Universal Pictures has released synopses for their upcoming films 2 Guns and Identity Thief. Briefly, 2 Guns is an action flick that stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong. As for Identity Thief, the comedy stars Jason Bateman as a man who goes to great lengths to get his identity back from a con artist (Melissa McCarthy).
Hit the jump to check out the synopses. 2 Guns opens August 16, 2013. Identity Thief opens February 8, 2013.
In a summer packed with R-rated comedies, 30 Minutes or Less is the last one out the gate. It’s not the most emotionally fulfilling (Bridesmaids), it’s not the one that delivers the most laughs (Horrible Bosses), and it’s certainly not the worst (The Hangover Part II). What 30 Minutes or Less has working for it is that it’s short. There’s hardly an ounce of fat on it and it races from scene to scene trying to get as many laughs in as possible. The comic ensemble does a terrific job and while director Ruben Fleischer doesn’t show off the visual flair he demonstrated in Zombieland, he keeps the movie crass, fast, and funny.
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.
There’s nothing like starting off your Friday afternoon with a nice big bowl of casting news. For starters, Jessica Chastain (upcoming The Tree of Life, alongside Brad Pitt and Sean Penn) has signed on to The Help. According to THR, the DreamWorks film is adapted from the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett and the story will center around “black maids working in white households in the early 1960s in Jackson, Miss.” As we let you know back in April, Viola Davis (Doubt) is already set to star in the film and, since that time, Emma Stone has also joined the cast.
Hit the jump to catch up on the rest of your well-balanced afternoon casting news including Fred Ward joining 30 Minutes or Less and Elias Koteas signing up for the Winnie Mandela biopic, cleverly entitled Winnie.
Armored may not a blockbuster extravaganza filled with Hollywood’s biggest stars, but from what I’ve seen, it looks like a tight little action-thriller and that’s good enough for me. I am hoping it’s good because you don’t want this film to be a travesty and then face the fact that director Nimrod Antal is going to be making Predators. Still, I have faith and hopefully these five new clips from the film will inspire some faith in you as well.
Hit the jump to check out the clips along with a brief synopsis. Armored hits theaters on December 4th.
I’m not sure what to make of this one. It’s obvious that Michael Cera needs to branch out if he’s going to keep a steady career going, and he’s certainly doing that with “Youth in Revolt.” Cera plays a 16-year-old who desperately wants his “dream girl,” Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday), to notice him. As any sane person would do, he creates a bad-ass alter-ego for himself who can get the job done and secure the girl. Check out the trailer after the jump.