Nick Kroll

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This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. This weekend saw the limited release of Afternoon Delight, for which filmmaker Jill Soloway won the Directing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Of the feature, about a frustrated stay-at-home mom who takes in a young stripper/prostitute to be a live-in nanny, our own Kate Erbland wrote that lead actress “Kathryn Hahn is fantastic as ever” and that in spite of an uneven tone she “still frequently laughed and felt satisfied by its end.” Currently it’s only playing in New York and Los Angeles, but the film will go wider to most major cities on Friday (September 6th). Until then, you can get ready by watching Soloway’s first film, a short titled Una Hora Por Favora, which debuted at Sundance last year. The 13-minute comedy stars Michaela Watkins, who is apparently Soloway’s best friend and muse (who also appears in Afternoon Delight and stars in Soloway’s earlier Funny or Die sketch Tight) and was made for her as a kind of showcase. They shot it in three months with financing coming personally from the writer-director, who’s been in the business for a while as a writer and producer for such TV series as Six Feet Under and United States of Tara. The plot involves a lonely woman who picks up a day worker outside a hardware store to do “una hora” of plumbing work in her […]

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Recently, director Jason Reitman has been doing a special series of script readings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Basically what he does is he takes the script for a beloved film, recasts the whole thing with new actors, and does a stage reading in front of a live audience. Rights issues being what they are, something like this can’t be recorded, so getting to experience one of these events is a très exclusive honor. Reitman has already given this treatment to five universally loved movies (The Breakfast Club, The Apartment, Shampoo, Reservoir Dogs, and The Princess Bride), and tonight he’s set to cap off his series with a reading of everyone’s favorite film, The Big Lebowski. Who does he have on tap to bring legendary characters like The Dude and Jackie Treehorn to life on stage? Inside Movies has the scoop, and some of his decisions sound like they’re ripe with fun-time possibilities. For the part of The Dude (or El Duderino, if you’re not into that whole brevity thing) Reitman has chosen Seth Rogen, the man with the best stoner laugh in Hollywood. His best friend and security expert, Walter Sobchak, will be played by The Office star Rainn Wilson, a man not unfamiliar with bluster. As the other Jeffrey Lebowski, the millionaire (and a fucking goldbricker if I’ve ever seen one), is Jason Alexander, a man used to spinning unbelievable yarns. And for Lebowski’s red-headed and inappropriately sexual daughter Maude, they’ve tapped Mad Men star […]

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Remember a few years ago when we reported on Jason Sudeikis planning a flick called A Good Old Fashioned Orgy? Well, we do. Why? Because Publisher-in-Chief Neil Miller forces us to memorize the site and read it to him as he falls asleep. It doesn’t ever come in handy until a day like today. A bit over two years later, Sony and Samuel Goldwyn have teamed to snag US distribution rights for the movie. That gets this story of one final party (which Sudeikis’s character hopes to turn into a giant orgy) one step closer to getting made. Sudeikis is a great, underrated talent from an otherwise dreary SNL line-up. Plus, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he’ll be joined by Leslie Bibb, Will Forte, Lake Bell, Martin Starr (Bill!), Nick Kroll, Lindsay Sloane (The Other Guys), Lucy Punch (Dinner For Schmucks), Michelle Borth (TiMER), and David Koechner. This will be the first feature film as writer/directors for television veterans Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory.

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