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Crazy, Stupid, Love, Match? Emma Stone and Steve Carell are attached to star in Fox Searchlight’s Battle of the Sexes, which will portray the famed match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Stone will play King, the No. 2 ranked female tennis player in 1973 when she, at 29, was challenged by and bested 55-year-old Wimbledon great Riggs (Carell), who came out of retirement for the match.
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the team behind Little Miss Sunshine, will direct from a long-gestating script by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). The scribe has been working with King on the screenplay (Riggs passed away in 1995), which is expected to be comedic but still address important political issues. Danny Boyle will produce.
This is one of three competing projects about the match between King and Riggs, though it’s currently predicted to be the first in front of cameras. HBO is working on an »
- Isaac Feldberg
With the white collar around his neck, you might think he's a man who follows God's word, but when he's melded with the otherworldly entity known as Genesis and God abandons his throne, Jesse focuses his attention on hunting down the big guy from upstairs. Since its first publication run from 1995 – 2000, readers have embraced the dark humor, thought-provoking writing, and visceral violence of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher comic book series, and with AMC's Preacher series pilot, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin are looking to bring that paneled page magic to the small screen. Following the casting of numerous key supporting characters, the lead role of Jesse Custer has been cast.
Seth Rogen announced via Twitter today that Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dracula Untold) has been cast in the lead role of Jesse Custer in AMC's Preacher series pilot. »
- Derek Anderson
Keeping Up With the Joneses follows a suburban couple who become suspicious of their new extremely attractive neighbors, who they later discover to be undercover agents. According to THR, Monroe and Walsh will play one of the couples already living in the neighborhood.
Walsh and Monroe join a comically charged cast including Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot. Both actors, who already have strong comedy backgrounds, will be sure to bring a nice dynamic to the set as a neighboring couple. Monroe has worked on shows ranging from Key and Peele to Modern Family, Robot Chicken to Workaholics while Walsh has worked on films like The Hangover & Hits and shows like Upright Citizens Brigade, Reno 911! and most recently HBO’s Veep. »
- William Fanelli
Allison Jones, favorite casting director of Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, is the subject of Stephen Rodrick's profile in the April 6 issue of The New Yorker — just ahead of Feig's new Yahoo sci-fi comedy, Other Space, which Jones cast. Jones has been at the forefront of comedy's new "dude humor" wave (as the piece describes it), assembling all-star casts for Freaks and Geeks (for which she won an Emmy), The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Office, and many of the best comedies on TV and film of the last decade. In her new profile, she reveals some behind-the-scenes facts spanning her entire 30-plus-year career. 1. Christopher Mintz-Plasse won his role in Superbad by sending in a camera-phone head shot. "She called the director, Greg Mottola, and excitedly said, 'I think I found McLovin; he’s like Dill from To Kill a Mockingbird.' Jones told me, 'You could tell he was a »
- Dee Lockett
Steven Spielberg’s filmic slate has become a hot spot of conversation in recent weeks. His mysterious Tom Hanks-starring Cold War epic finally announced its title to the world, and days ago news dropped that the iconic filmmaker had snagged his next project. Reports indicate that the helmer is set to direct Ernie Cline’s pop. culture heavy sci-fi gem Ready Player One. The subsequent reaction nearly broke the Internet, and did raise a few questions. Namely, what about The Bfg?
Don’t worry, because Mr. Spielberg hasn’t forgotten about the Roald Dahl classic he’s been developing for years in cahoots with E.T. cohort Melissa Mathison. Nope, that animated caper is ramping up casting, as today brings news that Superbad funnyman Bill Hader has boarded.
- Gem Seddon
Mintz-Plasse will play Grant, an eager-to-please and confident office receptionist who tries hard and wants everyone to like him, but isn’t that competent.
Mintz-Plasse is repped by CAA.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
To celebrate the release of the excellent The Skeleton Twins starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, we’ve got an exclusive interview with the latter to share you with as he talks more about the movie, improv and that remarkably entertaining Lip Sync moment. There’s a lot to this film though and on many different levels, check out Dan’s 4-star review by clicking here.
For those who don’t know, the film is based around twins Maggie (Wiig) and Milo (Hader), who lead separate lives on opposite sides of the country. When both feel that they’re at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront how their lives went so wrong. It’s equally understated and says a lot about everything we all think about in our lives, through changes and more. Enjoy…
Q. International audiences probably know you best from Saturday Night Live »
- David Agnew
Judd Apatow has an impressive number of big hits on his resume, both as a director and as a producer, but one thing that he has never really specialized in is sequels. There is Anchorman 2, and semi-spinoffs like This Is 40 and Get Him To The Greek, but for the most part the movies he.s made have been largely one-and-done. If it were up to him, however, that wouldn.t be the case, as he has evidently spent a good amount of time trying to fight for a Superbad 2 With his new movie Trainwreck screening as a work in progress cut at SXSW this past weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down for a one-on-one with Apatow while in Austin, Texas yesterday, and it was during our chat that he revealed his long interest in bringing back Jonah Hill.s Seth, Michael Cera.s Evan, and »
Harrison Pierce: Can you talk a little bit about the genesis of this project?
Craig Johnson: I co-wrote it with my buddy, Mark Heyman, while we were still grad students at N.Y.U. [New York University]. Mark actually knew someone who was involved in a student-teacher relationship [and] we thought that was fertile ground for a movie. In the finished version of the movie, that story is more backstory but, in our original drafts, that element was kind of the whole story. But once we gave the “student” character a sister, we started falling in love with this brother-sister relationship and that became the heart of the movie. And that really came from my relationship with my own sister; the way [we] connect is through a dark, macabre, somewhat twisted sense of humor. And we wanted the [characters] connecting through their sense of humor, especially considering that »
- Gary Collinson
Eddie the Eagle and Keeping up With The Joneses have been given release dates.
Hugh Jackman's skiing movie, Eddie the Eagle will be released on April 29, 2016 in the Us.
Taron Egerton plays Eddie, while Wolverine star, Jackman plays a ski jumping expert who helps Eddie train for the Olympics.
Both films will be released through 20th Century Fox. »
We've teamed up with one of our favorite sites, BarkPost, to bring you and your four-legged friends even more adorable pet videos, photos and must-see stories. Check back every week for new furry fun from BarkPost! After being separated for ten days, this cat and dog duo had to hug it out like the bros that they are. We guess the cat missed the dog more, but after centuries of conflict between dogs and cats it was mighty fine of the pup to let the cat have his feels. While you watch, see if you can hug your dog as »
With over 250 million active users each month, there’s no surprise that Twitter has become such a dominant force on the social media market. There has been an astronomical rise in these social platforms in the last decade, as Hollywood’s most famous faces being to interact with theirs online and giving them a greater insight into their lives away from the limelight.
But who are the biggest stars worth following on Twitter? Here are five contenders who could win the gong for Best at Tweeting:
Twitter Handle: https://twitter.com/jamesfrancotv
James Franco is a hugely popular actor across all of social media and is renowned for tweeting and posting about anything and everything. The 127 Hours and Pineapple Express star is constantly active on his account and usually talks about who he has been hanging around with, his everyday life and occasionally the latest film »
- David Agnew
Unfinished Business, coming to UK cinemas 6th March, staring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, and Sienna Miller, follows the story of a businessman (Vaughn) and his two employees (Franco and Wilkinson) who travel to Berlin, Germany to close the biggest business deal of their lives. However, things don’t go to plan when they bump into their competitor (Miller) who used to be Vaughn’s boss. What follows is a series of embarrassing and awkward twists that’ll keep you entertained throughout, including a brief stop in at a bondage festival and being caught in the middle of a violent city protest.
To celebrate the release of Unfinished Business we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 awkward moments in film. Check them out below:
There’s Something About Mary – Zipper Scene
Possibly the most awkward and graphic scene in cinema history, Ben Stiller gave a new meaning to »
- Phil Wheat
To pull a successful and entertaining con in a movie is to walk a fine line between feeling sensational and realistic. You want to give the audience a sense of magic and illusion while still making them say, “Well, that could happen.” It’s perfectly acceptable not to let us in on the con, but the con shouldn’t be on the audience. When all is finally revealed, I should think that was clever, not cheap.
There was hardly a moment where I cracked a smile or even a smirk during the entirety of Focus – a film that seems to think it can get by on style as opposed to smarts. Fashionable clothes, luxurious cars, and exotic locales can’t help this sorry attempt for a con film. Focus doesn’t have an ounce of charm or charisma beneath all the flash and glamour, which is a great shame considering the talent involved. »
- Michael Haffner
The return of Pee-wee Herman has been officially confirmed by Netflix.
Pee-wee's Big Holiday will see comedian Paul Reubens reprise his role of the childish title character.
The feature film follows Pee-wee as he takes his first ever holiday after a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: "We didn't hesitate for a moment knowing that Pee-wee's Big Holiday was such a passion project for Paul and Judd, and we are delighted by the opportunity to introduce such a beloved character to a new generation.
"We are thrilled to bring our viewers around the world the wonder of Pee-wee Herman."
Apatow added: "As a fan of »
Superbad/Paul director Greg Mottola has been busy putting together the pieces for his latest comedy, Keeping Up With The Joneses, since at least last March. With Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher all aboard, he wants to add Gal Gadot to the list.Mottola's film, written by Michael LeSieur, finds a settled yet bored couple discovering that their new suburban neighbours might be more than they appear on first glimpse. Could they be criminals? Or spies? Or both? Or neither? Or something else entirely? Are we trapped asking questions at this point? Possibly?Not much is known about the roles the various actors will play yet, though we’re guessing at Galifianakis and Fisher as the first couple, with Hamm and Gadot as the second. That, of course, assumes that Gadot’s talks work out – she’s got a busy schedule with her Wonder Woman duties and other films, »
It.s hard to imagine a time before Emma Stone existed in film. But, before 2007, the actress had barely touched any segment of the entertainment industry. After her first appearance on TV as a 16-year-old on In Search of the Partridge Family, Stone then went on to make appearances in a few shows including one particularly angsty role in Lucky Louie and then in 2007 she took the big screen as Jules in Superbad and the magic began. Now, the 26-year-old actress has shown off her chops in an array of genres, and is currently up for her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the film, Birdman. In less than eight years, Stone went from quirky teen playing a minor role in a comedy blockbuster to critically-acclaimed actress, with award nominations and even a run on Broadway as the leading role in Cabaret. Her career may only just »
This year's Best Supporting Actress race has pretty much been settled since the equivalent honor was handed out at the BAFTA Awards earlier this month, but indulge as we pay tribute to some of the other nominees will you? In any other year Emma Stone might be Oscar night's upset special. A talented ingenue who has delighted audiences and the industry for a number of years with great roles in "The Help," "Superbad" and "Easy A," she's the sort of contender the Academy usually wants to anoint on Oscar night. In "Birdman" she gives an underrated turn (yes, we realize that it sounds ridiculous to call an Academy Award nominee "underrated") as a daughter who sill hasn't figured herself out, but has enough street smarts to realize her father may be in a very strange place. If there is any sort of upset Sunday night, Stone would be a part of it. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Judd Apatow, whether writing, directing, or both, is someone that, at the very least, lets you know what you’re getting yourself into. If you like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up, you probably know where you are when This Is 40 hits.
The comedienne, and creator/star of Inside Amy Schumer is one of the funniest people working today, and those who are familiar with her work will know that this is the sort of story she ought to be able to knock out of the park… sort of.
Of course, the film may cause some people difficulty, when it comes to figuring out their expectations, because I love Amy Schumer, but I hate pretty much everything Judd Apatow has had any connection to.
It always makes »
- Marc Eastman
Making a comedy that gets recognized by the Oscars is an almost impossible pursuit. Best Picture nominees that are comedies are few and far between, let alone winners. Still, there are some filmmakers who traffic in laughs and you really feel can make a mark with the Academy. Judd Apatow is one of them. He had a few brushes with awards attention early in his directorial career, but his recent efforts haven’t done much for voters, even as the material has been baitier and baitier. Will a return to simplicity with his Amy Schumer vehicle Trainwreck be the cure? We shall see, but it looks hilarious, if nothing else. When Apatow moved from producing and writing to also directing, he burst on the scene with The 40 Year Old Virgin. Teamed up with now Academy Award nominee Steve Carell, they crafted an uproarious sex comedy that also managed to have a ton of heart. »
- Joey Magidson
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