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'Skeleton Twins' director: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader really are like siblings

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Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play a pair of estranged siblings who are reconnected at a particularly dark moment for both in the Sundance drama The Skeleton Twins. And, when a depressed Milo (Hader) leaves Los Angeles to live with a similarly depressed Maggie (Wiig) and her earnest, goofy husband (Luke Wilson), it’s not exactly a seamless homecoming, with fights, lies, and past traumas weighing on the once-inseparable twins throughout.

But writer-director Craig Johnson didn’t cast two of today’s most likable comedians to just destroy them with melodrama. There are moments of pure joy, too, including a standout sequence, teased in the trailer, where Milo and Maggie break into a cheesy ’80s classic to ease a particularly tense moment. As Owen Gleiberman wrote after the film’s Sundance premiere, “This is a tenderly sincere, and smart, and beguiling, and penetrating movie about the way that ordinary messed-up people can wind up stumbling through their lives.”

EW spoke to Johnson about directing Hader and Wiig and how that whole Starship sequence came together.

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Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader try to get back on track in 'The Skeleton Twins' trailer

Kristen Wiig’s post-Bridesmaids movie career has been a little bumpy: She didn’t have much to do, for instance, in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty or Anchorman 2. But the first trailer for The Skeleton Twins hints that her next film may finally find her in a starring role again.

Wiig appears in the movie alongside Bill Hader. From Sundance, Jeff Labrecque described The Skeleton Twins as “a full-on drama” where Wiig and Hader “play Maggie and Milo, twins who used to be close but now live on different sides of the country. Neither is particular happy with their lives, and when they both narrowly avoid death on the same day, they end up reuniting and confronting the issues that have kept them apart.”

The movie also stars Luke Wilson as Wiig’s husband and is produced by Mark Duplass, who starred in director Craig Johnson’s 2009 debut feature True Adolescents.

The Skeleton Twins will be in theaters on September 19th, 2014.

Casting Net: Kristen Wiig to direct, star in buddy comedy; Plus, Oprah Winfrey, Kylie Minogue, more

• Kristin Wiig is set to make her directorial debut on an untitled buddy comedy that she and her Bridesmaids co-scribe Annie Mumolo will write together. The story is about “best friends who find themselves in over their heads and out of their depths, which were, perhaps, not too deep to begin with.” Wiig will also star in the pic, which TriStar chairman Tom Rothman joked will be “a searing and depressing drama, which is what the world needs right now.” [New York Times] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Daniel Radcliffe runs toward 'You Shall Know Our Velocity'; Plus, Bradley Cooper, more

• Daniel Radcliffe is attached to star in You Shall Know Our Velocity, based on Dave Eggers‘ best-seller, which tells the story of a a pair of friends — one bookish and awkward and one who fancies himself a ladies man — who resolve to scatter their friend’s ashes among the pyramids. They also decide to give away the $32K insurance payout that they got after their friend was killed to anyone in need. Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) is set to direct the pic, which is eyeing a spring 2015 shoot. Author Wells Tower adapted the script. [THR] READ FULL STORY

'Hateship Loveship' trailer shows a quiet Kristen Wiig -- VIDEO

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The Kristen Wiig who dressed up as Harry Styles and joked around on The Tonight Show is nowhere to be found in the new trailer for Hateship Loveship, a film based on the Alice Munro’s 2001 short story “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.”

Wiig plays Johanna Parry, a meek woman working as a nanny in the home of an elderly man (Nick Nolte) who needs help taking care of his granddaughter, Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). After Johanna sends a silly, innocent letter to Sabitha’s father, the always-in-trouble Ken (Guy Pearce), it’s intercepted by Sabitha and her friends, who turn the correspondence into a fake courtship. Their prank is the catalyst that makes Johanna question the direction her life is going — and what she wants out of it.

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Sundance 2014: Bill Hader talks 'Skeleton Twins' and his Bond-villain dream -- VIDEO

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At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader is one-half of the Skeleton Twins. The other half is a familiar face: His fellow SNL vet Kristen Wiig.

Hader and director/writer Craig Johnson talk about the sibling drama, and how Hader would be (almost) perfect as Daniel Craig’s next foe, in the interview with EW’s Anthony Breznican below:
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Sundance 2014: Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are fantastic in 'The Skeleton Twins'

Going in to the first Sundance showing of The Skeleton Twins, in which Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play a troubled sister and brother coping with the legacy of their screwed-up family, I knew nothing about the film except that it was being billed as the movie that reunited the two former SNL teammates but wasn’t a comedy. Glancing at that photo above, I thought to myself: Hmmmmm, I hope it’s not one of those glum dysfunctional-family indie specials in which gifted comedians blank themselves out for the sake of art. I needn’t have worried. The Skeletons Twins is very much a drama, but it has lots of laughs, too — the kind of good, soul-ticking laughs that emerge, organically, from dramatic situations. Its tone is comparable to that of The Kids Are All Right or Alexander Payne’s films. The Golden Globes would have no problem nominating The Skeleton Twins in the Best Comedy or Musical category. Yet as directed and co-written by Craig Johnson, this is a tenderly sincere, and smart, and beguiling, and penetrating movie about the way that ordinary messed-up people can wind up stumbling through their lives. And let me say right up front: The two actors are fantastic together, every bit as powerful as Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo were as the woundedly bound siblings of You Can Count on Me. But then, we already know from Bridesmaids what a knockout of a leading lady Kristen Wiig can be. It’s Bill Hader who’s the revelation. I think he could become a major screen actor. READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2014: Bill Hader can count on Kristen Wiig in 'The Skeleton Twins' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader spent seven years together on Saturday Night Live, so when you hear they’re starring in a movie together — playing twins no less — you might expect it to be an outrageous comedy. When you then hear it’s also a Sundance movie, you might conclude that it’s something quirky-funny like Adventureland, the 2009 festival hit in which they played the married couple that runs a rinky-dink amusement park. But The Skeleton Twins is something entirely different — a full-on drama. They play Maggie and Milo, twins who used to be close but now live on different sides of the country. Neither is particular happy with their lives, and when they both narrowly avoid death on the same day, they end up reuniting and confronting the issues that have kept them apart. “Yeah, I would say it’s the Nebraska route,” says Hader, referring to the toned-down performance by his former SNL colleague, Will Forte, in Alexander Payne’s recent movie. “It’s more dramatic than funny. The movie I can compare it to is You Can Count On Me.”

Hader filmed the movie during his final season of Saturday Night Live, a hectic time in his life that had him plumbing some pretty hard-core emotional depths on Skeleton Twins and then racing back to Studio 8H to do a sketch with a guest like Jamie Foxx or perform on Weekend Update as Stefon. “I always liked it when you’d see someone [from SNL] do something different,” he says. “I’m not comparing myself at all to Bill Murray, but I remember seeing Bill Murray in Mad Dog and Glory. I was like, ‘Wow, he was really scary in this.’ That’s so cool that he did that. Beating up Robert DeNiro? It was crazy. I thought that was so awesome.”

Before the 35-year-old actor heads back to the Sundance Film Festival — a special place for him and his wife, Maggie Carey, since they got engaged in Park City — Hader discussed working with Wiig on The Skeleton Twins and the scene that sent him to the emergency room. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: 'Breaking Bad' actor Jesse Plemons auditioning for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'; Plus, Cote De Pablo, more

Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights alum Jesse Plemons is the latest name to emerge in the Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumor mill. According to The Wrap, Plemons is flying to Los Angeles to audition for director J.J. Abrams for the highly secretive Disney/Lucasfilm project, which is scheduled for a Dec. 18, 2015, release. Franchise originals Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are all expected to return, but the cast still remains a mystery. Other recent rumors have included Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Sullivan Stapleton. [The Wrap]
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Extended 'Secret Life of Walter Mitty' trailer shows six minutes of dreamy adventure -- VIDEO

Rugged treks through a snowy tundra, death-defying leaps from a helicopter piloted by a drunk schlub, a daring attempt to get Kristen Wiig’s attention on eHarmony: This epic trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has it all.

By now, you’re probably familiar with Ben Stiller’s adaptation of James Thurber’s classic tale of daydreaming and ennui, memorably adapted once before into a 1947 classic starring Danny Kaye. But if not, here’s the deal: Stiller directed and stars as Mitty, an utterly average office drone with an overactive fantasy life. After discovering a mysteriously missing photo negative, Mitty embarks on a wild real-life adventure that’s every bit as exciting as the trips he’s been taking in his imagination.

Wiig costars as Mitty’s coworker and dream girl Cheryl; the film also includes turns by Shirley MacLaine as Mitty’s mother, Adam Scott as his brotastic jerk of a boss, Kathryn Hahn as his sister, Patton Oswalt as an eHarmony customer representative — when this guy thinks you’re pathetic, you know things have taken a turn for the worse — and Sean Penn as the arctic explorer who inspires Mitty to stop dreaming and start living. All have a presence in this six-minute extended promo, which just might inspire you to turn off your computer and hop on a plane to Afghanistan.

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