Portlandia writer/director Jonathan Krisel and writer Graham Wagner have just signed on to adapt Lydia Millet's comic novel Mermaids in Paradise into a movie, their first. Here's the synopsis: On the grounds of a Caribbean island resort, newlyweds Deb and Chip — our opinionated, skeptical narrator and her cheerful jock husband who's friendly to a fault — meet a marine biologist who says she's sighted mermaids in a coral reef.
As the resort's "parent company" swoops in to corner the market on mythological creatures, the couple joins forces with other adventurous souls, including an ex–Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and a hipster Tokyo VJ, to save [...]
Mr. President, esteemed members of Congress and the American armed forces, I thank you for joining me here in the War Room of the National Military Command Center. As you know, our fair nation and the entire world is under attack by forces we don’t quite understand. I’ve got the finest scientific minds on three separate continents compiling data and crunching the numbers as we speak. The situation before us is a dire one. Entire cities could crumble. Untold millions may die.
There is, however, one thing that could save civilization. Ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to need a remake of Poltergeist.
Please stop laughing over [...]
The reboot of 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation has been in development since since 2010, and today the first trailer was finally released. Starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate and featuring Charlie Day, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Nick Kroll, Tim Heidecker, Kaitlin Olson, and Michael Pena, the new Vacation centers on Helms as a grown-up Rusty Griswold as he takes his family on a trip to Wally World, and you can expect the original Mr. and Mrs. Griswold to make a special appearance. The film hits theaters on July 29th.
It's been less than a month since Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 premiered in theaters, but Rotten Tomatoes' favorite 0% (well, now 6%) star has another big movie role lined up. Deadline reports that James has signed on to star in The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, which will center on him as "a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. He heads to Belize to escape his sudden celebrity, but gets entangled in an assassination plot. Thrown into a world of real danger, he must find [...]
Kristen Wiig's latest film Welcome to Me hits theaters today, and so far the reviews are pretty mixed. Currently at 71% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was written by first-time screenwriter Eliot Laurence and directed by Shira Piven and centers on Wiig as a woman with borderline personality disorder who launches her own television show after winning an $86 million lottery jackpot. Despite some of the negative criticism about the film — most reviews make some mention of the ending as copping or chickening out, call its treatment of mental illness potentially offensive, and compare the film to a drawn-out SNL sketch — Wiig's performance has [...]