19 items from 2008
Chicago – Paramount Home Video has scheduled two waves of catalog titles making their debut on Blu-Ray for the holiday season and the first set hits this week, just in time for you to finish up your Christmas shopping.
There are some recent comedy hits, a highly lauded drama from last year, and a forgotten Samuel L. Jackson movie. It’s hard to imagine anyone out there looking to buy all six of these titles and schedule a Blu-Ray marathon in their own home, but it’s also easy to see someone in your family having one on their holiday wish list. All films are presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen and feature English 5.1 Dolby True HD audio tracks.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Lots of stuff is being put out on Blu-ray for the consumer who wants to upgrade, and so there’s piles of re-issues. 2003’s Old School helped re-launch Vince Vaughn and set up Will Ferrell as a cinematic comic star. It still holds up. It’s one of the better attempts to unite a couple of different comic voices, and so you’ve got a bunch of people who bring their own kind of funny, and just a really strong supporting cast with Jeremy Piven, Craig Kilborn, Seann William Scott, Artie Lange, Matt Walsh, and Juliette Lewis bringing some funny. You’ve also got some hot milf-y types with Leah Rhemi, Ellen Pompeo, and Perrey Reeves, and younger women like Elisha Cuthbert. You’ve got nudity and Will Ferrell dancing. Borrowing its structure from both Animal House and Fight Club, it holds together well enough, though there’s weird elements »
TBS is rushing the "Frat House."
The project follows three comedian-hosts -- Bret Ernst (Showtime's "Weeds"), Theo Von (ABC Family's "America's Prom Queen") and Bert Kreischer (Comedy Central's "Reality Bites Back") -- as they lead a band of guys, each at a crossroads, who long for the simpler, raucous days of life in a frat house.
The news comes on the heels of TBS' ordering a pilot for another late-night project, "The TBS Comedy Roadshow," a contemporary take on vaudeville hosted by Harland Williams.
Bunin-Murray's credits include MTV's "The Real World" and E!'s "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." »
- By Kimberly Nordyke
Last we heard from the Farrelly camp, the brothers were cooking up a re-launch of the Three Stooges. Now, in a bit less aggravating news: One of them, Peter Farrelly, is getting into the trend of cooking up a myriad of shorts for one feature -- a la Paris je T'aime. The Hollywood Reporter posts that Farrelly and Charles Wessler are teaming up with Liberty Media to create a comedy-centric mix that could hold as many as 24 shorts.
What names are attached thus far? None, other than Farrelly, who will direct not one, but two shorts. Beyond him, the infamous Brett Ratner, Todd Phillips (Old School), Mike Judge (Office Space), and Blades of Glory directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck are all in talks to write and/or direct. The plan is to score "other actors and directors from across the film world, even some not known for comedy." So far, »
- Monika Bartyzel
There has been perhaps no better match between a comedian and a project this decade than with Jack Black and School of Rock. Sure, Will Ferrell's been memorable in a number of things, like Old School and Elf. Vince Vaughn was funny in Wedding Crashers, but his wisecracking motormouth shtick has since grown tiresome. Bill Murray found the role of a lifetime in Lost in Translation, but the film was more of a melancholic meditation on life and loneliness than a full-blown comedy. For our money, Black's infectious and warm performance in Richard Linklater's film is simply pure, unadulterated brilliance. Anyone who can make the cello joke at the two minute mark work deserves our praise. (Let's just pray the proposed sequel doesn't taint it.) »
When talking Will Ferrell, some might say that Old School is their favorite, or Elf, or Anchorman. But for me, it's Stranger than Fiction -- one of the films in director Marc Forster's varied career. He's brought us the drama of Monster's Ball, the fantasy of Finding Neverland, and the flight of The Kite Runner, and now Bond wonder with Quantum of Solace. Not one to swim around in a rut, The Hollywood Reporter posts that he's now whipping up a remake with Universal of the 2000 Korean crime drama Die Bad.
Not quite the land of terrorist takeovers and one-man crime-fighting machines, the original Die Bad covers four interlocking stories focusing on the cause and affect of male aggression and gangster life, where the characters and stories intersect into each other's vignettes. Brad Ingelsby, who is currently writing The Low Dweller, is writing the script.
I'm pretty eager to »
- Monika Bartyzel
One of the more-intriguing releases on the 2009 movie calendar is The Hangover, a new comedy from Old School director Todd Phillips. After hitting the jackpot in 2003 with the help of newly minted "frat pack" members Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, and Luke Wilson, Phillips faltered with his next two releases, Starsky & Hutch and School for Scoundrels, before reportedly being booted from the Borat director's chair due to alleged "creative differences" with star Sacha Baron Cohen.
It seems appropriate, then, that Phillips chose to return to familiar territory for The Hangover, a raucous, irreverent comedy about three guys who throw an epic bachelor party for their buddy -- only to awaken the next day to find that the groom-to-be has vanished.
- Thomas Leupp
To mark the release of Sony Pictures Classics' "Rachel Getting Married," we've thrown together what we think are some of the best wedding toasts seen in film. "Rachel Getting Married" stars Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Mather Zickel, Anna Deavere Smith, Anisa George and Tunde Adebimpe. Hathaway has grown up from the "Princess Diary" days and shows her true value as an actress who is most adaptable. Anne's had her time with some of the best of Hollywood, most recently in this summer's strong performer "Get Smart" starring Steve Carell. From comedy, family, drama, horror, animated, romance and more, Hathaway is the poster child for talent and versatility. What's "Rachel Getting Married" about? This is a contemporary drama with an aggressive sense of humor about the return of an estranged daughter to the family home for her sister's wedding. Kym's (Hathaway) reemergence throws a wrench into the family dynamics, »
OLD SCHOOL's Todd Phillips is directing the film, which sees three buddies, played by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, who lose their best friend (Bartha) at his Caesars Palace bachelor party just 40 hours before his wedding. The trio must attempt to retrace all their bad decisions from the night before and figure out where things went wrong. Graham will play a Las Vegas local, according to the trade.
Shooting kicks off this week in Las Vegas. »
Heather Graham and Justin Bartha have both joined the cast of THE HANGOVER for director Todd Phillips (OLD SCHOOL). The story revolves around three buddies, played by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, who lose their best friend (Bartha) at his Caesars Palace bachelor party just 40 hours before his wedding. The trio must attempt to retrace all their bad decisions from the night before and figure out where things went wrong. Totally true story: after the first time that I saw OLD »
- James Thoo
Guy Ritchie's new film Rocknrolla finally descends on cinemas today, and to co-inside with said release, here's a Q+A with the cast of the movie. We caught up with Mr. Guy Ritchie, and actors Jeremy Piven, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Gerard Butler and Idris Elba.
Question: Why did you want to make RocknRolla your next film?
Guy Ritchie: This is in the same genre as Snatch and Lock, Stock [and Two Smoking Barrels]. I felt as though I wanted to do another one, partly because of the amount of enthusiasm I got from those movies, but also because England has changed so much in the last 15- 20 years. And the world of crime has, consequently, changed so much in the last 20 years. So, to a degree, part of the movie is about Old School gangsters being pushed out by the New School, and an aspect of that is eastern European or Russian. »
Entertainment Weekly has posted its list of what it believes to be the funniest 25 movies made since 1983 on their website, Ew.com, this week. Actor/Director Christopher Guest has three films on the list, Actor/Director Ben Stiller has two films and Actor Vince Vaughn appears in two films on the list. While most of the films on the list were made in the 1980s, there are a few current films, such as Tropic Thunder, that made the list. Ew’s Top 25 Funniest Films of the Last 25 Years are: 25. Withnail & I (1987) 24. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) 23. Austin Power: International Man of Mystery (1997) 22. Old School (2003) 21. Clerks. (1994) 20. Best in Show (2000) 19. Clueless (1995) 18. Napoleon Dynamite [...] »
- Tessa Petrocco
Ghostbusters has topped a new online poll of the Funniest Films of the Past 25 Years.
But funnyman Christopher Guest is the most consistent player on the list; three of his films - This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting For Guffman and Best In Show make the top 20, while Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn make the top 25 twice each - Stiller for There's Something About Mary and new film Tropic Thunder, and Vaughn for Wedding Crashers and Old School.
The top 10 is:
5. Office Space
10. Dazed + Confused »
Is Anchorman best left as it is? Although Will Ferrell has not exactly showed a great deal of versatility in his most successful films - they're all variations on the giant, screaming manchild character - he has never made a sequel, even though Old School, Talladega Nights, and Anchorman (and now, maybe, Step Brothers) have all performed very well. Usually, that's the only criterion for making a follow-up.
But there has been discussion and opinion about an Anchorman sequel since before the original film even opened. I remember attending the junket and Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay both said they'd like to come back to Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team because they had so much material left to cover. That talk has intensified recently, since Step Brothers is another Ferrell/McKay collaboration, and now Paul Rudd, who memorably played field reporter Brian Fantana, has chimed in on what he knows. »
- Colin Boyd
Latest: Actor Luke Wilson has designed a street sneaker/golf shoe hybrid for sportswear firm Puma.
The Old School star, an avid golfer, teamed up with Swedish sports star Johan Edfors to create a line of Puma golf products - and he expects the new multi-purpose shoes to be the range's big seller.
Wilson jokes he came up with the idea while preparing for a lazy summer in Hollywood.
He says, "In between the strikes that keep happening in Hollywood, I have quite a bit of extra time on my hands, so, in between fixing up old Victorian houses and designing clothes and creating my own line of hair conditioner."
Wilson plugged his new shoe on U.S. TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night by giving the late-night programme's host the golf sneakers he was wearing as a gift.
The actor left the show in his socks.
Wilson told Kimmel he still has no idea why he was approached to create a golf fashion line - because he's famously unstylish.
He added, "I have friends that make fun of me (because) I tend to dress in the same colours, so I wind up looking a bit like the Ups (delivery) guy or just your local postman." »
Watch a brand new teaser trailer for the Atom TV exclusive comedy “Border Patrol” by director Josh Greenbaum starring David Clayton Rogers (Austin Golden Hour), Michael Trotter (The House Bunny) and Norman DeBuck (Cutthroat Alley). Synopsis: Border Patrol centers on three slacker friends who spend their weekends in lawn chairs at the Mexican border determined to stop illegal immigration. Produced by Josh Greenbaum, Ben McMillan and entertainment legend Ivan Reitman (Old School, Ghostbusters). Stay tuned to Toxic Shock TV for the latest Atom TV news and videos. »
- Brian Corder
Scot Armstrong has been hired to do additional script work on the MGM comedy The Zookeeper. Walt Becker is attached to direct and produce the film along with Jennifer Eatz and Broken Road's Todd Garner, who came up with the idea.
Original writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn sold their spec -- about a lonely, misguided zookeeper who gets unexpected romantic help from the animals in his care -- to the Lion in April for $2 million against $3 million.
The studio sees the project as a potentially wide-appealing comedy and has met with "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" star Kevin James about the lead role. No one has been cast, however.
Armstrong, who has frequently collaborated with writer-director Todd Phillips on movies such as Old School, most recently wrote the screenplay for Semi-Pro. He has several projects in development, including Multiple Mary, which he co-wrote and will direct and produce for New Line.
Armstrong, Becker and Eatz are repped by CAA; Garner is repped by WMA. »
When the star was attached last year, it was hailed as notable because it was the first collaboration between the boxoffice-drawing comic actor and the force behind such comedy powerhouses as Old School (which Phillips wrote, directed and produced) and Borat (which he wrote.)
Man-Witch centered on a man who discovers he's a witch and then heads off to teach at a female witch school; Phillips is set to produce and, likely, to direct.
Sources said that the decision this week to part ways may have originated from Black's camp, which had questions about Phillips' commitment to direct the picture ahead of Hangover, another comedy said to be close to the helmer's heart. That project is also set up at Warners.
Warners confirmed the departure but declined to provide further detail. A spokesperson for Black said the star had no comment. A spokesperson for CAA, which reps Phillips, declined to comment. »
A couple of A-listers have ditched their digs, opting to shake up those who pocket 10% of their take.
Vaughn had been with UTA through most of his career, from before his breakout in Swingers. He hooked up with Gold prior to making Old School, which re-established Vaughn as a comedy star. His most recent movie was Fred Claus, for which he received a $20 million payday. The comedy underwhelmed at the boxoffice and played a part in the split, according to sources. He is now shooting the New Line comedy Four Christmases.
19 items from 2008
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