Josh Gad

Josh Gad

And so the great gods of remaking have come down from their throne (comprised mostly of The Flinstones: Viva Rock Vegas DVDs), and deigned to speak with us mere mortals. In their great bellowing voices, they proclaimed for all to hear: “Hey, you know it’s been awhile since people have talked about Gilligan’s Island. That could use an update.”

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FROZEN

The royal family of Arendelle is hiding a secret. The eldest daughter, Elsa, was born with a magical gift that allows her to create snow and ice simply through thought. She uses her power for playtime with her younger sister, Anna, but one day she causes an accident that almost kills the littlest princess. Troll magic is used to wipe the memory from Anna’s mind, and the castle closes its doors to keep Elsa separated both from the public and from her sister. Years pass, and the two now-grown princesses prepare for Elsa’s (Idina Menzel) coronation as the new queen. Anna (Kristen Bell) is excited as the event means not only more face-time with Elsa but also her first exposure to the outside world in a decade. Dignitaries and townspeople are invited in for the celebration, and it’s not long before Anna has met and fallen in love with a young prince named Hans (Santino Fontana). What should be yet another reason to celebrate instead triggers an icy outburst from Elsa that reveals her powers and terrifies her subjects. Accused of being a monster, she takes off into the mountains leaving a town trapped in permanent, crystalline winter behind her. Disney’s newest animated feature, Frozen, is a fun and witty delight from start to finish. Far more of a musical than the studio’s recent releases have attempted to be, the film ties together an unconventional take on princesses, heroes, and villains, with a melodic ribbon of songs both catchy and affecting. […]

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Thanks for Sharing

Mark Ruffalo has a bit of a dilemma. Five years sober from sex addiction, his character has finally decided to test the waters of dating again, only to be thrown into a relationship where Gwyneth Paltrow prances around his apartment in black lingerie. But it’s not just Paltrow; as the new international trailer for Stuart Blumberg‘s Thanks for Sharing shows as Ruffalo makes his way down the crowded streets of New York City, sex is everywhere. For a sex addict, the simple act of watching television or taking the subway to work can be enough to unravel an entire day. The film explores these trials through all of the meetings the addicts have to attend, much like an alcoholic, and the rituals they have to go through to keep on the straight and narrow; Josh Gad, as a newly recovering addict, rides his bike to work every day to avoid groping women on the subway. It seems a little heavy-handed to constantly show sexy adverstising on the NYC streets to prove the “sexy sex is everywhere/look at our society” point, but I think we’ll have to forgive it for now, considering our subjects. But somehow, the film is taking this unpleasant subject matter and spinning it into an almost lighthearted package, proving you don’t always having to talk about serious things seriously. As our own Kate Erbland described it while writing about the first trailer, it’s for people who thought Shame was too sad. Check out the trailer for yourself here:

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Ashton Kutcher in jOBS

Editor’s note: Kate’s review originally ran during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but we’re re-running it as the film opens in limited theatrical release this weekend. Apple founder and technology visionary Steve Jobs changed the way the world connects and computes, created one of the world’s most revolutionary companies and recently died, so of course he is now being remembered by way of an unsatisfying biopic that could have been far more creative and inspired than the final product. Director Joshua Michael Stern (best remembered for the completely forgettable Swing Vote) works off a script by newbie scribe Matt Whiteley (a former marketing wonk who was commissioned to write the script by his boss, producer Mark Hulme) that, while well-paced and interesting, also fails to illuminate much about the man and skips over large chunks of his life. As Jobs, Ashton Kutcher does a fine job (sorry, had to do it) with his role, though when Jobs amps up its intensity, he can’t quite keep his character compelling or believable.

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KinisonBiopic

Seeing as Sam Kinison was one of the most influential and legendary standup comedians of all time, and also a man who engaged in a crazy, tumultuous lifestyle outside of his professional accomplishments, it seems like he would make a great subject for one of those melodramatic Hollywood biopics where some hopeful actor sports a ridiculous hairdo and apes said subject’s iconic affectations in order to make a play at golden statues and the accolades of their peers. At least that seems to be the hopes of director Larry Charles (Borat) and actor Josh Gad (1600 Penn), as Deadline is reporting they’re about to team up to bring a Kinison biopic to the big screen.

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Ashton Kutcher in jOBS

Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Dermot Mulroney, and writer-director Joshua Michael Stern have put together a handy-dandy guide to Jobs, the biopic about the iconic Apple co-creator. And while it’s basically just the men talking about how inspirational their subject matter is over footage from the trailer, it’s still a neat look at what makes the film tick. Kutcher and company are clearly very excited to be part of this film, which starts when Jobs and Steve Wozniak (Gad) were free-wheelin’ ’70s college students/dropouts and ends at the revolutionary debut of the first iPod. I’m hoping this means that at some point, someone will explain how they developed those orange and blue iMacs that we all had to use in the school computer labs. You know the ones. And while we all know that Kutcher knows the ’70s quite well, it’s a dramatic turn for the usually goofy actor. In his interview, he still seems a little awestruck that he gets to play this part. Check out the interviews and inspirational speeches in the featurette after the break.

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Channel Guide - Large

On NBC’s 1600 Penn, Josh Gad plays sweet doofus Skip Gilchrist. Skip has been dawdling in college for seven years and is forced to move back home after a frat prank goes horribly wrong. The incident becomes national news because, for Skip, home is the White House and his father Dale, played by Bill Pullman, is the President of the United States (yes, Pullman is to the presidency, what Morgan Freeman is to God). Skip is oafish but he’s also hopelessly optimistic. “Nothing fazes you,” says Skip’s stepmother Emily (Jenna Elfman), “not even the stuff that should.” If this premise sounds familiar to you that’s because it’s basically Tommy Boy set against a farcical political backdrop. Or now that I think about it, 1600 Penn is probably closer to Black Sheep because that movie was also basically Tommy Boy but set against a farcical political backdrop. Chris Farley movies aside, 1600 Penn is energetic and worth a look-see if only for Gad.

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Triplets

Back in March, our own Rob Hunter eloquently expounded on the implications of Universal Pictures’ desire to create a sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger- and Danny DeVito-starring minor comedic classic Twins, reportedly to be called Triplets and created with the intent to rope Eddie Murphy in as the third “brother” in the already deeply stupid scenario. Verdict? Well, stupid, but not beyond the realm of possibility in remake-happy Hollywood. We’ve heard scarce little about the project – until now! Deadline Hollywood reports that Universal and Montecito Pictures have hired Josh Gad and Ryan Dixon to pen a treatment for the script (weirdly, these things don’t just write themselves and there are rarely any monkeys and typewriters involved), with Dixon set to write the final script. Also, Ivan Reitman will return to direct the sequel, which makes sense, because his Ghostbusters 3 is never actually going to happen.

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Despite it’s truly awful title, Joshua Michael Stern’s indie biopic of Steve Jobs is going to continue to get attention. Despite Ashton Kutcher‘s lack of dramatic chops (as far as we can tell), he does bear a striking resemblance to the young Apple founder. So despite itself, there may be plenty to talk about in the months to come as jOBS continues its production. Today brings a number of new photos from the set, including looks at Josh Gad as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak; Ahna O’Reilly as Jobs’ girlfriend Chris-Ann Brennan; Lukas Haas as early Apple employee Daniel Kottke; and Dermot Mulroney as former Apple CEO Mike Markkula, who will ultimately serve as the villain of this particular story. The folks at /Film were kind enough to assemble a gallery

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column that assembles the heroes of movie and entertainment news every night. Marvel has only assembled its team once. Take that, Marvel. We begin tonight with several items on The Avengers. First — embargo be damned — it’s so much fun. There is also a new image of the team completely assembled amidst the rubble of the film’s massive third act war scene. And then there’s the disappointing news of the day. Matt Singer reports on CriticWire about angry nerds attacking a female critic over a negative review of The Avengers. Not only did the lash out at the otherwise lovely Amy Nicholson of Boxoffice Magazine, they did so in a terrible, misogynistic way. If this was you, be very ashamed of yourself. Every critic gets their say, and just because she didn’t like the movie, that doesn’t mean you get to be a shit about it. It’s truly sad. Please grow up.

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With the reign of Pixar ever-so-steadily slipping (2011 marks the first year that the studio released a new film, Cars 2 in this case, that was not nominated for Best Animated Feature), it looks like another studio is looking to capitalize on original and appealing ideas. DreamWorks Animation is now casting for their next original film, Me & My Shadow, which will center “on Stan, a shadow who yearns for a more exciting life than being attached to a timid human named Stanley Grubb. When a crime in the shadow community puts both of their lives in danger, Stan is forced to take control of Stanley, thrusting both of them into an adventure featuring a shadowy villain, who intends to lead a rebellion to take over the human world.” The studio has cast Bill Hader as shadow Stan, with Josh Gad as his scaredy-cat human Stanley and Kate Hudson as Stanley’s real world love interest. While the film’s plot is cute enough already, the studio is also looking to branch out with a bit of a gimmick that ties into it – the film will be made up two different kinds of animation. The “shadow world” will reportedly be hand-drawn, while Stanley’s “human world” will be CG. Alessandro Carloni will make his directorial debut with Shadow, but his resume includes a very encouraging sign – he was head of story on DreamWorks Animation’s thoroughly excellent How to Train Your Dragon. The script will come from Tom J. Astle and Matt […]

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