Jason Clarke (Winchester) delivers one of his most challenging roles to date as Ted Kennedy in Chappaquiddick. Kate Mara co-stars as Mary Jo Kopechne, and her tragic downing as well as the effects it had on Kennedy’s life as well as its influence on American politics, is covered in the ambitious feature. John Curran, a versatile filmmaker (We Don’t Live Here Anymore, The Painted Veil) who helmed the underrated 2013 feature Tracks (starring Mia Wasikowska), directs the feature.
Clarke initially read the script (penned by Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen) while on the plane with his wife and was immediately hooked by the narrative. Click on the media bar below to hear Clarke explain how he went down the “rabbit hole” in his research for Chappaquiddick:
Chappaquiddick, co-starringOlivia Thirlby and Ed Helms, opens nationwide April 6.
Father Figures, a comedy starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms, hits Blu-ray and DVD April 3 via Warner Bros. Entertainment.
The narrative centers on fraternal twins (Wilson, Helms) who realize that the man on a family photo isn’t actually their dad, and instead it’s a lie that was concocted by their mom (Glenn Close). The pair go on a road trip to find out the identity of their dad and meet an interesting cast of characters along the way.
Co-starring Oscar winnerJ.K. Simmonsand Terry Bradshaw, the picture marks the directorial debut of The Hangover cinematographer Lawrence Sher.
Special features on the Blu-ray include deleted scenes and a gag reel (the DVD does not have the gag reel).
Based on Dav Pilkey’s popular comic-style series, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie centers on the misadventures of fourth grade kids Harold Hutchins (Thomas Middleditch) and George Beard (Kevin Hart). The pair accidentally hypnotize their stick in the mud principal (Ed Helms) who now believes he’s Captain Underpants!
“When you’re looking at a book that has this type of following you just want to make sure you do your job and bring in justice to an already successful franchise,” said Hart. “Having Ed as a guy to play off of as well as Thomas and the rest of the cast we had, it made it easier when you saw what people were doing with their characters. I’m very lucky to be a part of it (and) have the people that I had to bounce off of to ultimately make what we think is a great film that people are going to enjoy.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Hart talk about how he related to his role in the film:
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie hits theaters June 2d.
Ed Helms and Christina Applegate have a big set of comedic shoes to fill, as they topline the eagerly awaited Vacation. Four films of the popular franchise have already been released, but thankfully Vacation isn’t a reboot or regurgitation of past stories. Instead, the Griswolds have prepared for an all new adventure.
Helms and Applegate told us they were initially hesitant about working on Vacation since it’s a pop culture staple that they enjoyed watching during their youth. But once they read the script and learned that Chevy Chase and Beverly D’ Angelo would be reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold, they were eager to join the production. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ed Helms and Christina Applegate).
Vacation, co-starring Chris Hemsworth and Elizabeth Gillies, opens in theaters July 29.
As Thin Lizzy once said, the boys are back in town, as Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis head to Las Vegas for one final run in The Hangover Part III. Franchise regulars Ken Jeong and Justin Bartha are also around for the fun, and Heather Graham also returns to the fray.
During The Hangover Part III press conference, the guys were asked if they had a favorite memory from working on the films. Zach Galifianakis‘ most memorable moment came all the way back to the first film, and said it was “the most I’ve ever laughed in my life.”
So what actually made the Between Two Ferns host laugh so hard that he walked off the set? Check out the clip below to hear Mr. Galifianakis: