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David Wain’s They Came Together is more than a rom-com parody—it’s also a camp reunion. The film, written by Wain and Michael Showalter, features Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, and Christopher Meloni—all of whom also starred in Showalter and Wain’s 2001 cult comedy classic Wet Hot American Summer. Naturally, filming the new movie felt a little like getting the band back together. “That was the strongest feeling for me,” Meloni tells EW. “I was walking around going, ‘What the hell took so long?'”
In the film, the man formerly known as SVU‘s Det. Elliot Stabler plays Roland, the imposing CEO of Candy Systems & Research, a sugary conglomerate bent on running Poehler’s tiny sweet shop out of business. (Originally, Meloni’s character was the head of a company called “CorporateCo Corporation and Co., Inc.,” while Poehler’s ran a candle store. As Meloni explains, “When it comes to these guys and their comedy, it’s just evolutionary. Everything just kind of evolves as the winds and spirits and what everyone’s gut is telling them to take it.”) READ FULL STORY
Numerous reports over the weekend said Adam McKay was in early talks to helm Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man adaptation, or was close to signing a deal, or was already in the director’s chair. So the Anchorman director took to Twitter on Saturday to clear up the rumors:
And yes, met w/Marvel. Kirby & Lee r my Lennon Mccartney so it was awesome. But have other projects I’m committed to. Not sure it can work.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) May 31, 2014
The unconventional superhero tale starring Paul Rudd is in need of a director since Edgar Wright left the film last week. Wright — known for the Cornetto Trilogy and his adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World — issued a joint statement with Marvel announcing his departure over creative differences. READ FULL STORY
'They Came Together' trailer: Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd are ready to charm their way into your heart
Get ready for the romantic comedy (parody) of your dreams.
After premiering at Sundance earlier this year, the Amy Poehler/Paul Rudd rom-com send-up They Came Together finally has a full trailer — and a release date.
The silly movie reunites the two stars with director David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer), as well as a pretty impressive list of Comedy People We All Enjoy, including Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Chris Meloni, Ken Marino, Cobie Smulders, and Max Greenfield.
Molly (Poehler) owns a small-business candy shop; Joel (Rudd) works for a candy conglomerate (Sweetums?) 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, sparks fly. “‘We threw in every element: the opposites-attract story line, the Jewish-but-not-too-Jewish funny leading man, the klutzy woman whom you kind of love, the sassy best friend, the black best friend, the wise old grandmother,” Wain told EW. ”Anything we could think of, we found a place for it in there.”
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Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and the rest of the Anchorman gang had so much fun making Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues — and shot so much extra footage — that they were able to release an R-rated alternate version of the film that included 763 completely new jokes.
“Of all the movies we’ve done, Anchorman is sort of the closest to Zucker-Zucker-Abrahams as far as frequency of jokes, absurdity, that sort of style,” says McKay. “There were loads and loads of completely different ideas, jokes, runs, lines; every joke we did in the theatrical, we would shoot three or four alts to it, and in almost all of the cases there was another really good choice.”
McKay estimates that the theatrical cut had approximately 900 laughs — so of Anchorman 2‘s 1,600 plus gags, what was the director’s favorite? Well, I’ll give you a few hints: It takes “journalism” and its obsession with sideboob to an R-rated extreme, and it made Ferrell squeal. Watch the semi-NSFW clip below: 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.
And now some big news about little guys …
Michael Douglas has joined Paul Rudd in the cast of Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, and with the announcement Marvel Studios revealed a glimpse at the identity of the incredible shrinking hero.
The rumors that veteran comic actor and current Anchorman 2 star Paul Rudd was in talks for the lead in Marvel’s Ant-Man surfaced earlier this week, and Thursday the studio confirmed the casting news.
The Marvel pic already has a release date of July 31, 2015. It is directed by Edgar Wright (The World’s End) and centers around Pym’s discovery of a size-altering formula and his newfound ability to communicate with and control insects, but even with the casting announcement, Marvel emphasized in a release that the plot of the film is still “under wraps.”
“When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star,” Marvel studio head Kevin Feige said in the release. “We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life.”
Other Marvel films on the slate for the next two years include Captain America: The Winter Soldier, due out April 4, 2014; Guardians of the Galaxy set for Aug. 1, 2014; and Avengers: Age of Ultron with James Spader scheduled for a May 1, 2015 release.
Jacques Clouseau. Frank Drebin. Austin Powers.
Make way for Ron Burgundy on the Mount Rushmore of comic buffoonery.
With Anchorman 2, the legend really does continue. With Will Ferrell back as the bloviating male chauvinist behind the porn mustache, Paul Rudd on the prowl, Steve Carell courting a she-Brick, and David Koechner crossing every friendship boundary, the chemistry that made the 2004 comedy a frat-boy quote machine is intact. In the new film, Ron reunites the news team at GNN, the first 24-hour cable news station, after a very public fall from grace that cost him his job and marriage to Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). But you can’t keep a good hair-do down who just wants to read the news.
Like the Austin Powers sequels, Anchorman 2 doubles down on what you giggled the longest at in the first film — for better and sometimes worse. As EW’s Chris Nashawaty writes, “If it has a 2 — or, classier yet, a II — in the title, the smart money says that it won’t be as funny as the original. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues doesn’t defy that axiom, but it’s still plenty hilarious in a reheated sort of way.”
Before you head to the theater, click below to see what the leading critics are saying — and which critics shoe-horn the best Anchorman references in their headlines.
Paul Rudd may be best known for his high-profile supporting comedic roles, but the veteran actor might be going the superhero route. The Wrap reports that Rudd has been cast as biochemist Hank Pym in director Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.
The Kevin Feige-produced Marvel pic already has a release date of July 31, 2015 and centers around Pym’s discovery of a size-altering formula and his newfound ability to communicate with and control insects, but little else is known about Marvel’s newest addition to their big-screen superhero universe. For instance, there may be a second character — Scott Lang — who steals Pym’s discoveries and becomes Ant-Man.
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