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‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Review: Dir. Sean Anders (2017)

Daddy’s Home 2 review: Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell return for another bout of dad-based comedy, this time joined by Mel Gibson and John Lithgow.

Daddy’s Home 2 review by Benjamin Read.

Will Ferrell’s presence as a comedian and leading man in Hollywood has never been in question. But, it’s easy to see that his career has certainly taken a downward spiral since the glory days of classics like Old School and Anchorman. Despite this, the former SNL star has managed to keep his head above water with a string of moderately successful hits in the past few years. In 2015, Daddy’s Home came storming out of the gates to mixed critical reviews, but huge box office success. Now, Ferrell and frequent collaborator Mark Wahlberg return for the sequel, Daddy’s Home 2. Does it match up to the playful laughs and guilty charm of the original?

This time around,
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‘The House’ Review

Stars: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Jeremy Renner, Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins, Ryan Simpkins, Jessie Ennis, Rob Huebel, Christina Offley, Rory Scovel, Lennon Parham, Cedric Yarbrough, Kyle Kinane, Andrea Savage | Written by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien | Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen

When Scott and Kate Johansen’s daughter gets into the college of her dreams it’s cause for celebration. That is, until Scott and Kate (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) learn that the scholarship they were counting on didn’t come through, and they’re now on the hook for tuition they can’t begin to afford. With the help of their friend and neighbour Frank (Jason Mantzoukas) – also in need of a major payday — they decide to open an illegal casino in Frank’s house, risking everything together on a Vegas-style bacchanal where money flows, inhibitions are checked at the door, and all bets are off…
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Everything You Need to Know About Kendall Jenner's NBA Star Beau Blake Griffin

Everything You Need to Know About Kendall Jenner's NBA Star Beau Blake Griffin
Kendall Jenner‘s courtship with NBA player Blake Griffin is heating up.

The stars recently stepped out for a special double date with Jenner’s sister, Kylie, and her rapper boyfriend Travis Scott at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood. A source told People that the couple “had a blast” together.

“She thinks he’s dorky and funny, but also cool and sexy — he has a certain attractive ‘swagger,’ ” another insider said of Jenner, 21, and Griffin, 28. “They are seeing each other more, and Blake is doing everything in his power to make Kendall his girlfriend.”

“She’s always working
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Leah Remini Joins Jennifer Lopez in Romantic Comedy ‘Second Act’

Leah Remini Joins Jennifer Lopez in Romantic Comedy ‘Second Act’
STXfilms has signed Leah Remini to join the cast of “Second Act,” the upcoming romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez.

Peter Segal will direct the film, which was developed by Stx with Lopez from an idea conceived by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham.

Remini currently stars on the CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” and recently won her first Emmy for her A&E series, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. ” The latter show is currently in its second season.

Remini will portray best friend and fellow employee of Lopez’s character in “Second Act.” The movie is in the vein of “Maid In Manhattan” and “Working Girl.” Lopez will play a big-box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle and gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.

Remini is best known starring with Kevin James in the sitcom “The King of Queens.” She also played
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‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ Director S. Craig Zahler on Casting Vince Vaughn and Realistic Violence

In Brawl in Cell Block 99, Vince Vaughn, after finding out his wife is having an affair, assaults her car in a fashion that would remind anyone who owned a Sega Genesis or Super Nes in the 90s of a bonus stage in Street Fighter II. Vaughn, who is mostly known for his roles in broad comedies, including the likes of Wedding Crashers and Old School, plays Bradley Thomas, a no-nonsense, towering figure with a large, black cross tattooed on the back of his head. Thomas runs drugs to support his wife Lauren (Jennifer Carpenter) who is pregnant with their first child, who they adorably refer to as “The Koala.”

He works for a dealer named Gil, who is working on developing a partnership with a Mexican dealer. Thomas is skeptical when Gil persuades him with time off after the birth of his daughter. The run goes bad and the Mexican dealer,
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Vince Vaughn Reborn: Why the Actor Left Comedy Behind to Play a Badass in Brutal ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’

Vince Vaughn Reborn: Why the Actor Left Comedy Behind to Play a Badass in Brutal ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’
Brawl in Cell Block 99” introduces the retooled and muscle-plated Vince Vaughn 2.0 headfirst, his shaved and tattooed skull stomping away from the camera like an asteroid hurtling toward earth. Action Vaughn 2.0 has the same movie star qualities as the hunk of “Swingers”: the barreling 6’5″ frame, the deep-set eyes that convinced Rihanna to call him the sexiest man alive.

But now that Vaughn is 47, his powerful torso has the leather-knotted look of a man who spent his life pounding railroad spikes—no vanity abs here—and the exhausted shadows on his face say he’s seen too much. And that’s not just because he and “Cell Block” writer-director S. Craig Zahler just wrapped their second film together, “Dragged Across Concrete,” just four days before flying to Austin for the movie’s American premiere at Fantastic Fest. (It opens theatrically on October 6.)

For the first time in two decades, and
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‘Brawl In Cell Block 99’: Vince Vaughn & Don Johnson Praise “Genius” Director Craig S. Zahler

In “Brawl in Cell Bock 99” Vince Vaughn plays Bradley Thomas. With a cross tattooed on the back of his skull, and impressively added muscle tissue to his physique, Vaughn’s transformation is a harrowing but impressive feat for the 47-year-old actor best known for his comedic roles in “Old School” and “Wedding Crashers.”

Bradley, the violent, but honorable man he plays in the film is sentenced to seven years for selling drugs, and is then blackmailed by none other than 72-year-old Udo Kier, and is forced to cause as much damage as possible to get transferred to the incarceration hell that is “Red Leaf.” The warden of that prison is played by none other than Don Johnson who runs the place like a psycho bent on behavioral punishment.

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A Joker Movie Is on the Way, and Warner Bros. Reportedly Wants to Cast Leonardo DiCaprio

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After the critical disaster that was Suicide Squad hit theaters in 2016, many fans were shocked and annoyed that Batman's archenemy, the Joker, barely appears in the movie at all despite the character being featured heavily in the film's promotional campaign. Even Jared Leto, who played the classic supervillain, voiced his own frustration at the decision to cut a lot of the Joker's scenes. In what appears to be a direct response to that (or just another way to milk the DC Extended Universe machine), Warner Bros. has announced that a new stand-alone movie about his backstory is on the way. Unfortunately, not everyone in the Batman fandom is on board with the idea. Do we get a Batwoman movie, a Birds of Prey movie? No. We get a fucking Joker movie from Todd Phillips. pic.twitter.com/4hiVmjYCMa - Scott Stamper (@DerfelBarada) August 22, 2017 fans: we want an under the red hood movie!
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Warner Bros. Want Leonardo DiCaprio For The Joker Movie

Warner Bros. Want Leonardo DiCaprio For The Joker Movie
We tell children to dream big, but in the movie business, working with adults, there’s a difference between being aspirational and being plain delusional. Warner Bros. hasn’t quite sorted out that balance with their continually messy development plans for DC Films, and today comes another indication everyone involved is throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks.

When it was revealed last week that WB and DC were making an origin story movie about The Joker, not starring Jared Leto, the early chatter was that Martin Scorsese was going to produce the film that’s being directed by Todd Phillips (“The Hangover,” “Old School“).

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Will Ferrell To Star In Adaptation Of ‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared’

Will Ferrell‘s filmography has been, more or less, stacked with his popular brand of outrageous, improv-style comedy. The classics are well-known (“Anchorman,” “Old School” “Step Brothers,” “Talladega Nights,” “Elf“) but duds have happened as well (“Semi-Pro,” “Land of the Lost,” “Bewitched,” “Casa De Mi Padre” “Get Hard,” “The Campaign“).

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Is Martin Scorsese involved in a movie about The Joker?

Consider this a fairly odd news story. In fact, it might be the oddest in some time. Yesterday, word spread throughout the web that a film about DC super villain The Joker was brewing over at Warner Brothers. Yes, the clown prince of crime is getting his own spinoff. Now, that could sound pretty cool on its own, but this is coming off of Jared Leto showing up to mostly indifference in the underwhelming Suicide Squad, all while DC and the WB figure out what to do with their superhero universe. Wait until you hear the details though, as they just might blow your mind. Apparently, the powers that be have Martin Scorsese on board to produce this Joker tale, while Todd Phillips is co-writing a script with Scott Silver and eyeing the director’s chair. Your mind is blown, I’m sure. Scorsese involved with a comic book property?
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DC Films Launching Off-Continuity Superhero Spinoff Movies

To be honest, I can’t work up the energy to care enough to be outraged or surprised or concerned about whatever DC Films randomly decides to do next. Most recently, it’s hiring Todd Phillips (“The Hangover,” “Old School“) to direct a Joker origin story movie, divorced from the Dceu, and produced by Martin Scorsese. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ At any rate, the reaction to the news was swift, and members of The Playlist team have also already shared their early thoughts on a new podcast.

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Joker Origin Story Movie Announced & We’re Shocked And Confused [Podcast]

Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items.

On this episode, I’m joined by Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez to discuss the news about the Joker origin story, set to be directed by Todd Phillips (“The Hangover,” “Old School“) and produced by Martin Scorsese.

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DC Comics Preps New Joker Origin Film

DC Comics Preps New Joker Origin Film
A new standalone film about the origin of Batman's infamous foe the Joker is in the works, Deadline reports. Todd Phillips (The Hangover) will direct the film and is co-writing the script with 8 Mile screenwriter Scott Silver. Martin Scorsese is reportedly attached as a producer.

The as-yet-untitled film will be set in Gotham City during the Eighties and tell the story of how the Joker became a criminal mastermind. The movie will reportedly have the feel of a gritty, hard-boiled crime drama rather than a blockbuster comic book flick.
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Will Ferrell still keen on Step Brothers sequel, but not Elf, Old School or Night at the Roxbury

During an appearance on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live to promote his new film The House [read our reviews here and here], Will Ferrell has revealed that he’s still keen on a sequel to 2008’s Step Brothers.

After shooting down the possibility of sequels to Elf, Night at the Roxbury and Old School, Ferrell was asked whether he is keen on revisiting any of his past films, responding that: “We talked a little bit about Step Brothers and… so who knows. At the same time, you like to create new things.”

A sequel to Step Brothers has been rumoured for many years now, although back in February Ferrell seemed to rule out the possibility, stating that: “You have to resist the temptation. It’s just tough because the things everyone wants you to do sequels of are special because there’s not a sequel of it. I guess we’ll see, but as
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‘Step Brothers’ Sequel: Will Ferrell Says There’s Still a Chance for More Activities — Watch

‘Step Brothers’ Sequel: Will Ferrell Says There’s Still a Chance for More Activities — Watch
If you’re hoping for a “Step Brothers” sequel, don’t give up hope just yet. Will Ferrell appeared on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” a few nights ago, and as part of the After Show he fielded questions about follow-ups. It took him a while to get serious, of course: “I’ve got great news for you: no,” Ferrell responded after being asked about future installments of “Elf” and/or “Night at the Roxbury.”

After the actor also replied in the negative to “Old School,” Cohen asked whether there’s any movie Ferrell would like to see get a follow-up. He rubbed his chin for a bit before finally responding, “I’d love to see a sequel of ‘Kramer vs. Kramer.'”

Read More: Sony Plans to Release ‘Clean Versions’ of Movies Like ‘Step Brothers,’ And Seth Rogen Is Pissed Off About It

“We talked a little bit about ‘Step Brothers,
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Will Ferrell Talks Being Praised By Kanye West, Recalls The Time He Met George W. Bush

Will Ferrell Talks Being Praised By Kanye West, Recalls The Time He Met George W. Bush
Will Ferrell received the mother of all compliments… from whom you'd least expect.

During his appearance on What What Happens Life with Andy Cohen, The House star voiced his thoughts on being included in one of Kanye West's infamous Twitter rants back in 2016, in which the rapper tweeted, "I saw Zoolander 2 for the 2nd time. Will Ferrell has reached walking living breathing god status! His existence is a blessing."

The 49-year-old actor, who isn't actually on social media, caught wind of West's praise.

"My initial reaction was, 'It's about time,'" he said. "And I'm just glad someone recognized that."

Related: Brad Pitt Is a Big Fan of Watching Will Ferrell Movies With His Kids

Ferrell added that the hip-hop icon's shout-out earned him major respect from his children, 7-year-old Axel, 10-year-old Mattias and 13-year-old Magnus.

"That totally gave me full-on street cred for life," he confessed. "Thug life for life."

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The House Review

Author: Scott Davis

Everyone loves a good comedy, don’t they? A chance over the course of 90 minutes to forget one’s troubles and strife, switch the brain off and go on a fun-filled rollercoaster that will get the funny-bone tickling and the eye’s a-watering. Sadly, it’s been awhile since we’ve had a truly great comedy that has done such things so it’s somewhat surprising to report that The House, the new film starring SNL alum Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, is as much of a riot as it is.

Ferrell and Poehler play Scott and Kate Johanson, a forty-something married couple who are looking into the barrel of a midlife crisis as they prepare for the impending departure of their daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins) who is off to college. She has her heart set on Bucknell University but to make her dreams a reality, her
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The House review: Dir. Andrew Jay Cohen (2017)

The House review: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler lead the cast of this surprisingly good studio comedy that have you laughing all the way to the bank.

The House review by Paul Heath, June 2017.

The House review

Warner Bros. Pictures take a big $40 million gamble with another big concept comedy with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as two parents who must find a get-rich-quick scheme to finance their daughter’s incoming college bills.

Scott Johansen is a regular guy with a good house in the suburbs, loyal wife Kate (Amy Schumer), great daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins), and just enough income to keep them all afloat. However, with Alex about take the big leap into university life, they are very much relying on their town’s scholarship scheme to fund her continuing education. At a local council meeting in this very small town, it becomes quickly apparent that the townsfolk have
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Will Ferrell on the possibility of Anchorman 3: “Never say never”

Anchorman was quite possibly the most quoted movie across college campuses around the globe when it released way back in 2004. The movie was an absolute hit and, along with Old School, propelled Will Ferrell to mega-stardom among younger moviegoers.

The adventures of Ron Burgundy continued in 2013 with the release of Anchorman 2, and while not quite capturing the magic of the original, the movie was still hilarious in its own right. However, will we ever see an Anchorman 3? According to Will Ferrell, we shouldn’t rule it out.

Speaking to CinemaBlend, and definitely not reading from a teleprompter, Mr. Burgundy himself had this to say:

“Never say never. At the same time, that’s what’s really fun about those characters — it could be 10 years from now and we can still play those guys and just be older… and even dumber. So that’s the beauty of that. There are no imminent plans to return to that as of yet, because, I can’t speak for [director] Adam [McKay], but for myself, we still have a lot of other original ideas that we’d like to do.”

See Also: Will Ferrell reveals that Anchorman was original a wilderness survival tale, with killer orangutans

Is there a place for Ron Burgundy in 2027? Given the fact that the narrative has always been bonkers, it’s safe to say that, yes, our future society will likely accept Ron Burgundy (and Baxter of course) with open arms. Until then.

… You can find Jordan on Twitter (@JordJJones), and Facebook.
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