The stage at the Wadsworth Theater in Westwood, California seems average enough. With its run down seats, bland walls and single stall bathrooms, it could double for any average high school auditorium. There’s nothing spectacular about it. Except on this Monday morning.

On this Monday morning, Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi are flying through the air on harnesses sporting long blond hair and bedazzled purple velour jumpsuits. They land on the stage, introduce themselves as magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton and proceed to dance about like a couple of old men whose best days are way past them. And that’s exactly what they are.

It’s February 6, 2012, day 21 of 48 on the set of Don Scardino’s March comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The film, set in the world of professional magic, is the story of two magicians (Carell and Buscemi) who are long-time partners. Split after years of working together, they’re forced back together when another magician (played by Jim Carrey) begins to steal their spotlight and relevance. It’s a return to physical comedy for Carrey, the feature directorial debut of TV vet Scardino, and a role that seems right in the wheelhouse of the lovable, hilarious Carell, also a producer.

Co-starring Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin and more, the film is scheduled for release March 15 and we were on set to capture some of the magic, as it were. Read More »

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was a great surprise, a fun and very well-animated film that stands as one of the better kids’ films released in the last few years. (And therefore is also a good watch for adults.) While Cloudy directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are only producing the sequel Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers, they’ve handed off directorial duties to Cody Cameron (story artist on Cloudy) and Kris Pearn (head of story on the first film), who are working from a script by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein and Erica Rivinoja.

The directorial change isn’t the only big one happening, however, as Mr. T, who voiced the intense, enthusiastic town cop Earl, will not be heard this time. The character does return, however, voiced by Terry Crews. We’ve got some more cast info and a lot of story details below. Read More »

Ed Helms in Talks for ‘Vacation’ After All

A few months back, we got word that Ed Helms was being eyed for John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein‘s Vacation reboot/sequel. But Helms shot down the casting soon afterward, saying that he’d heard “nothing” about it and that he had “no idea” where the press had gotten that impression.

Now, however, it’s looking like we were on the right track the first time. According to a recent report, Helms has just been cast as protagonist Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Chevy Chase‘s Clark Griswold from the first film. Read more after the jump.

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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Apparently this report has been confirmed false. Ed Helms tells The Playlist that while he is a big fan of the Chevy Chase classic Vacation, he doesn’t know where the rumors originated (Perez Hilton…) and has yet to be approached for the project:

“I have no idea where that bubbled up. I don’t know where that came from. It’s nothing I know of.”

The original story follows after the jump.

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Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are busy guys. In the wake of the success of their comedic murder plot featuring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day, the duo worked on Burt Wonderstone and are drafting a sequel to Bosses.

But back in 2009 they started writing a reboot of National Lampoon’s Vacation, now to be titled simply Vacation, and as of 2011 they were doing a second draft of the script. Directors such as David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) and Peter Segal (Get Smart) were linked to the movie over the past few years. But now New Line is going to have Daley and Goldstein direct it instead. Read More »

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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It’s been a while since we heard about that National Lampoon’s Vacation reboot, but if you were hoping Hollywood had forgotten all about it, I’ve got bad news for you. Last year, we reported that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (the duo behind this summer’s Horrible Bosses) had been tapped to write the screenplay, titled Vacation (no “National Lampoon’s”). As of now, the two have completed the second draft of their script, and New Line is actively seeking a director for the project. Read more after the jump.

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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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