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Shortly following the turn of the millennium came a transitional moment in Hollywood humour. Comedies featuring adolescents and comedies featuring adults had never been a rare sight, but following the Farrelly brothers’ There’s Something About Mary (1998), the maturation of the American Pie (1999) series, and particularly with the rise of the Frat Pack (a term coined in a Variety review of Old School (2003)), it became increasingly popular to combine the two, and to blur the line dividing maturity and immaturity that is supposed to magically appear during the progression into adulthood.
Suddenly, it was common to see films reversing the coming-of-age narrative of many teen comedies, continuing the natural progression of slacker films such as Clerks (1994), and intensifying the feckless nature of adults from examples such as The Big Lebowski (1998) and Office Space (1999). The Frat Pack were at the forefront of that change, and their movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) was its harbinger, »
- Liam Ball
Roadies follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes — the crew members who get the show on the road. Gugino will play the band’s production manager Shelli, a world-class multi-tasker, passionate music fan and tireless work partner to the band’s tour manager (Old School‘s Luke Wilson). The duo’s unique personal and professional relationship is forever »
For Bobby Brown, the show must go on. With his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in hospice care, Bobby fulfilled his prior commitment to perform during the Affordable Old School Concert Series at Wolf Creek Amphitheater in Atlanta July 4. The lineup featured other '90s musicians, including Juvenile, Mint Condition, Tweet and J.J. Williamson. "Hold on Atlanta. Atlanta, I can't hear y'all. I know it's a little early, but God.. I probably know but one of you all up in here. Let's have some fun!" Bobby said at one point during the 30-minute set. "Yo, I was skipping songs and s--t...I feel like I have been up here for like two hours. Trust me I'm not gonna do anything that I don't do. »
While his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, hangs on in hospice care, Bobby Brown sought comfort in his music on Saturday, July 4. The former bad boy of R&B was the opening act for the group Mint Condition at the Affordable Old School Concert Series at Wolf Creek Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia. Bobby, 46, came out wearing an all-pink ensemble and was sweating profusely throughout his set. "Fans loved his performance," an onlooker tells Us Weekly. "Bobby did his New Edition classics and busted out into some of his [...] »
Vince Vaughn has admitted that he got "too comfortable" with his "assembly-line comedies".
The True Detective star made a name for himself in the mid-2000s with a series of popular comedies including Wedding Crashers and Old School. However, in recent years films such as The Internship, Delivery Man and Unfinished Business have been less well-received.
Ahead of his dramatic starring role in True Detective, Vaughn told GQ that he has grown tired of appearing in such films.
"I'm not blaming anyone else but myself here," he said. "The machine can make you idle. You read a script and then you agree to a role, then soon enough you're on set looking at a scene that has had all the juice and the life sucked right out of it.
"You become a hired gun doing a very inoffensive PG-13 movie and, well, you kind of just go along with it. »
When it comes to letting loose, Animal House, for many of us, provided our first lesson on partying. From John Belushi who played the beloved John Blutarsky to John Vernon's role as Dean Vernon Wormer, the head of the fictional Faber College, the characters in the frat boy film are timeless—and we'll admit, we were never able to look at a toga in the same way after watching the 1978 classic. 25 years later, Old School introduced audiences to Frank the Tank (played by Will Ferrell) while simultaneously schooling us in the art of beer bong. And just four years after its release, Superbad hit the big screen, which illustrated why having a fake I.D. pretty »
Middleditch stars in Search Party as Nardo, whose ruined wedding ceremony causes a spiral of bizarre events as he desperately tries to win back his fiancée.
Nardo ends up on the run from Mexican drug-runners, while his two best friends (Adam Pally and Miller) have to stave off femme fatales and organ thieves to save him.
Search Party opens on May 29 in the UK. A Us release date has not yet been set. »
If you were wondering why we haven't seen the next Old School/Hangover clone yet, well, wonder no more! From the aformentioned writer of those two films, Scot Armstrong, comes the trailer for his directorial debut that looks to take the ingredients of those films and throw 'em in a blender. Search Party follows a pair of friends who must embark on a mission to reunite their pal with the woman he was going to marry. The only issue is that this friend has been kidnapped in »
- Sean Wist
Some comedians burn brightly then fade away. Surfing a hit TV series or breakout supporting role to a movie lead, sometimes even a hit one, they can become overexposed, or have too many flops, and find themselves returning to relative obscurity or more modest creative pursuits. Will Ferrell is not one of those people. 2015 marks twenty years since he first appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” on which he quickly became one of the most valuable players. Twelve years since he became a fully-flung movie star with “Old School” and “Elf,” and Ferrell still remains one of the most in-demand comic names around. Sure, there have been misfires and flops along the way (this week’s “Get Hard” being one of them, at least according to our review), but his success rate has remained higher than most. Even in his worst films, or in his briefest appearances in other people's films, »
- The Playlist Staff
Recently, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma was disbanded when members were caught on tape singing, "There will never be a n****r Sae." Since the release of the video, students at Sae chapters outside Oklahoma University have also come forward saying they too have heard the song on their campuses.
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"The incident in Oklahoma, that is a real argument for getting rid of the system altogether, in my opinion, even having been through a fraternity," Ferrell, 47, answered when asked during a New York Times Q&A in Austin, TX what he thought of college fraternities.
"Because when you break it down, it really is about creating cliques and clubs and being »
In a competitive situation, Showtime has landed Dice, a single-camera scripted comedy starring controversial actor-comedian Andrew Dice Clay, with a six-episode straight-to-series order. Created and written by Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover Part II), Dice, from Fox 21 TV Studios, chronicles “the semi-true stories of Andrew Dice Clay, one of the most polarizing men on the planet.” It follows the comedian as he works in Las Vegas to resurrect his career while… »
Hickory dickory dock, Showtime is giving Dice a shot.
Andrew Dice Clay, the chain-smoking, R-rated comedian who gained notoriety in the 1990s, will headline a scripted series loosely based on his life, the premium cabler announced Friday.
Dice, a half-hour single-camera comedy, will follow the abrasive stand-up “as he works in Vegas to resurrect his career while supporting his family. And his girlfriend. And his ex-fiancée. And his ex-wife. And his mother-in-law. And his son’s band,” per the series official logline.
Video Happyish: Showtime Series’ Trailer Has Harsh Words for a Founding Father
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment present two of the best comedy-drama actors around as they take on the story about two estranged siblings who are reunited after ten years apart. Winner of Best Screenplay at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, The Skeleton Twins was directed by Craig Johnson (True Adolescents), written by Johnson and Mark Heyman (Black Swan), and co-stars Luke Wilson (Old School), Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”), Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Joanna Gleason (Last Vegas).
The DVD also features a whole host of extras which includes a Gag Reel, Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, “To Whom it May Concern: Making The Skeleton Twins” Featurette, “Sweet Moves” Featurette, a load of audio commentary and this exclusive outtake clip, »
- Dan Bullock
Will Ferrell has no problem going the extra mile for a joke. Whether it.s streaking in Old School or climbing into a bear pit for Anchorman, Ferrell frequently pushes the envelope if it means he.s going to get the biggest laugh. As we prepare for his next feature, Get Hard, however, Ferrell wants us to know that we haven.t seen anything yet. We recently ventured down to New Orleans to watch Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart on the set of Get Hard. And without giving away any of the film's best jokes, we witnessed Ferrell with a knife In his skull . while later, Hart revealed that the duo would be sharing a scene with a baboon. Those shots, however, have nothing on a scene that Ferrell said they are saving for the final day of the shoot. because he might have chickened out if they tried to »
I'm on the set of "Get Hard," and Kevin Hart is cracking himself up. Some context is in order. Hart, Will Ferrell, actress Edwina Finley (as Hart's wife) and Ariana Neal (as Hart's young daughter) are sitting around a table on a New Orleans soundstage. It's a dinner scene. Ferrell's character James, a business executive wrongfully convicted of tax evasion, has hired Hart's character Darnell to prep him for prison under the assumption that the car wash owner has served time. There's just one problem: Darnell hasn't been behind bars a day in his life. In this scene, he's forced to concoct a story about his criminal past after James puts him on the spot during dinner. And by "concoct," I mean "pass off a scene from the movie 'Boyz N the Hood' as an episode from his own life." "Rickaaaaay! Rickaaaaay!" Hart screams near the tail end of his monologue. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Flickering Myth chats with Vince Vaughn…
Frustrated with in fighting and office politics, Dan Trunkman quits his secure job to launch his own company with just two associates – the naïve, inexperienced Mike (Dave Franco) and the world weary Tim (Tom Wilkinson) who is nearing retirement. But the new venture is struggling to survive in a harsh economic climate and Dan and his colleagues need to win a lucrative deal with a large, European owned corporation to keep afloat.At first Dan is convinced that the deal is done and heads to Portland, Oregon, confident that it’s in the bag. But once there, he discovers that his old employers, represented by his former boss, Chuck Fortnoy (Sienna Miller »
- Luke Owen
Director: Ken Scott; Screenwriter: Steve Conrad; Starring: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, Sienna Miller, June Diane Raphael, Nick Frost, James Marsden; Running time: 91 mins; Certificate: 15
Vince Vaughn's desperate need for a career recharge hits a critical point with his latest comedy Unfinished Business, a story of three down-and-out salesmen who form their own company and head to Europe in a bid to close a deal ahead of a competitor.
The film aims to harness the spirit of Vaughn's best comedies from a decade ago,Old School and Dodgeball (a Vaughn-led band of misfits triumph over adversity), but this is a mere shadow of those films, painfully lacking in laughs or any characters that leave a lasting impression. The True Detective-inspired Vaughnaissance can't get here fast enough.
Vince Vaughn moved to Hollywood at age 18, straight out of high school. And, like many starry-eyed aspiring actors, one of his first stops was Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see where famous stars like Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe had encased their hands and feet in cement.
More than 25 years later, much has changed. It’s now called the Tcl Chinese Theatre. Many other actors have been added from Jennifer Aniston to Tom Cruise. And Vaughn has gone from struggling actor to bonafide movie star, with hits like “The Lost World,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Old School” on his resume. His latest comedy, “Unfinished Business,” hits theaters March 6.
So when Vaughn was told the theater wanted to encase his hands and feet in cement in the forecourt on March 4, he was thrilled.
“Getting the letter asking me, I thought about growing up and being a fan of all those folks,” he says. »
- Jenelle Riley
In the years since he strutted onto the scene — lean, handsome, mouth running a mile a minute — in Doug Liman’s Swingers (1996), Vince Vaughn has become one of the poster boys for the mainstream American comedy: from romantic (The Break-Up) to bromantic (Old School), pretty good (Wedding Crashers) to very bad (Fred Claus) to frankly unnecessary (Delivery Man). His new film, Unfinished Business, falls into that last sub-category — perhaps not coincidentally, as it, too, has been directed by Ken Scott (Delivery Man was Scott’s remake of his own homegrown Quebecois hit, Starbuck). A guys-gone-
- Jon Frosch
With an all-star cast that includes Chris Evans (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Michelle Monaghan (Due Date) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Playing It Cool is an offbeat romantic comedy from debut feature director Justin Reardon and is described as Swingers meets 500 Days of Summer.
Check out the trailer below:
Playing it Cool is this generation’s ‘Swingers’ meets ‘500 Days of Summer’, a fresh and quirky story of a slight pretentious man, our ‘narrator’ (Evans), who falls for an unlikely girl, ‘her’ (Monaghan), and will stop at nothing to get her even after realizing she is already in a relationship. Like a young ‘Walter Mitty’, it tells the story of a quarter-life crisis amidst figuring out who you are and what your destiny holds.
- Luke Owen
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