The first red-band trailer director Paul Middleditch’s post-apocalyptic comedy Rapture-Palooza has been released online. The film stars Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and John Francis Daley (Freaks and Geeks, Bones) as a couple who must battle their way through the end of the world following The Rapture in order to defeat the Antichrist (Craig Robinson). I was born and raised in the Bible Belt so the rapture comedy aspect of the film certainly hits home for me, and the cast looks to be having fun with the pic’s outlandish premise.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Rob Heubel, John Michael Higgins, Ana Gasteyer, and Ken Jeong. Rapture-Palooza will be available in theaters and on demand on June 7th.
The first trailer for the musical comedy Pitch Perfect has gone online. The film stars Anna Kendrick and centers on an all-girls college a capella group that is in the process of rebuilding in order to defeat the rival all-boys group. Yes, the film is likely capitalizing on the country’s sudden obsession with Glee, The Voice, etc., but this trailer is saved by the electric charm of Kendrick and Bridesmaids standout Rebel Wilson’s impeccable sense of humor. In other hands Pitch Perfect has all the makings of a Step Up copycat, but with the promising chemistry between Kendrick and Wilson, Avenue Q’s Jason Moore in the director’s chair, and Elizabeth Banks producing, I’m definitely interested to see more. Also, as if Kendrick wasn’t already one of the coolest people around, the girl’s got an impressive voice to boot.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, John Michael Higgins, Adam DeVine and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Pitch Perfect opens on October 5th.
Jake Kasdan’s Bad Teacher was one of the best surprises in theaters this year. I assumed that because the TV spots all relied on Jason Segel’s joke about LeBron James, there weren’t many laughs elsewhere. But I assumed wrong and Bad Teacher turned out to be one of my favorite comedies of the summer. The film was a hit at the box office and to promote the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD, Sony is offering free screenings of the film tonight and Saturday at midnight. If you don’t have plans for those two nights, now you do.
Click here to get your ticket. Bad Teacher hits stores in an unrated edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on October 18th. The film also stars Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, and John Michael Higgins. Hit the jump for the film’s synopsis and trailer.
by Jason Barr Posted: September 14th, 2011 at 10:53 am
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer and poster for Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo. Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee, the film tells the story of a man who decides to buy and run a zoo with his family following the death of his wife. The cast includes Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous), Elle Fanning (Somewhere), Thomas Haden Church, J.B. Smoove (Date Night) and John Michael Higgins (Yes Man).
The trailer starts off strong enough but right about the time a Damon voiceover explains “You don’t need any sort of special knowledge to run a zoo, just a lot of heart” it loses me. I’m no expert, but I’d like to think running a zoo does require some sort of special knowledge. On the bright side, the film looks to have plenty of heartwarming moments and Church’s work seems to be as strong as ever. We Bought a Zoo opens December 23. Check out the trailer and poster after the jump.
Sony has sent over four clips from director Jake Kasdan’s (Walk Hard) Bad Teacher. Starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, John Michael Higgins, and Jason Segel, the film’s about a foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate teacher (Diaz) and what she’s willing to do to get out of her day job.
While Diaz movies have definitely been hit or miss for the last few years, I think Bad Teacher looks really funny. In addition, I think Timberlake and Segel are great, so I’m really hoping this one is worth our time. Watch the clips after the jump and look for interviews with the cast very soon.
by Dan Dugan Posted: May 16th, 2011 at 6:00 am
Looking for bad business with employees who talk dirty, gorging on overrated sexual pleasure? That’s what it boils down to when you get two restaurants competing for the best service and management, where the need for scantily-clad women seems to be a necessity. And when it comes to the tagline being, “hungry for more?”, you know it’s not about the food. Still Waiting… overcooks the comedy formula of slap-stick and graphic humor, with only tidbits of enjoyable irony and wanna-be passion, all a wasteful pile of ridiculous conflict with no dignity. Hit the jump for my full review.
by Jason Barr Posted: January 10th, 2011 at 5:51 pm
Tina Fey is in final negotiations to star in director Paul Weitz’s (Little Fockers) Admission. Per Variety, Admissions will follow a college admissions officer (Fey) who strikes up a relationship with a potential student and is forced to confront a painful secret from her past as a result. Karen Croner (One True Thing) will adapt the Admission script from the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel of the same name.
To check out a full synopsis of Korelitz’s book and to learn about John Michael Higgins’ latest role in We Bought a Zoo, hit the jump.
Director Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show) is going back to mockumentaries once again and this time he’s turning his attention to “retro collectors. Women on the Web [via Cinematical] says the new movie will focus on “people who ferret out such things as old comic books, Barbie dolls, vintage magazine ads, vinyl 45-rpm singles, or even – ick! – Charles Manson song lyrics written on Kleenex. There’s a massive underground of collectors who would do the Borgia’s proud as they scheme and double-cross to possess the item they crave. (Those who collect movie star memorabilia can be especially treacherous.).”
Guest standbys Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, and John Michael Higgins, are reportedly being considered for roles. If Guest is getting his band back together, should we also expect Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Ed Begley Jr., Larry Miller, Fred Ward, Catherine O’Hara, and Eugene Levy? Let’s hope so. But more than the great cast that Guest will almost certainly assemble, I hope that this new film will feel more energetic than his tired last effort, For Your Consideration.
Tyler Watts lives by certain rules. The most important is the “6 Month Rule” which states that there is no woman you can’t get over in six months. When his best friend gets dumped, Tyler takes him under his wing and sets out to teach him the rules of being single. As he educates his reluctant pupil, Tyler meets a girl who makes him question everything he thinks he knows.
That’s the official synopsis for Blayne Weaver’s (Weather Girl) new film 6 Month Rule. Starring Weaver, Jaime Pressly, Martin Starr, Dave Foley, John Michael Higgins, Natalie Morales, Patrick J. Adams and Vanessa Branch, the movie wrapped about two months ago and they’re aiming to premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Like the synopsis says, the movie is about a womanizer who enjoys being single and avoiding emotional attachment.
While they haven’t yet released a trailer, we’ve been given 3 “rule” clips to premiere. Each one is about 6-8 seconds and they’re all together in one video. Check them out after the jump:
Cameron Diaz’s Bad Teacher has found the apple of her character” scheming eye as Justin Timberlake has been cast in the lead male role. Directed by Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), Bad Teacher centers on a “foul-mouthed, gold-digging seventh-grade teacher who, after being dumped by her boyfriend, sets her sights on a colleague (Lucy Punch) who is dating a substitute teacher, who also is the scion of a watch fortune.” According to Sony Pictures’ press release Timberlake is the watch fortune scion (which is one of the under-utilized jobs in many role-playing games).
Along with Timberlake Molly Shannon and Eric Stonestreet (who plays Cameron Tucker on the hilarious Modern Family) are also joining the cast, which also includes (as we reported last month) Jason Segel as the school’s gym teacher and John Michael Higgins as the principal.
Filming begins this month in Los Angeles. Hit the jump for the full press release.
The very funny Jason Segel and John Michael Higgins are in negotiations to star alongside Cameron Diaz in the raunchy comedy Bad Teacher. The film, “centers on a foulmouthed, gold-digging middle-school teacher who, after getting dumped by her boyfriend, competes with a colleague for the affections of the school’s model teacher.”
Surprisingly, Jason Segel will not play the model teacher despite the actor’s affability. Instead, THR reports that he’ll play the school’s gym teacher, a role where he’ll most likely still be hilarious. In a less surprising turn, Higgins will play the school’s principal, “Wally Snur.” I would like to take this moment to note that Higgins is one of the funniest actors in Hollywood. Even in terrible movies he manages to get at least one or two laughs.
Writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (Year One) penned the script with Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) directing. Filming is set to begin next month in Los Angeles.