22 Jump Street Set

Most directors are lucky to have one smash hit in a given year. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are about to have two. Fresh off of the success of The Lego Movie, Lord and Miller are releasing 22 Jump Street, once again starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as a mismatched pair of undercover cops.

21 Jump Street was one of the funniest studio comedies in recent memory, and if the new 22 Jump Street red-band trailer is anything to go by, these guys haven’t lost their touch. This time around, Schmidt and Jenko pass as college students and head down to spring break — all in the name of catching baddies, of course. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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22 Jump Street set

This is the third and final part of our coverage from the set of 22 Jump Street. Read our full report here and interview with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller here.

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have become two of the most influential actors in Hollywood. They produce, they write, they receive Oscar nominations. Now they’re teaming up for the sequel to a film that helped give them many of those opportunities. We spoke to the pair on the New Orleans set of 22 Jump Street last November and the pair were incredibly excited to be there. After all, no one thought the first film would ever be a hit, let alone spawn a sequel that’s getting a competitive summer release.

In the interview, Tatum and Hill talked about the self-awareness of the sequel, the new level of action, the oddity of doing an interview for a movie while you’re still shooting it, college experiences, the pressure of doing a sequel and even a potential third film. Read the full 22 Jump Street set visit interview with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill below. Read More »

22 Jump Street clip

The first clip from 22 Jump Street is… let’s be safe and call it a bit insensitive. Here we see the returning cops played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as they attempt to talk their way into checking out a load of contraband. To make this happen, Hill adopts the look and accent of a Latino street gang member, leaving Tatum scrambling to catch up. Check out the comic conversation below. Read More »

22 Jump Street Set

Still unsure what to make of 22 Jump Street? Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have you right where they want you.

“Everything we’ve ever done has been riding on low expectations,” Miller said. “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs? A terrible idea. Doing 21 Jump Street as a movie is a terrible idea. The Lego Movie sounds like a terrible idea. If people think this is a good idea, we’re screwed. Because we all know that sequels are terrible, right?”

“We are here to lower your expectations,” Lord added. “You need to go back and write about how you’re not really sure. It might not be that good.”

It’s November 10, 2013 and Miller and Lord joke are joking about 22 Jump Street in between takes on New Orleans set of the sequel. The anticipation is a stark contrast to 2012, when most people instantly wrote off a remake of a ‘90s TV show starring that guy from Step Up and the loser in Superbad. We now know 21 Jump Street became a monster hit that surprised audiences with its audacity, subversion and comedy. That unexpected but welcome success had fans and the studio clamoring for a sequel. However, no one behind the scenes wanted to make one unless they could surprise audiences again.

Fast forward to day 33 of a 55-day shoot on the set of 22 Jump Street. Sure the film is a sequel to a remake of a ’90s TV show, but after seeing two scenes filmed, each featuring hilarious jokes, an awkward self-awareness and lots of surprises, I have bad news for Mr. Lord: expectations have actually been raised.

Below, read all about our visit to the set of 22 Jump Street and check back later this week for the full interviews with the directors and stars. Read More »

Billy Ray directing Breach

After securing an Oscar nomination for his work on Captain Phillips, writer Billy Ray has booked himself another fact-based drama. Ray is teaming with fellow 2014 Academy Award nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill for The Ballad of Richard Jewell, about the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. Get all the latest details after the jump.

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Pulp Fiction Live Read

There’s absolutely no need to touch Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction. Built around an Academy Award winning screenplay, the film is pretty much perfect from beginning to end. It teems with exquisite detail as performances and dialogue tell interweaving stories of crime and craziness. A reinforcement of that absolute brilliance was the main thing I took out of the latest Film Independent at LACMA Live Read, which took place February 20 in Los Angeles. Director Evan Goldberg (This is the End) subbed for Jason Reitman and assembled an eclectic, star-studded cast to read Tarantino’s masterwork. It was a two and a half hour celebration of Pulp Fiction‘s perfection.

While no one could ever replace the iconic cast of John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and so many others, stars like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Lizzie Caplan laughed, imitated and sometimes stumbled through the script with excitement and reverence. Along the way, a few Easter Eggs were uncovered, alternate interpretations attempted and much fun was had. Read about the live read below. Read More »

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill‘s last team-up was a big success on a professional level, resulting in Oscar nominations for both, and by all accounts the two hit it off on a personal level as well. Now they’re eager to reunite, this time to tell the story of Richard Jewell.

Fox has acquired the rights to Marie Brenner‘s 1997 Vanity Fair article “The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” which followed the security guard who discovered a pipe bomb at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He was initially hailed as a hero, and then (incorrectly) vilified as a suspect. More details on the project after the jump.

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’22 Jump Street’ Poster: The Men With the Golden Guns

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As directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller start to do the press rounds for their new effort, The LEGO Movie, the marketing push is just starting to roll on their next one, 22 Jump Street.

As we’ve seen in trailers, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return as earnest but slightly bumbling cops, with Ice Cube, Nick OffermanAmber StevensJillian Bell, and Craig Roberts helping out and/or getting in their way. One of the best trailer shots so far has the two standing on a car, pumping pistols in the air. That shot has now been repurposed as a pretty good poster, which you can see below. Read More »

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