Today’s casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Pixar made some exciting announcements at its D23 panel earlier today, and in addition to revealing the voice casts for the upcoming films The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out, the studio also revealed a couple of cast additions to the highly anticipated sequel Finding Dory. Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton returns to the director’s chair, and the story takes place roughly a year after the events of the film and focuses on Dory’s quest to find her parents. Voicing said parents will be none other than Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy, with Modern Family star Ty Burrell also onboard to play a young Beluga whale.
Hit the jump for more, including why the ending of the film has reportedly been changed. Beware of possible minor spoilers. [Update: We've added concept art and the official logline for the film after the jump as well.]
Foresight Unlimited and Castle Rock Entertainment have announced that production is underway in Connecticut on director Rob Reiner’s new film And So It Goes… The pic stars Michael Douglas as a self-centered real estate agent whose life is turned upside down when his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter he never knew. Douglas’ character learns to care for the child with the help of his “determined and loveable” neighbor, played by Diane Keaton. The story is about as predictable as can be and we can all see where this is heading, but the film has a script by As Good As It Gets scribe Mark Andrus and the prospect of Keaton and Douglas teaming up is promising.
In fact, And So It Goes… marks the first time that Douglas and Keaton have shared the screen together and is a reunion of sorts for Douglas and his American President director Reiner. The press release also notes that World War Z actress Sterling Jerins has joined the cast as the aforementioned granddaughter, and Frankie Valli and Frances Sternhagen also star. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Lionsgate has released a new trailer for director Justin Zackham’s ensemble romantic comedy The Big Wedding. The film centers on a divorced couple (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) who are forced to pretend like they’re still married when their adopted son’s (Ben Barnes) deeply religious biological mother comes to town for his wedding. Though the cast boasts some actual talent, the way the movie is framed in this recent trailer almost plays like a parody, complete with cheesy voiceover, zany physical comedy, and The Romantics’ “What I Like About You.” The pic was previously scheduled for release last October before Lionsgate decided to push it to this spring.
Hit the jump to take a look at the new trailer. The film also stars Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, and Robin Williams. The Big Wedding opens on October 26th.
We’ve got a couple of “promising duos” casting stories to report this afternoon. First up, Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton are attached to star in the comedy And So It Goes…. Per Deadline, Douglas will play “a self-absorbed and eccentric” realtor who is thrown for a loop when his estranged son saddles him with a granddaughter Douglas’ character never knew. He enlists the help of his “determined and loveable neighbor,” played by Keaton, who pulls him out of his selfish life. Mark Andrus (As Good As It Gets) wrote the script and PJ Hogan (My Best Friend’s Wedding) is set to direct, with production slated to get underway in the spring.
Hit the jump for news concerning the possible pairing of Ewan McGregor and Kate Hudson.
The first trailer and poster for the ensemble romantic comedy The Big Wedding have been released. The film centers on a divorced couple (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) who are forced to pretend like they’re still married when their adopted son’s (Ben Barnes) deeply religious biological mother comes to town for his wedding. Zaniness ensues. Though the involvement of Katherine Heigl puts this one immediately on iffy ground, the highlight of the trailer is the chemistry between De Niro and Keaton. If the film focuses mainly on their relationship, we might be in for a fairly amusing rom-com. That said, the clip definitely plays up the farcical tone and “wacky antics” that occur when everything goes awry, so I’m not exactly holding my breath.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Directed by Justin Zackham, the film also stars Amanda Seyfried, Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, and Robin Williams. The Big Wedding opens on October 26th.
We’re happy to debut the first poster for the drama Darling Companion. The film stars Diane Keaton as woman who saves a lost dog and quickly forms a bond with the debraggled animal. When her self-involved husband, played by Kevin Kline, loses the dog, they form a search party with a few remaining guests at their house and set out to find the animal. The crux of the plot comes from how the members of the search party are affected by the rescue adventure, and the impressive cast includes Mark Duplass, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Moss, Dianne Wiest, and Sam Shepard. Given that The Big Chill director Lawrence Kasdan is behind the pic, I think we can safely assume we’re in for an ensemble film that’s equal parts drama and comedy.
Hit the jump to check out the poster debut. Darling Companion opens in limited release on April 20th.
Last year, Woody Allen turned in one of the best films he’s ever made, Midnight in Paris. That film sparked a (well-deserved) bit of resurgence in Woody Allen’s general popularity, which must have timed out nicely with 20th Century Fox’s decision to release some of Allen’s greatest hits on Blu-ray. One of those films, Manhattan, has long been hailed (by a large portion of Allen’s fan-base) as one of the best romantic-comedies ever made, not to mention the all-time greatest “love-letter to New York” ever committed to film. Though I’m an Allen fan, I’d never actually gotten around to Manhattan this version arrived. So, did I side with Manhattan’s numerous fans? Is it Allen’s “best” film? Or do I still think that Annie Hall does “it” better? Find out after the jump, folks.
Robert Redford and Diane Keaton are looking to team up for a holiday family comedy called The Most Wonderful Time. Deadline reports that Redford and Keaton are circling the project, which “focuses on the chaos of a family around Christmastime, featuring storylines with multiple characters that intersect.” The script was written by Steven Rogers (P.S. I Love You, Kate & Leopold) and Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) is onboard to direct. Rogers describes the film as “an Amelie-esque story about people who live for the future or hang onto the past, which prevents them from living in the moment, and not appreciating what is right in front of them.”
I’m a fan of holiday family comedies when they’re done right (Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Home Alone), but this project gives me pause. The prospect of Redford and Keaton teaming up is intriguing, but Nelson and Rogers’s filmography doesn’t inspire a lot of hope that The Most Wonderful Time will rise above your average holiday comedy fare. Redford’s latest directorial effort is the star-studded adaptation of The Company You Keep, and he’s also set to star in Margin Call director J.C. Chandor‘s film All Is Lost. Keaton has two films coming out this year, the drama Darling Companion and the comedy The Wedding.
The first trailer for director Lawrence Kasdan’s (The Big Chill) latest feature Darling Companion has gone online. The story centers on a woman (Diane Keaton) who saves an abandoned dog on the side of the highway. She brings the dog back to her home, where her husband (Kevin Kline) proceeds to lose it. The two round up a few remaining guests staying at their home and set out on a search. This is one of the strangest and most perplexing trailers I’ve come across in quite some time. The tone is all over the place, and I can’t pin down what the story is really about. Is it more in the vein of Marley and Me, Something’s Gotta Give, or Homeward Bound? I genuinely don’t know. The cast is fantastic, which gives me hope, but I’m a bit baffled by this trailer.
Hit the jump to check it out for yourself. The film also stars Mark Duplass, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Moss, Dianne Wiest, and Sam Shepard. Darling Companion opens in limited release April 20th.
Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, and Amanda Seyfried are set to star in the indie comedy Gently Down the Stream for writer-director Justin Zackham (The Bucket List). According to Variety, “De Niro and Keaton play a long-divorced couple who, for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding and his biological mother, pretend they are still married. They quickly learn that acting the part isn’t easy, especially when their past, present and future unravel for all to see.” While all these actors have done good work (and in De Niro and Keaton’s case, unforgettable work) in the past, these days the presence of De Niro and Heigl is like putting a giant “Warning: This Movie Will Likely Be Terrible” sign on the poster. You can dismiss my negativity, but how many terrible films do you need to see them in before you say “I see a disturbing pattern developing.”
But hey, maybe this will break the streak. Now Lucy, get ready for me to kick that football. Production begins this July in Greenwich, Connecticut.
The one thing to appreciate most about Morning Glory – a thoroughly “okay” movie – is that it’s a platonic love story between two coworkers. Rachel McAdams stars as Becky Fuller, a television producer who gets a job at IBS – the fictional network that’s in last place with their morning program. They’ve got a steady anchor in Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton), but Becky eventually wants Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), a once great reporter and anchor who’s now waiting out his contract. But the station (with Jeff Goldblum as their emissary) need to see the show turn around and so there’s a deadline to making the show work, which Mike has no intention of making easy on Becky. My review of the Blu-ray of Morning Glory follows after the jump.
Diane Keaton and Ed Harris have signed on to star in The Look of Love, co-written and directed by Arie Posin (The Chumscrubber). The film tells the story of “a widow who, several years after the death of her husband, mysteriously meets a man who looks exactly like her deceased husband.” Julie Lynn (Mother and Child) and Bonnie Curtis (Red Eye) are producing with Exclusive Films International, the studio’s first project under a new funding program. EFI will debut The Look of Love to foreign buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin alongside The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe, George Clooney’s adaptation of The Ides of March, So Undercover starring Miley Cyrus, and Martin Scorsese’s untitled George Harrison documentary.
Read what Posin had to say about the film after the jump.
For your viewing pleasure, we have six clips from the upcoming romantic comedy Morning Glory. Directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill), the film stars Rachel McAdams as a struggling morning talk show producer who attempts to deal with her bickering anchors (played by Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton) while also handling a burgeoning romantic relationship with a co-worker (played by Patrick Wilson).
Hit the jump to check out the clips. Morning Glory opens on Wednesday.
We have two bits of casting news to bring you this morning. First, Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, Richard Jenkins, and Elisabeth Moss have all joined Darling Companion. The film was co-written, along with his wife Meg, by four time Oscar-nominee Lawrence Kasdan. Companion is meant to be the third installment in a trilogy which includes 1983′s The Big Chill and 1991′s Grand Canyon. From Risky Business, the film “follows a woman (Keaton) who takes in a stray dog as a companion to fill the void left by her distracted husband (Kline), only to see him lose the mutt after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies. A search for the animal includes several guests and a mysterious young woman.” The report fails to disclose exactly what Jenkins and Moss’ roles may entail thus we are to assume Jenkins will be one of “several guests” with Moss perhaps filling the role of “mysterious young woman.” Production on Companion is scheduled to begin within the next week in Utah.
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