• Amy Poehler, Tina Fey’s longtime friend, occasional co-star (Baby Mama, Mean Girls), one-time co-EW guest editor, and consistent Golden Globes co-host (and, you know, general star and force in her own right) is in final negotiations to join The Nest. She’d play Fey’s sister in the Paula Pell-scripted comedy that Pitch Perfect’s Jason Moore is set to direct. [The Wrap]
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Mean Girls may now be one of the Internet’s favorite movies — just look at Twitter whenever the film airs on cable — but it was anything but a surefire hit while in production.
“It was my first movie. I was pretty young,” Rajiv Surendra, who portrayed mathlete Kevin G. in the film, tells EW. “[The hair stylist] had worked on really big films that had been shot in Toronto. I remember asking her, ‘How do you think this movie is going to fare?’ and she said, ‘Come on. It’s called Mean Girls and it’s starring Lindsay Lohan. It’s going straight to DVD.’” READ FULL STORY
If Airplane! and You’ve Got Mail went on a blind date, got liquored up, and had a baby…that baby would look like David Wain’s rom-com spoof They Came Together. Making its world premiere on Friday night at Sundance and adding some star power to the tail end of the festival, the silly send-up of formulaic Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks meet-cute movies and their ilk reunites the gang from Wet Hot American Summer – with some new faces sprinkled in.
Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer had its debut at Sundance 13 years ago. And it’s good to see that Wain hasn’t grown up much since then. They Came Together feels like a movie made by a guy who still thinks like a 13 year old and that rapid-fire Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker sight gags and “Don’t call me Shirley”-style puns are the height of comedy gold. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that some of his old pals have become really famous since his cult summer-camp flick came out in 2001.
The film kicks off in typical genre style with Paul Rudd’s Joel and Amy Poehler’s Molly on a double date with Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper, recounting how they met. Rudd explains how if it were a corny movie he’d be the not overtly Jewish, handsome leading man. Molly adds that she’d be the adorable klutz leading woman. From there, it’s an 82-minute rat-a-tat riff-fest on every cliche you’ve ever seen Nora Ephron and company commit to celluloid.
Molly owns a small-business candy shop with a quirky, punny name (Upper Sweet Side); Joel works for a ruthless candy conglomerate that wants to put her out of business. Molly’s a single mom; Joel’s just been jilted by his icy girlfriend. But when they meet, it’s love-hate at first sight. How could it not be? They’re both dressed like Benjamin Franklin for a Halloween party…and they both like “fiction books”!
Some of Wain and cowriter Michael Showalter’s gags are real groaners. But most mildly land near the target, and a few hit the bullseye. It doesn’t hurt when you have folks like Rudd and Poehler selling them. Plus, when you’re throwing this much spaghetti at the wall, some of it’s gotta stick, right?
With a cast that includes Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Chris Meloni, Max Greenfield, and Michael Ian Black, They Came Together is never quite as laugh-out-loud funny as you want it to be. But if you’re a fan of Wain’s knowing brand of sophomoric slapstick silliness, his “When Joel Met Molly” satire will send you into “I’ll have what she’s having” fits of ecstasy.
12 Years a Slave, nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards, narrowly avoided getting shut out when it took home the night’s final and biggest prize for Best Drama. Steve McQueen’s period slave drama looked to be out of favor with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with Gravity‘s Alfonso Cuaron winning for Best Director, Her‘s Spike Jonze winning for Best Screenplay, and the Dallas Buyers Club duo of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto winning the acting awards. But when Johnny Depp announced the big prize, 12 Years a Slave came out on top.
In the Comedy category, American Hustle won Best Picture, while Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence won acting trophies. Leonardo DiCaprio took home Best Actor in a Comedy for The Wolf of Wall Street, his second career Globe after winning for The Aviator in 2005.
In the television categories, Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston were honored for the AMC show’s final season. The HFPA expressed a great fondness for Saturday Night Live, awarding Globes’ co-host Amy Poehler the award for Best Actress in a Comedy, Andy Samberg the prize for Best Actor, and his new show Brooklyn Nine-Nine the honor of Best Comedy.
Click below for all the nominations and winners: READ FULL STORY
Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Downey Jr., and Jimmy Fallon will present trophies at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 12. The trio were among the first wave of presenters announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the 71st annual Globes. In addition, they will be joined by Kevin Bacon, Julie Bowen, Laura Dern, Colin Farrell, Mila Kunis, Uma Thurman, and Reese Witherspoon.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the ceremony, which airs at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC.
The Sundance Film Festival announced the titles selected to screen in its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. Last year, the movies that were launched in these categories — which typically highlight filmmakers who’ve appeared at Sundance before — included Before Midnight, Don Jon, and The Way Way Back; this year appears to be just as promising. In Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, a young woman stuck in arrested-development (Keira Knightley) has her life upended by an unexpected marriage proposal. In David Wain’s They Came Together — surely, a naughty pun, yes? — Wet Hot American Summer alums Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd reunite for Wain’s satire of what seems to be a Woody Allen romantic-comedy. Poehler’s Parks and Recreation co-star Nick Offerman takes center stage for his own concert film, Nick Offerman: American Ham. “He’s very much a storyteller and humorist,” says Sundance’s director of programming Trevor Groth. “It actually has not just laughter, but some emotion, in terms of his views on life and love.”
But the slate isn’t just comedies. (This is Sundance after all.) Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult star in Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones, a genre-bender “that’s really a Western in its form and function,” says Sundance’s director John Cooper.
For those of you hoping to see Michael Fassbender in a Sundance movie, you’re in luck… aaand you’re out of luck. Fassbender plays a musical genius in Lenny Abrahamson’s movie, Frank. “His character wears a giant ceramic head the entire film, so you’ve got this [actor] who can basically take any film role out there and he takes one where he hides his face,” says Cooper. “A brave choice from someone who’s known for his brave choices.”
At least Ryan Reynolds has the good taste to be in a Sundance movie that doesn’t hide his face (or trap him in a coffin). That’s not to say his character in Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices doesn’t have some baggage. Reynolds plays a mentally unbalanced factory drone whose attempts at office romance don’t work out. When things turn unexpectedly violent, he begins to hear the voices of his pets as they advise him what to do next. “It’s a jolt,” says Groth. “[Ryan] does something really inventive. Believe me, the talking cats and dogs are the least of your problems in this movie.”
As always, some of the festivals most promising movies are documentaries. Rory Kennedy (Ethel) returns to Park City with the Last Days of Vietnam, which investigates the U.S. orders to evacuate only American personnel, leaving behind loyal South Vietnamese as Saigon fell to the Communists. Amir Bar-Lev digs deep into Happy Valley to investigate the culture that enabled Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky to abuse countless youths. Steve James, who directed Hoop Dreams, chronicles the career of the late Roger Ebert in Life Itself.
Mitt Romney will also make an appearance of sorts. The former Salt Lake City Olympics CEO and presidential candidate is the subject of a documentary from Greg Whitely, simply titled Mitt. “It gave me a whole new sort of perspective on politicians and what they have to go through,” says Cooper. “Just the rigor if it, and how the family has to be part of this process.”
One potential breakout documentary is The Battered Bastards of Baseball, the true story of the Portland Mavericks, an independent minor-league baseball team founded by actor Bing Russell in the 1970s. “He put together this team that ended up being this great David versus Goliath, Bad News Bears story of these rag-tag group of players that became winners,” says Groth. “Kurt Russell was there as a young guy following the team around and [Little Children director] Todd Field was the bat-boy. It’s just an amazing story and I think it’s going to be a real crowd-pleaser.”
Click below for Sundance’s complete listing of Premieres. READ FULL STORY
Amy Poehler talks hosting Golden Globes with Tina Fey: 'I can't stress enough how little we prepare'
Now that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have secured their spot on the Golden Globes stage through 2015, what do they have to say about how things went last year and what audiences can expect in the future? Well, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association talked with Poehler this morning about her initial hosting experience and what her job as co-host really means.
“Well last year was really fun! We didn’t know what to expect. It was exciting to work with Tina, as always, and it was a strange experience,” Poehler said. “We had a lot of fun so we said maybe we can try it again and like fools we are giving it another shot. Looking forward to understanding more of how the night goes and what works and what doesn’t. In all honesty — just setting the tone for a really fun evening. I think as a host that’s your job. Telling some jokes, getting everyone excited and then stay out of everyone’s way.”
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are coming back to the Golden Globes. And back again.
The former Saturday Night Live duo, who hosted last year’s Globes to much acclaim — and a 28 percent jump in the 18-49 demo, natch — has agreed to host the next two Golden Globes Awards, in 2014 and 2015, NBC announced today. Speculation that they would return began nearly immediately after last year’s show ended, and Poehler herself now seems prescient with one of her opening jokes. “We want to assure you that we have no intention of being edgy or offensive tonight,” Poehler said during last year’s Globes, “because as Ricky [Gervais] learned the hard way, when you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press, they make you host this show two more times.”
“Tina and Amy are two of the most talented comedic writer/performers in our business and they were a major reason the Golden Globes was the most entertaining awards show of last season,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of Alternative and Late Night Programming. “We’re elated they wanted to host together again and that they committed for the next two years.”
Click below for last year’s Globes’ opener: READ FULL STORY
If you title your movie A.C.O.D., you might have to set aside some money in your budget for educating the public. After all, what is A.C.O.D., and will I need a vaccination before seeing it?
Fortunately, A.C.O.D. — which stands for Adult Children of Divorce — features a cast that can make such marketing extremely painless and fun. Adam Scott plays the Adult Child in question, a restauranteur who attends his younger brother’s wedding only to discover their divorced parents (Catherine O’Hara and Richard Jenkins) are still at war and to learn that his childhood therapist (Jane Lynch) turned his troubled family life into a book. Amy Poehler co-stars as Scott’s bitter stepmother, and Jessica Alba plays one of the other study subjects whose childhood has been used for literary fodder.
In the public-service announcement, Lynch explains in soothing tones how to cope with A.C.O.D: “The way to feel normal is to remind yourself that the person next to you is way more damaged.”
Watch the exclusive PSA below. READ FULL STORY
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