Whit Stillman Talks THE COSMOPOLITANS, Working with Amazon, Shooting in Paris, His Upcoming Jane Austen Film, and a Potential BARCELONA Blu-ray

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Last week, Amazon started streaming their new pilots and the highlight of this year’s crop is writer-director Whit Stillman’s The Cosmopolitans.  The show (which you can watch here) follows a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship in the city of lights.  If you’ve seen Stillman’s movies (Damsels in Distress, Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco) you know the type of characters and situations he likes to write about, and I’m happy to say his trademark humor and wit is on full display in The Cosmopolitans.  It’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you want Amazon to pick up the show.  The dramedy stars Adam BrodyChloë Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Åsblom, Jordan Rountree, and Adriano Giannini.

Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Whit Stillman in Los Angeles.  He talked about how the project came together at Amazon, his plans for the series if it gets picked up, what it was like to shoot in Paris and the weird restrictions you have to follow, the casting process, why he likes to work with the same actors, the status of Barcelona on Blu-ray, his upcoming Jane Austen film with Sienna Miller and Chloe Sevigny currently titled Love and Friendship, and so much more.  If you’re a fan of this great filmmaker, you’ll enjoy the interview.

HOMELAND Season 4 Premiere Date Set for October 5th with Back-to-Back Episodes; Amazon Pilot Images Revealed Ahead of August 28th Debut

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Some TV premiere news is at hand.  Firstly, Showtime has announced that the Homeland Season 4 premiere date has been set for October 5th at 9pm ET/PT, when the first two episodes of the season will air back-to-back.  Season 4 has been described as a reboot of sorts, as we will follow Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison on assignment in the Middle East.  Filmed entirely in South Africa, the new season also stars Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend, with Corey Stoll and Suraj Sharma booked as guest stars.  Additionally, Showtime’s new drama series The Affair starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson will debut on October 12th at 10pm ET/PT, a week earlier than initially planned.  The series explores two marriages and the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair.

Hit the jump for news and images concerning new Amazon pilots from the likes of Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green, and Whit Stillman starring Ron PerlmanAdam Brody, Mena Suvari, and more. 

First Trailer for THINK LIKE A MAN TOO Starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, and Gabrielle Union

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Screen Gems has released the debut trailer for director Tim Story’s comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too. The follow-up finds the central couples gathering for a wedding in Las Vegas, but their romantic plans are subsequently sidelined when various misadventures ensue as the separate bachelor and bachelorette parties get underway.  The film looks to be a solid comedy slightly in the vein of The Hangover that gives equal time to both the male and female characters, and it should do swell business when it opens in the heat of the summer if the first film’s $96 million worldwide gross is any indication.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Megan Good, Jerry Ferrara, Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Adam Brody, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Terrence J, Jennifer Lewis, Gary Owen, David Walton, and Dennis HaysbertThink Like a Man Too opens on June 20th.

Trailer for LOVELACE Starring Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard

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Radius-TWC and Millennium Entertainment have released the trailer for the biopic, Lovelace.  The film stars Amanda Seyfried as the titular porn star who rose to prominence following 1972’s Deep Throat, the first pornographic feature film to be a mainstream success.  Lovelace would eventually go on to claim that her husband Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard) physically and verbally abused her, and coerced her into the pornography business.  When I caught the film at Sundance, I thought the script and structure were somewhat weak, but Seyfried and Sarsgaard saved the picture with their memorable performances.  This trailer does what most indie trailers are doing these days: showing you the whole movie to the point where there are scenes from the very end.  It’s disheartening because not only is it a lazy way of making trailer, but it’s probably turning more people away from the movie rather than drawing them in.

If this approach doesn’t bother you, hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny, Juno Temple, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, and James FrancoLovelace opens August 9th.

Adam Brody, Zoe Kazan and Daisy Von Scherler Mayer Talk SOME GIRL(S), Translating the Play for the Big Screen, Journeying to Visit Your Exes and More

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Based on the Neil LaBute play by the same name, Some Girl(s) follows a successful writer (Adam Brody) who, on the eve of his wedding, travels across the country to meet up with ex-lovers, in an attempt to make amends for past relationship transgressions.  On his journey, he reunites with high school sweetheart Sam (Jennifer Morrison), sexually free-spirited Tyler (Mía Maestro), married college professor Lindsay (Emily Watson), his best friend’s little sister Reggie (Zoe Kazan), and Bobbi (Kristen Bell), who is the one that got away.

At the film’s press day, Adam Brody, Zoe Kazan and director Daisy Von Scherler Mayer spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why this project appealed to them, why this play translates well for the big screen, shooting each of the scenes with the women differently to give them each their own feel, what it’s like to work with the words of Neil LaBute, and how the notion of going on a journey to see a bunch of your exes is just so squirm-inducing.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

First Trailer and Poster for BAGGAGE CLAIM Starring Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, and Adam Brody

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer and poster for director David E. Talbert’s (First Sunday) romantic comedy Baggage Claim.  The film stars Paula Patton as an unmarried flight attendant who becomes determined to find a man before her younger sister’s wedding.  In order to aid her on her quest, her friends at the airport arrange several of her ex-boyfriends to cross her path.  Though the “I need a man to make me feel whole” premise is rather played out and at least a little offensive, Baggage Claim actually looks like it has a few genuine laughs in store for audiences.  Also, Adam Brody plays the “gay best friend” character, so there’s that.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Tia Mowry, LaLa Anthony, and Djimon HounsouBaggage Claim opens on September 27th.

New Images from JOBS Starring Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, Plus a New Image from LOVELACE Starring Amanda Seyfried and Adam Brody

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We’ve got another round of Sundance-bound biopic images today:

  • jOBS – Starring Ashton Kutcher as the late Steve Jobs with Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, jOBS chronicles the rise of the titular co-founder of Apple Computers.  Look for this picture to open sometime in April.
  • Lovelace – A biopic of porn star Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried) reveals the darker side of her rise to infamy.  Lovelace debuts at Sundance on January 22nd.  The report also tells us that Sarah Jessica Parker’s role as feminist Gloria Steinem has been cut.

Hit the jump to see the new images.

Adam Brody, Amber Tamblyn, Wyatt Cenac, and More to Star in GROWING UP (AND OTHER LIES)

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A full cast listing for the indie ensemble comedy Growing Up (and Other Lies) has been announced.  Adam Brody, Amber Tamblyn, Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), Josh Lawson (The Campaign), Danny Jacobs (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), and Lauren Miller (For a Good Time, Call…) round out the cast of the film.  The story centers on a 30-year-old (Lawson) “who on his last day in New York City before he moves back home to the Midwest recruits his three oldest friends to help him retrace their greatest adventure: walking the entire, 260-block length of the island of Manhattan in one day.”

Variety reports that Jacobs and Darren Grodsky (Humboldt County) are directing the pic from their own script.  Production is currently underway in New York City on what sounds like a fairly promising premise with a strong ensemble cast.

Nate Parker is NON-STOP, Adam Brody Checks BAGGAGE CLAIM, CASH CAB’s Ben Bailey Boards STARBUCK, Cam Gigandet & Nick Thune Join JOHNSON

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Lots of male-pattern casting to get to today.  Let’s take a gander:

  • Nate Parker (Arbitrage) has boarded director Jaume Collet-Serra’s airplane thriller Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson.
  • Adam Brody (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) joins Baggage Claim from writer/director/producer David E. Talbert, a rom-com adaptation of his own novel.
  • Ben Bailey will step out of the Cash Cab and into Ken Scott’s Starbuck remake, opposite Vince Vaughn.
  • Cam Gigandet (Twilight) and Nick Thune (Knocked Up) join Johnson, a raunchie indie comedy directed by Huck Botko (The Virginity Hit) from a Jeff Tetreault script.

Hit the jump for details on each film.

Adam Brody and Alia Shawkat Talk THE ORANGES, THE O.C., ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, Favorite Breakfast Cereal and More

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Opening this weekend is Julian Farino’s The Oranges. The film is about two families who are best friends and neighbors- until one of the daughters (Leighton Meester) begins an affair with her father’s best friend (Hugh Laurie), and the comical and emotional aftermath of that affair. The all-star cast includes Catherine Keener as Laurie’s wife who finds a new purpose in life, Allison Janney and Oliver Platt as Nina’s bewildered parents and Alia Shawkat as Laurie’s daughter- and Nina’s former best friend turned arch rival. It also stars Adam Brody and up-and-comer Sam Rosen.

At the recent New York City press junket, I was able to speak to Alia Shawkat and Adam Brody about their breakfast preferences, the film itself, their characters, working with an ever-present screenwriting team, and the other projects that they have been and will be working on.  Hit the jump to watch.

Red-Band Trailer for THE ORANGES Starring Hugh Laurie and Leighton Meester

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In what may be the most dysfunctional family holiday film since the Griswolds took on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, a new red-band trailer for The Oranges has landed.  Directed by Julian Farnio (Entourage), The Oranges centers on two suburban families who are the best of friends and the most boring and predictable of people.  That all changes when the daughter of the Ostroffs starts an affair with the father of the Wallings.

Starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Adam Brody,  Alia Shawkat and Leighton Meester, The Oranges opens October 5th.  Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer.

First Trailer for THE ORANGES Starring Hugh Laurie, Allison Janney, Leighton Meester and Catherine Keener

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The first trailer for the family comedy The Oranges has been released.  The film centers on two families who are both best friends and neighbors.  Their tight relationship is strained when it’s discovered that the father of one family (Hugh Laurie) is having an affair with the grown daughter of the other family (Leighton Meester).  The film looks like a pretty great comedy, and Allison Janney is unsurprisingly fantastic.  The cast—which includes Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Alia Shawkat. and Adam Brody—has great chemistry, and director Julian Farino appears to have crafted a solid comedy.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The Oranges opens later this year.

Adam Brody to Star in ALL THE WRONG REASONS; Anna Kendrick Leads DRINKING BUDDIES

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Tonight brings casting notices for a pair of actors I always enjoy:

  • Adam Brody will star in the indie drama All the Wrong Reasons alongside Kevin Zegers, Sarah Gadon, and Emily Hampshire.
  • Anna Kendrick has signed on to lead the indie comedy Drinking Buddies, the latest from writer/director Joe Swanberg (Hanna Takes the Stairs).

Hit the jump for details on both projects.

7 Clips from SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD Starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley

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Focus Features has released seven clips from Lorene Scafaria‘s dark romantic comedy Seeing a Friend for the End of the World.  The movie takes place a few weeks before a meteor wipes out all life on Earth, and mild-mannered Dodge (Steve Carell) strikes up a friendship with his neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley) as the two go on a road-trip to find Dodge’s true love and get Penny back home to see her parents.  Along the way, they meet a cast of colorful characters and situations as people react differently to the coming apocalypse.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  The film also stars stars Adam Brody, Derek Luke, Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller, Patton Oswalt, Rob Heubel, Connie Britton, Gillian Jacobs, Rob Corddry, and Melinda DillonSeeking a Friend for the End of the World opens Friday.

Amanda Seyfried Strips Down for LOVELACE Poster

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It’s been a little while since we had a porn star update, so here’s a new poster featuring Linda Lovelace.  Technically, it’s Amanda Seyfried portraying Linda Lovelace in this new poster for the indie biopic, Lovelace.  Splitting hairs.  It’s not as provocative as you might expect, but I’m reserving some hope that, as the movie gets closer to release (unexpected pun!), the material gets more and more risque.  If that wasn’t the plan, it’s something the Lovelace marketing team might want to consider.

Then again, it’s not all about the sex appeal, since a good portion of Lovelace deals with the abusive relationship between the porn star and her husband, Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard).  You can take a look at previously released images, set photos and posters here.  Lovelace also stars Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny, Juno Temple, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, and James Franco.  Hit the jump to see the new poster.

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