The Hollars review

Angie Han’s review of Other People began by pointing out that the film “sounds like the most stereotypical of Sundance movies” but “in practice, every element is so well executed that the film itself feels like something special.” The same could be said of John Krasinski‘s The Hollars, which shares many of the same Sundance cliches. But The Hollars has an incredible ensemble cast that pushes this film from just another screening on the Sundance schedule to a funny and charming movie that will probably play at a theater near you.

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13 Hours Trailer

Hoping to find the same audience that made American Sniper a hit around this same time last year, Paramount Pictures is releasing 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi this weekend. And now a new international trailer has arrived, showing what director Michael Bay can do with action and drama that doesn’t have any transforming robots, but still has plenty of gunfire and explosions. Check out the new 13 Hours trailer after the jump! Read More »

Michael Bay

We’re a short week away from Michael Bay‘s Benghazi movie. The director, once again using his clout from the Transformers movies, tells a story about the dual 2012 attacks on American compounds in Libya. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, originally titled 13 Hours, should be a slight change of pace for Bay.

After the jump, watch a 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi featurette on Michael Bay’s work ethic.

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13 Hours Red-Band Trailer

The events that occurred in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 were a tragedy that quickly turned into a hot-button political topic. Even now, years later, the argument over what “really” happened rages on, with people loudly and angrily taking sides depending on whether they get their updates from Fox News or MSNBC. It’s a sticky mess that needs to be handled with nuance and insight. So who better to take it on than Transformers director Michael Bay?

In predictable Michael Bay fashion, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi seems to turn the situation into an excuse for handsome men to act all badass against a backdrop of pretty, expensive explosions. After all, if there’s one thing Americans of all political persuasions can agree on, it’s that we really enjoy movies about stuff blowing up. Watch the 13 Hours red-band trailer after the jump.
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John Krasinski directing

John Krasinski remains best known for his on-camera work, particularly his long-running role as Jim Halpert on NBC’s The Office. But over the past couple of years, he’s been showing more interest in writing and directing as well. Now he’s lined up his next feature directing project, The Hollars.

Krasinski himself will star in the film, alongside Anna Kendrick, Margo Martindale, and Richard Jenkins. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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Promised Land Damon Krasinski

Briefly: There’s not a lot of information available yet, but the names alone here are pretty exciting. John Krasinski (The Office) and Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) just sold an “action-adventure spec script” to Warner Bros. which Ben Affleck and Matt Damon‘s production company, Pearl Street, will produce. There are no details on the plot but Krasinski and Damon teamed up for last year’s Promised Land so there’s already a working relationship there. Plus, more adventure films are always good. We’ll provide an update when more is known. [Deadline]

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The Wind Rises

Briefly: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is having a big news day. He’s attached to adapt Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and he’s now officially been revealed as the lead voice in Disney’s English-language release of Hayao Miyazaki‘s final film, The Wind Rises.

Gordon-Levitt will voice Jiro Horikoshi, a talented engineer who spends his life building planes, only to realize he can’t fix everything. The actor will be joined by an impressive list of names including his Looper co-star Emily Blunt, her husband John Krasinski, as well as Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, William H. Macy, Werner Herzog (!), Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Elijah Wood and Ronan Farrow.

The English dubbed version will be released February 21. [USA Today]

John Krasinski Joins Cameron Crowe’s New Film

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Briefly: Cameron Crowe can always assemble a big, all-star cast for any given film, and the project he currently has in the works, a romantic drama set in Hawaii, is no exception. The film already boasts Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Alec BaldwinBill MurrayDanny McBride and Jay Baruchel in a story that follows “a defense contractor (Cooper) who falls for an Air Force pilot (Stone) after he’s assigned to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite from Hawaii.”

Now John Krasinski is in talks for the film, which will be one of his first big post-Office roles. THR announces the deal, and says that he’ll play “a military man married to McAdams, who is playing Cooper’s ex-wife.”

Crowe scripted and has had this story in the works for a couple years. The film is untitled at this point, and also without a release date.

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The cast of Pixar’s Monsters University already included a few expected names and some good newcomers, including Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Helen Mirren, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Peter Sohn. Now there’s a report that many more recognizable names lent their voices to characters in the film. EW says that Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski,and Bonnie Hunt are among the voice cast of Monsters UniversitySean P. Hayes, Charlie Day, Aubrey Plaza and Alfred Molina also have roles.

In addition to that news, there are new fraternity and sorority posters showing off many characters from the film. You can see those below.  Read More »