Universal Pictures has released the first red-band trailer for director Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) new comedy Neighbors. Previously titled Townies, the film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a young couple who move in next door to a fraternity house. The thirty-somethings soon find themselves the victims of pranks (and other unsightly activities) after an attempt to welcome the Delta Psi Beta chapter goes awkwardly awry. There are plenty of great snippets of what are sure to be funny moments throughout the picture as Neighbors takes a look at the hard-partying Greek life of films like Old School, Animal House and PCU from the viewpoint of the squares on the outside. And while Christopher Mintz-Plasse doesn’t get any dialogue, he sure does get a moment.
Hit the jump to watch the red-band trailer. The film also stars Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Ike Barinholtz, Jason Mantozoukas, and Lisa Kudrow. Neighbors opens in theaters on May 9, 2014.
The first images from Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller’s new comedy Neighbors have landed online ahead of a trailer debut later tonight. The film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a young couple with a newborn baby who move in next door to a fraternity house. Clashing ensues between Rogen’s character and the frat boys, headed up by Zac Efron. In these new images we see a few of the fraternity hijinks, as Efron and Dave Franco look to be dressed up as different Robert De Niro characters for some reason.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. The film also stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jake Johnson, Ike Barinholtz, Jason Mantozoukas, and Lisa Kudrow. Neighbors opens in theaters on May 9, 2014.
With director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with some of the cast in New York City. The sequel takes place a few years after the first film and finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). For more on the film, watch five clips, a red-band featurette, video interviews with Wadlow and Mark Millar, or click here for all our previous coverage.
During the interview with Mintz-Plasse (who is awesome in the film), he talked about making the sequel, what it was like to run around the streets of Toronto in costume with people watching, changes on set, his reaction to the script, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Nicholas Stoller‘s Townies (talks about how the film has a lot of male nudity and his fake flaccid prosthetic penis), and much more. Hit the jump to watch.
A comedy, a thriller, and a Sundance drama have all been given firm release dates:
- Townies – Director Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) Universal Pictures comedy about a young couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) who move next door to a fraternity house (inhabited by Zac Efron and Dave Franco) will open in theaters on May 9, 2014, opposite Jon Favreau’s small-scale comedy Chef.
- The Loft – Universal Pictures will release the long-delayed psychological thriller on August 29, 2014. The film stars Karl Urban and James Marsden and centers on five guys who share a loft in the city where they each can live out their extramarital transgressions, but things are complicated when a dead body is discovered.
- The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete – Lionsgate will release director George Tillman Jr.’s indie on October 11th of this year. The film stars Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon. Read Matt’s review here.
Hit the jump to read the official synopses for Townies and The Loft.
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.
With director Louis Leterrier’s (The Incredible Hulk) magician-centered thriller Now You See Me opening May 31st, I recently went to New Orleans to interview the cast. For those unfamiliar, the story follows an FBI squad on the heels of a team of bank-robbing magicians who share their profits with the audience, and the pic boasts an impressive ensemble cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Melanie Laurent and Morgan Freeman. For more on the film, watch six clips, or check out all our previous coverage.
During my interview with Dave Franco, he talked about how much fun he had making the movie, what he learned about magic, what it was like working for Louis Leterrier and his always moving camera, and more. In addition, he talked about if he’ll be in the 21 Jump Street sequel, and reveals Nicholas Stoller‘s Townies features tons of male nudity. Hit the jump to watch.
Three breakout comedy stars have added new projects to their rosters:
- Dave Franco (21 Jump Street) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad) were just added to the impressive cast of Townies, also featuring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and possibly Rose Byrne. The comedy will be directed by Nicholas Stoller (The Five-Year Engagement).
- Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) is in talks to join Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray in Ted Melfi’s St. Vincent De Van Nuys After impressive turns with Girls and This is 40, this would see him re-teaming with his Bridesmaids costar McCarthy.
Hit the jump for more on each casting.
Though his AMC series The Killing was just resurrected for a third season, star Joel Kinnaman isn’t leaving features behind anytime soon. The actor most recently wrapped the starring role in the RoboCop reboot, and now Heat Vision reports that Kinnaman is in negotiations to join Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in the thriller Child 44. The film is based on the book of the same name by Tom Rob Smith and takes place in the 1950s, where it centers on a security officer in the Soviet Union who finds himself demoted and exiled while investigating a string of murders.
Kinnaman is in talks to play Hardy’s “ambitious and murderous nemesis.” Should the deal go through, Kinnaman would be reuniting with his Snabba Cash director Daniel Espinosa on the project. Espinosa is coming off the success of last year’s Safe House, and Child 44 boasts Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan as producers. Filming is hoping to get underway this summer. Hit the jump for casting news concerning Rose Byrne joining Tina Fey/Jason Bateman and Seth Rogen/Zac Efron in a couple of upcoming projects.
Coming off of his latest feature, The Five-Year Engagement, director Nicholas Stoller is lining up his next project. THR reports that Stoller is now in negotiations to helm the R-rated comedy Townies. Universal snatched the project up last summer and set Seth Rogen to star as a regular guy who lives near an alpha male fraternity house and has to contend with a raucous member of the fraternity (Zac Efron) who wreaks havoc on his life. The casting made the project interesting to begin with, and now the addition of Stoller—known for his strong infusion of heart and comedy—makes the project even more intriguing.
Five-Year Engagement wasn’t exactly a box office hit, but Universal must be happy with the pic as they’ve tapped the Forgetting Sarah Marshall director to helm Townies. The script was written by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Stoller and/or Rogen take a pass. In addition to Five-Year Engagement, Stoller co-wrote last year’s The Muppets with Jason Segel and is currently scripting a sequel alongside Muppets director James Bobin.