THE SITTER Blu-ray Review

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Ten years ago David Gordon Green was one of the most promising independent filmmakers. Last year he made two studio comedies: Your Highness and The Sitter. Both of which bombed at the box office. It’s likely this isn’t the final chapter of Green’s career, but perhaps he will move on to non-comedies at for a while. The Sitter stars Jonah Hill as a college dropout who takes a babysitting gig, only for everything to go crazy when his girlfriend wants him to stop by a party so they can have sex for the first time. It’s got just enough weirdness and transgression not to be painful, but The Sitter isn’t that funny. Our review of the film follows after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – NEW YEAR’S EVE Underwhelms with $13.7 Million Debut

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New Year’s Eve is the new number one movie in America; but with one of the lowest first-place debuts of the year, Warner Brothers may not feel like toasting their success.  The studio’s follow-up to last year’s Valentine’s Day estimated just $13.7 million from 3,505 locations, or 76% lower than its predecessor’s first weekend total.

Title Weekend Total
1 New Year’s Eve $13,705,000 $13.7
2 The Sitter $10,000,000 $10
3 Breaking Dawn Part 1 $7,900,000 $259.4
4 The Muppets $7,070,000 $65.8
5 Arthur Christmas $6,600,000 $33.4
6 Hugo $6,125,000 $33.4
7 The Descendants $4,385,000 $23.6
8 Happy Feet Two $3,750,000 $56.8
9 Jack and Jill $3,200,000 $68.6
10 Immortals $2,442,000 $79.8

Friday Box Office – NEW YEAR’S EVE Number One with a Disappointing $5.1 Million

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It’s no surprise that New Year’s Eve was the number one movie in America on Friday: after all, the holiday-themed anthology pic was the rightful heir-apparent after The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’s impressive three week reign at the top.  What is surprising is how dismal the estimates for the new romantic ensemble are looking.  Far from the robust start that Valentine’s Day saw last February, New Year’s Eve posted just $5.1 million from 3,505 locations.  That means that the star-stuffed confection can now expect a three-day total of $14.5 million – equivalent to Valentine’s Day first Friday and only half of what the studio was hoping for.  Expectations for the weekend’s other new release, The Sitter, were more modest, but even those are proving hard to meet.  The R-rated comedy made an estimated $3.7 million on Friday from 2,750 locations for what should be a weekend total of just over $10 million.  So it looks like last weekend’s record-setting low grosses have decided to stick around: Happy Holidays Hollywood!

Title Friday Total
1 New Year’s Eve $5,080,000 $5.1
2 The Sitter $3,725,000 $3.7
3 Breaking Dawn Part 1 $2,500,000 $254.1
4 The Muppets $1,700,000 $60.4
5 Hugo $1,600,000 $28.9

David Gordon Green Talks THE SITTER, Deleted Scenes, the Untitled Todd Rohal Project That Co-Stars Patrice O’Neal, and Future Projects

by     Posted 2 years, 132 days ago

Opening tomorrow is director David Gordon Green‘s (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) The Sitter.  Starring Jonah Hill in what’s essentially an R-rated version of Adventures in Babysitting, the film centers on the events of one night in New York City with three kids and the world’s worst babysitter.  The Sitter also stars Max Records, Ari Graynor, J.B. Smoove, Sam Rockwell, Method Man, and a few other familiar faces.  Here’s the red band trailer and five clips.

Anyway, the other day I got on phone with Gordon Green to talk about the film.  During the interview we talked about how he ended up making Hollywood films from the indie world, how The Sitter came together, casting, improv and deleted scenes, what will be on the DVD/Blu-ray (he says an extended cut with eight additional minutes is coming), and how he approaches short films.  In addition, with Green producing the Untitled Todd Rohal Project which features Patrice O’Neal’s in his last film role, we talked about O’Neal’s role and how he started working with Rohal.  We ended the interview talking about his time-travel/love story Q movie which he recently signed on for and what else he’s developing.  Hit the jump for more.

5 Clips for THE SITTER Starring Jonah Hill

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20th Century Fox has sent over 5 clips from The Sitter, the new R-rated comedy led by Jonah Hill.  Here’s the logline:

“When the world’s most irresponsible babysitter takes three of the world’s worst kids on an unforgettable overnight adventure through the streets of New York City, it’s anyone’s guess who’s going to make it home in one piece.”

Sam Rockwell, Ari Graynor, and J.B. Smoove also star in the comedy directed by David Gordon Green (Your Highness).  The Sitter opens on December 9.  Watch the clips after the jump.

New Red Band Trailer for THE SITTER Starring Jonah Hill

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A new red band trailer for the comedy The Sitter has been released. Directed by Pineapple ExpressDavid Gordon Green, the film stars Jonah Hill in what’s essentially an R-rated version of Adventures in Babysitting. This new red band trailer is pretty funny, and elaborates on some of the quick scenes we saw in the first trailer. We also get more of Sam Rockwell which is definitely a good thing. While I’m still not feeling like it’ll be up to the same standard as Pineapple Express, it should be good for a few laughs.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Ari Graynor and J.B. Smoove. The Sitter opens November 9th.

New “Red-Band TV Spot” for THE SITTER Starring Jonah Hill

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A new “red-band TV spot” for The Sitter has gone online.  I put “red-band TV spot” in quotations because A) It doesn’t have a red-band because it wasn’t rated by the MPAA, and B) this will probably never air on television.  It’s more of a short, internet-only ad filled with swearing.  Now that I’ve made a pointless semantic argument, I should mention that the commercial is pretty funny and I’m really hoping that director David Gordon Green finally delivers a comedy that lives up to the marketing (Pineapple Express and Your Highness both fell short for me).

Hit the jump to check out the “Red-Band TV Spot”.  The Sitter stars Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor, J.B. Smoove, and Sam Rockwell.  The film opens November 9th.

UPDATE: Steve here. We’ve been informed that the spot aired during the Charlie Sheen roast last night.

New Posters for THE SITTER, PUSS IN BOOTS, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and More

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We’ve got quite a few posters to share with you today. Below you’ll find the raunchy international poster for the Jonah Hill comedy The Sitter, along with new posters for DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots, the much-buzzed-about indie drama We Need to Talk About Kevin, the documentary Sarah Palin: You Betcha! and the cop drama The Son of No One starring Channing Tatum and Al Pacino.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

New Banner for THE SITTER Encourages You to Give Jonah Hill a Call

by     Posted 2 years, 223 days ago

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Back in August, the red-band trailer for director David Gordon Green’s The Sitter went online and I found myself wondering if foul-mouthed babysitters such as the one portrayed by Jonah Hill really exist. Fast-forward to the present and 20th Century Fox has not only assured me that they do exist, but has also given me a number where I can reach them.

In a new promotional banner for the film, you have Hill’s mug on a flyer (seen above) with a contact number listed below. While the imagery is cool enough given the film’s subject matter, rumor has it that Hill will occasionally be answering the line found by dialing (917) 409-7838. I gave the number a ring myself and got the voicemail for Hill’s character Noah, so I can’t confirm that anyone will ever actually answer your call. Nevertheless, I think it’s kind of a cool promotion that definitely caught my attention. Check out the banner after the jump. Also starring Sam Rockwell and Ari Graynor, The Sitter hits theaters later this year on December 9th.

Red-Band Trailer for David Gordon Green’s THE SITTER Starring Jonah Hill

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The red-band trailer for David Gordon Green’s The Sitter has gone online.  As star Jonah Hill says in the intro to the trailer, “It’s the filthiest R-rated babysitter movie ever made,” and then he tells some rude children to “Try a little ‘Shut-the-Fuck-Up’ next time.”  As for the trailer itself, it’s got a bunch of great jokes, and I really hope I like it more than Green’s last film, Your Highness.  The guy has a talent with foul-mouthed comedy (he’s directed the majority of Eastbound and Down episodes) but with Your Highness and to a lesser extent Pineapple Express, the execution couldn’t live up to the concept.  But children who act like adult ass-holes are always good for laugh and so is Hill.

Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer.  The Sitter opens December 9th.

Exclusive: Ari Graynor Talks LUCKY, THE SITTER and WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?

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In the dark comedy Lucky, actress Ari Graynor takes on her first co-lead role as Lucy, the object of affection for Ben (Colin Hanks), who just won $36 million in the lottery. Ben has been crushing on Lucy since childhood, but she marries him strictly for the cash. Just as she’s beginning to have genuine feelings for him, Lucy discovers that he’s a serial killer whose victims all resemble her and, as the newlyweds try to make things work, she learns that covering up for him is not as easy as it seems.

During a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Ari Graynor talked about how ready she was to take on more responsibility in a film, the crazy ride that her character takes, how great the whole process of working with this cast was, and why she finds herself drawn to comedy. She also talked about her upcoming roles in The Sitter, opposite Jonah Hill, What’s Your Number?, opposite Anna Faris, Celeste and Jesse Forever, with Rashida Jones, and My Mother’s Curse, with Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

Release Date Changes for Fox’s RISE OF THE APES and THE SITTER Starring Jonah Hill

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We’ve got a couple of release date shifts for you this evening. 20th Century Fox has moved its Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes again, this time from November 23rd to August 5th, where it will be up against the Ryan Reynolds/Jason Bateman body-switching comedy The Change-Up, Sony’s The Smurfs and Timur Beckmambetov’s sci-fi thriller The Darkest Hour. Originally, the James Franco-starred flick was set to be released this June, but Fox pushed it back for a holiday release. Now, the studio is positioning the film as the “last big event movie of the summer.” Rise of the Apes stars stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, and Andy Serkis.

Additionally, Fox announced via Twitter that it’s moving director David Gordon Green’s R-rated childcare comedy The Sitter from August 5th to the prime holiday date of December 9th, where it will go head-to-head with Garry Marshall’s star-studded New Year’s Eve. The Sitter stars Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell and J.B. Smoove.

Lots of Release Date Changes for Fox: Moves for RISE OF THE APES, NOW, MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS and More

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We’ve got some release date changes for you regarding a number of 20th Century Fox properties courtesy of Box Office Mojo. First up, the Planet of the Apes reboot Rise of the Apes starring James Franco and Andy Serkis has been moved from a summer release in June to November 23rd where it will take advantage of the holiday season (as well as give the visual effects teams more time to fine-tune said CGI’d apes). Andrew Niccol’s Now starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried has moved back a month from September 30th to October 28th.

The Jim Carrey starred family film Mr. Popper’s Penguins has also been moved up, from August 12th to the prime summer date of June 17th where it will square off against The Green Lantern and the Cameron Diaz/Justin Timberlake comedy Bad Teacher. The David Gordon Green-directed comedy The Sitter starring Jonah Hill moves from July 17th to August 5th. The Anna Faris/Chris Evans comedy What’s Your Number? moves from April 29th to September 30th, while Monte Carlo starring Leighton Meester and Selena Gomez moves from July 1st to August 11th.

In addition to the shuffles, Fox announced the release dates of the former Alien prequel Prometheus (March 9, 2012) and the bird watching comedy The Big Year starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson (October 14th, 2011).

First Image of Jonah Hill from the Set of THE SITTER

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Director David Gordon Green is just about to wrap shooting on The Sitter, which means we’re due for the first image from the set of star Jonah Hill in costume.  Hill plays a college dropout who agrees to babysit three mischievous children, played by Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are), Kevin Hernandez, and Landry Bender.  The night takes a turn for the worse when Hill loses the cocaine of drug dealers of Sam Rockwell and J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), leading Hill and his charges on a chase through New York City.

The Sitter opens on July 15, 2011.  Hit the jump to check out the image.

Sam Rockwell Deals Drugs to Jonah Hill in THE SITTER

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Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2) is in final negotiations to join the R-rated childcare comedy The Sitter; now seems like a good time to catch up with the casting of the project, which has added a few members since our last update.  Jonah Hill stars as “a college dropout who agrees to look after three mischievous children as a favor to his mother.”  According to TheWrap, Rockwell and J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) play drug dealers whom Hill must deal with when he tries to score drugs for a girl (Ari Graynor).  Naturally the deal goes bad,  and Hill must lead Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) and newcomers Kevin Hernandez and Landry Bender on the lam through New York City.

David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) will direct The Sitter, which Hill calls “an R-rated, fucked-up Adventures in Babysitting-type of movie.”  The film hits theaters July 15, 2011.

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