With the days of professional voice actors now mostly regulated to television, Hollywood scours its talent for recognizable names to pair with its animated features. Today’s most inexplicable career move comes from Miles Teller, who has signed on to voice the titular creature in John Stevenson’s The Ark and the Aardvark. The film is an animated riff on the Noah’s Ark tale, focusing on the aardvark’s perspective of what it’s like to survive a giant flood packed in a ship two-by-two.
Among the review quotes on the Amazon page for Guy Lawson’s Arms and the Dudes about a pair of stoners from Miami who became international arms dealers, is one from the magazine Mother Jones. “It sounds like a comedy flick.” It does, and now it is; War Dogs from director Todd Phillips. As the man who made Old School and The Hangover series, Phillips is a specialist in stories about men of limited intelligence and limitless ability to get into trouble. Finding the story of Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz, two ambitious bros who smooth-talked their way into a massive deal with the Pentagon supplying millions of rounds of ammunition to the Afghan military, must have felt like a gift from God. If Phillips and his screenwriters had simply invented these guys and their improbable rise to the top of the American military supply chain, no one would have believed it. But a look at the Rolling Stone article Lawson later expanded into his book confirms that a shocking amount of the events in this movie really happened.
In Cinemautopsy, we look back at a recent, high-profile failure and ask a simple question: What the hell happened? In this installment... the comic that launched Marvel Comics. A cast of beloved up-and-comers. One of the hottest young directors in Hollywood. A bold attempt to reinvent the superhero genre. What could possibly go wrong?
Lionsgate recently announced that the final film in the Divergent series will skip theaters entirely and head straight to television, with additional plans to launch a spinoff series. Although the franchise has suffered diminishing returns at the box office, news of the Ascendant TV movie and (possible) spinoff was still a bit surprising to everyone — including Miles Teller, who seems somewhat hesitant about this whole television business.
War Dogs doesn’t sound like the title of a movie by Todd Phillips, the guy behind The Hangover trilogy. But the story from Rolling Stone it’s based on definitely does: “Arms and the Dudes.”
Hopefully Bleed For This is more Creed than Southpaw — but like Antoine Fuqua’s disappointing boxing drama, this one also features an aggressive, relentless white boxer who must overcome tragedy to get back in the ring. The first trailer for the upcoming film has arrived, featuring Miles Teller in the role of real-life boxer Vinny Paz, who refused to give up on his dream even after a car crash left him with a severely broken neck. It’s like Whiplash, but with actual whiplash.
Formerly known as Arms and the Dudes, the first trailer for War Dogs starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill has arrived, teasing a slight change of pace for The Hangover director Todd Phillips — well, not so slight. It’s still a fairly rowdy and absurd comedy with a crude streak, but this one is based on an unbelievable true story.
Miles Teller popped up in early reports regarding Lucasfilm’s shortlist for Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s young Han Solo movie, along with a handful of interesting contenders for the upcoming Star Wars spinoff. And while an actor has yet to be chosen to fill Harrison Ford’s intimidating shoes, Teller has confirmed that he did audition for the part while also acknowledging some problems on that other major franchise film he appeared in last year.
Jean-Paul Sartre’s seminal existentialist play No Exit shares a title with a newly-announced project starring Miles Teller and Josh Brolin, but perhaps it shares more? As firefighters heroically rushing into burning homes to rescue those trapped souls, do they not share the same flagrant disregard to the perils of death as the three damned souls trapped in Sartre’s banal Hell? Picture the sooty faces of Teller and Brolin, gleaming with sweat — the look in their eyes is not all that different from the despair visible in Joseph, Inès, and Estelle as they must reckon with their own wrongdoings.
Like many funny people before her, Amy Schumer has decided to branch out into more serious acting territory. In addition to starring in an upcoming film with Jennifer Lawrence (which the pair co-wrote) and in an untitled mother / daughter action-comedy project, the comedian and actress has signed on to appear opposite Miles Teller in Thank You for Your Service.