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Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are gearing up for another "You're So Hot" video. After releasing the first two raunchy installments in 2011 and 2012, the comedic duo reveal they'll soon be debuting the third. "It's sooner than you think," Franco said this weekend at the SXSW premiere of their new movie, Neighbors. Yes! "I want to say it's going to be the wildest one because of this twist that I can't really reveal," Franco said. "But it's hard to be wilder than playing Lady and the Tramp with each other and we kiss and then throw up on each other." The actors also gushed about making Neighbors, an R-rated flick (in theaters »
Based on the merits of being a “How To” guide for aspiring parents, Neighbors is a one star movie about two adults selfishly putting their own insecurities before the well-being of their newborn baby. We’re talking some gratuitously debaucherous middle-aged partying including magic mushrooms, sword fighting, shot ripping, and every other fraternal stereotype possible. Wildly inappropriate, of course, but with Nicholas Stoller’s outlandish direction, Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien watch their screenplay turn into a riotous Greek life comedy that’ll make you question every responsible decision you made throughout your college career. Stoller himself admitted that only one member of his production team actually lived a fraternity life in college, so you can imagine the generalizations and stereotypes blown wildly out of proportion, but it’s all in the name of comedy – and the most epic rager that frat life could possibly imagine.
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- Matt Donato
Basking at the premiere of his new movie and smiling and waving at the screaming fans who shivered in the rain to catch a glimpse, Zac Efron was having a good night in Austin, Texas. "I've been blessed to have the opportunities I've had," Efron told the audience Saturday at the premiere of Neighbors, which hits theaters May 9, at SXSW. "It couldn't have happened better. I'm stoked." Despite the icy rain and dropping temperatures, fans took pictures beside two huge party buses sporting Efron's image from the movie and packed the red carpet to see Efron, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. »
- Alicia C. Dennis
Austin - Many of the modern comedies that are considered classics become part of the pop culture lexicon, endlessly quoted by fans in all sorts of different contexts. I have a strong suspicion that "Neighbors" is going to be one of those films that is simply absorbed whole by audiences. Not only is it uproariously funny and almost breathtakingly dirty, it is better written than it needs to be on a character level, delivering completely on its premise. Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose) are a young married couple who are adjusting to parenthood, having just moved into their first house. They're at that moment where they still have fresh memories of their party days, but they're settling into a life of responsibility and chafing a bit at the sensation. When the Delta Psy Kappa fraternity buys the house next door to them, Mac and Kelly are determined to try to be the cool neighbors. »
- Drew McWeeny
Austin -- Neighbors -- Universal's upcoming raunchfest that pits Seth Rogen against Zac Efron as warring dad and the fratboy-next-door -- debuted a nearly finished cut at South by Southwest on Saturday night, where the hard-r comedy's balls-out humor killed in a packed Paramount Theatre. (More on the very funny film at THR's rave review.) The ribald mood spilled over to the post-screening Q&A, where Rogen and Efron were joined by director Nicholas Stoller, and fellow cast members Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Ike Barinholtz. SXSW Review: Neighbors Also on hand were screenwriters Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, as well
- Seth Abramovitch
DreamWorks Animation has released a new character poster for How to Train Your Dragon 2, featuring Snotlout, voiced by Jonah Hill. Dean DeBlois directs this animated sequel, based on the book series by Cressida Cowell, which is set five years after How to Train Your Dragon, following Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless, as they find a mysterious ice cave home to hundreds of new dragons, and a mysterious rider. In addition, we also have one-sheets featuring Fishlegs (voiced by Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Ruffnut (voiced by Kristen Wiig) and Tuffnut (voiced by T.J. Miller), along with the previously-released Astrid (voiced by America Ferrera) and Hiccup one-sheets.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes to theaters June 13th, 2014 and stars Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Cate Blanchett, Jay Baruchel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou. The film is directed by Dean DeBlois. »
You already know Toothless from the underrated How To Train Your Dragon but now we’ve got these character poster for the follow-up. Hot-off-the-press today is Snotlout (voiced by Jonah Hill) joining Hiccup & Toothless, Astrid, Ruffnut & Tuffnut and Fishlegs.
In How To Train Your Dragon 2, we join Hiccup and Toothless five years after successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. As they explore and look for adventures, they discover a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider and then the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace!
We’ll be keeping an eye out for this one, and avoiding swooping dragons where we have to, but in the meantime check out the stunning trailer by clicking here, don’t forget the Drew Struzan artwork and here’s those new »
- Dan Bullock
A strong antagonist makes for the most compelling stories. Especially in the world of superpowered heroes, a villain needs to work on many different levels or the movie falls flat. Here are 10 actors who were up for the role of a hero in a movie or television series, but were ultimately cast as the villain. With the exception of two entries on this list, all of the actors auditioned and or screen-tested for their respective parts. Though they didn’t get the part they initially wanted, they got the part they deserved, and gave audiences performances to remember.
With three films as the Asgardian trickster Loki under his belt, it’s hard to imagine Tom Hiddleston as any other character in the Marvel universe. However, before donning the golden horns, the actor originally auditioned for…
- Eli Reyes
For Neighbors, Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse said that they got together with Zac Efron and bonded before the film, like a real fraternity. They got drunk and made up a secret, homoerotic handshake for the frat. “So, it’s basically there’s a little hand move, but then one person drops to their knees and mimes giving a blow job to the other person. The person on their knees takes it in the mouth and then spits it to any nearby brother.” We also will get naked Mintz-Plasse butt and fake giant penis, along with Dave Franco baring his butt during a sex scene. But what about Zac?
In the world of “right to discriminate laws” Idaho, Tennessee and South Dakota have all joined Kansas and dropped their efforts, while the senate in Arizona just passed their version by a 17-13 party line vote.
Nerve has put together a »
- Ed Kennedy
Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rachel Bilson, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Andy Samberg, Donald Glover, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg | Written and Directed by Maggie Carey
Brandy Klark (Plaza) is an intellectually successful but socially inept student at an Idaho high school in 1993. This differentiates her starkly from her popular sister Amber (Bilson), who mocks Brandy for still being a virgin. Brandy protests that she almost slept with an older guy named Rusty (Scott Porter) once, but quickly realises that she will have to obtain greater experience soon or face further ridicule. She duly sets out to seduce Rusty by taking a job as a lifeguard at the pool where he works but faces several obstacles along the way. Can her fellow socially awkward friend Cameron (Simmons) help her out?
I have a long-standing love of teen movies. Be they the sweet, life-affirming films of John Hughes »
- Phil Wheat
Kick Ass 2 VFX Breakdowns from Nvizage on Vimeo. Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010's irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass' (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. The holidays will pack an extra punch this year as Kick-Ass 2, the second installment in the irreverent action-comedy franchise, comes to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on December 17, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD on December 3, 2013. In addition to more than an hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes, filmmaker commentary, and »
Arriving in the height of the summer blockbuster season, it’s no secret that DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2 is one of the most anticipated animated movies of the year.
The original movie took almost half a billion dollars at the box office, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the sequel top its success in a few months’ time.
The studio launched the first full trailer just in time for Christmas, and have also been releasing a handful of character posters in recent weeks. And now a new international poster has surfaced online, with leading duo Hiccup and Toothless looking rather majestic as they soar through the sky.
The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings us back to the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years after the two have successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Coming of age films and comedies about sex have become a staple of 21st Century cinema, and with The To Do List set to be released on February 3rd, we thought now would be a good time to look back at some of the best movies to fall within this category.
The To Do List – which stars Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Rachel Bilson – focuses an Idaho school in 1993 and one girl’s determination to woo, seduce and biblically know her high school crush before College begins. In an interview with IFC debut director Maggie Carey puts it best, ‘People kept calling it a romantic comedy…But this is not romantic! This is a comedy comedy, not a romantic comedy. Don’t get me wrong. I love romantic comedies, but that’s not what this is. Brandy is stereotypically male…treating sex like she’s studying for a test.”
- Josh Wilding
Zac Efron movies: ‘That Awkward Moment’ box office disappoints on Super Bowl weekend - though grosses may surpass budget Zac Efron can be seen this weekend, January 31-February 2, 2014, in That Awkward Moment, a romantic comedy directed by Tom Gormican, and co-starring Miles Teller (the star of Sundance 2014 double winner Whiplash), Michael B. Jordan (the star of Sundance 2013 double winner Fruitvale Station), and Imogen Poots. (Photo: Zac Efron in That Awkward Moment.) Released by Focus Features at 2,809 North American locations as a sort of "counter-programming" to the Super Bowl, That Awkward Moment had a disappointing debut on Friday, collecting an estimated $2.94 million, according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Chances are things aren’t going to get all that much better on Saturday before the film plummets — like just about every other movie out there — on Super Bowl Sunday. ‘That Awkward Moment’ box office: Good news and bad news Now, »
- Zac Gille
The summer season is almost always the best time of year for R-rated comedies, and this year Nicholas Stoller.s new movie Neighbors looks to be a part of that long tradition. The film tells the story of an escalating prank war between a suburban husband and wife and the fraternity that moves next door, and things promise to get out of hand. Yesterday I told you all about my time on the set along with a small group of other film journalists, hearing about all the ridiculous parties that will be featured in the movie, but it wasn.t until talking to stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco and newcomer Jerrod Carmichael that it started to become clear just how hard R-rated the new film is going to be. The three actors were kind enough to sit down with us for an interview between scenes on set and talked about »
Sundance just ended, and we are already preparing for the next big film festival, South By Southwest. Not too long ago, the festival announced a few of the films premiering this year, but now they’ve announced the main slate. The midnight selections and some inevitable late-breaking additions are still to be announced, but this should be more than enough to get you excited. Along with many World Premieres, and Sundance favorites like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2, the line up also includes an anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and an extended Q&A screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel with Wes Anderson. SXSW 2014 runs March 7 through 15 in Austin, Texas. Check out the line up after the jump.
Narrative Feature Competition
Eight world premieres, eight unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,324 films submitted to SXSW 2014. Films screening in Narrative »
For spoiler reasons that we won't reveal, things aren't going well for Zac Efron's Teddy Sanders in the scene ComingSoon.net witnessed being filmed last year during our visit to the Los Angeles set of director Nicholas Stoller's upcoming comedy Neighbors . The film sees Efron as the head of college fraternity Delta Psi Beta who, along with his frat brothers, has moved into a house next to Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne's townie couple, Mac and Kelly Radner. Yesterday , we shared interviews with the "family" of the cast and today we're back with the "frat" side which, in addition to Efron, includes cast members like Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Dave Franco. "It's amazing, the team of friends that [Seth] has built up," Efron says. "The first thing he »
Today the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced a diverse features lineup for this year’s Festival, the 21st edition and running March 7 – 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The 2014 program expands on SXSW tradition of embracing a range of genres and span of budgets, featuring a wealth of vision from experienced and developing filmmakers alike.
For more information visit http://sxsw.com/film.
Listed in the announcement are 115 of the features that will screen over the course of nine days at SXSW 2014. The lineup below includes 68 films from first-time filmmakers, and consists of 76 World Premieres, 10 North American Premieres and 7 U.S. Premieres. These films were selected from a record 2,215 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,540 U.S. and 675 international feature-length films. With a record number of 6,482 submissions total, the overall increase was 14% over 2013. The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on February 5, with the complete »
- Movie Geeks
After announcing earlier this month that Jon Favreau’s Chef and the Veronica Mars movie will be making their world debuts at SXSW this year, the festival has revealed its full line-up, including further very promising world premieres, alongside appearances from some of the year’s most high-profile films.
The Midnight programme will be announced early next month, along with the Shorts line-up, and the complete Conference slate a little later as well.
Led by Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, Nicholas Stoller’s anticipated R-rated comedy, Neighbors, will be making its world debut at the festival, notably marked out as a ‘work-in-progress’ ahead of its theatrical release in May.
David Gordon Green’s acclaimed Joe will make its Us premiere, having bowed at Venice and then Toronto last year. Early reviews have Nicolas Cage giving one of the finest performances of his career, with Tye Sheridan (Mud) excellent alongside him. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Not sure if there is a Short Term 12 equivalent in this year’s Narrative Feature Comp, but on paper SXSW programmers are serving up a mean (and the usual lean group of 8 out of a whopping 1,324 film entries) for the upcoming competitiuon of eight which includes notable entries (that we’ve been tracking for a good time now) such as Zachary Wigon’s The Heart Machine, John Magary’s The Mend, Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns and Lawrence Michael Levine’s Wild Canaries. Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated docs of the year, on the non-fiction side we find Margaret Brown’s The Great Invisible. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the other sections (notable world preems in We’ll Never Have Paris and Faults (see Mary Elizabeth Winstead above), some Sundance items with Texan connections and other nuggets.
Narrative Feature Competition
Eight world premieres, eight »
- Eric Lavallee
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