Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg provide just two of the many famous voices featured in the upcoming animated movie Hotel Transylvania. We caught up with the costars at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about working with Adam Sandler, who stars in and executive produced the film, and the lovable monsters they created. Selena also spoke to the unique experience of promoting two very different movies during the fest; she also premiered her edgy comedy Spring Breakers during the cinematic celebration. Check out our interview, and catch Hotel Transylvania in theaters on Sept. 20.
Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg play the title characters in indie dramedy Celeste and Jesse Forever, who are a divorcing couple who want to remain friends. They find that it's tough to move on with other people while they hang on to each other, and their friends have a difficult time even understanding their relationship. Jones stars in and cowrote the movie, and her hard work has paid off in the form of a sweet, funny gem about the reality of relationships and complicated nature of love. I have a few different praises to sing about Celeste and Jesse Forever, which might make you fall for the film too, so read on to find out why I liked it so much.
- You can relate to it no matter what your relationship status. Though the movie mainly depicts the issues of a broken-up couple, you get to see a wide variety of relationships. Aside from the main characters, Ari Graynor and Eric Christian Olsen play a lovey-dovey engaged couple who are friends with Celeste and Jesse, and when Celeste tries to date, we get an honest (if sometimes rough) look at dating. Whether you're single or coupled, there's probably a familiar scenario in the movie for you.
- The soundtrack is fantastic. I haven't been this in love with a soundtrack in years; the film features the kinds of songs that make you sit up and take notice of them without jarring you out of the movie. The roster of artists includes up-and-coming indie bands like Porcelain Raft, and each dreamy tune perfectly complements the tone of each scene.
- It spotlights a lot of under-the-radar actors. Samberg and Jones have palpable chemistry and strong scenes, but the eclectic ensemble of supporting characters really make the movie entertaining (and a fun game of Where Have I Seen That Actor Before?). Graynor always makes me laugh, and as Celeste's best friend, she's hilarious, as is her onscreen fiancé, Olsen. But wait, there's more: Chris Messina (who seems to be everywhere these days) also pops up to charm Celeste, while Elijah Wood and Emma Roberts are fun as characters who are occasionally over the top.
- You'll have a new reason to crush on Andy Samberg. Fans of the Saturday Night Live star know how funny he is, but Celeste and Jesse Forever showcases how dreamy he is. As a laid-back artist, Jesse is also sensitive and loving, and it's easy to see why Celeste struggles with her feelings for him. The movie has a lot of laughs, but Samberg lets his costars crack more jokes than him while he lets his dramatic side shine.
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Is it possible to love a movie just from its trailer? Because that's how I feel about Celeste and Jesse Forever, the indie dramedy starring Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones (who also cowrote the film) as exes who still hang out all the time. The former couple don't think it's weird that they still see each other every day, but they seem to be the only people who have that opinion, because all of their friends (including Ari Graynor and Elijah Wood) are either pointing out how unusual their relationship is or encouraging them to move on.
I like everything I'm seeing in this preview: Jones and Samberg look like they have amazing chemistry and the supporting cast is awesome (there's also Chris Messina and Emma Roberts). It also looks hilarious, even though it's not a straight comedy. The movie got great reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival, so I can't wait to see Celeste and Jesse Forever when it comes out on Aug. 3. You can check out the trailer for yourself after the jump.
There was a time when seeing an Adam Sandler movie didn't necessarily mean watching overly obnoxious characters in a weak narrative strung together by inane plot twists. Unfortunately, That's My Boy perpetuates the "ugh" response that Sandler's films have been getting as of late. The year is 1984; after a romance with sexy teacher Ms. McGarrigle (Eva Amurri Martino), 13-year-old Donny (Sandler) ends up in the national spotlight, lauded for "living the dream" and pasted on magazine covers. Too bad he's also stuck with a baby as a product of the affair. Fast forward to present day, when now-deadbeat Donny shows up days before his estranged son Todd's (Samberg) wedding, hoping his kid will be the key to fixing his financial woes. Clearly mortified by his father's disheveled appearance and general lack of social graces, Todd tries to pass off Donny as an old friend, but Donny uses his inexplicable charms to worm his way into spending the weekend with the group.
The silly plot is just one of the many issues plaguing That's My Boy. Between the bodily-fluid gags, which are painful for both the characters and the audience, and Sandler's grating Boston accent, the movie only works if you're willing to accept the stupidity because it's an Adam Sandler movie. To find out what else I thought of That's My Boy, just keep reading.
We're still trying to get Adam Sandler's 2011 movie Jack and Jill out of our minds, but his next project isn't looking any better. In That's My Boy, Sandler stars as a crude, womanizing loser who gets into trouble with the IRS and decides to hit up his wealthy estranged son (Samberg) for cash. As the two collide, Sandler starts infiltrating Samberg's clean, preppy, life — and not at all for the better.
The best part about this trailer is seeing Samberg playing it straight, rather than his typical off-the-wall characters. Unfortunately, the rest of the preview is pretty lame; uninspired jokes, raunchy humor, visible puke, and the like. Even as a Sandler fan, I can already tell that I'm not going to like his character in this; is it too much to ask for him to make more movies like Funny People and Punch Drunk Love? The movie hits theaters just in time for Father's Day, but watch the preview when you read more
Celeste and Jesse Forever was one of the first films I checked out at Sundance this year, and I'm so glad I did. The cast, which features Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg as the titular characters, was enough to pique my interest, but the smart, relatable, script is what won me over. Here's more on what I thought of the film.
- Who's behind it? The film stars Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones (who also cowrote the screenplay), Ari Graynor, Elijah Wood, and Emma Roberts. It was directed by Lee Toland Krieger.
- What's it about? Jones and Samberg are Celeste and Jesse, high school sweethearts who have recently decided to separate. The only problem is that they're still BFF: he's living in her guest house, they're still spending all of their time together, and are still living in their own little world (much to the confusion of their circle of friends). Though it's clear that they're not ready to fully let go of each other, an unexpected circumstance forces them both to confront their feelings and make a final decision about their relationship.
- What did I think? This movie made me laugh and broke my heart, thanks to Jones and Samberg's chemistry and performances. There are plenty of amazing jokes and one-liners, but more than that, there's a very real story and commentary about how hard it is to let go of someone you love. Jesse and Celeste are so easy to root for, but the film is careful to keep the story real rather than veering into romantic comedy territory. It's also a breakout role for Samberg, who we've mostly only seen doing straight comedy. He's still a lovable goofball here, but he also proves that he's got the chops to handle more serious material. The film was bought by Sony Pictures Classics, so keep an eye out for it in theaters in the next year.
The cast of Celeste and Jesse Forever hit the Sundance Film Festival to show off their sweet movie on Friday. It's Rashida Jones's first screenplay, and she also stars alongside Andy Samberg in the project. On the red carpet at their premiere, the two gushed about working together, and Andy joked that if he was tasked with winning back an old love in real life, he'd probably revert to "d*ck in a box" tactics. Emma Roberts plays a pop star in Celeste and Jesse Forever and to get ready for the part she revealed that she channeled a little bit of Christina Aguilera in the "Dirrty" days, Britney Spears, and Ke$ha. We also chatted with Elijah Wood about his part in Celeste and Jesse and what it was like to see the The Hobbit trailer for the first time, which he said was "electrifying." Award season darling and The Descendants star Shaliene Woodley slipped in to see the movie, and later in the evening checked out Wiz Khalifa at the Bing Bar.
Katy Perry is set to host SNL tomorrow night, but today she was joined by Matt Damon, Val Kilmer, and Andy Samberg on the streets of NYC to film a skit. Katy kept her new haircut hidden under a brunette wig and put on her best smile for the camera. Katy joked about hosting SNL, saying, "I'm up for a challenge, for something new. I love to be challenged . . . I married Russell Brand." Matt's been the featured star on the late-night show in the past, but this time he's just stopping by for a digital short. He's been busy promoting his upcoming holiday release, We Bought a Zoo, and even stopped by The Late Show this week to chat with David Letterman. Matt's made a habit of doing his best Matthew McConaughey impressions during past visits to the talk show, and this time was no different. Damon lightheartedly channeled the other famous Matt after some coaxing from Dave.
Mark Zuckerberg, Andy Samberg, and a number of other guest speakers took the stage during today's Facebook Developers Conference to introduce Timeline, alongside partnerships with Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, and lots more. Check out some of the sights from the stage during today's keynote.
Andy Samberg made a surprise appearance at this morning's F8 developers conference, providing some comic relief (and posing as Mark Zuckerberg) to the delayed keynote kickoff. He also announced new features: a list called "I'm Not Friends With These People" and the "Slow-Poke," which takes 24 hours to deliver.