ABOUT LAST NIGHT Blu-ray Review

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In the late 1990s, ensemble, Altman-esque narratives (what Roger Ebert called Hyperlink Films) gained new popularity with the likes of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Traffic, and Syriana.  This style was soon adapted into romantic comedies like Love, Actually which lead to Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve.  After running out of apostrophized holiday titles to up the pre-awareness factor, the studios moved on to adapting non-narrative books like He’s Just Not That Into You, taking the subject matter of various chapters as the basis of character arcs.  From that movie’s success came Think Like a Man.  In spite of being based on a book full of terrible, misogynistic advice, the movie was pretty damn good.  Now – in addition to a sequel to Man - the commercial demands of pre-awareness, mixed with the popularity of the ‘Hyperlink’ genre have birthed a remake of About Last Night… starring several of the cast members from the aforementioned Steve Harvey adaptation including newly-minted A-lister Kevin Hart.

Hit the jump for my full About Last Night Blu-ray review.

New to Blu-ray: THE MONUMENTS MEN, POMPEII, VAMPIRE ACADEMY, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a number of films that were only recently in theaters, as well as a new addition to the Criterion Collection.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: THE LEGO MOVIE Stays Locked in Place; ABOUT LAST NIGHT Tops ROBOCOP Remake

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The LEGO Movie had no trouble retaining first place on its second weekend in theatres, despite pressure from four new releases.  Three of the four newcomers trace their origins back to the 1980s, though only one distinguished itself at the box office.  About Last Night took second place, topping its fellow 80s alums Robocop and Endless Love.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The LEGO Movie $48,800,000 $129.1
2.  About Last Night $27,000,000 $27
3.  Robocop $21,500,000 $26.4
4.  The Monuments Men $15,000,000 $43.6
5.  Endless Love $13,380,000 $13.3
6.  Ride Along $8,759,000 $116.3
7.  Winter’s Tale $7,785,000 $7.78
8.  Frozen $5,855,000 $376
9.  Lone Survivor $4,076,000 $118.4
10.  That Awkward Moment $3,337,000 $21.4

Michael Ealy & Joy Bryant Talk ABOUT LAST NIGHT, How Much Was Improvised, Saying Real Dialogue, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Steve Pink’s very funny remake of the comedy About Last Night.  This version stars Kevin HartRegina HallJoy Bryant, and Michael Ealy and centers on a couple who starts a romantic relationship despite their friends’ disapproval.  Loaded with very funny dialogue and great performances from all four leads, About Last Night was a nice surprise and I recommend checking it out.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant.  They talked about contemporizing the film and using realistic dialogue, how much was scripted versus improvised, whether the script changed, who ruined the most takes from laughing, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Kevin Hart and Regina Hall Talk ABOUT LAST NIGHT, Pushing the Envelope, Improvising their Dialogue, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Steve Pink’s very funny remake of the comedy About Last Night.  This version stars Kevin HartRegina HallJoy Bryant, and Michael Ealy and centers on a couple who starts a romantic relationship despite their friends’ disapproval.  Loaded with very funny dialogue and great performances from all four leads, About Last Night was a nice surprise and I recommend checking it out.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Kevin Hart and Regina Hall.  They talked about pushing the envelope, their great chemistry, how the movie uses realistic dialogue, whether the script changed during production, and they also debate how old they are.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Images from HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, ABOUT LAST NIGHT, THE MONUMENTS MEN, and DELIVER US FROM EVIL

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Check out some new images from the upcoming 2014 films:

  • Horrible Bosses 2 – Director Sean Anders’ comedy sequel starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, opening November 26, 2014.
  • About Last NightSteve Pink’s romantic comedy starring Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant and Regina Hall opens February 14, 2014.
  • Deliver Us from EvilScott Derrickson’s crime horror picture starring Eric Bana, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, Edgar Ramirez and Chris Coy opens July 2, 2014.
  • The Monuments Men – Writer-director-actor George Clooney’s World War II drama starring Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville opens February 7, 2014.

Hit the jump to view all the new images.

Michael Ealy Talks ABOUT LAST NIGHT, His Most Compelling Scene, Working with Kevin Hart and Shooting on Location in Downtown Los Angeles

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First, there was the play, “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” written by David Mamet.  Then, there was the 1986 feature film, About Last Night, starring Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins.  Now, a modern re-imagining of the classic romantic comedy, which follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world, is hitting theaters on February 14, 2014.  And back on October 25, 2012, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other press, to the set on the second-to-last day of shooting.

At the Broadway Bar in Downtown Los Angeles, a Halloween party was in full swing, with Kevin Hart as Channing Tatum’s character in Magic Mike, Michael Ealy as Ike Turner, Joy Bryant as Tina Turner and Regina Hall as Nicki Minaj.  Find out more about the film, what the actors were doing and why after the jump. 

Regina Hall Talks ABOUT LAST NIGHT, What Attracted Her to the Project, Playing off of Kevin Hart, Her Version of the Character, and Pros/Cons of Remakes

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First, there was the play, “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” written by David Mamet.  Then, there was the 1986 feature film, About Last Night, starring Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins.  Now, a modern re-imagining of the classic romantic comedy, which follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world, is hitting theaters on February 14, 2014.  And back on October 25, 2012, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other press, to the set on the second-to-last day of shooting.

At the Broadway Bar in Downtown Los Angeles, a Halloween party was in full swing, with Kevin Hart as Channing Tatum’s character in Magic Mike, Michael Ealy as Ike Turner, Joy Bryant as Tina Turner and Regina Hall as Nicki Minaj.  Find out more about the film, what the actors were doing and why after the jump. 

Kevin Hart Talks ABOUT LAST NIGHT, Edging out Other Romantic Comedies, Pushing the Envelope, Balancing Comedy and Drama, and Improvising on Set

by     Posted 1 year, 61 days ago

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First, there was the play, “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” written by David Mamet.  Then, there was the 1986 feature film, About Last Night, starring Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins.  Now, a modern re-imagining of the classic romantic comedy, which follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world, is hitting theaters on February 14, 2014.  And back on October 25, 2012, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other press, to the set on the second-to-last day of shooting.

At the Broadway Bar in Downtown Los Angeles, a Halloween party was in full swing, with Kevin Hart as Channing Tatum’s character in Magic Mike, Michael Ealy as Ike Turner, Joy Bryant as Tina Turner and Regina Hall as Nicki Minaj.  Find out more about the film, what the actors were doing and why after the jump. 

New Trailer for ABOUT LAST NIGHT Starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, and Joy Bryant

by     Posted 1 year, 62 days ago

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A new trailer has just landed for director Steve Pink’s remake of the comedy About Last Night.  The film stars Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man) whose character’s relationship with his girlfriend (Regina Hall) is going stale, even as he sets his friend (Michael Ealy) up with his girl’s roommate (Joy Bryant).  There are plenty of honest laughs to be found but Hart absolutely steals every scene he’s in (at least in this trailer).

See what Pink had to say about the film in a recent interview, and keep an eye out for interviews with Hart, Hall and Ealy.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  Also starring Paula PattonAbout Last Night opens February 14, 2014.

Director Steve Pink Talks ABOUT LAST NIGHT, What Attracted Him to the Project, Why the Movie Was Due for a New Adaptation, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 62 days ago

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First, there was the play, “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” written by David Mamet.  Then, there was the 1986 feature film, About Last Night, starring Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins.  Now, a modern re-imagining of the classic romantic comedy, which follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world, is hitting theaters on February 14, 2014.  And back on October 25, 2012, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other press, to the set on the second-to-last day of shooting.

At the Broadway Bar in Downtown Los Angeles, a Halloween party was in full swing, with Kevin Hart as Channing Tatum’s character in Magic Mike, Michael Ealy as Ike Turner, Joy Bryant as Tina Turner and Regina Hall as Nicki Minaj.  Find out more about the film, what the actors were doing and why after the jump. 

First Red-Band Trailer for ABOUT LAST NIGHT Remake Starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, and Michael Ealy

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A very early debut trailer for director Steve Pink’s (Hot Tub Time Machine) remake of About Last Night has landed online.  The film is a redo of the 1986 Brat Pack romantic comedy of the same name that starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, and Elizabeth Perkins.  This iteration stars Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, and Michael Ealy and centers on a couple who start a romantic affair despite their friends’ disapproval.  Save for one use of the word “shit,” I can’t figure out why this qualifies as a “red-band” trailer.  The jokes aren’t exactly solid, and there’s an extended sequence with an unclothed Ealy that’s much more awkward than it is cute or charming.  That said, Hart and Hall have solid comedic chops so hopefully the full film delivers on the laughs.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  About Last Night opens on February 13, 2014.

Rebel Wilson and Director Leslye Headland Talk BACHELORETTE, Michael Bay’s PAIN AND GAIN, and the ABOUT LAST NIGHT Remake

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Now playing on VOD and opening in limited release this weekend is writer-director Leslye Headland‘s R rated comedy Bachelorette.  Here’s the official synopsis and trailer:

“On the night before an old friend’s wedding, three bridesmaids go searching for a little fun:  Regan (Kirsten Dunst) an overachieving, über-Maid of Honor who’s secretly smarting over the fact that she’s not the first to marry; Gena (Lizzy Caplan), a whip smart sarcastic who’s actually a closet romantic; and Katie (Isla Fisher), a ditzy beauty who loves the good life.  Though the bride to be (Rebel Wilson) insists on keeping the bachelorette party tame, the women proceed with an after-hours celebration of their own.  Bachelorette also stars Adam Scott, James Marsden and Kyle Bornheimer.”

During the recent Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Rebel Wilson and Leslye Headland.  We talked about how the film premiered on iTunes and the evolving distribution model, whether the script changed during production, and I got updates on the About Last Night remake and Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain (Wilson plays a supporting character).  Hit the jump to watch.

EASY A Director Will Gluck Is Producing a Remake of ABOUT LAST NIGHT for Screen Gems

by     Posted 3 years, 308 days ago

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Writer/director Will Gluck solidified his stature as a comedic voice to watch with last year’s Easy A, one of 2010′s funniest true comedies.  So you can be sure I’m watching closely as Variety reports Gluck is attached to produce a remake of the 1986 Brat Pack romantic comedy About Last Night… The original threw Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, and Elizabeth Perkins together for an adaptation of the 1974 David Mamet play Sexual Perversity, about “a couple who start a romantic affair despite their friends’ disapproval.”

For now, Gluck is only on board as producer, though he’ll help Screen Gems select a writer and director for the project.  As a director, Gluck has the Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis comedy Friends with Benefits due July 22, and will reunite with Easy A star Emma Stone for an untitled comedy.  Hit the jump for a trailer and synopsis for the original About Last Night.

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