Kevin Hart continues to realize his plans for world domination in 2014. He teamed up with Ice Cube and found serious box office success with Ride Along (because Ice Cube has clearly found a formula... and he's sticking to it... no matter what). He's also got a Valentine's Day movie with Michael Ealy headed our way (About Last Night), and Think Like A Man Too will hit theaters in June. Now throw into the mix an upcoming romantic comedy called The Wedding Ringer, and we've got more Kevin Hart than we know what to do with. But this is a good thing.
Hart will be teaming up with The Big Bang Theory actor Kaley Cuoco, who plays a bridezilla with a socially-challenged fiancé, Josh Gad (pictured above in a photo from Cuoco's Instagram page). And by "socially-challenged" we mean that he has to hire a fake Best Man (Hart) and fake groomsmen because he has no friends in real life. These three are sure to make a great comedic team, but they've got a lot of backup in terms of awesomeness with this project. Director Jeremy Garelick wrote the screenplay for The Break-Up, and — with an excellent supporting cast that includes Olivia Thirlby, Affion Crocket and Jenifer Lewis — it's safe to say that we have plenty to get excited about. Crocket is the guy who's been bringing us those insane rapper parodies over the years and Thirlby will play Cuoco’s sister, who starts catching feelings for Hart's character. Sounds like a hilarious time to us!
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Move on over, Netflix — Amazon is playing to win. Hoping to compete with other streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu, Amazon Studios has announced that it has given the green light to three more original half-hour comedy pilots.
The new pilots include: Mozart in the Jungle, written by Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom and The Darjeeling Limited), Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom and Rushmore), and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher); The Outlaws, written by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) and Jon Weinbach; and Transparent, written and directed by Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under). Here's a quick look at them:
Mozart in the JungleThe show is based on Blair Tindall's memoir of the same name and follows the behind-the-curtain action at the symphony, which, according to Amazon Studios, is sex, drugs, and of course some classical music.
The OutlawsThe comedy is about the ins and outs of a professional football team from the perspective of the players and the back office.
TransparentThe dark comedy is a story about an L.A. family with some serious boundary issues. Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass star in the pilot.
Viewers will be able to watch the comedies online in early 2014 and provide feedback, which will help Amazon decide which pilots will be produced as series on Prime Instant Video and Amazon's LOVEFiLM in the U.K.
Amazon's first two comedies, Alpha House and Betas, which were chosen to be turned into series in April, are expected to air online this fall.
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Hey, remember at the end of Will & Grace when their two kids met in college and fell in love? And in Scrubs where J.D. and Turk’s kids met in college and fell in love? Yeah, they’re making a movie about that only with Jason Bateman and Vince Vaughn. Is there a pun in the title? Oh, you know there is a pun in the title.
The Insane Laws will the directing debut for writer Jeremy Garelick who co-wrote Vaughn’s The Break-Up. As you can probably already guess, Vaughn and Bateman will play two best friends who do everything together up to having children at the same time. Smash cut time jump forward and what do you know, those kids are at college, meet, hook up, and then wham-bam-whoops-forgot-a-condom-thank-you-ma’am Vaughn’s daughter gets pregnant. Will their bond of friendship be able to withstand the burden of in-law-dom? Will they make up in the end? Why does Jason Bateman only do movies where he’s paired with someone else?
Production may begin this fall and if the trailer doesn’t have the title card flying in to a screeching stop I’ll eat ironic graphic tee.
Zombies + Dancing + Michael Jackson = $$$
You know what, this actually makes sense, kind of. Turning Thriller into a feature length movie is one of the smarter objects we have seen movie makers turn to for inspiration. It’s entirely possible to look at the full music video for Thriller as a short film that just happened to have a random dance break in the middle. It has a coherent story that can be expanded on and it already has a huge fan base. There have been dumber things optioned as movies (gum wrappers, kids games, and these books), so I’m not that worried about this film.
Kenny Ortega is slated to direct. Ortega happens to have a history of working on Jackson’s material, he directed last year’s This Is It. Writing the film has fallen to Jeremy Garelick, who only has The Break-Up writing credit to his name. This film adaptation is just another person continuing cash in on Michael Jackson's posthumous career. Surprisingly, he has proven to be quite valuable after passing away last year. One has to wonder if he has become so valuable because he is no longer around to tarnish his own reputation. Just speculating.
And this isn’t even everything planned for Michael Jackson. Cirque du Soleil has two shows planned around MJ’s music and there is an early life biopic in the making. Michael Jackson may be gone but he hasn’t left us yet. Man, that is probably the creepiest sentence I will ever write.
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Three groomsmen take their friend on a bachelor party to Las Vegas only to wake up in a post-drunken stupor the next morning with no memory of what occurred the night before. With an abandoned baby crying in their hotel suite’s closet a roaming tiger in their bathroom and a completely AWOL groom their lives suddenly become very complicated as they try to put the pieces of their “Boys Gone Wild” night together and find their friend before the wedding bells start to ring.
WHO’S IN IT?
The Hangover features a smart cast of deft comic actors who try to make the most of a terrific premise with mixed results. Bradley Cooper is winning as Phil a smartass high school teacher out for a good time with his buds. Ed Helms (The Office) is also quite funny as Stu a pussy-whipped dentist who doesn’t normally stray far from his own overbearing girlfriend (Rachael Harris). The hip alternative comedian Zach Galifianakis comes off Jack Black-like and seems confused on just how far over-the-top to take Alan a rather gross unkempt brother-in-law to be for the groom. As the missing husband-to-be Doug Justin Bartha doesn’t have a whole lot to do because for most of the running time he’s uh missing. Heather Graham brings a sweet relaxed quality as a stripper who hooks up with Stu but Ken Jeong overplays it as a fast-talking foul-mouthed low-life criminal who claims the gang owes him $80 000. In a clever bit of casting former boxer Mike Tyson also turns up for some action but proves that as an actor he’s not a heavyweight.
The pitch for The Hangover from screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Four Christmases) must have gone over like gangbusters. It’s a hilarious premise and the early scenes setting it all up are priceless. The hard R-rated tone of the crude dialogue will certainly satisfy the young beer-swigging male demographic the film aims to please.
Bottom line is that as good as the idea is it’s played out as sort of a one-joke premise over the course of 99 minutes without ever seeming truly inspired. Guys get wasted and try to find out why. That’s about it. Plus the screenwriters and director Todd Phillips (Old School) throw their credibility card out the window in ridiculous scenes with taser-crazy cops hyped-up Asian mobsters and stereotypes run amok. It’s funny to a point but it could have been classic.
Seeing the three guys waking up to find the tiger and the baby can’t be beat but most of this funny stuff is in the Hangover trailer that’s been running for weeks.
BEST REASON TO STAY THROUGH THE CREDITS?
A still montage that finally pays off the whole movie and shows what each of the guys did on the fateful night is a riot. The final image involving Galifianakis and a certain unidentified woman on her knees makes you wonder how they got it past the ratings board without being slapped with an NC-17.
NETFLIX OR MULTIPLEX?
Either way. This is the ideal six-pack frat-boy movie that MUST be seen with a large group of slobs.