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Kristen Wiig has been signed to star in the upcoming Welcome to Me produced by Bron Studios and Gary Sanchez Productions, it was announced today. Cargo International has picked up international rights for the film which it is currently selling at Cannes.
Directing is Shira Piven (Fully Loaded), from a screenplay by Eliot Laurence. The dramatic comedy is produced by Aaron L. Gilbert and Marina Grasic with Margot Hand as co-producer on behalf of Bron Studios. For Gary Sanchez Productions, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum are producers, with Robyn Wholey as executive producer. Kristen Wiig is also a producer. Welcome to Me will begin production in California this summer.
Welcome to Me tells the story of Alice (Wiig) who suffers from dissociative personality disorder and wins the lottery only to decide to spend her money on a cable access talk show about herself. The show reflects her larger-than-life »
Five of the best examples of cinema characters unexpectedly bursting into song
You know how it is – you're watching a film, when suddenly, out of nowhere, the characters burst into song. Fine when it's a musical – much more surprising when it's not. Here's some of the best of these moments – but can you think of any others? Share them in the comment thread below..
500 Days of Summer
Joseph Gordon Levitt's adorable Tom finally spends the night with the beautiful and quirky Summer and launches into a cheery, dance-filled rendition of You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates. Almost as elating as losing your virginity, this happy, colourful scene is easily one of the highlights of the film. Sadly the next scene is not nearly so cheerful…
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Taking a break from the hyper-macho guy talk, the Channel 4 »
- Guardian readers
• It’s a Frat Pack reunion: Vince Vaughn is set to join Old School co-star Will Ferrell in the Paramount comedy Daddy’s Home. Ferrell is expected to star in the movie, which he’s producing with frequent collaborator Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys). Etan Cohen (yes, Etan, not Oscar-winning dark comedy filmmaker Ethan Cohen) will make his feature directorial debut with the project. Cohen’s screenwriting credits include Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3. Ferrell will play a mild-mannered radio exec whose life gets turned upside down when his wife’s freeloading ex-husband (Vaughn) re-enters the picture »
- Emily Rome
We’ve got some new casting news: Vince Vaughn has joined the comedy Daddy’s Home, the feature directorial debut of Etan Cohen (Men in Black 3). Vaughn will star opposite the big cat himself, Will Ferrell. The film is about a radio exec (Ferrell) who lives a mild-mannered life until his wife’s ex-husband (Vaughn) returns to the picture and begins competing for his step-children’s love. Director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) cast William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake. Turtles will be produced by Michael Bay, and the cast includes Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, and Will Arnett. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens June 6, 2014. Hit the jump for more information on the casting. Vaughn has signed on to the Paramount film Daddy’s Home as his next project. Per Variety), Ferrell and Adam McKay (Anchorman) will produce the film for Gary Sanchez Productions »
- Gabe Chase
Steven Kostanski is part of the brilliant collective that makes up the Canadian production company Astron-6. Their warped indie feature, Father’s Day, was released last year to great fanfare and quickly garnered a devoted fan base for the company. Their newest subversive release, Manborg, a celebration of '80s sci-fi exploitation, was released this week on DVD. Recently, writer/director Kostanski spoke with Planet Fury about his first solo foray into feature film directing.
Planet Fury: You are part of the mad genius that is the production company Astron-6. Can you give a brief rundown on how you and the guys came together?
Steven Kostanski: We all met at the same indie horror film festival, The Winnipeg Short Film Massacre. We saw each other as competition first, but then we realized we were all into the same stuff, but everybody had different skills to bring to the table. »
- Bradley Harding
A feature film adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic The Boys has been in the works for quite a while, but thus far the project has had trouble getting off the ground. Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys) has been attached to direct since the summer of 2010, but studios have thus far been wary of greenlighting a big budget hard-r anti-superhero movie that centers on a group of special agents tasked with policing the world’s superheroes by any means necessary. Steve recently sat down with screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay in anticipation of this summer’s supernatural actioner R.I.P.D., and during the course of the conversation the duo also talked extensively about The Boys. They gave an update on the project’s status, talked about McKay’s vision for the adaptation, how involved Ennis and Robertson were in the crafting of the script, and the possibility of Simon Pegg starring. »
- Adam Chitwood
Directed by Stu Zicherman
A grown man is still caught in the crossfire of his parents 15 year divorce. He discovers he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children and is enlisted in a follow-up years later, which wreaks new havoc on his family.
Looking at the cast list for A.C.O.D led me to believe that we were in for a fun time. However the biggest problem with the movie is that I'm not sure whether it was trying to be a comedy movie. Because if it was, then it's failed miserably.
A.C.O.D stands for Adult Child of Divorce and aside from a terrible title, the movie just isn't funny enough. It »
Michael Bay ‘Pain & Gain’ box office: Bay’s first non-Transformers movie to fail to crack $20m domestic this weekend? This Pain & Gain box-office post is a fully updated version of my previous Pain & Gain box-office article. According to Deadline.com, Pain & Gain grossed a disappointing $7m on Friday, including $750,000 from Thursday late-night showings. That’s down from an expected $9m early in the day and $8m early in the evening. Barring a major Saturday surge — which is highly unlikely at this stage — Pain & Gain will end up with about $18-19.5m at 3,277 North American venues by Sunday evening. Afternoon estimates had the Michael Bay-directed movie grossing as much as $26m, later downsized to a more modest $21m — and now, quite likely, less than $20m. (Photo: Michael Bay on the Pain & Gain set.) Now, Paramount was purportedly expecting Michael Bay’s first non-Transformers, non-Shia Labeouf movie in »
- Zac Gille
It’s more than a disappointment -- it’s a puzzlement. How did Michael Winterbottom, who’s made so many intriguing movies that veer well away from the cautious (Everyday, Code 46), make a film so tediously conservative as The Look of Love? Winterbottom’s ability to reject accepted social narratives is so much a part of why I love his work that I never could have imagined that he would make a movie about porn (and real-estate) mogul Paul Raymond -- at one point the richest man in Britain -- that so readily embraced status-quo assumptions about sexuality and conformity, or lack thereof. Raymond “himself” -- in the highly amusing form of Steve Coogan (Ruby Sparks, The Other Guys), who is all sorts of wonderful here, as he always is -- invites us into his “world of erotica”... and Winterbottom doesn’t appear to see anything at all ironic »
- MaryAnn Johanson
• Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, The Fall) is in final talks to star in the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy film as the villain. At one point, Pace was being considered for the lead, which eventually went to Chris Pratt. Details on his role are sparse, but we’re not complaining if Guardians wants to take the Avengers route of casting a handsome bad guy. Pace donned a variety of different elaborate costumes recently for his roles in Lincoln, The Hobbit, and Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and will be appearing in the next two installments of The Hobbit as well »
- Lindsey Bahr
Get him angry. You'll like him when he's angry.
Catch Will yell his way to the Comedic Genius Award at the MTV Movie Awards, this Sunday, April 14th.
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Sony is beginning its big 4K resolution push in a big way with the upcoming release of 55" and 65" Ultra HD sets, a media server, and a selection of Blu-ray re-releases that have been remastered to take advantage of 4K resolution.
Included in the first batch of ten 4K Mastered Blu-ray offerings from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are Battle: Los Angeles, Ghostbusters, Taxi Driver, The Karate Kid (2010), The Other Guys, Glory, Angels & Demons, The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man and Total Recall (2012). Each carries an Srp ranging from $19.99 to $40.99 and is not expected to include any of the bonus features available on the previously released Blu-ray versions. They will also be available pre-loaded on the upcoming Sony 4K media server.
It is important to note that these films are still presented in 1080p Blu-ray resolution and playable on current Blu-ray players, but are mastered in a way to take advantage of the extra »
This was one of the busiest movie-going weeks I've had in some time, catching five movies in three days. Three of those movies I've already either reviewed or commented on -- Evil Dead, Trance and Upstream Color. I have more on Upstream Color on the way, but more on that soon enough. The two other films were Before Midnight, which I don't believe I'm embargoed on, but I'm not going to review it until closer to its release date, alongside a minimum of three great features, and the other was Disconnect, which I also responded to favorably. After that I caught the first episode of "Hannibal", which I've also embedded at the bottom of this post and plan on writing about at the beginning of the week. I will say, though, I was impressed though have some reservations. Give it a watch and join the conversation when I post the story. »
- Brad Brevet
In her new film, The Place Beyond the Pines, she ditches glam, playing a hard-grafting waitress opposite real-life partner Ryan Gosling. She talks about how the role mirrors her upbringing and, er, why her dog's face should be pixellated
"If you see Mike Leigh," says Eva Mendes, "tell him Mendes really wants him. And I do a good cockney." So I did. Or, rather, I emailed his agent. Mendes had already done the heavy lifting. "I sent him a note maybe like eight years ago," she says, a little giddy, "and I'm sure he had no idea who I was. And then I ran into him and he was lovely. So I just hope these last eight years I've maybe done something that he's liked or could see potential in, so we could possibly work together." His films are magical, she says; they move her to tears. "I come from »
- Catherine Shoard
Corinne Kaplan became the first "Survivor: Caramoan" castaway to be voted off once the two tribes merged. She tells Zap2it that she's disappointed not to have made the jury and that she thinks there's something seriously wrong with Phillip.
Are you glad you came back to "Survivor"? Was it what you expected the second time around?
"I knew that it was never gonna be as good as the first time ... I don't regret playing again. You're making new memories and you can't ever be mad at that, whether they're good or bad memories."
You forebodingly said at Tribal that the Favorites were just waiting to get punched in the face -- did you feel like you got punched in the face?
"You know, when I said that, I said that because ... I started to feel very uneasy at that Tribal about my own position. I felt like something was up. »
Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington—now here's a pairing! The trailer and poster for 2 Guns are in the wild, and wouldn't you know the Hollywood tough guys are getting pretty trigger-happy in this upcoming crime drama that's ostensibly a buddy flick reminiscent of '80s cops-and-robbers hits like Lethal Weapon. The Other Guys had nothing on these two. Wahlberg and Washington star as Marcus "Stig" Stigman and Bobby Trench respectively, two would-be bank robbers and undercover federal operatives who, naturally, have been set up by the mob. So amidst a slew of car chases, shootouts, explosions, and snappy wisecracks, the rival agents try to get to the bottom of things and »
We saw her bend expectations in Leos Carax‘s mindtrip Holy Motors last year and Eva Mendes set out to do the same when it came to her audition for The Place Beyond the Pines. Having admired her worked in films such as We Own the Night and The Other Guys, director Derek Cianfrance jumped at the opportunity when Ryan Gosling recommended Mendes for the [...] »
- Jordan Raup
Slow Motion? Check. Ludicrous plotline? Check. Cool guys walking away from explosions? Absolutely. All these ingredients have been fired into the new red-band trailer for Michael Bay’s latest film Pain & Gain and the result is a cacophony of humorous mayhem. Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie and Dwayne Johnson will lead the cast for the director in a story inspired by true events. No, really.
Pain & Gain will chart the events surrounding a group of everyday bodybuilders who begin to moonlight as criminals in order to climb the social ranks in Miami. Mark Wahlberg plays fitness fanatic Daniel Lugo who, along with the help of Adrian Dorbal (Mackie) and Dwayne Johnson’s recently released criminal Paul Doyle, looks to kidnap and extort one of the gym’s more affluent members.
What seems generic on paper has been infused with so much testosterone and Bay-isms in the trailer that you may need »
- Michael Briers
Director Derek Cianfrance doesn’t quite have a mainstream following yet, but this budding talent’s debut film Blue Valentine instantly solidified his “indie-cred” among more die-hard film fans. The raw, emotional performances he was able to draw out of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams put a spotlight on his spectacular craftsmanship, and his gritty delivery promoted uniqueness and individuality in a way that got Blue Valentine lovers extremely excited for his next feature, The Place Beyond The Pines.
Reuniting Cianfrance with his estranged twin Ryan Gosling (seriously, you could barely tell the two apart standing next to one another, I mean except for one being Ryan Gosling), the director once again has scored another stylistically beautiful drama which has a hearty amount of material for audiences to sink their teeth into. I personally loved the flick, and was lucky enough to sit down with Derek for a roundtable interview »
- Matt Donato
Eva Mendes is mostly known for her work in big-budget studio flicks, and she isn't sure why. "I have actually done a lot more independents than big pictures, and nobody ever brings that part up," she tells us while doing press for her upcoming film the (relatively) small-budget, "The Place Beyond the Pines." She has a point. Last year, Mendes starred in the dreamy psychedelic flick "Holy Motors." Prior to that, it was a role in Massy Tajedin's "Last Night." In "Pines," she plays Romina, a woman coming to grips with a child she had with a vigilante / motorcycle stunt driver Luke (played by real-life boyfriend Ryan Gosling). Here, Mendes is completely dressed down, playing a character who's both physically and emotionally distraught. Needless to say, it's a far cry from her roles in "Hitch" and "Ghost Rider." Mendes spoke with Moviefone about her new film, the movie she wishes got more attention, »
- Alex Suskind
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