Free Birds

In the States, Thanksgiving is practically synonymous with turkey. Any mention of the holiday automatically conjures images of a big, juicy, oven-roasted bird, and vice versa. Even vegetarians aren’t immune to the association — plenty of them nod to tradition with products like Tofurkey.

But as pleasant as it is for us humans to gorge ourselves on tryptophan-laced poultry, you can’t blame turkeys for wishing they could remove themselves from the menu. In Relativity’s Free Birds, two of them finally get the chance to do just that. Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson) find a time machine to take them back to the very first Thanksgiving, where they attempt to save their kind once and for all. Hit the jump to watch the first trailer.

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With three days remaining, A.C.O.D. is my favorite film of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by first-timer Stuart Zicherman, it’s about “Adult Children of Divorce” and stars Adam Scott as Carter, a man whose parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) had a brutal breakup on his 9th birthday. Decades later his brother (Clark Duke) decides to take the plunge into matrimony and it brings up some major issues caused by the traumatic breakup. Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jessica Alba and Jane Lynch are also along for the ride.

Co-written by Zicherman and Ben Karlin, the script for A.C.O.D. is a Swiss watch. Everything is economical, hilarious, perfectly-paced and never in-your-face obvious. There are loads of big laughs wrapped around unexpected plot points, resonant emotion and great character development. The cast all bring such vigorous life to the film that it almost makes a sad and touchy subject, divorce, into something to be envious of.

A.C.O.D. is a special, miraculous film and the exact reason why you come to the Sundance Film Festival. It’ll leave you happy and high on the power of comedic cinema. Read more after the jump and watch a video blog. Read More »

While the Academy has selected Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host its ceremony come February 2013, the HFPS is doubling down with not one but two funny ladies for the Golden Globes. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have just been chosen to anchor this year’s awards, which will take place in January. The famous friends have collaborated frequently over the course of their careers, most notably as castmates on Saturday Night Live and in the films Mean Girls and Baby Mama. More after the jump.

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Until that Wet Hot American Summer sequel gets going — if indeed it ever does get going — we can comfort ourselves with the mini-reunion that will be They Came Together. The romcom parody, which is set up at Lionsgate’s microbudget division, re-teams WHAS director David Wain and writer Michael Showalter with stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. Hell, pull in a few more of the guys from The State and we can just turn this project into a secret WHAS sequel. More details after the jump.

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Matthew Weiner has taken a very unique path to feature film directing: write on one of the most popular cable shows of all time, then create another. Those shows are The Sopranos and Mad Men, and Weiner is using his cachet to finally put together a decade old passion project he could never previously get produced. It’s called You Are Here, and will now star Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and possibly Amy Poehler. (She’s currently in talks.) Weiner will start shooting this May in North Carolina, once he’s wrapped this season of Mad Men. Read more after the break. Read More »

Amy Poehler and Adam Scott have shown such fantastic chemistry in NBC’s Parks & Recreation that the pair are gearing up to work together again. This time, however, they won’t be romancing each other — far from it. Poehler has entered talks to join Scott in A.C.O.D., in which he plays a man named Carter who discovers that years ago, he was enrolled in a study about children of divorce. When he’s called upon for a follow-up study, chaos breaks out among his family and he struggles to keep the peace.

Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara are set to play Carter’s parents, while Poehler has entered final negotiations for the role of Jenkins’ new wife. That’s right: Leslie Knope will be Ben Wyatt’s stepmom in this movie. Which is even more awkward than that time Leslie’s mom hit on Ben. Yeesh.

Shooting on A.C.O.D. is scheduled to start next week in Atlanta with Stu Zicherman at the helm. Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead also star. [Deadline]

After the jump, Diablo Cody’s title-less directorial debut casts two more.

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The great, wacky 2001 comedy Wet Hot American Summer didn’t do any respectable box office business, but the deep goofiness of the film has generated a fervent cult following in the decade since its original release. It doesn’t hurt that the film featured a treasure trove of comic talent, some in the early stages of their careers: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, A.D. Miles, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks and Bradley Cooper.

The film suggested the possibility of a sequel, and the sequel is a frequent object of inquiry when director David Wain or one of the primary cast members does an interview, even a decade later. In the last couple years, Wain has said that a sequel or prequel isn’t out of the question, despite the fact that Universal doesn’t seem to believe in the project, and several of the original cast members have a much higher quote now than they did a decade ago.

But there may be reason to rejoice, fans of WHAS: Michael Showalter now says that a sequel is “absolutely happening”! Read More »

Though everyone knows Marilyn Monroe is Lindsay Lohan‘s deceased classic Hollywood legend of choice, it may be Elizabeth Taylor she’ll be playing next. Lohan has entered early talks to star in the Lifetime original movie Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story, about the tempestuous, Vatican-condemned romance between Taylor and actor Richard Burton. Oh boy.

I can’t do better than this old quote from Slate (via Deadline) about the things the two had in common, so I won’t try: “Both had domineering stage mothers, little semblance of a real childhood, fame from a young age, substance abuse issues, public emotional outpourings, and copious amounts of tabloid drama. The key difference, though, is that Elizabeth Taylor had a true record of achievement before she became the most notorious movie star in America.”

Even with those similarities, it’s tough to see how casting the troubled, famously unreliable Lohan could possibly seem like a good idea. Then again, this project is drawing headlines (like this one) just for flirting with the idea of casting Lohan, so I suppose it’s worked out pretty well for them already.

After the jump, a Bond girl gets kidnapped, and Amy Poehler finds a nemesis in one of her Wet Hot American Summer co-stars.

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