Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
The Muppets are nothing if not self-aware, and Muppets Most Wanted opens with a promising joke. Picking up just moments after the last movie left off, Kermit and company launch into a jaunty, toe-tapping musical number that acknowledges all the pitfalls of a follow-up. “We’re doing a sequel,” they sing. “That’s what we do in Hollywood / And everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good!”
But all the knowingness in the world can’t save the Muppets from the actual pitfalls of doing a sequel. In the end, Kermit’s early admission feels more like a warning than a joke. Muppets Most Wanted isn’t bad; in some parts, it’s very good. Still, it struggles to match the highs that the first one hit so easily.
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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 »
Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Seth Rogen has made more than his share of movies about man-children reluctant to grow up, but in Neighbors, he plays a guy who’s achieved all the hallmarks of adulthood. He’s gainfully employed and happily married, and even has an adorable baby girl to boot. No, his problem here is that other people haven’t grown up — namely, the rowdy frat boys that have just moved in next door.
Zac Efron plays the leader of the gang, a seemingly reasonable guy who turns vengeful when Rogen and his wife (played by Rose Byrne) call the cops on a party they’re throwing. The tension between the two houses intensifies, and pretty soon there are babies eating condoms and grown men getting launched into the ceiling. Watch the newest trailer after the jump.
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Two of the biggest stars in the world are attached. A high-profile comedy director wants to make it his next film. There’s just one thing in the way – that pesky script. That seems to be the case with Uptown Saturday Night, a remake of the 1974 Sidney Poitier film starring Poitier and Bill Cosby. Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) wants to make the film his next movie, and he’s got Will Smith and Denzel Washington set to play the lead roles. Now, in hopes to jump start the project to film next year, Warner Bros. has hired Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) to rewrite the script. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Zac Efron has spent the years since High School Musical drifting between very different types of movies without ever quite finding his new niche. But the way things are going, 2014 could be the year he becomes the next big thing in R-rated comedy.
Earlier today, we got the green-band trailer for That Awkward Moment after seeing a red-band trailer last week. Now we have the green-band trailer for his other, possibly even raunchier movie Neighbors, following the release of its red-band trailer last month. Nicholas Stoller directs this one, about young parents (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) battling the rowdy frat (led by Efron) next door. Watch the promo after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 by Angie Han
With films like Knocked Up and Pineapple Express, Seth Rogen‘s early film career was built on playing overgrown man-children. But he’s steadily progressed into more adult roles since then, and now in the Nick Stoller-directed Neighbors, he’s the out-of-touch grown-up facing off against a younger, more immature threat.
In the film, Rogen and Rose Byrne play new parents happily settling into a comfortable new neighborhood. Then a rowdy frat (led by Zac Efron) moves in next door, and the tension between the two houses escalates into out-and-out war. Watch the first red-band trailer and check out some high-res stills after the jump.
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Warner Bros. was once a studio synopymous with animation thanks to the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon lines. But it has been a long time since WB was particularly commanding in theatrical animation. (The studio does have a healthy direct to video animation arm, however.) Other studios such as Pixar and DreamWorks have taken center stage there.
Pixar is famous for its “brain trust,” and the concept of having some individual or group of people to guide other projects, beyond the basic producer capacity, has spread to Marvel, which has Joss Whedon, and Fox, which hired Mark Millar to emulate Whedon’s “godfather” duties with superhero projects.
Now Warner Bros. is assembling its own group of creators to act as a sort of brain trust, with the filmmakers behind Crazy, Stupid, Love., Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and The Muppets formed into a new feature animation think tank that will hopefully create one animated feature per year for the studio. Read More »
The European-set sequel to The Muppets has traded out Christoph Waltz for Ty Burrell, and now the film has added another TV comedy talent. Ricky Gervais is in talks for a major role in the film. He’ll be the lead, in fact — or at least the “lead human.” That’s a necessary distinction when talking about a Muppet movie.
For those who love classic Gervais work such as the office, but aren’t always wild about the tenor of his more recent stuff, this could be a pleasant bit of news. (Presumably, this won’t be a big Muppet-decorated comedy about atheism.) In fact, Gervais is noted as a fan of the characters, making him an appropriate successor to Jason Segel, the fan who last starred in a Muppet movie.
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The first details have been revealed for the sequel to Disney’s 2011 hit The Muppets and they’re a Bingo. Christoph Waltz, best known for his Oscar-winning work with Quentin Tarantino, is currently in talks to star in The Muppets 2 (not the official title) as an Interpol inspector. The film will be set in Europe and while it’ll surely have dozens of cameos, the main human roles are this one as well as “a Russian femme fatale and a male lead whose intentions are always in question,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
As previously reported, the film was written by Muppets director James Bobin and the original’s co-writer Nicholas Stoller. Bobin will now, officially, return to direct as well. Read more after the jump. Read More »