Matthew A. Cherry won an Oscar for his 2019 short film Hair Love, which he wrote, produced, and directed, and now he’s lined up his first feature film since taking home his Academy Award. He’ll direct The Come Up, a heist comedy starring Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), the Lucas Brothers (22 Jump Street), and Jermaine Fowler (Sorry to Bother You). Read More »
Bad Trip, a movie which stars Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish and features a mixture of traditional narrative and hidden camera pranks, was originally set to hit theaters last October. It got delayed to April 2020, and later it was moved up one week by the resurrected Orion Pictures. But the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to that, and now the film has found an entirely new home: it’s bypassing theaters and going straight to Netflix. Read More »
There was a time when Jackass was not only a hit series on MTV, but it was a successful film franchise, bringing insane and dangerous pranks and stunts to the big screen. Now Jackass franchise producer and director Jeff Tremaine is bringing pranks back to the big screen along with director Kitao Sakurai and comedy collaborators Eric Andre, Lil Rey Howery and Dan Curry.
Bad Trip is a hidden camera comedy that follows Eric Andre and Lil Rey Howery as they go on a narratively driven cross-country road trip filled with shocking, inventive pranks pulled on real people across the United States. A new red band Bad Trip trailer has arrived, showcasing the dirtier side of these pranks, but there’s a green band trailer for those who want to keep it clean (even though the movie is undoubtedly R-rated). Read More »
The massive CCXP (Comic-Con Experience) is happening in Brazil this weekend, and some upcoming blockbusters will be teased for South American fans in attendance. That includes the upcoming 20th Century Fox movie Free Guy. The first trailer will debut during CCXP on Saturday, but before that, a new Free Guy teaser featuring star Ryan Reynolds and co-stars Lil Rel Howery, Jodie Comer and Joe Keery has arrived. But it quickly gets highjacked and turned into a shopping network pitch for merchandise from the movie itself. Read More »
It was a dark and stormy day in New York City, the perfect day for brightly costumed superheroes to come out in droves and crowd the New York streets and subways. But there’s one superhero that stands apart from the rest. He’s a guy simply named Guy, and he’s not actually the hero of the story. An NPC (non-playable character) in a video game, Guy is a simple-minded bank teller played by Ryan Reynolds and the unwitting protagonist of the upcoming Shawn Levy-directed action-comedy Free Guy.
At 2019’s New York Comic-Con, the 20th Century Fox panel rolled out the red carpet for Reynolds and Levy, as well as the all-star cast that includes Taika Waititi, Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Joe Keery (Stranger Things), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), and Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect). Here’s everything that /Film learned at the Free Guy New York Comic-Con 2019 panel.
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As younger viewers continue to spend more time watching YouTube than going to the movies, here’s a depressing thought: what if the movies begin to evolve to seem more like YouTube videos? A new film called Bad Trip is coming out this fall and is seemingly trying out that tactic. Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish star in a film that blends a traditional narrative with a prank format, in which an overarching story unfolds and real people are fooled along the way. Check out the trailer below.
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Comedian/actor Lil Rel Howery is two things to the core: a Chicagoan and a basketball fan. So when he was asked if he wanted to star in a feature film adaptation of the popular Uncle Drew commercial shorts (all made by Pepsi), with NBA legend Kyrie Irving returning as the titular character, he was quick to say yes without even looking at a script. The film also stars such basketball luminaries as Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, Shaquille O’Neal, and the WNBA’s Lisa Leslie, all playing elderly former players, recruited by Howery’s Dax to play in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem against much younger players. Uncle Drew also stars Tiffany Haddish as Dax’s ex-girlfriend, who breaks things off with him and immediately begins dating his lifelong arch nemesis on the court, Mookie (Nick Kroll).
Already a prominent comedian throughout Chicago and a rising star nationally since the beginning of the 2000s, Howery beginning getting smaller film roles and starring roles on such series as “The Carmichael Show” and “Insecure.” But it was his role as life-saving TSA agent/best friend Rod Williams in writer/director Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017) that served as his calling card performance to the world. In addition to Uncle Drew, Howery has a very funny cameo in the current release Tag, and audiences will see him at the end of the year in director Susanne Bier’s ensemble sci-fi thriller Bird Box, co-starring Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver, Trevante Rhodes, David Dastmalchian, and fellow Chicagoan John Malkovich.
/Film spoke with the 38-year-old Howery in Chicago recently about his love and connection to the game of basketball (including the film Space Jam, starring his all-time hero, Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan); how his long-time friendship with Kroll translated into playing bitter enemies in Uncle Drew; and his experience on the Bird Box set. Read More »
At last, someone has finally made a movie about guys wearing old age prosthetic make-up and playing basketball! Uncle Drew features Kyrie Irving, Shaquille O’Neal, Tiffany Haddish and more in a summer movie that might be a nice distraction from all the usual blockbuster bombast. Watch the Uncle Drew trailer below.
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It started as a viral bit. Basketball star Kyrie Irving donned some old-age make-up, a fat suit, and a white wig to play “Uncle Drew,” a washed-up basketball player who shows up to a local game and shows up all the young players. He debuted in a Pepsi Max ad that was presented as documentary-style “chapters” — which later came together as a 20-minute short film. The videos soon went viral and and went on to be one of the most popular ads that aired at the NBA finals.
Now, Uncle Drew is getting his own movie.
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