She's Funny That Way

For the first time since 2001, we have a new Peter Bogdanovich film arriving this year. She’s Funny That Way (formerly titled Squirrels to the Nuts, a reference to Ernst Lubitsch’s Cluny Brown) stars Owen Wilson as Arnold, a theater director who gets involved with an escort and aspiring actress (Imogen Poots) whose therapist (Jennifer Aniston) is dating his playwright (Will Forte) — who, in turn, begins to fall for the escort.

Meanwhile, Arnold tries to duck the wrath of his wife (Kathryn Hahn), who’s also his star, along with her ex (Rhys Ifans). Lucy Punch is somehow involved as well. It’s a lot to keep track of, so see if you can keep up with the She’s Funny That Way trailer after the jump. Read More »


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Last Man on Earth trailer

Why shouldn’t Will Forte be the last man alive? Or The Last Man on Earth, at least, as indicated by the title of his new show. We expected to see this televised oddity last year, but now it is set for a March premiere. Forte plays, yeah, the last man on the planet, named Phil Miller, and this new trailer for the show jokingly argues that, as the last guy around, he’s also, by default, the best at everything.

The name “Phil Miller,” by the way, is a portmanteau of the names of the show’s creators: Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who you may know as the creators of an unbroken string of good stuff that begins with Clone High and goes through The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street. They co-created the show with Forte. At this point we have no idea how this will be more than a one-off story. There are obvious antecedents here (like I Am Legend, one film adaptation of which gives this show its title) but for a Fox series? No clue. We can’t wait to see where it goes. In the meantime, check out the Last Man on Earth trailer below. Read More »

Steven Soderbergh on Magic Mike set

Thought the piss-poor box office figures for this past summer would discourage studios from making more sequels? Think again. After the jump:

  • Relativity will release The Woman in Black 2
  • Could Koba be back for the next Apes movie?
  • Wesley Snipes might return for another Blade film
  • Will Forte still really wants a MacGruber sequel
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5 may set sail for Australia
  • Mission: Impossible 5 jets off to Morocco
  • Is there any chance of more Deadwood?
  • 24 may get that long-promised big screen sequel yet
  • More Flowers in the Attic TV movies are coming
  • Rumor has it the 50 Shades sequel will star a Kardashian
  • The next Maze Runner is already in pre-production
  • See a (SFW) pic from the set of Magic Mike XXL
  • Lorde maybe teases her Hunger Games contribution

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History Cops

What do animators do when they have extra time and materials on hand? That’s a trick question; animators really don’t have any extra time. But if there were a few surplus minutes on hand, they might make something like History Cops.

The Lego Movie hits blu-ray next week, but one of the special features is online now. History Cops is a parody of grindhouse trailers featuring Lego versions of Michelangelo and Abraham Lincoln. They fight crime, they bust heads, and they dish out quips like “I release you from the shackles of freedom!” It’s lovely, watch below. Read More »

Last Man on Earth trailer

By far the strangest show set to air later this year on Fox is The Last Man on Earth, starring Will Forte, with a pilot directed by the guys who made The Lego Movie. As far as we know, the show only stars Will Forte. He plays Phil Miller, who is literally the last man on Earth. How and why did he end up being the only person left? Is there any chance he might encounter someone else? Does Forte, who created the show, really like the comics series Y: The Last Man, or just old Vincent Price movies? Some of these questions might eventually be answered. Check out The Last Man on Earth trailer below. Read More »


Before they were the acclaimed directors of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were making themselves known on the small screen. They created the well-received Clone High, and worked as writers and producers on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. Now, in the wake of their biggest theatrical opening weekend ever, they’re preparing to head back to television.

Fox has given a series order to Last Man on Earth, a comedy created by Will Forte. Lord and Miller will direct, as well as executive produce alongside Forte and Seth Cohen (by which we mean the head of Lord Miller Productions, not the fictional character from The O.C.). Hit the jump for more details.

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You’ve never seen Will Forte as you’ll see him in Nebraska, directed by Alexander Payne. The actor has cemented himself as a favorite comic talent who can play surprisingly intense guys with a vulnerable core, but he has never been at the center of a dramatic movie, much less something like this laconic black and white road movie.

Forte plays David Grant, a bit of a sad-sack, and the child of Woody Grant, played by Bruce Dern. When Woody insists on making the trip from Montana to Nebraska to claim sweepstakes winnings that David (and the rest of their family) know to be bogus, the younger man agrees to drive his father, both to guide him, and to strengthen the weak bond between the two men.

The film is quiet and meditative as it touches on family and the deep roots of individual characters, but also often gently comic, and occasionally uproariously funny. The funniest bits, however, are delivered by actors other than Forte, who spends much of the film as the straight man to Dern. He’s quite good at it, too. In fact, the shy but determined caregiver that emerges through Forte’s performance is something of a revelation from the actor.

I spoke to Forte in Los Angeles, and our conversation naturally ran towards the new territory in which the role placed him. But we also touched on his own obsessive and nervous tendencies, the pleasure of working with a seasoned pros like Dern and Stacy Keach, and briefly about the long-tail appeal of MacGruber. Read More »

The Fifth Element

Luc Besson wants to make another Fifth Element, kind of. Also after the jump:

  • David Heyman comments on the Harry Potter spinoff
  • Dredd finally gets a sequel… in comic book form
  • A new Terminator comic chronicles the end of the war
  • The newest Cloudy 2 clip features a dramatic entrance
  • See No Evil 2 adds Freddy vs. Jason and Hatchet II stars
  • Mark Wahlberg discusses his kids’ cameo in Transformers
  • Check out the Chinese poster for Transformers 4

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Sideways and The Descendants director Alexander Payne returns with Nebraska, a road trip movie about family and fantasy, starring Will Forte and Bruce Dern. The elder actor plays a man who thinks he’s won a million bucks, and is journeying from Montana to Nebraska to collect. Forte is his son, who ends up along for the ride trying to guide and protect his pop.

This first trailer is great; it shows off the film’s low-key black and white aesthetic and ambitions towards channeling the tone of ’70s film drama. It’s also funny and effective as it shows the fragile relationship between Dern and the rest of his family, and hints at the difficult balance between owning up to reality and keeping some dreams alive, no matter how unrealistic they may be. Check it out below. Read More »