Lonely Island

They’ve put their D’s in a box, had some lazy sundays, been on a few boats and now they sold another movie. The musical comedy trio Lonely IslandAndy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – just sold an untitled comedy pitch to Universal set in the world of music. Judd Apatow will produce and Schaffer and Taccone will co-direct. The pair also co-directed Hot Rod, which starred Samberg, and you’d imagine that dynamic will carry through here. Read more about the new Lonely Island movie below. Read More »

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Fassbender Colbert Report

On last night’s Colbert Report, audiences got to see an unusual sight. To promote the movie Frank, Michael Fassbender took to the stage wearing Frank’s giant fake head, to perform the song ‘I Love You All.’ In fact, the whole band from the film is here: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson on synth and keys, Carla Azar on drums, and Francois Civil on guitar complete the Soronprfbs lineup. (Yeah, that’s the band’s in-movie name.) Watch the performance below; it’s a unique way to enjoy Fassbender’s work.

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Into the Woods trailer

What happens when you combine the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, add a few Oscar-winners, some Tony-winning music and sprinkle a little Disney on top? You get Rob Marshall‘s adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods.

The film opens Christmas Day. Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp are among the cast in the original story of a baker and his wife who wish to have a family of their own. That wish is granted by an evil witch. To break her spell, all of the aforementioned fairy tales will become part of the story. The first Into the Woods trailer is now out and it’s a nice tease of what’s to come in a few months. Read More »

Into the Woods images

We’ve seen plenty of live-action fairy tales hit the big screen in recent years, but most of those movies are content to include tell just one story. Rob Marshall‘s upcoming musical Into the Woods mashes them all together.

The first Into the Woods images show James Corden and Emily Blunt as a baker and his wife who want to start a family. But in order to do so, they must first confront the witch (Meryl Streep) who put a curse on them.

Along the way, they come across a whole bunch of other familiar characters including Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), her prince (Chris Pine), the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp), and more. Check out the new Into the Woods images after the jump.

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whiplash trailer

J.K. Simmons torments Miles Teller in Whiplash, pushing the kid beyond his breaking point in the name of excellence. Teller plays a young drummer who aspires to greatness; Simmons plays the elite music academy instructor whose teaching methods are anything but gentle. Miss a beat, and he’ll spin a cymbal at your head like Captain America throwing his shield. This great first Whiplash trailer starts to show audiences the situation Teller’s character gets into when he attempts to rise to a level of performance that will satisfy the teacher. Read More »

Ron Howard to Direct Official Beatles Documentary

The Beatles A Hard Days Night

Like most of America at the time, director Ron Howard was first exposed to The Beatles when he saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. After seeing that appearance, he told his parents he wanted a Beatles wig. Fast-forward a few decades, and Howard is relaying that story to a producer on the set of Rush. Turns out the producer knew about a Beatles documentary in development and Howard immediately became interested in working on it. Now, Howard is set to direct an official documentary on the Beatles.

The film is being made with the full support and cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. It will explore the Beatles’ rise to fame, and what that meant for the culture. The film will feature between 12 and 20 songs, live performance footage sent in from fans, original recordings and more. While still untitled, the hope is to have it completed and in theaters sometime in 2015. Read More »

Marc Webb Showtime

Marc Webb made his name on the offbeat not-quite-romcom (500) Days of Summer, but since then he’s been tangled up in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise. He directed the first two films, is set to direct the third, and may or may not be involved in any installments beyond that.

Fortunately, though, that’s not all he’s doing. Webb looks to be returning to his non-superpowered roots with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a Showtime musical comedy pilot from Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada). More details after the jump.

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new Frank trailer

Frank is so great. I want to show it to everyone, but right now I’ll settle for sharing a new Frank trailer. The film is easily in my favorites of 2014 so far, and not because it has Michael Fassbender wearing a giant fake head, or because Maggie Gyllenhaal is a deliciously brittle musician, or because Domhnall Gleeson plays a picture-perfect vision of the wannabe artist.

The film is a fave because, as weird as the movie gets, Frank is totally honest, gleefully odd, and unusually perceptive about the process of making music and art. It feels totally right. And, ok, Fassbender’s performance as Frank is stellar, and the rest of the cast rises to his challenge. The Frank US trailer is out now, and you can see it below. Read More »

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