Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall & La La Anthony Talk THINK LIKE A MAN TOO, Performing ‘Poison’, Shooting in Las Vegas, Third Film Possibilities, and More

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About midway through Think Like a Man Too, the female half of the ensemble enter into a plush Vegas club, sit down on a cushy couch, look directly into the camera and belt out Bell Biv DeVoe’s 1990’s jam ‘Poison’.  At first it’s pretty jarring that a traditional studio comedy would turn into a fourth-wall breaking music video, but that quickly passes as the sheer sense of fun the cast seems to be having infectiously overwhelms. The moment itself is emblematic of the sequel’s looser structure (there’s hardly any semblance of a plot), enabling the cast to let loose and bounce off one another seamlessly. It’s as if someone looked at the cast from the first film – Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson & Gabrielle Union – and thought ‘Hey – just let them do their thing.’ And the movie’s all the better off for it, the cast reveling in any and all Vegas related hijinks thought possible.

In the following interview with a trio of the female half of the cast (Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall & La La Anthony), they discuss the Poison ‘music video’, how the looser structure led to more natural performances and where they would like to see a third Think Like a Man sequel take place at.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

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.

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.   

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.

Regina Hall Talks ABOUT LAST NIGHT, What Attracted Her to the Project, Playing off of Kevin Hart, Her Version of the Character, and Pros/Cons of Remakes

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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. 

New Trailer for ABOUT LAST NIGHT Starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, and Joy Bryant

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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 PattonAbout Last Night opens February 14, 2014.

First Red-Band Trailer for ABOUT LAST NIGHT Remake Starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, and Michael Ealy

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A very early debut trailer for director Steve Pink’s (Hot Tub Time Machine) remake of About Last Night has landed online.  The film is a redo of the 1986 Brat Pack romantic comedy of the same name that starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, and Elizabeth Perkins.  This iteration stars Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, and Michael Ealy and centers on a couple who start a romantic affair despite their friends’ disapproval.  Save for one use of the word “shit,” I can’t figure out why this qualifies as a “red-band” trailer.  The jokes aren’t exactly solid, and there’s an extended sequence with an unclothed Ealy that’s much more awkward than it is cute or charming.  That said, Hart and Hall have solid comedic chops so hopefully the full film delivers on the laughs.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  About Last Night opens on February 13, 2014.

Dimension Taps THE COMEBACKS Writers to Pen SCARY MOVIE 5, Hopes to Bring Back Some Original Cast Members

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As part of its plan to rejuvenate old franchises, Dimension Films has apparently hired screenwriters to work on Scary Movie 5, the wholly necessary fifth entry in the Scary Movie franchise. Bloody Disgusting reports that the studio has set The Comebacks writers John Aboud and Michael Colton, as well as screenwriter Stephen Leff to pen the screenplay. The report also states that the studio is keen on bringing back some of the series’ original cast members. BD says offers have been sent out to Anthony Anderson (Scary Movie 3 and 4), Regina Hall (Scary Movie 1-4) and Kevin Hart (Scary Movie 3 and 4), but the actors are yet to be officially involved.

There’s currently no director attached, but the lack of any vestige of an actual movie hasn’t kept the nonexistent film from being set for an April 20, 2012 release date.

Danny Glover and Regina Hall Video Interview DEATH AT A FUNERAL

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Opening this Friday is director Neil LaBute’s Death at a Funeral, which stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Zoë Saldaña, Columbus Short, Luke Wilson, Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, and Keith David.  The movie is a remake of the 2007 British film with the same name, and while most remakes recast everyone, Peter Dinklage is playing the same character again.  So if you’ve seen the 2007 film, you know who he plays and some of the twists and turns.

To help promote the movie, I got to sit down with Danny Glover and Regina Hall.  Hit the jump to watch the interview:

Tracy Morgan and Luke Wilson Interview DEATH AT A FUNERAL

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I’ve always wondered if Tracy Morgan is playing himself on 30 Rock, or if it’s all an act.  Also, I’ve seen Morgan on David Letterman and have always wondered if he’s pulling an Andy Kaufman with the way he acts…or if it’s really him.  Based on the Los Angeles press junket for Death at a Funeral, I’m going to say it’s not an act.

The reason I can say that is while waiting in a hallway for my interview with Tracy Morgan and Luke Wilson, I got to hear Morgan saying some of the craziest things during other interviews.  Most of them are not safe to print – let alone say on television.  While we couldn’t hear everything behind the door, we heard enough that every journalist waiting and a few publicists were laughing a lot.   Actually, I felt added pressure walking in to my interview, as I was hoping to get some wild and crazy answers.  Hit the jump to see if I did….

James Marsden Interview DEATH AT A FUNERAL – Plus An Update on ENCHANTED 2

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james_marsden_image__2_.jpgOpening this weekend is director Neil LaBute’s Death at a Funeral, which stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Zoë Saldaña, Columbus Short, Luke Wilson, Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, and Keith David.  The movie is a remake of the 2007 British film with the same name.  If you saw the previous version, the remake is the same story set in America.

To help promote the film, I recently got to speak with James Marsden.  In the film, Marsden gets accidentally drugged and spends most of the film dealing with vivid hallucinations.  While the film is a comedy, we talked about how he found the right balance for his performance.  He also told me about some of his deleted scenes, and I asked him what’s up with Enchanted 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Chris Rock Interview DEATH AT A FUNERAL – Plus Info on His Next Documentary CREDIT IS THE DEVIL

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Opening next weekend is director Neil LaBute’s Death at a Funeral, which stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Zoë Saldaña, Columbus Short, Luke Wilson, Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, and Keith David.

The movie is a remake of the 2007 British film with the same name, and the project was led by Chris Rock, who explained why he wanted to remake the movie when I spoke to him yesterday.  He also talked about the challenges of getting the cast together and he also told me about his next documentary Credit is the Devil – which he is starting to prep right now.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say:

6 Movie Clips from DEATH AT A FUNERAL Starring Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Zoë Saldaña, Columbus Short, and Luke Wilson

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Opening on April 16th is director Neil LaBute’s Death at a Funeral, which stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Zoë Saldaña, Columbus Short, Luke Wilson, Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, and Keith David.

The movie is a remake of the 2007 British film with the same name, and while most remakes recast everyone, Peter Dinklage is playing the same character again.  So if you’ve seen the 2007 film, you know who he plays and some of the twists and turns.

To help promote the film, we’ve been given 6 clips and the synopsis.  Hit the jump to check them out:

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Clip from LAW ABIDING CITIZEN – Plus Some LAC Swag to Giveaway

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With director F. Gary Gray’s Law Abiding Citizen hitting DVD/Blu-ray on Febuary 16, we’ve been given an exclusive behind the scenes clip from one of the big action scenes in the movie.  If you’ve seen the film, it’s the cemetery scene where Gerard Butler’s character attacks the convoy with a robot.  If you never saw the film, it’s a welcome return to action for Gerard Butler.

Also, to help promote the film, we’ve been given 5 posters and a Blu-ray (which features the unrated director’s cut with 11 additional minutes of footage) to giveaway to some of our readers.  Hit the jump for the clip and how to enter the giveaway:

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