Disney has found a new director for the adaptation of the Judith Viorst children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. A few weeks ago, The Kids Are All Right helmer Lisa Cholodenko exited the project, but now Deadline reports that Disney is in talks with Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids) to direct. Cholodenko wrote the script alongside Rob Lieber, but it’s unknown if Arteta will commission a rewrite or if they’ll go ahead and move forward with the existing screenplay.
Steve Carell is attached to star in the film, which centers on a kid who wakes up with gum in his hair and whose day goes downhill from there. Production is hoping to get underway this fall, and with a new director already in place it appears that Disney will indeed make that start date. Arteta has plenty of experience blending comedy with drama as he previously helmed the features Youth in Revolt and Cedar Rapids, as well as a number of TV episodes for shows like Enlightened, Six Feet Under, and New Girl.
The ratings are in, and Super Bowl XLVI just barely edged out last year’s game to rank as the most watched program in television history. Nearly 111.3 million people tuned in to watch the Giants vs. Patriots match-up and, subsequently, a whole lotta advertising. Last night we brought you a compilation of all the movie-related spots that ran during the game (including an extended version of The Avengers ad, which is fantastic), and today we’d like to bring your attention to the actual commercials. While most of us are looking for the cleverest or most laugh-inducing spot when judging these super-sized budgeted ads, quite a few notable filmmakers were actually behind many of last night’s spots.
After the jump you’ll find a compilation of ads directed by Peter Berg, Todd Phillips, David Gordon Green, Craig Gillespie, Bobby Farrelly, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., Lance Acord, Joe Pytka, Jake Scott, Fredrik Bond, Chris Smith, Miguel Arteta, Wayne McClammy, and Noam Murro.
The premise of Cedar Rapids is familiar: small town boy (Ed Helms) goes to the big city, and discovers a lot about himself, and who he thought he was. But in Miguel Arteta’s take, this story is both smaller and more perilous than previous versions. The big city is Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the peril is that the main character tries meth and hangs out with a prostitute. The film also has a killer line up of actors, with Helms playing alongside John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Root, Kurtwood Smith and Thomas Lennon. My review of Cedar Rapids on Blu-ray after the jump.
Fox Searchlight has sent over 5 clips from director Miguel Arteta’s (Youth in Revolt) Cedar Rapids. Starring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Stephen Root, Kurtwood Smith, Alia Shawkat, Mike O’Malley, Rob Corddry, and Seth Morris, the film’s about a small-town Wisconsin man who travels to the big city to represent his company at a regional insurance conference. While the story isn’t groundbreaking, or something that you haven’t seen before, I thought the movie was really funny and it’s definitely worth checking out when it gets released February 11. The main reason is the chemistry between Helms, Reilly, Heche, and Whitlock Jr. Each one had a moment to shine and Whitlock Jr. got two of the biggest laughs during the premiere at Sundance. However, John C. Reilly also has a few awesome lines that I loved.
Anyway, for a taste of the film, hit the jump for the clips. And if you missed my extended video interview with Ed Helms at Sundance last week, click here.
In 2003 Columbia Pictures picked up Fat Man, a spec script from Mike Weiss (The Simpsons) about “an 800-pound man who drops 600 pounds with the help of a nurse he finds more appealing than a Happy Meal.” Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison was set to produce, though Sandler had no particular intention to star.
Flash forward eight years: director Miguel Arteta is at Sundance promoting his latest film Cedar Rapids, and the subject of Fat Man comes up. Arteta is not formally attached to the project, but he hopes that if Sandler “gets the gumption to do it” he will be the one in the director’s chair. Hit the jump to read the whole of what Arteta had to say about the project.
With Fox Searchlight’s very funny Cedar Rapids premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (watch the trailer here), I got to sit down with Ed Helms for an extended video interview. As a huge fan of his work, I’ll admit that getting to speak to him in a one on one setting was something that I was really looking forward to. Thankfully, he was super nice and willing to talk about anything. During the interview we covered…
- What was it like for him to premiere his movie at Sundance
- Making Cedar Rapids and the awesome jokes that reference HBO’s The Wire
- What songs does he like to sing when doing karaoke. Says he would destroy me if we went up against one another. I didn’t argue.
- Is he ever going to release an album
- He talked about the “nudity clause” in his contract
- The Mike Tyson tattoo he had to wear in The Hangover 2 and what it was like to walk around Bangkok with it
- His early work which included an episode of Arrested Development
- How he really wants to be in The Muppet movie
- His upcoming movie with Jason Segel called Jeff Who Lives at Home
- His thoughts on the future of The Office. Reveals most of the cast has one year left on their contracts
- And so much more
While I’ve done a lot of interviews recently, this was one easily of my favorites and I can’t recommend it enough. Hit the jump to check it out. I’ve time indexed it so you can watch the parts that interest you.
Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for director Miguel Arteta’s (Youth in Revolt) Cedar Rapids. Premiering at next month’s Sundance Film Festival and getting released nationally February 11, the film is loaded with an all star cast featuring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Stephen Root, Kurtwood Smith, Alia Shawkat, Mike O’Malley, Rob Corddry, and Seth Morris.
While the premise of a small-town Wisconsin man who travels to the big city to represent his company at a regional insurance conference is nothing groundbreaking, I thought Youth in Revolt was very underrated and think Arteta is a director to watch. Also, the trailer for Cedar Rapids has a line that absolutely killed me. I won’t spoil it for you…but if you’re a fan of HBO’s The Wire, you will laugh out loud at the end of the trailer. It’s an awesome moment – especially because of who is saying it. Watch the trailer after the jump.
The Sundance Film Festival doesn’t take place until late January, but you don’t have to wait that long to check out images from some of the films that will have their premiere at the prestigious festival. Today, we bring you the first images from two upcoming star-studded comedies: My Idiot Brother and Cedar Rapids. My Idiot Brother stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, and Adam Scott. The film centers on a ne’er-do-well brother who successively barges into the lives of his three sisters.
Cedar Rapids stars John C. Reilly, Ed Helms, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, and Alia Shawkat. The comedy tells the story of a small-town Wisconsin man who travels to the big city to represent his company at a regional insurance conference. Hit the jump to check out images and a brief synopsis for both films, which will be playing out-of-competition. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 -30th.
As more name actors make the jump back and forth from the silver screen to the flickering box, the great divide of “success” between film and television actors has been dwindling. Even further evidence of this closing gap can be seen in the talent behind the camera. While film directors often direct the pilot of a new series for a big boost in viewership, more and more directors are being utilized for single episodes of series and HBO seems to have cornered the market. Deadline reports the cable network’s new comedy series Enlightened has a lined up an impressive group to helm the episodes, including Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs)
Hit the jump for the rest of the directors and a refresher on the series’ story.
If you’re a regular reader of Collider, you already know I thought Youth in Revolt was great. I saw it at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and afterwards recorded a video blog with Peter from Slashfilm. I also posted a video interview with Michael Cera and director Miguel Arteta, and Matt recently posted an article on the awesome red band trailer. What I’m trying to say is…it’s a film you should be excited for as Michael Cera finally shows he can play more than Michael Cera. In fact, in Youth in Revolt, we get to see the evil Michael Cera as he creates a “supplementary persona” named Francois Dillinger to do the many bad things needed to win his dream girl. Trust me, you’ve never seen Michael Cera act like this.
So to help raise awareness, the Weinstein Company has released a new clip and poster. I strongly suggest watching the red band trailer if you haven’t seen it…but the new clip is also nice. Youth in Revolt hits theaters January 8th.
Funny or Die has debuted the red band trailer for Miguel Arteta’s upcoming comedy Youth in Revolt starring Michael Cera. I know it’s a red band trailer because there’s an R-rated joke every ten seconds or so. They’re not bad but I don’t need this movie to be filthy to enjoy it. I’m already pretty excited for the flick especially since I’ve heard highly positive things about it from those who have seen it (including Steve who thought it was great). For those who don’t know, the movie is about Nick Twisp (Cera), an 18-year old high school student who goes on a quest to lose his virginity after his parent’s breakup. He does this by creating a “supplementary persona” named Francois Dillinger who can inspire the bad-ass behavior Nick needs to win his dream girl.
Check out the red band trailer after the jump along with a brief synopsis. The film co-stars Zach Galifianakis, Steve Buscemi, Fred Willard, Ray Liotta, Jean Smart, Justin Long, and newcomer Portia Doubleday. Youth in Revolt hits theaters on January 8, 2010.
The upcoming Michael Cera comedy Youth in Revolt has a new trailer and you should watch the original trailer to remain positive about the film. It has a good premise: Nick Twisp (Cera) is an 18-year old high school student who goes on a quest to lose his virginity to Sheeni (Portia Doubleday) by developing a “supplementary personality” named Francois who encourages Nick to break out of his timid nice-guy routine and be a bad ass who stands up for himself. Directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl), the film co-stars Zach Galifianakis, Justin Long, Steve Buscemi, Jean Smart, and Ray Liotta.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and try to ignore Mr. Movie Voice. Youth in Revolt hits theaters on January 8, 2010.
Sigourney Weaver and Alia Shawkat will join Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, and Anne Heche in Miguel Arteta’s upcoming comedy, “Cedar Rapids”. The movie, written by Phil Johnston and co-developed with Helms, follows “a sad-sack insurance agent who goes to an industry convention to try and save the jobs of his colleagues.” Weaver, who will next be seen in James Cameron’s “Avatar”, plays Helms’ 7th-grade teacher. As we previously reported, John C. Reilly plays a family man attending the conference but his character sees it as a chance to bust loose. No word yet on Shawkat’s role. [Variety]
A comedy starring John C. Reilly and Ed Helms? Yeah, I think I’m on board. THR is reporting that Reilly has signed on to co-star in “Cedar Rapids”, a comedy about a ” a wholesome and naive small-town Wisconsin man (Helms) who, when his role model dies, must represent his company at a regional insurance conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his mind is blown by the big-town experience.” Reilly would also play a family man attending the conference but his character sees it as a chance to bust loose. Miguel Arteta is on board to direct which will take his mind off his previous film, “Youth in Revolt”, being unable to grab onto a release date.
Last week, at the Toronto Film Festival, I did interviews for the Weinstein Company’s “Youth in Revolt”. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because the film is based on the novel by C.D. Payne and it’s the story of Nick Twisp – a teen with a taste for the finer things in life like Sinatra and Fellini – and he’s played by Michael Cera. While the film is still many months from getting released (Jan 15th, 2010), I really enjoyed the film and want to start building some buzz….so I’m posting the interviews now. Also, there will probably be another press day closer to release, so these interviews would be very old
Anyway, after the jump you can watch my interview with Michael Cera and director Miguel Arteta. They talk about how they worked together to make the film, why Michael really wanted to be involved, and you can see Michael try and copy what’s written on my shirt. It’s a funny interview so take a look.