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The sequel to 2003's population-booming comedy sees Steve Martin and his 12 raucous offspring, headed by teen queen Hilary Duff, return for another serving of family mayhem. This time the brood are on holiday when they meet up with Eugene Levy's troupe of tearaways - and battle commences between the two competitive dads. The pairing of Levy and Martin is an inspired one and fans of the original will consider it cheap at twice the price. »
Christopher Guest is one of a kind. The writer/director/producer/actor carved out a niche of his own in the filmmaking community with the brilliant 1984 comedy This Is Spinal Tap, directed by Rob Reiner, and went on to helm a string of comedy hits himself in his distinctive “mockumentary” vein. Though all of his films have something great and unique to offer, there’s something particularly special about 2000’s Best in Show. The film’s characters are ridiculous and at times loathesome, but there’s a sincerity to the picture that prevents things from ever becoming too cynical. The result is a delightfully hilarious comedy classic. Hit the jump for my review of Best in Show on Blu-ray. The Film With Best in Show, Guest takes his “mockumentary” style to the world of prestigious dogs shows. In a style that has since become commonplace, the camera work is staged like a documentary, »
- Adam Chitwood
The original American Pie gang return, older but definitely none the wiser, for a high school reunion that lets everyone party likes it’s 1999 - again. Jason Biggs is back as well-meaning, accident prone Jim, joined by Alyson Hannigan as his flute-loving wife Michelle for more sticky situations involving inappropriate parenting and an array of compromising positions. With Jim's dad (Eugene Levy) offering more dubious advice and Seann William Scott’s Stifler as loud 'n' proud as ever, the scatological silliness is poured thick and creamy over this last slice of Pie. »
Christopher Guest is the mastermind behind some of the funniest films ever, and 2000's Best in Show is hands down one of my favorites. Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, and Eugene Levy are just a few of the hilarious actors in the mockumentary about a competitive dog show. I've listed some of my favorite lines below, but what are yours? "We could not talk or talk forever and still find things to not talk about." - Sherri Ann Cabot "We met at Starbucks. Not at the same Starbucks, but we saw each other at different Starbucks across the street from each other." - Meg Swan "Peanut. Hazelnut. Cashew nut. Macadamia nut . . . " - Harlan Pepper »
- Maggie Pehanick
Chicago – The more one is familiar with the art of improv, the more one is bound to fall head over heels in love with the mockumentaries of Christopher Guest. Working from a mere scene outline, Guest and his ensemble of top-drawer comedians bring a colorful assortment of richly eccentric oddballs to life. Their ad-libbed dialogue is infinitely funnier than scripted punchlines since it emerges organically from their character’s own warped worldview.
2000’s “Best in Show” is Guest’s most merciless satire and also his funniest. It ranks right alongside “Bringing Up Baby,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Airplane!” as one of the greatest comedies ever made. It has stood the test of time, proving to be funnier with each subsequent viewing, while providing viewers with countless quotable lines and a wealth of side-splitting sequences. Few comedies in the last decade have delivered as many genuine laughs.
Blu-ray Rating: 5.0/5.0
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The legendary comic actress of Sctv, Beetlejuice, the Christopher Guest oeuvre, and (of course) Heartburn turns 59 today, and she may be one of the most universally adored funny people ever. Is it even possible to dislike Catherine O'Hara? You are less of a human being for however much you attempt to dislike Catherine O'Hara. It's an outrageous suggestion, and it should be parodied in a Christopher Guest film.
So, what's Ms. O'Hara's greatest moment?
One contender is certainly her work in the mockumentary A Mighty Wind, where she plays one half of the folk duo Mitch and Mickey. With Eugene Levy, O'Hara trills the pair's signature hit "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow," and at the song's poignant climax, the two reenact their classic, melody-interrupting kiss. The moment »
News Simon Brew 28 Feb 2013 - 06:40
The co-director of the first American Pie movie gives an update as to where things are with the franchise...
Paul Weitz, along with his brother Chris, may only have directed the first American Pie movie, but he's had an executive producer credit ever since, and has had some kind of involvement with the subsequent movies. Although we don't blame him for the straight to DVD adventures.
Weitz, who's promoting his new movie Admission, was chatting to The Hollywood Reporter, and they asked him about the talk of American Pie 5. "I'm happy that keeps on going", he said. "I imagine [there will be]. I think this one kind of benefited from being seven years since the last one, so there's a curiosity factor".
So: just how involved does Universal make him in the sequels? "It kind of happens where they tell me about it, and I go 'Neat'. »
Steve Martin has reportedly become a first-time dad at 67.
According to the New York Post, Martin and his wife of almost six years, Anne Stringfield, 41, welcomed a baby in December. The couple was allegedly spotted outside of their Los Angeles home with their brand-new bundle of joy.
“They’ve had a baby, and how they kept it a secret nobody knows," a source told the NY Post, adding that “Steve’s very private."
"They are thrilled," the insider continued, "They worked hard to have the baby.”
Martin and Stringfield were together for three years before they tied the knot in a secret wedding ceremony in July 2007. Guests, including actors Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy, were invited to Martin's house for a party, but the pair surprised them all with the ensuing nuptials.
Congrats to the Martins! »
- Leigh Blickley
‘Marley and Me’ co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson will reunite for Peter Bogdanovich’s upcoming movie ‘She’s Funny That Way’. Aniston is slated to play a therapist whose mother is in rehab for alcoholism. Wilson will portray a Broadway director who takes a liking to a former prostitute and tries to kick start her acting career. Actors Eugene Levy (American Pie), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), Kathryn Hahn (Crossing Jordan), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) and Cybill Shepherd (The Client List), all join the film formerly titled ‘Squirrel to the Nuts’. The screenplay comes from both Bogdanovich and first time writer and actress Louise Stratten (Django Unchained). The film will begin shooting [ Read More ]
- Sarah Anne Luoma
• Jennifer Aniston is set to join the ensemble cast of the new Peter Bogdanovich film She’s Funny That Way. The film, previously titled Squirrel to the Nuts, tells the story of a Broadway director who has an affair with an aspiring actress (she also happens to be a former prostitute). Aniston will reportedly play a therapist alongside her Marley and Me co-star Owen Wilson, Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Jason Schwartzman, Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn, and Cybill Shepherd, who Bogdanovich directed in The Last Picture Show and Daisy Miller. Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach are serving as producers on the project. »
- Lindsey Bahr
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon. First up, Jennifer Aniston has joined the large cast of director Peter Bogdanovich’s (The Last Picture Show) upcoming film She’s Funny That Way (previously referred to as Squirrels to the Nuts). The film stars Brie Larson as a hooker-turned-Broadway-thesp and follows the recurring intersection between these two facets of her life. Owen Wilson plays a married Broadway director who falls for Larson’s character, and The Wrap reports that Aniston has signed on to play a therapist with a mother in rehab for alcoholism. Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach are producing, and the impressive ensemble cast also includes Jason Schwartzman, Kathryn Hahn, Eugene Levy, and Cybil Shepherd. Production is set to get underway in New York City in June. Hit the jump for casting news regarding Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt’s next film. »
- Adam Chitwood
Jennifer Aniston is joining Owen Wilson in Peter Bogdanovich's comedy "She's Funny That Way," Red Granite Pictures announced in Berlin. She will play a therapist with a mother in rehab for alcoholism in the Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach-produced the film following a married Broadway director (Wilson) who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress, then helps advance her career. Also read: Red Granite Notches Up Sales on 'Horns,' 'Motel' Jason Schwartzman, Cybil Shepherd, Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn and Brie Larson co-star in the comedy (also known as "Squirrels to Nuts") written by Bogdanovich and Louise Stratten. Red Granite International, »
- Greg Gilman
Jennifer Aniston has joined the cast of upcoming comedy She's Funny That Way.
The movie stars Owen Wilson as a married Broadway director who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress and helps launch her career.
Aniston will play a therapist whose mother is in rehab for alcoholism, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
She's Funny That Way is due to begin shooting in New York City in June.
Aniston, who has also signed on to another comedy called Convention, previously starred opposite Wilson in 2008's Marley & Me.
Watch the trailer for Marley & Me below: »
In the 1970s, Peter Bogdanovich was in his prime, churning out engaging and celebrated cinema like bleak drama The Last Picture Show and con man comedy Paper Moon. Lately Bogdanovich has been working more often as an actor and professor than as a director. But finally, after a 12 year sabbatical from narrative film, Bogdanovich is prepping his follow-up to the 2001 historical conspiracy comedy The Cat's Meow. Formerly known as Squirrel to Nuts, this new comedy called She's Funny That Way stars Owen Wilson as a married Broadway producer whose head is turned by a prostitute turned aspiring actress, whom he decides to help in her newly minted career. THR reports Jennifer Aniston has just joined the cast that already includes Jason Schwartzman, Cybill Shepherd, Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn and Brie Larson. As 21 Jump Street's Larson was among the earliest cast, I'm suspecting she'll play the aforementioned female lead. For her »
1.) Word is Beasts of the Southern Wild star and Oscar nominee, Quvenzhane Wallis, is up for the lead role in Sony's upcoming remake of Annie with Will Gluck (Easy A) set to direct. The film will serve as a remake of the Broadway musical based upon the popular comic strip and featuring songs with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan. The show originally penned on April 21, 1977, and immediately became a hit, winning seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 1982, Columbia Pictures released a film adaptation directed by John Huston and starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry, and Aileen Quinn as Annie. Wallis would replace the once attached Willow Smith, daughter of producer Will Smith. EW 2.) Ryan Gosling is busy putting together his directorial debut, How To Catch a Monster. He's already cast Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith »
- Brad Brevet
Jennifer Aniston has been heating up the sales over in Berlin this past week at the European Film Market. She recently officially signed on for Convention alongside Mark Duplass and Ben Kingsley. And now the ever-brilliant actress has signed on for Peter Bogdanovich’s next feature, She’s Funny That Way.
Previously titled Squirrels to the Nuts (which I think is an amazing title, and am pretty gutted that it’s since been changed), the project already has Owen Wilson and Brie Larson attached for the leading roles.
“The film centres on a married Broadway director (Wilson) who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress and works to help her advance her career.”
Aniston is joining the project as Larson’s therapist, with her own mother in rehab for alcoholism. And »
- Kenji Lloyd
Owen Wilson plays a married Broadway director who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress and works to help her advance her career. Aniston stars as a therapist with a mother in rehab. Jason Schwartzman and Brie Lawson also star.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Jennifer Aniston has joined the cast of She's Funny That Way, Peter Bogdanovich's first feature since 2001's The Cat's Meow. (The movie was previously known as Squirrel to the Nuts, which is a much better title.) She'll play a therapist whose mother is in rehab opposite her Marley and Me co-star Owen Wilson, who will portray a Broadway director trying to launch the acting career of a former prostitute. Filling out the She's Funny That Way cast are awkward American Pie dad Eugene Levy, Jason Schwartzman (a favorite of producer Wes Anderson), the amazingly funny Kathryn Hahn, and the one and only Cybill Shepherd. »
- Andre Tartar
Jennifer Aniston is set to star in Peter Bogdanovich‘s upcoming comedy She’s Funny That Way (previously titled Squirrels To Nuts). In case you’re not so familiar with this project, let me first inform you that the movie has quite interesting cast on board which already includes Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Cybil Shepherd, Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn and Brie Lawson. For more details – check out the rest of this report! Bogdanovich will direct the movie from a script he co-wrote with Louise Stratten, which centers on a married Broadway director who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress and works to help her with her career. At this »
- Jeanne Standal
Given that it’s been months since we last reported on Peter Bogdanovich’s comedy Squirrels To Nuts, we figured it had either been shot or shelved. But while it didn’t make a targeted autumn production date, it has a new title (She’s Funny That Way) and has added Jennifer Aniston to the cast. The film, co-written by Bogdanovich and Louise Stratton, finds Owen Wilson as a married Broadway stage director who falls for a prostitute (Brie Larson). When she shows interest in becoming an actress, he decides to help her with her career.Aniston is aboard to play a therapist whose mother is in rehab for alcohol issues. Yeah, it’s that kind of comedy. She joins a cast that includes Jason Schwartzman, Cybil Shepherd, Eugene Levy and Kathryn Hahn.Bogdanovich appears to have set up the proper funding now, which means he’ll be able to »
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