Kal Penn Returning to Harold & Kumar?

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When we talked recently about the possibility of another Harold & Kumar movie, one of the big questions was not ‘will the film happen?’ but ‘who will be in it?’ as co-star Kal Penn had left acting over a year ago to take a job as the associate director of the Office of Public Engagement at the White House. Now there’s a report that suggests Penn will be back, and that the possible summer start date for the film is now written in ink. Read More »

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Is there any point to doing a Harold & Kumar movie without Kal Penn? We may find out, as John Cho is now saying that the proposed third film in the series, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas could end up shooting this summer for a fall release. Read More »

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The White House have recruited Kal Penn, Kumar of Harold and… fame, to serve as a liasion connecting President Obama’s administration to Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities and “arts groups”. The announcement came today and the first place I read it was at Entertainment Weekly – but be warned, clicking over there will hit you with one heck of huge spoiler for this week’s episode of House, the show Penn has been co-starring in for a couple of seasons now.

I warn you as, in this age of time shift tele-procrastination, you may not have caught up with the episode yet. I’ve seen it, I loved it and, well… it’s not hard to understand why the White House announcement came today of all days.

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Harold and Kumar 3 Announced

While Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay had it moments, ultimately Slashfilm was let down, graphing it as a 4.5/10 (and later a 3.5/10 for the inclusion of a 311 song in 2008). The profitable sequel hits DVD on Tuesday and today Harold and Kumar 3 was given the greenlight for John Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the writer/directors of the previous film, who also penned the funnier White Castle.

Kal Penn and John Cho have an option for a third film, and unless they’ve upgraded to heroin, we expect them to bong it up and crash yet another Bottlomless Party on screen—but this time, I dunno, make it count. Diving into the Slashfilm archives, last March rumors circulated that a Neil Patrick Harris spin-off was also a possibility. Six cameos I would like to see in a third film: Brad Pitt’s Floyd from True Romance, Arrowhead Bernie from Weekend at Bernie’s 2, a bloodshot Smokey the Bear, Andy Dick selling Xanax to children in a Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot, Corey Haim’s trailer, and the cross-joint from Pineapple Express.

Discuss: Who should cameo in Harold and Kumar 3? In all seriousness, should they title this film, Harold and Kumar: What’s the Point? If not, what should the subtitle be? Would you rather see an NPH spin-off?

History of “A-Frame” Movie Poster Design

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The magazine, Print, has compiled an excellent and diverse selection of movie posters featuring the campy, cliche, classic A-frame design. Check it out (pulp novels, DVDs, and ZZ Top are also included). It’s an interesting look at how gender has been universally portrayed in pop culture up to the present (not much has changed, add Kal Penn and stir): a woman’s legs in the A-frame position usually connote domination and empowerment over a puddle of males, and lots and lots of sex; whereas a man’s legs in the A-frame usually express the desire to kill women, and sometimes, as in the case of Westerns like 3:10 to Yuma, men. Who ever said Hollywood and the human mind were creatively bankrupt? What a genius. I’ve included my faves from Print‘s selection after the jump.

Discuss: Can you think of any A-frame posters that are missing? What’s your favorite?

via NYT’s Paper Cuts

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Some movies don’t merit word counts or brain cells. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay starring Kal Penn, Rob Corddry, John Cho, NPH on ‘shrooms and a bevy of bottomless ladies is one of them. Peter asked me to inform readers that the sequel is graphed here chronologically using the site’s laff-o-meter (usually kept in the basement because it’s kind of a lame device). My official Slashfilm rating for H&K2 is a 4.5/10, with a margin of error of one point if you see it for free and another half point if you’re a human bong. Click to make the graph pop and click once more to zoom in.

UPDATE: I just remembered that a song by the Caucasian rap-Caucasian dreadlock-soft metal ’90s band 311 is contained therein. 311 in 2008!?! I am now marking the film down to a 3.5/10.

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It’s Saturday, it’s raining, college basketball is slowing down, and Doomsday belly-flopped: how about a Neil Patrick Harris post? Why not, right? Peter didn’t exactly chug a pitcher of beer in totes awe after watching Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay at SXSW, but I think it’s safe to say we’d both like to see this stoner comedy franchise continue. AICN reports that H&K2 directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are toying around with a spin-off to the “it’s not a bomb, it’s a bong!” sequel (hitting April 25th) focusing on the former titular star of Doogie Howser, M.D.

And NPH himself, he of the unicorn mastery (see above), has chimed in about the possibilities. While he’s hesistant, he’s also seemingly aware and open to the idea of a spin-off…

Neil Patrick Harris: Part of me thinks that would be really hilarious just to make up this fictitious back story of my family and that makes me think of Steve Martin in THE JERK, just going really outlandish and then part of me thinks that is just truly jumping the shark, so I don’t know. When you are spinning off a character that’s based on a real person, but not real… I don’t know, it might be too much, but if anyone can write it…

Quint [AICN]: It worked for John Malkovich

Neil Patrick Harris: That’s true. If anyone could write it, they can, so who knows? I think that would honestly entirely depend upon the success of the next couple of months. 

With NPH already so integral to the marketing of the sequel and doing more press this go’round, such a spin-off is not unlikely (…actually :). The only question is, would such a spin-off be like playing limbo with the pop culture niche factor? How many people would get the joke/appeal outside of College Humor readers and loyal viewers of How I Met Your Mother?

Discuss: Could an NPH spin-off do well at the box office? Is NPH the new WTF or POS (Parent Over Shoulder)? Do you expect H&K2 to be a big hit or just another college sleeper?

Harold and Kumar 2 Movie Trailer

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The teaser movie trailer for Harold and Kumar 2 is now online. The new movie follows the due on a cross-country adventure as they try to outrun authorities who suspect them of being terrorists after they try to sneak a bong on board a flight to Amsterdam. The teaser shows a bit of how that flight goes awry and yes, NPH (Neil Patrick Harris) is back!

There is a jab against Eurotrip, and a tasteful clever 9/11 joke which plays on the fearful American people (unlike the many totally tasteless 9/11 jokes in Uwe Boll’s Postal) I’m also very surprised to see them calling the film “Harold and Kumar 2″ as opposed to “Harold and Kumar Don’t Go to Amsterdam (or whatever)”. Check it out after the jump.

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