Even if you’ve long since outgrown summer vacation, there’s just something about warmer weather that makes it tempting to put aside the heavy, thought-provoking stuff and look for a good, lighthearted laugh instead. If you’re curious what the upcoming season has in store for you on that front, hit the jump to check out new posters for The Dictator, Rock of Ages, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and Neighborhood Watch.

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Producers have been unsuccessfully trying to get The Rockford Files back on television for several years and, at each turn, the show has been shot down. Of course the next logical step is to ignore that and make it into a movie! Universal has signed Rounders screenwriters David Levien and Brian Koppelman to write a big screen version of the Seventies TV series that starred James Garner as a former con turned down and dirty detective. The new film is being developed as a vehicle for Vince Vaughn, who’ll also produce. Read more below. Read More »

Days ago a friend  brought up a question that I didn’t give much thought to at the time: how soon might Fox take action to rename and/or change the marketing for the Akiva Schaffer-directed sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch, starring Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Vince Vaughn? The film seems pretty innocuous, as it portrays a group of neighborhood guys who form a local watch group to get out of the house, but find themselves facing a global threat.

The problem being that many in the US are consumed with anger over the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by an overzealous real-life neighborhood watch member. (In fact, the man who fatally shot Martin wasn’t even a member of a truly legitimate watch crew.) Now THR reports that Fox has pulled the early marketing materials for the film (the teaser trailer and poster) out of Florida, and is “quickly moving on to the second phase of its campaign for the star-studded comedy.” Read More »

‘Neighborhood Watch’ Teaser Trailer and Poster

The phrase “When it rains it pours” applies to a lot of things and movie trailers tend to be one of them. So far today we’ve had The Avengers and Piranha 3DD. Now there’s Neighborhood Watch, which aspires to be one of the summer’s biggest comedies. It stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Billy Crudup, Richard Ayoade and more.

Directed by Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod) and written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad), the film follows “a handful of suburban dads who end up over their heads when their time-killing neighborhood safety group uncovers a dangerous plot that is beyond what they expected to deal with.”

The 20th Century Fox film will be released July 27 and you can get your first look at it now. Read More »

Tony Scott, like his brother and a few other filmmakers such as Guillermo Del Toro, always seems to have a large collection of films in development. That makes pinning down his next project difficult. But now we might have a ‘next film’ for Tony Scott. Wouldn’t you know it, this is one that seems a bit like it is coming out of left field.

The script is called Lucky Strike, and it is about a DEA agent who works with a drug runner to topple a cartel. Vince Vaughn may star. Wait, Vince Vaughn in a frenetic Tony Scott movie about a drug-busting agent? Sure, why not? Read More »

Wedding Crashers may have taken off because of its endless quotability — I remember a period in the mid-aughts when I couldn’t have a conversation with a college classmate without the film getting referenced at least once — but the reason it remains so watchable today has to do with leads Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson and their easygoing, lived-in chemistry.

Now, seven years later, the pals are set to reunite for Interns, a comedy penned by Vaughn. Vaughn’s Neighborhood Watch producer Shawn Levy is set to helm the picture for Fox. More details after the jump.

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Lonely Island member Akiva Schaffer wrapped the Atlanta shoot for Neighborhood Watch not long ago, and here are the first pics from the film. The movie features Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd, director of Submarine), Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill in a story about a handful of suburban dads who end up over their heads when their time-killing neighborhood safety group uncovers a dangerous plot that is beyond what they expected to deal with. See two full images below. Read More »

Olivia Wilde has landed the coveted role of ’70s supermodel Suzy Miller in Rush, Ron Howard‘s Peter Morgan-scripted drama about the real-life rivalry between British Formula One driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian racer Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Miller married the womanizing Hunt, but then fell in love with Hunt’s friend Richard Burton. Burton agreed to pay the $1 million divorce settlement that Hunt owned Miller, and then married Miller.

Howard is reportedly eyeing Russell Crowe to play the supporting role of Burton, but it doesn’t sound like negotiations are too far along at this time. Rush began preliminary shooting last month, but real principal photography is starting soon. [Deadline]

After the jump, Billy Crudup gets to show off his comedic chops while Helen Hunt, Maggie Grace, and Aaron Paul get to fight breast cancer.

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