Family Guy mastermind Seth MacFarlane’s next feature directorial effort is adding yet another impressive castmember. MacFarlane’s Ted follow-up, A Million Ways to Die in the West, already has Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, and Giovanni Ribisi set to star alongside MacFarlane, and now Heat Vision reports that Sarah Silverman is in negotiations to join the cast. The Western comedy centers on a cowardly farmer who backs out of a gunfight and subsequently loses his girlfriend (Seyfried). He later meets the wife (Theron) of a notorious outlaw who teaches him how to shoot, but runs into trouble when her outlaw husband (Neeson) returns to town seeking revenge.
Should she sign on, Silverman would play the town prostitute who has had her way with just about everyone, “but refuses to have sex with her fiancé (Ribisi), believing that as Christians the couple should wait until marriage before lying down together.” I’d say that’s pretty spot-on casting. Production is set to begin this spring. Hit the jump for casting news concerning the holiday comedy A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle.
A few casting updates:
- Ashley Greene is in talks to join Haley Bennett in Satanic (formerly known as Kristy), a horror movie about a group of college students who are attacked in their dormitory over Thanksgiving break.
- Wendi McLendon-Covey is the first of four female leads to be cast by Tyler Perry for his next movie, Single Mom’s Club.
- Kristen Stewart suggests “there’s a strong possibility” she will return for Snow White and the Huntsman 2.
Details after the jump.
The CW is casting up for Arrow, a drama series based on the DC comic Green Arrow. Last week Stephen Amell (The Vampire Diaries) signed on to star as the playboy who moonlights as a hooded superhero, fighting crime with his enhanced arrows. Variety reports David Ramsey (Blue Bloods) will join the pilot as John Diggle, “a former military man now working as a bodyguard for hire who soon finds he is trapped in a battle of wits, loyalty and trust.” Diggle is a new character not found in the comic books, though the surname could be a nod to Green Arrow: Year One writer Andy Diggle. Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern) are producing Arrow along with Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe).
Hit the jump for details on Bridesmaid co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey‘s role in a new HBO series.
Shortly after Bridesmaids became the smash hit comedy of the summer, Universal predictably began mulling over the possibility of a follow-up. Last week it was reported that the studio might be going ahead with a sequel without star/co-writer Kristen Wiig’s involvement. Much hubbub was made about Melissa McCarthy taking center stage in a Bridesmaids 2, but the actress was quick to clarify that she’s not interested in replacing Wiig. Now co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey is setting the record straight, saying that Wiig returning is still very much a possibility. Hit the jump for the details.
Roles in Steven Soderbergh’s stripper comedy Magic Mike continue to evaporate as both Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) have joined the film. The pair join a cast that already includes Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn and Matt Bomer. For those unaware, Magic Mike is a semi-autobiographical tale about Tatum’s early days as a male stripper.
As you may expect, Rodriguez will play one of said male strippers in the pic. Additionally, Deadline reports that the actor has also landed a small and unspecified role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. As for McLendon-Covey, THR broke the news of her casting but fails to mention any details regarding her role. The Reno 911! veteran also has a role alongside Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez and Dennis Quaid in the romantic comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting which is due out on May 11th, 2012.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Variety reports that Nick Frost is in negotiations to take the last remaining dwarf role in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron topline as Snow White, the Huntsman and the Evil Queen respectively. Frost joins an impressive list of actors playing the dwarfs that includes Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan and Steven Graham. Eddie Izzard was previously thought to be eyeing a dwarf role, but his name does not appear on this latest report. Snow White and the Huntsman hits theaters June 1st, 2012.
Hit the jump for the casting news of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D and What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
Bridesmaids is a must-see comedy and if you’ve already seen it, then you’ve probably guessed that there’s plenty of brilliant stuff that ended up on the cutting room floor. Rather than endure an excruciating wait to see all of the alternate takes on the Blu-ray and DVD, the good folks at Funny or Die have now released at least some of those alternate takes online, and there as funny as you’d hope. My personal favorite is Jon Hamm’s one-liner at the 2:57 mark.
Hit the jump to check out the video. Bridesmaids is currently in theaters and you need to go see it.
With director Paul Feig’s (Freaks And Geeks) awesome movie Bridesmaids opening this weekend, I recently interviewed the cast for our partners at Omelete. Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Matt Lucas, Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy and Jon Hamm, Bridesmaids is ridiculously funny and one of the best films I’ve seen this year. In addition, there’s a scene in Bridesmaids that’s one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a movie theater. You really want to see it. For some clips, click here.
During my interview with Kemper and McLendon-Covey we talked about how many takes they ruined from laughing, the wedding dress scene, how the trailer has a lot of jokes/scenes that are not in the movie, what do they have coming up, karaoke and video games. Hit the jump to watch.
Universal has released a new red-band trailer for Bridesmaids along with six character posters. I caught the film a couple weeks ago and overall I thought it was fantastic and a much-needed kick in the ass to the chick flick genre. Women, if you like raunchy humor but are tired of only seeing it in movies featuring man-children, you’ll dig Bridesmaids. Guys, if you’re thinking about avoiding this movie because of the all-female cast, you’ll be missing out. The movie is damn funny and surprisingly heartfelt and I hope folks of both genders go see it.
Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer along with six character posters. Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, and Melissa McCarthy. The film opens May 13th.
Anyone who enjoys watching girls behaving badly (no, not in that way) has a reason to rejoice on this fine afternoon because Universal has seen fit to release an international trailer for the upcoming Kristen Wiig romp Bridesmaids. Not much is revealed than hasn’t already been seen in the previous trailer, but a few extra chuckles are to be had in this AC/DC scored montage (in particular, Mad Men fans will enjoy a little taste of Jon Hamm sleaziness). The film has been getting some pretty positive buzz so far at preview screenings and SXSW and could be a modest early summer comedy hit provided that both the R-rated sex comedy crowd and the chick-flick crowd can join forces to support it. How much overlap exists between the two groups remains to be seen, but this is the movie to bring em; together if anything can.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film was directed by Freaks And Geeks creator Paul Feig and also features Wiig’s former SNL partner in crime Maya Rudolph, as well as Rose Byrne, Matt Lucas (Little Britain), Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd), and Melissa McCarthy (who frankly looks like she might steal the movie away from her co-stars). The film opens May 13th.
I’m so happy that buzz I’m hearing on Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids out of SXSW is positive otherwise this trailer would have me mildly concerned about the film. Judging the film based solely on the new trailer, the humor mostly seems to revolve around Kristen Wiig being a neurotic single woman who drinks a lot. While I’m confident that Wiig has the charm and comic timing to carry a movie, this trailer doesn’t sell me on a film that my peers are celebrating.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Bridesmaids also stars Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy and Jon Hamm. The film opens May 13th.
I have high hopes for Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig is poised for a star-making role (she also co-wrote the script), Judd Apatow is producing, and Freaks and Geeks creator/director Paul Feig is helming. The first trailer for the movie has gone online and it’s a bit of a mixed bag. The jokes about Wiig’s character being single are pretty stale, but there’s a charming tone of raunchiness and attitude. Clearly they’re trying to sell it to Apatow’s male fans, but I’m on board for a female ensemble comedy that looks like the polar opposite of what we usually see from the genre.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer plus high-res images from the film. Bridesmaids also stars Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, and Jon Hamm. The film opens May 13th.
New posters for Scream 4 and Bridesmaids have gone online. The Scream 4 poster keeps the Albino-Face theme they’ve been using since the marketing for the movies began back in 1996. As for Bridesmaids, we see stars Kristen Wiig (who co-wrote the film), Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Ellie Kemper looking like a bunch of bad-asses.
Hit the jump to check out both posters plus details on the films. Scream 4 stars Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, and Hayden Panettiere. The film opens April 15th. Bridesmaids was produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Paul Feig. It opens May 13th. [Update: Dimension has sent us a hi-res version of the Scream 4 poster, which you can check out after the jump.]
Reno 911! is comedy TV’s old reliable. While it has never really captured the zeitgeist in the way that something like South Park or, hell, even Mind of Mencia did, for the last six years it has been chugging along, quietly producing one of the funniest and raunchiest shows on the air.
Created by former State-ers (is that the term? I prefer ‘Statesmen’) Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney and Robert Ben Garant, Reno is a completely improvised faux TV-documentary series. Sort of a cross between Cops and a Christopher Guest film, minus the former’s bleakness and the later’s earnestness. Basically, they take a bunch of locations, add some incredibly talented comedians, film them for a few hours and then splice the footage, vignette style, over the course of the season.