I’ve been looking forward to seeing footage from Gentleman Broncos by Jared Hess, and a trailer is now online at Apple. The film follows a high school kid (Sky High‘s Michael Angarano) who goes to a fantasy / sci-fi writer’s camp, where the most famous sci-fi author in the world (Flight of the Conchords‘ Jemaine Clement) steals his book idea. We see each author’s version of the book acted out, with Sam Rockwell in the lead each time. Read More »
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Earlier today I posted a complete listing of all the major 3D movie releases being developed for the next 4 years. One of the films was Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me, a computer animated film about a trio of orphan girls cause the normally deplorable Gru to rethink his plan to steal the moon.
I kind of like the stylized character design. The voice cast line-up is pretty nice, with a handful of Judd Apatow regulars with a couple nice surprises: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, Jemaine Clement, Miranda Cosgrove and Julie Andrews. However, I’m not that impressed with the plot of the film, an unfortunately the two and a half minute trailer doesn’t even really show the film’s despicable main character Gru. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Jared Hess broke onto the scene with a small indie comedy at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Napoleon Dynamite quickly took over the world, becoming one of the biggest cult blockbusters of all time. Jess followed the film up with Nacho Libre, which sounded like a sure thing – Jack Black as a masked Mexican wrestler. I know the film is popular amongst kids, but it registered as a huge disappointment to most of the high school and college crowd.
Hess’ new film, Gentlemen Broncos, tells the story of a high school outcast who’s an aspiring fantasy author, who attends a fantasy convention and discovers that his supposed masterpiece “Yeast Lords” was ripped off by legendary novelist Ronald Chevalier, who has in recent years turned desperate for ideas. The film stars Michael Angarano, Sam Rockwell, Jennifer Coolidge and Jemaine Clement (Eagle vs. Shark, Flight of the Concords) as Ronald Chevalier.
Fox Searchlight launched a viral site for the author at RonaldChevalier.com (a while back – we like many others, did not notice) . You can find videos and blog posts from Chevalier, including a new video blog (embedded below) that was posted on October 21st. So if you want to take a look at the character of Hess’ new film, head on over to Ronald’s website.
The actor with the best perma-squint in showbiz, Choke‘s Sam Rockwell, has just signed on, alongside Flight of the Conchords Jemaine Clement and youngster Michael Angarano, to star in director Jared Hess‘s comedy Gentlemen Broncos. Angarano will play a teen attending a writer’s convention (what fun those are) where he discovers that his idea has been stolen by a “legendary fantasy novelist” played by Clement. Rockwell should have a field day as he plays the title character (what an odd name) in both the kid’s and novelist’s stories.
Hess, who previously directed Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, wrote the script with his wife, Jerusha Hess, and I like the log line, sounds write up his alley. Oh yeah, to the guy who bemoans when I don’t mention this, that would make Hess, ahem, a writer-director. The film is set for release in 2009.
Not sure why, but I’m in the mood to see a comedy about a fantasy novelist, and Clement, whose face is quite devilish and elastic, is a bit of inspired casting. Movies that literally play with literary structure are always interesting, whether it’s terrible (The Number 23) or mildly amusing (John Candy’s Delirious). Anyone got another flick that fits this category? Discuss below.
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