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Feature Simon Brew 24 May 2013 - 07:27
As The Hangover Part III looks set to clean up at the box office, Simon wonders why comedies can't aim a bit higher....
Amongst the many majestic scenes in Carl Reiner's hugely underappreciated comedy classic All Of Me is one where Steve Martin has to go the toilet. By this time, he's sharing a body with Lily Tomlin, with each of them controlling one half of it. Thus, Martin needs Tomlin to, bluntly, do the necessaries.
It's brilliantly and simply shot, with Tomlin's face the reflection in the mirror, delivering a difficult performance pitch perfectly. Martin, not for the first time in his career, is genuinely astounding too, one of the most gifted comedy actors of all time. They take a simple scene, and turn it into something special. Basically, two gifted performers sell you a superb, very funny scene about a man having a pee. »
Exclusive: Mike Lobell, the veteran producer whose 14-years of persistence helped make the remake Gambit happen, is getting close on three other projects with strong elements. He has re-teamed with former partner, writer-director Andrew Bergman, on A Film By Alan Stuart Eisner, an ensemble comedy which so far has Project X‘s Oliver Cooper, Shirley MacLaine and Robin Williams attached, with Rob Reiner making a cameo. Lobell reports that the film has added Sienna Miller, Isla Fisher and Audra MacDonald. Eisner is a comedy dealing with a young man making a documentary to learn what happened to his family during WWII. He is out looking for financing. Gambit, by the way, ended up with Michael Hoffman directing a script by Joel and Ethan Coen. Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman star and CBS Films is releasing. At the same time, Lobell is getting traction on This Man This Woman, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Claire Danes and James Marsden's on-screen daughter isn't the only one growing up in the coming-of-age movie "As Cool as I Am." Danes and Marsden are, too. The first trailer for the upcoming IFC release focuses on their bright teenage daughter (Sara Bolger) dealing with Danes forgetting her birthday and cheating on her dad, while Marsden appears to be too busy working to notice. Also read: James Marsden, Claire Danes to Star in 'As Cool as I Am' Thomas Mann ("Project X") co-stars as Bolger's high school love interest. Max Mayer ("Adam") directed from Virginia »
- Greg Gilman
Feature Scott Snowden 20 May 2013 - 07:06
Soon, cinemas everywhere will unleash the giant robot warriors of Guillermo del Toro’s vivid imagination with Pacific Rim, due to open in July. And from what we’ve glimpsed so far in its trailers, boy are these babies going to rock. But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen humans pilot giant mecha in the movies - back in 1989, director Stuart Gordon brought us the cult spectacular, Robot Jox.
Snow blows across a barren Siberian wasteland and a howling wind can be heard. Aside from a few scattered trees, the desolate landscape is strewn with huge broken, burnt out metal body parts. Suddenly another severed limb - this one looks like an arm - crashes to the ground, sparks still flying where »
It’s been two years. Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) are happily living uneventful lives at home. Tattoos have been lasered off, files purged. The last they heard from disaster-magnet Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong), he’d been tossed into a Thai prison and, with him out of the way, the guys have very nearly recovered from their nights prowling the seamy side of Las Vegas in a roofie’d haze, and being kidnapped, shot at, and chased by drug-dealing mobsters in Bangkok.
The only member of the Wolfpack who’s not content is Alan (Zach Galifianakis). Still lacking a sense of purpose, the group’s black sheep has ditched his meds and given in to his natural impulses in a big way—which, for Alan, means no boundaries, no filters and no judgment—until a personal crisis forces him to finally seek the help he needs. »
- Movie Geeks
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Running Time: 2 hrs 23 mins
Release Date: May 10, 2013
Plot: A bondsman (Maguire) becomes witness to a love triangle involving his cousin (Mulligan), her husband (Edgerton), and the wealthy rich man of mystery (DiCaprio) who lives in a mansion next door. Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Who’S It For? Fans hoping this movie will honor the spirit of the novel should probably not bother; this film adaptation has its own spirit, one highly directed towards viewers who simply want opulence.
Expectations: Having recently read the novel for the first time, I was curious as to how the Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann would treat the material, especially with the promise of a unique soundtrack. And most importantly, I wondered how this adaptation would be able to choose from such rich »
- Nick Allen
After four days, Iron Man 3 was running just 13% behind The Avengers at the same stage of its UK run, suggesting that the film would finish a lot closer to the superhero team-up (£51.9m) than to either of the earlier Iron Man movies. Seven days later, and it's a similar story, with Iron Man 3 at an impressive £24.6m as of Sunday night, a slim 18% behind Avengers at the same point of release. If it continues at a similar pace, Iron Man 3 should end up around £42-43m here. The first Iron Man film maxed out at £17.4m, while the sequel made it to £21.3m, so the third episode looks set to double its predecessor.
With bank holiday takings added in, »
- Charles Gant
Pitching 21 & Over must've been pretty easy. A teen movie in the vein of The Hangover (with added shades of Project X and Superbad thrown in for good measure) it looks to be a riotous and very raunchy ride. Something evidenced pretty spectacularly by our very R-rated exclusive clip, featuring one college dormer who's - shall we say, 'disgruntled' - at the inconvenience of those partying around her. Cue expletives. Lots of them.
- Matt Risley
★★☆☆☆ If it wasn't for the fact that 21 and Over (2013) is directed by the writing duo which gave birth to The Hangover franchise, you'd be forgiven for accusing this boozy frathouse comedy of outright plagiarism. Cut from very much the same cloth as Todd Phillips' curiously popular gross-out comedy, 21 and Over takes the 'boys will be boys' mantra down a relatively predictable and, in comparison to its peers, rather timid route. Sipping a can of Busch beer from a brown paper bag in the back of a taxi, our first impression of Miller (Miles Teller) is the perfect set-up to the particular teen comedy's blithe persona.
Miller is about to meet old school friend Casey (Skylar Astin), a po-faced, straight-a student destined to spend his life in the high pressure surroundings of Wall Street. This comically diverse couple is on their way to meet another old acquaintance, Jeff Chang (Justin Chon »
- CineVue UK
Running Time: 93 minutes.
Synopsis: The night before his big medical school interview, a promising student celebrates his 21st birthday with his two best friends.
The Hangover has a lot to answer for. On the plus side we have it to thank for the blossoming career of Bradley Cooper, but on the other we have the onslaught of disappointing gross-out comedies that followed. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are responsible for penning the first episode in The Hangover trilogy, as well as The Change-up which followed and Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past which preceded it. With 21 & Over, the duo make their long-awaited directorial debuts with a film they hope will capture the same spirit and mainstream success as their previous scripted efforts.
Starring a relatively unknown cast, 21 & Over basically covers the same ground as the first two Hangover movies, »
- Paul Heath
Review Caroline Preece 3 May 2013 - 06:16
The writers of The Hangover team up for their directorial debut, 21 & Over. The results are rather draining, Caroline writes...
21 & Over, the directorial debut from Hangover writing duo Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, is a very odd movie to watch with adult eyes. You can see what it’s trying to do, and some of it works pretty well, but the scattergun approach to humour that the Hangover franchise has crafted into its own artform takes on an unexpected discomfort when combined with this unrelenting, juvenile humour young audiences are supposed to enjoy. 21 & Over will no doubt spark the kind of weary discussion that last year’s Project X did – and the conclusion will deduce that under-20s deserve better from their targeted comedies.
Having already seen its Stateside release back in March, 21 and Over is finally arriving on our shores this weekend here in the UK.
The comedy marks the directorial debuts of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the writing duo behind The Hangover and The Change-Up. And with its UK release date fast approaching this Friday, we’ve got an exclusive clip to share from the film, teasing the comedic chemistry between the young leading trio.
Straight-a college student Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy.
- Kenji Lloyd
Dodgeball 2 and Anchorman: The Legend Continues are officially happening. Are you happy, Internet? Your wishes for an extended supply of in-jokes, memes, and things you say at appropriately inappropriate times have been answered.
All kidding aside, it’s probably better that it took this long for sequels to be made to these properties, as they have a better chance of not being cash in titles. There’s a real chance for quality sequels with both of these films, which is an exciting possibility for comedy fans far and wide.
But what about some of the other, slightly more forgotten comedy gems from the so called “Frat Pack”? And no, I’m not talking about Old School 2, because that ship sailed out the moment Todd Philips sold out with stakes in Project X and The Hangover Part II. (Part III has a lot of ground to cover if I’m to ever forgive it. »
- Mike Reyes
Project is based on the book by Paul Fleischman and David Roberts, centered on a mean teacher who gives herself gold stars when she makes kids cry. When she confiscates a student’s crucial junkyard find, the students team up to teach the teacher a lesson.
Spindel was on the second unit on “That’s My Boy,” “Grown Ups 2″ and “Jack and Jill.” His “Love and Germaphobia” won best short film at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and the Hollyshorts fest. »
- Dave McNary
It's summer, summer, summertime, time to sit back and unwind, as The Fresh Prince once rhymed. Iron Man, Wolverine, Superman and Hit-Girl are suiting up and the AC is pumping as studios trot out their big guns, eager to put butts in the seats with big stars, bigger explosions and lots of numbers after titles.
That's right, nearly a third of our list is sequels, there's even more that didn't make it, and that doesn't even count the reboots and potential franchise-starters in store as we dive headfirst into our glistening pool of summer movie bliss.
30. 'The Internship'
Release Date: June 7
The Scoop: Since 2005 we've been champing at the bit for "Wedding Crashers" duo Vaughn and Wilson to re-team, and now nearly a decade later they're back in … a 90-minute ad for Google? Well, the premise has them pegged as two older »
- Max Evry
Having mined virtually every 80s horror in existence, the Hollywood remake machine now looks to be turning its attention to the decade's teen comedies - and when you're talking 80s teen comedy, you're talking John Hughes...
According to Deadline, Universal Pictures is to remake Hughes' 1985 comedy Weird Science, which starred Anthony Michael Hall and Iian Mitchell-Smith as Gary and Wyatt, two teenagers who engineer the perfect woman, Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), to fulfill their adolescent sexual desires, only for things to spiral out of control as she takes them on an increasingly crazy adventure. Also featuring in the cast were Bill Paxton as Wyatt's older brother Chet, along with an early appearance from Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr.
The Weird Science remake is being written by Michael Bacall, who penned the box office hits 21 Jump Street and Project X, and is planned as an "edgier R-rated comedy in line with 21 Jump Street and The Hangover. »
- Flickering Myth
John Hughes is best known for expertly crafting tales of adolescent growing pains in movies like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. His 1985 fantasy sci-fi hybrid Weird Science was another one of his '80s teen flicks but since it isn't as frequently referenced as the other movies in his considerably successful oeuvre, it makes sense that someone would be tempted to remake it.
According to Deadline Hollywood, the movie's original producer Joel Silver is doing just that and with Michael Bacall on script duties, considering he's penned Project X and the surprise hit remake of 21 Jump Street, expect something a lot racier and explicit than Hughes' version. Weird Science is all hormones and wish fulfillment as it tells of two unpopular, nerdy boys (Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith) who conspire to use their considerable brain power to create the perfect woman (Kelly LeBrock) who turns »
- Andrea Miller
No film in the history of cinema is safe from the dreaded implications of a remake and now that time has come for the John Hughes 80s classic, Weird Science. Under the watchful guise of Universal and original producer Joel Silver, this new spin on Hughes’ teen-frankenhotty comedy is now in development.
This updated take will carry on the success that screenwriter Michael Bacall started with the 21 Jump Street reboot last year starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. That flick, which raked in $200 million at the box office and earned much critical approval, reinvigorated Hollywood’s desire for more 80s remakes and is now set for its own sequel in 2014.
Hughes’ original outing brought much joy to many a lonely teenager back in the 80s without internet to rely upon for vicarious “experiences.” His Weird Science cast two social misfits Gary and Wyatt, (Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell Smith »
- Gem Seddon
The 1985 geek comedy classic Weird Science is going to be remade by the Project X guys: executive producer Joel Silver and screenwriter Michael Bacall. Project X is an R-rated comedy about a high school house party that goes way, way out of control. Universal says it's not clear yet whether the remake is going to be PG-13 or R, but it does promise to be "edgier." Weird Science was written by the teen comedy legend John Hughes and it's about two super-intelligent teens who figure out how to make a real woman, so they make her super hot.
Source: Deadline »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Deadline reports that the 1985 sci-fi comedy Weird Science will get a remake.
The first film followed two nerds (Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith) who create a beautiful lady (Kelly LeBrock), only to realize that she is more than a object.
The new film is aiming for an edgier vibe, though it is uncertain if the movie will be R-rated.
Twitter user Bryan Lynch had an interesting idea for the remake that the studio should steal.
— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) April 18, 2013
Source: Deadline »
- Alex Corey
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