• Mad Men and Community’s Alison Brie has signed on to play Will Ferrell’s fiancee in the Warner Bros. comedy Get Hard. Ferrell stars as an investment banker who is facing prison time and decides to enlist his car washer, played by Kevin Hart (Ride Along), to prepare him for life behind bars. Tropic Thunder co-scribe Etan Cohen is directing the pic for a March 27, 2015 release. Brie can be seen in theaters next in the comedy Search Party (out Sept. 12) alongside Krysten Ritter and Adam Pally. [Deadline]
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Casting Net: Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx in talks for 'Black Phantom'; Plus, Jason Sudeikis, Dr. Doom rumors
• Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx are in talks to star in Black Phantom, a Screen Gems hitman pic. Ride Along‘s Tim Story is in talks to direct the film about a hitman reeling from a recent betrayal who hires the guy who was hired to kill him for help. Foxx can be seen next in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (out May 2). Hart’s Think Like a Man Too (also directed by Story) is out June 20. [Variety] READ FULL STORY
While The Lego Movie and About Last Night may have been neck-and-neck at the box office on Valentine’s Day, it was the former which ultimately won the weekend with awesome ease. In all, The Lego Movie constructed an estimated total of $48.81 million for the three-day period, making for a cumulative total of $129.11 million in its second week of release. About Last Night earned $13 million on Friday, just a smidge less than The Lego Movie, and received an A- cinemascore. But the Kevin Hart-starring romantic comedy could not compete with Lego once love began to disappear from the air, ultimately earning an impressive but not Lego impressive $27 million over the three-day frame.
When you wake up tomorrow morning, the day after Valentine’s Day, will you be talking About Last Night?
It’s 1980s flashback at the cinema this weekend, with RoboCop, Endless Love, and About Last Night getting 21st-century updates. The latter is perhaps the most promising since it’s an ideal date movie on a sweetheart holiday, there’s nostalgic fondness for the 1986 version with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, and it features the popular hysterics of Kevin Hart, whose recent film, Ride Along, just surpassed $100 million at the box office. “When About Last Night is funny, which is every so often, it’s because of Kevin Hart,” writes EW’s Owen Gleiberman. “He now owns the fastest mouth in movie comedy, and he knows how to employ his whole high-pitched Chris Tucker street-fury style so that it expresses something more humane than it did when Tucker was ruling the screen with it.”
Based on David Mamet’s 1974 play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) and written by Bachelorette writer/director Leslye Headland, the new About Last Night shifts to Los Angeles, casts an African-American quartet that includes Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, and Joy Bryant, but essentially follows the same beats as the 1986 film. Click below to see if the nation’s critics think it’s worth the price of two tickets. READ FULL STORY
Think Like A Man, the romantic comedy inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, opened in 2012 with a surprisingly solid debut, grossing $33.7 million in its first weekend and going on to amass over $95 million. Not bad for a movie made on a $12 million budget. Combine that with Kevin Hart’s increasing popularity and a returning cast of notable actors (Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Gabrielle Union), and you almost have to ask yourself why a sequel wasn’t produced sooner.
So what are the boys (and girls) up to this time? Think Like A Man Too takes the crew and their antics to the Vegas strip for a romantic wedding weekend that ultimately turns out not to be as relaxing as they expected. Of course, we’ve all seen what happens in Vegas… you know, like in that movie, The Hangover.
It’s no easy task getting people to the theaters on Super Bowl weekend. But Universal’s Ride Along managed to cruise right on by new releases such as That Awkward Moment and Labor Day for its third straight weekend in the top spot, earning an estimated $12 million and bringing its total to $93 million.
The takeaway from this will surely be that of the bankable talents of Kevin Hart. The comedian has long lent a helping hand in films (Think Like a Man, This is the End) to say nothing of his popular stand-up specials. His easy chemistry with Ice Cube helped lift Ride Along to an “A” approval rating with CinemaScore and this seems to be the movie that will finally push Hart into a new stratosphere of stardom. (Personally, I’m very excited for Hart to join Louis C.K. in an a yet untitled animated film from the creator of Despicable Me. Hart will be playing a bunny, Snowball, who is the leader of abandoned pets.)
And that’s not the only good news for Universal: Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch, crossed the $100 million dollar mark this weekend, making an additional $7.2 million. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and Kevin Hart to voice animated pets; Plus, Jesse Owens biopic, more
• Louis C.K. (American Hustle), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), and Kevin Hart (Ride Along) will all provide voices for the next animated film from the creators of Despicable Me. Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures will produce the action comedy set in a Manhattan apartment building, which is currently being called Untitled Pets Movie. Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) will direct with Yarrow Cheney from a script by Despicable Me writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Stonestreet and Louis C.K. will voice rival dogs, while Hart will play bunny Snowball, the leader of an army of abandoned pets. The film is scheduled for a February 2016 release. [Deadline]
• Lesley Ann Warren (Victor/Victoria) will star in two upcoming independent films, shooting them back to back. Warren will first co-star with Max Burkholder (The Purge) in the comedy Babysitter from writer-director Morgan Krantz and then in The Sphere and the Labyrinth from writer-director Michael Robertson Moore, playing a science-fiction author. [The Wrap]
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It’s good to be Kevin Hart and Ice Cube this weekend. The increasingly ubiquitous Hart, who recently told EW that Ride Along is “my baby,” scored big with a $41.2 million opening weekend for the buddy-cop comedy. That should jump to an estimated $47.8 million when one factors in the Monday MLK Jr. holiday. Not only does the impressive haul surpass expectations for Universal’s leanly budgeted $25 million comedy, but it also breaks the record for a January opening. (If you’re still not sold on the Hart/Cube pairing, whose chemistry lifted the film to an “A” approval rating with CinemaScore audiences, let this stupendous spot on Conan give you a taste of their chemistry.)
Universal folks have further reason to thrust their chests out this weekend. Buoyed by rapturous word of mouth, the studio’s real-SEAL heart-thumper Lone Survivor dropped just 38 percent to deliver an impressive $23.2 million in its fourth weekend. Director Peter Berg, whose Battleship bombed so badly, made Lone Survivor for $40 million and now can boast about a $74 million domestic total.
Sliding into the No. 3 spot is Open Road Films’ animated The Nut Job. With families looking for holiday entertainment, The Nut Job should swap places with Lone Survivor by the end of Monday. The squirrel comedy, which earned a solid “B” rating from CinemaScore audiences, managed to outperform its modest expectations.
Alas, the same can’t be said for Paramount’s stab at rebooting its Jack Ryan franchise, with Star Trek actor Chris Pine playing the action-hero CIA agent who’s previously been played by the likes of Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which the studio made for $60 million, debuts at a rather limp No. 4 with just $17.2 million. A “B” CinemaScore rating shouldn’t do much to attract moviegoers distracted by all the Oscar-nominated films they want to see before the big show. That said, Shadow Recruit fared better overseas, with $22.2 million from only half of the international markets.
Frozen hung on in the No. 5 spot, with Disney’s domestic kitty now totaling nearly $333 million. But hot on its heels was American Hustle, which earned 10 Oscar nominations and last night walked away with a SAG award for best ensemble cast. David O. Russell’s caper, starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence, enjoyed a 28 percent jump with a $10.6 million haul in its sixth weekend; its total gross rose to $116.4 million. The Meryl Streep/Julia Roberts family drama August: Osage County likewise enjoyed a jump in box office to $7.6 million as it more than doubled its theater count to 2,051; its cume stands at nearly $18.2 million.
The only other other notable new release is Devil’s Due, Eli Roth’s found-footage horror movie that was hoping to benefit from its mega-viral “Devil Baby” campaign. The film failed to crack the top 5 and earned a dismal “D+” CinemaScore rating. That’s a bleak showing, and yet the $7 million film already recouped its investment with an $8.5 million debut.
The top five:
1. Ride Along — $41.2 million
2. Lone Survivor — $23.2 million
3. The Nut Job — $20.55 million
4. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — $17.2 million
5. Frozen— $12 million
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