Jay Baruchel’s Irish-Canadian upbringing fuelled his love of the Celtic Football Club.
Next to the Montreal Canadiens, the Celtic F.C. is one of the actor’s biggest sports obsessions and the impetus of a new documentary project he collaborated on with soccer journalist Eoin O’Callaghan.
The film, called Celtic Soul, follows Baruchel and O’Callaghan as they explore Ireland and Scotland, diving into their fandom of the team. “Fandom is far more than just supporting a team,” O’Callaghan states.
Baruchel digs even deeper, though, looking into his ancestral roots in Ireland. The result is a mix of fun with something more surprisingly emotional.
“I’m a big history nerd so I can fall down the rabbit hole,” Baruchel admits. “This was like being a history nerd but of people I was directly related to.”
Jay Baruchel, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara have been added to the list of presenters at the Canadian Screen Awards.
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television says “Goon” star Baruchel and “Schitt’s Creek” co-stars Levy and O’Hara will hand out hardware saluting the best in homegrown film and TV.
Other additions to the lineup include Jared Keeso of “19-2,” Rick Mercer of “Rick Mercer Report,” and comedian Sean Cullen.
The Oscar-nominated drama “Room” tops the film competition with 11 nominations including best picture.
CBC-TV’s sitcom “Schitt’s Creek” tops the TV side with 14 nominations, half of them in acting categories.
Comic Norm Macdonald hosts the Canadian Screen Awards on March 13 in Toronto. It airs on CBC-TV.
It is very early for DreamWorks to announce the official release date of “How to Train Your Dragon 3,” but lot of speculations have surfaced that the movie could be released in 2017. However, the latest update hinted by one of the actors of the third installment gives an idea that the upcoming movie is going to have lot of fun, charming and compelling for all age groups.
“The best thing about the first movie was that it’s fun, it’s really charming and incredibly compelling, but also unexpectedly heavy at parts. And so all those same things are the essence of the second one, but amped up. The stakes are higher. We knew that we were doing our Empire Strikes Back,” Jay Baruchel, the actor who would voice for Hiccup, said, as reported by Youth Health.
On the other hand, the writer and director Dean DeBlois has hinted that the fans and viewers of “How to Train Your Dragon” will probably have to say goodbye to Toothless and Hiccup. According to Moviepilot, in Cressida Cowel’s original books, the dragons do not have a happy ending. In the first book we find Hiccup recalling when humans and dragons had lived together and looking back on his own life. By the time he becomes an old man, the dragons are gone. But DeBlois’ plan is different.
DeBlois said that he has a plan to take the story of the upcoming “How to Train Your Dragon 3” to where the book actually starts. This is the time when the complete grown-up Hiccup is remembering the old days where there were dragons. But anyhow the dragons will be seen going away. However, DeBlois did not reveal that whether they would come back and all other mysteries surrounding it as he claimed that all these should be saved for the original story.
Universal Studios Hollywood is bringing some humor to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, with a new attraction inspired by the apocalypse horror comedy This Is the End.
Stars Seth Rogen and James Franco teamed with the Los Angeles theme park to announce a 3-D maze based on the 2013 movie, which saw the actors playing versions of themselves as end-times survivors trying to avoid the horrors of hell after the righteous have been raptured. The film also starred Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson, among others.
Rogen, Franco and Hill collaborated with Universal Studios on the maze, which transports guests to Franco’s movie-house, in which the actors are trapped in the film. “We’ve been working with them on it for a few months,” Rogen wrote on Twitter. The This Is the End maze joins a slate of previously announced Halloween Horror Nights attractions from high-profile franchises, including The Walking Dead, Crimson Peak, Insidious, and John Carpenter’s Halloween. The scare-fest runs select nights from Sept. 18 through Nov. 1.
“This is the End brings a new dimension of fear to Halloween Horror Nights by fusing the best of two extreme worlds — horror and comedy — to create a literal and figurative three-dimensional experiential version of the film,” said John Murdy, creative director at Universal Studios Hollywood and executive producer of Horror Nights, in a news release.
Will the maze end with a Backstreet Boys dance party? We can only hope (or pray).
I have add The Art of the Steal DVD caps to the gallery.
We’ve talked up quite a bit the unpredictability of several categories in the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards, but we would be kidding ourselves here if we were to say that the Actor in a Comedy Series race is a category without a favorite. While we wouldn’t say that the front-runner is a lock by any means, everyone else is playing for the upset at this point.
Anthony Anderson, “black-ish” (ABC) – Anderson has always been a supremely talented guy, and we’re so thrilled for him now that he has what we feel is the perfect venue for his talents. This is a show that is some ways similar and yet different, but almost always funny regardless. There are not as many family comedies of this variety now as there maybe were a decade ago, and there is a nostalgic charm around his performance.
Jay Baruchel, “Man Seeking Woman” (FXX) – Baruchel probably spent more time dealing with strange characters and oddities on this imaginative show than almost any other actor has over the past year, and his performance is in some ways a master-class in letting the absurdity speak for itself. Without his reactions, we have a pretty good feeling that the entire premise of the show wouldn’t work. Sometimes, there is a fine line between surrealism and just being silly.
Louis CK, “Louie” (FX) – It continues to amaze us just how consistent CK and his show are year after year. We don’t feel like the series is any worse now than it was a couple of years ago, and he continues to somehow find avenues to explore even if his real-life persona is not so much akin to the one that he plays on this show. In some ways he is surrounded at times by craziness similar to Burachel on “Man Seeking Woman,” though it is in a far more literal sense.
Thomas Middleditch, “Silicon Valley” (HBO) – Usually our comedy list is filled with zany characters, and that’s why this year is rather unique in how the majority of our chosen nominees are actually the ones who are the sounding board and have to deal with what surrounds them. Middleditch has proven that Richard can be angry and impulsive, but most of his true skill points come from being this perpetually-awkward person who somehow typically figures it all out, even when it feels like he has no chance.
Adam Scott, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC) – Scott’s Ben Wyatt was a tremendous TV character, mostly because if you see him for just a couple of minutes you may think “oh, that guy is reasonably normal.” That is before you see the Cones of Dunshire or know what happened to him as Mayor. He was the perfect addition to an already-almost-perfect show when he signed on, and through it all managed to be completely endearing and silly in his own way.
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon) – We close here with someone who is far and away the consensus favorite for the year. It would be an even bigger snub than Tatiana Maslany the past two years of Tambor is not nominated for this show. We do want to emphasize that it is ground-breaking and we are in a climate now where transgender stories are coming to life. What we do want to stress here above all else, though, is that this is a sensational and heartwarming performance, and the best of Tambor’s entire career. Remember that this is a man with a tremendous resume, including playing multiple characters on “Arrested Development.”
Actor Jay Baruchel will sit behind the camera and make his directorial debut on Goon: Last of the Enforcers, the sequel to the 2011 sports comedy.
Seann William Scott is set to reprise his role as hockey enforcer Doug “the Thug” Glatt in a story that sees his team, the Halifax Highlanders, reunite with a host of new players during a pro lockout.
Baruchel is actually doing triple duty on the movie. In addition to directing, will also act, returning as Glatt’s best friend and confidante. And he also worked on the script, co-writing it with Jesse Chabot.
Production is set to begin June in Toronto.
The film will be produced by David Gross, Jesse Shapira, and Jeff Arkuss of No Trace Camping and André Rouleau of Caramel Films. Evan Goldberg is executive producing.
WME Global is handling domestic rights to the movie.
Baruchel is taking over helming duties from Michael Dowse, who directed Canadian comedies Fubar and It’s All Gone Pete Tong.
Baruchel is known for his voice starring in DreamWorks’ acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon movies and for his comedies, ranging from movies such as This Is the End to television (Judd Apatow’s Undeclared). He now stars in FXX’s comedy Man Seeking Woman, which was recently picked up for a second season.
Baruchel is repped by CAA, Thruline and attorney James Feldman. Scott is repped by ICM Partners, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Sloane Offer.
DreamWorks Animation and Netflix released a sneak peek trailer and release date for their upcoming Dragons: Race to the Edge. Dragons: Race to the Edge is an all-new action packed 13 episode series, which follows Hiccup and Toothless from the How to Train Your Dragon films. Check out the trailer!
In this new original series, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless lead the Dragon Riders as they soar beyond the borders of Berk and discover the mysterious Dragon Eye — an ancient artifact filled with secrets that will lead them to new lands filled with undiscovered dragons. But the heroes find themselves pursued by marauding dragon hunters, who will stop at nothing to seize the power of the Dragon Eye.
Dragons: Race to the Edge will premiere exclusively on Netflix on June 26. The series features the vocal talents of Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera. Art Edler Brown and Douglas Sloan serve as executive producers.
It is the least likely pairing of a Hollywood star and a British indie band since Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin consciously coupled. Jay Baruchel, the lovable nerd whom Vanity Fair hailed as the only serious rival to Michael Cera in the “adorably unthreatening man-child that makes all the emo girls swoon” stakes, has appeared in Clint Eastwood movies (Million Dollar Baby), romcoms (She’s Out of My League), sci-fi films (RoboCop), satirical action flicks (Tropic Thunder) and DreamWorks computer animations (How to Train Your Dragon). He’s an associate member of the Judd Apatow-Seth Rogen dream team, has written a successful sports drama (Goon), and is the main character in his own sitcom (Man Seeking Woman).So why is he in a north London music venue, hanging around backstage with Idlewild, the Scottish group whose main claims to fame are two Top 10 albums in 2002 and 2005, and NME’s description of their early ramshackle din as “the sound of a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs”? Because he has been invited to appear in the video of their latest single, and he couldn’t say no – they’re his favourite band of all time.
The puck stops in Toronto this summer for the sequel to the hockey comedy Goon.
Canadian actor Jay Baruchel says Goon 2 is good to go “after a very long time, a lot of hard work and blood, sweat and tears.”
Global News has learned the sequel will be filmed in Ontario. The original was shot in Manitoba.
Both films were co-written and co-produced by Baruchel with Vancouver’s Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen’s production partner. Michael Dowse, who directed Goon, will be calling the shots again.
Goon debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 and grossed $6.5 million after its theatrical release in early 2012 — enough to earn Telefilm’s Golden Box Office award as the top-grossing English-language Canadian film.
Goon also gained a significant cult following.
In addition to Baruchel, Goon starred Seann William Scott as enforcer Doug “The Thug” Glatt and Liev Schreiber as Ross “The Boss” Rhea. Eugene Levy, Alison Pill and Kim Coates were also in the cast.
“Everyone’s available, mostly,” Baruchel said during an interview last month on the Spoiler Alert podcast. “We’re just trying to get all our ducks in a row.”
In 2013, Baruchel told The Canadian Press fans can expect “all the stuff you loved from the first one and then some.”
He added: “I’m proud as hell of the first one but I think we’re going to smoke it with No. 2.”
Baruchel, who was born in Ottawa but calls Montreal home, will begin work this fall on a second season of his TV series Man Seeking Woman in Toronto.
Scott, best known for his American Pie role, starred in the 2003 made-in-Toronto movie Bulletproof Monk and made 2000’s Final Destination in B.C.
Schreiber was in Toronto late last year working on the feature Spotlight and made the chess drama Pawn Sacrifice in Montreal.