International Trailer for FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: May 25th, 2011 at 8:21 pm
Screen Gems kicked off the marketing campaign for Friends with Benefits with a red band trailer, then followed up with a green band trailer. This new international trailer (the text is Portuguese, so I’m assuming Brazil) lies somewhere in between on the dirty scale. In fact, I believe if the studio turned this into the MPAA, it would come back stamped in red. There’s plenty of new footage, but I think I need to forego any further exposure to before seeing the movie. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are affable stars, and I trust writer/director Will Gluck (Easy A) with the colorful subject matter. But this kind of comedy struggles to charm in such short, concentrated bursts.
I don’t have to last too long: Friends with Benefits opens in the U.S. on July 22. Patricia Clarkson, Richard Jenkins, and Woody Harrelson also star. Watch the trailer after the break.
First Official Synopses for Seth MacFarlane’s TED and THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT Starring Jason Segel
by Adam Chitwood Posted: May 25th, 2011The first official synopses for two Universal flicks have been released: the live-action/CG-animated Ted and the comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Marking the feature directorial debut of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Ted stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale, Patrick Warburton and Jessica Stroup. The story centers on a grown man (Wahlberg) whose wish that his childhood teddy bear would come to life comes true. MacFarlane voices the very R-rated teddy bear. The film hits theaters July 13th, 2012
Directed by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), The Five-Year Engagement stars Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Chris Pratt, Rhys Ifans, Mindy Kaling, Lauren Weedman, David Paymer, Kevin Hart, Jacki Weaver and Dakota Johnson. Co-written by Segel and Stoller, the film follows a young couple’s (Segel and Blunt) extended engagement and the bumps and bruises that they undergo along the way. Judd Apatow is producing. Hit the jump to check out the official synopses for Ted and The Five-Year Engagement. http://collider.com/ted-synopsis-five-year-engagement-synopsis/92975/
Casting Call: Jamie Chung, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton and More in Talks for KNIFE FIGHT; Joey King Joins OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL; Katrina Bowden in AMERICAN REUNION
by Adam Chitwood Posted: May 25th, 2011 at 6:06 pm
We’ve got a few casting stories for you tonight. First up, Jamie Chung has joined Rob Lowe in the dark political flick Knife Fight, with Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Jennifer Morrison, Rebecca Mader and Titus Welliver all in talks to join the cast. And yes, that’s three actors from Lost in one movie (Bowen, Mader and Welliver). Lowe plays a political crisis specialist who plays hard and tough in dealing with various October campaign surprises.
Variety reports that Chung will play his assistant, Bowen plays an ambitious TV reporter sleeping with Lowe’s character for scoops, Britton plays an earthy liberal eyeing a run for public office, Welliver plays a private investigator working for Lowe, Mader plays a masseuse/prostitute with a penchant for blackmail and Morrison plays one of her classmates. Bill Guttentag is directing, with production set to start next month with an eye towards an October 2012 release date, just in time for election season. Hit the jump for news on the casting of Joey King as China Girl in Sam Raimi’s Oz, The Great and Powerful and Katrina Bowden in American Reunion. http://collider.com/jamie-chung-knife-fight-joey-king-oz-great-and-powerful/92966/