One of the many films to premiere at Sundance this year was director Jordan Vogt-Roberts offbeat coming-of-age comedy Toy’s House. Written by Chris Galletta, the film is about three unhappy teens (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias) “who flee to the wilderness where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny.” Toy’s House also stars Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Megan Mullally, and Mary Lynn Rajskub.
Shortly after the premiere I sat down with Megan Mullally. We talked about how she got involved with Toy’s House, her reaction to seeing the movie for the first time, making movies with her husband Nick Offerman, improv, and more. In addition, we talked about the Party Down movie, her upcoming film G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend), the comedy pilot she’s writing for IFC, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Now playing on VOD and opening in limited release this weekend is writer-director Leslye Headland‘s R rated comedy Bachelorette. Here’s the official synopsis and trailer:
“On the night before an old friend’s wedding, three bridesmaids go searching for a little fun: Regan (Kirsten Dunst) an overachieving, über-Maid of Honor who’s secretly smarting over the fact that she’s not the first to marry; Gena (Lizzy Caplan), a whip smart sarcastic who’s actually a closet romantic; and Katie (Isla Fisher), a ditzy beauty who loves the good life. Though the bride to be (Rebel Wilson) insists on keeping the bachelorette party tame, the women proceed with an after-hours celebration of their own. Bachelorette also stars Adam Scott, James Marsden and Kyle Bornheimer.”
During the recent Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher. We talked about how the movie premiered on iTunes, how the script changed during production, deleted scenes, and I got updates on the Party Down movie, Bling Ring, and The Great Gatsby. Hit the jump to watch.
Written by Erica Oyama and directed by Ken Marino, the web series Burning Love, which can be watched on the Yahoo! Comedy Channel, follows fireman Mark Orlando (Marino) as he searches for the perfect woman. The scripted comedy series features an impressive line-up of comedic actors from film and television, including Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Michael Ian Black, Adam Scott and more. Viewers will get a front row seat to the champagne toasts, candles, heartbreak, bubble baths, chocolate, hair extensions, betrayal and spray-tans. And if that’s still not enough, you can follow its leading man on Twitter at @burninglovemark.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor/writer/producer/director Ken Marino talked about how this whole idea came about, why he wanted to direct it, the appeal of doing a web series, how they got such a great line-up of actors (including a hilarious A-lister cameo), how much improvisation went on, and whether anything was too outrageous. He also talked about what he’s writing now, how his dream project would be to do an adaptation of the comic book Axe Cop, gave an update on the Party Down movie, and said how much he’s looking forward to Comic-Con. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
In the all-new contemporary take on The Three Stooges, from Peter and Bobby Farrelly, actress Jane Lynch plays Mother Superior, the head nun at the orphanage where newborns Moe, Larry and Curly were left on the doorstep. Now adults (and played by Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso), they set out to help out the nuns, which also include Sister Mary-Mengele (Larry David) and Sister Rosemary (Jennifer Hudson), and raise enough money to save their childhood home, with all of the pratfalls and slapstick comedy that they’re famous for.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, the always funny and charming Jane Lynch talked about talked about her first exposure to The Three Stooges, how blown away she was to see them brought back to life so meticulously, how she got involved with the film, her most memorable moment with Larry David, working with Jennifer Hudson as a singing nun, wearing a nun’s habit in Atlanta in the summer, and what made Peter and Bobby Farrelly the right filmmakers to bring The Three Stooges back to life. She also talked about voicing a character for the Disney animated feature Wreck-It Ralph, about a character from a 1980s video game who wants to get out of his game and into a more high-tech one, her role in A.C.O.D. (which stands for Adult Children of Divorce), the status of the Party Down movie, and what she’s looking forward to on her Fox TV series Glee. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
We’re now in the sixth week of the “Top 5″ feature and I’m glad to report that it’s becoming popular enough that it looks as if I’m going to get to keep my job. Briefly, I’d like to thank the Academy (that doesn’t know I exist), my agent (that I don’t have), family and friends (luckily I have those), and the readers for making me a little less disposable than I was six weeks ago. Now, onto the important stuff.
In this week’s installment, you can find our exclusive Saturn Awards interview with Thomas Jane, a hilariously bizarre trailer for the 1990 Captain America film, our report from the Alamo Drafthouse’s Party Down marathon, Neil Gaiman talking American Gods on a book appearance celebrating the release of its 10th anniversary special hardcover edition, and our inaugural hosting of the For Your Consideration weekly video and audio podcast. Hit the jump for brief recaps and links to each.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: if there’s a reason to live in Texas, it’s Tim League’s Alamo Drafthouse chain, a collection of theaters that make every other big-ass theater chain currently operating in America feel like the shantytowns they are. Whereas most theater chains only screen new movies (and, perhaps, Rocky Horror on Saturday nights), the Drafthouse also offers up elaborate film- and TV-geek friendly events…in addition to a full bar.
Their latest event? A Party Down marathon that unfolded last weekend across two different parties and one Drafthouse theater. While the entire series screened for the assembled crowd, the cast and crew (including series creator Rob Thomas) was on-hand to talk about their pre-Party Down careers, the potential for a Party Down movie, and the best way to watch Party Down now that it’s been cancelled. Read on for our report from the front lines, after the jump.
Ken Marino and Joe Lo Truglio are two members of one of the best sketch comedy groups of all time, The State. Their show ran on MTV back during the mid-to-late 90′s, and for anyone that grew up during that period, The State was a comedy force to be reckoned with. In the years since The State, Marino and Lo Truglio have gone on to bigger and better things: Marino created and starred in Starz’ dearly-departed service-industry comedy Party Down, while Lo Truglio has popped up in a number of great comedies– Superbad, and this month’s Paul, just to name a few. Collider.com’s Scott Wampler sat down with Marino and Lo Truglio in Austin, TX recently to chat about their upcoming projects, including a potential Party Down movie, their horror film, Burnt, and their next collaboration with director (and former State member) David Wain, Wanderlust. Read on for that interview after the jump, folks…
It’s not too surprising, but Starz has cancelled both of their current half-hour series Party Down and Gravity. The Party Down cancellation has warranted the most lamentations, with a cult following and critical acclaim. And when I say “cult”, I mean that the season two finale was viewed by a meager 74,000 viewers, and recorded a 0.0 in the 18-49 demo. Hit the jump for comments from creator Rob Thomas on the cancellation.
The Television Critics Association has unveiled their nominees for the best TV of the year, and as always, there’s plenty to like. Among the highlights:
- Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Glee, Lost, and Modern Family are up for the prestigious “Program of the Year” award
- Modern Family tops the list with five noms, including two of the five comedic acting nominees for Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell
- Breaking Bad received four nominations, including two of the five dramatic acting nominees for Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul
- Usual suspects Mad Men and 30 Rock are mostly absent, with only one nomination between them
- Shows like Friday Night Lights, Party Down, and Sons of Anarchy, which are likely to go unnoticed at the Emmys, all get a nod
The award ceremony will honor the winners on July 31. Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.