“If you’re a writer tonight, you might want to hide your knives,” said Jason Reitman at Tuesday night’s special summer live read. “This script is so good you’ll never want to write again. You f***er, Vince.”
The script Reitman was referring to, the script that could get the writer/director to come back and do a live read in July when he’s not scheduled to come back until October, was the pilot of AMC’s Breaking Bad. The “Vince” is creator Vince Gilligan. And as fantastic the first episode of Breaking Bad is to watch, to hear it read reveals another level of brilliance. If you were to travel back in time, sit down with Gilligan in 2007 and ask him to describe what happens in the show over a few beers, that’s what his writing sounds like. It’s perfectly, brilliantly descriptive with a language that’s filled with vulgarity and humor. It has a conversational, culturally current tone that pops off the page.
The latest live read at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, presented by Film Independent, revealed not only this fantastic writing, but some fun interpretations by great actors, appearances by the original actors, deleted scenes and more. Read about it below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Despite her considerable talent and versatility, Kathryn Hahn‘s mostly been relegated to supporting roles in films like Wanderlust and Our Idiot Brother, and guest spots on shows like Girls and Parks & Recreation. So it’s great to see her take center stage for once in Afternoon Delight, a Sundance dramedy written and directed by TV vet Jill Soloway.
Hahn plays Rachel, whose brings her husband Jeff (Josh Radnor) to a strip club in an effort to spice up their marriage. She becomes friendly with one of the dancers, 19-year-old McKenna (Juno Temple), and eventually offers to take her in. Trouble quickly follows. Watch the trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Like the last couple of TV Bits, this one is also chock full of casting news. Also after the jump:
- Downton Abbey adds a new series regular
- Patton Oswalt will stop by Parks & Recreation
- The Newsroom‘s version of Team Romney expands
- Michael C. Hall might be done with TV after Dexter
- Chris Lilley‘s new show starts shooting in Melbourne
- FX renews The Americans for a second season
- Are Mindy Project and New Girl moving to Thursdays?
- Watch four deleted scenes from Game of Thrones
- … and find out when we’ll get the Season 3 trailer
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Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
Though Melissa McCarthy was the big breakout star of last spring’s Bridesmaids, it was really Kristen Wiig‘s movie. The Saturday Night Live vet not only played the lead, she also co-produced the project and penned its script with co-writer Annie Mumolo. It’s tough to imagine seeing another Bridesmaids without Wiig — but apparently, that’s exactly what Universal is considering.
With Wiig and Mumolo reportedly uninterested in doing a sequel, the studio is now weighing the possibility of moving forward without them, and pinning its hopes on McCarthy to help get the project going. More details after the jump.
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When Judd Apatow announced his upcoming film, once tentatively titled This is Forty, we immediately wondered about the cast. That’s not just a result of Apatow’s fondness for a stable of comic actors that goes back to the Freaks & Geeks days, but a natural question given that the film is a spin-off from Apatow’s previous movie Knocked Up.
The story centers around Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann‘s characters from Knocked Up, so one obvious question concerned the participation of Seth Rogen. Would he show up? Now the actor says no. As a consolation prize, he announces that he and Evan Goldberg (left, above) will shoot Jay and Seth Vs the Apocalypse, a film they’ve talked about for a couple years, next February. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2011 by Angie Han
Three more have signed on for What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Kirk Jones‘ adaptation of the classic pregnancy manual. The comedy follows several different couples, Love Actually-style, as each experiences pregnancy and the miracle of childbirth. Bridesmaids actress Wendi McLendon-Covey will play a colleague and friend of Jennifer Lopez‘ character; True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello will be a single guy whose carefree, glamorous lifestyle is the envy of all the local dads; and Glee star Matthew Morrison has won the part of Evan, who teams up with Cameron Diaz‘ character on a celebrity dance show (really) and eventually gets her pregnant.
In addition to the actors named above, What to Expect will also feature Elizabeth Banks, Chris Rock, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Rodrigo Santoro, Chace Crawford, Rob Huebel, and McLendon-Covey‘s Bridesmaids co-star Rebel Wilson. The film will begin shooting this summer for a Mother’s Day 2012 release. [The Playlist, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline]
More ensemble comedy news after the jump: Robert Smigel and Annie Mumolo board Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spin-off, while Christina Hendricks, Sarah Hyland, and Dermot Mulroney sign up for Struck by Lightning.
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While he waits for the 24 film to move forward, Kiefer Sutherland is going to romance Kate Bosworth in New York. A film called Fairytale of New York (which only conjures up memories of the Pogues song) has been written by Jeff Murphy and will follow an Irish standup comic who meets an American woman in a NYC art gallery while on a working tour of the States. I can’t get too bent out of shape about another romcom, but I’ll be pretty curious to hear Kiefer Sutherland’s accent. He was born and spent his early life in the UK, but I’m so accustomed to his distinctive voice that the idea of him sporting an accent seems unusual. [THR]
After the break, Seth Rogen gets company in My Mother’s Curse, and Bridesmaids standout Melissa McCarthy is the focus of two new projects. Read More »
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Last night I saw a work-in-progress screening of the Judd Apatow-produced Paul Feig-directed comedy Bridesmaids.
While he is beloved by television fanatical/Film readers, Feig is probably the last remaining member of the Apatow clan to not have a break-out film career. Feig is probably best known for creating the short-lived HBC television series Freaks and Geeks, which has gone on to become a cult classic (including a spot in Time Magazines’ greatest shows of all time and the 13th best show in the past 25 years according to Entertainment Weekly). Paul has since directed 13 episodes of the US version of The Office, 8 episodes of Arrested Development, and a couple episodes of Weeds, Bored to Death, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men. His 2006 family film Unaccompanied Minors was critically destroyed and failed to attract excitement at the box office.
While this screening was marketed as a work-in-progress (something we don’t usually review), Feig revealed on stage pre-screening that the cut we saw was “the final cut” of the movie, only lacking a sound effect or two and a couple minor color timing tweaks. So what did I think? Read my thoughts after the jump!
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