• Silicon Valley‘s Kumail Nanjiani and Orange Is the New Black‘s Natasha Lyonne are set to join the ensemble cast of Michael Showalter‘s Hello, My Name is Doris. Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) have also boarded the comedy, which stars Sally Field as a woman who, in the wake of her mother’s death, decides to pursue a co-worker (Max Greenfield) and discover the local hipster scene. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY
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• Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) will play a woman looking for love in the Max Landis-scripted Mr. Right. She thinks she may have found the one till she discovers that he’s a hit man…but, you know, a reformed one. His past catches up with him and suddenly both of their lives are in jeopardy. Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back) has also joined the cast, but it was unclear from the report whether he is her Mr. Right. Paco Cabezas (Tokarev) will direct the pic, which is scheduled for a fall shoot. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
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X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump.
Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, who both have projects at Sundance this year, will co-host the feature-film awards ceremony on Jan. 25. Parks and Rec‘s Offerman stars in the one-man show, Nick Offerman: American Ham, while Mullally voices a character in the animated film, Ernest and Celestine. READ FULL STORY
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
As fans of Ron Swanson know, Nick Offerman has no problem playing an intimidating guy.
So naturally it’s a treat to watch him play a tough-guy father in the new comedy The Kings of Summer, a coming-of-age story about three teenagers who run away from home one summer to explore and build a house in the woods. In addition to Offerman’s wife, Megan Mullally, the film also stars Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias.
In a recent interview with EW, Offerman filled readers in on what drew him to the coming-of-age project.”When I read the [Kings of Summer] script by Chris Galletta, I was really taken with the emotional throughline of the kids wanting to come-of-age by running away from their overbearing parents and building. I’m all for kids building anything, let alone a supercool two-story house in the woods.”
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Just because Nick Offerman plays a dad whose son (Melissa & Joey‘s Nick Robinson) chooses to run away from home and build a makeshift house in the woods with two friends (Super 8‘s Gabriel Basso and Hannah Montana‘s Moises Arias) in The Kings of Summer, in theaters today, doesn’t mean the Parks and Recreation actor didn’t bond with his onscreen offspring. “It’s important to me to let young people know that I’m just as big of a jackass, if not more, than they are,” says Offerman. “Because I often play an intimidating or stentorian figure, I like to let everyone know that I’m not really that way, that they shouldn’t be scared that I’m the high school principal who’s going to give them a detention if they misbehave. So instead, we just get involved in a lot of grab-ass and tomfoolery.”
“If you say to me, ‘Name an idyllic setting from your teen years,’ the thing that pops to mind is a beautiful quarry that’s overgrown with forest that is now a swimming hole where young people can jump off a cliff into the water,” he says. “I don’t know if it’s from the movie Breaking Away or what, but that to me is the most romantic image of teenage freedom. And so on the day that we were shooting the three young guys jumping into the quarry, [costar Marc Evan Jackson] and I were up the road shooting a scene where we’re out fishing in a boat at the other end of that same body of water. And the timing was such that I was able to go out and do a bunch of jumping off that cliff with those guys, and of course,” he continues, with a laugh, “they were so acrobatic and athletic. I just was such a big fan of their youth, and in my head, my dives were commensurate with their own in terms of grace and élan. But I saw a couple of photographs of my dives, and they were hilariously nothing of the sort. I looked like a manatee that somehow had been thrown off of the cliff. But I felt free nonetheless. I may be a sea cow, but I know my liberty.”
Below, we talk more about the film (which also costars his wife, Megan Mullally), his summer goals for the Offerman Woodshop, the play he and Mullally are currently doing in L.A., his role in the Jennifer Aniston-Jason Sudeikis comedy We’re the Millers, and the naming of Baby Swanson. READ FULL STORY
Summer in suburbia is what you make of it. For some, it’s a parent-controlled prison. For Joe Toy, it’s an opportunity for freedom.
In the trailer for The Kings of Summer (which premiered at Sundance as Toy’s House), we meet Joe (Nick Robinson), a not-completely-gawky teenage boy, delivering a shoddy-looking project to his teacher, who casually informs him that his final was due a week earlier and that school is in fact over for the year. Who is this kid who doesn’t realize it’s summer?
At home, Joe is at the disposal of his father, Frank (played by the always delightful Nick Offerman) who authoritatively takes the cell phone out of his son’s hand to end his conversation with a cute blonde girl so that he can go clean up the tools in the garage. “My house, my rules,” Frank tells Joe. Ah, the authority of fathers!
In the sweet, whimsical-looking trailer, we follow Joe and his two friends as they escape to the woods to build a house and create their own kingdom, set to the uplifting We Were Promised Jetpacks song “Keeping Warm.” Co-starring Megan Mullally (Offerman’s real-life spouse), Alison Brie, and Mary Lynn Rajskub, The Kings of Summer hits select theaters on May 31.
Check out the trailer below.
Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, and Amy Poehler are doing terrible, hilarious things in this 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' promo
If you’re a fan of NBC sitcoms, then you’ll definitely want to watch the promo for Nick Offerman’s movie Somebody Up There Likes Me, which features Community‘s Alison Brie, Parks & Recreation‘s Adam Scott and Amy Poehler, and Offerman’s Parks & Rec ex-wife/real-world still-wife Megan Mullally. And they’re all doing terrible, weird, wild things. What things you ask? Let’s just say it involves a folksy ode to marijuana, lady parts, and maybe John Cassavetes. Why not? Also, they turn Nick Offerman into a bong. Watch the video below (then take a shower). READ FULL STORY
No, writer/director Bob Byington’s Somebody Up There Likes Me doesn’t have anything to do with the 1956 Paul Newman sports drama that shares its name. It does, however, star a bearded Nick Offerman (of Parks and Recreation fame) as a jaded waiter who cautions his young protegee (Keith Poulson) not to jump headfirst into marriage with a co-worker (Jess Weixler). The kid, naturally, doesn’t listen.
The Hollywood Reporter likened the movie to “a Todd Solondz film directed by Wes Anderson” last summer, and from the trailer, it’s easy to see what that reviewer meant. The whole cater-waiter thing also gives Somebody a whiff of Party Down, though that might just be because Offerman’s wife Megan Mullally also appears in the movie (albeit not as a waitress). See the sitcom star play the indie version of Ron Swanson below:
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