Currently in theaters and sinking like a stone on the box office chart, the very under appreciated WANDERLUST is a much better comedy than the attendance records would lead you to believe. From the creators of the cult classic WET, HOT, AMERICAN SUMMER, movie tells the tale of disgruntled Manhattanites who find themselves taking up residence in a secluded hippie commune populated with crazy throwbacks and the promise of free love.
Co-written (with long-time collaborator KEN MARINO) and directed by DAVID WAIN, the cast includes JENNIFER ANISTON, PAUL RUDD, JUSTIN THEROUX, MALIN AKERMAN, ALAN ARKIN, LAUREN AMBROSE and KATHRYN HAHN.
Showing a bit more skin than audiences might expect, ANISTON’S performance might surprise some people and at the press conference to promote the film, she talked about working naked in front of the camera. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
The mayhem, disorder, raunchiness, blatant stupidity and downright insanity slathered over director Todd Phillips‘ films, which include his latest project Project X (he’s a producer) has definitely put a smile on my haggard, middle-aged face. For some thought police journalists, however, Phillips’ brand of humor is deemed as downright offensive.
During the Project X interviews, a reporter asked Mr. Phillips about the negative impact his movies may have on teenagers. The filmmaker didn’t give a song and dance answer, as he talked about his love for such films as Risky Business, a movie he eloquently (at least in my opinion) describes as “cool as s**t.”
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Fairly Legal gets a new look in season two with the addition of Australian actor Ryan Johnson, a money grubbing lawyer named Ben who’s hired to save Reed & Reed. Sarah Shahi is always immensely watchable, but the show’s continued growth hinges on the chemistry she generates with Johnson. Expect the inevitable love triangle with Kate, Ben, and Kate’s soon to be ex hubby (Michael Trucco), but since romance these days isn’t my particular song of choice – I’m a bit more interested in the His Girl Friday-esque banter between Johnson and Shahi.
During the NBC TCA Press Tour, Johnson went into an elaborate, three minute explanation of his “whirlwind” audition for Fairly Legal, which included a rather stressful jog in Runyon Canyon:
Due in theaters this spring, THE DICTATOR is a wacky comedy starring SACHA BARON COHEN in dual roles as a foreign despot and the poor schlub hired to impersonate him. Directed by LARRY CHARLES, the cast also includes MEGAN FOX, ANNA FARIS, BEN KINGSLEY, JOHN C. REILLY, B.J. NOVAK and KEVIN CORRIGAN.
Arguably the big screen’s funniest physical comic actress, FARIS is known for her “anything goes” style of comedy but, even she, got a run for her money from SACHA BARON COHEN. When we sat down with her recently, she talked about working with the outrageously “brilliant” actor and trying to “keep up.” (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Wrapping up its third season tonight on NBC, PARENTHOOD is the crowd pleasing family-tree saga centered on the various branches of the Braverman clan. Originally created for the big screen by the writing team of BABALOO MANDEL and LOWELL GANZ, this latest incarnation stars CRAIG T. NELSON, BONNIE BEDELIA, PETER KRAUSE, LAUREN GRAHAM, DAX SHEPARD, MONICA POTTER, SAM JAEGER and ERIKA CHRISTENSEN. Although the series doesn’t book blockbuster numbers, it continues to enjoy an extremely loyal fan base. We recently sat down with stars CHRISTENSEN and JAEGER who talked about the show’s followers.
The season finale of PARENTHOOD airs tonight on NBC