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Mariah Carey Edited Out of 'The House' for Causing a "Shit Storm"

12 July 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Mariah Carey was essentially evicted from the final cut of recent flop The House after her diva antics caused a "shit storm" on set.

That's the term Will Ferrell used with Bravo host Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, while co-star Cedric Yarbrough chose "unprofessional" and "borderline abusive to our director" on Facebook. (Among the alleged challenges of working with Carey: She reportedly showed up four hours late, refused to sing the song that had been cleared and requested that her character deflect bullets like Wonder Woman.)

House director Andrew Jay Cohen didn't speak poorly of Mimi to »

- Chris Gardner,Shellie Frai

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The House movie review: burn it down

3 July 2017 12:10 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… The hint of a seed of a bitter satire is buried under inept, momentum-free comedy. They should have developed the script’s rough first draft instead of shooting it. I’m “biast” (pro): like Amy Poehler

I’m “biast” (con): not generally a fan of studio comedies

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Somewhere, buried so deep within The House that even it doesn’t seem to know that it is there, is the glimmer of the hint of the seed of a dark, bitter satire on collapsing America, on the suburban malaise and economic anguish that has driven the nation collectively to despair. Desperate parents start an underground casino to pay their daughter’s college tuition, descending into a life of crime and violence that rips the veneer of respectability off the upscale McMansion lifestyles of them and their neighbors. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The House movie review: burn it down

3 July 2017 12:10 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… The hint of a seed of a bitter satire is buried under inept, momentum-free comedy. They should have developed the script’s rough first draft instead of shooting it. I’m “biast” (pro): like Amy Poehler

I’m “biast” (con): not generally a fan of studio comedies

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Somewhere, buried so deep within The House that even it doesn’t seem to know that it is there, is the glimmer of the hint of the seed of a dark, bitter satire on collapsing America, on the suburban malaise and economic anguish that has driven the nation collectively to despair. Desperate parents start an underground casino to pay their daughter’s college tuition, descending into a life of crime and violence that rips the veneer of respectability off the upscale McMansion lifestyles of them and their neighbors. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Bo Report: Indie releases continue to struggle while 'Despicable Me 3' wins

2 July 2017 6:05 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Lady MacBeth..

With school students on holiday around the country, it was no surprise to see Despicable Me 3 seize the top spot at Australian cinemas last weekend, while Transformers: The Last Knight nosedived.

The House, notionally a comedy starring Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell as a couple who persuade a friend to set up a casino in his half-empty mansion so they can send their daughter to college, failed dismally, mirroring the Us debut.

Lady MacBeth and Monsieur Chocolat struggled on debut despite glowing reviews, continuing a generally grim run for independent releases this year.

Transmission.s Lion, eOne.s La La Land (with a lot of help from its six Oscars) and A Dog.s Purpose have been among the handful of indie break-outs.

Wallis Cinemas. Bob Parr told If, .I constantly get people saying we don.t want to see all these loud action movies but there isn.t anything else. »

- Don Groves

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Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Rules, ‘Baby Driver’ Shows Strong, Will Ferrell’s ‘House’ Collapses

2 July 2017 7:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The tiny, yellow, animated blobs have done it again.

Illumination and Universal’s “Despicable Me 3” is cruising to an easy box office win during a busy holiday weekend. The latest in the franchise is opening to $75.4 million from 4,529 locations — the widest domestic release ever. That’s lower than earlier estimates, which pegged the film above $80 million (earlier tracking suggested it could land even higher), but nevertheless it remains the weekend’s big winner.

Steve Carell plays double duty in “Despicable Me 3” as the series’ protagonist Gru, and now also his twin brother, Dru. The plot centers on the brothers, as they team up for a criminal heist. “South Park” co-creator Trey Parker joins the franchise to voice the villain. Critics are generally on the movie’s side, earning it a 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie earned an A- CinemaScore from audiences, which is lower than the A earned by the first two installments and “Minions »

- Seth Kelley

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The House review

2 July 2017 4:39 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler headline new comedy The House. Here's our review...

There's no more damning indictment of the current state of Hollywood comedies than that Will Ferrell keeps getting cast as boring white collar blokes, in movies that aren't The Lego Movie. We don't want to defend his latest too strongly, but while it's certainly one in a line of lacklustre films like it, it's easily a cut above the bland Daddy's Home (which has a sequel coming this Christmas), and the foul Get Hard.

The House is the directorial debut of Andrew Jay Cohen, co-writer of the Bad Neighbours films, and finds another couple in yet another naughty situation. However, this couple is much further along than Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne's new parents, as devoted dad Scott (Ferrell) and mum Kate (Amy Poehler) prepare to send their only daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins) off to Bucknell University, »

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Second Opinion – The House (2017)

1 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The House, 2017.

Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen.

Starring Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Ryan Simpkins, and Jeremy Renner.

Synopsis:

Forty somethings Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) are proud that their daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins) is going to college.  She’s done so well that she’s getting a scholarship from the council to cover her tuition fees – except that it’s pulled due to budget cuts.  Neither of them can raise extra money from their employers, but friend Frank (Jason Mantzoukas) comes up with an idea that could be the answer to their financial problems, as well as his.  Open up a casino in his basement.

A flurry of outtakes at the end of a film, especially when it’s meant to be a comedy, are never a good sign.  There’s always the lingering suspicion that the makers know only too well »

- Freda Cooper

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Review: ‘The House’ Continues the Summer Studio Comedy Drought

1 July 2017 9:54 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The summer studio comedy drought continues with The House. Although occasionally funny, it’s a minor entry into the canon of Will Ferrell’s usual brand of humor: once again playing a well-meaning man lacking awareness willing to go to extremes. When his daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins) looses her scholarship to a prestigious and expensive university thanks to a shady municipal bureaucrat, Scott (Ferrell) and his wife Kate — the always funny Amy Poehler — are forced to come up with fifty thousand dollars to cover tuition. Confident and proud, it appears Alex never filled out a Fasfa form, but that’s neither here nor there — after all, Scott is terrible at numbers even if they reside in a comfortable home in a well-off suburb. For those hoping Ferrell and company would offer a sharper critique of white middle class privilege, prepared for disappointment.

Worse off is his pal Frank (Jason Mantzoukas »

- John Fink

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Will Ferrell Says Mariah Carey Caused a 'S--- Storm' While Filming a Cameo for The House

1 July 2017 9:38 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Will Ferrell‘s new movie The House may be a comedy. But from the way the 49-year-old actor describes Mariah Carey‘s failed cameo, there was a lot of drama.

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Friday, Ferrell once again dished about music icon’s scrapped appearance in the film — which was cut when she decided she didn’t like the narrative’s direction (it involved her singing one of her songs and then getting shot).

Answering Cohen’s burning questions, Ferrell gave hints as to what went wrong.

Did she show up four hours late? »

- Dave Quinn

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Movie Review: No one wins in the crappy suburban satire The House

30 June 2017 11:42 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Now and then, a studio grossly misjudges a movie by opting not to screen it for critics. But most of the time, they are sadly right; the film sucks, the studio knows it, and the last thing they want is a second opinion to rip into their already modest box office projections. Such is the case with The House, a creaky and crappy comedy that stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as a suburban couple who set up an illegal casino and become small-time, Scorsese-inspired mobsters to pay their daughter’s college tuition. Whatever satirical intent the script might have (and it clearly has some) immediately surrenders to the lackadaisical, incoherent direction of Andrew Jay Cohen, a screenwriter (Neighbors, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) making his feature directing debut. The pace is hectic, but the jokes just aren’t there.

Ferrell and Poehler’s characters, Scott and Kate Johansen, are clingy »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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‘The House’ Review: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s Unfunny Comedy Is a Bizarre Endurance Test

30 June 2017 8:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Anyone who thinks the house always wins hasn’t seen “The House.” Not that anyone who goes to see this movie, ostensibly a comedy but in reality a bizarre endurance test, wins either — Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s latest is a zero-sum game in which the odds are never in your favor.

After learning that the scholarship that was going to send their daughter to college no longer exists, the happily married couple played by Ferrell and Poehler do what any caring parents would do: start an illegal casino in their friend’s (Jason Mantzoukas) house. That most of the patrons they aim to get rich off of are their neighbors and friends never seems to be an issue, nor is it the source of either comedy or tension.

Read More: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler Make Crime Pay In First Trailer For ‘The House’ — Watch

What follows plays »

- Michael Nordine

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The House Review

30 June 2017 1:41 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

Everyone loves a good comedy, don’t they? A chance over the course of 90 minutes to forget one’s troubles and strife, switch the brain off and go on a fun-filled rollercoaster that will get the funny-bone tickling and the eye’s a-watering. Sadly, it’s been awhile since we’ve had a truly great comedy that has done such things so it’s somewhat surprising to report that The House, the new film starring SNL alum Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, is as much of a riot as it is.

Ferrell and Poehler play Scott and Kate Johanson, a forty-something married couple who are looking into the barrel of a midlife crisis as they prepare for the impending departure of their daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins) who is off to college. She has her heart set on Bucknell University but to make her dreams a reality, her »

- Scott Davis

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The House review: Dir. Andrew Jay Cohen (2017)

29 June 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The House review: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler lead the cast of this surprisingly good studio comedy that have you laughing all the way to the bank.

The House review by Paul Heath, June 2017.

The House review

Warner Bros. Pictures take a big $40 million gamble with another big concept comedy with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as two parents who must find a get-rich-quick scheme to finance their daughter’s incoming college bills.

Scott Johansen is a regular guy with a good house in the suburbs, loyal wife Kate (Amy Schumer), great daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins), and just enough income to keep them all afloat. However, with Alex about take the big leap into university life, they are very much relying on their town’s scholarship scheme to fund her continuing education. At a local council meeting in this very small town, it becomes quickly apparent that the townsfolk have »

- Paul Heath

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Film Review: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in ‘The House’

29 June 2017 8:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At times, you watch a bad comedy and see hints of the good comedy it might have been. In the case of “The House,” a crude, slipshod, tonally uneven, once in a while chuckle-worthy farce, you have to look very hard and imagine a great many better jokes — just what the film’s co-writer and director, Andrew Jay Cohen, should have been doing.

The House” stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, who were last teamed together in “Blades of Glory” (2007), as a stuck-in-a-rut suburban couple who open an illegal casino to pay for their daughter’s college tuition. It’s one of those concept comedies built around a sketchbook frame that asks its stars to do a fair amount of improvising — a technique that turns the shooting of a movie into a glorified pitch meeting, since the whole thing is predicated on the premise of “Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler! Are you kidding me? »

- Owen Gleiberman

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'The House': Film Review

29 June 2017 7:54 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A couple of desperate, super-square parents embrace their inner badass in The House, turning a friend's abode into a full-service casino to raise around 500 grand in a few weeks. Sound unlikely? You don't know the half of it. Having penned two surprisingly funny parents-gone-wild hits with writing partner Brendan O'Brien (Neighbors and its sequel), Andrew Jay Cohen makes his directing debut with this variation on the theme. But the third time is anything but charmed for this luckless effort, which is unlikely to return even close to what producers expected when they teamed Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler with »

- John DeFore

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'The House' Director on Crafting R-Rated Comedies and Lighting Jeremy Renner on Fire

29 June 2017 4:06 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Andrew Jay Cohen loves gambling. He bets on the L.A. Clippers and the New York Jets, and he hits the craps tables whenever he’s in Las Vegas. While penning The House with co-writer Brendan O’Brien, he backed his older brother in the World Series of Poker. “I tried to cheer for him, but his table was so far away and it was so boring that I left, and then he told me he lost,” he recalls. “It was awful. I just felt this emptiness and was like, ‘I’m never going to do that again.’ But then he won the next »

- Ashley Lee

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Exclusive Interview: Jason Mantzoukas on The House

29 June 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

This week the UK joins its American cousins in welcoming Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s new comedy, The House, into their picturehouses. The film, the feature debut of Andrew Jay Cohen, follows the recent spate of domestic familiarity gone wild. Poehler’s own Sisters, and writer/director Cohen’s Bad Neighbours films are typical examples of this films in this arena, and now we have a new resident in The House.

You can see our very silly interview with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler here, and a fifteen-minute conversation with Cohen here, and below we have our chat with the engaging Jason Mantzoukas.

James Kleinmann was our man in L.A. to sit down with the actor for an extended interview covering his time on the film, and going deeper into comedic persona. He talks about welcoming the audience into the film, making dramatic and narrative sense of the more outlandish, »

- Jon Lyus

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Movie Review – The House (2017)

29 June 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The House, 2017.

Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen.

Starring Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Ryan Simpkins, Allison Tolman, Rory Scovel, Rob Huebel, Michaela Watkins, Cedric Yarbrough, Lennon Parham, Jesse Ennis, Alexandra Daddario, and Jeremy Renner.

Synopsis:

A dad and his friend start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife are robbed of their daughter’s college fund.

It’s safe to say that expectations for any Will Ferrell comedy should fall somewhere in the absurdist realm, but here with Andrew Jay Cohen’s The House (also a writer on both Neighbors movies), everyone is operating so far removed from the real world, that it’s like watching a live-action cartoon. For every logistical inconsistency and nonsensical plot decision, it quickly becomes easier and easier to look the other way and roll with the loony tone like a pair of winning dice. It’s essentially »

- Robert Kojder

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Cs Video: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler and The House Cast

28 June 2017 9:35 AM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Plus director Andrew Jay Cohen and stars Jason Mantzoukas and Nick Kroll

The post Cs Video: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler and The House Cast appeared first on ComingSoon.net. »

- Silas Lesnick

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Exclusive Interview: Andrew Jay Cohen on Scorsese’s influence & the ‘extreme’ tone with his debut The House

28 June 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

With writing credits on the Seth Rogen/Rose Byrne films Bad Neighbours 1 & 2 and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Andrew Jay Cohen makes his feature-length debut with The House.

Saturday Night Lifers Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler lead the film, while Nick Kroll (Loving), Alison Tolman (The Gift), Michaela Watkins (In A World…) and Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, Arrival) co-star. We spoke to Ferrell and Poehler for the film (in a very silly interview) which you can see right here. We’ll be posting our final interview, with co-star Jason Mantzoukas, on the site shortly.

James Kleinmann sat down with the writer/director for an extended interview to talk about the inspiration to make his first feature-length debut. He talks about having the basic idea while still at High School, the impact of other directors, including Martin Scorsese, and how important it was to not underplay the gangster element in the film. »

- Jon Lyus

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