A new backstage video featuring the cast and crew of Ant-Man hit the web just ahead of Marvel‘s panel at Comic-Con. Stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll and director Peyton Reed discuss their first time — at the Con, that is. The actors all are at the San Diego fanfest for the first time, though Reed notes it’s his 20th time. They also talk about Rudd’s ripped bod, among other things. Judge for yourself:
Here’s the downright wacky trailer for the spoofy romantic comedy from Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler star in They Came Together, about a couple whose “story really is like a corny movie”, to quote the pic. Indeed it is, as the film has its way with rom-com cliches. Our heroes meet cute — his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie candy shop — and it goes from there. Even the voice-over is in on the gag: “If you love love stories and if you love falling in love, then you will love this love story”. Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Max Greenfield, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Jason Mantzoukas, Melanie Lynskey and Ed Helms co-star in the Lionsgate pic written by Wain and Michael Showalter. It premiered at Sundance and bows June 27 in select theaters and VOD. Have a look:
Even though Comic-Con god Edgar Wright is directing, and Paul Rudd set as Scott Lang and Michael Douglas playing Hank Pym, Marvel Studios‘ Ant-Man movie still has me wondering if a guy capable of shrinking and communicating with insects warrants a movie franchise — especially with Rudd, who is so identified with comedy. The folks at IGN.com have helpfully sent me an Ant-Man primer, featuring the character’s various incarnations from the Marvel comics. From what I observed, the Pym version is a certifiable basket case, a complicated dude with inadequacy problems, a temper, and penchant for hitting women. And the Hank Pym version of the character, in helmet and costume, looks vaguely phallic. I remain unconvinced. What do you think?
Warner Bros Sets ‘Gilligan’s Island’ As Star Feature Vehicle For Josh Gad By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: Remember Gilligan’s Island, the venerable 1960s TV series about seven castaways who wind up stranded on a tropical island after a torrential storm shipwrecks their yacht The S.S. Minnow? Warner Bros is charting a course for a feature film based on the series.
Marvel is notoriously tight-lipped about its movies, so even after we told you yesterday that Paul Rudd has been tapped to play Ant-Man, it took the company until just now to admit the casting is true. Said producer Kevin Feige in a post this evening on Marvel.com: “When [director] Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star. We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life.” The pic is set for a July 31, 2015 release.
The long-rumored crowning of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is finally happening. He is Marvel‘s choice to star as the title character in the Edgar Wright-directed film. Rudd has proven himself adept at light drama and he is exceptionally good at comedy, but I never really thought of him as superhero material. Wright, who wrote theAnt-Man script with Joe Cornish, showed at Comic-Con two years ago a demonstration of the technology developed that displayed a speck-sized Ant-Man running down the barrel of a gun and then re-emerging in actual size to put a hurting on a bad guy. It was pretty cool stuff, but Wright put the whole thing down to make The World’s End first. He did that mainly because the film’s producer, Working Title’s Eric Fellner, was diagnosed with cancer. Wright — who felt that Shaun Of The Dead — the first leg of what would become the Cornetto trilogy wouldn’t have gotten made if it wasn’t for Fellner — never would have forgiven himself if he didn’t make the third film in the series quickly, just in case the producer’s condition worsened. Marvel relented, and Kevin Feige agreed to wait. Fellner got his movie and, more important, a clean bill of health.
After hitting a season low among adults 18-49 (2.0) in the people meter markets and posting the second lowest result of the season in the metered markets households with its most recent original hosted by Josh Hutcherson, Saturday Night Live rebounded last night. The show hosted by Paul Rudd, with musical guest One Direction and a ton of unannounced guest stars, averaged a 4.9/12 in metered market households, up 20% vs. the last original and matching SNL‘s season high logged by the shows hosted by Lady Gaga and Kerry Washington.
In 18-49, last night’s episode drew a 2.5 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, up 25% from the Josh Hutcherson show and two tenths below the season high posted by by the season premiere hosted by Tina Fey and the Miley Cyrus episode.
Host Paul Rudd and his Anchorman 2 cohorts Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and David Koechner kept the promo train chugging along for Ron Burgundy’s December 18 return to screens last night on Saturday Night Live. First Anchorman 2 cast mate and former SNL grand dame Kristen Wiig lampooned NBC’s universally panned The Sound Of Music Live in a cold open featuring Dooneese, then the Anchorman 2 gang backed Rudd in a monologue face-off against boy band One Direction. They closed the show with a Bill Brasky sketch penned by Anchorman director/co-writer Adam McKay, reviving the character first created by Ferrell and McKay. Check out the Channel 4 News team moonlighting on SNL and other highlights below (opening monologue video not available):
In addition to Fallon, Paul Rudd returns to SNL for his third appearance as host on December 7. Not coincidentally, Rudd’s movie sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, is due in theaters on December 20. One Direction takes the stage for their second time as musical guest that night, which comes just days after their newest album, Midnight Memories is released. Also, John Goodman makes his 13th SNL hosting appearance on December 14; Goodman’s currently starring in the Amazon.com original series, Alpha House and can soon be seen in the 2013 Cannes Grand Prix winning film, Inside Llewyn Davis. Grammy Award winners Kings of Leon make their third appearance as musical guest that night; their latest album, Mechanical Bull debuted September 24 at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
But the headline in today’s SNL guest-gig news: former cast member Fallon returning to Studio 8H for his second time as host. Fallon premieres The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, exec produced by Michaels, on February 17. For Justin Timberlake it’ll mark his fifth appearance as musical guest. Timberlake recently kicked off his tour in support … Read More »
Miley Cyrus‘ Saturday Night Live appearance as host and music act last weekend attracted a crowd of 6.7 million and a 2.7 rating in the demo. Those are good numbers — just not the stats you might have expected based on the media, and social media, hyperventilation about her double-threat SNL appearance. It’s the NBC late-night show’s biggest crowd since March 9 — about seven months ago. On that date, Justin Timberlake had also played host and music act, and clocked a noticeably bigger 8.4 million viewers and a 3.4 rating — and did it without having just swung around nude on a wrecking ball, licked hammers, and twerked the stripes off of Robin Thicke at the VMAs, as had Miley.
Cyrus was handicapped by a 27-minute SNL start-time delay, caused by a college football overrun. Twenty-seven minutes is an eternity in late-night, when a show’s biggest competition is Going To Sleep. Despite this super-late start, Miley’s SNL episode scored the show’s top 18-49 rating for a fourth-quarter telecast since December 11, 2010, when Paul Rudd hosted and Paul McCartney performed. Their SNL broadcast did better than Miley’s in the demo, logging a 2.7 rating — and here, too, like Timberlake, the men did it without stripping, licking, or twerking.
Boilerplate “SNL was the night’s No. 1 telecast in 18-49, topping … Read More »
David Gordon Green won the Silver Bear for best director at Berlin for this remake of the Icelandic comedy Either Way. Now the first trailer is out for Prince Avalanche, the character study about a guy (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s brother (Emile Hirsch) who form an unlikely friendship after they decide to spend the summer of 1988 painting traffic lines on a very rural highway. Lance LeGault also stars in the film produced by Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng, Craig Zobel, James Belfer and Green, who also wrote the script. Magnolia Pictures — which picked up Prince Avalanche after its Sundance premiere in January — opens the R-rated pic in theaters August 9, day-and-date with its iTunes debut:
Academy Awards show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today that Oscar-winning actors Michael Douglas and Jamie Foxx will join Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd as presenters on the Oscars telecast Sunday.
Here’s a new trailer for the comedy that pairs Tina Fey as a Princeton admissions officer and Paul Rudd as the co-founder of an experimental high school whose students are submitting applications. Michael Sheen, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn and Lily Tomlin also star in Admission. Directed by Paul Weitz and adapted by Karen Croner from the novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz. It opens March 8th.
The first trailer for Paul Weitz’s Admission has dropped. Tina Fey stars as a Princeton University admissions officer who runs into her former college friend, played by Paul Rudd, during a recruiting visit to an alternative high school which is attended by a boy who might be the son she secretly gave up for adoption years before. Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff, Lily Tomlin and Wallace Shawn also star. Focus Features releases March 8.
Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon are the latest movie stars to take the Broadway stage. They will star in Grace, the Craig Wright play that opens officially October 4 for a limited run. Ed Asner and Kate Arrington also star in the Dexter Bullard-directed play about a couple that heads to Florida with plans to open a chain of gospel motels.
EXCLUSIVE… UPDATE: I’ve learned the sequel finally came together today. The comedy Anchorman 2 will be produced under mogul Judd Apatow’s banner with Will Ferrell’s and Adam MKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions. McKay will direct as well as write the script with Will Ferrell who will star again as Ron Burgundy along with the 2004 original’s castmembers Steve Carell and Paul Rudd and David Koechner. Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy had been a DreamWorks production but Paramount took over the project after DreamWorks 2.0 departed the studio. In the first movie, Burgundy was the top-rated anchorman in San Diego in the 1970s in the PG13 pic. McKay and Ferrell are still “kicking around ideas” for the sequel, an insider tells me. “We didnt expect a week ago that this thing was going to get greenlit. It’s been alive and dead so many times.” Gee, I used to own the complete set of Anchorman booblehead dolls and finally gave them away because I didn’t think they’d ever be worth anything. Dumb, dumb, dumb!
UPDATE: OOPS! I think that ace Action4 anchorman Ron Burgundy himself scooped me (in between picking his teeth). Here’s a clip of him making the announcement on Conan O’Brien’s talk show to be aired later tonight:
Amy Landecker has come aboard comedy Lucky Dog from Junebug director Phil Morrison. The actress will star opposite Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd who play a pair of French-Canadian conmen pals in a get-rich-quick scheme to sell Christmas trees in NY. Sally Hawkins also stars with shooting currently underway just outside Manhattan. Landecker had a role in the Coen brothers’ A Serious Man and played Paul Reiser’s wife on NBC’s The Paul Reiser Show. She is repped by The Kohner Agency and Brillstein Entertainment. Melissa James Gibson penned the script for Lucky Dog which is being produced by Dan Carey and Elizabeth Giamatti via their Touchy Feely Films. Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, GreeneStreet Films and HanWay Films are financing. Sidney Kimmel and Greenstreet’s John Penotti will also produce, with Michael Hogan and Jim Tauber executive producing. London-based HanWay is handling international sales. UTA is repping the US.
Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd and Sally Hawkins are teaming to star in Lucky Dog, a comedy to be directed by Junebug helmer Phil Morrison. Shooting starts next month in New York City. The story centers on a pair of French-Canadian conmen pals who, despite being on the outs with each other, hatch a get-rich-quick scheme to sell Christmas trees in NY. Melissa James Gibson penned the script. Dan Carey and Elizabeth Giamatti are producing via their Touchy Feely Films. Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, GreeneStreet Films and HanWay Films are financing. Sidney Kimmel and Greenstreet’s John Penotti will also produce, with Michael Hogan and Jim Tauber executive producing. London-based HanWay is handling international sales starting here at the EFM with UTA repping the US. Other films on HanWay’s current slate include Seven Psychopaths with Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson; Great Expectations starring Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Jeremy Irvine and the Dustin Hoffman-directed Quartet.
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Christopher Walken are circling Freezing People Is Easy, a script by Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris will direct. Film Rites’ Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch are producing with This American Life‘s Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp.
Inspired by the memoir We Froze The First Man and an episode of This American Life, the film tell the true story of Bob Nelson, a 1960s Los Angeles television repairman who tried to pioneer the field of cryogenics by freezing humans. He quickly discovered that it was more difficult than he imagined.
The cast is pretty much locked — Rudd has been attached for months to play Nelson — though Bridesmaids star Wiig is the variable: she’s completing her run on Saturday Night Live and poring over several offers. The producers and the film’s reps at WME and UTA are starting to talk up the film with financiers. The intention is to shoot for a mid-2012 start date. Wilson, Wiig and Zaillian are up for Golden Globes this year. WME reps Morris and Film Rites; UTA reps Rudd, Wilson, Wiig and This American Life; and ICM reps Walken.