‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ is like Michael Bay’s ‘Armageddon,’ only played for laughs. It takes place in a not-so-distant future, where an asteroid is destined to obliterate our planet in 21 days. Once that premise is established, the film follows two lonely souls during their final days as they try to resolve what they believe to be their most-important emotional issues.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Keira Knightley to discuss ‘The End of the World’ as she knows it and how it would affect their thinking. She opens up about her value systems, her sense of mortality, and how she thinks she might have failed her friends and family. (Sad face?) Here’s Keira Knightley:
This is a bold idea: an apocalypse movie on a tiny scale, set not amongst the ragtag group of astronauts trying to save the world from an impending asteroid collision but rather in a New York City apartment building where two lonely people try to make sense of what little existence they have left.
As 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' begins, a last ditch effort to blow up an oncoming meteor fails, and the end is officially nigh: in 21 days, the Earth will be destroyed. That's when we meet Dodge (Steve Carell), whose wife takes the news of their certain doom as her cue to bolt from their loveless marriage, and Dodge's neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley), who sleeps a lot, loves vinyl records, and misses her family back in England. But while 'Seeking's' idea may be bold, its execution is weak. There's more humor and poignancy in the occasional news reports from a comfortingly calm television newsman than any of the scenes involving our two leads.
They weren't always huge stars. Even today's A-listers were once yesterday's struggling actors. Now they have directors dying to work with them but back in the day, they sat in a waiting room with hundreds of other hopefuls, waiting for an audition and their big break
With notable work on 'The Daily Show' and 'The Office' and movies like 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin,' actor Steve Carell has been making people laugh for years. But he was the one in fits of giggles during a recent game of charades on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show.'
There's no subject more ripe for cinema than the sex lives of old people. Who doesn't want to talk about older couples bumping uglies? That's why 'Hope Springs' pairs Oscar winners Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep together for a big summer release. The film is about an older couple who've unintentionally lapsed into celibacy and are looking to reheat their sex life. It comes out August 10, and now we have a trailer.
Though Alexander Payne dismissed much of their original script, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (aka Dean Pelton from 'Community') are Academy award winners. And so their next project lets them direct, and for their feature film debut 'The Way, Way Back' they plan on reteaming 'Little Miss Sunshine' stars Steve Carell and Toni Collette.
Mark Ruffalo has been a great actor who's had smaller parts in big movies and big parts in small movies, but it looks like 'The Avengers' is going to change all that. His latest project could be Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' where he would be playing against Steve Carell and 2012's poster-boy Channing Tatum.
Steve Carell is definitely keeping busy. We've already heard that he's in the upcoming 'Anchorman 2,' but Warner Brothers just picked up a movie for him to star in with 'New Girl's' Jake Johnson. The film already has a director in Max Winkler, and a pitch from Rodney Rothman, what it doesn't have is a title.
In what may be the greatest news in the history of cinema, Will Ferrell broke on tonight's Conan O'Brien show that he will be reuniting with director Adam McKay, and co-stars Paul Rudd and Steve Carell for what could be the greatest sequel every filmed: 'Anchorman 2.' This has the possibility of making 'The Godfather Part II' look like 'The Godfather Part III.'
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