"The Five-Year Engagement" is not your typical romantic comedy. It has conflict built right into the title, instead of using a Nancy Meyers-esque turn of phrase. The writers behind "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, have reteamed to reflect on what comes after popping the questions, and Segel and Emily Blunt lead a hilarious cast that includes appropriately ridiculous turns from Chris Pratt of "Parks and Recreation" and Alison Brie of "Community" and "Mad Men" fame.
Despite a bloated running time, "The Five-Year Engagement" packs so many laughs and so much heart that even its biggest problems are easy to overlook.
Here are our five reasons to see "The Five-Year Engagement."
It's been long confirmed that Jason Segel will not be starring in or writing the next Muppets movie, but a recent update from the actor dashed even the small hope of a cameo. As the man largely responsible for bringing the Muppets back into the spotlight, the loss of Segel puts a big question mark on the sequel.
But fear not, Muppet fans. We spoke with the first film's co-writer and the director of "Five-Year Engagement," Nicholas Stoller, about the progress he's made on the second film's script and how he sees Segel factoring into the making of the sequel.
As Segel's frequent collaborator, Stoller sees himself asking for notes on the script for the next Muppet movie. "I definitely would want to show him the script and get his notes. He loves the Muppets and knows them so well," Stoller said. "I think getting notes from him and getting thoughts from him would be extremely helpful."
It was a bit of a bummer when Jason Segel announced that he wasn't planning on reprising his role as actor and co-writer in "The Muppets 2." The "Jeff, Who Lives At Home" star played an integral role in returning "The Muppets" to the big screen, so needless to say his costars were a bit disappointed when they heard he wouldn't be coming back.
MTV News recently had the opportunity to sit down with Muppets Kermit the Frog and Walter to promote the DVD release of the film, and they shared their thoughts on Segel's decision to pass the keys off to someone else for "The Muppets" sequel.
"Well, as long as he passes the keys," Kermit joked. "We loved working with Jason. He's a very huge Muppet fan. Literally. He's like seven feet tall."
OK, so I cried. Quite unexpectedly at the end of "Jeff, Who Lives at Home," Mark and Jay Duplass' seriocomedy about a 30-year-old still living in his mom's basement, a few tears streamed down my cheek. I didn't see that coming — neither the unexpectedly heartstring-tugging ending nor the way I blubbered in the face of the film's emotional catharsis after 83 minutes of laughs and familial confrontation — but it's no big deal. As Mark Duplass told me earlier this week when he stopped by the MTV Newsroom and I confessed to crying, "A wonderful character from 'The Big Lebowski' once said, 'Strong men also cry.' "
That sentiment, it could be argued, has informed all of the Duplass brothers' films, from their 2005 Sundance debut, "The Puffy Chair," up through "Cyrus," a deeply weird, deeply affecting comedy starring Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly. "Jeff," too. The film, which opens in limited release on Friday (March 16), stars Jason Segel as the title character — a guy with too much appreciation for bong hits and not enough for growing up and getting a job. Plus he hates his brother, Pat (Ed Helms), and only begrudgingly (and incompetently) runs errands for his mom (Susan Sarandon). On the day we first meet Jeff, though, he's finally about to burst into action — into life — after so many years spent sitting on the sidelines, getting crazy high.
During our chat, Duplass explained to us why Jeff isn't your familiar cinematic stoner, why the film is so heavily connected to M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs," and what we can expect on the next season of his FX comedy, "The League."
"The Muppets" may be coming back for a sequel, but Jason Segel won't be there with them. The man who championed the Muppets' triumphant return to the big screen told MTV News in a recent interview while promoting his new movie "Jeff, Who Lives At Home" that he feels it's time for him to move on to other projects.
"I have handed off 'The Muppets' to my writing partner [Nick Stoller] and to James Bobin. My goal was to bring the Muppets back and I feel like I accomplished that. I feel like they're in really good hands," he said. "But it was half a decade of my life, I just want a little breather, and I know that they're going to nail it."
The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and for all the talk of outrageous snubs — "Bridesmaids" scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy gets no love? David Fincher is denied for his work on "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"? — there's one omission that's not getting much attention: "The Muppets" was completely shut out.
"My Week with Marilyn" gets a Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical nod, but not Kermit and his felt-covered pals? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association can't find a single slot in Best Original Song for any of Jason Segel's infectious tunes? I think the HFPA needs to look itself in the mirror and ask, "Am I a muppet or a man?"
At least MTV has decided to honor "The Muppets," which lands in the #7 spot on our best movies of 2011 list, joining "50/50" (#8), "The Descendants" (#9) and "Attack the Block" (#10). The full list — including MTV's pick for the best movie of the year — will be announced during a live stream at 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday (December 16).
Hot off the heels of "Battleship," Alexander Skarsgard is lining up plenty of new film projects to keep him busy during his "True Blood" off-season.
The latest of these is Brit Marling's thriller "The East," The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The flick follows a female agent who penetrates an eco-terrorist group called The East. THR says that if the deal happens, Skarsgard will play the head of the group who is seeking revenge against unethical corporations.
Check out the rest of today's casting news after the jump!
Oh my "Hunger Games," it's time for the world to meet your Peeta and Gale.
Hollywood Crush has all the latest on the Entertainment Weekly "Hunger Games"-themed cover. With their newly dyed hair and an intimidating gleam in their eyes, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson certainly look their respective parts. "On first glance [Hemsworth's] such a hunk that it’s easy to just sort of ascribe a hunk-like simplicity to him," director Gary Ross said. "But this is a phenomenally subtle actor."
Check out the rest of today's film news after the jump!
It's not easy for anyone to just parody major summer films and have it come off as endearing, but when the Muppets poke fun at flicks like "Green Lantern" and "The Hangover Part II," it's really charming. But how did those little satires come to exist in the world?
"Well there was some discussion amongst all of us creatively involved, but I have to give a lot of credit to Disney and their marketing team," Jason Segel, who stars in the film and also wrote the screenplay for the flick which opens this November, told us at the "Bad Teacher" premiere in NYC on Monday. "They came up with those ideas and they're really brilliant. The official trailer came out and I just love it."
Here's a sure sign the MTV Movie Awards are just around the corner: the celebrity seating cards are in place!
That's right, we have the scoop on where everyone from Robert Pattinson to Nicki Minaj is sitting!
The "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" cast is representing the upcoming flick, with Shia LaBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sitting front and center next to each other. Costar Patrick Dempsey is rounding out the trio sitting the row behind them for some emotional support. Read More...