In 2009 The King of Queens and Ned and Stacey exec producer Michael J. Weithorn wrote and directed his first feature, called A Little Help. He scored in a couple ways with the cast, which features Jenna Fischer along with Kim Coates, Lesley Ann Warren, Aida Turturro and Chris O’Donnell. But the film turned out as a classically middle of the road indie drama that played at a couple festivals (starting with the Seattle FF in May 2010) and then sat around waiting for a distributor to throw it some love. Now Freestyle Releasing and Secret Handshake are finally getting the film into theaters this June, but a quick look at the new trailer will clue you in on what has taken so long. Read More »
It’s about time Jenna Fischer got to headline a film. The Office star has had a few choice roles in comedies like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Blades of Glory, but even then she’s been somewhat sidelined as the ancillary love interest. This time around, she’ll be at the center of an indie romantic comedy that finds two guys at opposing ends of her affection. It’s a fairly standard rom-com formula, accompanied by a rather baffling title: The Giant Mechanical Man. Read More »
Peter and Bobby Farrelly have returned with a new comedy, Hall Pass. The title refers to the pass that is given to characters played by Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis by their wives. They get one week of free play (with other women) with no consequences. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »
Update: The new trailer was taken offline within an hour of when we posted this story a few days back. The trailer is now back online, and embedded after the jump.
Anchor Bay Films has released a movie trailer for Brian Koppelman/David Levien‘s Solitary Man (not to be confused with Tom Ford’s A Single Man or The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man). The film stars Academy Award winner Michael Douglas as a former car dealership mogul dealing with a string of business problems and issues in his personal life through a number of relationships with women – many women. Co-starring Jesse Eisenberg, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Jenna Fischer, and Mary-Louise Parker.
Koppelman/Levien wrote the screenplays for Rounders, Runaway Jury and directed Knockaround Guys. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival to mostly positive buzz. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump along with some new photos. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Both Jenna Fischer, from the US version of The Office, and Ricky Gervais, star and co-creator of the UK original, seem to have new acting gigs lined up. Fischer’s will be in a Farrelly Bros. comedy, while Gervais’ is in… the US version of The Office?
Hall Pass is an ‘open relationship’ comedy in which a pair of wives give their husbands permission to stray from the marital bed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this only becomes an issue when the women too start to sleep with other people. Fischer’s husband will be played by Owen Wilson, and Jason Sudeikis will play the other ‘liberated male’. His wife is yet to be cast – place your bets, please.
An altogether more startling proposition is an appearance by Gervais, and in the character of David Brent no less, in the next season of The Office. Michael Ausiello at EW has two sources pointing roughly at this story, one of whom is Gervais himself:
I heard an unconfirmed rumor earlier today that Ricky Gervais was seriously considering reprising his role as original Office manager David Brent on the U.S. version… about an hour ago, Ricky Gervais took the stage at press tour… and hinted that he might do something with the U.S. Office next season.
Okay, I hope they have fun with this. I’m a fan of the US series and think they’ll probably give Gervais something good to do.
When the season finale of Mad Men was over, there was a minor tinge of déjà vu that I couldn’t immediately pin down. Hours later, it occurred to me that one of the major twists in the finale shared several fun similarities to The Office (Scranton Branch). In fact, up until the epiphany, I had never considered Don Draper to be every bit the serious, hip and fair boss that Michael Scott is delighted to find in the mirror each morning when he combs back his hair. As is /Film’s reader friendly policy, spoilers ahead…
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Most fans of The Office (Scranton, USA) are simply stoked and relieved that Pam and Jim are finally making it happen, so a longer glimpse down the halls of the NBC series might seem verboten. Nevertheless, series creator and writer, Greg Daniels, recently chimed in on the future of the most aloof branch of Dunder-Mifflin…
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A comedy-drama written and directed by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway), The Promotion gently satirizes the insular world of grocery chains, consumerism, and, of course, the American Dream of success through hard work, hard effort, and fair play. Depending less on the broad, low-brow comedy generally associated with actor Seann William Scott (Mr. Woodcock, Road Trip, American Pie I and II), here co-starring with John C. Reilly (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Talladega Nights), The Promotion mixes smart, literate, character-based humor with raunchy, ribald comedy into a highly watchable, surprisingly entertaining film.
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A new international unrated movie trailer for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story in now online. I know Judd Apatow produced this flick, and he’s on the streak of a lifetime, but so far I’ve had absolutely no interest in seeing this musical comedy, UNTIL NOW. And this is a great example of how a red band trailer that doesn’t go overboard with nudity or swears (although it does have a couple swears), and instead allows the filmmakers to show you what the movie really is like… unlike the watered down unfunny green band advertisements.
Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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Sony has moved the Judd Apatow music comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story back to December 21st 2007. The movie written by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) and director Jake Kasdan (Orange County) is a comic take on musical biographies as Ray, Walk the Line, and Selena.
Walk Hard follows the up-and-down-and-up-again struggle of legendary musician Dewey Cox (Academy AwardÂ® nominee JOHN C. REILLY) as he rises from the poverty of a hardscrabble Alabama farm to conquer the world of popular music through a rollercoaster career that spans seven decades.Â Along the way to superstardom, Dewey acquires all the trappings of fame and fortune â€“ multiple wives, eleven kids, several mansions, his own ’70s TV show, and a chimp â€“ only to blindly trample them all on his relentless journey to the top.Â During a life that includes losing his sense of smell after a tragic childhood accident, conquering the music industry and carousing with celebrities from Elvis to The Beatles, even the love of a good woman â€“ longtime back-up singer Darlene Madison (JENNA FISCHER, “The Office”) â€“ isn’t enough to stop the rock n’ roll spiral of drugs, prison, and rehab (lots of rehab) that marks Dewey’s pursuit of writing classic songs that will change a nation at least once.
I saw the movie trailer at Comic-Con, and was frankly not impressed. It should be noted that I’m a huge fan of both Reilly and Apatow. So for a movie trailer for a film written and produced by Apatow starring Reilly to not impress me is a task. May-be I just don’t like the musical biography concept. The trailer will be attached to SuperBad. The film was originally set to hit theaters on December 14th, up against the Will Smith sci-fi adaptation I Am Legend, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and the Christmas family romantic comedy Perfect Christmas. Walk Hard will now premiere against National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Be Kind Rewind will be in limited release.