The Hollars

Anna Kendrick

In the last week, Anna Kendrick has signed on for a pair of new roles – both of which cast the actress as the romantic foil to a well-known and well-liked Hollywood dude – and while the news that Kendrick is racking up the work is something worth celebrating, the “girlfriend role” pattern is slightly disturbing. She’s better than that (and she’s proven it time and again), and it’s upsetting that Hollywood might be trying to box her into the kind of single-serving parts that she’s already grown out of. By no means is this meant to imply that Kendrick is not in charge of her own career or that she does not have agency over her professional decisions, and this may just be bad timing, but a double whammy of “girlfriend roles” sure smarts and goes a long way to illuminate the kind of parts that are available to Hollywood’s best and brightest.


John Krasinski

Frankly, we’re a bit miffed that John Krasinski‘s next directorial effort, The Hollars, is not about an Appalachian family with issues they need to work out or a fake type of currency, but that might just be our own prejudices and personal interests shining through. Instead, the James C. Sprouse-penned screenplay centers on the fictional Hollar family. ZZzzz. Let’s maybe change that. The Hollars will see Krasinski approaching, oddly enough, both Steel Magnolias and Garden State territory. No, really, as Screen Daily reports that producer Tom Rice describes the film as “blending the emotion of Steel Magnolias with the youth-oriented relevance of Garden State,” which is either absolute brilliance or the end of Krasinski’s short-lived directorial career (we’re leaning to the former on this one, though). See? Steel Magnolias and Garden State. It’s right there. Krasinski will also star in the film as John Hollar, a New York artist (we bet he’s hip) who has to return to his Middle American hometown when his mother requires brain surgery. But that’s not all! Hollar will be toting along his lady friend and be forced to face down “his helpless brother, anxiety-prone father and over-eager high school girlfriend” and probably also a bunch of weird, unsettling memories and maybe even a sequence involving juice and/or bad wallpaper.

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