Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening may not be the most likely on-screen combo, but the two team up for comedic spills in the indie flick Girl Most Likely. The film, originally titled Imogene, screened at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival before getting picked up by Lionsgate for distribution.

Wiig stars as a playwright who stages a suicide in an attempt to win back her ex, only to wind up in the custody of her gambling-addict mother (Bening). The film co-stars Matt Dillon and Natasha Lyonne and is set for a limited run this July. No word as of yet whether the film will see release in Australia.

 

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Anne Hathaway and James Franco to host Oscars

The Oscars have lined up two in-demand actors to take on hosting duties for the next telecast. Anne Hathaway and James Franco have been confirmed as co-hosts for the upcoming 2011 broadcast of the Oscars, set to take place February 27th at Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

The official word came from producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer in a statement providing the reasons why the hosts were chosen;

“James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27. We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that”.

Strangely enough, Franco could possibly be up for an Academy Award that very evening. Insider word is buzzing about Franco’s performance in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours and has tipped him for a possible ‘Best Actor’ nomination.

“And the Oscar goes to … ME!”

The choice of co-hosts is certainly one that leaves a lot of questions (they couldn’t go classic? Billy Crystal? Steve Martin?), but not surprisingly, the choice of Hathaway and Franco are not the weirdest the Oscars have ever picked.

NYMag.com have an interesting story about some of the most ridiculous hosts of Academy Awards history, including Paul “Crocodile Dundee” Hogan, Donald Duck, years where there were no hosts, and one year where they decided to have six! (1959).

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Trailer watch: Your Highness

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Kenny Powers (with an English accent) + Pineapple Express + Natalie Portman & Zooey Deschanel + drugs + medieval times = Your Highness.

In what could possibly be one of the greatest, most awfully amazing stoner films in recent memory, Your Highness is set to define the the new medieval stoner genre. See for yourself in this new, extended trailer, which we fear could show every single funny moment of the entire film.

Starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel and Justin Theroux, Your Highness is based on a script written by McBride and Ben Best. The film is set to open April 8, 2011.

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Trailer watch: 127 Hours

Oscar winning director Danny Boyle has an uncanny ability to delve into humanity at its brink. Teetering on the edge of the extreme, his films have often captured human emotion as it flutters in and out of consciousness. Whether it is the effects of drug use (Trainspotting), the vast emptiness of space (Sunshine), zombie apocalypse (28 Days Later) or poverty (Slumdog Millionaire), Boyle manages to trace the path in which the psyche travels through during the most testing of moments. His latest work, 127 Hours, is the story of mountaineer Aron Ralston, who in 2003 came to prominence when his ill-fated trek through Utah saw him trapped in difficult conditions. His only escape? Having to cut his lower left arm off with a dull knife.

Starring James Franco as Ralston alongside a supporting cast of Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara, 127 Hours is the journey of survival unlike any other. We can safely assume that Boyle will let the audience deep into the mind of Ralston during it’s most extreme period- taking to task how much a man has to struggle before deciding that self-amputation is the only way to live. Safe to say, we’ll probably stay out of the Utah desert for some time. The trailer for the film can be seen below.

127 Hours opens to general audiences November 5th. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next week.

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