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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
[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.
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 Black. Hell Baby will be available on iTunes on July 25th, and hits theaters on September 6th.
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 Martin. In a World… opens in limited release on August 9th.
Now playing in theaters is director Michael Bay’s fantastic dark comedy Pain & Gain. The film is based on a crazy 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. Pain and Gain also stars Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, and Bar Paly. For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer.
At the Miami press junket, I landed an exclusive interview with Anthony Mackie and Rob Corddry. We talked about what it was like to work with Michael Bay, their reaction to finding out the story was based on real events, the great work by all the actors, and more. Hit the jump to watch the interview and definitely check out Pain and Gain. It’s absolutely worth seeing.
As Brendan said last month, Hot Tub Time Machine had the reputation of being a flop based on a mediocre $14 million opening weekend, but the movie had legs, reaching $50 million domestic and it is exactly the kind of R-rated comedy that finds a second life on DVD and cable reruns. This explains why MGM has been developing a sequel with director Steve Pink. While we previously reported that Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke were set to reprise their roles in the sequel, the big story was that John Cusack might not be coming back.
However, when I spoke to Robinson earlier today at WonderCon for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This Is The End, he told me “negotiations are still going” with the cast and he made it sound like Cusack might be coming back. In addition, he said filming begins this June and he’s seen an early version of the script. Since the first film featured a tremendous amount of improv, I’d imagine whatever script he’s seen will have a lot of changes on set. Hit the jump to see what Robinson had to say about the sequel and to watch the trailer for the first film. Look for more of my interview with Robinson soon.
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 Mackie, Rob Corddry, Ed Harris, and Tony Shalhoub. Pain & Gain opens on April 26th.
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 Mackie, Rob Corddry, Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, and Rebel Wilson co-star. Pain & Gain opens April 26, 2013.
The first red-band trailer director Paul Middleditch’s post-apocalyptic comedy Rapture-Palooza has been released online. The film stars Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and John Francis Daley (Freaks and Geeks, Bones) as a couple who must battle their way through the end of the world following The Rapture in order to defeat the Antichrist (Craig Robinson). I was born and raised in the Bible Belt so the rapture comedy aspect of the film certainly hits home for me, and the cast looks to be having fun with the pic’s outlandish premise.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Rob Heubel, John Michael Higgins, Ana Gasteyer, and Ken Jeong. Rapture-Palooza will be available in theaters and on demand on June 7th.
In the animated feature, Escape from Planet Earth, Rob Corddry voices Gary Supernova, a Mission Control whiz kid at BASA, who has always been overshadowed by his younger brother, astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser), whose heroic adventures on the planet Baab are legendary. The hilarious space adventure about aliens responding to a distress call from planet Earth opens this Friday and features an all-star cast that includes Sarah Jessica Parker, William Shatner, Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Ricky Gervais and Jonathan Morgan Heit.
At our roundtable interview, Corddry talked about doing his first animated feature, how the filmmakers worked around his Warm Bodies’ shooting schedule, what he discovered about himself during the recording process, his adventures as a Boy Scout earning an Eagle Scout badge, his lack of sibling rivalry in real life, the possibility of life on other planets, playing zombies with Nicholas Hoult, having his first number one movie, his insane love of gadgets, and his upcoming projects including Season Five of Children’s Hospital, Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, and possible film sequels. Hit the jump to read more.
We have three new clips and five character posters to share from Cal Brunker’s animated sci-fi family film, Escape from Planet Earth. Brendan Fraser and Rob Corddry voice two alien brothers who get into all sorts of hijinks when a mission leads them to the notoriously dangerous title planet.
Also featuring the voices of Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Jonath Morgan Heit, James Corden, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and William Shatner, Escape from Planet Earth opens February 15th. Hit the jump to check out the clips and posters.