A new Universal picture is teaming up NBA superstar LeBron James and stand-up stand-out Kevin Hart (This Is the End) in the sports comedy, Ballers. The odd-sized duo will play a pair of brothers, with the 5’3″ Hart literally living in the shadow of his 6’8″ sibling-turned-pro athlete. The script, co-written by Hart and his writing partners Joey Wells, Chris Spencer and Harry Ratchford, gives the smaller brother a chance to shine when he and his buddies attend a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami. As soon as Hart and Co. turn in the script, the studio will start looking to sign a director. Production is scheduled to start next summer during James’ off-season. Hit the jump for more.
New high-resolution images from a trio of upcoming releases have landed online. Briefly:
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – A new image from director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel features Jamie Foxx’s villain pre-transformation, along with hi-res versions of a couple of previously released photos. The film opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
- Out of the Furnace – A large batch of new hi-res images from director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama, starring Christian Bale as an ex-con who goes searching for his missing brother (Casey Affleck). The film opens on December 6th.
- Grudge Match – A few new images from the Robert De Niro/Sylvester Stallone comedy, which revolves around a rematch between two old, bitter boxing rivals. The film opens on Christmas Day.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images.
In the past, director Tim Story has been incredibly successful when working with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. His 2002 film with Ice Cube, Barbershop made $75 million, and last year’s Think Like a Man with Kevin Hart made almost $100 million. That’s particularly impressive when you consider that each film only cost $12 million. Now he’s got both actors in the same movie with the action-comedy Ride Along. The film stars Hart as a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-tempered cop (Ice Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband. Click here to watch the trailer.
During a visit to the set last December, a group of fellow reporters and I got a chance to sit down with Story and talk about the chemistry between his lead actors, trying to shoot around the Christmastime decorations around Atlanta, how the movie drew inspiration from Training Day, and more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. Ride Along opens January 17, 2014.
Universal has released a new trailer and images for Tim Story’s action-comedy, Ride Along. The film stars Kevin Hart as a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-tempered cop (Ice Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband. This new trailer is big on pushing the relationship between Hart and Ice Cube’s characters, and there are some nice laughs in here.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and click on the respective links for my visit to the set and interviews with Hart and Ice Cube. The film also stars John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen, and Laurence Fishburne. Ride Along opens January 17, 2014.
I live in Atlanta, so it was a short trip when I visited the set of Ride Along on December 5, 2012. A group of reporters and I went down to downtown Atlanta to watch some of the filming and talk to director Tim Story along with some of the cast. Briefly, the film stars Kevin Hart as a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-tempered cop (Ice Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband. Hart is one of the hottest comedians working today, and Ice Cube gave one of my favorite comic in recent memory with 21 Jump Street, so it’s a good mix, and they talked about their chemistry on-set. We also spoke with director Tim Story (Barbershop) about working with his two comic leads, the script, and making a comedic version of Training Day. Yes, Training Day.
Hit the jump to read about my visit to the set. The film also stars Tika Sumpter, John Leguizamo, Bryan Callen, and Laurence Fishburne.
Universal has released the poster, four images, and four set photos for Tim Story‘s upcoming action-comedy, Ride Along. The film stars Kevin Hart as a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-tempered cop (Ice Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband. The studio is pretty hot on the film, and has already started work on a sequel. Click here for the trailer.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and images, and click on the respective links for my set report, and interviews with Ice Cube and Hart. The film also stars John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen, and Laurence Fishburne. Ride Along opens January 17, 2014.
If you were to make a list of actors who were on the verge of breaking out in a big way, Kevin Hart would have to be on it. In some ways, he’s already broken out. His comedy special Let Me Explain was released in theaters. It cost $2.5 million to make. It grossed almost 13 times that. He’s not only a comedian that can put a comedy special in movie theaters (who else has done that recently?), but make them hits. Now he’s starring in an action comedy alongside Ice Cube in Ride Along. He plays a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-tempered cop (Ice Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband.
I visited the set last December, and during a group interview with Hart we talked how this movie compares with other buddy cop action movies, the differences between working on stage and on films, moving to a new phase in his career, and more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. Ride Along opens January 17, 2014.
First, there was the play, “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” written by David Mamet. Then, there was the 1986 feature film, About Last Night, starring Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins. Now, a modern re-imagining of the classic romantic comedy, which follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world, is hitting theaters on February 14, 2014. And back on October 25, 2012, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other press, to the set on the second-to-last day of shooting.
At the Broadway Bar in Downtown Los Angeles, a Halloween party was in full swing, with Kevin Hart as Channing Tatum’s character in Magic Mike, Michael Ealy as Ike Turner, Joy Bryant as Tina Turner and Regina Hall as Nicki Minaj. Find out more about the film, what the actors were doing and why after the jump.
A new trailer has just landed for director Steve Pink’s remake of the comedy About Last Night. The film stars Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man) whose character’s relationship with his girlfriend (Regina Hall) is going stale, even as he sets his friend (Michael Ealy) up with his girl’s roommate (Joy Bryant). There are plenty of honest laughs to be found but Hart absolutely steals every scene he’s in (at least in this trailer).
See what Pink had to say about the film in a recent interview, and keep an eye out for interviews with Hart, Hall and Ealy. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. Also starring Paula Patton, About Last Night opens February 14, 2014.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Peter Segal’s (The Longest Yard) upcoming comedy Grudge Match. Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro star as two retired professional boxers who used to be boxers. When they end up getting into a fight while filming mo-cap for a boxing video game, an official rematch is planned and the older gentlemen now have to get into shape. While a boxing movie starring Stallone and De Niro could have easily been a straight drama, this trailer shows that Grudge Match is very much a comedy—complete with a Rocky gag and plenty of “you’re so old that ___” jokes. There’s also a bit with a creepy CGI’d version of Stallone’s younger self retiring from acting, but overall the chemistry between the two and their trainers (played by Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin) looks fairly promising.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Kim Basinger, and Camden Grey. Grudge Match opens on Christmas Day.
New images have been released from the upcoming films:
- Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, and the Channel 4 News Team stay classy in two new images. The film stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell. The sequel opens December 20th.
- Prisoners – Three new images from the crime-thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on September 20th.
- Grudge Match – The first official image from the film starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Jon Bernthal, Camden Gray, and Kim Basinger. The comedy gets into a crowded box office ring on December 25th.
Hit the jump to check out the images.
Universal Pictures has released the first teaser trailer and some images for director Tim Story’s (Think Like a Man) upcoming comedy Ride Along. The film stars Kevin Hart as a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-tempered cop (Ice Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband. Hart and Cube are both proven comedic talents in their own right, but this trailer teases some excellent chemistry between the two in Ride Along, which looks like yet another promising new entry in the buddy cop genre alongside the likes of 21 Jump Street and The Heat. Universal was so happy with the initial cut of Ride Along that they’re already working on a sequel to the pic, and judging by this teaser trailer it’s not hard to see why.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and images. The film also stars John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen, and Laurence Fishburne. Ride Along opens on January 17, 2014.
Judd Apatow‘s past collaborators have exceeded him. Left to make a movie without his direct oversight, stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson have made a film with the influence of Apatow’s past work, but none of his recent weaknesses. That’s not to say that these actors are only indebted to Apatow or that their comic talent came from working with the successful writer/director/producer. But they’ve all worked with him in the past, and their latest effort, guided by a script and direction from Rogen and Evan Goldberg, leaves behind comic one-upmanship and endless riffing to provide a balanced comic dynamic that’s able to navigate a loose plot to big laughs.
Two frequent comedy scene-stealers are teaming up to headline a film of their own. Josh Gad (Love & Other Drugs) and Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man) have been set to star in an untitled buddy comedy for Screen Gems and Miramax, per Deadline. Hart will play a charismatic guy who provides Best Man services for socially challenged gentlemen that have trouble finding Best Men of their own. Gad will play a man who seeks out Hart’s services, but he creates an even bigger problem by lying about the names of nine other groomsmen along with his Best Man. The two then proceed with carrying out the wedding rouse.
Jeremy Garelick, who scripted the film alongside Jay Lavender, will make his directorial debut on the project. Garelick previously co-wrote the 2006 film The Break Up. After wowing audiences on Broadway in Book of Mormon, Gad landed his own TV show with NBC’s recently cancelled 1600 Penn. He’s a consistent comedic talent and should make for a strong pairing with the very sharp Hart, who stars alongside Ice Cube in the upcoming cop comedy Ride Along.
Sequels are already in the works for two upcoming cop comedies. Buzz is strong for Bridesmaids director Paul Feig’s buddy cop comedy The Heat, and Deadline reports that screenwriter Katie Dippold has been tapped to start working on the script for a follow-up months before the first film even opens. The pic stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as a by-the-books FBI agent and a rough-around-the-edges local Boston cop, respectively, who team up to take down a drug lord. The film’s red-band trailer promises plenty of laughs and great chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and the pic’s June 28th release date shows big confidence from 20th Century Fox. Hit the jump for news of a sequel to Ride Along.