In Judd Apatow’s third outing as director, Funny People follows box office successes, The 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up.
Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Jason Schwartman star as four ugly guys perform do stand-up comedy in Los Angeles. The roles aren’t exactly a push for these real life stand-up comics turned actors. I also get the feeling that some of the material might be a little too close to the bone. Sandler plays George Simmons, a self-absorbed stand-up comic dealing with inner demons, cancer, and an entourage of comics and comic writers. Leslie Mann, Apatow’s wife, is Laura and George’s love of his life, who is now married to Clarke, played by Eric Bana. If you love movies about the entertainment industry and its egos, then this is for you.
British actor, Hugh Dancy (Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Jane Austin Book Club) stars in the title role, Adam, as brilliant, yet strange electronic engineer with Asperger’s syndrome and a penchant for the solar system. He meets schoolteacher, Beth (Rose Byrne), and a romance ensues. But no one said it would be easy for these two. Beth has just come out of a difficult relationship and has to weigh up having to deal with Adam’s emotional isolation and brutal honesty.
Sounding like a new superhero movie from Marvel’s production line, the Danish, Flame & Citron (Flamen & Citronen) is the true story of real life superheroes from the Holger Danske resistance group during World War II. The title refers to the heroes nicknames, Flame, played by Thure Lindhardt (Angeles & Demons) sported red hair and Citron, played by Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) worked at a Citroen car factory. The two Danish freedom fighters initially target pro-Nazi Danes in Nazi occupied Denmark but they soon desire to kill Germans, which ultimately leads to Nazi unrest.
San Diego’s Comic-Con was a resounding success after attracting Hollywood big guns to the international comic convention last week.
Of course this was a chance for studios to show case upcoming releases, to gage fan reaction as well as gain valuable PR.
Robert Downey Jr. was there to promote the second Iron Man feature with director Jon Favreau. The picture is not due for release until 2010 but whipping up a good fan base seems to get in gear much earlier nowadays as part of a social media marketing effort to create free word of mouth buzz. Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance after Tim Burton spoke to fans about his version of the classic
Alice in Wonderland tale, which stars Depp as The Mad Hatter.
Twilight’s New Moon stars, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner were also on hand for frenzied fans Q&A.