Don Peyote

There was a moment around the turn of the decade when Dan Fogler seemed ubiquitous, popping up in everything from Fanboys to Kung Fu Panda to Take Me Home Tonight. But for the past couple of years, he’s kept a somewhat lower profile with roles on TV shows like Hannibal and indies such as Scenic Route and Europa Report.

His latest appearance is an indie, too, but this time around he’s much more involved. He’s the co-writer and co-director (with Michael Canzoniero) and also the star of Don Peyote, a trippy comedy about an ordinary man who either achieves enlightenment or goes nuts, depending on how you want to look at it. Anne Hathaway, Abel Ferrara, Jay Baruchel, Josh Duhamel, and Wallace Shawn co-star, or at least cameo. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Free Birds

In the States, Thanksgiving is practically synonymous with turkey. Any mention of the holiday automatically conjures images of a big, juicy, oven-roasted bird, and vice versa. Even vegetarians aren’t immune to the association — plenty of them nod to tradition with products like Tofurkey.

But as pleasant as it is for us humans to gorge ourselves on tryptophan-laced poultry, you can’t blame turkeys for wishing they could remove themselves from the menu. In Relativity’s Free Birds, two of them finally get the chance to do just that. Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson) find a time machine to take them back to the very first Thanksgiving, where they attempt to save their kind once and for all. Hit the jump to watch the first trailer.

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The indie Europa Report features Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) and Michael Nyqvist (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) as members of a crew in space. The film has been fairly under the radar until now, with only a couple images, a poster, and some teaser footage to give us an idea of what to expect.

Now a trailer introduces the crew that is making a voyage to Jupiter’s moon Europa, and starts to give away glimpses of just how things go wrong as the crew is millions of miles from Earth. The found-footage aesthetic appears to be used to good effect, and there’s a final shot in this trailer that is just chilling — just as much so as anything in the trailer for Gravity. Europa Report has also been said to be very quiet and low-key, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find that this trailer makes the film look like a more conventional bit of found-footage horror in order to get audiences into the theaters. Read More »

TV watchers probably know Nick Offerman as mustachioed parks department director Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks & Recreation, but we’re starting to see more of him on the big screen as well. Swanson’s upcoming movie roles include the Sundance hit Smashed and the high profile comedies 21 Jump Street and Casa de mi Padre, as well as two more indies due out later this year. We can now add to the list Lamb of God, Diablo Cody‘s directorial debut.

Cody’s script follows a young woman (Julianne Hough) whose faith is shaken after a horrible plane crash. She ditches her family and church and heads to Las Vegas for a taste of the wild life, encountering all manner of folk (including Russell Brand and Offerman’s Smashed co-star Octavia Spencer) along the way. Offerman’s role has not been revealed at this time. [Deadline]

After the jump, Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler buddy up, while a Black List script lands some stars.

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Terry George, who wrote and directed Hotel Rwanda and Reservation Road and wrote In the Name of the Father, has roped in Brendan Fraser to star in the comedy heist film Whole Lotta Sole. The film is written by Mr. George and Thomas Gallagher, and follows “a young man robbing a fish shop in order to pay off a gambling debt; the heist goes terribly — and humorously — awry when it turns into a hostage situation.” Yep: robbing a fish shop.

Brendan Fraser is not the young man; he’s the shopkeeper. (But he is trying to elude his father in law, a gangster.) He can be a solid actor, when not being called upon to mug and grimace in family adventures. No idea how this one will turn out, but we’ll keep a lookout for the actors chosen to play the robber and gangster father in law. [Variety]

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‘Mars Needs Moms’ Trailer 2

Mars Needs Moms

Walt Disney Pictures has released a second movie trailer for the Robert Zemeckis’ produced adaptation of Berkley Breathed’s children’s book Mars Needs Moms. The performance capture film is being directed by The Prince of Egypt/The Time Machine helmer Simon Wells and stars Seth Green, Joan Cusack and Dan Fogler. I have been disappointed with everything I’ve seen thus far, and this trailer doesn’t change things. I continue to believe there is a lot of untapped potential in the science ficiton computer animated world. Think about it: What (non-Anime) animated films other than WALL-E have done it right? Hit the jump to watch the trailer now. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Hey! Remember the ’80s? Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler and Teresa Palmer do. They’re the cast of the upcoming comedy Take Me Home Tonight, which opens March 4 and is set in 1988. As part of the viral marketing campaign for the film, they’ve created a music video that features the whole cast, a ton of cameos and references/reenactments of upwards of 50 classic Eighties movies, all in the course of four minutes. While some of the references are super obvious – Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, etc. – it’s actually pretty fun to watch and pick out a few of the less obvious ones. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

‘Take Me Home Tonight’ Red Band Trailer

Though it feels like there have been an over abundance of nostalgic Eighties comedies, there really aren’t as many as you’d think. Plenty of films in the last few decades have been set in the Eighties but only movies like Hot Tub Time Machine, The Wedding Singer, Adventureland and to a lesser degree American Psycho, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, Grosse Pointe Blank and 13 Going on 30 have used the decade as the butt of a joke for the full duration of a film.

You can now add a new member to that club because the Eighties are definitely the punchline in Take Me Home Tonight, an R-rated comedy starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Michelle Trachtenberg, Michael Biehn, Chris Pratt, Lucy Punch, Michael Ian Black, and Demetri Martin. The film has been on the shelf for several years and will finally be released March 4. You saw the green band trailer a few months ago and now we’ve got the red band trailer complete with nudity, cursing, excessive drug use and more. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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