If you needed more confirmation that Zoolander 2 is really happening, Coming Soon reports that the sequel to Ben Stiller's 2001 film is set to begin shooting in Rome for twelve weeks this April. According to Italian website Bad Taste, the mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino confirmed the news after recently meeting with Stiller in Italy. Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson, and Christina Taylor have all been confirmed to return for the sequel, while Penelope Cruz has also been cast in an undisclosed role. Stiller is writing the script with Justin Theroux, who will also direct.
Sundance 2015, the unofficial film industry new year marker, has come and gone, leaving in its wake as usual a pile of must-see titles, underappreciated gems, and new talent. The quintessential “modern Sundance film” is a quirky indie comedy compiled from equal parts long, twee title, popular star doing something different, light laughs, and moments of dramatic resonance. Think Little Miss Sunshine or The Way Way Back. This is partially due to what historically sells big at Sundance, and partially due to the way films are presented up there in the mountains. Sundance audiences are very generous and love communal film watching experiences, they love to laugh or cry or [...]
Before she starts busting ghosts, Kristen Wiig stars in a new film due out this year called Welcome to Me, which follows her as a woman named Alice with borderline personality disorder who decides to launch her own talk show after winning the lottery. The film has the backing of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions and also stars Tim Robbins, James Marsden, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Linda Cardellini, Alan Tudyk, Wes Bentley, and Thomas Mann. Welcome to Me premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year to positive reviews, with HitFix noting that Wiig "gives the best sustained performance of her entire [...]
Seth MacFarlane's 2012 blockbuster Ted has gotten its inevitable sequel, and the first trailer was released today. Like most MacFarlane projects, it features as many big time stars (Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman, John Slattery) as it does butt and balls jokes. It's slated for a June 26 premiere.
Bobby Farrelly is set to make his solo directorial debut. The Wrap reports that Farley has signed on to direct an upcoming comedy called One Night Stan. His brother Peter was originally slated to co-direct but has since left the project. No cast has been announced yet, but the film will follow Stan, "a charmer known for his one-night-stands and firm commitment not to commit who falls hard for a dazzler named Amy. When he decides to change his wanton ways, he discovers that Amy has her own ideas about relationships." Said Farrelly on the news: "Every successful comedy starts with a good script, and this one’s a [...]