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With the exception of a series of home video releases, we've never seen Disney's famous fairy Tinker Bell get her own movie, since she's always been relegated to appearing with Peter Pan. However, now the blonde pixie will star in her own film at 20th Century Fox. However, it won't be the kind of film you would expect since Deadline reports Tammy and Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy will play the title fairy, and Night at the Museum franchise director Shawn Levy will be at the helm. The project is currently untitled, but it's based on a fresh approach to the iconic character which was fleshed out with the help of McCarthy herself. There aren't any details on what this new take will entail, but it sounds promising with Nicholas Stoller, writer of The Muppets and The Five-Year Engagement, in charge of the script. Levy and McCarthy will produce by way »
- Ethan Anderton
Both Melissa McCarthy and Shawn Levy came up with a fresh take on the Tinker Bell story, with Nick Stoller (Neighbors, The Five-Year Engagement, Get Him to the Greek) coming aboard to write the screenplay. Melissa McCarthy will play the title character, but no other story details were given at this time.
It remains uncertain if this will be Shawn Levy's next directorial outing, after he puts the finishing touches on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, set for release on December 19. The filmmaker recently became attached to direct two high-profile projects, Minecraft, which is set up at Warner Bros., and Forty Thieves that is housed at 20th Century Fox. Tinker Bell is said to be a high-priority project among those other films, but it isn't »
Chicago – Jason Segel is one of the most genuine people in show business, and he also makes very funny movies and TV shows. He was in Chicagoland recently, making an appearance on behalf of his first novel, “Nightmares.” He greeted admirers and signed the book at the historic Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, Ill.
After making his film debut in 1998 in “Can’t Hardly Wait,” Jason Segel got his first hit with “Freaks and Geeks,” the legendary one season series in 1999 that combined an amazing cast (James Franco, Seth Rogen) with memorable episodes. Segel has since done two other multi-season series, including “Undeclared” and “How I Met Your Mother.” At the same time, he was no slouch at the film box office, with a long list of hits starting with “Knocked Up,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “I Love You, Man.” He recently rebooted a major franchise with “The Muppets.” and scored with “The Five-Year Engagement. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about the scenes that stood out most for them while making their movies. This month, we talk to Nicholas Stoller about the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy Neighbors (on sale September 23). Known best for doing comedies that explore relationships, Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, The Five-Year Engagement) continues that trend with Neighbors, but this time he also highlights what it means to get old and suddenly be thrust with responsibilities. In the movie Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne have a newborn baby but struggle to push away temptation to party like they did in the prebaby days. Things don’t get any better when a fraternity suddenly shows up next door...
- Jason Guerrasio
Universal Pictures has released the alternate opening scene of Neighbors online. I loved director Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement) new film when I saw it in theaters, but couldn’t help but think there were a ton of party images in the trailer that were absent from the film. Now I know which scene many of them came from, this deleted opening scene that introduces us to the frat members and the house they burned down (necessitating their move to a new neighborhood). This is actually only the first half of the deleted scene (which I've seen via iTunes extras), so it doesn't get into the explosive stuff yet. But it’s still hilarious. I actually think the whole movie is pretty great except for a few moments in the third act when they try to include unnecessary characters in the action. Hit the jump to »
- Evan Dickson
Sony Pictures is moving forward with 23 Jump Street, a follow-up to this summer's 22 Jump Street, with Rodney Rothman coming aboard to write the screenplay. Be warned, there will be a few spoilers for those who haven't seen 22 Jump Street below, so read on at your own risk.
21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are overseeing the writing process as producers, alongside Neal H. Moritz and producers/stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, but they have not officially committed to directing the follow-up. Insiders claim the job is theirs if they want it.
At the end of 22 Jump Street, Ice Cube's Captain Dickson teased a possible sequel story with the line, "You two sons of bitches are going to medical school." The end credits offered a number of fake ideas for possible sequels, including culinary school, firefighter school, dance school and even a semester at sea. »
Color me absolutely astonished that this is genuinely sweet and wholly sex-positive. Unfortunately, it’s also completely unfunny. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of what passes for comedy in Hollywood
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Annie (Cameron Diaz: The Other Woman, The Counsellor) and Jay (Jason Segel: This Is the End, The Five-Year Engagement) need to spice up their bedroom time: they’re still madly in love with each other, but their busy lives — including two rambunctious gradeschoolers — have left them just plain physically exhausted. So they decide to video themselves running through all the positions in The Joy of Sex. It works: they have a wonderful night. But a mishap with the Cloud and some iPads that they had given away as gifts — to family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances — sees the file accidentally distributed to all those other devices. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Running Time: 96 minutes
Blu-ray Only Extras: Alternative Opening, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, An Unlikely Pair, Partying With My Neighbours, The Frat, On Set With, Feature Commentary.
New parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are a couple trying to come to terms with the reality of adulthood – a baby and a house – whilst trying to maintain the impression they are still the fun-loving young couple they once were in this new gross-out comedy from Nicholas Stoller.
When a fraternity led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco move in next door, the couple soon realise that living next to a fraternity will seriously disrupt the peace, quiet and early nights that have become routine. Rowdy parties, loud music and dirty front lawns are just the beginning, and this neighbourly »
- Victoria Bull
Who should be more embarrassed: the husband and wife who accidentally release a homemade porn video in “Sex Tape,” or the studio that’s willfully distributing “Sex Tape”? Basically an extended marital-therapy session wrapped in an iPad commercial, this surprisingly bland Cameron Diaz-Jason Segel vehicle has a marketably racy premise but takes it in a stilted, unfunny direction that leaves both actors flailing about, sort of like the translucent red double-ended dildo that gets whipped out in an especially sad fit of comic desperation. Interesting mainly as a sign of how thoroughly smut, Apple products and smut viewable on Apple products have seeped into contemporary life, Sony’s July 18 release might attract audiences starved for a decent R-rated summer comedy following recent hits “Neighbors” and “22 Jump Street,” but seems unlikely to show anywhere near the same box office stamina.
In one of the more unorthodox post-Muppets-movie career moves in Hollywood history, »
- Justin Chang
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 23, 2014; Digital Release Date: Aug. 12, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Seth Rogen (This Is The End), Zac Efron (That Awkward Moment) and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) star in the 2014 comedy Neighbors (not to be confused with the disastrous 1981 Belushi/Aykroyd movie of the same name).
The movie concerns a young suburban couple (Rogen and Byrne) suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Unfortunately, good fences aren’t nearly enough to keep things neighborly when a non-stop pargty breaks next door to sleep-deprived new parents!
In the new comedy Sex Tape, Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel play a married couple facing serious embarrassment when their private video finds itself in the wrong hands. The two actors are certainly no stranger to R-rated humor. Diaz found a ton of dirty fun in There’S Something About Mary and Bad Teacher. Segel shined while he was Forgetting Sarah Marshall and dealing with The Five-year Engagement – the actor was also featured in Bad Teacher. When I sat down for a »
A lot of people think EW writers spend their days boozing it up with stars. In the case of this week’s cover profile of actor Chris Pratt, that’s 100 percent accurate. The Parks and Recreation star already has one box office hit under his belt this year thanks to The Lego Movie, and he might well have another when the latest Marvel spectacular, Guardians of the Galaxy, arrives in theaters Aug. 1. On a break from shooting next summer’s dinosaur fourquel Jurassic World, Pratt hoisted some beers with EW’s Clark Collis in New Orleans while recounting his unlikely career trajectory. »
- EW staff
With Edgar Wright out, Adam McKay and Rawson Thurber both passing, and Ruben Fleischer potentially doing "Ghostbusters 3," Marvel's race to find a director for "Ant-Man" continues. And this afternoon comes a couple more names you can toss into a hat. Deadline says that Nicholas Stoller and Michael Dowse are "making the rounds" as contenders for the gig. Both are certainly gifted comedy directors, with the former helming "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Get Him To The Greek," "The Five-Year Engagement" and the recent "Neighbors," while the latter has tackled "Goon," "Take Me Home Tonight," "Fubar" and the upcoming "The F Word." What neither have is tentpole experience when it comes to staging action, but then again, Marvel has that kind of support likely in place. At any rate, these are just a couple of names to argue about online, and you can do that below. Thoughts? Is "Ant-Man" really going to make its July 17, 2015 release date? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last weekend was kind of a lull in the summer movie death match. Sure, Disney's mega-budgeted "Maleficent" and whatever "A Million Ways to Die in the West" was supposed to be opened wide, but neither one was exactly a juggernaut worthy of the bloody gladiatorial race. (And, somewhat predictably, their box office numbers bore this out.)
This week, there are a couple of new contestants: "The Fault in Our Stars," a Ya melodrama starring Shailene Woodley as a young cancer patient, and "Edge of Tomorrow," starring Tom Cruise in a nifty "Groundhog Day"-meets-"Starship Troopers" plot that has Cruise falling victim to an intergalactic time loop that allows him to die, again and again, on a battlefield against an invading army race. (Emily Blunt is a fellow warrior who has suffered similar effects.)
This is Cruise's second sci-fi movie in a row, following last year's big-budget video art installation "Oblivion, »
- Drew Taylor
There are so many things I want to tell you about the time I spent in London on the set of "Guardians Of The Galaxy." Today, though, we're still embargoed on the vast majority of it, and so we're going to focus on one of the interviews that we conducted as a group. Seems like Chris Pratt's a good place to start in any conversation about this film, since this will be the biggest film role he's ever had, and much of the success of the film hinges on how the audience takes to him as Peter Quill aka Star Lord. I met Pratt for the first time when I visited the set of "The Five-Year Engagement," but it was before we actually got to the set. When I arrived in San Francisco and was riding up in the elevator to my room, Pratt ended up in the elevator with me. »
- Drew McWeeny
Neighbors, the R-rated comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron as feuding next door neighbors, partied its way to a stellar $19.6 million Friday, and is on its way to unseating holdover Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the top spot at the domestic box office. Photos: 'Neighbors' Star Zac Efron: Exclusive Portraits of the Actor Directed by Nick Stoller, the filmmaker behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Five-Year Engagement, Neighbors is likely to earn an outstanding $48 million to $49 million in its U.S. debut, while the Andrew Garfield-starring Spidey sequel, which earned $10.1
- Rebecca Ford
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "You called about your neighbors?" Now playing in theaters everywhere - the new comedy Neighbors, directed by Nick Stoller (of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek and The Five-Year Engagement previously) starring Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne and their baby vs Zac Efron & Dave Franco, with Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Carla Gallo thrown in there, too. It's about what happens when a nice couple with a newborn baby suddenly receive new neighbors - a wild fraternity house. It looks wild, but does it deliver? Were all the best jokes in the trailers? Is it any good? Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Nick Stoller's Neighbors. Editor's Note: I'm still waiting to see it mtself, but for now I'll include this final quote from Ethan's very positive review: "Neighbors is the perfect summer comedy, delivering »
- Alex Billington
Director Nicholas Stoller has steadily been rising in the ranks, having worked for many years under Judd Apatow on everything from “Undeclared” to a string of successful studio comedies, including “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and 2012’s “The Five-Year Engagement.” (He was also involved with both of Disney’s recent Muppets movies.) But Stoller is about to break into the big leagues with this weekend’s gut-busting “Neighbors” (review here), a film that pits Seth Rogen’s new dad against Zac Efron’s rowdy frat leader in a war for suburban supremacy. We recently sat down with Stoller and chatted about the five biggest influences on his new film, most of which will be very surprising (especially for those that have already seen the film).When “Neighbors” premiered at South by Southwest, Stoller openly admitted that one of the biggest influences for the movie was “Enter the Void,” Gaspar Noe’s neon-lit »
- Drew Taylor
Universal's raunchy comedy Neighbors is off to a strong start, taking in $2.56 million on Thursday night. The comedy, starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a young couple with a baby whose life is turned upside down when a loud fraternity moves in next door, opened in 2,224 theaters on Thursday with shows beginning at 8 p.m. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies Also starring Zac Efron as the leader of the frat, Neighbors is directed by Nick Stoller, the filmmaker behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek and The Five-Year Engagement. Neighbors
- Rebecca Ford
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Release Date: May 9, 2014
Plot: New parents Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) start a war against the fraternity bros (Efron & Franco) who move in next door.
Who’S It For? Fans of Rogen or even Efron willing to settle.
Nicholas Stoller’s Neighbors is a rager like nearly every film produced by the duo of Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, their first since last year’s celebrity soiree This Is the End. It has lampshade-hat equivalent of craziness, with frat dudes and dudettes packed to the ceiling as they exhibit outrageous R-rated shenanigans that make Bluto’s zit popping look like a kindergartener’s gag. But alas, if only Neighbors were as funny as it is outrageous, showing that an original spin on familiar content doesn’t guarantee a joke’s success. »
- Nick Allen
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