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After having a wedding and a reunion, it’s easy to forget the first American Pie was about high school boys trying to lose their virginity. It seems almost serendipitous, then, that the men who wrote and directed the last film in that franchise, American Reunion, will direct a new comedy with a similarly simple premise.

Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who also created the Harold and Kumar franchise, will rewrite and direct an R-rated comedy that was once called Cherries. It’s currently untitled. However, this isn’t some simple rehash of American Pie. In fact, it’s a bit of the inverse. It follows the fathers of three girls who try and stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will produce. Read More »

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As someone who was roughly the same age as the American Pie gang when the first film dropped — and who then followed the group through 2001′s American Pie 2 and 2003′s American Wedding — I’m finding it tough to separate American Reunion from the haze of nostalgia surrounding it. But that’s part of the point, of course. Much like an actual reunion, American Reunion exists for no other reason than to check back in with the East Great Falls Class of ’99. While it falls flat as a standalone film, for fans of the series, the pleasure of spending time with familiar faces once more outweighs the movie’s many flaws.

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Yes, it’s true. Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the creators of the Harold & Kumar franchise and directors of upcoming American Reunion, have recently been quoted saying they’d like to remake Back to the Future. The pair just signed a first look deal at Universal and, in an interview about that, they mentioned the classic time-travel franchise as something they like work with a few decades down the road.

Are they being serious? Read the quote and some thoughts after the jump.

Update: Hurwitz has commented and explain the quote via Twitter. Check it out below.

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‘American Reunion’ Theatrical Trailer

Even before the summer movie season begins, the spring holds a ton of highly anticipated movies: John Carter, 21 Jump Street, The Hunger Games, A Cabin in the Woods and, of course, the fourth American Pie film, American Reunion. Scheduled for release April 6, a new trailer for that comedy has just come online.

The film features the entire cast of the 1999 original (Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Natasha Lyonne and Shannon Elizabeth among others) to tell the story of what happens when they’re all back in town for a long overdue high school reunion. Early buzz has been very positive.

Check out the new trailer for the film, written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, below. Read More »

As someone who was almost the same age as the central characters when the first American Pie was released in 1999, I am totally, unironically excited to see the East Great Falls crew together again for American Reunion, even as I suspect I’ll find the franchise has lost some of its charm over the past decade. Still, the marketing so far has been pretty solid, and I’m thrilled to see that even as some things have changed — they’re no longer virgins, for one — others have remained exactly the same.

The new international trailer sees returning stars Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid, John Cho, Eugene Levy, and Jennifer Coolidge all coming back home for the all-important high school reunion, while franchise newcomers Dania Ramirez and Katrina Bowden make appearances as well. Watch the (NSFW) video after the jump.

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Since so much of the appeal of American Reunion lies in whatever lingering affection you have for 1999′s American Pie, it’s only natural that the marketing folks would try at every turn to remind you of how much you loved the first movie. That tactic is especially evident in the film’s just-released poster, which recreates the one from the original.

Sure, Jim (Jason Biggs) has clothes on, Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) is holding a baby bottle instead of a flute, Oz (Chris Klein) has way less hair, and the gang is apparently eating pies now instead of fucking them — but the overall picture looks very familiar. Check it out after the jump.

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Animated ‘Harold & Kumar’ Series in the Works

In the seven years since its inception, the Harold & Kumar franchise has only managed to crank out three films — the latest of those being this past weekend’s A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. But if all goes well, we could soon be getting doses of the pothead pair on a much more regular basis.

Lionsgate TV has begun shopping an animated small screen series based on the films, with stars John Cho and Kal Penn attached to voice the main characters and Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (who penned all three of the films and directed the second one) attached to write. More details after the jump.

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The debut red-band teaser for American Reunion, which brings together all the original characters from American Pie, was all about sex — or the fact that, even as adults, some of the former kids still aren’t getting off the way they want to.

This all ages trailer is all about partying, as the Pie guys (and girls) get back together after a few years to enjoy their high school reunion. While the red-band was amusing up to a point, this trailer seems to be avoiding all jokes, perhaps so they can be fresh in the full movie. But if you want to see Stifler in prime shouting mode, and the possible hookup of a couple Pie parents, check out the trailer below. Read More »

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