Sparkle proved something of a disappointment with lukewarm reviews and an even more lackluster box office performance, but happily there’s another, more promising ’60s girl group movie coming up on the horizon.

Based on a true story, The Sapphires centers around a quartet of Australian Aboriginal girls (Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, and Miranda Tapsell) discovered one night by an oft-drunk but well-meaning talent scout (BridesmaidsChris O’Dowd). With his help, they refashion themselves into a glitzy soul group — a Down Under version of the Supremes — and book a gig performing for Vietnam War troops.

The first feature from short film director Wayne Blair, The Sapphires has already proved to be a critical and commercial success in Australia. It’s now headed for U.S. release whenever The Weinstein Co. sets a date. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Today’s TV Bits is short but very sweet. After the jump:

  • Game of Thrones finally finds its King Beyond the Wall,
  • The Party Down movie is still on the way, aiming for a 2013 start,
  • and HBO picks up a Christopher Guest and Chris O’Dowd comedy

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If the title character of 3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom looks damn close to blowing a fuse, well, you might too if you had to put up with his problems. Played by Charlie Hunnam, Frankie is an aspiring novelist who’s spent his entire life suffering humiliation at the hands of his ne’er-do-well big brother Bruce (Chris O’Dowd).

When Bruce finally gets sober, Frankie hopes things will have changed between them. But sobriety hasn’t made Bruce any less of an asshole, and he secretly films Frankie having an awkward one-night stand. Soon, the brothers find themselves on an epically strange and desperate journey to keep the tape from falling into the wrong hands. Lizzy Caplan, Chris Noth, and Whitney Cummings also star, but it’s Hunnam’s Sons of Anarchy co-star Ron Perlman you’ll want to keep an eye out for. He’ll be the one stealing scenes in eyeshadow and a lacy satin slip. Really. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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More and more, it’s seeming like TV is as good a place to look for big-screen talents as the multiplex. Charlie Kaufman and Catherine Keener signed on for an HBO comedy earlier this week, and now Christopher Guest is heading to the small screen as well, for a half-hour single-camera comedy titled Family Tree. The satirical, improv-heavy series will star Bridesmaids actor Chris O’Dowd as a man trying to trace his geneology and find his real family. More details after the jump.

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Here’s another red-band comedy trailer, and happily it’s one that (I think) works a lot better than the last we saw today. Friends With Kids comes from Jennifer Wesfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) and explores a slightly absurd premise: two people (Adam Scott and Westfeldt) whose friends have all had kids, decide to have a child together while dating other people.

Complications arise almost immediately, as you might expect, and so do several opportunities for some pretty frank or at least vulgar conversations about sex and dating. The new red-band trailer for the movie shows off bits of quite a few of those scenes, many of which feature Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox, and Edward Burns. Check it out below. Read More »

The Guard, starring Brendon Gleeson and Don Cheadle, became a tidy little art-house hit last year, and director John Michael McDonagh is planning his next film, called The Calvary.

The movie is set to shoot this September, and has distribution sales going on in Berlin right now. The film brings Gleeson and McDonagh back together, and is now adding Chris O’Dowd and Aidan Gillen, with Kelly Reilly and David Wilmot joining as well. Read More »

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After all the recent back-and-forth, the only thing that’s clear at this point about Bridesmaids 2 is that nobody knows right now whether there’ll really be a Bridesmaids 2, and if so, whether star Kristen Wiig will be involved. In the meantime, however, fans of that film can comfort themselves with Jennifer Westfeldt‘s indie romcom Friends With Kids. It’s not exactly a sequel — and by “exactly,” I mean “at all” — but it features so many Bridesmaids actors that it might as well be.

Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, and Chris O’Dowd, plus non-Bridesmaids actors Westfeldt and Adam Scott, star as a group of close friends at different stations in life. When two of their number (Westfeldt and Scott) decide to have a child together without having a romantic relationship together, their situation seems ideal at first — until Megan Fox and Ed Burns come along to shake things up. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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When you’re too lazy to go to the movies and all your DVDs look boring, what’s the next step? Most likely the TV and, without further ado, here’s a bunch of TV news that’s broken over the past few days:

  • Fox is rebooting their hit 1990s sketch comedy show In Living Color.
  • FX’s hit series American Horror Story has just been renewed for a second season.
  • NBC recently purchased a show written by and starring comedian Jim Gaffigan.
  • Charlie Sheen will return to TV next summer with his new show Anger Management.
  • Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd has a new show called Big Men picked up by NBC.
  • Fox has ordered up more episodes of the animated comedy Bob’s Burgers.
  • Awake, starring Jason Isaacs, has shut down production to overhaul the remaining scripts.

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Jennifer Westfeldt‘s Friends With Kids (not the be confused with Friends With Benefits) has a set-up that most people in their 30’s can relate with — what happens when all of your friends get married, have children and become unavailable?

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