NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Trailer: The Action Moves to London to Bring One Last Museum to Life

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The very first Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer is here.  After saving the day (or night) at the Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is off to the British Museum in London where he hopes to uncover more secrets about the mysterious tablet that brings the museum figures to life.  I’ve only seen bits and pieces of the previous two films so I can’t speak to how this trailer stacks up to the rest of the franchise, but there are some genuinely funny bits throughout.  Rebel Wilson looks to be a scene stealer as a British security guard, and there’s an amusing running joke involving a caveman that looks exactly like Stiller.  The British setting is also a smart move, as it should provide plenty of fresh opportunities for the series as a whole.  The Museum franchise has always skewed younger, though, and I imagine kids will find Secret of the Tomb to be a swell new adventure.

Hit the jump to catch the trailer for the third and final installment of the Night at the Museum series.  The film also stars Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Ben KingsleyRicky GervaisRami MalekSteve CooganOwen WilsonPatrick GallagherMizuo PeckBill CobbsDick Van Dyke, and Mickey Rooney, and is due in theaters on December 19th.

Rebel Wilson Joins GRIMSBY; Guy Pearce Added to EQUALS; Brian Cox Set for PIXELS; Alessandro Nivola Joins SELMA

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Rebel Wilson has joined the cast of the new Sacha Baron Cohen comedy Grimsby.
  • Guy Pearce will reunite with Breathe In director Drake Doremus on the sci-fi film Equals, also starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.
  • Brian Cox has joined the cast of Adam Sandler’s video game actioner Pixels.
  • Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle) has been added to the civil rights drama Selma.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting. 

The Barden Bellas Reunite in New Image from PITCH PERFECT 2 Rehearsals

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Pitch Perfect surprised a lot of people when it was released, not only because it made a lot of money ($113 million worldwide against a budget of just $17 million), but also because it was actually really funny.  As such, it’s no surprise that Universal is now moving forward with a sequel, and rehearsals for Pitch Perfect 2 are currently underway in Baton Rogue as filming is expected to begin soon.  Producer and actress Elizabeth Banks takes over directorial duties this time around, and co-star Rebel Wilson has now shared an image of Banks with the reunited Barden Bellas (plus new addition Hailee Steinfeld) getting down to business on the rehearsal stage.  It’s admittedly not much, but those looking forward to the follow-up should find the tease amusing.

Hit the jump to check out the Pitch Perfect 2 image.  The film also stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Adam Devine, and Katey SagalPitch Perfect 2 opens in theaters on May 15, 2015.

Rebel Wilson to Lead PRIVATE BENJAMIN Remake

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New Line Cinema is moving forward with its remake of the 1980 Goldie Hawn-fronted comedy Private Benjamin, and the studio has now settled on the film’s lead.  The Wrap reports that Pitch Perfect actress Rebel Wilson will star in the redo, which will follow a redneck (Wilson) and a rich city girl “who get more than they bargained for when they enlist in the Marines to escape their present situations.”  The original film, scripted by Nancy Meyers, revolved around a woman who joins the Army after her new husband dies during sex on their wedding night.  The pic spawned a short-lived TV series adaptation that aired from 1981 to 1983, but this new film updates the premise as a two-hander set in the Marines.  More after the jump.

Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson Officially Set to Return for PITCH PERFECT 2

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The pieces are very quickly falling into place for Pitch Perfect 2.  We knew Universal had been working on a sequel to 2012’s surprise hit Pitch Perfect for some time, and a couple of weeks ago the studio announced that Elizabeth Banks—who produced and starred in the original—would be making her directorial debut on the sequel.  At the time not much was known about the follow-up but stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson were expected to reprise their roles, and now the official Pitch Perfect Twitter aca-confirms that Kendrick and Wilson have indeed closed their deals to star in Pitch Perfect 2.  The actresses have been plenty busy since the release of the first film, as Wilson leads the ABC sitcom Super Fun Night and Kendrick plays Cinderella in the upcoming Disney musical Into the Woods.

No other cast members for Pitch Perfect 2 have been announced, but expect that to change soon.  Kay Cannon is returning to pen the screenplay, and filming will get underway later this year in anticipation of the film’s prime May 15, 2015 release date.

Elizabeth Banks to Direct PITCH PERFECT 2; Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson Likely to Return

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The Pitch Perfect sequel is forging ahead, albeit with a different director at its helm.  Elizabeth Banks, who conceived of the idea for the first film in addition to producing and co-starring in it, will make her feature directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2, replacing the first film’s director Jason MooreTHR reports that Banks will also return in an acting capacity for the Universal Pictures follow-up in addition to producing the pic, with Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson likely to return.  Plot details for Pitch Perfect 2 are unknown at this time, but Kay Cannon will also be returning to write the script.

This is a big get for Banks and also excellent news in a world where too few films are directed by women.  The very funny actress/producer has previously directed a few shorts, but Pitch Perfect 2 will be her first time taking the helm of a major feature film.  The first pic was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2012, so here’s hoping the humor and chemistry holds over for the sequel.  Bringing Kendrick and Wilson back onboard is an excellent—and crucial—start.  Watch the trailer for the first film after the jump.

Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard Join THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL; Jeffrey Dean Morgan Set for DESIERTO; Rebel Wilson Joins HE’S F-ING PERFECT

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Rebel Wilson Joins NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3; Elijah Wood Leads SET FIRE TO THE STARS; James Marsden to Replace Paul Walker in Nicholas Sparks Adaptation

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Here’s a look at the latest casting news from some upcoming films:

  • Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) is set to join Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais in Shawn Levy’s Night At The Museum 3, opening Christmas Day.
  • Elijah Wood (Sin City) will lead a British cast in the indie 1950s period picture, Set Fire to the Stars, with Andy Goddard co-writing and directing.
  • James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) has been offered the lead in the Michael Hoffman-directed Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Best of Me, replacing the late Paul Walker.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Rebel Wilson and Conan O’Brien Talks SUPER FUN NIGHT, Inspiration from Real Life, and Changing from Multi-Camera to Single-Camera Filming

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The new ABC series Super Fun Night, premiering on October 2nd, is an outrageous new comedy about what happens when you decide to live life outside your comfort zone.  Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson) and her two best friends and roommates (Liz Lapira, Lauren Ash) have lived a sheltered life where, instead of going out on the weekends, they’ve had a standing date every Friday night.  As her life unexpectedly starts to open up, Kimmie convinces her friends that life isn’t just for the pretty and the popular, and that it’s time for them to put themselves out there.

While at the ABC portion of the TCA Press Tour, show star/creator/co-executive producer/writer Rebel Wilson and executive producer Conan O’Brien talked about how they came to be working together, that the scenes are inspired by real life, why the decision was made for Kimmie to be American, how they’re finding a balance with the humor to keep the character likeable, and how the series has changed since it was a multi-cam comedy at CBS.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Universal Planning PITCH PERFECT Sequel for Release in 2015

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While Rebel Wilson’s hosting gig at the MTV Movie Awards this past Sunday may not have been a hit with everyone, her performance with fellow Pitch Perfect cast members must have struck a chord.  Universal announced today during its presentation at CinemaCon that sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit is now in development for a planned 2015 release, and original writer Kay Cannon (30 Rock) is back on board as well.  Pitch Perfect focused on the world of collegiate a capella groups, detailing the struggles of an all-female group, the Barden Bellas, who desperately want to redeem themselves at the national championships.

The cast featured Wilson, Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hanna Mae Lee, and Ben Platt.  No word on if the entire cast, director Jason Moore, or producer and cast member Elizabeth Banks are returning, but as development progresses, we can expect those announcements to be released.  Hit the jump for more.

2 Clips from Michael Bay’s PAIN & GAIN Starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson

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Paramount Pictures has released the first two clips from director Michael Bay’s dark comedy Pain & Gain.  The film is based on a true story and stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.  The first clip focuses more on the film’s humor than its flashy visuals, as we see Anthony Mackie’s bodybuilder character receiving questionable health care from a characteristically humorous Rebel Wilson.  The second clip shows the three of them trying to kidnap someone.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Tony ShalhoubRob Corddry, and Bar Paly.  Pain & Gain opens on April 26th.

Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen, and Rebel Wilson Join KUNG FU PANDA 3 Voice Cast; Release Date Moved Up to Christmas 2015

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The voice cast for DreamWorks Animation’s sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 is starting to fill out quite nicely.  Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, and other unspecified actors are reprising their roles from the first two animated films, but Heat Vision reports that Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen, and Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) have also been set as new additions to the film.  Kung Fu Panda 2 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson returns to helm the follow-up, which also sees the return of executive producer Guillermo del Toro, producer Melissa Cobb, co-producer Jeffrey Hermann, and writers/co-producers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.

Story details are firmly under wraps, but the ending of Kung Fu Panda 2 provides a strong hint that the third film will involve Black’s Po meeting his real father.  Del Toro previously told us that Kung Fu Panda 3 has “the most formidable villain in the series,” and either Cranston or Mikkelsen would certainly fit that bill.  Additionally, Kung Fu Panda 3 will now open on December 23, 2015 instead of March 2016.

New Images and TV Spots for Michael Bay’s PAIN & GAIN Starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson

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Paramount Pictures has unveiled some new images and a couple of TV spots for director Michael Bay’s upcoming dark comedy Pain & Gain.  Based on a true story, the film stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.  We recently got a look at a red-band trailer for the film that highlighted the pic’s more comedic aspects, and these images tease the characters played by Rebel Wilson and Ed Harris as well as inform us that Wahlberg and Johnson are indeed cool guys who don’t look at explosions.

Hit the jump to check out the images and TV spots.  The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Tony ShalhoubRob Corddry, and Bar PalyPain & Gain opens on April 26th.

New Red-Band Trailer and Images for Michael Bay’s PAIN & GAIN Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie

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A new red-band trailer and some images for director Michael Bay’s upcoming dark comedy Pain & Gain have been released online.  Based on a true story, the film stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.  The main focus of this trailer is on the film’s humor, some of which is great (Rebel Wilson and Wahlberg’s closing rant are highlights), while other jokes seem a bit forced and are reminiscent of the more juvenile stuff in Bay’s Transformers franchise.  Nevertheless, I’m very excited about the prospect of Bay tackling this “small-scale” true crime story, and Wahlberg and Johnson look to make a great comedic pairing.

Hit the jump to watch the new red-band trailer and to check out the new images.  The film also stars Anthony MackieRob CorddryEd Harris, and Tony ShalhoubPain & Gain opens on April 26th.

New TV Spot for Michael Bay’s PAIN & GAIN Starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson

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Paramount has released a new TV spot for director Michael Bay’s incredibly promising black comedy Pain & Gain.  Based on a true story, the film stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.  The film’s first trailer is fantastic, and this TV spot does a great job of showcasing that pic’s charm and comedy.  Pain & Gain looks like it could actually be Bay’s most entertaining film yet, but I have a feeling they’re keeping some of the story’s more sordid details under wraps.  The real life ordeal is fairly horrific, though I expect Wahlberg and Johnson will bring enough levity/ridiculousness to the film to make it palatable.

Hit the jump to watch the latest TV spot.  Anthony MackieRob CorddryEd HarrisTony Shalhoub, and Rebel Wilson co-star.  Pain & Gain opens April 26, 2013.

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