Johnny Knoxville was on the shortlist for the new cast of The Three Stooges almost from the moment the film was revived at Fox. (Writer/directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly once had Benicio Del Toro, Jim Carrey and Sean Penn set to stooge, but that version fell apart.) Now there is a report that an offer is out to Johnny Knoxville to play Moe. If he accepts, then we’ll have a very good idea of how the cast for the film might come together. Read More »

Peter and Bobby Farrelly are still on the hunt for their new Three Stooges. The cast was once assembled, with Benicio del Toro set to play Moe, Jim Carrey set for Curly and Sean Penn as Larry. But that splintered, starting when Sean Penn took a sabbatical from work, and late last year the film moved from MGM to Fox, where it is fast-tracked to shoot this spring.

But, as of now, there are no Stooges. Johnny Knoxville and Andy Samberg have been tenuously linked to roles, and the brothers have recently said that Benicio del Toro is still an option for Moe. Now, in an interview to promote Hall Pass, the brothers have mentioned an unlikely collection of additional options: Woody Harrelson, Larry David, Hank Azaria and Justin Timberlake. Read More »

‘Hall Pass’ Red-Band Trailer

The best way to sell a Farrelly Brothers film is with a red-band trailer, and so WB/New Line has dropped this red-band clip for the upcoming Hall Pass, in which Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis are married guys who can’t stop thinking about the sex they’re evidently not getting at home. Given a week’s break from the confines of marriage, the two get into some ridiculous hijinks. Read More »

Earlier this week we heard a great audio recording of Peter and Bobby Farrelly talking Badass Digest through a comic sequence in their planned big screen version of The Three Stooges. The action involved a nun, and now there is a possible actress for the role: the Farrellys want Cher. In addition, they say (still) that Benicio del Toro, who was once cast as Moe, isn’t out of the running just yet. Read More »

The Farrelly Brothers Talk ‘The Three Stooges’

The Farrelly Brothers are in promotion mode for their upcoming film Hall Pass, but the movie everyone keeps wanting to know about is The Three Stooges. Namely: What the hell is up with that thing, anyway?

Last we checked in on the film, we had learned that the casting of Johnny Knoxville and Andy Samberg in the film were strictly rumors, and that the film remained “wide open to everybody”. Now they’ve shared additional details about the picture, which you can read after the break. Read More »

If you were mystified by yesterday’s report about the possible involvement of Johnny Knoxville and Andy Samberg in the Farrelly Brothers upcoming The Three Stooges, you weren’t alone. Peter Farrelly says “You don’t want people to think ‘they already cast that thing,’ because we haven’t…It’s wide open to everybody.” Read More »

Last month, the feature film version of The Three Stooges moved from the struggling MGM to 20th Century Fox, along with writer/directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Once attached stars Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro were long gone but with the change of studio, the movie once again had a pulse. That pulse is now quickening according to The Wrap who reports that “advances have been made, representatives have been approached and discussions have taken place” for Johnny Knoxville, Andy Samberg and Australian comedian Shane Jacobson to play Moe, Larry and Curly. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Looks like the movie revamp of The Three Stooges isn’t as dead as former cast member Jim Carrey thought. After a decade of flitting from one studio to another, the film was lodged at MGM. With that company’s bankruptcy clearing up, a path has led the project to Fox, which will put it into production on March 14, 2011. Peter and Bobby Farrelly will direct from the script they penned with Mike Cerrone.

The big question is: who will star? Read More »

Movie Trailer: ‘Hall Pass’

Peter and Bobby Farrelly have returned with a new comedy, Hall Pass. The title refers to the pass that is given to characters played by Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis by their wives. They get one week of free play (with other women) with no consequences. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »

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I mentioned Hall Pass in brief yesterday while talking about Sean Penn’s reported return to the cast of the Farrelly Brothers take on The Three Stooges. At the time all we had were a few basic details: Owen Wilson is starring the film, which the Farrellys will shoot in Atlanta next month. (With Atlanta standing in for New England.) New Line picked up the film after Fox put it in turnaround, and it sounds like a comedy in line with the tame recent work of the filmmaking brothers rather than the broad, over the top stuff that made them popular in the first place.

We’ve got a few more details now, thanks to trade reports. I’m betting there’s not yet enough known to ignite more than cautious curiosity in most readers. Read More »