Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)
O'Connell met and fell for Sarah Brice on the dating show in 2005. The couple split last year, just before Jerry wed actress/model Rebecca Romijn, but reconciled.
And now friends claim Charlie is ready to ask Brice to marry him.
The Dude, Where's My Car? actor tells In Touch magazine, "I don't want to jinx it, but it's going great. We are taking it slow and not taking each other for granted this time. The future looks good."
Vidshadow.com will produce two scenes in the film, No Place Like Home, that will feature the site and its content, and it will create an innovative online marketing campaign that seeks to build an audience and find a distributor for the film.
The deal is a potentially groundbreaking one for video-sharing sites, independent film and integrated marketing partnerships.
The indie comedy Home is being produced by Wayne Rice (Dude, Where's My Car) and was written and directed by Sam Harper, who wrote and co-wrote Just Married and Cheaper by the Dozen. It's about a father (DeVito) who in order to enjoy his retirement takes drastic measures to get his twentysomething slacker sons to move out and fend for themselves.
As part of the marketing campaign for the film, producers from Vidshadow will create 12 weekly video segments featuring footage shot during each week of filming. The segments will include interviews with talent and behind-the-scenes footage on how the movie was made, all captured by a Vidshadow crew that will shoot daily b-roll.
Starting the first week of September, the Home videos will be featured on a specially created microsite on Vidshadow.com as well as on 16,200 other Web sites that are part of Vidshadow's syndication network. Vidshadow CEO Jordan Hudgens said the goal is to have more than 10 million people view the content before the movie opens in hopes that the hype will help secure a distribution partner.
Screened at the CineVegas Film Festival (and shown a day later at the Los Angeles Film Festival), this inspired entry in the generally languid stoner comedy genre is a comparative breath of fresh, if herb-scented, air.
Effectively carried by a pair of relative newcomers, the New Line release should satisfy the cravings of laugh-starved young-adult audiences and will likely hang around well past Labor Day.
Meanwhile, the folks at White Castle would be wise to ensure their burger inventories can withstand an inevitable late-summer onslaught from copycat customers.
Making like a multicultural Bill and Ted, Harold Lee (John Cho), a socially reserved, somewhat-anal accountant, and his outspoken, would-be med student roommate, Kumar Patel (Kal Penn), are, ahem, chronic overachievers when it comes to partaking of one of their favorite weekend activities.
Overcome with a particularly insistent case of the munchies while watching a seductive White Castle commercial, they rise to the challenge and embark on a nocturnal quest across the backwoods of New Jersey in search of the cute little burgers.
But the road to fast-food riches is paved with considerable peril in the form of potentially rabid raccoons, escaped cheetahs, corrupt cops, a boil-infested tow-truck driver named Freakshow (Christopher Meloni) and even a horny Doogie Howser (a funny Neil Patrick Harris).
Working from a lively script by rewrite specialists Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg that manages to find a place for animation, puppetry and some light CGI, director Danny Leiner keeps it all chugging agreeably forward, while his cast, which also includes cameos from Fred Willard, Anthony Anderson and Ryan Reynolds, join in the goofiness.
But it's Indian-American Penn, who is a welcome burst of comic energy, and Korean-American Cho, as his hapless foil, who keep the proceedings anchored in a real-world reality too-seldom represented in contemporary comedies. It's nice to see characters who are usually relegated to stock, stereotypical supporting roles finally allowed to carry the entire picture.
That alone is almost enough to forgive director Leiner for Dude, Where's My Car?
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
New Line Cinema presents in association with Senator International
a Senator International/Kingsgate production in association with Endgame Entertainment
A film by Danny Leiner
Director: Danny Leiner
Screenwriters: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg
Producers: Greg Shapiro, Nathan Kahane
Executive producers: J. David Brewington Jr., Luke Ryan, Joe Drake, Carsten Lorenz, Hanno Huth
Director of photography: Bruce Douglas Johnson
Production designer: Steve Rosenzweig
Editor: Jeff Betancourt
Music: David Kitay
Music supervisor: Dave Jordan
Casting: Cassandra Kulukundis.
Kumar: Kal Penn
Harold: John Cho
Maria: Paula Garces
Himself: Neil Patrick Harris
Goldstein: David Krumholtz
Rosenberg: Eddie Kaye Thomas
Freakshow: Christopher Meloni
Male Nurse: Ryan Reynolds
Dr. Willoughby: Fred Willard
MPAA rating R
Running time -- 87 minutes
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