The duo is coming aboard to direct "American Pie 4," Universal's reboot of the "American Pie" franchise, setting the stage for newcomer Todd Strauss Schulson to direct "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas," the third installment of the trippily successful "Harold & Kumar" series.
"Stan" plays out a scenario about which many men fantasize on the cusp of marriage. When Stan learns his fiancee, Julie, has had more sexual partners than he, he gets her blessing for one night to play catch-up. Unfortunately, his plans for a sex buffet don't come together quite the way he had hoped.
Peter Principato, Paul Young and Matt Berenson of Principato Young Entertainment are producing with Mike Karz of Karz Entertainment. Josie Rosen of Karz brought the script to Lionsgate and will executive produce.
Lionsgate has not strayed often into comedy territory and rarely has done well with it -- unless it has Tyler Perry's name in the title. Post-"Hangover," though, concept is king, especially if it offers a big canvas for raunchy,
The 31-year-old actor has accepted a position as the associate director in the White House's Office of Public Liaison & Intergovernmental Affairs.
Penn - also known for his role in stoner comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle - was written out of the TV drama in an episode that aired in the U.S. on Monday.
And he's preparing to leave acting behind for good even though the salary for the government job is far less than the money he makes from his career on screen.
He tells Entertainment Weekly, "(The Office of Public Liaison & Intergovernmental Affairs) do outreach with the American public and with different organisations. They're basically the front door of the White House. They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House.
"I love what I do as an actor. I couldn't love it more. But probably from the time I was a kid, I really enjoyed that balance between the arts and public service. I thought this might be the right time to go off and do something else.
"There's not a lot of financial reward in these jobs. Obviously, the opportunity to serve in a capacity like this is an incredible honor."
Penn is currently working on a graduate certificate in international security from California's prestigious Stanford University.
He also campaigned for Obama last year as a member of his National Arts Policy Committee.
Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the masterminds behind the "Harold & Kumar" movies, have sold their original comedy screenplay, "Grandma vs. Grandma," to Paramount Pictures. Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing through their Red Wagon shingle.
The script, which would net the scribes north of a million dollars if it is produced, concerns two 60-ish grandmothers who aggressively compete against each other for the affections of their grandchildren while the parents are out of town.
Hurwitz and Schlossberg most recently wrote and directed "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay," the sequel to "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," which they scripted in 2004. "Grandma" is intended to play more as a family comedy in the PG-13 range.
"We've wanted to be in business with them for a long time," Wick said. "They create unique and unlikely heroes and tell their stories with an
Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who wrote "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and wrote and directed "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay," will write and direct " 'Til Beth Do Us Part," a comedy that has been set up at Warner Bros.
Principato Young is producing the feature, which will focus on two twenty?something males whose friendship is put to the test when one of them becomes engaged.
The movie will share some elements with the stoner franchise for which the writer-directors are known -- most notably, the comedic bond between two young males -- but will be more grounded and contain fewer of its zany flourishes.
The project, which is casting its two male leads, is aiming for a first-quarter shoot. Paul Young and Peter Principato are producing via their banner; Greg Silverman
David Krumholtz, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Corddry, Christopher Meloni, Ed Helms, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Paula Garces, Jack Conley, Roger Bart, Danneel Harris and Eric Winter will join John Cho and Kal Penn in Harold & Kumar 2 for Mandate Pictures and New Line Cinema.
The sequel is set in motion on the same morning that Harold and Kumar finally satisfy their munchies at White Castle and the object of Harold's affection, Maria (Garces), sets off for Amsterdam. The pair decide to pursue her so Harold can proclaim his love. But when an overzealous passenger mistakes Kumar for a terrorist, the plane is diverted and the boys are off on a new escapade of mistaken identity. From Guantanamo Bay through the Deep South, Harold and Kumar encounter myriad wackos, jerks and whores as they are pursued by the Department of Homeland Security all the way into Bush Country.
Screened at the CineVegas Film Festival (and shown a day later at the Los Angeles Film Festival), this inspired entry in the generally languid stoner comedy genre is a comparative breath of fresh, if herb-scented, air.
Effectively carried by a pair of relative newcomers, the New Line release should satisfy the cravings of laugh-starved young-adult audiences and will likely hang around well past Labor Day.
Meanwhile, the folks at White Castle would be wise to ensure their burger inventories can withstand an inevitable late-summer onslaught from copycat customers.
Making like a multicultural Bill and Ted, Harold Lee (John Cho), a socially reserved, somewhat-anal accountant, and his outspoken, would-be med student roommate, Kumar Patel (Kal Penn), are, ahem, chronic overachievers when it comes to partaking of one of their favorite weekend activities.
Overcome with a particularly insistent case of the munchies while watching a seductive White Castle commercial, they rise to the challenge and embark on a nocturnal quest across the backwoods of New Jersey in search of the cute little burgers.
But the road to fast-food riches is paved with considerable peril in the form of potentially rabid raccoons, escaped cheetahs, corrupt cops, a boil-infested tow-truck driver named Freakshow (Christopher Meloni) and even a horny Doogie Howser (a funny Neil Patrick Harris).
Working from a lively script by rewrite specialists Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg that manages to find a place for animation, puppetry and some light CGI, director Danny Leiner keeps it all chugging agreeably forward, while his cast, which also includes cameos from Fred Willard, Anthony Anderson and Ryan Reynolds, join in the goofiness.
But it's Indian-American Penn, who is a welcome burst of comic energy, and Korean-American Cho, as his hapless foil, who keep the proceedings anchored in a real-world reality too-seldom represented in contemporary comedies. It's nice to see characters who are usually relegated to stock, stereotypical supporting roles finally allowed to carry the entire picture.
That alone is almost enough to forgive director Leiner for Dude, Where's My Car?
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
New Line Cinema presents in association with Senator International
a Senator International/Kingsgate production in association with Endgame Entertainment
A film by Danny Leiner
Director: Danny Leiner
Screenwriters: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg
Producers: Greg Shapiro, Nathan Kahane
Executive producers: J. David Brewington Jr., Luke Ryan, Joe Drake, Carsten Lorenz, Hanno Huth
Director of photography: Bruce Douglas Johnson
Production designer: Steve Rosenzweig
Editor: Jeff Betancourt
Music: David Kitay
Music supervisor: Dave Jordan
Casting: Cassandra Kulukundis.
Kumar: Kal Penn
Harold: John Cho
Maria: Paula Garces
Himself: Neil Patrick Harris
Goldstein: David Krumholtz
Rosenberg: Eddie Kaye Thomas
Freakshow: Christopher Meloni
Male Nurse: Ryan Reynolds
Dr. Willoughby: Fred Willard
MPAA rating R
Running time -- 87 minutes
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