After the blockbuster success of Bridesmaids, actress Kristen Wiig announced she’d be skipping the requisite sequel to try her hand at a more darkly comic role in a black comedy then-titled Imogene. Its basic storyline – a failed playwright (Wiig) moves in with her gambling addict mother (Annette Bening) after faking her own suicide – sounded teasingly reminiscent of beloved ‘90s seriocomedy Postcards from the Edge. But any hopes I had that Wiig and Bening might recapture that classic Streep/MacLaine chemistry quickly went out the window as the finished film – blandly re-titled Girl Most Likely - unspooled. Less a mother/daughter story than a young woman/weird world yarn, Girl Most Likely is a meandering film that fails as black comedy (it’s not black enough) or plain comedy (it’s not funny enough). Instead, it plays as 104 minutes of quirk, with Wiig stuck in the mediocre middle playing against her strengths. Hit the jump for my Blu-ray review.
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer and poster for Ben Stiller’s upcoming drama The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Stiller both directs and stars in the film as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn). This new trailer gets some help from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to showcase the titular Mitty’s fantasy sequences, and the visuals in the film remain extremely strong. The pic had a bit of a polarizing effect on critics (read Matt’s take here and Steve’s take here), but it feels more like a commercial crowd-pleaser than a critical darling.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and poster, which is a tad heavy on the photoshop. The film also stars Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, Patton Oswalt, and Sean Penn. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens on Christmas Day.
A few weeks ago, I got to visit the editing room of director Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues with a few other reporters. While we only got to see a few selected scenes from the beginning of the film, I’m happy to report they looked fantastic and everyone was laughing non-stop. Shortly after watching the footage, McKay and his editor, Brent White, answered questions for about thirty minutes and revealed a lot of cool information. Here are a few highlights:
- The first assembly cut was over four hours. The first test screening was two and a half hours and, according to McKay, it played extremely well. However, the final release will be around two hours.
- McKay and White are developing an alternate version of Anchorman 2 that has a completely different set of jokes (around 240). They’re going to test screen the alternate cut and hope to release it on either movie screens (after the original’s release) or VOD/DVD/Blu-ray.
- The film has a couple of musical numbers and one big love song at the end of the movie.
- Will Ferrell and McKay originally intended the ending to the sequel to be a ridiculous bit about an underwater glass hotel that failed, with water coming through the windows and sharks coming at people. They changed their minds.
Hit the jump for more highlights from the interview followed by the full transcript. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th and stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford.
Paramount has released three new posters for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The previously released character posters have focused on familiar faces Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champion Kind (David Koechner), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). The latest posters feature newcomers Chani (Kristen Wiig); Linda (Meagan Good), Ron’s new boss; and Jack (James Marsden), Ron’s handsome rival. I’m sure Wiig will be a big part of the comedy, but I’ll be curious to see how Good and Marsden hold their own against their ad-libbing co-stars.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The film also stars Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th. Click on the respective links for the first clips, an exclusive TV spot, and Dave’s set visit.
Paramount has released the new trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The Channel 4 News Team, Ron (Will Ferrell), Brian (Paul Rudd), Champ (David Kochner), and Brick (Steve Carell) have moved from a whale’s vagina to New York to work at GNN, a 24-hour news network. While there does seem to be a little of a retread with Ron having friction with a co-worker (Meagan Good) who’s not only a woman but also black, this trailer still had me laughing non-stop. This looks like the Anchorman sequel I was hoping we’d get.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Paramount has gone heavy on promoting the movie with a museum exhibit, Ron Burgundy’s autobiography, Dodge Durango commercials, and a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor. As for the film, it also stars Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th. [Update: We've now added the also-hilarious international trailer.]
An international trailer has gone online for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Ben Stiller (who also directed the film) stars as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn). The international trailer features a little more new footage than the recent new trailer, but it’s still pushing the “uplifting film you’ll see on Christmas” angle.
Hit the jump to check out the international trailer, click here for Steve’s thoughts on the movie, and click here for my review. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, and Adam Scott. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens December 25th.
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Ben Stiller (who also directed the film) stars as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn). Steve and I saw the movie this weekend. He liked it; I didn’t. The trailer is a fair representation of the film, and even though it goes through a lot of the plot, the trailer doesn’t really give anything away since everything is so spaced out and mixed up.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the New York Film Festival press conference. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, and Patton Oswalt. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens December 25th.
The problem with platitudes is that they may profess a nice sentiment, but the statement tends to be an obvious one, and it will be a fleeting memory by the time you finish reading that t-shirt or bumper sticker. Platitudes can’t cut deeper and provide a thoughtful, lasting impression that would cause us to seriously take stock of our lives and values. Ben Stiller’s two-hour platitude, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, may seem like it’s championing bravery and adventure, but the presentation, while initially enjoyable, quickly becomes hollow, frivolous, and overbearing. It’s a movie where a man’s facial hair defines his character more than his actions.
The first in a series of posters for Ben Stiller’s latest directorial effort The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has been released, along with a small batch of new images from the film. In Walter Mitty, Stiller stars as the eponymous LIFE Magazine photo editor/negative asset manager who, incapable of standing up for himself in the real world, retreats to a fantasy where he becomes his poised, confident opposite. This poster highlights the more fantastical aspects of the film, and Walter Mitty continues to look like a possible surprise Oscar contender—should the full film deliver the goods, of course.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and images. The pic also stars Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Sean Penn, Patton Oswalt, and Shirley MacLaine. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens December 25th.
Today’s casting news includes two new additions and one surprise exit:
- Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) is in talks to join writer-director Sebastian Silva’s Nasty Baby, a Brooklyn-set drama centering on a gay couple’s attempt to have a baby through a surrogate.
- Sam Trammell (True Blood) joins Josh Boone’s adaptation of the bestselling John Green novel, The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
- In a surprise exit move, Laura Prepon (That ’70s Show) will depart the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black after completing her character’s arc, with the possibility to return but not as a series regular.
Hit the jump for more on each casting story.
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for Ben Stiller‘s next directorial effort, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In the remake of the 1947 film, Stiller stars as the eponymous LIFE Magazine proofreader who, incapable of standing up for himself in the real world, retreats to a fantasy where he becomes his poised, confident opposite. Trailers these days tend to follow a fairly predictable path, complete with dubstep and “BWAAAM” moments that aim to highlight a particularly exciting and/or expensive sequence. This trailer for Walter Mitty, however, is brilliantly refreshing, as it attempts to capture the mood and tone of the film with a simple (and haunting) Of Monsters and Men song and minimal dialogue. It really looks like Stiller has crafted something special here, and this is exactly the kind of film I’m eager to see following a summer filled with studio blockbusters. I also wouldn’t be surprised if The Secret Life of Walter Mitty turned out to be a major awards contender later this year.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and if you missed Steve’s interview with Stiller and Kristen Wiig from CinemaCon, click here. The film also stars Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, and Shirley MacLaine. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens December 25th.
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its stellar line-up for their 2013 Galas and Special Presentation programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:
- The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Directed by Ned Benson) Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, and Jess Weixler.
- Dom Hemingway (Directed by Richard Shepard) Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
- Enough Said (Directed by Nicole Holofcener) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, and Tavi Gevinson.
- Hateship Loveship (Directed by Liza Johnson) Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Christine Lahti, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Sami Gayle.
- Philomena (Directed by Stephen Frears) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
The adorable minions stole the first Despicable Me, and the thinking for Despicable Me 2 must have been to give the little yellow guys the whole movie. It’s an odd picture that technically has a protagonist and slightly builds off the first story, but nominal villain Gru (Steve Carell) is the least interesting part of the sequel, and his daughters Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) have almost been completely pushed aside. Rather than develop these characters, directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud apparently responded to fan reaction to the original film, and put the minions front-and-center. It’s tough to complain when everything they do is funny, but it also makes Despicable Me 2 feel like a stopgap for next year’s minions spinoff.
Comedienne Kristen Wiig, who’s known for her genius work on Saturday Night Live and in Bridesmaids, plays Special Agent Lucy Wilde, Gru’s (Steve Carell) new partner in the comedy adventure sequel, Despicable Me 2. A cunning secret agent, she teams up with Gru to hunt down a dangerous super-villain and loves one-upping Gru with her quirky gadgets and mixed martial arts. Unlike Gru, she has trouble containing hera natural exuberance, which works against her when going undercover, but attracts Gru’s attention and sparks a romance between them. Opening July 3rd, the film also features Benjamin Bratt, Russell Brand and Ken Jeong.
At the film’s recent press day, Wiig talked about why she loved doing the movie and had fun playing her character, how her comedic background helped her in the animation booth, why voicing an animated character is the next best thing to doing SNL, why she doesn’t think she’d make a good secret agent in real life, why the Minions are her favorite characters, how Pharrell’s music set a great tone for the film, which comedians influenced her growing up, and her upcoming movies: Anchorman 2, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Girl Most Likely, Hateship, Loveship, and The Skeleton Twins. Hit the jump to read the interview:
A new trailer has been released for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Things have certainly changed for the news crew since Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Baxter’s still hanging around and Brick is as clueless as ever, but even though Veronica Corningstone makes an appearance, Ron seems to be pretty heavily into dating someone new. More challenges await the team as the network enters into a twenty-four hour news cycle and new youthful anchors threaten their place atop the pyramid. It’s not exactly what I expected for the first look at the sequel, but that’s not a bad thing. Bring on the scotch!
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens on December 20th.