A couple of new release dates have been announced. First up, Lee Daniels’ adaptation of The Paperboy will hit theaters on October 5th (per Deadline). The film stars Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron as two brothers who team-up to investigate the potential wrongful conviction of a death-row inmate played by John Cusack. The film was met with a less-than-enthusiastic response at the Cannes Film Festival, but I’m still interested in seeing the pic based on the impressive cast. The drama faces considerable competition on that October release date, as Frankenweenie, Taken 2, the a capella comedy Pitch Perfect and the horror film Sinister all open on the same day.
Additionally, Studio Canal and Big Talk Pictures have set the salsa dancing revenge comedy (how’s that for a genre?) Cuban Fury for release on March 22nd in the UK and Ireland. Nick Frost plays a burgeoning salsa dancing star alongside Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz) and Ian McShane. Production begins next week in London, and hopefully we’ll get a US release date announcement soon. Hit the jump to read the press release.
Casting news updates at a glance:
- Stephen Colbert (Monsters vs Aliens) and Allison Janney (Phineas and Ferb) have been cast in the DreamWorks animated production of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, starring Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man) voicing the title roles.
- Ian McShane (Snow White and the Huntsman) will join Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) in dance-off comedy, Cuban Fury.
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Casting news for you today:
- Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) look to play Tarzan and Jane in the Constantin Films production of Tarzan 3D.
- Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) and Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur) join Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) in dance-revenge comedy, Cuban Fury.
- Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism) is set to join the romantic comedy, The Bounceback.
- Renee Olstead (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) has been cast in the indie horror film, The Midnight Game.
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There have been a number of generations now who’ve grown up under the sway of Jim Henson’s Muppets. Since their creation, it’s become virtually impossible for a non-Amish child to have missed seeing Kermit the Frog and company through their movies, toys, and Sesame Street. And for the Muppets big return to cinema in 2011’s The Muppets, they’ve pitched the film to play to everyone who’s ever loved these characters. It’s a smart movie that mines nostalgia, but never does so in stupid or cloying ways. The Muppets co-star with Jason Segel (who co-wrote the film with Nicholas Stoller), Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones in a tale of getting the old group back together again to save the Muppet theater from an evil oil tycoon (Cooper). Our review of the Blu-ray of The Muppets follows after the jump.
Today, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival announced their premieres line-up. Along with the announcement comes a boat load of images from the films set to be showcased at the fest. After the jump we’ve got images and syonpses from Celeste and Jesse Forever (starring Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, and Elijah Wood), Lay the Favorite (starring Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, and Catherine Zeta-Jones), GOATS (starring David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, and Ty Burrell), and Shadow Dancer (starring Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson, and Clive Owen).
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.
Disney has sent over 3 new clips from The Muppets. In the movie, Gary (Jason Segel), Mary (Amy Adams), and new character Walter seek to reunite the Muppets to raise $10 million to save the Muppet Theater from nefarious oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper).
I caught a screening last night and while I’m embargoed from saying too much, I’m hoping Disney won’t be mad when I tell you that The Muppets was everything I hoped it would be and more. It’s one of my favorite films of the year and it not only made me laugh, it also made me cry. If you were nervous about the movie…don’t be. It’s a huge home run. The Muppets opens November 23rd. Circle your calendars. Hit the jump for the clips and look for new interviews with the cast soon.
Rashida Jones and Corey Stoll have joined the cast of the indie dramedy Decoding Annie Parker. The film is based on the true story of geneticist Mary Claire King who discovered the gene linked to breast cancer. Helen Hunt stars as King and Samantha Morton stars as the titular Annie Parker, a woman who resolves to fight her cancer diagnosis. THR reports that Jones will play a friend who helps Morton’s character with her research, while Stoll will play a doctor who befriends Parker. Stoll turned heads this summer for his memorable performance as Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Steven Bernstein (Like Water for Chocolate) is directing the pic, which also stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Maggie Grace (Lost).
Decoding Annie Parker is currently filming in Los Angeles. Jones will next be seen in Disney’s The Muppets, and also stars in Celeste and Jesse Forever opposite Andy Samberg. Stoll is also poised to star in The Bourne Legacy.
We’ve already seen a slew of trailers for The Muppets, but this is really one marketing campaign that’s impossible to tire of. Today the final parody trailer for the film was released, and it sees the loveable Muppets take on films like Paranormal Activity 3, Puss in Boots, and the one we’ve all been waiting for: Twilight. There’s actually not a ton of new footage in this trailer (which I’m fine with), but the small parody bits are cute. Though all the trailers and posters from the movie have been fun, I’m ready to finally see the movie.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Rashida Jones, and Chris Cooper. The Muppets opens November 23rd.
When the NBC comedy series first started, Parks and Recreation only seemed to be riding on the coattails of The Office with its mockumentary style and somewhat weak start in the first season. However, two season later the show has quickly found its footing, crafted some spectacular characters, fantastic comedy and a series that has actually surpassed the quality of the series it once seemed to simply copy. Aside from previous series regulars like Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman and Aziz Ansari consistently delivering some of the best comedic performances on television, the addition of Adam Scott and Rob Lowe as series regulars also bring some magic to Pawnee, Indiana. For a more in-depth analysis of the third season of Parks and Recreation, hit the jump.
Disney has released a new trailer for The Muppets. There are no parodies this time around. It’s the plot and a strong reminder of why we loved The Muppets in the first place. The movie looks silly, adorable, slightly off-kilter, and appears to have a total understanding of the characters and how they work together.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Jason Segel (who also co-wrote the script), Amy Adams, Rashida Jones, Chris Cooper along with all your Muppet favorites and a slew of celebrity cameos. The Muppets opens November 23rd.
If you’re just tuning in, a few months back we started the weekly “Top 5″ feature as a way of aggregating all of what we deem to be our best, most relevant coverage from the preceding week into one place. The hope is that you, the reader, will have already scoped all of this material out and shared it with your millions of friends (either real, virtual, or both). However, if for whatever reason some of it has fallen through the cracks, you can come here, check it out, and then share it with all of your friends (again, either real, virtual, or both). That in mind…
In this week’s installment, you’ll find all of our coverage from Steve’s Underworld: Awakening set visit and Disney’s D23 Expo, interviews for the Guillermo del Toro produced horror flick Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and the Paul Rudd comedy Our Idiot Brother, and a slightly improved, slightly less puppet-friendly version of Yoda in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Check out brief recaps and links to all of the above after the jump.
It’s the end of summer and that means that it’s finally time to see the films that everyone was talking about in Park City. Our Idiot Brother, the first of the big sale items from the Sundance Film Festival hits theaters this Friday from the newly reinvigorated Weinstein Company. Unlike many Sundance offerings, this is an audience-friendly comedy starring Paul Rudd as a stoner that means well. The film also stars Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, Zooey Deschanel and Elizabeth Banks.
Recently, I sat down with Jones to discuss the film. During our interview she told me about her straight-laced upbringing, her rebellious sister, the excitement of mainstream success, how she doesn’t sing or dance in The Muppets, how Rudd is a different kind of idiot than Fozzie Bear, the origins of Parks and Recreation and how winking at the camera is different from playing it straight. Hit the jump to watch.
Four clips from Our Idiot Brother have gone online. I dug the film when I saw it at Sundance (back when it was called “My Idiot Brother”–to hell with you, Possessive Singular!) and it’s a great showcase for Rudd who is too often stuck playing the straight man. The film’s also got a terrific supporting cast that includes Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, and T.J. Miller (who steals almost every scene he’s in).
Hit the jump to check out the clips. Our Idiot Brother opens August 26th.
The Weinstein Company has released a new trailer for the Paul Rudd comedy Our Idiot Brother (formerly titled My Idiot Brother). Rudd stars as a sweet but overly-naive guy who has an unfortunate run-in with the law, his ex-girlfriend won’t let him have his dog Willie Nelson back, and his sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, and Zooey Deschanel) reluctantly take him in only to have his naiveity accidentally reveal the hypocrisies and shortcomings of their own lives. I enjoyed the film when I saw it at Sundance and it’s worth checking out when it hits theaters on August 26th.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Our Idiot Brother also stars Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, and Steve Coogan.
The first trailer for The Muppets has gone online. It takes a little while to get to the actual Muppets, but stick through the trailer for the first 50 seconds and you’ll get there. This is really more of an announcement trailer, and I’m not sure what will set this Muppets movie apart, but creating a trailer that basically goes “Surprise! Muppets!” isn’t a bad way to start. I’m slightly confused by the set-up of a fake Jason Segel/Amy Adams romance flick called Green with Envy, but I’ll go with it for now.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer for The Muppets and the poster for Green with Envy. The Muppets also stars Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, and a slew of celebrity cameos. The film opens November 23rd.