Tina Fey And Jon Hamm Set To Star In Upcoming Dark Comedy ‘Maggie Moore(s)’

John Slattery is ready to film his second feature as a director, and he’s doing it with help from some old friends.

The former ‘Mad Men‘ actor is teaming back up with Jon Hamm for an upcoming dark comedy film titled, Maggie Moore(s).

In addition to Hamm, the comedy will also star Tina Fey.

Maggie Moore(s) takes place in a dusty desert town where nothing ever happens, as a police chief is suddenly faced with the back-to-back murders of two women with the same name.

I love a good mystery, especially when comedy is involved, so I’m excited based on that logline.

Slattery’s feature directorial debut came back in 2014 with God’s Pocket. The crime drama starred the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro. It received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics.

He’ll be hoping for a better result with this upcoming film. And even though it’s just his second feature, he’s directed several episodes of television. He’s certainly not a rookie.

No word on when this film might be released, but we’ll obviously keep you posted.

‘The Heat’ Screenwriter Reveals The Script Was Originally Written For Amy Poehler And Tina Fey

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In 2013, the buddy cop comedy film The Heat was released. It was a moderately successful film, it received mostly positive reviews from critics, and it was a huge success at the box office, grossing $230 million worldwide against a $43 million budget.

The movie will always have a special place in my heart because it marked the first time I started saving my ticket stubs. No one cares about that except me, so now I’m realizing it was a useless piece of information to include. I apologize.

Anyway, Katie Dippold wrote the script, and while she was discussing the new Ghostbusters film (which she co-wrote) she talked about how The Heat was originally written for Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Dippold was writing for Parks & Recreation when she created the first draft of the script. At the time, she believed Poehler would play the foulmouthed police officer and Fey would play the more reserved FBI-agent.

After she sold the script for a reported six-figure total, she got the surprise of her life when her “dream director” Paul Feig agreed to jump on as the director. While discussing casting, Feig mentioned he wanted a lead project for Melissa McCarthy, and apparently McCarthy was wanting to do a movie with Sandra Bullock.

And that’s when Dippold took a step back and realized McCarthy and Bullock would be perfect, “If you read the first draft, every now and then something starts to feel more like Melissa.”

I’m sure the film would have been successful either way, but it probably wouldn’t have made as much money had it starred Poehler and Fey. If you want to compare apples to apple juice, 2015’s Sisters comedy film (starring Fey and Poehler) made just $105 million at the box office. Not bad, but it’s not $230 million.

Movie Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – Like a Stylish Documentary with no Narration and No Insight.

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The more movies that Tina Fey makes, the less I like her. It’s not that Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was bad. I’d say it was a middle of the road effort. I just think like with many things Tina Fey put out recently, it could have been better.

In this, Tina stars as journalist Kim Baker, who takes a change of career covering the war in Afghanistan in the early 2000s. The movie is based on Barker’s own memoire about being a correspondent in Afghanistan when the world’s attention had already turned to Iraq.

While I often complain that many Hollywood movies based off of memories go too far off script (American Sniper, anyone?) my main complaint in this one is it didn’t seem to have a script. It felt so disjointed, like a series of vignettes with no unifying theme, other than ‘war sucks’ and ‘no one cares about Afghanistan anymore.’

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Well, I’m sorry journalists, but by the time Iraq came around, I was all warred out. Sue me.

Even Tina Fey’s talent can’t really make this live up to the hype that it got. It really just feels like a war correspondent’s diary where they complain about all the scary work they do, while everyone ignores their stories to blow up the internet with pictures of Kim Kardashian’s ass.

While this movie is seeing some early good reviews from critics, I have to say that its far more likely due to Tina Fey’s likability rather than the likeability of this movie. It’s not a particularly hard hitting film for such a topic, which is fine. If you want to parody, go with parody. If you want to be serious be serious. It feels like they were going for half and half ala MASH but wound up with a mishmash.

Terrible jokes aside, it’s a clichéd movie about a journalist in a war zone learning about themselves at the same time they can’t learn that the American public has the attention span of baby goldfish. It doesn’t matter if you’re covering Godzilla attacking the Empire State Building, we stop paying attention after awhile.

It just felt like there was no real point to this movie. Much like Bakers “white lady reason for being there” this movie feels like a halfhearted effort to put out a female empowerment/self-discovery movie.

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It fell flat for me, despite Fey’s best efforts. Even her character seemed poorly managed, transforming overnight from a wide eyed new kid on the block to a hard bitten journalist is a bit far-fetched. You’d assume that anyone electing to go to a war zone would be a bit worldly to start.

This is more of a watch it at home because you love Tina Fey movie. With no real point, and such a disjointed timeline, this movie felt like a very stylish documentary with no narration and no insight. Yes, the war in Afghanistan sucks. What are we going to do about it? I’m sorry, but I don’t think the message we should be getting from Afghanistan is “it’s a great place for middle-aged white chicks to find themselves.” Seems irresponsible.

WE GAVE IT: 2 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

2 Stars

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Celebrate Hump Day With Some Laughs, Watch Tina Fey And Amy Poehler In Hilarious ‘Sisters’ Trailer!

With all the huge movies coming out this year, it’s easy to forget about the little comedy starring two of the funniest humans in the world, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

In Sisters, we see Amy and Tina play two estranged sisters who learn their parents (James Brolin, Dianne Wiest) have sold their beloved childhood home. And how do they handle this shocking information? By throwing one more crazy party inside the home before it’s gone for good.

Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) is the director behind the movie, which was written by the talented Paula Pell (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock). And if you’re a fan of Saturday Night Live, you will be seeing a lot of familiar faces in this movie.

Kate McKinnon, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and Bobby Moynihan will all make special appearances. WWE superstar John Cena also has a role in the film.

Sadly, this movie is scheduled to be released December 18. That’s the same day Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens, which means there is no way Sisters will be taking home the top spot at the box office.

Check out the trailer below…

 

Golden Globes 2015: Boyhood Wins Big, List Of Winners Inside!

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The 72nd annual Golden Globes aired Sunday night, and it was a special night for several reasons. One of those reasons being that this was the final year of the Amy Poehler/Tina Fey co-host special. They announced that this would be their third and final time hosting the award show together. And while it’s sad to see them go, it’s nice to know they went out with a bang.

Another reason the night was special? Boyhood was the big winner of the night. I know we aren’t supposed to show favoritism, but we’ve already established my love for the film and Richard Linklater. I am sure there were millions of people going, “What the heck? What is this movie, and why is it winning so many awards?!” To those people, I suggest you go pick up the film and watch it. Give it a chance. I believe it’s on Redbox now. You can get it for a dollar and some change.

Boyhood wasn’t the only big winner of the night. The Grand Budapest Hotel pulled off the upset to beat Birdman for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.

Check out the full list down below. Did your favorites win?

 

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Best Motion Picture, Drama – Boyhood

 

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical – The Grand Budapest Hotel

 

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Best Actor, Drama – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

 

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Best Actress, Drama – Julianne Moore, Still Alice

 

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Best Actress, Comedy or Musical – Amy Adams, Big Eyes

 

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Best Actor, Comedy or Musical – Michael Keaton, Birdman

 

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Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

 

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Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

 

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Best Animated Feature Film – How to Train Your Dragon 2

 

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Best Foreign Language Film – Leviathan (Russia)

 

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Best Director – Richard Linklater, Boyhood

 

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Best Screenplay – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman

 

 

Movie Review: Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

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The Muppets have always had a place in my heart. I grew up with the Muppets, back when Jim Henson was still alive and the Muppets had their own weekly show. While the Muppet franchise isn’t as strong as it once was, it might be possible to breathe new life into it.

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” has an all star cast including Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. The movie takes place across several places including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. The Muppets are entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine – the World’s Number One Criminal. Complicating matters is that Constantine is a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog.

The Muppets still have their magic. Fast paced songs and kid friendly humor dominate, but the movie is sure to please anyone who loved the Muppets when they were growing up.

The movie makes fun of spy movies, prison break movies and a plan to steal the Crown Jewels. None of the jokes are child inappropriate, but parents will see the humor as well.

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Of course, it’s Disney, so there is the to be expected money grab. What surprised me is that it wasn’t ridiculous. A few product placements were thrown in, but it wasn’t over the top. What advertisements were done were more tongue in cheek style advertisements.

One thing missing from this installment was Jason Segal and Amy Adams. They truly made the Muppets shine. While Tina Fey was good, she really couldn’t compete and didn’t seem to have the same level of chemistry as the child-like Segal.

The puppeteers are still working their magic, and the script itself carries off three different stories equally well. One is Kermit in a Siberian Gulag. Another is his evil look-a-like touring with the Muppets. In the third, Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) partners with Muppet Sam the Eagle (voiced by Eric Jacobson) to hunt down the international jewel thief. Eventually, all three intersect and everything gets resolved.

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The musical numbers are upbeat and fun, though a bit generic and not that memorable. However, the Muppets have been rocking since the 70s. There’s only so much they can do with them.

The Muppets feels like a kids movie aimed at grownups and fans of the Muppets will not be disappointed. All of the old favorites are there. The franchise is going on 35 years, but still manages to feel fresh.

Currently performing at number 2 at the box office, the Muppets prove they have a formula that works for all ages, from children all the way through adults. Muppet’s Most Wanted is worth the watch, due to an entertaining cast and an adherence to the style that made the Muppets famous.  Watch the official Trailer below!

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