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Opening this weekend is Get Hard, the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen. The film stars Will Ferrell as a wealthy Bernie Madoff-type investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum-security prison sentence. The film also stars Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Ariana Neal, and Edwina Findley Dickerson. For more on the film, watch the green and red band trailers. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Alison Brie. She talked about working with Will Ferrell, Community season 6, if people ever realize she’s the voice of Unikitty in The Lego Movie, Sleeping with Other People, and more. Here’s the interview followed by a list of what we talked about. [complextv contentid="FkNWw3dDoaK8jL_JXNxDsO4s10Tgssgy" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Alison Brie: What was it like working with Will Ferrell? How she’s »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
If there's one thing a movie starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart guarantees, it's mixed-to-negative critical reception and decent-to-stellar audience reaction. Both seem like strong possibilities this Friday with the release of the duo's new comedy Get Hard (2015), in which a wealthy tycoon (Ferrell) insists that his employee (Hart) show him the ins-and-outs of how to survive in prison after he himself is sentenced. Early screenings of Get Hard have brought claims of homophobia and racial stereotyping, yet the popularity of the movie's two stars should be enough to potentially carry the comedy to a healthy run at the box office.
Should Get Hard succeed, it will be another victory for director and co-writer Etan Cohen, who has found success writing such hits as Tropic Thunder and Men In Black 3. Yet for a select few, his collaboration with Mike Judge on the hilarious and somewhat horrifying Idiocracy (2006) remains his best work. »
- Frank Calvillo
If you've been watching late night television over the past couple weeks, you've probably caught Will Ferrell hamming it up in order to promote the arrival of his new comedy Get Hard with Kevin Hart, which starts hitting theaters this evening. It's been a lot of fun, but nothing that we felt compelled to cover, that is until he decided to sing the iconic theme song to Star Trek with his angelic voice. Ferrell has been called the songbird of his generation and this clip from "The Late Late Show" with James Corden (fresh off his amazing viral stunt with Tom Hanks) proves it's absolutely true. Why does Kevin Hart tell him to stop? Here's Will Ferrell's majestic rendition of the Star Trek theme from "The Late Late Show" YouTube: You can watch the previous final red band trailer for Get Hard right here. Get Hard marks the feature »
- Ethan Anderton
Opening this weekend is Get Hard, the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen. The film stars Will Ferrell as a Bernie Madoff-type wealthy investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum-security prison sentence. The film also stars Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Ariana Neal, and Edwina Findley Dickerson. For more on the film, watch the green and red band trailers. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell. They talked about how the project came together, when they realized they would be a funny combination and that they would be able to work well together, the importance of listening in a scene instead of just waiting to say your line, Zoolander 2, Ride Along 2, and more. Here’s the interview »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The folks at Framestore have posted a behind-the-scenes video from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy showing the visual effects work that went into the creation of Rocket Raccoon. Check it out here…
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) as Yondu, Glenn Close (Damages) as Nova Prime Rael and Josh Brolin (Men in Black 3) as Thanos.
- Gary Collinson
Just two weeks after the red band trailer debuted, Warner Bros. has released a slew of new photos for Get Hard, arriving in theaters March 27. The upcoming comedy brings comedy superstars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart together for the first time, with the story of one man who will do whatever it takes to survive in prison. Etan Cohen, the screenwriter behind Idiocracy, Tropic Thunder, Men in Black 3 and the upcoming Scouts Vs. Zombies, makes his directorial debut with Get Hard.
When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James' one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. »
With a boombox perched on his shoulder, Will Ferrell and his latest screen foil, Kevin Hart, brought a South by Southwest crowd to its feet for a hip-hop dance party ahead of the world premiere of their buddy comedy, Warner Bros.' Get Hard. Joined by the film's first-time director, Etan Cohen – the writer of films like Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 and a punch-up writer on other Ferrell projects – the two comedy superstars encouraged the crowd to get the word out. "If you don't like it, I want you to go out
- Seth Abramovitch
After premiering at the South by Southwest Film Festival, the comedy Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart is coming to theaters in just under two weeks. And to help promote the film, the two co-stars got together on Funny or Die to talk about how great it was to finally work together. Why hadn't they teamed up before? Well, their agents keep putting them up for the same roles, and now we get to see what films like Anchorman and Elf would have been like with Kevin Hart and what Ride Along would have been like with Will Ferrell. It's pretty amusing, and hopefully their first collaboration will be too. Watch! Here's Kevin Hart & Will Ferrell's lost audition tapes from Funny or Die: You can still watch the most recent red band trailer for Get Hard right here. Get Hard marks the feature directorial debut of Etan Cohen »
- Ethan Anderton
As a movie critic I believe I am obligated by law to review Focus through the lens of what it means for Will Smith’s career: if we have finally reached the end of the dark ages after almost eight years of films that were both critical and financial mixed bags. I might even tell you that we are back at the peak of the mountain we haven’t seen since I Am Legend and that we have our unquestioned biggest movie star in the world returned to us from the exile of After Earth and Men In Black 3. This isn’t that triumphant return; Will Smith is good but not extraordinary in a movie that will never be a blockbuster nor is it a critical darling. Focus is a perfectly serviceable crime movie that feels confined by a lack of ambition and, perhaps, a lack of budget.
It’s hard to classify Focus, »
- Arthur Tebbel
Warner Bros just unveiled a restricted trailer for its upcoming "Get Hard" comedy, starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Check it out below. Plot: The story follows a rich bank manager (Ferrell) who is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to time in a maximum security prison. To prepare himself for his incarceration, Ferrell's character hires the man who washes his car (Hart) to toughen him up in his final 30 days of freedom. The new movie is directed by Etan Cohen (writer of "Men in Black 3") and is set to hit theaters on March 27th. Trailer: »
You better check yo-self before you wreck yo-self! Warner Bros has unleashed a red band version of a trailer through Kevin Hart's Facebook for the upcoming comedy Get Hard, co-starring Kevin Hart & Will Ferrell. We've seen a number of trailers for this wacky comedy already (watch the latest), which borders on being a bit too racist for my own tastes, even though I get that it's all about the trashy humor. The concept is supposed to be about preparing Will Ferrell for prison, but seems to go overboard with sketches and wacky setups involving Kevin Hart. At least he gets his ass whooped, too. This is red band mostly for the language. Here's the new red band trailer for Etan Cohen's Get Hard direct from Warner Bros: You can also catch the second green-band trailer for Etan Cohen's Get Hard right here. Get Hard marks the feature »
- Alex Billington
They say that the month of March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Traditionally, March was an unconventional month to release huge tentpole movies, but that all changed a few years ago when The Hunger Games took in $152.5 million in its opening weekend, proving that this month could be used to launch huge blockbuster franchises. To get you prepared for the month ahead, we're breaking down the five movies we're most looking forward to this March, along with an indie honorable mention. Here are the best movies awaiting you in the weeks ahead!
1Chappie - March 6
South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp returns with his third feature film Chappie, following Best Picture nominee District 9 and the sci-fi tentpole Elysium. The filmmaker goes back to his South African roots with Chappie, which centers on the title robot (voiced by Sharlto Copley), who is the first android »
Will Smith, star of numerous blockbusters over the course of his career, re-established his box office draw, as his latest feature Focus won the box office over the weekend, finishing with $19.1 million. The film marks Smith’s first prominent role since 2013’s After Earth, as he has been largely absent from the big screen since then, save for minor roles in Anchorman 2 and A Winter’s Tale. This is also Smith’s first no. 1 opening weekend since 2012’s Men in Black 3, adding to a number of commercial successes to the star’s credit in a filmography that includes Independence Day, Wild Wild West, and Hitch.
Barring the entry of Focus in the top spot, the weekend’s top 3 remained unchanged, as Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held on to the second and third spot respectively, finishing with a difference of less than a million, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
'Focus' movie: Will Smith has third weakest weekend box-office debut of his career (photo: Will Smith in 'Focus') According to those referred to in polite society as "conservatives," winter storms and freezing temperatures are evidence that there's no such thing as global warming. Let's not even go there. Instead, let's focus (bad pun intended) on the Focus movie starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie as a con couple, which opened below expectations – with wintery weather as a possible culprit – in North America this weekend, February 27-March 1, 2015. According to box-office tracking, as late as a couple of days ago Warner Bros.' modestly budgeted Focus was expected to take in between $22-24 million. Barring a miracle akin to a sudden halt to rising ocean temperatures (pardon the hyperbole), that's not about to happen. Now, before I proceed: "modestly budgeted"? Well, for a Will Smith movie, $50 million – after »
- Zac Gille
Will Smith and Margot Robbie headline the new con artist flick Focus that is widely expected to win this weekend's weak box office race, even without the head start the film received at late Thursday night showings last night.
Warner Bros. is reporting that Focus pulled in $900,000 from Thursday showings. The R-rated film and departure for Smith from his typical flashy blockbuster fare is tracking to wrap up the weekend somewhere in the range of $20 million. That should top the past two weekends' reigning box office champ, Fifty Shades of Grey.
Robbie is quickly making a name for herself in Hollywood after a splashy debut in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Her next role as villainous and obnoxious Harley Quinn in Warner's DC Comics-based Suicide Squad will make her even more desirable for producers to snatch up for high profile roles.
Smith's last »
Early tracking suggests that reports of the “Men in Black’s” star’s demise as a bankable leading man appear to be premature. The Warner Bros. film should open to $21 million when it debuts in 3,323 locations, capturing the top spot in what is shaping up to be an otherwise lackluster week at the box office.
“Focus” cost $50.1 million to produce and is leaning heavily on Smith’s charisma in its television spots and posters. At 46, the actor is definitely at a career crossroads, but his recent rap as a faltering box office draw is unearned.
Yes, “After Earth” bombed with $60.5 million domestic on a $130 million budget, but it did do $183.3 million overseas, where Smith remains popular. Take that out of »
- Brent Lang
Will Smith’s reputation as one of Hollywood’s most bankable leading men will be on the line when the con man comedy “Focus” opens Friday for Warner Bros. That’s because “Focus” is Smith’s first film since “After Earth,” the pricey 2012 sci-fi bomb that he starred in with his son, Jaden Smith. Before that, enthusiastic foreign audiences offset disappointing domestic returns on the $225 million “Men in Black 3” in 2010, and 2008’s “Seven Pounds” failed to break out as well. In his latest outing, Smith plays an aging grifter trying to impart the wisdom of his trade to a young newcomer, »
- Todd Cunningham
In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back... in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him - secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency and the future of humankind. »
It could take several months at the minimum before the post-Pascal priorities come into focus. And of course much depends on who her successor turns out to be. If Pascal’s top lieutenant, SPE Motion Picture Group president Doug Belgrad, gets the gig as many expect, there could be minimal changes to the line-up.
Pascal will remain in place through May, at which point she will segue to a producing deal at Sony. Besides Belgrad, other possible replacements from within are former Fox studio chief Tom Rothman, who runs TriStar Pictures; and Columbia Pictures Production President Michael De Luca, who »
- Dave McNary and Justin Kroll
A delightfully engaging, convention-busting slice of of-the-moment America that is far from the typical culture-clash romantic dramedy. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Sam (Martin Starr: Veronica Mars) is an army veteran just back from the wars who is uncomfortable with the role he finds himself cast to play in civilian society. Amira (Dina Shihabi) is an Iraqi immigrant to New York who has good reason to be suspicious of American soldiers, and who also pushes back against the constraints her Arabic community places on her as a woman. But what starts out as a favor to his old army buddy (Laith Nakli), a former military translator and Amira’s uncle, quickly develops into a warm friendship and the beginnings of a romance between the unlikely couple. This is far from the typical culture-clash romantic dramedy, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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