Some are calling Kevin Hart the current King of Comedy. Hart appeared in five movies alone in 2014 and has 6 more projects in production if not already in post. Hart recently presented the nominations for Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes alongside Selma Hayek. Hart has also been a huge success at the theater both with feature films as well as his 2013 stand-up movie Let Me Explain which grossed $32,ooo,0oo alone. Well, Mr. Hart is back at the box office this weekend with The Wedding Ringer which premieres today. The cast features Hart, Josh Gad (Frozen), Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (The Big Bang Theory), and Jorge Garcia (Lost). The plot focuses on Gad’s character who is two weeks shy of his wedding. He is socially awkward and enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company, Hart, that provides best men for grooms in need. Shenanigans ensue.
There’s something pretty magical when Melissa McCarthy pairs up with director Paul Feig. That “something” is comedy gold as Feig has directed McCarthy in two massively successful comedy flicks Bridesmaids and The Heat. Now, going for the hat trick we get SPY, a (you guessed it) spy caper that also stars Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Allison Janey, and Jason Statham. McCarthy plays an everyday CIA agent who is tossed into the field as wacky hikjinks ensue. It’s a red band trailer so beware the F-bombs. The movie hits theaters on May 22nd.
Tom McCaffrey’s “Adventures In Comedy” begins February 20 and features Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Margaret Cho and Aisha Tyler
Writer, producer, and stand-up comic Tom McCaffrey directs the first ever feature film from Comedy Dynamics. The film is titled Adventures in Comedy and details the experiences of McCaffrey as a stand-up and gives a glimpse into the harsh realities and struggles that come with following your dreams at any cost. McCaffrey has been performing in New York City since 1999 and has appeared on Comedy Central, VH1, TNT, TruTV, CNN, and Fuse. He has written for The Onion and The Huffington Post in addition to contributions to the NY Daily News and National Lampoon.com. Adventures in Comedy also features candid interviews with comedy legends including Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Margaret Cho, Aisha Tyler, Ari Shaffir, Kurt Metzger, Michael Che, as well as many more. “Tom has directed one hell of a movie!” stated Comedy Dynamics President, Brian Volk-Weiss. His short “GREENpoint” won the Audience Choice Award at the Hollyshorts Film Fest New York Screening Series. Comedy Dynamics will release Adventures in Comedy via most video streaming platforms on February 20, 2015.
Fresh off a stellar hosting job of the Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return with their new movie, Sisters. In it, as you might’ve guess, puts the two funniest ladies on the planet, on screen as sisters. It’s the duo’s first movie since 2008’s Baby Mama and hits theaters Christmas 2015.
After the media firestorm the release of The Interview caused these last few weeks, it turns out that SONY is the one laughing all the way to the bank. After being available in VOD and On Demand services for two weeks, the movie has pulled in an impressive $31 million, making it the most popular VOD movie ever. A title that it would more than likely not hold for long as the fledgling service continues to grow.
To date, the film has pulled in $1.8 million from its limited theatrical opening over the Christmas holiday and the $1.1 million it grossed last weekend. Add that to the VOD numbers and the film still falls short of its $45 million production/marketing budget. Before it was taken out of theaters across the country, the film was projecting to make $80 million, so the film is still far from being in the black. If there is a silver lining to all of this, SONY now has a case study in VOD sales for future ideas even though the media attention and The Interview did help fuel the sales.
Husband and wife team up for Michelle Darnell which gets it’s release date in Apr. 2016. Yes, we are literally days into 2015 but we mark our calendars years in advance in this industry, and this will be one of those days to mark. The movie stars Melissa McCarthy as the lead and will be directed by her husband Ben Falcone. The movie follows Melissa’s character, a titan of industry, who is sent to prison after being caught for insider trading. When she re-enters life outside bars, not everyone is quick to forget and forgive. The film is also penned by Ben and this isn’t the first time they’ve worked together. Tammy, The Heat, Identity Thief, and Bridesmaids are just a few the two have spent time together in film. They’ve been married since 2005 and are both alumna of The Groundlings. Their chemistry is a treat to watch and they bring the best out of each other. We get to benefit. Calendar marked.
It’s looking like another beloved TV series is going to make the jump to the big screen. According to UK’s The Mirror, Jennifer Saunders reveals that she plans on making a movie adaptation of her show Absolutely Fabulous this year. She started writing the script twenty-years ago, and now say’s she’s ready.
“I’ve finished the first draft. I’m feeling euphoric. My proper New Year’s resolution is to do the film, otherwise it’ll be a pointless year of procrastination.,” Saunders said in an interview with Sunday People.
The movie is entitled Edina and Patsy, the sitcoms main characters portrayed by Saunders and Joanna Lumley. The rest of the original cast is reportedly on board as well to reprise their roles in the new film. The series originally ran in the 90’s and early 2000’s and starred Saunders as, “a heavy-drinking, drug-abusing PR agent who spends her time chasing bizarre fads in a desperate attempt to stay young and “hip”.”
Comedian David Cross ventured into new territory and directed his first feature film in 2013. The movie, Hits, explores fame in the YouTube era and stars Matt Walsh, Meredith Hagner, James Adomian, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, Jake Cherry, Julia Stiles, Michael Cera, Dave Koechner, Amy Sedaris, Jason Ritter, Erinn Hayes, and Russ Tamblyn… to name a few. Cross also wrote the film which premiered at Sundance last year. While no release date has been set, the first full trailer was released this week. Check it out.
As we head into the year 2015, just keep in mind, even in the future nothing works.
This year has been a tough one in the world of comedy as we’ve lost some of the all-time greats. One of these greats, the late Robin Williams currently can be seen in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, in theaters now. And next year, we’ll get to enjoy the sound of his voice in the upcoming British Sci-Fi Comedy Absolutely Anything currently slated for a summer release. This clip shows us what we are in for with Robin voicing Dennis, Simon Pegg’s dog who gains the power of speech. The movie stars the surviving members of Monty Python, reuniting here, in addition to Kate Beckinsale, Eddie Izzard, and the voice of Rob Riggle. Side bar trivia, this film stars three generations of Kate Beckinsale’s family. Her mom, herself, and her daughter. This movie can’t get here soon enough.