Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. Talk Hard-R Comedy LET’S BE COPS, Nudity, Improvising, Joe Swanberg’s DIGGING FOR FIRE, and More

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I’ll admit it: director Luke Greenfield’s Let’s Be Cops just wasn’t on my radar.  While I’m a fan of Greenfield’s The Girl Next Door, I wasn’t sure what to expect with his new comedy starring  Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson.  However, after watching the great-looking red band trailer at CinemaCon, I think we might have an early contender for box office surprise of the summer.  If you haven’t heard of the film, Let’s Be Cops stars Johnson and Wayans Jr. as two friends who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms and a car purchased on eBay, but in the midst of all their fun they run into trouble with a dangerous Russian mobster.  The film also stars Nina DobrevRob RiggleJames D’Arcy, and Keegan-Michael Key and it opens August 13th.

Shortly after presenting the trailer at CinemaCon, I landed an exclusive video interview with Johnson and Wayans Jr.  They talked about how the project came together, how much was improvised, the test screenings, how it’s a hard R-rated comedy with nudity (they say it’s like the 80s movies where it’s a big comedy, then it turns and the action happens), deleted scenes, working with Greenfield, the promotional tour for the film, and more.  In addition, Wayans Jr. talked about his upcoming standup tour and Johnson discussed about his small role in Jurassic World and how he’s about to start filming director Joe Swanberg’s next film Digging for Fire, which starts filming soon and will also star Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Brie Larson.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Red-Band Trailer for LET’S BE COPS Starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr.

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for director Luke Greenfield’s (The Girl Next Door) comedy Let’s Be Cops.  The film stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two friends who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms and a car purchased on eBay, but in the midst of all their fun they run into trouble with a dangerous Russian mobster.  This debut red-band trailer does a nice job of selling the comedy and chemistry of Johnson and Wayans Jr., who have shined on TV with standout roles in New Girl and Happy Endings, respectively (and now both are on New Girl).  The plot is mostly in the background and it remains to be seen whether it’s strong enough to carry the story to feature length, but for now the movie looks to be quite funny.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Nina Dobrev, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy, and Keegan-Michael KeyLet’s Be Cops opens August 13th.

Fox Orders Zooey Deschanel Pilot THE NEW GIRL – Update: J.J. Abrams Drama ALCATRAZ Likely Next

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Upfronts are next week, which means every broadcast network has a day set aside to announce new series and renewal decisions.  Fox is getting an early start with a series order for the comedy pilot The New Girl (formerly titled Chicks and Dicks).  Zooey Deschanel stars as “a quirky teacher who moves in with three guys — the cynic, the player and the man-child — after being dumped.”  Jake M. Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Damon Wayans Jr. play the three guys; Hannah Simone also stars.  Wayans Jr. currently stars in the ABC sitcom Happy Endings, which is on the bubble.  If ABC renews the series, Fox will have to recast Wayans’ role.  No Strings Attached writer Liz Meriwether created the series.  Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard) directed the single-camera pilot.

[Update: A new report suggests Fox is near a deal to pick up the J.J. Abrams-produced drama Alcatraz.  Details after the break.]

[Update 2: Click here for more Fox scheduling news, including the cancellation of Breaking In, Traffic Light, The Chicago Code, and Human Target]

Hit the jump for more on the shape of Fox in the coming television year.

High Quality Set Photos From Adam McKay’s THE OTHER GUYS Starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg

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Never have I seen “set photos” that look this good.  These look like official stills from Sony.  I don’t know how many shots the photographer took (and he or she clearly used a real camera and not a cell phone) but almost all of these all look like they’re in the movie.  I hesitate to call them “stills” because if Sony really shot these and they’re official, why would the studio let them leak out like this?  I just can’t believe the quality on these.  Hit the jump to see these set photos/”stills” of Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Damon Wayans Jr. and Rob Riggle.

Michael Keaton, Damon Wayans Jr. and Eva Mendes join Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in THE OTHER GUYS

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Eva Mendes sure likes to keep busy. Since 2007 she has appeared in seven films, not counting the two in post-production or the one she is currently filming. Though that group includes such notables as “The Women” and the direct-to-DVD “Cleaner,” Mendes is still an actress in demand. She has just been signed to co-star in “The Other Guys,” the latest collaboration between Will Ferrell and his “Anchorman” director Adam McKay. Hit the jump for more info on the project.

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