Paul Weitz is a director I have come to dread. About a Boy was a long time ago, and in the interim he has done some truly abysmal films such as Cirque du Freak, American Dreamz, and Being Flynn (I didn’t even bother with Little Fockers). But after a 12-year-drought, Weitz has delivered a film that’s almost as funny and sweet as About a Boy. His new movie, Admission, is a playful, nice little story where leads Tina Fey and Paul Rudd have the room to exercise their comic and dramatic abilities, and do so with a charming screenplay from Karen Croner. Even though it heads towards safe places, Admission never feels gratingly familiar.
Director Paul Weitz’s new film Admission turns an inside eye on a subject near and not-so-dear to many of us- the college admissions process. At the heart of it is Portia Nathan (played by a more serious Tina Fey than we are used to seeing), a Princeton admissions officer whose world is suddenly thrown for a loop when a routine visit to an alternative school forces her to cross paths with a teacher (Paul Rudd) who thinks he may have found the son Portia gave up for adoption in college. Portia finds herself bending the rules, both official college rules and rules she has imposed upon herself to help this boy (Nat Wolff) get into Princeton, while falling into an oddly sweet relationship with his teacher. The film also stars a hilarious Lily Tomlin as Fey’s feminist, fire-breathing mother.
Recently I landed an exclusive interview with director Paul Weitz. He talked about the process of turning this book into a script, working with stars Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Lily Tomlin, deleted scenes and Lily Tomlin’s outrageous tattoo ideas, working with his brother Chris Weitz and writing for Woody Allen in Antz. Click after the jump to continue reading.
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 Reuben. Admission opens on March 8th.
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 Sheen. Admission opens on March 8, 2013.
Production commences this week on About a Boy director Paul Weitz’s dramedy Admission. Tina 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.
With the upcoming release of American Reunion, the first three American Pie films have been put to Blu-ray, all offering both theatrical and unrated cuts. The films follow Jim (Jason Biggs) and his best friends Oz (Chris Klein), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) and Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott) as they quest to get laid. In the first film, Jim is just looking for sex, in the second he finds love, and in the third he gets married. Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Jennifer Coolidge, Mena Survari, Shannon Elizabeth, January Jones, Natasha Lyonne, and Eugene Levy also star. And our review of the American Pie trilogy on Blu-ray follows after jump.
Quite the comedic pairing may now be in the works. Tina Fey has long been attached to Paul Weitz’s adaptation of the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel Admission, and we recently reported that Owen Wilson was eyeing a role in the project. The story centers on an Ivy League admissions officer (Fey) whose life is thrown for a loop by both a potential student and an alternative high school teacher who has long fancied her. Wilson was looking at taking on the high school teacher role, but 24 Frames now reports that Wilson is no longer attached and producers are currently out to Paul Rudd to take over the role. Apparently Rudd is very interested in the project (who wouldn’t be interested to star opposite Fey?), but no official deal has been struck.
Weitz has experience in the dramedy arena with About a Boy and I’m excited to see Fey stretch her dramatic chops. Rudd is icing on the cake if he signs on, and he’s more than proven his talent in both the comedy and drama realms. I’m highly enthused by the pairing of Fey and Rudd, so hopefully a deal comes through. Admission is expected to shoot this June while Fey is on hiatus from 30 Rock.
Over a year ago, we heard that Tina Fey was looking to star in About a Boy director Paul Weitz’s adaptation of the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel Admission. We haven’t really heard much about the project since that time, but things may be heating up as Vulture reports that Owen Wilson is now eyeing a role in the film. The story centers on an Ivy League admissions officer (Fey) who strikes up a relationship with a potential student and is forced to confront a painful secret from her past as a result. If Wilson signs on, he would play a teacher at an alternative high school who falls for Fey.
Weitz’s plan is to make the film at Focus Features, which hopefully means this relationship dramedy will be more in the vein of About a Boy than Little Fockers. I’m intrigued to see Fey go the dramatic route, and Wilson’s already proven his talent in the drama arena. The actor is (unsurprisingly) is fielding a number of offers following his charming turn in last year’s Midnight in Paris. Whether he signs on or not, Admission is expected to shoot in June while Fey is on hiatus from 30 Rock.
Being Flynn (opening in theaters on March 2nd), adapted from Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, explores the often unconventional bond between parent and child. In the film, Nick (Paul Dano) is a young writer who misses the loving nature of his late mother (Julianne Moore) and hasn’t seen his father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro), a self-proclaimed “master storyteller,” in 18 years. After serving time in prison for cashing forged checks, losing his job as a cab driver and becoming homeless, Jonathan impulsively reaches out to Nick, who tries to integrate his father into his life, but quickly learns how complicated that truly will be.
At the film’s press day, director/screenwriter Paul Weitz spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made him want to bring Nick Flynn’s story to life, why he’s drawn to father-son stories, why he went through 30 drafts of the script prior to filming (and how the final draft was ultimately the same as the first draft, at its core), and what the real-life father and son thought about the actors who played them. He also talked about how he’s developing something with Tina Fey, and that he’s going to be doing a play in New York in the Spring, with Topher Grace (reprising the character that he played in In Good Company) and Olivia Thirlby. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
We have 5 clips for you from Being Flynn, an adaptation of Nick Flynn‘s memoir Another Bullshit Night In Suck City written and directed by Paul Weitz (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant). Paul Dano stars as the fictional Nick Flynn, a young writer who unexpectedly reunites with the father (Robert De Niro) who abandoned him 18 years ago and describes himself as “a master storyteller.” Olivia Thirlby, Lili Taylor, Wes Studi, and Julianne Moore also star.
Being Flynn opens on March 2. Watch the clips after the break.
Being Flynn (opening in theaters on March 2nd), adapted from Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, tells the story of Nick (Paul Dano), a young writer who misses the loving nature of his late mother (Julianne Moore) and hasn’t seen his father, Jonathan (Robert DeNiro), a self-proclaimed “master storyteller,” in 18 years. When Jonathan impulsively reaches out to Nick, the young man finds himself overwhelmed and ends up taking a job at a homeless shelter, where he works alongside a young woman named Denise (Olivia Thirlby), with whom he attempts to sustain a romance.
At the film’s press day, actress Olivia Thirlby spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why she fought for this role, the lack of pressure in playing a fictional character in a real-life story, spending time volunteering in a homeless shelter for research, and how open director/screenwriter Paul Weitz was to fostering a collaborative environment on set. She also talked about how her desire to be an action heroine attracted her to Dredd (starring Karl Urban as the title character), how much fun she had kicking ass and learning how to handle weapons, and how incredibly dynamic and complex her role is. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Focus Features has released the poster and new images for Paul Weitz‘ dramedy Being Flynn. Paul Dano stars as a young writer who takes in his estranged father (Robert De Niro) when he finds him at a homeless shelter. The film is based on Nick Flynn‘s memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, and also stars Julianne Moore, Lily Taylor, and Olivia Thirlby.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and images. Being Flynn opens in limited release on March 2nd.
The first trailer for the drama Being Flynn has gone online. The film is an adaptation of Nick Flynn’s acclaimed memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, written and directed by Paul Weitz. Paul Dano stars as a writer who takes a job at a homeless shelter, only to run across his long-absent father (Robert De Niro) who is seeking a bed. The story is neat, and the trailer plays pretty well. Dano and De Niro are both capable of great performances, but I can’t tell if Being Flynn will play as an insightful drama, or a heavy-handed soap opera. Weitz was responsible for About a Boy which gives me hope, but his last three films (American Dreamz, Cirque du Freak, and Little Fockers) give me pause. I’m hoping for the best though, as the trailer reminds me a bit of Wonder Boys which is definitely not a bad thing.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The cast also includes Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby, Dale Dickey, and Lili Taylor.
MGM has acquired Neil Strauss’ novel The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, and the studio has hired Solitary Man writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien to rewrite and direct the adaptation. Strauss’ book is part memoir, part how-to guide to learning how to woo the woman of your dreams (or just any woman, really). The adaptation has been around Hollywood for a while, with Chris Weitz previously attached to direct. Now THR reports that Chris and his brother Paul are set to produce. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the book.
Production has begun on Paul Weitz’ adaptation of Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. Obviously, the film won’t be called that so the challenge is to find a title that is somehow more bland than Weitz’ 2004 film, In Good Company. The plot Another Bullshit Night centers on a writer (played by Paul Dano) who takes a job at homeless shelter and runs into his long-absent father (Robert De Niro) who is seeking a bed. Olivia Thirlby will play a worker at the shelter while Moore will play the mother of Dano’s character.
In addition to clarifying Moore’s role, the press release from Focus Features also announces that Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under) and Dale Dickey (Winter’s Bone) have joined the cast, but doesn’t specify which roles they’ll play. Hit the jump for the full press release. I want to have hope for this film, but Weitz has done his best to extinguish that hope by making American Dreamz, Cirque du Freak, and Little Fockers.