Delroy Lindo

Jon Hamm

What is Casting Couch? Today it’s mostly about smaller-name actors getting roles in upcoming projects, but that can be interesting too. Not everyone can be an old favorite coming back to an X-Men movie or getting hounded about the new Star Wars. It’s been known for a while that Mad Men’s Jon Hamm is a big fan of comedy—just look at how many lowly podcasts he’s appeared on, bit parts in comedies, and even his SNL host gigging for proof of that—but he’s yet to get his chance to take his love of the yuks further and actually star in a comedic feature. That might soon change though. Variety is reporting that he’s currently circling a project called Epic Fail that’s about a down-on-his-luck high school teacher who hires two students to kidnap his wife, in the hopes that if he swoops in and rescues her he might rekindle his marriage. The film has been written by Kevin Costello and will be directed by Mark Teitelman.

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Like all good advertising should, the trailer for The Big Bang works as a pretty epic little ride all by itself. During it’s first moments it feels like you’re being plopped right down in a moody detective story. All of the elements are there; some missing diamonds, a missing girl. It seems like an advertisement for a pretty straightforward film. But then things start getting weird. You’ve got an underground military compound that looks like the hadron collider, Snoop Dogg directing pornos, Sam Elliott with a ridiculously long head of hair extensions, and a lot of heady talk about the origins of the universe. The story seems like some sort of marriage of the works of Elmore Leonard and Tom Robbins. And this is all crammed in to just 2 minutes of footage. I can’t imagine the weird places the film must go given its entire runtime; but now I want to. And that’s the key to crafting a good film trailer, capturing people’s imaginations.

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