When we first heard about Tina Fey circling Paul WeitzAdmission back in January of last year, we were midly surprised to note that the project seemed to be a drama. Considering that Fey’s known for stuff like Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and Mean Girls, and that Weitz’s resume includes as many comedies (Little Fockers, American Dreamz) as dramas (Being Flynn), it seemed much more natural to assume that it’d be another funny film.

But Admission is indeed intended as a serious-minded picture, even as another star known for making people laugh has begun circling the project. Owen Wilson is said to be weighing a role in the film, which will begin shooting this summer. More details after the jump.

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Hot off the $125 million (and counting) success of Little Fockers, director Paul Weitz has chosen his next project and is just about ready to lock up his leading lady. Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress Tina Fey is in final talks to star in Admission, based on a novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The film, which is being put together by Universal from a script by Karen Croner, centers on an admissions officer at Princeton who develops a relationship with a student who is not quite Princeton material.

In addition, John Michael Higgins, the hilarious character actor best known for his roles in the Christopher Guest movies, has joined the already stellar cast for Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought a Zoo and Ron Livingston (Office Space, Swingers) has signed on to join Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton in Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, about a couple who wishes for a child. Livingston will also be part of the ensemble high school reunion film Ten Year. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Watch The First Five Minutes of Megamind

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DreamWorks Animation has released the first five minutes of the upcoming film Megamind on Paramount’s Nickelodeon site. While I know that many of you have not been impressed by the trailer, I have heard this film is actually good. The first five minutes shows evidence of this, and has definitely boosted my confidence in the project. You too can watch the first five minutes embedded after the jump. I must warn you that the embed auto-plays, there is nothing could do to change this. So adjust your speaker volume before hitting the continue reading link.

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Movie Trailer #3: Megamind

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We’ve already seen a couple trailers for the DreamWorks animated film Megamind, in which Will Ferrell voices a super-villain pitted against his super-heroic arch rival, voiced by Brad Pitt. Now there’s a third trailer, which actually shows off some of the film’s story, which is based on a sort of twist that the previous clips didn’t even suggest. Read More »

Megamind Movie Trailer

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Dreamworks Animation has finally released a full length trailer for their upcoming superhero comedy Megamind. DWA’s supposed answer to The Incredibles looked like the exact opposite of anything I’d want to watch in the initial teaser trailer. But this new full length trailer has me a bit more excited. The opening, which is an obvious reference to Superman’s origin story, is a nice starting off point. But the trailer slowly degrades into the corny Dreamworks-like comedy (more Shrek than Kung Fu Panda). And did I mention that I hate the character design of Megamind? But remember, the trailers for How To Train Your Dragon were also pretty bad. So… how much of the movie is Dreamworks showing us?

The most shocking thing about the trailer is that it it isn’t really a full length trailer. Sure, it is two and a half minutes long, but it serves more of a teaser. The trailer doesn’t even reveal the HUGE plot point which is the entire starting point of the story. For those of you interested, I’ve included the official plot synopsis below. Check out the trailer now embedded after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Megamind Teaser Trailer: Oh, Dreamworks.

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The DreamWorks Animation film Megamind has gone through few changes: last fall Robert Downey, Jr. dropped out as the lead of the voice cast, and was replaced by Will Ferrell. Then the film got a new title when the original OoberMind was changed to the current Megamind. When Peter reported that change he said the film was sounding “more and more DreamWorks-like,” which isn’t such a good thing. Now there is a teaser, and I have to agree. Check it after the break. Read More »

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We haven’t seen Rene Russo in a feature film since Yours, Mine and Ours in 2005, and (as someone noted, but I don’t recall whom) we haven’t seen her do a decent movie since The Thomas Crown Affair, in 1999. But Russo’s turn in Wolfgang Peterson’s In the Line of Fire will never fade, so I’m happy to see her coming back to the screen as a Norse queen.

Russo has been cast in Thor, where she’ll play Frigga, the wife of Odin and mother to Thor and Loki. Sounds like a rather small part — with all the characters we already know about there can’t be much room for Thor’s mom. But if anyone can manage a sprawling cast on film it is the Shakespeare-worshipping Thor director Kenneth Branagh. [Variety]

After the break, details on the possible reunion of Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Read More »

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