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 No longer will actors be limited to playing characters that move, and no longer will filmmakers be forced to rely on outdated ‘props’ and ‘set dressing.’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.

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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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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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I’m not sure who decreed that 2011 be the year of the R-rated-comedy-starring-Jason-Sudeikis, but here we are with a trailer for the third such project this year. A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy stars the SNL vet as Eric, a frat boy-ish 30something who lives to throw over-the-top parties at his dad’s Hamptons home. When Eric’s dad decides to sell the house, Eric decides he has to do something truly special for his last big blowout. (You can probably guess from the title what theme he eventually settles on.)

Leslie Bibb, Lake Bell, Michelle Borth, Nick Kroll, Tyler Labine, Angela Sarafyan, Lindsay Sloane, Martin Starr, Lucy Punch, and Will Forte co-star. Watch the trailer 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 »

The European Film Market is getting underway tomorrow in Berlin, and a big pre-emptive buy has been made by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, which partnered with Samuel Goldwyn Films to grab US rights for a Jason Sudeikis comedy called A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. Read More »