9 items from 2011
 2012 isn't shaping up to be quite the Year of Sudeikis that 2011 was, but the Saturday Night Live star seems to be looking forward to another busy year. In addition to his ongoing gigs on SNL and Fox's The Cleveland Show, Jason Sudeikis is also slated to guest star  in the third season of HBO's Eastbound & Down, and he's now landed a role in Jay Roach's political satire Dog Fight. Formerly titled Southern Rivals, the comedy centers around two politicians (Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis) running against each other in a congressional district race in South Carolina. Katherine Lanasa and Sarah Baker  will also co-star, as Ferrell and Galifianakis' respective wives. Filming will begin next month in New Orleans for an August 2012 opening. [The Hollywood Reporter ] After the jump, John Cusack is a black-ops agent, Michelle Monaghan is a hardened war vet, and Lily Collins is that girl you hated in high school. »
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The story centers on Julianne Moore's title character, a passionate teacher who convinces her former star pupil (Michael Angarano) to put on his unproduced play at the high school. Lily Collins will portray a popular student who clashes with the teacher. Nathan Lane and Greg Kinnear also star.
Audiences will get a lot more of Lily Collins next year when she leads Tarsem‘s Snow White movie, but those of us averse to the Indian filmmaker’s music video sensibilities will probably judge her by another performance. According to Deadline, the actress has landed a role in The English Teacher, putting her alongside Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane, and Michael Angarano.
The independent comedy, directed by Craig Zisk and written by Dan & Stacy Chariton, follows “a high school English teacher [Moore] whose life is upended when a former star pupil returns to her small town after failing miserably as a playwright in New York.” Upon his reappearance, she “convinces him to mount his unproduced play at the school, which creates more drama than she’s ever known.”
Collins has the role of “a popular high schooler who comes into conflict with the teacher”; expect her to learn a »
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 Ben Stiller is set to star in the supernatural comedy RentaGhost, which Fox has recently acquired from Warner Bros. In its WB incarnation, Russell Brand was slated to play the lead. Written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum), RentaGhost revolves around a recently deceased man who decides to be more productive in his afterlife than he was during his regular life. He launches a service which allows living folk to rent ghosts and other paranormal beings. The story is based on a children's BBC series than ran from 1976 to 1984. Stiller's been keeping fairly busy as of late. His next onscreen appearance will be in next month's Tower Heist, directed by Brett Ratner. He is currently filming Neighborhood Watch with Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, and is slated to reunite with his Greenberg director Noah Baumbach for While We're Young. [Variety ] After the jump, two vampire franchise stars find non-vampire love, »
- Angie Han
Michael Angarano has appeared in some outstanding films (Almost Famous and Snow Angels come to mind), but has yet to find the project that takes him to the next level. Perhaps it will be The English Teacher, Craig Zisk.s indie comedy that that will cast the young actor alongside Oscar nominee Julianne Moore. It.s not a prequel to Anthony Minghella.s The English Patient . and for that, we should be thankful. Instead, Variety reports that Angarano would play a failed playwright who returns to his small home town and falls for his former English teacher (played by Moore). Dan and Stacy Chariton co-wrote the screenplay, which also has lured Greg Kinnear and Nathan Lane in as-yet-undeclared roles. That.s a solid cast for Zisk, whose directorial credits are littered with fantastic television projects such as Alias, Scrubs, Weeds, Nip/Tuck and The Big C. From what I can »
Has rising actor Michael Angarano found his niche? After romancing Uma Thurman in "Ceremony" earlier this year, he's next going to put the moves on another attractive, older woman. Variety reports that the actor has joined "The English Teacher" starring Julianne Moore. Marking the feature directorial debut of Craig Zisk, whose TV credits include “The Big C” and “Weeds,” from a script by Dan and Stacy Charlton, the story follows a high school English teacher (Moore) whose life is turned upside when a failed playwright and former student (Angarano) returns to town and she begins to fall in love with… »
Written by Dan and Stacy Chariton, the film stars Julianne Moore as a high school English teacher whose life is upended when a former student returns to her small town after failing as a playwright in New York. Michael Angarano will play the sensitive scribe, who the protagonist finds herself falling for.
Nathan Lane co-stars in the project. No production date has been set.
Craig Zisk's feature directorial debut The Teacher may cast Nathan Lane Lane is currently in negotiations to join Greg Kinnear and Julianne Moore in the independent comedy from Artina Films, reports Variety. Now with production on Relativity Media's Untitled Snow White release coming to an end, Lane has time for the project which marks "Weeds" director Craig Zisk's feature directorial debut. Dan Chariton and Stacy Chariton wrote the script which stars Moore as high school English teacer Linda Sinclair whose life is thrown into disarray when a former ace student returns to her small home town after failing in his career as a New York playwright. Lane would play a drama teacher who aids Moore in her play. »
Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear join Craig Zisk's feature directorial debut The English Teacher. The Artina Films' indie comedy scripted by Dan and Stacy Chariton tells of a Linda Sinclair (Moore), a high school English teacher whose life changes when a former star pupil returns to her small town after a failed attempt as a New York playwright. Variety reports that Naomi Despres, Robert Salerno and Matthew Chausse of Artina Films are producing with Ben LeClair while Ron Curtis will serve as an executive producer on The English Teacher. Production stars in October in New York City. Other than English Teacher, Julianne Moore can be seen in Warner Bros. Pictures' Crazy, Stupid, Love. »
9 items from 2011
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