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Edgar Wright isn’t directing Ant-Man, Adam McKay isn’t directing Ant-Man and, rumor has it, Rawson Thurber isn’t going to direct the film either. From the original short list that emerged after Wright left the project, that leaves only Ruben Fleischer. However, Deadline now reports two other names are “also making the rounds.” They are Neighbors director Nicholas Stoller and Michael Dowse, who directed the hockey film Goon. Read More »

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We’ve seen Daniel Radcliffe as a hero, we’ve seen him in period pieces, some have even seen him naked on stage. But now the Harry Potter star takes on his most “normal” role to date, as a simple guy trying to win the affections of a girl.

Radcliffe is the star of What If, a romantic comedy directed by Michael Dowse. He plays Wallace, a medical school drop-out who meets a cool girl named Chantry (Zoe Kazan). She lives with her boyfriend (Rafe Spall), which becomes a bit of an issue for Wallace when he realizes he’s in love with her.

What If has a pretty typical set-up to be sure but the cast (which also includes Adam Driver) definitely piques my interest. The film hits U.S. theaters August 1 and you can check out the trailer below. Read More »

Jay Baruchel Offers Update On ‘Goon 2′

One of the early surprises of 2012 was the hockey comedy Goon. Directed by Michael Dowse and written by Evan Goldberg and Jay Baruchel, the film starred Seann William Scott as a small-time hockey enforcer whose talent for violence leads him to the big time. Not only does the film feature a classic sports story, it has heart, violence and lots of character. Debuting On Demand and then hitting theaters, the film turned a small little profit and gained a passionate fan base, one curious to see where the story would go next.

Baruchel, who also starred in the film, took to Twitter to update fans on Goon 2. He’s currently co-writing it with Jesse Chabot, Goldberg will produce and Dowse will return to direct. Read his statements after the jump. Read More »

Twelve years after the release of American Pie, I still associate Seann William Scott most strongly with the role of obnoxious, douchey Stifler. But in Michael Dowse’s hockey comedy Goon, Scott stars as Stifler’s polar opposite: “Doug, the nicest guy you’ll ever fight.”

Scripted by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, the film follows a bouncer whose fighting skills land him a spot on a minor league hockey team, despite the fact that he can’t even skate. Writer Baruchel does double duty as Doug’s best pal, while Alison Pill stars as Doug’s love interest and Liev Schreiber as Doug’s nemesis. Watch the new green-band trailer and a clip from the film after the jump.

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Hey! Remember the ’80s? Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler and Teresa Palmer do. They’re the cast of the upcoming comedy Take Me Home Tonight, which opens March 4 and is set in 1988. As part of the viral marketing campaign for the film, they’ve created a music video that features the whole cast, a ton of cameos and references/reenactments of upwards of 50 classic Eighties movies, all in the course of four minutes. While some of the references are super obvious – Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, etc. – it’s actually pretty fun to watch and pick out a few of the less obvious ones. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

‘Take Me Home Tonight’ Red Band Trailer

Though it feels like there have been an over abundance of nostalgic Eighties comedies, there really aren’t as many as you’d think. Plenty of films in the last few decades have been set in the Eighties but only movies like Hot Tub Time Machine, The Wedding Singer, Adventureland and to a lesser degree American Psycho, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, Grosse Pointe Blank and 13 Going on 30 have used the decade as the butt of a joke for the full duration of a film.

You can now add a new member to that club because the Eighties are definitely the punchline in Take Me Home Tonight, an R-rated comedy starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Michelle Trachtenberg, Michael Biehn, Chris Pratt, Lucy Punch, Michael Ian Black, and Demetri Martin. The film has been on the shelf for several years and will finally be released March 4. You saw the green band trailer a few months ago and now we’ve got the red band trailer complete with nudity, cursing, excessive drug use and more. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, excluding The Tooth Fairy starring The Rock, that offer proof. /Film’s Weekend Weirdness examines such flicks, whether in the form of a new trailer for a provocative indie, a mini review or…”what do you mean Merlin wasn’t real?! Attention hosers: it’s the return of FUBARAnd much more after the jump in this double-deep installment…

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