The pilot casting blitz isn’t over yet. Also after the jump:

  • Kristen Wiig‘s Arrested Development role revealed
  • Yeah, NBC is probably going to cancel Up All Night
  • HBO decides not to go with James Gandolfini‘s pilot
  • HBO’s cancelled drama Luck finds new life as a blog
  • Survey says House of Cards is a success for Netflix
  • Nerdist’s Celebrity Bowling could head to AMC
  • Judd Apatow‘s Simpsons script is getting a rewrite
  • Watch the full-length trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel

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Dreamworks Animation announced Turbo a while ago; the animated film features Ryan Reynolds as the voice of a garden snail who dreams of being a racing champion.

Today the rest of the major voice cast has been announced, and it features some excellent names. Paul Giamatti, Luis Guzman, Maya Rudolph and more are part of the lineup. And Robert Siegel (The Wrestler, Big Fan) has been announced as a co-writer, which is also a welcome detail. Read More »

Here’s another red-band comedy trailer, and happily it’s one that (I think) works a lot better than the last we saw today. Friends With Kids comes from Jennifer Wesfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) and explores a slightly absurd premise: two people (Adam Scott and Westfeldt) whose friends have all had kids, decide to have a child together while dating other people.

Complications arise almost immediately, as you might expect, and so do several opportunities for some pretty frank or at least vulgar conversations about sex and dating. The new red-band trailer for the movie shows off bits of quite a few of those scenes, many of which feature Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox, and Edward Burns. Check it out below. Read More »

After all the recent back-and-forth, the only thing that’s clear at this point about Bridesmaids 2 is that nobody knows right now whether there’ll really be a Bridesmaids 2, and if so, whether star Kristen Wiig will be involved. In the meantime, however, fans of that film can comfort themselves with Jennifer Westfeldt‘s indie romcom Friends With Kids. It’s not exactly a sequel — and by “exactly,” I mean “at all” — but it features so many Bridesmaids actors that it might as well be.

Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, and Chris O’Dowd, plus non-Bridesmaids actors Westfeldt and Adam Scott, star as a group of close friends at different stations in life. When two of their number (Westfeldt and Scott) decide to have a child together without having a romantic relationship together, their situation seems ideal at first — until Megan Fox and Ed Burns come along to shake things up. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Jennifer Westfeldt‘s Friends With Kids (not the be confused with Friends With Benefits) has a set-up that most people in their 30′s can relate with — what happens when all of your friends get married, have children and become unavailable?

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That’s right. There are now enough trailers for Bridesmaids that some of you may have lost count. Paul Feig‘s film, written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, is a great comedy with more personality and character than you could hope for, and a lot of soul, to boot. But there are as many trailers now as there are main characters. (And this new one isn’t even the best of them.)

But what the hell: if you’ve missed all the other trailers for the film so far, and want to see a little more of Jon Hamm‘s less than gentlemanly behavior, check it out after the break along with a special character poster for each of the main characters. Read More »

The best comedy of the year hasn’t even been released yet, but I think that when Bridesmaids hits on May 13 it will quickly be hailed as both a very funny movie and a film with more depth than we’ve come to expect from the raunchy R-rated comedy.

To whet your appetite a bit further, here’s a new international trailer to complement the two domestic trailers. It kicks off with one of the most awkward scenes in the film — minor spoiler alert! — in which Jon Hamm, having spent the night with Kristen Wiig, tries to get out of acting like a boyfriend. Check it out after the break. Read More »

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Last night I saw a work-in-progress screening of the Judd Apatow-produced Paul Feig-directed comedy Bridesmaids.

While he is beloved by television fanatical/Film readers, Feig is probably the last remaining member of the Apatow clan to not have a break-out film career. Feig is probably best known for creating the short-lived HBC television series Freaks and Geeks, which has gone on to become a cult classic (including a spot in Time Magazines’ greatest shows of all time and the 13th best show in the past 25 years according to Entertainment Weekly). Paul has since directed 13 episodes of the US version of The Office, 8 episodes of Arrested Development, and a couple episodes of Weeds, Bored to Death, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men. His 2006 family film Unaccompanied Minors was critically destroyed and failed to attract excitement at the box office.

While this screening was marketed as a work-in-progress (something we don’t usually review), Feig revealed on stage pre-screening that the cut we saw was “the final cut” of the movie, only lacking a sound effect or two and a couple minor color timing tweaks. So what did I think? Read my thoughts after the jump!

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