They say it’s not show-friends, it’s show business–but tell that to Fey and Poehler, Scorsese and DiCaprio, Franco and Rogen and six other creative teams that prove filmmaking and friendship sometimes go hand in hand.
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Did you know there was a Barbra Streisand blogosphere? Of course you did! And it can barely contain itself over Babs’ first non-FOCKERS role as an actress in more than 15 years, playing Seth Rogen’s kvetchy overbearing mom in Paramount’s upcoming THE GUILT TRIP. First of all, perfect casting, no? Secondly, we mean “upcoming” in the loosest sense of the word — apparently, the film has had quite a few tweaks, both in release date and in title. But don’t fret: Although changes like this normally mean a studio is less than thrilled, screenings for this mom-son road trip flick (originally titled MY MOTHER’S CURSE) have actually tested through the roof, and as a result Paramount first moved the film from Mother’s Day to pre-Thanksgiving and finally to Christmas Day. These moves betray the studio’s increased confidence in the film, since Christmas is the time to roll out the biggest and best. And we would expect nothing less from Streisand or Rogen, not to mention director Anne Fletcher (of THE PROPOSAL) and writer Dan Fogelman, who penned the not-at-all-bad CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.
What’s up with actors doing double duty in the movies this Fall? First it was George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Daniel Craig and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in two films that couldn’t be more different. In the scattered, disconnected mess that is the PREMIUM RUSH trailer, I gather he plays some kind of fixed gear fanatic, the kind of guy you meet at a party and all he can talk about is how his bike is fixed in one gear all the time and doesn’t have brakes! (The kind of guy, btw, one meets all too often living in Brooklyn.) But Gordon-Levitt doesn’t play your average bike messenger; He’s more like a bike messenger superhero, his super power being delivering packages by taking the most dangerous, complicated and taxi-clogged routes. According to the movie, bike messengers treat all their deliveries like ticking time bombs, barreling through streets, tire-hopping off moving vehicles and skidding to sudden stops. It looks like Gordon-Levitt gets hit by a car, like, four times in this trailer. All while trying to save a cute girl (aka Cho Chan from HARRY POTTER) from a crime she didn’t mean to commit! What a stud!
How many ways can men bond? They can bond over the effort of getting their friend laid (40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN), or they can alternatively support and ridicule their friend as he struggles to do the right thing (KNOCKED UP), or they can fetch them diet cokes, cup their balls, and sit at their bedside while they fall asleep as in FUNNY PEOPLE. It’s been out for awhile now and I wasn’t compelled to see it until it was 90 degrees out yesterday and I sought the respite only an air-conditioned movie theater can provide, but I’m kind of glad I did. It stars Adam Sandler as George Simmons, an Adam Sandler-like comedian: middle-aged, ex-stand up comic earning an ample income making pandering comedies, and Seth Rogen as Ira, a struggling comic hired to be Simmons’ assistant. The pair develop that love/hate bro-relationship Apatow does so well, at one moment patting each other on the back and the next making fun of each other’s penis size.