Posted on Monday, July 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
Slumdog Millionaire and Skins star Dev Patel is the latest actor to join the cast of Aaron Sorkin‘s HBO pilot More As This Story Develops. The story revolves around a cable news anchor named Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) as they attempt to get their show back on track after a massive staff shake-up. Alison Pill, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, John Gallagher Jr., Thomas Sadoski and Josh Pence are also signed on to star. Few details have been given on Patel’s character, but it is said that he will be “a series regular who works at the channel.”
Scott Rudin and Alan Poul are executive producing the project, along with Sorkin. Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) will direct the pilot. [Variety]
After the jump, Vince Vaughn buddies up with Ben Stiller again, Allison Janney joins Chris Colfer’s big screen debut, and Jason London talks UFOs with Brandon Fehr.
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Neighborhood Watch is a script that has been in development at Fox for some time, beginning with the period when it was going to be a Will Ferrell vehicle. The story centers on a small neighborhood watch organization that really exists so that dads can get time away from their families. Things get complicated and dangerous when the group uncovers a dangerous and otherwordly plot.
Pete Segal was the last director attached to the project, but it has been seemingly fallow for a few months. Now Akiva Schaffer, a veteran of SNL and Lonely Island member, has been offered the director’s chair by Fox, and Ben Stiller is reportedly interested in playing the lead as a follow-up to Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist. The fact that Neighborhood Watch is produced by Shawn Levy, who directed Ben Stiller to great financial success in the two Night at the Museum Movies, probably doesn’t hurt the possible deal. Read More »
Is Bill Hader going to be one of the next true breakout comedy stars? He’s certainly one of the highlights of Greg Mottola’s Paul, where he steals just about any scene in which he appears — and does so while working opposite some great comic talent. It may be a little early for Bill Hader to really break out in Zach Galifianakis or Danny McBride style, but he’s heading that direction, and now has two films in development that could offer him new ways to earn the affections of a broad audience. (As if SNL wasn’t enough. But it is never enough, as so many movies have proved.) Read More »
Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You Man) has joined the cast of The Adventurer’s Handbook. In February, Jonah Hill and his friend/writing partner Max Winkler (yes, Henry Winkler’s son) sold a spec screenplay, originally titled Adventurer’s Club, for a seven figure deal to Universal, with Lonely Island/SNL Digital Shorts/Hot Rod director Akiva Schaffer attached to direct. The story “centers on four 20-something guys who, inspired by a book [Mick Conefrey’s non fiction handbook], set out overseas in search of a mysterious location described in the book.” It has been described as “an edgy, broad comedy” likely to be R-rated.
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Update: Apparently the Los Angeles Times screwed up and Nicholas Stoller is not involved with this project. The Playlist confirms that Akiva Schaffer is attached as the director of this project.
Back in February, it was reported that Jonah Hill and his friend/writing partner Max Winkler (yes, Henry Winkler’s son) sold a spec screenplay called The Adventurer’s Handbook (originally titled Adventurer’s Club) for a seven figure deal to Universal, and that Lonely Island/SNL Digital Shorts director Akiva Schaffer was in talks to direct. Well plans have changed.
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The cover of The Lonely Island’s (Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg) debut CD Incredibad is a parody of the poster for Steven Spielberg’s E.T. You can check out the track listing after the jump.
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This week’s Saturday Night Live Digital Short featured the first single from The Lonely Island guy’s (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) debut album Incredibad, which will be in stores February 10th 2009. The video features guest appearances by Molly Sims, Jamie Lynn Sigler, and Justin Timberlake. Our international friends can check out the clip on YouTube while it’s still available. Thanks to /Film reader Dan L for the tip.
On July 24th, I had the chance to sit down with Hot Rod and Lonely Island trio Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer. You can tell instantly that these three guys have been friends since 7th grade. They play off each other like they’ve been doing it for many years. The interview was probably the funniest roundtable I’ve done to date. These are not the type of guys who answer questions with any bit of pretension. They know who they are, they know why they are here, and more importantly they know how to tell a funny story.
You can listen to the full roundtable interview below. After the jump we have included a time-coded chapter listing, so that you can skip to the good parts. I highly recommend the story of The Whoopee Boys poster/screening, which begins around 23 minutes in.
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Did You Know: Hot Rod was actually written for Will Farrell? We met with The Lonely Island Boys Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer earlier today and they shared with us the following story:
This woman Pam Brady had written it. She had written for the South Park series, then she co-wrote the South Park movie, co-wrote Team America with Matt and Trey. Before we were even at SNL, she wrote it for Lorne (Michaels) and for Paramount. And then when we got there, they said to Andy, ‘Hey Andy why don’t you read this and see if it appeals to you.’ Then after Lazy Sunday they were like ‘The Three of you guys, why don’t you read it.’ And of course it was just so silly and weird that we were like, ‘You’re gonna let us make a movie? Of course!’
But she had written it for Will Farrell and it was envisioned as a vehicle for him. And he is an exec producer on it – him and Jimmy Miller. They all put their ideas into it. As a testament as to how well she wrote it, it was very much obviously for Will Farrell. When you read it, you couldn’t picture anyone else in the movie but Will Farrell. The lines were specifically things he has kind of made his persona over the years. So if he [Andy Samberg] had just done those lines, it would have been like an impression of Will Farrell. So we had to go through, just to make it work at all, we had to go through and tweak it a lot just to get it to feel like it was ours and his [Andy] and that kind of stuff.
I got to see the movie last week, and was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed it. I’ve been very vocal about how much I hated the trailer for this flick. I can;t review the film now but I think the quote above is very interesting, so I will say this much. Everything that the Lonely Island guys made their own works. There is some laugh out loud moments, one in particular is the “cool beans” sequence. You’ll know it when you see it. I felt that the parts of the film that didn’t work were the parts where it seemed more like a Will Farrell movie. I’m very interested to see a movie completely conceived and written by these guys.
Watch out for our whole interview later this week.