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.
Yesterday, Sundance announced their stellar Premieres line-up and we have the first images from a few of the movies playing in the category:
- A.C.O.D. – Directed and co-written by Stuart Zicherman, co-written by Ben Karlin, starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
- Don Jon’s Addiction – Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, and Julianne Moore.
Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.
Late last week, Adult Swim aired The Greatest Event in Television History. The central conceit of the special was that Adam Scott and Jon Hamm were starring in a $25 million shot-for-shot remake of the opening credits for Simon & Simon, dubbed “The Greatest Event in Television History.” The special hilariously shows the “making of” the project, with Paul Rudd as the event’s cantankerous director and Hamm refusing to speak to Scott.
The special, directed by Scott, was actually hatched when Hamm and Scott had been emailing each other the opening credits to various TV shows and Scott suggested they do a shot-for-shot remake of Simon & Simon. The result is over 10 minutes of hilarity, with cameos by folks like Kathryn Hahn, Paul Scheer and—best of all—director Gus Van Sant. The entire special is now available online, and I highly suggest you hit the jump to take a look.
The first trailer for the road trip comedy The Guilt Trip has been released. The film stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who sets out on a business trip with his mother (Barbra Streisand) in tow. The trailer actually doesn’t look half-bad, with Rogen and Streisand showing off some promising chemistry. There are a few solid jokes, and I appreciate the sweet emotional backbone that grounds the story in lieu of just having Rogen and Streisand go on a road trip with “zany adventures.” Rogen’s familial situation isn’t uncommon (I can definitely relate), and it looks to be a nice foundation for the film’s story. In the event that your family isn’t keen on seeing Django Unchained this Christmas, The Guilt Trip doesn’t sound like a terrible compromise.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), the film also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Scott, and Danny Pudi. The Guilt Trip opens on December 25th.
We’re happy to host an exclusive clip from debut director Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette as part of the virtual tour in anticipation of the film’s release. While the footage we’ve seen so far highlights the film’s raunchy humor, this clip touches on a somewhat dramatic moment between Kirsten Dunst and James Marsden.
Bachelorette, also starring Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Adam Scott and Kyle Bornheimer hits theaters September 7th. Hit the jump to check out the exclusive video along with the red-band and green-band trailers.
The red-band trailer for the R-rated comedy Bachelorette has gone online. The film stars Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher as three deeply self-centered bridesmaids who go on a hunt to repair their friend’s wedding dress after they ruin it. I caught the film at Sundance, and thought it was at its best when it was being unapologetically mean-spirited. However, the movie loses its momentum when writer-director Leslye Headland tried to explain why her characters are such horrible people. The tame all-audiences trailer didn’t do a very good job of selling the film, but the red-band does a better job of show off the humor, especially the jokes from Caplan. It still doesn’t want to show how bitter and angry the characters are, which is fine. Why spoil some of the best jokes?
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Rebel Wilson, James Marsden, and Adam Scott. Bachelorette hits VOD on August 10th, and hits theaters in limited release on September 7th.
The first trailer and poster for the comedy Bachelorette have landed online. The film centers on four high school friends who reunite when the least popular of the group gets engaged to one of the most eligible bachelors in New York City. It’s impossible not to draw comparisons to Bridesmaids based on this trailer, but the promising cast—including a much welcomed Party Down reunion between Lizzy Caplan and Adam Scott—provides quite a few laughs throughout. Kirsten Dunst looks to be the centerpiece, but it’s Rebel Wilson who once again steals scenes left and right. Matt caught the film earlier this year at Sundance and praised the candidly despicable portrayal of the main characters (you can read his review here).
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the poster. Written and directed by Leslye Headland, the film also stars Isla Fisher and James Marsden. Bachelorette will be available on iTunes on August 10th and hits theaters on September 7th.
Written by Erica Oyama and directed by Ken Marino, the web series Burning Love, which can be watched on the Yahoo! Comedy Channel, follows fireman Mark Orlando (Marino) as he searches for the perfect woman. The scripted comedy series features an impressive line-up of comedic actors from film and television, including Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Michael Ian Black, Adam Scott and more. Viewers will get a front row seat to the champagne toasts, candles, heartbreak, bubble baths, chocolate, hair extensions, betrayal and spray-tans. And if that’s still not enough, you can follow its leading man on Twitter at @burninglovemark.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor/writer/producer/director Ken Marino talked about how this whole idea came about, why he wanted to direct it, the appeal of doing a web series, how they got such a great line-up of actors (including a hilarious A-lister cameo), how much improvisation went on, and whether anything was too outrageous. He also talked about what he’s writing now, how his dream project would be to do an adaptation of the comic book Axe Cop, gave an update on the Party Down movie, and said how much he’s looking forward to Comic-Con. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
You’re driving down the street, and it’s suddenly blocked off. You notice these weird yellow signs with nonsensical letters or numbers. There’s unusual glow lighting up a neighborhood you can’t usually see from your house. What you might have here is a film company shooting in your town. It happens a lot, and you never know where they might pop up…until now.
The following is a semi-comprehensive list of films currently shooting, what they’re shooting, and where they’re shooting. We’ll be telling you where you might get to see the very famous, the kinda famous and (if all goes well) the soon-to-be famous. While we can’t list every single movie, television show, or student film in production, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the heck is going on where all those people are buzzing about. Want to know where in the world are Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Hit the jump for more.
We’ve got a couple of set photos to share this morning. First up is Scarlett Johansson in Hitchcock. Last month we got our first look at Anthony Hopkins in his full, uncanny makeup as legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock for the film. Directed by Sacha Gervasi, the pic follows Hitchcock through the troubled production of Psycho, and we now have our first look at Johansson as the film’s “star” Janet Leigh. It’s not the best image, but Johansson does certainly look the part. This project is incredibly high on my most anticipated list, especially with a stacked cast that includes Helen Mirren, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, Danny Huston and more.
Additionally, we’ve got our first images of Ben Stiller and a fake beareded-Adam Scott fighting over a Stretch Armstrong doll for some reason in the remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Stiller is directing the project, which also stars Kristin Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, and Patton Oswalt. Hit the jump to check out the images. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]
Paramount has made a welcome release date announcement today. Director Robert Zemeckis’ (Back to the Future) long-awaited return to live-action, the drama Flight, has been slated for release on November 2nd (per Box Office Mojo). Zemeckis has been making creepy motion-capture films like The Polar Express and Beowulf for the last decade, but Flight marks his first live-action feature since 2000’s Cast Away. Denzel Washington stars as an alcoholic and drug-addicted pilot who safely lands a damaged plane and is quickly heralded as a hero, despite having been under the influence during the accident. The fantastic cast includes John Goodman, Melissa Leo, and Don Cheadle. The film will square off against the R-rated comedy 21 and Over and Disney’s animated feature Wreck-It Ralph on that November date.
In order to put Flight on the 2012 release schedule, Paramount has pushed the family comedy The Guilt Trip (formerly My Mother’s Curse) from October 2nd to a prime Christmas Day slot. The film centers on a mother/son road-trip and stars Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand. The coveted December 25th date also includes Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.
We’ve got some new casting updates for you today, including a found-footage film tracking Bigfoot and a new project from Ben Stiller. Here they are at a glance:
Hit the jump for more on both projects. [Update: We've been sent the full press release for Exists, which is now included after the jump.]
Adam Scott’s been killing it lately on Parks and Recreation and in small roles in comedies like Our Idiot Brother, Eastbound and Down and, of course, as the singing douchebag brother in Step Brothers.
This week you’ll get to see him be funny but also a little serious in Jennifer Westfeldt’s unique relationship comedy Friends With Kids. He’s looking pretty dapper in a suit next to considerably more scruffy Chris O’Dowd, who plays one of his miserable, married buddies in the film. We had the good fortune to interview them both in New York this week. Check out the video after the jump.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has joined Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, and Richard Jenkins in the comedy A.C.O.D. The title stands for “Adult Children of Divorce”, and the plot centers on a guy (Scott) who has been caught in his parents’ ugly divorce of 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. According to Deadline, Winstead will be the rock and long-time girlfriend of Scott’s character. Stuart Zicherman will make his directing debut on a script he co-wrote with Ben Karlin (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart).
Winstead gave one of the more buzzed-about performances coming out Sundance this year with her captivating dramatic turn as an alcoholic in Smashed, but she’s been crushing it in movies for a while now. She’s convincingly played a bad-ass in The Thing, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and Live Free or Die Hard, and I’m excited to see how she’ll play off Scott, Jenkins, and Lynch in a comedy. Winstead will next be seen playing Mary Todd Lincoln in the action flick Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
With writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt’s (Kissing Jessica Stein) Friends with Kids opening March 9, we’ve been provided with seven clips from the very funny comedy. Boasting an incredible cast featuring Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns, Friends With Kids centers on a pair of thirtysomething best friends (Scott and Westfeldt) who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people.
Right after the film premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, I landed exclusive interviews with Megan Fox, Jon Hamm and Adam Scott. Just click the links to read or listen to them. Hit the jump to watch the clips.