Josh Gad, Jessica Szohr and Max Minghella Talk THE INTERNSHIP, Quidditch, Google Bacon, Future Projects, and More

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With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening this weekend, 20th Century Fox recently held a press junket at Google where we were able to speak with the cast.  If you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film re-teams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google.  The film also stars Rose Byrne, Dylan O’Brien, B.J. Novak, and John Goodman.  For more on the film, watch these clips.

During the interview, they talked about finding the right tone and how the movie is not dark or cynical, relationships, Quidditch, what they learned about Google that first surprised them, future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: THE PURGE Takes First with $36.4 Million; THE INTERNSHIP Opens in Fourth

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Between the record-breaking grosses of May and next week’s Man of Steel launch, this was supposed to be a quiet weekend at the box office. Universal’s The Purge had other plans. The low-budget horror film took first place and more than doubled its pre-release projections with an estimated $36.4 million from 2,536 locations. The box office bonanza did not extend to The Internship, however. The comedy opened in fourth with an estimated $18.1 million – half of what The Purge realized in 800 fewer theatres.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Purge $36,400,000 $36.4
2.  Fast & Furious 6 $19,800,000 $202.9
3.  Now You See Me $19,500,000 $61.3
4.  The Internship $18,100,000 $18.1
5.  Epic $12,100,000 $84.1
6.  Star Trek Into Darkness $11,700,000 $200.1
7.  After Earth $11,200,000 $46.5
8.  The Hangover III $7,380,000 $102.3
9.  Iron Man 3 $5,787,000 $394.3
10.  The Great Gatsby $4,230,000 $136.1

TOP 5: THE INTERNSHIP, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Set Images Galore from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, THE PURGE, 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time

by     Posted 1 year, 47 days ago

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For all of the uneasiness I felt watching The Internship play as a not so subtle promo for Google’s portfolio of services (what in the hell is Google Wallet?), the movie painted a dichotomy that I found interesting. While far from perfect, I thought the film did a nice job of contrasting the eternal optimism of a couple Gen X’ers with the often harsh practicality and cynicism I see embedded in myself and many of my fellow Millennials. Although this is hardly the platform from which to dive into a generational debate, The Internship at least introduced the idea that belonging to a generation that has had the wealth of the world’s knowledge at their fingertips for a good portion of their lives (not to mention video games and the lack of a military draft) faces a whole new set of unique challenges and insecurities. At the same time, it also sent an oft-overlooked truth that we (Millennials) don’t know it all, haven’t seen it all, and the “Culture of Meh” that we often embrace is cynical bullshit that I can only hope life experience will help pull us out of.

In addition to my “meh” soapbox, this week’s Top 5 offers The Internship interviews with Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Rose Byrne, the first trailer and a set visit recap for director James Wan‘s Insidious: Chapter 2, a truckload of set images from X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Purge interviews with Ethan Hawke and more, and a look at the WGA’s list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time”. Check out a brief recap and link to each after the jump.

Friday Box Office: THE PURGE Crushes THE INTERNSHIP with Huge $16.7 Million Opening

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What most expected to be a quiet weekend at the box office is making big news for one new release. The Internship is not that release. The Fox comedy earned an estimated $6.55 million from 3,365 locations on Friday and is now on track for a first-weekend in the $18 million range. That’s slightly higher than pre-release projections for the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson feature, but lower than the $20 million-plus that a star-driven summer release should be earning. If The Internship is destined for disappointment, The Purge looks like a legitimate sensation. With an estimated $16.7 million from 2,536 locations on Friday, the low-budget horror film equaled its entire weekend projection in just one day. That puts The Purge on track for a remarkable $36 million through Sunday – a number that would secure both the highest horror debut and the highest R-rated opening of 2013.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Purge $16,700,000 $16.7
2.  The Internship $6,550,000 $6.55
3.  Fast & Furious 6 $6,100,000 $189.2
4.  Now You See Me $6,050,000 $47.9
5.  Epic $3,600,000 $75.6

THE INTERNSHIP Review

by     Posted 1 year, 49 days ago

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A film that feels like one long advertisement shouldn’t be much of a shock.  Advertising surrounds us (it even surrounds this review you’re reading), and while some companies will settle for product placement or marketing tie-ins, that’s small-time thinking.  Google is a portal to the Internet, and if it’s going to be in a movie, it’s going to be the movie.  If most reviews say that The Internship feels like one giant advertisement for Google, that’s only because it’s pretty much true.  Shawn Levy‘s comedy is filled with stock characters, lethargic storytelling, and slogs through a bloated runtime as stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson try to scrap together any laughs they can.  Even though Google dominates the picture, The Internship undermines the company by making it look like the most superficial and horrible place to work.

Rose Byrne Talks THE INTERNSHIP, Google, Auditioning, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, and TOWNIES; Confirms Abundance of Male Nudity

by     Posted 1 year, 49 days ago

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With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening this weekend, 20th Century Fox recently held a press junket at Google where we were able to speak with the cast.  If you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film re-teams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google.  The film also stars Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Gad, B.J. Novak, and John Goodman.  For more on the film, watch these clips.

During our interview with Rose Byrne, she talked about finding the right tone, whether she was upset that she didn’t get to play Quidditch in the movie, how she prepared to play a really smart Google employee, what she learned about the company that really surprised her, whether she did any takes with raunchier dialogue, auditioning, and more.  In addition, she also talked about Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines and Nicholas Stoller‘s Townies.  She confirmed what Dave Franco recently told us about the abundance of male nudity in the latter film.  Hit the jump to watch.

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson Talk THE INTERNSHIP, Quidditch, What They Learned About Google, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 51 days ago

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With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening this weekend, 20th Century Fox recently held a press junket at Google where we were able to speak with Owen Wilson and Vince VaughnIf you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film re-teams  Wilson and Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google.  The film also stars Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Gad, B.J. Novak, and John Goodman.  For more on the film, watch these clips.

During the interview, Wilson and Vaughn talked about finding the right tone and a story with meaning, if they agreed to make the movie because they’d get to play Quidditch, the work environment at Google and how it’s like a vacation compared to most work environments, what surprised them about Google, and more.  In addition, if you’re a fan of the way Vaughn and Wilson can play off one another, watch the last minute of this interview.

Celebrate Fake “National Intern Appreciation Day” to Go to a Real Free Screening of THE INTERNSHIP

by     Posted 1 year, 52 days ago

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Since anyone can make up a holiday, 20th Century Fox has whipped up “National Intern Appreciation Day” as a way of promoting their new comedy, The Internship.  Even though it’s supposed to be in appreciation of interns, anyone in select cities can go to a free screening of the movie tonight at 7:30pm local time at select theaters.  There’s no need to RSVP or anything like that.  It’s a first-come, first-serve kind of thing, so if you want to see a free movie tonight, you have this option.  If you’re actually an intern, you’ll probably be so inundated with work that you won’t be able to go, but be sure to ask your paid co-workers about the film.

Hit the jump for the press release and a list of theaters where you can see the free screening tonight.  The film stars Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Gad, B.J. Novak, and John GoodmanThe Internship opens Friday.

5 Clips from Shawn Levy’s THE INTERNSHIP Starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson

by     Posted 1 year, 53 days ago

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With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening June 7th, 20th Century Fox has sent over five clips.  If you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film reteams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google.  The film also stars Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Gad, B.J. Novak, and John Goodman. 

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  And if you missed them, here’s my set visit and on set interviews with Levy, and Wilson and Vaughn.

Josh Gad and Jessica Szohr Talk THE INTERNSHIP, Filming at Google, Working With Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, Future Projects, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 60 days ago

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With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening June 7th, I recently landed an extended video interview with Josh Gad and Jessica SzohrIf you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film reteams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google.  The film also stars Max Minghella and Rose Byrne.  For more on The Internship, here’s my set visit and on set interviews with Levy, and Wilson and Vaughn.

During the interview, Gad and Szohr talked about meeting on set, filming with the cast, what was it like filming at Google. what aspects of their technology impressed them the most, how they filmed when they didn’t know if the movie would be PG-13 or R, what it was like working with Vaughn and Wilson, and much more.  In addition, Gad talked about his upcoming voice work in Me and My Shadow and Frozen.  Hit the jump to watch.

Dylan O’Brien Talks THE INTERNSHIP, THE MAZE RUNNER, Comic-Con, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 64 days ago

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With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening June 7th, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Dylan O’Brien.  If you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film reteams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google.  The film also stars Max MinghellaRose Byrne, and Jessica Szohr.  For more on The Internship, here’s my set visit and on set interviews with Levy, Wilson and Vaughn.

During the interview, he talked about making the film, what it was like to have the freedom to say and do anything, who broke the most while filming, and more.  In addition, O’Brien talked about why he wanted to be part of The Maze Runner (getting ready to film in Louisiana) and the chances he’ll go to Comic-Con this year.  Hit the jump to watch.

Watch First MILLER TIME INTERNSHIP Webisode to Promote THE INTERNSHIP

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The upcoming comedy The Internship, led by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, is based on the premise that a tech company is a pretty cool place to work even if you don’t get paid.  The same is true for a beer company, good enough for a 7-part web series that sends four friends across country as Miller Lite interns.

Watch the first webisode, where the friends travel to Philadelphia and bartend at XFinity Live, after the break.  The Internship opens June 7.

First Clip from Shawn Levy’s THE INTERNSHIP Starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson

by     Posted 1 year, 78 days ago

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The first clip from director Shawn Levy’s corporate comedy The Internship features stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson participating in an online interview.  As two out-of-work salesmen looking to reinvent themselves in a digital world, it’s immediately apparent that they’re out of touch with modern technology.  The Wedding Crashers chemistry is on display so if you liked it before, it looks like you’re in for more of the same.  Be sure to get caught up on Steve’s set visit, including interviews with Levy, Wilson and Vaughn.

Also starring Rose Byrne, B.J. Novak, John Goodman, Dylan O’Brien and Josh Gad, The Internship opens June 7th.  Hit the jump to watch the clip.

Shawn Levy Talks Bridging the Generation Gap, Filming for Both an R & PG-13 Rating, His Filmmaking Career, Future Projects, & More on the Set of THE INTERNSHIP

by     Posted 1 year, 79 days ago

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Coming off the worldwide success of Real Steel, director Shawn Levy had his pick of projects.  And while it seemed like a few other movies might have gotten to the starting line first, after meeting and collaborating with Vince Vaughn on The Watch (which Levy produced), the actor pitched him on the idea of The Internship, and they started filming soon after.

During a break in production on set last year, I was able to interview Levy with a movie reporter from Yahoo.  We talked about getting Google to sign off, how he edits what he shoots that day, the soundtrack, filming for both a PG-13 or an R rating, having actors that are great improvisers, why he’s using a digital camera, future projects such Project Aloha, Night at the Museum 3, 39 Clues, Fantastic Voyage, and Real Steel 2, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say, but be aware that there are some spoilers regarding cameos in The Internship.

New Images from THE INTERNSHIP Starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn

by     Posted 1 year, 85 days ago

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20th Century Fox has provided us with a number of new images from director Shawn Levy‘s The Internship, and a few of them are exclusive.  If you’re not familiar with The Internship, which opens June 7th, the film reteams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google.  The film also stars Max MinghellaRose ByrneDylan O’Brien, and Jessica Szohr.

Last year I got to visit the set when they were filming in Atlanta, and I watched the cast film a very funny scene featuring everyone getting to know one another.  In take after take, I saw the way Vaughn, Wilson and Levy would slightly adjust the dialogue and reactions so they’d have plenty of choices in the editing room.  In addition, it was great to see the cast and crew try and hold it together until Levy called cut.  As soon as he did, the room lit up with laughter.  Based on what I saw and learned on set, I think The Internship is going to be a winner.  Hit the jump for the images.

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