Fans may have gotten a surprise when they clicked on the new video for band Mumford & Sons’ song “Hopeless Wanderer.”
“Here’s the new video for ‘Hopeless Wanderer,’ featuring Mumf… oh wait,” the video on the band’s site read.
The video for “Wanderer” has actors Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis, and Ed Helms instead of the usual quartet of members that makes up the folk band. The comedians engage in goofy antics such as playing their instruments in a boat, getting very close to the camera, and Sudeikis kissing Forte. They also break many of their instruments near the end of the video.
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The video only shows the actors’ hands on instruments or hides their faces until about a minute into the song, when it’s revealed that the actors are taking on the band’s parts.
Bateman tweeted out the video, writing “Rock and roll history...,” while Helms also tweeted a link to the video and wrote, “Proud to be a fake member of @MumfordAndSons I think we showed a lot of fake artistic integrity in new video.”
Sudeikis stars in the comedy “We Are the Millers,” which is hitting theaters Aug. 7, while Bateman’s Fox series “Arrested Development,” which originally ran from 2003 to 2006, recently aired a new season on Netflix. Helms’ NBC sitcom “The Office” wrapped its final season this past spring and he’s also appearing in “Millers” with Sudeikis and appeared in the new episodes of “Development.” Forte, who starred on “Saturday Night Live” with Sudeikis, recently appeared in "Grown Ups 2" and is voicing a character in the upcoming animated film “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.”
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Sagal portrays Gemma Teller Morrow on "Sons" who is the wife of Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman), a former leader of the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle group, and the mother of Jax Teller, the current president of the group.
At Comic-Con, Sagal said it’s enjoyable to portray the sides of Gemma that are often in conflict on the show. (Gemma has a tumultuous relationship with her husband Clay and her husband and son can be rivals.)
“As an actor, it makes it interesting," she said, according to UPI. "That's part of the journey of being an actor, that you're exploring the human condition in whatever form that’s going on. There are a few things in the season that I'm like, 'Really?! Okay.’”
Sagal has played the character of Gemma since the beginning of “Sons,” which debuted in 2008. The show has been nominated for an Emmy for its theme music and Sagal won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama in 2011 for her work on the show.
Sagal starred on the 1987 sitcom “Married with Children” and the 2002 show “Eight Simple Rules.” She voices the character of Leela on the animated show “Futurama,” which will finish what is presumably its final season this September.
Hunt will play a magazine editor and mother who finds out her son (Brenton Thwaites of “The Giver”) has left college to pursue surfing and follows him to California, where she meets a surf instructor (Luke Wilson).
Actors Mike White (“Enlightened”) and David Zayas (“Dexter”) will also reportedly star in the film.
“Ride,” which Hunt will also produce and for which she wrote the script, is set to begin production early next week in Los Angeles.
The actress previously directed the 2007 movie “Then She Found Me,” which starred Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler, and Matthew Broderick, as well as episodes of the TV shows “Californication” and “Revenge.” Hunt was also recently nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in the 2012 movie “The Sessions.”
Hunt appeared in the 1986 film “Peggy Sue Got Married” and in the 1996 movie “Twister” with Bill Paxton as well as the 1997 film “As Good As It Gets” with Jack Nicholson. Her NBC show “Mad About You,” for which she directed several episodes as well as starring in the program, ran from 1992 to 1999.
Disney/Pixar’s Cars was a lucrative title for the joint studios (despite a so-so critical response), which explains why that computer-animated feature gave rise to a feature-length sequel and multiple short films. DisneyToon Studios is behind the newest spinoff for the franchise, in the form of the upcoming Planes.
Planes takes place in the Cars-verse – a world where anthropomorphic vehicles are the dominant species – and revolves around one Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook), a humble dust cropper with big dreams of competing in (and winning) a famous aerial race. The only problem? He suffers from a crippling fear of heights that prevents him from flying any higher than… well, high enough to dust crops, basically.
Stacy Keach (The Bourne Legacy) is the voice of Skipper, Dusty’s mentor – who helps his young protege to conquer his fear and realize his full potential – and, rounding out the voice supporting cast, are the former Top Gun costars Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards, in addition to Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives) and Brad Garrett (‘Till Death), as well as comedians John Cleese, Cedric the Entertainer and Sinbad.
Planes is the first DisneyToon Studios film that will release in theaters since Pooh’s Heffalump Movie opened in 2005 (remember that one?). The fact that it was also originally slated for a direct-to-DVD release is probably telling about the film’s quality. Similarly, the trailer doesn’t inspire much confidence in screenwriter Jeffrey M. Howard and Klay Hall – who’ve both worked on Disney’s video-only Tinker Bell movies – as far as their ability to deliver a ‘toon with exceptional storytelling.
In other words: you’ll probably be fine, waiting to either buy or rent Planes – for your kids to watch – when it’s available in the DVD/Blu-ray format.
Smollett-Bell will be playing a character named Heather Hall who becomes Kristina (Monica Potter)’s campaign manager. On the show, Kristina running for political office will reportedly be a large part of the fifth season.
TVLine described the part as a “major recurring role.”
Smollett-Bell is currently appearing on “True Blood” as Nicole Wright, a member of a group that wants to protect vampires and other supernatural beings like shapeshifters and werewolves from those who believe them dangerous. Nicole has also become a love interest for bartender Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell).
The actress guest-starred on the recent TV series “The Mob Doctor” and starred on the NBC drama “Friday Night Lights” near the end of the show’s run. She has also guest-starred on shows such as “The Defenders,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “House.”
“Parenthood,” which is based on the 1989 film starring Steve Martin, has aired on NBC since 2010 and revolves around an extended family, the Bravermans. It stars “Coach” actor Craig T. Nelson, “Six Feet Under” actor Peter Krause, “Hit and Run” star Dax Shepard, and “Gilmore Girls” star Lauren Graham.
The show has been well-received by critics and was nominated once for an Emmy award, for actor Jason Ritter’s guest turn on the show. It has often placed on reviewers’ list of the best shows of the year since it began airing.
As noted by TVLine, many other former “Friday Night Lights” actors have guest-starred on “Parenthood,” including Minka Kelly, Derek Phillips, and Michael B. Jordan. “Friday Night Lights” head writer and executive producer Jason Katims is the head writer for and developed “Parenthood.”
Netflix’s resurrection of the beloved but short-lived Arrested Development helped cement it’s emerging pre-eminence in original online content. The news of a new season was so over-hyped that when the entire season 4 was finally made available, some critics were underwhelmed and kind of perplexed. The show’s fourth season turned out to be a departure from what came before, with each episode focusing mainly on one character at a time and overlapping in a way that only made sense once you’d watched them all… and then re-watched them.
Despite the mixed response from a vocal minority, creator Mitch Hurwitz wanted to do a season 5. Netflix seemed interested, with CEO Reed Hastings saying it was up to the “talent.” Now we have a confirmation from Hurwitz that it’s “definitely” happening… either as a series or a movie.
Chortle reports that during a Q&A with Hurwitz and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, Hurwitz was asked whether or not we’d be seeing another season. “Definitely,“ he stated. Then he turned to Sarandos and said, “I don’t want to get into a whole negotiation right now… but I’ve got a family to feed.”
Hurwitz went on:
“I keep thinking about it, and why don’t we do the movie version of this and then do the series, because this series kinda peaks with the story?
“I kinda go back and forth between that and a series. But here’s the most important thing, whatever we do, I want to get the cast all together and not do another anthology thing, and that’s why I keep thinking about kicking off with a special or a three-part show and then going into a series.”
Hurwitz then turned to Sarandos and asked, “Are you game for that?” Sarandos responded, “Absolutely. In any form.” While a movie had been talked about prior to season 4, it was pushed back in favor of an anthology series that could catch everyone up on the lives of the Bluths. According to Hurwitz, he would discuss the movie idea with Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Bluth family patriarch George Sr. and his twin brother Oscar:
“We would see each other and talk about it, and then it would end up in the press with him saying ‘We’re doing it!’, but we didn’t have have a deal, we [didn't] own the property – 20th Century Fox [owned] the property – and there were a lot of things to get in place.”
“And also part of it was us stalling a little bit, too, waiting to see if the right idea came to us. And I think it has. We have it basically, we have the next step.”
Netflix does not release audience values, but it’s safe to presume that no one would be publicly discussing moving forward with a new season if the show had not successfully drawn enough viewers.
The recent Emmy nominations for Arrested Development (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Musical Composition for a Series), along with fellow originals House of Cards (nine) and Hemlock Grove (two) have suddenly changed the entire idea of what “television” is, in ways that are not entirely clear just yet.
Netflix’s success in this arena will likely re-ignite cries for the company to bring back other beloved series. There have been reports that they have negotiated with the creators of the fascinating, short-lived Jericho, but nothing has come of it.
Still, we’re getting more Arrested Development, and that’s a good thing. Expect more news on the streaming front as details emerge.
It seems like only yesterday that creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell were kickstarting the cinematic continuation of their beloved teen girl detective series, Veronica Mars – which subsequently made $5+ million and became the “most backed” Kickstarter ever.
Now the Veronica Mars movie is smack-dab in the middle of production, which means there’s just enough footage to debut a trailer (of sorts) at San Diego Comic-Con 2013.
As we know from the Kickstarter and Thomas’ interviews, the plot of the movie revolves around Veronica’s ten-year high school reunion and the murder of Logan Echolls’ (Jason Dohring) pop star girlfriend.
In the time since the series finale, Veronica hasn’t taken a single detective case, she’s moved to New York City, and she’s graduated from Columbia Law School.
You can see some of that on display in the movie footage. For example, it appears that Veronica is being interviewed by a law firm (note the cameo with Bell’s You Again co-star Jamie Lee Curtis) near the beginning of the trailer.
We also see a moment where Veronica gets a phone call from Logan where he pleads for her help – probably because he’s the main suspect in his girlfriend’s murder – and she explains that she “[doesn't] really do that anymore.”
At the Veronica Mars panel – courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter - Rob Thomas once again touched upon the “out of retirement” dynamic:
“I can tell you that it sort of has a ‘Godfather III’ theme to it. Which is odd, because why not pick ‘Godfather II’ ? It was better. … I can tell you [Bell's Veronica character] has not worked as a private detective since the last time you saw her. Part of this movie is her getting back into this life she thought she left behind.”
Thomas also discussed one of his earlier ideas for the V-Mars movie when it was an extremely low-budget film (as opposed to just being a very low-budget film):
“I wanted to do an Agatha Christie movie with everyone in one house — very few sets and very few guest stars. And that’s not what we did. We made an incredibly ambitious, sprawling low-budget movie. We wanted to include all of those smaller parts that fans really loved.”
Does he want to make more Veronica Mars movies?
“Oh, yes I do! I want to be a ‘Bond’ franchise. I hope we make a ton of money with this one and get to do it via the normal channels. Next time, maybe the studio will just give us the money.”
Finally, Thomas talked about his recent book deal to write two Veronica Mars follow-up novels:
“[The first one] picks up where the movie left off. For years, I wanted to get the ‘Veronica Mars’ books done as young adult novels, but we sold them as adult novels. So it’s Veronica at 28.”
Already tired of the five major network’s penchant for filling their summer schedules with an equal mix of reality and reruns? Well, perhaps this will brighten your day: ABC has just released their September/October 2013 schedule of season and series premieres. See for yourself, after the jump.
Friday, September 6
Monday, September 16
8PM: DANCING WITH THE STARS
Friday, September 20
8PM: LAST MAN STANDING
8:30PM: THE NEIGHBORS
9PM: SHARK TANK
Monday, September 23
Tuesday, September 24
8PM: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD (new series)
9PM: THE GOLDBERGS (new series)
9:30PM: TROPHY WIFE (new series)
10PM: LUCKY 7 (new series)
Wednesday, September 25
8PM: THE MIDDLE
8:30PM: BACK IN THE GAME (new series)
9PM: MODERN FAMILY
Thursday, September 26
9PM: GREY’S ANATOMY
Sunday, September 29
8PM: ONCE UPON A TIME
10PM: BETRAYAL (new series)
Wednesday, October 2
9:30PM: SUPER FUN NIGHT (new series)
Thursday, October 3
Sunday, October 6
7PM: AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS
Thursday, October 10
8PM: ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND (new series)
Adaptations of works in the public domain can get a little confusing, since no single studio can hold exclusive rights to them and therefore there can be multiple movie versions of the same story in development at the same time. Combine this with the industry’s love of dueling and the end result is situations like the 2012 face-off between Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman (a competition that the latter film won by quite a significant margin).
Another such parallel may soon be occurring with the two separate adaptations of the classic Carlo Collodi children’s novel Pinocchio. Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) is planning a stop-motion animation of Pinocchio based on Gris Grimly’s illustrated version of the book, though that will have to wait until after del Toro finishes directing his new horror movie Crimson Peak. Tim Burton was also attached to direct an adaptation for Warner Bros., with Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role, but he has since left the project and has (as-yet) unofficially been replaced by Ben Stiller. There is also a third film, titled The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto, which was acquired by Real Steel director Shawn Levy on spec a couple of years ago but has not seen any development since then.
Bleeding Cool has learned a few new details about Stiller’s project, the most interesting of which is that Downey is currently planning to play both Geppetto and Pinocchio, which would probably make for quite an intense shooting and recording schedule. Though the woodcarver is depicted in the original story, and in most adaptations of it, as an elderly man who becomes the father of a wooden son at a late age, Downey’s Geppetto is scripted a little younger, meaning that there probably won’t be much need for the make-up team to artificially age him.
One of the questions that remains is whether Pinocchio will be animated, perhaps using performance capture, or whether he will have a physical body that Downey can interact with even as he provides the voice acting for it. The latter honestly sounds more appealing – after all, there are few movies where it would more appropriate to use puppetry to animate a character.
The script, which was originally written by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), has undergone rewrites already from Jane Goldman, and wil undergo further changes and polishing before production begins. The most likely target audience is naturally younger children, but there’s no reason that the film can’t be geared to a more general audience in the way that Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are was. Some of the darker and more frightening scenes were already brought to life very effectively in the 1940 Disney film, but sadly that version left out the part where Pinocchio gets bored of hearing about morality, picks up a hammer and squishes his poor cricket friend.
In the portmanteau-titled Syfy original Sharknado, a freak hurricane slams the West coast, bringing thousands of man-eating sharks to Los Angeles’ beaches with it. The ensuing chaos caused by the never-before-seen environmental disaster is devastating enough, but when high-speed winds form a massive tornado that lifts the sea’s most feared animals into the air, an even deadlier force threatens to destroy the entire city.
This latest slice of Syfy B-movie cheese is directed by Anthony C. Ferrante and surprisingly, stars some recognizable names and faces, including Tara Reid (American Pie), Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills, 90210) and John Heard (Home Alone), along with lesser-known actors Alex Arleo (The Haunting of Whaley House) and Neil H. Berkow (Zombie Apocalypse).
If you’re asking yourself how a “Sharknado” could form in the first place, you’re probably approaching this movie the wrong way. Although it would be fun to listen to the scientific exposition behind this cataclysmic event, we probably won’t get much of it. But with this type of movie, the how and the why doesn’t matter as much as seeing flying flesh-eating beasts descend upon a small band of survivors. Even the poster begs audiences not to ask questions and simply enjoy the B-movie glory with the tagline under the title that reads: Enough said!
In the trailer, we get plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that show us Sharknado could end up being a ton of fun. First, there’s the often-used montage of survivors equipping themselves with weapons and tools and then we even get a glimpse of one character slicing a flying shark in half with a chainsaw. Of course, a shark disaster movie wouldn’t be complete without an homage to Jaws and we get one with the line: We’re gonna need a bigger chopper.
Daniel Johnson blogs at Screen Rant.