CBS Films has released the first trailer for director Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) upcoming comedy Last Vegas. The film stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline as four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single (Douglas). This teaser trailer sells the film hard as “The Hangover with old guys,” but despite the forced premise, Last Vegas actually looks like it could be kind of fun. All four of the lead actors are Academy Award winners, and it’s interesting to see someone like Freeman just completely let loose and go full-on comedy.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, and Roger Bart. Last Vegas opens on November 1st.
A few release date changes and announcements are being made.
- Sony Pictures Classics has announced that director Richard Linklater’s fantastic sequel Before Midnight will open in limited release in New York and Los Angeles on May 24th. The film reunites Linklater with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as we again pick up with the characters from Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. Read Matt’s positive review from Sundance here.
- Director Pedro Almodovar’s latest film, I’m So Excited, is also getting the limited treatment, as the pic will open in New York and Los Angeles on June 28th. Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Paz Vega star.
- The comedy Last Vegas is being moved up from December 20th to November 1st. The film stars Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Michael Douglas, and Morgan Freeman, and will face off against the sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game in wide release.
- Finally, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine will open in NY and LA on July 26th. The film stars Cate Blanchette, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, and Louis C.K.
This holiday season, you can celebrate family at the movies with The Guilt Trip, which tells the story of Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen), as he embarks on a cross-country road trip with his mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand), to turn one of his inventions into a success. With both funny and poignant moments on their mother-son adventure, each realizes that they just want the other to be happy.
At the film’s press day, writer/executive producer Dan Fogelman spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about taking a road trip with his own mom to inspire the script, that Barbra Streisand was his mom’s hero, making sure everything in the film came from a place of love, the scene he was most looking forward to seeing brought to life, why mother-son relationships are rarely explored in film, and how he loves it when actors improvise. He also talked about how cool it is to have Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline make up the cast for Last Vegas, which he wrote with Jon Turteltaub directing, what made Imagine (with Al Pacino, Julianne Moore and Jeremy Renner) the right film for him to make his directorial debut with, how much he’s enjoying the success of the ABC comedy series The Neighbors, which he created, and what interested him in the possibility of writing the 50 Shades of Grey movie (he was on the shortlist). Check out what he had to say after the jump.
New images have been released for the comedies The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Last Vegas. Wonderstone stars Steve Carell as the eponymous magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained after the arrival of a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey). The script comes from Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein so I’ve got high hopes. As for Last Vegas (a.k.a. “The Hangover with old guys”), the movie centers on four old friends (played by Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, and Morgan Freeman) who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15, 2013. Last Vegas opens December 20, 2013.
The first image from the “The Hangover with old guys” comedy Last Vegas has been released on the heels of the official start of production. The story centers on four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single. Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure) directs the rather impressive cast that includes Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, and Morgan Freeman. Filming has now begun in Las Vegas (though this first image is horribly photoshopped) and will continue in Atlanta. The cast will be doing location shooting in Vegas on the strip and at Aria Resort & Casino.
Hit the jump to check out the first image and to read the full press release. The film also stars Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara (Entourage), Romany Malco (The 40-Year-Old Virgin), and Roger Bart (Political Animals). Last Vegas opens on December 20th, 2013.
We’ve got a few new release dates for you this evening. Check them out at a glance:
- Last Vegas, directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline will open December 20th, 2013.
- Stand Up Guys, the Fisher Stevens comedy starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Julianna Margulies and Alan Arkin, opens January 11th, 2013.
- Quartet, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, and Michael Gambon opens domestically December 28th of this year and in the U.K. January 4th 2013.
Hit the jump for more on each film, including synopses.
The cast for director Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) upcoming comedy Last Vegas is firming up. Described as “The Hangover with old guys,” the film centers on four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single. Michael Douglas is set as the aging bachelor, Robert De Niro plays the wet blanket of the group, and Morgan Freeman also stars. Now Deadline reports that Kevin Kline is joining the cast as the fourth and final member of this rag-tag team of AARP members.
Though Kline’s excellent comedic skills will no doubt be put to good use in Last Vegas, this news puts a bit of a damper on the prospect of Charlie Kaufman’s Frank or Francis getting off the ground soon. The star-studded musical was to go before cameras this year, but was recently postponed due to financing issues.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories involve two more senior actors to share this afternoon. First up, Morgan Freeman has been added to the cast of the “Hangover with old people” comedy Last Vegas. The story centers on four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single. Michael Douglas stars as the groom-to-be, and Robert De Niro was recently added to the cast as the wet blanket of the group. Christopher Walken has also been rumored to be circling a role, but he has yet to officially sign on. Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure) is set to direct, and I can’t decide if this movie will be terrible or amazing.
Hit the jump for casting news concerning the impressive ensemble in Better Living Through Chemistry. [Update: We've added the press release confirming Morgan Freeman in Last Vegas]
Last month, we reported development on a comedy called Last Vegas. The script was written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), and is essentially The Hangover with old people. The story centers on four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single. Michael Douglas is onboard to play the lifelong bachelor, and we had previously heard that Robert De Niro was in talks to join the cast. CBS Films announced today that De Niro has closed his deal to play the party-averse Paddy Connelly, who reluctantly agrees to fly to Vegas at the request of his friends. The character of a curmudgeonly older gentleman who isn’t fond of jokes or partying should be quite the stretch for De Niro.
Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure) is set to direct, and we previously heard that Christopher Walken may be circling a role as well. No confirmation of Walken’s involvement is included in the announcement, but we do have the first official logline. Hit the jump to check out the press release.
Yesterday we learned that Michael Douglas had entered negotiations to star in the “Hangover with old people” comedy Last Vegas. The script, written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), centers on “on a quartet of retired boomers who are called upon for a Vegas bachelor party by their friend, a ladies man (Douglas) who is finally settling down and marrying a woman half his age.” Now Vulture reports that Robert De Niro is in talks to join in on the boomer debauchery. Per their report, De Niro and Douglas would play characters that fall for the same girl, so either De Niro is secretly in love with Douglas’ fiancé or, more likely, an older actress will be cast in a different role that the two will fawn over.
Moreover, Vulture adds that talks continue with Christopher Walken to take a co-starring role in the pic, but the studio wants to close De Niro’s deal before finishing up with Walken. The latter is also poised to star in another “old guys are funny too” comedy called Stand Up Guys with Al Pacino and Alan Arkin. I liked Crazy, Stupid, Love. well enough, and director Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure) knows how to make entertaining movies, so hopefully we’re not just in for 90 minutes of Depends jokes.
Michael Douglas is in negotiations to star in the comedy Last Vegas. As we reported in September, Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure) will direct a script from Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), which centers “on a quartet of retired boomers who are called upon for a Vegas bachelor party by their friend, a ladies man (Douglas) who is finally settling down and marrying a woman half his age.” Variety adds that “old tensions crop up between the groom-to-be and one of his friends over the woman they both loved as teenagers.” While it sounds like a fun movie for Douglas and I’ve enjoyed his recent work, he already played similar characters in Solitary Man and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Last April, Fogelman said he wanted Jack Nicholson for the role, so the filmmakers aren’t exactly thinking outside the box on this one.
Thankfully, Douglas will be stretching himself in his next role as Liberace in Steven Soderbergh‘s HBO film Behind the Candelabra, which shoots this June. Last Vegas is set to begin filming in September.
After going the big expensive blockbuster route with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, director Jon Turtletaub is scaling back. THR reports that Turteltaub will direct the Las Vegas-set comedy Last Vegas (oh, it’s a pun. Now I get it). Written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), “the story centers on a quartet of retired boomers who are called upon for a Vegas bachelor party by their friend, a ladies man who is finally settling down and marrying a woman half his age.” Or to put it another way, it’s The Hangover with old people.
This is going to be a project that comes down to casting and it has to be more than just “Oh, old people. You’re supposed to be tired and sleepy but instead you’re raucous and adventurous! Wacky.” Back in April 2010 we reported that Fogelman had earmarked a role for Jack Nicholson, and it definitely sounds like a project he’d be well-suited to smirk his way through.
Today, we have yet another comedy screenplay floating around Hollywood whose pitch begins with “It’s The Hangover meets . . .”; this one has its eyes on Jack Nicholson to star. According to Vulture, screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Cars, Bolt) has scripted the tale of four baby boomer childhood friends who reunite decades later to witness the marriage of Billy, the lifelong bachelor role earmarked for Nicholson–I’ma go ahead and end the pitch with ” . . . meets Space Cowboys.” Fogelman has slapped the grammatically defiant title LASt VEGAS on the front page, though I’ll consider it a working title because neither I nor marquees are very fond of it.
After the jump, you’ll find a sneak peak at Fogelman’s script which gives a sense of why Nicholson was forwarded a draft.