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One of the best jokes in 22 Jump Street was an extended montage about the rash of sequels sure to follow. But considering that 22 Jump Street wound up making six times its budget at the box office, it may not be long before that gag becomes reality.

Sony is getting the ball rolling on 23 Jump Street, setting 22 Jump Street co-writer Rodney Rothman to pen the script. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are on board as well, albeit just as producers for now. Hit the jump on the latest 23 Jump Street news.

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22 Jump Street Outtakes

We knew that Phil Lord and Chris Miller shot a lot of extra material for 22 Jump Street, and that a good chunk of it is going to be on the Blu-ray release of the movie. (The Blu will also supposedly feature a much shorter version of the film, the 10-minute “serious” edit.) If you can’t wait a couple more months to see all the extra shenanigans that didn’t make the theatrical cut of the film, check out this clip of 22 Jump Street outtakes.  Read More »

new Foxcatcher teaser

Here’s another terrific new Foxcatcher teaser. Bennett Miller‘s new film is based on a true story about a wealthy guy (Steve Carell) who builds a facility to train wrestlers in the hope of winning gold at the 1988 Olympics. The wrestler he pinned his hopes upon, played here by Channing Tatum, was the younger brother of a more successful grappler, played by Mark Ruffalo. And it seems like the younger guy had some problems. In fact, it seems like a couple people have problems. We’ll leave it at that.

The marketing push for the movie so far has been all about setting up broken characters and some really heavy atmosphere, and this new Foxcatcher teaser continues in that mode. There’s little hint of where the story goes, but based on the way this teaser is cut, you know it won’t end well. Read More »

‘Book of Life’ Trailer #2: He’s Just a Friend

The Book of Life trailer

Following her latest out-of-this-world role in Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana is allowed to get a little more grounded in the new Book of Life trailer. But just a little.

The Guillermo del Toro-produced epic starts out in our world, but then spills over into the land of the dead and the land of the forgotten. At the center of the tale is Manolo (Diego Luna), a young man who harbors dreams of becoming a musician.

Saldana plays Maria, the object of Manolo’s affections, and Channing Tatum rounds out the lead cast as Joaquin, Manolo’s friend and rival. Ice Cube and Christina Applegate also star. Watch the new Book of Life trailer after the jump.

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Scarlett Johansson hail caesar

Way back in 2001, when she was just a teenager, Scarlett Johansson had a supporting role in Joel and Ethan Coen‘s The Man Who Wasn’t There. Now that she’s all grown up, she’s getting ready to team up with them again.

The Avengers actress is in talks to board Hail Caesar!, the Coens’ upcoming comedy about ’50s Hollywood. She’ll join Josh Brolin and George Clooney. Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes are also negotiating to appear. Hit the jump for character details and more.

UPDATE: We’ve just received word that Jonah Hill has also entered talks. More after the jump.

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foxcatcher trailer

In this new Foxcatcher trailer, we see Channing Tatum as a wrestler who is obsessed with the idea of winning Olympic gold. But his talk of taking home the prize could almost be read like a speech from Tatum about putting in the work to win an Oscar. And if the glowing Cannes reviews are any indication, this new movie from Moneyball director Bennett Miller could be just as impressive as the first footage makes it out to be.

This trailer is deeply intense and grimly foreboding as Tatum squirms under the calculating eye of Steve Carell. Mark Ruffalo observes, playing the brother of Channing’s character. Tatum is downright scary here, and Carell looks like he’s playing a guy that could stare down Hannibal Lecter. This adaptation of a true story is more than just a sports drama, but Sony isn’t giving away too much just yet. Check out the trailer below.

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Channing Tatum Coen Brothers

I probably shouldn’t be as excited as I am about the idea of Joel and Ethan Coen directing Channing Tatum in their new film Hail Caesar!. And yet here we are. After Tatum’s gigs with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, not to mention his work with Steven Soderbergh, I can’t wait to see what the Coens do with him.

We know this new film from the brothers is the third in their loose, so-called “idiot trilogy,” with O Brother Where Art Thou? and Intolerable Cruelty being the first two chapters. The common thread is George Clooney, who also stars in this upcoming film. And now, in the way that casts for movies by the Coens tend to do, the new film’s roster has become even more impressive. We’ve got a bit more info about Channing Tatum’s Hail Caesar! role below, along with details on fellow new recruits Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes. Read More »

’22 Jump Street’ – What Did You Think?

22 Jump Street clip

Phil Lord and Chris Miller continue their expectation-defying run with this week’s release of 22 Jump Street. When the pair directed the big-screen reboot/update/comedic riff on the early Fox TV show 21 Jump Street, the very concept seemed like a joke. But stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill turned out to be a perfect pair. Lord and Miller knew it was all little more than a joke, and turned out a film that was consistently funny and kept characters in mind as it also played with familiar comedy setups.

22 Jump Street applies Lord and Miller’s character-based approach to comedy but layers in a healthy cynicism about the sequel-making process. “Meta-sequel” is a term that has been applied to this movie as reviews roll in, and for obvious reason. The first act is almost entirely about the fact that, yeah, they’re doing it all again. Yet no matter how frequently the film is self-aware, it keeps its sights on comedy and character. This is still a frothy sequel, but in acknowledging and embracing the film’s nature, Lord and Miller skate through the setup and deliver another entertaining two hours.

Below, tell us what you thought of 22 Jump Street — spoilers, as always in these posts, are fully encouraged in the discussion thread. Read More »

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