Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig is finally making his first big film. Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig as a woman whose best friend recruits her to be the maid of honor in her wedding. The film has already had one great trailer, and played to excellent reception a couple days ago at SXSW. Now there is a second trailer, and it is just as good as the first. 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 »
My favorite film from the 2007 Sundance Film Festival is the feature film debut of screenwriter John August (Go, Big Fish). There isn’t really any way to describe The Nines without ruining much of the plot. The plot summery I’ve seen floating around the web describes the film:
A troubled actor, a television show runner, and an acclaimed videogame designer find their lives intertwining in mysterious and unsettling ways.
The new movie trailer probably reveals too much. What are The Nines? It’s a JJ Abrams style mystery/character drama which will have you talking the whole car ride home. Check out the trailer after the jump.
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There were 5 movies we really loved at this year’s Sundance. One of them was screenwriter John August’s directorial debut The Nines. GreeneStreet quickly scooped up the international rights, but we worried that the film might not get distribution in the U.S. because of its unique unconventional narrative. Well good news, Newmarket and Sony have partnered for US distribution (Newmarket will do theatrical, Sony will do home video).
“If you’ve got a challenging indie with geek appeal, they’re your distributor of choice,” August wrote in a recent blog post. The Nines is a movie which some people love fanatically, yet leaves other people scratching their heads. Newmarket has a great track record with this kind of film, and won’t try to market it as something it’s not. They’re small, and can give it the kind of steady nurturing it needs.”
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Eight years after his first feature screenplay Go played Sundance, John August returns with his directing debut The Nines.
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