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.

RIDE ALONG Blu-ray Review

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How do you freshen up the buddy cop action comedy genre?  Well, you might want to start by casting veteran multi-hyphenate Ice Cube as the hard-nosed, bad-tempered cop, and current hot ticket Kevin Hart as the over-ambitious and underprepared wannabe.  Next, add a family aspect that adds an extra layer of tension and emotion to their relationship.  Then, let their personalities run wild in a setup that blends intense action alongside laugh-out-loud comedy with just the right amount of heart.  Tim Story’s Ride Along followed this incredibly specific formula to great success, enough to inspire Universal to greenlight a sequel.  If you missed it in the theaters, you’re in luck since it’s now available on home video.  Hit the jump for my Ride Along Blu-ray review.

Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, and the Cast of THINK LIKE A MAN TOO Talk Sequels, Improvisation, and Filming in a Casino in Our Set Visit Interview

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The ensemble comedy Think Like a Man, inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, was a huge hit, naturally leading to a sequel that will be bringing all of the couples back for a wedding in Las Vegas, when it hits theaters on June 20th, what was supposed to be a romantic weekend goes terribly awry when their various misadventures, and the bachelor and bachelorette parties, get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.  Back on June 13, 2013, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other press, to visit the Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino set of Think Like a Man Too and chat with the cast and filmmakers.

One thing that was evident from the scenes that we watched on set was that the cast – Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Romany Malco, Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union and newest addition Wendi McLendon-Covey – was dedicated to making the sequel as funny as possible.  They improvised countless versions of lines, each getting a laugh from whoever was in earshot around the casino.  While there, I was able to participate in a small press conference with the cast, and you can check out what they had to say after the jump.   

Nicholas Stoller Talks Seth Rogen/Kevin Hart 1940s Cop Comedy BLACK AND WHITE; Hopes to Make It His Next Film

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Filmmaker Nicholas Stoller set an incredibly high bar for himself by knocking it out of the park with his directorial debut feature Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  The 2008 comedy offered a fantastic blend of incredibly funny, R-rated comedy and serious heart, refusing to shy away from that emotional aspects of Jason Segel’s lead character, which made the story that much more affecting—and funny.  He followed that up with 2010’s rock star comedy Get Him to the Greek and 2012’s more dramatic The Five-Year Engagement, and in between he also co-wrote the scripts for The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted.  But now for his next directorial effort, Stoller ready to tackle an ambitious period piece.

Steve recently sat down with Stoller to discuss his latest comedy, Neighbors, and during the course of their discussion Stoller talked about what he hopes will be his next project, a 1940s buddy cop comedy tentatively titled Black and White.  He said the film revolves around the first white cop/black cop pairing and describes it as a bit of a Baz Luhrmann world.  Hit the jump for much more.

Jamie Foxx and Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in BLACK PHANTOM; Tim Story May Direct

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Screen Gems is putting together a promising package for the new film Black PhantomVariety reports that Jamie Foxx and Kevin Hart are in talks to star in the pic, while Hart’s Ride Along director Tim Story is in discussions to take the helm.  The story revolves around a double-crossed mob hitman who enlists the help of the same hitman who had been sent to kill him, the Black Phantom.  The genre of the pic is unclear, but with Hart onboard there’s no doubt at least some comedic element to the film.  Story and Hart made Ride Along to great success, with the film scoring $140 million at the worldwide box office and spawning a sequel, which is expected to begin filming this year.

Foxx has two high profile films opening this year, as he plays the primary villain Electro in Sony’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this May and stars opposite the young Quvenzhane Wallis in Sony’s musical redo Annie.  Hart is next set to shoot the comedy Get Hard opposite Will Ferrell.

Warner Bros. Sets 2015 Release Dates for Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart Comedy GET HARD and Liam Neeson Actioner RUN ALL NIGHT

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Warner Bros. has announced early 2015 release dates for a pair of upcoming films.  The studio will release the comedy Get Hard on March 27, 2015, where it will square off against Neill Blomkamp’s (Elysium) sci-fi comedy Chappie and the animated spinoff The Penguins of MadagascarGet Hard stars Will Ferrell as a wealthy investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum security prison sentence. Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 screenwriter Etan Cohen makes his directorial debut on the pic, which starts production this spring.

Additionally, the studio will release director Jaume Collet-Serra’s (Unknown) actioner Run All Night on February 6, 2015 directly opposite the long-delayed fantasy film Seventh SonRun All Night stars Liam Neeson as an aging hitman who, in order to protect his wife and son, must take on his former boss in a single night.  The film also stars Joel Kinnaman and Ed Harris and marks the third collaboration between Neeson and Collet-Serra, who most recently teamed up on Non-Stop.

RIDE ALONG 2 Moving Forward with Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and Director Tim Story Poised to Return

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Even before Ride Along hit theaters, Universal Pictures made it clear that they were high on the film by putting the wheels in motion for a potential sequel.  The buddy comedy opened last month to an incredibly impressive $41.5 million opening weekend, going on to gross $120 million worldwide against a reported budget of just $25 million.  With that kind of success, it’s no surprise that Deadline reports Ride Along 2 is now firmly moving forward with Tim Story returning as director and deals closing for Ice Cube and Kevin Hart to reprise their roles as an Atlanta detective and his brother-in-law, respectively.  Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are also returning to pen the screenplay for the follow-up.

Production on Ride Along 2 is expected to get underway in late June or early July, and the follow-up will reportedly have more action and is being envisioned as more multi-cultural.  Hart is currently gearing up to shoot the comedy Get Hard with Will Ferrell this March, and Cube will be seen this summer in the sequel 22 Jump Street.

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

First Trailer for THINK LIKE A MAN TOO Starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, and Gabrielle Union

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Screen Gems has released the debut trailer for director Tim Story’s comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too. The follow-up finds the central couples gathering for a wedding in Las Vegas, but their romantic plans are subsequently sidelined when various misadventures ensue as the separate bachelor and bachelorette parties get underway.  The film looks to be a solid comedy slightly in the vein of The Hangover that gives equal time to both the male and female characters, and it should do swell business when it opens in the heat of the summer if the first film’s $96 million worldwide gross is any indication.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Megan Good, Jerry Ferrara, Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Adam Brody, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Terrence J, Jennifer Lewis, Gary Owen, David Walton, and Dennis HaysbertThink Like a Man Too opens on June 20th.

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.

John Boyega Leads Jesse Owens Biopic, RACE; Kevin Hart Lends His Voice to a Pair of Animated Family Films for Universal and DreamWorks Animation Studios

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Here’s a look at the latest casting news:

  • John Boyega (Attack the Block) will lead the Jesse Owens biopic, Race, directed by Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) from a script by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel.
  • Louis C.K. (Louie), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) and Kevin Hart (Ride Along) will lend their voices to Universal’s 3D animated The Untitled Pets Project, opening February 12, 2016.
  • Ed Helms (The Office) and Kevin Hart (Ride Along) will voice characters in DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants, also starring Nick Kroll (The League), Jordan Peele (Key and Peele), and Thomas Middleditch (The Wolf of Wall Street), for director Rob Letterman.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

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