May 16, 2012 2:47pm EST
"You know what the problem is with director David Wain's and writer Michael Showalter's new romantic comedy parody They Came Together, starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd?" said somebody. "It's just not awesome enough." As drunk as that person must have been, he (or she) apparently had some influence: Max Greenfield is joining the cast!
Greenfield currently plays New Girl's Schmidt (who everyone at Hollywood.com just realized does not seem to have a first name), the Fox comedy's strongest purveyor of laughs... unless Jake Johnson is kicking a flower, or Zooey Deschanel is trying to do pretty much anything — okay, everyone on that show is just plain awesome.
They Came Together will be Greenfield's first feature film role since earning notoriety on the surprise hit that is New Girl, and only his third big screen part to date. He was previously cast in the 2004 drama Cross Bronx, and the 2005 comedy When Do We Eat. Thus, They Came Together might also have the distinction of his first big screen role that anyone will actually see.
Too mean? Sorry. I'll put a dollar in the Douchebag Jar.
Greenfield will play Rudd's brother, who's branded as a listless slacker — it's a sharp contrast to the highest-maintenance-possible Schmidt. But there is no doubt that the comically proficient performer will handle the role like a pro. You can bet your driving moccasins on it.
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May 16, 2012 9:17am EST
There's nothing quite like being at the movies in the middle of the day on Wednesday. And there's nothing like withstanding a barrage of penis jokes from everyone's favorite '70s newsmen before it even hits noon. That, in a nutshell, is what it was like to watch the long-awaited Anchorman: The Legend Continues teaser trailer that rolled in front of the day's first screening of Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator. Of course, we don't all get excited over 30-second bits of films for nothing, so here's what it was like in that theater when the lights went down. And if you aren't a fan of said dirty jokes, just consider these contents NSFTB (not safe for total babies).
First teaser of the pre-Dictator promotional slate: Four figures against a backdrop of blinking lights straight out of a Roxie Hart number. But wait! One of those figures has a cowboy hat! And one of them has a '70s mullet! Could it be? Just then, we get that iconic shot: The one one from the matching Anchorman 2 teaser poster. That's right: God-awful 1970s loafers. "This is it!" I say to no one, because who's at the movies at 11:30 AM on a Wednesday?
And slowly into the spotlight walk our most beloved misogynists: Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fontana (Paul Rudd), Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), and of course, Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). Then it gets weird and wonderful. Rudd gets to deliver the line so classy it belongs in San Diego: "It's jean-creaming time." Clearly over his love affair with Lamp, Brick struggles to come up with his own catchphrase, hilariously trying on other dirty phrases like "You're gonna cream" and "This is gonna make you cream." So, I suppose we could surmise this might be a good movie?
And just in case we didn't understand that Brian and Brick were not talking about Cool Whip, Ron Burgundy, jazz flute extraordinaire, clears things up for us: "Hey America. Isn't this an old-fashioned shot to the nutsack?" And we're back. Sure, it's more disgusting than eating a whole wheel of cheese. But we're not mad; that's amazing.
Are you already lathering on the Sex Panther in anticipation of this sexy journey to Anchorman 2-land in 2013? Will there be pirate hookers? Will Ron Burgundy choose milk once again? And more importantly, will it be a bad choice?
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May 16, 2012 8:21am EST
There's an invite the people behind Anchorman 2 would like to extend your way, and it comes in the form of the film's first poster. The sequel to the 2004 hit that launched Will Ferrell to high-volume stardom is getting an early start on promotion. First, it was announced that a trailer for Anchorman 2 would accompany the release of The Dictator, which opens today. And now, the world has been graced by the bottom half of the classiest suits to grace the streets of San Diego.
But there's something strange about the below poster. While the pants of star Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) and, supposedly, Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) are in keeping with the actors' two-legged approach to existence, the bottom halves of Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) seem a bit incomplete. Why do Koechner and Carell only have one leg each? Have their characters been fused together after some kind of tragic accident? If so... this is going to be the best sequel ever.
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Unlike anything you might hear on San Diego's Channel 5 News, this bit of information has yet to be confirmed. However, rumors are stirring that the cinematic release of The Dictator will introduce the first trailer for the developing Anchorman 2.
Adam McKay, the director of the 2004 Will Ferrell hit that made all your friends shout about glass cases of emotion and milk being a bad choice, has Tweeted the following message: "See the Dictator (I worked on it and it's crazy funny), in addition to Campaign trailer with Zach and Will there's another treat before it."
Many are assuming that this means a teaser for Ron Burgundy's second big screen appearance. Although Anchorman 2 has not begun shooting yet, McKay, Ferrell, and any of the other parties involved (Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner, presumably) could put together some original teaser footage. You know, just enough to get audiences yelling at the screen about Scotch and lamps and Dorothy Mantooth.
Make sure you wear a suit to the theater. Which smells of rich mahogany.
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May 11, 2012 9:07am EST
Nearly midway through last night's bittersweet Season 4 finale of Parks and Recreation, titled "Win, Lose or Draw" Andy uttered what sounded like a dreadful foreshadowing: "This is the worst thing to happen in Parks and Rec history." Of course, Andy wasn't talking about the results for Leslie Knope's campaign for City Council (he was talking about his wife April's monumental work flub, but more on that in a bit.) But for an episode that was going to be the culmination of a season of holding our breath for our beloved Leslie, those words resonated like some sort of awful premonition.
But before we get to whether or not Leslie's election results turned out to be "the worst thing to happen in Parks and Rec history" lets start from the very beginning. (I've been told this is a very good place to start.) Leslie and Ben met with Jennifer (Kathryn Hahn, don't go!) at a voting committee meeting to discuss yet another unfair Bobby Newport trick in this election. This time around the Newports made candy-dispensing voting booths that treated voters for picking Bobby and asking Knope supporters if they were sure of their vote and cried when they didn't change their mind.
Even with all their tricks and bamboozles (clearly the Newports knew not of Leslie's victory in the art world) Leslie was only separated from Bobby by a "razor thin" margin. And, even though she was on the "verge of a nervous breakdown" (in her exhausted state she almost ate her cell phone with cream cheese) Leslie, as always, had her head in the game. Still, even the most determined and headstrong, like our own lovely Leslie can't help but eventually feel the brevity of what's happening to them. After a puzzling meeting with Bobby (her endlessly hopeless rival earnestly told her he was voting for her because voting for yourself is "illegal") and an even more puzzling conversation with her boyfriend/campaign manager/Sexy Elf King Ben.
Her partner-in-crime revealed that Jennifer had offered him a position as a coordinator in Washington, D.C. for a congressional campaign for a Senator. Oh, and he'd be gone for six months and he'd have to make a decision in two days. Leslie could have eaten an cell phone with cream cheese and waffles (mmmm) and it would have been entirely understandable.
But Leslie had to put all those distractions aside: She had to head into the voting booth and fulfill her lifelong dream of seeing her name on a ballot in Pawnee. Teary-eyed and overwhelmed with pride a joy, Leslie voted for herself. And when Leslie Knope cries tears of joy, the whole world cries tears of joy. (Or at least I definitely do.) And when Leslie Knope cries "My dream is dead....oh, f**k" after she finds out that Bobby Newport beat her in the hard-fought election by 21 measly votes, the whole world cries "Oh, f**k" right along with her. What a gut punch that moment was as Leslie watched her lifelong goal be handed to her undeserving foe.
Speaking of people crying "Oh, f**k," April was back at the Parks and Rec office freaking out after she erased all the files from all the computers. ("You did the right thing by hiding under the table," her husband reassured her.) After some plans to run away and start a new life (Andy suggested they burn acid on their fingertips and switch faces, if need be) Donna, as always, came to the rescue and saved the day. Turns out, she created a backup system because Gerry does it all the time. Dammit, Gerry!
Back at the Jermaine Jackson Suite (ha!) things were taking a turn for the better, too. After encouraging Ben to follow his dream and go to Washington (if anyone can survive a long-distance relationship, it's these two) and waiting out a recount, beautiful Ann came back with news: It was still a victory by 21 points. Only, those 21 points were won by the new City Councilwoman Leslie Knope. Victory speeches were made (Ben, sweetly, didn't even bother writing a concession speech), happy tears were shed, and Leslie hung her photo up on the wall with pride. (As well she should, she was the only woman up there.)
While its Thursday night brethren Community and 30 Rock have already been picked up for new seasons, Parks and Rec still hangs in the balance. But, if this were to be the very last episode of the series (weep!) not even silly side plots like Chris hooking up with Jennifer or Tom and Ann getting back together can take away from how wonderful this was for Leslie. (Michael Schur, thank you for going with your gut.) I hope more than anything that our wonderful friends at Pawnee return. Ron may always want things to stay the same (after all, he turned down Chris' position) but life doesn't always grant us that. If we don't see you again Leslie, just know, we'd jump off that cliff with you, too.
Some of the other best lines and moments from "Win, Lose or Draw":
- The Jermaine Jackson Suite (He visited Pawnee once!)
- Tom referring to Ben as an "uptight nerd who shall remain nameless."
- Andy's list of dream locations to move away with April: Winterfell (!), South Africa (home of Andy's hero Dave Matthews), U.S.S.R. (Russia), the moon, Florida (Everglades), Key Largo, Montego, Cocomo.
- Andy trying to fix the computer X-Box style: By blowing on it and swatting it off the table.
- April's dream job is to be a dentist/medium so she "can clean people's teeth and tell them when they're going to die."
- April's worst fear after losing her job: Getting another lecture from Leslie on the importance of responsibility.
- Ron's motto: "I've never been one for meeting new people or doing new things, or eating new types of food, or traveling outside of Southern Indiana. I've had the same haircut since 1978, and I've driven the same car since 1991. I've used the same wooden comb for three decades. I have one bowl. I still get my milk delivered by horse." (I love you forever and always, Ron Swanson. Never change.)
- Ben spitting out the dark drink Ron, who was 11 whiskeys in, ordered him.
- Ben, trying to change the subject with Leslie: "Where can I buy some jeans?" (Her response: "You have plenty of jeans!)
- Leslie almost being swayed out of a recount with the promise of Joe Biden's phone number.
- Bobby Newport described by Perd Hapley as an "amateur go-kart champion."
- Bobby playing with the boom mic and later getting ink all over himself in the voting booth.
- Bobby's concession speech: "Honestly, I've never been more relieved in my entire life."
- The return of Jean Ralphio! Cleared of insurance fraud charges and wearing a jaunty scarf!
- The return of Drunk Ann!
- Gerry forgetting to vote and Ron ratting him out at the very end. Dammit, Gerry!
- The idea of Officer Andy Dwyer. FBI Agent Bert Macklin would be so proud.
- Leslie's promise to Ben: "We'll do it all over Washington."
- Leslie celebrating with "victory waffles" and to "stay up all night talking about our lives and our feelings." (I love you forever and always, Leslie Knope.)
What did you think of the finale? Are you relieved Leslie won? Do you fear this was the very last ep ever? Sound off in the comments section.
[Photo credit: NBC]
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May 10, 2012 8:51am EST
It looks like two of Camp Firewood's best (?) counselors have been getting back together before the designated reunion time. ("I have something at 11:00, and I can't change it, because I already moved it twice.") Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, who are currently going head-to-head for the City Council seat on Parks and Recreation, will re-team with Wet Hot American Summer collaborators David Wain and Michael Showalter for a romantic comedy spoof called They Came Together.
Variety reports that the comedy darlings will work together once again for Wain and Showalter's long-in-the-works project. The movie will reportedly take potshots at at rom-coms in the vein of You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, and the like with Rudd and Poehler starring as a mismatched pair (he's a corporate bigwig, she owns a quaint knick-knack shop he's threatening to close) whose initial hate predictably grows to love. The flick will feature rom-com staples such as "the jealous ex-girlfriend, the office jerk, scary in-laws, a boring dentist, a wise dog and beautiful shots of New York City in autumn." (But what about the token minority friend?!)
Given Rudd and Poehler's on-screen chemistry and Wain and Showalter's uncanny ability to spoof genre comedies, They Came Together should prove to be an awesome way to get away from camp. Even if only for an hour (or two.)
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May 10, 2012 7:32am EST
Jon Hamm, the man with the million dollar charms, has been cast in the Disney sports drama The Million Dollar Arm. The Mad Men actor will star in the based-on-true-events tale of American sports agent J.B. Bernstein who discovered two teenage cricket players in India and turned them into baseball players in the U.S. According to The Hollywood Reporter, who confirmed Hamm's casting, the film has no director attached yet but will be penned by Tom McCarthy and Mitch Glazer.
While Hamm has been on the big screen since his breakout as Don Draper on the critically beloved AMC drama, this will mark his first leading man role on the big screen. (What?! I know, I can't believe it either.) With memorable supporting turns in The Town, Friends With Kids, and his scene-stealing role as Kristen Wiig's douchey friend with benefits in the smash comedy Bridesmaids, Hamm has made his mark in movies but his marquee looks haven't exactly made him a marquee name. Yet.
Though The Million Dollar Arm sounds like it's in the same vein as lighter, family-friendly sports movies like The Rookie or Miracle, which would be a change of pace for Hamm who has appeared in R-rated fare, the actor's fan base certainly skews a little bit older. Of course, Hamm has a generation-spanning likeability and approachability and considering the actor always plays against type as a jerk or bad guy, it will be refreshing to see the star try a new angle. At long last, Jon Hamm can make us swoon on the big screen, too.
Still, it will be interesting to see what other kinds of projects Hamm attaches himself to outside of Mad Men and if he aims for movie star status or continue to build his cred as a gifted actor. The 41-year-old has already proven himself as a comedic gem who plays well with others (see: Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, this video, and this video) so perhaps it would be in Hamm's best interest to take a career route similar to fellow Talented Funny Handsome Man Paul Rudd rather than, say, Talented Slightly More Serious Handsome Man George Clooney. Either way, more Hamm (especially amplified on a big screen) can only be a good thing.
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The actor, who plays smooth advertising executive Don Draper in the hit TV show, recorded a short film for Rookiemag.com's Ask a Grown Man blog spot, in which adults answer questions sent in by young female readers.
Hamm starts by responding to "Britney, age 16-ish" who asked what she should do about a boy who asks her out on a date one day but later changes his mind. He says, "Give the guy a break, maybe he changed his mind, maybe you changed your mind... The world's your oyster... If the guy doesn't want to get with you, don't sweat it. There's a lot of guys out there."
Hamm then moves on to fashion by answering a question from another girl about whether "guys care about a girl's style", telling her, "Guys have opinions like anybody, but you should have your own style. Dress how you feel comfortable in what you feel is your own particular style - what you like."
He also addressed the tricky topic of whether a girl should break wind in front of her boyfriend, telling the anonymous reader, "I was under the impression that girls never farted so I don't feel like I am capable of handling this. Of course... farting is farting. Everybody farts. Go and read that book Everybody Poops. It's the same thing."
He finished the blog by saying, "Well, these have been my five questions. I hope I've been helpful. I'm 41 years old. It doesn't mean you have to pay attention to me. You're probably all too young to watch Mad Men, so I don't know. Enjoy The Hunger Games."
Actor Paul Rudd previously filmed a similar installment of the Ask a Grown Man series.
May 04, 2012 9:23am EST
Leslie Knope is so close to the finish line she can almost taste it. (It would, of course, taste like waffles.) Now just two points behind Bobby Newport in the polls, our beloved Leslie seems all but ready to take the City Council seat she so richly deserves despite having an endlessly disastrous campaign that's included drunken on-camera gaffes and an opponent who has paid his way to the top.
But the worst had to be over, right? Leslie (the endlessly great Amy Poehler) made a stunning comeback during the biased debate that rocketed her back to the top and she was taking her ace team on the road aboard the S.S. Knope for a bus tour that included crowd-pleasing speeches. Tee shirt guns! Dancing girls! Rodney Dangerfield impressions! (Okay, not that last one so much.)
Leslie may not get respect like Mr. Dangerfield (looking at you, Joan Callamezzo), but it's her plain bad luck that could really destroy her chance at winning the race for City Council. During last night's Season 4 penultimate Parks and Recreation episode, titled "Bus Tour", Leslie's victory stride came to a screeching halt when she accidentally said the wrong thing at the wrong time.
During one of her guaranteed home run 10 minute, 40 second stump speech (where she hilariously promised the people of Pawnee that she would "finally eliminate the city's libraries") a journalist asked Leslie for a statement regarding the father of her rival Bobby Newport (Paul Rudd) and the founder of Sweetums, Nick Newport. The steadfast, headstrong told the reporter that Mr. Newport is a "jerk" who has been detrimental to Pawnee thanks to his monopolistic business stance and causing the town's pollution from his Sweetums factory. It was a bold strike at her opponent that went straight for the jugular....of a dead man.
Yes, our Leslie was a victim of that famed "gotcha" journalism as she then asked if she wanted to follow-up that statement with a comment on the recent passing of Nick Newport. Aside from the fact that there's no way word wouldn't have spread through Pawnee immediately regarding Mr. Newport's death (Ben especially would have been on top of that crucial news) Leslie is left stunned and stumped with her campaign hanging in the balance. Well, she did manage to get out an "I...sad." I sad, too, Leslie. I sad, too.
Leslie immediately tried to soften the blow of JerkGate, but instead wound up making matters so much worse. She read her book Groffle the Awful Waffle to local school children (please, please someone publish this book for real) and somehow compared the deceased Mr. Newport to Hitler and Stalin and then drove the S.S. Knope to the Newport residence to make a private apology to Bobby, only to find a swarm of press waiting to watch her accidentally run over Mr. Newport's memorial. It looked like a Rodney Dangerfield-laced concession speech was officially on the horizon.
But, come on, this is Leslie Knope! If anyone knows what she's doing, even in the midst of total chaos, it's her. With hat in hand, Leslie finally got to talk to Bobby one-on-one for a heartfelt chat, in which she told him a sweet story about her own parents expectations and pride. Despite the fact that he didn't exactly get the point of the story ("Your mom and my dad are dicks") Bobby still pawned it off as his own during a press conference outside his house, earning compassion from the crowd. No respect, I tell ya. Then, once again, Bobby's kindhearted ignorance worked to the advantage of the "megacool" Leslie. "If you don't for me tomorrow," he told the crowd, "You should vote for her." Maybe we'll get to hear "Catch Your Dream" one more time next week, after all.
Of course, Leslie is a one-woman machine that has a lot of working parts. While she was busy fighting a fire she started, her unstoppable team were putting out some other ones. Ron, Donna, and Tom were sent on a mission to retrieve vans that were purchased by the Knope campaign to transport senior citizens to voting booths that were seized by the Newport campaign thanks to some shady bribing to van owner Bill (guest star Mike O'Malley.) Tom tried convincing him to get on board with his latest venture Yogurt Platinum, Ron attempted to level with him man-to-man and make a counteroffer, but the greedy Bill could not be swayed. In the end, what it took was a not-so-loving tap to Donna's baby, her Benz, to get the vans back. After Donna slammed into Bill's truck, the deal was simple: Give us the vans and we'll pretend this whole thing never happened. And that's why you don't mess with Ginuwine's cousin.
Meanwhile, Chris was once again trying to fight off his "bottomless pit of despair" (April tried to help with encouraging words, but ultimately it was Bobby's campaign manager Jennifer's offer to have sex that did the trick) and Burt Macklin, thankfully, reappeared to solve the mystery of pie thrower. After some crack investigation, which primarily involved repeatedly hitting the victim Jerry with a pie and drawing on the TV in permanent marker, Burt Macklin ––FBI! –– discovered Sewage Joe had been aiming for Ben and hit Jerry instead. Between the return of Burt Macklin and Andy's movie reenactments from last week's episode, Chris Pratt officially has my vote for Season 4 MVP.
Now, the other best moments and lines from last night's Parks and Rec "Bus Tour":
– Leslie imagining President Barack Obama at her City Council inauguration.
– Leslie's plan to live out the rest of her days on the S.S. Knope with Ben.
– Leslie's 'Sorry For Your Loss' fruit basket includes "no melon, no apples"
– Bobby's cute and strikingly similar Wii bowler
– The gang's code names, as chose by Andy (Eagle 1): Been There Done That (Ann), Currently Doing That (April), Happened Once in a Dream (Donna), If I Had To Pick a Dude (Chris), Eagle 2 (Ben)
– "Just so you know, you're still at large." - Andy, to the unidentified pie perp
– "Good answer, great body"- Leslie, to Ben
– "I wasn't listening, but I strongly disagree with Ann." - April, to Ann
– "Dark places are awesome."- April, to Sad Chris
– "Well, it is. But you're an a**hole." - Ron, to Bill about the importance of a gentleman's agreement
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May 03, 2012 2:48pm EST
The big question facing fans of NBC's critical darling Parks and Recreation is the fate of Leslie Knope's run for City Council against Pawnee's golden boy, Bobby Newport (Paul Rudd). Will she defeat the charming idiot or will Pawnee bow to the pressure of the Sweetums heir? The cast and creator mused on the outcome at the Comedy Awards in New York on April 28, and while they wouldn't give us a straight answer, they did drop some hints for us to scrutinize endlessly.
Hollywood.com chatted with Jim O'Heir (who you may know better as Jerryyyy) who assured us that "either way, it's going to be amazing." According to O'Heir, Schur and the writers explained how both outcomes — Leslie's defeat and her victory — would work out. "No one should feel [bad] if it doesn't work out the way they were hoping, they're both great ideas," O'Heir said, adding, "Mike Shur and Greg Daniels are brilliant. Their brains are not normal." If the "not normal" Schur's comments in the Comedy Awards press room are any indication, they've got the finale outcome on lock. "[We decided by] Internet poll," he joked. And us much as Internet-savvy Parks and Rec fans would love to choose the outcome, Schur and co. weren't that lazy. "We went with the version that we thought was better, it was that simple. I mean it was a binary thing – she won or she lost – so we’ll shoot both of them and see which one we like better. We went with our gut.” Still, you'd better get your enjoyment out of Season 4 while you can. Schur's plan for next season? "Make it about 40 percent worse, but I mean that can change." Parks and Rec airs at 9:30 PM ET/PT on NBC May 3 and the finale airs Thursday, May 10. Gut check time, Parks and Rec fans. What do you think O'Heir and Schur meant by their comments? Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler
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