Hit and Run /Did you know that Dax Shepard fancies himself a screenwriter and director? Well he does, and this is the trailer for his new romantic action comedy. Shepard stars as a supposedly reformed getaway driver in Witness Protection who blows his cover in order to help his girlfriend (played by real-life fiancee Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles for a job. On his heels are the US Marshalls and his old criminal gang, led by a dreaded Bradley Cooper (yes, I’m serious). Hit and Run will be released late August.
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Ted /Ahh, so here is the trailer from Seth MacFarlene’s directorial feature debut about a man and his teddy bear that came to life when he was a kid. As I noted previously, I didn’t think this would be anything too new, and I was right judging from the trailer. Ted = Wilfred, same crude jokes, same “I don’t give a shh” attitude but without the spot on delivery. And why is this chick into someone like John that obviously is a man-child? It just doesn’t work for me.
I can’t say that I watch Family Guy but I do know who Seth MacFarlene is - comedian, actor, producer, and yes, Grammy-nominated singer (which still blows my mind). MacFarlene just finished directing his first major theaterical feature, an independent comedic film entitled Ted. Special audiences at this month’s SxSW were treated to the first ten minutes or so of the film which has been reported to have comedic potential. The movie is set to hit theaters on July 13th.
Synopsis: The film follows an a Boston guy named John (Malk Wahlberg) who’s normal except for the childhood wish he made that his teddy bear could come to life — and it did. Years later, the boy is an adult, and the bear Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) is still his best friend. But the bear, a carousing, irresponsible slacker, is getting in the way of his buddy committing to adulthood and the woman of his dreams, Lori (Mila Kunis). John must now choose to stay with his girlfriend or keep his friendship with Ted. Also starring Joel McHale and Giovanni Ribisi.
Interesting premise that reminds me alot of the TV show (based on the Aussie show of the same name) Wilfred, which isabout a guy who sees his neighbor’s dog as a crude, swearing Aussie in a dog suit who comes to affect his life. I think that show had Family Guy connections so let’s hope there is some sort of originality in Ted and not just a rehashing of this idea.
Let’s start fresh with a new film club selection to run from now through April. You can read more about my idea of an online film club here if you are interested in participating. Everyone is welcomed. In honor of the new HBO show Girls set to premiere next month and selfishly because I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it, I have chosen Lena Dunham’s debut film Tiny Furniture. I have been told that if you have quirky sensibilities, which I have, you will enjoy it. If not, not so much. Let’s see if that is true.
Synopsis: When twenty-something film theory major Aura (Lena Dunham) returns home after college to live with her artist mother in TriBeCa, she confronts a long list of personal and professional failures and wonders whether her dismal past will become her future. It’s an early midlife crisis for sure, but there’s hope on the horizon if Aura can figure out who she is and what she’s really meant to do. Dunham also wrote and directed this wry comedy. Trailer
Friends with Kids/ New trailer for indie about two best friends who decide to have a kid together. So many Bridesmaids cast in one place, it has to be funny, right?
I for one think this is great. I’m not usually for sequels to comedies (I recently learned my lessons with Hangover II), but I think the premise for Horrible Bosses worked as a good jumpoff for a sequel (and only ONE sequel). I really liked the comedy team of Sudeikis, Bateman, and Day so I hope they come back for another one. What do you think the sequel should be called?