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‘Cedar Rapids’ Trailer

The first big film Ed Helms booked after the success of The Hangover was Cedar Rapids, in which he plays a naive smalltown insurance guy who is sent to the ‘big city’ of Cedar Rapids to represent his company at a convention. Probability of wacky hijinks: very high. Now there’s a trailer, which you can see after the break. Read More »

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival is fast approaching and if you can’t make it to Utah yourself, the festival is bringing some of its highest profile films to a city near you.

The largest and most important U.S. film festival will take place from January 20-30 in and around Park City, Utah and the selection of films this year is nothing short of remarkable. In competition there are films like Michael Rapaport’s Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life, and Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground, out of competition there are films like Kevin Smith’s Red State and Morgan Spurlock’s documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and even the short film selections have films with stars like Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Julia Stiles and Isabella Rossellini. And that’s not even beginning to scratch the surface. All in all, over 200 brand new movies will be screening at the festival and, if you are a film fan, you owe it to yourself to get up to Utah at some point for this momentous annual event.

If you can’t, though, there are two options. The first is to keep you browser locked onto /Film because we’ll have extensive coverage. Or, if you live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Brookline, Massachusetts, Brooklyn, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles, California, Madison, Wisconsin, Nashville, Tennessee, San Francisco, California or Seattle, Washington, just head to your local theater. On January 27, those cities are going to host special screenings of high profile films will be premiering at Sundance. It’s the Sundance Film Festival USA program. Get all the specifics after the break. Read More »

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Jennifer Hudson made a splash on American Idol, then quickly went on to win an Oscar for her debut role in Dreamgirls, but we haven’t seen much of her onscreen since. Now she’s got a follow-up role to her big breakthrough: in Winnie, she’ll play Winnie Mandela, wife to South African president Nelson Mandela.

Directing is South African filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt, who was behind Yesterday and Sarafina! The script is from Roodt, Andre Pieterse and Paul L. Johnson, from the biography Winnie Mandela: A Life, by Anne Marie du Preez. Winnie Mandela fought apartheid alongside her husband, and was jailed for demanding his release, but she faced legitimate legal troubles down the road. Variety also reports that Hudson is expected to sing the theme for the film.

After the break, another Winnie movie, more for the Christina Aguilera film Burlesque, and Stephen Root bolsters two already solid casts. Read More »

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It’s casting notes time again. Alan Cumming has joined Steve Antin‘s Burlesque, about “an ambitious small-town girl with a big voice who finds herself at a neo-burlesque club.” Christina Aguilera is the girl, Kristen Bell is the rival dancer, and Cumming is the gender-bending club MC. So this is really a failsafe in case that Showgirls sequel falls through? [Variety]

After the break, news about Helen Mirren, Patrick Dempsey, confirmation on a Gerard Butler role and more for the Ed Helms flick Cedar Rapids. Read More »

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Some decent casting notes cropped up in the trade breaks last night, and because I’m just this sort of nice guy I’m about to round up the best for you.

First involves James Caan and Vera Farmiga, who’ve just joined Keanu Reeves in Henry’s Crime. The film, you may remember, is written by Anvil! director Sacha Gervasi, and will be directed by Malcolm Venville, recently of 44-Inch Chest. Farmiga is the love interest for Reeves, who is falsely accused of robbing a bank in Buffalo. Producer Jordan Schur calls the script “a genius comic fable.” Gervasi himself called it “a twisted, romantic comedy, very dark and funny,” which the trades refer to it as a romantic comedy and Capraesque. So who knows what the hell we’ll see out of this one. [Variety]

After the break, Anne Heche gets love and Jessica Biel gets laid. Read More »

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Let’s start with the bad news. Jessica Alba is joining the cast of Little Fockers, as “an attractive pharmaceutical rep whose looks wreak havoc on male characters in the story.” The bad news isn’t Alba’s involvement, but that Little Fockers is still being made. But Universal needs a reliable earner, and this, to my great chagrin, probably fits the bill. When your parents ask who directed this comedic treasure while you’re watching it half-drunk on affordable wine after some future Thanksgiving meal, you can tell them it’s Paul Weitz, and that you read it here. [THR]

After the break, some slightly more heartening news. Read More »

Ed Helms to Star in Cedar Rapids

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Most of the big casting news post-Hangover has focused on Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. Maybe that’s because their co-star Ed Helms was already quite well established thanks to The Daily Show and The Office. But he’ll be on hiatus from shooting The Office in October, and according to Variety he’ll fill the time by starring in Cedar Rapids, a film for which Alexander Payne will be producer while Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) directs. Read More »

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