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You can’t make a movie called Horrible Bosses 2 without a few horrible bosses, so director Sean Anders and studio New Line are looking at a couple of notable names to play the villains.

Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine are reportedly being courted to play a nasty father-son boss pair who’ll presumably make life hell for our poor heroes (returning stars Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day). More details on the potential casting after the jump.

Update: Variety has confirmed that Pine’s deal is done, so he’s definitely in the movie.

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The best-laid plans of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis went horribly awry the last time they tried to get revenge on their superiors, but the trio could be gearing up to try again. Horrible Bosses 2 is now officially in the works as screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein sign on to pen the sequel. Helmer Seth Gordon in early talks to return as well, and the three stars are expected to reprise their roles.

Although Horrible Bosses didn’t get as much attention, positive or negative, as comedy blockbusters Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part II did last summer, it was a surprise hit that grossed $209 million worldwide on a budget of just $35 million. No wonder Warner Bros. is looking to recreate that magic. More after the jump.

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The array of home video options generally strikes me as a good thing, but one annoying downside is the effort of sorting through all my movie collections in various formats. I can’t watch my DVDs when I travel unless I bring them with me; I can’t access my downloaded movies unless I’m at my computer; I own more than one copy of In Bruges because I simply forgot that I’d already downloaded it the first time.

In an effort to address just these kinds of minor but irritating issues, the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) came up with the idea of a “digital locker” that would allow consumers to purchase content in one physical or digital format and access it across all platforms via a cloud-based system. That service, called UltraViolet, launched earlier this week with the release of Horrible Bosses on UltraViolet-enabled Blu-ray and DVD. More after the jump.

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2011 Summer Movie Attendance Was the Lowest Since 1997

With Labor Day behind us and school back in session, summer in the US is officially over, at least from a cultural perspective. So it’s time to tally the box-office receipts from what has been the biggest movie season over the past thirty years.

The good news? Revenue is up from last year. The bad news: revenue is up by less than one percent. More troubling: after taking into account that a good portion of the overall revenue came from inflated 3D prices, analysts reveal that attendance was actually down this year. about 543 million tickets were sold this summer, which is the lowest number since 1997′s famous summer of 540 million tickets. (OK, perhaps not so famous.) But wait, there’s more! 2011 is the fourth consecutive year f dwindling summer movie attendance. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 154 – Horrible Bosses

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For a movie that hinges on a murder plot, Horrible Bosses feels surprisingly lighthearted. That’s because despite the title and the marketing, the film’s draw isn’t the fucked-up wish fulfillment of giving your dirtbag superior what he deserves. Instead, its appeal lies in the easy, enjoyable chemistry of its leads — Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis – and the fun of watching them screw up royally, over and over, in increasingly zany ways. To put it another way, it’s Office Space meets Apatovian buddy comedy, minus the dark stuff and the sweet bits but with more consistent laughs as a result.

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‘Horrible Bosses’ Red-Band Trailer

Because the new standard for raunchy comedy advertising is based on tried and true red light district methods — show off the goods, in other words — here’s a new red-band trailer for the Jason Bateman / Charlie Day / Jason Sudeikis comedy Horrible Bosses. If you’ve missed the two previous trailers, the film features the three guys as hapless protagonists who enlist the aid of a ‘murder consultant’ (Jamie Foxx) in an attempt to do away with their three bosses, played by Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston. Check out the red-band trailer to see just how poorly this endeavor seems to play out. This trailer gives a lot away, but if you’re good with that, then by all means, proceed. Read More »

‘Horrible Bosses’ Trailer #2 and New Clip

This is really more like Horrible Bosses Trailer #1.5, because it is basically the first trailer slightly rearranged, with a few more jokes added to each of the ‘boss introduction’ segments. So it shows the same setup where three guys (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day) scheme, in seemingly moronic ways, to knock off their three bosses, played by Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston.

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