Zooey Deschanel on THR’s Comedy Actress Roundtable

Posted by Lauren on June 15, 2014 | No Comments

The Triangle sits down with ‘Let’s Be Cops’ stars

Chances are you’ve seen a few buddy cop movies in your lifetime. There’s usually a formula of a sharp-witted cop and a dumb cop who battle crime while roaming the streets. After a few car chases and exchanges of gunshots, they defeat the villain, save the beautiful girl and get promoted. So what sets the comedy “Let’s Be Cops” apart from the rest? The buddies in this “buddy cop” film are only pretending to be cops (don’t try this at home).

“Let’s Be Cops” is directed by Luke Greenfield (“The Animal,” “The Girl Next Door”) and stars the hilarious Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., best known for their roles as Nick Miller and Coach in the hit FOX television series “New Girl.” The film follows best friends Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Wayans Jr.), who are both facing difficult roadblocks in life. Ryan is a lazy ex-football player who is stuck in the past but dreams big, and Justin is a video game designer with an aspiration-crushing boss. After attending a costume party dressed as police officers, the two decide to impersonate real-life cops to reap the benefits. That is, until they get tangled up with a scary drug dealer played by Andrew Garcia.

The Triangle had the opportunity to sit down with Johnson, Wayans Jr., and screenwriter Nicholas Thomas at the rustic Bru Craft & Wurst to discuss their upcoming film.

The Triangle: How did you get involved in “Let’s Be Cops”?

Jake Johnson: I wasn’t going to do this movie until [Wayans] said yes. So for me, I loved the script, it was really cast-contingent. You know, I wouldn’t just sign on to play a character with whoever they chose for the other … but with Damon we knew each other. Knowing we were going to spend 10 weeks with each other in Atlanta, you have to, at least for me, like the other person. 


Posted by Lauren on June 07, 2014 | No Comments

LA Times’ Google Hangout with Max Greenfield

Posted by Lauren on June 04, 2014 | No Comments

Hannah Simone joins indie comedy Lemonade

‘New Girl’ star Hannah Simone will star alongside Thomas Sadoski for ‘Lemonade’.

The 33-year-old actress – who is best known for played Cece Parekh in the hit series – has been cast opposite ‘The Newsroom’ actor who plays a neurotic and struggling theatre director in New York in the indie comedy, reports Variety.com.

The film follows Sadoski’s character as he is forced him to re-examine himself, and what makes life worth living, when he meets a successful woman.

The stars will be joined by ‘Love Is Strange’ actress Marisa Tomei and Jay Ellis who have supporting roles.

Mark Mathias Sayre and Elliott Williams are producing, while Timothy Davis and Ellis will executive producing through Sunday Ruckus.

And Dave Matalon will be making his feature-film directorial debut and directing from his own script.

Meanwhile, fans of ‘New Girl’ are left on edge wondering whether Simone’s character who has an on/off relationship with Schmidt (Max Greenfield) will actually get together, while her best friend Jess (Zooey Deschanel) has a romance with Schmidt’s pal Nick (Jake Johnson).


Posted by Lauren on June 04, 2014 | No Comments

Zooey Deshanel signs with Spirit Music Group

In a lucrative deal, Zooey Deshanel signed a multi-year publishing administration deal with Spirit Music Group.

According to Billboard, the deal will include Deshanel’s back catalog as well as any future recordings. As one half of the duo She & Him, the singer and actress has also contributed the theme song to her show New Girl, and the theme for the movie Yes Man.

Spirit Music president and CEO Mark Fried stated,“Zooey is a true renaissance woman.” He went on to say, “she is one of the most passionate, authentic artists of her generation,” regarding any of her multiple talents including songwriting and producing.

Fried also stated how Spirit was excited to work with and introduce projects with Dashenel.

Her duo She & Him, with singer/songwriter M. Ward, released their Volume 3 with critical acclaim, and can only assume due to the signing with Spirit, a follow up can be close behind. The New Girl star also had some musical help on her show with an episode featuring the Purple One himself, Prince, acting and singing on the episode following the Super Bowl.

New Girl was among a cluster of shows Fox renewed for next fall.


Posted by Lauren on May 27, 2014 | No Comments

“New Girl” Spoilers from E! Online

Laura: I’ll take any scoop you’ve got on New Girl‘s next season!
Grab some boxes because someone may be on the move! “I think that would be smart, I hope some does,” Zooey Deschanel said of one of the roomies moving out of the loft next season. “I think it would make sense. They did that on Friends…then you can have two different areas.” Two roommates staying put? “I know they are putting Nick and Schmidt in bunk beds,” Jake Johnson revealed, adding he’s excited to see the duo “relive the college days.”


Posted by Lauren on May 27, 2014 | No Comments

Aubrey Plaza, Zooey Deschanel And Anton Yelchin Team Up For The Driftless Area

Its title is terrible, but the romantic drama The Driftless Area is fast gathering an incredible cast. Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel are set to star, while John Hawkes, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, Alia Shawkat and Aubrey Plaza will lend support. 

Reporting out of the Cannes Film Festival, THR revealed that Aubrey Plaza is the latest addition to the cast. The Driftless Area is currently seeking distribution while its director, Zachary Sluser, shoots the film in Vancouver. 

Following a string of short films, The Driftless Area marks Zachary Sluser’s directorial debut. The drama is based on a novel by Tom Drury, who co-wrote the screenplay alongside Sluser. Check out the official synopsis for the novel The Driftless Areabelow: 

“Set in the rugged region of the Midwest that gives the novel its title, The Driftless Area is the story of Pierre Hunter, a young bartender with unfailing optimism, a fondness for coin tricks, and an uncanny capacity for finding trouble. When he falls in love, with the mysterious and isolated Stella Rosmarin, Pierre becomes the central player in a revenge drama he must unravel and bring to its shocking conclusion. Along the way he will liberate $77,000 from a murderous thief, summon the resources that have eluded him all his life, and come to question the very meaning of chance and mortality. For nothing is as it seems in The Driftless Area. Identities shift, violent secrets lie in wait, the future can cause the past, and love becomes a mission that can take you beyond this world.”


Posted by Lauren on May 25, 2014 | No Comments

New Girl Ups Damon Wayans Jr. to Series Regular

Damon Wayans, Jr. is permanently moving in with New Girl.

The actor, who currently recurs as Coach on the Fox comedy, has been promoted to series regular status for Season 4.

The Happy Endings alum starred in the New Girl pilot, but his commitment to the aforementioned ABC laugher prevented him from continuing with the series.

When Happy Endings met an unhappy ending and was canceled, Wayans returned to Girl for a four-episode arc, eventually becoming a “special guest star” for the remainder of Season 3.


Posted by Lauren on May 09, 2014 | No Comments

“2 Episodes Left” Promo

Posted by Lauren on April 27, 2014 | No Comments

#3.23 – “Cruise” Episode Summary

#3.23 – “Cruise” – Jess and Nick invite the gang along with them on a cruise they booked while still together as a couple.  Coach tries to suppress his fear of boating, Schmidt attempts to win back Cece and Winston tries to mend Jess and Nick’s fractured relationship.

Posted by Lauren on April 23, 2014 | No Comments

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