Inspired by the life of co-creator Sarah Haskins, the ABC comedy series Trophy Wife tells the story of a reformed party girl named Kate (Malin Akerman), who is hoping that the third time’s the charm, now that she’s the third wife of the slightly older Pete (Bradley Whitford). Determined to make things work and become a part of this instant family, no matter what, she has to figure out how to juggle two ex-wives (Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins) and three step-children (Ryan Lee, Bailee Madison, Albert Tsai) while keeping her sanity.
During this recent interview to promote the return of new episodes, co-stars Malin Akerman and Bradley Whitford, along with executive producers Sarah Haskins and Lee Eisenberg, talked about how The Bachelor host Chris Harrison came to guest star on the show, how they decided on a Disney-themed party for Bert (Tsai), the upcoming two-part wedding episode, their Scandal parody, the character pairings that they’ve been surprised by, and just how relatable this crazy family is to people. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Here’s more of today’s casting news:
- Salma Hayek and Shoreh Aghdashloo (X-Men: The Last Stand) are set to star in The Septembers of Shiraz, an adaptation of the novel by Dalia Sofer.
- Ian McShane will join Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s The Man on Carrion Road, starring Patrick Wilson.
- Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford and Joel David Moore have signed on for the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
All films based on real events should have historical license. The most important thing is trying to tell the best story possible, and if that means playing a little fast and loose with the facts, then so be it. But when those facts become elastic in order to serve an agenda coated in mawkish sentiment, then history a serious consideration rather than a suggestion. In the case of Saving Mr. Banks, Disney is attempting to rewrite history in service of bolstering the argument of corporate wisdom seducing the misguided artist who doesn’t understand that synergy is the best way to catharsis. The film pays a bit of lip service to cold studio pragmatism, and Tom Hanks is at his most charming, but Saving Mr. Banks‘ warm, sunny attitude can’t mask calculating, self-congratulatory motives.
Disney has released the first clip and two featurettes for John Lee Hancock‘s Saving Mr. Banks. The story focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. Judging by the brief clip, which centers on the first meeting between Disney and Travers, the two lead actors look like they’ll have some good chemistry. As for the featurettes, one explains the appeal of the story, and the other celebrates Thompson’s performance. The latter is a bit confusing since everyone is praising the complexity of the character and the depth of Thompson’s performance, but all we’re seeing is a prim-and-proper fish-out-of-water. At the end of the featurette, we get a glimpse of the dramatic side, but I’m worried these moments will feel forced in the movie. My current prediction is that Hancock has created a nice picture that will invite backlash if it picks up any awards steam.
Hit the jump to check out the clip and featurettes. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, and Colin Farrell. Saving Mr. Banks will premiere at AFI Fest in November and opens in theaters on December 20th.
Disney has released a few new images from director John Lee Hancock’s (The Blind Side) upcoming film Saving Mr. Banks. The pic focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. All eyes are on this one as a potential crowd-pleasing Oscar contender, and the first trailer definitely teased a pair of excellent performances from Hanks and Thompson. In these new images, we also get a look at Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak as brothers Richard and Robert Sherman, who composed the score and songs for the eventual Mary Poppins film.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, and Colin Farrell. Saving Mr. Banks will premiere at AFI Fest in November and opens in theaters on December 20th.
While Marvel’s big Hall H panel at Comic-Con next weekend is confirmed to provide first looks at Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the studio likely has a few surprises up its sleeves. One such fan-friendly event is the debut of the new Marvel One-Shot (aka short film) Agent Carter. The short centers on Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter character from the first Captain America film, as we pick up with Carter a year after the events of the The First Avenger as she’s hunting down Zodiac. The short also features the return of Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, and stars West Wing alum Bradley Whitford (huzzah!) as Carter’s sexist, bureaucratic boss Agent Flynn. While the One-Shot will debut exclusively for Comic-Con audiences next Friday night, everyone will get a chance to check it out eventually, as it’s included on the Blu-ray release for Iron Man 3.
Hit the jump to take a look at the poster and a few images from Agent Carter. Iron Man 3 will be released on Blu-ray September 24th.
The first trailer has been release for John Lee Hancock‘s Saving Mr. Banks. The first trailer has been release for John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks. The film focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. In some ways, it’s pure Oscar-bait and easily digestible as well as a little on the sappy side, but it also looks quite charming. Hanks and Thompson look like they have great chemistry, and I got a big laugh when they come across the problem of trying to sell Travers on “supercalifragilousexpialadocious”.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, and Kathy Baker. Saving Mr. Banks opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide December 20th.
Aaron Sorkin returned to the world of television this year with HBO’s The Newsroom, and while I didn’t hate the show as much as some did, it was a far cry from the glory days of The West Wing. For those feeling nostalgic, or for the West Wing obsessed (of which I’m a card-carrying member), a video has surfaced called “Walk and Talk the Vote” which reunites a large chunk of the show’s cast. The ad is in support of Bridget Mary McCormack, a non-partisan candidate for Michigan State Supreme Court, but it touches on the importance of all non-partisan voting.
It’s great to see Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Joshua Malina, Mary McCormack, Janel Moloney, Melissa Fitzgerald and even Lily Tomlin back together, but I really would’ve loved to see Rob Lowe return and complete the “original five.” Nevertheless, hit the jump to take a trip down memory lane, and if you’ve still never seen The West Wing I highly suggest you rectify that as quickly as possible.
Filming has commenced on Disney’s star-studded real life drama Saving Mr. Banks. The film chronicles Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ novel Mary Poppins, and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. Tom Hanks will take on the daunting task of portraying Disney (the first time he’s ever been portrayed in a dramatic film), while Emma Thompson is set as Travers. Director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) has assembled a killer cast that includes Colin Farrell and Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina) as Travers’ parents, Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) as Travers’ aunt who was the inspiration for the character of Mary Poppins, Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) as screenwriter Don Dagradi, and Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak as the songwriting Sherman Brothers. Moreover, Paul Giamatti and Kathy Baker also appear in supporting roles.
Hit the jump for more on the project, including the film’s full synopsis.
We’ve got a few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Ashley Judd and Robert Forster are the latest additions to the Gerard Butler-fronted White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen.
- The Raid star Iwo Uwais has joined the cast of Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut Man of Tai Chi.
- Bradley Whitford is in early talks to join Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks.
Hit the jump for details on these casting additions.
Since the filmmakers have made it known that they wish for people to go into The Cabin in the Woods as spoiler-free as possible, I’m going to be incredibly vague here on the front page. Needless to say, if you’ve seen the movie then you’re aware of a certain White Board. An image of The White Board has gone online, and we’ve got it after the jump for your viewing pleasure. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly, highly suggest you do so. Director Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon have crafted a brilliant take on the horror genre that is some of the most fun you’ll have at the movies this year.
If you’ve seen The Cabin in the Woods, hit the jump to check out the image. Again, spoilers for the film are obviously after the jump.
As I’ve said all week, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen, and it’s easily one of my favorite films this year. While many of you might love the horror genre, I find it repetitive and stale. It seems like the genre is stuck in neutral, and no one is making any progress forward. But that all changed after I saw Cabin in the Woods. Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it.
At this year’s SXSW, I got to talk with the cast and filmmakers for both our partners at Omelete and Collider. Over the past few days I’ve posted my interviews with Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard and Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams & Kristen Connolly. Today I’ve got Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. During the interview we talked about premiering at SXSW, Joss Whedon, rehearsals, how much changed on set, how did they get involved in the project, Liberal Arts, The West Wing, and a lot more. Hit the jump to check it out.
I want to make this very clear: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen, and it’s easily one of my favorite films this year. While many of you might love the horror genre, I find it repetitive and stale. It seems like the genre is stuck in neutral, and no one is making any progress forward. But that all changed after I saw Cabin in the Woods. Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it. Trust me when I say: Stop watching the trailers. Don’t watch any TV spots. Do not read the reviews. Just go see the film on opening day next week (and then read Matt’s glowing review). I promise, it’s worth the price of admission, and after you see it, you’ll want to see it again.
At this year’s SXSW, I got to talk with the cast and filmmakers for both our partners at Omelete and Collider. Over the next week, I’ll be posting a new interview each day. Today’s is Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. During the interview we talked about premiering the film at SXSW, working with Whedon and Goddard, preparing for dancing on screen, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Before Joss Whedon’s The Avengers hits theaters this summer, fans can get a look at his written effort in the horror/thriller, Cabin in the Woods. We’ve brought you some previous images as well as screened the entire movie for a select audience along with stars Kristen Connolly and Fran Kranz. Now, we’ve got a few new images for you to check out along with a trailer from Cabin in the Woods. The plot follows five friends who rent a cabin in the woods, but find more than they bargained for. Directed by Drew Goddard, Cabin in the Woods also stars Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford and opens April 13th. Hit the jump to check out the new images, along with the synopsis and trailer.
The Cabin in the Woods is one of the sharpest satires of the horror genre ever made. Great satire can only come from intelligent, witty, and devious minds. Director Drew Goddard and his co-writer Joss Whedon have those minds. They have dissected not just the “cabin in the woods” sub-genre, but the entire horror genre, and most importantly, our enjoyment of it. Rather than just point out the tired clichés we all know, Goddard and Whedon use the deconstruction as a starting point rather than a dull summation. It is an exciting, exhilarating, and bloody means to a thoughtful, rewarding, and bloody end.