Exclusive THEY CAME TOGETHER Clips: Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler Poke Fun at Rom-Coms

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Last weekend may have been consumed by Mark Wahlberg, Autobots, Dinobots and one too many Michael Bay low angle shots, but there was also a unique take on romantic comedies in the mix too, David Wain’s They Came Together.  It stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler as Joel and Molly.  While on a double date with Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper’s characters, Joel and Molly run through the history of their relationship, hitting an abundance of all-too-familiar rom-com troupes along the way.

They Came Together hit select theaters and On Demand on June 27th, so if you caught Matt’s review, you might have already checked it out, but if you’d like a taste of the type of comedy and tone Wain’s going for first, we got our hands on some exclusive material from the film that might help you out.  Hit the jump to check out seven They Came Together clips as well as some sound bites from Hader on the process of making the movie as well.

THEY CAME TOGETHER Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  They Came Together opens today in limited release and on VOD]

When director David Wain does his own thing, it may not be for everyone, but he’s also at his best. His more mainstream films, Role Models and Wanderlust, are entertaining, but his work on The State, Stella, and the classic Wet Hot American Summer is distinct, absurd, bold, and painfully funny. His latest, They Came Together, is Wain embracing his unique comic voice as he turns to mock one of Hollywood’s easiest targets, the romantic comedy. Despite the easily apparent flaws of that genre, Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter not only poke fun at the obvious tropes, but also let their delightfully twisted comedy burst through. Further supported by Paul Rudd brilliantly and brutally skewering his familiar leading man persona, They Came Together doesn’t bring the rom-com to its knees, but it does deliver a well-deserved gut punch.

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER TV Show May Come to Netflix; Original Cast Expected to Return

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Director David Wain’s 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer remains one of the funniest and weirdest comedies in recent memory, and though the film was a box office bomb, it later gained cult status on home video thanks to a number of its cast members eventually becoming huge stars—including Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, and Elizabeth Banks.  The film revolved around the last day of camp at Camp Firewood, but Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter hit upon an absurdist tone for the comedy that resulted in a twisted, hilarious little movie.

Talk of a prequel to Wet Hot American Summer has been going on for years, and while most of the cast is game to return (playing even younger versions of their 10-years-ago selves), movement on the project has yet to materialize.  Well now it appears that an alternate route for the Wet Hot American Summer follow-up is being considered, as Netflix is in talks to turn it into a TV series.  Hit the jump for more on the Wet Hot American Summer TV show.

Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler Describe Their “Corny Romantic Comedy Story” in New THEY CAME TOGETHER Clip

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Lionsgate has released a new They Came Together clip from director David Wain’s (Role Models) upcoming romantic comedy parody.  The film is a twisted send-up of the traditional rom-com formula, as characters played by Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler recount their meet-cute story to a pair of friends (Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper) over dinner.  This new clip comes from the beginning of the film, as Rudd and Poehler explain which romantic comedy stock characters they each fit while also revealing a third, more important character to the story of their coupling.  I caught the film at Sundance and it’s hilariously offbeat, bringing to mind the tone of Wain’s equally nutty comedy Wet Hot American Summer.  You should absolutely keep it on your radar this summer, and if you haven’t watched the trailer, I recommend you do so now.

Hit the jump to watch the They Came Together clip and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Ed HelmsCobie SmuldersChristopher MeloniKen MarinoMelanie LynskeyJason Mantzoukas, and Max Greenfield.  They Came Together opens in theaters and on VOD on June 27th.

First Trailer for THEY CAME TOGETHER Starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler [Updated with New Images]

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Lionsgate has released the first They Came Together trailer for director David Wain’s (Wet Hot American Summer) unique romantic comedy.  The film is a twisted send-up of the traditional rom-com formula, as characters played by Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler recount their meet-cute story to a pair of friends (Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper) over dinner.  I caught the film at Sundance and thought it was damn funny, and definitely in the vein of Wet Hot rather than Wain’s other movies.  This trailer does a good job of conveying the tone of the film without giving away some of the best jokes.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Mantzoukas, and Max GreenfieldThey Came Together opens in theaters and on VOD on June 27th. [Update: We've added a few new images from the film after the jump as well.]

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES Blu-ray Will Have 3 Versions of the Film and 90 Minutes of Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scenes

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If you’re a fan of the Anchorman series, you might want to take a few days off starting April 1st.  That’s because Paramount has just announced the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Blu-ray and it’s loaded with awesome extras.  While I knew we’d get some cool stuff based on what director Adam McKay included with the first Anchorman Blu-ray, the sequel lifts the bar to another level.  Here’s a few of the highlights:

  • Three versions of the film—the original Theatrical Version, the Unrated Version and the Super-Sized R-Rated Version with 763 new jokes (the super-sized edition plays in theaters for one-week starting February 28th. More details here)
  • More than 90 minutes of deleted, extended and alternate scenes
  • Commentary by Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner
  • Line-O-Rama, Parts 1 & 2—Non-stop alternate lines from the film
  • Welcome to the Dolphin Show—Ron Burgundy takes on the crowd
  • Kench-O-Rama—Mashup of Kench Allenby’s most Australian moments
  • Cast Table Read
  • Anchorman 2: The Musical—A look at the musical sequel that almost was
  • Auditions—Featuring Meagan Good, Dylan Baker and Amy Poehler

And this isn’t everything, as the Blu-ray includes 4 hours of bonus content.  While Paramount has screwed the fans over a number of different ways with their recent home video releases (look at what they did for Star Trek: Into Darkness), I’m happy they’re including all these extras in the same place.  Hit the jump for the full list on the press release and click here to get it for $19.99 (which is 50% off on Amazon).

Sundance 2014: THEY CAME TOGETHER Review

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When director David Wain does his own thing, it may not be for everyone, but he’s also at his best.  His more mainstream films, Role Models and Wanderlust, are entertaining, but his work on The State, Stella, and the classic Wet Hot American Summer is distinct, absurd, bold, and painfully funny.  His latest, They Came Together, is Wain embracing his unique comic voice as he turns to mock one of Hollywood’s easiest targets, the romantic comedy.  Despite the easily apparent flaws of that genre, Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter not only poke fun at the obvious tropes, but also let their delightfully twisted comedy burst through.  Further supported by Paul Rudd brilliantly and brutally skewering his familiar leading man persona, They Came Together doesn’t bring the rom-com to its knees, but it does deliver a well-deserved gut punch.

First Clip and Poster from David Wain’s Rom-Com Spoof THEY CAME TOGETHER Starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler

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We’re going to be seeing a lot of films at Sundance this year, but as any festivalgoer will tell you, you can’t see them all.  Scheduling complications always come into play, but it still stings that we’re going to miss David Wain‘s latest, They Came Together.  The rom-com send-up stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, and as you can see from the first clip, this is Wain operating in the absurd style of The State, Wet Hot American Summer, and Stella rather than his more traditional features like Role Models and Wanderlust.  Also, the poster will easily be one of the best of 2014, and I hope it gets used in the wide release.

Hit the jump to check out the poster and clip.  The film also stars Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, and Christopher MeloniThey Came Together will make its world premiere at Sundance on January 24th.

TOP 5: INTERSTELLAR Trailer, ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, First Trailer for 22 JUMP STREET, AMERICAN HUSTLE, “Worst Of” Lists are the Worst

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Last night I had the opportunity to catch Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and I have to say that I walked away with mixed feelings. For the most part, the laughs were there (especially the scenes with Greg Kinnear and the “getting the team back together” sequence early on). I also thought the decision to place the Channel 4 News Team at the dawn of the 24 hour news cycle was great in that it gave Ron and Co. the chance to be pioneers of the trade and provided the pic solid footing from which to deliver its well-placed jabs at the current state of the broadcast news industry. On the other hand, some of the film’s gags and multiple cameos landed with a huge thud for me and I’m still a little surprised at how ridiculously over the top it becomes in the final 20 minutes or so (even for an Anchorman sequel). All in all, if you enjoyed the original then I think there’s enough magic left in the tank that you’ll have fun with The Legend Continues. Just don’t be surprised if you leave the theater less than thrilled to experience the next installment in Ron Burgundy’s story.

My notes aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, interviews with Will Ferrell and more for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the first trailer for 22 Jump Street, American Hustle interviews with Christian Bale and more, and Matt’s editorial on why “Worst Of” lists are, for the lack of a better word, the worst. Read on for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Paul Rudd and Steve Carell Talk ANCHORMAN 2, Getting Back into Character, Keeping a Straight Face, a Deleted Musical Sequence, and More

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The News Team has re-assembled!  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is finally here, 9 years after the 4 buffoons of Channel 4 news first won us over.  The whole gang is back- Ron, Champ, Brian and Brick are causing the usual ruckus, but this time in New York City.  The film focuses on the start of the 24 hour news channel and the tabloidization of news, while tackling tough issues of racism, marital trouble and health.

At the press day for the film in NYC, I participated in a roundtable interview with Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd.  They talked about getting the old band back together, the nostalgic feeling of seeing themselves in costume, their admiration for Adam McKay and Will Ferrell [who co-wrote the script], how hard it was to keep a straight face on set, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for more. 

Marvel Confirms Paul Rudd Will Lead Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN

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It’s officially official: Paul Rudd is Ant-Man.  After news broke last night that Rudd was in talks to lead Marvel’s Ant-Man, the studio confirmed today that the actor has been set to star in the title role for director Edgar Wright.  Moreover, the press release notes that Rudd is the actor “that Marvel had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man.” Marvel has been developing Ant-Man with Wright for some time, first announcing the project at Comic-Con alongside Jon Favreau’s first Iron Man film, so it’s nice to hear that Wright and Co. have landed the actor that they first landed upon years ago.  Ant-Man kicks off what’s sure to be a string of Marvel appearances for Rudd, who will very likely be joining his cinematic companions in The Avengers 3.

Wright co-wrote Ant-Man with Joe Cornish and the film will be produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Wright’s longtime producing partner Nira Park.  Filming is set to begin next year in anticipation of a July 31, 2015 release date.  Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding Rudd’s casting, which includes a quote from Feige.

Paul Rudd in Talks to Play ANT-MAN

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Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) has landed the lead of Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, and is currently in early talks with the studio.  Wright co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), one that centers on the scientist Pym who invented a substance known as Pym Particles that let him alter his size from nearly microscopic to gigantic.  It looks like Rudd will be donning the special helmet, which both protects his identity and lets him communicate with ants and other insects, when Ant-Man debuts in theaters July 31, 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES Review

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a comedy classic.  It’s infinitely quotable, gets better with every viewing, and had the staying power to go from being a moderate summer hit to a film where a growling legion of fans were constantly demanding a sequel.  Sadly, these cases usually end with a “Be careful what you wish for.” But Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is “Sometimes, dreams do come true.”  Burdened with almost a decade of expectations compounded by an unrelenting marketing campaign, not to mention the fact that comedy sequels are almost always inferior to the original, Adam McKay‘s film was inevitably at a disadvantage despite fans begging for its existence.  The compromise is a shaggy beast of a sequel that maintains the silly and strange soul of the original.  Even with its glaring flaws, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues still manages to be 2013′s funniest film.

Sundance 2014: New Images from THE RAID 2, THEY CAME TOGETHER, FRANK, and LAGGIES

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The Premieres lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was just unveiled, and along with it a collection of first look images and synopses for said films are now online.  Briefly:

  • The Raid 2 – Directed by Gareth Evans; starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, and Alex Abbad.
  • They Came Together – Directed by David Wain; starring Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, and Christopher Meloni.
  • Frank – Directed by Lenny Abrahamson; starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy.
  • Laggies – Directed by Lynn Shelton; starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, and Mark Webber.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

Director Adam McKay Talks ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, Musical Numbers, Releasing an Alternate Cut with 240 New Jokes, and Much More

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A few weeks ago, I got to visit the editing room of director Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues with a few other reporters.  While we only got to see a few selected scenes from the beginning of the film, I’m happy to report they looked fantastic and everyone was laughing non-stop.  Shortly after watching the footage, McKay and his editor, Brent White, answered questions for about thirty minutes and revealed a lot of cool information.  Here are a few highlights:

  • The first assembly cut was over four hours.  The first test screening was two and a half hours and, according to McKay, it played extremely well.  However, the final release will be around two hours.
  • McKay and White are developing an alternate version of Anchorman 2 that has a completely different set of jokes (around 240).  They’re going to test screen the alternate cut and hope to release it on either movie screens (after the original’s release) or VOD/DVD/Blu-ray.
  • The film has a couple of musical numbers and one big love song at the end of the movie.
  • Will Ferrell and McKay originally intended the ending to the sequel to be a ridiculous bit about an underwater glass hotel that failed, with water coming through the windows and sharks coming at people.  They changed their minds.

Hit the jump for more highlights from the interview followed by the full transcript.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th and stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford.

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