So, in the wake of Transformers revenging the fallen all over our minds, we were in need of cooling down from the sheer anger and exhaustion felt in the studio. Though Sunshine Cleaning should have been a great example of an indie to bring us back onto home turf, it ended up an underwhelming experience. The eminently crushworthy pairing of Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, along with the solid Alan Arkin and roles for Steve Zahn and Clifton Collins Jr, just couldn’t quite drive us into anything beyond a tepid lack of satisfaction. Ideas involved were strong, but the execution was half-hearted, even if all of the above tried really hard to elevate the material. Continue reading →
The return of the Cooper! Jon Cooper comes back to the podcast to have a chat about Adventureland. Tom and Sam have a think about (500) Days of Summer and the gents all think about the YouTube rental model. They go on to reminisce about Hackers, praise Fish Tank to the hills and have a good ol’ natter about Supernatural. The conclusion sees Tom depart and Producer John step in to talk about music in movies.
Show notes coming in later post.
Comedy-tastic. Honestly, this is truly comedy-tastic news.
Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and the great Jane Lynch have all joined the cast of Paul, the upcoming sci-fi road trip comedy from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
The Spaced pair wrote and will star in the film about two sci-fi nerds who embark on a road trip and encounter an alien, called Paul, who has escaped from Area 51.
The alien is to be voice by Rogen, fresh from his excellent voice-acting work in Monsters vs Aliens, with Superbad and Adventureland director Greg Mottola helming the project.
I’m a huge Pegg-Frost fan, so much so that their upcoming appearance in Spielberg’s Tin Tin film has got me excited for that project, long a ‘meh’ for me. Their work together in Spaced is of modern British comedy legend and while Hot Fuzz isn’t as consistent as one might hope, Shaun of the Dead is a bona fide slice of zom-com mastery.
This, with all of those other added, is now sounding like a saliva-worthy project.
Rope of Silicon has posited that the following news could well provide us with a hint to which small indie movie will be hot come awards season, and I can’t really disagree.
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are currently filming drama Blue Valentine, directed by Derek Cianfrance and written by the helmer alongside Cami Delavigne and Joey Curtis.
The film is about a couple whose marriage runs into trouble, causing them to reminisce on better days. The plot certainly sounds indie-by-numbers by Gosling and Williams are among the most talented young stars working on Hollywood at present. Williams, especially, should be in line for an Oscar within the next two years, probably for playing Charlotte Bronte in an upcoming biopic.
If good though, this could provide an opportunity for her, and Gosling, to take some gongs early in their career. Hopefully this won’t then lead to a stream of terrible superhero projects in the future.
Gosling’s next is All Good Things, another film with an amazing cast, including Kirsten Dunst, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kristen Wiig and the immense Frank Langella.
Williams isn’t too bad either. She’s currently filming Shutter Island with Martin Scorsese, after which she’ll get cracking on that Bronte biopic.
The cast for Date Night, the upcoming comedy directed by Shawn Levy, is starting to look mighty tasty.
In addition to the marvellous Steve Carell and Tina Fey, not to mention Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, Tajari Henson and Kristen Wiig, we now also have both Mark Wahlberg and James Franco coming aboard.
I’ve found Mark Wahlberg an unintentionally hilarious figure in the past so, I’ve got to imagine, some more comedy may well work for his oeuvre.
Add to that the chops brought by James Franco, put to full use during the Pineapple Express ride, and you’ve got a recipe for comedy gold.
The film will see Carell and Fey play a married couple whose regular date night takes a turn for the misadventurous. ComingSoon.net quotes Variety saying that wahlberg will play a “successful and crazily buff securities expert who flirts” with Fey. Franco is apparently playing a somewhat foolish con man and criminal.