Ari Graynor Talks New CBS Comedy BAD TEACHER, Why She Decided to Move to TV, the Need for a Variety of Female Characters, and More

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The new CBS single-camera comedy series Bad Teacher, based on the hit feature film, tells the story of Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor), a hot, fearless and unapologetic former trophy wife who masquerades as a teacher, in order to find a new man after her wealthy husband leaves her penniless.  Using a phony resume, she effortlessly charms Principal Carl Gaines (David Alan Grier), who is easily duped and oblivious to her agenda, unlike Joel (Ryan Hansen), her handsome former high school classmate turned gym teacher, who sees right through her.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actress Ari Graynor talked about what attracted her to Bad Teacher as her first TV series, Meredith’s underdog spirit, why there needs to be more of a variety of female characters, being more worried about the audience understanding where her character is coming from than always liking her, how much she enjoys the show’s character dynamics, just how far she’ll go for comedy, and how she would love to do another season.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

FOR A GOOD TIME CALL… Blu-ray Review

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Not so long ago, two girls at Florida State were roommates. One was a quiet, “Felicity” type, the other, a bold virgin who ran a phone sex line to cover college costs. A decade later, the quiet one (Lauren Miller) hit Hollywood, married Seth Rogen, and met up with her old friend (Katie Anne Naylon) to brainstorm film ideas. The result, For a Good Time, Call…, became a reality, and now the fun and foul-mouthed buddy girl comedy has hit DVD and Blu-ray.  Hit the jump for our review.

Jason Bateman and Shawn Levy Moving Forward with THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU; Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Zoe Saldana, and More Testing for Roles

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The feature film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s novel This is Where I Leave You is picking up some steam.  The project was initially gearing up to begin production last spring under director Adam Shankman with an ensemble cast that included Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn, Leslie Mann, Malin Akerman, and Jason Sudeikis, but Shankman subsequently exited the project and casting deals were never completed, so movement stalled.  Shawn Levy came onboard to direct last fall, and now Bateman is back on the project as the search to fill out the rest of the cast begins in anticipation of a May or June production start date.

The book tells the story of a dysfunctional family that is forced to reunite when their father requests they sit Shivah for seven days following his death, and the feature film adaptation has attracted a great deal of talent, with Harry Potter director David Yates previously flirting with the project.  Hit the jump to find out which actresses are currently testing for roles opposite Bateman.

TOP 5: LAWLESS, JUSTICE LEAGUE Rumors, FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL, THE TO DO LIST Trailer, Jose Padilha’s ROBOCOP Reboot

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I have a confession to make: I’ve dropped too much cash on sweet, sweet movie poster prints and frames the last month or so. In addition to my Mondo/Jock The Dark Knight Rises print (which was secured for me by my friend and fellow Collider teammate, Bill Graham), I’ve also picked up Mondo/Phantom City Creative’s The Cabin in the Woods and this little Drive gem by artist Louis Fernando Cruz all in a matter of a few weeks. While I couldn’t be any happier with my purchases (well, I could have stood to pay a little less for The Cabin in the Woods), the truth remains that I’m quickly running out of wall space and disposable income. With all of this in mind, I do have to give a big “thank you” to my wife for tolerating my plans to adorn our house with movie posters. I’ve promised her that my buying flurry will now subside. Unless, of course, someone out there has a Gallery 1988/Rhys Cooper Robocop print they want to part with on the cheap, in which case, I think I have just enough wall space and unaccounted for monies to make one last purchase.

Poster hunting aside, in this week’s edition of the Top 5, I’ve compiled for your reading pleasure our Lawless interviews with Shia LaBeouf, screenwriter/composer Nick Cave, and more, a week filled with rumors surrounding Warner Bros.’ Justice League pic, For a Good Time, Call… video interviews with Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller, and more, a well deserved red-band trailer for The To Do List, and some encouraging, some not so encouraging, news from the set of director Jose Padilha‘s Robocop reboot. A brief recap and link to each awaits after the jump.

Ari Graynor Talks FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL…

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In For A Good Time Call, Ari Graynor stars as Katie Steele – one half of the odd-couple roommates who venture out into the phone sex trade.  Graynor is the ‘Walter Matthau’ of the duo: brash, loud, wild – in stark contrast to Lauren Miller’s posh stuck-up ‘Lemmon’ Lauren Powell.  But underneath Katie’s façade of wild and licentious debaucheries, lurks someone far more innocent and naïve than appearances would suggest.  Graynor – who has previously cut her filmography with supporting roles in comedies like Nick and Norah’s Playlist, The Sitter and Whip It, here takes center stage and more than acquits herself.  Graynor’s fun, bubbly demeanor serves the lite bubble-gum comedy well and she is equally as engaged and fun to talk to in person.

In the following interview with Graynor, she discusses balancing her role as actor and producer, her creative input on the film and working with Barbara Streisand on the upcoming The Guilt Trip.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

4 Clips from Phone Sex Comedy FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL… Starring Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor

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Four clips from the sex comedy For a Good Time, Call… have been released.  The film centers on a pair of roommates who bond when they go into business as phone sex operators.  It premiered at Sundance to a fairly positive response, with our own Matt Goldberg calling it an enjoyable little film (read his review here).  Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor star as the titular roommates, but a number of actors like Seth Rogen and Kevin Smith pop up for cameos as phone sex customers.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Justin LongJames Wolk, and Mark WebberFor a Good Time, Call… opens in limited release on August 31st.

First Trailer for 10 YEARS Starring Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson and Chris Pratt

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We’ve got the first trailer for 10 Years, an ensemble comedy centering on a group of friends at their high school reunion.  The directorial debut of Jamie Linden (Dear John), 10 Years stars Channing Tatum as Jake, who is ready to propose to his girlfriend (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) until he runs into his old flame (Rosario Dawson) at the reunion.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Justin Long, Max Minghella, Kate Mara, Oscar Isaac, Ari Graynor and Lynn Collins.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Ari Graynor Talks CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, Finding a Realistic Tone, FRINGE, and More

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With director Lee Toland Krieger‘s romantic comedy/drama Celeste and Jesse Forever opening this weekend, I recently got to talk with Ari Graynor.  In the film, Andy Samberg stars with Rashida Jones as a divorcing couple who are having trouble maintaining their intense friendship while living together and pursuing other relationships.  In addition, Jones co-wrote the script with Will McCormack, and it’s a great mix of realistic comedy and drama.  It’s definitely recommended.  Celeste and Jesse also stars Elijah Wood, Chris Messina and Emma Roberts.

During my interview with Graynor we talked about making Celeste and Jesse Forever, how they found the realistic tone on set, Dunkin Donuts, and will she make a final appearance on Fringe.   Hit the jump to watch.

New Trailer for FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL…

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I thought For a Good Time, Call… was an enjoyable albeit forgettable flick that relied heavily on dirty words for laughs.  The film centers on a pair of roommates who bond when they go into business as phone sex operators.  The red-band trailer did a good job of summing up the plot and humor, but the new green band trailer can only deliver the plot synopsis because dirty words are the devil’s language and thus not appropriate for all audiences.  I would recommend watching the red-band and green-band trailers back-to-back so you can marvel at the comparison of how bland the film looks when it can’t rely on its filthy-language hook.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Ari Graynor, Lauren Anne Miller, Justin Long, James Wolk, and Mark WebberFor a Good Time, Call… opens in limited release on August 31st.

First Trailer and Poster for CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER Starring Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones

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The first trailer and poster for director Lee Toland Krieger‘s romantic comedy/drama Celeste and Jesse Forever have been released.  The film stars Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones as a divorcing couple who are having trouble maintaining their intense friendship while living together and pursuing other relationships.  The trailer isn’t particularly funny, but it’s clear that the heart of the story is the dramatic aspect of the break up.  The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to fairly positive reviews (you can read Matt’s review here), and I’m interested in seeing how far the film goes in exploring the ending of a long-term relationship that doesn’t only signal the break-up of a romantic relationship, but also the separation of two best friends.  Jones co-wrote the script with Will McCormack so here’s hoping for the best.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Elijah Wood, Chris Messina, Emma Roberts and Ari GraynorCeleste and Jesse Forever opens on August 3rd.

Red Band Trailer and Poster for FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL… Starring Ari Graynor and Lauren Anne Miller

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Focus Features has released the first trailer for For a Good Time Call…—given that the story centers on two young women (Ari Graynor and Lauren Anne Miller) who team to up to start their own sex hotline, the trailer is red band.  Matt saw the comedy at Sundance, and wasn’t especially impressed.  The trailer fails to rebut Matt’s criticisms thoroughly, but Graynor and Miller appear to have a) chemistry and b) fun with the characters.  That could be enough to carry a movie like this.  The trailer is at the very least worth a watch for the surprise cameo at the end.

Justin Long, James Wolk, Nia Vardalos, and Mark Webber co-star in For a Good Time, Call…, directed by Jamie Travis.  Hit the jump for the trailer and a new poster.

Sundance 2012: FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL… Review

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Eventually, society will accept that people saying dirty words won’t be the downfall of Western civilization.  Over the past few decades, words that weren’t permissible on television have become commonplace.  I believe within ten years, “fuck” will be used as casually as “ass” or “damn” on network sitcoms.  In this way, For a Good Time, Call… is a trailblazer in using a sitcom-y premise and filling it up with filthy language.  All of the clichés are still in place, the humor is inoffensive (unless you’re one of the vulgarity-western-downfall people), and the film provides a nice little distraction.

5 Clips for THE SITTER Starring Jonah Hill

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20th Century Fox has sent over 5 clips from The Sitter, the new R-rated comedy led by Jonah Hill.  Here’s the logline:

“When the world’s most irresponsible babysitter takes three of the world’s worst kids on an unforgettable overnight adventure through the streets of New York City, it’s anyone’s guess who’s going to make it home in one piece.”

Sam Rockwell, Ari Graynor, and J.B. Smoove also star in the comedy directed by David Gordon Green (Your Highness).  The Sitter opens on December 9.  Watch the clips after the jump.

New Red Band Trailer for THE SITTER Starring Jonah Hill

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A new red band trailer for the comedy The Sitter has been released. Directed by Pineapple ExpressDavid Gordon Green, the film stars Jonah Hill in what’s essentially an R-rated version of Adventures in Babysitting. This new red band trailer is pretty funny, and elaborates on some of the quick scenes we saw in the first trailer. We also get more of Sam Rockwell which is definitely a good thing. While I’m still not feeling like it’ll be up to the same standard as Pineapple Express, it should be good for a few laughs.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Ari Graynor and J.B. Smoove. The Sitter opens November 9th.

WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? Review

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I had nothing to do with the making of What’s Your Number? and yet I feel compelled to apologize to women everywhere for its existence.  The movie is the shameful philosophy of women’s magazines slapped onto the big screen as a moral lesson that feels painfully outdated in the 21st century or really anytime after 1960s.  It is a cruel, thoughtless picture that wants women to feel ashamed if they’ve slept with more than arbitrary number of men while casting no blame on guys who have racked up countless notches on their bedposts.  I can’t fathom why talented comic actors like Anna Faris and Chris Evans would decide to lead such a despicable picture, and not only are they wasted in this movie, only a handful of jokes get through.  But nothing can make up for the film’s awful subtext.

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