Anyone who thinks the disappointing box office of That’s My Boy marked the end of Andy Samberg‘s post Saturday Night Live film career hasn’t seen Celeste and Jesse Forever. The Sundance favorite finally hits theaters August 3 and features the actor in a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy alongside Rashida Jones, who co-wrote the film. They play long time soulmates who were married, happy, but then divorce and try to remain friends. Instead of handling the premise in a kitschy and stupid way, though, director Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind) presents much more realistic, sweet, mature emotions.

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If at first you don’t become a leading lady, write yourself a movie. It worked for Kristen Wiig and Bridesmaids and it should work for Rashida Jones, the lovable and talented co-star of Parks and Recreations, I Love You Man, The Muppets and about a billion other things we all enjoy. Jones arrived at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival with a film called Celeste & Jesse Forever, in which she both stars, with Andy Samberg, and takes co-writing credit with Will McCormack. But unlike Wiig and Bridesmaids, Celeste & Jesse isn’t a balls-out comedy. It is a mature, romantic dramedy that explores, through very funny observations and situations, the story of a separated couple who still spend all of their time together.

Directed by Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind) and co-starring Elijah Wood, Ari Graynor, Chris Messina, Emma Roberts and Eric Christian Olsen, Celeste and Jesse Forever has a bit of an identity crisis but it ends up being very pleasant, thanks in large part to Jones. Read More »

Not going to brave the icy roads and chilling winds of Park City, Utah this January for the Sundance Film Festival 2012? No matter. The festival is once again going to bring the films to you if you live in Ann Arbor, MI; Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Nashville, TN; Orlando, FL; San Francisco, CA; or Tucson, AZ.

Those are the cities that will be getting special screenings of some of Sundance 2012’s most promising films in a program called Sundance Film Festival USA. Last year, films like Cedar Rapids, Like Crazy, Win Win and Our Idiot Brother all played as part of this program, months before their regular release dates, and this year’s films feature stars like Susan Sarandon, Elijah Wood, Chris Rock, Kirsten Dunst, Tim Roth, David Duchovny and many more. All the screenings take place on January 26. Read more after the jump. Read More »

We reported on the last round of casting for Celeste and Jesse Forever just the other day, when Emma Roberts, Ari Graynor and Chris Messina joined the cast of the film that follows Rashida Jones (who co-wrote) and Andy Samberg as a couple who tries to maintain their friendship while still living in the same house during their divorce. Now Elijah Wood has signed on as well; THR says he’ll be “Celeste’s business partner, a metrosexual who tries to be her ‘saucy gay friend.'” I’m not sure if that means the character is gay, or if he’s a straight guy who tries to play that role with Celeste (Rashida Jones).  Either way, I’ll be happy to see Elijah Wood do outright comedy, since we don’t often see him in that mode on the big screen.

After the break, Colin Hanks continues his hot streak and Paul Schneider breaks his lizard. Read More »

We reported not long ago on Celeste and Jesse Forever, which has Rashida Jones not only starring, but co-writing the script with Will McCormack. Andy Samberg was also in the first round of cast picks, and now Emma Roberts, Chris Messina and Ari Graynor have signed on, too. The film is a comedy that quite a few people will be able to relate to, as it follows a young couple in the middle of a divorce who try to maintain some sort of friendship while still living together. Read More »

Since the beginning of his career, Dwayne Johnson has rotated between action roles, comedy roles, and family roles. His latest project will fall solidly into the “action” part of his resume. Johnson has signed on to star in Snitch, directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Felon).

The script was written by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road), with a rewrite by Waugh. Johnson will play a father who goes undercover to help catch a drug dealer when his son is falsely imprisoned for drug dealing. Although the script sounds like typical action fare, it’s actually based on a Frontline documentary about anti-drug laws. How closely it follows true events remains to be seen, but considering that the real story doesn’t sound all that much like an action thriller, I’m guessing not very.

Johnson’s next onscreen appearance will be in Fast Five next month, and he is currently working on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. [Deadline]

After the jump, Rashida Jones finds an ex-husband in Andy Samberg for her breakup comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever.

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Overture are the film unit of Liberty Starz, itself a subsidiary of the Liberty Media Corp. This year they have Brooklyn’s Finest and the horror remakes The Crazies and Let Me In already scheduled for release, with Stone and Jack Goes Boating sure to follow afterwards. Beyond that…? Question marks.

It seems that the various productions that Overture have had in development are now on hold while the unit is assessed and most likely reconfigured. Quite what the outcome will be and how different the new Overture will prove, we have no way of knowing. Nor can we really guess what will become of the projects they’re putting in the cold store, including Seth Gordon‘s Celeste and Jesse Forever, David Gordon Green‘s Freaks of the Heartland and the remake of Baltasar Kormákur’s Jar City. Could some of them be permanently derailed?

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