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Actor Will Ferrell is lining up a curious new project. It was announced today that he is set to star in the comedy Tom’s Dad for director Lasse Hallström, the filmmaker behind The Cider House Rules and Chocolat. The film takes place in 1960s Nevada and revolves around a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act featuring circus animals (yes, Ferrell will play a circus ringleader). He is subsequently forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year-old son when his ex-wife departs on a three-week trip, leaving the two to rekindle their relationship. Martin Casella (One Night Stand) penned the original screenplay. Further casting is currently underway with the aim to start production in early 2016. Hallström’s been doing his fair share of Nicholas Sparks movies as of late, helming Dear John and Safe Haven, as well as last year’s Helen Mirren-fronted The Hundred-Foot Journey. »
- Adam Chitwood
Production has begun in Boston on the action comedy Central Intelligence, for New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures. The film, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, will be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, director of the hit comedies “We’re the Millers” and “Dodgeball.”
The story follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Johnson), coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former “big man on campus” (Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count.
- Michelle McCue
Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson are constantly making moves! Separately, the two can be seen in tons of big films, but now, the two will bring their juggernaut skill sets to the New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures film, “Central Intelligence.” Filming has begun in Boston, Ma. The action-comedy will be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (“We’re the Millers” and “Dodgeball”) and also stars Amy Ryan and “The Game” star Danielle Nicolet. The film’s screenplay is by Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, Sean Anders and John Morris, with a story by Barinholtz and Stassen. Ed Helms acts as executive producer, with Scott Stuber (“Ted”), Peter Principato and Paul Young (“black-ish”) and [ Read More ]
Set to go before the cameras this summer, the film is based on the advice books from writer Rosaline Wiseman who wrote Queen Bees and Wannabes, which was turned into Mean Girls by Tina Fey. Aniston’s film will be based on Queen Bee Moms And King Pin Dads: Dealing With The Parents, Teachers, Coaches, And Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future, which will see the film very much in the spirit of the 2004′ hit starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried.
- Scott J. Davis
Mean Girls fans have some reason to celebrate today. Mean Moms, the adaptation of the book that was written as a follow-up to the self-help tome that inspired the 2004 Lindsay Lohan film, has taken a big step forward, as new reports are saying that the Jennifer Aniston-led comedy has found a new director. According to Deadline, the upcoming comedy Mean Moms just scored Sean Anders to direct. The filmmaker just recently had the chance to work with Anniston on Horrible Bosses 2, but he also previously helmed the 2012 Adam Sandler comedy That.s My Boy, as well as the college flick Sex Drive. While Aniston has been linked to Mean Moms for a while now, the new trade report says that she has not yet signed a deal, and is reportedly keeping other options open this summer. It.s entirely possible that signing Anders to direct the project . having »
So fetch! The Mean Girls spin-off movie Mean Moms is moving forward, and the upcoming comedy may have tapped one huge star for a leading role. According to Deadline, Jennifer Aniston is considering a part in the flick. Her interest is driven in part by the leadership of Sean Anders, who signed on this week to direct Mean Moms. The Emmy winner, 46, previously worked with Anders on 2014's Horrible Bosses 2. Anders, who also cowrote the screenplay for the workplace comedy, boasts previous directing credits for Sex [...] »
Everyone wants to see a sequel to Mean Girls, and now there's going to be something approaching one.
Jennifer Aniston is poised to join the cast of Mean Mums, which is being pitched as a 'spiritual sequel' to the 2004 high school comedy.
"You can't sit with us": The 22 most fetch moments from Mean Girls
Like Mean Girls, the film is based on one of Rosalind Wiseman's advice books, in this case Queen Bee Mums and King Pin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make - or Break - Your Child's Future.
Mean Mums follows a happily married mother-of-two who finds herself thrown into the competitive world of parenting in America's high-class suburbs, after her family move from a small town.
Anders also penned the most recent draft »
New Line scored a box office hit last fall with Horrible Bosses 2, so it makes a lot of sense that the studio would want to reteam the creative players behind that sequel on additional projects. Excitingly, the stars appear to be aligning already for one such reunion – director Sean Anders has been set to helm female-driven comedy Mean Moms, with Jennifer Aniston circling the lead role.
The A-lister has been eyeing the project, described as Mean Girls with an adult cast, since last February, but she’ll need to make a decision soon, given that New Line is revving up for a summer shoot. Aniston, who just lost out on an Oscar nomination for her transformative performance in dark drama Cake, reportedly has her pick of projects this summer, so it’s unclear whether Mean Moms is high on her list. At press time, no deal had been signed. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The project has been in development since 2010 with Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Jill Messick producing for New Line. “Mean Moms” and Paramount’s 2004 comedy “Mean Girls” are both adapted from advice books for parents penned by Rosalind Wiseman.
Anders and writing partner John Morris have been writing the script for “Mean Moms,” which will focus on a happily married mother of two who moves from small-town America to the high-class suburbs and faces the cutthroat world of competitive parenting.
New Line had set “Mean Moms” for a May 8, 2015, release but delayed the film last year along with opting to forgo a $6.7 million production tax credit from the state of California. Instead, New Line announced at that point that it had come on board to co-finance MGM’s then-untitled Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara comedy, »
- Dave McNary
Quietly developing for a few years now, Mean Moms finally has a director in Horrible Bosses 2's Sean Anders. And he may be about to reteam with one of his stars from the comedy sequel, since Jennifer Aniston is in the frame for the leading role.Mean Moms is, to some extent, a belated follow-up to Mean Girls, since it's based on the non-fiction, self-help work of the same author, Rosalind Wiseman. Tina Fey adapted the 2004 film from Wiseman’s Queen Bees And Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, And The New Realities Of Girl World. Mark Waters directed, Lindsay Lohan earned some kudos in the lead, and it was a big success for Paramount. There was a straight-to-video sequel in 2011.The new film takes as its source Wiseman's Queen Bee Moms And King Pin Dads: Dealing With The Parents, Teachers, Coaches, And Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future. »
Exclusive: New Line Cinema is setting Sean Anders to direct Mean Moms, and is targeting a summer start date for a film that has Jennifer Aniston eyeing the female-driven comedy. They worked together in Horrible Bosses 2 at New Line. Mean Mom matches the spirit of Mean Girls with an adult cast. A happily married mother of two who moves from small-town America to the high–class suburbs suddenly must confront the cutthroat world of competitive parenting. Jill Messick is… »
Anders and writing partner John Morris are writing the script which will focus on a happily married mother of two who moves from small-town America to the high-class suburbs and faces the cutthroat world of competitive parenting.
In other director news, "Furious 7" cinematographer Stephen Windon will make his directorial debut on DragonSlate Media's action thriller "Full Throttle" which begins shooting in the first quarter of next year around Malaysia and Singapore.
Todd Slawsby penned the script about a motorcylce racer who works as a courier in Kuala Lumpur after suffering a career-ending crash during a race in Singapore. After the courier’s girlfriend is abducted, he must crisscross the city, avoiding capture by relentless authorities while being blackmailed to perform escalating acts of crime. »
- Garth Franklin
Seth McFarlane's Ted certainly had no shortage of jokes, which is true of nearly everything that McFarlane has been involved with thus far, with the notable exception of Hellboy II: The Golden Army. That isn't to say all the jokes (or, hell, even most of them) worked. McFarlane is of the clown-car brand of comedy, stuffing and cramming as much pop culture knowledge, immature guffaws, and crass politics into each minute of screen time available to him. It's why most of the best material in Ted was gleaned in clips and the trailers before the film was even released. The same may be true of Ted 2, which recently took over MTV in anticipation of the MTV Movie Awards and debuted an exclusive clip from the upcoming comedy. [caption id="attachment_393749" align="alignright" width="353"] Image via Universal[/caption] The clip features Mark Wahlberg's John Bennett and McFarlane's Ted meeting with their lawyer, played by Amanda Seyfried, »
- Chris Cabin
Stars: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jonathan Banks, Lindsay Sloane | Written by Sean Anders, John Morris | Directed by Sean Anders
If ever there was a film that was not ripe for a sequel, it was Horrible Bosses. That film had a finite story, with the trio of idiots: Bateman, Sudeikis and Day, finally getting their comeuppance of their titular bosses. But of course this is Hollywood, where a film that – even when a story doesn’t warrant a sequel – if it makes enough money studio heads will go back to the well enough times to drain it dry… Hence we have Horrible Bosses 2.
This time round directing duties lie with Sean Anders, who penned the script with his frequent writing cohort Jim Morris, both of whom were behind one of the The best teen movies of the past ten years, »
- Phil Wheat
Directed by: Sean Anders
Running Time: 1 hr 48 mins
Due Out: February 24, 2015
Horrible Bosses 2 arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on February 24th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Plot: (courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in “Horrible Bosses 2.” But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.
Movie: Listen to the Horrible Bosses 2 review on MovieBS.com (2:55-12:10)
Movie Score: 6/10
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- Jeff Bayer
Pic follows a mild-mannered radio executive, played by Ferrell, who strives to become the best stepfather to his wife’s two children, with Wahlberg playing the freeloading father who gets in the way of that.
Morris will produce with Ferrell, Henchy and McKay through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner. Executive producers are Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland and David Koplan from Red Granite; Kevin Messick and Jessica Elbaum of Gary Sanchez; Anders; and Diana Pokorny.
Paramount and Red Granite Pictures will co-produce and co-finance. Paramount will distribute worldwide.
- Justin Kroll
As far as absurdly dumb, high-concept comedies go, 2010′s Hot Tub Time Machine mostly hit its mark, riffing on everything 80′s while cramming in as many crude (and mostly funny) one-note jokes as possible. Returning five years later for the sequel that one can’t imagined many asked for is director Steve Pink, the writing trio of Josh Heald, Sean Anders, […] »
- Jordan Raup
It seems strange to describe this as "much sillier than the original," considering that "the original" in this case is a film called "Hot Tub Time Machine," but I think it's safe to say that they hit the ground running with this film, with very little focus on genuine storytelling, and for the most part, that approach serves them well. In addition to being very silly, this film is profoundly dirty. Rob Corddry's character Lou is the apex predator of the modern movement of sociopathic comedy. There is a character type, personified in Larry David or the cast of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" or Ruxin on "The League," that is completely without conscience or humanity, and I'm intrigued by just how far some comedy is willing to push that archetype. It's tricky, because if you do it wrong, you create a character that is unbearable to watch. And »
- Drew McWeeny
Two decades after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ endearingly dense pairing spun slapstick comedy into box office gold in Dumb and Dumber, the long-awaited sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack and On Demand on February 17, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber; There’s Something about Mary; Me, Myself and Irene) the Dumb and Dumber To Blu-ray Combo Pack offers hilarious extra belly laughs including an alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes, and a multi-part feature that takes viewers behind the scenes of the no-holds-barred comedy.
The side-splitting sequel also stars Rob Riggle (The Hangover, 21 Jump Street), Kathleen Turner (Marley & Me, Romancing the Stone), Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead,” Silent Hill), Rachel Melvin (My Funny Valentine, “Days of Our Lives”), and Steve Tom(“Major Crimes,” Seven Pounds).
- Movie Geeks
One of the most anticipated films of 2015 is Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Although that anticipation was under the presumption that Silence would actually come out this year, let alone be made. The film has been in pre-production for ages, by Marty’s account, nearly two decades, but the film is finally coming together with funding from Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films, Deadline reported.
Silence stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver (yes, he’s in Everything now) as two Jesuit priests in 17th Century Japan on a mission to spread Christianity and locate their mentor, played by Liam Neeson. The pair face incredible, violent persecution while on their journey, and the film has been likened to Scorsese’s last East Asia epic, Kundun.
- Brian Welk
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