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.

Weekend Box Office: RIDE ALONG Sets New MLK Record with $41.2 Million Debut

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Ride Along has established a new record for the three-day MLK Day weekend.  Estimates put the comedy at $41.2 million after three days.  That tops the former record of $40 million, established by Cloverfield back in 2008.  Surpassing even its most optimistic early projections, Ride Along has also secured the best January debut of all time while effectively eclipsing the frame’s other debuts, including Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Ride Along $41,200,000 $41.2
2.  Lone Survivor $23,200,000 $74
3.  The Nut Job $20,550,000 $20.5
4.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $17,200,000 $17.2
5.  Frozen $11,971,000 $332.6
6.  American Hustle $10,600,000 $116.4
7.  Devil’s Due $8,500,000 $8.5
8.  August: Osage County $7,592,000 $18.1
9.  The Wolf of Wall Street $7,500,000 $90.2
10.  Saving Mr. Banks $4,147,000 $75.3

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart Talk RIDE ALONG, How the Project Came Together, What They Learned About One Another, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Tim Story’s comedy Ride Along.  The film stars Kevin Hart as a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s (Tika Sumpter) brother, a hot-tempered cop (Ice Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband.  As you can see in the trailers, what ensues are a series of wild adventures that lead them straight to the most notorious criminal in the city.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Cube and Hart.  They talked about how the project came together, what they learned about one another while making the film, and Cube talked about how you sometimes have to worry about working with comedians but that wasn’t the case working with Kevin Hart.  Hit the jump to watch.

Kevin Hart Talks RIDE ALONG, Mutual Respect with Ice Cube, the Funniest Scene They Shot, and Keeping the Movie Grounded

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The hilarious new buddy comedy Ride Along shows what can happen when a fast-talking guy wants the blessing of his hot-tempered girlfriend’s brother, before asking her to marry him.  Thinking he’s found the perfect solution to get rid of high school security guard Ben Barber (Kevin Hart), Atlanta PD Detective James Payton (Ice Cube) insists that he accompany him on a ride along that he must survive, in order to prove that he’s worthy of Angela (Tika Sumpter), but what ensues are a series of wild adventures that lead them straight to the most notorious criminal in the city.

At the film’s press day, actor/comedian Kevin Hart spoke during this press conference about the mutual respect he and Ice Cube have for each other, how they were both focused on making the best movie possible, the funniest scene they shot together, how much they wanted the keep the film grounded, and what he enjoys about working with director Tim Story.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

New Trailer for RIDE ALONG Starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

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Universal Pictures has released a new theatrical trailer for director Tim Story’s 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.  So far, Hart and Cube are looking like a pretty formidable comedic duo, and Universal is certainly bullish on the pic having already put a sequel into development.  If you missed any of Matt’s set visit coverage, check out his interviews with Cube, Hart, and Story and full recap of the visit.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars John LeguizamoBruce McGillTika SumpterBryan Callen, and Laurence Fishburne.  Ride Along opens January 17, 2014.

29 Images from GRUDGE MATCH Featuring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, and Kevin Hart

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Warner Bros. has released a gallery of 29 images from the boxing comedy Grudge MatchRobert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone play two Pittsburgh fighters whose rivalry ended abruptly in 1983.  Thirty years later, a boxing promoter (Kevin Hart) convinces them to get back in the ring for one last fight that turns into a “must-see HBO event.”  Watch the trailer here.

Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, and Jon Bernthal also star in Grudge MatchPeter Seagal (Get Smart) directed the December 25 release.  Check out the image gallery after the jump.

LeBron James and Kevin Hart Star as Brothers in BALLERS

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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 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, OUT OF THE FURNACE, and GRUDGE MATCH

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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.

Director Tim Story Talks RIDE ALONG, the Chemistry Between Stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, Drawing Inspiration from TRAINING DAY, and More

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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.

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