Sometimes there’s no way to make a casting roundup conform to any sort of sense. Such is the case here, as we’ve got info on a wild reality-based political thriller set in 1979, an animated sequel, and an indie family drama with a very unlikely cast. In other words, after the break you’ll find info on:
- Monsters star Scoot McNairy joining Ben Affleck’s Argo,
- Nick Frost and seven hundred other actors doing voices for the fourth theatrical Ice Age movie,
- and an indie called Little Boy, which has Kevin James and Emily Watson set to star.
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Relativity Media announced today that Peter Farrelly (of the famous comedy directing team The Farrelly Brothers), Brett Ratner, actress Elizabeth Banks, Bob Odenkirk and Griffin Dunne (The Accidental Husband) are directing a sketch comedy feature film. More directors are expected to be announced shortly. Originally set up at Overture Films, the yet-to-be-titled comedy project takes a unifying storyline for a series of sketch comedies in the vein of the 1970s hits Kentucky Fried Movie and Groove Tube. Not much more is known about the premise.
The growing cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Emma Stone, Matt Walsh, Patrick Warburton, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet. The producers will announce additional cast members as further deals are solidified, and production will continue thru late May 2010.
I expect that we’ll be seeing more and more movies like this after the success of Valentine’s Day, which was able to cram an impressive ensemble cast into a modestly budgeted romantic comedy. And a Sketch movie allows you to cram even more stars and directors into a two hour feature for a low cost and time commitment. You can read the full press release after the jump.
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Obama chimp t-shirts. The Love Guru. These guys. “That f’ing hat.” How many words are wasted criticizing, analyzing and decrying today’s world, when all we really need is a “This sucks!” delivered by an AWOL Beavis and Butt-Head? Bring ‘em back. The brilliant creator of America’s foremost juvenile delinquents, Mike Judge, tells MTV that he’s finally considering a new Beavis and Butt-Head film, albeit a live-action one…
“The Three Stooges survived a lot of different guys with Shemp, Curly,” Judge reasoned. “I haven’t yet said, ‘OK, I wanna make a live-action “Beavis & Butt-Head” movie, and here’s the idea.’ But for some reason, I used to hate the idea for years, and now I think maybe there’s something there.”
“I was thinking about having a Beavis and Butt-Head movie where they’re just 60-year-old winos. Just something different but with the same spirit of it, you know? A long time ago Johnny Depp had said to me-he really wanted to be Beavis-he said, if you ever do a live-action movie, he wanted to be Beavis. And he said he was doing [Don Juan DeMarco] with Marlon Brando and he said Marlon Brando used to imitate Butt-Head and he would imitate Beavis, so I guess I’m thinking Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando. [smiles]“
The interviewer at MTV also suggested Sean William Scott for Beavis, a name that’s been brought up in the past for a live-action version. And if you remember, before the so-so Beavis and Butt-Head Do America hit theaters, Adam Sandler was another. Thankfully that didn’t happen. My take is that Judge would need to cast younger.
Obviously Depp is the exception, but Sean William Scott is frankly old and too jockish for either character; the actors need to possess a fresher chemistry and more age appropriate look a la Clark and Michael or Jake and Amir (click either to watch/laff). Judge, whose next film is the comedy Extract with Jason Bateman, also mentioned that a B&B theme park ride has been discussed. Nachos, terrified fat Americans, barf and flies everywhere. That would not suck.
Discuss: Who would you choose to play Beavis and Butt-Head? Sexman and McLovin? Anyone? Anyone?