Exclusive: Poster for CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Olivia Colman, Ian McShane, and Chris O’Dowd

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Today, we are pleased to premiere the poster for the upcoming comedy, Cuban Fury.  The film stars Nick Frost as a former salsa-dancing prodigy who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  He runs across formidable competition by way of his co-worker, played by Chris O’Dowd.  When you’ve got great actors like Frost, Jones, and O’Dowd leading the way not to mention co-stars Ian McShane and Olivia Colman, this should be a good time.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  Cuban Fury opens April 11th.

New Trailer for CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, and Rashida Jones

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A new U.S. trailer for director James Griffiths‘ salsa dancing comedy Cuban Fury has been released online.  The film stars Nick Frost as a former salsa-dancing prodigy who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  He runs across formidable competition by way of his co-worker, played by Chris O’Dowd.  The chemistry between Frost and O’Dowd continues to look great, and Frost appears more than comfortable carrying the comedic lead role.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Ian McShane and Olivia ColemanCuban Fury will be released April 11.

Full U.K. Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska

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After releasing a couple of teaser trailers, StudioCanal has released the full U.K. trailer for Richard Ayoade‘s brilliant comedy-thriller The Double.  The film centers on meek office-drone Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows including his crush, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).  Simon’s meager life is then upended when he meets James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a man who’s identical in appearance and the complete opposite in personality.  This trailer explains the plot, and perfectly nails the movie’s unique blend of humor and thrills without giving too much away.  I loved the film when I saw it at TIFF last year, I can’t wait to see it again, and hopefully this trailer will make you want to see it too.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy ConsidineThe Double opens in the U.K. on April 4th and in the U.S. on May 9th.

New Trailer for CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, and Rashida Jones

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A new trailer for the upcoming comedy Cuban Fury has landed online.  Based on an original idea by Nick Frost, the story revolves around a former salsa-dancing prodigy (Frost) who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  This trailer focuses more on the chemistry between Frost and his bitter rival Chris O’Dowd, and it’s pretty great.  The two make a formidable comedic duo, and it’s quite fun seeing Frost lead a film all his own.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Ian McShane and opens in the UK on Valentine’s Day.  It’s currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

Trailer for Sundance 2014 Selection CALVARY Starring Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, and Chris O’Dowd

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Yesterday, we reported that the 2014 Sundance Film Festival had chosen John Michael McDonagh‘s Calvary to play in the “Premieres” category.  The dark comedy stars Brendan Gleeson as a good priest who wants to do well by his community, but his life is threatened by an unknown assailant during confession.  Judging by the trailer, this is far less comedic than McDonagh and Gleeson’s previous collaboration, The Guard, but still entertaining in its own way.  The film also has a strong cast of supporting players, which includes Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16 – 26th.

First Trailer for CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, and Chris O’Dowd

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The first trailer for director James Griffiths’ upcoming comedy Cuban Fury has been released online.  Based on an original idea by Nick Frost, the story revolves around a former salsa-dancing prodigy (Frost) who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  The pic looks to be an excellent showcase of Frost’s talents in a leading role, and the highlight of this trailer is definitely the chemistry between Frost and Chris O’Dowd, who plays his office nemesis.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Ian McShane and Olivia ColmanCuban Fury opens in the UK on Valentine’s Day and is still awaiting a US release date.

First Image of Ben Foster in Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong Film; Chris O’Dowd, Jesse Plemons, and Guillaume Canet to Co-Star

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A few months ago, we reported that Stephen Frears (The Queen) was set to direct a film based on disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.  The film stars Ben Foster as Armstrong, and John Hodge‘s script will reportedly focus on “Armstrong’s career from his cancer ordeal to the scandal that brought him down.”  Empire has released the first image from the movie as well as provided some new casting and story details.  Chris O’Dowd is set to co-star as Irish sports journalist David Walsh, who was one of the first people to suspect that Armstrong may be doping.  O’Dowd will be joined by Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) and Guillaume Canet (Tell No One), whose roles are currently unknown.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  Filming is expected to continue until the early spring.  In a related story, Alex Gibney‘s documentary about Armstrong’s rise and fall, The Armstrong Lie, will open in limited release on November 8th.  The success of that movie could provide a barometer about the public’s continued interest in Armstrong.

Chris O’Dowd Talks MOONE BOY, the Semi Autobiographical Storylines, His Work on THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and More

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From Chris O’Dowd, the semi-autobiographical comedy series Moone Boy (now available exclusively on Hulu) is about an 11-year-old boy named Martin Moone (David Rawle), who is the youngest child in the large, loud Moone family, in late 1980s Ireland.  Helping Martin get through life, and survive school bullies, is his 30-year-old imaginary friend (O’Dowd).

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Irish actor Chris O’Dowd talked about how the show came about, the semi-autobiographical storylines, collaborating with Nick Vincent Murphy, how challenging it was to find the right child actor to lead the show, how he will happily go to any lengths for his own character, how important it was to make the show suitable for audiences the age of the young characters, and that they’ve already completed a second season and are about to start shooting a third.  He also talked about how much he enjoyed the improvisational style of Christopher Guest’s Family Tree, his work on Thor 2, and that he always hopes to ensure that the next role he’s playing is different from the last.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

FRANKIE GO BOOM Blu-ray Review

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Writer-director Jordan Roberts’ Frankie Go Boom is one of those films that seemed destined for cult comedy status.  The premise is simple enough: a young man, tormented all his life by his older brother’s pranks, must track down an unauthorized and rather embarrassing sex tape before it gets out to the general public.  Then you look at the impressive cast – Charlie Hunnam, Chris O’Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Chris Noth and Ron Perlman – and you wonder, how can this one possibly miss?  I decided to check out the newly-released Blu-ray to find out.  Hit the jump to check out my review.

Chris O’Dowd & Aziz Ansari Talk EPIC, Improvising, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Ansari’s Scripts, ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT and Michele Bachmann

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For the record, Chris O’Dowd and Aziz Ansari, I was totally onto you.  Appropriately, the comedy duo serves as Epic’s comedic relief, Grub (O’Dowd) the snail and Mub (Ansari) the slug. When Grub isn’t dreaming of joining the ranks of the Leaf Men and Mub isn’t hitting on Mary Katherine (voice by Amanda Seyfried), the pair is in charge of keeping a very special little pod moist. It sounds like a silly job, but if that pod doesn’t bloom in the moonlight, the entire forest could wilt at the hands of the leader of the Boggans, Mandrake (voiced by Christoph Waltz).

When Ansari wasn’t rising to the challenge and seeing how many times he could squeeze Ice Age 4: Continental Drift into a single interview, we discussed how they fleshed out their characters while the animators put the world of Epic together, to Ansari’s amusement, how working on Epic compared to Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, a Michele Bachmann namedrop, and whether or not they got the opportunity to improvise. Moving on to their upcoming films, O’Dowd was cryptic or perhaps honestly uninformed about his Thor: The Dark World cameo and Ansari touched on the difficultly of getting his own scripts into production. Hit the jump to watch the interview.

FAMILY TREE Preview: HBO Comedy Starring Chris O’Dowd Is a Subtle Winner

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HBO has put a lot of stock in British-based comedy over the years, particularly in their partnership with The Office‘s Ricky Gervais, his writing partner Stephen Merchant and their brilliantly bizarre friend Karl Pilkington.  There’s also the current series Veep, which although it is based entirely in American politics, is written wholly by Britons.  Their latest comedy offering, Family Tree, which is paired with Veep in a Sunday comedy block, has its roots in Britain, but does reach out across the pond as well, reflecting the dual-citizenship sensibilities of its creator, Christopher Guest.

Fans of Guest (who created seminal works This Is Spinal Tap and Best in Show, and served as a big influence on Ricky Gervais in creating The Office‘s style) have been waiting for something new since 2006′s For Your Consideration, which was fun, though not his best effort.  Family Tree, like his other work, takes on a mockumentary style (with varying success) and a minimalistic atmosphere, where most of the humor is found in subtle phrasing and background content, such as a poster at a theater in Hove for “Avatar: The Musical.”  Hit the jump for more on Family Tree and why it’s definitely worth tuning in for. 

Kevin Costner to Star in Director Mike Binder’s BLACK AND WHITE; Colin Firth Could Lead Woody Allen Picture; Chris O’Dowd in Talks for THE COWARD

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The star and director of 2005′s The Upside of Anger will re-unite for Black and White, an on-the-nose title for a drama centering on racial issues.  Written and directed by Mike Binder,  Black and White is an indie that will star Kevin Costner as a man left widowed after his wife died in a car crash.  He’s then left alone to raise his bi-racial granddaughter when his own daughter dies during childbirth.  The plot thickens when the child’s paternal grandmother begins to wage a custody battle and raises questions about race and where the child should grow up.  Deadline reports that the indie will start shooting in New Orleans this summer.

Hit the jump for more casting news concerning Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) in Woody Allen’s next picture and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) in talks for The Coward

THIS IS 40 Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 1 year, 27 days ago


It’s weird to think we’re only four movies in to Judd Apatow’s directing career, because for the last ten years he’s become a brand.  Between working with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell on their comedies, to launching Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig (and more), he established that he was one of the biggest forces in comedy.  But his most recent film, This is 40, came out and it didn’t feel like event.  It’s a modest film that’s enjoyable enough, but feels like a B side.  Our review of This is 40 follows after the jump.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Dave Franco Join Seth Rogen in TOWNIES; Chris O’Dowd in Talks for ST. VINCENT DE VAN NUYS

by     Posted 1 year, 31 days ago


Three breakout comedy stars have added new projects to their rosters:

  • Dave Franco (21 Jump Street) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad) were just added to the impressive cast of Townies, also featuring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and possibly Rose Byrne.  The comedy will be directed by Nicholas Stoller (The Five-Year Engagement).
  • Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) is in talks to join Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray in Ted Melfi’s St. Vincent De Van Nuys  After impressive turns with Girls and This is 40, this would see him re-teaming with his Bridesmaids costar McCarthy.

Hit the jump for more on each casting.

Chris O’Dowd Cameos in THOR: THE DARK WORLD; Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. Duel in KICK-ASS 2

by     Posted 1 year, 33 days ago


While the action cast is set for both Thor: The Dark World and Kick-Ass 2, the comic book movie sequels will be getting additional comedic cameos.  Chris O’Dowd (The Sapphires) recently revealed that he will be doing a small part in Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World and it appears to be opposite star Natalie Portman, who is reprising her role from the first film.  While O’Dowd likely won’t be donning a cape or cowl, Kick-Ass comics writer Mark Millar and illustrator John Romita, Jr. will be in full regalia in a fight between good and evil in Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2.

Hit the jump for what O’Dowd had to say about his scene and for more images of Millar and JRJR. 

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