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Warren Beatty has not appeared onscreen in a new film since the romantic comedy "Town and Country," a costly 2001 box office flop. But now, as revealed in the latest issue of Closer Weekly, he's been working on a new directorial effort, and has come out of retirement to turn his decades-long obsession with reclusive American tycoon Howard Hughes into a movie. The project, according to Closer, focuses on the reclusive mogul's May-December romance with a young ingenue, played by 25-year-old actress Lily Collins ("Mirror Mirror"). Tessa Farmiga, Chace Crawford, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Candice Bergen and Beatty's wife Annette Bening also star. Matthew Broderick tells Closer that the film, which cost $27 million on a 72-day schedule, has finished shooting. The yet-to-be titled project remains shrouded in secrecy (allegedly only Collins received the full script), but one thing we know for sure is that Beatty himself, 77, will play Hughes, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Legendary film and theater director, writer and producer Mike Nichols has passed away. An Oscar winner for 1967′s seminal The Graduate, he also was nominated for such films as Working Girl, Silkwood and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? For his stage work, he amassed 10 Tony Awards including as director for such plays as Barefoot In The Park, The Odd Couple, The Prisoner Of Second Avenue and Death Of A Salesman; and as producer of Annie and The Real Thing.
“William Goldman said there were two great American film directors—Elia Kazan and Mike Nichols,” said Broadway producer Emanuel Azenberg, who co-produced Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing with Nichols, who also staged ythe play’s Tony-winning Broadway edition with Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons. “I think that’s true. He was a giant who could convince people to be better than they were.”
Nichols died suddenly late Wednesday night »
- The Deadline Team
The family comedy A Merry Friggin Christmas follows Boyd (Joel McHale) who, along with his family, is forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parents’ house with his eccentric father (Robin Williams) that he has been avoiding for years. But when he realizes that he left his son’s gifts at home, Boyd and his father must hit the road in a blizzard to retrieve the gifts before sunrise and save Christmas. The film also stars Lauren Graham, Candice Bergen, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tim Heidecker, Clark Duke and Oliver Platt. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Joel McHale talked about being a part of telling this father-son story, why the holidays seem to bring out the worst in families, and his fondest memories of working with Robin Williams. He also talked about how it feels to be doing Season 6 of Community for Yahoo, returning to work on November 17th with a bigger budget, »
- Christina Radish
The makers of “A Merry Friggin' Christmas” sprung for the fancy wrapping but skimped on the gift inside. How else to explain the gathering of such a talented and likable cast in service of such undercooked, utterly laugh-free material? Of trivial interest for containing one of Robin Williams’ final screen performances (the late actor has three additional films awaiting release), this feature helming debut from prolific TV comedy director Tristram Shapeero is nevertheless “Friggin'” forgettable. Hitting theaters and VOD three weeks before Thanksgiving, the pic’s dysfunctional family antics are sure to be little but a hazy memory come Christmas.
Clocking in at a brisk 72 minutes (not including end credits) and overflowing with engaging thesps, pic should be a breeze to watch. But if the shockingly simplistic final product is remotely reflective of the original script, tyro scribe Michael Brown’s take on an adult son, Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale »
- Geoff Berkshire
Like all untimely movie star deaths, you’re not really gone until the last movie you finished before your death is released. The tragic passing of Robin Williams this past summer was marked by this website and others by recognizing several of the actor’s greatest comedy hits. Sadly, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas will not join their ranks.
The set-up is simple. Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) traces every bad thing wrong with his life back to the horrible parenting of his drunken dad Mitch (Robin Williams). Having grown up to become a successful Chicago hedge fund manager, Boyd overcompensates with his own son, Doug (Pierce Gagnon), to make sure he gets every bit the magical Christmas that Mitch denied Boyd through bourbon-fuelled candour. Obviously Boyd’s put a lot of time and distance between him and his father, but when his younger brother, Nelson (Clark Duke), calls him up to »
- Adam A. Donaldson
"A Merry Friggin' Christmas" is a quaint yuletide comedy about a dysfunctional family, but it's accidentally become a historic movie since it's one of the last projects Robin Williams ever filmed. Stars Joel McHale and Lauren Graham, who play a couple hitting a tough patch in their marriage, said that working with Williams gave valuable perspective into his comedy. "I wouldn't have been surprised if he were very animated most of the time," Graham told us. "Like many comic actors I've known, actually, he was on the other side. He was thoughtful and introspective and had good ideas and was smart. But he wasn't always performing like you've seen him." "He was just a really normal dude and super smart. He laughed a lot," McHale said. It's that thing where people say, 'Don't meet your heroes! You'll be disappointed!' It was the opposite." We sat down with McHale and Graham to discuss Williams' intelligence, »
- Louis Virtel
November 14 will mark 26 years since the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown hit the airwaves. The series, which ran for 10 seasons and won 18 Emmy Awards (including a record-breaking five Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series wins for star Candice Bergen), also happened to be at the forefront of a political firestorm in its heyday. A show about a 40-something single mother and career woman (!) touched such a nerve that the Vice President of the United States singled out the show as an example of the decay of family values in America.
During a campaign speech on May 19, 1992, then-vp Dan Quayle stated, “Failing to support children one has fathered is wrong. We must be unequivocal about this. It doesn’t help matters when primetime TV has Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid professional woman, mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone »
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,
"Why are there shotgun pellets in my chicken?" What answer could there be other than, "Because it's squirrel." That is the exact answer given from a father to his adult son in the trailer for the new movie, "A Merry Friggin' Christmas." From the trailer, the film appears to fit squarely into the subgenre of holiday movies of comedies surrounding families (biological or not) who don't get along (generally, but not always because at least one of them is a bad person). Directed by Tristram Shapeero ("Community"), "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" stars the late Robin Williams, Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, Clark Duke, Candice Bergen and more. It is the tale of a man, Boyd (McHale), who his forced to spend Christmas with his dysfunctional family only to learn that he kind of forgot his son's gifts at his house and has to make a mad dash with his father (Williams »
- Josh Lasser
In one of his last starring roles, watch Robin Williams in the new trailer for A Merry Friggin’ Christmas.
Boyd and his family are forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parent’s house with his eccentric father that he has been avoiding for years. When he realizes that he left his son’s gifts at home, Boyd and his father must hit the road in a blizzard to retrieve the gifts before sunrise to save Christmas.
Directed by Tristram Shapeero, written by Michael Brown and produced by Tom Rice, Ben Nearn, Joe Russo, and Anthony Russo, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas opens in select theaters and VOD on Friday, November 7.
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- Michelle McCue
A new trailer has arrived online for the festive comedy A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, which sees the late, great Robin Williams in one of his final screen roles.
Merry Friggin’ Christmas follows Boyd Mitchler and his wife Luann as they spend a dreaded Christmas with Boyd’s father Mitch and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son’s gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
Check out the new trailer here…
A Merry Friggin’ Christmas is set for release on November 7th in the Us and is directed by Tristram Shapeero (Community) with a cast that also includes Joel McHale (Deliver Us From Evil), Lauren Graham (Parenthood), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine 2), Oliver Platt (Mortdecai), Wendy McLendon-Covey (Think Like a Man Too), Tim Heidecker »
- Gary Collinson
In one of his final film roles, Robin Williams plays the patriarch of an estranged family of misfits in the holiday comedy A Merry Friggin' Christmas. Joel McHale stars as Boyd, a family man who doesn't actually like to spend that much time with his family, especially his father (Williams). Their relationship is further put to the test when the two hit the road after Boyd realizes he left all of his son's gifts at home. The film was directed by British TV director Tristram Shapeero, who has worked on shows like Community and Parks and Recreation back in the »
- Jake Perlman
The trailer for Robin Williams' first posthumous film has been released and the late actor looks to be funnier than ever. Williams stars alongside Lauren Graham, Joel McHale and Candice Bergen in "A Merry Friggin’ Christmas." The movie follows Boyd (McHale), as he spends the holidays with his father Mitch (Williams) and the rest of his wacky family. Check out the trailer for "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" above! The film looks hysterical, which makes the loss of the comic genius even harder to believe. The world was stunned when news of Williams’ death first broke back in August. The 63-year old took his own life after a struggle with severe depression. The beloved actor still has a few other feature films slated for release including "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," "Absolutely Anything," and "Boulevard." Check out the trailer for "A Merry Friggin’ Christmas" above and catch »
- tooFab Staff
Robin Williams may no longer be with us, but he has a few completed films left that will give audiences a last taste of his immense talents. For better or worse, one of them is the upcoming wacky holiday movie "A Merry Friggin' Christmas," and the first trailer is here. As the title suggests, this isn't your average, wholesome entry into the Christmas drama. Instead, the movie rounds up Joel McHale, Clark Duke, Oliver Platt, Candice Bergen and Lauren Graham for a comedy about a man who has to team up with his estranged father for a road trip through a blizzard to get the Christmas presents for the son he's forgotten at home. So lots of cranky laughs are in order, and various hijinks, we suppose. "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" opens on November 7th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This one sort of came out of nowhere for me, but here it is, ready for holiday release in less than a month. Robin Williams and Joel McHale star in A Merry Friggin' Christmas, the trailer of which just hit this morning. The movie looks fine I guess, but it's still hard for me to contextually separate Williams' upcoming work from his untimely passing. Though I'm sure that stuff will fade away while watching the actual movie. The film also stars Clarke Duke, Lauren Graham, Oliver Platt, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tim Heidecker and Candice Bergen. Hit the jump to check out the A Merry Friggin' Christmas trailer and poster. The film opens on November 7th from eOne Entertainment. Trailer courtesy of Et: Here's the official synopsis: A Merry Friggin' Christmas follows Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) as they spend a dreaded Chrismas with Boyd's father Mitch »
- Evan Dickson
Earlier this year, the world lost one of its most gifted comedic performers when Robin Williams passed away. Despite his untimely and unexpected death, the icon left behind several unreleased films, the first of which is the holiday themed comedy A Merry Friggin' Christmas. Entertainment Tonight has our first look at the trailer.
The story follows Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) as they spend a dreaded Chrismas with Boyd's father Mitch (Robin Williams) and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son's gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
A Merry Friggin' Christmas marks the feature »
Robin Williams plays a crabby old man in a new trailer for “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas,” one of the films shot before his untimely death by suicide last August. In many ways, his character matches his own personal anguish. Williams, 63, was battling severe depression, at the time of his death and was secretly grappling with the onset of Parkinson’s disease. It also stars Lauren Graham, Candice Bergen, Clark Duke and Joel McHale. ...Read More »
In the movie, out November 7, Williams plays a cranky father who has to go on a road trip with his estranged son (played by Joel McHale) after the family realizes they left their gifts back at home.
Video: Et's Last Interview with Robin Williams
The holiday flick isn't the last movie that will be released featuring Williams -- he's also in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Dec. 19) and the animated movie Absolutely Anything -- but it is the last movie that he filmed before his untimely death.
Williams had been battling with severe depression in the days leading up to his August »
Marian Seldes, the Tony Award-winning star of A Delicate Balance who was a teacher of Kevin Kline and Robin Williams, a muse to playwright Edward Albee and a Guinness Book of World Records holder for most consecutive performances, died Monday at age 86. She died peacefully at her home after an extended illness, her brother Timothy Seldes said. "It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died," he said in a statement. "She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theater, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family. »
- Associated Press
Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, held a reception in honour of Sony Pictures Classics founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard as they were presented with the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Mamadou Diouf, Leitner Family Professor of African Studies and History at Columbia University was also honoured.
French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius: "I am delighted to welcome you tonight to celebrate three men, … who will receive the highest distinction of French government, the Légion d'honneur."
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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