With director Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ dramedy The Kings of Summer (formerly Toy’s House) opening May 31st, CBS Films has provided us with four clips. The plot centers on Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso), and Biaggio (Moises Arias), three teenagers who are fed up with their parents and decide to live in a house they build in the woods. Reported missing, the boys enjoy an idyllic summer until their friendship begins to strain from mistrust and jealousy. The film landed great reviews at Sundance, and I can tell you it’s definitely worth seeing, as it’s a very unique coming of age story with some great performances. The film also stars Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Megan Mullally. Hit the jump to watch the clips, and look for some exclusive video interviews with the cast and Vogt-Roberts during the week of release.
CBS Films has released the trailer for Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ dramedy The Kings of Summer (formerly Toy’s House). The plot centers on Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso), and Biaggio (Moises Arias), three teenagers who are fed up with their parents and decide to live in a house they build in the woods. Reported missing, the boys enjoy an idyllic summer until their friendship begins to strain from mistrust and jealousy. I saw the film a couple weeks ago, and it’s pretty damn funny with Arias being a scene stealer along with Nick Offerman, who plays Joe’s father. Also, at times it manages to evoke the adventurous, free spirit of Calvin & Hobbes, which is about the highest praise I can give. The trailer does a good job of selling the film while not giving away too many of the great jokes.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Alison Brie and Megan Mullally. The Kings of Summer opens May 31st.
One of the many films to premiere at Sundance this year was director Jordan Vogt-Roberts offbeat coming-of-age comedy Toy’s House. Written by Chris Galletta, the film is about three unhappy teens (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias) “who flee to the wilderness where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny.” Toy’s House also stars Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Megan Mullally, and Mary Lynn Rajskub.
Shortly after the premiere I sat down with Nick Offerman. We talked about being back at Sundance (he was there last year with Smashed), how he got involved with Toy’s House, making movies with his wife Megan Mullally, how does he pick projects, and more. In addition, we talked about The Lego Movie (he voicing the pirate Metalbeard), Parks and Recreation, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller made the jump to live-action with 2012’s ridiculously funny 21 Jump Street, but the duo previously made a name for themselves in the world of animation. Their feature film debut, 2009’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, is a fantastic blend of absurd humor and genuine heart, and for their 21 Jump Street follow-up Lord and Miller are heading back into animation with The Lego Movie. The film takes place in the world of Legos and boasts an impressive voice cast that includes Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, and Morgan Freeman.
Steve recently spoke with Offerman at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival for his upcoming film Toy’s House, and the actor took a moment to talk about his voice work in The Lego Movie. He revealed that he voices a pirate character named Metalbeard, compared the film’s sensibility and universal themes to The Wizard of Oz, and said that the story’s “beautiful message” is what attracted him to the project the most. Hit the jump for more.
The voice cast for Warner Bros.’ Lego: Piece of Resistance is growing. Written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), the 3D film takes place in a world made of Legos and centers on Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), an “instruction worker” who is mistaken for the Master Builder. The Lego crew then embarks on a quest to prevent an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together. Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, and Morgan Freeman are all onboard, and now Deadline reports that Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, and Alison Brie are joining the top-notch voice cast.
Ferrell will play the film’s antagonist, President Business (brilliant), with Neeson onboard as his henchman, Bad Cop (also brilliant). Offerman will play “a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business” while Brie is set as a member of Emmet’s team who harbors a powerful secret. Lego: Piece of Resistance opens on February 7th, 2014.
The first trailer and poster for the indie drama Smashed have been released. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as a married couple who are brought together by booze. Things get complicated when Winstead’s character decides she wants to be sober. The trailer plays things pretty light, and its effective in making this drama about a struggle with alcoholism seem appealing. That said, Smashed isn’t exactly a comedy. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to positive reviews, with Matt noting that Winstead gives the best performance of her career thus far. Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Megan Mullaly (Will & Grace), Mary Kay Place, and Octavia Spencer round out a promising supporting cast for what looks to be a solid character drama.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. Directed by James Ponsoldt, Smashed opens on October 12th.
A trio of young actors have landed the lead roles in the indie comedy Toy’s House. Per Variety, Nick Robinson (Melissa & Joey), Gabriel Basso (The Big C), and Moises Arias (Hannah Montana) will topline the pic, which centers on three unhappy teens “who flee to the wilderness where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny.” Once there, though, they’re faced with the harsh reality of surviving on their own and realize they’re not ready to grow up just yet. The promising supporting cast includes Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Alison Brie (Community), Megan Mullaly (Will & Grace), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24) and Erin Moriarty (The Watch).
Chris Galletta wrote the screenplay, and Funny or Die Presents director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be taking the helm. The premise brings to mind shades of a more comedic version of Stand By Me, and hopefully Vogt-Roberts can put together a fun coming-of-age story. Production is set to get underway in July in Cleveland.
Yesterday came the joyous news that we would finally be getting a sequel to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. We know that Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carell will all be reprising their lovably buffoonish character, Adam McKay will return to the director’s chair, and filming is set to begin in February. If Anchorman 2 returns with only people from the original cast, I have no problem with that. But sequels usually bring new faces, so I’ve compiled a list of 12 actors who would fit well within the Anchorman universe. Keep in mind: I have no idea what the plot will be, or if there will be roles for these actors, and how radically McKay will change the look of the first movie. The Legend of Ron Burgundy has a goofy 70s vibe, but it’s possible they’ll reset the time and place (the first movie ends with Ron and Veronica leaving San Diego to become worldwide news anchors). Also, I’m not saying that all of these actors should be in the movie. I’m just saying I can see them fitting into an Anchorman sequel.
Hit the jump for my criteria on making the list and who made the cut.
Just recently we learned that Casa de mi Padre director Matt Piedmont had been set to direct the long-in-the-works adaptation of Frank Portman’s novel King Dork for producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Now Variety reports that development is moving right along as Project X star Thomas Mann is now in final negotiations to start. The story, described as described as “part mystery, part coming-of-age tale, and part critique on teenage popular culture,” is set in 1987 and centers on two high school outsiders who bond over their love of classic rock. The protagonist finds his dead father’s copy of The Catcher in the Rye and his life changes forever. Hit the jump for more.
by Jason Barr Posted: March 17th, 2012 at 10:33 am
From here on out, when I see a movie and can’t quit thinking about it one week after my initial viewing I’m going to refer to it as the Martha Marcy May Marlene effect. I was uncertain how I felt about it while watching. Flash-forward one week later and I’m still uncertain. Combine some great performances from Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes, reserved but effective cinematography, sparse dialogue and even fewer musical cues and what I got was one of the most paranoia-filled movie experiences I’ve ever had. While that may sound like a backhanded compliment, if writer/director Sean Durkin was trying to evoke the type of emotions I think he was with Martha, it may be the highest compliment I can pay him.
In this, the St. Patty’s edition of the “Top 5″, you can find 21 Jump Street interviews with Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube and more, The Avengers bits in which Joss Whedon discusses the pic, its current runtime, The Avengers 2, etc., Casa de mi Padre interviews with Will Ferrell, Nick Offerman and more, the first trailer and poster for Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows, and all of our SXSW 2012 coverage. A brief recap and link to each ensue after the jump.
Opening this weekend is Will Ferrell’s Spanish language comedy Casa de mi Padre. The film centers on Ferrell as Armando Alvarez, a Mexican rancher who must save his family’s farm while simultaneously fending off the drug lord, Onza, played by Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) and winning the hand of the lovely Sonia, played by Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge). As Dave said, to sum it up in just a few words: passion, adventure, intrigue, betrayal, sex, danger, romance, guns, cigarettes, special effects and slaps. The film also stars Diego Luna, Efren Ramirez and Nick Offerman. For more on the film, here’s fourteen clips and a fifteen-minute making of featurette.
Recently, I got to speak with Nick Offerman. As a huge fan of his work on Parks and Recreation (he plays Ron Swanson), I decided to use the beginning of the interview to talk about Duke Silver, and how often fans offer him steak, hamburgers and bacon. Of course we also talked about how he got involved in Casa de mi Padre, improv, and his work in 21 Jump Street and Smashed. Hit the jump to read or watch.
Sony has released a five-minute red-band trailer for 21 Jump Street. I’m not going to watch it. I’m already sold on the movie since I’ve only heard raves about it. I’ve been told directly “I know your sense of humor and you are going to love this movie.” I was pretty much sold back when the first red-band trailer hit. Watching five minutes of the movie would just spoil more jokes for me, so I’m going to pass.
However, if you need more convincing, you can check out the trailer after the jump. The film stars Jonah Hill (who also co-wrote the script), Channing Tatum, Nick Offerman, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, and Rob Riggle. 21 Jump Street opens March 16th. I’ll be seeing the film at SXSW, so look for my review later this week.
Earlier today we posted 14 clips that gave us a look at Will Ferrell’s foreign language comedy, Casa de mi Padre. When I first heard about the project being done completely in Spanish, I thought to myself, “How the hell are they going to do that?” Well, my questions have been answered by this new 15-minute “making of” featurette. Yes, you read that right: 15 minutes! Normally these things are two or three minutes, but perhaps this is the new norm (considering this making of The Raid: Redemption we recently posted). If the full movie is as funny as this featurette, then it’s destined to be another big hit for Ferrell. Casa de mi Padre, which opens March 16th, also stars Genesis Rodriguez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Nick Offerman, who all shine in the featurette. Hit the jump to check out the video, which features wolves, horses and bandanas (or lobos, caballos y bandanas).
Will Ferrell is set to make his Spanish-language debut with the upcoming comedy Casa de mi Padre, and today we’ve got 14 clips from the film to share with our readers. The story centers on a Mexican rancher (Ferrell) who must save his family’s farm while defeating a notorious drug lord and winning the hand of the lovely Sonia. All the previous trailers we’ve seen have been absolutely ridiculous in a very, very good way, and these clips are no different. Ferrell is surrounded by a fantastic supporting cast (Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Nick Offerman), and I can’t wait to see the full film.
Hit the jump to watch the clips (which is almost nine minutes of footage!). The film also stars Genesis Rodriguez and Efren Ramirez. Casa de mi Padre opens March 16th.
The cast of Diablo Cody’s directorial debut just got a whole lot more mustache-y. Deadline reports that Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman is set to join a stellar ensemble in the pic that now includes Octavia Spencer, Holly Hunter, Russell Brand, and Julianne Hough. Previously titled Lamb of God, the film centers on a young woman (Hough) who loses her faith after a plane crash and decides to go to Las Vegas to experience the wild side of life. Cody wrote the script and will be trying her hand at directing on the pic.
No details are given as to Offerman’s role in the film, but he’s a fantastic comedic actor who regularly kills on NBC’s Parks and Rec (which, for my money, is the best show on TV right now). Offerman also appears in the upcoming 21 Jump Street as well as Will Ferrell’s Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi Padre. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, I implore you to hit the jump and watch a few gems from his character Ron Swanson on Parks.