2012 is now officially over, and over the past few weeks we’ve been looking back at what the best of 2012 had to offer. As we turn our attention to the year ahead, it’s time for the latest installment of our “Most Anticipated” feature. Throughout 2013, we’ll once again be taking a quarterly look at what Collider’s editors are most looking forward to, and today we’re focusing on the films that will be hitting theaters from January through March.
Hit the jump to see the films that Matt, Adam, Brendan, and Dave are most anticipating in the next few months.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the upcoming comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Steve Carell stars as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey). I can’t even imagine a universe where Carell and Buscemi are anything less than great as a comedy team, well-suited to play corny, old-school magicians. Likewise, Carrey is good get to play the intense adversary, and writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley have some funny stunts lined up for his Criss Angel doppleganger: “For twelve days he’s held. His. Urine.” Yet judging by the trailer-closing joke, Alan Arkin may just steal the show as the elder magician who inspired Burt.
Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Jay Mohr also star. Directed by Don Scardino, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15, 2013. Watch the trailer after the jump.
New images have been released for the comedies The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Last Vegas. Wonderstone stars Steve Carell as the eponymous magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained after the arrival of a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey). The script comes from Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein so I’ve got high hopes. As for Last Vegas (a.k.a. “The Hangover with old guys”), the movie centers on four old friends (played by Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, and Morgan Freeman) who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15, 2013. Last Vegas opens December 20, 2013.
Here is the latest movie release calendar, including new release dates and one release date shuffle:
- We’re the Millers, a pot comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, is set to open August 9th, 2013.
- The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a magician comedy starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, opens March 15th, 2013.
- Prisoners, a thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, opens September 20th, 2013.
- The Conjuring, a horror/thriller starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, now opens six months later on July 19th, 2013.
Hit the jump for more on the films’ synopses and casts.
Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Zegers are in final negotiations to star in the sci-fi thriller The Colony. I think you’ll like the logline: “A group of underground survivors after the next Ice Age fending off an invasion of feral cannibals.” God gifted Fishburne that beautiful baritone voice to lend gravity to exactly this type of movie. Jeff Renfroe will direct from a script he co-wrote with Patrick Tarr, Pascal Trottier and Svet Rouskov. Paul Barkin, Colin Brunton, Matthew Cervi, Pierre Even and Marie-Claude Poulin are producing. THR hears shooting on the $16 million independent production begins in Toronto next week.
Hit the jump for details on Gillian Jacobs‘ role in the Burt Wonderstone.
We’ve got quite a few set photos to share with you today, involving everything from Zach Galifianakis as a Southern politician in Chinese robes to Olivia Wilde in a luchador outfit. Briefly:
- Dog Fight – Galifianakis and Will Ferrell star as rival politicians running for a congressional seat in a small North Carolina district.
- Burt Wonderstone – Steve Carell and Jim Carrey star as rival Las Vegas magicians constantly trying to one-up each other.
- Lovelace – Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard star as Linda Lovelace and her abusive husband Chuck Traynor in the biopic about the star at the center of the porn phenomenon Deep Throat.
- Low Life – Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Renner star in this story of a woman (Cotillard) who immigrates from Poland to the U.S. and is forced to become a prostitute once stateside.
Hit the jump to check out the photos. [Update: We've updated the article with the first images of James Franco as Hugh Hefner in Lovelace]
The dueling magician comedy Burt Wonderstone is currently filming in the magical land of mysticism that is Las Vegas, and some set photos from the pic have started to surface. Just the other day we brought you images that gave us our first look at stars Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde, and Steve Buscemi, and now we’ve got a glimpse of Jim Carrey’s very douchey-looking magician character. Carell stars as the titular Vegas magician who loses his partner and then has to compete with a hipper magician (Carrey). In the previous set photos, Carell’s character looked to be channeling David Blaine in a dangerous-looking trick. These images of Carrey evoke another popular mainstream “magician”: Criss Angel.
While the premise could easily be turned into a lame, cheap joke comedy, the cast involved here compounded with the ridiculous-looking set photos have me hopeful that we’re in for a really good time once Burt Wonderstone opens. Don Scardino (30 Rock) is directing, and Burt Wonderstone is set for release sometime in 2013. Hit the jump to see the set photos.
Filming is currently underway on the comedy Burt Wonderstone starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Jay Mohr, James Gandolfini, and Olivia Wilde. The story centers on a Las Vegas magician (Carell) who loses his partner and is then upstaged by a hipper magician (Carrey) doing dangerous and crowd-drawing tricks. The first set photos from the movie show Carell’s eponymous character apparently trying to upstage his rival by aping David Blaine‘s boring non-magic. The costumes and make-up look very “Vegas” and perhaps Wonderstone will actually try to escape from his predicament rather than sit there with people gazing up at what Chris Rock called “a trickless magician.”
Hit the jump to check out the set photos. Burt Wonderstone is due out in 2013.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you this afternoon. First up, Jessica Biel is in final negotiations to join the indie Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes. Directed by Francesca Gregorini (Tanner Hall), the film stars Kaya Scodelario (Clash of the Titans) as a troubled 17-year-old named Emanuel who agrees to babysit her new neighbor Linda’s “baby”, though the baby turns out to actually be a life-like doll. “She goes along with the delusion while befriending Linda, who happens to be the splitting image of Emanuel’s late mother.”
Variety reports that Biel is in talks to play Linda, who is traumatized by the death of her child and has been caring for the doll as a means of coping. Rooney Mara, who starred in Tanner Hall, was originally set to play Emanuel, but was forced to drop out when production was moved to early 2012. Biel recently wrapped the Total Recall remake. Hit the jump for casting news regarding the Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy Burt Wonderstone.
Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) is in talks to join the comedy Burt Wonderstone, which tells the story rival magicians in Las Vegas. Steve Carell stars as a more traditional magician who is upstaged by a hip, dangerous illusionist played by Jim Carrey. The impressive cast also features James Gandolfini, Olivia Wilde, and S teve Buscemi. According to THR, Garrett will play Carrell’s accountant, at least until the magician fires him. Director Don Scardino (30 Rock) is gearing up for a January start date.
Hit the jump for details on Mark Moses‘ role in the upcoming second season of The Killing.
The magician comedy Burt Wonderstone has found its female lead, and is getting a boost from a fantastic character actor. After mulling over a number of actresses that reportedly included Sarah Silverman, Judy Greer, Jessica Biel, and Michelle Monaghan, THR reports that Olivia Wilde has won the lead female role opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey. The film centers on a Las Vegas magician (Carell) who breaks up with his partner and is then upstaged by a hipper magician (Carrey) doing dangerous and crowd-drawing tricks.
THR reports that Steve Buscemi is also in talks to join the cast as Carell’s former partner. Don Scardino (30 Rock) is directing, with a script by Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (and a polish by Jason Reitman). James Gandolfini is also set to star as a Vegas casino owner. While I had been pulling for Greer to land the female lead, Wilde is by no means a bad choice and Buscemi is a much-welcomed addition. Production on Burt Wonderstone is set to begin in January. [Update: Deadline reports that while Wilde may end up with the role, Greer and Silverman are still in the mix and the studio is waiting to see if Biel reads for the role, so it sounds like the female lead isn't locked as of yet.]
James Gandolfini is headed to Vegas. Variety reports that the Sopranos star is in negotiations to join the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone. The film stars Steve Carell as “half of a once-successful Las Vegas magic duo that must reunite to square off against a hot shot street magician (Carrey) whose tricks are often dangerous.” Gandolfini is eyeing the role of the billionaire owner of the casino where the title character and his partner perform. Just a few days ago we reported that Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Judy Greer, Sarah Silverman, and Jessica Biel were up for the female lead, but Variety’s report says the role is now down to just Wilde and Silverman. Don Scardino (30 Rock) is directing the pic, which was penned by Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein with a polish by Jason Reitman. Production is scheduled to star in January, after which Carrey may or may not be returning for a Dumb and Dumber sequel.
Because we know you can’t get enough of shortlist stories, we’ve got yet another line-up of actresses vying for a role. Today the film in question is the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey. Deadline reports that Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Judy Greer, Sarah Silverman, and Jessica Biel are all on the short list for the female lead in the Las Vegas-centered comedy. The film tells the story of a Vegas magician (Carell) who is upstaged by a younger, more hip magician (Carrey) after breaking up with his partner. Nevermind that Carell and Carrey are the same age.
While all the actresses mentioned are find leading ladies in their own right, no one comes close to the comedic talents of Greer in my mind. She’s been shining in supporting roles left and right for years (just thinking about her stint on Arrested Development makes me crack a smile), and it’d be great to see her go toe-to-toe with Carell and Carrey. Jason Reitman was recently commissioned to do “several weeks worth” of work on the script, previously written by Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
In quite the comedic pairing, Jim Carrey is currently in negotiations to star opposite Steve Carell in the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone. The story centers on a Las Vegas magician (Carell) who finds himself upstaged by a young, hip magician after breaking up with his partner. Don Scardino, one of the principal directors on NBC’s 30 Rock, is handling directing duties. Deadline reports that Carrey is in talks to join the cast, but there are no details as to what role Carrey will take on. Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking) was recently commissioned to do “several weeks worth” of work on the script. The previous draft was written by Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
Carrey and Carell would make a pretty great comedic duo, and the goofy magician premise seems right up their alley. This would be Carrey’s first role after this summer’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins, which performed fairly well at the box office. He’s been rumored for the music-oriented pic Can a Song Save Your Life? but we haven’t heard anything about his involvement since June. Carell was recently cast as the lead in Bennett Miller’s John du Pont film Foxcatcher.
Screenwriting partners John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein may have come from very different backgrounds (Daley from being an actor and Goldstein from being a lawyer), but their shared sense of humor and ability to collaborate with ease is what’s brought them the success that they’re currently experiencing in Hollywood. Clearly on a roll, with the hilariously raunchy comedy Horrible Bosses out this week, and a long list of upcoming and in-development projects, they are clearly a writing team to keep an eye on.
In this exclusive interview with Collider, John Francis Daley (Dr. Sweets on the Fox series Bones and Sam Weir on cult favorite Freaks & Geeks) and Jonathan Goldstein talked about how they came onto Horrible Bosses, which had been in limbo since 2005, how having the same sense of humor strengthens their work, what it was like to see the incredible cast bring their words to life, and how impressed they were with the lengths the actors went to for comedy. They also talked about their desire to direct (they just did a Funny or Die short), what it’s like to collaborate with Steve Carell on two upcoming projects – Burt Wonderstone and Of All The Things, their desire to reboot the Vacation franchise, developing a project with Steven Spielberg (Cal of the Wild), and how they hope to continue to diversify their portfolio so that they’re not just known for one thing. Check out what they had to say after the jump: