We’ve got a few bits of casting news to bring to you today. Here they are at a glance:
- Steve Carell and Jake Johnson ( New Girl) will join an untitled mob-themed comedy for Warner Bros.
- Joelle Carter (Justified) joins Saw 3D director Kevin Gruetert’s horror-thriller, Jessabelle.
- Jose Maria Yazpik (The Burning Plain) will star in Pedro Almodovar’s upcoming romantic comedy, The Brief Lovers.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Paramount has won a bidding war for a pitch that will pit Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart as partners in a police comedy. The pitch comes from Rodney Rothman, who previously served as head writer for The Late Show with David Letterman and wrote a couple of episodes of the short-lived Judd Apatow TV series Undeclared. Variety’s report is scarce on plot details, but adds that Rothman will write and produce the pic, with Rogen and Evan Goldberg serving as producers and Hart onboard as an executive producer. Rothman produced the upcoming Apatow production The Five-Year Engagement starring Jason Segel, and is poised to make his directorial debut on the horror-comedy The Something.
Hart’s a comedian whom you may recognize from his memorable role as an angry customer in The 40-Year Old Virgin. He recently starred in Death at a Funeral, and appears in The Five-Year Engagement and the upcoming Think Like a Man. I think a Rogen/Hart pairing has great potential, and I’m interested to see what the premise involves. Rogen is next set to make his own directorial debut on The Apocalypse with Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride.
With the 84th Annual Academy Awards nearly one week into our past, I’d be interested in hearing from our readers what the one genuine surprise of the night was for them. For me, it was Meryl Streep’s Best Actress win. Now, don’t get me wrong, Streep is obviously an incredible actress who requires zero justification from a movie blogger. It’s just that, of all the award categories in question, I genuinely expected Viola Davis to win Best Actress. So, if you feel so inclined, sound off in the comments section below about your biggest surprise win/loss of the night. Sarcasm, including “your mom” responses, is encouraged.
In the bag of goodies that is this week’s “Top 5″ you’ll find the new trailer and a ton of new images from The Avengers, a new television spot for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, a Prometheus viral video that reassures my suspicions that Guy Pearce could indeed take over the planet if he wanted to, interviews for The Lorax with Danny Devito, Ed Helms, and more, and all of our coverage from the set of Jason Segel and Emily Blunt‘s The Five-Year Engagement. A brief recap and link to each follows after the jump.
As the director of Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Nicholas Stoller has made a lot of people laugh poking fun at Hollywood and celebrities. But in his latest film, The Five-Year Engagement, Stoller is aiming at an all-new group of people to make fun of: normal folks. For those not familiar with the film, Five-Year Engagement “looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.” The film stars also stars Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, David Paymer, Mimi Kennedy, Jacki Weaver, Jim Piddock, Kevin Hart, Brian Posehn and Mindy Kaling.
While the production was filming at the Beltane Ranch in Somona, California last June, I got to visit the set with a few other online reporters and take part in a group interview with Stoller and producer Rodney Rothman. While both were very busy, they gave us a huge amount of time and discussed everything from where the idea came from to improv to working with a big ensemble cast and everything in between. Trust me, if you’re a fan of moviemaking, or a fan of Stoller’s, it’s a great interview. Hit the jump to read or listen to it.
The first trailer for Get Him to the Greek has finally been released and if you were a fan of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, you’re going to want to see this. That’s because Rock Star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand’s character in Sarah Marshall) is back and he’s got 72 hours to get from London to his comeback concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Escorting him is Jonah Hill, and as you might imagine…they get into a lot of trouble along the way. Trust me, this thing looks awesome.
Written and directed by Nicholas Stoller (Sarah Marshall), the film also stars Elisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne, Colm Meaney and Sean Combs. Hit the jump for a ton of new images, the poster, and the just released trailer: