4 items from 2015
A dramedy that the Duplass bros. were originally looking to add to their film canon, it’s Sundance habitual Jeffrey Blitz who would pick up with torch for a project that would also coincidentally see him reteam with his Rocket Science starlet Anna Kendrick. We’re thinking that after having his entire filmography in Spellbound (2002), Rocket Science (2007) and Lucky (2010) play out in Park City that this might be a fourth time’s a charm. Also starring Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell and Amanda Crew, filming on the Atlanta set Fox Searchlight production began last March. We’re assuming that the trimmings and cutlery on Table 19 are more than ready.
Gist: Written by the the Duplass Brothers, this is described as a singles-at-the-wedding pic, the ensemble comedy follows a group of strangers who meet at the “losers” table at a wedding. Told from their perspective, »
- Eric Lavallee
Five more actors have been added to the line-up for new comedy The Runaround, with Analeigh Tipton (Two Night Stand), Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Jon Daly (Masterminds), Shannon Woodward (The Veil) and Hunter Parrsh (Weeds) all signing on to the caper, which is directed by Gavin Wiesen (The Art of Getting By).
In the film, Simmons plays a “workaholic father who while trying to visit his daughter on a last minute layover in Los Angeles, discovers that she’s disappeared. He’s forced to work with her awkward, nervous ex-boyfriend (Hirsch), still nursing a broken heart, to help him find her over the course of one increasingly crazy night.”
No official release date has yet been announced, but expect to see it in 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) is to co-star with Emile Hirsch (Into The Wild) in The Runaround, a new comedy from director Gavin Wiesen (The Art of Getting By) and written by Seth W. Owen (Morgan).
The film will see Simmons star as a workaholic father who has to team up with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend to try to find said daughter after she disappears. It is set to go before the camera this July in and around Los Angeles.
“The producers have assembled a top-notch cast including J.K. Simmons, who is on everyone’s wish list after wowing audiences everywhere with his Oscar-winning performance in Whiplash, and the versatile Emile Hirsch on board. The script is a wildly entertaining ride from start to finish and we can’t wait to bring this film to audiences,” said Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, co-founders and partners of The Solution Entertainment Group. »
- Scott J. Davis
This week saw a number of sad losses in the entertainment industry. The singers of both “Louie Louie” and “Stand by Me” passed away this week, as well as Oscar-nominated screenwriter Don Mankiewicz, who was nominated for I Want to Live! Mankiewicz was the son of Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane) and the nephew of Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve), and the father of John Mankiewicz (House of Cards). He was 93.
But perhaps most shocking was the loss of cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, who died suddenly this week at just 59 years old. Lesnie won an Oscar for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and he subsequently filmed all five of the remaining Lotr films and Peter Jackson’s King Kong and The Lovely Bones. Some of his more interesting credits are his work on Babe and Babe: Pig in the City. Lesnie’s last film however »
- Brian Welk
4 items from 2015