There’s probably a good movie to be made from what Bad Teacher‘s working with, but sadly, this is not that movie. On paper, I love the idea of Cameron Diaz playing a hilariously, irredeemably selfish teacher who’s mean to her students, with a supporting cast of seasoned comedians to back her up. In practice, despite some genuinely funny gags performed by talented, funny people, Bad Teacher never manages to rise past mediocrity.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Looks like Warner Bros. is really going to make a new live-action version of Akira, adapted from Katsuhiro Otomo‘s massive manga of the same name. And it looks like some big changes — cosmetic ones at least, and probably several deep cuts — are in store. We’d already heard that a previous draft of the script was thrown at actors like Brad Pitt and James Franco, which suggested that the Albert Hughes-directed film is going to go pretty far off-book. (The leads in both the manga and anime versions of Akira are Japanese high-schoolers.)
The identities of actors that were offered a previous draft of the script seem to be open to question, but now there is a new shortlist based on the most recent script. That was just turned in by Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves, and has reportedly been delivered to a handful of actors, with a few in mind as possible choices for the two lead roles of Kaneda and Tetsuo. Among the names are Robert Pattinson, Michael Fassbender and Joaquin Phoenix. Stop saying ‘WTF?’ and hit the jump for more info. Read More »
2011’s second film featuring a Black Swan starlet having casual sex now has an official trailer. Friends With Benefits was written and directed by Easy A director Will Gluck and stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as a couple who have a very convenient friendship, with benefits, that gets predictably complicated, as these things tend to do. It co-stars Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson, Richard Jenkins, and Andy Samberg. A red band trailer was released well in advance of this, the theatrical trailer, so while this isn’t the first official look at the film, it’s the one general audiences are going to see. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Columbia Pictures have released a green band movie trailer for Bad Teacher. You might recall that a red band trailer was released a couple weeks back.
Jake Kasdan‘s sex comedy Bad Teacher, is about the competition between a teacher ‘who just doesn’t give an F’ (played by Cameron Diaz) and her “overly energetic colleague” played by Lucy Punch, over the new guy in school: Justin Timberlake. Jason Segel is also in the mix as a gym teacher who has the hots for Diaz’s character. The comedy is written by the writing duo of Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg , who were responsible for the horrible Year One, and the possibly upcoming Ghostbusters III (oh yah, and The Office too).
Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
‘The Three Stooges’ Casting Search Continues; Justin Timberlake, Larry David and Hank Azaria Mentioned
Posted on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Peter and Bobby Farrelly are still on the hunt for their new Three Stooges. The cast was once assembled, with Benicio del Toro set to play Moe, Jim Carrey set for Curly and Sean Penn as Larry. But that splintered, starting when Sean Penn took a sabbatical from work, and late last year the film moved from MGM to Fox, where it is fast-tracked to shoot this spring.
But, as of now, there are no Stooges. Johnny Knoxville and Andy Samberg have been tenuously linked to roles, and the brothers have recently said that Benicio del Toro is still an option for Moe. Now, in an interview to promote Hall Pass, the brothers have mentioned an unlikely collection of additional options: Woody Harrelson, Larry David, Hank Azaria and Justin Timberlake. Read More »
Ah, spring. The time when young peoples’ fancy turns to what they’ve been thinking about all winter. It’s a time for red-band trailers promoting sex-themed comedies, and for those trailers to feature snippets of music by those sexy scalliwags, the Eagles of Death Metal.
In this case, the movie is Jake Kasdan‘s Bad Teacher, the song is ‘Solid Gold,’ and the content is all about Cameron Diaz proving that she’s not a comedic stick in the mud. Or, at least, that she can hang with the mean kids. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Justin Timberlake is really making a play at a dedicated acting career, lack of award recognition for his work in The Social Network be damned. He was great in that film, carrying forward the good work he’d done in Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, and, yeah, Southland Tales. He’s currently shooting Now for director Andrew Niccol, but before that hits we’ll see Timberlake in two comedies that are already in the can: Friends With Benefits and Bad Teacher. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by Germain Lussier
As 2010 comes to a close, The Social Network is one of the films leading the award season pack. That, along with Toy Story 3, Inception, The King’s Speech, The Kids Are All Right and recent Gotham Award winner Winter’s Bone are just a few of the films vying for awards leading up to the Oscar nominations on January 25. Experts tend to agree that the Facebook movie will get one of the ten Best Picture nominations, David Fincher will get a Best Director nomination, Aaron Sorkin will get a Best Screenplay nomination, Jesse Eisenberg will get a Best Actor nomination and Andrew Garfield will probably grab a Best Supporting Actor nomination. But what about the film’s third star, Justin Timberlake?
The ‘N Sync singer turned actor has been doing a pretty great job of legitimizing himself in the last few years with films like Alpha Dog and Black Snake Moan, culminating with his turn as Napster co-founder Sean Parker in The Social Network. His name has been floating around as a possibility for a Best Supporting Actor nomination but, according to reports, the actor himself is pushing really hard for it. Read about Timberlake’s tactics after the jump. Read More »
Yesterday we posted the movie trailer for Ghostbusters/Meatballs director Ivan Reitman‘s new comedy No Strings Attached starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. The film actually started out with another title, Fuckbuddies. Of course, Paramount didn’t want to face the problems associated with releasing a movie under that title, so they changed it to Friends With Benefits, which eventually got changed into the truly horrible title No Strings Attached (at least they didn’t go with “No Strings”, the abbreviated title they were testing).
The reason they moved on from Friends With Benefits is that another film had already staked claim to the title Friends With Benefits, an R-Rated romantic comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis featuring a very similar premise. Today, Screen Gems has released an uncensored red band movie trailer for their film. Written and directed by Easy A helmer/writer Will Gluck , the film tells the story of the relationship between two friends, which “gets complicated when they decide to get romantic.” The film co-stars Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson, Richard Jenkins, and Andy Samberg.
This film seems like the more edgy version of No Strings Attached, but in the tradition of romantic comedies, just a generic. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.