Woody Allen famously has a habit of casting a stand-in for himelf in his comedies, and you can usually tell which one it is — while neuroses and Judaism aren’t requirements, they’re often indications that you’re looking in the right direction. But in case there’s any doubt, Film Drunk‘s Oliver Noble has Woody Allen surrogatism (which is not a real word, but you know what I mean) down to a science. He’s put together a supercut of the director’s stand-ins over the years, from John Cusack in 1994’s Bullets Over Broadway to Owen Wilson in this year’s delightful Midnight in Paris, and pinpointed the essential qualities that mark these characters as Woody Allen surrogates. Jesse Eisenberg*, I hope you’re taking notes. Watch the compilation after the jump.
Casting Bits: Larry David as a Nun in ‘The Three Stooges;’ Armie Hammer Attached to ‘2:22;’ Frank Grillo in ‘Lay the Favorite’
Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Want to see Larry David play a nun? How about a nun named Mother Mengele? Then you’ll need a ticked for the Farrelly Brothers‘ The Three Stooges. Larry David was rumored to play one of the Stooges for some time, but now he’ll be “the unfortunate nun who runs the orphanage where the Stooges grow up and learn to create mayhem.” This particular casting is the best thing about the movie so far, and has probably earned my ticket no matter what else I read or see about it.
As for the rest of the cast, Chris Diamantopoulos will play Moe, Will Sasso will be Curly, and Sean Hayes is Larry. Jane Lynch is Mother Superior, another nun at the orphanage, and Sofia Vergara plays a femme fatale. [Deadline]
After the break, Armie Hammer is attached to a new thriller and the gambling comedy/memoir Lay the Favorite gets a new man. Read More »
‘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 »
Posted on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
I wasn’t planning to write about Gallery1988’s first annual “Is This Thing On” art show as it really has little connection to movies or television (or so I thought… the above piece featuring Judd Apatow mashed-up with the infamous Star Trek Tribbles episode is a fine example of this). The show, co-sponsored by FunnyOrDie, features over 100 artists, each creating pieces that are portraits of their favorite funny people, both beloved comics of yesteryear and emerging superstars.
A couple weeks ago Forbes revealed their yealy list of the top earning women in Hollywood, which revealed the unsurprising statistic that Harrison Ford earned almost two and a half times more than the top earning actress (Angelina Jolie). Forbes Magazine has now published their listing of Hollywood’s highest-paid men and guess who made the most amount of money in 2008….
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Sony Pictures Classics has released the official movie trailer for Woody Allen‘s latest comedy Whatever Works. The film stars Larry David as an eccentric New Yorker who abandons his upper class life to lead a more bohemian existence. He meets a young girl from the south, played by Evan Rachel Wood, and her family and no two people seem to get along in the entanglements that follow.
I had a chance to see this film at ShoWest, and while it wasn’t as good as Vicky or Match Point, it was a thrill to see Allen’s cinematic return to New York City. David is great at playing the typical Allen neurotic cynical male protagonist, and Wood is perfect as the impressionable southern belle. I’m surprised that the trailer gives away the “punchline” of the movie, even out of context it seems a bit odd. Check out the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2009 by Hunter Stephenson
What happens when actor Michael Richards meets The Blacks or Krazee-Eyez Killa? Talk about Trial and Error. I’m pretty sure we’ll be satisfied by the results this fall, as the four cast members of Seinfeld are reuniting for multiple episodes of HBO‘s Curb Your Enthusiasm. While this marks Richards’s first appearance on the uncensored and legendary sitcom of Larry David (Seinfeld co-creator), Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have all appeared to play and send-up themselves during Curb‘s six-season run. According to EW, the cast hasn’t appeared together on a scripted TV series since their show’s underwhelming finale 11 years ago.
It’ll be veddy cool to see the old sparks fly inside the Bald One’s neurotic, mishap-prone world; but I’m possibly more excited just to see Leon (J.B. Smoove) talk shit and lady advice to Larry again. Let us know what you and Bill Gates think in the comments.
VOIR has the first production photos from Woody Allen‘s new film Whatever Works. The movie stars Larry David as a highly eccentric character who runs into a girl from the South named Melodie, played by Evan Rachel Wood. The two of them, joined by Melodie’s Mother and Father, “get into a series of highly improbable, far out, romantic entanglements.”
Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 by Hunter Stephenson
You know something is funny when you ask yourself, “Oh f***, did her brother die from that,” before sending out an annoying, massive CC: July 4th email to your family’s family. Here we have the simplest of premises: Larry David, clad in signature blazer and T-shirt, delivering an anti-“The More You Know” PSA informing why the Silent Killer is cramping the style of the follicle-doomed. I have a flawed, patented pre-rehab theory that Jack Nicholson’s hair loss inspired him to become the greatest actor of a generation, but Larry David pwns the cul-de-sac to the point where it’s a eugenic advantage. Balding men haven’t received such a bold mission statement since Kingpin. Enjoy or die.
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