James Franco and Jonah Hill have tackled both comedic and dramatic roles, but there’s nary a laugh in sight in the This Is the End co-stars’ next project: True Story, in which Hill plays a journalist and Franco plays the murderer who stole his identity. READ FULL STORY
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• Jason Biggs and Ashley Tisdale have been cast as the leads of Drive, She Said. The story follows an unconfident, expectant father (Biggs) who takes a job chauffeuring prostitutes (Tisdale, Janet Montgomery, Bria Murphy). Husband and wife team Joe Syracuse and Lisa Addario wrote and directed the film, which was inspired by Syracuse’s experience driving call girls around LA. Jenny Mollen, Adrian Voo, and Steven Weber also star. [THR]
• Chris Pratt is in early negotiations for Magnificent Seven. Antoine Fuqua is directing the remake, which stars Denzel Washington. The 1960 film for which its based followed seven gunmen who defend a Mexican village from outlaws. Nic Pizzolatto wrote the original draft of the script with updates from John Lee Hancock. [Deadline]
• Jonah Hill is in discussions for Todd Phillips‘ Arms and the Dudes. The story, based on Guy Lawson‘s Rolling Stone article, tracks two arms dealers who are contracted to supply weapons for U.S. allies in Afghanista, but trouble ensues abroad and at home. [Variety]
• Kit Harington will star opposite Jessica Chastain in writer-director Xavier Dolan‘s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Harrington will play Donovan, an American film star, whose career falls apart when his communication with an 11-year-old actor comes to light. Chastain will play a gossip journalist who attacks Donovan’s relationship in the media. [Deadline]
• Ben-Hur has found its female lead, Esther, in Homeland‘s Nazanin Boniadi. The remake, from director Timur Bekmambetov, stars Jack Huston as the titular character, a prince betrayed into slavery. Gal Gadot was previously circling the role but had to drop out of the race due to scheduling conflicts. [Deadline]
• Alona Tal has signed on for One Shot. The movie musical stars Topher Grace as a failed actor who turns to stage managing and must save his new show from opening night failure. Tal will take the role of KT, the ex-girlfriend and star of the production. Isaac Rentz is directing the film, which also stars Taye Diggs, JC Chasez, and Lesli Margherita. Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi wrote the script. The film is shooting in Mexico City. [Deadline]
• Jonah Hill is in talks to join 22 Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! The film follows a 1950s Hollywood fixer, working to keep the studio’s stars in check. George Clooney and Josh Brolin will star. Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes are in negotiations, and Scarlett Johansson is in talks to join the film. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY
Two very strong sequels — 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 — are battling for a top spot at the weekend box office, but early indications put the bumbling cop comedy in the lead. Not surprisingly, the R-rated sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum won the derby Friday night with estimates putting the film at $25 million for the day. Sony Pictures, who co-financed the film with MGM, is now predicting 22 Jump Street will gross $60 million for the weekend, putting it above other R-rated summer comedies like Ted ($54.4 million) and Sex in the City ($57 million.)
“This one feels really good,” says Sony’s distribution prez Rory Bruer of Jump Street when reached Saturday morning. “It’s our highest-tested R-rated comedy ever at our research screenings. Focus groups loved it — thought it was hilarious and funnier than the first. We’re going to end up being the second-highest R-rated comedy ever.”
Jump‘s numbers solidly beat out Dreamworks’ animated family film How to Train Your Dragon 2, which nabbed an estimated $18.5 million for the second slot Friday. But things could all turn around today, when families start mobilizing their troops to the dragon flick featuring voice talent from Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, and Gerard Butler.
Third place on Friday went to the three-hankie weeper The Fault in Our Stars, which continues its impressive run. The $12 million film based on the popular John Green novel nabbed an additional $6.4 million its second Friday in release, putting its total at $72.3 million.
Disney’s Maleficient is likely to take a tumble with so many young ones opting for Toothless the dragon in its opening weekend. But the reimagined Disney fairy tale starring Angelina Jolie earned an estimated $5.84 Friday, putting its gross at a solid $144.5 million.
Tom Cruise’s starring vehicle The Edge of Tomorrow is likely to suffer the worst in its second weekend. The film took in only $4.56 million on Friday, for a domestic total that now stands at $45 million.
Here’s the top 5:
1. 22 Jump Street — $25 million
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 — $18.5 million
3. The Fault in Our Stars — $6.4 million
4. Maleficient — $5.8 million
5. The Edge of Tomorrow — $4.56 million
Check back Sunday morning for a more comprehensive report.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are recounting their meet-cute, but the details are proving…controversial. It was 2007, apparently, right after Hill starred in Superbad and Tatum in Step Up. They were familiar with each other’s work, but had never met until one fateful night at West Hollywood’s Dan Tana’s, where they happened to catch each other’s eye across the restaurant…
“Hold up, hold up,” interrupts Tatum, 34. “It wasn’t after Step Up. It was The Vow or something.” Hill, 30, rolls his eyes. “The Vow was, like, way later,” he says. “That was right before Jump Street came out, dumbbell. You don’t know your own filmography?” Tatum shakes his head, saying, “Are you sure? I don’t think so.” They playfully bicker over the details for two minutes, sounding more like the stars of You’ve Got Mail than this summer’s biggest buddy comedy, 22 Jump Street (rated R, out now), in which they play undercover cops pretending to be college students to track down a drug dealer.
Rapport can’t be faked, and that’s one reason that the stars’ 2012 comedy 21 Jump Street took in more than $200 million worldwide. At the time, the idea of pairing Hill, the schlubby joker, and Tatum, the action hero with a highly marketable torso, was an epic reach across the aisle. But in comedy, as in romance, opposites often attract: Martin and Lewis, Laurel and Hardy, Tom and Jerry. “Jonah and Channing are really different humans, and it’s remarkable that they get along so well,” says director Phil Lord, who along with his own comedic better half, Christopher Miller, directed both Jump Street films. “That’s what’s hilarious about it.”
When we met the two actors on May 16 at L.A.’s Milk Studios, that difference was evident. Hill sat on the edge of the couch, leaning forward as he pattered and joked his way through the interview, while Tatum lay back beside him, tossing in a comment here and there. Hill dressed in a custom tee with “James Franco” in intersecting cruciform letters; Tatum sported a button-down work shirt fit for a former roofer. On the surface, it’s the kind of haphazard matchup you’d expect from a college housing board, but soon it’s clear these two were meant to be together. (Even if Tatum already has a wife, Jenna Dewan, and a 1-year-old daughter, Everly.) READ FULL STORY
The first 21 Jump Street reboot movie didn’t just safely navigate the traps and pot holes of cheesy TV adaptations — it made the exercise a breezy art. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s odd-couple pairing as two narc cops going undercover at a high school snuck up on critics — a luxury they don’t have at their disposal in the sequel.
But that doesn’t seem to be stopping director Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie) from doubling down on the same comic sensibility. The only thing that’s changed for 22 Jump Street is the setting — college — and the cool-character role reversal — Tatum’s Jenko is now “in,’ while Hill’s Schmidt is “out.” But the “sequel-itis” of Hollywood sequels is now one of the directors’ biggest gags.
The film reportedly is tracking well, and Sony is hoping for a $50 million opening weekend — which is Ted territory. EW’s critic Chris Nashawaty labored under the layers of meta-humor, but at least the stars have the same magic. “Hill and Tatum continue to have such great chemistry,” he writes. “Hill’s neurotic-motormouth act and Tatum’s lovable-lunkhead shtick still shoot giddy sparks.”
Read more from Nashawaty’s review, as well as a round-up of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY
Fans of 21 Jump Street already know the Channing Tatum/Jonah Hill sequel is likely going to be pretty outrageous.
But now viewers have got some more specifics, and they’re pretty raunchy. In the international red-band trailer for the comedy, Hill and Tatum reunite at college, where fitting in as undercover cops yields two very different campus experiences.
“I always joke with Jonah about how serious an actor he is now that he’s been nominated [for an Oscar] twice, and how I’m always trying to do big action movies,” Tatum previously told EW about the film. “So he takes his character super-serious when he’s undercover, and I’m always doing unnecessary action. There’s even a dig at White House Down.“
You’ll have to check out the film for the remark about Tatum’s Roland Emmerich project, but below, you can watch Tatum throw a pink dildo at Hill. If the previous sentence didn’t warn you, this trailer is extremely NSFW: READ FULL STORY
If the new season of Game of Thrones isn’t satisfying all your dragon needs, you’re in luck! The sequel to 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon picks up five years later, with Hiccup and Toothless exploring previously uncharted land full of brand-new dragons, plus a run-in with someone from Hiccup’s past.
Watch the latest trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 below: READ FULL STORY
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are in couples counseling.
Their characters went through a lot in 21 Jump Street – and now that they’re back for a sequel, it’s no surprise the two might need a little help learning to communicate again. Such is the deal when you’re sent back to college to bust a drug ring.
In this newest red band trailer for 22 Jump Street, we see Hill and Tatum re-learn the ins and outs of college life (“hilarious shirt that signals we drink alcohol”) as well as SPRING BREAK. (Is it too much to hope that James Franco’s Alien might make an appearance? Probably.)
In the meantime, watch the NSFW shenanigans below: READ FULL STORY
Jonah Hill tries to play football, gets attacked by a giant octopus, and is hit in the face by a beanbag all in the latest trailer for 22 Jump Street. The green-band trailer shows Hill and Channing Tatum at it again, this time posing as college students to bust a drug dealer. “We’re like a power couple,” Tatum tells Hill in the trailer. Yes, yes, you are. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
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