First Look: Ed Helms & Jason Segel In The Duplass Brothers’ ‘Jeff Who Lives At Home’ > The Playlist
First up is “Jeff Who Lives At Home,” the second mainstream picture from The Duplass Brothers, who became indie favorites with films like “The Puffy Chair” and “Baghead,” proving to be standouts of the so-called ‘mumblecore’ scene, before getting to work with bigger names and budgets on last year’s excellent “Cyrus.”
Their follow-up to that film has been in the can for a while, having shot last year, and sees them working with two of the biggest names in comedy right now, Jason Segel and Ed Helms, as well as Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon. Segel plays the titular Jeff, who according to the official synopsis on TIFF’s website, “leaves his house on a banal errand for his mother (Sarandon) [and] discovers that the universe might be sending him messages about his destiny.”
First Look: Christopher Walken, Selma Blair & Mia Farrow In Todd Solondz’s ‘Dark Horse’ > The Playlist
While it was first vaguely described as an “edgy character drama,” some details have arrived on Todd Solondz’s new feature, “Dark Horse,” which will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Ok, those details are slim, but the TIFF website says the film is an intimate dark comedy about a manchild whose desire for a romantic relationship runs smack into reality.
While it boasts a cast that includes Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow and Selma Blair (the latter a veteran of Solondz’s “Storytelling,”) along with Zachary Booth (”Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) and Donna Murphy (”Spider-Man 2”), the true lead appears to be Jordan Gelber, a relatively-unknown character actor who has appeared on shows like “Boardwalk Empire,” “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
He plays a thirtysomething man still living with his parents (Walken and Farrow), who seeks out a relationship with a woman in a similar state of arrested development (Blair) in an attempt to shed his label as the dark horse of the family. Bartha and Booth will play, respectively, the protagonist’s brother and cousin, while Mandvi will be Blair’s ex-boyfriend, and Murphy will be Walken’s secretary.
Lots of pictures at the link.
First Look: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen & Sarah Silverman In Sarah Polley’s ‘Take This Waltz’ > The Playlist
This one is the sophomore directorial effort by Canadian actor/director Sarah Polley (the very underrated “Away From Her”) and is a relationship drama that stars Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and lesser-known Canadian actor Luke Kirby.
Written by Polley, the film also co-stars Sarah Silverman and the writer/director has a role as well.
Steve Carell, Jack Black & Nicolas Cage Sign On For Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Frank Or Francis’ > The Playlist
Charlie Kaufman is a ****in genius.The film is an intriguing one that finds Kaufman sticking to Hollywood in a story that follows “a volatile back and forth between a film director (Frank) and an online blogger (Francis), who takes delight in berating his cinematic talent.” No word yet on who is playing what role. Variety also notes that there are two female lead roles yet to be cast, but here’s the catch: they will require singing.
Jason Bateman Joins Stoner Comedy ‘We’re The Millers’ > The Playlist
Told you.Bateman will now head up the forever in the works comedy “We’re The Millers” with “Dodgeball” helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber (best name ever) in the director’s chair. In various stages of development for nearly a decade that saw folks like directors John Morris and Sean Anders and actors Will Arnett and Steve Buscemi go through the revolving door, the film is about as high concept as they come. Bateman would play a low level pot dealer who decides to make one last big score. However, to get the supply he needs for the job, he puts together a fake family which includes a “stoner neighbor kid who is borderline retarded and a sassmouth prostitute” herds them into an RV and heads to Mexico to pick up 1,400 pounds of marijuana. Maybe you won’t be surprised to hear that it’s described as a mix between “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “The Hangover” and “Horrible Bosses.”