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Review Caroline Preece 3 May 2013 - 06:16
The writers of The Hangover team up for their directorial debut, 21 & Over. The results are rather draining, Caroline writes...
21 & Over, the directorial debut from Hangover writing duo Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, is a very odd movie to watch with adult eyes. You can see what it’s trying to do, and some of it works pretty well, but the scattergun approach to humour that the Hangover franchise has crafted into its own artform takes on an unexpected discomfort when combined with this unrelenting, juvenile humour young audiences are supposed to enjoy. 21 & Over will no doubt spark the kind of weary discussion that last year’s Project X did – and the conclusion will deduce that under-20s deserve better from their targeted comedies.
Warner Bros. has been working hard to get a new live-action Tarzan movie into production, going back to two years ago when the studio hired screenwriter Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan) and filmmaker Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Footloose (2011)) to write separate scripts.
The studio eventually decided to move forward with Cozad’s screenplay, attaching David Yates (the last four Harry Potter movies) to direct and eying True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgård to play the famous man-ape, opposite Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain as the prim and proper Jane, and possibly Samuel L. Jackson in an important supporting role.
Filming was expected to begin this summer, but Deadline has learned that WB is (for the time being) closing the production offices for the project. It’s possible that a combination of ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Edgar Rice Burroughs may have been a master storyteller who pretty much fathered our modern-day genres of fantasy and sci-fi, but he's sure as heck having a rough time in Tinseltown at the moment. Tarzan, his best-known character ahead of John Carter, was swinging towards the big screen at a rate of knots with Alexander Skarsgård attached and David Yates behind the camera. Not any more. Deadline reports that the production has been mothballed, at least for the time being, with concerns over budget and rumoured difficulties persuading Jamie Foxx to sign up as third lead alongside Skarsgård and Jessica Chastain.Fans of the loin-clothed vine-botherer have no long-term cause for despair, though. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is still looking at 2014 as a possible start date and Yates remains on board. The production was never officially greenlit so Tarzan remained filed under 'franchise-in-waiting'. And with Adam Cozad and Footloose »
Did the King of the Jungle just lose his throne? According to Deadline.com, pre-production work on the years-in-the-making reboot of "Tarzan" has been shutdown by Warner Bros. The project could still spring to life again at some point in 2014.
Warner Bros. has been trying to make a "Tarzan" movie since May of 2011. As Deadline.com reported at the time, Warner Bros. commissioned two scripts for the film, which is based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs series. "Footloose" director Craig Brewer, who wrote one of the scripts, was attached to direct "Tarzan" in 2011, but he was replaced by David Yates in November of 2012. Yates had previously directed four "Harry Potter" films for Warner Bros.
Following Yates' attachement, the "Tarzan" cast came together: Alexander Skarsgard ("True Blood") was hired to play the title vine-swinger, while Samuel L. Jackson and Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jessica Chastain were reportedly involved in negotiations as well. »
- The Huffington Post
Update: Divergent started filming today in Chicago. Summit will release it in what it calls "The Hunger Games slot" of March 21, 2014. Here is the official description of the movie:
"Divergent is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late."
March 2, 2013 - British actor Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Great Expectations) will play Will, Tris' eventual best friend, in Divergent. Other Dauntless members are in place, as well: Ben Lamb is playing Edward and Christian Madsen is playing Al. Christian Madsen is the son of actor Michael Madsen.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough broke up over the weekend, and boy, did people have a lot to say about it. While the longtime twosome never seemed to inspire much enthusiasm when they were together, once they broke up everyone had something to say about the man that brought us the Kardashians and the girl from Footloose.
This apparent newfound interest is great for Hough. The former Dancing with the Stars dancer has seen her star rapidly rise over the three-year relationship, most recently starring in Safe Haven (which made over 66 million dollars at the box office last month). Up »
- Erin Strecker
At this point Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley don.t really have to prove anything to anybody. In 2010 he broke out with a great turn starring alongside Nicole Kidman in the deep drama Rabbit Hole, and was the best part of Craig Brewer.s Footloose; while she caught many movie-goers. attention with her stand-out part playing George Clooney.s daughter in Alexander Payne.s The Descendants and has already parlayed that success into landing the role as Mary-Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But just because we.re not surprised by the blisteringly incredible performances they give in James Ponsoldt.s The Spectacular Now doesn.t diminish who truly great they are. Based on the novel by Tim Tharp and adapted by (500) Days of Summer writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the film centers on Sutter Keely (Teller), a senior in high school and fun-loving alcoholic who »
Major Hollywood studios like Warner Bros., Sony and Lionsgate debuted films at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival, but new distributor on the block A24 might have made the biggest impact. The studio brought "Spring Breakers" and "The Spectacular Now" to Austin, and both films continued to impress festival audiences, though for vastly different reasons.
Directed by James Ponsoldt (last year's festival fave "Smashed"), "The Spectacular Now" is a coming of age tale in the vein of "Say Anything," but with a flask replacing a pen. The film -- based on the novel by Tim Tharp and written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ("500 Days Of Summer") -- follows Sutter (Miles Teller), a high school alcoholic who falls in love with Aimee (Shailene Woodley), an intelligent young woman with dreams of becoming a Nasa scientist. The supporting cast for the film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, »
- Christopher Rosen
Brewer was vocal about his love of "Tarzan," telling Movieline in 2011, "It's been a passion project for me for years. I grew up watching the old Edgar Rice Burroughs movie [adaptations] on this channel called TV 44 when I was a kid and then in high school, I got into the [Tarzan] books so when I met with Warner Bros., I had a certain idea and they liked it. We're going to see how it works but I really just want to get in there, make a Tarzan movie and bring him back. »
- Madeline Boardman
Desperate Housewives‘ Ricardo Chavira is set as a lead opposite Mike O’Malley and Mary McCormack in Welcome To The Family, NBC‘s single-camera comedy from Mike Sikowitz and Sony TV. It chronicles how cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy. Chavira, repped by Innovative and Gordon Gilbertson, will play the divorced Latino father of the boy who got O’Malley and McCormack’s daughter pregnant – an ex-convict who has turned his life around. Ziah Colon (Footloose) has booked a co-starring role opposite Patrick Warburton in CBS/Sony TV’s comedy pilot Jacked Up. Written by Greg Malins and directed by Fred Savage, it centers on Jack (Warburton) a beloved, recently retired baseball player who finds that adjusting to retirement isn’t as easy as he thought it’d be. Colon, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
21 and Over, 2013.
The night before his big medical school exam, a promising student celebrates his 21st birthday with his two best friends.
Every year we get at least one or two films about teens or college students throwing a huge party or going out for a night on the town and getting completely drunk. Last year we got Project X which was a found footage film devoid of any laughs and featuring three of the most annoying main characters I've seen in a long time. This year we get 21 and Over, a film where two friends take their best friend out for a night of drinking to celebrate his 21st birthday.
When it comes to films like this I only ask that they have three things: likable characters, funny moments and they »
- Flickering Myth
Opening this weekend is 21 and Over, a new alcohol-drenched frat house comedy that marks the directing debut of The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. In the film, three high school buddies reunite to celebrate the youngest’s 21st birthday. And then things go horribly, horribly wrong. Alcohol poisoning, angry sorority sisters with twisted hazing rituals, stampeding buffalo and pratfalls from five stories ensue. Last week, Collider sat down with Miles Teller (Footloose) and Justin Chon (Twilight) to discuss their wild roles in the comedy. During our interview, Teller and Chon discussed getting naked on film, Chon’s deep childhood traumas, Teller urinating on his friends, how I look like a skinny Bradley Cooper and much more. Hit the jump to watch. Justin Chon and Miles Teller: 00:00 – Teller and Chon tell me that I look like Bradley Cooper. 00:30 – Did they start a workout regimen to prepare for their extensive nude scenes? »
- Hunter Daniels
With spring break season just a few weeks away, the release of new comedy 21 and Over is a perfectly timed cross section of raucous college life. It's an entertaining, raunchy romp that follows two high school BFFs determined to give their third musketeer a proper 21st birthday - and, naturally, things quickly go awry. So what's the downside? Ultimately, it's just another "one crazy night" movie that's been done a million times before. Here are more of the pros and cons of 21 and Over: All three of the male leads are talented and fun to watch. The film showcases Justin Chon, Miles Teller, and Skylar Astin, better known as "that guy from Twilight," "that guy from Footloose," and "that guy from Pitch Perfect," respectively. But the fact that these guys are relatively unknown is a strength, since you don't already know what to expect from them. Chon is believable as Jeff Chang, »
- Becky Kirsch
Here’s an interesting project! Craig Brewer, man responsible for 2011 remake of Footloose, has signed on to direct an upcoming adaptation of Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills for Paramount. And yes, we’re talking about a project that will be based on a Rolling Stone article which centers on Lisette Lee – a drug mule who portrayed herself to be an heiress to the Samsung fortune as well as an actress, singer, and model. Written by Sabrina Rubin Erdley, the above mentioned article tells a story of Lisette Lee – heiress, actress, singer, model…Well, not so fast, she just wanted everyone to think she had it »
Illustration by Sean McCabe
Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer has signed on to direct his next feature film for Paramount Picture called Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills. The movie is based on a true story and it sounds pretty crazy. It's also a perfect project for the director to take on.
The story is based on a Rolling Stone article published last summer about Lisette Lee, "who portrayed herself to be an heiress to the Samsung fortune, as well as an actress, singer and model. She faked all of that, and beneath the bling were secrets, lies and private jets filled with weed. She was a drug mule, caught trafficking 500 pounds of pot into Ohio, for which she drew a six-year sentence."
This is an intriguing story, »
- Joey Paur
Continuing an oeuvre of gritty urban dramas like Hustle & Flow and Footloose, director Craig Brewer’s next project will be Paramount’s The Gangster Princess Of Beverly Hills—part of Hollywood’s never-ending chronicle of the rich tapestry of their own neighborhood, and its diverse population of cops, troops, and Chihuahuas. The film is an adaptation of Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s 2012 Rolling Stone article exploring the true story of Lisette Lee, a socialite who passed herself off as an heiress to the Samsung fortune, an actress, a singer, and model, only to have her talent and accomplishments exposed as »
1.) Nicolas Winding Refn's adaptation of the ultra-violent graphic novel "Button Man: The Killing Game" has found a new scribe in Matt Cook. The film is set up at Dreamworks and the story centers on Harry Exton, a hired gun who decides to abandon the death match that gambling millionaires have set up to amuse themselves. In the process of opting out, he finds he might not only have to kill his fellow contestants but also the guys pulling the strings. Hilary Seitz (Insomnia) and Barry Levy (Paranoia) penned the first draft. Side Note: Is it just me or does the guy on the cover of that graphic novel look exactly like Brian Dennehy? Deadline 2.) Tom Hardy is set to play an Sas veteran returning from the Middle East in Samarkand for first time feature director Greg Williams. Hardy's character suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (Ptsd) as he tries to reintegrate into society. »
- Brad Brevet
Miles Teller made his big-screen debut just a few years ago, starring in the 2010 indie flick "Rabbit Hole" opposite Nicole Kidman. With a steady career on the rise ever since - from his role in the teen comedy "Project X," to appearing in the "Footloose" remake - Teller is stepping it up in his latest film.
"21 and Over" centers on three buddies (Teller, Skylar Astin, Justin Chon) who head out for an evening of epic festivities as one of them celebrates his 21st birthday. What ensues after that is a night filled with crazy experiences they'd rather soon forget.
NextMovie caught up with Teller to chat about all the debauchery in "21 and Over" (including going almost fully nude), which superhero he'd like to play, and why he won't wear a trench coat in any of his films.
Tube socks. That's all you and Skylar Astin wear in certain scenes of "21 and Over. »
- Joanna Varikos
What starts out as a pleasingly old-fashioned romance eventually spirals into realms so far off the planet it would make Professor Brian Cox blow a fuse. Josh Duhamel smiles his way through the chaos as a nice guy widower living in a sleepy coastal town whose eyes brighten at the sight of a new arrival - even though she's played by the curiously charmless Julianne Hough.
The young starlet from Rock of Ages and Footloose has a bit of a hard edge, which is presumably why director Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) was drawn to her for the part of Katie. She blows into town like a storm after a briefly glimpsed scuffle in Boston that leaves her clothes stained with blood. At first, the sunnier climes of North Carolina »
The new film is based on a fascinating Rolling Stone article written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely in 2012. The Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills follows the amazing true story of Lisette Lee, a drug mule who faked her way into Hollywood fame and fortune by pretending to be an actress, model and heiress to the Samsung fortune. You can still read the full Rolling Stone article here.
Brewer, who has directed films such as Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan and most recently helmed the 2011 re-make of Footloose is also writing Warner Bros.' upcoming Tarzan. The director is also concentrating on television and directing the pilot for Fox TV’s Boomerang, which stars Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewifes) and Anthony Lapaglia (Without A Trace) and focuses on the usual, »
- Flickering Myth
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