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To avoid a conflict with Sunday Night Football, NBC moved the 2014 Emmy Awards telecast up a month, to August 25. But in swerving clear of the football juggernaut, the Emmys steered right into the lane of the landmark cultural occasion of late August: the MTV VMAs, scheduled for one day prior. It got us thinking: What if we took things to their logical conclusion and handed MTV control of the Emmys, as well? Using categories from both the VMAs and their summertime counterpart, the MTV Movie Awards, we've imagined what would happen if the cable network was in charge of handing »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
The TV spots and trailers for Let’s Be Cops made me extremely excited for this movie. I love both Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as actors, as they both have a tendency to sign on to projects that have a very unique brand of humor. Their performances in other works have always left my sides aching. But this film just falls kind of flat. All of the best jokes were played out in the various marketing materials, and the ones they didn’t spend were overplayed and predictable, which was a bummer since the ads and the casting made me confident there would be some original humor in it.
Johnson plays almost exactly the same character he does on Fox’s New Girl, which is both a positive and a negative, since over the past seasons, Nick has become the reason I watch the show. But I was »
- Jake Smith
In this installment of E!'s Would You?/Could You? Quickfire Challenge, we put the Let's Be Cops co-stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson in the hot seat. They're roommates on New Girl and faux cop partners in the new comedy, but did you know they're good friends in real life?! We caught up with the guys while on a break from their press day for the film and found out how well they know each other. We learned [the surprising "truth" about what Jake is wearing under his clothes and his hilarious, but hopefully not truthful, pickup line—it involves magic! When Jake turned the tables on Damon, we found out what he would considering doing for money. Spoiler alert: »
"New Girl" star Lamorne Morris booked it down Santa Monica Blvd. Monday night to not only watch a pretty awesome girl fight ... he became the official TMZ blow-by-blow commentator. Morris was leaving Dba in West Hollywood when he noticed the female fracas … then dragged our photog over for a closer look. Morris was literally drooling as he commentated.Drunk girls ... it never misses. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
The Orange Is The New Black star took home a trophy, Robin Williams sent an inspirational video to a sick woman months before his death, Jessica Biel dances around the New Girl set, and more celebrity news to get you caught up from the weekend.
Oitnb‘s Uzo Aduba, Jimmy Fallon, Joe Morton, and Allison Janney were some of the big winners at Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmys. [THR] Months before his death, Robin Williams recorded a video message for a terminally ill woman. [E!] 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas checks back into rehab. [TV Guide]
Chris Pratt, Ryan Seacrest, and more stars join in on the Als ice bucket challenge. [Perez Hilton] J.K. Rowling has released a biography about a Harry Potter character you probably never knew. [Et] We finally get a peak of Jessica Biel’s role in the New Girl season four trailer. [Huffington Post] Bradley Cooper reunites with The Hangover producer for an ’80s casino extortion movie. »
- Taylor Ferber
Three new films tried to push two beloved groups of superheroes out of the top spots at the box office this weekend – and failed to do so. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles repeated in the #1 spot, dropping 57% to make $28.4 million. Given the poor word-of-mouth, lots of competition for action crowds and teen audiences, and pent-up demand for last weekend, that really isn’t a terrible number at all. With a $117.6 million cume in 10 days, expect Turtles to end up with between $170 and $180 million in North America.
By the end of next weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will surpass the total gross of the 1990 screen version featuring the same characters. However, due to 3D and much higher ticket prices, the 2014 update will end up being seen by around two thirds of the same audience in theaters. Still, for a film that had a lot of negative buzz attached before its release, it »
- Jordan Adler
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
The geriatric legends return for a third raid on the box office, but Sly and his pals both old and new have a tough mission to beat the turtles to top spot this weekend. The moviegoing audience for this film will likely be older, but with a more lenient rating than the R-rated “Expendables” 1 and 2, it will be interesting to see how much the pre-release leak of the movie online has sated interest among younger audiences, who could potentially have represented a new market for the franchise. »
- Tobias Bauckhage
“Let's Be Cops” may be the summer's next R-rated comedy hit — providing ticket buyers completely disregard the critics pumping it full of lead. The 20th Century Fox release starring Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) and Damon Wayans Jr. (“Happy Endings”) as two Los Angeles losers who pretend to be cops after dressing up for a party has been nearly universally panned in reviews summing it up as, simply, not that funny. Also read: ‘Let's Be Cops’ Opens With Strong $5.2 Million at Box Office Director Luke Greenfield‘s comedy he co-wrote with screenwriter Nicholas Thomas has accumulated a 9 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten. »
- Greg Gilman
Fall TV will be back in a flash -- are you caught up on the shows that are about to return? We think it's about time to take the last few summer weeks to binge on the series that somehow got bumped from your TV routine or never got the viewing time from you they deserved in the first place.
September is coming. Thankfully, the weekend has arrived... Here's what you need to catch up on right away:
The end of the HBO period crime drama is approaching -- Season 5 premieres September 7.
Another series approaching its last season -- don't you want to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to the biker gang? You have until September 9th to get those six wonderful seasons under your watching belt.
Hey, these episodes are only a half hour. »
- Alana Altmann
Friday Am Update: The Expendables 3 earned an estimated $875,000 from Thursday night shows beginning at 7 p.m. In comparison, the first Expendables grossed $870,000, while The Expendables 2 took in $685,000. In both of those earlier cases, though, showings didn't begin until midnight. A better comparison might be last week's Into The Storm, which took in $800,000 from late Thursday shows. That went on to earn $17.3 million in its opening weekend; a tally closer to $20 million seems like a likely outcome for The Expendables 3.Forecast: The Expendables 3 storms in to theaters this weekend, though this gang of geriatric action stars will probably lose out to a bunch of teenage turtles.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will likely wind up with $25 to $30 million in its second weekend. That should be enough to fend off the latest installment in the Expendables series, which could open as low as $20 million.Other new releases include young-adult »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Are New Girl costars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. just as magical on the big screen? Not quite, according to reviews. In Let's Be Cops, Ryan and Justin are longtime friends, who realize the power and status that comes with being a cop, after dressing up as police officers for a costume party. The buddies take full advantage of the situation and begin to use their fake badges to fight crime…until their hijinks land them in some hot water. Despite a comical premise and a topless scene from The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev, critics seem to agree that the Luke Greenfield-directed film for the most part falls flat and leaves viewers longing for much more. Take a look at what they had »
As the director of 2004’s “The Girl Next Door” and a producer on “Role Models” four years later, Luke Greenfield has shown a talent for finding heart in his comedy. His latest film, “Let’s Be Cops,” pairs Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as roommates who find that impersonating police officers has its benefits — and dangers. Jake and Damon both star on “New Girl”; did that have anything to do with their casting? Not at all; we shot this movie a year ago and I was deep in postproduction before I even found out about the connection. Now people say, ‘Oh, you’re doing ‘The New Girl’ Movie!” Jake came in and just blew me away. Then I met Damon and had no idea they even knew each other. But they have such an amazing chemistry, onscreen and off. Is it true this film is written from personal experience »
- Jenelle Riley
Many are still mourning the passing of Robin Williams, an actor who produced a lot of work to remember to him by (we dig into this 10 Best Performances right here). But Williams worked at a relentless pace, and so there are a handful of films he completed yet to be seen. And call it smart (if somewhat opportunistic) marketing or a well timed tribute, but two clips from the upcoming "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" have arrived online. As you might expect from the title, the film is a twisted take on the classic holiday comedy, the story following a man begrudgingly bringing his family to his father's home for Christmas. But when he realizes he forgot his son's presents, he has to team up with his Dad and fight a blizzard to retrieve them. As you'll see in this two scenes, holiday traditions are skewered in the movie, directed by Tristram Shapeero ("Bored To Death, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Let’s Be Cops, 2014.
Directed by Luke Greenfield.
Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.
I am told that our pretend cop co-stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. have some incredible comedic chemistry together on the hit sitcom New Girl, and after watching Let’s Be Cops that is a statement I am inclined to believe. Simply put, their camaraderie is the only thing holding the film together from crumbling down into a total disaster. The core of those problems come from director and writer Luke Greenfield, a.k.a. the talentless schmuck that directed The Animal starring Rob Schneider. »
- Robert Kojder
At one point during Let’s Be Cops, actor Damon Wayans Jr. has a scene in which a huge naked man’s testicles are dangling inches in front of his face. That’s a good approximation of what filmgoers will experience during this witless high-concept comedy featuring him and his co-star on Fox sitcom New Girl, Jake Johnson, who must be newly appreciating the sophistication of the small screen. In case you didn’t deduce it from the title, the film concerns two stumblebums who decide to impersonate policemen for kicks. They are 30-year-olds Ryan (Johnson), a former college gridiron star
- Frank Scheck
The mix of raucous buffoonery and violent mayhem isn’t exactly seamless, and the laugh-out-loud moments come with conspicuously less frequency during a third act that suggests a rough draft for “Bad Boys 3.” Still, “Let’s Be Cops” should generate solid late-summer box office, if only because of trailers and TV spots that smartly exploit the sporadically hilarious funny business in helmer Luke Greenfield’s farce about underachievers who boost their self-esteem by pretending to be Lapd patrolmen. Relatively restrained by the contemporary standards of R-rated raunch, the film could conceivably reach beyond its young-male target demographic during theatrical play and homescreen afterlife.
Employing a premise that was played far more seriously in Canadian filmmaker David Wellington’s 1993 feature, “I Love a Man in Uniform,” Greenfield and co-scripter Nicholas Thomas briskly establish the discontent of their two leads in the opening scenes. Ryan (Jake Johnson of TV’s “New Girl »
- Joe Leydon
Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. – both of “New Girl” fame – fake their way onto the police force to get the girl (“The Vampire Diaries”’ Nina Dobrev) and the bad guys in this weekend’s Let’s Be Cops. Dressing up as officers of the law for a costume party has some pretty unexpected consequences for Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Wayans), but we’ve got a special glimpse into what’s in store for the duo!
Check out the below clips from the buddy cop comedy below, and don’t forget: This is all kinds of illegal.
Let’s Be Cops also stars Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street), James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas), “MADtv”’s Keegan-Michael Key, and Andy Garcia (Ocean’s 11, The Godfather: Part III). It hits theatres this Friday, August 15. »
- Sasha James
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If you’re in love with New Girl‘s dynamic duo, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson, you’re about to love them even more. VH1 recently sat down with the bromantic stars of Let’s Be Cops to learn about hilarious past jobs they’ve had (yes, Jake was in a 2007 tampon commercial), how they work their moves to get the ladies, and what they’d be like as real life roomies (attention ladies: Damon is single And a neat freak!).
The two refer to themselves as “the odd couple” and clearly didn’t need any liquid courage (see video above) in order for their real life chemistry to resonate on screen. Happy Endings alum Damon was open to discussing what it’s like having a stranger’s balls in his face, while Jake didn’t shy away from answering why he always seems to bet getting these “slacker” roles. »
- Taylor Ferber
Chicago – When the assignment was to find a comedy team to take on impersonating police officers, funny men Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. – of the TV series “New Girl” – fit the uniforms perfectly for the new film, “Let’s Be Cops.” Add in the always hilarious Rob Riggle, and let the games begin.
Riggle is a well known comic character presence on “The Daily Show” and films like “The Hangover,” “21 Jump Street,” “Big Miracle” and the upcoming “Dumb and Dumber To.” Riggle is also famous for having served in the Marines and Marine Reserves for a total of 23 years – retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel – and began his comedy career after his first military stint.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
“It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Kaitlin Olson has landed a recurring role on Fox's “New Girl.” Olson will play Ashley, returning guest star Rob Reiner‘s fiancee and Jess's (Zooey Deschanel) high school nemesis. Since Reiner plays Jess's dad, you do the math about how well that will go over in sitcom-land. Also read: Fox TV Sells ‘New Girl’ Cable Rights to TBS, MTV The arc begins in the upcoming season's Episode 3, airing in late September. Olson and Reiner won't be the only stars guesting on the episode: Michaela Watkins (“Trophy Wife”) will reprise her role as Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) boss, »
- Tony Maglio
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