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Tina Fey and Paul Rudd Star in “Admission” – New Trailer

It is no secret that I am a huge Tina Fey fan. If I had a patronus, it would be either Julie Andrews or Tina Fey without a doubt. I like to keep up with most former SNL cast members (Rob Schneider being the exception, sorry Rob), but Tina is at the top of my list.

So it should come as no surprise that I am very excited for her new movie, Admission. Even if it didn’t star Ms. Fey, it’s a romantic comedy with Paul Rudd and Tony Blair Michael Sheen so there’s little doubt that I would have missed it in the first place. Tina Fey is just the beautiful and tasty icing on the cake. Even though I’m more than slightly verklempt at the idea of no more Liz Lemon in my life, I’m hoping this new movie will herald a long and even more successful film career for Ms. Fey.

The trailer for Admission was released yesterday and I’ll admit that it is a much different story than I had originally thought based on the log line.

[quote]At Princeton, an admissions officer gets involved with a less-than-model potential student. [/quote]

Obviously I haven’t read the book by Jean Hanff Korelitz otherwise I never would have thought that maybe Tina Fey was playing a Mary Kay Latourneau type. Needless to say, I’m quite happy I was wrong.

The screenplay was written by Karen Croner who really doesn’t have that expansive of a resume but she also did One True Thing, a movie I adore, so I’m feeling pretty okay on that one. Paul Weitz is the director and he did such a great job with About A Boy that it makes me all the more excited for this movie.

Add in Lily Tomlin as Tina Fey’s shotgun wielding mom and we’ve got ourselves a barn burner!

oh…and Wallace Shawn!

Admission has a release date of March 8th, 2013.

Judd Apatow’s ‘This Is 40’ Has A New Trailer, Fills Me With Existential Dread

Judd Apatow is one of those strange curiosities in the filmmaking industry. He made his name blending bro-humor, stoner comedy and genuine emotional earnestness with the 1-2 knockout punch of 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, and has since put himself on the map as the go to guy for a successful mainstream comedy. Then as his career continued, he started putting in more of the earnest emotional stuff back into his work, which isn’t anything new for him at all. Longtime Apatow fans will be familiar with his TV projects, Freaks And Geeks being the most notable for being a perfect encapsulation of a generation’s awkward teen years, that had a timeless relatability to it despite being set in the 80’s.  Then he had his first bomb with Funny People, which was a movie that was more drama than comedy, and people weren’t expecting it, nor did they like what they got. Personally, I thought it was good, if a bit self-indulgent and long. However, it looks like Apatow is dead set on another turn where we’re gonna be given more and more of his own personal issues and hangups through a Paul Rudd filter, and it has a new trailer. The older, funnier, original trailer was covered previously, by an author here who has a much more positive, if pretentious outlook on the film, as opposed to my immediate, knee-jerk pessimism followed with cynical malaise deflected with humor as a coping mechanism. Just like an Apatow movie! Oh… Oh god… Here’s the new trailer, I’m going to go weep in the shower for a minute.

Now, all self-aware deprecation aside, I obviously could be jumping the gun, but the trailer makes it barely even look like an Apatow film. Since when did he start making touchey-feeley,psuedo-indie twee-fests that borderline on becoming mumblecore films? I would have very little interest in seeing this if it was made by literally anyone else, or if Paul Rudd’s beautiful eyes and smile didn’t enchant me with glee every time I see him. The movie is so transparent in its intention, it might as well be called “Being Old And Married Sucks“.

Presumably his next film will be a “sort of sequel” with him sitting in a hotel room in his underwear, drinking heavily while sobbing about his wasted life. It’ll be rad. Also, this…

Also, screw Megan Fox. Interpret that however you want.

‘Anchorman 2’ Teaser is Going to Make You Cream

After literally almost 10 years of waiting, and an almost monthly debacle between Ferrell/McKay and studios, Anchorman 2 has released its first teaser trailer. With a simple set-up and hilarious banter between the Channel 4 News Team, Anchorman 2 has already solidified its status as one of the funniest films of 2013. In this teaser, our favorite group of the bumbling idiots that give San Diego its news basically just talk about how awesome it’s going to be once Anchorman 2 comes out.

Brick is just as mentally challenged as ever, Champ looks like he’s been hitting the bottle hard, and it seems like Brian hasn’t been within a 20-yard radius of a razor in months. As for Ron Burgundy, well, a couple extra pounds from years of hard work still can’t contain the fact that he’s kind of a big deal. With an apartment that smells of mahogany, and a shelf littered with leather-bound books, it seems as if our favorite newscaster is going back to the big screen in 2013.

Considering the ending of the first Anchorman, I wonder how they plan on continuing the legacy. Will Veronica Corningstone make a triumphant return, or will this sequel take the route of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and introduce a new Burgundy girl? To be honest, the chemistry between Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate in the first film was so strong that I almost couldn’t imagine this film without her, but if Ferrell and McKay think they can do it even better a second time around, I’m all for it.

Other things I’d like to see in the sequel is more of the rest of the news teams. They were introduced briefly (including the infamous parking lot brawl), but I feel like they were underused in the first film. Same goes for the Channel 4 News Staff. It’s fascinating to me that three of the four members of the Channel 4 News Team became A-List stars after (or maybe due to) the success of this film. As for David Koechner, well, the guy can’t seem to catch a break but whose fault is that? I wonder if Paul Rudd and Steve Carell will be able to maintain that level of subtly hilarious obscurity that made them so funny in the first film. But I guess we’ll just have to wait until we get a full-length trailer to really see what’s going on.

As for the teaser trailer released this week, you can check that out right here:

“This Is 40” Has A Trailer…And It’s Awesome

We all knew it was going to happen, and now that it has, I couldn’t be more grateful. Pete and Debbie, the wonderfully bitter couple from 2007’s Knocked Up finally have their own movie. All I can say is it’s about damn time, Judd! This hilarious preview only solidifies my anticipation and gives me even more of a reason to be excited for the actual movie.

It’s called This is 40, and it follows the life of Pete and Debbie following the events of Knocked Up. Serving as a quote-unquote “sort-of sequel to Knocked Up“, This is 40 features many of the characters from the series’ first film, something I’m extremely grateful for. But instead of chronicling the beginning of a relationship, it follows what The Future refers to as “the middle of the beginning”. Of course, Maude and Iris, Apatow’s real-life daughters, get most of the best lines in the trailer.

My only fear is that instead of staying true to the events of the original film, they’ll try and capitalize on the success of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel and release a lazy product with crappy continuity. I doubt it, though, considering Judd Apatow’s truly never written or directed a bad movie in his life. And please, dear God, can we get a Seth Rogen/Katherine Heigl cameo?

Jason Segal, This is 40, Boner Machine

Some new faces to the cast include Chris O’Dowd, Albert Brooks, Melissa McCarthy, Annie Mumolo (who co-wrote Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig), John Lithgow, Lena Dunham, and Megan Fox. All these names seem pretty perfect for a film like this, with the exception of Albert Brooks who seems a little bit out of place considering his last, very scary role in Drive. Of course, only time, new trailers, and new clips will tell.

This is 40 trailer:

Will Ferrell Announces…Yes…A Sequel To Anchorman!

What seemed literally impossible a mere two weeks ago is now a green-lit reality. After making an outlandish appearance on “Conan”, Will Ferrell, in his Ron Burgundy persona, announced the confirmation of Anchorman 2. Personally, I find this announcement a little bit abrupt and unexpected only because just a couple of weeks ago, Will Ferrell was talking about how the project was “pretty much dead”. I’m interested as to whether he intentionally lied about the certainty of the project, or was he as surprised as his fans to be able to negotiate the deal with Paramount.

Honestly, when I actually heard the announcement, a little kid in me started jumping and screaming with joy. Of course, I knew that it was going to happen judging from the title of the video and all the buzz beforehand, but actually hearing it was pretty exciting. With Anchorman being such a crucial component to my childhood, hearing about a sequel really, as Burgundy would put it, just rustled my Jimmies.

And Great Oden’s Raven! You can watch the video of Burgundy making his announcement right here:

Also, if you want to relive some the best moments of the original Anchorman, you can do so right here:

You’re able to click some other great scenes about 30 seconds before each video ends.

Parks and Recreation Finale Has Two Endings!

If you don’t watch Parks and Recreation you’re a moron.  The show is absolutely hilarious, and Amy Poehler is brilliant as the main character, Leslie Knope.  The show is currently in its fourth season on NBC; and the story arc of the season has primarily revolved around Leslie’s campaign for city council.  It’s been a rocky road on her way to election day, and the show’s writers have been extremely tight-lipped about what the outcome will be.  So tight-lipped, in fact, that they made the decision to film two different finales: one in which Leslie wins the election and one in which she loses.  It’s like they’re creating their very own ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ novel.

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