He’s definitely not Morgan Freeman, but soon Zac Efron will be Driving Dick Kelly. The Neighbors star has just signed on to star in the raunchy comedy with the legendary Robert De Niro. Formerly titled “Dirty Grandpa,” the film is about a recently widowed Army vet (De Niro) who convinces his lame grandson (Efron) to bring him to Spring Break.
Dan Mazer, a producer on Borat, Bruno, The Dictator and Ali G, will direct from a script by John Phillips. Jeff Daniels and Michael Douglas had been circling the lead role when the film was at Universal, but it’s now out on its own looking for funding and distribution. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
One bit of advice that commonly gets doled out at weddings is the warning / reassurance that the first year of marriage is the toughest, since the couple are still adjusting to being shackled together for all eternity. That certainly seems to be the case in I Give It a Year, directed by Brüno scribe Dan Mazer.
After a beautiful ceremony, newlyweds Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) come home to realize that something’s not quite clicking in their relationship. To complicate matters, a couple of very appealing outs present themselves in the form of Josh’s “too perfect” ex (Anna Faris) and Nat’s dashing new client (Simon Baker). Stephen Merchant, Minnie Driver, and Jason Flemyng also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
All too often, “romantic comedies” wind up being neither romantic nor comedic. But if the recent casting is any indication, I Give It a Year seems to have the latter part down, at least. Rose Byrne and Anna Faris have joined Rafe Spall and Simon Baker in the film, written and directed by Borat scribe Dan Mazer. Byrne and Spall are set to play newlyweds trying to navigate their rocky first year of marriage, while Faris and Baker have been cast as “strong supporting characters.”
Though Byrne’s racked up lots of experience as a dramatic actress, she’s recently demonstrated a real knack for comedy in Get Him to the Greek and Bridesmaids. Her next big-screen appearance, in Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, will see her back on the more serious end of the spectrum.
Faris’ last several films (What’s Your Number?, Take Me Home Tonight, Yogi Bear, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakel) haven’t all been winners, but I’m still rooting for her to turn things around. She’ll next star in The Dictator (which Mazer exec produced) and Movie 43. [Variety]
After the jump, Seth Cohen dumps Veronica Mars. The nerve!
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There’s a potential lead on just what Sacha Baron Cohen‘s next starring vehicle might be, though it does come from a rather dubious source I’m afraid. According to The Sun – the UK’s preeminent tabloid newspaper, and lynchpin of Rupert Murdoch’s terrorist operations in my homeland – the next picture from Cohen is to be another mockumentary (if indeed that’s what Bruno and Borat were, which I am not quite sure is the case at all).
Their claim is that Cohen and producer Dan Mazer have cooked up a new character in the form of a wannabe Eurovision contestant. This rings alarm bells as, well, it isn’t easy to get to the Eurovision finals and, frankly, those who decide who gets through are just the sort to know exactly who Cohen is. Could he even come close to pulling it off?
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