Playing it Cool trailer
“Hey, if that other guy can do it…”

When Chris Evans talks about wanting to leave acting behind, maybe he’s talking about movies like Playing it Cool, once called A Many Splintered Thing. The romcom follows a screenwriter who just wants to write action, but is talked into writing a romcom… and somewhere along the way, this self-professed love-hater falls for a charming young woman (Michelle Monaghan). In truth, this doesn’t look bad, just terribly lacking in character. And that’s despite a great supporting cast, which includes Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson, Philip Baker Hall, Giovanni Ribisi and Martin Starr. Check out the Playing it Cool trailer below. Read More »

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Silicon Valley

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: HBO has released a new full length trailer for Mike Judge’s new series Silicon Valley alongside a behind the scenes featurette. I have included both of those videos after the jump.

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Zhang Ziyi in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Today’s sequel-related updates are mostly about casting. After the jump:

  • Ziyi Zhang is in talks for the Crouching Tiger sequel
  • Kurt Russell’s son Wyatt Russell joins 22 Jump Street
  • Martin Starr and others board Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead
  • Relativity pushes on with a SWAT-themed Act of Valor 2

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The Lifeguard

Like next year’s Veronica Mars sequel, The Lifeguard features Kristen Bell returning to her hometown and reconnecting with old pals. Unlike Veronica Mars, though, The Lifeguard‘s Leigh London is in the midst of a personal crisis that sends her regressing into adolescent behavior. That includes moving back in with her parents, resuming her high school job as a lifeguard, drinking and smoking pot like a rebellious teen, and even striking up a flirtation with an actual teen (David Lambert).

At first, Leigh’s two best friends, closeted Todd (Martin Starr) and school vice principal Mel (Mamie Gummer) are happy to tag along for the ride, but as Leigh falls into deeper trouble they find themselves dragged down with her. The first trailer for the Sundance dramedy has just hit the web, and you can watch it after the jump.

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Lizzy Caplan‘s already starred in one wedding comedy this year — the enjoyably acerbic Bachelorette — and Alison Brie got to help Emily Blunt to the altar in The Five-Year Engagement earlier this spring. Now Caplan and Brie are teaming up with one another for yet another marriage-themed romcom, playing sisters in Michael Mohan‘s bittersweet Save the Date.

Caplan plays commitment-phobic artist Sarah, who dumps her boyfriend Kevin (Geoffrey Arend) after a public proposal gone spectacularly wrong. She rebounds with sweet Jonathan (Mark Webber). In contrast, Brie’s Beth is happily preparing to spend the rest of her life with Andrew (Martin Starr) — but he seems somewhat more ambivalent about their future. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Today’s Sequel Bits is a low-key one, with just a smattering of minor updates on things we’ve talked about before. But if you’re a big fan of Star Trek, Bridesmaids, and/or Party Down, we figured you might want to know anyway. After the jump:

  • Martin Starr says “there’s nothing official” on the Party Down movie quite yet
  • An insider reveals the real reason Kristen Wiig turned down Bridesmaids 2
  • Roberto Orci offers some small tidbits about the production of Star Trek 2

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We’re moving into a brave new world of CGI and motion capture. No longer will actors be limited to playing characters that move, and no longer will filmmakers be forced to rely on outdated ‘props’ and ‘set dressing.’ There is a new wave of motion capture artists who are pushing the boundaries of motion capture as an art form.

After the break, you’ll find a brief documentary on these cinematic trailblazers. Read More »

‘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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