Hit comedy The Inbetweeners 2 has soared to the top of the U.K. box office chart with opening weekend (08-10Aug14) takings of $21.3 million (£12.5 million). The comedy sequel, which stars James Buckley and Simon Bird, knocked Guardians of the Galaxy from the top spot. The superhero blockbuster fell to number two with takings of $5.7 million (£3.3 million).
The sequels continued to reign at the box office as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hung on at number three with $3 million (£1.7 million) and Planes 2: Fire & Rescue made it to number four at around the $1.7 million (£1 million) mark.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 rounded off the chart at number five, taking $1.5 million (£893,792).
The Inbetweeners 2 set a new British cinema record with its mid-week opening, which netted £2.7 million ($4.6 million).
The stars of hit British comedy The Inbetweeners are celebrating after their new sequel movie smashed a U.K. box office record on Wednesday (06Aug14). The Inbetweeners 2, starring James Buckley and Simon Bird, received a special midweek opening at 495 cinemas across Britain, and the hugely-anticipated comedy netted $4.6 million (£2.7 million) in ticket sales.
The haul beat the previous opening day tally for a comedy movie set by the first Inbetweeners film in 2011, which took $4.2 million (£2.5 million).
It also ranked as the third-highest midweek opening of any film in the U.K., behind Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2009 and 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
If all you know of The Inbetweeners is the failed U.S. remake, it's time to get schooled. The Inbetweeners 2, the sequel to the British comedy series' first feature-length incarnation, hits U.K. theaters on Aug. 6. (No U.S. release date yet.) Three beloved seasons, a massively successful film, and another one the way? Yes, you've definitely been missing something.
The Inbetweeners follows the coming-of-age escapades of four friends, as well as all the crippling embarrassment that comes with all that. Neil, Simon, Will, and Jay aren't at the top of the social ladder, but they aren't complete outcasts either. They land where most of us did in high school: somewhere in the middle, blindly grasping for some sense of dignity in a mental and emotional hellscape. Parents who mortify, girls who unknowingly emasculate, exams that test the very limits of one's sanity — we've seen it all before, but hardly ever without a glossy CW sheen.
Everything about The Inbetweeners is painfully real, from its blank and ugly school buildings, to the love interests who look like the prettiest girls in 11th grade rather than page 57 of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, to the sometimes combative and sometimes supportive relationships among the four lads. They live by the high school boy's creed: take the piss before the piss gets taken out of you. Yet they can still count on each other for help dealing with casually cruel dads and sadistic teachers.
The boys fittingly made the jump to the big screen as their high school days came to a close. The first Inbetweeners film gave us the gross-out comedy and secret gooey center we'd come to expect. Behind every hangover, pubes joke, and pantsing is an "end of an era" wistfulness.
Thanks to the movie's blockbuster debut however, we don't have to say goodbye to these morons just yet. Precious little has been revealed about the sequel's plot, though we wager it will involve a new level of cringe-comedy that surpasses everything that's come before. In the meantime, you can catch up with the series and the first film on Netflix.
Singer Lana Del Rey is set to walk down the aisle with Scottish rocker Barrie-James O'neill after becoming secretly engaged last year (13), according to a U.S. report. The Young and Beautiful hitmaker sparked rumours a wedding was on the horizon early last year (13), when she was first spotted wearing a diamond on her ring finger at the U.K.'s Brit Awards.
She displayed the sparkler again in July (13), when she was photographed house hunting in Los Angeles with O'Neill, and now mulitple sources have told editors at Us Weekly magazine that the couple is heading to the altar.
Del Rey and Kassidy singer O'Neill began dating in 2011. They have yet to comment on the engagement news.
The 27 year old previously revealed the pair bonded over its shared love of late rocker Kurt Cobain.
Last year (13), she told Nylon magazine, "(Cobain's) a big part of our daily conversation. Jeff Buckley is another big inspiration. And Jim Morrison - I mean, we talk about these people like we know them. They're part of our relationship. We always say, 'All our friends are dead, and they never met us.' I'm lucky to have met someone who feels that way, too."
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The Inbetweeners is a British import that not only brings the funny but also manages to go to a place an American series couldn’t go. A group of dorky teenagers try to make it through high school, meet girls, and be cool. But unlike in America, they’re actual nerds. Their social failure is an entertainment win. These lovable losers form a quartet of comedians. Think of it as Freaks and Geeks meets American Pie, if the few cool kids disappeared.
Will McKenzie (Simon Bird) transfers from private school to public. He is witty, intelligent and often gets his foot stuck in his mouth. He meets anxious Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas), horn-dog Jay Cartwright (James Buckley) and complete idiot Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison). Will and his friends often get into trouble trying to be cool and impress girls like Charlotte Hinchcliffe (Emily Atack) much to the chagrin of school administrator, Mr. Gilbert (Greg Davies).
The series really capitalizes on the subtlety of British humor. The teens get into awkward situations and make epic fails romantically, socially, and academically. Despite their setbacks, the series has an optimistic bent and the boys have a strong friendship. If only high school could have been that fun and enjoyable with a great set of friends.
There’s great ensemble chemistry. Bird manages to be talkative and totally awkward. Thomas and Harrison manage to be sexy heartthrobs and total losers at the same time. Davies also steals every scene with his cutting quips.
Netflix not only has the first two series of the show but it also has The Inbetweeeners Movie.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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The Inbetweeners star James Buckley has become a dad for the second time. The British actor's wife Clair gave birth to their son Jude on 18 August (13), reports Britain's The People newspaper.
A source tells the publication, "James is over the moon with baby Jude and so is Clair. It was a long pregnancy and they are both relieved that everything is OK."
Clair gave birth to the couple's first son Harrison last October (12) and the couple married in Scotland the following month (Nov12).
British actor James Buckley failed to land a role in Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge movie after falling apart with nerves during his audition. The Inbetweeners star was invited to read for a part in the comedy character's big screen debut, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, which opened at the top of the U.K. box office last weekend (09-11Aug13).
However, the read-through proved too much for Buckley, who is a huge fan of Coogan's work.
Telling fans of his embarrassing time in front of the film's producers, the star writes in a post on Twitter.com, "I read for a part in Alpha Papa. Embarrassingly I'm such a Coogan geek I was literally starstruck of the script (sic). Was V (very) nervous, I wasn't cast."
The film co-stars Sean Pertwee and Colm Meaney.
The stars of cult British TV comedy The Inbetweeners are reuniting for a sequel to their hit 2011 movie. James Buckley, Simon Bird, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas will reprise their geeky characters for a follow-up which will be shot later this year (13).
A statement from creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley reads, "We couldn't be more excited to be making another Inbetweeners movie. A new chapter in the lives of the Inbetweeners feels like the very least we can do to thank the fans for their phenomenal response to the first movie."
The writers downplayed reports suggesting the second film, due in U.K. and Ireland cinemas next August (14), will take place Down Under, insisting, "Australia is just one of the ideas we're kicking around."
The Inbetweeners ran for three seasons on U.K. TV before hitting the big screen, and the film version, which was set in Greece, holds the box office record for the most successful opening weekend for a comedy release in Britain.
When it comes to James Franco, we tend to find ourselves feeling quite torn about our opinion. On the one hand, he's Daniel from Freaks and Geeks, Saul from Pineapple Express, and many of the other lovable screw-ups who have a special place in our hearts. He's the actor who captivated us with his gut-wrenching performance in 127 Hours. He's the obvious choice to star in a biopic about the enigmatic Jeff Buckley (seriously, folks, when is that one actually going to happen?). Still, on the other hand, James Franco seems to have mastered the art of coming off as a pretentious tool. His latest display of douchebaggery comes in the form of this review of Man of Steel.
In the article, Franco writes about his experience attending the London premiere for the new Superman movie but quickly digresses into a critique of Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and the blockbuster film industry in general. You may not have the patience to wade through the 1200+ word article laden with slightly awkward turns of phrase ("latest filmic take on the superhero") in Franco's attempt to maintain his contrived facade of intellectualism. But fear not, we've picked out the highlights:
"I don’t think Henry Cavill would have wanted to see me [at the Man of Steel premiere]. Not that we’re enemies. Years ago we worked on a film together called Tristan and Isolde. I played Tristan and he played my backstabbing sidekick. My hunch is that he didn’t like me very much. I don't know this for certain, but I know that I wouldn't have liked myself back then because I was a difficult young actor who took himself too seriously." Back then, you say?
"I too have been in comic-book films—the Spider-Man trilogy directed by Sam Raimi. I mention the director because this distinction is now necessary in the wake of the new Spider-Man series that arose even before there was time to bury the corpse of the old one and enshroud it in the haze of nostalgia." It may be true that the Spider-Man reboot came rather soon after the original trilogy ended, but we don't quite understand what exactly is wrong with that. Also, nice figurative death imagery. Are you trying to be some sort of poet, James Franco?
"We are in the film business, and the studios are owned by large corporations who want to make money. And in this art form, where so much is spent and so much profit can be made, one criterion for success is inevitably the financial." It's not a James Franco piece without the mention of "art."
Franco ultimately praises Man of Steel, but the review is largely overshadowed by his Spider-Man rant. There may indeed be some good points buried in his diatribe against the new franchise, but it has mostly just pissed people off.
Still, never underestimate the power of James Edward Franco. After all, this is a guy who sold someone air for $10,000 (Sorry, it was "imaginary art"). This is a guy who moved to New York to simultaneously attend Columbia, NYU, and Brooklyn College (while also somehow studying at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina) and then enrolled in both Yale and RISD. This is a guy who called members of the blogosphere "idiots" after they expressed their confusion over his dildo-filled contemporary art installation. Did we mention that he convinced someone to pay $10,000 for air?
At least James Franco must be somewhat self-aware. He did a pretty good job of making fun of his pretentiousness in This Is the End.
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