• Hangover alum Ed Helms is attached to star in Epic Fail, an original comedy about an elite Special Forces team trying to save America. The logline reads that the group is “led by the only soldier more badass and more mustachioed than a Navy SEAL, The Walrus.” Helms co-developed the project with producer Nicky Weinstock. Black List scribes Mike Arnold and Chris Poole (The Grackle) are set to pen the script for Lionsgate. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
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If Airplane! and You’ve Got Mail went on a blind date, got liquored up, and had a baby…that baby would look like David Wain’s rom-com spoof They Came Together. Making its world premiere on Friday night at Sundance and adding some star power to the tail end of the festival, the silly send-up of formulaic Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks meet-cute movies and their ilk reunites the gang from Wet Hot American Summer – with some new faces sprinkled in.
Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer had its debut at Sundance 13 years ago. And it’s good to see that Wain hasn’t grown up much since then. They Came Together feels like a movie made by a guy who still thinks like a 13 year old and that rapid-fire Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker sight gags and “Don’t call me Shirley”-style puns are the height of comedy gold. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that some of his old pals have become really famous since his cult summer-camp flick came out in 2001.
The film kicks off in typical genre style with Paul Rudd’s Joel and Amy Poehler’s Molly on a double date with Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper, recounting how they met. Rudd explains how if it were a corny movie he’d be the not overtly Jewish, handsome leading man. Molly adds that she’d be the adorable klutz leading woman. From there, it’s an 82-minute rat-a-tat riff-fest on every cliche you’ve ever seen Nora Ephron and company commit to celluloid.
Molly owns a small-business candy shop with a quirky, punny name (Upper Sweet Side); Joel works for a ruthless candy conglomerate that wants to put her out of business. Molly’s a single mom; Joel’s just been jilted by his icy girlfriend. But when they meet, it’s love-hate at first sight. How could it not be? They’re both dressed like Benjamin Franklin for a Halloween party…and they both like “fiction books”!
Some of Wain and cowriter Michael Showalter’s gags are real groaners. But most mildly land near the target, and a few hit the bullseye. It doesn’t hurt when you have folks like Rudd and Poehler selling them. Plus, when you’re throwing this much spaghetti at the wall, some of it’s gotta stick, right?
With a cast that includes Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Chris Meloni, Max Greenfield, and Michael Ian Black, They Came Together is never quite as laugh-out-loud funny as you want it to be. But if you’re a fan of Wain’s knowing brand of sophomoric slapstick silliness, his “When Joel Met Molly” satire will send you into “I’ll have what she’s having” fits of ecstasy.
Paramount is planning to resurrect Frank Drebin for a new Naked Gun movie.
Surely, you can’t be serious.
Forgive me for mixing my Leslie Nielsen movies — and don’t call me Shirley — but I’m dead serious. Tragic-blimp-accident-over-the-Orange-Bowl-on-New-Year’s-Day serious.
As Variety initially reported this morning, The Hangover‘s Ed Helms is attached to the project, stepping into the sometimes-wrong, but never-in-doubt shoes of dimwitted cop Frank Drebin.
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• Owen Wilson is joining Jim Carrey in Relativity’s as-yet-untitled action heist comedy from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess. The story focuses on an armored car driver who is pressured into helping steal $20 million and then left high and dry in Mexico. The driver is determined to get even. Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn are producing. [Deadline]
• More in untitled news — Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) and Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man) will co-star in a romantic comedy from Screen Gems and Miramax about a best man-for-hire (Hart) who covers for the socially awkward (shocker!) Gad by providing a best man and a set of groomsmen for his nuptials. [THR]
• Producer Jason Blum already has the biggest movie out this week (The Purge) and just announced its sequel is in the works. But next up is the thriller Stretch and funnyman Ed Helms is in talks take a turn away from comedy by joining the cast of the film about a limo driver (Patrick Wilson) with a passenger from hell, played by Chris Pine. [THR]
• And finally, another announcement in the ongoing Veronica Mars saga. Series creator Rob Thomas announced in an email sent to Kickstarter backers Monday that Francis Capra will come back to play Eli “Weevil” Navarro in the film reboot of the cult TV show. “Playing a wrong-side-of-the-tracks-kid in a town full of privileged peers, Francis found a terrific — and difficult — balance between tough and soulful. I couldn’t be happier that he’ll be back with us for the film,” Thomas wrote.
Thomas also shared the video below from Capra:
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This summer’s We’re the Millers, a family vacation movie and pot comedy all rolled into one, just got its first trailer.
The movie stars Jason Sudeikis as a small-time drug dealer who gets in over his head when he has to find a way to smuggle 1,500 kilos of marijuana across the Mexican border. To make it past the officials at the border without suspicion, he hires a phony family to travel in an RV with him and the marijuana. A stripper (Jennifer Aniston) stands in as his wife, while a homeless teen (Emma Roberts) and his dorky British neighbor (Will Poulter) become his faux daughter and son.
Check out the fake family vacation antics that ensue and a filthy rich Ed Helms in the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
“Are we there yet?” If ‘there’ is the start of production for Ed Helms’ Vacation reboot, the answer for now is no.
The comedy project, a reboot of the 1983 Chevy Chase movie, was scheduled to start shooting in Atlanta this July, but New Line Cinema is slowing things down on the project, EW has confirmed. THR first reported the news.
Vacation‘s production may be delayed for anywhere from a few months until later this year. READ FULL STORY
Sorry, Twitter. Instagram is becoming the place to go for insider Hollywood intel: Beyoncé has recently taken the site by storm, and now Hangover director Todd Phillips is delivering the goods.
Phillips posted a few shots last week of the Wolfpack hanging on set of Hangover Part III. And fans will be excited to see that there is obviously some mischief happening – Bradley Cooper has already got a bloody hand in one picture. In another, fan favorite Ken Jeong is posing for the camera. And we can’t forget about Zach Galifianakis — in one desert-set shot, he looks a wee bit insane. No wonder – the reported plot of The Hangover Part III involves Cooper and Ed Helms breaking Galifianakis’ Alan out of a mental institution.
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