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War Dogs review – gun runners Jonah Hill and Miles Teller off target

25 August 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Todd Phillips’ excitable real-life story of two twentysomething dudes keeps telling us how bad arms dealing is but how cool they are

Todd Phillips’ smug bro adventure stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as two adorable twentysomething arms dealers having some pretty wild times in Miami and Fallujah. It puts an excitable spin on the true story of David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli: young stoner dudepreneurs who got rich brokering minor arms deals to the Us military and were finally busted for flogging dodgy Chinese ammo. (The movie is based on a 2011 Rolling Stone article about their exploits.)

With its generic hints of The Hangover (which Phillips directed) and the boiler-room machismo of The Wolf of Wall Street (which took Jonah Hill to the big league), this is a strangely tiresome film with little in the way of comedy, preoccupied with reassuring the audience of its savvy satirical credentials by »

- Peter Bradshaw

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‘Veep’ Star Matt Walsh Joins Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Life of the Party’ (Exclusive)

25 August 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Veep” star Matt Walsh has been cast in Melissa McCarthy’s 2018 comedy flick “Life of the Party,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Walsh will play McCarthy’s on-screen husband, Dan. He joins co-stars Gillian Jacobs, Jackie Weaver, Debby Ryan and Maya Rudolph.

The plot is being kept under wraps, other than having a similar tone to the late Rodney Dangerfield’s 1986 film “Back to School.” The only other details to surface so far are McCarthy’s character name, Deanna, and the description of Walsh’s character — he is “always wearing golf pants.”

“McCarthy wrote “Life of the Party” with her husband Ben Falcone, who will direct the pic. Mike Disco (“Horrible Bosses”) and David Siegel (“The Hangover”) will serve as executive producers on the New Line Cinema film. Chris Henchy, who was a producer on McCarthy’s “Tammy” and “The Boss,” will produce alongside McCarthy and Falcone.

Life of the Party” hits theaters on May 11, 2018.

Walsh is repped »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Movie Review – War Dogs (2016)

24 August 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

War Dogs, 2016.

Directed by Todd Phillips.

Starring Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas and Kevin Pollak.

Synopsis:

David Packouz (Teller) is a down-and-out masseuse, living with his girlfriend with few ambitions, and a baby on the way. At a funeral for an old school friend he bumps into his childhood best friend Efraim (Hill), and soon enough Efraim has him embroiled in his arms dealership. As the business grows, so does the danger, money and conflicts. All based on a true story.

They often say that those who can write great comedy can write great drama. The same can be applied to those who write mediocre comedy and, thusly, mediocre drama. Adam McKay showed how a pro could move from the silliness of Anchorman to the high stakes of Oscar-bait The Big Short. The Hangover and Road Trip director/writer Todd Phillips has now stepped up to the plate, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Movie Review – War Dogs (2016)

24 August 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

War Dogs, 2016.

Directed by Todd Phillips.

Starring Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas and Kevin Pollak.

Synopsis:

David Packouz (Teller) is a down-and-out masseuse, living with his girlfriend with few ambitions, and a baby on the way. At a funeral for an old school friend he bumps into his childhood best friend Efraim (Hill), and soon enough Efraim has him embroiled in his arms dealership. As the business grows, so does the danger, money and conflicts. All based on a true story.

They often say that those who can write great comedy can write great drama. The same can be applied to those who write mediocre comedy and, thusly, mediocre drama. Adam McKay showed how a pro could move from the silliness of Anchorman to the high stakes of Oscar-bait The Big Short. The Hangover and Road Trip director/writer Todd Phillips has now stepped up to the plate, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Movie Review – Bad Moms (2016)

24 August 2016 2:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Bad Moms, 2016.

Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jay Hernandez.

Synopsis:

When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.

The fact that writer-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore make a conscious effort to state their film’s title in excess of ten times throughout is a key indicator of just how remarkably false it is: an awkward and vapid droid carved from the entrails of the equally dour The Hangover franchise, Bad Moms is so disastrously unfunny and tonally misjudged that every time the leading ladies bellow out their newly-adopted branding, you can’t help but grimace.

Like so many modern comedies, little attention is paid to story and character because we simply don’t »

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Movie Review – Bad Moms (2016)

24 August 2016 2:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Bad Moms, 2016.

Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jay Hernandez.

Synopsis:

When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.

The fact that writer-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore make a conscious effort to state their film’s title in excess of ten times throughout is a key indicator of just how remarkably false it is: an awkward and vapid droid carved from the entrails of the equally dour The Hangover franchise, Bad Moms is so disastrously unfunny and tonally misjudged that every time the leading ladies bellow out their newly-adopted branding, you can’t help but grimace.

Like so many modern comedies, little attention is paid to story and character because we simply don’t »

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‘War Dogs’ review: “An enjoyable, if somewhat unbelievable action/ comedy”

23 August 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

War Dogs review: Miles Teller and Jonah Hill lead this enjoyable and extremely funny true story…

Our War Dogs review by Paul Heath, August 2016.

War Dogs is the latest film from Todd Phillips, the director of The Hangover trilogy, a series of films that thankfully came to an end back in 2013 after making a total of $1.4 billion worldwide. The last movie in that series is enough to make most cinema-goers to head for the proverbial hills when the mention of a new Phillips movie hits, but there’s one thing that you can’t deny this filmmaker for – his ability to execute a comedy. Here, Phillips turns to the likes of Scorsese or De Palma for inspiration and brings a very true story to screens, albeit mixed with his customary wit and laughs aplenty.

Jonah Hill and Miles Teller lead the cast of War Dogs, the latter playing male masseuse »

- Paul Heath

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War Dogs Review

23 August 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Following on in the footsteps of David Gordon Green and Adam McKay, the man behind comedic endeavours such as The Hangover, Old School and Road Trip, Todd Phillips, is trying his hand in a war drama, with the politically inclined War Dogs – of two childhood friends who eventually become major arm dealers, based entirely […]

The post War Dogs Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Stefan Pape

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Halt And Catch Fire Actress Jona Xiao Joins Spider-man: Homecoming

22 August 2016 6:50 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Variety is reporting that Jona Xiao has joined the cast of Marvel Studios & Sony Pictures' highly anticipated joint-collaboration Spider-Man: Homecoming and just like every other bit of casting for the film, details on her role are being kept under wraps for the time being.  The Jon Watts-directed feature is currently deep into principal photography in Atlanta and should continue filming throughout September. Outside of knowing the Vulture, played by Academy Award-nominee Michael Keaton, will be the main threat to Tom Holland's friendly neighborhood wall-crawler, not much has been revealed about the film's plot and/or which classic Spidey characters will feature, although there have been a number of rumors floating around on the internet the past week or so.  Xiao is probably best known for her current recurring role as Julie Yang on the AMC drama series Halt and Catch Fire and can be seen next in the »

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Movie Review: War Dogs

22 August 2016 10:23 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The Big Short was one of the strangest success stories of 2015. It was directed by Adam McKay, the guy who gave us Anchorman and Step Brothers and had not shown he was able to direct Academy Award winning movies, but his film about the recession in the mid-2000s became one of the most acclaimed movies of the year. It won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and McKay was even nominated for Best Director, which is just strange to think about. It was certainly worthy of all of those accolades, but in hindsight it looks like a miracle that it worked so well. Todd Phillips is trying to do the same thing with his new film, War Dogs. He is known for his outrageous R-rated comedies (The Hangover, Old School, Due Date), but he is taking a stab at the dramedy genre with this based-on-a-true story flick. Much like The Big Short, »

- Scott Davis

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Exclusive: Comic director Todd Phillips on tackling his first drama with War Dogs

22 August 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Hangover, Old School, Road Trip… These are just a selection of films that have illuminated the CV of renowned comic director Todd Phillips. But he’s now, much like contemporaries Adam McKay and David Gordon Green, turned his head to the drama – with War Dogs. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Phillips […]

The post Exclusive: Comic director Todd Phillips on tackling his first drama with War Dogs appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Stefan Pape

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Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Flops With $11.4 Million, ‘Suicide Squad’ Still on Top

21 August 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ben-Hur” derailed spectacularly at the multiplexes this weekend, as the latest attempt to revive the chariot racing epic opened to an anemic $11.4 million. That’s a disastrous result for the $100 million production, putting “Ben-Hur” in the ranks of the summer’s biggest flops.

Metr0-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount co-produced the remake of Lew Wallace’s novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”; the book was the basis for the 1959 blockbuster that followed Charlton Heston into the arena. Here Jack Huston took the reins as a Jewish prince who must exact his revenge after his adopted brother (Toby Kebbell) betrays him.

“This is the bomb of the summer,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “They went big and they went home.”

Although MGM put up roughly 80% of the budget for the film, its failure will be felt at Paramount. The studio has had a bad streak at the box office of late, »

- Brent Lang

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‘War Dogs’ Review: Jonah Hill & Miles Teller Take On The Military In Darkly Funny Excellent Adventure

19 August 2016 2:20 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Take a little American Hustle, add a bit of The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short, then throw in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and you have the recipe for War Dogs, a rather incredible true story and the first semi-serious movie from The Hangover director Todd Phillips. I say semi-serious because despite some fascinating insights into the business of war, this is really a funny buddy picture at heart. But as I say in my video review (click the link above to… »

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Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Trailing Rivals With Dismal $12 Million U.S. Weekend

19 August 2016 1:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount-mgm’s costly remake of “Ben-Hur” is headed for a dismal fourth place domestic launch at about $12 million at 3,084 locations, early estimates showed Friday.

Warner Bros. third weekend of “Suicide Squad” will probably win a tight race for the top spot with as much as $20 million, followed by Warner Bros. launch of dark comedy “War Dogs” at $18 million and Sony’s second weekend of “Sausage Party” at $16 million.

Ben-Hur” is battling Focus’ launch of Laika’s animated adventure “Kubo and the Two Strings” for fourth.

Suicide Squad” is declining by about 59% and will wind up the weekend with about $260 million at the domestic box office. Warner Bros. announced earlier in the week that the supervillain tentpole had crossed the $500 million mark in worldwide box office.

It’s a decent start for “War Dogs,” starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill as a pair of unlikely arms dealers in a project with a $45 million budget. »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: ‘War Dogs’ Leaves ‘Ben-Hur’ in the Dust With $1.3 Million on Thursday Night

19 August 2016 8:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Warner Bros. comedy “War Dogs” has opened with $1.3 million on Thursday night, easily topping Paramount-MGM’s remake of “Ben-Hur,” which earned a muted $900,000 at 2,389 locations.

Focus Features’ animated “Kubo and the Two Strings” also launched quietly on Thursday night with $515,000 at 2,100 locations.

The trio of new entries are expected to trail Warner’s third weekend of “Suicide Squad” at the domestic box office with the supervillain tentpole leading the pack at around $22 million.

It’s a decent start for “War Dogs,” starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill as a pair of unlikely arms dealers in a project. The film, which carries a $45 million budget, is expected to take in around $12 million to $14 million at 3,258 locations amid mixed reviews that earned it a 60% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

R-rated “War Dogs,” helmed by “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips, is based on Guy Lawson’s book “Arms and the Dudes” about »

- Dave McNary

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Why Todd Phillips Wants to Keep Making Movies About Male Mayhem

19 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Todd Phillips is vaping. At least, he was vaping when IndieWire sat down with the “War Dogs” helmer a few weeks back to talk about his latest feature, a fact-based film that leans far more towards the dramatic than the “Hangover”-esque antics most people expect from the guy who directed the actual “Hangover” trilogy. That Phillips vapes isn’t exactly shocking — again, there’s certainly an expectation of behavior when it comes to the filmmaker behind “Road Trip” and “Old School” — but his open nature and keen honesty about his own work is pleasantly refreshing.

Phillips doesn’t like to chat too much about future projects and things that might happen (and don’t even bother to mention the litany of projects that populate his IMDb profile’s “in development” section, he says most of them are not real) and he’s not especially interested in the narrative that »

- Kate Erbland

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Jesse Eisenberg And Shia Labeouf Came Close To Headlining War Dogs

19 August 2016 7:43 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Long before ordering Miles Teller and Jonah Hill off to the front lines, The Hangover director Todd Phillips came close to enlisting Shia Labeouf and Batman V Superman star Jesse Eisenberg for his gleefully over-the-top action comedy, War Dogs.

Opening in theaters today, August 19, Phillips revealed to Cinema Blend that the thriller formerly known as Arms and the Dudes originally had Labeouf attached to the part of vain gunrunner Efraim Diveroli, with Eisenberg slotting into the role of his partner-in-war-crime, David Packouz.

So, what changed? According to Phillips, a deal didn’t stick, though considering that both he and screenwriters Stephen Chin and Jason Smilovic wrote the script with Jonah Hill in mind, it would appear things worked out for the best.

Just to speak to that first part, [Jesse Eisenberg and Shia Labeouf] were attached for a moment, and then we ended up pushing the movie an entire year and both guys became unavailable. »

- Michael Briers

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‘War Dogs’ Almost Starred Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg

19 August 2016 5:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Todd Phillips‘ War Dogs might become one of the summer’s few pleasant surprises. Critics are somewhat mixed on the film, but the reviews are far more positive than what we read for The Hangover sequels, and they’re about on par with the reviews for Phillips’ Old School, Starsky & Hutch, and Road Trip, his more well-liked movies. Jonah Hill is receiving praise for his […]

The post ‘War Dogs’ Almost Starred Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Mike Epps, T.I. Starring in Restaurant Comedy ‘The Trap’

18 August 2016 5:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mike Epps and Tip “T.I.” Harris will star as brothers and produce the restaurant comedy “The Trap” with Chris Robinson directing.

Queen Latifah is producing through her Flavor Unit Entertainment company with partner Shakim Compere. Epps is producing via his Naptown Productions with partner Niles Kirchner and Harris will produce under his Grand Hustle Films company with partner Brian Sher.

Robinson is also producing and Jesse Collins will executive produce. Producers are planning to begin shooting in the fall.

“The Trap” is based on a story by Epps and Nile Evans, who is writing the script about Harris’ character returning home to Atlanta help save the dilapidated restaurant run by his brother (Epps) and mother. A change in the chicken recipe revives the location.

The project reunites Harris with Robinson, who directed him in 2006’s “Atl.” In addition to releasing nine studio albums, Harris has starred in “Get Hard,” “Ant-Man, »

- Dave McNary

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'Suicide Squad' and 'Sausage Party' Look to Take Down Newcomers, 'Kubo', 'War Dogs' & 'Ben-Hur'

18 August 2016 1:47 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Three new wide releases are hitting theaters this weekend with Focus Features' and Laika's stop-motion animated project Kubo and the Two Strings serving as the widest debut of the lot. Fellow openers include Warner Bros' War Dogs and Paramount's Ben-Hur, though none of this weekend's new releases are likely to find themselves atop the box office. The DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad is looking to threepeat as the weekend's #1 film while Sony's R-rated animated feature Sausage Party hopes to hold off Kubo for a second weekend in the runner-up position. Overall this weekend should be yet another improvement over the same weekend last year with the top twelve pulling in around $120 million altogether. Before we get to the weekend's new releases we'll begin with a couple of carryovers, starting with Suicide Squad, which, along with 19 other wide release films in 2016, dropped over 60% in its second weekend. Of those 20 films, »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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