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"Who killed John Boehner's career here?" Rachel Maddow would like to know, making it pretty clear she thinks that Boehner won't still be Speaker of the House this time next year. "This is not John Boehner tripping and falling," she continued. "This looks like John Boehner was pushed." She then compared his lack of support to Will Ferrell's character's one-man streaking fiasco in Old School and showed, like, half the movie as evidence. »
- Alex Alvarez
HBO Renews Enlightened But Cancels 3 Other Comedies
It may not be spring yet, but HBO has apparently decided to clean house in their comedy department, as three shows have been given the ax. The network has gotten rid of cult comedy triumvirate Hung, Bored to Death, and How to Make It in America, all three recently having wrapped up their respective seasons.
However, it's not all doom and gloom, as the Laura Dern-Mike White critical favorite Enlightened has been granted a second 10 episode season following two Golden Globe nominations. Enlightened has also been making several appearances on TV critic top 10 lists, something none of the other three had been able to do. Though it's been the lowest rated of the four comedies in first airing ratings, the show made up for it through other means of watching (HBO Go, On Demand, etc.) and the buzz around it put it over the top. »
- Shilo Adams
Big movie stars are known for doing lucrative commercials in foreign countries, like those Japanese bank ads Brad Pitt and Wes Anderson did. It is, however, very rare to see a star of Will Ferrell's stature shilling on American television.
But there he inexplicably is, in 19 (yes, 19!) 30-second spots promoting Old Milwaukee beer. What kind of big money offer did Pabst Brewing Co. dangle in front of Ferrell to get him pushing their beverage?
Try $0 (zero) dollars.
The Quad-City Times reports that the "Old School" star personally approached the company to write, direct, and star in the ads himself for free, to only be aired in their mid-west shooting locations like Davenport, Iowa and Terre Haute, Indiana.
"Will approached Old Milwaukee because he’s a big fan of the beer and thought it would be fun to make the commercials, and we couldn’t be more excited that he did, »
- Max Evry
The Hangover Part II opened to absolutely Huge success in 2011, taking a whopping $255 million at the Us box office alone. Well, now the film is on DVD and Blu-Ray for you all to own, so as you get your backsides down to the shops to pick it up, we thought that we’d take a look at the top ten ‘guy’ movies that also float our boat, particularly when we’ve had a few shandys down the boozer on a Friday night; ones that you simply must check out!
Now, this list may be a bit random, and we apologise for the two red herrings that have found their way in at numbers 6 and 3, but we totally back up our reasoning for inclusion – and it’s our list.
So hunt these puppies down when you’re browsing the shelves at HMV!
10. Revenge Of The Nerds (1984)
Revenge Of The Nerds was »
- Paul Heath
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Apparently Will Ferrell loves drinking Old Milwaukee beer. The actor was recently spotted in local Old Milwaukee ads in the Davenport, Iowa area. According to BusinessInsider, Ferrell did the commercials free of charge, though there is no official word as to why the comic participated. The ads feature the 'Old School' star's signature schtick, as he goes fishing, diving in the Mississippi and running through the town of Davenport.
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- Moviefone Staff
There’s a great argument that out of all of the star studded names in the superb comedy Horrible Bosses, one motherfucker [Jones] steals the show entirely. Yes, Jamie Foxx is simply awesome in the role of the go-to ‘hitman’, grabbing the limelight from his A-list co-stars Jason Bateman, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey and a potty-mouthed Jennifer Aniston. To celebrate the release of the film, which hit home entertainment markets in the UK this week, we thought we’d think back and pop up some other movie scene stealers…
If Quentin Tarantino were ever to ressurrect a character from one of his classic early movies, then Christopher Walken’s Vincenzo Coccotti would be it – and this guy lived right? For me, that whole scene in True Romance is the reason that I watch it time and time again. “I haven’t killed anybody… since 1984.” Walken managed »
- Paul Heath
Elvis & Nixon just got a little more star power added to it. The film, which will mark Carey Elwes. directorial debut, is already set to star Eric Bana and Danny Huston, playing the the title characters respectively, and now Luke Wilson and Kevin Connolly have joined the cast. Elvis & Nixon tells the story of Elvis Presley.s trip to Washington DC to meet President Nixon in 1970. Eric Bana is already set to play Presley and Huston, who played Stryker in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, among other roles, will play Tricky Dick (aka President Richard M. Nixon). The Hollywood Reporter posted the news that Kevin Connolly and Luke Wilson will be joining the cast of the indie film. Wilson (Old School, The Royal Tenenbaums), is set to play Sonny, one of Elvis. .Memphis Mafia.. Meanwhile Connolly, known for playing Eric in HBO.s Entourage, will play a limo driver. While Connolly isn »
Variety is moonwalking to the news that John Branca, executor of Jackson's estate, has reached out to Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock's Montecito Picture Company to bring the King of Pop's story to the silver screen. The article states the movie would "only cover certain periods of the late singer's life," which is shorthand meaning the focus would be more on the salad days of The Jackson 5 and "Thriller" and less on what Dave Chappelle termed the "white ghoulish-like creature" period.
Montecito Picture Company is best known for bringing Todd Phillips to the world with "Road Trip" and "Old School," while Ivan Reitman is the director behind such comedy classics as "Ghostbusters" and "Twins." They've hit a more prestigious groove in recent »
- Max Evry
Over two years after the death of iconic pop star Michael Jackson, the King of Pop's estate is now looking to get a biopic off the ground. Not too long after Jackson's passing, a documentary chronicling the final days of the international superstar came in the form of This Is It, which brought us as close to Jackson's final concert as we'll ever get. But this new film would cover other periods of Jackson's life, though it wouldn't be a comprehensive life-to-death biopic. Variety reports John Branca, the executor of the Jackson estate, has gone to Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock's Montecito Picture Company to produce and finance the biopic. Reitman and Pollock's company started out with comedies like Road Trip, Evolution and Old School, but recently they've taken on more dramatic material like Up in the Air and Chloe. If the estate is looking to get the project made, »
- Ethan Anderton
You’ve been that person walking out of the theater smiling while the rest of the crowd passing by seem to be throwing their tickets away in disgust. You liked the bad movie. You’re not alone. We’ve all been there at some point, and it’s not a bad thing. Everyone deserves to indulge. Even the most hardened of cinephiles have a few skeleton’s in their closet – acclaimed critics included.
Roger Ebert liked The Zookeeper, A.O. Scott found “an amazing kind of emotional integrity and intensity” in the Twilight franchise, and Richard Corliss wasn’t afraid to say he enjoyed Clash of the Titans. Everyone has standalone indulgences like Zookeeper or Titans. There are hundreds of bad movies filled with just enough nostalgia or fun to keep you coming back for more. The choices become less clear when you start looking for the great guilty pleasure franchises though. »
- Phil Aram
The film follows the latest Hollywood trend of “documented” films, this time without any terrifying children or noises in the night. Alright, I lied there will be noises in the night as the film follows a group of young friends who try to live the best version of their lives for just one night. The film stars Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O’Connor, Thomas Mann, Alexis Knapp and Jillian Reynold.
As far as looks go, the trailer in a sense describes itself. Babes, booze, music, police, babes… whoops sorry about that. The trailer sets off perfectly with almost a dark ominous introduction leading up to Kid Cudi’s »
- Tim Shustoff
I know what you’re saying. “Um, what’s ‘Project X’?” Well, it’s a movie called “Project X”, starring no one you’ve ever heard of (but produced by Todd Phillips of “The Hangover” and “Old School” fame, which at this point seems to be it’s one big selling angle), shot in “Paranormal Activity”-style, which is to say, another found footage movie. But no, it’s not a horror movie. Unless, of course, you consider teenagers thrashing their parent’s house just so they can be cool to be horrific, in which case, yes, it’s pretty horrific. It’s a little hard to get a handle on the film’s tone, though the official plot synopsis (below) claims it’s an “out-of-control comedy”. I see a lot of out-of-control stuff happening in the trailer, but not a whole lot resembling “comedy”. There seems to be a »
Project X Teaser Trailer. Nima Nourizadeh‘s Project X (2012) teaser trailer, produced by Todd Phillips, stars Thomas Mann, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Oliver Cooper, Nichole Bloom, and Martin Klebba. Project X‘s plot synopsis: “Three high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things begin to spiral insanely out of control as word of the party spreads.”
Reports out of test screenings have called Project X “the new Superbad” and similar superlatives.
So in the ’80s and ’90s there were the giant staged MTV Spring Break specials, and now we have this vision of the ultimate underage party, enhanced by Central Casting models and a budget that wouldn’t feed »
After "Paranormal Activity 3" scared up a big opening weekend, it was clear that the found footage genre isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The latest addition to the club is "Project X" from producer Todd Phillips, the director of "Old School" and "The Hangover."
This time, the camera doesn't document a demon or a witch or giant monster destroying New York City. The disaster this time around happens to be a giant party destroying a suburban block.
"Project X" follows a group of high school students, the main character played by Thomas Mann, who throw the most out of control party of all time for their one chance to be cool. It's kind of like if the people in "Cloverfield" never left the apartment from the beginning. The trailer shows off a party that doesn't look that much crazier than a relatively big high school party. Everyone is dancing. There are raging hormones abound, »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
When I was a kid, Project X was a movie starring Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt about chimpanzees being used as test-subjects by the military. Produced by Todd Phillips (Old School, The Hangover films), the 2012 film Project X is most definitely not a remake of an '80's film about monkeys, although animals do appear in this trailer. Project X follows three high school seniors who are tired of being uncool and decide to throw a party. It seems like they end up over-shooting on making their little get-together a legendary event because things seem to spiral out of control. Based on the trailer, the party looks like the kind of things high school kids might have made up through a lot of gossip and exaggeration, however in the case of Project X things really were that out of control. The strange thing about the trailer is, it starts out »
Over the past year we've heard small news here and there about Project X, a high school party comedy from producer Todd Phillips (director of Old School and The Hangover) and first-time feature director Nima Nourizade. The film follows a high school party that grows to massive size, and eventually gets out of control. Reports  out of test screenings have called Project X "the new Superbad" and similar superlatives. Now there is a trailer that suggests that Project X will really be like watching one long high school party. I can't decide if that's a good thing or not -- see for yourself after the break. So in the '80s and '90s there were the giant staged MTV Spring Break specials, and now we have this vision of the ultimate underage party, enhanced by Central Casting models and a budget that wouldn't feed the electricians on a Michael Bay movie, »
- Russ Fischer
I’m sure shooting Project X was a lot of fun, but I’m still not confident the final project will turn out that way. With producer Todd Phillips (director of The Hangover, Old School), director Nima Nourizadeh, who has worked on Santigold, Lily Allen and Hot Chip music videos, have come together to make a mysterious house party film. We now have the first trailer (with an interview from the director) from Vice, on the film based on a true out-of-control party.
Judging just from the trailer it looks like this may not appeal to anyone outside the demographic of its characters, but in the interview Nourizadeh said it “starts off being funny and progresses into something else. It’s sexy, but it gets dark.” With a cast of unknowns, many were handed cameras and told to shoot as much footage as possible. It was culled together to the product you see here. »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
Chuck came back for its final season on Friday and with it came the return of our usual round table, Dan, Dr. Toboggan, and myself. Also along for the ride for this final season? A fresh perspective and webmaster of Sarah Walker Fangirls and new TV Fanatic staff writer, Kris Hekmi.
So enjoy our Round Table 2.0 ad we discuss "Chuck vs. The Zoom."
1. Funniest moment from the episode?
Dan F: Although the Buy More story was slight this week, the single moment that Jeff Barnes slyly stood up out of his wheelchair to put away a box was absolutely hilarious and worth the detour from the main plot.
Kris H: Tickled to the max with Sarah and Morgan's special handshake. Although a close second was the massage scene with Chuck, which reminded me a lot of the Friends gag when Ross had to do it.
Dr. T: I almost agree with Dan. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Hochberger)
Long after the dust settles on his career, Will Ferrell will probably be best remembered as the star of Anchorman, or for his perpetual manchild routines in Talladega Nights or Step Brothers or Old School, and his more serious roles like the excellent, underrated Stranger Than Fiction will no doubt take a back seat.
Everything Must Go is a melancholic, bittersweet portrait of man who has lost everything: a relapsed alcoholic, he loses his job at the outset, and subsequently discovers that his wife has left him over his drinking and an implied incident of adultery at a work convention – he is a man cut out of life, in the process of being erased, and unable to fight for his own survival.
Nick isn’t necessarily an innocent victim – the film in fact takes great effort to say that he is at fault for almost everything that goes wrong for »
- Simon Gallagher
The final season of Chuck is upon us. In addition to our Chuck reviewer, Dan, and myself, we brought in the big guns. Sarah Walker fan girl herself, Kris D. So join as we discuss what's been brewing in our heads all summer long as we've been waiting for our Chuck void to be filled.
Remember, not only to read our round table, but to tune into Chuck's new time. Tonight at 8 pm Est.
1. Which of the amazing guest stars lined up are you most looking forward to?
Dan F: My love for Community, Lost and Las Vegas want me to say Danny Pudi, Jeff Fahey, or Cheryl Ladd, but I have to go with Craig Kilborn. I was a huge fan of his on SportsCenter back in the day, and don't sleep on his villainous performance in Old School. The dude might fit right in with this Chuck crew, »
- email@example.com (Eric Hochberger)
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