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In case you hadn't heard, comedian Bill Hader is leaving "Saturday Night Live" after eight years on the staple late night sketch comedy series. When he wasn't busy working on the latest episode, Hader made quite an impression as a supporting actor in plenty of comedies like Superbad, Hot Rod, Paul, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Tropic Thunder and more. Now that he's leaving "SNL" behind, we can expect to see him more and more, and THR has word on an indie that has landed Hader's talents. The project is called Lawless, and it will mark the directorial debut of Yes Man writers Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel. Paul and Mogel also wrote the script for the film (which might need a new title due to the Prohibition drama with the same title that came out last year with Tom Hardy and Shia Labeouf) and the story follows Hader as a high »
- Ethan Anderton
He may have just announced that he is going to leave Saturday Night Live, but Bill Hader won’t be joining the unemployment queue any time soon. It’s been revealed that he’s currently in talks to star in new Indie comedy Lawless to be directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogul. The pair, who wrote the screenplay for Yes Man, will be making their directorial debut.
The story focuses on a high school reunion committee chairman in America, still searching for acceptance, who has to do whatever it takes to get the most popular guy from high school to show up to their 20th reunion. Unfortunately, that guy is now an actor in commercials, so the committee chairman flies to L.A. and finds himself in the arcane world of celebrities.
Are you looking forward to Hader finally having time to star in movies now?
Source: The Hollywood »
- Lucy Cave
We're so sad that "Stefon" won't be making us laugh anymore on "SNL," but we'll get to see the clubgoer's creator Bill Hader on the big screen. Hader, who is Flint Lockwood in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, is in talks to star in the indie comedy Lawless. Written and directed by the guys who wrote Jim Carrey's Yes Man, Jarrod Paul and Andrew Mogul, the movie is about a high school reunion committee from a town in the Midwesst who are trying to get the big shot from their class to attend. That guy, the most popular kid in school, is now a commercials actor so the committee chairman, who was Not the cool kid in school, travels to Los Angeles and tries to navigate the world of celebrity to lure him back home to attend the event. Mike White, who wrote and co-starred with Jack Black in School of Rock, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
The story focuses Eamon (Hedlund) as he and his two oldest friends Angel and Quan (Kebbell and Ahmed) try to build a criminal empire in a contemporary Chicago where he feels crime might be the most honest job around. [Source: Deadline]
McCallany will play a street-smart U.S. Marshal charged with the custody of Hemsworth’s character. Shooting begins this month in China. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
How a film.s pitch sounds to another person, regardless of the pitch.s inherent quality, can rely entirely on the lead actor or actress involved. The 2008 comedy Yes Man was fine, I guess, but it had a pitch that seemed to fit soundly into Jim Carrey.s wheelhouse, and it was made better because of it, since the writing of Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel and Nicholas Stoller was par for the comedic course. So given Paul and Mogel have written their own directorial debut, which tackles both Hollywood and high school reunions, it would take a certain kind of someone to lead what could become a complete farce. In steps Saturday Night Live.s Bill Hader, who is in talks to take the lead in the tentatively titled Lawless. The film was initially called 20-Year Itch, which makes a lot more sense given the title refers to an actual »
We’ve got a few casting stories to share this evening. Briefly: The very funny Bill Hader is in talks to star in the indie comedy Lawless, produced by Mike White and David Bernad. Hailee Steinfeld has been tapped to star opposite Sam Worthington in director Phillip Noyce’s thriller For the Dogs. Billy Crystal will lead the retirement community sex comedy Winter’s Discontent for director Frank Oz. Shameless star Jeremy Allen White has landed the lead in DreamWorks’ found-footage time travel film Glimmer. Hit the jump for more on all of the aforementioned films. First up, SNL veteran Bill Hader may soon be toplining a film of his own, as THR reports that the actor is in talks to star in the comedy Lawless. Yes Man screenwriters Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel are making their directorial debut on the project, and Enlightened’s Mike White is onboard to produce. »
- Adam Chitwood
Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader is in talks to star in Lawless, an indie comedy being produced by Mike White and David Bernad via their RipCord Productions. Scott Pictures is financing with Scott Steindorff and Scott Lastaiti producing as well. Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, who wrote the Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man, are making their directorial debut on the comedy. Paul and Mogel also wrote the script, which was at one point titled 20-Year Itch. (Lawless is a tentative title.) The story centers on a high school reunion committee chairman in Middle America, still searching for
- Borys Kit
Bill Hader is eyeing a leading role in Lawless , an indie comedy written and directed by the Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . Formerly titled The 20-Year Itch , Lawless follows the head of a high school reunion committee who, determined to get his class' most popular graduate to attend a 20-year reunion, travels to Hollywood to convince the man, now an actor, of the reunion's importance. Hader is best known for his work on "Saturday Night Live," but has also lent his talents to big screen films like Men in Black 3 and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs . Mogel and Paul, meanwhile, are best known for providing the screenplay to Yes Man . Lawless will mark their directorial debut. Production is targeted for this summer »
It's been a couple years since we heard about a comedy called Ricky Stanicky that had James Franco attached to star and Yes Man director Peyton Reed circling. But all that has gone out the window as THR has learned that Jim Carrey has signed on to lead the Summit film, and his Bruce Almighty writer and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls director Steve Oedekerk is at the helm. The story follows three teens who pull a prank and end up burning down a house in their neighborhood. In order to escape the consequences, they create a fake person to take the blame, Ricky Stanicky, and they're sticking to their story 20 years later. In fact, they've used Ricky Stanicky to get out of a whole slew of other uncomfortable situations, and now their girlfriends and wives want to meet this master of disaster. That's when they hire an out-of-work actor to play the part. »
- Ethan Anderton
How long has it been since we actually laughed at Jim Carrey in a movie? I mean, really laughed? He did have a couple of moments during the mostly forgettable Yes Man back in 2008, and he’ll always have our hearts for his (mostly serious) turn in the wonderful Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. But it’s been a decade or so since he gave us more than a mild chuckle: 2003’s Bruce Almighty was merely okay, but if it opened today it would probably feel like a triumphant return to form. So, if nothing else, the new dueling-magicians flick The Incredible Burt Wonderstone provides a welcome opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with a genuinely funny Jim Carrey. I won’t lie: It felt like reuniting with an old friend.The movie itself is another matter. It starts off with a flashback to young Burt, a suburban latchkey kid bullied remorselessly at school, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Jim Carrey probably won't be making any Oscars best-dressed lists this year, but he didn't have to worry about anyone else wearing the same outfit! The Yes Man star wore enormous prosthetic feet and tiny angel wings to Elton John's AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party. "Goin' to Elton's party. Great cause!" the 51-year-old actor tweeted. "Wearing the perfect outfit to express my awkward spiritual journey. ;^}" While there, he mingled with stars like Steven Tyler, Dave Grohl, Randy Jackson and, of course, Elton John. "Elton's party was fun," he wrote afterwards. "My big feet and little angel wings were an expression of my somewhat »
Jim Carrey has been having a rough go of it lately. The guy fluctuates between Adam Sandler/Eddie Murphy level bad (Mr Poppers Penguins, Yes Man) to interesting projects that have potential (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Kick Ass 2, I Love You Philip Morris). His latest project is the just announced Loomis Fargo that sounds like a cross between a movie with indie cred and Carrey's own Fun With Dick And Jane. Loomis Fargo, inspired by true events, tells the story of a disgruntled bank »
- Alex Maidy
High school reunions have been the subject of movie comedies multiple times before (not to mention countless sitcoms), but for the most part they all tell the same sort of story where the protagonist returns home and must prove to their classmates that they.ve actually done something with their lives. It.s a rather tired set up by this point, but with 20 Year Itch Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel plan to shake it up a bit. According to Variety, the two filmmakers best known for scripting the 2008 Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man and co-creating the short-lived Fox animated show Allen Gregory with Jonah Hill, are now set to make their directorial debut with the new comedy, which is now set up with Scott Pictures and Danny McBride and Jody Hill.s Rough House production company. The script, which the duo also wrote, follows the head of a high school »
The story follows a high school reunion committee chairman in Middle America who does whatever it takes to get the most popular guy from high school -- now a commercials actor -- to show up to their twentieth reunion.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
A film critic by the name of Nathan Rabin coined the phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" as a way to describe Kirsten Dunst’s role in Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown. He described this Manic Pixie Dream Girl as being "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures." Here's a great video compilation that pays tribute to 75 years of these type of female characters. The movie comes from Flavorwire, and it turned out great!
75 Years of Manic Pixie Dream Girls from Flavorwire on Vimeo.
Featuring (in order of appearance):
Natalie Portman – Garden State
Diane Keaton – Annie Hall
Barbra Streisand – What’s Up, Doc?
- Joey Paur
She's carefree, quirky and criminally underwritten – say hello to some of cinema's most notable Mpdg offenders
This week's clip joint is by Dominic Kelly, who blogs at somewhereimnot.wordpress.com.
Manic Pixie Dream Girls (MPDGs), a recurring trope in the romantic genre, are happy-go-lucky, free spirited, criminally underwritten co-stars who exist solely as a vehicle for the stuffy, angsty and usually white male lead to discover himself and appreciate the wonders of the world. They're archetypes that get consumed, as parodied in a sketch by Us comedy group The Natural Disastronauts.
Earlier this year, movie writer Zoe Kazan spoke out against film criticism's discourse on the trope: "I think that to lump together all individual, original quirky women under that rubric is to erase all difference." She's completely right. Film needs challenging and surprising characters in order to bloom; the dismissal of any eccentric, remotely interesting female character as "just »
16 items from 2013
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