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Jody Hill is not going to let fans of rowdy and unpredictable comedy down anytime soon. One of the most uncomfortably funny shows of the year was Hill and Danny McBride’s HBO’s Vice Principals. This creative team were also the guys who brought us the rip-snorter Eastbound & Down (with Ben Best) a few years back. There’s history between the pair, with Hill having known McBride since he was 18. Hill hails from Concord, North Carolina, which was then a small town outside of Charlotte, while McBride came from Spotsylvania, Virginia, which he’s described as “a small town outside of nowhere”....read more »
- April Neale
Arguably the most outrageous line in the consistently bonkers heist comedy “Masterminds” occurs just four minutes in, after Zach Galifianakis, playing an armored-truck driver with an overgrown beard and Little Lord Fauntleroy haircut, shoots a hole in his shorts when ineptly trying to holster a handgun in his waistband. It is then that director Jared Hess (making his funniest film since “Napoleon Dynamite”) flashes the words “Based on a true story” across the screen. Sure enough, as crazy as the details can get, the basic facts of how a handful of rednecks stole, squandered, and were ultimately forced to surrender nearly $17 million in Loomis Fargo loot are true, making for a movie that will leave many gawking in disbelief — and the beleaguered Relativity laughing all the way to the bank.
- Peter Debruge
HBO is staying in business with one of its proven hit-makers.
Under the new two-year pact, Rough House Pics will develop new series for the premium cabler, which is already home to “Vice Principals” and “Eastbound & Down,” both of which hail from the company.
“Vice Principals,” which was created by McBride and Hill and stars McBride, aired its first season finale on Sunday. Its second season will debut in 2017. “Eastbound & Down,” which also starred McBride, aired for four seasons from 2009 to 2013. Both comedies were created under Rough House’s prior first look deal with HBO.
The new deal keeps Rough House in the HBO family past 2017, as “Vice Principals” has an unusual and quick format — the comedy will only be on the air for two seasons, as »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Over the summer months, HBO rolled out its gleefully dark comedy series Vice Principals, pitting Danny McBride and Jody Hill against one another in a bid for supremacy. It fared relatively well with critics, even nabbing a second season renewal at the network. But now, it’s Ice Cube and Charlie Day’s turn to go a few rounds for Fist Fight, an upcoming high school comedy that hails from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia director Richie Keen.
Keen, who has arguably extracted the very best from Charlie Day across his beloved sitcom, spoke to USA Today regarding his move over to the big screen, and how Fist Fight can be viewed as a more adult-oriented spin on ’80s cult hit Three O’Clock High. There’s more to this drama than a wildly over-the-top scuffle, though, with Keen revealing that, “the truth of the matter is at this »
- Michael Briers
As Dr. Belinda Brown on HBO’s new comedy “Vice Principals,” Kimberly Hébert Gregory has arguably the best character introduction in television history. After all, who else can say they’ve replaced Bill Murray. The “Rushmore” and “Lost in Translation” actor appears in Episode one as the retiring high school principal who she eventually succeeds. Also Read: 'Vice Principals' Breakout Star Reveals Real-Life Inspiration Behind Dr Belinda Brown “It was like walking in on God in a meeting,” Gregory told TheWrap of her brief brush with Murray on set. Gregory stars opposite Walton Goggins and Danny McBride, who »
- Meriah Doty
Since the first time I saw The Foot Fist Way, I have been a fan of the work of Jody Hill and Danny McBride. They have a number of other regular collaborators who are part of the wonderful work they’ve created together so far, and you can’t talk about them without also talking about Ben Best or Shawn Harwell or John Carcieri or David Gordon Green or Tim Orr or Joseph Stephens, because they’re all part of what I love about Observe and Report and Eastbound & Down and now Vice Principals. I’ll have more to say about this season once it comes to a close next week, but today, I am struck anew by why I have such a strong reaction to the films that Jody Hill has directed, and I think I finally have a handle on it. I often find myself having a strong »
- Drew McWeeny
Seven episodes into Season 1 of HBO’s new comedy “Vice Principals,” and Kimberly Hébert Gregory has emerged the true third star of the show, playing a newly-hired high school principal opposite Danny McBride and Walton Goggins as her inherited sniveling second fiddles. If you haven’t seen the show, created by “Eastbound & Down” masterminds McBride and Jody Hill, Dr. Belinda Brown (Gregory) is confident in her role as head of the school, having just breezed into town from Philadelphia with her two sons, much to the dismay of incessant, puerile infighters Neal Gamby (McBride) and Lee Russell (Goggins). The two incumbent. »
- Meriah Doty
The food in a supermarket waits for Gods (humans) to take them to The Great Beyond. Thing is, ‘The Great Beyond’ is actually a horrible death where humans eat them.
Who knew food could be so erotic?
Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider in Last Tango in Paris, sure. And that weird video of a Japanese girl covering herself in tomato sauce someone once sent me. But Sausage Party takes sitophilia (look it up) to new extremes. Animated extremes.
Anthropomorphised buns writhe in pleasure while anal beads are extracted from their rear ends. Tacos with seductive, Spanish accents go down on other flour-based products. Sausages jerk off a bagel.
It’s horrific and hilarious at the same time. It’s a »
- Oli Davis
Miss the early ’90s? Nobody does. But James Corden and Danny McBride brought back some of the decade’s best music Thursday on “The Late Late Show” anyway. Redoing the 1990 Grammy Awards, the CBS (very) late-night host did his strongest Michael Bolton impression, which was pretty darn good. This just in: James Corden can blow. The “Vice Principals” star executed Kenny G’s part on the clarinet, which was not nearly as impressive. Still, “Kenny” was quite encouraging to his duet partner, so that was cool. Also Read: James Corden Loves Waking Up to the Smell of (Kevin) Bacon in the Morning (Video) In. »
- Tony Maglio
With Ridley Scott deep in post-production on Alien: Covenant, star Michael Fassbender has been talking to Collider about working with the legendary filmmaker and reuniting with the Prometheus director for next year’s latest chapter in the Alien franchise.
“I just love Ridley,” states Fassbender. “You know, he’s become a really good friend, and he’s just a natural, he’s one of a kind. Anybody that works with him in any department is just totally blown away by him. He’s such a visionary and I think he has such a great, understanding of storytelling. You know, coming from an art background, how referring to something being put in the frame, working with the art department, working with costume design, working with the actors, he’s very vigilant and fun, you know? We have a lot of fun; we laugh a lot, and he’s also got very intelligent but also off-center notes. »
- Gary Collinson
When director Ridley Scott rolled out Prometheus in 2012, we knew it was a prequel to the director's 1979 classic Alien, but most fans were disappointed that it didn't connect to the original movie as much as it was set up to. As it turns out, Prometheus was just the beginning, as it was announced that it's follow-up, Alien: Covenant, will kick off a new prequel trilogy that will connect directly to Alien. Production recently wrapped in Australia, and while we don't know when the first footage will be released, star Michael Fassbender teased some interesting details in a new interview.
This weekend, Michael Fassbender returns to the big screen in the DreamWorks drama The Light Between The Oceans, and while promoting that movie in an interview with Collider, the actor offered some new details about Alien: Covenant. The story has been confirmed to be set 10 years after the events of Prometheus, »
Given that the movie earned almost $350 million around the globe from a fairly modest $73 million budget, it will come as no surprise to hear that development is underway on a sequel to The Angry Birds Movie.
“With the excellent performance of our games portfolio and the fantastic movie, the Angry Birds brand is flying high and we are seeing positive Ebit and cash flow development, while fulfilling our mission to create world class entertainment,” said Rovio CEO Kati Levoranta. “We currently have several exciting new games and other projects in development, including new IP, and we have started planning the sequel to The Angry Birds Movie.”
Based upon the hugely successful mobile game series, The Angry Birds Movie is the second-highest grossing video game adaptation of all-time behind Warcraft, which was also released this year and grossed $433 million. The all-star voice cast included Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier this summer, one of the biggest mobile games of all time made the leap from the smartphone to the big screen when The Angry Birds Movie hit theaters. The animated adventure proved to be a box office hit, taking in $107.4 million domestically and $346.9 million worldwide, from a $73 million budget. Today we have word that the sequel Angry Birds 2 is already in the works.
The sequel talk isn't terribly surprising, given its box office performance and the fact that the movie is based on an already-successful property. Rovio, the company that developed and publishes the mobile game, held an earnings conference call yesterday, where CEO Kati Levoranta confirmed that a new Angry Birds movie is in the works. Here's what she had to say below.
"With the excellent performance of our games portfolio and the fantastic movie, the Angry Birds brand is flying high and we are seeing positive Ebit and cash flow development, »
“Angry Birds” grossed a solid $347 million worldwide, including $107 million domestically, since its release in May. Rovio CEO Kati Levoranta made the disclosure as part of the company’s earnings report.
“With the excellent performance of our games portfolio and the fantastic movie, the Angry Birds brand is flying high and we are seeing positive Ebit and cash flow development, while fulfilling our mission to create world class entertainment,” Levoranta said. “We currently have several exciting new games and other projects in development, including new IP, and we have started planning the sequel to ‘The Angry Birds Movie.’”
Rovio gave no further details about the sequel. It noted that “The Angry Birds Movie” was released digitally in selected Asian markets and North America on July 29 and went to No. »
- Dave McNary
Outside of the lucrative Resident Evil franchise – which, incidentally, is being readied for its swan song in early 2017 with The Final Chapter – it’s not often we bring you news of a video game movie earning a sequel.
Things aren’t looking too promising for Legendary’s Warcraft, for instance, but it seems Finnish giant Rovio and Sony Pictures have hatched early plans for a follow-up to the Angry Birds movie. That’s according to Rovio CEO Kati Levoranta, who revealed to VentureBeat that the company has already started mapping out plans for a sequel, though it appears things are still in the nascent stages of development.
“We currently have several exciting new games and other projects in development, including new IP, and we have started planning the sequel to The Angry Birds Movie. With the excellent performance of our games portfolio and the fantastic movie, the Angry Birds brand »
- Michael Briers
The first trailer has arrived online for director James Franco’s upcoming comedy drama Zeroville. Based on Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel of the same name, the film stars Franco alongside Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Dave Franco, Joey King, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride; take a look below after the official synopsis…
Join Vikar (James Franco), a wide-eyed innocent in love with the movies, on one wicked trip to the heart of a pulsating, kaleidoscopic Hollywood. Naïve newcomer to the City of Angels, carrying nothing but his “outsider” past and a huge tattoo of Montgomery Clift & Elizabeth Taylor inked on his shaved skull; driven by the allure of cinema to the glittering temptations of Zeroville; a town where anything goes.
Encounter the parasites, the punks, the wannabes, the power-brokers and the crazies: meet Viking Man (Seth Rogen) – gatekeeper to all the right parties, a cigar-chomping surf hippie; Vikar’s eccentric Hollywood guide. »
- Amie Cranswick
Viewed from a certain angle, James Franco is like the arthouse Adam Sandler. When it’s time to make a movie, he calls up a bunch of his friends, and off they go. Thankfully, the results are always interesting, even if they don’t always work. And while Franco will be unveiling his John Steinbeck adaptation “In […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
James Franco and Seth Rogen, the creative duo behind such cult comedy hits as The Interview and This is the End, are Hollywood bound in the first trailer for Zeroville, a biting satirical period romp hailing from Franco himself.
It’s pitched as his most ambitious directorial effort to date, and after clocking eyes on the extensive first trailer, we’re inclined to believe those claims. Featuring a host of regular faces in Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride, Zeroville is set against the Tinsel Town of ’69 where Ike “Vikar” Jerome stars out on a journey that offers up tragedy and discovery in equal measure.
Placing a laser focus on celebrity culture and all things Hollywood, Seth Rogen is on board as a character known as Viking Man – “gatekeeper to all the right parties, a cigar-chomping surf hippie; Vikar’s eccentric Hollywood guide” – while the »
- Michael Briers
After adapting William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, what looks to be James Franco‘s most ambitious directorial effort yet is an adaptation of Zeroville, based on Steve Erickson‘s book, which serves as a dark parody of the New Hollywood movement. Now the first sales trailer, clocking in at over four minutes, has landed.
The story focuses on Ike “Vikar” Jerome, who has just moved to Hollywood in 1969. With tattoos of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on his head, his journey “ends in both tragedy and discovery.” The book features many New Hollywood icons, such as Robert De Niro, Brian De Palma, John Milius and Paul Schrader, with the ghost of Clift even showing up.
However, outside of the cast — including Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride — in terms of filmmaking icons, the first trailer only features a Wim Wenders cameo, which makes »
- Jordan Raup
The success of the kitchen nightmare (apologies to Gordon Ramsey) that is Sausage Party could mean a whole lot more R-rated animated films - that is, if Seth Rogen has his way. And we’re guessing he will. The film’s writer, producer and star told Fandango that he’s keen on making more just like the movie that grossed $33.6 million on its opening weekend. Considering the budget was only $19 million, Sony, the studio behind the flick, would be foolish to back away from that potential. This brings us back to what Rogen wants to do. "We have ideas for other R-rated animated movies that have nothing to do with Sausage Party," Rogen said. “Hopefully it won't take this long to make the next one because it won't take five years to convince someone to make it. The whole problem before was there was no precedent for it, so hopefully »
- David Eckstein
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