Operator Trailer - Martin Starr and Mae Whitman

After Her explored how artificial intelligence may become a new outlet for humans to find love, a new film that played at SXSW earlier this year feels like a kindred spirit. It’s one that’s a little more grounded in reality, but still uses technology as the catalyst for romantic confusion.

Operator follows Martin Starr as a software developer whose team is tasked with creating a new voice for a Siri-like program on a smartphone. After getting a nice, calm chat from his wife (Mae Whitman), he decides that she would make the perfect new voice. But then he starts preferring the company of her presence on the phone instead of her in real life.

Watch the Operator trailer after the jump. Read More »

Russo Brothers Anna Kendrick Squirrel Girl

Officially, Marvel Studios has made no indication that they intend to bring Squirrel Girl to the big screen. But that’s not stopping fans from fantasizing about who should play the unbeatable rodent superhero. Over the past year or so, Anna Kendrick has emerged as a popular fantasy-cast pick, with Kendrick herself expressing interest in the role. Recently, Kendrick’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World director Edgar Wright chimed in with his support.

Now Kendrick also has the endorsement of two high-profile figures actually involved with the MCU. Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have spoken up to say Kendrick as Squirrel Girl would be “perfect casting.” That doesn’t mean a Squirrel Girl movie will ever actually happen, mind you, let alone that Kendrick will star. But hey, we can dream.  Read More »

Parenthood - Season 2

Two years ago, Parenthood ended its six-season run with 13 episodes. A lot of people assumed the show wouldn’t return after the fifth season, which some fans consider to be the series’ most underwhelming season, but NBC brought the Braverman family back for one last go. Could we ever see them again, though? From the sound of it, there’s a good chance that’ll happen when the time is right.

Below, learn more about a possible Parenthood revival.

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Independence Day Sequel Cast

There have been a ton of casting announcements over the last month for Roland Emmerich‘s upcoming Independence Day sequel, some of which we have missed reporting on. With the news today that William Fichtner is joining the ensemble which is currently filming, I thought now is a good time to do a round up of the Independence Day sequel cast, giving you all of the details on who is involved, returning, not returning, and what roles they may have in the upcoming sequel.

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jason reitman live read

There are less than 24 hours until the big event and Captain America is out. The text comes in at 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday March 18. For the past two weeks, I’ve been talking regularly to writer/director Jason Reitman about the latest installment in his Live Read series, the ongoing set of performances at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in which he assembles famous casts to read famous scripts from famous movies as a one-night only event. We’ve been covering them for a long time. For the final one of this season, I wanted to know how it was done.

This Live Read was to be Dazed and Confused by Richard Linklater, a sprawling coming of age film with a huge cast of characters, many of whom have become iconic for moviegoers. The most iconic is Wooderson, played by Matthew McConaughey. It’s a small role, and one that Reitman thought he had cast months before the event.

Reitman was at the 87th Annual Academy Awards back in February representing Whiplash, a Best Picture nominee he produced. There he ran into Captain American actor Chris Evans and asked him if he wanted to read the role of Wooderson. Evans enthusiastically agreed and was on board… until less than 24 hours before the event, when he had to drop out. “He had a sincere personal reason to pull out,” Reitman writes via text. “He’s an incredibly decent and lovely guy.” Nevertheless, Captain America has caused a bit of a problem.

Below, find out both how that turned out and the entire making of story behind the Jason Reitman Live Read of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused Live Read. Read More »

Dazed and Confused Linklater

The great thing about Dazed and Confused? I get older and it stays the same age.

Twenty-two years after Richard Linklater‘s ’70s slice of life film hit theaters, listening to it read by a group of actors still feels as poignant and relevant as ever. Maybe the music and references have changed a bit but a teenager’s insecurities, rebellious nature and mischievousness are and will continue to be universal. In Linklater’s script those ideas are delivered with an almost unfairly simple and eloquent precision.

At Thursday’s Live Read, presented by Film Independent at LACMA, Jason Reitman brought together a group of actors to read the script and, yes, the huge cast of characters made things a little confusing. In back-to-back scenes, an actor might have to jump from nerd to cool guy to stoner, giving the whole evening an unpredictable energy. It was even more unpredictable as they were reading an earlier version of the script that had some huge differences from the final film.

Below, we’ll break down those script changes, the cast, some of the crazy performances, and talk about how even in a form that’s unfamiliar to most of us, Dazed and Confused remains as good as ever. Read More »

Frozen jokes Elsa

The East Coast of the United States has been stuck in a bit of a deep freeze over the past few weeks. Many inches of snow, subzero temperatures, and no one to blame. Or is there?

In Harlan, Kentucky (not quite the East Coast but still) they’re blaming Queen Elsa of Arendelle, aka the Ice Queen star of Disney’s hit film Frozen. The Harlan City Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for Elsa because of the snow.

In other Frozen-humor news the co-stars of The DuffBella Thorne and Mae Whitman, have shared a behind the scenes video from a live-action remake of Frozen, created with the help of Funny or Die. Check out two Frozen jokes below. Read More »

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After perfecting her plain-girl act in Arrested Development, Mae Whitman (her?) is trying to shake it off in The Duff. She plays Bianca, a high school senior who’s dismayed to realize she’s considered the DUFF — Designated Ugly Fat Friend — to her prettier pals. In an effort to reinvent herself, she enlists the help of handsome popular jock Wesley (Robbie Amell).

It all sounds pretty silly, starting with the notion that Whitman is ugly and fat. But this is movie-land, where Rachel Leigh Cook was once considered freakishly repulsive because she dared wear overalls and glasses. And where we’re supposed to believe Amell, a 26-year-old former male model, is a typical teenager. Hit the jump to watch The Duff trailer.

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Parenthood Season 6
Good news for fans of Parenthood (like me): NBC has renewed the series for a 13-episode final season. The network will air Parenthood Season 6 in the fall, in the Thursday 10pm time slot. More details on the return, after the jump.
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The Graduate Live Read

Early on in The Graduate, there’s that iconic moment. Ben Braddock, a recent college grad, is talking with the beautiful older family friend Mrs. Robinson. Ben says, “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.” It’s iconic thanks to director Mike Nichols’ choice of angle, the delivery of the line by Dustin Hoffman, and the way that one sentence sets the entire story into motion.

At Jason Reitman‘s final live read of the season, actor Jay Baruchel played the role of Ben Braddock. When he got to that line, delivered next to his Mrs. Robinson, Sharon Stone, the 32-year-old actor broke character, cocked his right arm on his side and whispered, “Yes!” He was excited, not just because he nailed the legendary line, but maybe he got the feeling what was to follow was going to go very well. Reitman’s casting of Baruchel as the nervous, unsure, yet charming and likable Ben couldn’t have been more perfect. The same could also be said for Sharon Stone, whose Mrs. Robinson was sexy, confident and cool.

Though both actors were merely sitting in chairs, reading lines of dialogue, their body language created an electric chemistry that turned the combination of a great cast and a flawless script into a memorable event. Below, read more details about the Film Independent at LACMA Live Read of The Graduate. Read More »