The stage at the Wadsworth Theater in Westwood, California seems average enough. With its run down seats, bland walls and single stall bathrooms, it could double for any average high school auditorium. There’s nothing spectacular about it. Except on this Monday morning.
On this Monday morning, Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi are flying through the air on harnesses sporting long blond hair and bedazzled purple velour jumpsuits. They land on the stage, introduce themselves as magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton and proceed to dance about like a couple of old men whose best days are way past them. And that’s exactly what they are.
It’s February 6, 2012, day 21 of 48 on the set of Don Scardino’s March comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The film, set in the world of professional magic, is the story of two magicians (Carell and Buscemi) who are long-time partners. Split after years of working together, they’re forced back together when another magician (played by Jim Carrey) begins to steal their spotlight and relevance. It’s a return to physical comedy for Carrey, the feature directorial debut of TV vet Scardino, and a role that seems right in the wheelhouse of the lovable, hilarious Carell, also a producer.
Co-starring Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin and more, the film is scheduled for release March 15 and we were on set to capture some of the magic, as it were. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
The cinematic adaptation of Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day isn’t having such a hot day itself. Director Lisa Cholodenko has just exited the project, about two years after she initially signed on. This isn’t the first setback for the film, which found a new home at Disney last fall after Fox dropped it over budget concerns. On the bright side, Steve Carell remains attached to star as Alexander’s father. More details after the jump.
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Steve Carell has made a career of bouncing from traditional to not-so-traditional comedies. One day he’s the wacky guy, the next he’s the serious guy; we love him in both roles. Just look at the next few movies the actor has coming out. On the obvious side he’s got sequels like Despicable Me 2, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, and the magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. He’s also starring as a killer in Bennett Miller’s true-crime film Foxcatcher and a very serious type — almost a villainous role — in the Sundance hit The Way Way Back.
His latest film falls into that more wacky category, for sure. Universal has set Carell to star in an untitled FBI Wedding comedy. Originally written by Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams, Sneakers) it’s now being rewritten by TV vet David Flebotte (Desperate Housewives, Raising Hope). Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
With Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate in the lead roles, plus a slew of their famous friends in supporting and cameo parts, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy certainly had no shortage of big comic talents. But in typical sequel fashion, Anchorman: The Legend Continues plans to go even bigger with a veritable “murderer’s row of day players,” according to co-writer/director Adam McKay. Now, he seems to be making good on that promise as Kristen Wiig becomes the cast’s first fresh face.
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Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Who’s up for another El Mariachi movie? Robert Rodriguez and Antonio Banderas definitely are. Also after the jump:
- Could Channing Tatum or Emma Stone be in Dumb and Dumber To?
- Steve Carell hasn’t seen a script yet for Anchorman 2
- Jon M. Chu has things to say about G.I. Joe: Retaliation
- Rob Zombie does not have plans for a Halloween 3
- Robert Rodriguez is excited for Machete in Space
- Check out the Into Darkness cover of Star Trek magazine
- … and find out what old charater has resurfaced in Countdown to Darkness
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Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
With the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour in full swing, there’s no shortage of TV news at the start of this week. After the jump:
- Ryan Murphy‘s Normal Heart is coming to HBO
- Ricky Gervais‘ Life’s Too Short will end this season
- Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to TV with a comedy
- NBC explains why it passed on Mockingbird Lane
- Community‘s fourth season will have “more heart”
- Up All Night loses its creator as it undergoes a revamp
- Steve Carell will probably never return to The Office
- Revolution‘s midseason premiere gets a new trailer
- Watch a promo for Kevin Williamson‘s The Following
- Starz offers trailers for Magic City and Da Vinci’s Demons
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The new school vs. old school movie is nothing new. We’ve seen the young hot shot come onto the crafty veteran’s turf time and time again. What sets The Incredible Burt Wonderstone apart is that it does that in the world of magic. Plus it does it with a cast including Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey and Jay Mohr.
Directed by by TV veteran Don Scardino and co-written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, the film opens on March 15. Check out the first trailer below, along with some brand new posters. Read More »
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This March, five things people love are all going to be on the big screen together: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and magic. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, is scheduled for release March 15 and earlier this year, /Film was invited to the set to see a few of these comedic geniuses work. We spoke to the director and producer, saw Carell and Buscemi work their way through a hilarious scene, and even saw the duo lowered from the ceiling to perform magic.
In the coming weeks, we’ll have the full details for the set visit but, after the jump, read a few more details to get you ready. Read More »