Christina Applegate (Anchorman), Alyssa Milano (“My Name is Earl”), Larry Campbell (Wedding Crashers) and Vanessa Angel (Kingpin) are the latest batch of actors and actresses to be announced for the Farrelly Brothers‘ comedy Hall Pass, which began shooting this week in Atlanta. (With Atlanta standing in for New England.) They join the already announced cast of Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Amanda Bynes, Jason Sudeikis, Stephen Merchant and J.B. Smoove.
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, The Losers) will star alongside Sam Worthington in The Fields (formerly titled Texas Killing Fields), to be directed by Michael Mann‘s daughter Ami Canaan Mann from a screenplay by Donald F. Ferrarone. Morgan will play a detective “transplanted from New York.”
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I mentioned Hall Pass in brief yesterday while talking about Sean Penn’s reported return to the cast of the Farrelly Brothers take on The Three Stooges. At the time all we had were a few basic details: Owen Wilson is starring the film, which the Farrellys will shoot in Atlanta next month. (With Atlanta standing in for New England.) New Line picked up the film after Fox put it in turnaround, and it sounds like a comedy in line with the tame recent work of the filmmaking brothers rather than the broad, over the top stuff that made them popular in the first place.
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In June, a gossip columnist suggested to the Farrelly Brothers that Paul Giamatti play Larry in The Three Stooges after Sean Penn backed out of the role due to family issues. Bobby Farrelly admitted to the paper that Giamatti would not only be “a sensational Larry,” but they’d “love to have Paul.” Unfortunately “an offer” has already been sent out “to someone else.” Giamatti who was also in town at the Nantucket Film Festival with his comedy Cold Souls, didn’t seem too responsive to the idea.
“They were always so dark and grim. And Moe was this ancient man with a little boy’s haircut. But Larry? I don’t get Larry. He’s strange. He’s sort of the blank guy in the middle.”
The whole thing seemed rather speculative at the time, but it appears the tides have apparently changed. The Boston Globe now reports that the Farrelly Brothers has not only signed Giamatti to take over the role of Larry, but Jim Carrey is no longer attached to play Curly, even though he was reportly gaining a bunch of weight for the part. No word on a replacement for Carrey just yet. Benicio Del Toro is still attached to play Moe. I’m starting to think that this film may never happen, which might be for the better.
Casting is finally being announced for the Farrelly Brothers‘ The Three Stooges, and the only real surprise is that Jim Carrey is in talks to play Curly. Carrey is planning to gain 40 pounds for the role so that he can more closely match the physical look of Jerome “Curly” Howard. Sean Penn is set to play Larry, and Benicio Del Toro is currently in talks to play Moe, but both of those names have been reported on the site previously. Even Jim Carrey had been rumored to be involved at some previous point of time. The movie is not a biopic, but a comedy that follows the antics of the trio. I’ve heard the script is split into four chapters and is kinda episodic, with the trio breaking up and going their own separate ways.
I use to be such a huge fan of the Farrelly Brothers. I mean, these are the same guys who directed Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and Kingpin. But they haven’t helmed a really good film in at least 8 years (Osmosis Jones, Shallow Hal, Stuck on You, Fever Pitch, The Heartbreak Kid). The fact that the film didn’t get off the ground at Warner Bros doesn’t exactly instill faith in the project. And honestly, a Three Stooges movie just sounds like a horrible idea, even with the level of talent attached.
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In 2003, it was announced that the Farrelly Brothers were developing a film based on The Three Stooges. They spent five years trying to make the film at Warner Bros, but for one reason or another, the film never went into production. Now, Peter and Bobby Farrelly have brought the project over to MGM, and not only is the film going into production, but they’ve announced a November 20th 2009 release date. The Three Stooges will go head to head with Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, the animated sci-fi film Planet 51, and Disney’s Old Dogs (which opens five days later).
I use to be such a huge fan of the Farrelly Brothers. I mean, these are the same guys who directed Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and Kingpin. But they haven’t helmed a really good film in at least 8 years (Osmosis Jones, Shallow Hal, Stuck on You, Fever Pitch, The Heartbreak Kid). The fact that the film didn’t get off the ground at Warner Bros doesn’t exactly instill faith in the project. And honestly, a Three Stooges movie just sounds like a horrible idea.
Discuss: Do you want to see a Three Stooges movie?
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What happened to the Farrelly Brothers? I use to be such a huge fan of the brother-directing team behind Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and Kingpin, but they haven’t turned out a really good film in at least 8 years (Osmosis Jones, Shallow Hal, Stuck on You, Fever Pitch, The Heartbreak Kid). Some might argue that Fever Pitch is enjoyable on the level with other generic romantic comedies, but its nothing compared to their earlier efforts.
Variety reports that The Jonas Brothers (Camp Rock) have signed on to star in Walter the Farting Dog for 20th Century Fox. While the Farrelly Brothers haven’t officially signed on to direct, the film is shooting next Spring, and the Farting Dog is one of the few projects they are considering helming. Say it ain’t so guys, say it ain’t so!
The film will be based on a bestselling series of books by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray. The Jonas brothers play musicians (a huge stretch, really) whose parents are asked to care for a dog with severe flatulence problem, by an aunt just before she passes away. Sounds like an Oscar-worthy storyline. But don’t worry, the screenplay adaptation is in great hands: Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen (not THAT Joel Cohen), the writing team responsible for Garfield, Evan Almighty and Daddy Day Camp. Yup, this one looks like a clunker from all angles.