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"Ted 2" is bigger than "Ted" in almost every conceivable way: Its slapstick scenes are wilder, the list of guest-stars is more staggering, and the runtime ticks closer to two hours. But the critical elements -- the wisecreacking CGI teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane, his "thunder buddy" camaraderie with John (Mark Wahlberg), and a dastardly performance by Giovanni Ribisi -- remain intact. We caught up with Wahlberg, who phoned us from a UK press tour to talk about why he likes "Ted 2" better than the original. Here are seven things he taught us about the filming experience, the difference between Mila Kunis and Amanda Seyfried, and the most intimidating actors he's ever worked with. 1. "Transformers" made the act of talking to an invisible teddy bear a lot easier. On filming with a CGI costar: "We definitely had on-the-job training with the first 'Ted.' Doing 'Transformers" made that a lot less nerve-wracking. »
- Louis Virtel
When it was announced in March that Stephen King's classic horror novel Misery was getting the Broadway treatment, Elizabeth Marvel was intended to play the juicy role of number-one fan and number-one torturous motivator Annie Wilkes on stage. Due to House of Cards commitments, however, Marvel has left the project and Laurie Metcalf has joined it in her place.
Variety reports that Laurie Metcalf will play Annie Wilkes in the Misery Broadway play. Widely known for her stellar turn as Jackie Harris on Roseanne in addition to a plethora of other TV and film credits, Metcalf is perhaps best known to horror fans for her intense, unflinching portrayal as Mrs. Loomis in Scream 2.
As Wilkes, Metcalf will inflict pain on author Paul Sheldon, played by Bruce Willis in his Broadway debut. Metcalf is no stranger to the stage, having performed both off Broadway in Domesticated and on Broadway in The Other Place. »
- Derek Anderson
With Mamma Mia! set to end its Broadway run on Labor Day, the Broadhurst Theatre will go dark, but not for long. William Goldman’s stage adaptation of the ultimate trapped-by-a-fan thriller, the basis of the 1990 Kathy Bates/James Caan film for which he penned the screenplay, will begin performances October 22 at the Shubert-owned house, with opening night on November 15. The 16-week run will star Willis as a novelist rescued by his “Number One Fan” Annie Wilkes… »
Director: David O’Russell (as Stephen Green).
Running Time: 101 minutes
Synopsis: Alice (Biel), gets a nail in her head and must travel to Washington to get help from a naive senator (Gyllenhaal).
It’s been awhile since an absolute monstrosity of a film has graced our presence. I’m not talking about excessively bad films, but the kind of films that should never have existed. Accidental Love may not be the worst film of the year, but it’s certainly the least deserving, especially when you consider its troubled past and the fact it was never truly completed. Shot back in 2008, the film, directed by David O’Russell under a pseudonym, had actors (James Caan) drop out, strikes over pay, stopping and starting of production, and finally in 2010 O’Russell left the project. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Accidental Love, 2015.
A clueless politician falls in love with a small-town waitress whose erratic behaviour is caused by a nail stuck in her head.
Originally titled Nailed and shot way back in 2008, this has been a project plagued by serious financial difficulties and problems. David O. Russell (The Fighter, American Hustle) – billed here as ‘Stephen Greene’ left the project in 2010 and the film was subsequently finished without his involvement. Seven years from shooting to cinema release? That’s a pretty torturous ER wait…
Which sort of connects with aspects of the – undeniably muddled – story. Focusing on small town waitress Alice’s (Biel) accident with a nail through the skull while at a dinner with fiancé Scott (James Marsden), Accidental Love highlights the undeniably unsavoury aspects of federal »
- Robert W Monk
In the beginning there was David O Russell's Nailed, a political comedy which began filming in 2008 and, after a disastrous string of financing problems, seemingly died two years later. Deciding to cut his losses, a frustrated Russell abandoned the project in 2010 and moved onto Oscar glory with The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
But like Rasputin, Nailed has lingered on without Russell's involvement. Missing pieces have been shot and put in place, and the finished film - now called Accidental Love - is credited to one Stephen Greene, an Alan Smithee-like pseudonym. The result is a fitfully amusing farce that can't begin to hide the scars of its troubled production.
Jessica Biel stars as Alice, an 25-year-old small-town waitress who's caught the eye of vain local cop, »
Robert Chartoff, who shared an Oscar with partner Irwin Winkler to produce “Rocky,” and was Oscar-nommed for Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” and Philip Kaufman’s “The Right Stuff,” died Wednesday in Santa Monica. He was 81 and had been battling pancreatic cancer.
The duo were responsible for numerous influential films of the late ’60s and 1970s through their Chartoff-Winkler Productions, including Sydney Pollack’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall starrer “True Confessions,” John Boorman’s “Point Blank” and James Caan starrer “The Gambler.”
- Pat Saperstein
The duo's latest film Bridge of Spies has premiered its first trailer, teasing a tense Cold War thriller about an American lawyer who's enlisted by the CIA to rescue a pilot being held in the Soviet Union.
In a word: wow. The first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s latest, Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, has arrived online, instantly presenting what’s sure to be one of the frontrunners in this year’s awards race. Tom Hanks stars in the gorgeous-looking period piece about a lawyer who is tapped by the U.S. government to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot before he’s pressured into revealing information that could give the Soviet Union the upper hand in an escalating Cold War.
Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen penned the script, which sounds like it will mine the fascinating time period for maximum thrills with a tense ticking-clock story that plays out across a global scale. In addition to Hanks, the pic stars Mark Rylance (a new fave of Spielberg’s, given that the director just cast him in the title role in The Bfg), Scott Shepherd, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Tale of Princess Kaguya, 2014.
Directed by Isao Takahata.
A girl is born of the bamboo trees, and she is brought up to be a Princess …
During the Studio Ghibli season at the BFI last year, for the first time, I watched Grave of the Fireflies. Powerful, profound and deeply moving, I was in awe that this was from the same studio that brought us Ponyo and My Neighbour Totoro. Lest we forget, there are two key artists behind Studio Ghibli: the surrealist, playful and obsessed-with-blustery-winds-and-planes Miyazaki, and the sombre, heartfelt vision of Isao Takahata. It is the latter who directs The Tale of Princess Kaguya – and it is one of the finest films of 2014, balancing profound truth with dreamlike fantasy.
Based on a Japanese folk tale, »
- Simon Columb
This week’s biggest upcoming project was one so weird that we needed a few days to process it. It has been called Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich and Adaptation (possibly even Lost in Translation for good measure), and if it seems like those two titles don’t add up in anyway whatsoever, you’re not far off.
The movie is Colossal, and THR reports is set to star Anne Hathaway. Hathaway plays a woman returning to her hometown from New York after losing her job. Upon returning home, she discovers that a giant lizard is attacking Tokyo, and she feels strangely connected to the incident via her mind.
Colossal isn’t even some tongue-in-cheek Spike Jonze project but coming from Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), and aiming to be sold at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market. “Colossal is my most ambitious script so far, and probably also the most personal one. »
- Brian Welk
- Scott J. Davis
Sometimes the plainest truths are nestled in the most outlandish absurdities, and so it proves in “Preggoland.” An amusing, extravagantly implausible farce that nonetheless makes a pointed argument about the perceived marginalization of childless women in modern society, Canadian helmer Jacob Tierney’s film shoots for the Judd Apatow-associated distaff appeal of “Bridesmaids,” albeit with a bleaker undertow and dimmer production values. Animated chiefly by the spiky gifts of actress and screenwriter Sonja Bennett — headlining proceedings as Ruth, a thirtysomething supermarket cashier who fakes a pregnancy with inevitably woeful consequences — “Preggoland” recently received a limited release in the U.S., though it’s on alternative platforms that this Toronto fest premiere will most likely come fully to term.
With the “womanchild” character type — the female equivalent of the immature, insolvent, mildly hedonistic man exemplified by Seth Rogen in “Knocked Up” or Mark Wahlberg in “Ted” — a growing presence in mainstream comedy, »
- Guy Lodge
Would you really want to try to scare James Caan? Haven’t we seen what he does to people that cross him in several films? Apparently It Follows' Keir Gilchrist and co-star Logan Miller didn’t get that memo, as they’ll be making just such an attempt in The Waiting.Kasra Farahani is directing the indie thriller, born from Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard’s script. The story follows two high school filmmakers (Gilchrist and Miller) who decide that what they really need to do is create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting local neighbour, which we can only assume is Caan. This has all the ingredients for a prank that could go horribly, horribly wrong, be it supernaturally or just with two young punks getting their comeuppance. The film kicks off shooting in Los Angeles in the next couple of weeks. Caan is shooting action-romance »
The stars have aligned on several late-breaking projects in Cannes as Sierra/Affinity brings a Liam Neeson spy thriller and Lotus Entertainment boards a WWII thriller with Lily James and Christopher Plummer.
MadRiver fully finances and will produce while CAA, which packaged and arranged financing, expects to announce wide Us distribution during Cannes.
Lotus Entertainment will commence talks with international buyers on The Kaiser’s Last Kiss from Film House Germany-owned Egoli Tossell Film starring James and Plummer.
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- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Star Thrower Entertainment, Ball and Chain Productions and Anonymous Content will partner on The Waiting, a thriller to be directed by Kasra Farahani, starring James Caan (The Godfather, Misery, Elf), Logan Miller (Scouts Vs Zombies, Night Moves, The Stanford Prison Experiment) and Keir Gilchrist (It Follows, It’S Kind Of A Funny Story, “United States of Tara”).
Speaking about their film, Co-founders of Star Thrower Entertainment Tim White and Trevor White said, “Mark and Jeff have crafted an excellent script that seamlessly combines elements of a riveting thriller and fascinating character study. This script, together with Kasra’s elegant vision and our compelling cast, makes The Waiting the type of filmmaker and talent driven project ideal for Star Thrower.”
- Michelle McCue
Kasra Farahani, whose short film Noon received great acclaim and was quickly optioned for feature development, will direct The Waiting, a thriller starring James Caan (The Godfather, Thief), It Follows’ Kier Gilchrist and Logan Miller (Scouts Vs. Zombies). Star Thrower Entertainment, Ball and Chain Productions and Anonymous Content partner on the production about two high…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Producers are Tim White, Trevor White and Allan Mandelbaum of Star Thrower Entertainment; Giri Tharan of Ball and Chain Productions; Rosalie Swedlin of Anonymous Content; and Elana Barry. Star Thrower and Ball and Chain will finance and produce.
Farahani’s worked in production design and art direction for “Avatar,” “Star Trek,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Thor.” Star Thrower’s first film “Jamesy Boy” starred Mary-Louise Parker, Taissa Farmiga and James Woods.
Farahani is represented by UTA and Management 360. Caan is repped by CAA, Miller by Innovative Artists and Primary Wave Entertainment and Gilchrist by ICM, »
- Dave McNary
James Caan (“The Godfather”) and “The Stanford Prison Experiment” actors Logan Miller and Keir Gilchrist are set to star in the indie thriller “The Waiting,” which Kasra Karahani will direct for Star Thrower Entertainment, Ball and Chain Productions and Anonymous Content, the companies jointly announced on Monday. Mysterious events occur in “The Waiting” when two high school filmmakers decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor. Farahani has an impressive background in production design and art direction for studio blockbusters including “Avatar,” “Star Trek,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Thor.” Farahani’s short film “Noon” was optioned »
- Jeff Sneider
The Waiting, a new thriller starring James Caan, was just announced. It’s about two high school filmmakers who decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor. Directed by Kasra Farahani, whose short film Noon was optioned by 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment for a feature adaptation, it also stars Logan Miller (Scouts Vs. Zombies) and Keir Gilchrist (It Follows). Farahani comes from a background in production design and art direction for… »
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