Here’s the latest casting news from the world of television:
- New CW series The Flash will add Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) to star alongside Grant Gustin.
- Patrick J. Adams (Suits) and Jason Isaacs (Awake) will join NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby mini-series.
- Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) will topline Tribeca, a comedy pilot from Steve Carell set up at TBS.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
A new trailer for the upcoming comedy Cuban Fury has landed online. Based on an original idea by Nick Frost, the story revolves around a former salsa-dancing prodigy (Frost) who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones). This trailer focuses more on the chemistry between Frost and his bitter rival Chris O’Dowd, and it’s pretty great. The two make a formidable comedic duo, and it’s quite fun seeing Frost lead a film all his own.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Ian McShane and opens in the UK on Valentine’s Day. It’s currently awaiting a U.S. release date.
The Marvel news is definitely flowing now that everyone is back from their holiday break. Fans have been waiting years to see writer/director Edgar Wright’s take on the Marvel superhero Ant-Man, and production is finally set to begin this coming April. We learned yesterday that Michael Douglas will be playing Hank Pym opposite Paul Rudd’s lead role as Scott Lang, and now another actor looks close to joining the cast as The Wrap reports that Michael Peña has an offer to take on a role in the Marvel pic. Hit the jump for more, including news regarding the female lead.
Though NBC’s comedy series Parks and Recreation hasn’t ever been a ratings juggernaut, it has secretly (or not so secretly) been one of the most consistently funny and surprisingly emotional shows on network television. Currently in its sixth season, the show is coming up on its 100th episode, and to mark the occasion NBC has released a web-only, 20-minute retrospective special featuring interviews with Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe, and the rest of the Parks and Rec gang. The actors discuss their favorite moments and episodes from the series, and while there are many highlights here that Parks and Rec fans will enjoy, my personal favorite just might be the glorious Perd Hapley.
Hit the jump to watch the special. Parks and Recreation airs on NBC Thursdays at 8:30pm ET.
The first trailer for director James Griffiths’ upcoming comedy Cuban Fury has been released online. Based on an original idea by Nick Frost, the story revolves around a former salsa-dancing prodigy (Frost) who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones). The pic looks to be an excellent showcase of Frost’s talents in a leading role, and the highlight of this trailer is definitely the chemistry between Frost and Chris O’Dowd, who plays his office nemesis.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Ian McShane and Olivia Colman. Cuban Fury opens in the UK on Valentine’s Day and is still awaiting a US release date.
Check out the latest voice-casting news for the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movies below:
- Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) and John Malkovich (Red 2) will lend their voices to The Penguins of Madagascar feature. The film is due out March 27, 2015.
- Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Matt Bomer (White Collar) will join the voice cast of B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. The film opens June 5, 2015.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Pawnee, Indiana will have two fewer residents next season on Parks and Recreation. Buzzfeed reports that Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are leaving the series. Their characters, Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger, respectively, will depart in the 13th episode of the sixth season, which will probably be sometime during February sweeps. NBC has no comment on the departure of the two actors.
In all fairness, Parks has been struggling to find something for Chris and Ann to do. Ann wandered around aimlessly for about a season only to come back to a relationship with Chris. It’s a welcome change for two forlorn and lonely characters, but I can see how their plotline could quickly be exhausted, especially if a new baby becomes a factor. I’m not feeling the loss of Ann because even though Jones is a great actress, the show had run out of things for her to do other than be the object of Leslie’s glowing adoration. But I will miss Chris Traeger and his relentless found of positivity. He was literally one of the best things to happen to the show.
The nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the pack. Both films picked up nominations for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper landing acting noms for SLP and Bruce Willis garnering a swell Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Moonrise Kingdom. Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, and Keep the Lights On round out the Best Feature nominees, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Safety Not Guaranteed were singled out for the Best First Feature award. Also, Matthew McConaughey pulled double nominations for his stellar work in this year’s Magic Mike and Killer Joe, landing a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nod, respectively. Notably shut out of the race entirely was Leos Carax‘s critically-lauded Holy Motors.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations. The winners of the 2013 Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
A couple of weeks ago, Steve attended the American Film Market (AFM) and was able to snag a few promo posters, images, and synopses for some upcoming films. One such pic happens to be the upcoming salsa dancing revenge comedy Cuban Fury, and we’ve now got a detailed synopsis and the first images from the film. The story revolves around a former salsa-dancing prodigy (Nick Frost) who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones). The pic is based on an original idea by Frost and also stars Bridesmaids standout Chris O’Dowd as Frost’s nemesis.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopsis. Directed by James Griffiths, the film also stars Ian McShane and Olivia Colman. Cuban Fury opens on March 22 in the UK and Ireland.
With director Lee Toland Krieger‘s romantic comedy/drama Celeste and Jesse Forever opening this weekend, I recently got to talk with Rashida Jones. In the film, Andy Samberg stars with Jones as a divorcing couple who are having trouble maintaining their intense friendship while living together and pursuing other relationships. In addition, Jones co-wrote the script, and it’s a great mix of realistic comedy and drama. It’s definitely recommended. Celeste and Jesse also stars Elijah Wood, Chris Messina and Emma Roberts.
During my interview with Jones we talked about her inspiration for writing the script, deleted scenes, what changed on set, improv, and more. In addition, I asked her whether it’s better to have written a great movie, worked with the Muppets, or getting to work with Ron Swanson (on Parks and Recreation). Hit the jump to watch.
If you haven’t been following along with the developments of Cuban Fury, starring Nick Frost (Paul), Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), this new video blog will get you up to speed. The behind-the-scenes featurette shows off the first look at footage from the dance comedy. Cuban Fury stars Frost as a former salsa prodigy who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Jones) with O’Dowd acting as a cock block. James Griffiths (Up All Night) directs from a Jon Brown (Mongrels) script. Cuban Fury, also starring Ian McShane (Snow White and the Huntsman) as Frost’s dance instructor, opens March 22nd of next year in the UK and Ireland. Hit the jump to check out the video.
The first trailer and poster for director Lee Toland Krieger‘s romantic comedy/drama Celeste and Jesse Forever have been released. The film stars Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones as a divorcing couple who are having trouble maintaining their intense friendship while living together and pursuing other relationships. The trailer isn’t particularly funny, but it’s clear that the heart of the story is the dramatic aspect of the break up. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to fairly positive reviews (you can read Matt’s review here), and I’m interested in seeing how far the film goes in exploring the ending of a long-term relationship that doesn’t only signal the break-up of a romantic relationship, but also the separation of two best friends. Jones co-wrote the script with Will McCormack so here’s hoping for the best.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Elijah Wood, Chris Messina, Emma Roberts and Ari Graynor. Celeste and Jesse Forever opens on August 3rd.
A couple of new release dates have been announced. First up, Lee Daniels’ adaptation of The Paperboy will hit theaters on October 5th (per Deadline). The film stars Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron as two brothers who team-up to investigate the potential wrongful conviction of a death-row inmate played by John Cusack. The film was met with a less-than-enthusiastic response at the Cannes Film Festival, but I’m still interested in seeing the pic based on the impressive cast. The drama faces considerable competition on that October release date, as Frankenweenie, Taken 2, the a capella comedy Pitch Perfect and the horror film Sinister all open on the same day.
Additionally, Studio Canal and Big Talk Pictures have set the salsa dancing revenge comedy (how’s that for a genre?) Cuban Fury for release on March 22nd in the UK and Ireland. Nick Frost plays a burgeoning salsa dancing star alongside Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz) and Ian McShane. Production begins next week in London, and hopefully we’ll get a US release date announcement soon. Hit the jump to read the press release.
Casting news updates at a glance:
- Stephen Colbert (Monsters vs Aliens) and Allison Janney (Phineas and Ferb) have been cast in the DreamWorks animated production of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, starring Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man) voicing the title roles.
- Ian McShane (Snow White and the Huntsman) will join Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) in dance-off comedy, Cuban Fury.
Hit the jump for more.
Casting news for you today:
- Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) look to play Tarzan and Jane in the Constantin Films production of Tarzan 3D.
- Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) and Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur) join Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) in dance-revenge comedy, Cuban Fury.
- Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism) is set to join the romantic comedy, The Bounceback.
- Renee Olstead (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) has been cast in the indie horror film, The Midnight Game.
Hit the jump for more.