Joel McHale is in final talks to join the cast of What’s Your Number?, the Anna Faris comedy based on Karyn Bosnak‘s book Twenty Times a Lady. The film has been gearing up for quite a while under director Mark Mylod, and already has Chris Evans, Matt Bomer and Ari Graynor in the cast, with possible cameos from actors like Zachary Quinto and Andy Samberg.
The film is about a woman (Faris) who ” treks through her sexual past to find Mr. Right, exploring the idea of sexual quotas and whether such numbers matter.” McHale plays her boss, with whom she has an encounter that sets the story in motion. [THR]
After the break, another indie for the great Catherine Keener, and a Frank Darabont regular joins The Walking Dead. Read More »
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Emma Stone and Catherine Keener havce joined the voice cast of DreamWorks Animation’s 3D computer animated film The Croods.
Why You Should Care: Lilo & Stich/How To Train Your Dragon helmer Chris Sanders and Space Chimps helmer Kirk DeMicco are co-directing the caveman comedy, based on a screenplay originally developed by Monty Python alumni John Cleese and DeMicco.
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I talked a bit about The Oranges just the other day — that’s the indie that will put Hugh Laurie back on the big screen in a May-September romance with Leighton Meester. When I mentioned the film last week Catherine Keener was noted as being in the mix as the mother of Meester’s character. Now we’ve got a couple more names, and the cast as a whole is staring to look pretty good. Read More »
I’m excited about the upcoming version of Mildred Pierce to be directed by Todd Haynes. Already set to star Kate Winslet in the title role, the HBO mini-series has just added a couple more good names: Guy Pearce and Evan Rachel Wood. Sure, Wood’s career has been spotty, but there’s something that suggests she can do a lot more than what we’ve seen her manage recently. I really liked her in Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, for example.
The obvious guess is that Pearce will play the husband from whom Mildred Pierce splits and that Wood will play their daughter. But that’s unconfirmed for now. [Production Weekly]
After the break, it’s buddy comedy time again, and the Hugh Laurie/Catherine Keener indie gets another cast member. Read More »
Last night I attended the premiere of what I’m calling The Duplass Brothers‘ experiment, better known as Cyrus. The film is a comedy about a recently divorced depressed guy who meets the woman of his dreams, who he learns lives with her 21 year old son. The film stars John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and Catherine Keener.
The Duplass Brothers helped spark an indie film movement called mumblecore, which wikipedia defines as “primarily characterized by ultra-low budget production (often employing digital video cameras), focus on personal relationships between twenty-somethings, improvised scripts, and non-professional actors.” The Duplass Brothers have impressed Hollywood with their low-budget efforts, and this is their first studio film, with big mainstream actors. Hence why I termed it The Duplass Brothers’ experiment.
But does it work? Cyrus is one of my favorite films of the festival thus far, and I’d venture to say John C Reilly’s funniest performance since Boogie Nights. It’s probably the most laughs I’ve heard in a Sundance movie in a couple years. We sat a few rows in front of Danny McBride and Jody Hill (director of Observe & Report), and I could hear both of them laughing throughout. After the jump you can watch a video blog review which includes me (Peter Sciretta), David Chen and FirstShowing‘s Brandon Tenney.
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We’ve been writing about Cyrus, the new film from the Duplass Brothers, for a while — it was announced last year, shot quickly and is now at Sundance. And until about halfway through this trailer I’d completely forgotten that Jonah Hill was in the film. Then, when he shows up, after just a couple of lines I was floored. Hill looks great in this. Granted, he’s got impressive actors to play against (John C. Reilly and Marisa Tomei) but this might be the film that changes how he’s perceived. Check it out and see if you agree. Read More »
After watching The Duplass Brothers‘ The Puffy Chair at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival I remember telling a friend “this is what real independent filmmaking is all about.” The film helped spark an indie film movement called mumblecore, and the brothers have since gone a bit more mainstream, working within the Hollywood system (kinda, sorta… this film for instance features an “upgraded” cast). They return to Sundance with their latest film Cyrus, which will screen in the Premieres category. The film is a comedy about a recently divorced guy meets the woman of his dreams. But then he meets her son who is, well… interesting.
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It appears that David Schwimmer is leaving the comedy genre for his latest directorial project, Trust, a dark drama starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener. (And yes, typing out that last sentence did seem a bit trippy.) Owen and Keener will play parents who are shocked to learn that their teenage daughter (played by Liana Liberato) has been victimized by a sexual predator who she met in an online chat room. The film will explore the impact of that event on their family life.
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