Better Living Through Chemistry

Sam Rockwell is currently at Sundance promoting his new comedy Laggies, but in the meantime another of his projects is nearing a theatrical release. Geoff Moore and David Posamentier‘s Better Living Through Chemistry was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films earlier this month, and is now slated to hit theaters in March.

The comedy, which Moore and Posamentier also wrote, centers around Douglas, a small-town pharmacist who can cure everyone’s problems — say it with me now — but his own. That is, until he meets gorgeous, seductive, rich trophy wife Elizabeth (Olivia Wilde) who turns him onto sex, drugs, and possibly murder.

Also starring are Michelle Monaghan as Douglas’ wife, Ray Liotta as Elizabeth’s husband, and Ben Schwartz as a pharmacy delivery boy or something. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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There have been short films and music videos, but it has been four years since Spike Jonze‘s last feature film, Where the Wild Things Are. Now the director is back with his fourth feature, Her, which features Joaquin Phoenix as a guy who falls for a piece of software. Since the software in question is voiced by Scarlett Johansson maybe that’s not much of a surprise. Check out the first trailer below. Read More »

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Joe Swanberg‘s new film Drinking Buddies is his most traditionally polished effort, but it still has the raw emotional intensity of his best ultra low budget work. The film features a great quartet: Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, and Olivia Wilde. The four actors play two committed couples, but lines between them are starting to blur as dissatisfaction with each is complicated by the friendship between Wilde and Johnson’s characters.

This first trailer seems like it gives away a lot, but this is really just a quick sketch of the plot. It hints at some of the most awkward moments between characters without getting into precisely what complications await as everyone tries to figure out what they really want. This is a movie that is frank about the difficulties of maintaining a relationship after the first blush of attraction fades, and while it isn’t always easy, there’s great stuff within, and Wilde’s performance should be appreciated as one of the best she’s given. Read More »

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It goes almost without saying that the vehicular stunts in this weekend’s Fast & Furious 6, as fun as they are to watch, bear no resemblance to reality whatsoever. For audiences that like their car action a little more plausible, however, can look forward to Ron Howard‘s Rush.

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl lead the fact-based drama about the epic rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The new trailer eschews the inspirational angle from the previous domestic promo in favor of more philsophizing about the looming shadow of death. Watch it after the jump.

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The true racing story Rush, based on the lives and rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), looks like the liveliest movie director Ron Howard has made in quite a long time. We saw an international trailer for the film earlier this week, and now we’ve got the domestic version.

The UK trailer seen earlier this week is simultaneously more moody and more visceral, while this one is oriented more around character and feelings. It’s a trailer seemingly designed for an audience that has a certain expectation from a Ron Howard film. We’ll see which one turns out to be more representative of the film as a whole. For now, check out the US trailer below. Read More »

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The Ron Howard project we’ve covered most extensively in this space is probably the fourth season of Arrested Development, but we’re also pretty pumped for his other big release of 2013, the Formula One racing drama Rush.

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl play James Hunt and Niki Lauda, two real-life racing rivals that spent the ’70s neck-in-neck with one another. Their intense competition only intensified in 1976 after the latter suffered a horrific crash that put him in a coma, only to return to the track weeks later. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Some casting, some directing, some controversy and a couple Star Trek details are in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.

  • Olivia Wilde talks of possibly returning for a Tron: Legacy sequel.
  • Greg Kinnear and Josh Lawson join Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
  • Paul W.S. Anderson is definitely directing Resident Evil 6.
  • Warner Bros. is suing the J.R.R. Tolkien estate over a breach in contract with The Hobbit.
  • Bad Robot’s Action Movie FX App will get a Star Trek Into Darkness upgrade.
  • New Zealand is the latest country to get Star Trek Into Darkness a week early.
  • Peter Serafinowicz joins The Muppets…Again and Tina Fey discusses her character.

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One of the biggest selling points for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is its equally incredible cast. Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, and James Gandolfini are some of the most well-respected and popular actors working today. Among them there are two comedy legends, two brutal TV gangsters, and multiple award winners. It’s a murderer’s row of talent.

While on set of the film, which opens March 15, we were fortunate enough to talk to a few of them. And while some of the best quotes are in the first set visit report, we decided to pull a few extra quotes just to give you addition information about the film. Things such as what it was like working with Jim Carrey, who wasn’t on set and why director Don Scardino chose to shoot the comedy on 35mm. Read quotes from Carell, Buscemi, Wilde, Scardino and producer Chris Bender below. Read More »

The stage at the Wadsworth Theater in Westwood, California seems average enough. With its run down seats, bland walls and single stall bathrooms, it could double for any average high school auditorium. There’s nothing spectacular about it. Except on this Monday morning.

On this Monday morning, Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi are flying through the air on harnesses sporting long blond hair and bedazzled purple velour jumpsuits. They land on the stage, introduce themselves as magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton and proceed to dance about like a couple of old men whose best days are way past them. And that’s exactly what they are.

It’s February 6, 2012, day 21 of 48 on the set of Don Scardino’s March comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The film, set in the world of professional magic, is the story of two magicians (Carell and Buscemi) who are long-time partners. Split after years of working together, they’re forced back together when another magician (played by Jim Carrey) begins to steal their spotlight and relevance. It’s a return to physical comedy for Carrey, the feature directorial debut of TV vet Scardino, and a role that seems right in the wheelhouse of the lovable, hilarious Carell, also a producer.

Co-starring Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin and more, the film is scheduled for release March 15 and we were on set to capture some of the magic, as it were. Read More »