Strangers With Candy - The Movie

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  1. Robert Ringwald

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    Anyone else looking forward to this one? It's based on the popular comedy central TV series.

    I'd heard they were planning a big screen version, but had no idea it was this close to production.

    Apparently it's going to be filming in NYC June 2004.

    Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are going to have cameo appearances or play supporting characters of some kind.

    I think it's a little exciting. This was such a funny show, and I think it would work on the screen.
     
  2. Brian Kidd

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    The last I heard of it was in an interview with Amy Sedaris in The Onion a couple of months ago. At that time she, Paul Dinello, and Stephen Colbert were still trying to hammer out a script. I hope it gets made, but it's all still very much in pre-production.
     
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    (I removed a few bits from the synopsis as it pretty much gives away the plot of the movie. I've kept the basic description from www.strangerswithcandymovie.com though.)

    STRANGERS WITH CANDY is a daring leap backwards. A prequel to the critically acclaimed Comedy Central series of the same name, it is the story of Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris), a 46 year-old ex-junkie, ex-con who returns to high school in a bid to start her life over, only to confront the most dangerous gang of all — the cool kids.
    Reuniting the cast and writers from the original series, Strangers with Candy takes us back to when our hero Jerri Blank emerges from her long prison stay with a special goodbye prison riot with her cellmates.

    Jerri arrives at her childhood home to find that her father Guy Blank (Dan Hedaya), now in a coma, has re-married and fathered a child, Derrick (Joseph Cross). Although mortified by her stepdaughter's return, his new wife, Sara Blank (Deborah Rush), begrudgingly allows Jerri to move in when the family doctor suggests that her presence might bring Guy out of his thirty-two-year coma.

    The next day Jerri is admitted as a student at Flatpoint High School by Principal Blackman (Greg Hollimon), who has just made a deal with the school board that if his school wins this year's Science Fair, they will be able to keep school board funding.
    Meanwhile, Jerri has her eye on handsome Brason (Chris Pratt), the school jock, while her friend Megawatti (Carlo Alban) falls for her, creating a true cinematic love triangle.
    Blackman informs Science Teacher Chuck Noblet (Stephen Colbert), Art Teacher Geoffrey Jellineck (Paul Dinello) and the others that he has brought in Science Fair ringer Roger Beekman (Matthew Broderick) to win the fair. Mr. Noblet argues and is given his own team, which Jerri quickly joins. If she doesn't want to screw up her one chance to do high school over, Jerri will have to use her prison know-how to help the team win and make her father proud.

    Cast and Crew list

    Amy Sedaris ... Jerri Blank
    Paul Dinello ... Geoffrey Jellineck
    Stephen Colbert ... Chuck Noblet
    Deborah Rush ... Sara Blank
    Sarah Thyre ... Coach Cherri Wolf
    Gregory Hollimon ... Onyx Blackman
    Maria Thayer ... Tammi Littlenut
    David Pasquesi ... Stew
    Joseph Cross ... Derrick Blank
    Chris Pratt ... Brason
    Carlo Alban ... Megawatti Sacarnaputri
    Dan Hedaya ... Guy Blank
    Matthew Broderick ... Roger Beekman
    Allison Janney ... Alice
    Kristen Johnston ... Coach Divers
    Justin Theroux ... Carlo Honklin
    Sarah Jessica Parker ... Peggy Callas
    Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Henry
    Sir Ian Holm ... Dr. Putney

    Great cast. It's also worth mentioning that Jerri's step-brother Derrick has been recast with a younger actor (to push the fact that Jerri is much older). The role of Orlando has also been changed (same age problem) But considering this movie takes place before the first episode, Megawatti Sacarnaputri (Carlo Alban)
    could be considered a different character playing the same role Orlando would have played.

    Paul Dinello ... Director/Writer
    Stephen Colbert ... Writer/Co-Producer
    Amy Sedaris ... Writer
    Mark Roberts ... Producer
    Lorena David ... Producer
    Valerie Schaer Nathanson ... Producer
    Jennifer Booth ... Line Producer
    Oliver Bokelberg ... Director of
    Photography
    Teresa Mastropierro ... Production
    Designer
    Michael R. Miller ... Editor
    Matt Lappin ... Comedy Consultant
    Victoria Farrell ... Costume Designer
    Marcelo Zarvos ... Music

    Richard Move ... Choreographer
    Kabuki ... Make-up Artist
    Rosemary Lombard ... Unit Production
    Manager
    Cinetic Media ... Producer's Rep.
    Joseph Middleton ... Casting Director

    I've also included a few stills from the film (once again, thanks to strangerswithcandymovie.com) There are plenty more available there.

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    I definitely can't wait for this movie. 2005 is gonna be a blast. "Good timmmes!"
     
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    WOO! I cant wait for this film! Thanks for the updates!
     
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    Colbert, Sedaris, and Dinello writing the script and all the principals in place... oh man, get your bacon strips ready for the big dance and GO LADY DONKS!!! [​IMG]
     
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    It's playing at Sundance at the moment. That is all.
     
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    My bacon strip is sizzlin'! I can't wait for this!
     
  9. Robert Ringwald

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    Dinello's "Candy" is the story of Amy Sedaris' Jerri Blank, a forty-something ex-con and junky who returns home to return to high school as a freshman.

    "'Strangers with Candy' completely caught me off guard. It is rude, hilarious and bizarre. We loved it." said Mark Gill, President of Warner Independent Pictures, in a statement. The company plans to release the film this fall.

    The movie marks the first feature film for Letterman's Worldwide Pants, which also produces Letterman's late night show and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

    http://parkcity.indiewire.com/biz/archives/000161.html

    Strangers has a home. [​IMG] yay
     
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    I'm gonna have to go see this wearing my Flairs (techno music plays).
     
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    I cant wait to see this movie. I loved the series on comedy central.
     
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    You would have thought they would have known what to expect, given it was on air for 3 seasons on Comedy Central.
     
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    Daaaaaaamn, that's a long shoe lace!
     
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    can't afford a pair of flairs? LOOOOOZZERRRRRRR!!!

    my most anticipated movie, probably ever.

    CJ
     
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    ....and two..TWO..slices of bacon!
     
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    I'm taking into consideration he probably hadn't seen an episode before. If this is the case then it bodes well for the film appealing to people who aren't just fans of the show. Clearly he enjoyed it as an introduction to the universe of Jerri Blank.
     
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    Never seen the series but wanted to see it at Sundance. I am guessing it is highly regarded here.
     
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