Ride Along

Universal was so confident in the buddy cop comedy Ride Along that it put the sequel in development way back in April – nine months before the first film was even scheduled to premiere. Now that the movie has actually gone on to set a January opening record, it looks like their faith is paying off.

The studio has set Ride Along director Tim Story to return for the sequel, and is working on deals with stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart to reprise their roles. Also coming back are producers Will Packer and Matt Alvarez, and writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. More details on the next installment after the jump.

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Every once in a while, a film gets a sequel and it makes you think, “The first movie was a hit?” Think Like A Man is one of those. But the 2012 original starring Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco and Gabrielle Union grossed a quiet $91 million dollars and Sony quickly greenlit a sequel. It’s hitting theaters June 20, continuing the story of a group of friends who had some serious relationship issues in the first film. Now, the cast is all back together and they’re in Vegas for a wedding. There, simultaneous bachelor and bachelorette parties threaten relationships once again. Check out the first trailer and poster below. Read More »

Pets

The folks that created the Minions are preparing to bring you another adventure involving adorable animated critters. Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) have joined the voice cast of an untitled Universal Studios / Illumination Entertainment picture about pets in New York City.

At the helm are Chris Renaud, who co-directed both Despicable Me movies, and Yarrow Cheney, who co-directed the adorable Minion mini-movie “Puppy.” Seriously, if you still haven’t seen that short, do so. It’s the cutest thing I saw all last year. Hit the jump for more details on their new project.

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Comedians Dominate ‘Captain Underpants’ Voice Cast

Captain Underpants

DreamWorks Animation is finally moving forward with an adaptation of the popular children’s book series, Captain Underpants. They won a heated bidding war for the property back in 2011 and Tuesday they announced the principal members of the voice cast. They include Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Thomas Middleditch. The film will be directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens) and is being adapted by Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets). Read More »

Ride Along

Ice Cube is so good at playing a no-nonsense cop, he’ll get to do it in two separate and unrelated movies next year. We got a trailer for one of those, 22 Jump Street, earlier this week. Now the other one, Ride Along, has released a new trailer as well.

The comedy stars Kevin Hart as an aspiring cop who wants to propose to his girlfriend (Tika Sumpter). But before he can do that, he has to get the blessing of her older brother (Ice Cube). Eager to scare him off, Cube invites Hart on a ride-along; equally eager to impress, Hart readily accepts. Then the night spirals crazily, and hopefully hilariously, out of control. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

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Kevin Hart Lebron James Ballers

NBA superstar Lebron James has been attempting to make his big screen debut since 2009. That’s when the reigning MVP first signed on to do a film called Fantasy Basketball Camp, however years have passed with little movement. Now there’s a major update that might finally get James into theaters. Comedian Kevin Hart has signed to co-write and eventually co-star in the film, which has been renamed Ballers. Brian Grazer will co-produce for Universal. Read More »

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Briefly: Will Ferrell is turning to Kevin Hart for help, and a Tropic Thunder writer is going to watch over it all. Etan Cohen, who co-wrote Tropic Thunder, will direct Get Hard, scripted by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel.

The film is about “a wealthy investment bank manager who is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and prepares for prison with help from the guy who washes his car.” A guess says that Ferrell plays the banker and Hart the car wash guy, though there’d probably be a lot more comedy if the casting was reversed. “Get hard,” in this instance, is obviously talking about the bank managers’ effort to toughen up before going to the pen, but this being a Ferrell project there’ll probably be a couple viagra and/or prison sex jokes in there, too.

 

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Rocky Balboa / Jake LaMotta

For his boxing comedy Grudge Match, Peter Segal rounded up two legends of silver-screen boxing: Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. Granted, the two aren’t quite in the fighting shape they were three decades ago, but the allure of watching Rocky Balboa face off against Jake LaMotta in the ring can’t be denied.

But that no doubt glorious sight will have to wait. Warner Bros. has dropped the first official still from the movie, and it sadly does not feature the aging bruisers in shorts and gloves. Instead of glaring at each other, they’re scowling at Kevin Hart. Whatever, we’ll take it. Check it out after the jump.

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