Walt Disney Studios will be distributing director Hayao Miyazaki’s final film The Wind Rises to domestic audiences early next year, and today the studio has unveiled the voice talent that will be dubbing the English-language version of the Studio Ghibli film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will lend his voice to the lead role of Jiro Horikoshi, while the rest of the cast will be filled out by John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Werner Herzog, William H. Macy, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Ronan Farrow, and Elijah Wood. The film tells the story of the man who designed the Zero Fighter used by Japanese pilots in World War II, and examines the Japan’s turbulent first half of the 20th century as the country struggled through an earthquake and economic fallout.
Hit the jump to read the full cast list, which denotes the characters that the actors will be voicing. Click here to read Matt’s review of the film. The Wind Rises will open in select North American theaters on February 21, 2014 before expanding wide on February 28, 2014.
New posters have been released for World War Z, Girl Most Likely, and Getaway. The international poster for World War Z gives us a look at Mireille Enos (who plays the wife of Brad Pitt‘s character) and their two daughters not really showing a lot of panic as the stampeding zombie horde closes in behind them. If anything, it looks like one of the daughters has a tummy-ache. Moving on to the international poster for Girl Most Likely (formerly Imogene), it’s about as lazy as posters get, which is fine since the film follows suit with its forced quirky humor. Finally, there’s the teaser poster for Getaway, which tells you nothing about the movie other than it stars Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez getting away in a car. I would be more interested if the garage door slightly opened to reveal a rascal scooter.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. World War Z opens in 3D on June 21st. Girl Most Likely opens on July 19th. Getaway opens August 30th.
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have released the first trailer for Girl Most Likely (previously titled Imogene). Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, a girl who wrote a hit play when she was a child but is now a total loser. After faking a suicide attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend, Imogene is forced to move back in with her kooky mother (Annette Bening), her mom’s kooky boyfriend (Matt Dillon), and her kooky brother (Christopher Fitzgerald). While the beginning of the trailer is heavy on the “zany antics” aspect of the story, the rest teases a potentially cute mother/daughter story.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from TIFF 2012. Girl Most Likely also stars Darren Criss and opens on July 19th.
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have re-titled the indie comedy Imogene. The film will now be called “Girl Most Likely“. The title refers to formerly-eponymous character (played by Kristen Wiig) who wrote a hit play when she was a child but is now a total loser. After faking a suicide attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend, Imogene is forced to move back in with her kooky mother (Annette Bening), her mom’s kooky boyfriend (Matt Dillon), and her kooky brother (Christopher Fitzgerald). It’s not a good movie, and I’m surprised Lionsgate is giving it a nationwide release.
Hit the jump to check out the press release. Girl Most Likely will open on July 19, 2013.
Over the years, I’ve written at length at how far too many indie comedies mistake quirk for character. Characters feel like people. They have emotions, goals, fears, etc. A character can have quirks, but they can’t be quirks. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini‘s Imogene is yet another example of an indie comedy that derives its comedy not from clever jokes, thoughtful set-ups and payoffs, or believable characters. It attempts to get laughs from its miserable eponymous protagonist interacting with her goofy family of one-dimensional eccentrics. As much as Imogene strives to coast on the wackiness of the characters, the best jokes in this shapeless comedy come from the little off-handed moments that slip through the tortured, hollow idiosyncrasies.
With director Kevin Tancharoen’s (Fame) Glee: The 3D Concert Movie hitting theaters this weekend, 20th Century Fox has sent over 6 clips. Starring most of the cast (Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith, and many others), the film will feature such iTunes friendly covers as: “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “I’m a Slave 4 U,” “Raise Your Glass,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Lucky.” The pic also throws some original songs into the mix in the form of “Loser Like Me” and “Hell to the No!” Hit the jump to watch the clips. And if you missed our coverage of the Glee Comic-Con panel, click here.
Last week we reported that Annette Bening would co-star with Kristen Wiig in the comedy Imogene. The story, which has been a passion project for Wiig, has the Bridesmaids actress as a playwright who fakes her suicide to get back with an ex only to have the plan backfire and place her in the custody of her gambling-addicted mother (Bening). Vulture now has new details on the project and they sound delightful. Wiig’s character is from New Jersey and she’s not too proud of it, but even better is that Bening’s character is very much in the Jersey Shore/Real Housewives of New Jersey-mold. Producer Celine Rattray says of Bening’s character, “Her outfits, her makeup. She’s the mother who’s a little inappropriate all the time, nothing is ever too much, and it’s going to be fun.” It sounds like a great role for Bening and unlike anything she’s played before.
Rattray also confirmed that Darren Criss (Glee) will be smooching up Wiig in the film, but that’s all we know about his character. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor) will to direct from a script by Michelle Morgan (Middle of Nowhere). Filming is set to begin next month.
As if the world couldn’t get enough “Gleeking” (I’m pretty sure that’s actually when you projectile spit out of your mouth), we will soon be served a hot platter of the acclaimed sing-a-long high school drama not only on the silver screen, but in the third dimension as well. Only a little bit of footage was shown, but people went nuts over it. I never knew there were so many fans of Glee at Comic-Con. That is, until I became witness to the hundreds of shrieking fans reacting to a short clip from the upcoming Glee: The 3D Concert Movie like it was the second coming of Jesus. It was apparent that some Gleeks are just as diehard crazy as the majority of us nerds walking the convention floor. But no, it won’t just be a 2-hour episode of Glee. Think Justin Bieber Never Say Never meets a smaller group of slightly older but equally crazed female fans.
Check out the trailer here. Hit the jump to find out more details on the footage shown as well as what the cast had to say during their panel about the upcoming season, including whether or not the graduating seniors will be leaving the show.
The trailer for Glee: The 3D Concert Movie is now available online and it looks pretty much like I expected: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never with the cast of Glee substituted in. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen (Fame), the film will feature such iTunes friendly covers as: “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “I’m a Slave 4 U,” “Raise Your Glass,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Lucky.” The pic also throws some original songs into the mix in the form of “Loser Like Me” and “Hell to the No!” (news which, I assume, means something to fans of the series).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Featuring series stars such as Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, and Cory Monteith, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie opens its two-week theatrical engagement on August 12th.