First Trailer for Clark Gregg’s TRUST ME Starring Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, and Allison Janney

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Continuing on with today’s unofficial “Trailer Thursday” theme, the first Trust Me trailer for Clark Gregg’s latest directorial effort has now landed online.  Gregg wrote, directed, and stars in the pic as a down-on-his-luck agent for child actors who discovers a 13-year-old acting prodigy (Saxon Sharbino) and must subsequently deal with her overprotective father (Paul Sparks), an untrustworthy producer (Felicity Huffman), and his nemesis (Sam Rockwell) in order to get himself back on top.  It’s been six years since Gregg’s solid directorial debut Choke, and he appears to be delving into a bit lighter territory with this feature.  The trailer highlights a swell mix of comedy and drama and showcases the stacked ensemble cast, and Gregg is charming as ever in the lead role.  The world of child actor agents is ripe with material, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Gregg has put together with the full feature.

Hit the jump to watch the Trust Me trailer.  The film also stars Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Molly Shannon, and Niecy NashTrust Me will be available VOD on May 6th and opens in theaters on June 6th.

Jesse Plemons and Juno Temple in Talks to Join BLACK MASS; Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney May Reteam for THE HEART

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  First up, THR reports that Jesse Plemons (The Master) and Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) are in talks to join Johnny Depp in the Whitey Bulger drama Black Mass.  This tidbit appears to confirm that, while he indeed met for the project, Plemons is likely out of contention for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII.  The J.J. Abrams-directed sequel will be filming at the same time as Black Mass and Plemons would be unable to do both movies, so the fact that he’s actively seeking other work in the near future signals that we probably won’t be seeing Landry in a galaxy far, far away.

Depp is set to play Bulger in Black Mass, with Joel Edgerton and Guy Pearce onboard to co-star and Dakota Johnson in talks for a role.  Though the project initially had Barry Levinson attached to direct, this retooled version has Out of the Furnace helmer Scott Cooper in the director’s chair.  A May start-date is being eyed.  Hit the jump for casting news regarding The Way, Way Back directors’ next project.

Allison Janney Talks Working with Jason Bateman, Pranks, Her Desire to Be on HOMELAND, THE WEST WING, and More on the Set of BAD WORDS

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One of my favorite films at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut Bad Words.  Andrew Dodge’s fantastic script centers on a high-school drop-out (Bateman) who uses a loophole to compete in an 8th grade spelling bee, enraging teachers and parents alike, but befriending an awkward young contestant along the way.  While the film could easily be a family friendly, PG movie that plays it safe, I’m happy to report Bateman has crafted a wholly R-rated movie that’s loaded with inappropriate dialogue and hysterical situations.  It also explains why Focus Features snapped it up during an all night bidding war following the world premiere.  Bad Words also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chandz and is now in theaters.

Last year, when the production was filming in Los Angeles, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  During a break in filming, we landed a great interview with Allison Janney.  She talked about working for Bateman and with Philip Baker Hall, her character, the way she likes to work, her love of Homeland, her career, The West Wing and reuniting with the cast for a PSA, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

BAD WORDS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Bad Words opens today in limited release.]

As I’ve said in previous reviews, I’m a Jason Bateman fan. I think his critics are wrong when they say he only plays the straight man role. That’s the role he’s best known for, and even then “straight man” is a bit of a misnomer. Instead, Bateman’s adept at playing an outwardly nice guy with a not-very-nice guy deep down. Sometimes the inner guy is moderately deceptive like Arrested Development, sometimes he’s aggressive like Horrible Bosses, and in the case of Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words, he’s one of the meanest motherfuckers around. Bateman’s secret weapon is that he still looks and talks like a nice guy, and because he pushes this new character to a level of remarkable despicability, Bad Words is a damn funny flick that plays it safe by the script, but hits hard with the jokes.

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN Review

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DreamWorks Animation has established a brand, and it’s a mediocre one.  Their goal is to turn out as much product as possible, and turn the hits into franchises.  With the exception of How to Train Your Dragon, their movies feature lukewarm emotions, serviceable animation, a dearth of style, and humor that’s clearly delineated between jokes for kids and jokes for adults.  Kids tend to eat these movies up, and they’re tolerable enough for parents.  The studio’s latest, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, is yet another movie adults will have to tolerate as a smattering of weird, fun, and inspired moments occasionally break into a rote, forgettable family film.

First Trailer for TAMMY Starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Ben Falcone’s upcoming road trip comedy Tammy.  The film stars Melissa McCarthy as a woman who takes a road trip with her diabetic/alcoholic/foul-mouthed grandmother (Susan Sarandon) after she’s laid off from a fast food restaurant and discovers that her husband is having an affair.  This first teaser focuses squarely on McCarthy, who appears to be doing her best Shia LaBeouf impression right off the bat.  It’s a great example of a teaser, since only the barest bones of a plot are on display.  If you like the humor in this minute-plus, there’s a good chance you’ll want to check out the full movie.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd, and Kathy BatesTammy opens July 2nd.

New Trailer for BAD WORDS Starring Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, and Rohan Chand

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Last month, Focus Features released a red-band trailer for Jason Bateman‘s funny and foul-mouthed comedy Bad Words.  The film stars Bateman as the Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who exploits a loophole to compete in a national spelling bee competition.  Guy has a larger motive than just winning, but his mean-spirited nature allows him to berate and humiliate kids along the way.  The studio has now released a green-band trailer, and here’s what’s interesting:  Curse words?  Not okay.  Racist jokes?  Totally fine.  I’m a horrible human being, so those get a laugh out of me (I thought they worked in the context of the movie; Adam thought they took it too far), but I’m surprised that the MPAA thinks they’re A-OK for all audiences.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, click here for Steve’s interview with Bateman, and click here to read my review from TIFF.  The film also stars Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, and Philip Baker HallBad Words opens March 21st.

Red-Band Trailer for Jason Bateman’s BAD WORDS

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Focus Features has released the red-band trailer for Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut, Bad Words.  The film stars Bateman as the Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who exploits a loophole to compete in a national spelling bee competition.  Guy has a larger motive than just winning, but his mean-spirited nature allows him to berate and humiliate kids along the way.  It’s really funny.  When I saw the film at TIFF, I was worried the trailer would give away too many of the jokes, and this red-band trailer does drop a few of the good ones (especially an insult near the end), but it manages to keep most of them a secret by focusing on Guy’s relationship with his competitor Chaitanya (Rohan Chand).

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, and click here for Steve’s interview with Bateman at TIFF.  The film also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, and Philip Baker HallBad Words opens March 21, 2014.

First Trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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DreamWorks Animation has released the first trailer for director Rob Minkoff‘s (The Lion King) new film Mr. Peabody & Sherman have been released online.  Based on the titular characters from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the film features the voices of Ty Burrell as the genius dog Mr. Peabody and Max Charles as his adopted son Sherman. Sadly, this trailer did absolutely nothing for me other than one kind of funny joke at the end.  It’s different footage than the Spanish-language version we posted yesterday, but even in English this feels incredibly forgettable.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Patrick Warburton, and Mel BrooksMr. Peabody & Sherman opens on March 7, 2014.

TIFF 2013: BAD WORDS Review

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As I’ve said in previous reviews, I’m a Jason Bateman fan.  I think his critics are wrong when they say he only plays the straight man role.  That’s the role he’s best known for, and even then “straight man” is a bit of a misnomer.  Instead, Bateman’s adept at playing an outwardly nice guy with a not-very-nice guy deep down.  Sometimes the inner guy is moderately deceptive like Arrested Development, sometimes he’s aggressive like Horrible Bosses, and in the case of Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words, he’s one of the meanest motherfuckers around.  Bateman’s secret weapon is that he still looks and talks like a nice guy, and because he pushes this new character to a level of remarkable despicability, Bad Words is a damn funny flick that plays it safe by the script, but hits hard with the jokes.

TOP 5: THE LONE RANGER, 15 Movies You May Have Missed in 2013 So Far, Christian Bale Not Involved with JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE WAY, WAY BACK, Our Most Anticipated Movies: July to September

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With a production budget in the neighborhood of $150 million and a worldwide pull of just under $50 million entering its second weekend, it’s probably fair to say that White House Down will ultimately be seen by the powers that be as a bust. Blame its proximity to the similarly themed Olympus Has Fallen (which, on the whole, received similar critical reaction but comparatively more box office success) if you will, but having watched and enjoyed the heck out of the film last night I believe at least some of the blame lies at the feet of Sony’s marketing. Whereas Fallen was packaged, and ultimately delivered, as a dead serious action/thriller, I don’t think White House Down marketing did enough to prep its potential audience members for the over-the-top, often times ridiculous, self-aware genre piece they would encounter. The best examples I can give to support this theory are the multiple scenes that left me laughing out loud while the majority of my fellow moviegoers sat quietly, unsure whether the movie was actually asking them to laugh with it or was just that silly and contrived. It’s possible that I’m going Roland Emmerich and co. too much credit, but I went with the former every single time and ended up having a great time with the film as a result.

All White House drama aside, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of interviews from The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and more, a list of 15 movies from the first half of 2013 that you may have missed but definitely deserve a look, Christian Bale insisting that he is not involved with the Justice League movie in any way, The Way, Way Back interviews with Steve Carell and more, and a look at our most anticipated movies from July to September.

THE WAY, WAY BACK Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  The Way, Way Back opens today in limited release.]

In their directorial debut, The Way, Way Back, writer-directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash show they’re incredibly adept at humor. They know how to tell a good joke, push the envelope without being mean-spirited, and find the right actors to deliver the comedy. Unfortunately, a film has to put story and characters above all else, and the film fails where it matters most. Faxon and Rash put a painfully tedious character at the center of their movie, and then try to convince us that anyone would help their uninteresting protagonist. Filled with one-dimensional characters moving through a predictable plot, The Way, Way Back can tell a joke, but has difficulty doing anything else.

Steve Carell and Allison Janney Talks THE WAY, WAY BACK, Working for Two Directors, the Quality of the Script, and Upcoming Projects MOM and FOXCATCHER

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The coming of age comedy/drama The Way, Way Back opens this weekend in limited release.  The film marks the directorial debut of The Descendants co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and centers on a 14-year-old boy (Liam James) who spends his summer vacation bonding with the manager of a water park (Sam Rockwell) while staying with his mother (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell).  For more on the film, watch the trailer.  The film also starsMaya RudolphRob CorddryZoe Levin, AnnaSophia Robb, and Amanda Peet.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an interview with Carell and Janney.  They talked about being able to play a different type of character, the quality of the script, how they got cast, what it was like working for two directors, and more.  In addition, Janney talked about her upcoming CBS comedy Mom, and Carell talked about director Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Trailer for TOUCHY FEELY Starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy, Ron Livingston and Tomo Nakayama

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The first trailer for writer-director Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely is now available.   The family drama centers on a massage therapist who develops an aversion to physical contact, which complicates not only her profession but her romantic relationship.  It’s not my thing, but as far as quirky self-discovery indies go, you could probably do worse.  Touchy Feely stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy, Ron Livingston and Tomo Nakayama.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

First Trailer for THE WAY, WAY BACK Starring Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for the coming of age comedy/drama The Way, Way Back.  The film marks the directorial debut of The Descendants co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash and centers on a 14-year-old boy (Liam James) who spends his summer vacation bonding with the manager of a water park (Sam Rockwell) while staying with his mother (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell).  The Adventureland-esque pic looks to be a nice little summer film with a healthy mix of comedy and drama, and there’s a refreshing lack of cynicism in this trailer.  Rockwell and Allison Janney are always swell, and the two are most definitely the comedic highlights here.  Matt caught the film at Sundance and was rather mixed in his review, but I find this debut trailer to be promising.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Maya Rudolph, Rob CorddryZoe Levin, AnnaSophia Robb, and Amanda PeetThe Way, Way Back opens on July 5th in limited release.

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