The star’s follow-up to “Bridesmaids” premieres next month in Toronto
Can we all wish Kristen Wiig, one of the funniest women alive, a happy birthday? The “SNL” star and force behind the highly acclaimed “Bridesmaids,” turns 38 today. Wiig’s next big film, “Friends With Kids,” reunites her with several of her “Bridesmaids” friends— Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, and Chris O’Dowd. The writer/director of “Friends With Kids” is Hamm’s real-life wife, Jennifer Westfeldt, who will also appear with the “Mad Men” star. Rounding out the cast are Megan Fox , Edward Burns, and Adam Scott.
“Friends With Kids” follows a couple of thirtysomethings who are so scared of what having kids has done to their friends that they decide their solution is to have a kid together and keep dating other people. The film will have its first public screening in a few weeks at the Toronto International Film Festival. It has been a labor of love for Westfeldt and everyone involved. The budget was less than $10 million and the film still does not have a distributor. The high-profile cast and some good word-of-mouth in Toronto should change that very soon.
I don’t think there’s a woman alive who has made me laugh more than Kristen Wiig. My birthday wish is that she make many more films to showcase her remarkable talents.
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On violence, vehicles and not driving a Prius
In Part One of our interview with Evan Glodell, the writer-director-star of the new film "Bellflower," we spoke about micro-budget film making, male stupidity and the dangers of doing your own pyrotechnics. Below, Glodell talks about hype versus substance, the nature of violence and how he's going to avoid the 'last-time director' trap. "Bellflower" is currently in limited release.
You do the festival circuit, you've got the car and it's awesome; I was at SXSW and I did a couple 'devil hands in front of the car' photographs. Do you ever feel at a certain point, 'Yeah, the car's great; can we talk about the movie?'
Glodell: A lot of us got really scared about that, to the point where the teaser was coming out with the car in it, and all the talk about the car. It was so funny because people would be like, 'Wait, maybe we shouldn't be pushing the car so hard.' Then people would come to the movie because of the car, and then they would like it and they would leave and you could see them tell one of their friends that it was cool and they should watch it -- but they're not going to be like, 'It's a love story; go check it out.' They're like, 'Dude, it's got this cool car in the movie. It's awesome, go watch it.' For me, I feel like it's a perfect decoy in a good way. You don't want to give away the movie, so the car is something you hold onto. The car is super important in the movie, though it's not a car movie. I definitely have had conflicting feelings, but in the end I've had a lot of people come and be like, 'I saw the teaser and the trailer, and that's why I came to see the movie.' It wasn't what they expected, but they were still stoked. Hopefully it continues that way.
Everything else fails at the box office
Will the actress's new horror film trounce 'Fright Night' opening weekend?
While Hollywood begins its post-mortem on “Fright Night,” the 3D horror film that performed way below expectations this weekend, all eyes are on “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” the Katie Holmes terror-fest that opens next Friday.
Will “Dark” succeed where “Fright Night” failed? Believe me, I loathe the practice of declaring a film a success or failure based on its opening weekend alone but panicked studio execs seem to be placing more and more importance on those early numbers. And with “Fright Night” bringing in slightly less than $8 million over the weekend, the Disney and DreamWorks folks are not exactly doing handstands down the streets of Burbank.
If “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” has a killer opening, as I believe it will, we may see even more hand-wringing from Disney execs since the studio’s sale of Miramax last year sent this eerie film away from Mickey’s purview and over to the fledgling FilmDistrict.
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Disney spills the beans on new animation projects involving dinosaurs and the human mind
Among the events at the D23 Expo this weekend at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank was the announcement of two new Pixar films. Not a lot of information was given about the as-yet untitled films but the news was still greeted with excitement by thousands of diehard fans who attended this behind-the-scenes tour of Disney's current and upcoming projects.
The first film, to be released in 2013, was introduced by its director, Bob Peterson (“Up”). It will be a what-if tale about a world in which the asteroid missed the Earth and dinosaurs still roamed our planet.
The second film, scheduled for 2014, delves into the human brain. Director Pete Docter (“Monsters Inc.”) said the film will attempt to answer such age-old questions as “why do songs get stuck in your head?”
We'll provide more details on these CG undertakings as they are revealed. The Disney Expo also heralded two Pixar features that are next on the docket: next summer’s “Brave,” a fairy tale set in medieval Scotland, and “Monsters University,” a prequel to the popular “Monsters Inc.,” to be released in June 2013.
Pixar is marking its 25th anniversary this year. Can you believe it has only 12 films under its belt? And that three of those are sequels? Still, the studio seems to have the Midas touch. The films have grossed a whopping $6.5 billion and have won 29 Academy Awards. With that kind of success rate, it's no wonder the studio takes its sweet time.