Opening in theaters on July 26th is the new comedy from first time writer and director Maggie Carey called The To Do List. The film features an all-star cast of actors and comedians including Aubrey Plaza (Monsters University), Johnny Simmons (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Bill Hader (Men in Black 3), Alia Shawkat (The Oranges), Scott Porter (Dear John), Rachel Bilson (Jumper), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (ParaNorman), Andy Samberg (Celeste & Jesse Forever), Donald Glover (The Muppets), Connie Britton (The Fitzgerald Family Christmas), and Clark Gregg (The Avengers).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Connie Britton and Clark Gregg to talk about their work on The To Do List. The veteran actors discussed their new film, both working on The West Wing yet never meeting, acting together for the first time on screen, awesome-sauce, the luxurious sets Gregg is accustomed to from making Marvel movies, writer/director Maggie Carey, the fear of watching your daughter have sex, and how the film empowers women.
It’s never easy when a director helms a sequel to a movie that he didn’t originally make, but there are certainly many examples of successful directorial transitions such as Irvin Kershner with Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, or James Cameron with Aliens. Now director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) can add his name to the list of filmmakers to successfully take over a franchise with his new film RED 2, which is the sequel to 2010’s RED and opens in theaters on July 19th.
In RED 2, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. In addition to Willis, the sequel once again stars Mary Louise Parker (R.I.P.D.), John Malkovich (Warm Bodies), Brian Cox (X2), and Helen Mirren (Monsters University), as well as franchise newcomers Catherine Zeta-Jones (Broken City), Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Neal McDonough (Captain America: The Fist Avenger), and Anthony Hopkins (Thor).
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with director Dean Parisot about his work on RED 2, as well as his idea for a Bizarro Superman movie based on the popular DC Comics villain. The accomplished filmmaker discussed his new film, joining the popular franchise, directing a sequel, the graphic novel the series is based on, the movie’s animated sequences, collaborating with Bruce Willis, the comedic trio of Willis, Mary Louise Parker and John Malkovich, directing Byung Hun Lee’s action scenes, the two Hannibals, and whether or not his Bizarro Superman movie could ever really get made.
After a first look image dropped just yesterday, the inaugural trailer for Saving Mr. Banks is now online.
It basically confirms that Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are both gunning for their third Academy Awards.
Opening in theaters on July 12th is the new comedy Crystal Fairy from Chilean writer and director Sebastian Silva (The Maid). The film stars Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Gabby Hoffmann (Field of Dreams), and Silva's real life brothers Juan Andres Silva, Jose Miguel Silva, and Agustin Silva.
IAR's very own New York Correspondent Jenny Karakaya had the pleasure of sitting down with Sebastian Silva and Michael Cera to talk about their work on Crystal Fairy. The filmmaker and popular actor discussed their new film, the real life person that it is based on, if she is aware that a movie about her has been made, San Pedro - the drug the film's plot revolves around, actually taking it while shooting on set, directing actress Gabby Hoffmann under it's influence, improvising, and their greatest fears in life.
Synopsis: KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN captures the laughter, energy and mayhem from Hart's 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour, which spanned 10 countries and 80 cities, and generated over $32 million in ticket sales. Filmed at Madison Square Garden and around New York City. p>
Cast: Kevin Hart, Plastic Cup Boyz, David Jason Perez
Directors: Leslie Small, Tim Story
Release Date: July 3, 2013
Clear History won't hit theaters, but it has a truly remarkable cast of comedic ringers, a cast that puts just about in movie on the big screen to shame.
A full trailer for the HBO telemovie shows off a lot of that cast, and suggests that the improvisational comedy will give them all a little bit to do as they orbit Larry David in full-on Larry David mode.
Opening in theaters on June 28th is the new buddy cop comedy The Heat from director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids). The film stars Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and Oscar-nominee Melissa McCarthy (Identity Thief), as well as Oscar-nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life), Marlon Wayans (A Haunted House), Michael Rapaport (Beats, Rhymes & LIfe: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest), Jane Curtin (I Love You, Man), Thomas F. Wilson (Back to the Future), and YouTube sensation Spoken Reasons.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to speak via Skype with Spoken Reasons about his work on The Heat. The YouTube star turned actor discussed his new movie, making the leap from YouTube to the big screen, acting opposite movie stars like Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, improvising with McCarthy, shooting in Boston, being a fan of the Miami Heat, and his all-time favorite buddy cop movies.
NOTE: This interview took place the morning after Game 5 of the 2013 NBA Championship Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs.
When is a Russian Tampax commercial not a Russian Tampax commercial?
When it is, in fact, a clip from Movie 43, the outrageous and star-studded comedy that's now available to view on Blu-ray, DVD, and via digital download.
William Shakespeare, meet Joss Whedon. Bill, this is Joss. Joss, Bill.
Much Ado About Nothing, currently in limited release, proves that these two wordsmiths are great tastes that taste great together.
With the new film, the writer-director of The Avengers and creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer takes on the most famous playwright in the history of the English language. Using the original text of Shakespeare's sturdy comedy, Whedon moves the action to contemporary California, but keeps the language and story intact.
That story concerns two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero. While Claudio and his lady share a gooier, more sentimental view of romance, the older, wiser Benedick and Beatrice both dismiss notions of romance and love. Nonetheless, the two are clearly enamored of one another, and their witty, often barbed, back and forth is the engine on which Much Ado About Nothing runs. As the comedy and incident pile up around them, Benedick and Beatrice gradually let down their respective guards.
Whedon shot this take on Shakespeare under unusual circumstances, filming in his own home for under two weeks. At the Los Angeles press day, the famously loquacious writer-director discussed what drew him to the material and the unconventional production. He was joined by stars Amy Acker (The Cabin in the Woods) and Alex Denisof (TV's Angel), along with fan favorites Clark Gregg (The Avengers) and Nathan Fillion (Serenity).
IAR was on hand to catch the director and cast's thoughts on adapting Shakespeare, remembering lines, playing comedy, shooting in black and white, rehearsal, and how Whedon is not like Shakespeare.
Like Harry and Lloyd hitting their lowest point only to discover that their Samsonite contains nothing but money, the Dumb & Dumber sequel has found new financial backing after Warner Bros. put the comedy into turnaround.