Sex Tape red-band trailer

In Sex Tape, director Jake Kasdan and his Bad Teacher stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel offer up the comedic tale of a couple that has lost their spark. To put a little fire back into their lives, the couple makes a sex tape… which they promptly lose control of, thanks to the cloud. (Oh, that prankster, the cloud!) Is this basically a feature-length update of one joke from Trainspotting? Maybe so, but it’s also a chance for a skinny Segal and Diaz to curse and yell at one another, and pretend to have sex. Check out the Sex Tape red-band trailer below. Read More »

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Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher

As we get close to the end of this year, studios are getting their schedules in order for the next couple of years. Disney gave new release dates to Star Wars Episode VII and Tomorrowland last week, right around the same time that Warner Bros. dated Live By Night and Jersey Boys, and Fox rescheduled Fantastic Four, Assassin’s Creed, and Independence Day 2 earlier this week.

Now it’s Sony’s turn to do some rearranging. The studio has announced new opening dates for three of its major upcoming releases: The Bad Teacher reunion Sex Tape, the supernatural horror Beware the Night, and the horror-comedy Kitchen Sink. Hit the jump for all the details.

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Bad Teacher

Maybe Paul Feig hasn’t cornered the market on R-rated female-led comedies after all. Sony is moving forward with a sequel to 2011′s Bad Teacher, with Jake Kasdan returning to direct. Star Cameron Diaz is still working out her deal, but it’s expected that she’ll come back as well.

While the first Bad Teacher failed to live up to its comedy potential (IMO, anyway), it did gangbusters at the box office with a $216 million worldwide take. To put that into perspective, that’s more than either Horrible Bosses or 21 Jump Street made ($209 million and $201 million, respectively) but less than Bridesmaids did ($288 million). Get all the details after the jump.

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Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street

Mark your calendars. Sony has just set a June 6, 2014 release date for 21 Jump Street 2, starring Jonah Hill and Channing TatumPhil Lord and Chris Miller will be back to direct the comedy sequel, which will see the undercover cops heading to college.

Sony also dated two other big summer movies for 2014. They already have The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opening on May 2 but they also dated Think Like A Man Too, the sequel to Tim Story comedy starring Kevin Hart, for June 20 and Sex Tape, Jake Kasdan‘s comedy starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a couple whose homemade video goes mainstream, for July 2. That last one is a huge vote of confidence for the comedy, as it’ll open on one of the busiest weekends of the year, opposite Disney’s Maleficent. Jump Street opens against the new Ninja Turtles. [Deadline]

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher turned out to be a big smash hit for Sony, grossing over ten times its modest $20 million box office budget. Those are the kind of numbers that usually give rise to a sequel — and while there aren’t any plans right now to make one (or at least not yet), there is a reunion brewing for the trio at its center.

Cameron Diaz has entered early talks to re-team with her Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan and co-star Jason Segel for Sex Tape, which is also being distributed by Sony. Diaz, along with several other actresses, was rumored for the lead a while back but now she’s inching closer to an actual deal. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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I can hardly keep track of all the projects David O. Russell has been attached to or rumored for since his Oscar nomination for The Fighter, but here’s another one to add to the list. Recent reports claim that he’s signed on for Sony’s American Bullshit, a 2010 Black List script by Eric Warren Singer that Ben Affleck was eyeing earlier this year. The crime drama recounts the true tale of “Abscam,” a Congressional sting set up in 1980 by the FBI in an effort to eradicate corruption. The operation was masterminded by an individual described as “the world’s greatest con man.”

THR writes that Russell may or may not stick with the movie depending on who gets cast in the two lead roles; one rumor names Christian Bale as a potential star for the project. However, according to Deadline, Russell’s reps have flat-out denied that the filmmaker has anything to do with the picture at all. We’ll have to wait and see how this one pans out, but either way, it’s worth noting that Russell’s involvement is far from a sure thing at this point.

After the jump, Jake Kasdan gets sexy with Jason Segel.

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Briefly: Bad Teacher is out on DVD this week, and to celebrate, director Jake Kasdan and writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg have been announced as the creative team on a new untitled comedy for Sony. While we don’t have a title, Deadline does offer a plot synopsis: “After a Supercuts manager advises his best friend to break off his engagement, he unexpectedly falls in love with the jilted fiancee, testing both his new romance and his friendship.” Realism!

And, by the way, Stupnitsky and Eisenberg are the guys who wrote the main draft of Ghostbusters III, and Deadline repeats the oft-cited report that Sony won’t make the movie without Bill Murray and that he hasn’t read the script or made any effort to get a contract signed. In other words, GBIII is stalled as it ever was. Maybe they can get Murray for this Supercuts movie.

‘Bad Teacher’ Review – Diaz Deserves Better

There’s probably a good movie to be made from what Bad Teacher‘s working with, but sadly, this is not that movie. On paper, I love the idea of Cameron Diaz playing a hilariously, irredeemably selfish teacher who’s mean to her students, with a supporting cast of seasoned comedians to back her up. In practice, despite some genuinely funny gags performed by talented, funny people, Bad Teacher never manages to rise past mediocrity.

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