GET HARD Trailer: Will Ferrell Enlists Kevin Hart to Prepare Him for Prison

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Warner Bros. has released the first Get Hard trailer for the upcoming crime comedy.  Marking the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen, the film stars Will Ferrell as a Bernie Madoff-type wealthy investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum security prison sentence.  The comedic pairing of Ferrell and Hart was already enough to make this worth seeing, but thankfully the movie also looks to be genuinely good.  There’s a twist on the premise as described that feels like a nice touch to keep it from feeling outdated (or offensive, really), and unsurprisingly there are more than a couple of really funny moments on display in this first look trailer.

Watch the first Get Hard trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. NelsonGet Hard opens in theaters on March 27, 2015.

Kevin Hart Talks Controlling Your Own Career, the Appeal of His Character, and More on the Set of THE WEDDING RINGER

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The Wedding Ringer (due out in theaters on January 16, 2015) is a comedy about lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be Doug Harris (Josh Gad), who needs to impress his in-laws and pull off the perfect wedding.  With less than two weeks until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides best men for socially challenged guys in need.  As the two of them try to fool everybody, a real friendship forms between Doug and his fake best man.

Back in October of 2013, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other press, to visit the set of The Wedding Ringer while they were shooting the big wedding scene at the Hollywood Methodist Church, and we were able to chat with some of the cast and filmmakers.  During a group interview, very busy funnyman Kevin Hart talked about the importance of controlling your own career, working at not losing touch with his audience, the appeal of this character, how this is a really funny movie with a great emotional backstory, why he and Josh Gad make such a great team, and how he relates to a guy that is so caught up in his work that he sometimes forgets about his personal life.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Collider Visits the Set of THE WEDDING RINGER; 18 Things to Know About the Comedy

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The Wedding Ringer (due out in theaters on January 16, 2015) is a comedy about lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be Doug Harris (Josh Gad), who needs to impress his in-laws and pull off the perfect wedding.  With less than two weeks until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need.  As the two of them try to pull off the perfect wedding, a real friendship forms between Doug and his fake best man.

Back on October 17, 2013, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other press, to visit the set of The Wedding Ringer while they were shooting the big wedding scene at the Hollywood Methodist Church, and we were able to chat with some of the cast and filmmakers.  And while the film is clearly a comedy, everyone involved stressed the fact that it is also about friendship and the bromance between Doug and Jimmy.  Hit the jump to find out more about what we learned on set.

Exclusive TOP FIVE Images Featuring Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, and Cedric the Entertainer

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I’m still waiting on my chance to see Paramount’s new Chris Rock comedy Top Five, which not only stars the comedian, but was written and directed by him as well.  The first trailer (along with the red band trailer) piqued my interest, and the fact that I don’t believe I know a single person who doesn’t like the film elevates it even further.  So while I wait to see the movie, I’ll take these exclusive images as something of a consolation prize in the meantime.

Check out the new Top Five images after the jump.  The film also stars Rosario DawsonJ.B. SmooveGabrielle UnionTracy MorganCedric the EntertainerKevin HartJerry SeinfeldAdam SandlerWhoopi GoldbergSherri ShepherdJay PharoahAnders Holm, and Michael Che, and features music by Questlove.  Top Five opens in theaters on December 12th.

Chris Rock Goes Heavy on the F-Bombs in New TOP FIVE Red-Band Trailer

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Top Five red-band trailer for writer/director/star Chris Rock’s upcoming comedy.  The comedian plays a loosely fictionalized version of himself in the film, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind.  This new red-band trailer is essentially just a NSFW version of the film’s previous trailer, with a few bits of new footage scattered throughout.  That doesn’t make it any less funny, though, and after the strong buzz at TIFF I’m looking forward to seeing the full film for myself.

Check out the new Top Five red-band trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Rosario DawsonJ.B. SmooveGabrielle UnionTracy MorganCedric the EntertainerKevin HartJerry SeinfeldAdam SandlerWhoopi GoldbergSherri ShepherdJay PharoahAnders Holm, and Michael Che, and features music by QuestloveTop Five opens in theaters on December 12th.

THE WEDDING RINGER Red Band Trailer Not Nearly as Funny as THE WEDDING RINGER Green Band Trailer

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I actually like raunchy R-rated comedies quite a bit, so please don’t take this criticism as coming from someone who’s offended.  I’m not.  I’m just not laughing.  I’d still go see The Wedding Ringer when it comes out in January, but it won’t be based off this trailer that’s for sure.  When I started this post, I hadn’t actually seen anything from the film yet (including the earlier trailer) and this red band trailer on its own had me almost ready to write the whole thing off.  But then I went back and watched the green band trailer and actually laughed.  There, I saw a movie that had some jokes and a sense of character.  Here, all I see is every possible use of “fuck” at the marketing team’s disposal, dumped into a trailer with little or no context.

So I’m almost posting this as an experiment.  I’m including the green band trailer again below the new red band trailer.  Tell me which one you actually think works (if at all).  The film was directed by Jeremy Garelick (who did The Break-Up - a movie I really like) and stars Josh Gad, Kevin HartKaley Cuoco-SweetingKen Howard, Olivia ThirlbyCloris LeachmanJenifer Lewis, and Mimi Rogers.  Hit the jump for The Wedding Ringer red band trailer.  The film opens in theaters on January 16, 2015.

Will Ferrell Prepares for Prison with Kevin Hart in First GET HARD Images

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Warner Bros. has released the first Get Hard images from the upcoming crime comedy.  Marking the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder scribe Etan Cohen, the film stars Will Ferrell as a Bernie Madoff-type wealthy investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum security prison sentence.  The prospect of pairing the comedic stylings of Ferrell and Hart is incredibly promising, and from the looks of these images their chemistry is going to be pretty great.  Moreover, the timely premise allows the duo to riff on topics that are especially relevant to our society at this point in time.

Take a look at the first Get Hard images after the jump, and check back here soon to watch the first trailer.  The film also stars Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. NelsonGet Hard opens in theaters on March 27, 2015.

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart Team Up for Rawson Marshall Thurber’s CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

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Central Intelligence hasn’t even gone into production yet, but it seems as though New Line could have a potential heavy hitter on their hands.  It’s being reported that Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart will step in front of the lens for Rawson Marshall Thurber in the spring.  Hart will play a high school sports star-turned-accountant who’s gearing up for a class reunion.  Prior to the event, he’s contacted by an old classmate (Johnson) who was the school bullies’ prime target back in the day.  Now, however, Johnson’s character is a CIA contract killer and he winds up recruiting Hart’s character to help him stop a plot to sell military secrets.

It’s a good thing those behind the film took their time with this one, whether it was intentional or not.  There’s no way a Dean Parisot-directed rendition with Ed Helms in Hart’s role could come close to the amount of hype Johnson and Hart’s version will spark.  Hit the jump for more on Central Intelligence.

TOP FIVE Trailer: Chris Rock Writes, Directs, and Stars in Cameo-Filled New Comedy

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Paramount Pictures has released the first Top Five trailer for the upcoming comedy from writer, director, and star Chris Rock.  The comedian plays a loosely fictionalized version of himself in the film, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind.  The picture was the highest profile acquisition of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, with Paramount paying a whopping $12.5 million in a bidding war to acquire the distribution rights to the film.  The movie looks a little like Chris Rock’s Funny People, as it takes some digs at his own career path, and there are a ton of cameos from a wide range of familiar faces.

Hit the jump to watch the Top Five trailer and click here to read Phil’s review from TIFF.  The film also stars Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, and Michael Che, and features music by Questlove.

Kevin Hart Is a Best Man for Hire in New THE WEDDING RINGER Trailer

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Sony Pictures has released a new The Wedding Ringer trailer for director Jeremy Garelick’s upcoming comedy.  The story revolves around an introverted yet successful tech entrepreneur (Josh Gad) who hires the owner of The Best Man Inc. (Kevin Hart) to be the perfect best man, assemble fake groomsmen, and throw a killer wedding party.  The movie has a lot going for it—a promising comedic duo, a fun premise, and a heartfelt friendship story at its center—and this trailer is quite funny.  I imagine this will be a sizable hit in the empty January moviegoing landscape, and it’s certainly nice to see Lost alum Jorge Garcia onscreen again.

Watch the new The Wedding Ringer trailer after the jump along with a few new images.  The film also stars Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Ken Howard, Olivia Thirlby, Cloris Leachman, Jenifer Lewis, and Mimi RogersThe Wedding Ringer opens in theaters on January 16, 2015.

Weekend Box Office: THINK LIKE A MAN TOO on Top with $30 Million; JERSEY BOYS Remains in Fourth

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Not much changed between Friday night and Sunday morning, at least in terms of box office position.  Sony is still on top with Think Like A Man Too, the sequel to 2012’s surprise hit.  The studio can also claim the second spot on the chart courtesy of 22 Jump Street, which held remarkably well considering its outsized debut last weekend.  How To Train Your Dragon 2 did not hold up quite as well, though it did stay ahead of new comer Jersey Boys.  Given the more modest expectations for director Clint Eastwood’s musical adaptation, however, that hardly counts as a victory for the DreamWorks sequel.

Title Weekend Total
1.  Think Like A Man Too $30,000,000 $30
2.  22 Jump Street $29,000,000 $111.4
3.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 $25,300,000 $95.1
4.  Jersey Boys $13,520,000 $13.5
5.  Maleficent $13,012,000 $185.9
6.  Edge of Tomorrow $10,340,000 $75.5
7.  The Fault in Our Stars $8,600,000 $98.7
8.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $6,200,000 $216.7
9.  Chef $1,845,000 $16.9
10.  Godzilla $1,820,000 $194.9

Full story after the break

Kevin Hart, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence J & Gary Owen Talk THINK LIKE A MAN TOO, Improvisation on the Set, Working with Tim Story, ENTOURAGE & RIDE ALONG 2

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At this point there’s no denying the ascension of Kevin Hart as the premier comic working today.  The man is omnipresent – even before going to see a film he’s not in, there he is – in a pre-show commercial – endorsing some Vitamin Water product.  Just this year – he’s already had two unexpected hits: the buddy cop comedy Ride Along and the Mamet-Lowe/Moore redux About Last NightThink Like a Man Too further cements Hart’s rise to comedic dominance.  In the (first) Think Like a Man, Hart was a supporting character, peppering in brief appearances throughout, commenting on the various character’s travails; here – in the sequel – he is very much the focus, most of the conflict in the film stemming from his antics.  Typically in a comedy, there is one ‘straight man’ asked to react indignantly to all the eccentric characters surrounding him (think Bradley Cooper in The Hangover films). Think Like a Man Too may be the only movie to reverse this ratio, having four ‘straight men’ (Romany Malco, Terrence J, Jerry Ferrara & Michael Ealy) reacting indignantly to one character (Hart) – proof of just how strong a comedic persona Hart has crafted.

In the following interview with Kevin Hart, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence J & Gary Owen, the foursome discuss the group dynamics at the heart of Think Like a Man Too, their working relationship with filmmaker Tim Story and the improvisational feel of the movie. In addition, Kevin Hart gives an update on Ride Along 2 and Jerry Ferrara discusses the Entourage movie.  Hit the jump to watch.

First THE WEDDING RINGER Trailer Teams Kevin Hart and Josh Gad for Wedding Farce

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Screen Gems has released the first Wedding Ringer trailer after debuting images last night.  The comedy centers on an introverted yet successful tech entrepreneur (Josh Gad) who hires the owner of The Best Man Inc. (Kevin Hart) to be the perfect best man and throw a killer wedding party.  I don’t know that this will be my cup of tea, but I think this has the makings of a January hit.  And I have a weird sort of admiration for a movie that lights the grandmother on fire.

Olivia Thirlby, Kaley Cuoco, Jorge Garcia, Affion Crockett, and Aaron Takahashi also star in The Wedding Ringer, directed by Jeremy GarelickThe Wedding Ringer opens January 16, 2015.  Watch the Wedding Ringer trailer after the break.

First THE WEDDING RINGER Images: Josh Gad Hires Kevin Hart to Be His Best Man

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Screen Gems has released the first The Wedding Ringer images featuring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad.  The comedy centers on an introverted yet successful tech entrepreneur (Gad) who hires the owner of Best Man Inc. (Hart) to be the perfect best man and throw a killer wedding party.  Hart describes the business model:

“I run a business where I’m a great best man for the right price.  But I do what has never been done before in this case.  I make this guy look like one of the most amazing people in the world.”

Olivia Thirlby, Kaley Cuoco, Jorge Garcia, Affion Crockett, and Aaron Takahashi also star in The Wedding Ringer, directed by Jeremy Garelick.  Hit the jump for the Wedding Ringer images, plus more quotes from Hart and Gad.

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.

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