21 Jump Street

It’s easy to imagine an alternate universe in which 21 Jump Street, an unasked-for reboot of a stale old property, sank in 2012 without leaving much of a trace. Instead, thanks to the crackling chemistry between leads Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, the hilarious script by Hill and Michael Bacall, and the energetic direction by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, it turned out to be one of the year’s pleasantest surprises.

Now the group has reunited to try and recreate that magic. Production on the sequel 22 Jump Street kicked off this past weekend in New Orleans, and we have the first pics from the set right here. Hit the jump to check ‘em out.

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The sequel to 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, was always going to take place in college. That much was locked in from the film’s final scene. But what would Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) be doing with their time? Those story points have begun to leak out as casting for the sequel, scheduled for release June 13, 2014, continues. Ice Cube is now confirmed to return and Greek star Amber Stevens has been cast, potentially as his daughter (and definitely as Hill’s love interest). Read more about that, and the plot, below. Read More »

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Warner Bros. has been trying to get Wonder Woman to the big screen for years, and they’re finally on the verge of success. The catch? She’ll be rendered in Lego bricks rather than flesh and blood.

We’ve known for some time that Lego Batman and Superman would appear in the upcoming The Lego Movie, played by Will Arnett and Channing Tatum, respectively. During today’s Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and co-director Chris McKay revealed that they’d also be joined by Justice League teammates Lego Wonder Woman, voiced by Cobie Smulders, and Green Lantern, voiced by Jonah Hill. Hit the jump for more updates from the panel.

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Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill‘s transition from comedy star to Academy Award-nominated dramatic actor has been so quick, he’s made it look almost easy. But as evidenced by the scores of funnymen who’ve tried to make that same leap and failed, it’s not something just anyone can do.

For one thing, it involves making some very tough decisions. Such as turning down roles in what turned out to be two of 2009′s biggest hits, The Hangover and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Of course, it’s obvious now that things have worked out just fine for Hill, but at the time, he said, “most people didn’t understand.” Hit the jump to read about his choices.

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Damn, this trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s new film The Wolf of Wall Street is a great piece of work. Might be one of the year’s best trailers by the time 2013 is all said and done.

This edit struts along to the tune of ‘Black Skinhead‘ from Kanye West and flashes all the symbols of excess you’d expect from a movie about a stock trader who made nearly a million dollars a week when he was only 26. There are cars, boats, women, drugs, parties, guns, cash… and Matthew McConaughey just stealing the end of the trailer right out from under Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s a bit like watching Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby by way of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.

That said, DiCaprio is definitely the star here playing Jordan Belfort, whose meteoric rise and dizzying fall inspired the film. It’s weird to be at a point where it’s a minor stretch to see Leonardo DiCaprio play a 26-year old (he’s 38) but if the movie has this sort of energy it’ll probably work out just fine. This is his fifth film with Scorsese, and we’ll be watching closely to see how their partnership has evolved.

Check out the trailer below.

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‘This Is the End’ – What Did You Think?

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Who coulda guessed that the best comedy of the summer might involve a bunch of actors facing the Biblical end of the world? Years ago Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jay Baruchel (with Jason Stone) made a trailer for an imaginary movie called Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse, and this week they released the feature expansion of the idea. Rogen and Goldberg wrote and co-directed, each making their feature debut as directors.

This Is the End sees six actors — Rogen, Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and James Franco — trapped in Franco’s house when a raging party is interrupted by the Rapture. The movie has all the lewd and vulgar jokes you’d expect from that crew of actors, but also pokes sly fun at celebrity, and wraps all the goofy humor around a genuinely moral core.

It’s not the movie you expect, and it is funny as hell. Man of Steel is the big attention-getter this weekend, but don’t overlook This Is the End. After you’ve seen the film, chime in below to tell us what you thought about the movie. As always with these pieces, spoilers are fully encouraged. Read More »

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On paper, there’s no way This Is The End should work. There are too many stars and too many wacky ideas for a pair of first-time directors to handle. Six famous actors, each playing themselves (or “themselves”) have to survive the end of the world while massacring some of Hollywood’s A-list? That’s just insane.

Thankfully, movies aren’t made on paper, and This Is The End not only works, it slays. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have written and co-directed a balls-out, unapologetic comedy that somehow balances Hollywood insider jokes with violence, scares and a very sweet center. You’ll be hard-pressed to be find a better comedy this summer.

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The early word on Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s apocalyptic comedy This Is the End has been great. The film that began as an expansion of the short Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse has really grown up. It reportedly achieves more than a few laughs based on the joke premise of a comedy who’s who (Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill) playing thinly fictionalized versions of themselves as the world goes to hell.

Here’s a new international spot, complemented by a long red-band TV spot, that shows some of the disaster that the actors/characters must face. And speaking of faces, there are character posters for six of the actors. (Why doesn’t Emma Watson get one? At least she gets a lot of play in the red-band spot.) You can see three of them above, and bigger versions of all six are collected in a gallery below. Read More »

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