The success of last year’s Bridesmaids got the wheels in motion for a wave of female-driven wedding comedies, among them Leslye Headland‘s Bachelorette. But this first trailer for Bachelorette should dispel any notion that it’s simply a watered-down Bridesmaids retread.

Early buzz out of Sundance was that Bachelorette was sharper and darker than last year’s wedding-themed comedy, and while reactions were mixed it seems worth checking out for its for its cast alone. Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher play a trio of mean girls called upon to serve as bridesmaids for an old pal (Rebel Wilson), but it’s not wrong before things go awry. Kyle Bornheimer, Hayes MacArthur, James Marsden, and Adam Scott also star, which means, yup, it’s a mini-Party Down reunion. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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‘Party Down’ Movie to Begin Shooting Next Summer?

It’s become fashionable for shows to hint at a follow-up feature film as they make their way off the air, from brilliant-but-cancelled series like Arrested Development and Veronica Mars to the somewhat less brilliant but much longer-lived Entourage. Sometimes, those plans really do come to fruition, as with Serenity (based on Firefly) and Sex and the City. But more often, nothing comes to pass — have you seen trailers for the Arrested Development or Veronica Mars movies yet?

One beloved show that’s been promising a possible feature film sequel is Party Down, Starz’ terminally underwatched series about the comical goings-on at a catering company in Hollywood. I’ve been kinda skeptical about this project actually getting off the ground since it was first announced, but it seems the cast and crew involved are more optimistic than I am. In a recent interview, star Adam Scott revealed that not only is the Party Down movie coming together, it just might begin shooting next summer. Read his quote after the jump.

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We hate when great comedy shows are killed off prematurely, and love when the possibility arises that they might rise from the grave to take over movie screens. The idea of an Arrested Development movie is something that has generated a surplus of questions and speculation, and that project seems to be slowly (slowly) crawling towards the light.

Party Down is a much more recent cancellation, and still more of a niche show than Arrested Development was. But it may actually be closer to hitting movie screens, as producer Rob Thomas says that a movie deal is in the works. 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 »

The Paul Feig-directed Bridesmaids won’t be opening until next weekend, but it looks like Hollywood has already taken notice of the wedding-themed female-driven comedy’s mainstream appeal. Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott and Casey Wilson have just signed on for Bachelorette, an indie comedy produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay that sounds like it could be the next Bridesmaids. Read more after the jump.

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You may think you’ve never heard of Matt Walsh, but odds are, you’ve seen his work before. Walsh is probably best known as one of the founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade, and he’s also appeared in supporting roles in tons of films (Elf, Bad Santa, Role Models, Mystery Team, Cyrus, every comedy Todd Phillips has ever done) and television shows (Childrens Hospital, Outsourced, Party Down, Human Giant, Reno 911!, The Daily Show). In short, while he’s not quite as famous as some of his colleagues, it’s safe to say he has a pretty solid comedy resume. Now Walsh is taking on a slightly different kind of role: director. His first feature is High Road, a stoner comedy featuring a bevy of well-known comedians. Watch the red band trailer after the jump.

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Forest Whitaker recently dropped out of the Abel Ferrara retelling of Jekyll and Hyde, in which he would have starred opposite Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson. But he’s looking at a role in Little Treasure, an indie that would shoot in Shanghai, with Michael D. Olmos directing.

Josh Goldstein wrote the script, which has an American couple returning to the wife’s Chinese homeland, where they deal with “prejudices, humor, cultural differences and self-discovery while meeting a Shanghai street kid who changes their lives.” That life-changing street kid aspect is pretty off-putting, but I love Whitaker and we don’t really know much about the story, so trying not to pre-judge based on limited info. [Variety]

After the break, Summer Glau is the latest onscreen blogger and 127 Hours has another addition. Read More »

Hot Tub Time Machine Movie Trailer #2

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MGM has released a second green band movie trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine, a new sci-fi comedy starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Lizzy Caplan, Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase. The film follows a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives:

“Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Rob Corddry) is a party guy who can’t find the party; Nick’s (Craig Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob (Clark Duke) won’t leave his basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads’ pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures – one will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!”

Directed by Steve Pink, the director of Accepted and screenwriter of High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank. I love the concept, I like the cast, and I even digg the screenwriter, but something about these trailers just isn’t doing it for me. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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