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 »

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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It’s no secret that Judd Apatow likes to cast people over and over again in his movies. Large chunks of The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People all feature the same actors, not to mention those populating the many films he’s produced too. His currently-untitled next directorial feature, rumored to be called This Is Forty, goes one step further, casting Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as the exact same characters they played in Knocked Up. Plus, Variety is now reporting that three more Apatow alumni are joining the cast, which already includes Albert Brooks and Megan Fox. They are Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture and Apatow’s upcoming HBO show Girls) and Charlyne Yi (Paper Hearts, Knocked Up). Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Aliens) has also been cast.

The film, originally scheduled for a summer 2012 release, will now come out December 21, 2012. Read who they are playing and more after the jump. Read More »

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Last night I saw a work-in-progress screening of the Judd Apatow-produced Paul Feig-directed comedy Bridesmaids.

While he is beloved by television fanatical/Film readers, Feig is probably the last remaining member of the Apatow clan to not have a break-out film career. Feig is probably best known for creating the short-lived HBC television series Freaks and Geeks, which has gone on to become a cult classic (including a spot in Time Magazines’ greatest shows of all time and the 13th best show in the past 25 years according to Entertainment Weekly). Paul has since directed 13 episodes of the US version of The Office, 8 episodes of Arrested Development, and a couple episodes of Weeds, Bored to Death, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men. His 2006 family film Unaccompanied Minors was critically destroyed and failed to attract excitement at the box office.

While this screening was marketed as a work-in-progress (something we don’t usually review), Feig revealed on stage pre-screening that the cut we saw was “the final cut” of the movie, only lacking a sound effect or two and a couple minor color timing tweaks. So what did I think? Read my thoughts after the jump!

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Chris O’Dowd has been a very busy boy. Besides the third series of the IT Crowd – out on DVD in the UK tomorrow – and his “second sitcom”, ITV 2’s FM, he also has three films set for release in the UK over the next couple-few months. First up is Richard Curtis’ The Boat that Rocked, then comes FAQ About Time Travel, and, finally, Hippie Hippie Shake will follow before long. The O’Dowdles, as his expanding rank of fans is apparently known, will have a pretty good summer.

To promote all of this hoo-hah, O’Dowd is currently – right now as I type – appearing on the BBC entertainment and cookery show Something For the Weekend. It was during an interview segment a few minutes back that he announced his casting in Gulliver’s Travels and gave some details of the role.

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