20 items from 2014
After reigning supreme on Saturday Night Live for seven years, Kristen Wiig made her voice in film loudly and rightly known in 2011 with Bridesmaids, which she starred in and cowrote with Annie Mumolo. Punching giant cookies, wooing Irish cops and forcing her friends to defecate in sinks at bridal salons set her up as an invaluable asset to a host of comedies and dramedies in the years since, like Friends with Kids, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Girl Most Likely. Meanwhile, Bill Hader, probably one of the greatest talents from the SNL stage, has always had a healthy career as a bit player in comedies. While he hasn’t had a vehicle like Bridesmaids yet to largely showcase his worth, he’s been the supportive wing man, henchman, insert-assistant-title-here, delivering the best lines and effectively stealing the show in everything from Superbad to The To Do List. But his side-character status might be changing to »
- Samantha Wilson
“Zombies Eat Guys!”
Aubrey Plaza continues to be an utter delight! If you aren’t familiar with her other films, search out and find Safety Not Guaranteed, Damsels In Distress, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and The To Do List, as well as her upcoming film About Alex (Aug 8,) before you watch Life After Beth.
Zach (Dane DeHaan) is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza). But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. »
- Michelle McCue
Two posters and a trailer for writer/director Jeff Beana’s horror-comedy Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Plaza (The To Do List), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Molly Shannon (A Night At the Roxbury), Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) and John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), have been released…
Distributed by A24, the film see DeHaan plays Zach, who is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth (Plaza). But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her and, before long, Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse.
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- Scott Davis
Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt will live the same scenario over and over again in this week's Edge of Tomorrow, but the movie didn't always have that name. In fact, lots of well-known films had their titles changed before they landed on the right name (wait till you hear what The To Do List was originally called). Find out what these films could have been known as! Source: Warner Bros. »
- Shannon Vestal
Pact calls for Hader to write and star in a vehicle for the pay cabler, but there’s no word yet on specifics.
Hader logged eight years on NBC’s “SNL,” signing off last year. Since then he’s done a few TV guest shots, on “The Mindy Project” and “Portlandia,” and he was seen in HBO’s Larry David telepic “Clear History.” He’s working with fellow “SNL” alums Seth Meyers and Fred Armisen on producing and starring in a limited-run mockumentary project for IFC, “American Documentary.”
Hader’s pact with HBO was first reported by Deadline. He’s repped by UTA and Odenkirk/Provissiero Talent Management.
- Cynthia Littleton
New Line Cinema is moving forward with its remake of the 1980 Goldie Hawn-fronted comedy Private Benjamin, and the studio has now settled on the film’s lead. The Wrap reports that Pitch Perfect actress Rebel Wilson will star in the redo, which will follow a redneck (Wilson) and a rich city girl “who get more than they bargained for when they enlist in the Marines to escape their present situations.” The original film, scripted by Nancy Meyers, revolved around a woman who joins the Army after her new husband dies during sex on their wedding night. The pic spawned a short-lived TV series adaptation that aired from 1981 to 1983, but this new film updates the premise as a two-hander set in the Marines. More after the jump. New Line has been working on a remake of Private Benjamin for a few years now and previously had Anna Faris attached to star, »
- Adam Chitwood
Last month, we reported that actress Sharon Stone was replacing Uma Thurman in the action comedy American Ultra, which is currently in production. Today, Lionsgate announced that Nashville star Connie Britton is stepping in for Sharon Stone to play Victoria Lassetter, the head of a government program who tracks down a sleeper agent, played by Jesse Eisenberg. Take a look at the official press release for more information.
Britton, who has received accolades for her work in television and film, earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for her role as Rayna Jaymes on Lionsgate and ABC Studios' critically-acclaimed drama Nashville, currently in its second season on ABC. After stand-out roles on series such as Spin City, 24 and The West Wing, she starred on »
Greer is part of a trio of actresses that just signed on to the fourth installment of the "Jurassic Park" franchise. Katie McGrath (NBC's "Dracula") and Lauren Lapkus ("The To Do List," "Orange is the New Black") round out the newest additions to the cast.
The affable Greer, known mostly for her roles in rom-coms, has been undergoing a bit of a career reinvention as of late, playing parts in a wider variety of genres including prestige dramas ("The Descendants") and now sci-fi flicks (in addition to "World," she'll also appear in this summer's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and the mysterious George Clooney-Brad Bird vehicle "Tomorrowland").
Greer, McGrath, and Lapkus join the previously-cast Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, »
- Katie Roberts
• Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) is reportedly the front-runner to antagonize James Bond in the next film in the series. According to the report, no offer has been made yet. Daniel Craig will return to star as 007, and Sam Mendes, who directed him in Skyfall, is returning to direct. Production is supposed to begin this summer on Bond 24, scheduled for a Nov. 6, 2015, release date. [The Wrap]
• Ryan Reynolds is set to join the Helen Mirren pic Woman in Gold about a WWII survivor determined to reclaim paintings from the Austrian government. Reynolds will play Mirren’s character’s attorney, while Rush »
- Lindsey Bahr
The stars of the good-natured local-authority sitcom reflect on 'small weirdos', going out at 1am, and the prospect of a tantric season 10
Founded in 1824, The Athenaeum is considered one of London's foremost gentlemen's clubs. Nobel prize-winners, poet laureates and heads of state have all passed through its doors. Churchill was a member here, as was Darwin. It's in this temple of intellectual titans that the Guardian is standing, watching Chris Pratt and Peter Serafinowicz look for a goose.
"Actually, I think it might have just been a plastic bag," Pratt declares, glumly.
"It might have been a goose," Serafinowicz says, hopefully, and the pair race to the window, like two E-number-addled six-year-olds, for a closer glimpse.
The wild goose chase in question is for Parks And Recreation, the Us sitcom that is filming a one-off episode in the UK. Pratt's character, likable lummox Andy Dwyer, is discussing a business proposition with guest star Serafinowicz's aristocratic, »
- Gwilym Mumford
Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rachel Bilson, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Andy Samberg, Donald Glover, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg | Written and Directed by Maggie Carey
Brandy Klark (Plaza) is an intellectually successful but socially inept student at an Idaho high school in 1993. This differentiates her starkly from her popular sister Amber (Bilson), who mocks Brandy for still being a virgin. Brandy protests that she almost slept with an older guy named Rusty (Scott Porter) once, but quickly realises that she will have to obtain greater experience soon or face further ridicule. She duly sets out to seduce Rusty by taking a job as a lifeguard at the pool where he works but faces several obstacles along the way. Can her fellow socially awkward friend Cameron (Simmons) help her out?
I have a long-standing love of teen movies. Be they the sweet, life-affirming films of John Hughes »
- Phil Wheat
Coming of age films and comedies about sex have become a staple of 21st Century cinema, and with The To Do List set to be released on February 3rd, we thought now would be a good time to look back at some of the best movies to fall within this category.
The To Do List – which stars Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Rachel Bilson – focuses an Idaho school in 1993 and one girl’s determination to woo, seduce and biblically know her high school crush before College begins. In an interview with IFC debut director Maggie Carey puts it best, ‘People kept calling it a romantic comedy…But this is not romantic! This is a comedy comedy, not a romantic comedy. Don’t get me wrong. I love romantic comedies, but that’s not what this is. Brandy is stereotypically male…treating sex like she’s studying for a test.”
- Josh Wilding
The To Do list in this week's New York Magazine directed New Yorkers to the latest solo exhibition of photographer Jackie Nickerson. Her latest series is called "Terrain." The photos, taken all over Africa, show the basic task of gathering food. Where they diverge from ethnology, though, is in the poses — bodies support giant sacks, masses of vegetables or leaves, a Terry Gilliam tangle of vines. We simultaneously see people as people, as beasts of burden, and as sculpture. Click through this slideshow for a sample of her striking work, and then see the show at Chelsea's Jack Shaiman Gallery through February 15. »
- Vulture Editors
There’s a certain kind of oddball film that seems like it could only have its coming-out party at a place like Sundance. Marjane Satrapi’s dark serial killer comedy The Voices is one of those films. The best way I can think to describe it is: imagine Fight Club if Brad Pitt’s part was played by a talking dog and cat.
Tyler Durden comparisons aside, Satrapi, the Iranian director of 2007′s Persepolis, has created a totally unique, genre-defying film. Which isn’t to say The Voices is great. Far from it. It’s wildly uneven and it never »
- Chris Nashawaty
Saturday Night Live’s “newest addition” isn’t actually a new addition at all. Colin Jost, named today as Seth Meyers’ imminent Weekend Update successor, has been writing for the sketch show since 2005 (shortly after he graduated from Harvard; underachiever) and was named its co-head writer in 2012. True, he’s only appeared on the show a handful of times — in just two sketches, according to IMDb — but that doesn’t mean Jost lacks performing experience: He’s also a seasoned standup comedian who has appeared on stages around the country and on programs including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and »
- Hillary Busis
Female driven sex comedies have become more prominent following the smash success of Bridesmaids back in 2011. However no recent film of that ilk has managed to recapture the box office magic of Bridesmaids - just ask What’s Your Number? with Anna Faris and The To Do List with Aubrey Plaza. Now Elizabeth Banks will try her hand at getting into awkward sexual […]
Read Elizabeth Banks takes the Walk of Shame in new trailer on Filmonic.
- Andrew Shuster
Jeff Goldblum, Aubrey Plaza, and Oliver Platt have joined the cast of the action comedy Mortdecai. The film, based on the popular three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli, wrapped production in London and is currently in production in Los Angeles.
Plaza, Platt and Goldblum join an all-star cast led by Johnny Depp and featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany. Additional cast previously announced include Guy Burnet, Michael Byrne, Michael Culkin, Jonny Pasvolsky, Ulrich Thomsen, and Paul Whitehouse.
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
- Michelle McCue
David Koepp's action comedy Mortdecai started filming a couple of months ago, and now some new cast members have joined in the fun. Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment announced today that Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class) and Jeff Goldblum (The Grand Budapest Hotel) have signed on to the Johnny Depp-led picture. Based on Kyril Bonfiglioli's anthology, Mortdecai follows a charming art dealer as he traverses the globe in an effort to reclaim a stolen painting rumored to contain a code to a bank account full of Nazi gold. Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany, Mortdecai doesn't yet have a release date but is expected to open some time this year. Hit the jump for more. Here's the press release for the new cast additions to Mortdecai: Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt And Jeff Goldblum Join Lionsgate And Oddlot »
- Dave Trumbore
The film, based on the three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli, had wrapped its London shoot.
Andrew Lazar, Depp, Christi Dembrowski and OddLot’s Gigi Pritzker are producing the project. “Mortdecai” is the first project between Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment as part of a multiyear, multipicture co-financing and distribution deal.
Depp is portraying Charles Mortdecai, an antihero art dealer and part-time rogue who is in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi loot.
- Dave McNary
Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment announced today that Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, The to Do List, Safety Not Guaranteed), Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, Love and Other Drugs, 2012) and Academy Award and Emmy nominee Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day, Jurassic Park) have joined the cast of the action comedy Mortdecai. The film, based on the popular three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli, wrapped production in London and is currently in production in Los Angeles.
Plaza, Platt and Goldblum join an all-star cast led by Johnny Depp and featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany. Additional cast previously announced include Guy Burnet, Michael Byrne, Michael Culkin, Jonny Pasvolsky, Ulrich Thomsen, and Paul Whitehouse. David Koepp is directing the film from a screenplay by Eric Aronson. Andrew Lazar, Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski and OddLot's Gigi Pritzker are producing the project.
Juggling some angry Russians, the British »
20 items from 2014
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