One of the newer finds in the recently leaked Sony documents is an update on the in-the-works Ghostbusters reboot by Paul Feig. According to The Wrap, an October 8 email exchange between Ivan Reitman and Sony exec Amy Pascal reveals some of the actors who have already expressed interest in starring in Feig's all-women reboot:
Agree that everyone is way too nervous about how this issue and how we. present it but it's isn't a sequel to the 80s movies and it is gonna be totally original with completely different characters and our job is to find a clever way to connect the movie to the original franchise [...]
These days almost everyone has a Bill Murray story, and last night Emma Stone told Kimmel (next to a terrifying life-size David Hasselhoff figure) all about her post-initial Murray meeting freakout while filming Zombieland as well as the time he got her an umbrella hat during another film shoot this past fall. Click through to watch her impress Kimmel with her talent for expertly forging the Spice Girls' autographs, which is a lot funnier than it sounds.
Watching an actor or actress’ screen test or audition tape feels very voyeuristic, like you’re seeing something that’s not supposed to be seen. They’re reading back scenes that, more often than not, will make it into the movie, but they haven’t mastered the role yet — they’re just auditioning, and God knows I wouldn’t want my first draft of, well, anything to be looked at by thousands, if not millions.
But we’re not here to debate the morality of all that: let’s instead take a look at the audition tapes for 10 comedians, from Steve Carell to Emma Stone, for 10 different roles, all of which they eventually [...]
In my recap of last May's SNL season finale, I argued that the show's reliance on recurring sketches may not be such a bad thing. Audiences love familiarity, and recognizing a successful idea and finding clever ways to reintroduce it (while watering down its original ingenuity) is what made this country great, goddamn it. Only fellow comedy writers feel dirty about reheating old material — meanwhile, the home audience could watch Conan pull that Walker Texas Ranger Lever for hours.
One of the reasons I’ve been so supportive of SNL in recent seasons is its increasingly appropriate use of recurring sketches. Last weekend’s Emma Stone-hosted episode, for example, [...]
What's that? What was that loud squishy popping noise? AaaAAAH what was it? Oh okay, just every nerd's heart exploding like the hypermatter core of the Death Star II at the hands of the Alliance. Aziz Ansari, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, and Seth Rogen all make appearances in this video for Stand Up 2 Cancer, finally consummating the longtime will-they-or-won't-they flirtation between comedy and Star Wars.
Woody Allen's next movie, Magic in the Moonlight, hits theaters July 25th, and this is the first trailer for it. The Jazz Age comedy follows an English magician (Colin Firth) who's hired to figure out whether a woman claiming to be a medium (Emma Stone) is telling the truth or pulling off a con, the answer to which is kind of already revealed in the trailer so watch at your own risk.
Writer/director Cameron Crowe is working on his next movie in Hawaii, and The Wrap reports that Bill Murray is in talks to join the cast. The untitled romantic comedy follows a defense contractor (Bradley Cooper) who falls in love with an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) after he's sent to set up a weapons satellite in Hawaii. The two decide to work together to stop the satellite's launch. There's no word on who Murray would be playing, but he's joining a supporting cast that includes Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, and Jay Baruchel. This will be Murray and Cameron Crowe's first time working together. A 2014 release is [...]
Anna Faris, Zooey Deschanel, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Maya Rudolph: this article makes a good case for why this season of SNL has been so "unusually rich in funny, provocative female-focused moments." Amazing recent female performances in movies and TV translates into comedically stronger female hosts, which means sketches that don't just feature that host as a straight man or "hot girl." Time to chalk "better SNL episodes" up on our gigantic list of reasons to keep making funny movies about women, right?
I can't explain the connection that Emma Stone and Fred Armisen make in these SNL promos. Sometimes, there's just so much to be said, and it can't be said in words. It can only be said in tiny movements of the eyes and mouth. Like I'll quiver my nostrils and that means, "I can't believe I've found someone as amazing as you in this crazy world," or you'll scratch your eyebrow and that means, "I'm not saying this out loud because Baron Von Diesenschmarrn can't know our plan to escape from his nefarious deathtrap, but on the count of three, you cut the red wire and I'll take [...]
Guys, sometimes we make a joke. We think it's a really dead-on, witty piece of art, and it's only later we stop to consider the fact that we are not making said joke inside a cultural vacuum. That there are, in fact, old men who hit on inappropriately young women in an unsettling manner all the time, or that very few people want to hear about how a complete stranger wants to put his babies inside them. Jim Carrey's Emma Stone message is one such joke. "If I were a lot younger, I would marry you, and we would have chubby little freckle-faced kids," Carrey explains in his [...]
When I started reviewing SNL three years ago, I was proud to consider myself a defender of the show. Of course, not that the mainstream pop culture institution needed any defending. My frustration was with the show's cynical viewers — online critics, comedy nerds, pretty much everyone in my hometown — who had jumped on the hip bandwagon of dismissing SNL as "not as funny as it used to be." It didn't matter to them that the show is broadcasted live, with each episode written and produced in less than six days. Even if SNL managed to pull off a handful of good sketches week after week, that wasn't good [...]
Serious filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Amores Perros , 21 Grams) is getting ready to make his first comedy – albeit a dark one – and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he's cast Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis in prominent roles. The movie, called Birdman, follows an ex-actor who played an iconic superhero (Keaton) as he puts together a Broadway play based on a Raymond Carver story in an attempt to get his career back on track, only to have the play's cocky lead actor muck things up. Stone plays Keaton's newly-rehabbed daughter/assistant, Watts portrays an actress, and Galifianakis is a conniving producer. Casting ex-Batman Michael [...]
Early in the upcoming 30 Rock season, Jenna Maroney will have a part in a movie called Martin Luther King Day with Emma Stone, Andy Samberg, and Nick Cannon. Sounds like the parody-of-holiday-movies-crammed-with-celebrities to end all parodies-of-holiday-movies-crammed-with-celebrities.
Emma Stone and Jason Segel will host SNL on November 12 and 19, respectively. Counting Charlie Day on the 5th, this trio of hosts will certainly give us something to be thankful for. ('Cause Thanksgiving is the next week! Topical humor!)
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