Jason Segel David Foster Wallace

Much as we love Jason Segel, he seemed like an, um, unexpected choice when he was cast as late author David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt‘s The End of the Tour. But now that shooting is underway, we have a much better idea of what Segel will look like in character… and the jury’s still out, I’d say.

The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as a Rolling Stone writer who goes on a road trip with Wallace. Ron Livingston has also just boarded the cast, in a supporting role. See Segel as Wallace and learn more about Livingston’s part after the jump.

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The Pretty One

At first, Jenée LaMarque‘s The Pretty One appears to be built around a Parent Trap-esque gimmick. Zoe Kazan plays identical twins Laurel and Audrey. Audrey is “the pretty one” — a chic, outgoing go-getter — while Laurel is the mousy wallflower.

But then a horrible accident leaves one of them dead, and it’s here that the story really kicks in. Everyone assumes it’s Laurel who perished, but only Laurel knows the truth. Rather than correct them, though, she gives in to the temptation to live it up as Audrey.

Jake Johnson stars as Laurel’s love interest and Ron Livingston co-stars as an ex of Audrey’s, which makes this the second time he and Johnson have had eyes for the same woman (well, sorta) in an indie dramedy. One more, and we could call it a trend. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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The Conjuring

There’s a great bit of stage banter from Tom Waits where he jokes about someone leaning over during a movie to insist “you know, this is based on a true story.” The question from Waits is: does that really make the film any better?

I’ve seen James Wan‘s new film, The Conjuring, and despite the fact that the film begins with a card that says it is based on a true story, I assumed it was one of those Texas Chainsaw Massacre things — a gentle little lie to give the story a bit of weight. Then I remembered that, in fact, this is based on something from reality. The Conjuring brings to the screen a story from the archives of the same husband and wife team that later investigated a famous house in Amityville, New York.

There’s a healthy collection of really well-done haunting scenes in the film, and while it’s probably better to just watch it as a movie, this new trailer gives the real-life family a chance to speak for the first time. If you’ll find a horror film more frightening knowing that it is based in reality, then this is definitely the trailer for you. 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 »

Touchy Feely

Lynn Shelton made her name with intimate, improvised dramedies like Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister. But her latest, Touchy Feely, sees her taking a broader, more traditionally scripted approach, to mixed reactions.

The new film reunites Shelton with her Your Sister’s Sister star Rosemarie DeWitt, who’s playing warm, free-spirited masseuse Abby this time around. Her life turns upside-down when she develops a sudden and inexplicable aversion to human touch, putting not just her career but her relationship with her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy) in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, her uptight dentist brother Paul (Josh Pais) journeys in precisely the opposite direction, as he mysteriously gains a “healing touch” that sends new patients flocking to his practice. Ellen Page, Allison Janney, and Ron Livingston round out the cast. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious and now The Conjuring. It would be very easy to assume the latest horror film from director James Wan to be another in a long string of scary films right in the director’s wheelhouse. However as this new trailer shows, and as Wan said at WonderCon this past weekend, he doesn’t feel he has anything more to prove in the genre. He was drawn to The Conjuring because its basis in fact, period setting and family dynamic gave him a whole new creative jolt.

The Conjuring, out July 19, stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as real life paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren. Best known for their work on what would become known as “The Amityville Horror,” this story of small-town family haunted by spirits is supposedly so terrifying, the Warrens preferred not to talk about it. The film follows suit, gaining an R-rating without any language or graphic violence. At WonderCon, producers said the MPAA just deemed it “too scary” to give a PG-13.

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David Brent is coming back, as is Whose Line It Anyway? Also after the jump:

  • Lee Pace, Angela Kinsey, Michael Ealy and more book pilots
  • Entourage‘s Rhys Chorio will drop by Dexter next season
  • Ron Livingston and Brian Geraghty join Boardwalk Empire
  • FX’s Archer and Syfy’s Lost Girl get renewals
  • Goodwin Games, Louis CK‘s new special get premiere dates
  • The CW cancels 90210 and moves Cult to Fridays
  • AMC confirms Scott Gimple as the new Walking Dead showrunner
  • Dylan McDermott drops a hint about American Horror Story
  • Most PaleyFest 2013 panels will stream live online
  • Netflix announces the Flixies awards

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Horror director James Wan and his Insidious star Patrick Wilson are currently hard at work on Insidious Chapter 2, but first we’ll see them tangling with some other spirits in The Conjuring.

The fact-based haunted house tale follows a family (led by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) who move into an old but charming New England farmhouse. When it becomes clear that a dark entity is stalking them, they call upon paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Wilson and Vera Farmiga) for help. Watch the terrifying first trailer after the jump.

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