The cast of this summer’s independent comedy The Way, Way Back is insane: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, and Rob Corddry… and none of them are the star of the film. That honor goes to Liam James, a young actor best known for roles on The Killing and Psych. He’s the main character in this sweet and hilarious coming of age comedy from Oscar-winners Nat Faxon & Jim Rash.
Faxon and Rash won an Oscar for writing The Descendants, but you likely know them best as Ben from Ben & Kate and Dean Pelton from Community. They pop up in this film too, which they wrote, and directed. The movie opens July 5. The first trailer is below. Read More »
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The typical image of a “Sundance movie” often conjures up one of two things. A long, drawn-out burn with great characters, or the independently-financed comedy destined for box office glory. This post contains my thoughts on two 2013 films in the latter category.
In a World is the feature directorial debut of Lake Bell and it is a film about movie trailers. Seriously. Bell, who is best known for her roles in romantic comedies, not only directed, but wrote and also stars in this film about a woman who makes her way up in the world of Hollywood voice overs. It co-stars Dimitri Martin, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino, Tig Notaro, and Nick Offerman.
The Way, Way Back is also a directorial debut, for Oscar-winning screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, AnnaSophia Robb, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry (again) and Amanda Peet all help tell the story of a young man coming of age over a summer at the beach.
Both films are incredibly funny, very sweet and worth your time. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
Fox’s strategy of debuting freshman comedy New Girl online two weeks early paid off beautifully last fall, so it makes sense that they’d take a similar approach to this year’s crop of new shows. The first episodes of The Mindy Project and Ben & Kate have both hit the web this week, nearly a month in advance of their September 25 on-air premieres.
Created by and starring The Office alum Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project follows a doctor trying to get her life back on track in her early 30s. Ben & Kate, meanwhile, stars Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon (one-half of the Oscar-winning The Descendants screenwriting duo) as a pair of grown-up siblings who move in together. Along with New Girl and fellow returning series Raising Hope, The Mindy Project and Ben & Kate will comprise Fox’s new Tuesday night comedy block. Watch the new shows’ pilot episodes in their entirety after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
It can be pretty hard to take Jim Rash seriously when he’s flirting with dalmatians as Dean Pelton on Community, but off-camera he’s enjoying greater success than ever. Rash and Nat Faxon landed Oscars this past February for scripting Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, and have spent most of the year since working on their directorial debut The Way, Way Back.
The project’s history goes back several years. Rash and Faxon’s script landed on the 2007 Black List and briefly had Shawn Levy (Real Steel) attached to helm. When Levy moved on, however, the pair decided to tackle the job themselves. Given their past work, it’s no surprise that they were able to gather a talented and funny cast including Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, Maya Rudolph, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, and Rob Corddry. With shooting just ended, we now have the first image from the coming-of-age comedy. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s been three years since Broken Lizard’s last film, The Slammin’ Salmon, and six years since their last semi-hit, Beerfest, but the comedy group is coming back this summer with a fresh new feature. Well, kinda. The Babymakers isn’t technically a Broken Lizard film — while troupe leader Jay Chandrasekhar directs, not all the team members appear, and the ones that do play supporting roles to non-Lizard stars Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn. Still, I’m betting fans will be happy to see at least a partial reunion, and the premise of the film sounds right up their alley.
Written by Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow, The Babymakers centers around a married couple (Schneider and Munn) trying for their first child. When it becomes apparent that husband Tommy is shooting blanks, however, he enlists the aid of his friends in breaking into a sperm bank to retrieve a deposit he made several years ago. Kevin Heffernan, Nat Faxon, Wood Harris, M.C. Gainey, and Aisha Tyler also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
Until recently, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon were mainly known for their work in front of the camera. But their screenwriting work for last year’s The Descendants changed that, and with this weekend’s Best Adapted Screenplay win, the future’s looking brighter than ever for the pair.
Among their several upcoming projects are an action comedy recently picked up by Indian Paintbrush, which has Kristen Wiig attached to star. In addition, there’s also another collaboration with Alexander Payne in the works, and a directorial debut with Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney set to star. More after the jump.
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