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In the near decade since “The Hangover” earned over half a billion dollars worldwide, R-rated comedies have chased the sensation, but few have come close.
This summer has been especially punishing for adult comedies. Most recently, “The House,” starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as a couple that starts an underground casino to put their daughter through college, opened to only $9 million. Two weekends before, Scarlett Johansson’s “Rough Night” opened to $8 million domestic. Not even Dwayne Johnson’s constant Twitter chatter could save “Baywatch” from flopping over Memorial Day weekend, and a similar story applied a few weeks prior to Amy Schumer’s “Snatched.” Four R-rated comedies so far this summer, and four less-than-stellar openings — where did the appetite go?
Film Review: ‘The House’
Some studio execs have pointed to the growing role that Rotten Tomatoes plays in driving buzz on social media. A swath of negative or even mediocre reviews, the »
- Seth Kelley
Anyone who thinks the house always wins hasn’t seen “The House.” Not that anyone who goes to see this movie, ostensibly a comedy but in reality a bizarre endurance test, wins either — Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s latest is a zero-sum game in which the odds are never in your favor.
After learning that the scholarship that was going to send their daughter to college no longer exists, the happily married couple played by Ferrell and Poehler do what any caring parents would do: start an illegal casino in their friend’s (Jason Mantzoukas) house. That most of the patrons they aim to get rich off of are their neighbors and friends never seems to be an issue, nor is it the source of either comedy or tension.
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- Michael Nordine
How well do Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler really know each other? In the new comedy film The House the former SNL co-stars play a married couple who start an illegal basement casino with their neighbors after they squander their daughter's college fund. Ferrell and Poehler had also starred together in the 2007 movie Blades of Glory. Ferrell and Poehler recently sat down with E! News' Sibley Scoles and played The Newlywed Game, answering questions about each other. When asked what celebrity Ferrell impersonates the best, Poehler wrote "Nick Jonas," prompting the actor to debut his Jonas impression. Poehler also jokingly »
At times, you watch a bad comedy and see hints of the good comedy it might have been. In the case of “The House,” a crude, slipshod, tonally uneven, once in a while chuckle-worthy farce, you have to look very hard and imagine a great many better jokes — just what the film’s co-writer and director, Andrew Jay Cohen, should have been doing.
“The House” stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, who were last teamed together in “Blades of Glory” (2007), as a stuck-in-a-rut suburban couple who open an illegal casino to pay for their daughter’s college tuition. It’s one of those concept comedies built around a sketchbook frame that asks its stars to do a fair amount of improvising — a technique that turns the shooting of a movie into a glorified pitch meeting, since the whole thing is predicated on the premise of “Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler! Are you kidding me? »
- Owen Gleiberman
Wake up, Mr. West. It's your birthday!
On "No More Parties in L.A." off The Life of Pablo, Kanye West describes himself as "a 38-year-old 8-year-old," which is maybe a perfect summation of the qualities that have made the 40-year-old rapper such an enigma: a larger-than-life icon who has cultivated a persona that draws as much infamy as it does reverence, with a head-spinning number of acclaimed tracks to show for it.
Somehow, as Kanye has gotten older, his almost youthful sense for defiance and creativity have created work that has only gotten more experimental, more groundbreaking, and with each new album, inspired a new crop of artists of hip hop and of music in general.
The roster of rappers that 'Ye has inspired is truly staggering. Chance the Rapper has rhapsodized about the transformative »
If you live on the West Coast and you're a fan of Death Dealer Selene from the Underworld movies, then you'll want to mark the weekend of June 17th–18th on your calendar, because Kate Beckinsale will be a featured guest at Wizard World Sacramento. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on the Blu-ray / DVD release of Peelers and the lineup for Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest in Atlanta.
Kate Beckinsale to Attend Wizard World Sacramento: Press Release: "Sacramento, Calif., June 5, 2017 – Kate Beckinsale, star of such films as Underworld and Pearl Harbor, and Val Kilmer, standout in Batman Forever and Top Gun, have been added to the top-flight celebrity roster at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento at the Sacramento Convention Center. Both will appear on Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, when they will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct interactive Q&A sessions with fans. »
- Derek Anderson
Transformers: The Last Knight, Wonder Woman, Baby Driver and more movies you must see in JuneTransformers: The Last Knight, Wonder Woman, Baby Driver and more movies you must see in JuneAdriana Floridia5/31/2017 10:36:00 Am
Summer is finally here! We couldn't be happier to welcome the warm weather and longer nights - and of course, new summer movies!
With the new season comes a new batch of exciting films--and June has some big ones in store. There's something for everyone this month, from iconic superheroes, to indie dramas, Will Ferrell comedies, and even some minions.
Check out 11 of the films you must see this June below!
Release Date: June 2nd, 2017
See it with: Your best gal pals
See it in: IMAX 3D
- Adriana Floridia
Author: Scott Davis
A new red-band trailer has arrived for the upcoming summer comedy The House, and you can view it in all its rambunctious Nsfw glory!
The film stars comedy titans Will Ferrell (Step Brothers, Anchorman 2) and Amy Poehler (Sisters, Parks and Recreation) as a married couple who are hopeful that their daughter (Ryan Simpkins – Revolutionary Road) will get into the university she desperately wants to attend. However, once she is accepted the reality hits that they cannot afford to send her to such a prestigious (and expensive) school and don’t have the courage to tell her the truth.
So, with the help of their friend and neighbour (Jason Mantzoukas – The Night Before), they start their own underground casino to raise the money needed – with a little help from under-age DJs, Mma fighting, strip clubs, flamethrowers and exacting revenge of card cheaters. Everything you could want from »
- Scott Davis
With The House set to arrive in cinemas next month, Warner Bros. has released a new red band trailer for writer-director Andrew Jay Cohen’s upcoming comedy which reunites Blades of Glory stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler alongside Allison Tolman, Jason Mantzoukas, Ryan Simpkins, Nick Kroll, Jessie Ennis, Rob Huebel, and Cedric Yarbrough; check it out below after the official synopsis…
After Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) lose their daughter Alex’s college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university. With the help of their neighbour Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in the basement of his house.
The House is set for release on June 30th. »
- Amie Cranswick
Read on to learn five interesting facts about the 47-year-old retired professional athlete, who will be slipping back into sequins and tights once again to perform in front of a national audience.
1. She’s a two-time Olympic medalist.The married mother of three competed in two Winter Olympic Games and took home a medal both times.
She first competed in the event at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, where she won the bronze medal. »
- Natalie Stone
Over the weekend, the couple — wearing matching outfits — stepped out for a fun dinner date at Los Angeles restaurant Barton G.
“Both were in a great mood, smiling, giggling and taking photos of the dishes,” says a source.
Their meal at the imaginative restaurant included a 2 ft. cotton candy wig (on Marie Antoinette’s head!), sliders, pasta, steak, a ganache tart and funnel cakes.
Carey, 46, kept it casual in jeans, red heels, a »
- Brianne Tracy
If there's one underrated genre of film - or completely unknown - it would be movies set on ice!
Whether it comes in the form of body-checking into the boards, or turning your worst enemies into ice sculptures, movies on ice are actually more exciting than you'd think. And with Goon: Last of the Enforcers coming to Cineplex theatres, movies on ice are getting even better.
Check out our favourite movies on ice below:
Not going to beat around the bush, Doug (Sean William Scott) is - for lack of better words - the family disappointment. With a brother and father in the medical field and Doug in the 'nothing-going-on-in-life' field, it's safe to say he's »
- Garrett McCormick
Ferrell and Poehler portray parents who lose the money intended to pay for their daughter’s college tuition and open an underground casino out of desperation. Poehler totes a flame-thrower, proclaiming “I feel like such a badass!”
They also wind up telling their alarmed daughter — played by Ryan Simpkins — to keep her nose out of their business. “We love you so much but you need to shut up,” Ferrell tells her.
The trailer concludes with the implication of a cheater getting axed on some undisclosed part of his body after he taunts Ferrell and Poehler by saying, “What are you going to do about it?”
- Dave McNary
Be it on cinema or the small screen, we’ve seen parents go to extraordinary lengths to ensure their nearest and dearest aren’t left strapped for cash. Some, like Walter White, dive headfirst into a criminal underworld in order to amass a small fortune, while others break the law in order to set up a fully functioning casino in their basement.
Toss in SNL cohorts Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler to the latter proposition and you’ll get a gist of The House, New Line and director Andrew J. Cohen’s upcoming comedy that has now unveiled its rip-roaring first trailer. Channeling their chemistry from working together on Blades of Glory, Ferrell and Poehler lead the charge as two parents struggling to make ends meet, and after losing their daughter’s precious college fund, they become desperate – so desperate, in fact, that they’re willing to bet big and »
- Michael Briers
After Saturday Night Live alums Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler made a mockery of the world of figure skating in Blades of Glory, they’re teaming up to create an illegal underground casino in the heart of suburbia The House basically looks like Casino by way of the writers of Neighbors (Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan […]
- Ethan Anderton
Two loving parents decide to turn their house into an illegal casino to fund their daughter's college education in the first trailer for The House, with arrives along with the first photo and poster. This new comedy brings former SNL stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler back together in their first movie where they share the top billing. Although, Amy Poehler did have a few smaller roles in Will Ferrell movies such as Anchorman, Blades of Glory and Anchorman 2. With these two comedy superstars joining forces, this could be one of this summer's biggest sleeper hits
After Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) lose their daughter Alex's college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university. With the help of their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in the basement of his house. »
After their days on Saturday Night Live and (brief) team-ups in Blades of Glory and Anchorman 2, it’s surprising we haven’t seen more of Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler together on screen. They’ll finally be taking dual leading roles in this summer’s comedy The House and the first trailer has now landed. The film follows the husband-and-wife pair launching an underground casino in order to pay for their daughter’s college tuition.
“They’re dealing with the idea of being empty-nesters and what that’s going to do to their lives,” Ferrell tells EW. “We basically become Sharon Stone and Robert De Niro in Casino.” Judging from this first trailer, Jason Mantzoukas seems to be in top comedic form in a supporting role and hopefully Neighbors writer Andrew J. Cohen brings the same amount of laughs in his directorial debut.
- Leonard Pearce
Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler got their start in show business at the late night comedy institution known as Saturday Night Live. Since then the two have gone on to become two of the biggest comedy starts working today. However, despite their history together, they’ve only been seen in Blades of Glory and Anchorman 2: […]
- Ethan Anderton
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