Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2011 by Angie Han
We’re already aware of many of the plot points that’ll be covered in American Reunion, the forthcoming eighth(!) installment of the American Pie franchise. Basically, the new film will see the whole gang from the first film come together once more for their high school reunion. Some things will have changed; other things not so much. (I’m going to guess that the gross, raunchy humor will be part of the “not so much” category.)
Now a new synopsis has been revealed, and it reveals just one more tidbit: Apparently, one of the characters is still pining for a certain lusty lady whom he bedded in the original American Pie. (Um, spoilers for a twelve-year-old movie.) Read the studio-approved official plot details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
Inglourious Basterds and Beginners actress Melanie Laurent is set to star opposite Jesse Eisenberg in Louis Leterrier‘s magician heist movie Now You See Me. The story revolves around FBI agents hunting down a group of world-famous bank-robbing magicians (sorry, illusionists) who shower their audiences with the stolen cash.
Jake Gyllenhaal, who was previously offered a role, has since passed. No news has been announced regarding either Philip Seymour Hoffman or Olivia Wilde, who were also circling parts in the film. The involvement of Laurent and Eisenberg seems like a good sign, though — both actors have good track records, and are probably big and respected enough to help draw in other high-quality talent. [Showblitz]
After the jump, two big ensemble comedy casts get just a little bit larger.
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Remember that movie? American Pie? Well they’re making a fourth one and they’ve got everyone back (unlike the terrible third movie or the slew of direct to DVD follow ups). Written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the guys behind the Harold and Kumar series, American Reunion is set ten years after the first film and sees the characters returning to Michigan for their – you guessed it – ten year high school reunion. After the jump, we’ll recap what we already know about the film and show your first look at Jim (Jason Biggs) Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) Finch (Eddie Kay Thomas) and Oz (Chris Klein) in a very familiar location. Read More »
First thought upon hearing the plot for the just-announced comedy Save the Date: “another goddamn wedding movie?” First thought after seeing the cast: “I can’t believe I’m going to be excited to see another goddamn wedding movie!” The script focuses on two sisters and their approaches to life and marriage: “one who’s happy with the status quo and doesn’t see any reason to marry her musician boyfriend while the other’s obsessed with planning her upcoming wedding.” (Melancholia much?)
But the cast is already impressive: Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Party Down) play the sisters and Marin Starr (Adventureland, Party Down), Geoffrey Arend (Super Troopers) and Mark Weber (Scott Pilgrim) are the supporting cast we’ve got so far. And I don’t need any more than that — ticket sold. The script is by graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown, and Mike Mohan will direct the film in July in LA. [Variety]
After the break, the odd legal drama Live at the Foxes Den gets more names, as does, inevitably, American Reunion. Read More »
After some dithering among several pretty young blond boy actors, Screen Gems and director Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion) have chosen Jamie Campbell Bower to play Jace Wayland in the adaptation of City of Bones, Cassandra Clare‘s first The Mortal Instruments novel. Alex Pettyfer was once in the running but bowed out. Jaime Campbell Bower almost certainly has to be a better choice, anyway, though I haven’t seen enough of his work to say that with certainty. (He had small parts in New Moon and Sweeney Todd, played Arthur in Camelot, and will be in Roland Emmerich’s upcoming Anonymous.)
The book starts off like so: When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped.
Lily Collins, playing Clary, might be the determining factor with respect to the shoot schedule, as she is also set to be the lead in Tarsem’s Snow White film. That one has to shoot very soon, since it is set for a March 2012 release. So The Mortal Instruments will likely shoot later this summer or in early fall. [Deadline]
After the break, one more for American Reunion, and another Twilighter, Jackson Rathbone, is cast in a legal drama. Read More »
How can you have an American Reunion without the guy who brought the phrase “M.I.L.F” to the masses? Probably because he’ll be off planting memories in Colin Farrell. Two big bits of casting were recently revealed as Shannon Elizabeth, who played foreign exchange student Nadia in the first two American Pie movies, has finally signed to appear in the American Pie sequel American Reunion. Another Pie-alum, John Cho, who has had arguably the best career (maybe save for Seann William Scott) of all the people in the series, probably won’t be appearing though because he’s just signed to play McClane, one of the representatives who temps Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) to implant memories in his head in Len Wiseman‘s Total Recall remake. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Jamie Chung has two big Legendary Pictures films behind her this year, Sucker Punch and The Hangover Part II, and now (probably not as a response) she’s going indie for the film Knife Fight. That’s the one starring Rob Lowe where he plays “a political crisis manager who specializes in playing hardball on behalf of scandal-plagued clients.” Jamie Chung will be his savvy assistant. Quite a few other people are in talks for roles, too: Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Jennifer Morrison, Rebecca Mader and Titus Welliver. Bill Guttentag directs and co-wrote the script with Chris Lehane; the film will shoot next month in San Francisco, and a release is planned for October 2012, timed around the next US Presidential election.
Before Knife Fight makes it to theaters, Jamie Chung will be in Premium Rush, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and was written and directed by David Koepp. [Variety]
After the break, Oz: The Great and Powerful and American Reunion get minor additions. Read More »
Production began today in Michigan on the stoner-sequel A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, as screenwriter Jon Hurwitz announced on Twitter.
Also on Twitter, star John Cho revealed that Patton Oswalt was on set “in my vicinity, holding a sketch pad, duct tape, and a reel to reel audio recorder. Eeesh.” Oswalt tweeted in response: “Maybe it’s this Michigan air, but @JohnTheCho is looking huggable, chloroform-able, and bury-able.”
Does this mean that Oswalt makes an appearance in the film or is he just hanging out on set? Oswalt also posted a photo of a crowd of people on the set, which is filming on location in a Mall, looking down from the second and third floors. With that tweet comes the wording: “People watching me get 3 dimensional.” A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas is shooting in 3D, so it sounds to me that he shot an appearance in the film.
FirstShowing also noticed some tweets from Danny Purdue, giving us a better look at the Mall sequence.
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In March, we broke news that Paramount Pictures and Roth Films were developing a movie using John Hughes‘ unproduced screenplay Grisby’s Go Broke. Paramount later denied the rumor (which probably means they considered the property, but decided not to), but I’ve been itching to get my hands on Hughes original script to see an unmade Hughes movie that never was. And now we have some more details about that script, and the upcoming stoner-sequel A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.
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A couple months ago it was reported that Universal Pictures was looking to bring the American Pie franchise back to the big screen, but not as a reboot, but a fourth film in the series featuring the cast of characters from the original trilogy. That’s right — Jim, Stiffler, Nadia, Oz, Michelle, and all the gang. The studio was in talks with Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the writers behind the Harold and Kumar films, to script American Pie 4.
Looks like the writing duo not only signed on to script the fourth installment, but also direct. But where does this leave the the third installment of the Harold & Kumar franchise? Find out, after the jump.
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