Whenever something like Paul Blart: Mall Cop grosses $31 million in its opening weekend despite the disapproval of critics, a slew of articles and blog posts come out wondering whether movie writers are out of touch with the general public. But this weekend, at least, the average filmgoer and the average critic seemed united in their near-universal disdain for both the porn “comedy” Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star and the indie horror Creature.

Bucky Larson earned an impressive 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and averaged just over eight moviegoers per showing. Meanwhile, Creature, which received just 2 positive reviews out of the 18 counted on Rotten Tomatoes, managed to achieve the worst-ever opening for a film showing on more than 1,500 screens. Read more after the jump.

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The summer of 2011 is coming to a close and the final big studio comedy coming our way is 30 Minutes or Less, director Ruben Fleischer‘s post Zombieland/pre-Gangster Squad comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson. In the film, which is loosely based on a true story, a pizza delivery boy (Eisenberg) has a bomb strapped to him by two thugs (McBride and Swardson) and is forced to rob a bank. A simple premise that, when you watch this new, restricted footage reel, is obviously prime for a ton of jokes, most of which have to do with sexual gratification.

Watch the video after the jump. The footage is tame but the language is decidedly NSFW, so get those headphones out. Read More »

Sony will be holding a special advance screening of 30 Minutes or Less at Comic-Con on Friday, July 22nd at 8PM and stars Danny McBride and Nick Swardson invite YOU to see the early screening with the cast and crew, including Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, Michael Pena and director Ruben Fleischer who will introduce the screening and return for a Q&A session afterwards. We have 15 tickets to give away (not pairs, but 15 single tickets). To enter, shoot an e-mail to slashfilm@gmail.com with the name of the person attending (first and last). We’ll be randomly selecting and e-mailing the winners by Tuesday night with details. Please do not enter unless you are sure you can attend.

’30 Minutes or Less’ Red-Band Trailer #2

I’m going to ignore any questions of taste and/or ethics that might possibly be involved in turning a violent, very messed up real-life robbery into, well, a slightly messed-up comedy. Instead I’m just going to take a moment to appreciate the fact that this second red-band trailer for Ruben Fleischer‘s Zombieland follow-up 30 Minutes or Less makes the film look pretty damn funny. It’s got one of the better kickers to end a trailer in some time. Check it out below. Read More »

Back in August of last year, I was flown out (along with a number of other press members) to Grand Rapids, Michigan to spend a day on the set of 30 Minutes or Less and talk with director Ruben Fleischer (Zomebieland) and cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, and Dilshad Vadsaria. You can learn all about the experience here, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the film’s red band trailer to see what all the fuss is about.

We’ll be posting the remaining interviews throughout the week — our group interview with Fleischer has already been posted — but for now, here’s our discussion with Danny McBride and Nick Swardson. Read More »

Many of you have likely heard the perplexing tale of Brian Wells, a pizza delivery man who had a bomb strapped to his chest and was instructed to rob a bank. (For those who are unfamiliar, Wired wrote a fascinating and thorough recap of the event.) Such a tragic story would not seem to lend itself to a comedy, and yet, that very premise is serving as the basis for this summer’s 30 Minutes or Less. Some may find the approach tasteless, but if the film’s red band trailer is any indication, Zomebieland director Ruben Fleischer and his knockout cast (which includes Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, Michael Peña, and Dilshad Vadsaria) may just pull it off. After the break, we have some new images, a video blog sharing what it was like on the film’s set, and an interview with the film’s director. Read More »

’30 Minutes Or Less’ Teaser Posters

The first footage for this summer’s action comedy 30 Minutes Or Less came online Thursday and we’re already seeing more and more from the film. Of course the red band trailer gave us a glimpse of the story, characters and humor while some newly released stills showed us the look of the film. Director Ruben Fleischer then tweeted to alert us to the first two teaser posters for the movie.

30 Minutes or Less is loosely based on a true story of a pizza delivery guy (Jesse Eisenberg) who is blackmailed into attempting to rob a bank when two crooks (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) strap a bomb to his chest. Also in the mix is the pizza guy’s friend, played by Aziz Ansari. The film is scheduled for release August 12. Check out the posters after the jump. Read More »

New Hi-Res Images From ’30 Minutes Or Less’

After summer movie audiences are bombarded for three straight months with superheros and sequels, it’ll be nice to sit down for a few original laughs. 30 Minutes Or Less, written by first time screenwriter Michael Diliberti and directed by Ruben Fleischer, stars Danny McBride and Nick Swardson as wanna-be-criminals who kidnap a pizza-delivery guy, (Oscar-nominee Jesse Eisenberg) to help them rob bank. He then recruits his best friend, played by Aziz Ansari (Parks & Recreations) to assist in the caper. The premise, combined with that cast, seems like a winning combination and while most of us will have to wait until August 12 to find out for sure, for now we can look at some brand new images from the film. Read More »

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