HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 Skips THE INTERVIEW, Time Travels to February

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This isn’t all that surprising.  Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is now foregoing its original December 25th, 2014 release date and moving to February 20th.  This makes sense for a few reasons, the first of which is that it needs to get out of the way of Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s The Interview, which is shaping up to be something of a comedic juggernaut (at least in terms of my perception – it feels like awareness is high for that one).  Also telling?  My first thought when I saw this news was, “that was supposed to come out on Christmas?”  It doesn’t feel like they’ve been aggressively marketing the movie (aside from the trailer) and I feel like February is safer ground for this franchise anyway.

Paramount also moved Scouts vs. Zombies from that date and placed it on October 30th, 2015, also a move of confidence in that horror comedy it looks like.  Steve Pink‘s sequel stars  Clark DukeRob CorddryCraig Robinson, and Chevy Chase, with Adam Scott playing a new part to fill the void left by John Cusack.  Truth?  I’ll definitely be seeing Hot Tub Time Machine 2 in February. 

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 Red-Band Trailer: The Gang Travels to the Future

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Paramount Pictures has released the first Hot Tub Time Machine 2 red-band trailer for director Steve Pink’s comedy sequel.  The film sees the return of Clark Duke, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Chevy Chase, with Adam Scott filling the ensemble spot left vacant by John Cusack.  As a fan of the ridiculousness of the first film, I find this follow-up trailer sufficiently swell.  Pink and Co. take the time travel conceit and go a few steps further, as Corddry, Robinson, and Duke’s characters find themselves transported to the future.  The jokes are on point, the visual gags are great, and the characters are still just as mean-spirited.

Hit the jump to watch the Hot Tub Time Machine 2 red-band trailer.  The film opens in theaters on December 25th.

Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper Talk SEX TAPE, Dunkin Donuts, What They’re Willing to Do for a Laugh, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2, and More

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Opening this weekend is the comedy Sex Tape.  Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel play a married couple who film a sex tape to spice up their love life.  Their video is accidentally uploaded to “the cloud,” which sends the couple through a series of hijinks to prevent everyone they know from seeing the video.  Ellie Kemper, Rob Corddry, and Rob Loweco-star in director Jake Kasdan‘s follow-up to Bad Teacher.  For more on the film, watch the regular or red-band trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper.  We talked about Dunkin Donuts finally coming to L.A., what they’re willing to do for a laugh, what it was like working with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, how Hot Tub Time Machine 2 won’t win any Academy Awards, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

SEX TAPE Review

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One would think that a movie entitled “Sex Tape” wouldn’t have a problem being raunchy.  Sadly, director Jake Kasdan‘s latest picture can’t seem to find the balance between a sweet relationship and salty dialogue, and mostly goes with the former at the expense of the latter.  Even more baffling is why the movie constantly feels the need to justify its premise as it reiterates plot points, character decisions, and the technological chicanery involved in the story’s inciting event.  There’s always more emphasis on explaining what’s going on instead of going all the way.

SEX TAPE Clip and Images: Cameron Diaz Does Her Best Rollergirl Impression

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Sony Pictures has released the first Sex Tape clip from director Jake Kasdan’s upcoming comedy, as well as a batch of new high-resolution images from the film.  The pic stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a couple who, after discovering that their three-hour intimate video has accidentally been uploaded to the cloud, set out to delete the video from the iPads of their friends and family and ensure that their reputations aren’t ruined.  This new clip appears to be a scene from the “inciting incident” that leads to the aforementioned sex tape, as Segel’s character is very excited about Diaz’s sexy mobile get-up.  Segel also shares screenplay credit on the film with Nicholas Stoller and Kate Angelo, which is encouraging.  He and Diaz are both talented comedic actors and I’m a big fan of Kasdan’s Walk Hard, so hopefully this one delivers on the promise of a solid summer comedy.

Hit the jump to check out the new Sex Tape clip and high-resolution images.  The film also stars Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, and Rob LoweSex Tape opens in theaters on July 18th.

First Red-Band Trailer for SEX TAPE Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel

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Sony Pictures has released the first Sex Tape red-band trailer.  Director Jake Kasdan‘s (Bad Teacher) comedy stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a couple who, after discovering that their three-hour intimate video has accidentally been uploaded to the cloud, set out to delete the video from the iPads of their friends and family and ensure that their reputations aren’t ruined.  Segel and Diaz look to have solid chemistry as the lead comedic duo, and it’s promising to see that the film isn’t shying away from its R-rating.  There are a few comedic tropes glimpsed in this trailer that are well-worn territory, but Kasdan certainly has the capacity to go the unexpected route (see: Walk Hard), so hopefully Sex Tape avoids delving into too many cliches.

Hit the jump to watch the debut trailer.  The film also stars Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, and Rob LoweSex Tape opens on July 25th.

New Images from SEX TAPE Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel and ANNIE Starring Jamie Foxx

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Sony Pictures has unveiled new images from two very different Cameron Diaz films slated for release this year.  First up is director Jake Kasdan’s (Bad Teacher) comedy Sex Tape, which stars Diaz and Jason Segel as a couple who, after discovering that their three-hour intimate video has been stolen, set out to recover the tape and ensure that their reputations aren’t ruined.  These images give us a first look at the ensemble beyond Diaz and Segel, as we see Rob Lowe, Ellie Kemper, and Rob CorddrySex Tape opens in theaters July 25th.

The other Cameron Diaz film is director Will Gluck’s (Easy A) musical redo Annie, in which Diaz takes on the role of the mean Miss Hannigan.  The young Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) takes on the title role as an orphan who is taken in by a New York mayoral candidate (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film’s first trailer promised a few full musical numbers, and these images tease just that.  Annie opens in theaters December 25th.

Rob Corddry Talks HELL BABY, Improv During the Shoot, Keeping a Straight Face, Using Practical Effects, Nude Scenes and HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2

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From writer/directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911!), the outrageous horror comedy Hell Baby tells the story of expectant couple Jack (Rob Corddry) and Vanessa (Leslie Bibb), who move into a haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans and soon find themselves enlisting the help of the Vatican’s elite exorcism team.  An overly friendly neighbor living in the house’s crawl space (Keegan Michael Key), Vanessa’s Wiccan sister (Riki Lindhome), and two inept detectives (Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer) only add to the ever-growing chaos and mayhem unfolding around them.

At the film’s press day, very funny actor Rob Corddry spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how much improvisation went on during shooting, that he’ll write down and plan stuff to try on set, how he’s good with not cracking up during scenes, how helpful it was to have practical effects to interact with and react to, and how he was worried about pulling off Riki Lindhome’s nude scene and the final battle.  He also talked about how much fun he had making Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and how much freedom they had with their much lower budget.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Exclusive Clip from HELL BABY Featuring Writers-Directors-Stars Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant Sharing the Peace with Rob Huebel & Paul Scheer

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We’re happy to bring you an exclusive clip from writers-directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant’s Hell Baby, which features the duo arriving on the scene of a gruesome murder as the not-so-conventional Vatican exorcism team.  This early look also stars Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer as two detectives overwhelmed by the rising body count.  Get caught up on the horror-comedy with this recently-released red-band trailer and read Matt’s Sundance review here.

Also starring Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key and Michael Ian Black, Hell Baby opens in limited release on September 6th.  Hit the jump to watch our exclusive clip.

IN A WORLD… Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  In a World...opens today in limited release.]

I usually like movies that have some sense of structure and pacing. If they don’t have these qualities, then I like these films to be truly daring and outside-the-box. Lake Bell‘s In a World… is a rambling mess of a nice little comedy with too many characters, and has almost no sense of pacing or flow. But somehow, it’s still a charming flick. Bell gives a fun lead performance, and she surrounds herself with a likable cast. Even the subtext is cutesy. In a World… should be a movie that I found a slog, but somehow, Bell’s film won me over despite its glaring flaws.

Cameron Crowe Recruits Alec Baldwin for Untitled Project; Ed Harris in Talks for RUN ALL NIGHT; Rob Corddry Negotiates SEX TAPE

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Baldwin!  Harris!  Corddry!  Tonight on Casting Report:

  • Alec Baldwin is in negotiations with director Cameron Crowe to join Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and Danny McBride in Crowe’s next project, rumored to be a rework of Deep Tiki.
  • Ed Harris is in talks to join Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman in Run All Night, a crime thriller directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown).
  • Rob Corddry is up to play the best friend in Sex Tape, a comedy that reunites Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz with Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

New Red-Band Trailer for HELL BABY Starring Rob Corddry, Keegan Michael Key, and Leslie Bibb

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A new red-band trailer for the horror parody Hell Baby has been released online.  From writers/directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the film follows a husband (Rob Corddry) and his pregnant wife (Leslie Bibb) who move into a haunted house in a crappy New Orleans neighborhood, and then need the help of a couple Italian exorcists (Lennon and Garant) when the wife becomes possessed.  The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to mixed reviews (read Matt’s here), but this trailer shows that the film definitely has at least a few solid laughs.  Unsurprisingly, Keegan Michael Key is the highlight.

Hit the jump to watch the red-band trailer.  The film also stars Riki Lindhome, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Kumail Nanjiani, and Michael Ian Black.  Hell Baby will be available on iTunes on July 25th, and hits theaters on September 6th.

THE WAY, WAY BACK Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  The Way, Way Back opens today in limited release.]

In their directorial debut, The Way, Way Back, writer-directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash show they’re incredibly adept at humor. They know how to tell a good joke, push the envelope without being mean-spirited, and find the right actors to deliver the comedy. Unfortunately, a film has to put story and characters above all else, and the film fails where it matters most. Faxon and Rash put a painfully tedious character at the center of their movie, and then try to convince us that anyone would help their uninteresting protagonist. Filled with one-dimensional characters moving through a predictable plot, The Way, Way Back can tell a joke, but has difficulty doing anything else.

Trailer for Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant’s HELL BABY Starring Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, and Keegan Michael Key

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Millennium Entertainment has released a trailer for the horror parody Hell Baby.  The film follows a husband (Rob Corddry) and his pregnant wife (Leslie Bibb) who move into a haunted house in a crappy New Orleans neighborhood, and then need the help of a couple Italian exorcists (writer-directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant) when the wife becomes possessed.  I caught the film at Sundance, and there’s a solid 30 minutes of hilarious material, which wouldn’t be so bad if the film wasn’t 90 minutes long.  That hit-to-miss ratio is pretty well demonstrated in this trailer, which mostly features Lennon and Garant doing their silly Italian accents.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Riki Lindhome, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Keegan Michael Key, Kumail Nanjiani, and Michael Ian BlackHell Baby will be available on iTunes on July 25th, and hits theaters on September 6th.

Trailer for IN A WORLD… Starring Lake Bell and Demetri Martin

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Roadside Attractions has released a trailer for Lake Bell‘s comedy, In a World…  Bell stars as Carol, a voiceover actress who feels marginalized both by the sexism in her profession and the success of her father (Fred Melamed), who is famous in the voiceover profession.  When I saw the film at Sundance, I enjoyed it despite some glaring flaws, and this trailer gives an idea of what a better movie would have looked like.  It streamlines the themes and the plot of the picture, and wisely leaves out the distracting subplot involving Carol’s sister Dani (Michaela Watkins) and her boyfriend Moe (Rob Corddry).

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Ken Marino, Lucy Punch, Nick Offerman, Eva Longoria,, and Demetri MartinIn a World… opens in limited release on August 9th.

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