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From director Todd Phillips comes War Dogs, a comedic drama based on true events, starring Oscar nominee Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Just in time for the Fourth of July, we have the new full-length trailer for this explosive thriller. We also have the just debuted one-sheet that celebrates 'Money, Corruption and the American Dream!' This could very well end up being this generation's Scarface.
War Dogs follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military, a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not »
Todd Phillips (The Hangover) introduces the Arms and the Dudes in today’s slick new trailer for War Dogs, an upcoming action-thriller that ships Miles Teller and Jonah Hill daring (read: idiotic) opportunists to the frontlines.
Hatching a plan to smuggle weapons across the globe and into the Afghan Military, War Dogs is set against the throes of the Iraq war, following Teller and Hill’s twenty-somethings who, after landing an eye-watering 300 million contract from the Pentagon, set about getting their hands dirty by doing business with exactly the kind of people that the Us government tends to keep at arm’s reach – and then some.
It’s a far cry from the trivial shenanigans found across The Hangover trilogy, but the above snippet is dripping with style, set against the fist-pumping riff of AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.”
What’s more, War Dogs is loosely based »
- Michael Briers
"The Hangover" director Todd Phillips tries his hand at something with a bit more of a serious topic in the true story inspired "War Dogs". Jonah Hill and Miles Teller play Miami-based friends who beat the odds and land a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to arm the Afghan military. Ana de Armas and Bradley Cooper also star in the film which opens August 19th.
- Garth Franklin
Warner Brothers has released a new trailer for the film, which is based on the true story of David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill), two twenty-somethings who won a $300 million contract from the U.S government to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan. The title is a derogatory term for people who profit from war without ever setting foot on the battle field, but as Teller’s character explains, “we kind of liked it.”
In the movie, Teller plays the somewhat reluctant international arms dealer who recently left his job as a massage therapist in Miami to join his best friend from junior high school in selling guns and ammo. “David, we’re gun runners,” Hill says. “Let’s go run some guns. »
- Graham Winfrey
"We have to take down these perfect moms." Stx Entertainment has debuted a new red band trailer for Jon Lucas & Scott Moore's comedy Bad Moms, about three rebellious moms who decided to fight back against the ever-so-perfect moms in their neighborhood. See the first trailer here. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn stars as the "bad moms", facing off against Christina Applegate, Annie Mumolo, and Jada Pinkett Smith as the "perfect moms". The cast also includes Jay Hernandez, Clark Duke, Oona Laurence and Megan Ferguson. There's just something about this movie that annoys me, it's so absurdly over-the-top and crass I can't see anything about it that's entertaining. But maybe that's just me. Have at it. Here's the second red band trailer for Jon Lucas & Scott Moore's Bad Moms, direct from Stx's YouTube: And here's the alternate green band version of the second trailer for Bad Moms, »
- Alex Billington
There is no single formula for good comedy, but it is certainly the case that sometimes, it can be created by mixing truth with a dash of mild exaggeration. Success lies in the balance between these two elements, and it is this balance that the writer-directors of Bad Moms – Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (who wrote The Hangover) – seem to be aiming for. This is a lot clearer from the new, second trailer for the film, which greatly improves on the first.
Taking the simple, age-old premise of ‘underdog stands up to bully,’ Bad Moms places the action within the confines of a PTA power struggle at a local school. As a group of three worn out, over-worked and highly stressed mothers seek to bite back against the overbearing, perfect, power-hungry mother that runs the parent organization, the rebellion they lead soon threatens to change the complexion of the school yard forever. »
- Sarah Myles
The Caped Crusader returns to the big screen in February with the release of Warner Bros.’ The Lego Batman Movie, and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been chatting to Collider about the upcoming spinoff to The Lego Movie, describing it as a love letter to fans of The Dark Knight.
“Chris McKay, the director of the movie, is a real Batman aficionado and knows really arcane stuff that was only in one issue of the comic book in 1972, and that sort of thing,” said Miller. “So, it is chock full of stuff for Batman aficionados. It is just a 90-minute Easter egg.”
“It heavily honors the comics, so it covers all the way through to Batman v Superman,” added Lord.
The Lego Batman Movie is set for release on February 10th 2017 and sees »
- Gary Collinson
Todd Phillips made his name with The Hangover trilogy, Due Date and similar road trip/buddy movies, and so it’s not surprising to imagine him unleashing War Dogs. The film is based on a true story about small businesses being offered military contracts, and the chaos and moral confusion which ensues. There’s a new trailer and […]
- Jon Lyus
Based on a true story, War Dogs follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
- Paul Heath
Two new trailers for the upcoming American comedy Bad Moms have just been released by Stx Entertainment ahead of the film’s domestic release next month.
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn star alongside Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo in the new movie, which comes to the screen from the writers of The Hangover, Jon Lucas & Scott Moore. The duo also direct the film.
Here’s the plot.
Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms. »
- Paul Heath
After securing a $300 million government contract to supply weapons to U.S. allies in Afghanistan, David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) wind up over their heads and involved with some very shady people, including the U.S. Government itself. Todd Phillips' The Hangover Trilogy didn't do a heck of a lot for me, especially those last two entries, but I'm... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
It’s been three years since Todd Phillips closed the final, disappointing chapter of “The Hangover” trilogy, and frankly, I’ve been waiting to see to see if he could get back to the glory of “Old School” and “Starsky & Hutch” (yep, I said it, that movie is pretty underrated). And he has a good shot of […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
It’s been a good couple of years since we heard anything about DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants movie, but thanks to Coming Soon we’ve now got a look at the first teaser poster for the film, which is on display at Licensing Expo 2016…
Based on Dav Pilkey’s children’s book, Captain Underpants is being directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens) and features a voice cast that includes Kevin Hart (Grudge Match), Thomas Middleditch (The Campaign), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Nick Kroll (Kroll Show) and Jordan Peele (Keanu). It is set for release on June 2nd 2017. »
- Gary Collinson
When the invitation came to “party like a mother” with a group of women who’ve had enough of the bento-box-lunch lifestyle and PTA perfection in Bad Moms -- the latest from Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (writers of The Hangover) – we knew this was one we couldn’t pass up. So on a day in New Orleans last February, we set out to learn who these self-proclaimed “bad moms” are and why they’re taking a mini vacay from being moms in the first place....
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Beverly Hills isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be in Meet The Blacks, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and On Demand August 2 from Lionsgate and Codeblack Films. When Carl Black comes into some unexpected money, he decides to give up his hustling lifestyle, take his family and leave Chicago behind, but…they realize they picked the worst time to move. The laugh-out-loud cast includes Mike Epps (The Hangover), Gary Owen (Ride Along), Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club), Bresha Webb (Ride Along 2), Lil Duval (“Bet’s “ComicView”), Andrew Bachelor (Fifty Shades of Black,), DeRay Davis (21 Jump Street), with George Lopez (TV’s “George Lopez”) and Mike Tyson (The Hangover).
In a send-up of the hit franchise The Purge, Carl Black moves his family to Beverly Hills in hope of a better life, but their arrival coincides with the city’s annual purge, where all crime is legal for twelve hours.
The home entertainment release of Meet The Blacks includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes, the “Hit the Gas” music video, “Don’t Hate Wiring” parody commercial, and outtakes. Meet The Blacks will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Blu-ray/DVD Special Features*
“The Making of Meet the Blacks” Featurette “Hit the Gas” Music Video Behind the Scenes of “Hit the Gas” “Don’t Hate Wiring!” Parody Commercial Outtakes
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- Tom Stockman
Annecy — Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrik stole the show at the Cannes Festival’s presentation of DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy ‘Trolls,’ dueting its finale song “True Colors” in the Palais des Festivals, with Timberlake on acoustic guitar.
At the Annecy Animation Festival on June 14, the central stage belonged to DreamWorks’ trolls themselves, six-inch-high forest folk with pudgy faces and an obelisk of straight-up hair the color of tropical dyes.
In an 80-minute presentation, featuring a continuous 17 minutes of fully-lit final footage, Kendal Cronkhite, “Trolls’” production designer, talked at length about how through film’s interplay of theme and craft contributed towards embodying its directors’ vision. Made up of mostly young animators, many from French animation schools, the sometimes dazzling show of artistry played to an appreciative audience.
An original story directed by Mike Mitchell (“Shrek Forever After”) and Walt Dohrn, a story artist on “Shrek 2” and “Madagascar,” “Trolls” turns on “finding one’s true self and true happiness, which is all inside,” Cronkhite commented at Annecy. The trolls themselves seem to have mastered that life art. Poppy (Anna Kendrick), “Trolls” heroine, has a slightly hippy air with her straight-up red hair topped off in a pony tail and a blue headband bedecked in green flowers. She scrapbooks, has sleepover parties, and wears a wrist watch which blossoms and lights up every half hour, reminding her to hug all her fellow trolls.
From the extended sequence shown at Annecy, it’s clear that those who could do with more happiness training, are the Bergens – monster urban human-scale trolls who, in a ‘70s retro touch, wear polyester, consume fast food and are pale, poor and miserable. They are only content one day a year, at Trollstice, when they feast on the mini troll folk. Doing so, they experience fleeting joy.
Also in need of a crash course in happiness is Branch (Justin Timberlake), who’s about as downbeat as mini-Trolls get, a near curmudgeonly loner who lives in a bunker, fearing imminent Bergen attack. When the Bergens capture her 12 best friends, Poppy sets out to rescue them. Plucked from “Trolls’” late second act, the 17-minute sequence at Annecy took in Poppy trying to persuade Branch to accompany her to Bergen Town. He refuses. On the way, Poppy sings an anthem, “Get Back Up Again,” as her environment, designed by Cronkhite, goes through 27 fantasy locations.
“Poppy” is a super-positive, happy loving personality,” Cronkhite said, though the near psychedelic environments she encounters on her way to Bergen Town really kick her butt, whether gummy sugar candy geysers or a knit macrame snake that chases her through the jungle of its body, or a hill creature whose mouth she falls into, or popping balloon eyeballs. But Poppy doesn’t lose one ounce of optimism. Branch, a Bergen expert, reluctantly catches up with her to take her into Bergen Town.
Cronkite also showcased the various stages of production. Using a sequence where Poppy sings Simon and Garfunkel classic “The Sounds of Silence” to Branch, Cronkhite broke down the film into a progression reel – a four-panel split-screen – of b/w storyboard drawings with soundtrack; lay-out of sets and characters’; animation, with the characters acting in the scene; and the final surface-light pass. All parts played simultaneously. The demonstration was a testament to the skill of the story artists whose tight work matched pretty closely the end result.
Designing the look of a film, the characters and environments, a production designer boards early on and works in tandem with the head of story, writers and directors and editors, Cronkhite said.
A DreamWorks veteran – she art designed “Antz,” DreamWorks Animation’s first CGI movie – Cronkhite’s challenge was to transfuse “Trolls” informing themes into the look of the movie. Her aim was to create “a very fuzzy, fibre-art inspired world” in CG, she explained.
Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam carved the first troll doll in 1959. The first part of “Trolls’” process was to take the character and break it down, according to Cronkhite. DreamWorks kept the trolls’ hair and the “stubby, fat, rounded fat language of the troll,” she added.
Cronkite had a “lightbulb moment,” she said, when she wondered “if the whole Troll world could be wool. Because of their positive nature, diversity and their communal lifestyle, it made sense that their environment should reflect them,” she added.
“Since we were going with a fiber-felted world, we decided to do the same with the characters.”
For Cronkhite, the ‘70s was an important inspiration. “That’s when the doll became very popular. We decided that the trolls would be our hippies of the ‘70s. They live in nature. They macrame. They’re probably vegetarians.”
DreamWorks hired Portland-based Sayuri Sasaki Hemann, a fabric, fibre and encaustic paintings artist, to take early development drawings from the film’s stylist, Amelie Flechais, a French comic and children’s book illustrator, and build a fibre, six-feet model world.
The Trolls always have a song on their lips. Indeed, the comedy highlight of the 17-minute continuous footage shown at Annecy was Poppy singing “The Sounds of Silence” to Branch, backed up by a forest creature chorus. In one of the film’s latest talent announcements, Crondhike’s Annecy preview comes as DreamWorks Animation has officially confirmed that Christophe Beck (“Frozen,” “The Hangover”) will serve as “Trolls’” composer. Justin Timberlake is executive producing “Trolls’” entire soundtrack, and has written four original songs for the film, including “Can’t Stop the Feeling” which, released on May 6, has topped charts in the U.S. and U.K. As “Frozen” suggested, Beck is adept at working in such a structure.
“We are delighted to be working with Chris; he is masterfully unifying our patchwork tapestry of song cues from many eras and giving our film an emotional and harmonious sophistication,” said “Trolls’” producer Gina Shay.
From a screenplay by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who co-penned “King Fu Panda 3,” “Trolls” is slated for a Nov. 4 release from Fox becoming Dwa’s second-half 2016 title, before DreamWorks’ “Boss Baby,” another Annecy sneak-peek, bows in the U.S. on March 10, 2017.
- John Hopewell
How do you make money being funny? Last weekend, the Greenwich International Film Festival’s Comedy Of Business Panel featured a selection of industry luminaries to talk about that exact topic. Actor Will Arnett (“Flaked”) joined producers Richard Brener (“Wedding Crashers”), Stuart Cornfeld (“Tropic Thunder”) and Chris Bender (“American Pie”) to talk about the process behind making a truly great comedy.
Between jokes about Twitter “correctness” and losing the script for “The Hangover” (which would go on to gross around $50 million), the seasoned assembly got down to the heart of what comedic films are today. Here are the three of their most interesting insights they had to offer.
Let the Douche Be the Fall Guy
“All of us are constantly being painted further and further into a corner,” said Arnett on the topic of political correctness in feature comedies.
In a time when Twitter backlash can ruin a career over an off color joke, the industry leaders had quite a bit to say about finding where to draw the line. When asked about Ben Stiller’s infamous “Tropic Thunder,” Cornfeld admitted it would be difficult to produce today, especially when it comes to the movie’s “full retard” sequence, of which Cornfeld said, “I can’t believe you would tell a joke like that now.” Richard Brener added, “or then.”
He later added, “Don’t aim low and miss. If there’s no joke behind the joke and it’s just mean spirited you’re going to fall on your face.” The panel revealed that it was this very reason that so many comedies feature an unlikable character saying horrendous things, like ‘American Pie’s douche extraordinaire Stiffler. If the audience knows the joke is coming from a bad person, they are less likely to take offense.
“I play a lot of dumb characters on purpose so I can say a lot of shitty things,” Arnett joked.
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R-Rated Movies Have More Fun
With difficulty to create comedy that would be inoffensive to anyone, the speakers agreed that R-rated comedy was the place to find freedom. Nearly everyone on the panel had taken part in making a movie that was acclaimed as bringing R-ratings back into style. From box office successes like the “Wedding Crashers” and “Zoolander” to the more recent giant “The Hangover,” the popularity of R is cyclical every few years.
Speaking from his own experience with “American Pie,” Chris Bender noted that, “R is so much more freeing, both in, like, being more truthful and real in language.” PG-13 may be more attractive to studios that want as many people to see a movie as possible, but language constraints can often stunt comedy. Brener, who works for the studio New Line Cinema confirmed, “You only get one non-sexual ‘fuck.’”
Read More: ‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 to be a ‘Serialized Murder Mystery,’ Could Premiere By November 2016
Make A Comedy For the Joy and the Pain
When you boil it down, comedies are perhaps the most difficult (and wonderful) movies to make.
For Arnett, “it’s always about the experience of it. I know that for me, as a performer, if you’re going to have a good experience and feel like you’re a part of something you are really into, the other person is going to raise their game. So, you want to do that because that’s kind of the recipe for success.” The panel agreed, if it looks like the audience was having fun making it, they probably were.
However, as a producer, that is not always the case. For Cornfeld, the Tenacious D movie was the best experience, but never yielded returns like he thought. Whereas on the set of “Zoolander,” his money problems with the studio went as far as debt collectors leaving him threatening messages at his home.
But it does feel good to look back and laugh. Brenner and Bender certainly do when they remember how they almost made “The Hangover.” After workshopping the script, and even providing the key plot point of the groom disappearing (something that really happened to a friend), the script went to another studio. They both admitted it would not be the same wonderful movie if they had made it.
In fact, it’s Brenner’s dad’s favorite movie. “He brings it up every time I see him,” he laughed at the lowest point of his career.
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- Sarah Colvin
“Seoul Searching” follows a group of Korean teenagers in 1986 who travel to South Korea to participate in a government-sponsored program to help reconnect them with their roots. They’ve come from all over the world, from the United States to Hamburg, to party hardy in their homeland, flirting and drinking the nights away. However, the teens also learn a little bit about their ancestors’ struggles, and slowly come to terms with their own issues at home and abroad as well. Watch an exclusive clip from the film featuring Sid (Justin Chon) and Grace (Jessika Van) share a sweet moment in front of a Buddha statue.
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“Seoul Searching” is written and directed by Benson Lee based on his own experiences as a teenager. His previous credits include “Planet B-Boy,” a documentary about the history of breakdancing and its global resurgence, and “Battle of the Year,” a 3D dance film based on “Planet B-Boy” starring Josh Holloway (“Lost”), Chris Brown (“Think Like a Man”), and Josh Peck (“Mean Creek”). The film is also executive produced by Ken Jeong, best known for his role on Dan Harmon’s sitcom “Community” as well as his appearances in “The Hangover” movies. “Seoul Searching” stars Justin Chon (“21 and Over”), Jessika Van (“The Gambler”), In-Pyo Cha (“Crossing”), Teo Yoo (“Day Night Day Night”), and more.
“Seoul Searching” premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. It opens in New York City on June 17th and in Los Angeles on June 24th.
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- Vikram Murthi
Madrid — Diamond Films, part of Latin America’s Telefilms Group, its biggest independent movie distributor, has expanded to Europe, setting up Diamond Films España, a direct distribution operation in Spain headed by Spanish distrib vet Carles Montiel and Gonzalo Claiman-Versini.
Montiel has held executive positions at multiple Spanish independent distribution houses such as Lauren Films, Universal Pictures and Wide Pictures; Claiman-Versini is a former lawyer at the Buenos Aires and Paris bar.
Diamond Films España, which handles home entertainment and TV rights on movies it acquires, will release five titles in Spanish cinema theaters this year, beginning on July 29 with Stx Ent.’s “Bad Moms.”
Directed by “The Hangover” writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and starring Mila Kunis (“Black Swan”), Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars”) and Kathryn Hahn (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”), “Bad Moms” is the first of four titles accessed by Diamond Films España via an output »
- John Hopewell
The latest TV series based on a DC/Vertigo property to be granted a home video release is that of Lucifer, which has already won over audiences with its devilish charm and intriguing mysteries. On August 23, you can add the first season to your collection, but there’s a catch: WB has elected to go the same route they have with the iZombie home video releases and bring Lucifer to major retailers via DVD only. If you wish to buy the show on Blu-Ray, you will have to do so through your online retailer of choice.
You can check out the full press release below, which includes a detailed synopsis, a full rundown of featurettes and episodes included and specs. We also have the cover art for both formats for your viewing pleasure.
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- Eric Joseph
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