One more casting addition has been made to Seth MacFarlane’s second live-action directorial project, the Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West. Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital announced the film’s official release date today, and within the press release is the film’s release date and news that Neil Patrick Harris has joined the cast. MacFarlane leads the ensemble, which also includes Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, and Giovanni Ribisi. Here’s the official synopsis:
After a cowardly sheep farmer backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.
MacFarlane co-wrote the script with his Ted scribes Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and in addition to starring he will also produce and direct. A Million Ways to Die in the West opens on May 30, 2014, opposite Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur.
YouTube has announced the first-ever Comedy Week, set to take place May 19-25. YouTube has recruited an impressive roster of outside talent, including Vince Vaughn, Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman, Michael, The Lonely Island, Seth Rogen, Tim and Eric, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Norm Macdonald, and Craig Robinson. The week also has room for YouTube mainstays like Ryan Higa, Smosh, Epic Meal Time, Rhett & Link, and Epic Rap Battles of History.
The event kicks off with a live variety show on May 19, followed by “a week of dedicated programming that includes live performances, new episodes from popular YouTube comedy channels, curated top ten lists from comedy stars and more.” Hit the jump for the press release with all the details and the full list of participating talent.
Family Guy mastermind Seth MacFarlane’s next feature directorial effort is adding yet another impressive castmember. MacFarlane’s Ted follow-up, A Million Ways to Die in the West, already has Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, and Giovanni Ribisi set to star alongside MacFarlane, and now Heat Vision reports that Sarah Silverman is in negotiations to join the cast. The Western comedy centers on a cowardly farmer who backs out of a gunfight and subsequently loses his girlfriend (Seyfried). He later meets the wife (Theron) of a notorious outlaw who teaches him how to shoot, but runs into trouble when her outlaw husband (Neeson) returns to town seeking revenge.
Should she sign on, Silverman would play the town prostitute who has had her way with just about everyone, “but refuses to have sex with her fiancé (Ribisi), believing that as Christians the couple should wait until marriage before lying down together.” I’d say that’s pretty spot-on casting. Production is set to begin this spring. Hit the jump for casting news concerning the holiday comedy A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle.
Comedian Wayne Federman started a neat tradition last year with the Wayne Federman International Film Festival. Federman rounds up other comedians to present some of their favorite movies at the Cinefamily in Los Angeles. Each comedian intros the film, performs, and holds a post-screening Q&A. Here is this year’s lineup:
- 2/28 – Sarah Silverman – Crimes And Misdemeanors
- 2/28 – Sklar Brothers - Breaking Away
- 3/1 – Dana Gould – Dr. Strangelove
- 3/1 – Aziz Ansari – Back To The Future
- 3/2 – Nick Kroll – Raising Arizona
- 3/2 – Bill Burr – The Dirty Dozen
Good movies, funny people. What more could you ask for? Head to the Cinefamily site—which promises “surprise special guests”—for tickets. Check out the poster and festival trailer after the jump.
It’s looking like director Rich Moore’s animated feature Wreck-It Ralph is going to rule the box office this weekend. If you’re still on the fence about this family-friendly film, we’ve got three new clips to share with you in hopes of convincing you to check it out. They highlight Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voiced by Jack McBrayer) meeting Sgt. Calhoun (Jane Lynch) for the first time, a deal struck between Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) and a special game character cameo with some helpful information.
Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the voices of Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill, Adam Carolla and Mindy Kaling, is currently playing in theaters. Hit the jump to see the new clips.
The last time I saw a bait-and-switch like Wreck-It Ralph was, fittingly, the video game Brütal Legend. The game was set up like an open-world action-adventure, and instead it was more of a lame real-time strategy game. Wreck-It-Ralph isn’t quite the severe disappointment of Brütal Legend, but the movie takes its best quality—living in a video game world and all the cleverness that entails—and leaves it behind to play in a nice, but forgettable candy land. There’s enough humor and sweetness (literally and figuratively) to make it worth a few of your quarters, but it doesn’t have much replay value.
From director Rich Moore (The Simpsons, Futurama), the animated movie Wreck-It Ralph is an equal parts hilarious and adorable arcade adventure. For 30 years, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) has been stuck in the role of bad guy while the good-guy star of Fix-It Felix Jr. (voiced by Jack McBrayer) always gets to save the day. When Ralph leaves his game, he embarks on a hero’s journey that leads him to the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush, where he meets feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman), who not only becomes his first real friend, but who also gives him his chance to finally save the day. The voice cast also includes Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, Ed O’Neill, Dennis Haysbert, Joe Lo Truglio and Adam Carolla.
At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to actress/comedienne Sarah Silverman, in both a 1-on-1 and a roundtable interview, about what brought her to the film, what her reaction was when the idea was pitched to her, how into video games she was growing up, actually getting to record with co-star John C. Reilly, what makes her laugh, how she would love to do more voice-over work, and how she’s currently working on a stand-up special. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
You only have to wait a little over a week before you can see Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph in theaters, but if that’s just too long to bear, we have two new behind-the-scenes featurettes to share with you today. Both of them showcase commentary from the voice cast of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch, along with Moore himself. One even touches on the excellent use of music throughout the film, from such artists as Skrillex and Owl City. Both also show a bunch of new footage (keep an eye out for Easter eggs and nods to other famous gaming properties).
Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the vocal talents of Alan Tudyk, debuts November 2nd in 3D. Hit the jump to see the new featurettes.
One of the greatest parts of Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph (beside the excellent plot, pacing, cast, visuals, humor and heart) is the nostalgia for videogames spanning from the arcade era to modern day. Now, Disney has released these “vintage” commercials for three video games found at Litwak’s Arcade and within the movie itself: Fix-It Felix, Jr.; Sugar Rush and Hero’s Duty.
Wreck-It Ralph, features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Alan Tudyk, opens November 2nd. Hit the jump to watch the commercials and we’ll send you two quarters on your birthday!*
We have the first clip from Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden to share with you today. At nearly two minutes, the clip shows the Navy SEALS about to embark on the mission they’ve been training for: the attack on high value target, Osama Bin Laden. The feature-length dramatization from director John Stockwell (Into the Blue) stars Freddy Rodriquez, Xzibit, Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Kathleen Robertson, Eddie Kay Thomas and Kenneth Miller. Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden premieres on the National Geographic channel Sunday, November 4th at 8pm. It will also be made available for streaming on Netflix a day after its premiere (just in time for Election Day!).
There’s also a new clip from Rich Moore’s animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph. The new clip shows Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) at his self-help group, Bad Guys Anonymous. Attempting to make him feel better about being bad are fellow antagonists Zangief, Clyde the Ghost, M. Bison, Neff, Dr. Eggman, Bowser and an axe-wielding zombie. Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the voices of Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Alan Tudyk, opens November 2nd. Hit the jump to see the clips.
Two new clips to share with you today: one comes from director Rich Moore’s animated arcade game homage, Wreck-It Ralph; the other hails from Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s Paranormal Activity 4. The previously released clip from Wreck-It Ralph showed our titular hero (voiced by John C. Reilly) meeting Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman). This time around, Ralph meets up with “Hero’s Duty” drill sergeant, Calhoun (Jane Lynch). The Paranormal Activity 4 clip gives more frantic looks at creepy stuff like dead-eyed kids skulking about and a girl levitating off of her bed. So, there’s that.
Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the voices of Jack McBrayer, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling and Adam Carolla, opens November 2nd. Paranormal Activity 4, starring Katie Featherson and Kathryn Newton, opens October 19th. Hit the jump to see both clips.
Two of our most anticipated films of the last quarter of 2012 just so happen to be Sam Mendes’ Skyfall and Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph. Today, we have a new TV spot for the latest and greatest James Bond movie that features Bond (Daniel Craig), his antagonist Silva (Javier Bardem) and lots of guns and action. Things get a bit more subdued in the first clip from Wreck-It Ralph, in which we see our titular hero, voiced by John C. Reilly, meeting Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman).
Skyfall, also starring Judi Dench, Benwhishaw, Helen McCrory, Ralph Fiennes, Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris, opens November 9th stateside. The animated Wreck-It Ralph, which features the voices of Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill and Adam Carolla, opens a week earlier on November 2nd. Hit the jump to see the new spots.
Disney has released a new international trailer for the upcoming animated film Wreck-It-Ralph. John C. Reilly voices the eponymous character, a plays a bad guy in the video game “Fix-It Felix”, who leaves the game so he can be the hero for once. However, his actions end up causing chaos throughout the arcade world. While other trailers and posters have been playing up the gaming references and cameos, this international trailer relies mostly on showing the story, and even reveals a few new plot points. I wouldn’t say it necessarily spoils anything, but this might be the time the start unplugging from trailers and TV spots.
If you still want to see a bit more of the movie, you can check out the trailer after the jump. The film also features the voices of Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch. Wreck-It-Ralph opens in 3D on November 2nd.
A new trailer for Disney’s gamer-centric animated film Wreck-It Ralph has been released. The story centers on the eponymous bad guy (John C. Reilly) from the arcade game “Fix-It Felix Jr.” who decides he wants to be the hero, and escapes to other video game worlds. There are some great jokes in this trailer (mostly involving Jack McBrayer’s Fix-It Felix), but also a few that land flat (poop jokes, really?). The soundtrack is also a bit schizophrenic, but we get a look at quite a few new scenes that look really great. Ralph’s world-jumping allows for a varied palette of colors and character structures, and I’m really looking forward to seeing them up on the big screen.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and be sure to check out Steve’s very geek-friendly interview with director Rich Moore as well as our coverage from the film’s preview day. Wreck-It Ralph also features the voices of Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch and opens on November 2nd. [Update: We've added a new poster after the jump.]
Here’s a new batch of posters to complement the ones we posted earlier today:
- A look at a Chilean martial artist, Marko Zaror, trading in his fists for a shotgun in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills. The sequel, starring Danny Trejo in the title role, drops sometime next year.
- Two new Spanish posters from Rich Moore’s animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph. Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch, Wreck-It Ralph comes out on November 2nd of this year.
- An official poster for The Sessions from writer/director Ben Lewin. The Sundance 2012 Audience Award Winner stars John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy. Look for it in theaters starting October 26th.
Hit the jump for the new posters and synopses.