Hosting the Oscars is no easy task. You have to be entertaining, funny, and upbeat, but not too offensive. Pop culture savvy, smart, engaging, but not off-putting. Plus you have to do it in front of literally the most famous audience of people ever assembled, every single year. Many have tried and succeeded. Others have crashed and burned. Some do fine, and then quietly go off into the sunset.
Most people feel that’s what’ll happen to Neil Patrick Harris after hosting the 87th annual Academy Awards this year. His hosting duties received reviews that were all over the map, all but guaranteeing producers don’t ask him back. If they don’t go with one of their tried and true standbys like Billy Crystal, Steve Martin or Ellen DeGeneres, who could be next? Below, we pick 15 people who would make a great 2016 Oscar host. Read More »
There really isn’t much Josh Gad can’t do. He’s a Tony-Award nominated stage performer, a dramatic actor, comedic actor, a voice actor and even a writer. On that last front, Gad has long been attached to co-write a sequel to the 1988 hit film, Twins. The film is called Triplets and would once again star Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as the unlikeliest of twin brothers. Except, this time, they’d find out they have a new brother, played by Eddie Murphy.
It’s a concept that seemingly has been floating around for years, but in a recent AMA Gad offered an update. He said the script, which he co-wrote with Ryan Dixon, is done but Universal has it on hold. Read Josh Gad’s Triplets movie update below. Read More »
It’s a little awkward for Sony right now with respect to Kevin Hart, but the comic’s new film, with co-star Josh Gad, is still opening in January, and we’ve got the latest trailer to prove it. And what is it with Hart being hired as the guy to make awkward guys’ lives easier? In Get Hard he helps Will Ferrell get ready for prison, and here he helps Josh Gad prepare for his wedding by allowing the guy to act like he has real friends. This new Wedding Ringer UK trailer has a bit of new footage and some jokes that you might not have seen. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
Much as an infuriated avian might send its own body crashing into a structure to get to some evil swine, Sony is throwing a very funny voice cast at its Angry Birds movie to win over the skeptics.
Jason Sudeikis has just been announced for the lead part of Red, with Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, and Peter Dinklage all set for co-starring roles. And those are just the major players — there about ten more notable names in smaller roles as well. Get details on the Angry Birds movie cast, and see the first photo, after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
Kevin Hart is angling to become the king of the January box office. His $41 million opening weekend for Ride Along earlier this year was the biggest ever for that month, and in fact was so impressive that a sequel has already been slotted for the same weekend in 2016. In between those is next year’s The Wedding Ringer, another buddy comedy.
This one stars Hart as a best man for hire who takes on one especially challenging client played by Josh Gad. Hijinks ensue, misunderstandings take place, and in the end, it’s safe to assume, lessons are learned about friendship, love, life, etc. Watch the new The Wedding Ringer trailer after the jump.
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Those four above have a longer walk than they originally thought. Earlier today we had word of one Sony film hitting theaters earlier than planned, as Fury moved from mid-November up to October 17 2014. Now the video game-influenced action/comedy Pixels, based on the short film from Patrick Jean, has been pushed back from May 15, 2015 to July 24, 2015.
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The film Pixels stars a few humans that each enjoy a great deal of popularity. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon, Frozen), Michelle Monaghan (True Detective), and Adam Sandler (all pictured above) must band together to defeat an unusual host of alien invaders. But those three actors might not truly be the stars of the film, because the invading aliens are all veterans of classic games. Now the Pixels video game characters have been revealed.
The feature is based on the short by Patrick Jean in which a human city is besieged by game characters, but we didn’t know which ones would make the jump. Now we know that Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and sprites from games such as Q*Bert, Space Invaders, and Galaga will all show up in the feature film version of Pixels. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
After the year he’s had on Game of Thrones, it’s tough to blame Peter Dinklage for wanting to take on some lighter fare in the off season. And it doesn’t get much lighter than Pixels, a Happy Madison movie in which Kevin James plays the President.
Directed by Chris Columbus, Pixels sees classic video game characters descending upon New York City. Dinklage, Adam Sandler, and Josh Gad play the elite gamers recruited by the government to fight back, with Michelle Monaghan‘s military officer helping them out.
The first Pixels image has just been released, and it’s worth a look if only for the sight of Dinklage’s truly terrible mullet. See it after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
With his 12-year project Boyhood set to open this weekend, Richard Linklater is turning his attention to his next film. Casting is well underway for The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Linklater’s remake of the 1964 film for Warner Bros.
And so far, things seem to be shaping up nicely. Jon Hamm is reportedly looking to join Zach Galifianakis in a major role, with Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Keegan Michael Key, and Jordan Peele in talks as well for other roles. Hit the jump for more details.
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What do you do when you’re about to get married and you’ve got no one to back you up at the altar? In real life, the couple in question would probably scale back to a non-traditional wedding, maybe do away with bridal parties altogether. But that doesn’t make for much of a comedy. So in The Wedding Ringer, groom-to-be Josh Gad finds himself in desperate need of a Best Man. So he retains the services of Kevin Hart, who acts as a Best Man for hire. Things don’t even seem to go well from the start, and some of the bad situations look like they make for great comedy. Check out the Wedding Ringer trailer below. Read More »