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Ben Stiller Steps In For Russell Brand In ‘Rentaghost,’ From ‘Museum’ Scribes

12 October 2011 2:14 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are funny guys (just look at Reno 911!), but when it comes to feature films I’ve always been left disappointed. With studio comedies such as Taxi, Let’s Go to Prison, Balls of Fury and Night at the Museum films, they’ve never lived up to their long-running parody show. Deadline now reports that 20th Century Fox has hired to the duo write the feature remake of the popular ’70s/’80s British kids comedy show Rentaghost.

With the announcement, we also get the news that their Museum star Ben Stiller will come on as lead, stepping in for the previously attached Russell Brand. The “Beetlejuice-style afterlife comedy” follows Fred Mumford, a ghost who is determined to be more useful dead than alive, so the formerly living loser sets up a temp agency staffed with ghosts and ghouls. From there, “Mumford and cohorts rent out »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Movie News After Dark: Contagion Infects, The Wire Inspires, Lars von Trier Wears a Kilt and Doc Brown Returns

25 August 2011 8:18 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly thing that you read. You know it, I know it, and little Baby Jesus knows it. We begin tonight with one of 70 new images from Contagion, Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming viral thriller. Early buzz insists that it’s not only good, but that it will make you want to wash your hands. As if you needed another reason — germs are everywhere, I tell you. Everywhere! Paul Solet, the man who disturbed audiences with the killer pregnancy film Grace, has picked his next project. FilmNation announced via press release today that Solet will direct The Faces, a terrifying story of two newlyweds who, a year after narrowly escaping a brutal kidnapping, discover an underground world in which terror is used for entertainment. A good number of the inspirational posters on the new Tumblr Wire Inspire, which celebrate the motivational nature of David Simon’s The Wire, are »

- Neil Miller

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Robert Ben Garant Adapting Japanese Graphic Novel Tux for Disney

4 August 2011 4:04 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The guy who co-wrote the book on writing movies for fun and profit (no, but really) has landed another gig. Robert Ben Garant, who recently released the book Writing Movies for Fun and Profit with his writing partner Thomas Lennon, has signed on to adapt the Japanese graphic novel Tuxedo Gin for Disney. The project's title will be shortened to Tux and, according to Deadline, will center on a young street fighter who receives a tough lesson in karma upon lapsing into a coma. As writer/artist Tokihiko Matsuura's story goes, the fighter's selfish earthly ways lead to him being reincarnated as a penguin, an obstacle he must overcome if he wishes to return to his less penguin-like state and former flame alike. Garant will executive produce the film alongside Isamu Kamei. In addition to Tux, Garant also has writing credits on titles such as Night at the Museum, Herbie Fully Loaded, »

- Jason Barr

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Take Me Home Tonight arrives on DVD and Blu-ray

20 July 2011 10:42 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The outrageous comedy Take Me Home Tonight has arrived on DVD and Blu-ray from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and to keep fans enjoying the laughs the film is joining the Vans Warped Tour - which runs June 24th through August 14th and covers 44 U.S. and Canadian cities. Take Me Home Tonight follows three friends on the verge of adulthood who attend an out-of-control party in celebration of their last night of unbridled youth. Starring Topher Grace (.That 70.s Show,. Predators), Anna Faris (The House Bunny), Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), the film is a raunchy, romantic, ridiculous and raucous ride set to an awesome soundtrack of timeless rock and »

- Patrick Luce

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Exclusive: Thomas Lennon Talks Writing Movies for Fun and Profit

4 July 2011 12:18 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Thomas Lennon can currently be seen making naked love to a photocopy machine in Bad Teacher opposite Cameron Diaz. While he has made a career out of hilarious comedic roles such as Lt. Dangle on Reno 911! and various supporting appearances in too many films to count, his first passion is screenwriting. He and his screenwriting partner Robert Ben Garant are responsible for the scripts to Night at the Museum and its sequel, the ping pong epic Balls of Fury, and Herbie: Fully Loaded. Together, they have penned the how-to epic Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!, which is now available at retailers nationwide. We recently caught up with Thomas to chat about both the book and his quick appearance in Bad Teacher. Click on the clip below for our exclusive interview.

Click to watch Exclusive: Thomas Lennon Interview! »

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Take Me Home Tonight Blu-ray and DVD Hit on July 19th

1 June 2011 9:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Experience this generation's most outrageous comedy when Take Me Home Tonight comes home on Blu-ray and DVD July 19th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. With exciting special features including deleted scenes, music videos and more, re-live all the hilarious hijinks when the party movie of the summer arrives July 19th on Blu-ray and DVD.

Take Me Home Tonight follows three friends on the verge of adulthood who attend an out-of-control party in celebration of their last night of unbridled youth. Starring Topher Grace (That '70s Show, Predators), Anna Faris (The House Bunny), Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), Take Me Home Tonight is a raunchy, romantic, ridiculous and raucous ride set to an awesome soundtrack of timeless rock and hiphop hits.

Take Me Home Tonight is available on Blu-ray and DVD July 19th. Pre-book is June 15th. The film was theatrically-released by Relativity Media. »

- MovieWeb

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Take Me Home Tonight Comes to Blu-ray and DVD July 19th

24 May 2011 3:01 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Experience this generation.s most outrageous comedy when Take Me Home Tonight comes home on Blu-ray and DVD July 19th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  With exciting special features including deleted scenes, music videos and more, re-live all the hilarious hijinks when the party movie of the summer  arrives July 19thon Blu-ray and DVD.

Take Me Home Tonight follows three friends on the verge of adulthood who attend an out-of-control party in celebration of their last night of unbridled youth.  Starring Topher Grace (.That 70.s Show,. Predators), Anna Faris (The House Bunny), Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), Take Me Home Tonight is a raunchy, romantic, ridiculous and raucous ride set to an awesome soundtrack of timeless rock and hip-hop hits.

Take Me Home Tonight is available on Blu-ray and DVD July 19th.  Pre-book is June 15th.  The film was theatrically-released by Relativity Media. »

- Melissa Howland

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Vin Diesel to Produce and Star in Action-Comedy The Machine

19 May 2011 1:02 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Vin Diesel provided the voice for eponymous character in 1999's The Iron Giant and he's about go back to robotics.  Heat Vision reports that Diesel will produce and star in the action comedy The Machine for MGM.  Diesel will play "a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world's first true ultimate weapon. Twenty years after the project was buried and decommissioned for reasons unknown, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government learns it has been reactivated, the Machine must protect the family harboring him."  So it's kind of like The Iron Giant except without the charming animation. Hit the jump for more details on the film and why I don't think we're getting anything close to the level of quality seen in The Iron Giant. Also worrisome is that Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.  Lennon and Garant are both »

- Matt Goldberg

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ABC Announces 2011-2012 Schedule – Preview It Here

18 May 2011 12:22 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

ABC has a slew of new shows coming, many of which need a lot of luck if they're going to last more than a handful of episodes. The schedule has been released, so let's take a lot at what's coming.

Oddly enough, as part of the new announcement, ABC has solidified the return of several more shows, including Happy Endings, despite the fact that two other networks have shows on their slate with cast members from the show. That should be interesting. Of course, it works for me, because I'm a fan.

In other news, Desperate Housewives will not die. Are you kidding me with this show still being on?

New Series - “Apartment 23,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Good Christian Belles,” “Last Man Standing,” “Man Up,” “Missing,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Pan Am,” “Revenge,” “The River,” “Scandal,” “Suburgatory” and “Work It” Join the Lineup

Returning shows - “America’s Funniest Home Videos, »

- Marc Eastman

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TV News: ABC Reveals Exciting Fall Schedule Including New Series Details

17 May 2011 7:10 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – NBC & Fox released their schedules already this week and there are a few interesting highlights, but ABC has released easily the most aggressive and ambitious new slate of programs, which will feature at least one new program five nights a week. Overall, they’re debuting seven new programs in the Fall alone, clearly trying to cement an exciting schedule before the mid-season instead of holding back programs for 2012.

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As far as returning series go, “Cougar Town” will not return until 2012, allowing the promising “Happy Endings” to move into a great spot, post-“Modern Family.” (Thank you ABC. Thank you.) “Happy Endings” and “Extreme Makover: Home Edition” (which will be on Fridays now) are the only returning shows moving as ABC had enough to worry about with new shows and are keeping “Dancing With the Stars,” “Castle,” “Body of Proof,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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ABC unveils 2011-12 fall schedule

17 May 2011 5:04 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

ABC hopes 13 is its lucky number. The network has picked up a baker’s dozen new shows to populate its fall and midseason schedule, which includes opening a new comedy block.

Mondays will stay the same with Dancing With the Stars and Castle. Tuesdays will open with a comedy hour that includes Tim Allen’s new sitcom, Last Man Standing, paired with another new comedy, Man Up. Wednesdays adds new comedy Suburgatory, plus soap thriller, Revenge, at 10 p.m., with Cougar Town shifting to midseason and Happy Endings getting the Modern Family lead-in. Charlie’s Angels will go into Thursdays at 8 p. »

- James Hibberd

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Tekken Blu-ray and DVD Arrive July 19th

10 May 2011 2:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ever since its premiere in 1994, the Tekken videogame has thrilled gamers and lovers of futuristic adventure across the entire world. With millions of games sold on such gaming platforms as PS3, Xbox360 and PSP, it seemed that Tekken would forever be confined to the limited graphics of gaming consoles. Until now...

The videogame of the future comes to full live-action life when Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment release Tekken on July 19th. Directed by Dwight H. Little (Bones, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers), Tekken stars Jon Foo, Kelly Overton (The Ring Two), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Planet of the Apes, Pearl Harbor, Balls of Fury), Ian Anthony Dale (The Hangover, The Bucket List), Darrin Dewitt Henson (Stomp the Yard, Soul Food), former world champion kick boxer Gary Daniels (The Expendables), Mma fighters Cung Le (Pandorum, Dragon Eyes), and Roger Huerta, Luke Goss (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Blade 2), and »

- MovieWeb

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Tekken Blu-ray & DVD Release Cover with Details!

10 May 2011 2:04 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The videogame franchise comes to live-action with Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment releasing Tekken July 19th. Directed by Dwight H. Little (Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers) and starring Jon Foo, Kelly Overton (The Ring Two), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Planet of the Apes, Pearl Harbor, Balls of Fury), Ian Anthony Dale (The Hangover, The Bucket List), Darrin DeWitt Henson (Stomp The Yard, “Soul Food”), former world champion kick boxer Gary Daniels (The Expendables), Mma fighters Cung Le (Pandorum, Dragon Eyes), and Roger Huerta, Luke Goss (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Blade II), and Tamlyn Tomita (The Day After Tomorrow, The Joy Luck Club.) A Crystal Sky Production. Tekken can be yours to own on Blu-ray™/DVD/Digital Copy™ combo for $39.99 Srp, as well as a standard DVD edition for $26.98 Srp. Already out to buy in Europe: LEEE777 - Well tell you the truth I've yet to see it, let »

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Box Office Beat Down: Rango Takes $38 Million in Its Opening Weekend

6 March 2011 12:06 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Rango $38 millionThe Adjustment Bureau $20.9 millionBeastly $10.1 millionHall Pass $9 millionGnomeo and Juliet $6.9 millionUnknown $6.6 millionThe King's Speech $6.5 millionJust Go with It $6.4 millionI Am Number Four $5.7 millionJustin Bieber: Never Say Never $4.3 million

The new comedy Hall Pass just barely managed to beat out Gnomeo and Juliet last week to take the top spot at the box office in its debut. But with four new films entering the box office race this week including the animated Western Rango, The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon, the teen drama Beastly, and the '80s comedy Take Me Home Tonight, the Owen Wilson comedy was unable to retain its box office crown for a second week in a row.

Debuting at number one this week is the new computer animated Western from Pirates of The Caribbean director Gore Verbinski called Rango. The film stars Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), as well as Isla Fisher »

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[Review] Take Me Home Tonight

5 March 2011 2:47 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In three or four months when your walking past your local RedBox and you see a DVD titled Take Me Home Tonight, please don’t take its advice. The sin of the film is it stretches what should be a second act of a film into the whole narrative, it’s a film about “one big night” and when characters are aware it’s going to be a “big night” – it kind of takes the fun out of the film.

Topher Grace is Matt; an MIT graduate who works at Suncoast Video at the mall, his twin sister, Wendy is played by Anna Faris gets engaged to a typical polo-wearing jerk whose daddy is buying him a fast food franchise. Dan Fogler, which I think represents most of what is wrong about the film, is a Barry. In the afternoon of this “big/best night ever” he’s fired from »

- John Fink

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Box Office Predictions: Can Rango Ride Its Way to Top of the Charts This Weekend?

4 March 2011 11:13 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Predicted Weekend Box Office

Rango $48.9 millionThe Adjustment Bureau $21.5 millionHall Pass $7.8 millionThe King's Speech $7.6 millionGnomeo and Juliet $7.4 millionBeastly $7.1 millionUnknown $6.6 millionTake Me Home Tonight $6.4 millionI Am Number Four $6.1 millionJust Go with It $5.9 million

Last week the new Owen Wilson comedy Hall Pass managed to just barely defeat Gnomeo and Juliet to take the top spot at the box office in its debut. But with four new films entering the charts this week including the animated Western Rango, The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon, the teen drama Beastly, and the '80s comedy Take Me Home Tonight, it's likely that we will be crowning a new box office champ before the weekend is over.

Predicted to debut at number one this week is the new computer animated Western from Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl director Gore Verbinski called Rango. The film stars Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas »

- MovieWeb

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Exclusive: Take Me Home Tonight Cast Interviews

2 March 2011 9:30 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Opening in theaters on March 4th is the new '80s comedy Take Me Home Tonight. The film stars Topher Grace (Predators), and Anna Faris (Lost In Translation), as well as Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury), Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), and Michael Biehn (The Terminator). We recently had a chance to sit down and speak with Topher Grace, Teresa Palmer, Dan Fogler, and Chris Pratt about the new film, its long road to the big screen and the wonderful '80s. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below.

Click to watch Exclusive: Cast Interview Featurette!

Recent MIT grad Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) should be working for a Fortune 500 company and starting his upward climb to full-fledged yuppie-hood. Instead, the directionless 23-year-old takes a part-time job behind the counter of a video store at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. But, »

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Box Office Beat Down: Gnomeo and Juliet Takes the Top Spot After Three Weeks on the Charts!

27 February 2011 1:41 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Weekend Box Office

Gnomeo and Juliet $14.2 millionHall Pass $13.4 millionUnknown $12.4 millionJust Go with It $11.1 millionI Am Number Four $11 millionJustin Bieber: Never Say Never $9.2 millionThe King's Speech $7.6 millionBig Momma's House $7.5 millionDrive Angry $5.1 millionThe Roommate $2 million

The new action-thriller Unknown surprised everyone last week by debuting at number one with $21.7 million. But with two new films opening this weekend including Owen Wilson's Hall Pass, and the 3D action film Drive Angry, as well as the popular animated film Gnomeo and Juliet working its way up the charts, the Liam Neeson vehicle was unable to retain its box office crown for a second week in a row.

Moving up two places from last week to take the number one spot for the first time since it entered the box office charts over three weeks ago is the new CGI animated film Gnomeo and Juliet. The film is based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, »

- MovieWeb

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Who Should Be Added to the Cast of a “Red” Sequel?

21 January 2011 10:06 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

hollywoodnews.com: Collider is reporting that Summit Entertainment has hired Jon and Erich Hoeber to pen a sequel to their hit comic book adaptation Red. As you recall, the film opened to around $22 million in mid-October and stuck around seemingly forever, ending up with $90 million in domestic grosses and $164 million worldwide. In an age where every film seems targeted younger and younger, Red was a diamond in the rough, a spy-comedy that was all about the older generation. It was, at its core, an action comedy/romantic caper starring Bruce Willis and Mary Louise-Parker, but it had scene-stealing supporting turns for Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Brian Cox, Morgan Freeman, Richard Dreyfuss, and Earnest Borgnine. It’s easily the studio’s biggest hit outside of the Twilight Saga and ripe for sequel potential as most of the main cast members are still alive by the time the credits roll.

Alas, »

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‘Reno 911!’ Creators Plan Amnesiac Leprechaun Comedy ‘The Wee McGinty’

6 January 2011 11:04 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Reno 911! is one of the shows I’ve always loved when it was on, but never kept up with. It seemed to go on forever, but upon research, I was surprised to hear it ended after only six seasons. Creators and stars Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are genuinely hilarious, especially with their diverting Miami-based movie on the series, and now Deadline reports that they are planning a new feature.

The planned Summit Entertainment comedy is titled The Wee McGinty and has just been “creatively taken over” by the duo. They will re-write Mark Gibson and Phil Halprin‘s original script. Garant will direct (as he did with Reno 911!: Miami and Balls of Fury). Lennon will have a “major supporting role.” The comedy has been described as “Bourne Identity, but plug in a leprechaun instead of Matt Damon.” Check out an extended synopsis below.

The height-challenged wish-granter loses his memory, »

- Jordan Raup

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