Patton Oswalt

Young Adult

In a post-Juno world, director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody have re-teamed for a much darker spin on inappropriate maturity levels and their inevitable consequences. Whereas their hamburger phone-chatting, bon mot-spouting teen Juno was almost too mature for her own good, their latest heroine is undoubtedly too immature to even be considered a real adult. In Young Adult, Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a YA author who has much more in common emotionally and intellectually with her characters than she does with anyone her actual age. Mavis heads back to her small hometown, still gorgeous as ever, but with a real chip on her shoulder (to put it mildly). Mavis wants her high school sweetheart back (Patrick Wilson), and she doesn’t care if he’s married, and she doesn’t care if she’s a real bitch to everyone else, and she just…well, she just doesn’t care. Check out the first trailer for Young Adult after the break, with bonus Patton Oswalt as one of Mavis’ former classmates who is also a bit stuck in the past.



What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that refuses to wear a fat suit. Unless it’s Halloween, because then it will be dressing up as Patton Oswalt. Because no one else is doing it, even though they should be. For those who have not heard yet, Eddie Murphy will host the upcoming 84th edition of the Academy Awards. According to show producer and Murphy fanclub vice president Brett Ratner, Eddie Murphy was meant to be Oscar host. Because the golden guy’s special night needs nothing more than a little fatsuit comedy — that’s why!


Todd Rohal

If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt play bickering brothers on screen, as imagined by the guy who brought us The Catechism Cataclysm, co-starring a bunch of young boys, have I got a movie for you. Knoxville and Oswalt will co-star in Todd Rohal’s next film with precisely all of those elements, plus camping! The as-yet-untitled film follows Knoxville and Oswalt’s characters, “a pair of battling brothers who attempt to honor their ailing father by taking a troop of boys on a last ditch camping trip that goes wildly wrong.” I suppose every family has its different ways of honoring its elders and, in this case, that means participating in something that sounds almost exactly like a terrifying horror film with an upbeat “hijinks ensue!!” tacked on the end of its plotline. We should also expect the unexpected, and ready ourselves for hilarious consequences. However, if you’re at all familiar with Rohal’s work (particularly Sundance’s The Catechism Cataclysm), you’ll know that the writer and director’s films tend to skew a bit more twisted than such a standard “be ready for crazy laughs!” plotline would typically hint at. And, as the film is apparently “loosely based on Rohal’s experiences growing up,” his brand of off-kilter comedy may also find itself infused with some genuine familial emotion.


Jason Reitman is eternally dressed for awards season

It used to be that shilling your film at a festival meant you were some scrappy up-and-comer who needed a break (or, at the very least, a hot shower). But as festivals have gotten bigger and more dazzling (any event that serves free Stella Artois is dazzling by its very nature), bigger name filmmakers have used them as launching pads for new projects. Jason Reitman is a prime example of this – he premiered both Juno and Up in the Air at the Telluride Film Festival and took them on to Toronto to pump up buzz so that cinephiles everywhere were primed when they finally hit theaters. Did it work? Heck yes it did. So it seemed a bit of a no-brainer that Reitman would bring his next collaboration with Juno scribe Diablo Cody to Telluride and then TIFF. Apparently, not so. Young Adult won’t make an appearance on the festival route this year, and though there’s nothing I love more than needless negative speculation and crying that a festival non-appearance or a release date change means that a film is a flaming brown bag of excrement, that may not be the case with Young Adult. As those eggheads over at The Playlist note, the film “is decidedly darker and much different than what we’ve seen from Reitman before.” The film stars Charlize Theron as a novelist who writes young adult fiction, who heads back to her small town to hook her high school sweetheart, played by Patrick Wilson. It’s […]



What is Movie News After Dark? Someone said something nice about it the other day, so it’s feeling sort of full of itself. Luckily this means that there will be more news, more snark and even a few surprises in tonight’s entry! There really is nothing like a self-aware movie news column with a sense of purpose. In addition to the surprisingly dark first trailer, Fox has released some HD concept art for the ineptly titled Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The art is also quite stunning, showing off some large scale scenes. Most interesting is the fact that it hints at a movie that focuses much of its time on the actual ape uprising, rather than the build-up. I’m ready to see humanity swallowed by simian rage. Aren’t you?


Have you ever seen Comedians of Comedy? It’s a wonderful look into the lives of comedians and the brainchild of Patton Oswalt. If you have seen it, then I have no doubt that you’d agree with me when I say that Patton Oswalt is a very funny man. Perhaps one of the best, if I might dive headfirst into an empty pool of hyperbole. That said, whether or not he’s been cast in Harold and Kumar 3 is unconfirmed, and thus irrelevant. However, on speculation, him being cast in Harold and Kumar 3 is — to quote one of the franchise’s other stars — Legendary.



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published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015

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