A couple weeks ago when talking about Jay and Seth Vs the Apocalypse, the feature version of a short film he took part in years ago, Seth Rogen said “It’s now much more than just Jay and Seth — there’s many other people vs. the apocalypse now. It’s gonna be crazy.” Now we know who a lot of those other people are. In addition to Rogen and Jay Baruchel — the title characters — Rogen says that quite a few of his frequent co-stars are now part of the movie. So expect to see Danny McBride, James Franco and more in the film. Read More »
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Kevin Smith isn’t the only one with a hockey movie brewing. You might recall that Seann William Scott was provisionally cast in Smith’s next and possibly last film, Hit Somebody, but then ended up starring in this other hockey comedy, Goon, instead.
Goon stars Scott as a bouncer who joins a minor league hockey team as he discovers his talents for fighting and skating. Liev Schreiber is his mustachioed nemesis, Alison Pill is a romantic interest and Jay Baruchel plays a supporting role. Baruchel wrote with Evan Goldberg (Superbad co-writer) inspired by the book Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey, written by Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio.
The film played at Toronto to great audience response (Toronto certainly being the best fest at which to debut a hockey film) and subsequently sold to Magnet for around $2m. A few more details, and a new Canadian trailer are after the break. Read More »
When Judd Apatow announced his upcoming film, once tentatively titled This is Forty, we immediately wondered about the cast. That’s not just a result of Apatow’s fondness for a stable of comic actors that goes back to the Freaks & Geeks days, but a natural question given that the film is a spin-off from Apatow’s previous movie Knocked Up.
The story centers around Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann‘s characters from Knocked Up, so one obvious question concerned the participation of Seth Rogen. Would he show up? Now the actor says no. As a consolation prize, he announces that he and Evan Goldberg (left, above) will shoot Jay and Seth Vs the Apocalypse, a film they’ve talked about for a couple years, next February. Read More »
I’d like to make this the ‘leading lady’ edition of Casting Bits, but I don’t think Caleb Landry Jones would like that very much. (Jason Segel would probably be OK with it.) Still, after the break you’ll find that two films have chosen their lead actresses, while Jones joins Jordan. Ahem. To wit:
- Alexandra Maria Lara (above) takes the (female) lead in Ron Howard’s racing movie Rush,
- Cody Horn will be the leading lady in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
- Caleb Landry Jones, aka the First Class version of Banshee, joins Neil Jordan’s Byzantium,
- and, as a final note, Jason Segel appears to be confirmed for Judd Apatow’s This is Forty.
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Jacob Tierney directed Jay Baruchel in the indie The Trotsky, and the two have teamed up once more for a film that changes up their previous equation a little bit. Good Neighbors is a thriller of the ‘our neighbor may be a murderer’ sort that also features Emily Hampshire, Scott Speedman and Xavier Dolan. The first trailer has launched, and it asks you to accept both a dangerous Jay Baruchel and a whole lot of Trailer Voice. Read More »
Jay Baruchel is best known for his acting roles — his respectably diverse resume includes turns in How to Train Your Dragon, Tropic Thunder, Almost Famous and Judd Apatow’s brilliant-but-cancelled Undeclared — but pretty soon, we’ll know him as a screenwriter, too.
Baruchel had his first feature screenwriting credit with the upcoming hockey comedy Goon, which he co-wrote with Superbad scribe Evan Goldberg. Now, Baruchel has signed on for two more writing projects: the comic book adaptation Random Acts of Violence, and a rewrite of Exorcism Diaries, based on Mark Opsasnick‘s The Real Story Behind The Exorcist. Baruchel will be collaborating on both projects with writing partner Jesse Chabot. Read more after the jump.
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The latest addition to the cast roster of The Three Stooges is Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara, who is now in talks to play a femme fatale. (THR describes her as “a devious woman who pretends to be the wife of a dying man and tells the Stooges she’ll pay them a handsome sum if they kill the man in his sleep.”) The part factors into the middle section of the film; the Farrelly Brothers are presenting the movie structured as three 30-minute shorts. As for the rest of the cast, Will Sasso is Curly, Sean Hayes is Larry, and no Moe has been picked. (Or none has been announced, anyway.) [Original report: Variety]
After the break, Woody Allen and Penélope Cruz reunite; 21 Jump Street gets a bad guy and one more is added to David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. Read More »
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After its incredible success, we all knew a sequel to How To Train Your Dragon was inevitable, especially since the film was based on the first of a series of books by Cressida Cowell. DreamWorks quickly made number two official and last week locked in a very early release date for the film, June 20, 2014. The sequel, written and directed by Dean DeBlois, will see the return of several of the original voices actors such as Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill, TJ Miller, Kristen Wiig and Gerard Butler. Also returning, of course, is Jay Baruchel, who plays the lead role of Hiccup, and at a recent reunion for his television show, Undeclared, Baruchel gave us the latest on the highly anticipated animated sequel which he said was “the second act of a three act thing.” Watch him talk about it and read his quotes after the jump. Read More »