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Look, in the world of entertainment news, we're all still coasting through the holiday week. Surely you'll allow this deviation from our usual straight-up horror coverage for a frivolous piece of creature news connected to a big 2012 superhero flick. (The other guys always cover non-horror films like Immortals, Cowboys and Aliens and Clash of the Titans and you don't give them any b.s., right?) If you're an avid reader of Shock, you know I am a reader of comics and the glut of superhero flicks definitely has me excited. This The Amazing Spider-Man business? I can do without. It's far too soon for a reboot, I feel all of the actors look far too old to be playing the teenagers in high school they were hired to play and I think Sony should have just mustered up the courage to allow Sam Raimi to right some wrongs after Spider-Man 3 »
- email@example.com (Ryan Turek)
It's going on four years since Columbia Pictures announced plans to adapt the indie comic book The Boys for the big screen and more than a year since director Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys) expressed his intention to keep the adaptation true to its violent comic book roots by going for an R-rating. It's unclear why the project has been delayed, since the screenplay written by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Clash of the Titans) was apparently good enough to interest McKay, who once said that he "would never direct anything" he didn't write, but The Boys still hasn't moved on to the casting stage. That is, with the exception of Simon Pegg, whose likeness was the inspiration for the character Hugh "Wee Hughie" Campbell in the comic book. McKay wants Pegg in the role and Pegg is apparently keen to do it, but the British actor recently admitted »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Fans of Garth Ennis' violent comic-book series, "The Boys," are well-aware of one principal character's resemblance to Simon Pegg. In fact, series artist Darick Robertson has acknowledged that Scottish-brogue-spewing Hugh "Wee Hughie" Campbell was actually modeled after the "Shaun of the Dead" star. So, perhaps it's no surprise that Adam McKay, reportedly helming the planned film adaptation, would love to see Pegg in the role – assuming the film makes it to the screen.
Speaking to MTV News, Pegg acknowledged his interest in the part – even stating that he's read the script – but worries that he's possibly "too old" to play Wee Hughie.
"I have [read the script], it's really good. I'd love to do it, if it came about," said Pegg. "My fear is that I'm too old to play Wee Hughie, now. But you know, obviously, the character was drawn, at least, around my face."
What a strange situation to have »
- Matt Clark
Seth Rogen has come a long way from the days of Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. After Judd Apatow helped turn him into a full-blown movie star with Knocked Up, Rogen continued to build up his resume as a producer and writer until Sony handed him the keys to his first tentpole film with The Green Hornet. While some would question the end result of that project, it certainly hasn't hurt his career. Next year he will take his first stab at directing with Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse, and now Disney has come knocking at his door as well. According to Variety, they have recruited Rogen to produce and possibly star in a new spy comedy called The B Team. The B Team, not to be confused with the Will Ferrell / Mark Wahlberg comedy that was eventually retitled to The Other Guys, is a project that has been »
It feels like Dan Aykroyd hasn’t been around for a while, but that’s only because I refused to see Yogi Bear, barely noticed him as the Vice President in War, Inc. and refused (again) to see I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. So he hasn’t been retired or anything, but it’s sure felt like it. Nevertheless, he’ll be coming out of that non-retirement for Dog Fight, the political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two South Carolinians who have their sights on the presidency. According to Movie Hole, the Oscar nominated actor is on board, but the role isn’t specified. Hopefully this won’t further delay that certain, ghost-bustin’ sequel Aykroyd has been steadily working on. I’m speaking, of course, about My Stepmother is an Alien 2. The capable Jay Roach is directing a script from Chris Henchy (The Other Guys, and »
- Cole Abaius
Variety is reporting Seth Rogen has signed on to produce The B-Team for Disney. More than likely he will also star.The B-Team, written by Derek Guiley and David Schneiderman, has been gestating at Disney for about three years now. I assume the hope is with Rogen attached the project will pick up some forward momentum and actually get made. I'm guessing they will get a bigger name, maybe with an action background, to play the spy, and Rogen will lead the b-team of the title.The plot of The B-Team follows a top agent who gets captured, and its up to his "B-Team" of researchers and tech people to rescue him. Think Tom Cruise getting captured at the start of Mission: Impossible and Simon Pegg has to take the lead and save him. Actually, that sounds like much better casting. I should call J.J. Abrams and tell him I »
By Sean O’Connell
The comedian is developing a pitch at Walt Disney Pictures that he’ll produce and potentially star in, according to Variety. Rogen would play the leader of a second-tier spy team that has to snap into action when their elite agent is kidnapped.
Yep, that sounds a lot like Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s “Other Guys,” only with spies instead of police officers. Which is fine, so long as Rogen thinks outside the box and finds new avenues to explore in the spy comedy.
We’re very early in the process, though, so “B Team” likely will be far off. In the meantime, Rogen fans will be able to see him opposite Barbara Streisand in the mother-son comedy “My Mother’s Curse” next year. »
- Sean O'Connell
Seth Rogen's last foray into the action-comedy, The Green Hornet, didn't exactly go over very well. It was a noble effort, I suppose, but in the end, misguided. But Rogen is ready to give it another shot with the Disney action-spy-comedy The B Team. The B Team, which was coincidentally the original title for The Other Guys, would follow what happens when a world class spy (think James Bond) is kidnapped, leaving his tech support team (led by Rogen) to rescue him. It's a halfway decent »
- Mike Sampson
There was a time when The B Team was a cop comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, before a certain A-Team caused a name-switch to The Other Guys. But with The Other Guys now come and gone, and The A-Team a distant, tank-flying memory, The B Team is back, this time in the form of a spy spoof being developed by Seth Rogen. It just goes to show you can't keep a good name down. Or something.This project actually pre-dates those others, and its title was presumably in flux there for a while. Development being as slow as it is though, it's fair game again. The story in this case is about a "top secret-agent" who gets kidnapped and has to be rescued by his back-up gang of researchers and techies, who presumably aren't quite as "top" as he is.The original pitch to the studio was by Derek Guiley and David Schneiderman, »
Disney just decided to revive their gestating animation feature The Snow Queen in the form of Frozen, and now the studio is progressing on development of a spy comedy they picked up about three years ago. Variety has word that Seth Rogen is joining The B Team as producer and even has an eye for starring in the action comedy about a top secret agent being kidnapped, thus leaving his tech support team and researchers to rescue him. Sounds like the action of Spy Kids combined with the comedy of The Other Guys, especially with that title playing off the junior varsity nature of a team not nearly as skilled as the iconic A-Team. There's no telling how soon the project might get off the ground, but with Rogen's involvement, it could come together very quickly. Between Pineapple Express and Green Hornet, Rogen has had plenty of experience with action »
- Ethan Anderton
Seth Rogen has plans to produce and potentially star in a spy comedy called The B Team , being developed at Walt Disney Pictures, Variety reports. The plot is said to involve a top-level spy who, after getting kidnapped, has to be rescued by his second-tier support team. The film is based on a 2008 pitch by Derek Guiley and David Schneiderman. At the time, the title was in question due to 20th Century Fox's film adaptation of the television series The A-Team and the Sony project, also titled The B Team , which later became the Adam McKay comedy The Other Guys . Ever busy, Rogen appeared earlier this year in The Green Hornet , Paul , 50/50 , Take This Waltz and Kung Fu Panda 2 . He can next been seen in the comedy My Mother's Curse . (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
It's been awhile since Will Ferrell has let loose with his "unhinged funnyman" persona in a major role on the big screen (his last such effort was 2010's "The Other Guys"), but with the hilariously-titled-only-because-i-can-imagine-him-speaking-the-words "Casa de Mi Padre", it looks like he'll soon be back in deadpan action once again - in a Spanish-language comedy, no less. Now a teaser poster has been released for the upcoming film (also starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and "Parks and Recreation"'s Nick Offerman) which features Ferrell as his character "Armando Alvarez" squinting against the Mexican sun in front of a yellow-orange background. So »
- Chris Eggertsen
After reporting just yesterday that Michael Bay is reconsidering his position on not returning to direct a fourth Transformers film, we’ve now got some great casting news to bring you concerning the smaller film that he wants to do before potentially returning to the franchise he’s spent the past few years working on.
Variety are now reporting that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, who’ve worked together previously on The Other Guys, are now being eyed for the two leading roles in Bay’s upcoming Pain And Gain, a dark comedy centred on two steroid-abusing bodybuilders.
“Based on a Miami New Times article from 1999, “Pain and Gain” will follow a pair of Florida bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.”
The project is set up at Paramount and has been in the works since 2001, with Bay »
- Kenji Lloyd
Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, who were hysterical in the comedy The Other Guys, are being sought after by Michael Bay to lead his comedy Pain and Gain. The dark comedy is based on a true story about two steroid-abusing bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping that goes awry. Captain America: The First Avenger scribes Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus wrote the screenplay from an article in the Miami New Times. Variety reports that even though Wahlberg is interested in the job, he's pretty booked up so it's unlikely he'll be able to say yes. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Over the summer, we learned that explosive director Michael Bay would finally get behind the camera for his relatively low budget dark comedy Pain and Gain, the story of a couple of steroid-abusing knucklehead bodybuilders from Florida who become criminals involved in an extortion ring and a kidnapping plot that all goes horribly wrong. Now Variety has word on the frontrunners to lead the film with Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, who both shared the screen briefly in The Other Guys, both being lined up. As of now Johnson's talks with Bay are further along with Wahlberg merely circling the film. Wahlberg's casting will depend on his future schedule which is actually relatively full. Right now the actor is attached to an adaptation of 2 Guns and the Thanksgiving football comedy Three Mississippi from director Adam McKay. The stars certainly sounds like the kind of talent that Bay usually attracts but »
- Ethan Anderton
Michael Bay is making a new movie and it has nothing to do with Transformers. That's the good news. The better news is that it's a smaller film that's based on a really intriguing true-life story about two gym buffs who get all mixed up in a kidnapping and extortion ring. The in-between news is that, according to reports, Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg (Updated: Variety now reports that Wahlberg passed on the project) are in the mix to star in the film, titled Pain and Gain, after first appearing together in The Other Guys. The $20 million film (the cost of each shot in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, coincidentally) is definitely considered to be low-budget for Bay; some are saying it comes with a tone compared to that of Fargo. Bay took interest in the...
- Erik Davis
Michael Bay is making a new movie and it has nothing to do with Transformers. That's the good news. The better news is that it's a smaller film that's based on a really intriguing true-life story about two gym buffs who get all mixed up in a kidnapping and extortion ring. The in-between news is that, according to reports, Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg are in the mix to star in the film, titled Pain and Gain, after first appearing together in The Other Guys. The $20 million film (the cost of each shot in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, coincidentally) is definitely considered to be low-budget for Bay; some are saying it comes with a tone compared to that of Fargo. Bay took interest in the project after coming across an article about the story in the Miami...
- Erik Davis
Michael Bay and his blow-'em-up extravaganzas are famous for both pain (for the Decepticons) and gain (at the box office), but never quite like this before.
News of his next project, "Pain and Gain," popped up last summer during his press interviews for "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon" in Moscow, but it's such a strange choice for Bay that it sounded more like his ushanka was on too tight at the time. Based on a series of 1999 Miami New Times articles of the same name, "Pain and Gain" is being pegged as a dark comedy about two body builders knee-deep in crime.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Mark Wahlberg might be feeling the vibrations of Bay's project if everyone's schedules and horoscopes align correctly. Variety is reporting that Johnson is in "early talks" whereas Wahlberg's schedule might be too jam-packed to make it work. Of course, it's not like »
- Jenni Miller
Update: Variety’s Jeff Sneider reports that Wahlberg has since passed on the project, though Johnson is still in talks.
Michael Bay has his eyes on two pieces of muscle for his long-in-the-works dark comedy Pain and Gain. Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, to be exact. And while Johnson is further along in talks to take on the small action-comedy, Wahlberg is being wooed as well. The two both starred in 2010′s action comedy The Other Guys [Variety].
Based on a 1999 Miami New Times article, Pain and Gain concerns a group of Florida bodybuilders who get caught up in a heist, which turns into a kidnapping, and worse and worse. Set in the Sun Gym, an establishment with a clientele made up of ‘cops and bad guys,’ in the summer of 1994, this true story is ripe with drama and ludicrous comedy. If you don’t believe it, read the article yourself. »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
So, what does a Michael Bay movie look like without $100 million dollars worth of explosions and Victoria's Secret models? We'll soon find out. The director is pushing ahead with plans to do a smaller film after his trilogy of "Transformers" movies and despite the low budget -- somewhere around $20 million bucks -- he may be getting two pretty big starts to help him out. Variety reports that "The Other Guys" duo of Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson are the frontrunners to take the lead roles in the film. Based on an article in the Miami New Times about the real-life extortion ring and a kidnapping plot that goes horribly awry, hatched by a couple of Floridian bodybuilders, the film has a script by "Captain America: The First Avenger" writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the latter of whom told us it vibes like a certain Coen Brothers dark comedy. "It’s 'Fargo, »
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