First thought upon hearing the plot for the just-announced comedy Save the Date: “another goddamn wedding movie?” First thought after seeing the cast: “I can’t believe I’m going to be excited to see another goddamn wedding movie!” The script focuses on two sisters and their approaches to life and marriage: “one who’s happy with the status quo and doesn’t see any reason to marry her musician boyfriend while the other’s obsessed with planning her upcoming wedding.” (Melancholia much?)
But the cast is already impressive: Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Party Down) play the sisters and Marin Starr (Adventureland, Party Down), Geoffrey Arend (Super Troopers) and Mark Weber (Scott Pilgrim) are the supporting cast we’ve got so far. And I don’t need any more than that — ticket sold. The script is by graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown, and Mike Mohan will direct the film in July in LA. [Variety]
After the break, the odd legal drama Live at the Foxes Den gets more names, as does, inevitably, American Reunion. Read More »
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After edging around the show for a long time I’ve finally come on board as a Community fan in a big way. The show’s two seasons have had very few whiffs (last week’s episode being a sad exception) and the cast of misfits stuck in community college (‘stuck’ in an increasingly willful fashion) has turned into a great comic ensemble.
Tonight’s episode sees the cast acting out a big Pulp Fiction riff, and while that sort of thing might be tedious from most shows, with Community it could well turn out to be both very funny and a way to further explore the bonds between the unlikely group. We’ve got a few photos from the show after the break, plus a video clip teasing the story. Read More »
Nicholas Stoller is preparing to direct his third film, Five-Year Engagement, which will be an unrelated follow-up to Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek and mark his return to directing after a screenwriting detour for The Muppets (yay) and Gulliver’s Travels (yay, paycheck!). This film, a romantic dramedy of sorts, stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as a couple in, as the title suggest, a long run-up to marriage. Yesterday Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men, Scream 4) was cast as Emily Blunt’s sister.
Now Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) and Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) are boarding, too. Read More »
Briefly: Over the past year Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek director Nicholas Stoller has been pondering his next directorial effort, saying that it was likely to be a relationship dramedy called Five-Year Engagement. Now he is really moving forward with that film. He’s got Emily Blunt and his frequent collaborator Jason Segel on hand to play a couple. And he has now added Alison Brie from Community and Mad Men to play the sister of Emily Blunt’s character. Read More »
Wes Craven is currently doing additional photography on Scream 4, and has confirmed on Twitter that Community/Mad Men star Alison Brie will be making a cameo. He even tweeted the above image, stating “@AlisonBrie gets ready for her close-up.” It seems like Scream 4 will be challenging The Muppets movie for the movie most overloaded with cameos in 2011. Hit the jump to see the photo.
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Here’s some music to enjoy while reading this article. You know, for ambiance! (Note: This isn’t just a ploy to get you to listen to songs from the Community soundtrack. Honest.)
There’s a kind of demented brilliance to Community. It’s something I’ve been accepting of since early in the show’s incarnation, but it wasn’t until the series’ wonderfully inventive, borderline disturbing, ultimately heartwarming stop-motion Christmas special—entitled Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas—that I found myself capable of fully elucidating why that is. And I’m not just saying that because it delivered the ultimate burn on Lost.
(Haven’t yet had a chance to see the episode? Watch it on Hulu, or embedded after the break.) Read More »
Briefly: The Scream 4 casting machine keeps rolling. Yesterday saw a lot of movement in the cast with Lauren Graham dropping out (due to scheduling commitments, according to her reps) and Adam Brody, Marley Shelton and Erik Knudsen stepping in.
Now Community‘s Alison Brie and Mary McDonnell of Battlestar Galactica (and much more) are taking roles as well, according to The Wrap. We don’t have a breakdown of McDonnell’s role, but Brie will play the ambitious assistant to Neve Campbell‘s returning character Sidney Prescott. Is ‘ambitious’ horror movie code for ‘she dies?’ Probably.
Reportedly the script is being so closely guarded that the cast hasn’t even been allowed to see past a certain point in the script — with casual slips of the tongue or text being so common, Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson are doing their damndest to keep the story’s secrets under wraps. Good luck to them; I’d like to be able to see the film without having had every element of the story given up first.
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NBC is getting clever with their marketing of the new half-hour comedy series Community, putting the entire pilot episode online for anyone in the United States to watch. The catch is you need to become a fan of the show’s facebook page to view the episode. They also make it very easy to tell your other facebook friends about the show. Considering the show won’t premiere until Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 9:30pm, and its a commercial free presentation, I think it might be worth sharing.
The series is created by the Russo brothers, who directed a bunch of episodes of Arrested Development, wrote and directed the 2002 film Welcome to Collinwood, and the 2006 comedy You, Me and Dupree. The show is set in a community college (hence the title), and centers on Jeff (Joel McHale), a suspended lawyer who is back in school after his college degree is deemed invalid by the State Bar. The series also features Chevy Chase, Alison Brie (Trudy from Mad Men) and Donald Glover (of Derrick Comedy and Mystery Team fame). Head on over to Facebook and become a Community fan to watch the pilot episode.