For all of the uneasiness I felt watching The Internship play as a not so subtle promo for Google’s portfolio of services (what in the hell is Google Wallet?), the movie painted a dichotomy that I found interesting. While far from perfect, I thought the film did a nice job of contrasting the eternal optimism of a couple Gen X’ers with the often harsh practicality and cynicism I see embedded in myself and many of my fellow Millennials. Although this is hardly the platform from which to dive into a generational debate, The Internship at least introduced the idea that belonging to a generation that has had the wealth of the world’s knowledge at their fingertips for a good portion of their lives (not to mention video games and the lack of a military draft) faces a whole new set of unique challenges and insecurities. At the same time, it also sent an oft-overlooked truth that we (Millennials) don’t know it all, haven’t seen it all, and the “Culture of Meh” that we often embrace is cynical bullshit that I can only hope life experience will help pull us out of.
In addition to my “meh” soapbox, this week’s Top 5 offers The Internship interviews with Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Rose Byrne, the first trailer and a set visit recap for director James Wan‘s Insidious: Chapter 2, a truckload of set images from X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Purge interviews with Ethan Hawke and more, and a look at the WGA’s list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time”. Check out a brief recap and link to each after the jump.
What most expected to be a quiet weekend at the box office is making big news for one new release. The Internship is not that release. The Fox comedy earned an estimated $6.55 million from 3,365 locations on Friday and is now on track for a first-weekend in the $18 million range. That’s slightly higher than pre-release projections for the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson feature, but lower than the $20 million-plus that a star-driven summer release should be earning. If The Internship is destined for disappointment, The Purge looks like a legitimate sensation. With an estimated $16.7 million from 2,536 locations on Friday, the low-budget horror film equaled its entire weekend projection in just one day. That puts The Purge on track for a remarkable $36 million through Sunday – a number that would secure both the highest horror debut and the highest R-rated opening of 2013. We’ll have full details tomorrow.
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|| Fast & Furious 6
|| Now You See Me
A film that feels like one long advertisement shouldn’t be much of a shock. Advertising surrounds us (it even surrounds this review you’re reading), and while some companies will settle for product placement or marketing tie-ins, that’s small-time thinking. Google is a portal to the Internet, and if it’s going to be in a movie, it’s going to be the movie. If most reviews say that The Internship feels like one giant advertisement for Google, that’s only because it’s pretty much true. Shawn Levy‘s comedy is filled with stock characters, lethargic storytelling, and slogs through a bloated runtime as stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson try to scrap together any laughs they can. Even though Google dominates the picture, The Internship undermines the company by making it look like the most superficial and horrible place to work.
With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening this weekend, 20th Century Fox recently held a press junket at Google where we were able to speak with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. If you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film re-teams Wilson and Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Gad, B.J. Novak, and John Goodman. For more on the film, watch these clips.
During the interview, Wilson and Vaughn talked about finding the right tone and a story with meaning, if they agreed to make the movie because they’d get to play Quidditch, the work environment at Google and how it’s like a vacation compared to most work environments, what surprised them about Google, and more. In addition, if you’re a fan of the way Vaughn and Wilson can play off one another, watch the last minute of this interview.
With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening June 7th, 20th Century Fox has sent over five clips. If you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film reteams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Gad, B.J. Novak, and John Goodman.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. And if you missed them, here’s my set visit and on set interviews with Levy, and Wilson and Vaughn.
Directed by Valeri Vaughn and produced/narrated by Vince Vaughn, the documentary Art of Conflict (available exclusive on Netflix on June 1st) is a fascinating look at the political murals that are so prevalent all over Northern Ireland, and that express the pain and conflict that the country has had to deal with, often in very provocative and striking ways. For the production, Valeri and Vince Vaughn spent long stretches of time in the North, interviewing politicians on all sides of the divide, to present these intriguing works of art.
During this conference call to promote their documentary, Valeri and Vince talked about growing up in the Chicago suburbs and embracing their Irish roots, what their first experience in Ireland was like, how much fun they had working on the film together, that the art is really the focal point of the documentary, the most difficult aspect of their research, how important it was to document all of these murals before they’re removed, what it was like to film in Northern Ireland, how the murals are viewed within the community, and what their favorite documentaries are. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
DreamWorks has released a brief first trailer for Delivery Man. The trailer quickly sets up the premise: Vince Vaughn plays a sperm donor who ended up being the biological father to 533 kids due to a mix up at the clinic. Those kids are now suing to find out his identity. The movie is based off the Ken Scott‘s 2011 Canadian film Starbuck, which I heard was pretty good. Here’s hoping that Scott, who is helming the remake, can repeat his success.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and Britt Robertson. Delivery Man opens November 22nd.
We’ve got some new casting news:
- Vince Vaughn has joined the comedy Daddy’s Home, the feature directorial debut of Etan Cohen (Men in Black 3). Vaughn will star opposite the big cat himself, Will Ferrell. The film is about a radio exec (Ferrell) who lives a mild-mannered life until his wife’s ex-husband (Vaughn) returns to the picture and begins competing for his step-children’s love.
- Director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) cast William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake. Turtles will be produced by Michael Bay, and the cast includes Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, and Will Arnett. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens June 6, 2014.
Hit the jump for more information on the casting.
The first clip from director Shawn Levy’s corporate comedy The Internship features stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson participating in an online interview. As two out-of-work salesmen looking to reinvent themselves in a digital world, it’s immediately apparent that they’re out of touch with modern technology. The Wedding Crashers chemistry is on display so if you liked it before, it looks like you’re in for more of the same. Be sure to get caught up on Steve’s set visit, including interviews with Levy, Wilson and Vaughn.
Also starring Rose Byrne, B.J. Novak, John Goodman, Dylan O’Brien and Josh Gad, The Internship opens June 7th. Hit the jump to watch the clip.
20th Century Fox has provided us with a number of new images from director Shawn Levy‘s The Internship, and a few of them are exclusive. If you’re not familiar with The Internship, which opens June 7th, the film reteams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google. The film also stars Max Minghella, Rose Byrne, Dylan O’Brien, and Jessica Szohr.
Last year I got to visit the set when they were filming in Atlanta, and I watched the cast film a very funny scene featuring everyone getting to know one another. In take after take, I saw the way Vaughn, Wilson and Levy would slightly adjust the dialogue and reactions so they’d have plenty of choices in the editing room. In addition, it was great to see the cast and crew try and hold it together until Levy called cut. As soon as he did, the room lit up with laughter. Based on what I saw and learned on set, I think The Internship is going to be a winner. Hit the jump for the images.
Over the past few years, I’ve been extremely lucky as I’ve been able to visit a lot of movies when they’ve been filming around the globe. However, no matter where you get to go, visiting a movie set is usually the same: you spend hours watching from a distance, during a break in shooting you conduct interviews, and the production is always careful what you get to see while on set. But when 20th Century Fox invited me to the set of director Shawn Levy‘s The Internship, it was a unique opportunity, because unlike most set visits that have a number of journalists visiting on the same day, I spent the day with only two other reporters, and we had a ton of freedom to watch what we wanted and take in the production on our own terms. It turned out to be the perfect way to watch Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn work on a very funny scene.
If you’re not familiar with The Internship, which opens June 7th, the film reteams the Wedding Crashers stars as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google. The film also stars Max Minghella, Rose Byrne, Dylan O’Brien, and Jessica Szohr. As you might imagine, there’s plenty of opportunity to showcase Vaughn and Wilson being ill equipped to handle modern technology in funny ways. Hit the jump for more.
When you visit the set of a movie, you’re lucky to get ten to fifteen minutes with the main cast. It’s not because they don’t want to talk to you; it’s usually because they’re in every shot and they have limited time in between set-ups. However, when I visited the Atlanta set of The Internship last year with two other reporters, I did something I’ve never done on any movie set: I had lunch with the stars and director. When the production took their lunch break, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and director Shawn Levy came over to where we were sitting and for about thirty minutes talked about the movie, how it came together, improv, what it’s been like working with Google, script changes, and so much more. As a big fan of all three people, it was an awesome way to conduct the interview. Hit the jump for what they had to say.
YouTube has announced the first-ever Comedy Week, set to take place May 19-25. YouTube has recruited an impressive roster of outside talent, including Vince Vaughn, Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman, Michael, The Lonely Island, Seth Rogen, Tim and Eric, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Norm Macdonald, and Craig Robinson. The week also has room for YouTube mainstays like Ryan Higa, Smosh, Epic Meal Time, Rhett & Link, and Epic Rap Battles of History.
The event kicks off with a live variety show on May 19, followed by “a week of dedicated programming that includes live performances, new episodes from popular YouTube comedy channels, curated top ten lists from comedy stars and more.” Hit the jump for the press release with all the details and the full list of participating talent.
We’ve got some new images to share with you from the following films:
- The Heat – Starring Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) and Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) in a dysfunctional buddy cop comedy, Paul Feig’s The Heat opens June 28th.
- The Internship – Starring the Wedding Crashers comedians Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, Shawn Levy’s The Internship opens June 7th.
Hit the jump to check out the new images.
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for director Shawn Levy’s comedy The Internship. The film reteams Wedding Crashers stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google. This trailer delves a bit deeper into the film’s plot, as we learn that those competing for the internship at Google are split up into teams and Vaughn and Wilson find themselves in the “misfit” group. There are a few new jokes here and there, but the highlight is the appearance of Book of Mormon star Josh Gad who has a nice bit in this trailer.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, and Jessica Szohr. The Internship opens on June 7th.