It’s the first official day of summer, and therefore the longest day of the year, and a withering 95 degrees outside my window. (But it ain’t the heat; it’s the humidity.) So what better time to talk about one of the best summer comedies? David Wain‘s Wet Hot American Summer was made on a relatively small budget and greeted by a seemingly disinterested audience in 2001. But the film has found an enthusiastic cult audience, and one of the tenets of cult movie enthusiasm is holding out hope for a sequel, no matter how unlikely.
In this case, blame the film itself for some of the sequel dreams — it actively advances the idea of a sequel by having the characters end the movie joking about organizing a ten-year reunion. And so, almost every time David Wain gives an interview the question comes up: where’s the sequel? But the movie didn’t do well ten years ago and Universal doesn’t seem to think it will do well now. (Don’t expect a feature-laden anniversary DVD release.)
That doesn’t mean the idea of another movie with the characters (played by Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, A.D. Miles, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Amy Poehler, and Bradley Cooper) is 100% out of the realm of possibility, however. It’s probably only about 98% impossible. Read More »
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Justin Timberlake, Molly Shannon and Eric Stonestreet have joined the cast of Jake Kasdan‘s Bad Teacher.
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Our friends at FilmSchoolRejects learned today that Josh Peck has been cast in a film project called Hearts of Men about three guys “a white boy” (we assume this is Peck), “a black gang member” and “a latino” who witness the latino’s brother get murdered. And like The Wackness, this movie also has some musical undertones. Peck says “The thing that draws them together is that they are all in love with Tupac and his music.” You would think witnessing a murder would be enough to draw them together, but no. The music of Tupac is used as narration or some sort of thematic framing device. I’ve searched and searched for more information on this project, but I can’t even find out the name of the screenwriter. I really fell loved what Peck did in The Wackness, and it will be great to see him in more movies.
Next up Peck will reteam with the lovely Olivia Thirlby (Juno) for What Goes Up (formerly titled Safety Glass), about a reporter who is sent to cover the Challenger Space Shuttle launch only to become mixed up in the lives of some local students during the mid-1980’s. Hilary Duff, Steve Coogan, Molly Shannon also star. We discovered a bunch of production photos from the film, one of which can be seen above, and the rest of which we’ve included after the jump.
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One of the films I really dug at Sundance this year was Year of The Dog, the directorial debut of Mike White.
You probably know White from his quirky screenplays (Chuck and Buck, The Good Girl, School of Rock, Nacho Libre). You might also recognize him as Buck from Chuck and Buck, or the religious security guard from Good Girl. His new comedy stars Molly Shannon as an obsessive dog lover who tries to find meaning after her dog dies. Laura Dern, John C. Reilly, and Peter Sarsgaard also star.
You can see the first theatrical poster to the left. I love the colorful Thumbsucker/Squid and the Whale like illustration. And as always, Left click to see a higher res version.
Year of the Dog hits theaters on April 13th 2007.