Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Ever since My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 was announced, the internet has been awash in eye-rolls. Films fans all over the world got snarky about this movie’s mere existence. “Why does this exist?” internet commenters asked the oblivion, which responded with its vast, empty silence. “Who wants this?”
The answer to that first question is “because the first movie grossed $241 million in the United States alone, making it the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time in the U.S.” The answer to that second question is “your parents, your grandparents, and countless other people in your life who couldn’t care less about Star Wars and superheroes.” For a certain segment of the moviegoing population, this movie will be an event.
Watch the My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 trailer after the jump, if you’re so inclined.
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In May, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 got engaged. Now, it’s hired its wedding planner and found a venue. The sequel to the monster hit 2002 comedy will be distributed by Universal and directed by Kirk Jones, who did Waking Ned Devine and Nanny McPhee. No release date has been set but Nia Vardalos will return to star and write the screenplay. Read more about My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 below. Read More »
Over a decade has passed, but one of the most successful independent films in history is getting a sequel. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is now in the works and it’ll bring back Nia Vardalos and John Corbett, the stars of the 2002 hit. Vardalos once again wrote the script which takes place years after the original story, and centers on another family wedding. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011 by Angie Han
Derek Cianfrance‘s been collecting quite a solid cast for his next project, the “Deer Hunter meets The Godfather” crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines. Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes are already on board, with Greta Gerwig circling another part. Now the latest addition to his cast is Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn, who along with Joel Edgerton and Jacki Weaver has been enjoying a nice (and well-deserved) career boost from the success of last year’s Animal Kingdom.
The Place Beyond the Pines focuses on a multi-generational feud sparked by an encounter between Gosling’s character, a pro motorcycle rider who turns to bank robbing to support his family, and Cooper’s character, a cop. Mendes will co-star as Gosling’s love interest, while Gerwig is up for the role of Cooper’s wife. Mendelsohn is in negotiations to play Robin Van Der Zee, a mechanic who pulls Gosling into his bank robbery operation. After watching his terrifying, riveting turn as Hawaiian-shirted uncle Pope in Animal Kingdom, I can’t wait to see what he’ll do with this part.
The Place Beyond the Pines will begin shooting July 25th in Schenectady, NY. [Variety]
After the jump, new parts for Josh Pence (again), Toby Hemingway, and Nia Vardalos.
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Update: Most slots are now filled – and one of them not by the actor we originally assumed…
Tom Hanks has used a Twitpic to unveil some previously unannounced members of the cast for Larry Crowne, his upcoming sophomore effort as writer-director. That’s the picture at the head of this story. Can you descry each and every one? I certainly can’t.
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