It would’ve been easy for Kristen Wiig to keep riding the Bridesmaids train with a sequel. Lord knows Universal would’ve been happy if she did. But instead, the Saturday Night Live alum took the road less traveled with a string of indies, including her passion project Girl Most Likely (formerly Imogene).
Directed by American Splendor‘s Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pucini, the comedy follows a New York playwright (Wiig) who’s released into the care of her Jersey-trash mother (Annette Bening) following a suicide attempt. Mom and daughter don’t exactly get along, and tensions are high at first, but… well, you can probably guess where this is headed. Matt Dillon and Darren Criss also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Kristen Wiig has been trying to get the dark comedy Imogene off the ground for a few years now, but it wasn’t until she found huge success in this spring’s Bridesmaids that things really started to pick up with her passion project. Now Imogene is shooting in various locations throughout the U.S. with American Splendor directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini at the helm, and the first images and a poster have hit the web.
Scripted by Michelle Morgan, the story follows a New York-based playwright (Wiig) who fakes a suicide in order to get her ex-boyfriend’s attention. Instead of winning him back, however, she ends up forced to move in with her gambling-addicted mother (Annette Bening) in New Jersey. Matt Dillon, Darren Criss, and Natasha Lyonne also star. Check out the photos after the jump.
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Here’s a lovers and spouses collection of casting news, leading off with a nice change of pace report of an actor being cast as the ‘love interest’ for a major actress, rather than the other way around. After the break you’ll find:
- Matt Dillon will woo Anette Bening in Imogene,
- The Killing actress Mireille Enos joins Gangster Squad,
- Stephanie Szostak cozies up to Ryan Reynolds in RIPD,
- and some of the Jersey Shore knuckleheads appear with famous fictional whackos The Three Stooges.
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We’ve got a diverse set of projects on which to report in this latest casting break: a political prestige project, a more routine-sounding thriller, and a dark comedy with quite a good pedigree. After the break, you’ll find:
- Brit Marling seems to have settled on Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep as her next big role,
- Gerard Butler will play a rogue former FBI agent in The Bricklayer,
- and Natasha Lyonne joins Kristen Wiig’s passion project, Imogene. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2011 by Angie Han
Glee star Darren Criss has landed a part in Imogene, a dark comedy by American Splendor directors Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini. The Michelle Morgan-penned script revolves around a New York playwright (Kristen Wiig) who fakes a suicide in order to get her ex-boyfriend’s attention. Instead of winning him back, however, she winds up forced to move in with her gambling-addicted “tacky Jersey Shore mother” (Annette Bening).
Criss will play “a younger love interest” who catches the eye of Wiig’s character, but let’s be real — the really intriguing bit of info here is the fact that Bening will be, as Vulture put it, “channel[ing] Snooki” to play “the mother who’s a little inappropriate all the time.” Shooting for the project will begin in New York City this summer. [ThePlaylist]
After the jump, Frank Grillo picks up two new roles on either side of the law, and Patricia Clarkson gets ready to scare the living daylights out of Ron Fucking Swanson.
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Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2011 by Angie Han
Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly leading the pack of actresses vying for David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, ahead of the likes of seemingly every rising (or recently risen) starlet in town. Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough, and Olivia Wilde were all among Lawrence’s competitors for the part. If the deal closes, Lawrence would begin shooting this fall after The Hunger Games wraps.
Based on a novel by Matthew Quick, the film will star Mark Wahlberg as a former high school teacher who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental institution, into the care of his mother. Lawrence would be playing a troubled young widow who eventually becomes a love interest for Wahlberg’s character. [ThePlaylist]
After the jump, Annette Bening mothers Kristen Wiig and Rhys Ifans gives some disappointing news.
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Kristen Wiig is on the verge of being able to shoot a film she’s been wanting to make for the past couple years. Imogene, written by Michelle Morgan and to be directed by Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor, Cinema Verite), . The project isn’t new, with reports of it having surfaced last summer and earlier this year, but now thanks to the success of Bridesmaids it is looking like a go. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2011 by Angie Han
These days, reality television may be considered by some to be a blight on our cultural landscape, but there was a time when it offered a more honest counterpoint to the idealized families being portrayed on American sitcoms. Back in the early ’70s, filmmaker Craig Gilbert conceived of a documentary series about a California household as a response to shows like The Brady Bunch. The show, “An American Family,” was considered groundbreaking at the time, and is now thought of as one of the earliest examples of reality television.
HBO Films’ Cinema Verite, directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor), tells the story of the making of “An American Family.” James Gandolfini stars as Gilbert, while Diane Lane and Tim Robbins play the parents of the Loud family. We’ve featured spots for the movie here before, and a new trailer has just been released. Check it out after the jump.
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Long before The Real World, Survivor or Jersey Shore, producer Craig Gilbert created An American Family. The PBS documentary special that aired in 1973 was unlike anything ever put on television. It chronicled the real life, daily struggles of the Louds, a seemingly perfect California family who were not only catapulted to fame by the film, but helped usher in a whole new genre: reality television. Cinema Verite is an HBO Original Film that tells the behind the scenes story of this groundbreaking piece of popular culture, starring James Gandolfini as producer Craig Gilbert along with Diane Lane and Tim Robbins and Mrs. and Mrs. Loud, the main subjects of the film.
Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor), Cinema Verite premieres on HBO April 23. We recently highlighted a first glimpse at the film but you can check out the full trailer after the jump. Read More »