksgiving.  The voice cast is led by Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson, with Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, and Keith David filling out the ensemble.  For more on the film, watch the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

At the recent L.A. press day, I landed a video interview with Poehler.  She talked about making Free Birds, the recording process, how she was approached to be in the film, the concept of time traveling turkeys, and what is it like to work with Nick Offerman, who plays the indelible Ron Swanson, on Parks and Recreation.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Host Golden Globes in 2014 and 2015

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Most award shows take it year-to-year when choosing hosts, but after Tina Fey and Amy Poehler received raves for their Golden Globes hosting duties earlier this year, the comic duo will be coming back to host for the next two years.  I didn’t watch this past year’s ceremony (I don’t remember why; I usually tune in), but I remember all the positive comments on Twitter.  I’m glad I’ll get a chance to see them work their magic next year.  It’s always great to have talented comedians on stage at the Globes, especially since the awards themselves are a complete and utter farce.

Hit the jump to read the press release.  The 2014 Golden Globes will air live on Sunday, January 12th at 8pm EST.

A.C.O.D. Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  A.C.O.D. opens today in limited release.]

In his feature directorial debut, A.C.O.D., Stu Zicherman has taken the premise for the episode of a sitcom, and turned it into a film that’s not only funny, but also surprisingly relatable for audience members represented by the title’s acronym, “Adult Children of Divorce”. Speaking as an A.C.O.D., my parents never had the comical, over-the top fights featured in the movie, but Zicherman and co-writer Ben Karlin manage to work in a strong, emotional center to a comedy that works in broad strokes. The movie may share the same plotline as sitcom episode, but thanks to its excellent cast and willingness to push its protagonist to emotionally unpleasant places, A.C.O.D. works for kids from broken and unbroken homes alike.

Exclusive Clip from A.C.O.D. Starring Adam Scott and Richard Jenkins

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Today we’re happy to bring you an exclusive clip from the upcoming comedy, A.C.O.D.  The title stands for “Adult Children of Divorce” and the film centers on Carter (Adam Scott) who has been caught in his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) ugly divorce for the past twenty years.  Matters become even worse when he tries to get them in the same room so they can attend his brother’s wedding.  I really enjoyed the movie when I saw it at Sundance, and this clip is a good representation of the humor and shows off Scott and Jenkins’ great performances.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Jane Lynch, Jessica Alba, Clark Duke, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Amy PoehlerA.C.O.D. opens October 4th.

First Trailer for A.C.O.D. Starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, and Amy Poehler

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The first trailer for director Stuart Zicherman’s comedy A.C.O.D. has been released online.  The title stands for “Adult Children of Divorce” and the film centers on a guy (Adam Scott) who has been caught in his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) ugly divorce for the past twenty years, and matters become even worse when his brother gets engaged.  I caught the film at Sundance and it’s a really nice showcase for Adam Scott as a leading man, with a couple of scene-stealing performances by Jenkins and O’Hara to boot.  In addition to being really funny, the pic also touches on some issues that should hit close to home for fellow A.C.O.D.’s.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Jane Lynch, Jessica Alba, Clark Duke, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Amy PoehlerA.C.O.D. opens in theaters on October 4th.

Pixar Announces Voice Casts and Reveals Concept Art for THE GOOD DINOSAUR and INSIDE OUT; Voice Actors Include Bill Hader & Amy Poehler [UPDATED]

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Pixar has announced the voice casts for two of its upcoming films during the D23 convention today.  Director Bob Peterson’s The Good Dinosaur, which opens next summer, takes place on an Earth where the asteroid never killed the dinosaurs and the creatures now live happily alongside humans.  The lead character, a dinosaur named Arlo, will be voiced by Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), while Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, and Judy Greer voice his siblings.  The dinosaur mother and father will be voiced by John Lithgow and Frances McDormandThe Good Dinosaur opens in theaters on May 30, 2014.

Pixar’s next film, Up director Peter Docter’s Inside Out, takes place within an 11-year-old girl’s mind as she is forced to move to San Francisco.  The fantastic voice cast—playing the girl’s emotions—includes Amy Poehler as the lead character, Joy, Bill Hader (there’s no such thing as too much Bill Hader) as Fear, Lewis Black as Anger, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, and The Office’s Phyllis Smith as Sadness.  Inside Out opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.  Look for Dave’s full recaps of the D23 Pixar panels later today. [Update: We've added new concept art images and the official synopsis for both films after the jump.]

First Trailer for FREE BIRDS Featuring the Voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and Amy Poehler

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Relativity Media has released the first trailer for director Jimmy Hayward’s (Horton Hears a Who!) upcoming animated film Free Birds.  The film centers on two turkeys who travel back in time in order to try to undo the tradition of eating turkey on Thanksgiving.  Hayward’s Horton Hears a Who! was actually pretty funny, and there are a couple of solid jokes to be found in this debut trailer for Free Birds.  The film looks to be very heavily themed towards the holiday of Thanksgiving, and the time travel aspect allows the story to play around in both the present day and 17th century setting.  Whether kids take to the turkey-fronted story is uncertain, but I could see the film causing quite few outbursts from children around the Thanksgiving table as they realize that the lovable characters and the delicious gravy-covered treat are one and the same.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film features the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Eddie Sotelo, Josh Lawson, and Danny CareyFree Birds opens in 3D on November 1st.

The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media to Distribute Comedy A.C.O.D. Starring Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, and Richard Jenkins

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The comedy A.C.O.D., which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to positive reviews, has been picked up for distribution by The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media.  The title stands for “Adult Children of Divorce” and the Stuart Zicherman-directed film centers on a guy (Adam Scott) who has been caught in his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) ugly divorce for the past twenty years, and matters become even worse when his brother gets engaged.  Then the details of the feud are revealed in a definitive new book on children of divorce.

I caught the film at Sundance (read Matt’s review here) and it’s a solid comedy with a big heart, and as a fellow A.C.O.D. it hit really close to home for me in quite a few parts.  It also features scene-stealing performances by Catherine O’Hara and Richard Jenkins, with other nice turns from Clark Duke, Amy Poehler, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  The Film Arcade will be handling theatrical distribution in North America, while Paramount Home Media will manage domestic home entertainment, television licensing and digital distribution, as well as international distribution.  Hit the jump for the press release.

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