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Box office winner and Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell (Get Hard, Anchorman 1 and 2) will star in the comedy Tom’S Dad to be directed by Oscar nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, The Hundred-foot Journey).
Principal photography on the feature film is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway.
Set in 1960s Nevada, Arthur (Ferrell) is a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship.
It was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke (The Way Back, upcoming Ben Hur) of Point Blank Productions, Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil (Hugo, Rum Diary, Dark Shadows) and Arsenal’s John Ptak (Let Me In, »
- Michelle McCue
"The D Train," out today, concerns a delusional small-town family man (Jack Black) who tries to wheedle the popular guy from his high school class (James Marsden) into attending their 20-year reunion. It's a shockingly grim movie dotted with comic moments, including one particularly tough confrontation between Black and his wife (Kathryn Hahn). We spoke with Hahn, a veteran of comedies like "Anchorman," "Step Brothers," and "Our Idiot Brother," about what it's like watching Jack Black's creepy character spiral in front of her. She also reflects on the most awe-inspiring comedian she's ever worked with. Can you guess? »
- Louis Virtel
Deadline reported on Tuesday that Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, and Brad Pitt are set to join Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei in McKay’s adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The book tells the story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
This is McKay’s first dive into large-scale drama after making a name for himself with comedy hits such as Anchorman, The Other Guys, and Step Brothers. He most recently worked with Marvel and Paul Rudd on the script for Ant-Man, which just released its second trailer, and is rumored to be on the shortlist »
- Zach Dennis
"Give me 20 minutes, and I will give you parental bliss." We're used to seeing Adam Scott in raunchy comedies like Step Brothers and Hot Tub Time Machine 2, while Jason Schwartzman is usually reserved for quirky indies. Now it looks like these two worlds will meet in The Overnight. This sex comedy that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival throws two newly acquainted couples together for what begins as a friendly, neighborly playdate between parents but turns into a weird late night sex party. This one had a lot of buzz at Sundance, but sadly I missed it, so I can't offer my own thoughts, but it looks pretty fun. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Patrick Brice's The Overnight, originally from Yahoo: The Overnight is written and directed by Patrick Brice (Creep). Alex (Adam Scott), Emily (Taylor Schilling), and their son, Rj, have recently moved to La's Eastside from Seattle. »
- Ethan Anderton
Distributors Gkids has debuted a U.S. trailer for When Marnie Was There, the latest offering from animation maestros Studio Ghibli, and we have it for you below after the official synopsis…
A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with flowing blonde hair. As the friendship unravels it is possible that Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect.
When Marnie Was There will open in the States on May 22nd, with a voice cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 2), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), Geena Davis (The Fly), Kathy Bates (Misery), Ellen Burstyn (Interstellar) and Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone).
- Gary Collinson
Of all the left-field composers out there — typically musicians who don’t follow the traditional rules of film composing — if Jon Brion isn’t at the very top, he’s very damn close. The musician, composer, producer (who has worked with folks like Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Of Montreal, Elliott Smith and more) has been tapped by filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson (“Magnolia,” “Punch Drunk Love”), Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind”), David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees”), Charlie Kaufman (“Synechdoche, New York”), Miranda July (“The Future”) and more. In recent years he’s been moving towards comedies, especially for the films of Adam McKay (“The Other Guys,” “Step Brothers”), Vince Vaughn (“The Break-Up,” “Delivery Man”) and Judd Apatow. Brion scored “Funny People,” “This Is 40,” and has also written the music for the upcoming “Trainwreck” film starring Amy Schumer. The bête noir of all film composers is temp music — the music a. »
- Edward Davis
Does Paul Rudd have what it takes to get on the hero level with Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans? We think so, no matter how big he is.In this new full-length Ant-Man trailer (no ant-sized trailers today!) we meet Scott Lang (Rudd), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) serving us Parker Posey in Best in Show haircut realness. Watch Rudd shrink down to itty-bitty, commune with the ant-kind and get into an epic battle with Corey Stoll on a Thomas the Tank Engine Train Set (we hope that scene lasts the whole length of the movie).
We have high hopes for this and know it will bring the laughs. Rudd actually wrote the movie with Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers) and there was a ton of on-set improvising. See it when it hits theaters July 17. »
- Courtney Enlow
Though time travel is a far-out concept, there are productions that give the term a whole new definition. When H.G. Wells wrote The Time Machine, would he have guessed it would give rise to a comedy about a group of middle-aged underachievers who zap back twenty-four years after spilling an energy drink on a hot tub? Doubtful. In fact he may have considered abandoning his classic tale altogether.
Yet Hot Tub Time Machine exists, and five years on its sequel has bubbled to the surface. Heavyweight lead John Cusack has been replaced by Step Brothers star Adam Scott, but aside from that the cast are present and correct. As this ragtag band of bawdy brothers slosh into cinemas with further exploits, let’s take a look back at some other offerings that took that central idea of traversing the decades and made it a whole lot stranger… »
- Steve Palace
0:00-4:00 – It’s our 5th anniversary! We reminisce a little (plus a baby-monitor cameo by Dylan)
4:00-6:00 – Lead-up to a big announcement, derailed by April Fool’s Day
6:00-12:30 – A big, exciting announcement! Really! One that affects the sitcom of our lives!
12:30-15:10 – Another announcement: the Movie B.S. Perpetual Lunch Fund
15:10-35:40 – “Furious Seven” review
35:40-49:00 – Qotw (movies that could be 7-film franchises)
1:01:00-1:02:20 – Recap and goodbye
1:02:02-1:05:55 – Bonus: the first couple minutes of our very first show
Qotw: What’s your favorite animal character (non-animated) in a movie?
Furious Seven C+ 7/10
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- Jeff Bayer
Poldark continued to exceed 6 million viewers with its fourth episode, according to overnight figures for Sunday (March 29).
On BBC Two, The Sea King: Britain's Flying Past appealed to 940k (4.6%) at 7pm, before Caribbean with Simon Reeve averaged 2.58m (10.8%) at 8pm. Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity concluded with 1.98m (8.4%) at 9pm.
A celebrity special of ITV's The Chase entertained 3.12m (16.4%) at 6.30pm (93k/0.6% on +1), while Off Their Rockers continued with 3.20m (15.3%) at 7.30pm (169k/0.7%). Mr Selfridge wrapped up its third series with 3.42m (14.5%) at 9pm, with a further 392k (2.4%) tuning in on ITV+1.
Channel 5's documentary World's Scariest Animal Attacks brought »
The Schmoes are a couple of regular guys, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, who--like you--are the people for whom movies are made. Each week, we're posting brand new video from the Schmoes that'll give their spin on a given movie topic. From Elf to Step Brothers, the Schmoes count down their picks for the top five Will Ferrell movies. Tell us your favorites below!
This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. It's hard to think of two people on this planet who are funnier than Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. So the idea of pairing the them in some kind of mismatched buddy comedy sounds, at least on paper, like a stroke of genius, especially since the core concept was concocted by Ferrell and his frequent collaborator Adam McKay (who directed Ferrell in "Step Brothers" and both "Anchorman" movies). All of this makes Ferrell and Hart's "Get Hard" even more of a crushing disappointment. It's an absolutely horrible, amateurishly assembled comedy that is more offensive than just about anything we've seen lately, a non-stop parade of racist, homophobic bile that would be bad enough from any comedian, but coming out of Ferrell and Hart has the effect of watching a childhood hero committing some horrible act. Again, at the »
- Drew Taylor
DreamWorks Animation's Home (2015) and Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard could both open north of $30 million this weekend, which would put them in a close race for first place.Meanwhile, holdovers The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Cinderella will likely battle for third place with with around $20 million.Playing at 3,175 locations, Get Hard checks off a handful of the boxes required for a comedy hit. First, it has two broadly-appealing, frequently successful co-stars in Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. With the exception of a few odd choices*Land of the Lost, Semi-Pro*most Ferrell movies wind up earning at least $75 million at the domestic box office. His most recent, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, wrapped up with $127.4 million last year.In the time since the second Anchorman opened, Hart has starred in four movies, all of which opened north of $20 million. The biggest of those was Ride Along, which opened »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Get Hard, 2015
Directed by Etan Cohen
When millionaire James King is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.
Imagine you’re Will Ferrell. There was a period in time when you were considered to be comedy royalty and everything you touched turned to belly laughs. Sadly, the last few years have been rather unkind and audiences have started to become immune to your efforts. Movies like The Other Guys and The Campaign blot a once stellar record of movies and the diabolical barrel-scrapping Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has shown that you can’t even go back to the well and capture lightning a second time. So what do you do? Attach yourself to the latest thing in comedy, »
- Luke Owen
Ever the advocates of uncovering casting rumors and the ilk, Latino Review has served up another unconfirmed report today that states Marvel is allegedly looking to lock down Anchorman and Step Brothers helmer Adam McKay to direct one of the studio’s upcoming superhero films.
The outlet is, however, quick to note that this is still unconfirmed, though McKay playing an integral role in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t exactly outside the realm of possibility. For one, the director served as co-writer on Ant-Man alongside working partner Paul Rudd — after he was once in line to direct the flick following the Edgar Wright kerfuffle — not to mention his comedic chops in the genre.
Now that the Russo brothers are locked in to direct Avengers: Infinity War, there aren’t many films on the studio’s slate that are vacant; in fact, those with empty directors chairs include Captain Marvel, »
- Michael Briers
You know what your day needs? A little bit of high-pitched Will Ferrell. The actor and his Get Hard costar Kevin Hart hit up The Late Late Show with James Corden this week. Ferrell has already dressed up like Little Debbie and whipped out his famous Harry Caray impression to promote the movie, and now he entertained the new host with his pipes, singing the theme to Star Trek. It was rather beautiful, but fans of Step Brothers already know Ferrell has an impeccable voice. »
Here's the Marvel rumor of the day, which isn’t really much of a stretch when you think about it. Word is that the comic studio wants “Anchorman” and “Step Brothers” filmmaker Adam McKay to direct one of their movies. Now this shouldn’t be much of a big leap for the imagination. Marvel already tried to get McKay to direct “Ant-Man” after filmmaker Edgar Wright left the project last summer. McKay turned down the offer, seemingly because he wasn’t comfortable enough with the short window of pre-production he would be allowed, but McKay, friends with the movie’s star, did end up co-writing the screenplay with Paul Rudd himself (and changed it enough that original writers Wright and Joe Cornish only have a "story by” credit now). So what’s the movie McKay will helm? It’s unknown. Latino-Review says, "Adam McKay is in the on-deck spot to direct a Marvel movie. »
- Edward Davis
Like father, like sons! Will Ferrell was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Tuesday in Los Angeles and brought three small special guests to help him celebrate. The "Anchor Man" actor, who is rarely seen out with his entire family, posed for pics with his wife Viveca Paulin and their sons at the special ceremony -- and all his boys look a lot like their funny man dad! Oldest son Magnus, 11, looked dapper next to his father in a black suit and light blue tie. Mattias, 8, wore an adorable white suit with a denim shirt and a bow tie. And their youngest, 5-year-old Axel, wore a white button-up and dress pants. Doesn't it look like Will's boys are catching up to their dad's height?! Also honoring the 47-year-old at the event was Ferrell's "Talladega Nights" and "Step Brothers" costar John C. Reilly, fellow "Get Hard »
- tooFab Staff
This weekend, "Get Hard" opens in theaters nationwide. And it is insane. The movie stars Will Ferrell as a white-collar criminal who is sentenced to 10 years in jail for cooking the books. He hires Kevin Hart, the guy who runs his car wash, to teach him how to prepare for prison, assuming that he's served time (he hasn't). What follows is a wildly profane and outrageous comedy about the stereotypes we see in others and the ones we perpetuate in ourselves.
I got to sit down with Hart and Ferrell in Austin, Texas, where the film was making its world premiere as part of the South by Southwest Film Festival. And it was just as insane as the actual movie. The first two minutes or so of the interview Ferrell was investigating my beard. The exchange follows.
Will Ferrell: You've got a great beard.
Me: You should grow one. »
- Drew Taylor
The folks at Framestore have posted a behind-the-scenes video from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy showing the visual effects work that went into the creation of Rocket Raccoon. Check it out here…
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) as Yondu, Glenn Close (Damages) as Nova Prime Rael and Josh Brolin (Men in Black 3) as Thanos.
- Gary Collinson
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