Teresa Palmer Joins POINT BREAK; Emilia Clarke Set for VOICE FROM THE STONE; Anna Kendrick, Albert Brooks, and More Take Voice Roles

by     Posted 128 days ago

anna-kendrick-trolls-teresa-palmer-point-break

We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Warm Bodies actress Teresa Palmer is in talks to take on the female lead in the Point Break remake.
  • Fresh off last night’s season four finale, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been tapped to star in the psychological thriller Voice from the Stone.
  • Anna Kendrick will take on the lead voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy Trolls, based on the popular dolls.
  • Albert Brooks is in talks to join Illumination Entertainment’s animated “Untitled Pets Project”, as Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress (Neighbors), and Ellie Kemper (The Office) have all signed on.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Albert Brooks Joins A MOST VIOLENT YEAR; Emily Mortimer and Julianne Nicholson Cast in TEN THOUSAND SAINTS; Gabriel Byrne to Star in THE 33

by     Posted 268 days ago

albert brooks

A few casting notices:

  • Writer/director J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost) cast Albert Brooks and Catalina Sandino Moreno opposite Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, and Alfred Molina in A Most Violent Year.
  • Emily Mortimer and Julianne Nicholson join Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch, Asa Butterfield, and Hailee Steinfeld in Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman‘s adaptation of Ten Thousand Saints.
  • Gabriel Byrne signed on to star alongside Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, Martin Sheen, and Rodrigo Santoro in The 33, a story about the 2010 Chilean mining accident that trapped 33 miners for 69 days.

More on each project after the break.

Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis Lead HELLION; Luca Calvani Is the Villain in THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.; Albert Brooks Joins THE LITTLE PRINCE Voice Cast

by     Posted 1 year, 40 days ago

aaron paul luca calvani albert brooks slice

Rounding up some casting:

  • Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis will star in Hellion, an indie drama about a fractured family living in a small Texas town.
  • Guy Ritchie cast Luca Calvani as the villain in his adaptation of the 1960s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. alongside Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander.
  • Albert Brooks joins James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro, and Paul Giamatti in the star-studded voice cast for The Little Prince.

Details after the break.

FINDING NEMO 2 to Be Titled FINDING DORY, and Released on November 25, 2015; Takes Place One Year after FINDING NEMO [Updated with Video]

by     Posted 1 year, 203 days ago

finding-dory-slice-1

Whether you agree or disagree with the wisdom of creating a sequel to Finding Nemo, the film is happening, and now it has an official title.  Disney-Pixar has announced that the new film will be entitled Finding Dory, and will be released on November 25, 2015.  As the title implies, the new movie will have a lot more of the forgetful fish (Ellen DeGeneres), and according to director Andrew Stanton, “One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In Finding Dory, she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.”  The new movie will take place one year after the events of the first movie, and will bring back not only Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo, but also the Tank Gang as well as other characters.  The story will also take place partially along the California coastline.

Going back and watching Finding Nemo last year, I fell in love with Dory all over again, and her line, “When I’m with you, I’m home,” makes me tear up every time.  Although Pixar recently went on a streak of sequels and prequels (Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Monsters University), Finding Dory will be their first sequel after the original features The Good Dinosaur (May 30, 2014) and the Untitled Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind (June 19, 2015).  I also wouldn’t be surprised if Pixar ultimately pushes Finding Dory behind Lee Unkrich‘s Untitled Dia de los Muertos movie, which is currently slated for 2016.  Hit the jump for the press release. [Update: We've updated the article with a video of DeGeneres announcing the film.]

THIS IS 40 Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 1 year, 210 days ago

this-is-40-paul-rudd-leslie-mann-slice

It’s weird to think we’re only four movies in to Judd Apatow’s directing career, because for the last ten years he’s become a brand.  Between working with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell on their comedies, to launching Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig (and more), he established that he was one of the biggest forces in comedy.  But his most recent film, This is 40, came out and it didn’t feel like event.  It’s a modest film that’s enjoyable enough, but feels like a B side.  Our review of This is 40 follows after the jump.

Albert Brooks Closes Deal to Return for FINDING NEMO 2; Disney Gives Director Andrew Stanton Another Shot at Live-Action

by     Posted 1 year, 252 days ago

albert-brooks-finding-nemo-2-slice

This summer will see the return of some of the most famous characters from Pixar’s catalogue with the prequel Monsters University, but in a few years the studio is poised to revive its most popular film yet: Finding Nemo.  We learned last July that Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton had signed on to helm Finding Nemo 2 as the follow-up to his infamous live-action debut John Carter (it’s really a good movie!), and shortly thereafter Ellen Degeneres signed on to reprise the character of Dory.  Now, six months later, the other major piece of the puzzle has fallen into place as Albert Brooks has finally closed his deal to return.  Hit the jump for more, including the possibility of another live-action film from Stanton.

FINDING NEMO Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 1 year, 279 days ago

finding-nemo-blu-ray-slice

As we stand at what looks like the end of Pixar’s extraordinary run of classics (though hopefully a new streak will start soon), it’s hard to focus on any single work as their best. The steady beat of the Toy Story films set the pace, The Incredibles helped the superhero movie mature, and the stunning triple punch of Ratatouille, WALL*E and Up proved that brilliant stories could be found far from Hollywood’s beaten paths. But if I had to pick one film of theirs as my favorite – one movie that summed up what so many of us love about this extraordinary studio – I’d probably pick Finding Nemo, their fish-out-of-water story that perfectly encapsulates everything we’ve come to expect from them. Hit the jump for my full review of the Finding Nemo Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray.

THIS IS 40 Review

by     Posted 1 year, 305 days ago

this-is-40-leslie mann paul rudd

It’s not all gold, Mr. Apatow.  The logic behind his films seems to be, “If it got big laughs at a test screening, we should probably keep it.”  Therefore, the editing isn’t decided on how best to tell the story, but how many jokes they can stuff into a borderline-ridiculous runtime.  If this is the case, then there must be an absolute certainty that the jokes are all terrific, and that it doesn’t detract from the characters or the plot.  You can have the “Know how I know you’re gay?” scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin because it’s funny, it doesn’t slow the film down, and it doesn’t detract from overall narrative.  This Is 40, Judd Apatow‘s latest film, lacks any such cohesion.  As nothing more than a slice-of-life, it’s free to wander around aimlessly, sometimes running up against great jokes, and sometimes meandering through scenes that could be cut completely.  More frustrating, beneath the sporadic success of the humor, there’s a compelling story and strong performances, especially from Leslie Mann.  Unfortunately, This Is 40 works in reverse, trying to let a story flow out of humorous situations rather than vice-versa.

5 Clips from Judd Apatow’s THIS IS 40 Starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann

by     Posted 1 year, 312 days ago

this-is-40-slice

Universal Pictures has released five clips from writer/director Judd Apatow’s new film This Is 40.  For those unaware, the pic is a “sort-of sequel” to Apatow’s 2008 film Knocked Up, and continues the story of the characters played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann five years later as they’re navigating new challenges to their careers, parents, marriage, and children.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Albert BrooksJohn LithgowMaude ApatowIris Apatow, Megan FoxChris O’DowdCharlyne Yi, Jason Segel, and Melissa McCarthy.  This Is 40 opens on December 21st.

Over 20 New Images from Judd Apatow’s THIS IS 40 Featuring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Chris O’Dowd, and Lena Dunham

by     Posted 1 year, 315 days ago

this-is-40-paul-rudd-lena-dunham-slice

Universal Pictures has released a large batch of images from writer/director Judd Apatow’s upcoming comedy This Is 40.  For those unaware, the film is a “sort-of sequel” to Apatow’s 2008 film Knocked Up and picks up with the characters played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann five years later as they’re navigating new challenges to their careers, parents, marriage, and children.  I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen thus far, and if anyone can bring a brutally honest portrayal of a marriage to the screen with equal parts charm and heartbreak, it’s Rudd and Mann.  These new images provide a colorful look at Apatow’s impressive cast.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Charlyne Yi, Jason Segel, and Melissa McCarthyThis Is 40 opens on December 21st.

New Red-Band Trailer for THIS IS 40 Starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann

by     Posted 1 year, 315 days ago

this-is-40-paul-rudd-leslie-mann-slice

A new red-band trailer has been released for Judd Apatow‘s new comedy, This Is 40.  The Knocked-Up spin-off follows Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they try to navigate new challenges to their careers, parents, marriage, and children.  Since Apatow films about 26-days of ad-libbing, a third of the jokes in this trailer aren’t in the movie even though the film is over two-hours long.  That’s not to say that movie isn’t funny, but it’s odd to use jokes to sell the film and then decide those jokes weren’t good enough for the final cut.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Megan Fox, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Chris O’Dowd, Jason Segel, Maude Apatow, and Iris ApatowThis Is 40 opens December 21st.

New Trailer and Images for Judd Apatow’s THIS IS 40 Starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann

by     Posted 2 years, 75 days ago

this-is-40-paul-rudd-leslie-mann-slice

A new trailer and images for director Judd Apatow‘s new film This Is 40 have been released.  The film follows Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann‘s characters from Knocked Up as they approach middle age.  The laughs aren’t as big here as they were in the first trailer, but I’m encouraged by the promise of a really sweet and candid story about family.  Rudd and Mann can walk the line between comedy and drama like few others, and Apatow has been trying to nail that James L. Brooks balance with his previous directorial features to varying degrees of success.  There’s a clear emotional throughline with This Is 40 that I think could be the key, and the pairing of Albert Brooks and Rudd as father and son is an inspired move that I’m eager to see play out.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and see the images.  The film also stars Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, Ryan Lee, Charlene Yi, Robert Smigel, Wyatt Russell, Melissa McCarthy and Jason Segel.  This Is 40 opens on December 21st.

Andrew Stanton to Direct FINDING NEMO 2; May Direct Another Live-Action Feature for Disney

by     Posted 2 years, 96 days ago

andrew-stanton-finding-nemo-2-slice

Writer/director Andrew Stanton has been behind some of the very best films in Pixar’s repertoire (and that’s saying something).  He co-wrote Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, and Monsters Inc., and he wrote and directed the magnificent one-two punch of Finding Nemo and Wall-E.  Stanton made his live-action debut earlier this year with the criminally underseen sci-fi epic John Carter, and now it looks like he’ll be returning to Pixar for his next feature, Finding Nemo 2.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for Judd Apatow’s THIS IS 40

by     Posted 2 years, 177 days ago

this-is-forty-movie-image-slice-01

The first trailer for Judd Apatow’s fourth directorial effort, This Is 40, has gone online.  The film is a semi-spinoff of Apatow’s Knocked Up, as it follows the lives of the characters played by Paul Rudd and Leslie MannThe 40-Year-Old Virgin is a new classic, I was a big fan of Knocked Up, and while Funny People certainly had its issues, I enjoyed it for the most part.  That said, this trailer for This Is 40 shows huge promise.  We already know that Rudd and Mann have impeccable chemistry, but I love the idea of Apatow tackling the issues of aging and mid-adulthood through his dramedic eye.  We get a look at a couple of the bit parts from Jason Segel and Melissa McCarthy (to great comedic effect) and the end showcases Rudd’s penchant for spot-on delivery.  It’s safe to say that in a very crowded holiday release schedule, This Is 40 just jumped up towards the top of my most anticipated list.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, Ryan Lee, Charlene Yi, and Wyatt RussellThis Is 40 opens on December 21st.

Oscars 2012: Adam Predicts the Nominees

by     Posted 2 years, 274 days ago

2012-oscar-academy-awards-poster-slice1

As I’ve been covering awards season pretty extensively here on the site over the past few months, I figured it would be appropriate to (foolishly) try to predict the upcoming Oscar nominations. It’s been a fairly tame year, as a few frontrunners were singled out early in the race and have held their ground throughout the grueling awards season. We haven’t been without a few surprises, as Steven Spielberg’s War Horse took a massive tumble following snubs from most of the major guilds, and David Fincher has surged back into the race bringing his adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with him.

Though there are plenty of safe bets when it comes to the 2012 Oscar nominations, there are still a few wildcards and tricky categories. I’ve put on my prognosticating cap (those interested can purchase one of these nifty hats at your local Target) and compiled a list of who and what I think will make the cut. Hit the jump to see how I think the nods will stack up when they’re announced on January 24th.

Click Here