In director news today, Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects) is attached to helm the comedic documentary, Misery Loves Comedy. The feature will delve into the minds of stand-up comics and professional comedians through interviews, days-in-the-life, and historical footage to gain insight into the unique personality trait that causes people to want to perform in front of a group of strangers. Appearances include Michael Ian Black, Rob Delaney, Jon Favreau, Paul Feig, Jim Gaffigan, Christopher Guest, and Chris Hardwick.
Director Simon Rumley (Red White & Blue) has also been tapped to direct a feature, the paranormal-themed The Last Word. Hit the jump for more on both projects
We’ve got a couple of interesting TV casting stories to share this evening. First up, prolific character actor Kevin Pollak has joined the cast of CBS’ upcoming Beverly Hills Cop pilot. Eddie Murphy is producing the hourlong series alongside Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Last Resort), and Brandon T. Jackson (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) was cast in the lead role of Axel Foley’s son last October. Now THR reports that Pollak is set to co-star as Rodney Daloof, the in-house lawyer for the Beverly Hills Police Department. The character is described as “incredibly risk-averse, a stickler for the rules, and a loud-mouthed bully,” so yeah, it sounds like Pollak should be able to knock this one out of the park.
The series is envisioned as a police procedural with a comedic element, and Murphy will be reprising his role as the senior Foley in the pilot with the possibility of recurring should CBS pick the pilot up to series. Hit the jump for news concerning Peter Sarsgaard taking on a major role in the upcoming third season of AMC’s The Killing.
The first trailer and poster for Rob Reiner’s drama The Magic of Belle Isle have gone online. The film stars Morgan Freeman as a famous Western novelist whose struggle with alcoholism has sapped his passion for writing. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in Belle Isle, where he befriends a single mom and her daughters who (naturally) help him to feel inspiration once again. Though this is the same director as A Few Good Men and Stand By Me, Reiner’s recent output has leaned heavily toward Hallmark fare with pics like The Bucket List and Flipped, and The Magic of Belle Isle is no exception. That said, I can say without hesitation that my mom will absolutely want to see this.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Madeline Carroll, Fred Willard, Kenan Thompson, and Kevin Pollak. The Magic of Belle Isle will be available on iTunes on June 1st and opens in theaters on July 6th.
We first heard about the romantic thriller Napa in October, when Rose McGowan signed on to star. The independent production has started shooting on location in Napa Valley, and a few more actors of note have joined the project. Variety reports Sean Astin, Kevin Pollak, Johnathon Schaech, and Taryn Manning will round out the cast. The story centers on “a woman (McGowan) who has recently returned from three Afghanistan military tours and is given the job of sheriff in her Napa hometown.”
Napa is the directorial debut of Michael Kerr. Kerr co-wrote the script with Hans Ostrom. Nellie Nugiel (Greek) is producing.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this evening. First up, Lionsgate announced that Dennis Quaid has joined the ever-growing cast of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Directed by Kirk Jones, the film tells the stories of four couples going through the ups and downs of pregnancy. Quaid will play the husband of Brooklyn Decker’s character who is expecting twins. Quaid’s character is bent on one-upping his son who is also expecting a little human. The cast now includes Decker, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Chace Crawford, Matthew Morrison, Wendy McLendon-Covey and Rob Huebel. The film opens May 11th, 2012.
Additionally, Kevin Pollak, Illeana Douglas, Greg Grunberg, Molly Sims and Shane Johnson are onboard the dark comedy Chez Upshaw. Written and directed by Bruce Mason, Variety reports that the film centers on a couple who turn their failing Bed and Breakfast into a resort of assisted suicides. Shooting on the indie starts later this month.
Kevin Smith has released the first teaser trailer for his upcoming horror movie Red State. Premiering at next month’s Sundance Film Festival, Red State is a huge departure for Smith as the flick is about “a group of misfits [who] encounter extreme fundamentalism in Middle America.” The film stars Michael Parks, Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Kevin Pollak, Anna Gunn, Stephen Root, and Smith’s Hit Somebody lead Nicholas Braun. Parks is said to play a Fred Phelps-type preacher who leads a family of followers.
If you’ve been following the development of Red State, you know Smith had a really tough time getting the financing together due to the difficult subject matter. And after watching the trailer, I can see why. Red State looks nothing like his previous films and I’m definitely catching this at the first press screening at Sundance. While I loved Smith’s first few films, I’ve been very disappointed with his recent output. And his attitude about critics hasn’t helped his cause. Saying all that, I’d love for him to rebound with Red State. Judge the trailer for yourself after the jump.
Hot off the heels of news that Kevin Smith’s upcoming horror film Red State was recently accepted into the Sundance Film Festival, new images have been revealed from the film and a new poster has been unveiled by Smith himself. The poster was released by Smith via Twitter as a “thank you” to fans who pledged $1000 to The Wayne Foundation in less than 30 minutes. The Wayne Foundation is a charity devoted to stopping pederasts, with a mission to provide young women who have fallen victim to commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking with a means of leaving the sex industry for good.
The poster unveiled by Smith features Red State actress Kerry Bishe, and is one of four posters that Smith plans to release next week starting Monday. The headline of the poster, “The Virgin”, asserts Smith’s statement on his “Red State of the Union” podcast that the film begins very much like an 80’s horror film. Smith’s podcast has been the source of a great deal of news concerning the film, particularly his description of the flick as essentially about “sex, religion, and politics.” The images from the film that were released showcase Smith’s stellar cast, and confirm that the film is a drastic departure from his previous catalog of films. Hit the jump the check out the poster and images, as well as a bit more on the flick.
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), and Anjelica Huston have signed on to co-star in David Frankel’s The Big Year. The film centers on three men (played by Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson) who try to outdo each other during a year-long competition to spot the rarest birds in North America. I will now pray for a dearth of “cock” and “pecker” puns. The cast also includes Rosamund Pike, JoBeth Williams, Brian Dennehy, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Anderson and Tim Blake Nelson. Oh, and Variety also reports that Kevin Pollak and Joel McHale are in talks to join the film. There are a lot of people in this movie.
Hit the jump for details on the roles Parsons, Jones, and Huston will play.
With director Kevin Smith’s Cop Out opening February 26, Warner Bros. has released a ton of new images from the film that stars Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollak, Guillermo Diaz, Ana de la Reguera and Seann William Scott. In total, we’ve been given 32 images and they’re all in high resolution. Hit the jump to check them out along with the full synopsis:
Hot of the Twitter feeds comes word that director Kevin Smith (yes, THAT Kevin Smith) has offered Kevin Pollak a role in his upcoming buddy cop movie “A Couple of Dicks”. So says Kevin Pollak, at any rate, and he should know:
Offer from @ThatKevinSmith to join ol’ pal B. Willis & crazy Tracy Morgan in his Couple of Dicks has me smiling huge. See ya in nyc fellas.
The movie, about two veteran police detectives who get tangled up in the seedy underworld of memorabilia dealing when they begin tracking down a stolen, mint-condition 1952 baseball card, is filming this month in New York. Pollack’s “‘ol pal” Bruce Willis (the two starred in “Hostage” together) stars in “Dicks” along with that “crazy” Tracy Jordan. Adam Brody, Sean William Scott and Ana de la Reguerda (“Nacho Libre”) are also attached to the project. No word yet on which dick Pollak might play. That info would have definitely run over 140 characters…