Brother’s Keeper, a new indie dramedy executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, has landed Nick Kroll (The League), Rose Byrne (Insidious: Chapter 2) and Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire). Scripted by Jeff Cox and Liz Flahive, the story centers on “a young, narcissistic entrepreneur who crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s launch. He leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged, pregnant sister and his brother-in-law (to be played by real-life item Byrne and Cannavale) and his 3-year-old nephew, only to end up becoming their nanny.” Ross Katz (Taking Chance) will direct the film, which plans on starting production in New York in January. (Via THR)
Universal has released a new trailer for Nicholas Stoller‘s new comedy, Neighbors. The film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Bryne as a married couple who must deal with a fraternity when it moves in next door. Universal is getting a big jump on the movie (it doesn’t open until May), but they could have a great one here. Like the red-band trailer, I got plenty of laughs not only from Rogen and Byrne, but also from Zac Efron, who plays the lead frat boy. My only concern from a marketing standpoint is that Universal might give away too many jokes in the long lead-up to the film’s release. Hopefully, that won’t be the case.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Carlo Gallo, Lisa Kudrow, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Neighbors opens May 9, 2014.
Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig has settled on the “female James Bond” pic Susan Cooper as his next project, and he’s assembling a little Bridesmaids reunion in the process. Melissa McCarthy is already set to lead the film in the title role, and now The Wrap reports that Rose Byrne is in early talks to sign on. Feig penned the script for the potential franchise starter, which will begin filming next spring while McCarthy is on hiatus from her CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. Byrne will be seen early next year opposite Seth Rogen in the comedy Neighbors.
Additionally, in a Les Miserables reunion Deadline reports that Amanda Seyfried has been set to play Russell Crowe’s daughter in director Gabriele Muccino’s (Seven Pounds) drama Fathers and Daughters. The film takes place in two time periods: one in the 1980s where Crowe’s famous novelist and widower character struggles with mental illness while he raises his 5-year-old daughter, and another in present day New York where the grown up daughter battles her childhood demons.
Following the impressive box office success of Insidious: Chapter Two, another sequel in the horror franchise is moving forward. eOne, FilmDistrict, and Sony Pictures Worldwide announced today that they are developing a third Insidious film, with Insidious and Insidious: Chapter Two screenwriter Leigh Whannell returning to pen the screenplay. James Wan directed the first two installments, but after the back-to-back successes of The Conjuring and Insidious 2, he has stated his intention to move away from the horror genre and try his hand at other kinds of films. He’s currently busy directing Fast & Furious 7 and the press release makes no mention of his involvement with Insidious: Chapter Three, so it’s unlikely that he will return to direct.
Jason Blum and Oren Peli are producing the third installment, but further details about the horror sequel are unknown. The second film made over $40 million in its opening weekend against a $5 million budget, so clearly continuing the series is in the best interest of the studios. Hopefully Whannell develops a worthwhile story. Hit the jump to read the press release.
Having played in limited release since August, director James Ponsoldt‘s high school drama The Spectacular Now finally made its way to my Midwestern neck of the woods this weekend and I jumped at the chance to see it last night. Although it elicited fewer laughs than I expected, the film levied an emotional punch that I’m still shaking off today. As has been noted by many before me, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley‘s performances are fantastic and their chemistry is palpable from beginning to end (one scene in which Woodley’s Aimee describes her dreams of a perfect marriage stands out to me in particular). Moreover, Kyle Chandler‘s turn as Teller’s estranged father is as powerful as it is short-lived. If you have the slightest interest in the coming-of-age genre, and this film is playing nearby, take the time to see it. Few in the genre capture the nuance of high-school love and personal demons as honestly as The Spectacular Now.
With that ringing endorsement behind me, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of Insidious: Chapter 2 interviews, Adam keeping his finger on the pulse of awards season with his recurring Oscar Beat feature, news that Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are teaming up for a new film series inspired by Harry Potter, a new installment of Cinemath that takes a look at the history of movie ticket prices, and a recap of our robust TIFF 2013 coverage. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2. The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off. Josh (Patrick Wilson) has returned from the Further feeling not quite himself, and when Renai (Rose Byrne) begins seeing familiar signs of the paranormal the Lambert family is thrust once more into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts. Insidious: Chapter 2 also stars Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.
During a recent New York press day I hopped on the phone for an interview with Byrne. She talked about what brought her back for an Insidious sequel, working with James Wan, and acting alongside screenwriter Leigh Whannell. She also talked about the diversity of her career, her recent work in comedy, Annie and more. Hit the jump to see what she had to say.
Universal Pictures has released the first red-band trailer for director Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) new comedy Neighbors. Previously titled Townies, the film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a young couple who move in next door to a fraternity house. The thirty-somethings soon find themselves the victims of pranks (and other unsightly activities) after an attempt to welcome the Delta Psi Beta chapter goes awkwardly awry. There are plenty of great snippets of what are sure to be funny moments throughout the picture as Neighbors takes a look at the hard-partying Greek life of films like Old School, Animal House and PCU from the viewpoint of the squares on the outside. And while Christopher Mintz-Plasse doesn’t get any dialogue, he sure does get a moment.
Hit the jump to watch the red-band trailer. The film also stars Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Ike Barinholtz, Jason Mantozoukas, and Lisa Kudrow. Neighbors opens in theaters on May 9, 2014.
FilmDistrict has released a new batch of images from Insidious: Chapter 2. Additionally, the studio invites you to participate in a séance at the official site. It is a neat bit of interactive promotional material as long as you don’t mind granting access to your webcam—worth a couple minutes if you are a fan of the first movie and care to role the dice.
Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and Barbara Hershey star. The James Wan-directed sequel opens September 13. See the images after the jump.
The “family drama” genre is usually one that is relegated to saccharine films that feel like movies of the week, or small-scale character pieces that explore dynamics within a contained story. With The Place Beyond the Pines, however, writer/director Derek Cianfrance boldly expands the scope of the “family drama” to an epic scale with an ambitious, unique structure that succeeds without sacrificing the compelling character interplay that grounds the story’s emotions. Themes of legacy and parenthood play out across three distinct acts buoyed by a magnetically reserved and nuanced Ryan Gosling performance that reverberates throughout the entire feature, culminating in one of the best films of 2013. Hit the jump for my review of The Place Beyond the Pines.
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. I Give It a Year opens tomorrow in limited release.]
Dan Mazer‘s I Give It a Year is the rom-com in reverse and two rom-coms in one. Mazer takes the difficult task of showing a marriage fall apart, and turns it into a surprisingly funny and witty comedy that never feels cynical. And it’s absolutely easy to be cynical when it comes to marriage because of the 50% divorce rate. But like any good comic writer, Mazer finds the humor in an unlikely topic, and succeeds with sharp dialogue, talented actors, and wisely keeping the tone of the film the same as an average romantic comedy.
Tonight’s casting report is led by two actors who have starred in an FX drama:
- Charlie Hunnam is attached to star in Triple Nine, a crime thriller directed by John Hillcoat (Lawless). Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett are in talks to join the cast.
- Rose Byrne is in talks to join Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, and Cameron Diaz in Annie, a new adaptation of the Broadway musical directed by Will Gluck (Easy A).
Hit the jump for details on both projects.
- Insidious: Chapter 2 – Rose Byrne is hammer mom in the first poster for James Wan’s upcoming horror sequel. The film opens September 13th and also stars Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, and Lin Shaye.
- You’re Next – Lionsgate has released an excellent new poster for Adam Wingard’s terrific home invasion thriller. The film opens August 23rd and stars Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Barbara Crampton, Wendy Glenn, Margaret Laney, Rob Moran, Nicholas Tucci, and Ti West.
- Seventh Son – Ben Barnes features as the eponymous Seventh Son of a Seventh Son in the new Comic-Con character poster. The film opens January 17, 2014, and stars Jeff Bridges, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, Djimon Hounsou, and Julianne Moore.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
For all of the uneasiness I felt watching The Internship play as a not so subtle promo for Google’s portfolio of services (what in the hell is Google Wallet?), the movie painted a dichotomy that I found interesting. While far from perfect, I thought the film did a nice job of contrasting the eternal optimism of a couple Gen X’ers with the often harsh practicality and cynicism I see embedded in myself and many of my fellow Millennials. Although this is hardly the platform from which to dive into a generational debate, The Internship at least introduced the idea that belonging to a generation that has had the wealth of the world’s knowledge at their fingertips for a good portion of their lives (not to mention video games and the lack of a military draft) faces a whole new set of unique challenges and insecurities. At the same time, it also sent an oft-overlooked truth that we (Millennials) don’t know it all, haven’t seen it all, and the “Culture of Meh” that we often embrace is cynical bullshit that I can only hope life experience will help pull us out of.
In addition to my “meh” soapbox, this week’s Top 5 offers The Internship interviews with Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Rose Byrne, the first trailer and a set visit recap for director James Wan‘s Insidious: Chapter 2, a truckload of set images from X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Purge interviews with Ethan Hawke and more, and a look at the WGA’s list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time”. Check out a brief recap and link to each after the jump.
A film that feels like one long advertisement shouldn’t be much of a shock. Advertising surrounds us (it even surrounds this review you’re reading), and while some companies will settle for product placement or marketing tie-ins, that’s small-time thinking. Google is a portal to the Internet, and if it’s going to be in a movie, it’s going to be the movie. If most reviews say that The Internship feels like one giant advertisement for Google, that’s only because it’s pretty much true. Shawn Levy‘s comedy is filled with stock characters, lethargic storytelling, and slogs through a bloated runtime as stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson try to scrap together any laughs they can. Even though Google dominates the picture, The Internship undermines the company by making it look like the most superficial and horrible place to work.
With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening this weekend, 20th Century Fox recently held a press junket at Google where we were able to speak with the cast. If you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film re-teams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Gad, B.J. Novak, and John Goodman. For more on the film, watch these clips.
During our interview with Rose Byrne, she talked about finding the right tone, whether she was upset that she didn’t get to play Quidditch in the movie, how she prepared to play a really smart Google employee, what she learned about the company that really surprised her, whether she did any takes with raunchier dialogue, auditioning, and more. In addition, she also talked about Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines and Nicholas Stoller‘s Townies. She confirmed what Dave Franco recently told us about the abundance of male nudity in the latter film. Hit the jump to watch.