UK Grown Ups Trailer

Grown Ups

The new UK Trailer for Grown Ups has hit the web, and it promises to feature more of the generic, mind-numbing humor that have become the hallmark of the careers of the featured comedians. Seriously though, this one features more jokes relating to the kids. Other than that, you can see most of the scintillating scenes on display in the earlier trailer of the film. Hit the jump for the trailer, and leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Chris Rock revealed his next project to Black Voices: writing the screenplay remake/adaptation of Akira Kurosawa‘s 1963 detective thriller High and Low for director Mike Nichols. If you were going to ask me who might replace David Mamet on this modern day remake/adaptation, Rock would certainly have been near the bottom of the list.

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Death at a Funeral

Screen Gems has released the first trailer for Chris Rock-produced re-imagining of Frank Oz‘s 2007 British comedy Death at a Funeral. Although Oz’s original was well-received by many critics, it didn’t get very much traction with theatergoers, drawing only a niche audience. The new film has a primarily African-American cast and focuses on a funeral that “devolves into a debacle of misplaced cadavers, indecent exposure and family secrets.” Basically, they have decided to remake an English-language film, dumbing down the jokes, in an effort to attract a more black audience (and to clarify: this comment is a statement on Hollywood chooses to treat ticket-buying African-Americans, and not a statement on the intelligence of that audience). It seems completely unnecessary. If you think that sounds horrible, watch the trailer — it’s much worse.

The remake was directed by Neil LaBute (In The Company of Men, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace), was written by Dean Craig (Caffeine), and stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana, and Columbus Short. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Movie Trailer: Adam Sandler’s New Comedy Grown Ups

Grown Ups
Columbia Pictures has released the teaser trailer for the new Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups. The film stars Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Maria Bello, Gary Busey and David Spade, and is directed by Dennid Dugan, the filmmaker behind of some of Sandler’s earlier films like Happy Gilmore and Big Daddy, but who recently has been responsible for some comic clunkers like I Now Pronouce You Chuck & Larry, and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.

Five friends and former teammates reunite years later to honor the passing of their childhood basketball coach. With their wives and kids in tow, they spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend together at the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesn’t mean growing up.

It looks like a fairly generic comedy, even more so than the recent Sander efforts. Almost makes you wish that Sandler was still making second rate romantic comedies with Drew Barrymore again. You know, when they at least featured a few good jokes. And what is that on Kevin James’ face? That can’t be a beard, is it? Watch the full teaser trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments ago.

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In November 2008 GQ Magazine ran an article called Will You Be My Black Friend? about author Devin Friedman‘s lame attempts to make friends with an African-American gent or two via his few black friends and Craigslist. The concept is funny, but the underlying idea was interesting: after a certain point in our lives we’re less likely to make friends who are outside our own social and cultural circle. Now Lionsgate and Harpo Films (Oprah’s company) will develop the article into a comedy starring Chris Rock. Read More »

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I’ve been surprised by the groundswell of support for the notion of freeing Roman Polanski since he was arrested on Sunday in Zurich. Ok, Debra Winger saying the arrest was part of a “philistine collusion”…whatever. But then a whole bunch of great filmmakers signed a silly petition demanding Polanski’s immediate release. Woody Allen, fine, no great surprise, but David Lynch and Martin Scorsese? Sigh. Now, thankfully, we’ve got Chris Rock weighing in on the case. Read More »

Good Hair Movie Trailer

Good Hair

Back when Good Hair was first announced, I was elated to see that fellow-Aquarian Chris Rock was making a documentary that attempted to do for black women’s hair what Bill Maher did for religion. No more elusive secrets! Put it on the table in daylight and softly poke it with questions for all to see. So awesome. I mean, as the years go by and I casually encounter and work with fewer black people (that’s life!), as a white guy I am stricken with the fear that I might never know what is up. I have so many inquiries lingering unanswered and unfortunately Transformers 2 did nothing to curb my desire for first-hand knowledge. And when I type “first-hand,” I mean Salt and Pepa discussing “burn” stories. Bonus Prize: Raven from That’s So Raven offering an enligtening weave-shift.

“If your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed. If your hair is nappy, they’re not happy” – Paul Mooney

What would Beyonce say? Sell-out. Sell-in: According to a guy in this trailer, the “black hair business” is a $9 billion industry, numbers that put it on par with the porn biz. “I am addicted to the Creamy Crack!” The trailer touches on the subject. “Creamy Crack!” is Urban Dictionary-speak for “relaxer,” which, sadly, most likely also needs a UB entry. Just watch the trailer after the jump.

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Brett Ratner Says Trump Heist Might Be Next

Brett Ratner

Movieline caught up with hack director Brett Ratner and was able to get “The Rat” to go on record about the many films listed on the director’s Internet Movie Database page. As suspected, most of them aren’t happening or are in early stages of development.

But the film Ratner claims is the “closest to getting made” is Trump Heist. The action crime comedy tells the story of a bunch of employees of the Trump Tower who conspire to rip off the building’s residents. Eddie Murphy is signed to play the leader of the crew of con artists and Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker are reportedly in consideration to join the cast. Ratner just hired Ocean’s Eleven scribe Ted Griffin to re-write the script.

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