First Look: Paul Rudd in ‘My Idiot Brother’

One of the more eye-catching comedies playing at Sundance is My Idiot Brother, which stars Paul Rudd (and his beard) as Ned, a guy who is passed around between his three sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer) after he tries to get back on his feet in the wake of a string of foolish failures. That’s the first image, above, and there’s another after the break. Read More »

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‘Your Highness’ Trailer

In November, Universal Pictures has released a restricted NSFW Red Band Movie Trailer for Pineapple Express helmer David Gordon Green‘s fantasy comedy Your Highness, which stars Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, and Toby Jones. Today they have finally released a green band trailer (you will notice some digital enhancements…)

Ben Best wrote the script with McBride, which tells the story of “an arrogant, lazy prince (McBride) who must complete a quest to save his father’s kingdom.” Franco plays Bride’s relatively more heroic brother, Zooey Deschanel is his bride, and Portman is a warrior princess who is love interest for McBride. Hit the jump to watch the trailer now and check out the first movie poster. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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New Photo From ‘Your Highness’

Here’s a new image from David Gordon Green‘s Your Highness, which shows off the core cast of Natalie Portman, Danny McBride, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel. The ‘all audiences’ trailer for the film will hit tomorrow (we’ve seen a red band trailer already) so consider this a little advance look. Read More »

Red Band Movie Trailer: ‘Your Highness’

Universal Pictures has released a new restricted NSFW Red Band Movie Trailer for Pineapple Express helmer David Gordon Green‘s fantasy comedy Your Highness, which stars Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, and Toby Jones. Ben Best wrote the script with McBride, which tells the story of “an arrogant, lazy prince (McBride) who must complete a quest to save his father’s kingdom.” Franco plays Bride’s relatively more heroic brother, Zooey Deschanel is his bride, and Portman is a warrior princess who is love interest for McBride.

Not only is the trailer not safe for work, but at three and a half minutes, it’s also well longer than the normal theatrical trailer. Hit the jump to watch the trailer now. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Briefly: We’re not going to spend a lot of time on this, because it comes from a source that’s about as credible as a UK tabloid. But one gossip site claims that Marc Webb is looking at Zooey Deschanel to play Daily Bugle employee Betty Brant in Spider-Man. It’s not the least credible idea in the world, given that she’d be right for the part and we’ve already seen a similar casting move, with Elizabeth Banks playing the character for Sam Raimi. So take this as a nod towards the rumorcraft at work here, if nothing else — far better to claim an actress who is well-suited for a part is being sought, even if there is no justification for it.

Oh, and there’s also a rumor of Spider-Man’s actual parents appearing in the film, during scenes in which Peter Parker is a child, but right now we don’t much believe that, either. Given the paper-thin sources for these, we won’t go any further. What we do know is that Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and possibly (likely) Sally Field are in the film, which shoots next month and will be released on July 3, 2012.

Amidst other new projects, Disney is prepping the a new theatrical Winnie the Pooh film, and the first two stills have been released. They’re quite nice, and more than other recent films featuring characters created by A.A. Milne, they echo the lovely hand-drawn qualities of the classic Pooh films from Disney. Read More »

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Andrew Niccol is prepping I’m.mortal, a sort of sci-fi film with shades of Logan’s Run that already has offered the female lead to Amanda Seyfried. Now Deadline says the male lead has been offered to Justin Timberlake. The film is an explicitly 20-something skewed idea, in which people have to buy time if they want to age past 25. The Seyfried / Timberlake pairing could work well, and I like the idea of Niccol doing more original sci-fi.

After the break, Steve Coogan and Cillian Murphy take new jobs. Read More »

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An impressive quartet of actresses has just signed on for My Idiot Brother, the Paul Rudd comedy that we first reported on last week. Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones and Emily Mortimer are all part of the cast as of now. (And just the other night I was wondering how the hell Emily Mortimer seems to have barely aged since appearing in The Ghost and the Darkness in 1996.)

The film is about “an idealist (Rudd) dealing with his over¬bearing mother who crashes at the homes of his three ambitious sisters and brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc.” Banks, Deschanel and Mortimer are his sisters, while Jones plays Rudd’s ‘caring, responsible’ girlfriend.

Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall wrote; Jesse Peretz directs. The film shoots next month in New York City.[THR]

After the break, it’s Bill Nighy in 3D! And Vinnie Jones becomes a super-villain. Again. Read More »

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We’ve known a little bit about the upcoming remake of Fright Night, to be directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), but not a lot of key details. Most of what we know is background and casting: Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Marti Noxon wrote the script, and Anton Yelchin is in the lead role as a horror fan who suspects his new next door neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire. Toni Collette is also in the mix, likely as the mother of Yelchin’s character.

Now we’ve got a few more details about the setup and tone of the film. Read More »