Greg Mottola

Larry David’s ‘Clear History’ Shouldn’t Work, But It Does

HBO’s Clear History is a unique, sometimes peculiar, and altogether satisfying hybrid of two very different branches of the network’s original programming arm. On one hand, it is an original movie, directed by a name filmmaker (Greg Mottola, who helmed Superbad, Adventureland, and Paul) and featuring a juicy ensemble including Amy Ryan, Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, and Eva Mendes. On the other, it’s an extension of their comedy series brand, something like a triple-length episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm (featuring that show’s star and co-writer, Larry David), with a splash of Eastbound and Down thrown in (via co-star Danny McBride). It sounds like it shouldn’t work. It does, magnificently. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Are you as surprised as we are to hear that Jennifer Lopez — who is apparently contemplating leaving American Idol — topped Forbes’ annual list of the most powerful celebrities? There’s no way that she’s more powerful than Oprah. [via Gawker]

2. Larry David may be joining forces with Superbad… Read More

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‘Superbad’ Director to Adapt Jeffrey Eugenides’ ‘The Marriage Plot’ for the Big Screen?

Well, this is an interesting choice: Superbad director Greg Mottola, who also wrote and directed Adventureland, is in talks to adapt Jeffrey Eugenides’ most recent, marriage plot-dissecting novel, The Marriage Plot. While Mottola wouldn’t be our first choice for this novel about academia, philosophy, love, and mental illness, we can’t deny that there’s something exciting… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Genius marketing idea: The History Channel is placing very real looking fake alligators in manholes around New York City to promote Season 2 of its reality TV series Swamp People. [via EW]

2. Beyoncé and her father Matthew Knowles, who has been her manager since the Destiny’s Child days, are taking a… Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: Paul

Simon Pegg and his frequent co-star Nick Frost team up as both writers and actors in Paul, what looks like a parody of your typical road trip buddy comedy. Naturally the “best buddies,” a pair of comic book geeks traveling near Area 51, encounter a smoking alien (voiced by Seth Rogen), and that’s when the “trip of a lifetime” really begins. Jason Bateman plays a stern-faced, Men in Black-esque government agent, which should be hilarious (director Greg Mottola helmed a few episodes of Arrested Development), and the cast is rounded out by Kristen Wiig and sci-fi staple Sigourney Weaver. Despite an all-star ensemble, the success of this movie will rest heavily on Pegg and Frost. If internet rumors are to be believed, we need to wait for the red band trailer for the majority of the Superbad/Hot Fuzz/Shaun of the Dead-style laughs. Which makes sense. Check out the teaser after the jump and let us know what you think. … Read More

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The Third Rail: Wasted Youth — Adventureland and Alcohol

Not all of us came of age in ’80s Pittsburgh (sorry, Michael Chabon), but Adventureland nails all the universal truths of the modern American coming-of-age experience: minimum-wage jobs, unsympathetic parents, fumbling sexual encounters, desperate searches for marijuana, and careening, vomit-inducing experimentation with alcohol. … Read More

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13 TV and Film Types You Should Follow on Twitter

Pete Sciretta at /film just posted a definitive list of 100 Directors, Screenwriters and Actors/Actresses on Twitter that we’ve spent the past half an hour pouring over. To save you that kind of time, after the jump find the 13 non super-celebrities off of his list who we think are worth following  — because we’re sick of telling you how awesome David Lynch’s feed is. Oh god! We’ve done it again! (Side note: Screenwriters. Women. Why are there so few of you tweeting? Get on that.) … Read More

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