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Adult Swim Developing 'Harold & Kumar' Cartoon, Greenlights 7 Pilots

Adult Swim Developing 'Harold & Kumar' Cartoon, Greenlights 7 Pilots
Harold and Kumar have been to White Castle and Guantanamo Bay. Now they're going to Adult Swim. Adult Swim is developing an animated project based on the "Harold & Kumar" movies, the network said Tuesday. The project, which currently goes under the moniker "Untitled Animated Harold & Kumar Project," is being produced by Lionsgate. The network has also given the go-ahead to a pilot from "Community" creator Dan Harmon. Titled "Rick & Morty," the half-hour project follows a "genius inventor grandfather and
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Upfronts 2012: Adult Swim Orders Eight Pilots, Including a Project From 'Community's' Dan Harmon

Upfronts 2012: Adult Swim Orders Eight Pilots, Including a Project From 'Community's' Dan Harmon
Ahead of Adult Swim’s upfront party Wednesday night, the Turner-owned network has announced a collection of pilots. Among the younger-skewing net’s development projects: an animated Harold & Kumar project and an animated effort from Community’s Dan Harmon. Here’s a look at Adult Swim’s pilots: Untitled Animated Harold & Kumar Project (In Development) A Lionsgate-produced animated version of the eponymous stoner comedy series. As The Hollywood Reporter first reported in November, film stars John Cho and Kal Penn are on board to voice Harold and Kumar, respectively, while A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas scribes Jon Hurwitz

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'Harold & Kumar' Animated Series Being Shopped by Lionsgate

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'Harold & Kumar' Animated Series Being Shopped by Lionsgate
As moviegoers prepare to revel in the seasonal stoner antics of "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," Lionsgate Television is working to bring the weed-puffing comedic duo to the small screen in animated form. Yes, that's right -- a "Harold & Kumar" cartoon could be coming to television soon. Also read: "Harold & Kumar" Has Snowmen, Yule Warmth, Humor and a Giant Claymation Penis An individual familiar with the project confirms to TheWrap that Lionsgate is pitching the series, and is receiving "lots of interest" from various outlets. Though the project is
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'Harold & Kumar' creators to direct 'American Pie 4'

'Harold & Kumar' creators to direct 'American Pie 4'
Staring at a menu that included American pie and White Castle burgers, "Harold & Kumar" creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have decided they’re hungry for something new.

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.
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Lionsgate spends night with 'Stan'

Josh Friedlander has sold his original comedy screenplay "One Night Stan" to Lionsgate. "Harold & Kumar" creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are set to direct.

"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,
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Weekend Report: 'Hangover' Gets High, 'Up' Hangs On

The Hangover hit the jackpot over the weekend, narrowly edging out Up for the top spot. The ribald comedy had been projected to trail the Pixar adventure in Sunday's studio estimates, but was revised upward once actual grosses poured in. Hangover's Friday dominance combined with a better-than-expected Sunday haul cinched its position, despite Up soaring past it on Saturday as well as being marginally ahead on Sunday. Both pictures were highly successful for their genres and wound up less than two percent apart. Less fortunate was Land of the Lost, which debuted at a distant third. The weekend as a whole came in at $165.5 million, off six percent from the same period last year when Kung Fu Panda opened. The Hangover packed a much greater wallop than the norm for its genre, taking in $45 million on around 4,500 screens at 3,269 sites. It was hyped as the preordained raunchy comedy hit of the season,
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Penn Quits Acting For The White House

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Penn Quits Acting For The White House
American actor/producer Kal Penn has left hit TV show House to work for U.S. President Barack Obama.

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.

Hurwitz, Schlossberg sell 'Grandma'

You're never too old to go to war.

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
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'Harold & Kumar' duo set new project

'Harold & Kumar' duo set new project
New York -- The creators of the "Harold & Kumar" franchise have smoked out a new project.

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
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Puff, Puff, Puff, Give... 'Harold and Kumar 3' Goes Green

I am yet to see a single Harold and Kumar film, but I was sent the Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Blu-ray so that is sure to end soon, but I am not sure if I want to watch it before seeing the much higher praised Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. And now that Variety reports they are making a third film I really better get my ass in gear. Word is Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who penned the first two films, will return to write and direct a third installment for Mandate Pictures. The storyline is being kept quiet, but even though I haven't seen the films it isn't hard to guess what the gist of the story is going to be as, stars John Cho and Kal Penn are expected to reprise their roles as the ganja-loving duo as both have options in their contracts for the third installment.
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Kal Penn To Lead University Studies

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Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle star Kal Penn is set to add professor to his resume after taking on the chance to be a guest instructor at the University Of Pennsylvania next year. The Asian-American actor - real name Kalpen Modi - will teach two undergraduate courses, according to university director Grace Kao. The Namesake actor Penn received a bachelor's degree in sociology with a specialization in theatre, film and television from the University Of California in Los Angeles, and he is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in international security at Stanford University.

'Harold & Kumar 2' takes red-eye

Pot-smoking duo Harold and Kumar are making another run, and they've added 11 actors to the quest.

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.

Penn inks for spot in new '24' plot

Kal Penn has joined the cast of Fox's action drama 24 as a recurring character. The Harold & Kumar star will play a guy who is somehow involved with the Islamic guru running the neighborhood mosque and might be the key to a terrorist plot. Penn, along with John Cho, toplined New Line Cinema's 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and is attached to the upcoming sequel, Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam.

'Smiley' girl: Faris high on Araki comedy

Anna Faris is starring in Smiley Face, a stoner comedy being directed by Gregg Araki. The film, which begins production this week, is being produced by First Look Studios' Henry Winterstern and Kevin Turen along with Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Alix Madigan. The story, penned by first-timer Dylan Haggerty, centers on a young actress and hopeless slacker (Faris) who, after she inadvertently ingests her roommate's pot-laced brownies, attempts to manage her day as it goes awry through a series of misadventures. Also cast in the film are John Krasinski (The Office), John Cho (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) and Jane Lynch (The 40-Year-Old Virgin). International presales for Smiley Face are being handled through First Look International.

Col plays 'Fetch' with Leiner pic

Col plays 'Fetch' with Leiner pic
Columbia Pictures has attached Danny Leiner to direct the romantic comedy Fetch, which Jeff Lowell is writing and Neal Moritz is producing for his Original Film. Leiner most recently directed Great New Wonderful, a tale of five, interwoven stories set in New York in the wake of Sept. 11. The film, whose cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Edie Falco, Tony Shalhoub and Olympia Dukakis, premiered at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. Leiner's other directing credits include Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Dude, Where's My Car?

Penn turns evil for Superman role

Kal Penn has joined the cast of Bryan Singer's Superman Returns movie for Warner Bros. Pictures. Penn, who starred in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, will play Lex Luthor's right-hand man, a genius henchman named Stanford. Kevin Spacey is playing Luthor. Penn joins a cast that includes Brandon Routh as Superman, Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, Hugh Laurie as Perry White, James Marsden as Richard White and Sam Huntington as Jimmy Olsen. Producing the film are Jon Peters, Singer and Gilbert Adler. Chris Lee is executive producing, and Stephen Jones is co-producing. Polly Cohen is overseeing for the studio. Penn also has landed the starring role in director Mira Nair's latest project, The Namesake, playing the son of Indian immigrants who wants to fit in with his fellow New Yorkers. He also just signed on to appear in the last six episodes of HBO's Six Feet Under as the boyfriend of Lauren Ambrose's character. Penn, repped by Gersh, Dan Spilo at Evolution Entertainment and attorney Michael Fuller, gained attention for his comedic performance in Van Wilder.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
LAS VEGAS -- If one were able to toss the American Pie trilogy, the John Hughes brat pack pictures and the Cheech & Chong screen oeuvre into a cultural blender and then press the pulse button a few times, the result would probably have the flavor and consistency of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, a blissfully silly, character-driven road movie with impressive laugh-per-minute performance specs.

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?

Maybe not.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

New Line

New Line Cinema presents in association with Senator International

a Senator International/Kingsgate production in association with Endgame Entertainment

A film by Danny Leiner

Credits:

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.

Cast:

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

Boxoffice preview: Creepy journey to 'Village' green

Boxoffice preview: Creepy journey to 'Village' green
It's genre weekend at the multiplex, where there is a choice for everyone. Whether it's suspense, politics, comedy or children's fare, the boxoffice is open for business. For only the second time this summer, four studios are bringing out wide national releases with the hope that there is enough differentiation for all of them to score well with audiences. The weekend's top film is likely to be M. Night Shyamalan's The Village from Buena Vista Pictures, but Paramount Pictures' political drama The Manchurian Candidate, New Line Cinema's stoner comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Universal Pictures' family film Thunderbirds are all clamoring for their share of the pie. The Village is out to test the brand-name appeal of its writer-director. Shyamalan has become a franchise unto himself with his past three movies. But this time around, the Indian-born thriller buff reaches out to audiences without the help of the significant star power that marked his previous entries. Shyamalan scored his biggest opening in 2002 with Signs, which opened to $60.1 million during the first weekend in August and marked Buena Vista's first hit of that year. The Walt Disney Co.'s distribution outlet is hoping for the same phenomenon this time around, as the studio has struggled at the boxoffice this year.

Mini-burger joint enjoys trip to 'White Castle'

With many of the world's largest corporations spending tens of millions of dollars to secure screen time for their brands, a regional, family-owned fast-food chain called White Castle has effortlessly won a starring role that most brand marketers can only envy. In fact, the role is so integral to the movie's story line that the burger chain's name is featured in the title, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, which New Line Cinema is releasing July 30. While the R-rated comedy could present certain problems for White Castle because of content described even by the studio as racy, the quick-service restaurant famous for its small, square hamburgers should enjoy a windfall of positive publicity that could easily translate into more customers. "One of the cool things about Harold and Kumar -- considering that everything these days seems to be driven out of a Madison and Vine entertainment perspective -- is here's an example of a truly organic placement that is what everyone strives to achieve but that was done out of genuine creativity," said Gordon Paddison, New Line's executive vp integrated marketing.

Writing duo set to 'Eat' at NL

Writing duo set to 'Eat' at NL
Writer Josh Heald and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle writers-producers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are heading to New Line Cinema with All You Can Eat, a broad comedy set in the world of eating contests. It's the second project Hurwitz and Schlossberg have set up at New Line as producers, following Open Bar. That comedy project, which follows two friends who fulfill a lifelong dream of opening up a bar, also was penned by Heald and set up in May.
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