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Sony Pictures has just acquired a stranger-than-fiction pitch that will see Jason Segel playing a maple syrup thief. Inspired by real events reported by Anne Sutherland in the Montreal Gazette, the film chronicles the 2012 heist of over $20 million worth of maple syrup that was stolen from Quebec’s Federation of Maple Syrup Producers (this is a real thing that exists). As of now, over 20 individuals have been arrested in connection to the maple syrup crime (also a thing that exists). Segel is attached to star and Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is onboard to direct. Hit the jump for more.
Per Deadline, Segel is attached to star in the currently untitled pic and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon is set to helm, with the duo also acting as producers alongside Barry Josephson. Family Guy veteran Chris Sheridan is currently writing the script. The film is described as a comedy with dramatic overtones, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one shapes up.
Segel can currently be seen on the final season of How I Met Your Mother and recently reteamed with his Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Five-Year Engagement director Nicholas Stoller on the comedy Sex Tape, in which he stars opposite Cameron Diaz. That film opens in theaters next July. As for Gordon, he recently dropped out of directing the sequel Horrible Bosses 2 after developing that one for some time. The follow-up is still moving forward with a different director onboard, but Gordon is next expected to helm the ...
At the end of last season we finally did it. We met the mother. It was a moment eight seasons in the making, and delightful as it was, fans are still waiting to see the titular moment when Ted Mosby meets the future mother of his children. In honor of their ninth and final season the cast of How I Met Your Mother made their Comic-con debut to a packed house of fans and bring them a glimpse of what to expect from the show’s conclusive season.
Following the panel Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel spoke with the press. They talked about coming to Comic-Con, what season nine brings for Lily and Marshall, working with the babies, and making each other laugh on set. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Question: How was the panel for you guys and being here with the show for the first time?
ALYSON HANNIGAN: It was really sweet. It’s so cool to see all the people. I mean some people camped out to be in there. It’s amazing.
JASON SEGEL: And to just be there with a group of people – we all met each other like nine years ago now, and to be at the end of a run of something that was so special to all of us. And to get to see firsthand some of the people it impacted or who cared about it in various capacities. It’s just really, really exciting.
Alyson have you been here with other shows?
HANNIGAN: Yeah, I ...
The first clip and poster for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's directorial debut, the apocalypse comedy This Is the End, has been released online. It's perfect timing, as tomorrow may or may not be the end of the world as we know it, so keep in mind that this could be the only piece of footage from This Is the End that your eyes will see before an unholy Mayan apocalypse engulfs us all. It'd be a shame if the world did end tomorrow, though, because This Is the End looks fantastic. Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride all play themselves in the aftermath of the apocalypse to hilarious results, with plenty of self-referential comedy to go around. McBride in particular is excellent in this clip, and if this is any indication of what the full film is like, then This Is the End will be the must-see comedy of next summer.
Hit the jump to watch the clip which features a timely introduction by Rogen and Franco, and to check out the film's poster and a new image. The film also stars Jason Segel, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, David Krumholtz, Paul Rudd, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, and Rihanna. This Is the End opens on June 14, 2013.
Here's the official synopsis for This Is the End:
The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, ...
The first trailer for Judd Apatow’s fourth directorial effort, This Is 40, has gone online. The film is a semi-spinoff of Apatow’s Knocked Up, as it follows the lives of the characters played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a new classic, I was a big fan of Knocked Up, and while Funny People certainly had its issues, I enjoyed it for the most part. That said, this trailer for This Is 40 shows huge promise. We already know that Rudd and Mann have impeccable chemistry, but I love the idea of Apatow tackling the issues of aging and mid-adulthood through his dramedic eye. We get a look at a couple of the bit parts from Jason Segel and Melissa McCarthy (to great comedic effect) and the end showcases Rudd's penchant for spot-on delivery. It's safe to say that in a very crowded holiday release schedule, This Is 40 just jumped up towards the top of my most anticipated list.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, Ryan Lee, Charlene Yi, and Wyatt Russell. This Is 40 opens on December 21st.
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Here’s a synopsis for This Is 40:
Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People) brings audiences This Is 40, an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the blockbuster hit Knocked Up as we see firsthand how they are ...
A red-band trailer for The Five-Year Engagement has gone online. The film follows Jason Segel and Emily Blunt through the ups and downs of their prolonged engagement. Segel reteams with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller on the film, and I’m a big fan of what we’ve seen thus far. This red-band trailer focuses on some of the dirtier jokes we were expecting from a Judd Apatow-produced comedy, with a fairly great sex scene between Segel and Blunt thrown in for good measure. It’s also nice to see The 40-Year Old Virgin scene-stealer Kevin Hart back in an Apatow comedy. I love the ensemble cast that Stoller has put together and I'm excited to watch everyone play off of one another in the finished film.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and don’t forget to check out Steve’s set visit coverage including 20 things to know about the film and bunch of on set interviews. We also posted 24 images and five clips. The film also stars Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, David Paymer, Mimi Kennedy, Jacki Weaver, Brian Posehn, and Mindy Kaling. The Five-Year Engagement opens on April 27th.
Trailer via Funny or Die.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam for the irreverent comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, ...
Opening this weekend, in limited release, is writer/directors Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus) Jeff Who Lives at Home. Starring Jason Segel (The Muppets) and Ed Helms (The Hangover) as two brothers, with Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) as their mother, Jeff Who Lives at Home follows Jeff (Segel) as he searches for meaning in his life and inadvertently helps his brother, Pat (Helms) discover a truth of his own. For more on the very funny film, here’s three clips, twenty images, the trailer, and my Toronto Film Festival interview with the Duplass Brothers.
During my recent interview with Segel, we talked about how he got involved in the film, what it’s like to do a dramatic movie where most of the scenes are improvised, the shooting process of the Duplass brothers, what it was like to shoot in chronological order, the inclusion of M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs in the movie, whether more people recognize him from SLC Punk, Alias, or Can’t Hardly Wait, what TV shows he’s currently watching, his involvement (or lack thereof) with The Muppets sequel, The Five-Year Engagement, the inevitable end of How I Met Your Mother, and what he plans to do for his upcoming hiatus. Hit the jump to watch.
If you missed it, be sure to also check out my Jeff, Who Lives at Home interview with Ed Helms.
Here's the time index:
:18 Do more people want to talk to him about SLC Punk, Alias or Can’t Hardly Wait?
:32 Talks about what TV shows he watches besides ...
Jeff, Who Lives at Home features Jason Segel and Ed Helms as brothers and the two are brilliant in the dramedy from filmmakers who know a little something about brotherhood, brothers Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus). The film follows a day in the life of the two cinematic siblings that by the time the sun sets -- will change both of them forever. Both actors were immediately drawn to the film upon first reading the script and turn in stellar performances. The duo are talking to Movie Fanatic about their latest work that begins with Segel’s Jeff doing a voice-over about the life changing merits of the film Signs. “I’m a giant fan and I just remember a period in my life when I was out of work, and I was sitting there waiting for someone to cast me. And it was very much was like Jeff,” Segel said.
“You know, I was waiting for the sign that I’m supposed to be an actor is getting cast and 21 to 25 was a crazy out-of-work period. It was before I really starting writing hard. And I remember very much just sitting there thinking like I’m going to wait for the sign that I’m worthy of being an actor. That’s what I related to in the part”
Has it happened yet? “No, it really hasn’t. Some day,” Segel said and laughed.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home follows the title character who, yes, lives in his mother’s (Susan Sarandon) basement. Upon getting a what he believes is a fateful, Signs-like, phone call -- he embarks on his day with sort of a vision quest.
The brothers go through quite a lot in the film, but Helms reported it wasn’t anything they couldn’t shake after the shoot completed each day. In fact, he finds those onscreen moments psychologically helpful. “These kinds of scenes are, to me, sort of therapeutic somehow. I don’t know what that says about me,” he said and laughed. “But I really love exercising these icky feelings that I think we all have and bottle up. To get to have this kind of explosive scene with a loved one, even if it’s imaginary, it has some sort of value. And that’s kind of a tribute to the process, too. Because it is so organic and these words are just like bubbling out. And it’s tapping into real things, real emotions and experiences. It’s exciting, it’s fun, but it also has some sort of like healing property.”
One part of the film that was a challenge physically was where the two brothers have to jump off a bridge into a Louisiana river below. Not that either actor is afraid of heights, but it still proved one daunting task. “It felt crazy,” Segel said of the leap. “I did something smart. I told everybody I knew that I was going to do the jump. So when it came time… I couldn’t not do it. I told everyone I was going to do it! I even had family visiting and I couldn’t let them down.”
Helms had another reaction to the fall. “I landed in the water with my pants full of pee,” he said with a straight face.
When asked to share a funny story from filming, Segel comes up with one that hysterically can be witnessed onscreen. “The movie takes place in one day, and I gained 25 pounds while being there, and we shot as much as we could chronologically,” Segel said. “And as many themes as we have, the movie is about a guy who gains 25 pounds over one day [laughs]. It’s amazing. Like I walk through a doorway and I’m ten pounds heavier. It’s remarkable.”
For Helms, filming Jeff Who Lives at Home sounds like a career high. “There’s this whole exciting process, which these guys are all about,” Helms said of the Duplass brothers. “It’s the most fun way to go to work on a set everyday.”
It appears that the Duplass brothers helm a set that is laid back and relaxed. Segel admitted that the atmosphere can create the most humor. “I don’t like it when I see somebody trying to be funny. To me the whole goal is just being natural,” Segel said. “The goal for me the whole time was just to be really regular.”
Lastly, we want to know… Segel’s character finally gets off the couch and has the adventure of a lifetime. What does it take to get someone off the couch? “I’m still trying to figure that out,” he said and smiled.
From writers/directors Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus) comes Jeff Who Lives at Home, a coming of age comedy for two men who are already well beyond their youth. Starring Jason Segel (The Muppets) and Ed Helms (The Hangover) as two brothers, with Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) as their mother, Jeff Who Lives at Home follows Jeff (Segel) as he searches for meaning in his life and inadvertently helps his brother, Pat (Helms) discover a truth of his own. We have three clips from the film that highlight the very funny rapport between Helms and his onscreen wife Judy Greer, a fairly awkward phone conversation between Segel and Sarandon, and the giant Segel uncomfortably riding in a tiny Porche. I was already pretty sold on the dramatic stuff from the trailers, but these clips focus on the lighter side of things and the jokes land solidly, so hopefully that carries over through the entirety of the movie. Jeff Who Lives at Home opens March 16th. Hit the jump to check out the clips.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home stars Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon. Penned by the writer/director team of brothers Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus), this is the story of one man searching for the meaning of life while running to the store to buy wood glue. Using the universe as his guide, Jeff looks for signs to help determine his path. However, a series of comedic and unexpected events leads him to cross paths ...
The Muppets finally returned to the big screen last year in a big way with director James Bobin’s The Muppets. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who downright hated the movie, as The Muppets was a funny, loveable ode to the classic characters. Jason Segel had a huge hand in bringing them back to the big screen, as he got the ball rolling on the project as an executive producer and co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller. Just the other day we heard that Disney was moving forward on a sequel to The Muppets, but given his busy schedule juggling How I Met Your Mother and his film projects, Segel wouldn’t have a hand in the screenplay this time around. Stoller and Bobin are writing the follow-up, but it was hard to imagine that Segel wouldn’t at least reprise his role as Gary.
Earlier today, Steve got the chance to speak with Segel at the press day for the upcoming dramedy Jeff, Who Lives at Home, and the actor confirmed that not only will he not be co-writing the Muppets sequel, he also won’t be starring in it. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
When asked if the rumors were true that he wouldn’t be involved in The Muppets sequel, including not starring, Segel responded affirmatively:
“It’s true but it’s totally amicable. My goal was to bring The Muppets back and I did that leaving them in very good hands, my writing partner and James Bobin the director. I ...
One of the many great things about both Jason Segel and Emily Blunt is how they're willing to talk about anything and everything. You bring up flatulence…they'll talk about it. How does a guy do a fake orgasm? Again, they're in. Thankfully, on the set of director Nicholas Stoller's The Five-Year Engagement last June, not only did we talk about both of those things, they discussed some comedically bad sex scenes, the freedom of making an R-rated film, the improv, how When Harry Met Sally and Annie Hall influenced the film, and so much more.
For those not familiar with the film, Five-Year Engagement "looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle." The film stars also stars Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, David Paymer, Mimi Kennedy, Jacki Weaver, Jim Piddock, Kevin Hart, Brian Posehn and Mindy Kaling. Hit the jump to read or listen to the interview.
Before going any further, if you haven't seen the trailer, I'd watch that first.
As usual, I'm offering two ways to get the interview: you can either click here for the audio or the full transcript is below. The Five-Year Engagement opens April 27, 2012.
Question: Can you talk about the scene you were just filming?
Jason Segel: We are filming our first engagement party. So all of the families are together for the first time and are getting to know each other. It’s the first time we get to ...