• Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) will take on a supporting role in the indie drama Freeheld, starring Ellen Page (Juno) and Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven) as domestic partners battling New Jersey pension laws. Based on Cynthia Wade’s Oscar-winning documentary short, Moore will star as Laurel Hester, a detective who becomes terminally ill. Page would play her partner Stacie Andree, and Galifianakis is set to portray equality activist Steven Goldstein. Philadelphia scribe Ron Nyswaner wrote the script, and Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas) will direct. [THR] READ FULL STORY
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• The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis is in negotiations to star opposite Owen Wilson in a heist comedy for Relativity Media. Napoleon Dynamite’s Jared Hess is set to direct the pic, previously titled Loomis Fargo, which follows an armored car driver (Galifianakis) who teams up with a group of aspiring criminals to steal $20 million. Jim Carrey was previously circling the lead, but reportedly dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Galifianakis and Wilson recently appeared together in Matthew Weiner’s You Are Here, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival but does not yet have a date set for a U.S. theatrical release. [The Wrap]
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I’m a sucker for biopics and always have been, but I understand why they’re often thought of as a second-rate form. In a sense, each one is trying to tell two stories at once: the chronicle of its subject’s artistic or political or whatever other worldly achievement (the thing that made us hungry to see a biopic about him or her in the first place), and, at the same time, the private, tumultuous “human drama” of it all. Given that these two dimensions can’t really be separated, and that you have to cram both of them into two hours, it’s amazing, when you think about it, that the best biopics, from Lenny (1974) to Kinsey (2004) to Malcolm X (1992) to Sweet Dreams (1985) to Milk (2008) to Ed Wood (1994) to Ray (2004), are as rich and full and authentic as they are. Nevertheless, I think that the hyper scrutiny of the “reality” era, when the lives of celebrities (including dead ones) are more subject to exposure than ever before, has made us all a little suspect of the tidiness, the compressions, the convenient fictionalizations, the cut corners that are an essential element of almost any biopic. The good ones are told with more explicitness and authenticity than they used to be, but as a basic form, the biopic now seems cornier than ever. We can see through it, even as we’re hooked on it. READ FULL STORY
“I’m going to miss f—ing you. I used to think there was more… but there’s not.”
On paper, this line of dialog reads like some crude kiss-off from Don Draper. But in You Are Here, Matthew Weiner’s feature-film directorial debut, it’s a wry kiss-off from Owen Wilson that elicits chuckles instead of gasps. Wilson plays Steve Dallas, a charming TV weatherman who’s getting by in the world with as little effort as possible. When his less successful childhood friend, Ben (Zach Galifianakis), turns to him for support after his estranged father dies, the two return to their rural Pennsylvania town for the funeral and to pick up the pieces with Ben’s sister, played by Amy Poehler.
Fans of Mad Men may or may not be surprised by the film’s more whimsical comic spin — after all, Weiner is the same guy whose idea of funny is driving a John Deere tractor over an executive’s foot at an office party. But long before Mad Men and writing for The Sopranos, Weiner worked on TV shows like Becker, with Ted Danson, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe. He penned the script for You Are Here when he was still writing for The Sopranos, and now that he’s a big powerful genius, things finally fell into place — if not immediately. “I wrote the movie for Owen Wilson and it took me eight years to even get the script to him,” Weiner said at Sunday’s screening of his film at the Toronto Film Festival, “which will tell you something about whether or not a hit TV show will help you.”
Jon Hamm read an early version of Weiner’s script and suggested Galifianakis — before his breakout role in The Hangover. When everyone’s schedules coincided in between seasons of Mad Men, Weiner grabbed the opportunity to direct his first Hollywood movie. He sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss You Are Here – which is in Toronto looking for a distributor — the helpful on-screen baggage of movie stars, and whether there are any clues in the movie that might indicate Don Draper’s fate. For the record, Wilson’s sly womanizer does not fall out of the window of a skyscraper or down an elevator shaft. READ FULL STORY
“When we get together, bad things happen and people get hurt…” “Yeah, that’s the point. It’s funny.”
The Wolfpack will run wild again on May 24 when The Hangover Part III arrives in theaters. We’ve known for some time that Alan (Zach Galifianakis) might need some psychological attention, especially following the death of his father. The new trailer finally explains the hows and whys that send the guys — minus Doug, who’s kidnapped! — south of the border in pursuit of the maniacal Chow (Ken Jeong), who happened to steal $21 million from a royally pissed off John Goodman. It could be worse: Think how bad it would’ve been for the guys if they crossed Goodman’s baddie on Shabbos!
Watch the clip below. But beware, chickens are the new tigers. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Emma Stone, Michael Keaton, and Zach Galifianakis to star in comedy; Plus Christina Hendricks, Vin Diesel
• 21 Grams director Alejandro González Iñárritu is trying his hand at comedy, and he’s enlisted the help of a stellar cast, including Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, and Naomi Watts (don’t forget I Heart Huckabees!) to star in his upcoming feature Birdman. The film will follow a once-great actor best known for portraying a superhero (a little close to home for Keaton), who is trying to relaunch his career with a Broadway play. It will apparently take place over three days in one location. Stone will play Keaton’s troubled daughter, Galifianakis will be the play’s producer, and Watts will portray an actress. [THR]
• Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks is set to star as Charlotte Douglas in the film adaptation of Joan Didion’s A Book of Common Prayer, directed by Campbell Scott (Off the Map). We’re excited to see Hendricks taking on a complex, serious leading film role, and hope the adaptation does justice to Didion’s book. In addition to Mad Men, returning April 7 on AMC, Hendricks can also be seen in Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa (in limited release March 15). [Variety]
• Vin Diesel is in talks to star in The Last Witch Hunter – a 2010 Black List script about a witch hunter who partners with a witch to help save New York from evil. Breck Eisner (The Crazies, and also, Michael Eisner’s son) will direct. It sounds silly, but it was a Black List script, and Hansel and Gretel aren’t mentioned, so maybe there’s potential. Diesel’s next movie is Fast & Furious 6, out May 24. [Deadline]
Sorry, Twitter. Instagram is becoming the place to go for insider Hollywood intel: Beyoncé has recently taken the site by storm, and now Hangover director Todd Phillips is delivering the goods.
Phillips posted a few shots last week of the Wolfpack hanging on set of Hangover Part III. And fans will be excited to see that there is obviously some mischief happening – Bradley Cooper has already got a bloody hand in one picture. In another, fan favorite Ken Jeong is posing for the camera. And we can’t forget about Zach Galifianakis — in one desert-set shot, he looks a wee bit insane. No wonder – the reported plot of The Hangover Part III involves Cooper and Ed Helms breaking Galifianakis’ Alan out of a mental institution.
The Hangover Part II grossed more than $500 million worldwide, an impressive feat for a movie that basically took the screenplay for Hangover Part I and added “…but this time in Bangkok” to the end of every sentence. A third Hangover film will arrive next May, and Legendary Pictures has released the first promotional image for the threequel on the franchise’s Facebook page. The image doesn’t reveal anything about the plot — although we already know that at some point the characters will return to Las Vegas. (That corresponds perfectly to the Joseph Campbell Monomyth Rule of Trilogies: See also, Luke Skywalker returning to Tatooine in Return of the Jedi and Bruce Wayne returning to deep holes in the ground in The Dark Knight Rises.) Check out the image in a larger size below. READ FULL STORY
Jay Roach directed Game Change, HBO’s docudrama about the 2008 election that conservative critics resented because they thought it lampooned Sarah Palin. In his summer comedy, The Campaign, lampooning the candidates is the whole point. As you can see from the new poster, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis go nose-to-nose in a crucial congressional election in North Carolina. Ferrell is a slimy incumbent who’s never faced a real electoral challenge, while Galifianakis plays the clueless outsider who wants to clean up Washington. “May the Best Loser Win,” reads the tagline. I already like this better than Welcome to Mooseport. See a larger version of the poster and watch the trailer after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Attention, all ’00s SNL fans: Will Ferrell has found a way to make a movie centered on his legendary George W. Bush impression. (You’re welcome, America.) Well, sort of. Cam Brady, the character Ferrell plays in the upcoming comedy The Campaign, is a southern good ol’ boy who loves Jesus, family values, and whatever group of potential voters he happens to be addressing. (To a group of carnival workers: “Filipino Tilt-a-Whirl operators are this nation’s backbone!”)
Brady is all set to waltz into his fifth congressional term — until he discovers that he’s got competition in the form of Zach Galifianakis’s prissy, strange Marty Higgins. Cue a rivalry that’s sort of like the one in Step Brothers, except with more American flags.
Check out the film’s official trailer below… unless you’re a baby. In that case, you might not want to watch what Ferrell accidentally does to one of your brethren. READ FULL STORY
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