NEBRASKA

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 »

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NEBRASKA

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 »

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The first teaser for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 introduced an island overrun by food/animal hybrids — the sort of place a hungry Jules Verne might scribble down in a notebook. A featurette showed off more of the “foodimals,” and now the full trailer for the film serves up a few additional glimpses of the weird beasts.

This trailer also gives more of a lead-in to the story, telling how the events of the first film are followed up in this sequel, and throws out quite a few more food puns. Read More »

MacGruber

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Alexander Payne‘s new film Nebraska stars Bruce Dern as an aging alcoholic who believes he has won a huge prize, and road trips from Billings, Montana to Nebraska in an attempt to collect. His son, played by Will Forte, tags along to keep the old man on course, but the two end up detouring to the old guy’s small home town.

Nebraska has been in the works for a while, and will debut at Cannes later this month. Before that premiere, we’ve got the first official image from the film, and the stark black and white image suggests that Payne’s trip back to his home state isn’t going to be the most light-hearted journey possible.

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MacGruber

MacGruber made the leap from Saturday Night Live to the big screen and then into the hearts of a fan base that reveres the film’s humor. But the film didn’t make the leap to hit status, at least as far as accountants are concerned. So the sequel ideas that Will Forte and his co-conspirators developed have been forced to stay dormant. Until now. (OK, and possibly into the future, depending on how things work out.)

We know that Forte, director Jorma Taccone, and the rest of the MacGruber crew want to make a sequel, and now Forte says that it is really going to happen… in some way. Read More »

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This year we’ll see the sequel, and the first trailer has just been released. Two guys who worked on the first movie, Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, were chosen by the original film’s directors to helm this sequel, and they’re taking the chance to make a bigger, weirder movie. This trailer shows off the film’s new food-landscapes, and gives us a chance to hear Terry Crews as the returning character Officer Earl, voiced in the original film by Mr. T.

There are a few places where this trailer suggests that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 relies on some of the jokes we liked in the first, but it’s still a fun, vivid bit of footage. Check it out below. Read More »

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