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British actress Emily Blunt is reportedly in talks to join the star-studded Man Of Steel sequel. The new mum, whose first action film Edge of Tomorrow hits cinemas in the U.S. this weekend (beg06Jun14), has been linked to a new role in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Details of her part aren't known, but some bloggers have suggested she is in the running for Catwoman. If she signs on, she'll join a cast that includes Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Amy Adams.
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Director Nick Stoller's newest flick, Neighbors, is infused with an unhinged, bacchanalian spirit. The film pits a couple just settling into the comforts of family life against an army of rowdy, boozy frat guys that have never met a homeowner association they couldn't piss off. Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, newcomer Jerrod Carmichael and Stoller dish about filming the insane party scenes, the surprising inspirations for the film, and why Rose Bryne's character is totally down to party with the frat bros.
Director Nick Stoller and his cast discuss bringing the film's wild party scenes to life:
Stoller: "I had some practice shooting party stuff for Get Him to the Greek and so I took lessons I learned from that, both the things I liked that I did and the things I didn’t and brought them to this, and from the very beginning, I wanted the movie to feel like a party and to be cool. I am not cool and I don’t go to parties so I did a lot of research and Seth and Evan [Goldberg, the producer] pitched the idea of a black light party and a hothouse party, which were both cool visual ideas. Then I watched a lot of movies that are much cooler than the movies I make, like Enter the Void was a big visual reference for me. Then another movie that weirdly was a big influence - because there’s a dumb heist element to the movie - so I watched Ocean’s 11 and I took apart that movie to see how it was put togethter. There are certain things, like you put the camera low and it makes it feel epic, you hand out cameras to a lot of extras and that makes it feel more epic."
Jerrod Carmichael: "These party scenes had to be a monster to coordinate. It was like 250 extras along with us. You don’t forget all the smoke and these military grade lights we weren’t allowed to stare into. We had to wear protective goggles."
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: "I went to the hospital after we shot five days in the house with just a bunch of smoke. I was in the hospital for like, four hours. Just being a nerd."
The cast on Dave Franco's now-infamous Robert De Niro impersonation scene:
Dave Franco: "I was most anxious about that scene more than any other when I read the script. So from day one, I was trying to perfect the impersonation so I was looking up videos on YouTube and actually watching De Niro movies, and trying to figure out what he does with his face, and I just couldn’t get it. I’m not good with impressions, so literally the night before I just stood in front of the mirror and just physically pushed my face around and it just kinda took form, and then you throw on the mole and the pleated khakis and give me the cat and I’m just following through with it. It hurts, man, when you’re doing it for six hours. Try to do it for like five seconds."
Seth Rogen: "I couldn't stop laughing at Dave Franco... the De Niro face would collapse"Zac Efron: "It wasn't like he was breaking character or giving up, it was like he couldn't sustain it any longer."
The cast discuss how Rose Byrne's character transcends the nagging housewife stereotype:
Rose Byrne: "We wanted to not make her the usual stock female character. You know, the nagging wife in the corner. We tried to make her as irresponsible and irreverent as the rest of the cast."
Franco: "I just love how silly she is and she just goes toe to toe with Seth. She’s not the typical wife in the movie who’s naggy or just getting walked over by the husband. She crushes it."
Mintz-Plasse: "Rose was holding her own more than anybody. She was hilarious in this movie, probably my favorite character."
Nick Stoller chimes in on why there might not be a clear cut winner in the battle between Frat vs. Family.
Stoller: "I don’t like villains in the movies that I make, and I think all of us are on the same page. We didn’t want there to be any villains because it gets boring really quickly if you’re just like “that person’s bad,” then there’s no real lesson for them to learn. What is cool about the movie is that if you’re young, if you’re the age of the frat kids, you take the side of the frat, and if you’re closer to my age, you take the side of the family, so that was the goal. Those kids in the movie are doing what kids are supposed to do, which is party constantly."
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"Diddy doesn't sleep at night, so he would sleep between takes. There's nothing funnier than seeing Sean Combs wrapped up in a Louis Vuitton blanket like an adorable child." Director Nicholas Stoller reveals his Get Him To The Greek star Sean 'Diddy' Combs liked to nod off on set.
Neighbors has yet to hit theaters, but director Nicholas Stoller and star Seth Rogen are already planning their next collaboration. In a conversation with SlashFilm, Stoller revealed that he's working on a 1940s-set buddy cop comedy to star Rogen and the busiest man in comedy, Kevin Hart, as "the first interracial police partners in history." The film will follow the two cops as they learn to deal with one another and bust jazz musicians for marijuana possession. The director further described the project as "kind of a Baz Luhrmann world mixed with Tarantino," which we're interpreting to mean a spectacular period piece with plenty of gore.
Both Rogen and Hart are ideal choices for the film, as they already have experience upholding the law (Rogen teamed up with Bill Hader in 2007's Superbad, while Hart's partner in this year's Ride Along was Ice Cube) and they're both proven box office draws, having starred in some of the biggest comedies of the last decade. However, pairing the two up for this film is something of a surprise, as neither one of them is known for playing the straight man. Can a buddy comedy even work without a straight man?
After all, buddy cop films all tend to follow a strict formula: one cop is the well-mannered and straight-laced decorated officer, tasked with following the rules and keeping his partner in line. The other is the wild card, prone to bouts of violence or hysteria, and likely to shoot first and ask questions later. It's what makes Murtaugh and Riggs work so well together, what makes Ashburn and Mullins so funny, what makes the idea of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg starring in a film together plausible. There's a reason that "good cop/bad cop" has become such a well-known pop culture trope.
The buddy cop formula works because the structure of their relationship allows the writers and actors to go crazy, and find the humor in the way these two opposites deal with each other. We know that by the end of the film, the straight man will have loosened up and the wild card will have learned to play by the rules, but watching them get there is where the fun happens. But since neither Rogen nor Hart is known for being a straight man, it means this project upends the dynamic that we've all become so familiar with.
Rogen and Hart have each developed a shtick that makes them instantly recognizable onscreen. Rogen is the laid-back, lazy stoner who would rather play video games than actually get work done and Hart is the loud-mouthed, wannabe alpha dog, prone to letting his ego get him into trouble. Each character needs someone to balance him out and keep the plot moving. They're both characters that are best handled with moderation, there to deliver plenty of jokes, but capable of being reeled in when it becomes too much to handle.
However, their characters are different enough from each other that their dynamic might not need a straight man to proceed. They're already opposites: Hart is hyper, high-strung, and fast-talking, where Rogen is laid-back, unfazed by everything and constantly mumbling. And so the film would still be able to mine their differences for jokes. If the script plays up Hart's predilection to dive headfirst into scenarios against Rogen's unwillingness to get off the sofa, it could help lay the groundwork for a central conflict. But the threat of their shtick overstaying its welcome still looms over the film, without a straight man to help balance things out. Even 21 Jump Street, which allows both Jenko and Schmidt to go wild and be incredibly weird brings at least one of them back to the center from tiem to time, in order to keep the film on track.
Most likely, Rogen will take on the role, and the script will make some callbacks to his stoner persona. He's played a similar role in films like Pinapple Express and Funny People, where he's been the more reserved half of a comedy duo, and since he's also got a few more dramatic roles under his belt, he should be able to tap into his more serious side pretty easily. Rogen's typical character is also much closer to the realm of a straight man than Hart's is, as the latter has almost always played a wild-card role onscreen. And since his recent Saturday Night Live stint often had him ground many of the sketches, it seems as if Rogen is warming up for a big screen run as the straight man.
As to whether anyone will actually buy Rogen as a buttoned-up, by-the-book cop? Well, we'll just have to wait and see.
This is a long way from Disney. Zac Efron and Seth Rogen get ready for battle in the raunchy red-band trailer for their upcoming comedy Neighbors. In this Apatow-esque comedy from director Nicholas Stoller, Rogen and Rose Byrne play a couple living the suburban dream. Everything's swell until a rowdy fraternity moves in right next door and terrorizes the neighborhood. What follows is nothing short of all-out college town warfare. The trailer is filled with gross-out humor, shirtless Efron, and even a surprising number of CGI-assisted gags featuring Rogen getting laughably injured. The comedy also features Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Lisa Kudrow.
Efron, who is playing the scummy leader of the frat, seems to be trying to distance himself from his image as a squeaky clean Disney star while diving headfirst into the raunchy comedy genre. With this film and the upcoming Parkland, Efron is clearly diversifying his choices in roles, and become not only a serious dramatic actor, but a force in the comedy world as well.
While it's a bit odd seing Efron play a sleazy fraternity brother, it’s possibly even more odd seeing Rogen play a responsible and devoted parent who is out of touch with the young college kids. If this movie was released five years ago, Seth Rogen would definitely be playing a shlubby college guy with a slight marijuana problem. It seems that times are changing for both of these actors.
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So, every single A-list star that you care about is going to be in director Rob Marshall's screen adaptation of the classic Sondheim musical Into the Woods. Adding her name to the ever-growing list of stars is Emily Blunt, who The Hollywood Report reports (and they report like it's in the title of their magazine), is in talks to play the Baker's Wife. She doesn't get a name, but it's the female lead (though The Witch, which Meryl Streep snatched up, gets all the good songs).
If Blunt joins the cast, she'll be playing alongside Streep and Johnny Depp, and possibly Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal, who are in negotiations. They still haven't cast the roles of Little Red Riding Hood or Jack (of Beanstalk fame), but at this point they're probably going to end up being played by a Fanning sister and Justin Bieber.
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Another lovable sitcom star will headline a Muppets movie: Modern Family's Ty Burrell has signed on to play an Interpol inspector in the sequel to the 2011 franchise reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 2011 film was written by and starred How I Met Your Mother's Jason Segel.
The new movie, co-written by Nicholas Stoller and director James Bobbin, will take place in Europe. Burrell's Interpol agent is one of the main human roles, alongside what THR describes as a "Russian femme Fatale." Christoph Waltz was originally in talks for the part, but couldn't take it because of scheduling conflicts.
Segel will not return for the sequel, although producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are back on board.
It won't be Burrell's first foray into kid-friendly film -- he stars as the voice of the beloved Rocky and Bullwinkle character Mr. Peabody in Dreamworks Animation's 2013 feature Mr. Peabody & Sherman. The Muppets sequel will begin shooting in London in winter of 2013.
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It wasn't too long ago that Seth Rogen was the one playing the college student. What? Undeclared was ten years ago? Holy cow. Well, never mind. It was pretty long ago. And now, he might be playing the responsible adult who is unwittingly surrounded by bad news college students. Rogen is attached to the developing project Townies, in which he'll play a married man who comes to blows with his neighbors: a house of frat boys, led by (potentially) Zac Efron.
If you went to a college like I did, there was a certain stigma attached to the denizens of the surrounding neighborhood. And when you finally moved off campus into aforesaid neighborhood, you might have found that these stigmas were true. Townies are, for all intents and purposes, weird. That's because when you're in college, your substance-addled, narcissistic minds can't process that people who aren't quite like you are not necessarily worse. In fact, they're probably better. After all, you're the one who just skipped Sociology to get drunk and watch an episode of Jabberjaw. That you've already seen. I might be deflecting.
This could be what furthers Rogen's image beyond stoner slacker, transitioning him smoothly by still being a movie about stoner slackers. He's just not one of them. And as for Efron, perhaps a role in a Rogen comedy might help to expand his reach to wider audiences.
Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, Five-Year Engagement) is in talks to direct the project.
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The Five-Year Engagement is an ambitious film by Hollywood rom-com standards. The script by director Nicholas Stoller and lead actor Jason Segel aims for charm and pain and laughs and truth. The presentation is slick with the beauty of San Francisco and small town Michigan backdropping the comedy captured with above-average photography that screams "This isn't your run-of-the-mill Katherine Heigl flick!" Five-Year Engagement is a shotgun blast of grand ideas every element spread so thin it ends up being not that charming not that painful not that funny and not that truthful.
Tom (Segel) a professional cook and his girlfriend Violet (Emily Blunt) a hopeful psychology student have been dating for one year before the question is finally popped. They seem perfect for one another understanding the other's perspectives sharing sensibilities and helping each other loving life to the fullest. The couple's wedding planning process is slow and steady but when the date is finally in sight Violet finds herself with an offer to attend the University of Michigan. The wrench in the life plan sets the nuptials back much to the chagrin of Violet's mother (Oscar-nominee Jacki Weaver) who pushes her daughter to tie the knot before all the grandparents are dead. The potential move doesn't sit well with Tom either — leaving San Fran means quitting a high profile cook job and saying goodbye to his best bud Alex (Chris Pratt) and Violet's sister Suzie (Alison Brie). But the compromise is eventually made and Tom and Violet find themselves driving into the cold snowy unknown of Michigan.
Five-Year Engagement maximizes Segel's and Blunt's inherent charisma (and really they're two of the gosh darn nicest on-screen people in recent years) by making them kind loving and flawless. To give the movie a reason to exist problems for their relationship are then randomly conjured up. Slowly but surely their relationship suffers strain from all the bending over backwards. The archaic conceit of why these two actually need to get married to profess their love isn't really addressed — they just have to and life is standing in their way. Tom can't find a cooking job; Violet's professor plays devil on her shoulder about marriage; Tom hates Michigan but turns out to be too nice to say anything; Violet sees shades of her psychological experiments ripping apart Tom's exterior. After meeting them in the beginning the hurdles the central couple faces throughout their five year engagement are nonsensical. They're perfect for each other they're just written to have rom-com problems.
The movie earns a few chuckles. Pratt and Brie steal the show as the friend and sister who quickly fall in love tie the knot have kids and foil Segel and Blunt's relationship. The two leads are comedically proficient too — a conversation between Blunt and Brie performed with Cookie Monster/Elmo voices is pure genius. But it's a movie of moments diluted by a non-action arc that's simply a bore. Halfway through the movie Segel's Tom goes full-on cartoon character embracing a mountain man persona who's obsessed with venison and brewing his own honey mead. The jokes could work in another movie but not in Five-Year Engagement which strives for something more.
Time is essential to Five-Year Engagement but it's unclear how many months have passed between the movie's scatterbrained scenes. Alex and Suzie visit Tom and Violet with kids then magically they're all grown up when a year (maybe) has passed. And when did Tom go crazy? How quickly did they put their third marriage attempt together? The film's timeline is key but never feels established — even with a run-time of over two hours. Much like Tom and Violet the audience waits and waits and waits and waits for the couple to finally tie the knot in Five-Year Engagement. Tom Petty was right: the waiting is the hardest part.
Good and bad news regarding a sequel to November's The Muppets: It's happening, but it won't include Jason Segel's voice -- at least not in the screenplay.
Segel is reportedly too busy -- between his hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and upcoming film commitments -- to pen the follow-up, but James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller will reprise their behind-the-camera roles as director and screenwriter, respectively.
Segel, who stars in April's Five-Year Engagement (and co-wrote it with frequent cohort Stoller) and December's This Is 40, may still reprise his acting role as Gary in the Muppets sequel.