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Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs are 'Life Partners' in new trailer


Sasha and Paige are living the dream: They lounge on the couch, eating cake, drinking scotch, and watching America’s Next Top Model together. Until Paige meets Tim.

Community‘s Gillian Jacobs and Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester star in Life Partners, a comedy that follows two best friends who do everything together until Jacobs’ character enters a new relationship that causes a rift in their friendship. “This movie is about women and their friendship, lives, and careersthings that interest them other than dating, guys, love, and sex,” Meester told EW in April. READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: Leighton Meester has no barriers in 'Life Partners' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When Leighton Meester signed on to the BFF dramedy Life Partners, she never imagined she’d try something Blair Waldorf would never even consider: going off script.


Gillian Jacobs talks about her 'butt-demon' horror-comedy 'Bad Milo!'


In the new comedy-horror film Bad Milo! Gillian Jacobs plays the wife of a stressed-out white collar drone (Ken Marino) who discovers he has a demon living in his butt. Yes, you read that right — she spells her first name with a “g.” (Ha! But, seriously, that is who she plays in the film.)

So, what was the point in the Bad Milo! shoot when the Community star most thought, “I bet Dame Judi Dench has never had to do this”? “Throwing dildos at an ass-demon puppet,” laughs Jacobs. “And we shot in a basement of a church, which just added a whole other level of wrong.”

Directed and cowritten by first-time filmmaker Jacob Vaughan, Bad MIlo! is released today in select cinemas and is also available to view via iTunes and VOD. In addition to Jacobs and Marino, the movie stars Patrick Warburton, Steve Zissis, Mary Kay Place, Stephen Root, Kumail Nanjiani, and Big Lebowski nihilist Peter Stormare.

Below, Jacobs talks more about Bad MIlo! while gamely ignoring the egregious amount of times your writer uses the phrase “butt-demon” in the course of our conversation

Casting Net: Jerry O'Connell joins 'Veronica Mars' movie; Plus, 'Gone Girl' still trying to find its girl, more

There’s a new Lamb brother in town. Jerry O’Connell (Burning Love) has joined the cast of the Veronica Mars movie as Dan Lamb, Sheriff Don’s (Michael Muhney) brother. In the Kickstarter update announcing the news, creator and director Rob Thomas traced his interest in O’Connell back to the movie Pirahna. “The performance in that movie that I couldn’t get over was Jerry O’Connell’s take on an amoral, coked up and soon-to-be penis-less smut peddler. I just kept wanting to get back to scenes of Jerry chewing scenery.” O’Connell even recorded a video for fans on the shoot. Welcome to Neptune, Sheriff Dan.

Casting Net: Jessica Chastain in talks to join Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar', more

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is reportedly in talks to join Christopher Nolan’s (The Dark Knight Rises) time-travel epic, Interstellar. She’d be joining a cast that currently includes Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. Since she’s started getting more significant roles, Chastain has never really ventured into pure science fiction territory (we’re not counting Take Shelter). She famously dropped out of Oblivion when offered the Zero Dark Thirty role, so we’re excited for her to take on a new kind of film. The two-time Oscar nominee (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) is currently filming Liv Ullmann’s adaptation of Miss Julie and will soon start work on Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak [Deadline]

• Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset) has signed on to join Neil LaBute’s (Possession) thriller The Geography of Hope. The film will tell the story of two crooks (Hawke and Ed Harris) in the 1970s who are hiding out in Baja after messing up a job. They find two women to keep them interested while they’re in hiding, but eventually things get complicated. Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel) star as the women. [Screen Daily]


SXSW: 'Community' star Gillian Jacobs goes nuts in break-up comedy short -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP


You’re at the SXSW festival, thinking you’re watching a fairly typical short about young love gone tediously, toxically bad when suddenly someone impales themselves on a glass coffee table. Matt Spicer’s dark comedy short It’s Not You, It’s Me, which has been playing all week as part of the shorts program, stars Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) in a clever snapshot of a woman dangerously pushed to the brink. Spicer, who wrote the script with his brother Eric, says Jacobs’ character was in part inspired by an ex-girlfriend who used to be so physically repulsed by the sight and sound of him eating cereal that she would have to leave the room.

The 28-year-old first-time director shot It’s Not You, It’s Me in three days in the living room of his Los Angeles apartment. “I didn’t tell my landlord,” he tells EW, “and we’re spraying blood everywhere, smashing tables. Of course my landlady showed up halfway through and freaked out and threatened to shut us down.'”

Art prevailed and now after a successful run at SXSW, Spicer is hoping someone will be impressed enough to trust him to direct his first feature off his new dark comedy script. In the meantime he and Max Winkler (Henry Winkler’s son and a buddy from USC film school) are busy prepping The Coward, their adaptation of a Nick Jones play that Spicer describes as “Barry Lyndon meets Trading Places,” which will hopefully go into production this summer. Girls star Adam Driver will play the lead, with Winkler at the helm.

Watch a clip of It’s Not You, It’s Me below: READ FULL STORY

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