Joel McHale Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, Working with Eric Bana, COMMUNITY, and More at WonderCon

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From filmmaker Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Deliver Us From Evil tells the story of the real-life series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes that police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) began investigating in New York.  As frightening events occur around the city, Sarchie teams up with an unconventional priest (Édgar Ramírez) who is schooled in the rituals of exorcism.

While at WonderCon to promote the film’s July 2nd theatrical release, actor Joel McHale spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she got involved with this project, why he wanted to pursue this role, and what it was like to work with and learn from a movie star like Eric Bana.  He also talked about why he originally turned to comedy, his desire to be an actor, that he definitely wants a sixth season (and beyond) and a movie  Community, that he hopes he can return to Sons of Anarchy, and how he’d love to have a varied career like Bryan Cranston. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

WonderCon: DELIVER US FROM EVIL Panel Recap Featuring Jerry Bruckheimer, Scott Derrickson, Eric Bana, Joel McHale, Olivia Munn, and Edgar Ramirez

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At WonderCon, Sony Pictures previewed a new trailer for their upcoming ‘based-on-a-true-story’ release Deliver Us From Evil.  Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and stars Joel McHale (Community), Olivia Munn (Attack of the Show!), Edgar Ramirez (Domino) and Eric Bana (Munich) were on hand to discuss the real life exorcism the film is based on, whether the cast believes it to be true and just what separates exorcism films from other genre films.  For a full recap of the Deliver Us From Evil footage shown and bullet point highlights from the Q&A, hit the jump.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL International Trailer Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, and Joel McHale

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Screen Gems and Sony Pictures have released a new Deliver Us From Evil international trailer.  The film stars Eric Bana as a New York police officer who teams up with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez) to investigate a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes.  It’s a fun premise: cop-drama-meets-exorcism-movie and mixing the two together could provide fresh life for both genres.  You also have a strong cast featuring not only Bana and Ramirez, but also Sean Harris (Prometheus), Olivia Munn, and Joel McHale even though the last two are known more for comedy than horror.  My only concern after watching this trailer is that putting these two genres may result in more clichés than exciting entertainment.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Deliver Us from Evil opens July 2nd.

COMMUNITY Season 6 Renewal Looking More Likely as Movie Talk Heats Up; Justin Lin Could Direct

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The unofficial “Six Seasons and a Movie” slogan for NBC’s beloved if underseen comedy Community began as an offhanded joke by Danny Pudi’s Abed, but it’s now looking like a serious harbinger for things to come.  Though creator Dan Harmon returned as showrunner for the fifth season and things have been on a creative upswing, ratings remain very low.  However, every comedy on NBC’s Thursday night lineup has low ratings.  In fact, after canceling all of its comedy shows besides Community and Parks and Recreation last year, these two remain the only comedies still chugging along on Thursday night as new bets like Sean Saves the World and The Michael J Fox Show have already fallen by the wayside.

As Community continues its low yet consistent ratings course, a sixth season renewal is looking more likely, and given the “Six Seasons and a Movie” moniker, talk of a movie is apparently heating up.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for Supernatural Thriller DELIVER US FROM EVIL Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn [Updated with International Trailer]

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Screen Gems has released the first trailer for director Scott Derrickson’s (Sinister) supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil.  The film stars Eric Bana as a New York police officer who teams up with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez) to investigate a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes.  It’s tough to make a genuinely scary horror film, but Derrickson very much succeeded with last year’s Sinister and this trailer shows the director’s penchant for building tension.  Though the trailer is pretty light on plot, it does a nice job of conveying the mood and tone of the pic, and I’m hoping the full feature offers a solid story hook.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, and Sean HarrisDeliver Us from Evil opens July 2nd.

Go Behind the Scenes of COMMUNITY’s Season 5 Premiere with Commentary from Dan Harmon and the Cast, Plus Outtakes and Fan Questions

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If you didn’t catch Community’s return to television last night for its season five premiere, you might want to remedy that before checking out the following video.  A new behind-the-scenes look features commentary from creator-showrunner Dan Harmon, along with cast members Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong, to name a few.  In addition to a recap of the pilot episode, the cast answers some fan questions about what viewers can expect the rest of the season.  Oh, and did I mention outtakes?  Hit the jump to watch.

A Look Ahead at Season 5 of COMMUNITY, Featuring the Return of Dan Harmon and Starring Joel McHale

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Fans of NBC’s cult comedy series Community were certainly happy to hear the news that Dan Harmon would be returning as showrunner, but will the show be able to hit the ground running after a season without him?  Viewers will be able to judge for themselves shortly, but we’ve got a sneak preview of season five to share with you ahead of time.  Rest assured that we’ll keep everything spoiler-free, suffice it to say that there are some great character turns, cameos and one-liners early on (no surprises there).

Community returns to NBC with a one-hour special starting Thursday, January 2nd at 8pm.  Hit the jump for our preview.

Miracle on Jeff’s Street: COMMUNITY Gets Animated in New Season Five Holiday Trailer

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Community has never been a ratings hit for NBC, but the network seems to be busting out a considerable marketing budget for the upcoming fifth season.  Moreover, these promos feel like executive producer Dan Harmon had a very heavy hand in their creation.  The initial season five trailer took the “movie trailer” route, and now a new holiday-themed animated trailer has been released online.  It’s filled with some fun gags and the show’s trademark meta humor, which bodes well for its return following a lackluster season four.  With creator Harmon now back in the fold as showrunner, the shenanigans should be aplenty in the upcoming season.

Hit the jump to watch the animated trailer. Season five of Community kicks off on NBC Thursday, January 2nd.

First Trailer for COMMUNITY Season 5

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NBC has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming fifth season of the comedy series Community.  While fans were a bit dismayed with how season four played out without the direction of creator Dan Harmon, he’s back onboard as showrunner for season five and this trailer makes pointed reference to what may be a bit of a “do-over” for the show.  The biggest revelation in this trailer is the circumstances behind how Joel McHale’s Jeff Winger returns to Greendale Community College full time.  Though I’m sure it will be plenty spoiled in the many promos to come, I’ll let you folks enjoy the revelation at your own discretion.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Community returns to NBC Thursday, January 2nd at 8pm.

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s Romantic Comedy BLENDED Now Re-Titled THE FAMILYMOON; Joel McHale and Wendi McLendon-Covey Join the Cast

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Following their romantic comedy team-ups in The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore will once again reunite, though now with a brand new title.  Previously named Blended, the movie has been changed to The Familymoon.  The story centers on “a couple who, after disastrous blind date, are stuck together in a family resort with their children from previous marriages.”  You can pretty much fill in the blanks on the rest of the story from there.  Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer) directs from an original script from Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera.  Deadline reported on the title change citing marketing’s preference for the new moniker.  Hit the jump for more on the casting news.

Watch the Cast of COMMUNITY (and Will Forte) “Audition” for THE WAY, WAY BACK

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The upcoming drama/comedy The Way, Way Back marks the directorial debut of screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who won the Oscar for writing The Descendants.  However, you might also recognize Faxon and Rash for their acting work, especially the latter as he plays Dean Pelton on Community.  In anticipation of the release of The Way, Way Back, which stars Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, and Steve Carell and centers on the goings-on at a waterpark, Rash has enlisted a few of his Community cohorts and Will Forte to participate in a humorous “featurette” for the film.  In the featurette, we see the actors auditioning for roles in The Way, Way Back.  While they’re all pretty funny, Forte flat-out steals the show here.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The Way, Way Back opens on July 5th.

T.J. Miller Joins TRANSFORMERS 4, Joel McHale to BEWARE THE NIGHT, Danny Huston Eyes Tim Burton’s BIG EYES and Katharine McPhee Tries DEPRAVITY

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Comedian T.J. Miller (She’s Out of My League) is set to join Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 as a pal of star Mark Wahlberg’s character.
  • Joel McHale (Community) will take a dramatic turn in the supernatural thriller Beware the Night, starring Eric Bana and directed by Scott Derrickson.
  • Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is in talks to join Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, the comedic drama based on the relationship between Walter and Margaret Keane.
  • Katharine McPhee (Smash) is set to star in the Paul Tamasy-directed thriller Depravity, scripted by Dennis Lehane.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Ashley Judd Joins DIVERGENT; Joel McHale in Talks to Board Adam Sandler Comedy with Drew Barrymore

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Check out today’s latest casting announcements:

  • Ashley Judd (Heat) has joined the cast of Neil Burger’s Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Aaron Eckhart and Theo James.  The adaptation of the best-selling Veronica Roth novel series is currently in production and opens March 21, 2014.
  • Joel McHale (Community) is in negotiations to join an untitled romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, who will reunite with The Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci.

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Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, and Robin Williams to Star in FRIGGIN’ CHRISTMAS; Douglas Booth Joins JUPITER ASCENDING

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A couple of casting additions have been announced.  First up, Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, and Robin Williams will topline the dysfunctional family holiday comedy A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle.  Per THR, the story follows “Boyd Mitchler (McHale) and his wifeLuann (Lauren Graham), as they spend a dreaded Christmas with Boyd’s father Mitch (Williams) and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son’s gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.”

Tristram Shapeero (Community, Workaholics) will make his feature directorial debut on the project, with production looking to begin in late March in Atlanta.  Community vets and Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo are producing the film.  Hit the jump for casting information regarding Lana and Andy Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending.

Sneak Peek from COMMUNITY Season 4 Premiere Shows the Dean’s Version of THE HUNGER GAMES

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Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, and Joel McHale introduce the first extended clip from season 4 of Community, and you laugh, because it is three funny men who have learned how to play off each other well over the last few years.  Then they get to the clip, a Hunger Games spoof that thanks to an unfortunate midseason premiere is probably several months past timely.  A scheduling mishap led to overbooking the popular class History of Ice Cream, so the dean leads the students to the extravagant “Hunger Deans” to fight it out for a spot in the class.

It feels sterile (“Hunger Deans” is not funny, right?), but I can’t deny my prejudice about anything new in a post-Dan Harmon Community.  I will try to keep an open mind when Community returns on February 7, because I really am dying to see if one of my favorite shows can still be great, or if the creator’s departure will bury it.  Watch the clip after the break.

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