After making her directorial debut in 2006 with Away From Her, about an elderly couple battling dementia, Sarah Polley‘s returning once again to the topic of marital strife. In her sophomore effort Take This Waltz, the characters in question are much younger and dealing with a whole different set of problems, but based on the trailer and clips we’ve seen so far, it seems that Polley’s assured, graceful touch remains a common thread.

Indie-drama queen Michelle Williams stars as Margot, who finds her happy marriage to Lou (Seth Rogen) thrown into question when she develops an irresistible attraction to a handsome neighbor (Luke Kirby). Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Last year Disney announced the video game-inspired film Wreck-It Ralph, which is the new incarnation of a project called Reboot Ralph that the studio was toying with for a couple years.

Starring John C. Reilly as the voice of Ralph, the film follows the title character, an 8-bit video game Bad Guy who dreams of being a hero. In order to change peoples’ perception of him, he travels to another video game land to confront the first person shooter character Sergeant Calhoun, voiced by Jane Lynch. But things don’t work out quite as Ralph planned.

The only footage shown for the film so far was unspooled at D23 last year. Now we’ve got a few images that show a bit of what the film has to offer. Check them out below. Read More »

Sarah Polley‘s latest directorial effort, Take This Waltz, stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen as a couple struggling with fidelity and the complexities of dealing with love and sex as Williams’ character is tempted by a strong, sudden attraction to another guy (Luke Kirby). The film premiered at TIFF last year, and gained notice for Williams’ performance, and for the rare dramatic turns by Rogen and Sarah Silverman, who plays his sister.

Magnolia will release the film this year, and a trailer has just been released. It is based on a sensitive monologue from Williams, which is followed with an effective Lost in Translation trailer-style montage in which we see hints of the characters’ lives and dilemma. Read More »

Nicole Kidman‘s Blossom Films and Olympus Films have teamed up to acquire the movie rights for Kevin Wilson‘s bestselling book The Family Fang, which they plan to develop as a starring vehicle for Kidman. The two companies previously collaborated on Rabbit Hole, for which Kidman received a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

Wilson’s debut novel centers around a couple of performance artists who regularly incorporate their unwilling children into their bizarre acts. Years later, misfortune prompts the now-grown son and daughter to return home, where they find their parents gearing up for one final masterpiece. [Deadline]

After the jump, New Line pulls together an intriguing shortlist for Burt Wonderstone‘s female lead, and The East‘s terrorist organization gets one more member.

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NBC has won the bidding war for a new comedy series by Sarah Silverman, beating out competing networks ABC and Fox. Loosely based on Silverman’s own life, the untitled single-camera show will star the comedian as a woman getting back into single life after getting out of a ten-year relationship. Silverman is set to co-write the pilot with Dan Sterling and Jon Schroeder, both of whom worked on her previous series The Sarah Silverman Program.

Also on board with the project is Ron Howard, who has been “deeply involved” with the show’s development, and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer. Worth noting: The last time Grazer and Howard collaborated on a single-camera network comedy series, the result was Arrested Development. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, a Daily Show writer plays with Henson puppets, a Sopranos actor returns to organized crime, and Clone Wars‘ fourth season gets a trailer. I told you August was a busy time for TV news!

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Multi-hyphenate Sarah Polley first gained attention as a director at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, where she premiered her first feature, Away From Her. Subtle and bittersweet, the film demonstrated an assuredness not often seen in such young, relatively inexperienced filmmakers, and Polley was rewarded with several nods and wins when awards season came. This year, Polley will return to TIFF to premiere her follow-up project, Take This Waltz — and thanks to three new clips that have hit the web, we have a decent idea of what to expect.

The new film stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen as a married couple whose relationship hits a rough patch when Williams’ character finds herself tempted by a new man (Luke Kirby). Sarah Silverman also appears, as Rogen’s sister. Watch the videos after the jump.

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The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced the first fifty or so films from its 2011 line-up today, including new works by Alexander Payne, the Duplass Brothers, Sarah Polley, and Madonna, and many, many others. In the process, TIFF also released a crop of brand-new photos from several films from the schedule. Hit the jump for new photos from the following:

  • Derick Martini’s Hick, starring Blake Lively and Chloe Moretz
  • The Duplass Brothers’ Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms
  • Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston
  • Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, and Sarah Silverman

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Reboot Ralph has been an unknown quantity on Disney’s slate for the past year. Announced in 2010 as a May 2013 release, the film was bumped up to November 2 2012 earlier this year. But all we really knew was the title, and the fact that it was a reworked version of an old Disney project called Joe Jump, which was about “an outdated video game character who’s been left behind by the march of technology.”

Well, Reboot Ralph has now become Wreck-It Ralph, which is now about “an arcade game Bad Guy determined to prove he can be a Good Guy.” The first cast has been announced, too: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch. A few more details are after the break. Read More »

Despite an impressive, eclectic ensemble cast of comedic and dramatic actors, Peep World failed to generate much enthusiasm when it premiered at TIFF last year, garnering some middling reviews from a select few outlets and otherwise not making much of an impact. Nevertheless, IFC picked up the film for distribution and have now released an official trailer.

The film centers around a dysfunctional Jewish family that turns on each other when its youngest member writes a bestselling book exposing all their most intimate secrets. Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson and Ben Schwartz comprise the four main siblings, and they’re accompanied by such talents as Kate Mara, Taraji P. Henson, Judy Greer and Ron Rifkin as their father. Barry W. Blaustein (The Ringer) directs. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »

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I wasn’t planning to write about Gallery1988’s first annual “Is This Thing On” art show as it really has little connection to movies or television (or so I thought… the above piece featuring Judd Apatow mashed-up with the infamous Star Trek Tribbles episode is a fine example of this). The show, co-sponsored by FunnyOrDie, features over 100 artists, each creating pieces that are portraits of their favorite funny people, both beloved comics of yesteryear and emerging superstars.

The line up of comedians depicted include: Chris Farley, Will Ferrel, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, Paul Reubens,Tim & Eric, Nick Kroll, Demetri Martin, Chris Rock, Whitney Cummings, Jon Lovitz, Sam Kinison, Bill Murray, Woody Allen, Colin Quinn, Bill Hicks, Howard Stern, Judd Apatow, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Scott Auckerman, David Spade, Andy Dick, Lenny Bruce, Adam Sandler, Amy Sedaris, Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Guest, Mr. Show, Rob Corddry and Children’s Hospital, Gilbert Gottfried, Jeffrey Ross, Bill Cosby, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tracy Morgan, Roseanne, Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, David Wain and Wet Hot American Summer, Will Forte, John Candy, Lilly Tomlin, Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Mel Brooks and Young Frankenstein, Chevy Chase, Louis CK, Norm MacDonald, Flight of the Conchords, Jim Carrey, Reggie Watts, Steve Martin, Larry David, Rodney Dangerfield, Mitch Hedberg, Ellen DeGenerous, Margaret Cho, Steven Wright, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, George Carlin, UCB Theater LA, Upright Citizen Brigade (TV show), Human Giant, Sasha Baron Cohen, Gallagher, Dana Carvey, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, Danny McBride, Carrot Top, Greg Giraldo, Donald Glover, Zach Galifiankis, Charlene Yi, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Chris Elliot, Jon Lovitz, Artie Lange, Doug Benson, Redd Foxx, Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Dave Chapelle, Chelsea Handler, Aziz Ansari, Eddie Murphy, SF Sketchfest, Cheech & Chong, Sarah Silverman, Stella, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Brian Posehn, Charlie Murphy and Kids In The Hall.
The show is ongoing until January 29th 2011 in the Melrose Gallery 1988 location. Hirt the jump to see some of my favorite pieces of art from the exhibition.