Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Even as the more dramatic side of his career takes off, Jonah Hill hasn’t abandoned his comedy roots. In fact, it’s looking like he could be biggest comedy star of the year, with the fantastic 21 Jump Street behind him and the promising The Watch ahead of him. Directed by Akiva Schaffer, The Watch centers around a group of suburban watchdogs (played by Hill, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Richard Ayoade) who inadvertently stumble across plans for an alien attack.
Where the earlier trailers have focused mostly on the sci-fi angle of the plotline, the newest international promo explores the characters a bit more, explaining who they are exactly and what brought them together in the first place. The result is the funniest trailer we’ve seen yet for this film, with tons of new footage including better looks at Ayoade and co-star Will Forte. Watch it after the jump.
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The past year has been a notable one for films that age characters with makeup and a little bit of digital work. There was a last-minute change to the aging done to the key characters in the final Harry Potter film, when all involved realized that the first version wasn’t up to snuff. Then there was a lot of conversation about the work done to age Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer in J. Edgar.
Finally, in the past couple weeks, one of the big shots taken at Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is the makeup used to age one character. You probably know who by now, but I won’t name names just in case there’s still someone who remains unspoiled on all things Prometheus.
And now, here comes someone to show everybody how its really done. And that someone is… Ben Stiller? The multi-hyphenate is in the midst of shooting his remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in which he plays a LIFE Magazine photo editor who dreams his way out of his own small life. Read More »
Recently, thanks to the ongoing and increasingly controversial case around the shooting of Trayvon Martin, Fox changed the title of Neighborhood Watch to The Watch. Now we’ve got a new trailer for the film under the new name. This footage is culled in part from the red-band trailer that announced the title change, but it does show a glimpse of the invading aliens that we didn’t see in that last collection of footage.
Check out the footage featuring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade, and Jonah Hill, presented thanks to Vaughn’s invasion of Conan, below. Read More »
When the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, an enthusiastic neighborhood watch participant, became national news, Fox pretended to be unfazed by the effect the story might have on its sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch. The film is directed by Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island, and stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade, and Jonah Hill as, well, overly-enthusiastic neighborhood watch participants who stumble on a world-threatening event. The studio pulled early marketing materials for the movie, but in general acted like not much else would change.
But the Trayvon Martin case has continued to be a national, even international subject of discussion. And so Fox has changed the name of the film to The Watch, and released a red-band trailer to wipe away our memories of the first title. Check out that trailer below. Read More »
It’s not that Sean Penn never takes roles in lightweight films, but his serious performances can be so commanding — to the point of overbearing, even — that his lighter work is easy to overlook. We once thought he would be among the new Three Stooges, and that didn’t happen. And, the lead in Milk aside (not a light film, but a radiant performance) it’s easy to overlook Penn’s roles in films like What Just Happened and This Must Be the Place.
Now Penn has a new comic role, and one that will probably generate more talk, as he’s in talks to play a supporting role in Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Even if you’ve long since outgrown summer vacation, there’s just something about warmer weather that makes it tempting to put aside the heavy, thought-provoking stuff and look for a good, lighthearted laugh instead. If you’re curious what the upcoming season has in store for you on that front, hit the jump to check out new posters for The Dictator, Rock of Ages, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and Neighborhood Watch.
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Days ago a friend brought up a question that I didn’t give much thought to at the time: how soon might Fox take action to rename and/or change the marketing for the Akiva Schaffer-directed sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch, starring Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Vince Vaughn? The film seems pretty innocuous, as it portrays a group of neighborhood guys who form a local watch group to get out of the house, but find themselves facing a global threat.
The problem being that many in the US are consumed with anger over the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by an overzealous real-life neighborhood watch member. (In fact, the man who fatally shot Martin wasn’t even a member of a truly legitimate watch crew.) Now THR reports that Fox has pulled the early marketing materials for the film (the teaser trailer and poster) out of Florida, and is “quickly moving on to the second phase of its campaign for the star-studded comedy.” Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
While the Madagascar franchise has never drawn Pixar levels of respect (what does, really?), for kid-oriented entertainment you could do a lot worse that these films. The series has generally been cute, mildly amusing, and totally inoffensive — which may not sound like glowing praise, but that’s a lot more than I can say for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked — and the newest entry, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted seems to be along the same lines.
Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett Smith are on board once again as a quartet of Central Park Zoo animals just trying to get back to New York. Unfortunately, they wind up in Europe instead, where they’re chased by a ruthless animal control squad led by Capitaine Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand). In an effort to escape their clutches, they take up with a circus traveling across the continent, meeting new friends like Vitaly the tiger (Bryan Cranston), Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain), and Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short) along the way. Watch the first full trailer after the jump.
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