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.
With the theatrical trailer now online, we finally get a look at actual footage from Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
And not a moment too soon.
Synopsis: The film follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.
A new trailer for The To Do List is a red band joint and it inarguably earns that crimson ribbon, but not through nudity or violence. The language isn't even all that heavy on the expletives, exactly. Four letter words are emphatic here, but not especially heavy.
The dialogue does concern many a sexual euphemism, though. Sex is very much on The To Do List's mind, and the comedy's characters are frank about their biological imperatives.
Opening in theaters on June 7th is a new comedy from director Shawn Levy (Real Steel) entitled The Internship, which was written by Vince Vaughn (The Watch) and Jared Stern (Wreck-It Ralph), and based on a story by Vaughn. In addition to Vaughn, the film features his Wedding Crashers co-star Owen Wilson, as well as Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class), Max Minghella (The Ides of March), Aasif Mandvi (Movie 43), Dylan O'Brien (TV's Teen Wolf), Jessica Szohr (Love, Wedding, Marriage), Josh Gad (21), John Goodman (The Artist), and Will Ferrell (Casa de mi Padre).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to speak with Josh Gad and Jessica Szohr, fittingly via Google Hangouts, about their work on the Google themed film The Internship.The two young actors discussed the new film, and what it's like working on a Shawn Levy set, while Gad talked about his unusual character, improvising with Vince Vaughn, and whether he grew a beard for his role or if it was movie magic, as well as a few Iron Man 3 spoilers.
Former Telemundo TV series actress Genesis Rodriguez is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood!
After a recurring role on HBO’s Entourage, Rodriguez has appeared in a string of popular movies with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Man on a Ledge with Sam Worthington, Casa de Mi Padre with Will Ferrell, What to Expect When You’re Expecting with Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez, and The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Most recently she appeared opposite Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in the box office hit comedy Identity Thief, which will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning June 4th.
In the film, Rodriguez stars as Marisol, an assassin working for a crime boss that is hired to take down Melissa McCarthy’s Diana who sold him some bad credit cards. Marisol teams-up with a hitman named Julian (T.I.) but their plan for revenge becomes complicated when Sandy (Jason Bateman), an ordinary accountant who’s identity has been stolen by Diana, attempts to kidnap her in order to clear his name and get his life back.
I recently had the pleasure of attending a Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals game at Dodger Stadium where Genesis Rodriguez had the honor of throwing out the first pitch. I was on the field when she threw the ball to her father, Venezuelan singer/actor Jose Luis Rodriguez, and afterwards we were escorted to a private box suite where I had a chance to speak with Rodriguez about her work on Identity Thief, as well as throwing out the pitch. The beautiful young actress discussed her work on the movie, acting with T.I., improvising with Melissa McCarthy, what she’s learned from working with stars like McCarthy, Will Ferrell, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, director Seth Gordon, creating her character, and which she likes more – making comedies or action films, as well as the honor of throwing out the first pitch, practicing for the event, tossing the ball to her father, and whether or not she is a Dodger fan.
The latest official clip from This Is the End brings the funny stuff.
But you absolutely shouldn't watch this NSFW clip if you or anyone around is troubled by thoroughly dirty talk.
Opening in theaters and on VOD June 7th is the new post-apocalyptic comedy Rapture-Palooza from director Paul Middleditch (Separation City). The film stars an impressive cast of comedians including Craig Robinson (Peeples), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Rob Corddry (Warm Bodies), Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part III), Thomas Lennon (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas), Rob Huebel (The Descendants), and Paul Scheer (TV's NTSF:SD:SUV).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Craig Robinson and Rob Huebel to talk about their work on Rapture-Palooza. The two comedic actors discussed the new movie, how it is similar to Robinson's other post-apocalyptic summer comedy - This Is the End - opening less than a week later, why audiences will enjoy both films, Robinson's "Locust in the Toilet" freestyle rap, breaking out in song on the set, improvisation, what it was like for Huebel to play the Anti-Christ's "bitch," Robinson's unusual power over him, acting with Oscar-nominee Anna Kendrick, working with their friends, poking fun at religion, if anything is off limits in comedy, and singing several versions of Robinson's "I Want to Touch Your Booty." Also, stay tuned for an Easter Egg at the end of the video featuring Robinson freestyling a rap about Huebel.
Synopsis: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (English: This Youth Is Crazy) is the story of the relationship between two characters, Bunny and Naina, at two separate but defining times in their lives... first, when they are just out of college and standing on the crossroads of multiple decisions that will shape who and what they become... and then later on, in their late-twenties when they meet again, holding on to certain fulfilled and certain unfulfilled dreams, at a crossroads of another nature this time... how these two characters affect, change, befriend and eventually fall in love with each other is the journey the film aspires to take us on... p>
Cast:Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalki Koechlin
Director: Ayan Mukerji
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Bollywood
Release Date: May 31, 2013