It’s not surprising that most of the marketing materials so far for What to Expect When You’re Expecting have focused primarily on the women. It’s inspired by a world-famous pregnancy manual, after all, and (Arnold Schwarzenegger in Junior notwithstanding) men don’t often get pregnant. But with a comedically gifted male cast that includes Chris Rock, Thomas Lennon, Ben Falcone, Rob Huebel, and Dennis Quaid, it’s about time we got to see what the dads have been up to. Watch the dude-centric new trailer after the jump.

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The two existing Harold & Kumar movies have gone a long way towards keeping raunchy, healthy R-rated humor alive over the past few years. The third one, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, seems to be operating on the principle that you can get away with just about anything, so long as it is all wrapped up in a big holiday bow.

The first trailer made the third film look mildly manic and possibly funny. This new red-band trailer (which is very NSFW) makes it look straight-up wrong. Which is as it should be. Read More »

First Look: ‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’

It’s been three years in real time since we last caught up with stoner buds Harold & Kumar (in 2008’s Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay) but it’s been six years of time within the movies since the two friends played by Kal Penn and John Cho last spent time together. Their third film, and their first in 3D (and first outright holiday movie) sees the pair reunited and, judging by the looks on their faces, back in trouble.

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[Obligatory Pink Floyd song reference.] OK, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to business. MGM is back in the production game, and the studio’s first new project is The Machine, produced by and starring Vin Diesel. (Who is probably still floating several inches above the ground as part of his post-Fast Five high.) But here’s the other part: Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant wrote the script, and are also producers. Now this might be interesting. Read More »

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Thanks be to the almighty press release to inform us of new casting info. Warner Bros. issued a release for the third Harold & Kumar film, which is shooting right now. (Little late on the draw for a ‘begins production’ release, but why quibble over details?)

The first useful tidbit: nowhere do we see the title A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas. Instead, the film is referred to as merely the third Harold & Kumar comedy. Right now I wouldn’t be surprised if A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas ends up being the final title, but it’s odd to see it omitted in the press release.

Read the full release after the break, which comes complete with info about casting new folks such as Thomas Lennon and Danny Trejo. Read More »

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Mean Magazine has created a new series of online short films called CineMash, which lets celebrity talent mash up their favorite scenes from classic movies. In past weeks we’ve posted Sid and Nancy starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and directed by Marc Webb (the director of 500 Days of Summer) and Cheech & Chong enter the computer world of Tron to settle a heated debate about the price of cannabis. This week Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant of the notorious fake police square Reno 911! join forces with Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel of Human Giant, the sketch comedy troupe, to recreate a pivotal scene from the cult favorite action flick Point Break. Check it out after the jump.

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The new video on FunnyOrDie is co-directed by Hairspray director Adam Shankman and stars the biggest cast to ever grace one of the comedy site’s viral videos: Zac Efron, Thomas Lennon, Nicole Sullivan, Vanessa Hudgens, Justin Long, Nicole Ritchie, Joel Madden, Queen Latifah, Brody Jenner, Carmen Electra, Lance Bass, Brittany Snow, Jessica Stroup, Chelsea Staub, Jessica Rose, Ruta Gedmintas, Abby Pivaronas, Ryan Rottman, DJ Timbo, Mark Kvammsuck. The question is, why does the video suck so much?

I’m a huge fan and supporter of FunnyOrDie, and I understand their biggest videos have featured the participation of big name Hollywood stars. I’m sure this video will get record hits. Heck, it has Zac Efron, and in 2009, that’s almost as good as having that guy with the weird hair from Twilight. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know the reason I’ve liked FunnyOrDie’s videos is because they were actually funny, well written, and well produced. Eric Appel took things to a new level with Gobstopper. But this video just seems like they invited a bunch of semi-famous people to a pool party and tried to film a video around the participants. Lets hope this doesn’t become the norm.

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ism.jpgPssssssst, put your ear up to the monitor. Here that? That’s the sound of so many strikes at a bowling alley. Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy: together at last for a presumably plastic potty-humored family comedy! Ratner is in talks to helm a remake of the 1957 movie The Incredible Shrinking Man for Universal, with Murphy circling the lead. The script is by Thomas Lennon and Reno 9-11‘s Robert Ben Garant (The Pacifier, Night at the Museum), and HR reports that it tells the tale of a Las Vegas magician who falls under a spell that causes him to lure ’00s Eddie Murphy gradually shrink to the point of disappearing. Brian Grazer will produce.

In related but not related discussion, where this leaves Ratner’s biopic about Hugh Hefner is unforeseen. Rick Moranis has not yet chimed in on his feelings about Ratner invading his “shrink” territory. I predict $200 million at the box office, and $230 mill if there’s a talking dog, cat, bumble bee and/or Murphy rides on top of said creatures. Sleep soundly tonight imagining what Ratner’s vision for a “Las Vegas magician” will look like.

Discuss: If you were forced to choose between watching one Ratner movie Clockwork Orange-style non-stop for three months or lopping off your pinkie after four huge margaritas, which? And Money Talks is excluded.

Reno 911!: Miami Movie Review

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Improvisational comedy has always annoyed me (I liked Borat, but who didn’t?). Unlike other forms of comedy, the moments in between the laughs are squiggle in you seat bad. When it doesn’t work, it REALLY doesn’t work. I’ve never tried watching Reno 911! on tv, nor did I ever have the urge to. So I’m probably the worst audience for a feature film spin-off movie. While entering the theater I realized there was a Zodiac screening two theaters over from me (which press wasn’t invited to). I’ve wanted to see David Fincher’s San Francisco serial killer thriller ever since it was announced. I sat patiently waiting for the movie to begin. The voice inside my head kept shouting at me “Zodiac is two theaters over, and you’re stuck in sketchville”. The college aged kids around me laughing. The radio station street team making their announcements. They can’t find the microphone so they try yelling over the loud music that’s playing in the background. All of it to annoy me. Why wasn’t I invited to Zodiac? To say the deck was stacked against me liking this film is an understatement. The lights went out, and somehow the voice faded into the background. I’m reluctant to admit this, but Reno 911!: Miami isn’t half bad.
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