We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly:
- The brilliant Golden Globes hosting duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may be reuniting for another feature, as Poehler is looking to co-star with Fey in the comedy The Nest.
- Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in director Susanne Bier’s (In a Better World) archaeological drama The Dig.
- Not Fade Away star John Magara has signed on to star alongside Rooney Mara in director Todd Haynes’ (I’m Not There) drama Carol.
Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.
Now available on VOD and in select theaters is Drafthouse Films’ dark thriller/comedy Cheap Thrills starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, and Sara Paxton. I watched the film last night and, while not for the faint of heart or stomach, I can’t recommend it enough. At its core, Thrills works from a single question: how far would you go to be able to provide for yourself and/or your family? It uses precision pacing, confident direction from E.L. Katz, and solid performances across the board to explore this question, all while gradually rising to a crescendo that feels both inevitable and wildly inventive. Offhand I can’t think of a film that blends the thrilling and the disgusting, excitement and repulsion, in a more entertaining way than Cheap Thrills. Regardless of whether you want to or not (and I don’t think you will), this is a movie you won’t soon forget.
In addition to talking a bit more about Cheap Thrills with Matt’s review and a couple of interviews, this week’s Top 5 also highlights our set visit coverage for Godzilla, Matt’s review of Divergent plus interviews with Shailene Woodley and more, the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Muppets Most Wanted interviews with Tina Fey among others. Read on for a brief recap and link to everything I mention above.
With Muppets Most Wanted now in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Tina Fey. In the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine. The film stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and features a ton of celebrity cameos. For more on the film, watch 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or check out all our previous coverage which features TV spots, clips, interviews, and more.
In my interview with Fey, she talked about how she was offered the role, what it was like working with Kermit the Frog, how the Muppets are great improvisers, how quickly she said yes to being in the film, and what fans of 30 Rock should do to get more of Jack and Liz’s relationship.
Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a tour of Europe’s most exciting destinations, but once they’re overseas, they find themselves caught up in a crime caper at the hands of Kermit’s evil doppleganger Constantine. Featuring numerous Muppets, great musical numbers and surprising cameos, this action-comedy-musical will most certainly make you laugh, and might even bring a tear to your eye.
During a conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Tiny Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Constantine and Sam Eagle talked about how they felt about doing a musical, why Nadya (Tina Fey) is a better woman for Kermit than Miss Piggy, what kids will like most about the movie, how the actors’ kids feel about them working with Muppets, how The Muppets inspired the humans, and what Kermit is most proud of. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
The Muppets return to the big screen later this month in the caper Muppets Most Wanted, and Disney has provided us with 20 minutes of fantastic behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film. Included in the video are great on set moments, the cast and Muppets recording some of the songs, some of the big stars that cameo in the film, Bret McKenzie singing one the songs, and so much more. I promise if you’re a fan of The Muppets, you’re going to love the video. Saying that, if you’re trying to stay spoiler free, you might want to wait to watch this as some of the jokes/cameos will get spoiled.
Directed by James Bobin, the follow-up finds the gang on a successful tour in Europe when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine, and thrown in jail. The human cast is led by Ricky Gervais as a hotshot agent named “Dominic Badguy”, Tina Fey as a Russian prison guard, and Ty Burrell as an Interpol agent. Hit the jump to watch the extended behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.
If you want to take a look at James Bobin’s Muppets Most Wanted before it hits theaters March 21st, you’re in luck, because we have six clips from the sequel to share with you today. In addition to appearance by the famous Muppets Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, these clips also feature their human co-stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Ty Burrell. There’s humor, intrigue, romance, betrayal, and musical numbers aplenty on display, truly something for everyone to enjoy.
Also featuring appearances by Tom Hiddleston, Christoph Waltz, Salma Hayek, Danny Trejo, Lady Gaga, and Stanley Tucci to name a few, Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21st. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
James Bobin’s Muppets Most Wanted hits screens in just three weeks, but you’ll be able to enjoy the soundtrack of the crime caper comedy a few days earlier. Featuring songs by the Oscar-winning Bret McKenzie and scored by the award-winning Christophe Beck, the sequel’s soundtrack will be available starting March 18th. You can get a taste of the music in this trailer that includes the “Sequel Song”. Much like the film itself, the soundtrack features vocals from Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Constantine, Celine Dion, and More.
Hit the jump for the track listing and press release. Click here to pre-order a copy. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.
Even though I’m not as excited as I feel I should be for Muppets Most Wanted, the marketing has become fairly clever as they’ve parodied Twitter and now they’re taking aim at Hollywood’s demand for sequels. The latest trailer features new footage from the upcoming movie while the Muppets sing a catchy song about returning to a second go-round. This time, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets confused with his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film’s human cast features Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.
Tina Fey recently did an incredible job co-hosting the Golden Globes last month with Amy Poehler, but now it looks like she’ll be tackling something a bit more dramatic for an upcoming film. The Wrap reports that Fey is attached to star in and produce an adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle, which recounts the journalist’s time in Kabul trying to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. As Barker delved deeper into the hapless countries, her love for them grew along with her fear for their future stability. Fey’s longtime 30 Rock executive producer/collaborator Robert Carlock will pen the Paramount feature film adaptation, and Lorne Michaels will also produce.
Fey balanced drama quite well in last year’s Admission, and she’ll be tackling the same kind of tone in Shawn Levy’s upcoming dramedy This Is Where I Leave You. Barker’s book is described as darkly comic, so one assumes Fey is a fine fit for the lead role. The actress will next be seen in Muppets Most Wanted. Read a synopsis for The Taliban Shuffle after the jump.
Jimmy Fallon engendered a lot of good will during his time hosting Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and it looks like that will carry over to his new gig hosting The Tonight Show. It feels like a fresh start that has a good chance of luring a younger audience, or at least an audience that will likely tune in to check out clips the following morning. For example, during last night’s show, Fallon was welcomed by a string of cameos including Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Seth Rogen, and most notably, Joan Rivers, who was banned by Johnny Carson from The Tonight Show in 1986. Fallon also had a fun bit where he and Will Smith showed off the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing.
Hit the jump to check out the videos. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35pm EST on NBC.
The main reason to watch the Golden Globes this year is to see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as the awards ceremony’s hosts. They brought a fantastic sense of humor to the show last year, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did right by signing them on as hosts for the next two ceremonies. Fresh off of this morning’s Golden Globes nominations announcement, NBC has released a trio of promos in which Fey and Poehler tease their hosting duties. Unsurprisingly, they’re quite funny. Hit the jump to watch the videos. The 71st Golden Globes will take place on January 12, 2014.
Disney has released a new trailer for director James Bobin‘s upcoming sequel Muppets Most Wanted. In the follow-up, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets confused with his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine. I really enjoyed 2011′s The Muppets, but almost everything I’m seeing from this sequel is doing nothing for me. It’s not a bad premise, and it’s amusing to see Constantine try to impersonate Kermit, but it’s still a fairly tired plot and there’s almost none of the irreverence or wackiness I’d expect to see from a Muppet movie. Here’s hoping it’s just a bad trailer and not a bad movie.
Hit the jump check out the new trailer and images, and find out about some of the cameos. The film stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21, 2014.
Disney has released the first poster for The Muppets sequel, Muppets Most Wanted. In the follow-up, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets confused with his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine. Ricky Gervais plays Constantine’s sidekick, Tina Fey plays a Russian prison guard, and Ty Burrell plays an Interpol agent. Considering how much I enjoyed The Muppets, I’m surprising lukewarm on the sequel. The first trailer didn’t do much for me, and this poster looks painfully bland. I’m not sure why Gervais and Fey are doing jazz hands, or why Constantine is doing a Dr. Evil impression. But the canted angle lets you know this movie will sure be wacky. The poster’s release signals that a new trailer will probably arrive soon, so hopefully it will be more encouraging than what we’ve seen so far.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21, 2014.
Most award shows take it year-to-year when choosing hosts, but after Tina Fey and Amy Poehler received raves for their Golden Globes hosting duties earlier this year, the comic duo will be coming back to host for the next two years. I didn’t watch this past year’s ceremony (I don’t remember why; I usually tune in), but I remember all the positive comments on Twitter. I’m glad I’ll get a chance to see them work their magic next year. It’s always great to have talented comedians on stage at the Globes, especially since the awards themselves are a complete and utter farce.
Hit the jump to read the press release. The 2014 Golden Globes will air live on Sunday, January 12th at 8pm EST.
The fall TV season is just around the corner, folks. NBC’s Saturday Night Live has announced its first lineup of hosts for the upcoming 39th season. Tina Fey will host the season premiere on September 28th with Arcade Fire acting as the musical guest. This will mark Fey’s fourth time hosting the show since leaving as a cast member in 2006. Miley Cyrus will then act as both host and musical guest on October 5th, followed by Bruce Willis hosting and Katy Perry performing on October 12th. This will be Willis’ first time hosting SNL since 1989, and interestingly enough he won’t have a new movie to promote at the time.