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It's been three years since Kevin Hart took the stage for the stand-up comedy movie Let Me Explain. In that time, he's appeared in numerous hit movies and made countless stand-up and TV appearances. But now he's ready to return to what he loves most, and the thing that made him a star. Today, we have the full-length trailer for Kevin Hart: What Now? And it sees the comedian at the top of his game. Literally.
Let Me Explained was a blockbuster success for the comedian, and grossed an astounding $32 million at the box office. So a follow-up was a no brainer. His previous effort is the third highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time. But What Now? could easily take the top spot away from Eddie Murphy Raw, which has held the title of biggest stand-up comedy movie since it hit theaters in 1987. It is followed by The Original Kings of Comedy, which came out in 2000.
This new trailer shows Kevin Hart as a James Bond-like secret agent. He is on a mission to get money for his latest comedy tour. And we're treated to some cool action comedy stunts as the diminutive joker attempts to get away from the bad guys. This is all just a set up for the actual movie, though, and when it arrives in theaters on October 14, it will help pad the runtime to feature length.
The real core of the film finds Hart doing something no other stand-up has ever achieved. He will take center stage in what is being called a 'groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance'. The show was part of his 2015 'What Now?' comedy tour. And it was filmed outdoors in front of a record 50,000 people. The show happened at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, and marks the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.
What Now? brings the Kevin Hart stand-up trilogy to its inevitable conclusion, which kicked off back in 2011 with Laugh at My Pain. That movie went onto earn $7.7 million, and stands as the 8th highest grossing live stand-up comedy movie of all-time. Before What Now? hits theaters this fall, Kevin Hart can be seen opposite Dwayne The Rock Johnson in the new action comedy Central Intelligence, which opens this Friday, June 17. He is also one of the lead voice actors in the new animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets, in theaters July 8. And later this year, he'll reunite with The Rock alongside Jack Black to shoot the Jumanji remake. Today, we get to see him slinging jokes and acting more than just a 'little' foolish in What Now? Here's the latest footage, courtesy of Youtube »
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
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- Nick Newman
Sometimes it’s tempting to get caught up in the past as a WWE fan. When you think back to childhood memories of watching Hulk Hogan fight for what’s right Monday nights, to watching Stone Cold Steve Austin give the middle finger to the man, it can be hard to imagine any modern WWE storylines even coming close to the “good old days.”
But while everyone will always have their favorite era of WWE, the truth is that living in the past can sometimes make you blind to greatness in the present. WWE is a 24/7, 365 day a year brand of entertainment and with that much content, they are bound to produce something excellent even in leaner years.
In fact, recent years have produced several storylines that could easily stand toe to toe with the very best WWE has ever produced. Among them, these are the very best. »
- Matthew Byrd
Had Dean Ambrose remained Intercontinental Champion headed into Fastlane on Sunday, you could almost count on him eating the pinfall, likely from ‘brother’ Roman Reigns. It’s a rare proposition (though not impossible) that a secondary titleholder would head into WrestleMania and face the WWE Champion, and Ambrose dropping the belt on Raw in a five-way match actually adds a bit of intrigue for Sunday. For some, it lays that seed that maybe, just maybe, Ambrose could garner the title match at WrestleMania after all.
While Reigns is still the most likely victor in Sunday’s triple threat, this wouldn’t be the first time a secondary champion has dropped the gold en route to his first WWE World Championship. The modern era of WWE is littered with examples of soon-to-be marquee talents ditching a lesser belt in eventual exchange for the grand prize, and it usually doesn’t take long. »
- Justin Henry
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