5 items from 2010
What would you do if you were out one day and witnessed your best friend’s girl hooking up with some other guy? Would you tell your best friend? That’s the central premise behind The Dilemma, which marks director Ron Howard’s return to comedy since 2000’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In his earlier days as a director, Howard was also responsible for such comedic classics as Gung Ho, Splash and Night Shift, so seeing him back doing funny stuff should be a welcomed surprise for those kids who grew up with his films in the ‘80s. Vince Vaughn and Kevin James play the best friends, while Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder play their respective significant others. One day while out in the park, Vaughn spots Ryder hooking up with a young stud played by Channing...
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The mythical story of Dock Ellis and the no-hitter he pitched in 1970 while on LSD is one giant matryoshka doll. There's layer upon exquisite layer to be uncovered: The black power movement, the war on drugs, Major League Baseball's free-agency era. And that's just the first couple of layers.
In the last year, the story of Ellis, who died in 2008, has been resurrected in song -- it's the sixth time -- with folkie Todd Snider's "America's Favorite Pastime." That was followed by artist James Blagden's psychedelic animated short, "Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No." Now there's a movie, "No No: A Dockumentary," in production.
Austin filmmakers Jeffrey Radice and Mike Blizzard, "No No"'s writer/director and producer, respectively, took the occasion of June 12th, the 40th anniversary of Ellis' no-hitter with the Pittsburgh Pirates, to debut a seven-minute trailer of their forthcoming documentary. The location was The Highball, the »
- Michael Hoinski
Having been in the industry for many decades, Chunky Pandey wants to don a new role. The actor is planning to produce films apart from acting in them. Gung ho about his role in the forthcoming film Housefull, Chunky feels that this role can be the beginning of his new chapter in the industry. Says he, "You have to watch my act to know how cool it is. I had absolute fun playing the role of man who speaks in Italian style and roams around with the hot ladies. I think the audience »
Looks like Kevin James is venturing outside the realm of crummy Adam Sandler movies and even crummier Mall Cop characters. According to Deadline Hollywood, James will partner up with Vince Vaughn on a comedy that's to be directed by Ron Howard. Yes, the Ron Howard who just directed The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. In fact, that's the best part of this news! I've been rallying behind Howard to direct another comedy for some time now; truth be told, I'm a big fan of his '80s films like Night Shift, Splash and Gung Ho, and think the director is long overdue for a solid, funny flick. In this newly announced film, which is untitled at the moment, Vaughn and James will play best friends and business partners who find themselves in a pickle when Vaughn spots his buddy's wife...
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After spending the better part of the past five years helming two "Da Vinci Code" thrillers and the Oscar-nominated drama "Frost/Nixon," Ron Howard is heading back to comedy. Most don't realize the "Apollo 13" director has a long history in laughers starting with his debut "Night Shift" and then "Splash," "Gung Ho," "Parenthood" and the disappointing "The Paper" and "Edtv." Now, Howard is teaming up with Vince Vaughn for a new untitled comedy about infidelity. Written by Alan Loeb, the new project is generically described as "an exploration of the comedic fallout surrounding infidelity between lovers and friends." At least, that's »
- HitFix Staff
5 items from 2010
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