Posted on Thursday, November 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Is America ready to see lovable everyman Steve Carell as a mentally ill killer? Columbia hopes so. The studio has just stepped up to co-finance (with Annapurna Pictures) and distribute Foxcatcher. It’s a fact-based drama from Bennett Miller (Moneyball) that sees Carell playing murderous millionaire John du Pont and Mark Ruffalo his friend and victim David Schutz. And it’s got enough faith in the movie to throw it into next fall’s crop of prestige pictures. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Lisa Cholodenko‘s planned follow-up to The Kids Are All Right, a live-action adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell, hit a snag earlier this month when 20th Century Fox put the project into turnaround. But a movie with the name recognition of Alexander and the combined talents of Cholodenko and Carell was never going to stay in limbo for long, and now the film has found a new home at Disney. More after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
It can be pretty hard to take Jim Rash seriously when he’s flirting with dalmatians as Dean Pelton on Community, but off-camera he’s enjoying greater success than ever. Rash and Nat Faxon landed Oscars this past February for scripting Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, and have spent most of the year since working on their directorial debut The Way, Way Back.
The project’s history goes back several years. Rash and Faxon’s script landed on the 2007 Black List and briefly had Shawn Levy (Real Steel) attached to helm. When Levy moved on, however, the pair decided to tackle the job themselves. Given their past work, it’s no surprise that they were able to gather a talented and funny cast including Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, Maya Rudolph, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, and Rob Corddry. With shooting just ended, we now have the first image from the coming-of-age comedy. Check it out after the jump.
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The Office of Dunder Mifflin/Sabre is finally closing. Showrunner Greg Daniels revealed that the upcoming ninth season of the hit NBC sitcom will be its last and that the end date will give the producers a chance to tie everything up nicely:
All questions will be answered this year. We’re going to see who is behind the documentary. We’re going to meet some of them… and we’re going to explore [why they were filming for so long].
Based on the hit BBC show of the same name which launched Ricky Gervais to mega-stardom, The Office remains one of NBC’s highest rated shows, even since Steve Carell left the show after the seventh season, being replaced by James Spader. The show helped launch the careers of John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms, Rashida Jones, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling and others since its inception in 2005. Read more of Daniels’ plans after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: Justin Theroux‘s primary gig is acting (Mulholland Dr., American Psycho, Wanderlust) but his stint as a writer on Tropic Thunder has led to some great follow-up deals. He wrote Iron Man 2, and wrote and is set to direct Zoolander 2. (Should that movie actually happen, that is. Ben Stiller recently said “it’s not coming together right now.”)
Now he’s got another high-profile directorial gig booked, as he’ll rewrite and direct Swear to God for Gary Sanchez and Warner Bros., with Will Ferrell and Steve Carell starring. Deadline says “Ferrell will play a narcissistic hedge fund manager who thinks he has seen God.” We don’t have any details in Carell’s role.
The script was originally written by Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland (Due Date). Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, and Farrell will produce for Gary Sanchez. WB wants to have this one shooting next July; it would happen after Ferrell and Carell finish Anchorman 2.
Controversy, casting and consensual exits are all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:
- See a photo of how the George W. Bush head from Game of Thrones was fixed.
- Rocker Marilyn Manson joins Showtime’s Californification.
- Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson will have an arc on the Broadway drama Smash.
- Fanboys director Kyle Newman will join wife Jaime King to voice a character on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- Steve Carell told the Los Angeles Times why Michael Scott won’t return to The Office.
- Elizabeth Moss suggests a possible spoiler about her Mad Men character.
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Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
This edition of Sequel Bits is all about the movie stars. After the jump:
- Steve Carell thinks small for Brick in Anchorman 2
- Hiccup and Toothless find a villain in Kit Harington
- Andy Lau‘s kid makes him drop out of Iron Man 3
- Jeff Daniels still wants to do Dumb and Dumber 2
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Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s edition of Sequel Bits is particularly chatty, as everyone has a little something to say about their next big project. After the jump:
- Adam McKay teases a minor Anchorman 2 detail
- Steve Carell talks about reprising his role as Brick
- Fast & Furious 6 gets an early bit of marketing
- Tom Cruise is still excited to fly jets in Top Gun 2
- Lucas Till lobbies for Polaris in X-Men: First Class 2
- Simon Pegg promises more of the Enterprise in Star Trek 2
- Damon Lindelof discusses the film’s “nuanced” villain
- Chris Pine thinks Trek 2 is really about the characters
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