A new red band trailer for director Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) comedy 30 Minutes or Less is now available online and it rings of nostalgia for the time “you and I worshiped the devil for like two weeks.” Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, and Michael Pena, the film centers on a pizza delivery guy (Eisenberg) who is kidnapped by two men (McBride and Swardson) and forced to rob a bank at the risk of being blown up. Thus far, everything I’ve seen from the film has made me laugh and I can’t wait to check it out in theaters on August 12th. Watch the new restricted trailer after the jump.
Columbia has released the first clip for 30 Minutes or Less. The excerpt focuses on the teacher played by Aziz Ansari, here in his first starring role in a feature. It captures Ansari’s talent for portraying likeable arrogance by mining the comedic gold that is being mean to kids. Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, and Dilshad Vadsaria also star in director Ruben Fleischer’s follow-up to Zombieland. 30 Minutes or Less opens on August 12. Watch the clip after the jump.
In Ruben Fleischer’s 30 Minutes or Less, Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation, Funny People), and Dilshad Vadsaria (Greek) play brother and sister who are both close friends with Jesse Eisenberg’s character. Ansari plays his best friend, while Vadsaria is the girl of his dreams. When Eisenberg is taken hostage by two criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson), he’s forced to rob a bank and he enlists the help of Ansari to help him survive.
Last summer I got to visit the set of 30 Minutes or Less with a few other online reporters and we got to talk to Ansari and Vadsaria. While the full conversation is after the jump, here’s 5 things I learned:
- Fleischer wanted to shoot the car chases in the film like The French Connection. Instead of shooting the car scenes against a green screen on a stage, Jesse is really stunt driving and the car is being pulled along on a rig.
- Ansari says Ruben Fleischer was really open to letting him improvise. Before shooting a scene, Fleischer would tell him that if there’s anything he wanted to try, to just try it.
- On trying to come up with good stuff while improvising, Ansari said, “usually when I improvise stuff, I’ll improvise in a take and as the takes go on you refine that improv and rewrite it over and over again. Even with Judd, you’ll improvise like ten things and it will be like “Oh, do those three again.” Like that kind of process. So, yeah, it’s definitely kind of like refining it. It’s not like you throw something out and it’s gold.”
- Ansari describes the film as Superbad meets Heat. Before shooting the bank robbery scenes, he watched Heat and wanted his character to try to act like Robert De Niro in Heat, but have it come off as incredibly stupid.
- At the time, Ansari was writing a movie for Judd Apatow about a guy that was an astronaut.
Hit the jump for more.
Jesse Eisenberg is sitting on the hood of his pizza delivery car in an abandoned junkyard. He’s been tied up. Standing nearby are Danny McBride and Nick Swardson. They’re wearing normal clothing, except for the gorilla masks to hide their identities. The two have captured Eisenberg’s character because they have a plan: instead of robbing a bank on their own, they’ve attached a bomb to Eisenberg and they’re making him do the job. As you might imagine if you were faced with this reality, Eisenberg is freaking out. However, it’s hard to take it seriously because McBride and Swardson are improvising during every take and each one is funnier than the last. I’m starting to think 30 Minutes of Less is going to be awesome.
But let me back up a second.
It’s late August, 2010. I’m in Michigan with some other online reporters on the set of director Ruben Fleischer’s follow-up to Zombieland. While rumors had him possibly directing Mission Impossible 4, Fleischer settled on 30 Minutes or Less as his second film. Even though many might have second guessed this decision, after talking with him on set and learning a lot about the movie, I think it was a smart choice. I’ll explain why and recap the set visit after the jump.
Hot off the heels of being named the lead in The Bourne Legacy, Jeremy Renner has been tapped to join the voice cast of Ice Age: Continental Drift alongside fellow additions Jennifer Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari, Keke Palmer and Drake. Returning for the fourth film in the Ice Age series are franchise staples Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Seann William Scott and Josh Peck.
THR reports that Renner will portray Gutt, “a self-styled master of the high seas” while Lopez will take on the role of Shira, a sabre tooth and love interest for Leary’s character. Ice Age: Continental Drift is slated for July 13th, 2012, and given the commercial success of the franchise it’s safe to assume that more sequels will follow.
A couple of new teaser posters for Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) heist comedy 30 Minutes or Less have been released and they’re absolutely fantastic. The red-band trailer for the film was released yesterday, and these posters echo the smart comedic draw that the trailer teased (ie. Wit in lieu of fatty-fall-down jokes). I really love how the posters hide the faces of the characters, but show just enough to get their personalities across.
The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as a hapless pizza delivery guy who is kidnapped by two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) and forced to rob a bank. Aziz Ansari and Michael Peña also star. 30 Minutes or Less opens on August 12th. Hit the jump to check out the posters.
The trailer for the upcoming comedy 30 Minutes or Less has gone online. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as a hapless pizza delivery guy who is kidnapped by two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) and forced to rob a bank. Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), the film also stars Aziz Ansari and Michael Peña. Even though this is a red-band trailer, there’s not a lot of profanity. Instead, it gets laughs from funny dialogue and the chemistry between Eisenberg and Ansari. What a mind-blowing concept.
Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer. 30 Minutes or Less opens August 12th.
Sony has released four new images from the upcoming comedy 30 Minutes or Less. Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), the film centers on a couple of wannabe criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) who force a pizza delivery guy (Jesse Eisenberg) to rob a bank. The pizza delivery guy enlists the help of his ex-best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) to pull off the heist.
Hit the jump to check out the images. 30 Minutes or Less opens August 12th.
It’s April Fools Day, and while we’re not running any fake stories or silly things like that, it doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun. That’s why we’re posting this lengthy, 15-minute blooper reel of flubs and messed up lines on one of my favorite comedy series on right now, Parks and Recreation. The entire cast can be seen screwing up at every turn, and it just goes to show how hard it is to make a comedy series when everyone in the cast is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Hopefully this will give you some laughs and make you a little less upset that ThinkGeek’s Lightsaber Popsicles aren’t real. Damn you, April Fools Day. Enjoy the video after the jump.
Rob Lowe really livened up an already stellar comedy series when he joined the cast of Parks and Recreation towards the end of the second season. Well, unfortunately no one bothered to tell Rob Lowe that he wasn’t going to be on TV while the show was on hiatus waiting for its third season to begin and that dude is pissed. Funny or Die was on set to catch Rob Lowe’s outburst that resulted in him dropping some F-bombs and throwing coffee in Aziz Ansari’s face, and you can check out the explosive footage below. The third season premieres on NBC this Thursday, January 20th at 9:30/8:30c right after The Office, so I hope these guys patch things up before then.
Sony has released the first images and synopses for 30 Minutes or Less and Anonymous. 30 Minutes or Less is an action-comedy directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, and Aziz Ansari. Anonymous is the new film from 2012 director Roland Emmerich and is noteworthy in that the plot won’t feature the destruction of famous landmarks. The film is based on speculation that William Shakespeare did not write his own plays.
Sony has also released the synopsis plus a new image for the Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher which also stars Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, and Jason Segel. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses for all three films.
In May, we reported that 30 Minutes or Less co-stars Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari were collaborating on an untitled comedy. MTV recently spoke with McBride on the set of 30 Minutes or Less and learned that the upcoming project is called Olympic-Size Ass-Hole. McBride says the film is “about this Olympic athlete who comes back to his hometown and he bangs mine and Aziz’s girlfriends. So we go on this mission to destroy his Olympic life.” While I doubt they’ll be able to keep that fantastic title, this sounds like a great premise from two of the best comic actors working today.
Ansari can be seen in the hilarious Parks and Recreation which returns to NBC mid-season. McBride will make his triumphant return to television on September 26th when Eastbound & Down has its second season premiere on HBO.
When it was announced that comedian Aziz Ansari would be hosting this year’s MTV Movie Awards, I knew that the show wouldn’t be completely terrible. And Ansari did not disappoint. While it seemed like they kind of gave over the show to Les Grossman (Tom Cruise) even though Tropic Thunder came out two years ago, Ansari had a fantastic opening monologue. In it, he took on 3D movies, Avatar, and the Twilight movies. Like any skilled comedian, he knew his audience and didn’t really attack his targets (they’re not his cousin Harris) as much as he just pointed out how ridiculous they all are but made the jokes feel fresh.
Hit the jump to check out the monologue. For more of Ansari, make sure you pick up his great stand-up special Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening. He’s also signed on to co-star in the comedy 30 Minutes or Less as well as an untitled project with fellow hilarious person Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down).
You can usually distill any awards show down to about 10-15 minutes that are worth watching. The MTV Movie Awards are no exception. MTV posted fifteen of what they thought would be the “most talked about” moments of the show. If you have a conversation that centers on the 10 seconds that Rain spent accepting his “biggest badass” award, then I suppose that counts. You are also a way bigger Rain fan that I will ever be.
Going through their 15 clips, I found five that I thought may be worth a watch. See if you agree by checking them out after the jump.
Most movie fans think the MTV Movie Awards are a joke. And they’re right. It’s usually nothing more than a legion of fanboys (and more recently girls) voting over and over for their really crappy favorite movie in every category and totally ignoring event’s potential. That sucks because, really, the potential is there. A Best Fight Award? The Biggest Badass Star Award? These are way cooler categories than Best Short Film Documentary.
Even though The Twilight Saga: New Moon has a lot of nomination, 2010 certainly promised to be different, thanks in large part to the host. Aziz Ansari (Funny People, Parks & Recreations) will be taking the reigns this year and his promos combine two of the things that make the MTV Movie Awards fun: great movie references and popular celebrities that have nothing to do with them. Case in point: the latest promo featuring Aziz and his best friend Justin Bieber watching The Hurt Locker in 4D. It’s so advanced, it’s like Jeremy Renner is in the room chastising you.
Hit the jump for this video and other promos for the show which have featured Sarah Silverman, Zac Efron and others. The MTV Movie Awards air Sunday, June 6th.