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Jason Segel co-writing but not directing Lego movie The Billion Brick Race

8 October 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After the massive success of last year’s The Lego Movie, a franchise is being built: not only is there a sequel on the way, but we have many spin-offs on the horizon too, including one that is being co-written by Drew Pearce (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Jason Segel (The Muppets).

Early word also had the How I Met You Mother star co-directing the film called The Billion Brick Race, but after speaking to The Playlist about his new film The End of the Tour, he has clarified that that isn’t the case.

“That was misreported when it first came out,” Segel said to the website, “It’s everything a kid would hope for, I think.”

Segel does have aspirations to direct one day, but said that he was always keen to let people who were more suited to the role of director do it rather than him: »

- Scott J. Davis

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Sequel Bits: ‘Spectre’, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘xXx 3′, ‘Bad Boys 3′

6 October 2015 3:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Are there too many sequels? Brad Bird kinda thinks so, and he’s the one working on The Incredibles 2. Also after the jump: Vin Diesel has quietly revealed the title of xXx 3 Will Smith says Bad Boys 3 is coming in the next 12-16 years Simon Pegg never plans to direct a Star Trek movie Jason Segel is […]

The post Sequel Bits: ‘Spectre’, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘xXx 3′, ‘Bad Boys 3′ appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Jason Segel Says He's Just Writing, Not Directing Lego Movie 'The Billion Brick Race’

6 October 2015 12:27 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The success of the "The Lego Movie" has spawned a franchise, with a sequel, a superhero spinoff centered on Will Arnett's Batman, and more all in the works. One of those projects is "The Billion Brick Race," announced earlier this year as a co-writing and co-directing venture between Jason Segel and Drew Pearce. But catching up with the actor today, he clarified his involvement. “That was misreported when it first came out,” Segel told us during press rounds for "The End Of The Tour" about co-directing the movie. However, he is still co-writing the standalone effort, and while he couldn't spill any details this early on, he did promise that, "It’s everything a kid would hope for, I think.” Read More: Review: James Ponsoldt's Moving, Intimate, And Moving 'The End Of The Tour' Starring Jason Segel And Jesse Eisenberg As for aspirations for the director's chair, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

5 October 2015 9:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Quentin Tarantino has led Christoph Waltz to two Oscars in this category, but Waltz is absent from the director's latest, "The Hateful Eight." That film boasts a whopping seven potential contenders in this category (only of the noted eight is a woman, which could get Jennifer Jason Leigh a nod in the supporting actress race -- her first). Kurt Russell and  Bruce Dern seem like they have the showiest parts (rumor has it Samuel L. Jackson will be going lead), putting them in contention amidst a seemingly endless list of other contenders: Mark Rylance ("Bridge of Spies") Idris Elba ("Beasts of No Nation"), Seth Rogen ("Steve Jobs"), Joel Egerton ("Black Mass"), Harvey Keitel ("Youth"), Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo ("Spotlight"), Jason Segel ("The End of The Tour") and Benicio Del Toro ("Sicario") are among the many actors already in this race, and we still have so many performances left to. »

- Peter Knegt

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The Story Behind Jason Segel's Dracula Puppet Musical

4 October 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

For many, the most-loved parts of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the 2008 romantic comedy written by and starring Jason Segel, are when Segel's lovable-schmuck character performs a puppet rock opera centered around the life of Count Dracula, cheekily titled A Taste For Love. However, puppet enthusiasts might be surprised to learn that the opera was not specifically written for the movie, but was actually a real passion project Segel had pursued many years earlier."I was going through this slow period, and at this time I was smoking a lot of pot, if we're going to be honest about it," he said at the New Yorker Festival on Saturday afternoon. "And I came up with the conclusion that the way I was going to jumpstart my career was with a lavish Dracula puppet musical. I wrote the Dracula musical alone in my apartment and I recorded it." After he finished writing the »

- Devon Ivie

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25 great directors working outside mainstream cinema

30 September 2015 2:39 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...

Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.

Here are 25 examples.

Lee Hardcastle

Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »

- simonbrew

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Brie Larson in “Room”: Ten potential first time acting nominees for Oscar in 2015

29 September 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

As pleasing as it can be to see an actor finally receive an Academy Award after a deserving career, it’s just as pleasing, if not more sometimes, to see an actor or actress get that first nomination. This year, there’s no shortage of potential first timers with Oscar in the acting categories, so today I have a nice list of them to share with you. I’ve ranked ten possible nominees, along with some extras in a bonus Honorable Mention segment, so be sure to use this as a bit of a cheat sheet as awards season gets underway. Enjoy as always, and again, remember that this is just how I would rank them, not how it’s definitely going to wind up… Here now are the ten that I’ve chosen: 10. Kristen Stewart – That Cesar Award that Stewart won for her role in Clouds of Sils Maria »

- Joey Magidson

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Jason Segel on ‘The End of the Tour’

23 September 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

The popular star of film and TV comedies sits down with THR’s awards analyst to discuss his life, career and the dramatic performance — as David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt’s indie — for which he is receiving supporting actor Oscar buzz.

“My first takeaway [from reading the script] was, ‘They’ll never let me do this,’ ” Jason Segel, the popular star of film and TV comedies, told me on Tuesday when our conversation about his life and career arrived at the dramatic project for which he has received the best notices of his career and considerable best supporting actor Oscar buzz: James Ponsoldt‘s The End of the Tour, in which he plays the late, great writer David Foster Wallace over the course of a four-day, road-trip interview that he granted Rolling Stone in 1996, shortly after the release of his breakthrough novel Infinite Jest.

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- Patrick Shanley

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The Muppets: TV reboot's cynical approach may leave you heartbroken

21 September 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Fans of Jim Henson’s Muppets, with its eternal optimism and all-encompassing Technicolor joy, could be in for a shock with ABC’s world-weary version

Shepherding the Muppets through a post-Henson world must be such a high-wire act. In retrospect, what Jim Henson achieved in his time was little short of alchemy. He managed to be anarchic and sincere, postmodern and moral, smart and dumb, all at the same time, without so much as breaking a sweat.

This, one might suspect, is why the last 25 years of Muppetry have been so patchy. With the notable exceptions of The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppets Tonight and Jason Segel’s 2011 movie, every new Muppet project has struggled to capture the right tone. They’ve either been too cute (The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz), too knowing (Muppets Most Wanted) or too bizarrely in thrall to whatever the zeitgeist happens to be (Lady Gaga and »

- Stuart Heritage

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How I Met Your Mother Turns 10....and We're Still Furiously Debating That Series Finale!

19 September 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Happy 10th Birthday, How I Met Your Mother! Let's celebrate by continuing to argue over your series finale! Seriously, it's been 10 years since we were first introduced to Ted (Josh Radnor), Robin (Cobie Smulders), Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan), and began the longest story ever told: how Ted met his wife, which he was telling to his two children. After a lot of inside jokes, laughs, losses and questionable love interests (Britney Spears, anyone?!), the legendary tale came to an end after nine seasons and over 200 episodes, and boy, did people have thoughts on the ending. which might go down as one of TV's most polarizing finales ever. In fact, people are Still »

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Why does ABC's 'The Muppets' seem to miss the point of the Muppets?

18 September 2015 6:04 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Long before he co-created "Big Bang Theory," Bill Prady broke into show business as a low-level Jim Henson Co. staffer, working in licensing and other tangential Muppet-related departments before eventually getting to write for Gonzo and company himself. Now, his career has come full circle, as co-developer (with Bob Kushell) of "The Muppets," a new primetime series featuring Kermit and the gang that debuts on ABC on Tuesday night at 8. Back at press tour, before I had seen a full episode of the show, I spoke with Prady for a while about his history with Henson and these characters, and the specific approach he was taking with the new show, a mockumentary where Kermit is executive producing a late night talk show hosted by Miss Piggy, featuring Fozzie as her announcer, Electric Mayhem as the house band, and all the other familiar Muppet characters working backstage. Because ABC has tried »

- Alan Sepinwall

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James Franco Revisits 'Freaks and Geeks' for 'Making a Scene'

9 September 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last fall, James Franco debuted a new web series for AOL Originals entitled Making a Scene with James Franco, where the actor recreated scenes from The Godfather, Batman, Beetlejuice, Titanic and Grease, just to name a few. This season, Making a Scene will be recreating and mashing up a slew of different TV shows, one of which being the 1999 cult classic sitcom Freaks and Geeks, where he had his breakthrough starring role as Daniel Desario. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, James Franco reveals that he'll actually be mashing up Freaks and Geeks with Saved by the Bell.

"That was the last one we shot, I think, so we're still cutting it. That, funnily enough, got mashed up with Saved by the Bell. It's high school characters vs. high school characters. That one actually turned into a musical, so you're going to get a Freaks and Geeks-Saved by the Bell musical. »

- MovieWeb

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13 Summer Movies that Deserve Oscar Nominations

2 September 2015 2:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy has a bad habit of forgetting movies that open early in the year. Of the 17 best picture nominees for the last two Oscars, only one (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) had a release date that was before September. But as the ceremony continues to grasp for new energy, following a ratings slide with this year’s show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, one big improvement would be if the telecast tried to recognize movies from throughout the year. Here are 13 films—from the both indies and studios—that opened this summer that deserve to be celebrated on the Oscars stage.

1. “Inside Out

For Your Consideration: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay

With the expanded best picture race, Pixar’s box office juggernaut ($344 million so far) set inside a young girl’s head—amidst a sea of conflicting emotions like Joy, Sadness and Fear—will probably be nominated in the top category, »

- Ramin Setoodeh, Jenelle Riley and Brent Lang

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Tom Hanks' The Circle Is Building A Truly Fantastic Cast

1 September 2015 3:42 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Director James Ponsoldt is still coming up in the feature world, but one thing that he has proven in the last few years is that he definitely knows how to put a cast together. He paired Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul for the fantastic Smashed; brought Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley together for the first time in the great The Spectacular Now; and most recently he created a brilliant duo with Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel in The End of the Tour. Great as all those names are, however, they arguably pale in comparison to the group being put together for his Dave Eggers adaptation The Circle. We've been reporting about this developing project for a few months now, but today Deadline has revealed that the film has found its fourth and final lead. Because the ensemble is so impressive, we realized that now is the perfect time for »

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BFI London Film Festival 2015 Line-Up announced with Gala screenings of Steve Jobs, High-Rise, Trumbo, Black Mass, Carol & Suffragette

1 September 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme

You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.

The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry‎ Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.

The Festival will screen a »

- John

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Lessons Learned This Summer At the Movies

31 August 2015 8:41 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Summer 2015 had a lot to offer, a lot to lose sleep over, and a lot to learn from. It gave us hope that the next summer could be even better, and that Hollywood blockbusters still have some life in them yet. Before back to school this month, here are nine lessons we took away from this summer at the movies.

Lesson #1: Mad Max: Fury Road reset the bar for action movies – Zach Dennis

In a summer overrun by dinosaurs and emotive minds, the real kings of the season busted through the Australian apocalypse on top of supercharged cars with a chrome-infused vengeance. In a summer where nostalgia boomed, a new film that will influence the future was born — and it was born on the Fury Road.

Good movies are invigorating, and nothing awoke everyone’s passion like Mad Max: Fury Road did. It wasn’t just classic fun tied »

- Staff

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The underappreciated films of Jesse Eisenberg

27 August 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

To salute the incoming arrival of American Ultra, we salute some underrated treats from Jesse Eisenberg's back catalogue...

When Jesse Eisenberg was announced as Lex Luthor in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it made instant sense. Not because he was bald, not because he looks like or Gene Hackman or anything, but just because he’s one of those actors whose screen presence is so perfectly formed. You know exactly what they’re going for with their Luthor, just by Eisenberg’s name. It’s Mark Zuckerberg vs Superman, the supergod vs the awkward genius.

But that’s not the only big action movie he’s got coming up. First he’s going to be in American Ultra, a unique stoner/sci-fi mash-up where he stars alongside Kristen Stewart (it's released in the UK on September 4th). Eisenberg first really burst into our consciousness in 2009 and 2010, where »

- simonbrew

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Still Time To See ‘End Of The Tour’

25 August 2015 8:01 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

I’m glad to have finally seen End of the Tour, and as it is still playing in theaters nationwide, I feel impelled to recommend it. It’s never too late to catch up with a film this special and satisfying. James Ponsoldt, who won me over with The Spectacular Now, adds another feather to his cap with his treatment of this challenging two-character piece, scripted by Donald Margulies. And I won’t soon forget the penetrating performances of Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. Eisenberg plays David Lipsky, a writer who—upon hearing news of the suicide of David Foster Wallace in 2008—digs out the audiocassettes of his conversations with the author. With that, we flash back twelve years to the...

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- Leonard Maltin

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The End Of The Tour – The Review

20 August 2015 3:31 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Film makers wishing to explore the life of celebrated individuals can often be thwarted by the lack of material, particularly when said individual is a most private person who did not make themselves easily accessible. And often those closest, be they family or long-time friends “circle the wagons” around this potential cinematic subject. This may have been a big problem for the people behind this new film, a look at the all-too brief life of celebrated, but very private, writer David Foster Wallace. Fortunately access was granted via David Lipsky and his best seller “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself”. But as you’ll see, this film is not the standard movie bio, not a “rags to riches”, birth to stardom tale. It’s the story of the friendship between the two Daves, struck up in just a few short days, specifically at The End Of The Tour. »

- Jim Batts

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