After its enormous opening last weekend, The Lorax continued to impress – capturing its second number one title with an estimated $39.1 million, or a week-over-week decline of just 44%. For once, however, people seem more interested in the film that didn’t make it to number one than with the film that did.
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The lobby of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel was gummed up with strollers this week when the gang from Friends With Kids showed up.
This very funny and extremely touching relationship comedy is the third film from writer/actor Jennifer Westfeldt and the first one she’s directed. We had the good fortune to speak with Jennifer and, despite having plenty of intelligent things to say, were wowed into incoherence by her awesome hair. Just so you don’t think we’re total psychopaths, her “really good hair” is a plot point of the film. Watch the video after the jump.
Adam Scott’s been killing it lately on Parks and Recreation and in small roles in comedies like Our Idiot Brother, Eastbound and Down and, of course, as the singing douchebag brother in Step Brothers.
This week you’ll get to see him be funny but also a little serious in Jennifer Westfeldt’s unique relationship comedy Friends With Kids. He’s looking pretty dapper in a suit next to considerably more scruffy Chris O’Dowd, who plays one of his miserable, married buddies in the film. We had the good fortune to interview them both in New York this week. Check out the video after the jump.
Holy crap John Hamm is handsome. We’ve been around a lot of mega celebrities but, woah, this guy is made from some sort of interplanetary comet dust that just looks like skin but has mystical properties.
Despite our desires to, we didn’t just gaze into his eyes when we had the good fortune to speak to Kristen Wiig and he this week. They play one of the side couples in Jennifer Westfeldt‘s very funny and very touching relationship comedy Friends With Kids. In fact, the “can’t keep their hands off one another” to “drinking and slamming doors” character arc is some of the best (and, alas, truest) stuff in the film. In the video after the jump you can hear them talk about their characters, making this film post-Bridesmaids and what Kristin Wiig really wants to see on the next season of Mad Men. Hit the jump to watch and look for more cast interviews later this week.
With writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt’s (Kissing Jessica Stein) Friends with Kids opening March 9, we’ve been provided with seven clips from the very funny comedy. Boasting an incredible cast featuring Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns, Friends With Kids centers on a pair of thirtysomething best friends (Scott and Westfeldt) who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people.
Right after the film premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, I landed exclusive interviews with Megan Fox, Jon Hamm and Adam Scott. Just click the links to read or listen to them. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
A red band trailer for the comedy Friends with Kids has gone online. Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt, the story centers on two best friends (Westfeldt and Adam Scott) who decide to have a baby together without being in a relationship. The cast is fantastic (Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Edward Burns, Megan Fox, and Chris O’Dowd), and I’m excited to see Scott take on his first leading role. This trailer delves more deeply into the plot and, as it’s red band, there are a few more off-color jokes (who doesn’t like masturbation humor?). The jokes work, and I really like the chemistry between Scott and Westfedlt. I’m looking forward to checking the full film out. You can read Matt’s review here.
Hit the jump to watch the red band trailer. Friends with Kids opens March 9th.
Four new posters tonight. From:
- Bel Ami – Robert Pattinson stars as a man who uses “his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth” in 1890s Paris. Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, and Colm Meaney co-star.
- The Cold Light of Day – Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, and Sigourney Weaver star in the spy thriller about a man who finds himself on the run when his family is kidnapped by intelligence agents.
- Friends with Kids – Jennifer Westfeldt,Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns star in the comedy about two friends who decide to have a baby together.
- Hysteria – Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett and Felicity Jones star in this romantic comedy that revolves around the invention of the vibrator.
Hit the jump for the posters and synopses for each movie.
We’ve got a few new posters to debut today. First up is a fantastic new poster for the drama We Need to Talk About Kevin. The film stars Tilda Swinton as a mother dealing with her son’s unforgivable and violent act. This poster is gloriously chilling, as it evokes the horror films of the 60s and 70s (especially Rosemary’s Baby) to perfectly encapsulate the pure evil that is Kevin. The film is extraordinary and I highly suggest you check it out when it opens on January 27th.
We’ve also got posters for Jennifer Westfeldt’s dramedy Friends with Kids and the new Bobcat Goldthwait pic God Bless America. Friends with Kids features an all-star cast that includes Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Megan Fox, and opens on March 9th. Goldthwait’s dark comedy God Bless America opens May 11th and will be available VOD on April 6th. Hit the jump to see the posters.
The first trailer for the comedy Friends with Kids has gone online. Written, directed by, and starring Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein), the film boats a fantastic cast that includes Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns. The story centers on a pair of thirtysomething best friends (Scott and Westfeldt) who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people. The trailer looks right up my alley, as it highlights some promising performances, chemistry, and a fair amount of laughs. Matt caught the film at TIFF and wasn’t exactly won over, but Scott has been killing it in supporting roles for years and I’m excited to see him finally take on a lead.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Friends with Kids opens March 9th. If you missed them, be sure to check out Steve’s interviews with Hamm, Scott, and Fox from TIFF regarding the film.
At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I was able to sit down with Adam Scott for an exclusive interview about Friends With Kids. Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein), the plot centers on a pair of thirtysomething best friends who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people. Scott and Westfeldt play the lead couple, while Jon Hamm (who also produced), Kristen Wiig, Chris O’Dowd and Maya Rudolph play the couples with kids. Edward Burns and Megan Fox are also in the film.
During the interview, Scott talked about what the last few years have been like as he’s started landing some high profile gigs, how he got cast in the film, the short production schedule, being the lead with this great cast, future projects like Bachelorette, My Mother’s Curse, and A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce), and a lot more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the conversation.
While a slew of films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival have already been picked up for distribution, there are other high-profile titles still hammering out their deals. Variety reports that Lionsgate has acquired Jennifer Westfeldt’s new comedy Friends with Kids. The story stars Westfeldt and Adam Scott as lifelong friends who decide to have a kid but keep their relationship platonic and open. I was slightly disappointed by the film, but it’s got a great cast (the film also stars Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Chris O’Dowd) and I can see the flick having wide appeal.
In other TIFF picks-ups, Music Box has picked up the U.S. rights to Terrence Davies’ romantic drama The Deep Blue Sea starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston. Weisz plays the wife of a high court judge who leaves her husband to move in with a dashing young ex-RAF pilot (Hiddleston), with whom she has fallen passionately in love. Weisz picked up strong notices for her performance and I’m glad I’ll have a chance to see the film eventually. No U.S. release dates have been announced for Friends with Kids or The Deep Blue Sea. Hit the jump for Music Box’s press release regarding The Deep Blue Sea.
At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I was able to sit down with Jon Hamm for an exclusive interview about Friends With Kids. Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein), the plot centers on a pair of thirtysomething best friends who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people. Adam Scott and Westfeldt play the lead couple, while Hamm (who also produced), Kristen Wiig, Chris O’Dowd and Maya Rudolph play the couples with kids. Edward Burns and Megan Fox are also in the film.
During the interview, Hamm talked about being back at TIFF (he was there last year for The Town), was it tough to get Friends with Kids made and how did the project come together, his recent comedic work on 30 Rock, Bridesmaids and Funny or Die, and we ended the interview talking about Mad Men and his thoughts on the show coming to a close. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the conversation.
One of the things I love about Megan Fox is her honesty. While many celebrities are careful with their answers, if you ask Megan Fox a question, she’ll always tell you exactly what she thinks. So when I sat down with her a few days ago at the Toronto Film Festival for an exclusive interview for writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids (which premiered at TIFF and is really good), I knew it was going to be a great interview.
During our twenty minute conversation we talked about Friends With Kids, how she got involved in Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator, Judd Apatow’s untitled project (also known as This is Forty), her thoughts on doing more comic book movies and what she wants to do in the future. In addition, we talked about whether she had seen Transformers 3, karaoke, Twitter, Facebook and social networking (she didn’t pull any punches on her thoughts), revealed she’s a hard core gamer and you might find her online playing Halo Reach, her Giorgio Armani campaign, and a lot more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.
Jennifer Westfeldt’s directorial debut Friends with Kids shares some key qualities with her 2001 film Kissing Jessica Stein (which she wrote). Both films are funny, harmless comedies that take an emotionally satisfying and challenging conceit before scampering back to the status quo. Westfeldt puts an interesting twist on the parenting-and-marriage sub-genre by rethinking conventional notions of fidelity. She even goes so far as to examine why the convention exists in the first place. But ultimately her movie becomes lethargic, predictable, and bland despite the Westfeldts’ strong chemistry with co-star Adam Scott.
The announcement of the films playing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival has brought with it a deluge of first images from major upcoming movies. After the jump you’ll find the first images from Rodrigo Garcia’s Albert Nobbs (starring Glenn Close and Mia Wasikowska), Todd Solondz’ Dark Horse (starring Selma Blair, Justin Bartha, and Christopher Walken), Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea (starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston), and Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends with Kids (starring Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, and Adam Scott).
Hit the jump to check out all of the images. We’ve also provided the synopses. The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8th – 18th. For all the new TIFF images we’ve posted today, click here.