Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 by David Chen
Chris Weitz’s sure-to-be-a-blockbuster New Moon is about to hit theaters, but according to a recent conversation he had with MovieMaker (via In Contention), he might soon be ready to hang up his spurs. Meanwhile, we also learned that actor Jason Lee is finally stepping behind the camera to direct his first feature-length film. Hit the jump to find out more details on both.
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Kevin Smith will be re-teaming with Mallrats star Jason Lee once again. According to /Film reader Drake Rivera, Smith announced on Kevin Pollack’s Live Show on Sunday afternoon that Lee would have a role in his new buddy cop comedy A Couple of Dicks.
According to the report, Smith said that Lee would shoot for a couple of days, but didn’t reveal which role the My Name is Earl star would play. Lee has appeared in many of Smith’s films, including Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as well as cameos in Jersey Girl and Clerks II.
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You may be checking your calendar, but I assure you, today is not April 1st. For years I defended Jason Lee. His performance in Mallrats was the level of a comic genius. He was given the chance to star in some films which turned out to be horrible. In-between he made a couple good choices riding shotgun (Dogma, Chasing Amy, Almost Famous). Thankfully, My Name Is Earl became a huge hit, and now everyone knows him. So why is Jason Lee trying to sabotage his career? First he signed on to voice the computer generated superhero dog in Underdog (ugh, that sounds like a winner) and now this. Before you say anything, yes, I know this film was announced back in March. But it only just now hit me, after seeing this new theatrical movie poster at Solace in Cinema. Click on the image to the right to enlarge.
In the movie, Lee plays the Chipmunks’ dad, Dave Seville. The singing group of chipmunk brothers (Alvin, Simon and Theodore) are computer generated. And you may be thinking: may be, just may be this could be good. WRONG. Director Tim Hill was behind such kiddie bombs as Garfield 2 and Max Keeble’s Big Move, while the writing team consists of the guys who wrote the Ice Age flicks, Robots and Big Momma’s House 2. Jason, why are you doing this? The Earl gig must be paying the bills, right?
Have no fear, Underdog is here. The first teaser trailer that is.
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