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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Yesterday, the poster for Bridesmaids hit the web and today we’ve got a full trailer. Both are awesome. The comedy, directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, stars Kristen Wiig as a single woman struggling with the fact that her best friend, played by Maya Rudolph, asks her to be her Maid of Honor. Rounding out the bridal party are Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper.

It’s been a while  – if ever – that we’ve seen a broad comedy with a full female cast so I have a feeling that Bridesmaids is going to be a hit. The trailer certainly seems like that’s the case. Check out, along with some new images, below. Bridesmaids opens May 13. Read More »


A test screening for the new Judd Apatow-produced Paul Feig-directed comedy Bridesmaids took place tonight in southern California. The film is written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and tells the story of two feuding bridesmaids played by Rose Byrne and Kristen Wiig. Also starring Maya Rudolph as the bride, and a supporting cast that consists of Jon Hamm, Matt Lucas, Ellie Kemper, Dianne Wiest and others.

And despite the Bridewars sounding logline, the reunion of Apatow and Feig (who worked together on the now cult classic television series Freaks and Geeks) and the hilarious female cast, has many excited. So what is the early word? Find out now after the jump!

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First Official Photos: 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

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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