NBC has purchased a new half-hour comedy pilot from 50/50 scribe Will Reiser and his sister Robin Reiser. Per EW, the new show titled The High Life “centers on a newly sober mother and wife who must deal with life’s many stresses—without drinking.” Will and Robin will serve as writers and executive producers on the series alongside Willie Mercer and New Girl’s Jake Kasdan and JJ Philbin, who will also executive produce.
We just learned that the upcoming ninth season of The Office will be the last for that long-running comedy show, and this fall also kicks off the final season of NBC comedy staple 30 Rock as well. Moreover, with new showrunners and a less-than-ideal Friday timeslot, Community’s days may also be numbered. The phenomenal Parks and Recreation still looks to be going strong, but the Peacock will likely be in dire need of new half-hour comedies come Fall 2013. Reiser’s screenplay for the underrated 50/50 was excellent, so hopefully The High Life has a successful development and makes it to series.
How do you deal cinematically with cancer? That’s the question of Jonathan Levine’s 50/50, which was based on the experiences of its writer Will Reiser. It’s a tough subject matter because cancer touches so many lives and rarely offers happy endings. But 50/50 manages to be charming, and more about friendship and family in crisis than just pain. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars with Seth Rogen, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anna Kendrick in this warm dramedy. Our review of 50/50 on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
As I’ve been covering awards season pretty extensively here on the site over the past few months, I figured it would be appropriate to (foolishly) try to predict the upcoming Oscar nominations. It’s been a fairly tame year, as a few frontrunners were singled out early in the race and have held their ground throughout the grueling awards season. We haven’t been without a few surprises, as Steven Spielberg’s War Horse took a massive tumble following snubs from most of the major guilds, and David Fincher has surged back into the race bringing his adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with him.
Though there are plenty of safe bets when it comes to the 2012 Oscar nominations, there are still a few wildcards and tricky categories. I’ve put on my prognosticating cap (those interested can purchase one of these nifty hats at your local Target) and compiled a list of who and what I think will make the cut. Hit the jump to see how I think the nods will stack up when they’re announced on January 24th.
The nominations for the 27th Annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning with The Artist and Take Shelter each nabbing five nominations. In addition to The Artist and Take Shelter, Drive, 50/50, The Descendants, and Beginners will duke it out for the top prize. Absent from the Best Feature list is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, though the film was recognized in Best Supporting Male (Corey Stoll) and Best Cinematography. Also of note, Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes landed nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Male for Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Ryan Gosling and Woody Harrelson were both singled out in Best Actor for Drive and Rampart respectively.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations. Recognizing the best in independent film, the awards will be handed out on February 25th, the day before the Oscars.
It’s important to have a sense of humor in all things. Being able to laugh at misfortune doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re diminishing a tragedy’s importance or ignoring the feelings created by hardship. Laughter isn’t the best medicine (that would be the polio vaccine) but it’s damn useful and Jonathan Levine’s 50/50 manages to find humor in cancer by bringing together great performances and a gentle approach that manages to skillfully balance foul-mouthed dialogue alongside honest drama.
I’ve been hearing great things about Jonathan Levine’s cancer dramedy 50/50 for a while now, and can’t wait to finally see it. The film stars Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Seth Rogen and tells the true story of screenwriter Will Reiser’s struggle with being diagnosed with cancer in his early 20’s. Reiser and Rogen are best friends in real-life, and the film is loosely based on how they dealt with Reiser’s diagnosis.
As a part of Gordon-Levitt’s hitRECord video project, Rogen, Reiser and Gordon-Levitt sat down to discuss the film in a more loose and long-form chat to hilarious result. Reiser and Rogen ended up recounting the very funny story of the first time Reiser told Rogen he had cancer. Hit the jump to watch the chat, which includes some NSFW language. 50/50 also stars Anna Kendrick and Angelica Huston and opens September 30th.
A new trailer for director Jonathan Levine’s (The Wackness) dramedy 50/50 is now available online. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston, the film is based on screenwriter Will Reiser’s real-life battle with cancer and focuses on the twists, turns, shock, sadness, and comedic relief that he experienced along the way. Although this new cut features some of the same footage found in the film’s first trailer, it does offer a little more in the way of Anna Kendrick’s performance, a fact that I’ll never have any qualms with. Overall, I’ve heard great things about 50/50 and I can’t wait to see it in theaters.
Check out the new trailer after the jump. 50/50 opens on September 30th.
Director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) will reunite with scribe Will Reiser on the vacation-based comedy entitled Jamaica. Per their own press release, Mandate Pictures will fast-track the development of Jamaica with Levine attached to direct, Reiser writing/executive producing, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg co-producing the pic through their Point Grey Pictures moniker. According to the release, Jamaica is based loosely on a trip Reiser took with his grandmother at the age of 14.
All four of the previously mentioned gentlemen participated in identical capacities for the upcoming dramedy 50/50 which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston, and Rogen. The film is based on Reiser’s own battle with a rare form of cancer and is set to hit theaters later this year on September 30th. Click here to check out the trailer for 50/50.
Anjelica Huston and Philip Baker Hall have joined Seth Rogen, James McAvoy, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anna Kendrick in director Jonathan Levine’s Untitled Cancer Dramedy (previously called I’m With Cancer). The movie starts shooting in Vancouver any day now and it’s based on writer Will Reiser’s own experiences getting cancer in his 20′s. McAvoy plays Adam (the main character) and Kendrick will play Katherine, a psychologist who helps Adam deal with getting cancer. Bryce Dallas Howard apparently plays another love interest and Rogen plays McAvoy’s best friend. I’m going to take a wild guess and say Huston and Hall play McAvoy’s parents.
With this cast and the fact that Levine’s last film was The Wackness (awesome movie you need to see immediately), this is a film we should all be excited for. At least as much as you can be when it concerns cancer. More as we hear it. [Variety]
James McAvoy has been cast in Nicole Holofcener’s (“Friends with Money”, “Lovely & Amazing”) untitled cancer comedy with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg on board to produce. More details after the jump.