Halle Berry to Star in KIDNAP; Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, and Natasha Lyonne Join SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Halle Berry will star in Luis Prieto’s thriller, Kidnap.
  • Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, and Natasha Lyonne join writer-director Leslye Headland’s comedy Sleeping with Other People, joining Alison Brie and Adam Scott.
  • Veronica Ferres joins writer-director Nick Guthe’s A Three Dog Life, which stars Salma Hayek and John Travolta.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

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.

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.

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.

Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Amanda Peet and More Join Clark Gregg’s TRUST ME

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Though Clark Gregg is well-known for his work as the beloved Agent Coulson in the Marvel films, the affable actor is also a director.  He helmed the 2008 adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk novel Choke, and now he’s gearing up for his second directorial feature Trust Me.  The dark comedy centers on “a loser agent for a young actor – and washed-up child star himself – who stumbles upon a brilliant 13-year-old prodigy (played by newcomer Saxon Sharbino) and then tries to close the mega-deal that will make her a star while managing her drunk volatile father.”

Now Deadline reports that Gregg—who also wrote Trust Me—has rustled up quite the cast for the film, as his Choke star Sam Rockwell and West Wing cohort Allison Janney have joined the ensemble cast that also includes William H. Macy, Amanda Peet, Felicity Huffman, Molly Shannon, Paul Sparks (Boardwalk Empire), and Niecy Nash (Reno 911).  Production is set to begin soon, and with Gregg onboard as the creative force driving this swell cast, Trust Me is definitely one to keep an eye on.

First Trailer and Images for IDENTITY THIEF Starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy

by     Posted 1 year, 357 days ago

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The first trailer for the comedy Identity Thief has been released.  Directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), the movie stars Jason Bateman as an accounts rep who has a week to travel across the country and track down the con artist (Melissa McCarthy) who stole his identity.  Horrible Bosses was a fantastic surprise last year and the pairing of Bateman and McCarthy sounds great, but this trailer is a tad disappointing.  Many of the jokes hinge on physical comedy, so hopefully they’re saving the dialogue-driven stuff for the full film. The caliber of talent involved is promising and McCarthy looks to have put together quite the character, so I’m still eager to see more.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out some images.  The film also stars Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, and Eric StonestreetIdentity Thief opens February 8, 2013. 

Synopses Released for 2 GUNS Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, and IDENTITIY THIEF Starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy

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Universal Pictures has released synopses for their upcoming films 2 Guns and Identity Thief.  Briefly, 2 Guns is an action flick that stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong.  As for Identity Thief, the comedy stars Jason Bateman as a man who goes to great lengths to get his identity back from a con artist (Melissa McCarthy).

Hit the jump to check out the synopses.  2 Guns opens August 16, 2013.  Identity Thief opens February 8, 2013.

Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER Leaves Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen and Amanda Peet on the Cutting Room Floor

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If you’ve got a recognizable name like the folks pictured above, you’d think that once you sign onto a project, you can expect to see your face on the big screen.  That’s not the case when Terrence Malick is the director.  Although Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Amanda Peet and Michael Sheen all filmed scenes for the Badlands director’s film, To the Wonder, all of them were left on the cutting room floor. The film screens this coming Sunday at the Venice Film Festival before moving on to TIFF next week.  Hit the jump for why the actors’ scenes were cut and who is left in the finished film.

Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry and Amanda Peet Join Comedic Drama THE WAY, WAY BACK

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Fresh off of winning the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Descendants, writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (who plays the dean on NBC’s Community) have just begun production on their directorial debut.  Based off their original screenplay, The Way, Way Back centers on a teenage boy on summer vacation (Liam James) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a local water-park manager (Sam Rockwell) while coming to grips with some family issues.  The impressive cast includes Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney and Annasophia Robb, and now it appears that Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, and Amanda Peet are signing on as well.  Hit the jump for more.

What’s Filming Where, Including IRON MAN 3, DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE TOMB, ENDER’S GAME and More

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You’re driving down the street, and it’s suddenly blocked off.  You notice these weird yellow signs with nonsensical letters or numbers.  There’s unusual glow lighting up a neighborhood you can’t usually see from your house.  What you might have here is a film company shooting in your town.  It happens a lot, and you never know where they might pop up…until now.

The following is a semi-comprehensive list of films currently shooting, what they’re shooting, and where they’re shooting.  We’ll be telling you where you might get to see the very famous, the kinda famous and (if all goes well) the soon-to-be famous. While we can’t list every single movie, television show, or student film in production, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the heck is going on where all those people are buzzing about.  Want to know where in the world are Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Hit the jump for more.

Casting Call: Amanda Peet Joins Jason Batemen in IDENTITY THIEF; Zoe Kazan and Jake Johnson Lead THE PRETTY ONE

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you this afternoon. First up, Variety reports that Amanda Peet is the third person to join the cast of the comedy Identity Thief. Briesmaids star Melissa McCarthy plays a woman who steals a man’s identity (Jason Bateman), and hilarity ensues. Plot details beyond the basic logline are unknown, but Bateman and McCarthy make an enticing comedic pair. Throw the lovely Amanda Peet into the mix and you’ve got yourself the makings of a promising comedy.

I’ve been a big fan of Peet’s work for years, with her stint on the short-lived Aaron Sorkin series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip a standout on the show. Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is onboard to direct Identity Thief is set to open on May 10th, 2013. Hit the jump for casting news concerning the Black List script The Pretty One.

7 Movie Clips and New Images from GULLIVER’S TRAVELS

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20th Century Fox has released 7 movie clips and a number of new images from director Rob Letterman’s (Monsters vs Aliens) Gulliver’s Travels.  Starring Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, and Billy Connolly, the 3D live-action family comedy is based on the 18th century novel by Jonathan Swift.

While it’s clearly aimed at families, Gulliver’s Travels was co-written by Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek, The Muppets), so I’m hoping it has at least a few jokes aimed at the grownups.  With a release date of December 25, we’ll know in two weeks.   Hit the jump for the clips and the new images:

New Trailer for GULLIVER’S TRAVELS Starring Jack Black, Emily Blunt, and Jason Segel

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If for some reason you want to see Gulliver’s Travels, then you’re going to love this new trailer, which will give you the entire movie in a little under three minutes.  The movie: Jack Black ends up in a fictional land where he’s huge and every one else is little.  Every joke is apparently based on the size difference and Jack Black at his Jack Black-iest.  Gulliver’s Travels looks like it could be one of the worst movies of the year and looking back at the year in film so far, that’s saying something.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer/condensed movie.  The film also stars Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, and Amanda Peet.  Gulliver’s Travels opens in 3D on December 22nd.

New Posters for TRUE GRIT and GULLIVER’S TRAVELS

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New posters have arrived for the Coen Brothers’ True Grit and Rob Letterman’s Gulliver’s Travels.  The True Grit poster would be impressive except for the silly, cheap looking “bloodstain” on it.  Why would a poster bleed? If it weren’t for that, it would be one of the best posters of the year.  Instead, it’s one of the cheesiest.  If you want to be sold on the film, check out the amazing trailer.

The Gulliver’s Travels poster is more of the same: Jack Black being tied down by Lilliputians.  If you didn’t know anything about that movie (and there’s only been one awful trailer), these posters would lead you to believe that it’s about a fat man who has a very specific bondage fetish.  Hit the jump to check out both posters.  True Grit stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin, and opens December 25th.  Gulliver’s Travels also stars Jaosn Segel, Emily Blunt, and Amanda Peet, and opens in 3D on December 22nd.

First Trailer for GULLIVER’S TRAVELS Starring Jack Black, Emily Blunt, and Jason Segel

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With yesterday’s poster unveiling and today’s trailer debut, Fox is officially riding the crest of promotional wave number one for this December’s Gulliver’s Travels.  Loosely based on the Jonathan Swift satire, the film sends travel writer Lemuel Gulliver to the island of Liliput, where he towers over the tiny citizens.  Jack Black stars as the titular relative giant with a supporting cast of Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Amanda Peet, and Chris O’Dowd.  Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens) directs from a script by Joe Stillman (Shrek 2) and Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek).

The trailer did provoke me to look up Black’s age: turns out he’s 40.  Hmm.  To be fair, the elements I’m most looking forward to (Emily Blunt, Jason Segel) didn’t get much screentime, so I definitely want to see a second trailer before passing too much judgement.  Pass your own judgement on the clip after the jump.

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