Leslye Headland

Alison Brie Mad Men

Writer/director/playwright Leslye Headland has a knack for writing uncomfortably honest characters that aren’t afraid to get messy when it comes to the game of love. Although her Bachelorette didn’t make a fan out of me when it premiered back at Sundance 2012, the film has steadily grown on me over time, and Headland’s recent crack at rescripting About Last Night for a new audience is unabashedly funny and just plain brave. The multi-hyphenate is now turning her particular charms to Sleeping With Other People, her next film project that looks to dive deep into the dark heart of modern love. The film is already set to star Jason Sudeikis, but it recently lost its leading lady (Kirsten Dunst, who previously starred in Bachelorette) when the actress needed to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts. The film centers on a womanizer — played by Sudeikis — who falls for a serial cheater (who would have been played by Dunst), so it’s pretty essential to cast that leading lady ASAP. But who could it be? According to THR, it just might be the sweet-faced Alison Brie.

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions has a new comedy coming our way. According to a report from Variety, they’re now backing Bachelorette writer/director Leslye Headland’s new romantic comedy, Sleeping With Other People, which is about a devil may care womanizer and a woman who’s a remorseful serial-cheater getting together and teaching each other about life and stuff. Apparently what first starts off as a platonic relationship based around their shared interest in having sex with as many different people as possible eventually leads to a mutual attraction, and then complication. Headland having a new movie in the works isn’t the only news here though. Sleeping With Other People also has its stars in place as part of its deal. The same report says that Jason Sudeikis and Kirsten Dunst are all signed to play the promiscuous leads. This, of course, will be Dunst’s second teaming with Headland, as she was also one of the stars of Bachelorette. Sudeikis, for his part, will be working with the director for the first time, but does have quite a bit of experience working with the Gary Sanchez people due to his involvement in things like their HBO show Eastbound & Down and their 2012 comedy The Campaign. Everyone here should feel pretty comfortable working together, which hopefully leads to at least a few more laughs than the just-kind-of-mean-spirited Bachelorette. Headland was a staff writer on the outstanding show Terriers, so there’s definitely a possibility that her feature work could show […]

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Bachelorette Movie 2012

Editor’s note: After big success on VOD, Bachelorette hits theaters today, so ready your champagne flutes and raise a glass to our Sundance review of the film, originally published on January 24, 2012. We’ll get this out of the way right off the bat – Bachelorette is not Bridesmaids, though the film’s premise (three girls embark on a bachelorette party adventure for a bride they hate!) sounds like the perfect post-Bridesmaids feature for a ladies’ night out. In reality, Leslye Headland‘s film is a production that’s perfectly crafted for people who hate their friends. Toxic, nasty, and ugly, Bachelorette reaffirms stereotypes about women (they are bitches! they are sluts! they are emotionally unstable!) and their relationships (they secretly all hate each other!) that should have disappeared from cinema (and the world) long ago. We never quite know why Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Katie (Isla Fisher), and Jenna (Lizzy Caplan) are still friends – we can only assume it’s because no one else wants to associated with such horrible shrews. Pals since high school, the trio call themselves “the b-faces” and appear to spend most of their time bitching about other things and people. They are all unhappy in different ways – control freak Regan thinks she’s done everything right and still nothing is happening to her (hint, no one cares if you went to Princeton if you’re a huge, raging bitch to every single person you meet), airhead Katie is sick of work retail but thinks she’s not smart enough for anything else […]

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Kevin Hart in Think Like a Man

According to Deadline Hollywood, Steve Pink (Accepted, Hot Tub Time Machine) is in talks to direct a remake of About Last Night… which will take the original David Mamet play’s title as its own. So, in all fairness, Sexual Perversity in Chicago isn’t so much a remake as it is a second adaptation of the Mamet play. Only 237 more to go before he reaches Shakespeare status. The movie, written by Leslye Headland (Bachelorette), has Michael Ealy and Kevin Hart set to co-star and Regina Hall rumored for a third role. The production is still looking for the second female lead. Here’s where I go out on a limb, so hear me out. The studious will notice that all three acting talents involved are 1) great at what they do and 2) all African-American. Thus, Screen Gems has a unique opportunity here, and I sincerely hope that they will not bury this project with niche-only marketing that hits the Tyler Perry sweet spot without reaching out organically to a broad base. Yes, I see the irony in me pointing out the obvious in order to ask Screen Gems not to point out the obvious, but there’s no reason they shouldn’t give the kind of advertising money necessary to treat this like anything other than a standard romantic dramedy. Except, you know, history.

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Bachelorette Movie 2012

Not only did last year’s Kristen Wiig-starring vehicle Bridesmaids become a surprise success at the box office, it also became something of a cultural hot button, starting debates all over media and the web about whether or not women could be as funny as men, or, more specifically, if they could get away with delivering material as dirty as the stuff in most comedies made by dudes. If Bridesmaids was the first experiment towards proving that they can, then Bachelorette is cranking things up a notch and further testing the limits. While Bridemaids featured some good-natured raunch and family-friendly poop jokes, Bachelorette appears to be downright salacious in how sans morals its main character are. By having a very similar plot and a very similar comedic style to Bridesmaids, just one year after that film was released, Bachelorette is all but setting itself up to be called a lame ripoff. But, if its new red band trailer is any indication, it’s still going to be hilarious anyway. That’s maybe not so surprising when your movie is starring funny ladies like Isla Fischer, Lizzie Kaplan, and Rebel Wilson, but – holy crap – Kirsten Dunst even seems like she’s knocking her lines out of the park. Who knew that she had comedic timing? Add in Adam Scott and James Marsden for all your man-crush needs, and Bachelorette has the cast that won’t quit.

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Bachelorette Movie 2012

Not all of the creative talent on board Bridesmaids were interested in a sequel, but fortunately a sequel already exists. To be fair, while writer/director Leslye Headland‘s Bachelorette might prove to be a different animal altogether, the surface level similarities are impossible to ignore. Girls behaving badly. A bride-to-be. Old high school friendships. Disaster around every corner leading up to the big day. After seeing it at Sundance, Kate even called it Bridesmaids for people who hate their friends. So there’s that too. But check out the trailer for yourself and be the judge. It stars Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher as terrible friends all throwing a wedding for a girl (Rebel Wilson) they made fun of in high school.

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Recently, our own Nathan Adams bemoaned comedian-turned-actor Kevin Hart’s decision to sign on to Valet Guys, as a sidekick to Kevin James in a surely unfunny Kevin James vehicle. But while that was perhaps a bad idea on Hart’s part, we should not forget Hart’s other recent project pick-up: a buddy cop comedy with Seth Rogen that has a misleading and/or totally brilliant tagline. Paired with today’s announcement that Hart is taking cues from Jim Belushi, it seems as if the funny man is seriously interested in mixing up his comedic outings – and, as is so rare when it comes to talking about Jim Belushi’s career cues (Snow Buddies, really?), that’s probably a fantastic idea. THR reports that Hart has joined the cast of Screen Gems’ remake of About Last Night. The 1986 film was directed by Edward Zwick and comes from no less than David Mamet‘s play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago. The film centered on a pair of twentysomethings (Rob Lowe and Demi Moore) who have a one night stand and attempt to make an actual go of it (in the form of a real relationship). All sorts of things bog them down – especially their disapproving best pals (played originally by Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins) who have no bones about trying to break them up.

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