Adam Scott and Clark Duke Reveal HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 Will Be Released March 2014

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It appears that the Hot Tub Time Machine sequel will be hitting theaters sooner rather than later.  Production on Hot Tub Time Machine 2 took place this past summer with Steve Pink returning to direct and Clark Duke, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Chevy Chase reprising their roles from the 2010 time travel comedy, but Adam Scott took over the lead role from John Cusack, playing the grown-up son of Cusack’s character.  While the film was expected to be in theaters sometime next year, we recently interviewed Scott and Clark in anticipation of the release of the comedy A.C.O.D., and the duo revealed that Hot Tub Time Machine 2 may be in theaters by March 2014.

“I think Hot Tub comes out in the spring,” said Scott, after which Duke chimed in and clarified, “In March.”  A specific date is unclear, but the first film hit theaters on March 26, 2010 and became a modest box office hit.  Look for our full interview with Scott and Duke on Collider soon.

Brenton Thwaites Gets THE GIVER; ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY and HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 Add to Cast

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Check out the latest casting news below:

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

Tye Sheridan to Star in GRASS STAINS, Chevy Chase and Gillian Jacobs Join HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 and Bill Irwin Joins Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Tye Sheridan has graduated from Mud and will move on to Grass Stains, a coming-of-age indie from writer-director Kyle Wilamowski.  Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing) is also in negotiations to star.
  • Community co-stars Chevy Chase and Gillian Jacobs will reunite in Hot Tub Time Machine 2.  Chase will reprise his role as the advice-dispensing repairman while Jacobs will take on the female lead.
  • Bill Irwin (Rachel Getting Married) will join Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film, Interstellar.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. 

Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson Talk PEEPLES, Branching Out from their Comfort Zones, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2, and More

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There’s an interesting pairing schematic to this week’s Tyler Perry produced comedy Peeples. Craig Robinson and Kerry Washington star as a seemingly perfect couple… The only hitch: she’s yet to introduce her beau to the family (David Alan Grier & S. Epatha Merkerson). Both Robinson and Grier are primarily thought of as comedians, the former – a utility player in pretty much every comedy of the past five years, the latter – a founding member of one of the great sketch comedy shows: In Living Color. Their other halves however are played by dramatic actresses: Washington – the elusive object of affection in Django Unchained, Merkerson – the longest running cast member of Law & Order. The intermingling of drama and comedy performers lends the film a strong balance as a ‘dramedy’. Sure Peeples is a familiar riff on Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner/Meet the Parents; but it’s also a surprisingly charming film – and that can all be attributed to the cast and their interplay within.

In the following interview with Robinson and Washington, the duo discuss how Peeples allowed them to branch out from their comfort zones and how they choose film projects given their heavy television schedules. Robinson also discusses his penchant for playing children’s teachers (the comedian has a background in education) and gives a brief update on the status of Hot Tub Time Machine 2. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Adam Scott in Talks to Lead HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2; John Cusack Will Not Return

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A bit of a casting change is being made for the sequel to the 2010 comedy Hot Tub Time Machine.  Unfortunately John Cusack—the star of the first film—is not returning for follow-up, but on the plus side the very funny Adam Scott is in talks to take over the leading role in the sequel.  The Parks and Recreation star is in early negotiations to play an entirely new leading man in the film, as it appears that Cusack’s character will be written out.  Original cast members Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke are all nearing deals to return, as is director Steve Pink.  Hit the jump for more.

Craig Robinson Talks THIS IS THE END, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2, His NBC Pilot MR. ROBINSON, and More

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At WonderCon a few days ago, I landed an extended video interview with Craig Robinson.  While he was in attendance to help promote Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s awesome-looking end of the world comedy, This Is the End (click here for the red band trailer and our panel recap), we also talked about the Hot Tub Time Machine sequel (which he says starts to film in June, and John Cusack may return), and his NBC pilot that’s now called Mr. Robinson.

For those not familiar with This is the End, the R rated comedy stars everyone in Hollywood (Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jason Segel, Danny McBrideCraig RobinsonMichael Cera, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Jay Baruchel, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Martin Starr, and more), and it looks to be one of the better films this summer.  Hit the jump for what Robinson had to say about all of his projects, and circle June 14, 2013 on your calendar because that’s when This is the End is due out in theaters.

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE Sequel Films This June; John Cusack May Return

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As Brendan said last month, Hot Tub Time Machine had the reputation of being a flop based on a mediocre $14 million opening weekend, but the movie had legs, reaching $50 million domestic and it is exactly the kind of R-rated comedy that finds a second life on DVD and cable reruns.  This explains why MGM has been developing a sequel with director Steve Pink.  While we previously reported that Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke were set to reprise their roles in the sequel, the big story was that John Cusack might not be coming back.

However, when I spoke to Robinson earlier today at WonderCon for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This Is The End, he told me “negotiations are still going” with the cast and he made it sound like Cusack might be coming back.  In addition, he said filming begins this June and he’s seen an early version of the script.  Since the first film featured a tremendous amount of improv, I’d imagine whatever script he’s seen will have a lot of changes on set.  Hit the jump to see what Robinson had to say about the sequel and to watch the trailer for the first film.  Look for more of my interview with Robinson soon.

MGM Wants HOT TUB TIME MACHINE Sequel; John Cusack May Not Return

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Hot Tub Time Machine has a reputation has a flop based on a mediocre $14 million opening weekend.  But the movie had legs, reaching $50 million domestic.  And it is exactly the kind of R-rated comedy that finds a second life on DVD and cable reruns.  Add everything up, and there is apparently enough incentive for MGM to enter into “exploratory talks” with Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke to reprise their roles for a sequel, according to Heat VisionJohn Cusack, the lead in the original, is curiously not involved at this stage.

Steve Pink is also in talks to return as director.  Pink would work out the story with Corddry.  No details are available yet, but a hunch: The gang goes back in time to the wacky 1990s this time.  There is no guarantee that a deal will come together, but if one does, production will reportedly be fast-tracked.  As a fan of the cast and time travel, sounds good to me.  Hit the jump to revisit the nostalgia of 2009 and watch the trailer.

John Cusack Talks THE RAVEN, Twitter, THE PAPERBOY, THE FROZEN GROUND, the Experimental NO SOMOS ANIMALES, and More

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Opening this weekend is director James McTeigue‘s (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) The Raven.  If you’re not familiar with the film, the story takes place in 1840s Baltimore where a series of grisly murders appear to have been inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe (played by John Cusack).  Poe and a detective (Luke Evans) must team up to find the killer before he takes out the woman Poe loves (Alice Eve).  The film also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Brendan Gleeson.   For more on the film, here’s the trailer and 40 images.

Last week I got to sit down with John Cusack for an extended video interview.  We talked about how The Raven came together, his research, Twitter (you can follow him here), which of his previous films people always want to talk about, if we’ll ever get a sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine, his upcoming projects like The Paperboy, The Frozen Ground, filming the experimental No Somos Animales in Argentina, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE DVD Review

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Hot Tub Time Machine is way better than it has any right to be.  It’s the story of three forty-something men, Adam (John Cusack), Lou (Rob Cordry) and Nick (Craig Robinson).  Once upon a time, twenty years ago, the guys were best friends who would cut loose at a ski resort in Kodiak Valley.  None of them are happy with the current states of their lives, highlighted by Lou’s recent episode of falling asleep in a parked car/suicide attempt (the exact verdict here depends on who’s making the call).  In an attempt to relive some past glory, the trio – along with Adam’s nephew Jacob (Clark Duke) – rolls to Kodiak Valley.  Only the place is nowhere near what they remembered it as.  It’s now a fallen paradise of boarded up shops and ratty hangouts.  And that’s when a repairman played by Chevy Chase shows up to fix the broken hot tub in their nasty motel room.  After he tinkers with it, the guys hop in and soon find themselves back in 1986 – the last year they rocked it in Kodiak.  More after the jump:

Weekend Box Office – $43.3 Million For HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

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After siphoning away 30% of Alice in Wonderland‘s precious 3D screens, Dreamworks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon was the big winner this weekend – although its total may have been a bit under what the studio was hoping for.

Title Weekend Total
1 How to Train Your Dragon $43,300,000 $43.3
2 Alice in Wonderland $17,300,000 $293.1
3 Hot Tub Time Machine $13,650,000 $13.6
4 The Bounty Hunter $12,400,000 $38.8
5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid $10,000,000 $35.7
6 She’s Out of My League $3,526,000 $25.6
7 Green Zone $3,350,000 $30.4
8 Shutter Island $3,175,000 $120.6
9 Repo Men $3,048,000 $11.3
10 Our Family Wedding $2,200,000 $16.7

Friday Box Office – HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Underwhelms with $12.2 Million Debut

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Audiences have not yet tired of paying 30% more to see a mediocre movie in three dimensions, but if last night’s box office estimates are to be believed the novelty is fading fast. Dreamworks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon opened with $12.2 million from 4,055 theatres and seems destined for a weekend in the $45 million range. That’s significantly under the $40 million Alice in Wonderland opened with on a Friday three weeks back and is even under the $14 million Martin Scorsese’s dimensionally-challenged Shutter Island opened to in February. Considering the big theatre count and the higher prices, this is a disappointment for Dreamworks. And speaking of disappointments, it looks like MGM can’t count on Hot Tub Time Machine to pull them out of their death spiral. The comedy debuted with $4.5 million on Friday and is now expected to come in at around $14 million for the weekend. Full three day details when you check back tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 How to Train Your Dragon $12,200,000 $12.2
2 Alice in Wonderland $4,700,000 $280.5
3 Hot Tub Time Machine $4,500,000 $4.5
4 The Bounty Hunter $4,000,000 $30.4
5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid $2,900,000 $28.6

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE Review

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It’s no small feat to set a movie in the 80s without drowning in nostalgia, making too many winking asides to decade’s sillier aspects, and poke fun at the time travel genre at the same time, but Hot Tub Time Machine manages to pull it off.  The film is at its best when it’s fearlessly silly and allows its leads to be as disgusting, confused, profane, and as over-the-top as the scene requires.   The triple threat of comedic actors Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke make the movie one that you’ll be laughing steadily throughout and discussing your favorite jokes after you leave.

Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, and Craig Robinson Interview HOT TUB TIME MACHINE

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You’re going to see the phrase “[laughs]” a lot during this interview because Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, and Craig Robinson are, unsurprisingly, hilarious.  They’re all fantastic in their new movie Hot Tub Time Machine, and chances are that if you’re laughing at something in that movie, it’s because one of these guys delivered a joke.

I tried my best to get the tone of the interview right, but I’ll just put it this way: Corddry was cracking jokes left and right, Clark Duke has a wit so fast it will make your head spin, and Robinson was delightfully deadpan.  Among the topics discussed was advertising on porn sites, previous versions of the script, what accent people from the future would talk with, and Craig’s band, Nasty Deliciously, performing in the film.  Hit the jump to read the interview although be warned there are some spoilers.

Hot Tub Time Machine hits theaters March 26th.

Director Steve Pink Interview HOT TUB TIME MACHINE

by     Posted 4 years, 23 days ago

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Some writer-directors of comedy movies aren’t funny in interviews.  It’s surprising, but it happens.  However, Steve Pink is not one of those people.  He’s also very smart.  He wrote Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity and directed the underrated Accepted. His latest film, Hot Tub Time Machine, is damn funny and he had the skill to pull off a film that embraced the silliness of the 1980s but never insulted it.

I got to interview Pink at a press junket for the film a couple weeks ago.  Among other topics, we discussed the references in the film, how it approached the 80s versus the present, the mechanics of time travel and how to balance it with the comedy, and the film’s fantastic soundtrack.  There was also a long discussion about a moral question the film poses but since that involves the ending, I’ve stationed it off with spoiler alert tags.

Hit the jump to read the full interview.  Hot Tub Time Machine hits theaters on March 26th.

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