We’ve got some new casting news covering a few different film genres:
- Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche, and Cedric the Entertainer have joined Jason Statham’s upcoming action flick Heat, about a gambling addict and ex-mercenary named Nick (played by Statham) working for hire in Las Vegas.
- Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) has reportedly landed the role of the leading lady in Afonso Poyart’s upcoming film Solace, which will also star Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins.
- Veep star Timothy Simons has joined Ivan Reitman’s NFL comedy Draft Day, where he will play Marx, a Cleveland Browns scout with a big personality.
Hit the jump for more information on each casting bit, folks.
Anne Heche stars in That’s What She Said, a quirky and honest look at friendship in the face of adversity, that asks one of life’s great questions: why does it always have to be so hard? Directed by Carrie Preston from a screenplay by Kellie Overbey developed from her original play Girl Talk, the film takes a down and dirty comedic look at how friendship can survive chronic sarcasm, bizarre stranger-danger, an unexplained itch and a dangerous dildo. That’s What She Said opens in theaters on October 19th and also features Marcia DeBonis and Alia Shawkat.
At the film’s recent press day, Heche talked about her role and the challenges of making an independent film that gives audiences a hilarious and insightful glimpse into the comical realities of modern womanhood. She discussed how the cast worked to create the unique bond between characters, how her real-life escapades in New York compared to those of her character, what the directing process was like with Carrie Preston, what she enjoyed most about making the movie and the parts she could have done without, and why she thinks indie films are more willing to take risks on darker female characters.
I walked out of Arthur Newman thinking it was a nice movie. It had pleasant performances, a light directorial touch, and a positive message. But the more I kept thinking about Arthur Newman, the more I realized that “nice” isn’t worthy of an independent film. It isn’t a sweet movie, or an uplifting one. The performances are nowhere near what leads Colin Firth and Emily Blunt are capable of. The direction is inoffensive. And if a bad indie comedy is too reliant on quirk, then a bad indie drama is too reliant on strained premises so the story can provide fortune cookie wisdom. Arthur Newman tiny slip of paper would like us to consider the puddle-deep lesson of not running away from our problems.
Phase 4 has released a green band and red band trailer for That’s What She Said, a female-led comedy that premiered at Sundance. Anne Heche, Alia Shawkat, and Marcia DeBonis star as three women in a rough patch: “Looking to turn the day around, this fearsome threesome embark on a day of misadventure that only New York City can offer.” That’s What She Said is directed by Carrie Preston, who you may know better as Arlene on True Blood.
I would like to support the mission of this movie, but the tone in the trailers is so abrasive—it looks like an unpleasant watch. But if you are closer to the target audience, hit the jump to watch both trailers. That’s What She Said opens on October 19.
The networks will be unveiling their fall schedules next week at the upfronts, but a few high-profile NBC pilots have already been picked up to series. Briefly:
- The New Normal – Ryan Murphy’s blended comedy pilot centering on a same-sex couple and their surrogate.
- Revolution – The J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke-produced action/drama takes place in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.
- Go On – Matthew Perry stars as a sportscaster trying to move on from a loss with the help of his fellow group therapy members.
- Save Me – Anne Heche plays a woman who, after letting herself go while in a broken marriage, goes through a transformation in which she becomes the best version of herself and creates miracles.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
I’ve been hearing about the cop drama Rampart for quite a while now, specifically Woody Harrelson’s performance in the film. The first trailer has now been released, and Harrelson does indeed look to be delivering one hell of a performance. The pic focuses on a Vietnam vet and cop who does his job a bit dirtier than most, unafraid to to blur the lines between right and wrong. Harrelson looks strong here, and I’m assuming the movie as a whole hinges on his character spinning out of control. Much has been said about the actor’s Oscar chances, so if he continues to pick up steam expect to hear a lot more about Rampart in the coming weeks.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Ben Foster, Robin Wright, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, Sigourney Weaver, Cynthia Nixon, Ned Beatty, and Steve Buscemi. Rampart opens November 23rd.
Anne Heche has signed on to star opposite Colin Firth and Emily Blunt in the dark comedy Arthur Newman, Golf Pro. Firth stars as a hateful man with a miserable job who decides to fake his own death and create a new identity: “He meets a young woman (Blunt) with her own troubled past, and the duo start breaking into empty homes to pose as the absent owners.” According to Variety, Heche will play Firth’s girlfriend. For those keeping track of Firth’s romantic interests in the film, Kristin Lehman was cast as the character’s ex-wife.
Commercials helmer Dante Ariola is directing from a script by Becky Johnston (Seven Years in Tibet). Johnston is also producing with Brian Oliver, Alisa Tager, and Natalie Hill of Corss Creek Productions. Shooting will begin later this month in North Carolina.
The premise of Cedar Rapids is familiar: small town boy (Ed Helms) goes to the big city, and discovers a lot about himself, and who he thought he was. But in Miguel Arteta’s take, this story is both smaller and more perilous than previous versions. The big city is Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the peril is that the main character tries meth and hangs out with a prostitute. The film also has a killer line up of actors, with Helms playing alongside John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Root, Kurtwood Smith and Thomas Lennon. My review of Cedar Rapids on Blu-ray after the jump.
New images have gone online for Rampart, the new drama from The Messenger director Oren Moverman. The film stars Woody Harrelson as a corrupt cop and the story is set against the backdrop of the scandal involving the LAPD’s Rampart Division. Moverman wrote the script with acclaimed crime novelist James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) The impressive cast also includes Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Steve Buscemi, Cynthia Nixon, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, and Ned Beatty.
Hit the jump to check out the images along with the first official synopsis for the film.
Fox Searchlight has sent over 5 clips from director Miguel Arteta’s (Youth in Revolt) Cedar Rapids. Starring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Stephen Root, Kurtwood Smith, Alia Shawkat, Mike O’Malley, Rob Corddry, and Seth Morris, the film’s about a small-town Wisconsin man who travels to the big city to represent his company at a regional insurance conference. While the story isn’t groundbreaking, or something that you haven’t seen before, I thought the movie was really funny and it’s definitely worth checking out when it gets released February 11. The main reason is the chemistry between Helms, Reilly, Heche, and Whitlock Jr. Each one had a moment to shine and Whitlock Jr. got two of the biggest laughs during the premiere at Sundance. However, John C. Reilly also has a few awesome lines that I loved.
Anyway, for a taste of the film, hit the jump for the clips. And if you missed my extended video interview with Ed Helms at Sundance last week, click here.
With Fox Searchlight’s very funny Cedar Rapids premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (watch the trailer here), I got to sit down with Ed Helms for an extended video interview. As a huge fan of his work, I’ll admit that getting to speak to him in a one on one setting was something that I was really looking forward to. Thankfully, he was super nice and willing to talk about anything. During the interview we covered…
- What was it like for him to premiere his movie at Sundance
- Making Cedar Rapids and the awesome jokes that reference HBO’s The Wire
- What songs does he like to sing when doing karaoke. Says he would destroy me if we went up against one another. I didn’t argue.
- Is he ever going to release an album
- He talked about the “nudity clause” in his contract
- The Mike Tyson tattoo he had to wear in The Hangover 2 and what it was like to walk around Bangkok with it
- His early work which included an episode of Arrested Development
- How he really wants to be in The Muppet movie
- His upcoming movie with Jason Segel called Jeff Who Lives at Home
- His thoughts on the future of The Office. Reveals most of the cast has one year left on their contracts
- And so much more
While I’ve done a lot of interviews recently, this was one easily of my favorites and I can’t recommend it enough. Hit the jump to check it out. I’ve time indexed it so you can watch the parts that interest you.
Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for director Miguel Arteta’s (Youth in Revolt) Cedar Rapids. Premiering at next month’s Sundance Film Festival and getting released nationally February 11, the film is loaded with an all star cast featuring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Stephen Root, Kurtwood Smith, Alia Shawkat, Mike O’Malley, Rob Corddry, and Seth Morris.
While the premise of a small-town Wisconsin man who travels to the big city to represent his company at a regional insurance conference is nothing groundbreaking, I thought Youth in Revolt was very underrated and think Arteta is a director to watch. Also, the trailer for Cedar Rapids has a line that absolutely killed me. I won’t spoil it for you…but if you’re a fan of HBO’s The Wire, you will laugh out loud at the end of the trailer. It’s an awesome moment – especially because of who is saying it. Watch the trailer after the jump.
The Sundance Film Festival doesn’t take place until late January, but you don’t have to wait that long to check out images from some of the films that will have their premiere at the prestigious festival. Today, we bring you the first images from two upcoming star-studded comedies: My Idiot Brother and Cedar Rapids. My Idiot Brother stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, and Adam Scott. The film centers on a ne’er-do-well brother who successively barges into the lives of his three sisters.
Cedar Rapids stars John C. Reilly, Ed Helms, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, and Alia Shawkat. The comedy tells the story of a small-town Wisconsin man who travels to the big city to represent his company at a regional insurance conference. Hit the jump to check out images and a brief synopsis for both films, which will be playing out-of-competition. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 -30th.
Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver, and Robin Wright have joined Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster in Oren Moverman’s upcoming cop drama Rampart. The story is “Set against the backdrop of the scandal within the L.A.P.D. Rampart Division in the late 1990s and is the fictional account of a veteran police officer (Harrelson) caught up in the scandal, and his search for redemption.” Variety also reports that the film is now fully financed and is set to begin shooting October 25th in Los Angeles.
If you saw Moverman’s first film, The Messenger (which also starred Harrelson and Foster), then you’re probably excited to see what he’s going to do this time out, especially since he’s working from a script he co-wrote with James Ellroy. Harrelson and Foster leading the pic was already great news, but when you throw actors like Buscemi and Weaver into the mix you have the makings of a powerhouse ensemble.
Sigourney Weaver and Alia Shawkat will join Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, and Anne Heche in Miguel Arteta’s upcoming comedy, “Cedar Rapids”. The movie, written by Phil Johnston and co-developed with Helms, follows “a sad-sack insurance agent who goes to an industry convention to try and save the jobs of his colleagues.” Weaver, who will next be seen in James Cameron’s “Avatar”, plays Helms’ 7th-grade teacher. As we previously reported, John C. Reilly plays a family man attending the conference but his character sees it as a chance to bust loose. No word yet on Shawkat’s role. [Variety]