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Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, hits theaters today and director Paul Weitz had more than a few things to say about his ultra-funny stars in a recent interview with Hypable.

With two stars coming from the ultimate of comedic backgrounds, it seems that Admission (read our review here) can do no wrong. Director Paul Weitz had to face the challenge of balancing comedy with heartfelt drama in the film adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book, and having two stars that share an incredible sense of humor really helped Weitz during the production.

“They’re both nice, obviously, which is a really big thing,” said Weitz. “My brother (New Moon director Chris Weitz) and I, you know, we started doing American Pie which had no, you know, it had Eugene Levy in it. He was the most famous person in it,” laughed Weitz. “We had this ‘no assholes’ rule where we wouldn’t work with someone who we heard was an asshole. Years later I learned that was a really good rule to have.”

Since the word on the street was that neither Fey or Rudd were assholes, they both scored starring roles in Weitz’s film, and the director has even gone so far as to say that he wouldn’t have done the film had Fey not signed on.

Before Fey even arrived on the set, Weitz took to her personal biography, Bossypants to glean an idea of who she was as a person. “It was really good to have Bossypants to read ahead of time. It’s pretty revealing. I knew that, you know, I kinda got some sense from that of what she cared about,” said Weitz. “The star has a lot of power on the set and you need to be making the same film as them, so there was a lot of talk ahead of time about what the film was about and the decisions being made.”

AdmissionWith the kind of heart that beats at the center of Admission, it was important for Fey to understand the tone so that she could adjust her performance to better suit what the film was aiming for.

“With Tina, I turned to the screenplay and I walked her beat by beat through the plot before we got involved, because I needed to know that she was up for this version of the movie,” said Weitz.

Although the director had a strong vision for the direction he wanted to take the film, it still continued to be a collaboration between everyone involved, including Fey. “Tina was great in terms of coming up with jokes, and also she had some really good ideas about some of the dramatic scenes.”

Weitz continued to go into detail about how Fey provided something more carnal than he had originally envisioned for a crucial scene in the film, but for spoilers-sake we won’t go into detail here. You’ll find out when you see Admission for yourself, but just take note that it was Fey’s idea to “do it on the floor.”

Weitz said that Fey’s animalistic instinct caught him by surprise, but according to the director, that’s half the fun of the job. “It’s much more interesting when people do something that you didn’t expect,” said Weitz, though he maintained that there still had to be a sense of balance when improvising. “If you’re really riffing on a scene you forget what the scene’s about,” said Weitz.

Weitz has made a specialty out of adapting books to fit the silver screen, and Admission was no exception. Coming from the book of the same name written by author Jean Hanff Korelitz, Weitz discussed a few scenes that he wished could have fit into the film, but as with any shift from book to film, some moments just didn’t work.

“There are a certain number of flashbacks to Tina’s character as an undergrad,” explained Weitz. “That would’ve been challenging to do and have the film not be ridiculous.” At the moment, we can only imagine Fey as an undergrad at an aviary museum taking pictures of the “many different types of sparrows,” so yes, that may have been a little ridiculous.

admission-paul-weitz-paul-rudd-tina-feyThough ridiculousness isn’t the worst thing for a comedy, Weitz decided early on he wanted to center on truth in order to tell the story with as much honesty as possible. “The characters have to not feel like they’re in a comedy,” said Weitz, though he admits that separating the line between the actor and the character can be a challenge.

“I had to think about whether or not her character has a sense of humor,” said Weitz, trying to draw a line between Fey and her on-screen persona, Portia. “Clearly Tina does, but her character might have a really dorky sense of humor. You kinda see that when she’s trying to tell jokes to the cow that’s giving birth to calm him down.”

Although making this distinction between Fey’s real-life comedic sense and Portia’s crippling awkwardness was a challenge, Weitz admits that it’s one of his favorite aspects of the job. “The thing I maybe enjoy most about directing is the game of “let’s pretend” that you have with the actor where you’re talking about this imaginary character and you’re trying to erase this line between the actor and the character, and really between yourself and the character too,” said Weitz.

More than anything, Weitz wanted to ensure that he had remained faithful to Korelitz’s original vision, though he admits that as a completely different art medium, you need to also make it your own. “You’re always taking some angle on a book and adapting it,” said Weitz. “The only thing I make damn sure to do is to talk to the author about what I’m doing and in this case I think Jean was excited that Tina was gonna play the character, and she was cool with me giving the version that I thought would be a good film.”

According to Weitz, Korelitz has seen and enjoyed the film, though he does leave a little wiggle room for her in the truth department. “She’s either a really terrific liar or she loved the film,” laughed Weitz. Korelitz was involved in the production of the film to an extent, though her son had the distinct honor of appearing in the film as one of Nelson’s buddies in the party scene.

At the moment, Weitz is circling a film adaptation of yet another novel called Bel Canto, which follows the story of a renowned soprano that goes down to a Latin American country to sing at the birthday party of Katsumi Hosokawa, a Japanese industrialist. The party is interrupted by a group of terrorists looking for the President, and when it’s revealed to them that the President didn’t attend the party, the terrorists are forced to remain there with their hostages for months.

According to Weitz, the book was inspired by a real event in Peru, and although it represents a challenge to the director, he still wants to give it a shot.

Admission hits theaters today.

Click here to check out our review of Admission and be sure to catch it in theaters this weekend!

20 Frodo and Bilbo Baggins quotes to sweep you off your feet

Alive or dead dragons, I wouldn't dare laugh at either.

11:30 am EDT, September 22, 2016

It’s Hobbit Day, aka Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthday! To celebrate, we’ve got the wittiest, wisest, and best Frodo and Bilbo quotes from all four books.

Best Frodo and Bilbo quotes:

  1. “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
  2. Frodo: “‘Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam, would he, dad?'”
    Sam: “Now, Mr. Frodo, you shouldn’t make fun. I was serious.”
    Frodo: “So was I.”
    – Frodo and Sam, The Two Towers, The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
  3. “Victory after all, I suppose! Well, it seems a very gloomy business.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
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  5. “I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Mount Doom
  6. “Farewell, King under the Mountain! This is a bitter adventure, if it must end so; and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad that I have shared in your perils – that has been more than any Baggins deserves.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
  7. “Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.”
    – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Short Cut to Mushrooms
  8. “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Long Expected Party
  9. “There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Homeward Bound
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It’s Hobbit Day, aka Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthday! To celebrate, we’ve got the wittiest, wisest, and best Frodo and Bilbo quotes from all four books.

Best Frodo and Bilbo quotes:

  1. “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
  2. Frodo: “‘Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam, would he, dad?'”
    Sam: “Now, Mr. Frodo, you shouldn’t make fun. I was serious.”
    Frodo: “So was I.”
    – Frodo and Sam, The Two Towers, The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
  3. “Victory after all, I suppose! Well, it seems a very gloomy business.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
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  5. “I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Mount Doom
  6. “Farewell, King under the Mountain! This is a bitter adventure, if it must end so; and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad that I have shared in your perils – that has been more than any Baggins deserves.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
  7. “Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.”
    – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Short Cut to Mushrooms
  8. “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Long Expected Party
  9. “There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Homeward Bound
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  11. “Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!”
    – Bilbo to himself, The Hobbit, Inside Information
  12. “Yes, you have seen a thing or two since you last peeped out of a looking-glass.”
    – Frodo to himself, The Fellowship of the Ring, Many Meetings
  13. “Bother burgling and everything to do with it! I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, Roast Mutton
  14. “It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, The Scouring of the Shire
  15. “‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. ‘You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.'”
    – Frodo quoting Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, Three is Company
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  17. “I will take the Ring, though I do not know the way.”
    – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Council of Elrond
  18. “So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
  19. “I can manage it. I must.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Mount Doom
  20. “Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not today. Good morning! But please come to tea – any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Come tomorrow! Good-bye!”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
  21. “It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, The Grey Havens
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  23. “All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost.”
    – Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, Strider
  24. “I should like to leave the Shire, if I could – though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them. But I don’t feel like that now. I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again.”
    – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Shadow of the Past

Tell us your favorite Frodo and Bilbo quotes in the comments!

With one reason for every inning of America’s pastime, here’s why you’ve got to watch Pitch — the story of Ginny Baker, the first female major league baseball player.

1. Ginny is a badass

It sounds tropey, but it’s true. Kylie Bunbury’s Ginny Baker is everything you could want in such a singular protagonist. Confident and strong, yet vulnerable in her impassivity, Ginny’s physical and emotional capabilities are quickly established — and just as quickly challenged.

Ginny humanizes the superhuman aura that surrounds high-level athletes, while never losing the essential strength that makes her a great ballplayer, and a badass character.

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With one reason for every inning of America’s pastime, here’s why you’ve got to watch Pitch — the story of Ginny Baker, the first female major league baseball player.

1. Ginny is a badass

It sounds tropey, but it’s true. Kylie Bunbury’s Ginny Baker is everything you could want in such a singular protagonist. Confident and strong, yet vulnerable in her impassivity, Ginny’s physical and emotional capabilities are quickly established — and just as quickly challenged.

Ginny humanizes the superhuman aura that surrounds high-level athletes, while never losing the essential strength that makes her a great ballplayer, and a badass character.

2. It’s a baseball TV show!

While there have been a handful of baseball-related television shows in the past (and CBS tried to launch a series based on A League of Their Own back in 1993), the sport has mostly been colonized by film. But baseball is its own long-form story, stretching out almost daily for 162 games a year. A week-by-week look into the evolving narrative of a baseball season just screams TV, and Pitch is ready to deliver.

3. Ginny isn’t a ‘smurfette’

Ginny Baker steps into a world so thoroughly dominated by men that it would have been easy to cast her as the only significant female in the series. Pitch deftly avoids that trap, supporting Ginny with her firecracker agent Amelia Slater (Ali Larter) and a strong friendship with her teammate’s wife Evelyn (Meagan Holder). Pitch isn’t just about girl power, but it’s got plenty to offer.

4. It’s an inside look at professional sports

It’s tempting, as fans, to reduce the sport we love to what happens on the field, restricting the narrative to the winners (and losers), but Pitch dives into the business around baseball, from the vise-like pressure of media attention to the front office politics that are so often shrouded in mystery.

Slick general manager Oscar Arguella (Mark Consuelos) covers the ground between team manager Al Luongo (Dan Lauria) and the Padre’s owner, while players carefully observe the shifting values of their team. Winning, Pitch makes clear, is as much a product of what happens off the diamond as on it.

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5. It’s got drama

Pitch does more than use baseball as a backdrop (this isn’t Moneyball writ small), but it’s not just concerned with balls, bats, and cleats. Professionalism only goes so far where major social change is concerned, and the Padres clubhouse quickly becomes a source of tension between Ginny and many of her teammates. That’s in addition to the family drama Ginny brings with her — which, trust us, is a lot more intense than it seems.

6. The music is amazing

Forget “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Opening with a pulse-pounding synth violin, the music of Pitch takes off into a realm of unique, intense, and captivating tunes. Even if Ginny’s badassery doesn’t inspire you to get off your couch, the show’s music just might.

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7. It’s really diverse!

Pitch boasts a diverse cast of characters, reflecting the reality of modern baseball, as well as… well, reality. Ginny herself is African-American, and half the main cast is made up of people of color. It doesn’t seem like race will be a central subject in Pitch, but the show’s makeup is a valuable addition to a television landscape that values representation.

8. It’s deeply psychological

For a show about sports, and therefore, about physical bodies, Pitch takes its time to consider what goes on inside the heads of athletes under pressure. From the fishbowl scrutiny of a stadium full of fans, to the grueling mental toll of becoming the best, Pitch cares as much about what’s going on inside Ginny’s head as what’s going on with her arm.

9. ‘Pitch’ lets us imagine, “What if?”

As it stands today, Pitch is not a realistic series. There are little to no avenues for women to grow in professional baseball; though girls can play Little League, those who wish to pursue the sport are usually shunted to softball.

But Pitch invites us to imagine an unrestricted future for women in baseball. What if a girl had enough talent and grit to make it? What if the system let her through? What if she used finesse instead to succeed in a sport of brute strength?

It’s not a reality yet. But maybe someday life will imitate this truly groundbreaking art.

Pitch premieres tonight at 9:00 p.m. on Fox.

What are you excited to see in ‘Pitch’?

Finally, J.K. Rowling is here to give you the definitive answer to the age old Harry Potter fan question: What is your Patronus?

We got a Hogwarts House quiz. Then we got another Hogwarts House quiz. Then we found our Ilvermorny house, and now — at last — J.K. Rowling’s official Patronus quiz is live on Pottermore.

Note that the quiz parameters are very strictly defined: The quiz itself is timed, and you can only take it once (per account). So make sure you’re ready before you start! Good luck.

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Finally, J.K. Rowling is here to give you the definitive answer to the age old Harry Potter fan question: What is your Patronus?

We got a Hogwarts House quiz. Then we got another Hogwarts House quiz. Then we found our Ilvermorny house, and now — at last — J.K. Rowling’s official Patronus quiz is live on Pottermore.

Note that the quiz parameters are very strictly defined: The quiz itself is timed, and you can only take it once (per account). So make sure you’re ready before you start! Good luck.

When J.K. Rowling took the test a while back, her answer was a pine marten. I actually got this result as well! But apparently, Jo is allowed to take the quiz multiple times (which, you know, fair enough, she did make up this quiz + everything else we’re obsessing about), and this time she got a heron. Anyone else get a heron like Jo?

The quiz results seem to vary greatly. We’re not sure exactly how many different results there are, but other fans are reporting a wide variety of animals lynxes, chow dogs, wildcats, white and chestnut stallions, dolphins, leopards, St Bernard dogs, orangutans, tortoiseshell cats, foxes, weasels… you name it, this quiz has it! Unfortunately Pottermore doesn’t give any information about what these animals represent, though we are to imagine they somehow connect to our happiest memories.

In a press release, Pottermore says there’s more to come about “[the Patronus spell] and its outcomes.” In addition, they’ve confirmed there are magical creatures in the quiz, but they’re rare.

The quiz is very fun, and different from anything else we’ve tried on Pottermore so far. Instead of simply answering questions it’s all very intuitive, as you journey through a forest, and encouraging words (that we like to imagine are from Professor Lupin) about your progress in casting the spell.

Some people will find that the process is relatively straightforward, while others might be prompted to answer a few more questions before they get their final result.

Take the quiz right now, and come back here to share your results in the comments!

What is a Patronus?

In the Harry Potter series, the Patronus is a wispy creature that emerges from a witch or wizard’s wand when they cast the “Expecto Patronum” charm.

The creature serves as a manifestation of your happiest memory, and is summoned to ward off evil forces. It’s very hard to produce a Patronus, and it was therefore very remarkable when Harry learned to do it in his third year, when he used it to save Sirius Black from the Dementors.

Harry Potter’s Patronus is a stag, which was his father James’ Animagus form (the animal he turned into when he transformed). Lily Evans’ Patronus was a doe, which fit perfectly with James’ stag — but as Severus Snape loved Lily, too, his Patronus was also a doe.

In fifth year, Harry taught the Patronus charm to the members of Dumbledore’s Army. Hermione’s was an otter, Ron’s was a Jack Russell terrier, Ginny’s was a horse, Luna’s was a hare, and Cho’s was a swan. Clearly, there are as many different results to the Patronus quiz as there are variations of the charm in the Wizarding World.

Not satisfied with your quiz result?

If J.K. Rowling’s own Patronus quiz didn’t give you the answer you wanted, well… that’s canon for you, right? But we’ve still got a fun alternative: Find out which of these bizarre creatures is your true Patronus, and compare the results!