Anyone with reservations about whether or not they’ll enjoy a cancer comedy can check those feelings right now. Summit has just released the first trailer for the fantastic new film 50/50, the true story of a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is diagnosed with cancer at 27 and given a 50/50 chance of survival. The studio is obviously aware that “cancer” and “comedy” generally don’t mix so they’ve been screening the film early and I’m happy to say that 50/50 (formerly titled I’m With Cancer) is hilarious and poignant. Director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) is able to balance the serious with the funny in an incredibly accessible and entertaining way. It’s one of the best films I’ve seen so far this year.

Written by Will Reiser, the person the movie is about, 50/50 also stars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston and Bryce Dallas Howard. It’s scheduled for release September 30. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

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I was a huge fan/supporter of Jonathan Levine‘s 2008 film The Wackness, which premiered years ago at Sundance and got dumped at the box office by Sony Pictures Classics. Levine has had some tough luck in terms of distributors — his debut feature, the critically acclaimed horror film All The Boys Love Mandy Lane premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, yet has still never gotten a US release (both theatrically and even on dvd/blu-ray). But as they say, the third times the charm, right?

50/50 (originally titled I’m With Cancer) is an autobiographical story based on the experiences of Will Reiser, a producer on HBO’s Da Ali G Show and VH1’s Best Week Ever. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Adam, a 27-year-old who is diagnosed with cancer, and his sometimes funny “struggle to beat the disease.” The film, funded with Summit Entertainment’s giant pile of Twilight money, co-stars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Huston. 50/50 won’t hit theaters until September 30th 2011, probably after a film festival run. We should see a trailer next week.

I’ve heard some amazing buzz about the film, and now I have something in print. /Film Reader Ben has seen a completed cut of the film, and has filed a reader review (much in line with what I’ve heard). Read his thoughts after the jump.

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While he waits for the 24 film to move forward, Kiefer Sutherland is going to romance Kate Bosworth in New York. A film called Fairytale of New York (which only conjures up memories of the Pogues song) has been written by Jeff Murphy and will follow an Irish standup comic who meets an American woman in a NYC art gallery while on a working tour of the States. I can’t get too bent out of shape about another romcom, but I’ll be pretty curious to hear Kiefer Sutherland’s accent. He was born and spent his early life in the UK, but I’m so accustomed to his distinctive voice that  the idea of him sporting an accent seems unusual. [THR]

After the break, Seth Rogen gets company in My Mother’s Curse, and Bridesmaids standout Melissa McCarthy is the focus of two new projects. Read More »

We were pretty curious and more than slightly excited when it was announced that Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen and Danny McBride would play the Beastie Boys in a short film called Fight For Your Right Revisited. The film picks up as the Beasties sneak out of the party they crashed in the 1986 ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)’ video, and then carries on along a ridiculous path of destruction and minor mayhem that, somehow, ends with two incarnations of the Beasties in a dance-off that turns into a very literal pissing match. (So, yeah, perhaps consider this one NSFW.)

The short premiered at SXSW and aired last night on MTV and Comedy Central, and now the whole thing is online. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Boasting one of the most star-studded casts ever to grace a short film, Fight For Your Right – Revisited had its world premiere at Sundance in January. Directed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, it follows the rap legends after their classic ’80s music video Fight For Your Right and stars Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Jack Black, John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell. Plus there are cameos by Susan Sarandon, Jason Schwartzman, Stanley Tucci, Will Arnett, Rainn Wilson and many more.

One of the main questions everyone asked when the film was announced was, when are we going to get to see it? Well, it seems like the full 30 minutes version will be released when the Beastie Boys put out their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, on May 3. Until then, you’ll just have to watch the trailer, which is embedded after the break. Read More »

Surprising heartfelt and consistently funny, Paul is a worthy addition to several film genres. It’s a solid science fiction movie, with its own unique alien back story, a fun road trip film, filled with gorgeous locales and quirky characters, and a hilarious pop culture love letter, as it’s filled with references to all kinds of movies that paved the way for its existence. If you’re a fan of any of those types of films, you’ll find something to like with Paul. It’s never flashy, it never blows your mind but it’ll keep you entertained.

After the jump, read more thoughts on Paul and (re) watch our exclusive interviews conducted with co-writer and co-stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Greg Mottola. Read More »

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Universal Pictures has released an uncensored red band movie trailer for Superbad/Adventureland director Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi adventure comedy Paul which stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (and an alien voiced by Seth Rogen).  Watch the trailer for yourself to see a little alien creature swear his ass off, after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Producer/star Seth Rogen‘s cancer comedy has endured at least two title changes, two directors and two lead actors. So it seems fitting that its new, and final, title is 50/50 and Summit will release it on September 30. Directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) the film stars Rogen as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Philip Baker Hall and Angelica Huston. 50/50 is based on the true story of Will Reiser (who also wrote the screenplay), “a producer on Da Ali G Show and Best Week Ever, who was diagnosed with cancer in his mid-20s and successfully battled the disease over several years.” Michael Giacchino is rumored to be writing the score as well. There’s more information after the jump. Read More »

With everyone sleeping off the end of Sundance and taking a breather after the Superman casting announcement, there isn’t a lot of big casting news today. But here are a couple of quick hits. First up, there’s word that Abbie Cornish (Bright Star, Sucker Punch) has joined the cast of Whisperings and Lies, which was once called Rhapsody.

Bruce Beresford will direct the film about composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, and the understanding is that the focus will be on a love triangle he had with two women, likely his wife (and cousin) Natalia Satina and muse/singing protege Nina Koshetz. Abbie Cornish is reportedly set for one of those two roles, though we don’t know the specific one. Being happy that she’s got another film is good enough for me right now. More details as we hear back from reps. [Bleeding Cool]

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