From co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the FX series American Horror Story uses a unique and compelling approach to television, with a different setting, different characters and a rotating cast of actors for each season. For Season 3, American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America, with a cast of talented actresses that includes Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Taissa Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and now even Stevie Nicks.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Emma Roberts (who plays out-of-control Hollywood starlet and resident bitch Madison Montgomery) talked about how she came to be a part of Coven, that she was initially nervous about the subject matter, how much fun it is to play a bitch, how far ahead she was made aware of her character’s story arc, the fantastic clothes and shoes she gets to wear, how great it is to work with all of these talented actresses, just how much crazier things can get (they actually cut out a sex scene from Episode 7), the fan reaction she gets from people when she’s out, and how she’d love to return for Season 4. She also talked about how she hopes to continue to find a balance between roles in comedy and drama, and how it’s her dream to play a Margot Tenenbaum (from The Royal Tenenbaums) type of character. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
October is upon us, and that means new seasons of American Horror Story and The Walking Dead are near. After weeks of tantalizing teasers and posters, FX has now released a full gallery of images from American Horror Story: Coven that unveil the colorful cast of characters and give us a peek at the show’s first episode, aptly titled “Bitchcraft.” This season deals with witchcraft, specifically the war between the Salem-descended witches and the voodoo witches. Jessica Lange plays a powerful witch who returns home to New Orleans where her daughter runs a school for young witches. By the looks of these new images, Lange takes matters into her own hands and decides to school the group of young witches on her own.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The series also stars Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Breckenridge, Patti LuPone, Gabourey Sidibe, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe. American Horror Story: Coven airs on FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.
The first trailer for Palo Alto has been released online. Based on a collection of short stories written by James Franco, the film revolves around the lives of a group of people in the titular California city, including a soccer coach (Franco), a teenage babysitter (Emma Roberts), and a pair of troubled kids (Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff). Written and directed by Gia Coppola, the film certainly looks peculiar. Franco’s character strikes up a relationship with the younger Roberts, but it appears that she may also be involved with Jack Kilmer’s character. It’s tough to suss out much from this brief trailer, but the appearance of Val Kilmer (yes, Jack is his son) is a highlight.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, Keegan Allen, Don Novello, and Talia Shire. Palo Alto will premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend.
Last night I had the chance to check out We’re the Millers with a group of friends and while I wouldn’t classify it as a “Must See!”, it’s a plenty serviceable R-rated comedy. As you can probably tell from the trailers, English actor Will Poulter delivers some of the biggest laughs and, for my money, it’s hard to go wrong with Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn in most anything. Aside from its tendency to settle for just being “OK”, my only real gripe would be that the film’s premise exceeds its execution. On paper, it has the potential to be a hilarious, yet incisive, play on the nuclear family. On screen, it turns the convention on its head before ultimately forcing its characters to conform to many of its tenets.
Although I’m sure you can never get enough of my one paragraph film reactions, we must move on to this week’s Top 5. Included this week is the new trailer for Thor: The Dark World, Elysium interviews with Neill Blomkamp and more, the new Doctor Who, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters interviews, and a slew of We’re the Millers interviews with the cast and director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Per routine, a brief recap and link to each of the above kindly requests your attention after the jump.
Opening this week is director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) R-rated comedy We’re the Millers. The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms). In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family comprised of his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts). The supporting cast also includes the hilarious Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn. For more on the film, watch seven clips or read Matt’s review.
Last week, I attended a fun press conference with Sudeikis, Aniston, Roberts, Poulter, Hahn, and Marshall Thurber in New York City. They talked about making the film, how Aniston got in shape for the role, improv, their favorite scenes, the hardest scene to film without laughing and who broke the most on set, and a lot more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what they had to say.
The quaint idea of the nuclear family is one that’s been skewered a thousand different ways. It’s a portrait of American domesticity that never really existed except on television in the 1950s. We’re the Millers tries to knock the nuclear family ideal and yet feels strangely beholden to it. Filled with hilarious, mean-spirited comedy, Rawson Marshall Thurber‘s movie swings between a cold, dead heart completely immune from sentimentality and then over to a mushy center where characters inadvertently bond and learn important life lessons. The space in between is filled with plenty of great jokes that you’ll struggle to remember mere moments after leaving the theater.
New Line Cinema has released a red-band trailer for Rawson Marshall Thurber‘s comedy We’re the Millers. The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms). In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, the dealer puts together a fake family from his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter), and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts) as a cover for his smuggling operation. I wasn’t even aware that this was an R-rated comedy, but there are some good jokes in here. In all fairness, this movie hasn’t really been on my radar, which is surprising because I’ve been waiting for Thurber to do a comic follow-up to Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. I was also a big fan of his “Terry Tate, Office Linebacker” commercials.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. We’re the Millers opens August 7th.
Warner Bros. has provided us with seven clips from director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) upcoming comedy We’re the Millers. The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms). In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family from his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts). The supporting cast also includes the reliably hilarious Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn, and promises plenty of R-rated escapades from the titular Miller family.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Molly Quinn, Tomer Sisley, and Luis Guzman. We’re the Millers opens on August 7th.
Warner Bros. has released a very large batch of new high-resolution images from director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) upcoming comedy We’re the Millers. The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms). In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family from his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts). These new images tease many of the hijinks that ensue, including what looks to be a substantial appearance by the great Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. The film also stars Molly Quinn, Tomer Sisley, and Luis Guzman. We’re the Millers opens on August 7th.
The first trailer for director Dito Montiel’s (Fighting) new film Empire State has been released online, but despite the impressive lead cast, the film is actually skipping a theatrical release and going direct-to-DVD. The crime drama stars Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth and is based on the true story of a 1982 NYC armored car company robbery that was thought to be the largest cash heist in U.S. history. Hemsworth and Michael Angarano play two childhood friends who plan to rob an armored car depository, while Johnson plays the NYPD detective out to bring them down. The trailer doesn’t look that bad and Johnson has basically been box office steroids this year having opened three films at number one and another at number two (Snitch), so I’m not sure why Empire State was denied a theatrical release.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Emma Roberts, Nikki Reed, Chris Diamantopoulos, James Ransone, Shenae Grimes, and Jerry Ferrara. Empire State will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 3rd.
The first red-band and green-band trailers for America’s newest dysfunctional family in We’re the Millers is now available for you to enjoy. The Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball) film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms). In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family from his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts).
This red-band trailer features Aniston stripping, Sudeikis’ impersonation of Bane, Helms’ choice in aquatic pets, spider bites and Aniston stripping again. The green-band trailer is obviously tamer but features slightly different footage and jokes. The first look at We’re the Millers promises lots of laughs derived from this zany premise. Also starring Nick Offerman, Molly Quinn and Thomas Lennon, We’re the Millers opens August 9. Hit the jump to watch the trailers and check out the new poster.
Here’s the latest TV casting news:
- Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally) is set to star in The Comedians, a new comedy pilot on FX from showrunners Larry Charles (Seinfeld), Matt Nix (Burn Notice) and Ben Wexler (Community, Arrested Development).
- Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) will star in the Cinemax pilot, Quarry, based on the Max Allan Collins’ book about a Vietnam veteran.
- Emma Roberts (Aquamarine) will join the cast of the third season of FX’s horror anthology, American Horror Story: Coven.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Check out new images and synopses for the following films from the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival:
- Adult World – Scott Coffey’s comedy starring Emma Roberts (Celeste and Jesse Forever) and John Cusack (The Raven) that centers on a recent college graduate with dreams of becoming a famous poet who ends up working at an adult book store instead.
- Almost Christmas – Phil Morrison’s comedy features Paul Rudd (This Is 40) and Paul Giamatti (Sideways) as two French Canadian Christmas tree salesmen who travel to New York to sell trees.
- Bottled Up – Previously titled Something in the Water, the Enid Zentelis’ film starring Josh Hamilton (Dark Skies) and Melissa Leo (The Fighter) centers on struggles with addiction.
Hit the jump for the images and synopses.
We’ve got some quick casting stories to report today. First up, Kathryn Hahn and Emma Roberts have joined Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in the long-in-development pot comedy We’re the Millers. Directed by Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball), the film centers on “a pot dealer (Sudeikis) who pulls together a hooker pretending to be his wife (Aniston) and two kids to pose as an RV road-tripping family so that he can smuggle 1000 pounds of pot cross country.” It sounds like a fun premise, especially since it sounds like the nightmare of an over-zealous DEA agents (“…must stop…family road trips…because of the drugs…”). Will Poulter (Son of Rambow) recently signed on to play the fake son, and Deadline is now reporting that Roberts will play the daughter. As for the scene-stealing Hahn, Variety reports she’ll play the wife of a vacationing DEA agent. Ed Helms and Nick Offerman also have supporting roles in the flick.
Filming on We’re the Millers begins next week in North Carolina. Hit the jump for casting news on the action movie White House Down and the indie flick The Lifeguard.
The first trailer and poster for Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s (Milk) directorial debut, Virginia, have gone online. The film was originally titled What’s Wrong with Virginia? and screened at TIFF 2010 to scathing reviews. Black went back into the editing room and retooled (and retitled) the film, and now the new cut is set to open next month. The film stars Jennifer Connelly as a single mother who runs into a bit of trouble following a string of events: her longtime affair with the married Mormon Sheriff (Ed Harris) comes to an end as he decides to run for office, then her son (Harrison Gilbertson) starts having an affair with the Sheriff’s daughter (Emma Roberts). Tonally and plot-wise, this trailer is kind of all over the place. There are some good ideas throughout, but I’m unsure as to how Black coalesces everything into a cohesive story. It’s no wonder that this was a tough one to put together, but hopefully Black’s new edit is superior to the previous cut.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film opens on May 18th and also stars Amy Madigan, Yeardley Smith, and Toby Jones.