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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
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
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Over the course of his career, actor Jesse Eisenberg has garnered a number of fans for a range of performances, from comedies such as Zombieland to more dramatic fare such as Adventureland and The Social Network. Many fans were thus excited to learn that he has formally signed on to star in filmmaker Richard Ayoade’s next project. Titled The Double, Ayoade takes on directing duties, as well as co-writing the screenplay with Avi Korine, based on the story by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Joining Eisenberg onscreen is Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Chris O’Dowd, and Sally Hawkins. A new trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below. Sound on Sight’s review of the film from Tiff 2013 can be read here.
(Source: The Playlist)
- Deepayan Sengupta
Feature Seb Patrick 1 Feb 2014 - 22:43
It didn't take long for the jokes to start: so ingrained was Bryan Cranston as the fan's choice choice to play Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's upcoming Man Of Steel sequel, that the only possible assumption following Friday's announcement was that someone at Warner Bros had misheard Snyder's request to get "that Heisenberg guy" in. That's quite a good gag, in fairness.
That was among the more common reactions – the others being "Huh?", "What?" and "Well, at least this cuts Affleck a break for a bit" – to the news that The Social Network and Adventureland's Jesse Eisenberg, a fresh-faced, mop-haired thirty-year-old, had been cast as one of comicdom's most charismatic and enduring villains.
That the casting immediately struck the majority of onlookers »
‘Camp X-Ray’: Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi praised, but mixed reviews for Sundance 2014 political drama (photo: Kristen Stewart in ‘Camp X-Ray’) The Guardian‘s Xan Brooks wasn’t too crazy about first-time feature film director Peter Sattler’s Camp X-Ray, screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival last week, though he did appreciate the acting of stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight, On the Road) and Peyman Moaadi (the male lead in Asghar Farhadi’s 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner A Separation). In Camp X-Ray, Stewart plays a U.S. army private sent to Guantanamo, where she befriends one of the inmates, Ali (Moaadi), who claims to be an innocent man trapped in the American gulag and who also happens to be a devout follower of both the Koran and the Harry Potter books. Xan Brooks wrote: "Nestled somewhere deep inside Camp X-Ray — possibly in handcuffs, conceivably hooded — is a decent, »
- C. Vernon
The 2014 Academy Award nominations were announced this week and the relative snubbing of Captain Phillips, Saving Mr Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis and GI Joe: Retaliation is going to have us all cursing the Academy and discussing the actual quality of American Hustle until about May.
Nonetheless one of the great tragedies of my life is that I cannot actually watch absolutely everything ever that comes out and try as I might to rectify this, there simply are not enough hours in the day. There are a couple of films available on the streaming services that have just been nominated for academy awards this week which I have not had a chance to see thus far.
Those films are; The Square, nominated for Best Documentary Feature and now available on Netflix. The Square is about the uprising in Egypt in early 2011 that made the news around the world and the circumstances around this. »
- Chris Holt
Sibling bonds are fertile territory for indie dramedies, but “The Skeleton Twins” distinguishes itself from the pack with a pair of knockout performances from “Saturday Night Live” veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. This character-driven crowdpleaser also reps a step toward the mainstream for sophomore helmer Craig Johnson (whose little-seen mumblecore debut, “True Adolescents,” toplined Mark Duplass, an exec producer here). Prime acquisition bait should have no trouble scoring in specialty release, with a shot at crossover success thanks to the winning work of its stars.
The lead players’ “SNL” baggage actually works in their favor, both in the effortless way they establish a shared history for estranged twins Milo (Hader) and Maggie (Wiig), and in the pic’s savvy use of comedy as a coping mechanism for hard times. The duo’s chemistry was previously showcased in the Sundance-premiered “Adventureland,” but the biggest surprise for audiences expecting plenty of »
- Geoff Berkshire
Outside of their "Saturday Night Live" work, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig have delivered some of their best performances onscreen together, in "Adventureland" and "Paul" (they even both scored scene-stealing voice cameos in Spike Jonze's "Her"). Even so, their chemistry in Craig Johnson's "The Skeleton Twins" is something altogether different: These are serious dramatic roles with dark comedic ingredients that take them out of the farcical realm and allow them to craft fully realized characters. Johnson's script (co-written by by Mark Heyman), which finds the duo playing estranged twins coping with mutual depressive tendencies, assembles a fairly traditional dramedy that can't keep pace with the actors' investment in the material. Nevertheless, "The Skeleton Twins" sticks to its routine by taking an inoffensively gentle look at coping with hard times that gives Hader and Wiig plenty of room to act around the material. From the first close-ups of their faces, »
- Eric Kohn
Kristen Stewart's Us soldier falls in love with a wild-eyed detainee behind the razor wire of Guantanamo Bay. Now what could possibly go wrong?
Camp X-Ray, the debut feature from writer-director Peter Sattler, is a platonic Romeo and Juliet tale in which the characters converse at length across the great divide, separated by wire-mesh glass or chain-link fence. If nothing else, Sattler's fumbled Gitmo romance proves that its star, Kristen Stewart, is well set for a fulfilling career outside the lucrative Twilight franchise. But the film itself is so crude and overstretched, it's a wonder she didn't attempt to tunnel out before the credits rolled.
Stewart plays Private Amy Cole, swamped in fatigues, her hair scraped back and sent behind the wire at Guantanamo Bay, where she proceeds to distribute rations and library books to the luckless detainees. Locked inside his cell, Ali (Peyman Moaadi) decorates styrofoam cups with »
- Xan Brooks
On Entourage, Vincent Chase would do his dumb-whore popcorn movies (like Aqua-Man) and feel humiliated, but the truth is that he rarely looked more hapless than when he was making one of his “integrity” projects — like his Pablo Escobar biopic, or the I’m-just-Vinnie-from-the-block indie Queens Boulevard, which wound up getting showcased at Sundance. If Entourage wasn’t about Vincent Chase but was about Kristen Stewart instead, her Escobar-meets-Queens Boulevard wince-worthy integrity dud might be Camp X-Ray, in which Stewart plays a guard at Guantanamo Bay who winds up uncovering the big lie of American anti-terrorist policy by making friends »
- Owen Gleiberman
Despite the Golden Globes deciding Scarlett Johansson's (The Avengers, Don Jon) role in Spike Jonze's (Being John Malkovich, Where The Wild Things Are) Her was ineligible for its Best Actress category, the film nonetheless took home the Best Screenplay, Motion Picture award at Sunday's ceremony. You can see why just by listening to the voiceover in the film's latest behind-the-scenes featurette below, courtesy of Fandango.
Her also stars Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, I'm Still Here), Amy Adams (The Muppets, The Fighter), Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Side Effects), Olivia Wilde (Rush, Tron: Legacy), Chris Pratt (Moneyball, The Five-Year Engagement), Bill Hader (Superbad, Adventureland) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Despicable Me 2).
The movie opened in the USA last week, and will be released on the 24th January, 2014 in the UK.
Read our ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ review of it here. »
- Oliver Davis
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader spent seven years together on Saturday Night Live, so when you hear they’re starring in a movie together — playing twins no less — you might expect it to be an outrageous comedy. When you then hear it’s also a Sundance movie, you might conclude that it’s something quirky-funny like Adventureland, the 2009 festival hit in which they played the married couple that runs a rinky-dink amusement park. But The Skeleton Twins is something entirely different — a full-on drama. They play Maggie and Milo, twins who used to be close but now live on different sides of the country. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Every Monday until the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, EW is celebrating a great success story from independent film’s most prestigious showcase. So far, we’ve revisited Lee Daniel’s Precious, Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River, Greg Mottola’s Adventureland, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon, and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station. Today, we look back at Before Midnight, the much-anticipated 2013 sequel from Richard Linklater.
Sundance and sequels don’t typically go hand-in-hand. But Before Midnight, the third film in Richard Linklater’s accidental trilogy about the ongoing romance between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), felt right at home when »
- Jeff Labrecque
About the Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition: “Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.”
Directed by Craig Johnson
Saturday Night Live alumni Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig headline a drama as twins reconnecting with each other and life. The plot seems vaguely reminiscent of The Savages, which starred Laura Linney and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as siblings bonding over the slow death of their father. However, with these characters focusing solely on one another, the built-in chemistry Hader and Wiig have together will no doubt factor heavily into the audience’s enjoyment, especially if viewers are already fans. They played a couple in charge of an amusement park in the 2009 comedy Adventureland and have a »
- Lane Scarberry
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