by Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub Posted: December 21st, 2010
Warner Bros. has released the first image from director’s Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris) Crazy, Stupid, Love which features Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Jonah Bobo John Carroll Lynch, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, Analeigh Tipton, Josh Groban, Liza Lapira, and Joey King. The premise is Steve Carell has been living the dream life (good job, nice house, great kids) when he finds out his wife wants a divorce. Since he’s been out of the dating scene for decades, he starts spending his time with a thirty something player (Ryan Gosling) and he becomes his wingman and protege. As you might imagine, comedy ensues.
While many of you missed I Love You Phillip Morris, it’s a gem that deserves your time. In addition, Ficarra and Requa wrote Bad Santa, so anyone thinking Crazy, Stupid, Love might be a cookie cutter Hollywood release, I think it’s safe to assume it won’t be. Personally, I can’t wait to check this out. I’d imagine a trailer will hit soon. Until then, hit the jump for the full synopsis and the image.
CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE
In theaters on July 29
(Warner Bros. Pictures)Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
Writer: Dan Fogelman
Producers: Steve Carell, Denise Di Novi
Executive Producers: David A. Siegel, Vance DeGeneres, Charlie HartsockCast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Jonah Bobo John Carroll Lynch, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, Analeigh Tipton, Josh Groban, Liza Lapira, Joey KingComedy. At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream–good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Worse, in today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal’s eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can’t be found at Supercuts or The Gap. Cal and Emily aren’t the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal’s 13-year-old son, Robbie, is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica, who harbors a crush on Cal. And despite Cal’s makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can’t be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began.
by Ben Garman Posted: December 21st, 2010
Director David Gordon Green is just about to wrap shooting on The Sitter, which means we’re due for the first image from the set of star Jonah Hill in costume. Hill plays a college dropout who agrees to babysit three mischievous children, played by Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are), Kevin Hernandez, and Landry Bender. The night takes a turn for the worse when Hill loses the cocaine of drug dealers of Sam Rockwell and J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), leading Hill and his charges on a chase through New York City.
The Sitter opens on July 15, 2011. Hit the jump to check out the image.
Okay, so the image itself isn’t particularly mind blowing. But it’s early days. At least now we know Hill’s character wears dorky glasses and sports the old t-shirt/lumberjack shirt/hooded jacket combo. If I’m honest, Hill hasn’t really split my sides with laughter since Superbad. But I’m fairly alone on that, I think, as fans of Get Him To The Greek will no doubt hasten to point out.
The Playlist calls the script for The Sitter is “quite funny,” which doesn’t excite much more than the image does. However, comedy like this is usually as much visual as scripted, and no doubt the actors will ham it up with improvisation anyway.
Green has definitely changed his directorial palette in the past few years, veering away from dramas such as Undertow and All the Real Girls. Pineapple Express, his 2008 stoner flick, was very well-received. And he has since been working on the highly anticipated medieval comedy, Your Highness, with Danny McBride and James Franco. The question is, with The Sitter, can he be the director to finally make babysitting cool? Six months until we find out…
by Jason Barr Posted: December 21st, 2010
Anne Hathaway discussed her oft-delayed Judy Garland film earlier today, citing the project’s “sensitive” nature as the primary reason for its slow development. According to BBC News (via an interview the actress did with BBC Radio Four’s Front Row), Hathaway said of the film:
“It’s a very sensitive project and there have been so many stories told about her life that we’re really trying to get it right. So we’ve taking our time with it. I know it seems like it’s sort of an endless process but it’s very, very slow incremental steps. I had a meeting about it a couple of weeks ago and we’re all very motivated.”
For more on the project and to find out what the Oscar-nominated actress had to say about singing in the film, hit the jump. Hathaway can currently be seen alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Love and Other Drugs (a role for which she has been nominated for a Golden Globe). She will also co-host the 83rd Annual Academy Awards with James Franco.
During the interview, Hathaway said she hoped that production on the film would begin in the next two years. She also discussed the challenge of singing as the iconic Garland, saying:
“I certainly don’t sing like Judy Garland but the talk is to have me do the singing. But I think people might cry murder if they don’t get to hear Judy’s beloved voice so the talk is for me to sing but I don’t know if that’s exactly what will happen.”
Hathaway’s involvement in the Garland project dates all the way back to 2009. At that time, producer Harvey Weinstein claimed that the film would be based on the 2001 book by Gerald Clarke, Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland. A New York Times bestseller, Clarke’s book utilizes hundreds of interviews and over ten years of preparation in telling of one of America’s most beloved entertainers.
Here is an extensive synopsis of Clarke’s book [from his website]:
http://collider.com/anne-hathaway-judy-garland/66164/Judy Garland. The girl with the pigtails, the symbol of innocence in The Wizard of Oz. Judy Garland. The brightest star of the Hollywood musical and an entertainer of almost magical power. Judy Garland. The woman of a half-dozen comebacks, a hundred heartbreaks, and countless thousands of headlines. Yet much of what has previously been written about her is either false or incomplete, and the Garland the world thought it knew was merely a sketch for the astonishing woman Gerald Clarke portrays in Get Happy. Here, more than thirty years after her death, is the real Judy.Toward the end of her life, Garland tried to tell her own story, talking into a tape recorder for hours at a time. With access to those recordings-and to her unfinished manuscript, which offers a revelation on almost every page-Clarke is able to tell Judy’s story as she herself might have told it. “It’s going to be one hell of a great, everlastingly great book, with humor, tears, fun, emotion and love,” Judy promised of the autobiography she did not live to complete. But she might just as well have been describing Get Happy. For here at last-told with humor, tears, fun, emotion and love-is the true, unforgettable story of Judy Garland.To tell her story, Clarke took ten years, traveled thousands of miles across two continents, conducted hundreds of interviews, and dug through mountains of documents, many of which were unavailable to other biographers. In a Tennessee courthouse, he came across a thick packet of papers, unopened for ninety years, that laid out the previously hidden background of Judy’s beloved father, Frank Gumm. In California, he found the unpublished memoir of Dorothy Ponedel, Judy’s makeup woman and closest confidante, a memoir centered almost entirely on Judy herself. Get Happy is, however, more than the story of one woman, remarkable as she was. It is a saga of a time and a place that now seem as far away, and as clouded in myth and mystery, as Camelot-the golden age of Hollywood. Combining a novelist’s skill and a movie director’s eye, Clarke re-creates that era with cinematic urgency, bringing to vivid life the unforgettable characters who played leading roles in the unending drama of Judy Garland: Louis B. Mayer, the patriarch of the world’s greatest fantasy factory, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Arthur Freed, the slovenly producer who revolutionized the movie musical and gave Judy her best and most enduring parts. Sexy Lana Turner, Judy’s friend and idol, who had a habit of trying to snatch away any man Judy expressed interest in.And what men they were! Oscar Levant, the wit’s wit, whose one-liners could all but kill. Artie Shaw, whose sweet and satiny clarinet had a whole nation dancing. Handsome Tyrone Power, who caused millions of hearts to pound every time he looked out from the screen with his understanding eyes. Orson Welles, Hollywood’s boy genius and the husband of a movie goddess, Rita Hayworth. Brainy Joe Mankiewicz, who knew everything there was to know about women, but who confessed that he was baffled by Judy. Vincente Minnelli, who showed what wonders Judy could perform in front of a camera and who fathered her first child, Liza-but who also, with an act of shocking betrayal, caused her first suicide attempt. Charming, brawling Sid Luft, who gave her confidence, then took it away. And the smooth and seductive David Begelman, who stole her heart so he could steal her money.