Collateral Beauty Jason Segel

You’re going to hear a lot about Me and Earl and the Dying Girl as the film hits theaters this summer. The indie was a Sundance darling (I haven’t seen it, but Peter and Germain loved it) and its director, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, quickly lined up a second film. That movie, Collateral Beauty, features Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara in the lead roles.

Now Jason Segel — whose own Sundance movie, The End of The Tour, features a career-best performance — has also signed on. We’ve got a bit more of the Jason Segel Collateral Beauty casting news below. Read More »

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The End of the Tour

It’s been seven years since David Foster Wallace died, but his influence still lingers, and will for years to come. In The End of the Tour, Jesse Eisenberg plays a Rolling Stone journalist who reflects on the time he spent with the author (played by Jason Segel), shortly after Infinite Jest made him a literary rock star.

James Ponsoldt directed the film, and his knack for genuine, heartfelt drama shines through in the first The End of the Tour trailer. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Billion Brick Race

Warner Bros. is Lego crazy. The studio did so well with The Lego Movie that a sequel has been set, and that film’s version of Batman is being spun off into his own movie. Plus there’s the Lego Ninjago movie already set for release in 2016. Now Warners is developing yet another Lego spin-off movie, called Billion Brick Race.

We don’t know the plot of the film, but it sounds like a Lego version of The Cannonball Run, or of The Amazing Race. But we do know that Jason Segel and Drew Pearce will write and co-direct it.  Read More »

end of the tour release date

Briefly: One of the best films of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, James Ponsoldt‘s The End of the Tour, just got a release date. It’ll begin a limited release July 31 from A24, with an eye on an eventual Oscar run.

The film tells the true story of a days-long interview between literary sensation David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel, who has rarely been better) and Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg). We loved it at Sundance and you can read our review here. Thompson on Hollywood has a write up on how the summer release date won’t hurt its Oscar chances. Thoughts on The End of the Tour release date?

The End of the Tour review

Tom Hanks had Philadelpha, Jim Carrey had The Truman Show and now Jason Segel has The End of the Tour. It’s a powerhouse movie announcing to the world that this comedic actor is a dramatic force too. But that’s just one of the many, many good things that can be said about director James Ponsoldt’s fourth feature film.  Below, continue our End of the Tour review.

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Watch a Second ‘Sex Tape’ Red-Band Trailer

New Sex Tape Red-Band

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz are both going back to raunchy comedy under director Jake Kasdan. In Sex Tape, the couple make exactly what the title suggests. But it’s a heat of the moment thing, and in the morning they try to delete the video (recorded on an iPad) only to find that it has been uploaded to the cloud, and shared with all their friends and family. Maybe worry less here about the precise “how” of that process, and just focus on the fact that this is a weird R-rated comedy where product placement and tech paranoia collide like, well, a couple having sex.

And if you’ve wondered just what goes on in the sex tape the couple makes, this new Sex Tape red-band trailer gives up some details. (Spoiler: their checklist is ‘The Joy of Sex.’) Read More »

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Sex Tape green-band trailer

In Sex Tape, Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel play a couple desperately trying to keep their racy video from being seen by anyone. But Sony, of course, wants just the opposite for the film itself. So the studio has put out a new Sex Tape green-band trailer, all the better to appeal to those who couldn’t see that last red-band trailer.

The new edit swaps out some of the sex scenes and F-bombs, replacing them with tamer bits of new footage. It retains the same general structure and ribald sense of humor, though. Watch it after the jump.  

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David Foster Wallace biopic

David Foster Wallace fans aren’t the only ones harboring doubts about James Ponsoldt‘s upcoming biopic The End of the Tour. As it turns out, the late writer’s family is none too thrilled about the project, either.

In a new statement, the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust stressed that they “neither endorse nor support” the project, which is based on journalist David Lipsky‘s notes from a never-published story. What’s more, the Trust plans to “review its legal options,” potentially blocking distribution of the film.

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Sex Tape red-band trailer

In Sex Tape, director Jake Kasdan and his Bad Teacher stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel offer up the comedic tale of a couple that has lost their spark. To put a little fire back into their lives, the couple makes a sex tape… which they promptly lose control of, thanks to the cloud. (Oh, that prankster, the cloud!) Is this basically a feature-length update of one joke from Trainspotting? Maybe so, but it’s also a chance for a skinny Segal and Diaz to curse and yell at one another, and pretend to have sex. Check out the Sex Tape red-band trailer below. Read More »