Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
Next to the $1B+ grosses for The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, Project X‘s respectable $100M worldwide take seems like spare change. But there is one arena in which the Todd Phillips-produced raunchfest is king: illegal downloads.
Project X has emerged as the single most pirated film of 2012 — as well as the lowest grossing of the top 10, which also includes both of the aforementioned box office smashes. Read the full list after the jump.
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The recent release of Project X, the film in which a few kids throw a house party that goes wildly out of control, earned a good many dismissive reviews, and a few instances of disappointed clucking from those who saw the film as an encouragement for all the sort of things parents absolutely don’t want their kids doing. The chances of the film actually instigating any real-world behavior didn’t seem outsized, given that there is no pretense towards reality in the movie, and kids (to generalize broadly) mastered the art of throwing parties a long time ago.
But a group of kids recently broke into two newly built, vacant homes in Houston, doing damage to both, and reportedly citing Project X as inspiration when they were confronted and arrested. I had started a piece on those arrests and was researching the facts beyond the tabloid reports from outlets like The Daily Mail when I found a new item from last night that is more disturbing: during a Houston party last night that attracted hundreds of people, guns were fired and one reveler was shot and killed. Read More »
Project X, released last Friday, got some people angry, but Warner Bros. isn’t among those irritated by the teen party movie. The low-budget film is considered a success with $21m earned so far, and the studio and producers Todd Phillips and Joel Silver are already putting together plans for a sequel.
Michael Bacall (story and co-writer on the first movie) is working on a sequel treatment with Matt Drake. They started that work before the film was released, and in the wake of its success are moving forward. Until that’s handed in we’re not likely to get any more info, including whether or not any of the main cast (Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Brown) will return, or if the sequel would focus on different kids. [THR]
After the break, The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard talks about a Cloverfield sequel, Rose Byrne pitches Bridesmaids in Space, and Journey 3 director Brad Peyton hints at the film’s scope. Read More »
Project X is Rated R for “crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem – all involving teens.” And that’s not the half of it. Produced by Todd Phillips (The Hangover), Project X is a found footage music video for high school debauchery. It portrays an unattainable, highly illegal and completely insane portrait of what we’ve all only dreamt high school could be. As a film, it’s almost an avant-garde exercise by a horny male teenager. Un Chien Andalou by a drunken aspiring frat boy. And that glorification of excess makes it potentially dangerous.
Still, this story of three high school losers who throw the most epic high school party in history is made with a palpable energy that straddles the line between infectious and euphoric. Or painful and annoying, depending on you look at it. This is American Pie, Superbad or Sixteen Candles not for the MTV generation, but for their kids. If you are too far removed from that demographic, you’ll likely find much of the film morally reprehensible and hard to watch. But that visceral reaction is what makes it so damn fun. Read More »
This March, Michael Bacall could have the best month ever. The screenwriter, probably best known for playing one of the Inglourious Basterds and co-writing Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, has not one but two massive comedies set for release mere weeks apart. He wrote Project X, which is in theaters this Friday, and co-wrote 21 Jump Street, which opens two weeks later. We spoke to Bacall about both of the films. Since Project X is up first, we’ll focus on that for now.
Directed by first time director Nima Nourizadeh, Project X is a found footage comedy about the high school party you’ve always dreamed of attending. Actually, scratch that. It’s about a party so insane only a mad man could have dreamed it up. Enter producer Todd Phillips (The Hangover), who with Bacall concocted one of the most visceral, hard-R rated experiences to hit theaters in a long time.
After the jump, find out how Project X came to the writer, how far he was willing to go with the story, the secrecy surrounding the film, possible controversy it might stir up and more. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
Though the Todd Phillips-produced teen comedy Project X has made tons of promises of epic teenage debauchery, there’s only so much you can actually show in a TV spot or green band trailer. To really get an idea of the level of insanity we’re in for, you’ll want to check out the red-band trailer, which offers up much more in the way of cursing, dick jokes, and nudity. Needless to say, it’s highly NSFW. Watch the video after the jump.
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Last year we got a small taste of the party movie Project X, which thanks to the influence of producer Todd Phillips looks like Jackass, The Hangover, Superbad, and the worst nightmares of every parent rolled into one 90-minute extravaganza.
The full theatrical trailer has dropped, and it features a giant ‘X’ worth of promo screening reactions, and many more examples of reality-defying party insanity. Check it out after the jump. Read More »