Jim Carrey to Star in Comedy RICKY STANICKY

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Jim Carrey is set to breathe new life into Summit’s long-developing comedy Ricky Stanicky.  The film was initially written by Jeff Bushell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua) and begins when three teens pull a prank by burning down a house in their neighborhood.  The kids create a fake person to take the blame—“Ricky Stanicky”—and 20 years later are still using the alibi to get out of every uncomfortable situation.  When their wives finally force them to set up a meeting with Stanicky, they hire an actor to inhabit the personality.  Steve Oedekerk (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls) recently came onboard to re-write and direct the film, and the ensemble comedy is said to be in the same R-rated vein as The Hangover.

Hit the jump for more on the project, including details regarding Carrey’s casting.

International Trailer for KICK-ASS 2 plus a New Poster Featuring Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes

by     Posted 1 year, 25 days ago

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An international trailer for Kick-Ass 2 has been released.  The red-band trailer focused on the plot of the film where we saw heroes banding together against the threat of The Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).  The international trailer mostly ignores all that (there’s no Motherfucker to be found), and shines a light directly on Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  That’s not too surprising when you consider she was the most popular character in the first film, and Moretz looks like she’s even better this time around.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  There’s also a new character poster for Jim Carrey‘s superhero, Colonel Stars and Stripes.  The movie co-stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clark DukeDonald FaisonJohn Leguizamo, and Olga KurkulinaKick-Ass 2 opens August 16th.

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Review

by     Posted 1 year, 37 days ago

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[This is a re-post of my review from SXSW 2013.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens today in wide release.]

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone may celebrate the childlike wonder and unadulterated joy of magic. It may profess the power of awe and possibility. But its true motives are simple and pure: make the audience laugh by almost any means necessary. Those means are usually along the lines of the silly, slightly demented, biting, and occasionally dark humor that may not share the story’s values, but they get consistent comedy out of a charming albeit slightly conventional premise. Working from Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley‘s sharp script with great performances from its cast, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a trick we know, but it’s one performed well.

6 New Images and First Poster for KICK-ASS 2

by     Posted 1 year, 39 days ago

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The first red-band trailer for the sequel Kick-Ass 2 debut this morning, and now Universal has released a batch of high-resolution images and the first poster for the film. Jeff Wadlow takes over from the first film’s director Matthew Vaughn this time around, and the story finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes that join in their fight against evil.  On the flipside, Christopher Mintz-Plasse has now become a supervillain named The Mother Fucker and is assembling his own masked evil league.

Hit the jump to check out the images and poster.  The film also stars Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, and Jim CarreyKick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th.

First Red-Band Trailer for KICK-ASS 2 Starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Jim Carrey

by     Posted 1 year, 39 days ago

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Universal has released the first red-band trailer for director Jeff Wadlow‘s sequel Kick-Ass 2.  The trailer opens with a fight/dialogue scene between Aaron Johnson‘s Kick-Ass and Chloe Moretz‘s Hit Girl that brings us right back into the Kick-Ass world, and it sure does feel good to be back.  The plot appears to revolve around the preparations for a showdown between Kick-Ass/Hit Girl and Christopher Mintz-Plasse‘s newly minted “The Motherfucker,” as both sides are building up their own armies of heroes/villains.  Mintz-Plasse looks to have gone delectably full-evil in the follow-up, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how his character progresses throughout the film.  The CGI is pretty iffy in places, but the fight scenes and performances look great, with Jim Carrey essentially unrecognizable as Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Clark DukeDonald FaisonJohn Leguizamo, and Olga Kurkulina.  Kick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th.

Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, John Francis Daley, and Jonathan Goldstein Talk THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

by     Posted 1 year, 41 days ago

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Opening this Friday is director Don Scardino’s magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.  The film stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  The screenplay by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) takes the story to some deliciously dark places while maintaining a sincere center, and Carrey is fantastically over the top with his David Blaine-esque magician character, harkening back to the actor’s classically nutty performances from early in his career.  You can read Matt’s positive review here.

I recently got the chance to attend the press junket for Burt Wonderstone in Las Vegas, and while there I participated in a press conference with Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, John Francis Daley, and Jonathan Goldstein.  The cast and screenwriters talked about the experience of filming on the streets of Las Vegas, the parallels between magicians and comedians, attempting to master some slight-of-hand tricks for the film, crafting their outrageous characters, and much, much more.  Hit the jump to read or listen to the full press conference, which also includes a great Rodney Dangerfield story from Carrey.

SXSW 2013: THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Review

by     Posted 1 year, 43 days ago

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone may celebrate the childlike wonder and unadulterated joy of magic.  It may profess the power of awe and possibility.  But its true motives are simple and pure: make the audience laugh by almost any means necessary.  Those means are usually along the lines of the silly, slightly demented, biting, and occasionally dark humor that may not share the story’s values, but they get consistent comedy out of a charming albeit slightly conventional premise.  Working from Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley‘s sharp script with great performances from its cast, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a trick we know, but it’s one performed well.

10 Clips from THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, and Jim Carrey

by     Posted 1 year, 50 days ago

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With director Don Scardino’s (30 Rock) magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opening March 15, Warner Bros. has provided us with 10 clips.  The film stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  The comedy is set to open SXSW 2013, and that’s a huge vote of confidence for the film’s quality.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Finally, if you missed any of my set visit coverage, here are my on set interviews with Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, director Don Scardino, and producer Chris Bender.

38 Images from THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, and Jim Carrey

by     Posted 1 year, 52 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released 38 images from The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.  The film stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  The comedy is set to open SXSW 2013, and that’s a huge vote of confidence for the film’s quality.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage be sure to check out his interviews with Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, director Don Scardino, and producer Chris BenderThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens on March 15th.

Jim Carrey and Steve Carell Face Off in First Clip from THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

by     Posted 1 year, 53 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released the first clip from director Don Scardino’s (30 Rock) magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.  The film stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  This clip finds Carell and Carrey squaring off in a bar, and it’s chock full of the sort of delightful goofiness that I was hoping would result from a Carell/Carrey team-up.  Carrey looks to have put together a great character for the pic, and I look forward to seeing more of his antics in the full film.

Hit the jump to watch the clip, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage be sure to check out his interviews with Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, director Don Scardino, and producer Chris BenderThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens on March 15th.

New TV Spot for THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey

by     Posted 1 year, 61 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released a new TV spot for director Don Scardino’s (30 Rock) upcoming magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.  The film stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  This TV spot actually includes quite a bit of new footage and the jokes seem to be fairly strong, especially one involving a tiny dog.  The pic’s script was written by Horrible Bosses scribes Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, so here’s hoping Burt Wonderstone includes some of the same charm and humor that was prevalent in that comedy.

Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot.  The film also stars Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Alan ArkinThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone will premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and opens in theaters on March 15th.

First Look at the Posters for KICK-ASS 2 Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Jim Carrey

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New posters for Kick-Ass 2 are about to get in our faces by getting up in the faces of the film’s characters.  In the sequel, Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has inspired a wave of superheroes led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey).  When the group becomes the target of Red Mist’s (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) fury—now going by the name of “The Motherfucker”—only Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) can save them.  I enjoyed the posters for the first film, and I suppose the recruitment-style posters have had an unexpected payoff for the new movie.

Hit the jump to take a look at the posters.  Hopefully, the official versions will be released soon.  The film also stars Clark Duke, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Olga Kurkulina, and Nicolas CageKick-Ass 2 opens June 28th. [Update: Universal has asked us to remove the posters.  You can still read the film's full synopsis after the jump.]

Jim Carrey Confirmed to Star in NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Director Jared Hess’ Action-Comedy LOOMIS FARGO

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Jim Carrey will indeed be heading into heist territory with his next film.  We reported back in October that Carrey was in negotiations to star in director Jared Hess’ (Napoleon Dynamite) action-comedy Loomis Fargo, and Relativity Media announced today that the deal has closed and the actor will be fronting the film.  The pic is inspired by true events and tells the story of a disgruntled bank employee who teams up with his work crush to conspire to rob Loomis Fargo.  Though the plot sounds a tad similar to Carrey’s Fun with Dick and Jane, hopefully it’ll provide another opportunity to mix timely subject matter with some well-crafted humor.

Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn (Baby Mama) will produce, while Danny McBride and Jody Hill are onboard as executive producers.  A female lead has yet to be announced, but production is hoping to get underway this April in North Carolina.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

New Posters and International Trailer for THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Starring Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi

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A couple of character posters and an international trailer have been released for the comedy The Incredible Burt WonderstoneSteve Carell stars as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  The international trailer has a couple new jokes, and I’m jazzed for the film not only because of the cast, which also includes Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Alan Arkin, but because it was written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Horrible Bosses).

Hit the jump to check out the posters and new trailer.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will open the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, and opens on March 15th.

New Posters for THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, TOP GUN 3D, and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

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We’ve got a round-up of some of the latest posters from the following movies:

  • The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey, Jay Mohr, and Michael Bully HerbigThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15th.
  • From Up on Poppy Hill, a Studio Ghibli film written by Hayao Miyazaki and featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Aubrey Plaza, and Anton YelchinFrom Up on Poppy Hill opens March 15th in New York and L.A. before expanding on March 29th.
  • Top Gun 3D stars Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, and Tom SkerrittTop Gun 3D will have a 6-day-only IMAX 3D engagement from February 8 – 13th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the films.

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