The This Is the End gang is getting back together—and then some. Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Evan Goldberg have been developing a hard-R animated film called Sausage Party for some time, and when Sony Pictures agreed to produce the pic alongside Annapurna Pictures last year, we assumed that Rogen, Hill, and some of their regular collaborators would be leading the voice cast. We assumed correctly, as The Wrap now reports that Rogen, Hill, and James Franco will lead the voice cast for the film, with Michael Cera, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Nick Kroll, and David Krumholtz also lending their voice talents to the pic. Hit the jump for more.
Jonah Hill hosted last night’s installment of Saturday Night Live, and the episode put a couple of funny spins on popular films. The highlight was probably the Her parody Me, in which Hill (complete with mustache and high-waist pants) assumed Joaquin Phoenix’s role from the Best Picture-nominated Spike Jonze film. In this parody, Hill plays a guy so anti-social that his Operating System voice is himself, hence the title. It’s a sharp pre-recorded segment and it features a fantastic cameo from a familiar face towards the end. Additionally, Hill was joined onstage by his The Wolf of Wall Street co-star Leonardo DiCaprio during his monologue, and the two wonderfully recreated a rather iconic scene from Titanic.
Hit the jump to watch both videos.
Last year, we reported that FX had ordered a pilot for How and Why, a half-hour comedy pilot from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind writer Charlie Kaufman. Today, Deadline is reporting that the show will have two great lead actors in John Hawkes and Michael Cera. The brief logline is that the show “tells the story of a man (Hawkes) who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.” Since this is from the mind of Kaufman, who also wrote Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Synecdoche, New York, I’m assuming it’s nowhere near that simple. While neither Hawkes nor Cera are strangers to television, I’ll be excited to see how they play off each other (assuming they actually share the screen; with Kaufman, it’s best to leave expectations aside).
Kaufman will write and direct the pilot as well as executive produce, but there’s currently no air date. Assuming the series is picked up, and FX is willing to give Kaufman as much freedom as they’ve given Louis C.K. on Louie, then How and Why could be amazing, or at least unlike anything else on television.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival just announced its Premieres line-up, along with images and synopses for the movies playing in that category. Briefly:
- Calvary – Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh; starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz.
- Hits – Written and directed by David Cross; starring Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, and Wyatt Cenac.
- I Origins – Written and directed by Mike Cahill; starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, and Archie Panjabi.
- Little Accidents – Written and directed by Sara Colangelo; starring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16- 26th.
Seth Rogen made a bold decision in his directorial debut This is the End (which he co-wrote and co-directed with Evan Goldberg) that could have just as easily blown up in his face. He stars as himself, as do his friends/co-stars Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson in this comedy about what happens when actors survive the rapture. My review of the Blu-ray of This is the End follows after the jump.
Opening tomorrow in NYC, L.A., and other selected cities is director Sebastian Silva’s drug fueled comedy Crystal Fairy. The film stars Michael Cera as an American expat who, while on a trip in Chile, sets out in search of the prized San Pedro cactus along with three Chilean brothers in order to reap its hallucinatory benefits. The pic is one of two Michael Cera-led indies that Silva shot in Chile, with the other being the psychological horror pic Magic Magic. Both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Crystal Fairy also stars Gaby Hoffman, Juan Andres Silva, Jose Miguel Silva, and Agustin Silva.
During the recent L.A. press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Cera and Silva. They talked about how they started working together, filming a realistic portrayal of a drug trip, the shooting process, how much was improvised, did they make any changes since premiering at Sundance, Gaby Hoffman’s amazing performance, Magic Magic, future projects, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch and definitely check out Crystal Fairy.
The first trailer and poster for director Sebastian Silva’s upcoming comedy Crystal Fairy have been released online. The film stars Michael Cera as an American expat who, while on a trip in Chile, sets out in search of the prized San Pedro cactus along with three Chilean brothers in order to reap its hallucinatory benefits. The pic is one of two Michael Cera-led indies that Silva shot in Chile, with the other being the psychological horror pic Magic Magic. Both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and Crystal Fairy certainly looks to be a rather nutty trip of a film.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the poster. The film also stars Gaby Hoffman, Juan Andres Silva, Jose Miguel Silva, and Agustin Silva. Crystal Fairy opens on July 12th.
Judd Apatow‘s past collaborators have exceeded him. Left to make a movie without his direct oversight, stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson have made a film with the influence of Apatow’s past work, but none of his recent weaknesses. That’s not to say that these actors are only indebted to Apatow or that their comic talent came from working with the successful writer/director/producer. But they’ve all worked with him in the past, and their latest effort, guided by a script and direction from Rogen and Evan Goldberg, leaves behind comic one-upmanship and endless riffing to provide a balanced comic dynamic that’s able to navigate a loose plot to big laughs.
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for writer/director Sebastian Silva’s psychological horror film Magic Magic. The pic stars Juno Temple as a young girl who starts to lose her mind while vacationing with friends in Chile, with Michael Cera taking an incredibly dark turn as an acquaintance of Temple’s character who has a rather peculiar fascination with the girl. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to mostly positive reviews, and while audiences sparked to the unsettling nature of the film, it’s not exactly a highly mainstream concept. As such, Sony decided to go direct-to-DVD with the pic. Nevertheless, this trailer is certainly tantalizing and the pic looks to be worth seeing for Cera’s performance alone. Silva and Cera also have another collaboration that premiered at Sundance called Crystal Fairy, and that film is slated for a theatrical release later this year.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer for Magic Magic. The film also stars Emily Browning, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Agustin Silva.
Sony Pictures has released some new high-resolution images from two of the studio’s most highly anticipated 2013 releases. First up, a new image from director Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi pic Elysium teases an intense showdown between Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley. I saw a bit of this sequence at Comic-Con last year and it is absolutely brutal; you will be shocked at just how badass Copley is with this character. The film opens on August 9th.
Additionally, Sony has released a handful of images from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s directorial debut This Is the End. We see Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson handling an apocalyptic event in a variety of ways, but the images also give us new looks at the film’s other supporting characters (ie. more actors playing themselves) including Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Rihanna, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The film opens on June 12th. Hit the jump to check out images from Elysium and This Is the End.
Was it six years of anticipation for a fourth season of Arrested Development or was it desire? If it was the former, we saw possibilities beyond the show’s ending. If it was the latter, we simply didn’t want the show to end, and we would accept it any form. “Maybe a movie,” Ron Howard suggests at the close of the third season when Maeby (Alia Shawkat) pitches her family’s story as a TV series. Now the show has returned for a fourth season that is radically different from anything we’ve seen on television (perhaps the closest cousin being the time-travel season on Lost). What begins as a brilliant new approach to storytelling on television becomes a season that demands a chart to follow the crisscrossing plotlines that begin to get in the way of enjoying the show’s humor. Thankfully, despite the heavy weight of the show’s ambition, Arrested Development is as funny and clever as past seasons. But this time, it may be too clever for its own good.
After seven years and a small case of cancellation, Arrested Development will return in two weeks. Netflix has released the first trailer for Season 4, and the show looks as hilarious as ever. As excited as all AD fans are, there was always the fear of “What if the show can’t meet expectations?” I always felt that Season 3 went out on a high note, and that a fourth season could jeopardize the strong finish. But judging by this trailer, Arrested Development fans have nothing to fear. The weirdness, sight gags, wordplay, and more are back.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The show stars Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter. All 15 episodes premiere on Netflix at midnight on May 26th.
Much to the surprise and joy of every Arrested Development fan, the Emmy Award-winning comedy series following the wildly eccentric and entertainingly dysfunctional Bluth family is back with 15 new episodes debuting on Netflix on May 26th. After having seen the first episode, I can say that the show is as twisted and funny as ever, and feels like it hasn’t missed a beat in the seven years since the last episode aired. From creator/writer Mitch Hurwitz, the series stars Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter.
During a recent press conference to promote the 15 new episodes, co-stars Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat and Jessica Walter talked about how great it’s been to reunite with each other, the possibility of a movie still being made, what it was like to return to these roles after so many years, how often fans throw quotes at them when they’re out, how complicated the episodes were to shoot, and just how many scenes the Bluth family is in together. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
The first clip from the new batch of Arrested Development episodes has landed online, and it appears that the relationship between Tony Hale’s Buster and Jessica Walter’s Lucille hasn’t changed a bit. The clip provides a tiny hint as to what Lucille has been up to since the events of the season three finale, but mainly it just showcases the series’ wonderful sense of humor that’s been sorely missing from our lives for far too long. Additionally, Netflix has released a new batch of character posters for the new episodes that features the entire cast along with some rather familiar taglines.
Hit the jump to check out the clip and posters, and if you missed the EW covers and new images from yesterday, click here. Netflix will release all 15 new episodes of Arrested Development at once on May 26th.
YouTube has announced the first-ever Comedy Week, set to take place May 19-25. YouTube has recruited an impressive roster of outside talent, including Vince Vaughn, Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman, Michael, The Lonely Island, Seth Rogen, Tim and Eric, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Norm Macdonald, and Craig Robinson. The week also has room for YouTube mainstays like Ryan Higa, Smosh, Epic Meal Time, Rhett & Link, and Epic Rap Battles of History.
The event kicks off with a live variety show on May 19, followed by “a week of dedicated programming that includes live performances, new episodes from popular YouTube comedy channels, curated top ten lists from comedy stars and more.” Hit the jump for the press release with all the details and the full list of participating talent.