Attention readers: Your imaginations are needed to help fill some gaps in a short film around which buzz has incrementally built over the last few months, and which actress Emma Stone briefly teased today in an interview with Movieline. That would be five-minute segment Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman contributed to the anthology Untitled Movie — which, depending on whom you ask, is a working title or the actual name of an all-star omnibus directed by the likes of Peter Farrelly, Brett Ratner, Elizabeth Banks, and others. Stone is in another short altogether, but to hear her tell it (and not nearly enough), keep your eyes on “The Catch.”
“That one is so much fun,” said Stone, who had sat down to talk more generally about her upcoming indie Paper Man, which opens April 23. “It’s a series of 17 short films — kind of like Kentucky Fried Movie. It that vein. It’s just really, really funny. Kieran Culkin and I did our short together a couple of weeks ago, directed by Griffin Dunne. But wait until you see the Kate Winslet/Hugh Jackman one. That’s the only other one I’ve seen. The humor is so raunchy.”
Wait, huh? Winslet and Jackman? “Raunchy?” We all know Winslet will do just about anything on camera, but Jackman? What?
“Well. all of the stories are completely different,” Stone continued. “I think they’re going to tie them together; I don’t know how. I can’t give it away, but theirs is called The Catch. He’s a bachelor… but there’s a catch. She’s going on a date with this bachelor, and you will not believe what you see when you see it. It’s so f*cking funny. It’s so funny. And then Kieran and I are exes, and I’ve come to return his… toys. He’s working at a grocery store — on the night shift — and we have this very intense exchange. They’re all these five-minute shorts. You’ll really like it.”
That seems reasonable — the part about liking it, that is, not the part about dangling the details of a raunchy Hugh Jackman/Kate Winslet short film in front of me before yanking it away. Cold! (We do know they enjoyed the shoot last fall, though, for what it’s worth.) Nevertheless, it’s a good envisioning exercise: After all, these two last worked together voicing a pair of sewer rats. Dirtier than that? Let’s hear your ideas.
Last night, Emma was at the New York screening for her film “Paper Man” and I have just added 120 HQ and MQ photos into the photo gallery! There are photos from both the red carpet and after party – you can see them all by clicking on the previews below…
“Marmaduke” will be released to theaters on June 4, 2010.
Marmaduke Synopsis: For Phil and Debbie Winslow, moving their family from Kansas to the O.C. is a big deal. For their enormous Great Dane “Marmaduke,” however, the move means a whole new way of life. It’s chaos at home and awkward at work as the Winslows struggle to control their angsty teenage canine.
/Film has some more information about the character Emma is in talks to portray in the movie “The Help”.
Emma Stone (Superbad, Zombieland) is in early talks to star in the big screen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel The Help for DreamWorks. The story follows a black maid in 1960’s Mississippi who breaks “the unspoken code of behavior governing Southern households” when she speaks candidly about her experiences. Tate Taylor, a childhood friend of the author, will make his feature directorial debut from his own screenplay adaptation.
Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town…
Newly graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in English but neither an engagement ring nor a steady boyfriend, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan returns to her parents’ cotton farm in Jackson. Although it’s 1962, during the early years of the civil rights movement, she is largely unaware of the tensions gathering around her town. Skeeter is in some ways an outsider. Her friends, bridge partners and fellow members of the Junior League are married. Most subscribe to the racist attitudes of the era, mistreating and despising the black maids whom they count on to raise their children. Skeeter is not racist, but she is naive and unwittingly patronizing. When her best friend makes a political issue of not allowing the “help” to use the toilets in their employers’ houses, she decides to write a book in which the community’s maids — their names disguised — talk about their experiences.
Dreamworks Studios isn’t wasting any time casting their adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel The Help. The studio confirms it’s in early negotiations with Emma Stone to play the lead character Skeeter Phelan, a white recent college graduate living in the South in the early 1960s.
Stone, best known for her role as spunky older sister Wichita in last year’s unlikely hit Zombieland, could easily embody the spunky character Skeeter, a young woman who is uncomfortable with the current social norms of her Mississippi, where the black maids do all the work and receive none of the respect. She sets out to write a book chronicling the maids’ experiences, a tell-all that uncovers the racism, cruelty and deplorable actions of the white society women, some of whom are her own friends.
Stockett’s childhood friend Tate Taylor has adapted the book and is scheduled to begin filming this summer in Mississippi.
From Entertainment Weekly
I might be biased about this news. Any press release that mentions “Kentucky Fried Movie” has me instantly sold. Said release popped into my e-mail yesterday from Relativity Media. They’re working with Peter Farrelly, frequent Farrelly co-conspirator Charles Wessler and GreeneStreet Films on an “Untitled Comedy” — wouldn’t it be great if they kept that title? — which is described as “a unifying storyline for a series of sketch comedies in the vein of the 1970s hits ‘Kentucky Fried Movie’ and ‘Groove Tube.'”
They forgot “Amazon Women on the Moon,” which for my money is the best of that bunch. No matter. The news here is that the cast is massive and the behind-the-lens talent — some of whom have already completed their work — is equally massive. Find the full list (so far) after the jump.
The cast, which is described as “growing,” currently features: Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Emma Stone, Matt Walsh, Patrick Warburton, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet.
A number of filmmakers have already completed work on their sketches, including Banks(?– she directs too?), Farrelly, Brett Ratner, Bob Odenkirk and Griffin Dunne.
Now here’s an idea I can get behind. Sketch comedy movies have been absent too long from this world. There have been one or two, but I think it’s safe to say that this is the biggest of them since “Amazon Women” in 1987, 10 years after “Kentucky Fried Movie.” I’d like to share a clip from one of those classics here, but they were unfortunately made in the days when comedy still had balls. All I can say is that you should seek out “Amazon Women,” “Kentucky Fried” and their ilk if you haven’t so you can behold the glory for yourself.
On Tuesday, we reported that Zombieland’s Emma Stone is currently in negotiations to star opposite Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling in Warner Bros.’ Crazy, Supid Love, which is about a father who tries to learn the ways of womanizing after his wife leaves him for another man. At the time, Vulture (who broke the story) said that they couldn’t reveal the role but it was major and it was spoilery. So if you really don’t want to know, then stop reading now.
We’ve been eagerly awaiting future casting news about the charming Emma Stone after her turn as Zombieland’s car-stealing, gun-wielding Wichita. (She’ll be doing a voice in Marmaduke, but we prefer to pretend that bit of news was just a food-poisoning fever dream.) Now Vulture can exclusively report that Stone is in negotiations to star in Crazy, Stupid Love opposite Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling at Warner Bros. Vulture got its talons on the script in January, but here’s a refresher: Carell will play a sad-sack dad whose cheating wife left him, and Gosling is the slick bachelor who tries to train him in womanizing. We can’t tell you Stone’s role, because it would spoil the movie, but it’s a pivotal one that ties the whole film together.