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“Office Space” and “Dodgeball” star Stephen Root has been cast as Zac Efron and Adam DeVine’s father in the comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” from 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment, TheWrap has learned. Jake Szymanski will direct the film, which will co-star “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” alums Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza. Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien wrote the script, which follows two party-animal brothers who place an online ad for wedding dates, only to meet their match in Kendrick and Plaza’s characters. Also Read: Aubrey Plaza Joins Zac Efron's ' »
- Jeff Sneider
Though she’s conquered the small screen thanks to the part of April Ludgate in NBC’s recently concluded Parks and Recreation, Aubrey Plaza has yet to cement her place as a leading actress in Hollywood. Now, though, she’s set to join a stacked cast in what sounds like a surefire hit – the actress has signed on to co-star alongside Zac Efron and Adam Devine (Workaholics) in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) co-stars in the 20th Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment pic, about two party-animal brothers who place an online ad for dates for an upcoming wedding in hopes of finding soulmates who can keep up with their wild lifestyle.
Jake Szymanski, who has directed episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Saturday Night Live, will helm the project, working from a script by Neighbors team Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. Jonathan Levine (50/50) is producing. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Anna Kendrick is also on board to co-star.
Jake Szymanski will direct, with Chernin Entertainment producing along with Jonathan Levine. Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien penned the script, which tells the story of two hard-partying and immature brothers who place an ad online to find dates for a wedding and find a pair of women who can out-party them. Daria Cercek is overseeing the project for Fox.
The project marks a reunion for Plaza and Efron, who recently wrapped production on the Lionsgate comedy “Dirty Grandpa.” The films also allows Plaza to team with Kendrick, with whom she regularly has snarky Twitter exchanges with and previously appeared with in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”
- Justin Kroll
Lionsgate Home Entertainment and CBS Films have announced the official details for the Blu-ray release of their hit comedy The Duff starring Mae Whitman (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World), Bella Thorne (Blended), Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Ken Jeong (Community). The Blu-ray and DVD releases will be available on June 9th.
Bianca’s (Whitman) universe turns upside down when she learns that her high school refers to her as a “Duff” (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Hoping to erase that label, she enlists the help of a charming jock (Amell) and her favorite teacher (Jeong). Together they’ll face the school’s mean girl (Thorne) and remind everyone that we are all someone’s Duff…and that’s totally fine.
Special Features for the release will include:
–“The Duff Hits The Red Carpet” featurette
–“Bringing the Book to Life” featurette
–“Teen Comedies and The Duff” featurette
–“I Am the Duff” featurette »
- Scott J. Davis
Hugh Jackman has played Logan aka Wolverine in seven different films. It’s an impressive number that will shortly increase with a third solo Wolverine film and possibly X-Men:Apocalypse, although at the time of writing he has yet to be officially cast. A few other names are snapping at the heels of Jackman, notably the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you include the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Chris Evans has played Captain America four times (five if you include his appearance as Loki using magic to look like the first Avenger in Thor: The Dark World), Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth have portrayed Black Widow and Thor respectively four times each whilst the King of the McU, Robert Downey Jr. has made an impressive six appearances as Iron Man/Tony Stark (including his post-credit appearance in The Incredible Hulk).
Unfortunately for Hugh Jackman, as far as this article is concerned, »
- Brendan Bergmanski
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is one of those rare actresses who can take on anything – whether it’s geek fare like “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Final Destination” or small, serious indie dramas like “Smashed.” She’s the very definition of versatile. With another critically acclaimed role in Chris Messina’s directorial debut, “Alex of Venice” (out today in theaters and VOD), Winstead sat down with toofab’s Brian Particelli to talk about why she loves going back and forth between big budget films and indies and the frustrations that come from the latter. toofab: You’re on an indie roll right now, what draws you to these kinds of films? Mary: Its just the bigger films tend to be male driven. It’s kind of hard to find like an interesting complex female role in those worlds. Not to say they aren’t great movies, but from time to »
- tooFab Staff
Last year’s Stanley Film Festival in Colorado was easily the talk of the festival circuit, with everything from live performance of Tales From Beyond The Pale, to an all encompassing cult-like mystery that the festival’s attendees were all subjected to, the fest was out of this world. All taking place from Colorado’s infamous Stanley Hotel, which is not only said to be the most haunted hotel in the world, but also was the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining.
From yesterday’s announcement of the April 30th SpectreVision opening screening of the long-awaited Leigh Whannell-scripted and Elijah Wood-led film Cooties to hints at other events, it’s sounding like this year’s April 30th-May 3th dated festival is set to hit even harder. For the full press release, feel free to read below, and be sure to snag tickets to the festival asap!
- Jerry Smith
Elementary school teachers deal with the occasional little monster, but in the horror film Cooties, an entire faculty faces an army of disobedient, hungry zombie children that are wilder and far more dangerous than any human troublemakers. Starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, and Leigh Whannell, Lionsgate Premiere's Cooties will kick off the 2015 Stanley Film Festival:
Press Release - "April 6, 2015 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival, (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today that Lionsgate Premiere's Cooties will open the festival on Thursday, April 30, 2015.
From the minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of Glee), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, »
- Derek Anderson
Control, and lack thereof, is at the black heart of Faults, the twisted and terrific directorial debut of Riley Stearns (some may recognize him for short film The Cub). Who claims to have control, who says they want it and who actually wields it are distinct questions the film raises and, over the course of a taut 89 minutes, suggests answers to that are both appalling and somewhat amusing.
Arriving at the heels of some other great cult films – including Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, which featured a stunning debut performance by Elizabeth Olsen – Faults sets itself apart by crafting two arrestingly good leads.
In one corner, there’s Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), a once-acclaimed expert on cults and mind control who is a step away from living out of his car, having lost his TV show, marriage and financial security in quick succession. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sex Bob-omb is the ultimate indie rock band, the struggling team of musicians trying to gain success in spite of their bassist, whose life continues thwarting their rise. There’s lead singer, guitarist and long suffering manager Stephen Stills, drummer and ex girlfriend of Scott Pilgrim Kim Pines, and of course, bassist Scott Pilgrim. Who can forget young Neil? Though Sex Bob-omb seem like the underdog, their ability to rock hard as a combine unit allows them to defeat the great music champions in their country including the Katayanagi twins and their double dragon. Sex Bob-omb is a force to be reckoned with with Scott, and it’s an even bigger force without Scott.
The post Our Favourite Fictional Bands: Sex Bob-omb from ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Colin Biggs
Before Whiplash cleaned house at last year's Sundance Film Festival, bringing home both the Grand Jury and Audience awards while on its way to several more award nominations, including Best Picture at the Academy Awards (eventually winning three Oscars), it was a short film that director Damien Chazelle created in the hopes of obtaining additional funds to make said feature. That short film also screened at Sundance and it also starred Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons as a ruthless music instructor who utilizes some unconventional teaching methods in order to extract the greatness out of his students. While the scenes in the short are almost identical to the ones in the feature, there are some small changes. For example, that's Johnny Simmons (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World...
- Erik Davis
Netflix has been working tirelessly over the last year to expand its content offerings to attract international subscribers. To spur on those efforts, the streaming video company just closed a deal with FremantleMedia International which will bring A&E’s upcoming supernatural thriller The Returned to Netflix’s global territories.
Based on the International Emmy-winning French TV series Les Revenants, The Returned follows the story of a small mountain town dealing with the return of several local residents who were presumed dead. The 10-episode series will debut on A&E on March 9, 2015 in the United States, and then on Netflix on March 10 for all territories outside the U.S. and Canada. Netflix will bring The Returned to its streaming platform for Stateside and Canadian subscribers sometime in 2016.
- Bree Brouwer
Ah yes, it's time to delve into the cinephile mind of Edgar Wright. What films have influenced him as a filmmaker, which are his favorites? Edgar (follow him on twitter @edgarwright) recently stopped by the Criterion Collection offices in New York and raided their DVD closet, as all respectable filmmakers must do. In the video they released, he talks about 3 specific films that he pulls from the shelf. However, Criterion has also published his list of Top 10 films to compliment the DVD/Blu-ray selections. Do you think you know his favorites already? Find out and discover more films from Edgar's Criterion raid. Order your Criterion here. Here's the Edgar Wright video of his visit to the DVD library, direct from Criterion Collection's YouTube: From Criterion: Acclaimed English filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, The World's End, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Shaun of the Dead) stopped by the Criterion Collection office »
- Alex Billington
Stars: Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Iaon Gruffudd, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, Aubrey Plaza, Patrick Warburton, Martin Starr, Luke Wilson, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Tisdale, Philip Baker Hall | Written by Chris Shafer, Paul Vicknair | Directed by Justin Reardon
Imagine if love was easy, we’d have less rom-coms for a start. These comedies that look at the complications of love tend to make themselves out to be the only movie that does the re-tread tale in this certain way, the truth being most follow a similar structure (because it works). The success of the film relies on making the audience care for the characters and charming the hopeless romantic in them into submission. The question is can Chris “Captain America” Evans charm you by Playing it Cool? The answer is probably yes.
Chris Evans plays a screenwriter given the task of writing a script for a rom-com. Being the jaded type he »
- Paul Metcalf
Marvel Studios & Konami
The video game medium is frequently said to owe a lot to cinema, given how so many games attempt to evoke the style of a classic Hollywood movie: after all, is Uncharted really anything more than a modern Indiana Jones? However, as gaming has become a more socially acceptable and respected endeavour over the last decade, filmmakers have started taking it more seriously too, and as a result, some of Hollywood’s biggest movies appear to have drawn inspiration from classic games.
Once upon a time, the term “video game-esque” was used to refer to movies in only a strictly negative sense, but that simply isn’t true anymore. These 12 movies are either stylistically or thematically indebted to a famous video game, whether the creators themselves care to admit it or not. And no, the likes of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Act Of Valor won’t be appearing here, »
- Jack Pooley
Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash was one of the most acclaimed films of last year, winning three Oscars (Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing), as well as further nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
As it happens, its inclusion in the Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars was due to Chazelle producing a portion of his original screenplay into a short film in order to drum up interest and investment for the full feature. The subsequent 18-minute short premiered at Sundance in 2013, with J.K. Simmons in the role of the teacher, and Johnny Simmons (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as the drummer. It’s popped up on YouTube over the past few days, and you can check it out here…
You can read our reviews of the feature-length Whiplash here and here, and listen to the Flickering Myth Podcast review below…
- Gary Collinson
Vincent Zhou’s 3D sci-fi adventure to shoot this spring at Pinewood Malaysia.
Us actor Brandon Routh and Chinese actress Zhang Yuqi have been cast in Vincent Zhou’s 3D sci-fi adventure, Lost In The Pacific, which is scheduled to start shooting this spring at Pinewood Malaysia studios.
Arclight Films has rights outside China to the film, described as a futuristic “Titanic-in-the-sky” story about a group of elite passengers on board a luxury, transoceanic flight.
Arclight’s Ying Ye is executive producer on the film.
The VFX work will take place at Stareast Digital Lab with Us VFX production house Venture 3D, which was involved in the 3D version of Titanic »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Ahead of its premiere next month, a second trailer has been released for The Returned, the upcoming remake of the French supernatural drama Les Revenants; check it out below…
The Returned focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur.
The Returned premieres on March 9th and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Mark Pellegrino (Lost), Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under), India Ennenga (Treme), Sandrine Holt (House of Cards), Agnes Bruckner (24), Sophie Lowe (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), Tandi Wright (Nothing Trivial), Mat Vairo (Revolution), Kevin Alejandro (True Blood), Dylan Kingwell »
- Gary Collinson
Stars: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, David Andrews, Ana de la Reguera, Amber Stevens, Chris Ellis, Brian Hallisay, Vaughn Wilson, Larisa Oleynik, Fran Bennett, Lucius Baston | Written by Robert Ben Garant | Directed by Kevin Greutert
Jessabelle is yet another in the long line of Blumhouse-inspired supernatural thrillers that have flooded the market since the success of the like of Insidious, The Conjuring et al. This time round we follow a young woman, the titular Jessabelle, returning to her childhood home in Louisiana in order to recuperate from a horrific car accident which killed her boyfriend – on the very day they were set to move in together (oh the irony). Once settled in, she comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return; and – in a complete twist – has no intention of letting her leave. Dun dun dun!!!
Ok, so maybe I’m being a little harsh on Jessabelle, »
- Phil Wheat
If you've seen Scott Pilgrim vs. the World or Death Proof, then you're likely familiar with the wonderful Mary Elizabeth Winstead. But now she's going to help you get acquainted with her filmmaker husband Riley Stearns as the first trailer for his SXSW selected thriller Faults has just arrived. In the film, Winstead plays a woman under the grip of a mysterious cult called Faults. But her parents hire a man named Ansel Roth (Leland Orser) with a specialty in deprogramming cult members to kidnap and save their daughter from losing her mind. But it won't be easy. This looks original, quirky and intense. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Riley Stearns' Faults, originally from Apple: Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious cult. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), one of the »
- Ethan Anderton
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