Lily Tomlin Talks ADMISSION, Working with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, EASTBOUND & DOWN, and More

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Director Paul Weitz (About a Boy) comedy-drama Admission opens this weekend.  The film stars Tina Fey as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental high school in New Hampshire.  Admission also stars Lily Tomlin, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Nat Wolff, and Gloria Reuben.  For more on the film, here’s the trailer and six clips.

The other day I got to speak with Tomlin here in Los Angeles.  We talked about how she got involved in the project, her thoughts on the script and her character, how much improv they did, if she ever tried to make Tina Fey laugh on camera, and her great work last season on HBO’s Eastbound & Down.  Hit the jump to watch.

Over 25 New High-Resolution Images from ADMISSION Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd

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Focus Features has released a large batch of new high-resolution images from the upcoming comedy-drama Admission.  Directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy), the film stars Tina Fey as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school.  The simple idea of Fey and Rudd together sounds like a pitch-perfect comedic pairing, and the trailers hint at some strong dramatic material as well.  Hopefully the full film delivers on both fronts.

Hit the jump to check out the new images.  The film also stars Lily Tomlin, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Nat Wolff, and Gloria ReubenAdmission opens on March 8th.

New Trailer for ADMISSION Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd

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A new trailer has been released for Paul Weitz‘ dramedy Admission.  The film stars Tina Fey as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school.  Most of the footage was in the previous trailer (which has been pulled for some reason), but there are a few new jokes.  Some audiences may be surprised at a lower-key comedy from the film’s leads, but I’m sure they’ll handle the dramatic aspects as well.  My real concern is with Weitz.  About a Boy was a long time ago, and most of his filmography is wretched (I rented Being Flynn and couldn’t power through it even though I was on an airplane with nothing else to do).

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Admission opens March 8, 2013.

First Trailer for ADMISSION Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd

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The first trailer for the comedy-drama Admission has been released.  Directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy), the film stars Tina Fey as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school.  Based on the casting of the two leads one might assume that this is a straight comedy, but the trailer refreshingly shows a much more nuanced and dramatic side of Fey that we’ve yet to see played to its full potential.  Weitz struck a wonderful chord with About a Boy, and I’m hoping a similar tone runs throughout Admission.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Lily Tomlin, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn, and Michael SheenAdmission opens on March 8, 2013.

The Cast of THE WEST WING Reunites for Non-Partisan Political Ad

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Aaron Sorkin returned to the world of television this year with HBO’s The Newsroom, and while I didn’t hate the show as much as some did, it was a far cry from the glory days of The West Wing.  For those feeling nostalgic, or for the West Wing obsessed (of which I’m a card-carrying member), a video has surfaced called “Walk and Talk the Vote” which reunites a large chunk of the show’s cast.  The ad is in support of Bridget Mary McCormack, a non-partisan candidate for Michigan State Supreme Court, but it touches on the importance of all non-partisan voting.

It’s great to see Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Joshua Malina, Mary McCormack, Janel Moloney, Melissa Fitzgerald and even Lily Tomlin back together, but I really would’ve loved to see Rob Lowe return and complete the “original five.”  Nevertheless, hit the jump to take a trip down memory lane, and if you’ve still never seen The West Wing I highly suggest you rectify that as quickly as possible.

Production Begins on ADMISSION Starring Paul Rudd and Tina Fey; Lily Tomlin Joins Cast

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Production commences this week on About a Boy director Paul Weitz’s dramedy AdmissionTina Fey stars as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school.  The full synopsis, included in the press release, elaborates a bit more on the plot of the dramedy and I can assure you that it’s much more than a one-note romantic comedy.  Additionally, the announcement notes that Lily Tomlin has joined the cast that also includes Gloria Reueben, Wallace Shawn, and Michael Sheen.

I’m a big fan of About a Boy, and I’m eager to see the chemistry between Fey and Rudd.  Both are undeniable comedic talents, but Rudd has more experience on the drama side of things so it’ll be interesting to see Fey get a bit more serious.  Hit the jump to read the press release, which includes the synopsis.

Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis Join CBS Cowboy Drama; Lily Tomlin Co-Stars in Reba McEntire Pilot for ABC

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In further television casting news today, Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis have been confirmed for the CBS period drama based on Ralph Lamb, a 1960s rodeo cowboy turned Las Vegas sheriff. Quaid will star as Sheriff Ralph Lamb himself, while Chiklis will star as Johnny Savino, a Chicago mobster with visions of transforming Las Vegas for financial gain. Needless to say, the two characters don’t see eye to eye. Quaid and Chiklis will also be co-executive producers on the project for screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi (American Gangster) and Without a Trace executive producer, Greg Walker. James Mangold (Walk the Line) will direct the pilot.

In other small screen casting news, comedienne Lily Tomlin has signed on to co-star in Reba McEntire’s new comedy pilot for ABC. Hit the jump to see who she’ll be playing.

Steve Carell and David Steinberg to Produce a Documentary About the Evolution of Comedy

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Steve Carell and comedian David Steinberg will be teaming up to produce a documentary about the history of modern comedy.  According to Deadline, the documentary will “chronicle the evolution of comedy over the past sixty years through the eyes of several generations of comedians.”  Carell and Steinberg are already working on the currently untitled documentary, which will include interviews with such comedians as Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Lily Tomlin, Don Rickles, Carol Burnett, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Judd Apatow, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Jane Lynch, and Tina Fey.  The amount of talent involved with the film is definitely impressive and Carell seems to agree by saying, “We’re honored that so many legendary comedic performers have chosen to be part of this.”

The duo plan to target the film for a TV distribution deal and I’m sure that more than one channel will be happy to air the documentary when it’s finished.  This would also mark Carell’s second venture into producing a work for television after yesterday’s announcement that NBC has picked up a comedy series based on Carrell’s early days working as a mail carrier in Littleton, Massachusetts.

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