The European-set sequel to The Muppets has traded out Christoph Waltz for Ty Burrell, and now the film has added another TV comedy talent. Ricky Gervais is in talks for a major role in the film. He’ll be the lead, in fact — or at least the “lead human.” That’s a necessary distinction when talking about a Muppet movie.

For those who love classic Gervais work such as the office, but aren’t always wild about the tenor of his more recent stuff, this could be a pleasant bit of news. (Presumably, this won’t be a big Muppet-decorated comedy about atheism.) In fact, Gervais is noted as a fan of the characters, making him an appropriate successor to Jason Segel, the fan who last starred in a Muppet movie.

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The first details have been revealed for the sequel to Disney’s 2011 hit The Muppets and they’re a Bingo. Christoph Waltz, best known for his Oscar-winning work with Quentin Tarantino, is currently in talks to star in The Muppets 2 (not the official title) as an Interpol inspector. The film will be set in Europe and while it’ll surely have dozens of cameos, the main human roles are this one as well as “a Russian femme fatale and a male lead whose intentions are always in question,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

As previously reported, the film was written by Muppets director James Bobin and the original’s co-writer Nicholas Stoller. Bobin will now, officially, return to direct as well. Read more after the jump. Read More »

An obnoxious, loud frat boy played Zac Efron will butt heads with a neighborhood family man played by Seth Rogen in an upcoming comedy called Townies. Nicholas Stoller, who directed The Five Year Engagement, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and co-wrote The Muppets, is in talks to direct. Universal bought the pitch by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien last summer. Read more after the jump. Read More »

How you feel about Nicholas Stoller‘s The Five-Year Engagement may depend on what you’re expecting. Those looking for another instant classic from producer Judd Apatow and his circle will likely be disappointed, as the new comedy proves too inconsistent to hold up against the likes of The 40-Year-Old Virgin or even Stoller’s own Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Those simply hoping for a pleasant romantic comedy with likable stars, however, will probably find that The Five-Year Engagement surpasses those standards thanks to a seriously charming lead couple (Jason Segel and Emily Blunt), and a handful of very funny gags.

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It seems like every longtime Hollywood star is trying to revive their best-loved characters right now, so why should Robert De Niro be any different? He’s already working on another Midnight Run, and he’s now publicly acknowledged that he’s not entirely against doing another Raging Bull, either. Also after the jump:

  • Nicholas Stoller will ask Jason Segel for notes on Muppets 2
  • Young Agent K annoys Agent J, goes bowling in new MIB3 pics
  • More MIB3 footage surfaces in the music video for Pitbull’s theme
  • Marvel’s Civil War storyline could maybe appear in Avengers 3
  • Here’s where Star Trek 2 is shooting in Los Angeles this weekend
  • Here are more Star Trek 2 set photos of Zachary Quinto

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Universal Pictures has just released a red band trailer for The Five-Year Engagement and, like most red band trailers, it’s filled with raunchy humor. Written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, the guys who made Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and produced by Judd Apatow, you’d expect nothing less. The odd thing about this trailer, though, is that while most red band trailers horribly spoil a good comedy this one doesn’t really because a lot of the jokes aren’t in the movie. That’s right. About a quarter of the jokes in the below trailer are not in the film. Think of it more of a deleted scene montage blended with the actual movie.

Either way, the trailer does a very good job at selling the kind of humor and heart present in the film, which stars Segel and Emily Blunt as an engaged couple whose lives continue to delay their wedding. Watch the red band trailer after the jump. Read More »

Edward Cullen, James Bond, and Kermit the Frog are all preparing to return to the big screen, but it looks like Roger Rabbit is not. After the jump:

  • Roger Rabbit 2 is still not moving forward
  • The Twilight gang is heading into reshoots
  • Daniel Craig says 007 is “nicer” in Skyfall
  • Nicholas Stoller has details on The Muppets 2
  • Prometheus will one hour and fifty-nine minutes

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This weekend’s The Three Stooges doesn’t look too promising (though there are a handful of positive reviews), and last week’s American Reunion was only okay. Fortunately, there are a couple of much more enticing comedies on the horizon. The latest project from producer Judd Apatow‘s laugh factory, The Five-Year Engagement, is due out later this month, followed a few weeks later by the opening of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s newest exercise in politically incorrect insanity, The Dictator.

Because we know that not a one of you feel like working on a Friday afternoon (otherwise, you’d be actually working instead of checking /Film), we’ve got new clips from both. For the less humorously inclined, there’s also another new scene from The Avengers. Hit the jump to watch.

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