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The show — from the executive producers of “Happy Endings” — premiered in the U.S. in October. It is the most-watched Tuesday night comedy this season on any broadcast network among total viewers, and the No. 2 new comedy overall among adults 18-49, based on live +7 data from Nielsen Media Research.
“Marry Me” follows Jake (Ken Marino from “Party Down”) and Annie (Casey Wilson from “Happy Endings”), who after six years of dating are finally getting engaged, which is all Annie seems to want. But Jake and Annie approach things completely differently: Annie is a four-alarm fire, while Jake is calm and laid back about everything. When Annie manages to insult their every friend and family member, the hard-won engagement is in jeopardy.
Canal Sony has acquired the rights to the »
- Leo Barraclough
The Slamdance Film Festival, launched as an alternative to Sundance, has unveiled its narrative and documentary competition lineups for the 2015 fest on Jan. 23-29.
The fest — which has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity” — will celebrate its 21st anniversary. The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, will include 13 world premieres, two North American premieres and three U.S. premieres.
Notable titles include Brander Kramer’s “Ratter,” starring Ashley Benson, Matt McGorry, Rebecca Naomi Jones, John Anderson and Kaili Vernoff in the story of a young woman watched by a stalker who has hacked into all of her personal technology; and “Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang,” directed by Colin Offland in an intimate behind the scenes look at Dennis Rodman’s unlikely friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and the staging of the most controversial game »
- Dave McNary
The sequel to Horrible Bosses is too content to rest on the first film's laurels, rather than doing anything of any real note...
It's not often that we reasonably expect a sequel to win over new converts, especially those who hated the original, and in that regard, Horrible Bosses 2 does not disappoint. By the same token, anybody who loved Horrible Bosses will probably find stuff to like here too. On the other hand, there's no way to tell how you will react if (like this reviewer) you had mostly forgotten about the original.
Director Seth Gordon and lead actors Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day enjoyed a surprise critical and commercial hit back in the summer of 2011. Their hapless Strangers On A Train-style plot to murder each other's loathsome employers won over cinemagoers, particularly with a comedic chemistry that made them something like the Three Stooges for the modern R-rated comedy audience. »
Comedy sequels are not easy to pull off. Unlike the horror, action and sci-fi genres, it's seemingly more difficult to improve upon what made the original film so enjoyable to begin with. While all of those genres are able to up the ante with bigger setpieces, explosions, scares and whantot, a comedy can usually only be funnier than its predecessor (or at least as funny) in order to appease audiences. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Dumb & Dumber To fell short this year, but 22 Jump Street stepped up to the challenge magnificently. And I'm happy to say that this weekend's Horrible Bosses 2 is another comedy that not only matches wit with its predecessor, but may even be superior comedically, despite faltering elsewhere. Horrible Bosses was a welcome, surprise hit back in 2011 from director Seth Gordon, but this time the reins have been passed to Sean Anders, who also co-wrote »
- Ethan Anderton
Horrible Bosses 2 would be more aptly titled Terrible Criminals 2. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are back as the three sorriest excuses for wannabe felons the big screen has ever seen. Luckily, their failed criminal exploits are the subject of great mirth, and this sequel is a worthy follow-up to 2011's original surprise box office hit.
Bateman, Sudeikis and Day once again play Nick, Kurt and Dale, who this time are trying to start a business of their own. They want to be their own bosses for once, and they create a product called the Shower Buddy. They appear on a local morning news show, where they're seen by Chris Pine's character Rex Hanson. Rex works at his dad's company Boulder Stream, a huge catalog retailer that wants to buy the Shower Buddy. His father Bert, played by Christoph Waltz, agrees to place an order for the product, »
- Daniel T
The first "Horrible Bosses" landed as a solid hard-r hit back in 2011, thanks to audiences falling for Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day as a lovably bumbling trio of would-be criminals. Well, that, and the appeal of watching Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston saying dirty words.
So Nick (Bateman), Kurt (Sudeikis) and Dale (Day) are back again for "Horrible Bosses 2," having ditched the nine-to-five to start their own business. But even though they're their own horrible bosses now, they're still having problems with upper-management types, in the form of the father/son team of potential investors Bert and Rex Hanson, played by Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine.
Of course, comedy sequels haven't always had the best track record; it's a delicate balance recapturing what worked in the first film without just delivering the same movie with new punchlines. (See: "The Hangover Part II.") Not to mention, three idiots »
- Rick Mele
After just a dozen days we’re back in comedy sequel land! Mid November saw the return of Harry and Lloyd after 20 years in Dumb And Dumber To, which grossed (accent on gross) enough to shoot to number one at the box office for that weekend. Now, this film’s trio hasn’t been away for two decades, merely three years. But it was a surprise flick that came out of left field to quickly become a fan favorite (especially on premium cable and home video). As opposed to the Farrelly brothers’ duo, these guys aren’t really kid friendly. It, and this follow-up, truly earn their R ratings (for raunchy and rude). Now, could their outrageousness become deluted by a another visit, just as with the Hangover best buds? I’m happy to report that has not happened with return of those 2011 foul-ups in Horrible Bosses 2.
As this new misadventure begins, »
- Jim Batts
22 Jump Street being the self-reflexive exception that proves the rule, Horrible Bosses 2 provides 2014 with yet another unnecessary reminder that, while comedy sequels are very difficult to make well, they are very easy to make anyway. While Dumb and Dumber To had two decades of nostalgia in its corner, and Anchorman 2 at least had the gall to try and one-up a modern classic, Horrible Bosses 2 has neither time nor ambition on its side. It embodies the “let it ride!” approach that many surprise comedy hits take when delivering a follow-up, yet few capitalize on to the benefit of anyone but a studio. It’s a movie that doesn’t bet on itself so much as against the audience’s tolerance for a warmed-over second helping of the exact same movie they saw three years ago.
Helpfully self-diagnosing itself with a case of “reverse Stockholm syndrome,” Horrible Bosses 2 »
- Sam Woolf
Director: Sean Anders.
Running Time: 104 minutes.
Synopsis: Having removed their horrible bosses from the equation, Nick (Bateman), Kurt (Sudeikis) and Dale (Day), have become their own bosses after inventing the Shower Buddy. Unfortunately they get in to business with the cut throat Bert Hanson (Waltz) who tricks them in to running their company in to the ground. Cue a complex kidnapping scheme involving Hanson’s son, Rex (Pine).
Horrible Bosses was a film that managed to speak to a wide audience. That simple title spoke to the audience and said “We get you.” Most people, so I’m told, have had those Horrible Bosses that the title reflects, and so the film was a huge hit, which of course means sequel. Seth Gordon is replaced by That’S My Boy director, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
We've been hearing about a big screen adaptation of the "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" video game for years, mostly when David O Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook) was attached. Then it became clear that he has never played the game and the helmer eventually dropped out. Then Neil Burger (Limitless) stepped in to replace Russell, and soon after Burger was replaced by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), who is still on board. And now comes word that the project is becoming more of a priority for Sony, which just hired Oscar-winning writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) to polish the script originally written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). The studio still needs to finds its leading man before the film can move forward. Mark Wahlberg was briefly attached, but has since moved on. More recently, Sony made an offer to Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), but he passed. »
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) has been brought on to do a "three-week production polish" on the screenplay for the video game adaptation of Uncharted which will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) following the previous draft written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) recently passed on an offer to play the film's lead, an Indiana Jones type named Nate Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. The film is currently slated for a June 10, 2016 release. THR Jack O'Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up) and Julia Roberts are in talks to join George Clooney in director Jodie Foster's financial thriller Money Monster in which Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his »
- Brad Brevet
Today’s Week in Review takes us to the highly probable rumor mill and some potentially sensational casting.
First up, The Daily Mail is reporting that Christoph Waltz is on board to be the villain in the still untitled, Sam Mendes-helmed Bond 24. The Daily Mail was also the source behind other potential Bond news regarding Lea Seydoux, potentially the next Bond girl or “femme fatale.” And although it would seem obvious that Waltz would be playing the villain, even that seems ambiguous. “It’s not immediately evident whether the part’s friend, or foe, or a bit of both,” said one of the Mail’s anonymous sources. Still though, if you’re going to cast Anton Chigurh in your previous Bond movie, the next logical step is to cast Hans Landa, right?
The next concerns the potential full cast of Suicide Squad, the DC movie full of a team of super villains. »
- Brian Welk
Sony’s plan to bring its beloved action video game franchise Uncharted to the screen appears to be moving forward again. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is already attached to direct, and now Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal has been hired to polish the existing script. The games follow the Indiana Jones-like Nathan Drake as he travels the globe in search of lost treasures. Finding these treasures often puts Drake on the wrong side of some very bad people, but the wisecracking explorer is as good with a pistol as he is with a quip. The games (there are four in total, with another on the way) have a lighthearted tone, which makes the hiring of Boal (who wrote Zero Dark Thirty) an intriguing new wrinkle. Can Boal write the kind of material that gamers are...
- Mike Bracken
Oscar winning screenwriter Mark Boal – best known for writing The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty – has come on board to rewrite the screenplay for the adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted.
The video game follows a treasure hunter named Nathan Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. His search for El Dorado becomes competitive when a rival hunter joins the fray.
Uncharted is set for release 10 June, »
- Thomas Roach
Mark Boal is, frankly, a fantastic choice for "Uncharted." Boal's screenplays for "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are both strong, lean examples of how to tell some very tough stories in a way that both kinetic and intelligent. Boal's got a knack for writing scenes involving military units that make the audience feel like they're on the inside of that very private brotherhood, and I can see how his skill set so far would play directly into "Uncharted." For those of you who are not familiar with the Playstation game series that is the inspiration for the films, think modern-day Indiana Jones. The games could have very easily been just a shabby and obvious lift from Jones if the action was good… gamers are often satisfied by the mere attempt at narrative… but it turned out to be more than that, with a central character named Nathan Drake. »
- Drew McWeeny
Try as they might, Sony has been having trouble getting the massively popular video game "Uncharted" to the big screen. David O. Russell was once attached to direct, and there was even talks of Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci taking roles in the movie, but that never came to pass. Then earlier this year, Seth Gordon ("King Of Kong," "Identity Thief") signed up to helm the movie, but there has been little in the way of news since, other than a planned release date for 2016. And before that can happen, Sony needs a leading man and a new script. THR reports that the studio made an offer to man-of-the-moment Chris Pratt, who passed on the movie. And given that the actor is already leading two franchises — "Guardians Of The Galaxy" and next summer's "Jurassic World," of which we presume there will be more — we figure he probably »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has officially passed on the video game adaption Uncharted for Sony. But not all is lost, as the studio moves forward on the project by hiring Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal, the driving force behind Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker.
Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon is taking on this big screen adventure based on the popular franchise Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. David Guggenheim (Stolen; Safe House; the upcoming Narco Sub and Bad Boys 3) wrote the most recent draft, with Mark Boal being set up to finish the job. He will do a three week polish.
While Uncharted might seem like an odd fit for the more reality based writer, Mark Boal is a self-proclaimed fan of the video game. And he will help continue to see the studio's vision of Uncharted as a swashbuckling Indiana Jones type adventure.
The movie of the videogame Uncharted remains set for 2016, as the writer of Zero Dark Thirty jumps aboard...
The planned movie of Sony's videogame series Uncharted remains on the schedule for 2016, although there's not been much in the way of obvious progress on it. At least not much anybody's been talking about. However, there is a bit of news on the film now, and first up, it seems that Chris Pratt - riding high this year off the back of The Lego Movie and Guardians Of The Galaxy (with Jurassic World scheduled for 2016) - has turned down the role of Nathan Drake.
Obviously the role of Nathan Drake should go to Nathan Fillion, but nobody seems to be getting our memos on the matter.
On the one hand, I respect anyone who can devise a formula that works for them and for an audience, and while I wasn't a huge fan of the film, the first "Horrible Bosses" seemed to connect with audiences three years ago. The appeal of that film, and one that seems like it's pretty smart in its universal appeal, is that we have all had bosses we hate at some point. Watching characters we like get one up on people we hate is something that seems enormously easy to enjoy. My problem with the first film was that it felt like it never really embraced its premise. It wasn't mean enough, and I guess I hoped we'd see them cut loose in "Horrible Bosses 2" and really go for the dark humor the first film promised but soft-pedaled. After all, they were adding to very game performers in the form »
- Drew McWeeny
Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal ("Zero Dark Thirty," "The Hurt Locker") has been brought in to work on the screenplay for the film adaptation of the popular "Uncharted" video game series at Sony Pictures.
Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses") is slated to direct the action film which, like the game series, will boast a fun adventure style akin to the "Indiana Jones" trilogy. Boal is a reported fan of the games and is expected to bring his skill to polish a script which several writers have taken a shot at over the years.
The games center on treasure hunter Nathan 'Nate' Drake, his compatriot and mentor Victor 'Sully' Sullivan, journalist Elena Fisher and assorted others as they traverse the globe in search of ancient treasures whilst dealing with everything from European bad guys to supernatural beasties.
The first game dealt with the search for El Dorado on an island off the South American coast. »
- Garth Franklin
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