When Judd Apatow announced his upcoming film, once tentatively titled This is Forty, we immediately wondered about the cast. That’s not just a result of Apatow’s fondness for a stable of comic actors that goes back to the Freaks & Geeks days, but a natural question given that the film is a spin-off from Apatow’s previous movie Knocked Up.
The story centers around Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann‘s characters from Knocked Up, so one obvious question concerned the participation of Seth Rogen. Would he show up? Now the actor says no. As a consolation prize, he announces that he and Evan Goldberg (left, above) will shoot Jay and Seth Vs the Apocalypse, a film they’ve talked about for a couple years, next February. Read More »
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I’d like to make this the ‘leading lady’ edition of Casting Bits, but I don’t think Caleb Landry Jones would like that very much. (Jason Segel would probably be OK with it.) Still, after the break you’ll find that two films have chosen their lead actresses, while Jones joins Jordan. Ahem. To wit:
- Alexandra Maria Lara (above) takes the (female) lead in Ron Howard’s racing movie Rush,
- Cody Horn will be the leading lady in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
- Caleb Landry Jones, aka the First Class version of Banshee, joins Neil Jordan’s Byzantium,
- and, as a final note, Jason Segel appears to be confirmed for Judd Apatow’s This is Forty.
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Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2011 by Angie Han
Three more have signed on for What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Kirk Jones‘ adaptation of the classic pregnancy manual. The comedy follows several different couples, Love Actually-style, as each experiences pregnancy and the miracle of childbirth. Bridesmaids actress Wendi McLendon-Covey will play a colleague and friend of Jennifer Lopez‘ character; True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello will be a single guy whose carefree, glamorous lifestyle is the envy of all the local dads; and Glee star Matthew Morrison has won the part of Evan, who teams up with Cameron Diaz‘ character on a celebrity dance show (really) and eventually gets her pregnant.
In addition to the actors named above, What to Expect will also feature Elizabeth Banks, Chris Rock, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Rodrigo Santoro, Chace Crawford, Rob Huebel, and McLendon-Covey‘s Bridesmaids co-star Rebel Wilson. The film will begin shooting this summer for a Mother’s Day 2012 release. [The Playlist, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline]
More ensemble comedy news after the jump: Robert Smigel and Annie Mumolo board Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spin-off, while Christina Hendricks, Sarah Hyland, and Dermot Mulroney sign up for Struck by Lightning.
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Our first look at The Change-Up, from Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin, was a red band trailer that spent a couple minutes reveling in the fact that the film was written as a very R-rated comedy. This new theatrical trailer is basically a tamer version of that first look, though it does include a couple of new bits.
This time the emphasis is more on the interaction between Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, playing lifelong friends who mystically switch bodies and lives after taking a drunken leak in a public fountain. (“I knew it!” cries Bateman upon discovering the switch, thereby accepting and moving past the whole process behind the conceit.) And while the raunchy aspects of the film will probably be fun, the interaction between the two, and their riffs as each actor partially impersonates the other, will be the heart of the film. Check out the new(ish) trailer below, and see if The Change-Up is going to change your mind about body-switching comedies. Read More »
In 2009 Focus Features and LAIKA released Coraline, the great stop-motion animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s kids’ book of the same name. Now the companies are teaming again for two more stop-motion 3D films. The first is ParaNorman, which will be released on August 17, 2012. The second is an unnamed project that will be released in 2014.
The voice cast and plot for ParaNorman were sent out today via press release; check the details below. Read More »
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The Change-Up, directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) asks a very important question: what if two drunk friends pissing in the same fountain accidentally changed bodies and got to live each others lives? Yep, The Change-Up is a body-switching comedy, and it gives about as much weight to the reason for the switch as Hot Tub Time Machine did time travel. The point is really to watch Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds freak out as they try to navigate the life they momentarily envied. Watch the freakout begin in the new red-band trailer, after the break. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
That new Judd Apatow project that’s neither a prequel nor a sequel to Knocked Up now has a name — maybe. As you probably recall, Apatow announced some time ago that he was planning a spin-off film centering around Pete and Debbie, the bickering married couple played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in the 2007 comedy. Read more about the project after the jump.
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Last week it was revealed that Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann would be reprising roles as husband and wife from Apatow’s 2007 hit Knocked Up in Judd Apatow‘s currently untitled comedy set for release June 1, 2012. There was some confusion about if the movie was a prequel or sequel, and Apatow was quick to clarify that the film would be a stand-alone spin-off (much like the Apatow-produced Get Him To The Greek was a spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall). But will Seth Rogen or Katherine Heigl appear, reprising their roles as Ben Stone and Allison Scott? I mean, they are best friends with Pete and Debbie, right?
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Last night it was revealed that Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann would reunite with Judd Apatow in the comedy director’s currently untitled comedy set for release June 1, 2012. Not a huge surprise considering that Mann has appeared in every single one of her husband’s films, and Rudd had only missed one (Funny People). But we weren’t expecting Mann and Rudd to be reprising roles as husband and wife from Apatow’s 2007 hit Knocked Up.
When the news hit the wires, some movie news websites speculated that the film would be a sequel or prequel to the 2007 film. We called it a spin-off, but it seems like Universal doesn’t even want to call it that — which is kind of confusing considering Rudd and Mann are playing the same characters. Now we have official clarification from Judd Apatow…
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