Posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Fletch Won had already been in the works for a decade when it landed at Warner Bros. in 2011 and, at first, it seemed like this iteration might be a non-starter as well. The project went through several screenwriters, none of which quite managed to crack it (Kevin Smith being the most famous). In the meantime, we heard almost nothing else about it.
But at long last, the movie is taking a big leap forward as Jason Sudeikis has been tapped to star. The Saturday Night Live alum takes over the classic role from another Saturday Night Live alum, Chevy Chase. The latter starred in two Fletch movies during the 1980s. More details on the new version after the jump.
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Briefly: Wes Anderson‘s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, set a major box office record this weekend. Playing on just four screens, it grossed $811,166 total. That’s an average of $202,792 per screen, making it the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time. The previous record holder was from that other Anderson, Paul Thomas, whose recent film The Master made $147,262 per screen on five screens. (Kevin Smith’s Red State actually grossed $204,230, but with the higher than normal ticket prices for that tour, some tallies account for it differently.)
The film didn’t come close to the all-time per screen average for any film, however. That record is held by Disney’s The Lion King, which grossed $1.59 million on two screens on its opening weekend. The Grand Budapest Hotel expands over the next few weeks. [Variety and Box Office Mojo]
Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
When Jon Favreau released the first Iron Man, he was still seen as an exciting young director on his way up despite having credits like Made, Elf, and Zathura. Then came Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, and his name started to elicit more eye-rolls than smiles. But at SXSW this year, he unveiled what seems to be a return to form: a crowd-pleasing indie called Chef.
In it, Favreau plays a once-acclaimed chef rebuilding his life after a heavily YouTubed incident sends his career on the skids. He’s also dealing with a gorgeous ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and an adorable moppet of a son (Emjay Anthony). So how does this latest effort stack up against some of Favreau’s critically scorned tentpole output? Get the word from SXSW and check out some first-look photos after the jump.
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John Oliver, who came up through the ranks at The Daily Show, is about to debut his own comedy news program, and here’s the first Last Week Tonight With John Oliver trailer. This gig comes after Oliver’s very successful run filling in for Stewart as The Daily Show anchor. Sure, Jon Stewart is still going strong at The Daily Show, and his one-time protege Stephen Colbert is at the top of his game on The Colbert Report. But there’s room for more comedy in news. (Or more news in comedy?)
The show will air each Sunday night on HBO. Presumably Oliver and his writing team will mine some of the same comic vein familiar to viewers of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, only with the language and content freedom that HBO provides.
This trailer pokes fun at the fact that the show won’t exactly be the most timely presentation of the week’s news. It’s a great trailer that really gets across Oliver’s personality, and hopefully augurs good things for the show. Read More »
Few imagined we’d ever see a sequel to Dumb and Dumber, but come November it’s happening. The Farrelly Brothers have begun to test screen Dumb and Dumber To, their two-decades-in-the-making sequel starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. One of those screenings took place last night, and some attendees took to Twitter to air their reaction to the first public screening of the film. Read their comments below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s not really surprising that suave, handsome Englishman Jude Law would book a role in a James Bond-esque spy flick. But it’s something of an unexpected delight to hear that he’s been cast in this particular James Bond-esque spy flick.
Law is joining Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham in Susan Cooper, the next comedy from Bridesmaids and The Heat helmer Paul Feig. More details after the jump.
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Frank is a really great and strange movie, and you should watch the trailer right now.
Actually, let me rephrase: Frank is a great movie about a strange guy, but the movie itself isn’t all that weird. Sure, it features Michael Fassbender as the title character, a poet/musician who wears a giant fake head. Like, always wears a giant fake head. But the entry point to the story is a wannabe songwriter played by Domhnall Gleeson, who guides us into Frank’s hyper-artistic world. Through him we see both the appeal and deep oddity of Frank’s life, and the movie deploys some unique comedy along the way. Read More »
Every single day, artists make art based on films they love. It’s a little more rare for that art to influence the filmmaker it was originally about.
In 2010, the San Francisco art gallery Spoke Art debuted an exhibit called Bad Dads, based on the films of Wes Anderson. The exhibit featured work based on all of Anderson’s films up to that point. Since then, Bad Dads has become an annual event. It even gained the interest of Anderson himself, who said the following about the show in 2012: “Seeing somebody make artwork inspired by things in my movies is one of the most exciting things to me in a very selfish way. I feel like it’s a communication to me almost, even though they probably don’t intend it that way.” In one case, Anderson actually turned that communication into something quite literal.
In Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, paintings are part of one of the major narrative threads; several original paintings are essential to the story. To create one of them, Anderson contacted artist Rich Pellegrino, who first gained the director’s attention at the aforementioned Bad Dads show. Pellegrino made a piece in the film called “Two Lesbians Masturbating,” and told /Film he was contacted specifically because Anderson liked his work in Bad Dads.
It’s a crazy case of pop culture art not only piquing the interest of the original subject, but inspiring that artist in his own work. Below, read the story of how the whole thing went down. Read More »
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