We’ve reported on a new casting story for Robert Rodriguez’s sequel Machete Kills every day for the past three days, so to send you out for the weekend on a high note today’s addition is the lovely Sofia Vergara. Variety reports that the Modern Family star is in talks to play “the leather-clad Madame Desdemona, whose Mexican heriots have information that Machete needs.” And with that casting choice, Rodriguez has sewn up a solid opening weekend.
Danny Trejo returns as the titular Machete, joined by Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba reprising their roles from the first film. The story finds Machete “recruited by the U.S. government to take down a cartel leader and stop an arms dealer from launching a deadly missile.” Mel Gibson is onboard as the villainous arms dealer, while Demian Bichir and Amber Heard round out the other newcomers that have signed on so far. Production begins this month, after which Rodriguez will shoot the long-awaited Sin City sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Faithfulness to source material can be a double-edged sword. When the faithfulness arises not out of fear of angering a fanbase, but from the love of the filmmakers for the material, then at the very least you have something good-hearted and genuine. But faithfulness can also be a crutch and impediment to creativity. The Farrell Brothers have a difficult time in striking the balance between good-hearted humor and slavish devotion in their adaptation of The Three Stooges. They keep the eponymous characters as lovable misfits, and when they’re playing to the characters’ stupidity, the Farrellys have an enjoyable comedy on their hands. But when they also lean far too much on Moe slapping around his brothers and Curly’s various tics, The Three Stooges becomes a movie that will only appeal to kids.
Six new clips from The Three Stooges have gone online. Yes, the movie looks terrible, but it also looks like it’s staying true to the source material. The problem is that staying true to the source material and then trying to transport it into a modern setting doesn’t look like it will work. There’s also the argument that the movie is for kids, who will enjoy the slapstick and goofy sound effects. Unfortunately, there probably aren’t a lot of kids who are die-hard fans of a 1930s comedy trio. It all comes back to “Who is this movie for?” and I don’t have a good answer. But I will say this: Fox is screening the movie for critics, and despite the cringe-worthy trailers and clips, I’ll do my best to give the movie a fair shake when I see it in its entirety.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. The film stars Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Hudson, Sofia Vergara, Craig Bierko, Stephen Collins, and Larry David. The Three Stooges opens April 13th.
Fox has released a new trailer for The Three Stooges. The trailer tries to bill Larry (Sean Hayes), Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), and Curly (Will Sasso) as the original “Jackasses”. It is like a Jackass if Jackass were fake, family friendly, and featured goofy sound effects to accompany the slapstick. Directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly have clearly paid a loving tribute to the Stooges, but this trailer and the previous one show that the Stooges’ humor isn’t going to translate to modern audiences.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch, and Larry David. The Three Stooges opens April 13th.
She’s quite the Latin bombshell on Modern Family, and now the lovely Sofia Vergara will bring her two best assets (I’m talking about comedy and charisma) to late night with a hosting stint on Saturday Night Live set for April 7th. Vegara will be joined by musical guest One Direction, also making their debut on the sketch comedy series following the success of their hit single What Makes You Beautiful, and it should be a feast for both our eyes and our funny bones (please don’t take that sexually).
In addition Josh Brolin is slated to host SNL for a second time on April 14th with musical guest Gotye joining for his first musical appearance. The song Somebody That I Used to Know is all over the radio, and Brolin is surely looking to get audiences amped up for his promising turn impersonating a young Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3 (watch the new trailer right here). Brolin’s comedic sensibilities are just as tuned as his dramatic chops, so I’m looking forward to his return to Studio 8H.
Coming off a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for last year’s Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen is gearing up to star in a movie that he won’t direct. Variety reports that Allen is set to join John Turturro’s indie comedy Fading Gigolo. Turturro wrote and will direct the project, which finds Turturro and Allen “playing cash-strapped best friends who decide to go into the gigolo business together and subsequently attract the suspicion of the hasidic Jewish community in which they live.” Allen pimps out Turturro’s character who falls for a Jewish widow. It’s a pretty outlandish premise, but it’s not hard to see why Allen signed on. The guy has an impeccable sense of humor and pairing him with Turturro seems like a perfect match.
Sofia Vergara is also in talks to take a supporting role in the film alongside Sharon Stone, with the two playing customers of Turturro and Allen’s gigolo business. Allen hasn’t acted in a film he didn’t direct since 2000’s Picking Up the Pieces, but he stars this summer in his latest film as a writer-director, Nero Fiddled. Production on Fading Gigolo is set to begin this April in New York.
Fox has released the first trailer for The Three Stooges, directed by the Farrelly Brothers. Will Sasso, Sean Hayes, and Chris Diamantopoulos star as Curly, Moe, and Larry in the new feature, divided into three segments. It looks awful, but in a fascinating way. This has been a passion project for the Farrellys and the final result makes me wonder: could The Three Stooges ever work in the present day? Doesn’t their slapstick seem quaint while their antics come off as obnoxious? And yet there’s also something mean-spirited mixed in. I’m sure the Farrellys thought, “Hey! Let’s poke Snooki in the eyes! That will put the audience on our side!” I almost feel sorry for Snooki. Almost.
The film also stars Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Hudson, and Larry David. The Three Stooges opens on April 4, 2012. Watch the trailer after the jump.
We’ve been provided with 12 clips from Garry Marshall’s upcoming romantic comedy New Year’s Eve to share with our readers. The film features a ginormous ensemble and tells a number of intertwining stories that all take place on New Year’s Eve in New York City. The cast includes Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, Zac Efron, Sienna Miller, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara, Abigail Breslin, Til Schweiger, Seth Meyers, Jon Bon Jovi, Josh Duhamel, and Carla Gugino.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. New Year’s Eve opens December 9th.
Making waves as one of the best comedies on television, and certainly a progressive and at times edgy comedy that’s still appropriate for the whole family, ABC’s sitcom Modern Family plows through it’s second season with flying colors and plenty of raucous laughter on this three-disc Blu-Ray set. While each of the respective three families certainly have their issues to work through in every single episode, they are far from being as dysfunctional as the diabolical Bluth family of Arrested Development. Of course, that means that the comedy and writing isn’t necessarily on the same level either, but creators and executive producers Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd (no, not the one you’re thinking of) aren’t trying to emulate that comedy style or even tone, and the result is a familiar but fresh Emmy-winning series that looks to last for many seasons to come. For more of my take on the second season of Modern Family, hit the jump.
With the holiday movie season upon us, a few new images from some of the upcoming Oscar contenders have been unveiled. We’ve got a new look at Michael Fassbender in the extremely well-received drama Shame. Fassbender plays a sex-addict opposite Carey Mulligan, and our own Matt Goldberg loved the flick. There’s also a new image of Rooney Mara from David Fincher’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, another look at Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and an ominous image of Gary Oldman from the spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Additionally, we’ve got another look at Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, and an image of Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn in the adaptation of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
But that’s not all! We’ve also got new images from We Bought a Zoo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Haywire, Underworld: Awakening, In the Land of Blood and Honey, New Year’s Eve, and One for the Money. Hit the jump to check them out.
New posters have been released for The Rum Diary and New Year’s Eve. The former is kind of cute and almost makes the film look like a light comic spin on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which is appropriate considering that Hunter S. Thompson was the author of both novels. As for the New Year’s Eve poster, it perfectly encapsulates the cynical, greedy reason for the movie’s existence. The point isn’t to convey a plot, but to jam as many stars into the film as possible in the hopes that you’ll like one or two of them enough to see the movie. However, the stars you like will most likely be in the film for probably less than ten minutes total. If you think watching a star you like play a poorly defined character is worth a dollar a minute, then you like wasting money.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The Rum Diary opens October 28th. New Year’s Eve opens December 9th.
A new trailer has gone online for George Miller’s Happy Feet Two. I know I’m not the target audience for these movies but I find penguins adorable. Theoretically, I should be willing to give the Happy Feet flicks the benefit of the doubt on that alone. But the animators for the Happy Feet films made a serious error when they decided to give the penguins human eyes. The characters all exist in a weird middle ground between trying to have animated expressions and still remain realistic-looking. The movies are made worse by the having penguins squeak out hip-hop songs. But none of that matters because the movie will probably make hundreds of millions of dollars. Hooray.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, which doesn’t tell you what the movie is about (Mumble and his son have to find an escape route when the penguin population is covered in ice). The film features the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Alecia Moore (P!nk), Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara, Hugo Weaving, Richard Carter, Common, Magda Szubanski, and Anthony LaPagila. Happy Feet Two opens in 3D on November 18th.
A new trailer for Garry Marshall’s star-studded New Year’s Eve has been released. This trailer isn’t much different from the first one in that it’s basically a montage of all the pretty celebrities and their separate stories set to pop music, though this new look does include inappropriate Abigail Breslin flashing. If you enjoyed Marshall’s Valentine’s Day, then you probably don’t need to be sold on the pseudo-sequel, and if the February-centered first film wasn’t your thing then this New Year’s Eve trailer is probably more than a little cringe-worthy. It looks like Seth Meyers may be the only saving grace for the brave boyfriends who are forced to soldier through this one.
The cast includes Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, Zac Efron, Sienna Miller, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara, Abigail Breslin, Til Schweiger, Seth Meyers, Jon Bon Jovi, Josh Duhamel, and Carla Gugino. New Year’s Eve opens on December 9th. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
File this one under rumor for now, but word on the street is (and by street, I mean the highly accurate interwebs) that the feature film version of Danger Girl now has three very good-looking women attached to star. Latino Review reports (via tracking boards) that Kate Beckinsale, Milla Jovovich and Sofia Vergara are attached to the adaptation of the Wildstorm comic book series Danger Girl from J. Scott Campbell. Benderspink is apparently shopping the rights to the project, which is described as Kill Bill meets Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the team element of Mission: Impossible thrown in for good measure. Todd Lincoln (The Apparition) is supposedly attached to direct.
The casting seems a bit too “teenage boy’s fantasy” to be true, so I’m reluctant to report this as solid fact at the moment. Then again, it could also turn out to be spot-on (egg, meet face), but for now just take this with a grain of salt. When the Danger Girl film was first announced, producer Adrian Askarieh said that the film would be the anti-Charlie’s Angels and more in the vein of Batman Begins. Hit the jump to read the supposed logline as well as a brief synopsis of the comic.
About a week ago, I had the pleasure of talking to Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) in anticipation of her family film, The Smurfs. The film follows the adventures of six Smurfs who are accidentally transported to modern-day New York City. In The Smurfs, Vergara plays Odile, an executive at a cosmetics company who is the boss of Neil Patrick Harris’ character. I had a lot of fun with the movie and kids will absolutely love it.
During my exclusive interview, we discussed bossing around Harris, Sofia’s earliest memories of the Smurfs, and her upcoming work in Happy Feet Two, New Year’s Eve and, of course, The Three Stooges. I also got a brief update on the next season of Modern Family. Watch the interview after the jump.