Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone Talk TAMMY, Finding the Story Inspiration in a Dream, Writing the Script as a Love Letter to Illinois, and More

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Tammy, the feature directorial debut of Ben Falcone, follows Tammy Banks (Melissa McCarthy), a woman on the edge who has lost her job, her husband and her car, all in one day.  She wants out of her small town existence, but with no money or transportation, the only way to do that is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), who leads them into a string of misadventures that neither of them will soon forget.  The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette and Nat Faxon.

During a conference at the film’s press day, real-life husband and wife Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone talked about their dream of telling this story together, the idea coming from a dream, how growing up in Illinois has informed their comedy, getting this talented cast involved, giving mouth-to-mouth to a deer, what their own road trips are like, whether Pearl is anything like their own grandmothers, and the physical comedy.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

New Trailer for TAMMY Starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon

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Warner Bros. has released a new Tammy trailer for the upcoming road trip comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon.  Co-written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, who also directs, the film revolves around a down-and-out woman (McCarthy) who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon).  This new trailer offers a better look at the full film as well as the chemistry between McCarthy and Sarandon, and it also markets Tammy as the must-see movie of the big Fourth of July weekend.  It’s a smart play, and the comedy is certainly on-point in this trailer.  The driving force of the plot is still unclear, but the prospect of McCarthy and Sarandon encountering various familiar faces during their cross-country road trip is certainly enticing.

Hit the jump to watch the new Tammy trailer.  The film also stars Kathy Bates, Sarah Baker, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Gary Cole, Nat Faxon, Sandra Oh, and Mark DuplassTammy opens in theaters on July 2nd.

TOP 5: ROBOCOP, TRANSCENDENCE, Paramount to Release Darren Aronofsky’s Cut of NOAH, TAMMY, JODOROWSKY’S DUNE Trailer

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The best thing I can say about director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake is that, for better or worse, it tries to do its own thing. It makes an honest attempt at updating the scathing social critique of the original to fit within our immediate corporate and political landscape and I respect it for that. The most condemning thing I can say about the film is that I found it painfully boring. Aside from the original music playing over the opening title card and watching Samuel L. Jackson‘s spot-on depiction of the pure theater that cable television sells as honest political discourse, I rarely mustered so much as a grin throughout the film’s 108 minutes. To be fair, I don’t envy anyone who is tasked with making a PG-13 reimagining of Paul Verhoeven‘s subversive classic. It’s like Verhoeven was allowed to work with a sledgehammer and Padilha was asked to make due with a Q-tip. It was never a fair fight to begin with.

Opening thoughts aside, we’ll talk more about the RoboCop remake in this week’s Top 5 including an official review and interviews for the film. We’ll also cover the new trailer for Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut Transcendence, Paramount’s decision to release Darren Aronofsky‘s cut of Noah to theaters, the first trailer for Melissa McCarthy‘s Tammy, and a trailer for the excellent looking doc Jodorowsky’s Dune. As is so often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

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.

ENOUGH SAID Review

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

Enough Said doesn’t have enough to say, and that’s fine because it’s so pleasant, nice, sweet, and cute. There’s some light subtext about not substituting other people’s relationships for our own, but mostly the movie is about pairing together two charming lead actors in a romantic comedy, and just enjoying their chemistry. Julia Louis-Drefyus and James Gandolfini are completely endearing as a couple with playful banter, funny jokes, and mutual hesitations about trying to love someone who was deemed unlovable by somebody else. Even at the movie’s heaviest and most awkward moments, writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s light touch always keeps us smiling.

TIFF 2013: ENOUGH SAID Review

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Enough Said doesn’t have enough to say, and that’s fine because it’s so pleasant, nice, sweet, and cute.  There’s some light subtext about not substituting other people’s relationships for our own, but mostly the movie is about pairing together two charming lead actors in a romantic comedy, and just enjoying their chemistry.  Julia Louis-Drefyus and James Gandolfini are completely endearing as a couple with playful banter, funny jokes, and mutual hesitations about trying to love someone who was deemed unlovable by somebody else.  Even at the movie’s heaviest and most awkward moments, writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s light touch always keeps us smiling.

Trailer and Poster for Nicole Holofcener’s ENOUGH SAID Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and James Gandolfini

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Fox Searchlight has released the trailer and poster for Nicole Holofcener‘s comedy Enough SaidJulia Louis-Dreyfuss stars as Eva, a woman who strikes up a relationship with fellow single parent Albert (James Gandolfini) only to discover that he’s the ex-husband of her new friend Marianne (Catherine Keener).  Eva must then struggle to keep seeing Albert in a positive light as Marianne continues to point out his foibles.  Watching this trailer, I’m reminded of how much I miss Gandolfini.  The movie looks like it’s really going to highlight the actor’s sweet side, and I like the dynamic I’m seeing between the cast, which also includes Toni Collette and Ben Falcone.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  Enough Said will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on September 20th.

Melissa McCarthy and Husband Ben Falcone to Co-Direct Comedy TAMMY

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Just yesterday we learned that Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, also an actor and screenwriter, had formed their own production banner and set up three new projects, and now the two continue their Hollywood takeover as they’re poised to make their directorial debut.  One of the first projects McCarthy attached herself to after her breakout role in Bridesmaids was a road trip comedy called Tammy, which she also co-wrote with Falcone.  After a few directors became attached and subsequently dropped off—including The Help’s Tate Taylor—New Line has decided to tap McCarthy and Falcone to take the helm.  Hit the jump for more.

Jason Bateman’s Directorial Debut BAD WORDS Begins Production; Allison Janney, Kathryn Hahn, Ben Falcone and Rohan Chandz Also Star

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Back in July, we reported that Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) was lining up the 2011 Black List comedy Bad Words as his directorial debut.  We’re happy to say that the production has officially begun and the supporting cast has been significantly rounded out. In addition to Bateman in the lead, the indie comedy will feature Allison Janney (The Help), Kathryn Hahn (Our Idiot Brother), Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids), Philip Baker Hall (Argo), and Rohan Chandz (Jack and Jill).  Andrew Dodge’s comedic 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.  Hit the jump for much more on Bad Words.

Michael Kenneth Williams to Play ROBOCOP’s Partner; Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, and Eve Hewson Join Nicole Holofcener’s Next Movie

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RoboCop and Nicole Holofcener have nothing in common… until now!

  • The Wire breakout star Michael Kenneth Williams is in talks to join Joel Kinnaman, Hugh Laurie, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish, and Jackie Earle Haley in the Robocop remake.
  • Holofcener cast Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, and Eve Hewson in supporting roles in her next movie.  Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and James Gandolfini star.

Hit the jump for details on both projects.

TOP 5: First Poster for ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, BLADE RUNNER Sequel, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING, THE POSSESSION Trailer, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

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In today’s opening paragraph I feel compelled to share this bit of wisdom with all of our readers: don’t ever attempt to renovate a house without ample professional help. Never. Just don’t do it. For the past three weeks I, the least handy person you may never meet, have been tasked with doing things that only Bob Vila and a few select others could be reasonably prepared for. It’s an all-consuming, seemingly neverending process that leaves you as the only movie blogger in the history of the civilized world who hasn’t yet seen The Avengers. Trust me, it’s a lonely place…

All warnings aside, in store for you in this week’s Top 5 is the first poster for the Anchorman sequel, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, pleasant news regarding the Blade Runner sequel, interviews with Cameron Diaz, Anna Kendrick and more for the rom-com What to Expect When You’re Expecting, the first trailer for producer Sam Raimi‘s The Possession, and a 4-minute “super preview” of The Amazing Spider-Man. Per usual, a brief recap and link to each falls after the jump.

Elizabeth Banks and Ben Falcone Talk WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING, Karaoke, Script Changes and More

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Opening next weekend is director Kirk Jones’ What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The star-studded ensemble comedy tells the intertwining story of five couples that are having very different experiences while expecting babies.  The cast also includes Anna Kendrick, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jennifer Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, Joe Manganiello, Chace Crawford, Matthew Morrison, Brooklyn Decker, Thomas Lennon, and Wendy McLendon-Covey.  For more on the film, here’s the trailer and a TV spot.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with most of the cast, and every day this week I’ve been posting a new interview.  If you missed them, here’s Chace Crawford with Anna Kendrick and Cameron Diaz with Matthew Morrison.   And up next I’ve got Elizabeth Banks and Ben Falcone.  During the interview they talked about making the film, karaoke songs, how much changed on set, if they added anything to their characters, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Extended Sex Tape Scene from BRIDESMAIDS

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There was a nice quick joke during the credits of Bridesmaids where we see the beginning of a sex tape featuring Megan (Melissa McCarthy) and Air Marshall John (Ben Falcone).  Since Bridesmaids was produced by Judd Apatow, the ratio of alternate takes to what actually ended up in the movie is about 20:1.  Now Funny or Die has posted a two-minute and twenty-second extended version of the sex tape joke.  It starts out with some predictible gross humor involving Cheeze-Whiz, but then it gets into some pretty kinky (but not sexually-graphic) stuff that I would like to say doesn’t even have a name, but I know that it does.

Hit the jump to check out the extended scene.  Bridesmaids is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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