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Having premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, we have heard little more from The Skeleton Twins – until now. The dramedy stars regular collaborators Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as co-leads, and is written and directed by Craig Johnson (True Adolescents), with Mark Heyman (Black Swan) as co-writer.
After a decade of estrangement, twins Milo and Maggie are thrust back together in unexpected and surprising circumstances. Their respective lives have taken some wrong turns, and they gradually realise that the key to resolving their issues is to repair their relationship with each other. That synopsis – while succinct – does no justice to what is a joyous trailer. Joyous, not for its generally uplifting atmosphere, but because of the perfect showcase it provides for the revelatory Bill Hader.
- Sarah Myles
Fresh from its debut at Sundance, and subsequent showings on the festival circuit in the Us, the first trailer for The Skeleton Twins has arrived online, which you can view below…
The film stars Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Bill Hader (Adventureland, Superbad) as the titular siblings, who after years of estrangement, are reunited after ten years, still facing up to the varied challenges of their respective lives. Directed by Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) the film has been garnered with mixed praise across the festivals, but the majority of critics have shared their love of Wiig and Hader’s performances in a much more dramatic setting. The Playlist in particular said that the film “proves to be a fine showcase for Wiig and Hader.”
- Scott Davis
If you miss Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader together on Saturday Night Live and loved them as husband and wife in 2009's Adventureland, this new venture might pique your interest. The two play estranged twins Maggie and Milo, brought together by Milo's botched suicide attempt, in The Skeleton Twins. Living together once again, the reality of their very different lives sets in. I actually got a peek at this movie early, and it's a fantastic showcase for both Wiig and Hader. There's definitely some comedy (plus a kick-ass lip-syncing scene), but I was mostly impressed by the heartbreaking realness of their dramatic sequences. As an added bonus, Ty Burrell and Luke Wilson both costar. Check out the trailer, and plan on seeing it when it's released on Sept. 19. »
- Maggie Pehanick
The first trailer for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has been released online, which you can view below. The film from writer/director Ned Benson stars Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and James McAvoy (Filth) in the leads, with William Hurt (Body Heat), Bill Hader (Adventureland), Isabelle Huppert (I Heart Huckabees), Viola Davis (The Help), Jess Wexler (Teeth) and Ciaran Hinds (Munich) supporting. The film is distributed by The Weinstein Company.
Once happily married, Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson’s latest version of their story combines his previous two films – titled »
- Scott Davis
Kristen Stewart has been busy traveling for the past few months, but it seems she's finally back to her old routine in La. She stepped out on Sunday, looking casual as she walked around the city. Her new film Clouds of Sils Maria made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May, but it does not have a release date yet. She also recently wrapped American Ultra with Adventureland costar Jesse Eisenberg in New Orleans, which will hopefully hit theaters soon too. Though Kristen isn't set to team up with Robert Pattinson anytime soon, she does have a new connection to her ex and former Twilight costar. Guy Pearce, who costars with Rob in his new film The Rover, just joined her new film Equals. After Kristen was cast in the film, she opened up about how "terrified" she is to star in the "love story of epic, epic, »
- Alyse Whitney
Chicago – Now in its second year, the Chicago Film Critics Festival opens tonight, May 9th, 2014, with the Chicago Premiere of “They Came Together,” starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poelher, Ellie Kemper, Bill Hader and Ed Helms, and directed by David Wain. Wain makes an appearance after the 7pm screening at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. Click here for details and the complete schedule for the week long festival.
The Chicago Critics Film Festival is the first of its kind, with members of the Chicago Film Critics Association coordinating the events and selecting the films. The schedule features mainstream and independent film premieres – weeks before their general release – plus two short film programs, late night horror films, revivals and one-of-a-kind live appearances. The festival runs through May 15th.
Included in the week-long presentations are after-film Q&As by filmmakers, actors and even the subjects of the movies on tap. Here is »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
I think that there’s a rule in Hollywood that movies that start with the word “American” must have amazing ensemble casts (see: American Hustle, American Beauty, American Pie, American Gangster, American Graffiti). This week, the action-comedy American Ultra adds three new members to an already bustling line-up: Sharon Stone, Bill Pullman and Arrested Development‘s Tony Hale. They join Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Justified‘s Walton Goggins, Topher Grace and John Leguizamo in a film for Project X director Nima Nourizadeh.
The low-budget Lionsgate movie, picked up for a cool $7 million in March, stars Eisenberg as Mike, a stoner and slacker living in a small town whose past as a highly-trained secret agent comes back to interfere with his new, quieter existence. He becomes the target of a top secret government operation, which naturally does not sit well with his girlfriend, Phoebe (played by Eisenberg’s Adventureland co-star, Stewart »
- Jordan Adler
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: far from perfect, but its humor is nearly Monty Python-esque, much more deliciously absurd and creatively bizarre than its predecessor [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
new to streaming
G.B.F.: sharp satire cutting through the sweet silliness makes this a refreshing change of pace for teen comedies [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Fill the Void: underplayed drama about love and marriage in an orthodox Jewish community never quite catches fire, but does offer a peek into a usually hidden world [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
new to Amazon Instant
Nothing But the Truth: flawed but earnest and honest journalism drama, with a great performance by Kate Beckinsale [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Now You See Me: most of it makes no sense at all, but who cares? this is cheerful ridiculousness pulled off with panache [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Adventureland: »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Kristen Stewart spent her 24th birthday on Wednesday with friends in New Orleans. The group celebrated under the sun, playing Frisbee golf and drinking Coors Light as they hung out at a local park. It was a fun break from work for Kristen, who is in Louisiana filming American Ultra with Jesse Eisenberg, but it wasn't her only birthday celebration. Kristen and Jesse, who also starred together in 2009's Adventureland, got together on Tuesday with a few other friends for a night out at Annunciation Restaurant, which serves Cajun and Creole cuisine. She wore a black hat over the past few days, covering up her newly dyed orange hair for her role. Kristen's low-key birthday festivities also included multiple flower deliveries to the production office of American Ultra. Meanwhile, we celebrated the star by taking a look at her many faces and helping you find out which Kristen you are. »
- Lauren Turner
The cast of the buzzy American Ultra continues to grow today as Deadline reports that Topher Grace has joined Lionsgate’s upcoming comedy. Set to star Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, with Walton Goggins and Uma Thurman signed on to co-star, the film was picked up earlier this year for a whopping $7M. That, combined with a script from Max Landis (Chronicle), leads us to believe that American Ultra is definitely a project worth keeping an eye on.
Behind the camera for this outing will be Nima Nourizadeh, who brought an exciting energy level to the party flick Project X. Admittedly, this film sounds a bit different, as it centers on Eisenberg’s small-town stoner who sees his and his girlfriends’ (Stewart) life turned upside down when a government operation puts a bounty on his head. Grace will be playing a “hotshot, power-hungry CIA agent,” who is presumably one of »
- Matt Joseph
A week or so ago we heard that Uma Thurman was in talks to join Nima Nourizadeh's action comedy American Ultra, but while that deal still doesn't seem to be quite done, there's more concrete casting news this morning. Walton Goggins has just signed up.Goggins is, of course, the excellent character actor who's latterly been giving Timothy Olyphant a run for his money in the brilliant Justified, currently in its fifth and penultimate season. For a sampling of his other work, check out Empire's Rogues Gallery. In Justified he's Boyd Crowder. In American Ultra he's playing "Laugher". Who's Laugher? We don't know, but unsuccessful applicant Jasper Cole can at least tell us it's "a great role". Commiserations, Jasper. Tough competition.American Ultra reunites Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart following Adventureland, and sees Eisenberg playing "unmotivated stoner" Mike, with Stewart his girlfriend. They live an uneventful life in a »
Fresh off the success of his uproarious viral video interview with President Barack Obama on his popular web series Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis has lined up a new film project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the portly funnyman will star with Jon Hamm in the Fox 2000 comedy Keeping Up With The Joneses.
Greg Mottola, director of the critically acclaimed and commercially beloved smash hit Superbad (as well as the Simon Pegg/Seth Rogen alien invasion comedy Paul, and the criminally slept-on Jesse Eisenberg coming-of-age dramedy Adventureland), is confirmed as director. Additionally, Walter Parkes and Laurie McDonald are on board as producers.
Parkes and McDonald have been developing the project for two years now, and have secured the involvement of Galifianakis and Hamm within the past month. Mottola has already closed his deal to direct, while the two stars are still in the process of negotiating their deals.
The script »
- Jeff Castilla
If you were to crack open the Big Book Of Standard Comedy Film Ideas, the concept of warring neighbours would probably be sitting in there, nestling alongside a hefty list of movies that have utilised the idea. Still, Fox 2000 thinks that Superbad director Greg Mottola and stars Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis can bring a little fresh life to the idea in Keeping Up With The Joneses.No writer is listed on the project, which will follow a settled yet bored couple discovering that their new suburban neighbours might be more than they appear on first glimpse. Depending on which trade mag story you read, they could either be spies or criminals. Or both, but we’ll have to wait and see how it pans out. From the sounds of it, Galifianakis could be one half of the regular couple with Hamm as one of the newcomers. Though this being a comedy, »
The comedy gods are smiling down on Hollywood, as an almost surefire success is in the quickly moving developmental stages. Fox 2000 is teaming up with the super-producer couple Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald for the suburban comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses, and they.ve landed two whopper male leads in Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm, two guys who should become an official comedic duo at some point in the future. Both actors are still negotiating their deals, but the deal has already been completed with director Greg Mottola to helm this feature. Having most recently handled Larry David.s awkwardly enjoyable HBO movie Clear History, which also starred Hamm, Mottola is more recognizable for such riotous gems as Superbad and Adventureland, and his work on series like Arrested Development and Undeclared. This trio is just oozing with potential, although the only plotline THR has is generic enough to go »
Greg Mottola (Paul, Adventureland) is attached to direct the new comedy, which follows a type-a couple who move into a peaceful suburban neighborhood. They soon discover that their new, seemingly-perfect neighbors are actually covert agents.
Jon Hamm will next be seen in the final season of AMC's Mad Men, debuting Sunday, April 13. On the big screen, the actor will next be seen in Million Dollar Arm. Zach Galifianakis is coming off of last year's comedy sequel The Hangover Part III, and he is also starring in the upcoming Birdman from director Alejandro González Iñárritu. »
Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm (pictured above from their appearance on "Saturday Night Live") are teaming for a Fox 2000 comedy, Keeping Up with the Joneses . The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that Greg Mottola ( Adventureland , Superbad ) will direct. Keeping Up with the Joneses follows a couple who move into a new neighborhood only to learn that their neighbors are secretly undercover agents. Hamm can be seen returning for the final season of AMC's "Mad Men," which premieres April 13. Galifianakis, meanwhile, just released the latest episode of his webseries "Between Two Ferns," with President Barack Obama appearing as his guest. You can check out the episode in the player at the bottom of this page! Laurie MacDonald and Walter »
Focusing on a stoner and his girlfriend, the movie tells of how their quiet lives are interrupted when his past crashes into their present, as a Government operation looks set to wipe him out. With Eisenberg and Stewart as the young couple, Thurman will take the role of a Government official, once responsible for a secret program creating ‘sleeper warriors,’ who returns to protect him like a bear with her cub.
The film will be the second feature for Nima Nourizadeh, after his 2012 high school party debut movie, Project X, and is written by Max Landis - now enjoying a great deal of momentum in his career following the success of 2012’s Chronicle, which he also scripted. He, himself, has just wrapped production on his directorial debut, Me Him Her, »
- Sarah Myles
I'd felt some trepidation in the lead-up to my interview with Jesse Eisenberg. Throughout his promotional duties for last year's magic thriller Now You See Me, he was sporadically spiky; most notable was the video in which he mocked a young female interviewer for writing questions on her hands, then told her not to cry until the interview was over so that he wouldn't look responsible for her tears. There was also the voxpop in which, having been asked about his favourite things to do in Toronto, he replied sardonically: "Oh, you can read about it on my blog, Jesse's Guide To Toronto, where I list the top 4,500 things that I really like about the city."
In both of those videos, though, he's funny, probably just »
- Alex Godfrey
Reunited after Adventureland, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are already at the top of the cast list for American Ultra. They now look to be gaining some fierce support: Uma Thurman is in talks to join them.Eisenberg plays "unmotivated stoner" Mike in the action comedy, with Stewart his girlfriend. They live an uneventful life in a small town until it turns out that Mike is actually a Bourne-like amnesiac sleeper agent in a program the government has decided to shut down and wipe out.Thurman's role - if she takes it - is that of Mike's former handler, who spearheaded the programme and is now determined to protect her charge. According to the synopsis she'll "fight like a momma bear to protect her cub". Sounds like an opportunity to bring some Bride-like toughness to a role not dissimilar to Angelina Jolie's in Wanted.Stoner action comedies can be »
Eisenberg will portray a stoner and Stewart will play his girlfriend in a small town. His life takes an unexpected turn when his past comes back to haunt him and he becomes the target of a government operation to wipe him out.
The project was announced in November, where FilmNation launched foreign sales. CAA is repping U.S. rights.
- Dave McNary
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