Posted on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Update: EW has confirmed that Showtime and Netflix are in talks with producers about airing the miniseries.
Keep holding out hope, Arrested Development fans. Five years after the series finale, creator Mitchell Hurwitz is still insisting that, yes, a movie based on the brilliant-but-cancelled sitcom is definitely in the works. And what’s more, he’s now hoping to do a nine- or ten-episode lead-in miniseries as well. Intriguing news indeed, but I don’t think I’ll be holding my breath. More details after the jump.
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Let’s start off this casting break with a quick one: Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth) is putting together a diamond heist movie called Brilliant, written by Blood Diamond producer Gillian Gorfil. He’s now got Eric Bana set to star. The plot follows “a small-time criminal who joins accomplished thieves in a diamond heist,” with Bana presumably playing the small-timer. I can’t say that Luketic is the most inspiring choice — I don’t expect a serious heist movie here — but Bana could be a good choice for the lead. [Variety]
After the break, Liongate wants more of what Tyler Perry’s got, and Jason Bateman goes back to the land of the indie for two films. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Breakout star Melissa McCarthy has signed up for ID Theft, which will team her with the ubiquitous but charming Jason Bateman. As suggested by the title, the comedy follows a man who becomes the target of identity theft. Bateman will play the victim, and McCarthy the thief. McCarthy’s role was originally written for a man, but Bateman (who’s also producing) pushed to cast McCarthy in the part after seeing her inspired, scene-stealing performance in Bridesmaids.
Shooting for ID Theft will begin April 2012, at the start of McCarthy’s hiatus from Mike & Molly. The script was originally written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness), and is currently in rewrites with Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II). [Deadline]
After the jump, new gigs for Natalie Portman and Parks & Recreation lovebirds Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.
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In the race for best comedy of the summer, The Change-Up gives Bridesmaids a run for its money. It has all the laughs that were missing from The Hangover Part II, all the over-the-top crudeness that was missing from Horrible Bosses, all the life-lessons and heartwarming moments that were missing from Bad Teacher and puts them together in a nice, comfortable package. And while the cliched idea of a body switch comedy might not seem appealing on the surface, director David Dobkin keeps things interesting by pacing the film like a runaway train. Super-charged by two perfect lead performances by Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, The Change-Up can be wildly uneven at times, but somehow manages to balance it all out in a way that’s both satisfying and hilarious. Read more after the jump. Read More »
I think most of you know The Change-Up drill by now: Jason Bateman is a family man, Ryan Reynolds is his perpetually single best friend, and after some mystical occurrence, they switch bodies. Awkward sexual antics and general hilarity ensue. We’ve seen some funny moments in previous trailers, and now there is a new red-band clip to prove the film’s pervy pedigree. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 by Angie Han
Jason Bateman has won the lead role in We’re the Millers, a stoner comedy to be directed by Rawson Thurber. The two worked together previously on 2004′s Dodgeball, which featured Bateman as spacey color commentator Pepper Brooks.
Bateman and Thurber are just the latest names to board the film, which has been in development for nearly a decade — John Morris, Sean Anders, Steve Buscemi and Bateman’s Arrested Development co-star Will Arnett have all been attached to the project at various points. Bateman seems to be on a hot streak with comedies right now, though, so here’s hoping the project actually gets made this time around.
The script follows a drug dealer who decides he wants out of the business. But before he quits, of course, he has to take one last job which involves traveling to Mexico and creating a fake family in order to smuggle 1,400 pounds of marijuana back into the U.S. I haven’t read the script myself, but based on what I’ve heard it’s sharp, dark, and very funny. [Pajiba]
After the jump, new stars for Pacific Rim and Struck by Lightning.
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Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2011 by Angie Han
For a movie that hinges on a murder plot, Horrible Bosses feels surprisingly lighthearted. That’s because despite the title and the marketing, the film’s draw isn’t the fucked-up wish fulfillment of giving your dirtbag superior what he deserves. Instead, its appeal lies in the easy, enjoyable chemistry of its leads — Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis – and the fun of watching them screw up royally, over and over, in increasingly zany ways. To put it another way, it’s Office Space meets Apatovian buddy comedy, minus the dark stuff and the sweet bits but with more consistent laughs as a result.
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Because the new standard for raunchy comedy advertising is based on tried and true red light district methods — show off the goods, in other words — here’s a new red-band trailer for the Jason Bateman / Charlie Day / Jason Sudeikis comedy Horrible Bosses. If you’ve missed the two previous trailers, the film features the three guys as hapless protagonists who enlist the aid of a ‘murder consultant’ (Jamie Foxx) in an attempt to do away with their three bosses, played by Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston. Check out the red-band trailer to see just how poorly this endeavor seems to play out. This trailer gives a lot away, but if you’re good with that, then by all means, proceed. Read More »