"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

We’ve seen two trailers for Ben Stiller‘s new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in which Stiller plays a Life Magazine employee who pines away for a co-worker. Mitty daydreams himself into wild encounters with the object of his affections, but eventually starts living some real-life adventures. Those two trailers showed the pining and some of the adventure, both real and imagined.

Now there’s a long international trailer that offers up even more — a lot more, in fact. Check it out below. Read More »

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I can talk ad nauseum about how good A.C.O.D. is but it comes down to one, small thing. This is the film where Adam Scott becomes a leading man. Scott, who has been a lead on TV, usually plays the small, scene stealing role in films. But when writer director Stu Zicherman was asked about the one person he’d like to play Carter, the adult child of divorce at the center of his poignant comedy, Scott was the first name on the list. Then, because Scott had worked with actors like Jane Lynch, Richard Jenkins and Amy Poehler on other projects, the film soon became a star-studded affair.

We had the opportunity to speak to Scott about his new leading man status and how he was able to use his friendships to help fill A.C.O.D. with such incredible talent. The post-Sundance stress of the film also came up, as did the film’s incredible ending, working with a first time director, his upcoming roles in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and a certain video blog on /Film.

A.C.O.D. is now playing in New York and Los Angeles. It opens Friday in several other cities. Read our exclusive interview with its star, Adam Scott, below. Read More »

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

What separates the people we are from the people we wish we were? Is it courage? Money? Charisma? Imagination? The Secret Life of Walter Mitty poses that eternal question, and then glosses over it entirely so it can go live out its wildest fantasies.

[Ed: Of course, not everyone feels that way — Peter’s very different response can be found in spoiler-free video form at the end of this post.]

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When a first-time director can bring together a hugely impressive cast, it’s pretty obvious the movie is something special. If it wasn’t, why would actors like Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Clark Duke, Jessica Alba, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jane Lynch all line up to be part of it?

The movie is A.C.O.D and the director is Stu Zicherman. “A.C.O.D.” stands for “Adult Children of Divorce “and the film explores the fact that adults of today are part of the first generation to grow up with divorce as the norm. Zicherman co-wrote the script with Ben Karlin (Modern Family, The Daily Show). It focuses on Carter (Scott) a seemingly well put together adult, who still deals with the brutal divorce of his parents (Jenkins, O’Hara). When he realizes his childhood therapy sessions were actually research for a book, just as his brother (Duke) gets engaged, Carter’s life is flipped on its head and he’s forced to deal with deep-seated issues. It was my favorite movie of Sundance 2013.

A.C.O.D. opens on a limited basis October 4 then expands October 11, and we recently spoke to the co-writer/director about the film. We talked about balancing tones, the time it took to get a distributor, and a character who was completely cut out. We also discussed topics such as letting comedic actors do their thing, writing with Steve Martin, and how working with J.J. Abrams helped Zicherman get to A.C.O.D. Read more below, and check back next week for our interview with star Adam Scott. Read More »

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Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Clark Duke, Jessica Alba, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jane Lynch. Not a bad cast, right? Now, what if I was to tell you they were all in one of the funniest and smartest films of the year?

That film is called A.C.O.D., an acronym standing for “adult children of divorce.” Co-written and directed by Stuart Zicherman, it’s scheduled for release in October 4. The first trailer has just come online so now you can finally get a glimpse of one of my favorite films of the year. Read More »

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Sundance 2013 feels much farther in the past than eight months ago, mostly because many of the festival’s best films are now in theaters. Films like Fruitvale Station, The Spectacular Now, Stories We Tell, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, The Way Way Back, In a World, Before Midnight and more all played the festival and are all in theaters right now or will be within weeks. They’re each great.

My personal favorite film of the festival though, Stuart Zicherman‘s A.C.O.D., has been largely overlooked in that conversation, mostly because its release date isn’t until October. But the first poster for the film has now been revealed, which means a trailer should be imminent.

The film stars Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Jessica Alba, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jane Lynch. Check out the poster below. Read More »

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After nine seasons of The Office, it’s all but impossible to picture anyone but John Krasinski affecting Jim Halpert’s smug mug, or anyone other than Brian Baumgartner sounding out Kevin Malone’s slow drawl. But as star Rainn Wilson reminded the world when he posted the audition sign-in sheet last spring, those choices weren’t always totally obvious.

A recently surfaced featurette shows some of the actors who didn’t make the cut during the audition process, specifically Seth Rogen for the part of Dwight, Bob Odenkirk for Michael, Eric Stonestreet for Kevin, Kathryn Hahn for Pam, and John Cho and Adam Scott for Jim. Check it out after the jump.

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‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Trailer

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller‘s efforts as a director have been fairly well received for the most part. The zeitgeisty Reality Bites is still fondly remembered today, and The Cable Guy, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder were each among the comedic highlights of their respective years. But his latest, the dramedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, may be the first time we’ve heard the O-word tossed around about him.

Our own Peter Sciretta was one of those buzzing about the film’s awards potential after catching 15-20 minutes of it at CinemaCon. While he admitted that it was really too early to talk Oscar, his description — “a mixture of the loneliness of Eternal Sunshine, the hopeful comedy of (500) Days of Summer, and the epic bigger-than-life moments of Forrest Gump” — sounds very promising indeed. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Turns out we’re getting Hot Tub Time Machine 2 sooner than we thought. After months of speculation regarding a follow-up to the 2010 comedy, last week Adam Scott joined the cast, replacing John Cusack in the cast that features Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry. Now Corddry confirmed the film will start shooting in the next week or so with Steve Pink returning to direct.

And that’s not all. While appearing on the Howard Stern Show Corddry explained a bunch of additional facts, including one particularly revealing nugget: Scott will be playing the son of Cusack’s character as the hot tub sends the group into the future. Read more below. Read More »