You’ve just found out there are three weeks until the inevitable end of the world. What do you do? If your the characters played by Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in Focus’s upcoming romantic comedy, you fall in love looking for your loved ones. The film is called Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World and it’s written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, who wrote Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

In addition to the two leads, the star studded cast includes Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Adam Brody (The OC),  Rob Corddry (Children’s Hospital), Rob Huebel (Human Giant), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Derek Luke (Antoine Fisher), Melanie Lynskey (Away We Go), T.J. Miller (Cloverfield), Patton Oswalt (Big Fan) and William Petersen (CSI). It’ll be released on June 22 and the trailer and poster has just come online. Read More »

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There’s plenty to look forward to in spring 2012, but as we head slowly (oh, ever so slowly) toward the warmer months, two films have been pushed back to other seasons while one has landed on a different spring date. After the jump, get updates on new release dates for Relativity’s The Raven and House at the End of the Street, as well as Focus Features’ Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

[Update: Hit the jump for a just-released poster for The Raven]

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Even as I’m rushing to catch up on the 2011 films I’ve missed before the end of the year, I’m already looking forward to the crop of films that are due to open next year. Focus Features has just announced release dates for three of its upcoming releases I’m most curious about: Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom, Paul Weitz‘s Being Flynn, and Lorene Scafaria‘s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Details after the jump.

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Billed as a “pre-apocalyptic comedy,” Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightly is about to go into production. Though the two leads were announced last month, the rest of the cast for the film – written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) – has now been revealed.

It includes Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Adam Brody (The OC),  Rob Corddry (Children’s Hospital), Rob Huebel (Human Giant), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Derek Luke (Antoine Fisher), Melanie Lynskey (Away We Go), T.J. Miller (Cloverfield), Patton Oswalt (Big Fan) and William Petersen (CSI) just to name a few. Wow. Pretty impressive for a first time director. Read more after the jump. Read More »

William Petersen has always been a bit careful about choosing work, and now that he’s gone from CSI, he’s looking at features once more. He’s in Tony Kaye’s Detachment now, but that’s his first feature since 2000. Now he is negotiating to join Seeking a Friend at the End of the World, which already had the odd pairing of Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. Along with him come Adam Brody and Rob Corddry.

Lorene Scafaria (writer, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) wrote and will direct; the story picks up when an asteroid threatens to end life on Earth. The main character is “a man whose wife leaves him amidst the ensuing panic, prompting him to seek out his high school sweetheart, who yearns to be with him when doomsday arrives. Knightley plays the female lead, a neighbor of Carell’s character who accompanies him on a romantic road trip to find her.” We don’t know the roles that Adam Brody and Rob Corddry will play. [Variety]

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With inevitable apocalypse on the horizon, love and laughter are probably two things most people would seek out. In Hollywood, though, they tend to believe we’d be all about big explosions or enlightenment. Movies about the end of the world usually take comedy and romance and make them secondary to the detailed destruction of a city or the religious significance of it all. In reality though, if we knew it was all going to end, we’d probably just like to fall in love and laugh with our friends.

At least, that’s what Lorene Scafaria seems to think. The screenwriter of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist has written, and will make her directorial debut, with Seeking A Friend For The End of The World, which follows a budding romance on the eve of a humanity destroying asteroid. Steve Carell has just signed on to play the male lead while Keira Knightley is in talks to play his neighbor, a young woman who agrees to accompany Carell as he searches for his high school sweetheart. Read more about the project and the casting after the break. Read More »

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The latest project to fall into the laps of prolific hoarders Amanda Seyfried and McG is a movie based upon Sabrina Rudin Erdely’s Rolling Stone article The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League. I’ve just read the original story to get a handle on what the movie would be about, and in basic terms, it’s this: Esther Reed steals a series of identities, eventually becoming Brooke Henson and getting admitted to Columbia University under false pretenses, not to mention a false identity. Detectives looking for the real Brooke Henson, who was a missing person, track the fake Brooke down but before they can nab her, she hits the road and vanishes. At this point, police detective Jon Campbell takes on the hunt as easily his biggest case to date, and the chase is on.

There’s more than a whiff of Catch Me If You Can about this, I think you’ll agree.

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