Austenland

The elaborate courtship rituals of Jane Austen’s England bear little resemblance to the no-strings hookups and domestic partnerships of the 21st century dating scene, but that hasn’t stopped modern romantics from hoping to find a Mr. Darcy of their very own. In the Sundance romcom Austenland, one particularly hardcore fan gets an opportunity to do just that.

Keri Russell stars as Jane Hayes, who splurges on a trip to an Austen-themed resort complete with Regency costumes, era-appropriate activities, and even handsome suitors (played by paid actors). But the experience isn’t all she’d hoped, and in her disillusionment she finds herself increasingly drawn to “stableboy” Martin (Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords). Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Two successful female writers will take on new roles as they collaborate on an indie romantic comedy. The film is called Austenland and it’ll be directed by Jerusha Hess, who co-wrote Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre and Gentlemen Broncos with her husband Jared Hess, and produced by Stephenie Meyer, writer of the Twilight novels. Though Meyer is credited as a producer on those ultra-successful movies, this will be her first producing gig on something she didn’t conceive.

Austenland focuses on a young woman obsessed with Colin Firth’s character, Mr. Darcy, in the BBC production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Starring Keri Russell, JJ Field, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, Rupert Vansittart and James Callis, it humorously explores how that idealism completely ruins her love life. Shooting begins this week. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Dermot Mulroney‘s been in a variety of films over the years, but it’s probably fair to say that most people think of him primarily as a romcom leading man. His best known works include The Wedding Date and My Best Friend’s Wedding, and he was even cast as the generically handsome star of Burn After Reading‘s film-within-a-film, Coming Up Daisy.

It seems appropriate, then, that his first foray into directing would be with yet another fluffy romantic comedy: IFC Films’ unimaginatively titled Love Wedding Marriage, starring Mandy Moore and an occasionally shirtless Kellan Lutz as a pair of newlyweds. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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analeigh-tipton

The Steve Carell / Ryan Gosling comedy that may or may not be called Crazy, Stupid Love is quickly adding actors. I Love You, Philip Morris directors John Requa and Glen Ficarra have already nabbed Emma Stone and Julianne Moore, and now they’re bringing in ex-figure skater Analeigh Tipton. She’s been part of America’s Next Top Model and will be seen in The Green Hornet later this year.

Film has Carell and Moore as a married couple who start divorce proceedings when she confesses an affair. Depressed, Carell meets Gosling’s character, who offers to help him get back in the game with women. Meanwhile, Carell’s son is in love with his babysitter (Tipton), who has a thing for Carell. Meanwhile, Gosling has struck out with Emma Stone, who eventually factors back into the story. [Variety]

After the break, Dermot Mulroney assembles a cast for his directorial debut, and Tom Arnold takes a spot on Peter Berg’s Battleship. Read More »

Blind Dating Movie Trailer

Blind Dating

Samuel Goldwyn Films has sent us the movie trailer for Blind Dating. So what’s the movie about? It’s a comedy about a blind guy going out on blind dates. Great idea right? Well, let’s check out the footage out after the jump.

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