Kay Cannon (30 Rock, New Girl) is bringing the world of a cappella back to the big screen. After the success of her 2012 film Pitch Perfect, Cannon is coming back with Pitch Perfect 2 on May 15th. In the newly released trailer, Anna Kendrick returns along with fellow stars Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks (who also directed the film), Adam DeVine, Skyler Astin, and Brittney Snow. This time around, Kendrick and the Barden Bellas enter into an international competition that no American team has ever won.
The cartoon you loved as a kid is coming back in CGI. Director Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids) is bringing Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock and the gang to movie theaters next Christmas with The Peanuts Movie. This will be the first big screen adaptation of Charles Shulz’ iconic comic. While that’s certainly a long way away, Fox has released the first trailer for the movie this week. Check it out.
Comedians Kurt Braunohler and Brooks Wheelan have been cast in an upcoming indie comedy film. According to THR, the pair have signed on for Jed Rigney’s ensemble film The Out of Town Wedding.
The films focuses on a group of five friends who reluctantly travel to a resort for a wedding that deteriorates into mayhem. Rigney wrote the film to be produced by Justin Workman. Also joining the cast is Men At Work‘s Michael Cassady.
Both comics have had very busy years. Wheelan was a writer and cast member on the most recent season of SNL. He also starred alongside H. Jon Benjamin in the Adult Swim pilot Biker Bar, and is currently on tour opening for John Oliver. Braunohler has been hard at work on a new late night talk show pilot Getting Some Strange for Comedy Central, as well as his jet-skiing adventure web-series Roustabout. Braunohler has taped a CC Half Hour special this year which aired over the summer.
And the film credits keep rolling in for Kevin Hart. According to Variety, the comedian will co-star alongside actor and former wrestler Dwayne Johnson for a new buddy cop film. The pair will star in New Line Cinema’s Central Intelligence which will be directed by We’re the Millers’ Rawson Marshall Thurber and produced by Ed Helms.
“The story begins with a class reunion approaching, as a former high school sports star turned accountant (Hart) is contacted by a classmate (Johnson) who was bullied and humiliated back in the day. The “loser” that the accountant remembers is now a CIA contract killer who ropes him into helping foil a plot to sell classified military secrets.”
The film was originally penned by The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stasson, with Sean Anders, John Morris, and finally Thurber taking over later drafts. Production is set to start in spring 2015.
Laura Dern and Judd Apatow are teaming up for a new female-ensemble film. According to Deadline, the comedy will revolve around the world of obsesive female football fans. While details of the plot have yet to be revealed, the film is the brainchild of Dern and written by South Park’s Pam Brady. Dern will co-produce alongside Apatow, Barry Mendel, and Erik Baiers for Universal. Now word yet if Dern will also act in the film.
Since the hit female ensemble film Bridesmaids, Apatow has been steadily taking on more female-driven projects. He helped bring Lena Dunham’s Girls to HBO and recently finished wrapping up the movie Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer.
The great Will Ferrell will partner up again with Mark Wahlberg in a new film for Paramount. According to Deadline, two duo will act alongside each other in Brian Burns’ Daddy’s Home. The film follows “a mild-mannered radio executive (played by Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.” Previously the pair worked together as cops in the comedy flick The Other Guys in 2010.
The film has been in the works for a while now, with initial reports of Vince Vaughn attached to co-produce last year. Produced by Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez production house, the film now on course with the aid of Red Granite and director Sean Anders.
Paul Reubens was a guest last night on The Tonight Show. Like many, host Jimmy Fallon is a huge fan of Ruebens’ iconic character Pee-Wee Herman. Asking the question that’s been on everyone’s mind for some time, Reubens confirms that he is working on a new Pee-Wee Herman movie. The film will be produced by Judd Apatow and is expected to start production in February.
The duo behind Comedy Central’s hit show Key & Peele, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have set their first joint feature film over at New Line. According to Deadline, the project will start production next spring.
The duo have been attached to multiple film projects over the past year, including a Police Academy reboot, a Judd Apatow flick, and a Key & Peele spinoff featuring beloved substitute teacher, Mr.Garvey. Their first film however will be titled Keanu, and tells the story of friends who pose as drug dealers to infiltrate the criminal underworld to retrieve a stolen cat named, Keanu. The film was written by Peele and Alex Rubens who write for Key & Peele and Community.
It’s certainly an interesting choice for a debut film. Either way, it looks like we’ll be seeing Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele on the big screen a lot for the next few years (at least).
The trailer for Chris Rock’s new movie has hit the web. Top Five has a bit of an autobiographical vibe to it as Rock portrays a comedian who is at the point in his career where he’s trying to possibly make a change. He’s about to get married to a Reality TV star, and he’s not sure he wants to make funny movies anymore and try something else. If we can draw real world parallels then this means he doesn’t want to make any more Grown Ups movies anymore? Read More
With the mega success that was this year’s Lego Movie, we knew a sequel was on the way shortly. Well now THR reports that in addition, a ‘Lego Batman’ spinoff will also be hitting theaters.
Will Arnett will once again lend his voice as Batman in his own movie that’s being fast-tracked. Warner Bros. is looking for a 2017 release for the film, possibly right around Lego Movie 2. The Batman spinoff will be directed by Chris McKay, animation director on Lego Movie, and will be written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Lego Movie scribes Phil Lord and Chris Miller have also signed on as producers.
This will be the fourth Lego movie ordered, with Ninjago premiering September 23, 2016.