Which raunchy comedy concerning a quartet of male friends and their alcohol-fueled misadventures in a warm foreign country grossed $71m when it was released in the U.K. last year? Surprisingly, the answer is not The Hangover Part II—which garnered a comparatively meager $53m—but The Inbetweeners Movie, a big screen spin-off of a U.K. sitcom about four hapless teenagers.
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The next project from British director Ben Wheatley will be a period piece called A Field In England. Set in 1648, during the English Civil War, the movie’s cast includes comedians Julian Barratt from U.K. TV show The Mighty Boosh, Reece Shearsmith from The League of Gentlemen, and Michael Smiley, who starred in Wheatley’s recent, gut-churning, hit men-horror movie Kill List.
We haven’t heard much from Monty Python comedy team member Graham Chapman recently. Although, as directors Bill Jones and Ben Timlett point out in the production notes for their new animated Chapman biopic A Liar’s Autobiography, that’s mostly because the troubled funnyman has been dead since 1989.
Before his demise, however, Chapman recorded an audio version of his memoirs — also called A Liar’s Autobiography — and will thus be heard in the film alongside the freshly recorded voices of his fellow Pythons Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam.
Is there any doubt that Christopher Walken is our greatest movie madman? Given his performances in True Romance, King of New York, and Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead — to name but a few of the projects which have benefited from the his crazed characterizations — I’m going to say “No.” Actually, I’m going to say, “Noh-wah” in honor of the way the idiosyncratically-speeched actor pronounces the word in the trailer for his new movie Seven Psychopaths, which opens October 12.
The second feature from In Bruges writer-director Martin McDonagh this dog-kidnapping comedy also stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, and Tom Waits. But it’s the Walken, the whole Walken, and nothing but the Walken in the exclusive poster for Seven Psychopaths, which you’ll find above and, in larger format, below.
Check out the poster and the trailer and tell us what you think.
According to tradition, a “Cockney” is a someone who was born within earshot of the bells of London’s historic St Mary-le-Bow church. Meanwhile, a “zombie” — at least since George A. Romero’s undead classic Night of the Living Dead — is a revived corpse who enjoys luncheoning on the innards of the still-breathing. Put them together and what do you get? That’s right, a revived corpse who was born within the sound of “Bow bells.” And the new British horror comedy Cockneys vs Zombies, which stars Michelle Ryan (the Bionic Woman revival), Alan Ford (Snatch), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, cult TV show The Avengers), and the-largely-unknown-in-America-but-absolutely-awesome Richard Briers.
Inevitably, comparisons will be made between Cockneys vs Zombies — which receives its U.S. debut at this September’s Fantastic Fest — and Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead, a high-water mark of the Londoners-versus-undead-lurchers genre. And it is worth pointing out that Briers’ costar in the long-running ’80s Brit-com Ever Decreasing Circles, Penelope Wilton, played Simon Pegg’s mum in Shaun. (The pair’s fellow Ever Decreasing cast member Peter Egan should feel free to start rehearsing the line “I’ve been bitten by a blinkin’ zombie!” round about…now.) On the other hand, the new red-band Cockneys trailer does make it look like a (foul-mouthed and gore-drenched) hoot.
Take a “butcher’s” (Cockney rhyming slang: “butcher’s hook”/”look”) and see if you agree.
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The Hangover Part II
The Hangover Part IIgrossed more than $500 million worldwide, an impressive feat for a movie that basically took the screenplay for Hangover Part I and added “…but this time in Bangkok” to the end of every sentence. A third Hangover film will arrive next May, and Legendary Pictures has released the first promotional image for the threequel on the franchise’s Facebook page. The image doesn’t reveal anything about the plot — although we already know that at some point the characters will return to Las Vegas. (That corresponds perfectly to the Joseph Campbell Monomyth Rule of Trilogies: See also, Luke Skywalker returning to Tatooine in Return of the Jedi and Bruce Wayne returning to deep holes in the ground in The Dark Knight Rises.) Check out the image in a larger size below. READ FULL STORY »
The animated arcade adventure Wreck-It Ralph has already added characters from Q*bert, Paperboy, Pac-Man, Street Fighter, and Sonic the Hedgehog to its cast.
Now the feature film from Walt Disney Studios Animation has added stars from Modern Family, The Office, 24, and the Disney Channel to fill-out the list of supporting players.
Rose Byrne is about to learn the first lesson of corporate America:
Hands off the interns.
Sources tell EW that the Damages and Bridesmaids actress is in final talks to co-star with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in the upcoming comedy The Internship, about two unemployed, 40-something guys trying to start new careers at the absolute bottom of the ladder at a Silicon Valley tech firm.
Who says they don’t make Danish sex comedies like they used to? Very few people, obviously (at least outside of Denmark, where it may be a constant refrain for all I know). But if anyone did say such a thing we would point them in the direction of the R-rated Klown.
Directed by Mikkel Nørgaard, the film stars Casper Christensen as an adultery-obsessed married man whose dream of enjoying a canoe-based “Tour de p—y” looks in danger of being torpedoed when his vacation buddy, played by Fran Hvam, brings along the nephew of his pregnant girlfriend to prove he is good father material. To say what ensues is rather bawdy is like saying Transformers kind of involves giant, fighting robots.
Earlier this year, Warner Bros. acquired the remake rights and set Danny McBride to work writing the script. But for those who like their Danish comedies really, well, Danish, the original movie will hit cinemas with a lubricious squelch on July 27.
You can check out the trailer below. READ FULL STORY »
Everyone who has been to college in the last five years knows about a cappella groups — those quirky teams of vocally-gifted students who “ja da da” their way into their university’s zeitgeist with musical pun monikers like the Treblemakers and a repertoire of upbeat chorale arrangements of “Rolling in the Deep.” So as a recent graduate, what’s my favorite part about the trailer for Pitch Perfect, the upcoming Anna Kendrick comedy set in the cut-throat world of competitive collegiate a cappella?
It could be Rebel Wilson, looking to be in top form as self-deprecating singer Fat Amy. Or it’s the refreshingly harsh truths about college life promised by lines like, “Welcome to Barden University! Here’s your official BU rape whistle!” Above all, I have the utmost appreciation for the genre-bending madness, as the movie looks to take the rival cattiness of Bring It On and the vocal euphonies of Glee and throw them together into a glossy Step Up crock pot.
Watch the sonic showdown below: READ FULL STORY »
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