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“About Alex,” which premiered at the festival, tells the story of six friends who reunite after one (Jason Ritter) tries to commit suicide. Starring Ritter, Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Max Minghella, Nate Parker, Maggie Grace, and Jane Levy, the film looks at adult friendships in a time when hyper-connectivity (thanks to social media and technology) rules all, yet friends still manage to “slip through the cracks.” Greenfield (best known as Schmidt on Fox’s “New Girl”) said that the experience was an emotional one for him. “It was when Jason’s character first enters the house, having come back from the hospital, and it was the first time in a scene seeing the bandages, and I went, ‘I misjudged the movie. I didn’t think it was gonna be so heavy. I can’t do this for the next 30 days.’ “It was terrifying, but it was a real moment, and that was kind of like… »
The New Girl actor revealed that the movie will centre on his character beginning a romance with a much older woman.
"It's a story about Doris, this character, she's an older woman," Greenfield told The Wrap.
"Her mother passes away and she's then forced to kind of find a new life in the city, and she meets this younger guy and thinks that he's the answer."
Greenfield added that the screenplay is "very funny", and also disclosed that the female lead has yet to be cast.
Hello My Name Is Doris writer-director Showalter was a cast member of the influential sketch comedy group The State. »
While the internet may delight in red band trailers, when it comes to pushing the movies in theaters, studios need to create a cleaner version for audiences. And so here we are with two new green band spots for a couple of big summer comedies, hoping to make you chuckle without dropping an f-bomb or showing any boobs. First up is "Sex Tape," which reteams "Bad Teacher" trio Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz and director Jake Kasdan for another naughty tale, this time about a frisky couple who have to stop a hot video of their bedroom activities from falling into the wrong hands. And from wrong hands to bad ideas is "Let's Be Cops," which finds "New Girl" buds Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. playing a couple of losers who dress up as cops to get girls, only to take their newfound respect way too far. "Sex Tape" comes first (ha) on July 25th, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Zooey Deschanel and Anton Yelchin are to play the leads in an adaptation of Tom Drury’s 2006 dark comic novel. Sounding like a variation on Blue Velvet with a an influx of hipster talent, the plot sees a bartender Pierre (Yelchin) returning to his home town only to fall for a mysterious beauty (Deschanel), which in turn puts him on a collision course with a psychotic criminal, to be played by John Hawkes (Winter’S Bone).
“We are quite excited about making this film as it is so darkly humorous and wrought with atmosphere and frankly, I am excited to be telling such a delicious story with some of my favorite actors.”
Deschanel and Yelchin are far from your typical movie couple and the prospect of seeing Deschanel subvert »
- Steve Palace
The first official set pics from the Colin Trevorrow helmed 'Jurassic World' has made its way on to the pages of Entertainment Weekly featuring our first glance at not only a beautiful looking Bryce Dallas Howard ('The Village') but also a damaged park van and director's chair. "Yesterday I was under a construction crane with Chris Pratt' says Trevorrow in ther interview 'covered with dirt, eyeballing the exact height of the dinosaur trying to kill him...We both cracked up laughing. Sometimes you just have to stop and let the joy take over." So it sounds like everyones having a good time on the production and let's hope this good working relationship will translate onto the big screen when we finally get to see the final product in 2015. Chris Pratt ('Guardians of the Galaxy'), Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Vincent D'Onofrio ('The Cell »
The 35th College Television Awards were held by the Television Academy Foundation on Wednesday, with 13 awards going to filmmakers attending various colleges across the country. The awards, which recognize demonstrated excellence in entertainment content production, were given out at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre. Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, stars of USA's upcoming comedy series “Playing House,” hosted the ceremony, which was attended by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Max Greenfield (“The New Girl”) and Matt Bomer (“White Collar”) among others. Also read: Television Academy Announces New Name, Fundraising Drive The winners, culled from more than 1,100 students who participated. »
- Tim Kenneally
Zooey Deschanel and Anton Yelchin have been added to the cast of The Driftless Area, an upcoming dark comedy from Unified Pictures and Bron Studios. Based on Tom Drury’s novel of the same name, the script for the film was written by Drury and Zachary Sluser, who will also be directing.
The Driftless Area will follow Pierre (Yelchin), a quiet bartender who goes back to his hometown after his parents die. There, he meets the mysterious Stella (Deschanel) and falls madly in love with her. Unfortunately for him, that means he’s unwittingly sucked into a circle of fate which ultimately pits him against a volatile criminal (John Hawkes).
I know that current popular opinion is split on Deschanel, since some people don’t buy into the whole adorkable act, but I’m a fan of just about everything she’s ever done. With New Girl taking up a good chunk of her time, »
- Alexander Lowe
• 12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and The Avengers’s Scarlett Johansson are both in talks to lend their voices to Disney’s upcoming live-action/CG adaption of The Jungle Book. Nyong’o is currently in talks to play Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, while Johansson is in early negotiations to lend her voice to the character of Kaa, a python who eats its victims by hypnotizing them. Iron Man’s Jon Favreau is set to direct the film based on the classic novel by Rudyard Kipling which will also star Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom »
- Pamela Gocobachi
<< Continued from Summer Forecast: #1 - 1213. The Fault in our Stars (June 6): As usual, there's not a ton of compelling content for women this Summer. One exception to that is The Fault in Our Stars, which is a romantic drama based off the popular John Green novel. The trailer has over 15 million views on YouTube*in line with most would-be blockbusters*and star Shailene Woodley is coming off a break-out role in Divergent. Look for this to be a solid hit as well. (Domestic: $120 million, Foreign: $55 million)14. Deliver Us From Evil (July 2): Horror movies can provide a nice alternative to all of the big-budget spectacle, R-rated humor, and animated fare that dominates multiplexes during the Summer months. Last year's The Conjuring was a surprise hit with $137.4 million; if anything is going to match that this year, its Deliver Us from Evil. The strong trailer features a lengthy, very frightening »
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In January, Stephanie Counts and Shari Gold made headlines with a lawsuit that alleged that Fox's New Girl was ripped off from their television pilot script. While allegations of theft are common in Hollywood, what made their lawsuit potentially serious was the amount of detail offered in an 87-page complaint about how the screenwriters had worked with William Morris Endeavor agents in shopping a proposed television series titled Square One, how they once proposed Zooey Deschanel for the lead and how Fox allegedly made a $10,000 settlement offer. The plaintiffs might have offered a substantial theory about how
- Eriq Gardner
Now is the time of year for TV fans to be a little nervous for news about their favorite shows - specifically, whether they'll make it to next season. Renewal and cancellation news is flowing in, and we're compiling all the updates here. Find out what's already guaranteed to come back and what's gotten left on the chopping block so far. What's Been Renewed Network: Grimm: NBC has renewed the supernatural drama for a fourth season. Chicago Fire: The firehouse-set drama got a third season from NBC. Chicago Pd: NBC renewed the freshman drama for a second season. The Big Bang Theory: CBS has renewed the comedy for three more seasons. 2 Broke Girls: The comedy will return for a new season. Mike & Molly: Melissa McCarthy's comedy will be back. Two and a Half Men: Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher's comedy is returning. The »
- Shannon Vestal
It's an unthinkable proposition, but one that was very real: The role of Schmidt on “New Girl” could have been played by someone other than Max Greenfield. Greenfield, now 33, seemingly became an overnight sensation when he debuted on the Fox sitcom in 2011 as the goofball-bro-ocd hybrid with a heart. But the truth is that he had been working his way up through the industry for 12 years before that big break — starting with an episode of MTV's “Undressed.” And as he told TheWrap this past weekend at Tribeca in New York, he almost called it quits before »
- Jordan Zakarin
Chris Messina broke hearts a few weeks back on The Mindy Project when his character, sexy doctor Danny Castellano, ended his just-beginning relationship with Mindy because he “didn’t want to ruin the friendship” or whatever, a.k.a.: He’s a big baby and fans were/are not amused.
But! The darkness may be coming to an end soon. Messina told Vulture on Sunday, “There is a payoff that I think is worth sticking around for. We »
- Erin Strecker
Currently best known for playing weirdo ladykiller Schmidt on New Girl, Max Greenfield has also been cropping up occasionally of late on the big screen. He’s now signed to co-star in Michael Showalter’s new comedy, Hello My Name Is Doris.According to Greenfield, the film follows an older woman named – as you might guess – Doris, whose mother dies and forces her to re-think her life. She decides to move to New York and starts a relationship with a younger man (Greenfield). “It's very funny, but it really kind of toes the line. It'll be different than what you're used to seeing with Michael,” Greenfield told The Wrap.That Greenfield’s appearing in Showalter’s new solo outing isn’t too much of a surprise, since he just worked with the writer/director/actor on the Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler comedy They Came Together, which Showalter wrote with David Wain. »
New Girl’s Max Greenfield has a new project on his slate, teaming him for a second time with writer/director Michael Showalter for Hello My Name Is Doris. According to Greenfield, when he spoke to The Wrap, the film is something of a departure for the Wet Hot American Summer scribe.
“It’s about Doris, this character – she’s an older woman. Her mother passes away and then she’s forced to kind of find a new life in the city, and she meets this younger guy and thinks he’s the answer. It’s very funny, but it really kind of toes the line. It’ll be different than what you’re used to [seeing] with him,” said Greenfield.
Michael Showalter co-wrote They Came Together with David Wain, featuring Max Greenfield alongside stars Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd - which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January this year, »
- Sarah Myles
• New Girl’s Max Greenfield will reunite with They Came Together co-writer David Wain for his upcoming comedic drama Hello My Name Is Doris. According to Greenfield, who spoke to The Wrap about the upcoming project, the film will focus on Doris, an older woman who must start anew after her mother passes on. When Doris meets a younger man, she believes him to be the answer to finding a new life for herself in the city. [The Wrap]
- Pamela Gocobachi
The indie drama About Alex features a number of well-known TV actors, including Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza, New Girl's Max Greenfield and Parenthood's Jason Ritter. The movie's writer-director, Jesse Zwick, who makes his feature film debut with the project, also has a TV background, not only writing for Parenthood but also being the son of legendary producer Ed Zwick (Thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, Once and Again). Photos: Nas, Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon Attend the Tribeca Film Festival The elder Zwick executive produced the project, but his writer-director son is quick to clarify his
- Hilary Lewis
Max Greenfield is set to star in writer-director Michael Showalter's next film, “Hello My Name Is Doris,” Greenfield told TheWrap Friday. The “New Girl” star previously featured in the Sundance comedy “They Came Together,” which Showalter co-wrote with director David Wain. See video: ‘New Girl's’ Max Greenfield and Paul Scheer Reenact Classic Vanilla Ice-Arsenio Hall Interview “It's a story about Doris, this character, she's an older woman,” Greenfield said. “Her mother passes away and she's then forced to kind of find a new life in the city, and she meets this younger guy and thinks that he's the answer. »
- Jordan Zakarin
One of our 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off today, "About Alex" already has us impressed by the cast director Jesse Zwick (son of Ed Zwick) has pulled together for his debut. Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield ("New Girl"), Maggie Grace, Nate Parker, Max Minghella, Jane Levy and Jason Ritter all feature in the ensemble dramedy, making it one to keep an eye on. Penned by Zwick as well, the "Big Chill"-esque tale follows seven college friends who reunite for a weekend of fun and togetherness after one of them suffers a breakdown, only to discover that as much as they've drifted apart in the intervening time, old jealousies, flirtations and political differences still flare up. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, just taking a picture starts a war of words. "About Alex" premieres on April 17th at Bmc Tribeca Pac. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Whenever New Girl has had a big plot point in, it’s always been interesting how they handle — or don’t — the fallout in the next episode. A few examples: Jess and Nick’s first kiss in “Cooler” was followed by the Indian speed-dating shenanigans of “Table 34″; the roomfriends were doin’ it and doin’ it and doin’ it well in “Virgins,” but “Winston’s Birthday” felt a bit like a digression; and it’s probably best if we don’t dwell too much on “Exes” (aside from Adam Brody’s dreaminess therein) because it had the misfortune to air in »
- Lanford Beard
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