First Official Photos: MacGruber

MacGruber

Universal Pictures has released their 2010 movie preview, which included this first official photo from Jorma Taccone‘s big screen adaptation of the Saturday Night Live sketch MacGruber, starring Will Forte, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe and Maya Rudolph. You will find three photos after the jump, click on each one to enlarge.

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Movie Trailer: Sam Mendes’ Away We Go

away we go

Blogging about movie news 24/7 results in an extensive knowledge of future film projects. Rarely does a trailer come across my desk that I haven’t already written or read about in one form or another, especially not a film by a high profile director. But every once in a while, it happens.

I had no idea that Sam Mendes had even started on a follow-up to Revolutionary Road, nevermind had it in the can. Away We Go hits theaters in just a two and a half months, on June 5th 2009, and Focus Features just unloaded the first trailer today. The film is a comedy about a couple who are expecting their first child, who travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. The movie stars John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Catherine O’Hara, Jeff Daniels and Allison Janney. The movie feels more like Little Miss Sunshine than a film I would expect from Mendes. Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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A couple months ago Paul Thomas Anderson directed a stageplay in LA (which many described as a radioplay), which featured Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, and John C Reilly. There were only a few performances, so if you were there, you were there, but if you missed it – YOU MISSED IT.

Well it appears that PTA is back at it again. And if you’re in Los Angeles, you’re not going to want to miss this event. It’s basically a revised version of the show that PTA put on earlier this Summer.  Jon Brion (I Heart Huckabees, Magnolia, Eternal Sunshine) is doing the music and Anderson wrote some of the material. So if you missed it then, you might not want to test fate again. Who knows if Paul will be doing this again. And aside from this, when are you ever going to have a chance to see a PTA production live and in person? The show is 8:30pm this Saturday night at Largo at the Coronet. Tickets are only $25.

Everyone is wondering: What is Paul Thomas Anderson going to direct next? A big screen adaptation of Metal Gear Solid? Nope. Power Play? Unlikely… A Los Angeles Stage Production starring two cast members from SNL? Ding Ding Ding! … Wait, what?!

On August 5th and 6th. Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen will be appearing together in a performance co-written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Not much more is known. An email that was sent to members of the Largo at the Coronet mailing list didn’t reveal much more about the event:

“So what is this? What’s the deal? *We’re not tellin’ nothin’ more.* All we’ll say is this: trust us, you won’t regret it. You’re welcome to call the theatre to purchase tickets with your credit card… or bring cash only on the night of the shows. *$25 • doors at 8:30 • curtain at 9. Box Office: (310) 855-0350

*LARGO @ the CORONET*
366 N. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
*(you know… next to Trashy Lingerie)*”

All I know is that if I lived in Los Angeles, nothing would stop me from being at Largo on August 5th. Anderson has a history with SNL, having directed a short film for the program in 2000 called SNL Fanatic, which starred Ben Affleck, Jimmy Fallon and Molly Shannon. Maya Rudoph also starred in Robert Altman’s A Prarie Home Companion, in which Anderson was employed as a “standby director.” Some people even claim that Anderson ghost-directed a portion of the film.

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Shrek the Third Movie Trailer

Shrek the Third

I must admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Shrek films. I saw the second one when I was overtired and laughed so hard I almost lost my voice. I later watched the film again and didn’t laugh once. Anyway, Summer 2007 is going to be Sequel-mania, and Shrek 3 is part of that. The trailer for Shrek the Third can be found right after the jump.

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