One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut Bad Words. Andrew Dodge’s awesome script centers on a high-school drop-out (Bateman) who uses a loophole to compete in an 8th grade spelling bee, enraging teachers and parents alike, but befriending an awkward young contestant along the way. And while the film could easily be a family friendly, PG movie that plays it safe, I’m happy to report Bateman has crafted a wholly R-rated movie that’s loaded with inappropriate dialogue and hysterical situations. It also explains why Focus Features quickly snapped it up during an all night bidding war following the world premiere. Bad Words also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chand.
The day after the premiere I got to sit down with Hahn for an extended video interview. She talked about what the last few years have been like, premiering at TIFF, making Bad Words, working with Nick Offerman in We’re the Millers, her experience on Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, working with Peter Bogdanovich on Squirrels to the Nuts and its great cameos, her Showtime pilot Trending Down with Philip Seymour Hoffman, and so much more. Hit the jump to watch.
The indie dramedy Afternoon Delight tells the story of Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), an affluent, stay-at-home, thirty-something mom who’s feeling disconnected from her husband (Josh Radnor). When she visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and gets a private lap dance from McKenna (Juno Temple), she soon becomes obsessed with saving her, even going so far as to make her a live-in nanny, which can’t possibly turn out well for anyone involved.
At the film’s press day, actress Kathryn Hahn spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what drew her to this role, how grateful she is to play such a once-in-a-lifetime character, that the script initially felt a little broader than the finished product turned out to be, and how hilarious it was to do the sex scenes with Josh Radnor since they know each other socially. She also talked about what drew her to the new Showtime series Trending Down, also starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rhys Ifans, and what it was like to revisit the audition she did, 10 years ago, for Pam on The Office, which is being included in the DVD/Blu-ray release of the show’s final season. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Here’s the latest casting news:
- Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Lucy Punch (Ben and Kate) will join Peter Bogdanovich’s ensemble comedy Squirrels to the Nuts, along with Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) and Jake Hoffman (Click).
- Eve (Barbershop), Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break), Parker Young (Enlisted), Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy), Elizabeth Gillies (Victorious), Paul Iacono (The Hard Times of R.J. Berger), Thorsten Kaye (Smash) and Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights) join the Drew Barrymore-produced horror film, Animal.
- Thomas Mann (Project X) will join Shira Piven’s Welcome to Me, starring Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Will Ferrell (Anchorman), Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks).
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Plenty of names in tonight’s casting report:
- Will Forte, Tatum O’Neal, Joanna Lumley, and Debi Mazar have signed on to Peter Bogdanovich‘s show business comedy Squirrels to the Nuts. Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and Imogen Poots star.
- Michael Bay cast Titus Welliver in Transformers 4. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor star.
- MacKenzie Mauzy and Bily Magnussen will join Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, and Anna Kendrick in the star-studded supporting cast of the the Disey musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides).
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We’ve got a number of new castings to report on today. Briefly:
- Laura Dern (Enlightened) and Nat Wolff (Admission) have joined Shailene Woodley in the cast of director Josh Boone’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars.
- Dave Franco will star opposite Vince Vaughn in the comedy Business Trip.
- Imogen Poots (Fright Night) has replaced Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) in an untitled showbiz comedy produced by Wes Anderson, previously titled Squirrels to the Nuts.
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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon. First up, Jennifer Aniston has joined the large cast of director Peter Bogdanovich’s (The Last Picture Show) upcoming film She’s Funny That Way (previously referred to as Squirrels to the Nuts). The film stars Brie Larson as a hooker-turned-Broadway-thesp and follows the recurring intersection between these two facets of her life. Owen Wilson plays a married Broadway director who falls for Larson’s character, and The Wrap reports that Aniston has signed on to play a therapist with a mother in rehab for alcoholism.
Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach are producing, and the impressive ensemble cast also includes Jason Schwartzman, Kathryn Hahn, Eugene Levy, and Cybil Shepherd. Production is set to get underway in New York City in June. Hit the jump for casting news regarding Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt’s next film.
Director Peter Bogdanovich is assembling an incredibly impressive team both in front of and behind the camera for his next feature. Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Wilde and Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) are attached to star in the indie comedy Squirrels to the Nuts with Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach onboard to produce the pic; it’s essentially The Avengers of quirky cinema. The film centers on a hooker-turned-Broadway-thesp, played by Larson, and follows the “recurring intersection between these two facets of her life.” Hit the jump for more.