Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
In April 2010, Shia LaBeouf was set to team up with commercial director Dante Ariola for The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. However, scheduling issues got in the way and in March 2011, Zac Efron and a different commercial director, Fredrik Bond, stepped in to take their place. Now things have shifted around yet again, as Efron exits, LaBeouf re-enters, and Bond remains at the helm.
LaBeouf is best known for his leading role in the blockbuster Transformers franchise, but he’ll be going somewhat smaller in his upcoming projects. His next appearances will be opposite Tom Hardy in John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County this August, and opposite Anna Kendrick and Nick Nolte in Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep.
With LaBeouf’s re-invovlement pushing Charlie Countryman into pre-production, it’s scheduled for a May start in Eastern Europe. Matt Drake‘s pulp romance, which landed on the 2007 Black List, centers an American man who travels to Eastern Europe. He falls in love with a woman whose ex, unfortunately, happens to be a violent crime boss. [Variety]
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Ben Stiller made his return to hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, his first hosting gig on the show since 1998. And he brought Derek Zoolander with him. It’s not exactly a ten-year celebration of the 2001 release of Zoolander, but until those oft-discussed plans for a sequel actually bear fruit, it’ll have to do. Check out the character’s appearance below. Read More »
Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: The Back to the Future-inspired Nike MAG sneakers are now available on nikemag.ebay.com. The sneakers are being released in a limited edition and auctioned to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation. After the jump you can watch a commercial for the promotion directed by Back to the Future series producer (and second unit director) Frank Marshall and starring Bill Hader and Kevin Durant. I wish I could get my hands on a pair of these sneakers, but the auctions have already ballooned into the thousands within the first few minutes.
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The coming of age sex comedy The To Do List, formerly called The Hand Job, has been on our radar since it began to assemble a massive cast of young comedic talent. Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Scott Pilgrim) plays a young woman who wants to head into college with a wealth of sexual experience under her belt, and so spends her post-senior summer trying to check off items on a sexual to-do list. The latest actors to sign on for the shenanigans are Clark Gregg (Marvel Studios’ bedrock player) and Rachel Bilson (The O.C., New York, I Love You). Read More »
You could probably make a pretty fun movie by cutting together footage from all the different films that feature actors playing Andy Warhol — his own I’m Not There, as it might become. If you wait a few months you’d be able to add Bill Hader‘s performance, which looks, physically at least, to be pretty spot-on. This is from Men in Black III, the troubled Barry Sonnenfeld sequel starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. There has been no small amount of bad press about the film, much of it centered around the fact that no one could figure out what the movie is supposed to be, even after a big chunk had already been shot. But hey, at least Bill Hader looks pretty good as Warhol. Don’t expect his appearance in the film to add up to much more than an extended cameo, but I’ll take it. [more pics at Daily Mail via ComingSoon]
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Last year Maggie Carey‘s film The Hand Job was announced, in which Aubrey Plaza would play a high school graduate who decides she needs a lot more sexual experience before college, and proceeds to work her way through a checklist of, er, action items. Yesterday many more cast members were announced and today we have even more, and roles for many of them.
Connie Britton will play the main character’s “liberal, free-spirited mother,” Mae Whitman and Alia Shawkat are two of her best friends; and Scott Porter will play a guy in a band that Plaza has a crush on.
Dominic Dierkes and D.C. Pierson (along with their Derrick Comedy co-member Don Glover) will play lifeguards; Bill Hader will be their stoned boss at the pool. Johnny Simmons is Plaza’s classmate and co-worker, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse is his sci-fi nerd best friend. There will be a few more roles cast yet, but this is a great cast so far. And after Easy A I very much welcome more efforts to turn the typical male coming of age sex comedy into a story outline that girls can get lost in, too. [Variety]
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The other day we told you about Vaughn Meader, a film that is being developed as a star vehicle for Bill Hader. It isn’t a big broad studio comedy, however. The actor would play real-life comedian and impersonator Vaughn Meader, who built a career out of a JFK impression that was enjoyed by huge audiences — the President even loved it — and then saw that career disappear virtually overnight when Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
Rob Siegel was said to be involved, and the script sounds as if it has some of the key elements of sweetness and darkness that characterized his last two big scripts, The Wrestler and Big Fan. Now we know that he will also direct Vaughn Meader, which makes the movie even more promising. Read More »
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Bill Hader has a whole hell of a lot going on lately. We detailed two of his upcoming projects last night — Henchmen and Vaughn Meader — but there are more.
One is The Hand Job, a film that is being spearheaded by his wife Maggie Carey. She wrote the script, which ended up on the 2009 Black List, and plans to direct with star Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Funny People, Scott Pilgrim) as a graduating high school girl in 1993 who wants to gather some sexual experience before going off to college. There are now quite a few more actors lined up, including Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman, Donald Glover and Andy Samberg. More details after the break. Read More »