Trip to Italy Teaser

Michael Winterbottom‘s film The Trip was a feature paired down from three hours of BBC television in which Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon played versions of themselves eating and drinking their way through English restaurants. It was great stuff, very funny and consistently entertaining, whichever version you saw. The TV series sequel is about to hit UK televisions, so here’s the first The Trip to Italy teaser.

The edited-down film version of The Trip to Italy premiered at Sundance to good notes, but you probably don’t need to read reviews to know that Coogan and Brydon are going to deliver once more. You might recall that the first film was sold in part on the appeal of Brydon and Coogan dueling with Michael Caine impersonations; here you’ll see a glimpse of this sequel’s approach to Robert De Niro. (There are a good many other comic impressions in this film overall.) Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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Philomena

Stephen Frears‘ last release, the gambling comedy Lay the Favorite, has the unfortunate distinction of being among the worst-reviewed films of his career. His two films before that, Chéri and Tamara Drewe, failed to make much of a mark at all. Fortunately, his next film Philomena looks like it could be a return to form.

Judi Dench stars as the titular character, an Irish woman who was forced to give up her toddler son in the 1950s. She’s spent the years since then searching for him in vain, and eventually gets some assistance in her quest from journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan).

The moving, fact-based tale seems like perfect prestige pic material, and with Oscar winner Dench and the Oscar-nominated Frears involved, Philomena could potentially make waves this awards season. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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What the earlier Despicable Me 2 teaser trailers lacked in information, they made up for in cuteness. The puffy yellow minions were all over those, performing “Barbara Ann” and investigating otherworldly visitors. Now a full-length trailer has arrived, and while it’s not quite as adorable (that’s just what happens when you shift focus away from the minions), it tells us far more about what this movie actually is.

Steve Carell is back as the voice of supervillain Gru, who’s recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help defeat a powerful new baddie. Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, and Ken Jeong also lend their voices. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud return as directors. Check out the new trailer and poster after the jump.

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You’d think that having Steve Coogan, Julianne Moore, and Alexander Skarsgård as parents would be something to celebrate, but that doesn’t seem to be the case in What Maisie Knew. Relative newcomer Onata Aprile plays the title character, who gets caught between her aging rock star mom (Moore) and her art dealer dad (Coogan) in an ugly divorce. Her parents eventually remarry to Lincoln (Skarsgård) and Margo (Joanna Vanderham) respectively, but Maisie finds herself once again lost in the shuffle when Lincoln and Margo, in turn, fall in love with each other.

So basically, it’s like Closer, only a little kid gets horribly screwed over every time the grown-ups decide to switch partners. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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There’s a lot of sequel casting and development to report today, and so after the break you’ll find:

  • Michelle Rodriguez will return for Machete Kills and Fast and Furious 6
  • Vin Diesel is teasing further Riddick sequel news
  • Steve Coogan is cast in Despicable Me 2
  • Eddie Izzard suggests there could be more Treasure Island in his future
  • Eva Green talks about her role in the 300 prequel
  • Wrong Turn 5 begins shooting

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Whatever your genre of choice — action, comedy, or horror — we’ve got sequel news for you today. After the jump:

  • Peter Berg teases one of “40 different storylines” he’s considering for Hancock 2
  • Seth Rogen doesn’t know if Pineapple Express 2 will happen, but hey, it still might
  • Steve Coogan offers up a bit of info on the upcoming second season (and possible sequel?) to The Trip
  • Comic book artist and Altitude helmer Kaare Andrews is tapped for a Cabin Fever prequel

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The long Labor Day holiday weekend is upon us, and between that and the Venice and Telluride film festivals, it seems like a lot of Hollywood has shut down in anticipation of the last relaxing days of summer. But we’ve got a few new casting bits to throw your way regardless. After the break,

  • Ed Helms will remake a French pimp comedy,
  • Paul Dano is among the cast additions to Kelly Reichardt’s new film Night Moves,
  • The unlikely duo of Stephen Dorff and Steve Coogan are in an adaptation of the novel The Catastrophist,
  • and found footage film Evidence gets new players.

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Last month, Nicole Kidman came in as a replacement for Sofia Vergara on The Paperboy, after Vergara and Tobey Maguire dropped out of the project due to scheduling issues. Now, a new actor has stepped up to fill Maguire’s role: John Cusack. Based on a 1955 novel by Pete Doctor, The Paperboy follows a reporter and his brother as they investigate a murder that put the suspect on death row. Cusack will play the part of the prisoner. Kidman, as previously reported, will be a woman who writes letters to inmates on death row.

The Paperboy marks Lee Daniels‘ follow-up to 2009′s Precious, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. The film will also star Zac Efron; Matthew McConaughey is currently in advanced negotiations. [Variety]

After the jump, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, Chris Messina, and Deborah Ann Woll sign up for the Little Miss Sunshine team’s new project.

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