You know how the Harry Potter films basically had every great British actor and actress in is cast? I’m pretty sure someone suggested Laurence Olivier for a role at some point just because he, somehow, was the only iconic English performer that didn't already have a part in the massive franchise.
Anyway, I’d like to see The Hunger Games become that for American actors. Even though there aren’t many adult roles in the series, it’d still be kind of awesome to have an incredibly seasoned cast supporting all these unknown kids running around. The latest thesps rumored for roles in the film are Woody Harrelson (in line to play Seneca Cane) and Stanley Tucci (no word on what role he's running for). Awesome, right? These two might be super serious actors getting nominated for Oscars and shit like that, but they’re also really fucking funny.
And, in news that I wish I was making up, the producers are also in talks with Lenny Kravitz to make an appearance. That makes me wanna fly awaaaaaaay.
My love-fest for this show has been well documented and oddly it doesn’t seem to be abating anytime soon. Whoever is casting this new Aaron Sorkin show just keeps on courting fantastic female talent. As we know, Jeff Daniels is playing a cable news host and Marisa Tomei is in talks to play his executive producer (also in talks for the role? Emily Mortimer. Please don’t make me choose between the two. I don’t think I could). Now we’ve learned that Olivia Munn is in talks to play a financial analyst on the same network and Alison Pill is negotiating to play an associate producer on the program.
I already want to take this show out to dinner and let it meet my parents and get it pregnant behind the middle school.
Possibly titled More As This Story Develops, the pilot will be directed by Greg Mottola and yeah, these new additions are stellar. Now, there seems to be an extreme internet love/hate relationship with Munn. Some nerds go crazy for her while others think she panders too much and isn’t that pretty. Me? I fall in the middle. She’s definitely attractive and you can’t be on The Daily Show and not be somewhat funny. Besides, if they are going to portray cable news realistically they need someone hot that can handle the banter. I think Munn’s perfect. As for Alison Pill? She's engaged to Jay Baruchel so she can't be that bad. She also stole every scene in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and if that doesn’t convince you enough then we have nothing left to say except, "We duel at dawn. Pistols, knives, fists. That order."
So Jason Bateman plays a tired father that gets shit on when he changes the kid’s diapers. Ryan Reynolds is a handsome motherfucker that sleeps with women. Then they change bodies and hilarity ensues. No, quite literally - hilarity ensues in The Change-Up.
The trailer looks fairly decent. They go for some rough gags and Jason Bateman walks out in the end with, well, watch for yourself. It’s a simple premise that appears to have been well-executed and should definitely be one of the funnier comedies of the summer.
My only complaint is they fall for the terrible orange/blue color scheme in the poster and trailer, which is only the second worst to the fat red text on a white background prevalent in most comedy trailers.
The Change-Up swings into theaters on August 5.
Source: Cinema Blend
We have a new international Bridesmaids trailer and seriously, what is up with the international audience getting better trailers? Can Americans not handle funny stuff or does a shirtless Jon Hamm just test REALLY well overseas? But luckily the internet is here to save us all (welcome computer overlords) and we get to enjoy the fantastic new trailer for Bridesmaids.
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Yes! I knew when I first read about this movie Turbo (and I do so rarely get in on the know about something before literally everyone else on the planet that I just want to revel in it for a moment, thank you very much) that it would be awesome. An animated romp about a snail who wants to be the fastest snail in the world? And a freak accident then gives him super speed? How can that not be AMAZING?
Now add to the list of awesomeness: Ryan Reynold’s voice. He’s in final negotiations to lend his vocal chord vibrations to the film as the main character. Ryan Reynolds as a snail? Hell to the yeah.
And is it bad that I’m almost angry at Reynolds because he’s so damn charming that he can make a snail adorable? That asshole.
I probably like David Gordon Green’s work more than I should. I can’t help it. Pineapple Exress was hilarious, his work on Eastbound and Down was phenomenal and Your Highness looks awesome. And he does smaller indie dramas? And he went to school in North Carolina? Dude, how could I not like him?
Anyway, he just went up another notch in my book (Sam’s Book of Notches - you can find it in the adult section) when he announced that his next film will *hopefully* be a remake of the Italian cult classic Suspiria. Sweetness. At one point during his original plans for the film, Natalie Portman was going to be cast, but she dropped out to do Black Swan. For those uninformed masses who haven’t seen Suspiria, it is a horror film, yes, but it takes place at a ballet academy, so it's easy to see why she backed out. That isn’t stopping Green, however, as his new plan is to go with all unknowns. European unknowns. Which sounds like a plan for a semester abroad, but whatever.
I’m down for this. Green has a great visual style and while comedy is a glorious genre that more people need in their life, it is limiting. Filmmakers need to stretch and try new things like the rest of us (except for Woody, he needs to stick with what he knows) so seeing a David Gordon Green horror film sounds awesome.
So remember when earlier this week we said that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter's wife would be played by Robin McLeavy? Yeah, we were just kidding about that. Turns out, she’ll be played by the extremely awesome Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Sorry for the confusion, but when you have eight people screaming at you and they’re all yelling different things you’re gonna hear some weird stuff. Anyway, you might recall Ms. Winstead from the uber-awesome Scott Pilgrim Vs The World as well as Live Free or Die Hard, both cases managing to kick all kinds of ass.
She’s set to star opposite Benjamin Walker as Honest Abe with Timur Bekmambetov directing. Dominic Cooper and Anthony Mackie also co-star.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Ok, Christopher Nolan is just messing with us now. I bet he has a secret team designated with the task of dispersing false rumors to mess with my head and get me even more excited about The Dark Knight Rises. First we had the addition of Tom Hardy followed by Anne Hathaway and Joesph Gordon-Levitt? That’s awesome. And now Marion Cotillard might have a part in the film as well? Be still, my fluttering heart. No, seriously. Be still heart. Ate a little too many candy hearts this weekend.
Anyway, Cotillard has long been fantasized as the ideal Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Liam Neeson's Ra's Al Ghul from Batman Begins, because of her exotic and seductive appearance. However, her involvement is very much up in the air since she’s mighty pregnant at the moment. While the thought of Batman dealing with an expecting girlfriend is funny (gravely voice “I must defend this city. And pick up pampers.”) I doubt it fits in with Nolan's plan. Since I have been chastised before, I feel I should mention that Cotillard’s baby daddy is noted French actor Guillaume Canet.
As Nolan seems to be running through his rolodex (that figure of speech should be updated: scrolling through his contact list, that’s more like it), let’s go ahead and cast the rest of the picture with actors he’s worked with, shall we? Ellen Page would make a great Robin (she’s already done it before probably NSFW btw). I’m sure Guy Pearce could use some work as an extra. And Robin Williams and Al Pacino are definitely the two we need for Statler and Waldor.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Sure, Meryl Streepis one of the greatest actresses alive. And sure, Margaret Thatcher is one of the greatest politicians alive regardless of gender. And sure combining the two - Streep is currently filming The Iron Lady where she plays Thatcher - is undoubtedly a good idea. But that doesn't make it any less terrifying. You've been warned:
YES! Many have decried Judd Apatow for his female characters and how the fairer sex appears to be under-represented in his films that he either produces or directs. That should change with Bridesmaids, a new film from Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig with Apatow producing. Kristen Wiig is the Maid of Honor to Maya Rudolph’s bride and a merry group of bridesmaids that includes The Office’s Ellie Kemper and Rose Byrne. I’m not one that really believes Apatow is sexist but nevertheless this looks amazing.