I’ve shared my skepticism in the past about the Veronica Mars movie, but that’s been related to how it relates to funding in Hollywood rather than the content of the picture itself. I’ve seen all three seasons, and while I felt it was diminishing returns, I can see it’s appeal, and it’s a world that could reasonably be adapted into a feature film. At today’s Comic-Con panel, we got a brief glimpse at the film, but it left me cold. Perhaps appropriately, this panel was for the fans rather than anyone else in Hall H even though Thomas stated that they want to open the property up to newcomers. Based on what we saw and heard, they still have a way to go.
Hit the jump for my recap of the Comic-Con panel. Veronica Mars is eyeing an early 2014 release.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23) has joined Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, starring Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams.
- Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) is in negotiations to join Disney’s live-action Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James, Richard Madden and Cate Blanchett.
- Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) has landed a starring role in the indie picture The Guest, directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
The first trailer for Clueless director Amy Heckerling’s vampire comedy Vamps has landed online. The film stars Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter as two eternally young vampires navigating the dating world. Though the premise doesn’t exactly have the most appealing logline, the trailer looks like the movie could be kind of fun. Heckerling’s Clueless-style goofiness is put to good use with the vampire stuff and Silverstone and Ritter have some great chemistry. Moreover, the supporting turns by Justin Kirk, Wallace Shawn, and Richard Lewis look pretty promising.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Sigourney Weaver, Dan Stevens, Marilu Renner and Kristen Johnston. Vamps will open in select theaters on November 2nd and hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 13th.
Life Happens, from director/co-writer Kat Coiro, is a comedy centered on three young women – Kim (Krysten Ritter), Deena (Kate Bosworth) and Laura (Rachel Bilson) – who all live under the same roof in Los Angeles. When one of Kim’s one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy, she turns to her girlfriends for help while she attempts to cope with single motherhood and jumping back into the dating scene amid the fear that having a child could put a quick end to any potential relationship. The movie also stars Jason Biggs, Justin Kirk, Kristen Johnston and Geoff Stults.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, the film’s star and co-writer Krysten Ritter talked about how this movie came together, the changes it went through in nearly four years of development, how happy she was with the final outcome of the film, and what she learned from this entire process and experience. She also talked about her role in the upcoming vampire comedy Vamps, from writer/director Amy Heckerling, playing the lead in the new ABC comedy series Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 (airing Wednesday nights, starting April 11th), and the pilot she’s producing for MTV, adapted from the novel Cassandra French’s Finishing School for Boys. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
The first set photos from director Amy Heckerling’s (Clueless) vampire-themed romantic comedy (apparently this is a genre now) Vamps have hit the web. The film stars Alicia Silverstone, Sigourney Weaver, Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad), Malcolm McDowell, Marilu Henner and Justin Kirk (Weeds). The story centers on ““two young beautiful female vampires (Silverstone & Ritter) living the good nightlife in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize her immortality.”
If you’re wavering on whether or not this sounds remotely interesting to you, I’ll end with this: McDowell plays a geriatric Vlad the Impaler. Hit the jump to check out the set photos featuring Sigourney Weaver vamping it up.
Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Logan Huffman (V), and Madeleine Martin (Californication) have signed on to join Krysten Ritter (She’s Out of My League) in the indie drama Refuge. Director Jessica Goldberg adapted the script from her own play, about “a young woman, Amy, forced to care for her younger brother and sister after her parents have abandoned the family and fled to Florida for a vacation from which they will never return.”
From the age breakdown, it looks like Ritter will play Amy, Huffman and Martin will play the younger siblings, and Geraghty will play Sam, a drifter that romances Amy. Hit the jump for the synopsis for Goldberg’s play.
Filmmaker Alan Brown (Book of Love) recently completed post-production on Private Romeo a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. You can expect the film to hit the festival circuit this spring, but Brown is already hard at work on his next film, Audrey Hepburn’s Neck. Brown will adapt the script from his 1996 novel about “a young Japanese man (Toshi) who is obsessed with slender American women, and his gay American friend, who has affairs with a series of Japanese men.”
So far, Brown has rounded up an affable cast in Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad), Ari Graynor (Fringe), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker). I can’t vouch for its accuracy, but IMDB suggests Geraghty will play Paul, the gay American friend. Ritter is linked to the role of Lucy (a composer), and Graynor is listed as Jane, Toshi’s English teacher/affair partner who turns out to be insane. Sounds like an interesting project, and I’m curious to see who will play Toshi. Hit the jump for the official announcement.
This morning we have set photos from three upcoming films. After the jump you’ll find set photos from Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, the Sam Worthington heist-thriller Man on a Ledge, and the indie comedy BFF and Baby. Hit the jump to check out the photos and for a recap on each film.
Rachel Bilson has signed on to costar in the indie comedy BFF and Baby with Krysten Ritter and Kate Bosworth. Per Variety, the “film revolves around two best friends who fight to maintain normalcy in their lives after Ritter’s character gets pregnant and has a baby.” Ritter co-wrote the script with director Kat Coiro who’s making her feature debut on the picture. Shooting is slated to begin on October 19th in Los Angeles.
Earlier today, we reported that Bilson would star in a new series from The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. NBC picked up the pilot production deal for the show which centers on a young woman who can talk to the dead.
Four delightful actors have joined the cast of Amy Heckerling’s vampire-romantic-comedy Vamps. The film stars Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter (She’s Out of My League) as a pair of vampires enjoying the New York nightlife until “love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.” Sigourney Weaver also stars as the vampire queen Cisserus.
The gents joining the movie are Wallace Shawn as Dr. Van Helsing, a well-known vampire expert and hunter; Justin Kirk (Weeds) as Vadim, a Russian vampire always on the prowl for a good time; Dan Stevens (The Turn of the Screw) as Joey Van Helsing, a college student smitten with Stacy (Ritter) and; and Barry (The Wrestler) will portray Ivan, loyal assistant of blood-thirsty vampire Cisserus’ (Weaver). I repeat: Wallace Shawn is Van Helsing. I must see this movie now. Hit the jump for the full press release.
The Romantic comedy, much like a successful relationship, is tricky business. Post-There’s Something About Mary, it’s been found that mixing some harder R-rated gags with a sweet center can get both men and women interested in a film, and Judd Apatow’s first two movies worked perfectly at balancing this, but also changing one’s expectations of how the love and the sex were going to play out. She’s out of My League is definitely from the Judd Apatow sensibility in that it’s got a group of guys who are friends with the schlubby lead (Jay Baruchel) and they gawk at his strange relationship with a total hottie (Alice Eve). My review of the Blu-ray of She’s out of My League after the jump.
Sigourney Weaver has signed on to co-star in the vampire romantic-horror-comedy Vamps. Directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless), the, “modern-day story focuses on beautiful young vampires (Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter) who are living the good nightlife in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.”
Weaver will play “Ciccerus, the bloodthirsty vampire who turned the two ladies into creatures of the night.” And by “creatures of the night,” I’m assuming Heat Vision means vampires and not prostitutes (although, I suppose the two aren’t mutually exclusive).
I look forward to reporting who will be cast as the male lead in the film so I can fail at trying to avoid the phrases, “will be sucking on,” and “getting sucked.”
Opening this Friday is She’s Out of My League. The movie stars Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve , T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, Krysten Ritter, Geoff Stults and Lindsay Sloane. The premise is Baruchel plays an average Joe – with not much going for him – when out of the blue a successful and gorgeous woman falls for him (Alice Eve). He’s stunned. So are his friends. The big question is… how does he keep the girl?
To help promote the film, I recently got to speak with Alice Eve and Krysten Ritter. We talked about doing press, how they got involved in the project, filming in Pittsburgh, and do they agree with the film’s logic about only being able to date within two of your number. Meaning if you’re a six, the highest you can reach is an eight. Hit the jump to see what they had to say:
Opening this Friday is She’s Out of My League. The movie stars Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, Krysten Ritter, Geoff Stults and Lindsay Sloane. The premise is Baruchel plays an average Joe – with not much going for him – when out of the blue a successful and gorgeous woman falls for him. He’s stunned. So are his friends. The big question is…how can he keep the girl? In the film, Mike Vogel & Nate Torrance play two of his best friends and Lindsey Sloane plays the ex-girlfriend that wants him back after he starts dating Alice Eve.
To help promote She’s Out of My League, I recently got to speak with Mike Vogel, Lindsey Sloane & Nate Torrance. We talked about doing press, how they got involved in the project, filming in Pittsburgh, and do they agree with the film’s logic about only being able to date within two of your number. Meaning, if you’re a six, the highest you can date is an eight. Hit the jump to see what they had to say:
With She’s Out of My League opening on March 12, Paramount has provided us with 4 clips from the film. The movie stars Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, Krysten Ritter, Geoff Stults and Lindsay Sloane.
The premise is Baruchel plays an average Joe – with not much going for him – when out of the blue a successful and gorgeous woman falls for him. He’s stunned. So are his friends. The question then becomes how does he keep the girl.
Hit the jump to check out the clips and the full synopsis. Here’s the trailer and the red band trailer.