‘Bad Teacher’ Trailer

Columbia Pictures have released a green band movie trailer for Bad Teacher. You might recall that a red band trailer was released a couple weeks back.

Jake Kasdan‘s sex comedy Bad Teacher,  is about the competition between a teacher ‘who just doesn’t give an F’ (played by Cameron Diaz) and her “overly energetic colleague” played by Lucy Punch, over the new guy in school: Justin Timberlake. Jason Segel is also in the mix as a gym teacher who has the hots for Diaz’s character. The comedy is written by the writing duo of Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg , who were responsible for the horrible Year One, and the possibly upcoming Ghostbusters III (oh yah, and The Office too).

Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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‘Bad Teacher’ Red-Band Trailer

Ah, spring. The time when young peoples’ fancy turns to what they’ve been thinking about all winter. It’s a time for red-band trailers promoting sex-themed comedies, and for those trailers to feature snippets of music by those sexy scalliwags, the Eagles of Death Metal.

In this case, the movie is Jake Kasdan‘s Bad Teacher, the song is ‘Solid Gold,’ and the content is all about Cameron Diaz proving that she’s not a comedic stick in the mud. Or, at least, that she can hang with the mean kids. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

Justin Timberlake is really making a play at a dedicated acting career, lack of award recognition for his work in The Social Network be damned. He was great in that film, carrying forward the good work he’d done in Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, and, yeah, Southland Tales. He’s currently shooting Now for director Andrew Niccol, but before that hits we’ll see Timberlake in two comedies that are already in the can: Friends With Benefits and Bad Teacher. Read More »

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Justin Timberlake, Molly Shannon and Eric Stonestreet have joined the cast of Jake Kasdan‘s Bad Teacher.

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Jason Segel and John Michael Higgins are in talks to co-star in Jake Kasdan‘s Bad Teacher. The comedy stars Cameron Diaz as Elizabeth Halsey, a foul-mouthed, conniving seventh-grade teacher who is dumped by her sugar daddy, and begins to woo the school’s model teacher, and starts a bitter rivalry with his girlfriend, her squeaky-clean colleague Amy Squirrel (played by Lucy Punch).

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Good news for Drive Angry 3D, the new film from Patrick Lussier that already starred Nicolas Cage and, one would presume, a lot of cars: William Fichtner and Amber Heard are both joining the cast. The appeal of both should go without saying; too bad All the Boys Love Mandy Lane hasn’t had a proper US release, so most of you will have to think of Heard’s zombie appearance in Zombieland and her largely un-clothed work in the utterly awful The Informers.

What’s Drive Angry 3D about? Cage is a man “driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway.” Sounds like a feature-length expansion of the amazingly well-staged highway sequence from Final Destination 2. In 3D. You make the call about whether that’s good or bad. [B-D]

After the break, Lucy Punch joins Bad Teacher and Shailene Woodley joins The Descendants. Read More »

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The synopsis, and news on Jake Kasdan‘s new comedy Bad Teacher, after the break. Read More »

Jake Kasdan to Direct Bad Teacher


The Hollywood Reporter are reporting (from Hollywood, no less) that Jake Kasdan has signed on to direct Bad Teacher. The screenplay charted on the 2008 Blacklist and was penned by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who also wrote the imminent Year One and are at work on the pending draft of Ghostbusters 3.

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Release Date Change: Judd Apatow’s Walk Hard

Walk Hard

Sony has moved the Judd Apatow music comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story back to December 21st 2007. The movie written by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) and director Jake Kasdan (Orange County) is a comic take on musical biographies as Ray, Walk the Line, and Selena.

Walk Hard follows the up-and-down-and-up-again struggle of legendary musician Dewey Cox (Academy Award® nominee JOHN C. REILLY) as he rises from the poverty of a hardscrabble Alabama farm to conquer the world of popular music through a rollercoaster career that spans seven decades.  Along the way to superstardom, Dewey acquires all the trappings of fame and fortune – multiple wives, eleven kids, several mansions, his own ’70s TV show, and a chimp – only to blindly trample them all on his relentless journey to the top.  During a life that includes losing his sense of smell after a tragic childhood accident, conquering the music industry and carousing with celebrities from Elvis to The Beatles, even the love of a good woman – longtime back-up singer Darlene Madison (JENNA FISCHER, “The Office”) – isn’t enough to stop the rock n’ roll spiral of drugs, prison, and rehab (lots of rehab) that marks Dewey’s pursuit of writing classic songs that will change a nation at least once.

I saw the movie trailer at Comic-Con, and was frankly not impressed. It should be noted that I’m a huge fan of both Reilly and Apatow. So for a movie trailer for a film written and produced by Apatow starring Reilly to not impress me is a task. May-be I just don’t like the musical biography concept. The trailer will be attached to SuperBad. The film was originally set to hit theaters on December 14th, up against the Will Smith sci-fi adaptation I Am Legend, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and the Christmas family romantic comedy Perfect Christmas. Walk Hard will now premiere against National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Be Kind Rewind will be in limited release.