Focus Features has released the first red-band trailer for director Tom Gormican’s R-rated comedy That Awkward Moment. The film stars Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller as three best friends who vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible when one of them is devastated by a recent breakup. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood. Despite the lame title, the pic actually looks to be a really funny take on the romantic comedy genre from a male perspective. The main trio have excellent chemistry (Teller unsurprisingly steals this red-band trailer), and I’m looking forward to checking out the full film.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, and Jessica Lucas. That Awkward Moment opens on January 31, 2014.
FilmDistrict has announced a title change for the upcoming R-rated comedy Are We Officially Dating?, as the film will now be called That Awkward Moment. I’m not crazy about the pop culture-friendly new title, but the film’s pedigree is promising. Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller star as three best friends who vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible when one of them is devastated by a recent breakup. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day relationships. Tom Gormican wrote and directed the pic, and Imogen Poots and Jessica Lucas also star.
Hit the jump to check out the first official image from the film. That Awkward Moment opens in theaters on January 31, 2014.
Josh Pais plays a buttoned-up dentist with social anxiety running a flagging dental practice with the assistance of his daughter (Ellen Page) in Lynn Shelton’s new indie dramedy, Touchy Feely. When rumors spread that he’s suddenly developed a “healing touch,” his practice as well as his life outside the office is miraculously reinvigorated and he discovers a whole new side of himself he never knew existed. Meanwhile, his sister (Rosemarie DeWitt), a popular massage therapist, undergoes a similar soul searching identity crisis. Now available on iTunes/On Demand, and in theaters September 6th, the film boasts a strong ensemble cast that also includes Allison Janney, Scoot McNairy, Ron Livingston and Tomo Nakayama.
At our recent interview, Pais talked about how Shelton approached him to do the movie, his research for the role, how he used his physicality to reveal his character’s transformation and allowed the voice of his character to inspire his improvisation, why he thrives on the unknown, how he had a blast acting opposite Janney, and what he enjoyed most about the experience of working with Shelton. He also discussed playing Stu Feldman in the Showtime series Ray Donovan, his upcoming comedy Are We Officially Dating? with Zac Efron, and his plans to direct Plum Island, a zombie comedy-adventure-thriller. Check out the interview after the jump.
FilmDistrict announced today that it has acquired domestic distribution rights to the romantic comedy Are We Officially Dating?, setting the film for release on January 31, 2014. Written and directed by Tom Gormican, the pic features a promising ensemble cast led by Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan, and centers on “three guys decide to support a friend devastated by a recent breakup by vowing to maintain their single status for as long as possible. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day relationships.”
Additionally, the Elizabeth Banks-led comedy Walk of Shame has been pushed from this coming September to March 14, 2014, where it will open opposite Need for Speed. Banks plays a news anchor finds herself out on the street after a drunken one-night stand with no money, ID, or means of travel, with only a short time to trek across L.A. to get to a career-changing job interview. James Marsden and Gillian Jacobs also star. Hit the jump to read the Are We Officially Dating? press release.
Among the many great films premiering this week at Sundance Film Festival is Ryan Coogler’s drama Fruitvale. The writer/director brings us his representation of the final day in the life of Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was shot by a police officer in the Fruitvale BART station on New Year’s Eve, 2008. Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Redtails) plays the man who was a father, a fiancé, a son and a friend whose life was tragically ended that fateful day. The film also stars Melonie Diaz as Grant’s fiancé and Octavia Spencer (The Help, Smashed) as his mother.
Shortly after the film’s premiere, I was able to chat with star Michael B. Jordan about his portrayal of main character and real-life person Oscar Grant. Jordan told me how he prepared to tackle this role, including research and time spent with Grant’s real family and friends. He told me all about the pressure he felt to do the character justice and what he hopes people will take away from the film. Finally, I got the scoop on his upcoming projects (Are We Officially Dating? with Miles Teller and Zac Efron) and his plans to branch out in the industry. Click after the jump to read the whole interview.
We’ve got two new additions to leading lady casting news today. Check them out in brief below:
- Viola Davis (The Help) will join Prisoners, a Black List script from Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband) that stars Hugh Jackman (X-Men) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies).
- Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) will star opposite Zac Efron (17 Again) in Are We Officially Dating?, a romantic comedy from debut writer/director Tom Gormican.
Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon. First up, Glenn Close, James Franco, and Brit Marling have been set to star in the adaptation of Tom Bailey’s novel The Grace That Keeps This World. The family drama centers on a father and his sons as they prepare for an upcoming hunting trip, and the familial divisions that are revealed as the events unfold. Deadline reports that Azazel Jacobs (Terri) will direct from a script by Matthew Aldrich, but has no details concerning the characters that Close, Franco, and Marling will play.
Hit the jump for casting news concerning the Zac Efron-fronted romantic comedy Are We Officially Dating?
It appears that Zac Efron is ready to have himself a DTR (“Determine The Relationship”) talk. Variety reports that Efron has signed on to star in the indie romantic comedy Are We Officially Dating?. Written by Tom Gormican, the story “follows three friends in Manhattan who make a pact to remain single just as they each start to fall in love.” Gornican will direct the pic with Treehouse Pictures’ Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen producing.
Efron has been stretching his acting chops lately as he stars in Lee Daniels’ upcoming polarizing drama The Paperboy alongside Nicole Kidman, he’s set to star in Adam Shankman’s adaptation of the novel This Is Where I Leave You with Jason Bateman, and he’ll appear opposite Seth Rogen in the Nicholas Stoller comedy Townies.