April 22, 2013 7:02pm EST
A woman arrested after a six hour stand-off with cops at the home of American Pie star Eddie Kaye Thomas has been hit with a string of charges. Los Angeles Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team officials were deployed to the actor's Hollywood Hills home last week (17Apr13) to investigate reports a female houseguest had barricaded herself indoors after threatening the actor with a knife.
Thomas escaped and police spent six hours trying to convince the woman to leave the house, before using flash grenades and tear gas to force her out.
Suspect Roxanna Bear, 31, has now been charged with a felony vandalism charge, along with four misdemeanours for exhibiting a deadly weapon, interference with a wireless communication device, false report of a criminal offence and resisting arrest.
A hearing into the case has been set for 3 May (13).
April 18, 2013 8:33am EST
Minnie Driver was left cowering on the floor of her Los Angeles home on Wednesday (17Apr13) as a SWAT team swarmed a property belonging to her neighbour, American Pie star Eddie Kaye Thomas. Los Angeles Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team officials were deployed to Thomas' Hollywood Hills home to investigate reports a female houseguest had barricaded herself in after threatening the actor with a knife.
Thomas escaped the house before the six-hour stand-off, which resulted in the use of flash grenades and tear gas to drive a woman out of the property, but British actress Driver was trapped in an apartment above as the drama unfolded.
During the ordeal, Driver wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "Armed man has barricaded himself into the house just below mine. Swarming police. My dog is on high alert. No escape."
She then added more information and revealed she was hiding in her apartment with her young son and their dog, writing "It's not an armed man, it's a disgruntled woman. Disgruntled is probably the wrong word... just had five rounds of (tear gas) explosions...
"We are all sitting on the floor in the living room. (My son) Henry has a baseball (bat) and I'm eyeing the wine. Feel sad for this barricaded woman..."
April 18, 2013 12:50am EST
American Pie star Eddie Kaye Thomas called police officers to his Los Angeles home on Wednesday (17Apr13) after a female houseguest allegedly threatened him with a knife. Thomas fled the property before making the call and a Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team responded to the star's Hollywood Hills home, where the woman had barricaded herself in, according to TMZ.com.
Lieutenant Andrew Neiman told The Los Angeles Times that the woman spent the night at the home but refused to leave the next morning when asked and pulled a knife on the actor. The unidentified female also reportedly destroyed property at the residence.
A SWAT team remained at the residence throughout the afternoon and were in contact with the woman, who they urged to surrender.
Officers eventually fired flash grenades and tear gas into the property before entering the building and taking the woman into custody about six hours after the stand-off began.
April 17, 2012 7:15am EST
The stars of American Reunion are in Britain to promote the latest film in the franchise, and Klein - along with Eddie Kaye Thomas and Jennifer Coolidge - sat down for a chat with This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.
But the worldwide promotion of the movie has left Klein feeling unwell.
Thomas revealed, "London has made my pal Chris Klein a little sick, it took his voice away."
Klein added, "I'm a little bit sick - it wasn't London that did it, it's just all the running around."
The actor then talked at length about the American Pie franchise, prompting Thomas to quip, "It's the most he's said all morning! He's been telling us all morning that he can't speak, he's been saving it for you guys."
A few minutes into the chat, Klein's voice started to wane, causing Coolidge to chuckle, and the actor joked, "Are you laughing at my voice?"
He later added: "It sounds worse than it is."
April 05, 2012 4:58am EST
Sift through comments on franchise sequel announcements and you'll find many crying afoul to Hollywood's insistence of resurfacing every last brand in their bank of titles. The desire for original content is reasonable but occasionally a cinematic follow-up does have the potential to be rich and rewarding. Revisiting characters who've seen time pass in their own lives is worthy of exploration — Peter Bogdanovich's Texasville Richard Linklater's Before Sunset and even A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas prove that theory. American Reunion reaches for that same dramatic arc reentering the lives of its core cast eight years after American Wedding. But instead of mixing comedy with any weighty issues the movie only tickles the nostalgia bone (and without f**king one pie in the process) — a hurdle that keeps American Reunion from being nearly as riotous as the original.
Life hits a wall for Jim (Jason Biggs) in 2012. He's a happily married man a father and a moderately successful employee of a faceless company. But after catching his wife Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) enjoying the company of a shower head it dawns on Jim that he's in need of a shake-up. Perfect timing: Jim packs up the family and heads to his hometown for his 13th high school reunion (sure why not) where he reunites with the old gang: Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) currently whipped into submission by his girlfriend Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) back from a trip around the world Oz (Chris Klein) now a superstar sportscaster fresh off a celebrity dance show stint and Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott) a law firm temp who continues to turn women into his own personal squeeze toys. The high school buddies devolve quickly into their old habits alcoholic antics and potty-mouthed rants by the red solo cupful. Good fun for Jim no fun for Michelle.
Instead of digging deep into its well-founded characters (which I swear is allowed in a raunchy R-rated comedy) American Reunion sticks to the familiar goofball scenarios of its predecessors. Which is passable because the core group who stuck through all three movies — Biggs Nicholas Thomas and Scott — make poop-infused pranks and slapstick shtick like a scene in which Jim and co. must get a drunken naked eighteen-year-old back into her parents' house without looking like total creepsters highly entertaining. Scott once again proves him an underused comedic talent making Stifler one of the few characters who can rattle off colorful cuss words while showing a glimmer of humanity. Same goes for Eugene Levy as Jim's Dad who finds his role beefed up now that he's once again single. Grieving for years over his wife's death Jim helps his advice-dealing pop hit the dating scene and Levy spins gold out of the silliest of situations.
The problem with American Reunion is everyone else. Chris Klein never clicks with the rest of the group (that's what he gets for skipping out on Jim's wedding) while the rest of the ensemble feel ham-fisted for cameo purposes rather than complimenting the storyline. Tara Reid and Mena Suvari return to the franchise to stand around and react to the ineptitude of their male counterparts. Natasha Lyonne is in and out faster than Jim's first time. Other brief character appearances are like bigfoot sightings. The idea of bringing the entire cast of the original back for more seems perfect but without proper pacing from writers/directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay) there's never a moment to enjoy it.
American Reunion is a flaccid entry servicing fans while coming through with enough laugh out loud moments to make one scream (In one scene Jim takes a page out of Michael Fassbender's Shame that will elicit audible reactions). If these were fresh characters we'd brush it off — but at the film's core is a lovable familiar bunch of knuckleheads that can't be ignored. And if Stifler wants to party you party.
February 22, 2012 9:14am EST
It's hard to tell exactly what is in store for the upcoming American Reunion, which reteams Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Seann William Scott (what is with this three-first-names trend going on with this cast?) for a fourth, and plausibly final, installment in the American Pie film series. Upon first hearing about the prospect of an American Reunion, it's likely that many of us let out our resentful groans, wondering why the filmmakers felt the need to run this well dry. But the more time passed, the more it seemed like American Reunion might offer something new: a fresh, sentimental effigy of this generation's struggles with growing older. And now, with this new trailer, we have a better understanding of what is in store.
From the new trailer, American Reunion doesn't look to be a revolutionary picture of our times. In fact, it seems a lot like the original movie, with an additional dosage of both the sweetness, and of the raunchiness...both pretty good things to look forward to. And with a pretty complete cast of the original movie's smaller players, American Reunion looks to be a worthy installment to the series.
Check out the red band teaser and the previous trailer for American Reunion, then watch the new one below.
December 14, 2011 1:15pm EST
2009’s Sherlock Holmes found unexpected synergy in the pairing of Robert Downey Jr.’s impish charm and Guy Ritchie’s macho kinetic visual style reinventing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s master detective for a modern blockbuster audience. The follow-up Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows employs the same winning formula while adhering judiciously to the Law of Sequels and its more-more-more dictates: more action bigger set pieces higher stakes and a darker more convoluted plot. But more as so many past sequels have taught us is rarely better.
Game of Shadows marks the emergence of Doyle’s most famous villain James Moriarty (Jared Harris). Glimpsed only in darkness in the first film Moriarty takes center stage in the sequel as Holmes’s foremost criminal foil a genius-level university professor whose extracurricular interests range from horticulture to homicide. Holmes has deduced him to be at the center of a wave of terrorist bombings as well as the seemingly unrelated deaths of various titans of industry but can’t quite discern just what the professor’s endgame might be. Composed and calculating to a menacing degree Harris makes for a promising counterweight to Downey’s manic verbosity. But as in the first film Game of Shadows’ best moments are found in the comic interplay between Holmes and his reluctant sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law) who is plucked from his honeymoon to accompany the detective on a trans-continental trip in search of clues to Moriarty’s machinations.
And it’s very much a boys-only trip. The female leads from the first film Rachel McAdams and Kelly Reilly are tossed aside – literally in the case of the latter – in Game of Shadows while the cast’s highest-profile new addition Swedish star Noomi Rapace (best known as the original non-emaciated Lisbeth Salander) is a curious non-factor in the role of a Gypsy (or Roma if you prefer) fortune-teller. The film maintains only the slimmest pretense of a romantic subplot between her and Downey. Rapace looking perhaps a bit lost in her first English-speaking role can’t hope to eclipse the Holmes-Watson traveling road show.
Ritchie’s technique with its signature blend of rapid cutting and slow-mo and super-high frame-rates – perfect for admiring the odd apple tossed in the air or a piece of bark shot off a tree – is once again evident in the film’s awe-inspiring (and occasionally coherence-defying) set pieces the most memorable of which is set in a munitions factory with Watson wielding a gatling gun like an early T-600 prototype. But some of the novelty of the stylistic juxtaposition has faded since the first film. Ritchie tries to compensate by ramping up the firepower to limited effect. Absent amid the hail of mortar blasts and automatic weapons fire is any real sense of intrigue or suspense which proves to be Game of Shadows’ most vexing mystery.
December 08, 2011 7:17am EST
You're crippling us, creative team behind American Reunion, the fourth (theatrical) movie in the American Pie saga.
You teased us with a slideshow of the all-grown-up cast set to James' "Laid," you delivered a hilarious trailer that reminded us why we loved the first three movies and now this, the movie's official poster, a throwback to the original film's one-sheet.
Don't you know how fragile we are?! I'm guessing you do and this was entirely calculated move. Bravo.
Check out a tease of the poster below (with the original movie's poster underneath for comparison purposes), then head to MTV for the full debut!
American Reunion hits theaters April 6, with returning cast Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Tara Reid, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Mena Suvari, Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge
November 04, 2011 12:45pm EST
When James Cameron changed the landscape of 3D stereoscopic filmmaking with his groundbreaking blockbuster Avatar I'm sure he still had misgivings about the final product. He couldn't include a scene in which eggs are thrown towards camera. There was no moment where Jake smokes marijuana and blows it off screen. Not a single character pleasured themselves and released out into the audience. Maybe in the sequel.
Thankfully for those looking for that immersive corporeal experience there is A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas a foul hilarious and surprisingly heartwarming holiday experience that utilizes its eye-popping technology to take gross out humor to a new level. If you're not already on board with the previous stoner antics of Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) from White Castle and Escape from Guantanamo Bay it's safe to say that 3D Christmas won't be roping you back into the series but for fans the movie steps up the franchise's game. Writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg take the three years since the last film into consideration putting the duo on opposite ends of the maturity spectrum only to have them reunite for a zany Christmas adventure. The results are rather touching.
We pick up with Harold now a suit-wearing Wall Street type bending over backwards to make Christmas perfect for his ball-busting father-in-law (Danny Trejo). Adding to the stress are his wife Maria who is anxious to have a baby despite the couple's inability to do so and his next door neighbor Todd (Tom Lennon) who would do anything to be Harold's best friend. Kumar is his antithesis—burnt out baked and broken up over the termination of his relationship with Vanessa. When a mysterious package addressed to Harold lands on Kumar's door (he hasn't lived there in years) the medical school dropout takes a ride to his former cohort's white picket fence house. The package is exactly what you'd expect: an enormous joint. Admitting he doesn't smoke any more Harold throws the weed away—only to see it magically return and burn down his father-in-law's Christmas tree.
Like its predecessors Harold & Kumar 3D takes off from its wacky catalyst and shoots directly (and without regret) into outer space. Without hesitation Harold and Kumar's quest for a Christmas tree takes them from a terrifying tree yard run by RZA a coked-out Christmas party thrown by the teenage kids of New York's deadliest gangster and a holiday stage show starring—you guessed it—Neil Patrick Harris. The movie piles on gags and inside jokes (the movie winks at the camera with Star Trek and White House cracks) but few fall short thanks to their clever execution and two characters Cho and Penn help us give a damn about. Even in its lamest moments—Todd's baby finding her way into a variety of drugs is one of the movie's running gags—Harold & Kumar 3D still pops. Director Todd Strauss-Schulson squeezes every bit of silliness out the movie's various scenarios adding a dash of nostalgia for fans and making the entry worthy of the original. Even Harris outdoes himself (and the man road a unicorn in movie #2) riffing off his own homosexuality which we learn is really just a play to get more woman to take their clothes off. Obviously.
If the traditional holiday classics haven't been quite your style Harold & Kumar 3D is a more-than-worthy addition to the Christmas movie pantheon delivering on warm and fuzzy friendship cliches while filtering it through bathroom humor and bong water. By the time Harold and Kumar trip and turn themselves into claymation you'll either be cackling with laughter or on the way out of the theater. Me? I was high on it.
November 01, 2011 10:29am EST
Excitation for American Reunion, the fourth installment in the American Pie series, is high.
The teaser trailer showed us the Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) we know and love get a little skeeved out by but still generally find affable, and the slideshow and pictures show the whole gang back together again in East Great Falls. But what we haven't seen just yet is how everyone has changed. Jim and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) have lost some of the passion in their marriage. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) has become a bit of a harried nebbish. Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) has taken to riding a motorcycle. And, most surprisingly of all, Stifler (Seann William Scott) has some kind of a job that warrants wearing a suit. Plus, Oz (Chris Klein) is back, committed to a new girlfriend.
In the trailer below, we also get some quick glimpses of old Pie friends: Vicky (Tara Reid), Heather (Mira Sorvino), Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), the Shermanator (Chris Owen), and the MILF Guy (John Cho). Plus, we might be getting some interesting developments involving Jim's Dad (Eugene Levy) and Stifler's Mom (Jennifer Coolidge).
From the moment we heard about this movie, many of us at Hollywood.com have been moved by the prospect of a reunion of these characters. The more we see, the more excited we get about the film, and about what it will give to the people who grew up with these characters.
American Reunion reaches theaters