The Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel starrer had been slotted for July 25, but Sony has moved it up a week to July 18. Sex Tape now avoids facing off against Paramount’s Hercules, Universal’s Lucy and Lionsgate/Summit’s Step Up All In. Instead it will go up against Universal’s The Purge: Anarchy and Warner Bros sci-fi pic Jupiter Ascending. Diaz and Segel star as young parents whose homemade sex video is accidentally synched to a handful of other devices (including her mother’s and the mailman’s), and they embark on a wild quest to retrieve them. Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper and Rob Lowe also star for director Jake Kasdan. Kate Angelo, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller penned the screenplay from a story by Angelo.
Jason Segel told CNN it would be the best series ending ever — except, he said, for the long-running Newhart series finale. You know, the one in which Vermont innkeeper Bob Newhart got knocked out by a flying golf ball in the late ’80s, and when he woke up, he was in bed with his ’70s sitcom wife Suzanne Pleshette and the whole ’80s series was a dream. That would seem to point to a surprise ending for How I Met Your Mother — maybe the “surprise” ending that’s been discussed endlessly in social media for days and which show creators danced around at the recent PaleyFest …
A week after Kilburn Media came aboard to finance The End Of The Tour, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has picked up rights for multiple territories to the pic at Berlin. Jason Segel stars as Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide in 2008 during a book tour at the start of his fame. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, who accompanied Wallace on the tour. Along the way, jealousy and competition emerge between the two writers as they discuss women, depression and the pros and cons of fame. The film is directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), and David Kanter and Matt DeRoss are producing for Anonymous Content with Modern Man Films’ James Dahl. Manuel and O’Neal will produce for Kilburn. Anonymous Content’s Paul Green is exec producing. Shooting is expected to begin soon. The newly launched sales and finance company Fortitude International is selling the film at the European Film Market.
Jason Segel is starring as the late author David Foster Wallace in The End Of The Tour, which co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and will be directed by James Ponsoldt. Mark Manuel and Ted O’Neal’s Kilburn Media has come aboard to fully finance the pic, which was written by Donald Margulies from Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. The fact-based movie follows Wallace and Lipsky (Eisenberg) on the book tour supporting Wallace’s best-known novel Infinite Jest. Along the way, friendship, jealousy and competition emerge between the two writers as they discuss women, culture, depression and the pros and cons of fame. Wallace committed suicide in 2008. Newly launched sales outfit Fortitude International will shop the pic at EFM. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has just acquired what’s described to me as a Canadian maple syrup heist comedy pitch. Jason Segel is attached to star, and Identity Thief helmer Seth Gordon will direct. Family Guy vet Chris Sheridan is writing the script. Barry Josephson is producing with Gordon and Segel. The comedy with dramatic overtones is inspired by real events reported in the Montreal Gazette by journalist Anne Sutherland. Over $20 million worth of maple syrup was stolen in 2012 from Quebec’s Federation of Maple Syrup Producers and to date, over 20 individuals have been arrested in conjunction with the heist as prosecutors try to make the charges stick.
Sony seems to be fattening up in the culinary genre after making the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs films and today announcing the Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg animated film Sausage Party, that topped by Canadian maple syrup. Wait, is Sausage Party a raunchy reference and not about the delectable meat? No, even though Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are behind it, it is actually about one sausage’s quest to discover the purpose of life (spoiler alert: to be barbecued and eaten?). WME brokered the heist pic deal for Gordon, Segel and Sheridan. Read More »
Sony is backing off the hot 4th of July 2014 weekend with its Sex Tape, directed by Jake Kasdan. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel star in the comedy as a couple whose raunchy home vid goes missing. But New Line‘s Tammy, from comedy powerhouse Melissa McCarthy, was also slated to open July 2. Sex Tape will now move to July 18 leaving Tammy the sole weekend wide release so far.
BREAKING: If Jason Segel isn’t careful, the writer side of his brain might eclipse the actor side. Segel, whose script work includes The Muppets and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, has just made his first big publishing deal. Random House Children’s Books has acquired Nightmares!, a middle-grade fiction series that Segel will write with bestselling author Kirsten Miller (The Eternal Ones) for the Random House imprint Delacorte Press Books For Young Readers. The deal was made by RHCB president/publisher Barbara Marcus and the Delacorte imprint’s veep and publisher Beverly Horowitz, with Segal’s reps at WME and Abrams Entertainment.
Nightmares! is an adventure story about a group of kids who realize it’s up to them to save their town from fear, which has manifested itself in the form of nightmare creatures that have slipped into the everyday world. At its heart, the series is about kids overcoming their fears. Segel first hatched the premise as a movie project. He wrote a screenplay years ago that subsequently went into turnaround. Segel took it back and reverse-adapted it as a book. Don’t be surprised if the script suddenly becomes hot stuff as a movie project that mixes scares with humor. The first book will be published in fall 2014.
This is the first book deal for Segel — who started on Freaks And Geeks and is still starring in How I Met Your Mother — beyond all of the movie roles and work writing music, … Read More »
After a month of last-minute haggling between CBS and 20th Century Fox TV over deal points, the network and studio have sealed an agreement for a ninth season of How I Met Your Mother. It will be the veteran comedy’s last season, and the show will finally reveal the identity of the mother. I hear it will be for 24 episodes. All series regulars — Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan — are back, as are creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. To show the cast their commitment to the show, Bays and Thomas were first to close a one-year show deal. Then came the dramatic actor negotiations as chronicled in Nikki Finke’s story that broke the news about HIMYM‘s pending renewal. The prospects of a ninth season appeared all but dead after Segel had held firmly to his decision to leave until an eleventh-hour turnaround. I hear Segel finally changed his mind after reviewing detailed records of the relatively light workload the hybrid series requires for a fat paycheck while also allowing busy actors like him to also pursue a feature career. Read More »
BREAKING: Jason Segel and Drew Pearce have sold a pitch to Fox. They will turn the documentaryThe Other F Word into a feature that will be a star vehicle for the How I Met Your Mother star. Segel and Pearce will co-write and be executive producers.
Several studios chased the deal before Fox took it off the table. The 2011 docu explores the world of aging punk rock musicians as they transition into fatherhood and try to maintain the contrast between their anti-authoritarian lifestyle with the responsibilities of being a dad.
Andrea Blaugrund Nevins wrote and directed the docu, producing it with Cristan Reilly. Among the rock stars balancing these roles were Blink-182′s Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, and Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath. Nevins and Reilly will be executive producers on the comedy. Read More »
Jason Segel, Ed Helms and Susan Sarandon star in Jeff, Who Lives At Home. In the basement. Then his mother sends him on a simple errand that might end up changing his life along the way. From Jay and Mark Duplass, who gave us another memorable character, Cyrus. From Paramount Vantage, it opens March 16.
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The trendy new term at TCA is, “That’s a high-class problem,” and the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother has one. The show is improbably enjoying its best ratings ever during its seventh season and is also CBS’ youngest-skewing series. And while the series is contracted to remain on the air through next season, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be “8 and out” for the show. Its co-creator and co-showrunner Carter Bays said during a TCA panel this morning that there hasn’t been a discussion about setting a series end date. “Oh, we’ve talked about it,” he admitted, “because we’ve gotten the question a lot. But I don’t think we can say what it will be just now. It’s not a high priority for us. I imagine when we’re going into the final season, we’ll get people hip to that. But right now it’s hard for us to say it will be May 14, 2000-whatever. It will happen when we’re officially out of ideas.” Bays added that he knows what the Mother endgame is going to be but naturally had no inclination to share it. Star Jason Segel added that he’d simply love to see the show go on long enough so the story comes to a natural conclusion, “whether that be 8 or 9 years. I was so relieved when I found out there was an actual plan,” he said. Read More »
Universal’s The Five Year Engagement opens April 27, 2012 and stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. It’s helmed by Nicholas Stoller, who directed Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Stoller and Segel co-wrote this one, and Judd Apatow and Rodney Rothman produced.
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Last night’s Saturday Night Live hosted by Jason Segel with musical guest Florence + The Machine, averaged a 4.6/11 in metered-market households and a 2.8/12 in adults 18-49 in Local People Meters. The late-night sketch show was up a tenth in both measures from last week’s telecast hosted by Emma Stone with Coldplay. In 18-49, SNL mached its best result this season (tied with the Oct. 12 edition hosted by Charlie Day with Maroon 5). Here is Segel’s monologue, in which he was joined by his co-stars from The Muppets movie:
EXCLUSIVE: I wanted to get my hands on this private little video when I heard it existed. So here are producers Jason Segel and Kermit The Frog inviting Amy Adams to join the cast of The Muppets movie, which is the first Muppets theatrical release in 12 years. Beyond cute:
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is starting to get hot and heavy with Sex Tape, the Kate Angelo-scripted comedy that the studio acquired in June in a seven-figure spec deal. The script’s about a married couple who take a night off from their kids, decide to get adventurous and spice things up by making a private sex tape. When they wake up, the tape is gone and they go on a desperate search to find it.
I’m told that Nick Stoller is in talks to direct the film, and that the studio wants Jason Segel and Reese Witherspoon to play the couple. I’ve been hearing this for awhile, and now the offers are going out. The comedy will be produced by Escape Artists partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch, who came up with the idea. Stoller co-wrote The Muppets with Segel.
Taking a page from the quick-cut teaser trailer done by director David Fincher for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the makers of The Muppets have generated their own to promote the family comedy that premieres November 23 through Disney. James Bobin directs and Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper star.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set Oscar-nominated Animal Kingdom star Jacki Weaver to join the cast of Five Year Engagement, the Judd Apatow-produced comedy that stars Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Chris Pratt, Rhys Ifans and Lauren Weedman. Nicholas Stoller is directing the script he wrote with Segel. The comedy charts the ups and downs of an engaged couple en route to the altar. Weaver’s repped by ICM and Elevate.
Sony has now slated the Cameron Diaz-starrerfor June 17, 2011. It was originally scheduled for April. Justin Timberlake, John Michael Higgins and Jason Segel also star in the film, about a foul-mouthed and irreverent middle school instructor. Jake Kasdan directs.