Posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s film career remains plenty busy, with the dark comedy Birdman due out later this year and the revenge drama The Revenant gearing up for next year. Nevertheless, he’s preparing to dive into the world of cable TV.
Starz has just given a ten-episode order to The One Percent, a drama co-created by Iñárritu. Ed Helms, Hilary Swank, and Ed Harris are on board to star. Hit the jump for more on the Iñárritu TV series.
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Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Amy Poehler and Ed Helms were on the same NBC Thursday night comedy block for five seasons, but somehow they’ve never actually appeared onscreen together until David Wain‘s They Came Together.
The latest clip from the romcom parody features Poehler as a quirky candy shop owner, and Helms as the accountant who has the hots for her. Obviously, any romance between them is doomed to fail since he’s not the one whose face is on the poster. (Paul Rudd is.) But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the supremely awkward way he makes his move. Watch the latest They Came Together clip after the jump.
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DreamWorks Animation is finally moving forward with an adaptation of the popular children’s book series, Captain Underpants. They won a heated bidding war for the property back in 2011 and Tuesday they announced the principal members of the voice cast. They include Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Thomas Middleditch. The film will be directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens) and is being adapted by Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets). Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
New Line put Ed Helms‘ Vacation plans on hold earlier this year, but now he’s found another ’80s comedy classic to try and revive. The funnyman has climbed aboard Paramount’s reboot of the law enforcement spoof The Naked Gun. He’ll star as Frank Drebin, the bumbling detective originally played by Leslie Nielsen. Thomas Lennon and R. Ben Garant are attached to write the script. More details on the new film after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, August 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
What’s that line about unhappy families each being unhappy in their own way? If the wholesome-looking nuclear family at the center of We’re the Millers seems to bicker an awful lot, that may be because they’re suffering from a very unusual problem indeed — namely, that they’re not actually a family at all.
Jason Sudeikis leads the comedy as a small-time drug dealer who’s forced into a big job by his unscrupulous supplier (Ed Helms). In an elaborate scheme to smuggle pot into the country, he gets a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), a runaway (Emma Roberts), and an overeager neighbor (Will Poulter) to pretend to be his family. Watch the new red-band trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
Following a solid box office performance by The Purge, Universal is getting back into business with Blumhouse Productions for another microbudget genre pic. Only this one falls a bit outside Jason Blum‘s usual horror wheelhouse.
The studio is set to distribute the Blum-produced, Joe Carnahan-directed Stretch, an action comedy starring Patrick Wilson. Ed Helms and Chris Pine have also signed on in recent weeks, and now Brooklyn Decker has come aboard as well. Get details on her character and the new release date after the jump.
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UPDATE: A few minor tweaks have been made to this story since it was first published.
Preliminary details on Joe Carnahan‘s latest film, a small budget thriller produced by horror guru Jason Blum, have now been revealed. We already knew it was called Stretch and that Patrick Wilson (Insidious, Watchmen) would be the star. Now Ed Helms, whose summer scheduled freed up when Vacation was put on hold, has been cast. According to reports, Wilson plays a down on his luck chauffeur who takes a risky job driving around a mysterious billionaire to settle some debts. Helms plays a colleague, of sorts, to Wilson and Chris Pine also stars. Read More »
The Hangover Part III isn’t much of a comedy. It wants to be funny (I think) but there are stretches without even an attempt at a joke. It’s closer to a hallucinogenic drama, decorated occasionally with an bloom of laughter. There are wild moments, but compared to the first two movies this one pushes the needle towards a different form of “outrageous.” (The most conventionally extreme jokes come when a mid-credits stinger scene goes straight for what viewers of the second film jeered: a flat-out reprise of the scenario from the original film.)
The focus this time is Zach Galifianakis as the damaged, nearly deranged Alan. Entitled and abusive, Alan is domineering at home and ever more reckless in the wild. His grossly disastrous attempt to domesticate a giraffe leads to horror at home; soon his wolf pack “friends” from the previous two films unite to stage an intervention. The Hangover Part III doesn’t go very far with the intervention idea, because further trouble takes precedence. A gangster once robbed by Lesley Chow (Ken Jeong) coerces the guys into tracking Chow, and life goes off the rails once more.
Director Todd Phillips, who co-wrote with Craig Mazin, seems stuck halfway between two extremes. On one side there’s a super-dark movie about mental illness; on the other there’s an Id-indulging comedy. In a way that is almost perversely appropriate for a film series about hijacked plans, The Hangover Part III never gets close to either point.
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