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Indian Paintbrush, the film financing/production arm of billionaire industrialist Steven Rales, is staffing up. Rales this fall brought in Mark Roybal to run the company, and the longtime president of Scott Rudin Productions has added two creative executives: Overbrook Entertainment executive Jeff Sommerville has signed on to be senior veep and Focus Features executive Michael Pruss will be vice president of production. Sommerville started at Industry Entertainment and was an associate producer on The 25th Hour, while the British-born Pruss worked on such Focus projects as Milk and the Anton Corbjin-directed The American. He also set up The Song Is You with Bill Condon, Cruise of the Gods with David Guion & Michael Handelman, and True Crime with Brett Ratner. Indian Paintbrush is currently in discussions to finance Moon Rise Kingdom, the next film from director Wes Anderson that has Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton in talks to star. »
- MIKE FLEMING
He describes himself as a regular guy, but according to friends and fellow Frat Packers he's anything but. On the eve of his latest film, Dinner For Schmucks, Hollywood's most sought-after comedy actor wonders what all the fuss is about…
It doesn't matter how many drugs they take, or Malawian orphans they adopt, or arcane but fashionable religions they profess, Hollywood actors always claim to be "ordinary". Average. Just like you and me. Point a microphone at them and generally they can project, at will, an aura of perfect suburban normality.
But then, it's what they've been trained to do. Like beagles. Or those workers in Indian call centres who can recount the plot of EastEnders[/link] without having ever actually seen it. Leonardo DiCaprio, when I interviewed him, did not, for example, suggest he was about to go out on what the Daily Mirror called a "nine-hour booze bender" involving »
- Carole Cadwalladr
Dinner for Schmucks Directed by: Jay Roach Written by: David Guion & Michael Handelman (screenplay), Francis Veber (film Le Diner de Cons) Starring: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston A confession: I am not the easiest person to make laugh. I’m like a comedy death-star, sitting impenetrably through most of what loosely passes as humor, but I am vulnerable to a very specific attack pattern. I also habitually see films on weekday afternoons, where it is not uncommon for attendance to be in the single digits. This is not the proper viewing experience for something like Dinner for Schmucks. Be that as it may, its silences hung like ripe fruit throughout the overlong, often laugh-less endeavor. What I found probably most disappointing, though, was that the premise (you know, the title) is crammed into the last thirty minutes of a nearly two-hour film. The »
Dinner For Schmucks is one of those movies where the set-up tells you exactly how the movie's going to start, what twists and turns the plot is going to take along the way, and how the whole thing will end. It's not the most original story (even the original French version, Le Diner De Cons or The Dinner Game, isn't a very original story). However, the joy of most movies isn't the destination, but the journey.
Paul Rudd plays Tim, a financial analyst who wants to make the big time and climb his way to the seventh floor, where the executives, movers, shakers, and general money-makers reside. He catches the eye of his boss, Fender (Bruce Greenwood), after coming up with a brilliant plan to get his foot in »
Director: Jay Roach Writers: David Guion, Michael Handelman, Francis Veber (Source Material) Starring: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak, Jemaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Larry Wilmore, Jeff Dunham, Andrea Savage, Kristen Schaal, Ron Livingston, Bruce Greenwood Based on the 1998 French film The Dinner Game (Le Dîner de Cons), Dinner for Schmucks follows the story of Tim Conrad (Paul Rudd); a rising executive in a venture capital firm itching to move up to the next floor. Tim wants to impress his art curating girlfriend Julie (Stephanie Szostak), who is currently running the show for artist Kieran Vollard (Jemaine Clement), so she will finally agree to marry him after his countless attempts. After impressing the C level execs. during an important board meeting, Tim's boss Lance Fender (Bruce Greenwood) invites him to join his monthly executive dinner party called "Dinner for Winners" along with yes men colleagues Williams (Larry Wilmore) and Caldwell (Ron Livingston »
- Dave Campbell
Photo: Paramount Pictures Dinner for Schmucks has a couple of amusing minutes, but for the most part it is a wretched slog of unfunny moments edited together making any seasoned moviegoer wonder just what convinced Steve Carell and Paul Rudd to become a part of this mess. Admittedly, I did experience laughter. One specific example came late in the film's 110-minute running time when I leaned over to a friend sitting next to me and whispered, "I'm actually laughing right now." About a minute later the same joke was still carrying on and I whispered once again, "I'm not laughing anymore."
Dinner for Schmucks is a remake of the 1998 French film Le Diner de Cons, of which I haven't seen, but based on the descriptions I've read it sounds almost exactly the same. However, there is one glaring difference... it's 30 minutes shorter. »
- Brad Brevet
Director: Jay Roach Writers: David Guion, Michael Handelman Cinematographer: Jim Denault Starring: Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Stephanie Szostak Studio: Paramount Pictures You may say he’s a dreamer, but he’s not Dinner for Schmucks is pure, sharp, unrelenting cheese. Based on the classic French comedy Le Diner de Cons written by Francis Veber, the idea of a group of high-powered execs holding a monthly competition for who can find the “most special person” promises straight-forward hilarity. Tim (Paul Rudd), a financial analyst aspiring to the 7th floor at his firm, is dating a gorgeous art museum curator »
Chicago – The third of the Steve Carrell Seasonal Movie Trilogy debuts with the uneven but absurd comedy “Dinner for Schmucks.” Paul Rudd, now the go-to actor for straight-man-yuppie-turned-wild-dude joins a strong cast, including the ubiquitous Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement (”Flight of the Concords”), and Bruce Greenwood.
Paul Rudd portrays Tim, an up-and-coming financial analysis who risks humiliation in an important meeting in the company’s executive suite, and through that risk convinces his boss Lance Fender (Bruce Greenwood) to take a chance on his ability to bring in an important and wealthy client (David Williams as Müeller). To do this, though, there is one more important test – to find a schmuck or idiot to bring to Fender’s dinner table, so that he and his boardroom can amuse themselves through the idiocy presented.
After being informed of the plan, Tim’s comely girlfriend Julie (Stephanie Szostak) condemns the dinner, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – Summer comedy gets a stellar cast and lots of laughs in the new film “Dinner for Schmucks,” starring Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Bruce Greenwood and Kristen Schaal. Directed by Jay Roach (”Meet the Parents”), this fun film is a mixture of absurd characters and hilarious situations.
Paul Rudd plays a financial analysis named Tim who wants to climb the corporate ladder in his company. One of the requirements for that promotion is to provide a “schmuck” or “idiot” for his boss’s dinner party, a collection of weirdos designed to entertain and out-do his co-workers. Steve Carrell plays Barry, the candidate for the dinner that Tim literally runs into.
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
I was expecting .Dinner for Schmucks. to be a malicious movie. Its premise involving businessmen bringing .idiots. to a special dinner to be made fun of signified cruelty. So to my surprise, not only is the film funny, it also has a great, big heart.
Rudd stars as Tim Conrad, an ambitious and good-looking guy who is on the verge of asking his beautiful, long-time girlfriend, Julie (Stephanie Szostak) to marry him. Tim works at Fender Financial where his boss, Larry Fender (Bruce Greenwood), has noticed his business acumen.
In order to join the company.s elite club, Tim must first attend the upcoming monthly dinner at Fender.s mansion. But there.s a catch. Each guest must bring »
Share Steve Coogan may star in The Great Beyond, a remake of BBC produced Cruise of the Gods. The film is centered on a fan cruise in honor of a fabricated science-fiction series. Conflict arises between the cast who have been reunited after the series went off the air decades ago. Focus Features are interested in the remake and Steve Coogan may be set to reprise his original role. Coogan’s Hamlet 2 was not exactly a hit at the box office, but it again demonstrated his talent to movie types. David Guion and Michael...
- Total Film
Looks like Steve Coogan isn't giving up on his movie career just yet, despite a number of false starts.
Originally aired in 2002, it told the story of a group of actors from a once-famous sci-fi show who reunite on a cruise with their fans only for long-buried petty jealousies and unresolved rivalries to rear their ugly heads once more. It starred the likes of Rob Brydon, David Walliams and James Corden, but at present only Coogan has signed up to reprise his role in the remake which is tentatively going by the title, The Great Beyond.
Check out new images from Paramount Pictures' "Dinner for Schmucks" as well as some pics of Steve Carell, in town to promote the film, presenting a special gift during his "Late Show with David Letterman" appearance. The intricate mouse diorama, a hobby his character hones in the film, is a replica of the show's set and was created by the Chiodo Brothers, the cinematic magicians behind the 16 dioramas seen in the film. Don't miss "Dinner for Schmucks." The film helmed by Jay Roach, opens on July 30th and stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Jeff Dunham, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston, Stephanie Szostak and Lucy Davenport. David Guion and Michael Handelman wrote the screenplay based on the Francis Veber play "Le Diner de Cons." »
In 2002, the BBC aired a comedy drama called Cruise of the Gods that was one part Galaxy Quest and one part Triangle/Howard’s Way. The basic conceit was that a group of actors from a once-famous sci-fi show reunite on a cruise with their fans and the old jealousies and issues raise their ugly heads once more. Now it looks like Focus Features is looking to remake it as a film, with original star Steve Coogan set to reprise his role and a working title of The Great Beyond.Gods featured a wealth of British comedy talent, with Rob Brydon, David Walliams, James Cordon and even Brian “it’s a puppet!” Conley (who appeared as himself in a cameo) aboard alongside Coogan. Their fictional show, The Children of Castor, was a fictional, cheese-laden 1980s post-apocalyptic adventure and the cast end up with very different careers. A couple are still successful, »
Focus Features will give Dinner For Schmucks scribes David Guion and Michael Handelman their shot at matching director's chairs. The duo just got set to write and direct Cruise of the Gods, a remake of the 2002 BBC comedy about a fan cruise held in honor of The Children of Castor, a fictitious 1980s post apocalyptic sci-fi TV series. The cast is the guest of honor, but they've got mixed feelings, specifically dependent on whose career stalled with the series, and who went on to bigger and better things. The comedy's being shepherded by Focus execs Michael Pruss and Kahli [...] »
- MIKE FLEMING
Dinner for Schmucks tells the story of Tim (Paul Rudd), an up-and-coming executive who has just received his first invitation to the "dinner for idiots," a monthly event hosted by his boss that promises bragging rights (and maybe more) to the exec that shows up with the biggest buffoon.
Tim's fiancée Julie finds it distasteful and Tim at first agrees to skip the dinner. But then he bumps into Barry (Steve Carell) - an IRS employee who devotes his spare time to building elaborate taxidermy mouse dioramas - and quickly realises he's struck idiot gold.
Tim can't resist, »
- David Bentley
We have yet another great clip in from the eagerly anticipated "Dinner fo Schmucks" starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Jeff Dunham, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston, Stephanie Szostak and Lucy Davenport. This is a "Back Brace" clip. The Jay Roach-helmed comedy unspools on July 30th via Paramount Pictures. Written by David Guion and Michael Handelman based on the Francis Veber play "Le Diner de Cons." Don't miss this one! “Dinner for Schmucks” tells the story of Tim(Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss’ annual Dinner for Extraordinary People »
Chicago – Incredible flyaway package! In our latest VIP edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have the chance to win a three-night flyaway trip to Fort Lauderdale for the new film “Dinner for Schmucks”!
“Dinner for Schmucks” stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak, Jemaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Lucy Punch, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams and Ron Livingston from director Jay Roach and writers David Guion and Michael Handelman.
The flyaway package includes free airfare, hotel accommodations, car rental, dinner and complimentary admission to various area attractions for you and three of your friends! You and your friends could become “Lucky Schmucks” and head down to Florida in honor of:
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Steve Coogan is reportedly in talks to star in a feature film version of his 2002 BBC comedy one-off Cruise of the Gods. Screenwriters Michael Handelman and David Guion confirmed that they are working on a big screen adaptation of the special. The original version starred Rob Brydon as Andy Van Allen, an actor unable to move on from his brief success in an '80s science-fiction show. Coogan played Nick Lee, Van Allen's former co-star who has since established a successful acting career. Gavin & Stacey comedian James Corden also appeared as an obsessive fan of the series. Handelman explained: "Cruise Of The Gods was never shown here [in the Us], so we are (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Check out interviews with the stars and filmmakers of Paramount Pictures' "Dinner for Schmucks." We have videos with Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingson and filmmaker Jay Roach. The David Guion and Michael Handelman written film based on the Francis Veber play "Le Diner de Cons," opens on July 30th and is rated PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language. Amy Sayres, Jay Roach, Jon Poll, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald produce. “Dinner for Schmucks” tells the story of Tim(Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss’ annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings »
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