GET HARD Trailer: Will Ferrell Enlists Kevin Hart to Prepare Him for Prison

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Warner Bros. has released the first Get Hard trailer for the upcoming crime comedy.  Marking the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen, the film stars Will Ferrell as a Bernie Madoff-type wealthy investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum security prison sentence.  The comedic pairing of Ferrell and Hart was already enough to make this worth seeing, but thankfully the movie also looks to be genuinely good.  There’s a twist on the premise as described that feels like a nice touch to keep it from feeling outdated (or offensive, really), and unsurprisingly there are more than a couple of really funny moments on display in this first look trailer.

Watch the first Get Hard trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. NelsonGet Hard opens in theaters on March 27, 2015.

Will Ferrell to Star in Untitled Comedy Set in the Competitive World of a Shakespeare Theater Company

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Will Ferrell seems to enjoy movies where characters compete for glory.  He’s starred in Kicking & Screaming (soccer), Talladega Nights (stock car racing), Blades of Glory (figure skating), and Semi-Pro (basketball).  However, his latest competition will be taking him away from sports and into the arts.  According to Variety, Ferrell is set to star in an untitled comedy that takes place around the “intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company.”  There are no plot details beyond that, but David Guion and Michael Handelman will handle the script, which is a bit disconcerting when you consider that their track record includes The Ex and Dinner for Schmucks.  Variety also says they’ve worked on The Internship, The Watch, Blades of Glory, and Men in Black III, but they’re not officially credited, so it’s possible they just did rewrites.

While I like the premise of Ferrell doing Shakespeare, he has a very full slate of potential projects, so we might net get to see it anytime soon.  Hit the jump for more.

Penelope Cruz Joins ZOOLANDER 2 as Comedy Sequel Finally Gains Momentum

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Just a few years ago, filmmakers were lamenting the fact that despite the cult success their comedies had enjoyed over the years, studios just weren’t willing to foot the bill for a follow-up.  Director Adam McKay was famously ready to throw in the towel on Anchorman 2 before one last phone call to Paramount led to the film finally coming together, and it enjoyed modest success at the box office last year.  Just last week, Dumb and Dumber To opened in theaters at the Number One spot, proving once again that a comedy sequel released years after the original (in this case a decade) still has an audience.  Which leads us to Zoolander 2.  The original Ben Stiller-led and directed comedy pulled in only $60 million at the worldwide box office, but it gained a massive following on home video over the years.

Stiller has been trying to get the follow-up off the ground for some time now, and it finally looks as if the project has momentum as Penelope Cruz is signing on to star.  Much more after the jump. 

Will Ferrell Prepares for Prison with Kevin Hart in First GET HARD Images

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Warner Bros. has released the first Get Hard images from the upcoming crime comedy.  Marking the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder scribe Etan Cohen, the film stars Will Ferrell as a Bernie Madoff-type wealthy investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum security prison sentence.  The prospect of pairing the comedic stylings of Ferrell and Hart is incredibly promising, and from the looks of these images their chemistry is going to be pretty great.  Moreover, the timely premise allows the duo to riff on topics that are especially relevant to our society at this point in time.

Take a look at the first Get Hard images after the jump, and check back here soon to watch the first trailer.  The film also stars Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. NelsonGet Hard opens in theaters on March 27, 2015.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg Confirmed to Reunite for DADDY’S HOME; Filming Starts This Year

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The Other Guys stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are officially set to reunite.  We heard a few months ago that Wahlberg might be replacing Vince Vaughn in the comedy Daddy’s Home, and Paramount announced today that indeed Ferrell and Wahlberg will be toplining the film.  Ferrell will star as a mild-mannered radio executive who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father turns up.  Ferrell and Wahlberg subsequently compete for the affection of the kids.  That’s My Boy and Horrible Bosses 2 helmer Sean Anders will direct, and filming is expected to get underway later this year.  Ferrell and Wahlberg had great chemistry in The Other Guys, so I’m excited by the prospect of them playing off of one another once again.

Brian Burns (Entourage) wrote the initial screenplay, but Paramount notes that the script has revisions by Adam McKay, Anders and John Morris (Horrible Bosses 2), Chris Henchy (The Other Guys), and Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder).  Ferrell, McKay, and Henchy are producing through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner, with Anders also onboard as a producer.  Read the full press release after the jump.

Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and More Join James Franco’s ZEROVILLE

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Back in September, James Franco hit the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival rocking a shaved head with a tattoo of A Place in the Sun’s Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on the back of it.  It wasn’t some oddball stunt like what Shia LaBeouf pulled at Berlin, but rather, while attending the festival to debut The Sound and the Fury and also to accept his Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award, he decided to get a little work done.  Franco took the opportunity to shoot some shots for his next directorial endeavor, a film called Zeroville.

But even though Franco started knocking off shots last month, his co-cast is first being announced now.  It’s being reported that Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz will all join him in the film.  Hit the jump for more on Zeroville.

Will Ferrell Says Mugatu Is in ZOOLANDER 2, Cast Assembling to Read Script Soon

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It’s been thirteen years since Zoolander first hit theaters, conquering our hearts but not the box office.  The interim has seen the invention of the iPod and the decline of the DVD market.  Infants born on that day are in the eighth grade and are probably smoking futuristic cigarettes I don’t even know about.  And yet, talk of Zoolander 2 keeps humming along (despite the aforementioned DVD decline, which is just about the only way the first film turned a profit).

Last month co-writer Justin Theroux confirmed that he and Ben Stiller had completed a script for the film and were in the midst of polishing it up.  Now Will Ferrell, who played the ever-essential antagonist Mugatu in the first film, has offered up even more encouraging news.  Hit the jump for more on Zoolander 2.

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to Executive Produce HENCHMEN Adaptation

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A feature film adaptation of the short Henchmen: Ill Suited is moving ahead with some serious pedigree behind the scenes.  Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy have come aboard Henchmen as executive producers and creative collaborators through their Gary Sanchez Productions company.  Based on the short film by Adam Wood, the story revolves around a janitor working in the bad guy museum of Supervillain City who happens upon a super-powered suit, causing mayhem as a result.  The feature adaptation will also focus on a “fallen henchman named Hank overseeing a motley crew of blue-collar workers in the Union of Evil.”  The short is animated, but it’s unclear if the feature film will move into the live-action realm or remain animated.

Per Deadline, Dennis McNicholas (Saturday Night Live) is completing a script rewrite, and Wood will direct the feature-length adaptation.  Gary Sanchez will partner with Bron Studios on the production, which is eyeing a 2016 start.  Watch the teaser for the original short film after the jump.

Will Ferrell May Play Russ Meyer in RUSS & ROGER GO BEYOND; Edgar Wright Linked to Project

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Last year, a curious independent project started taking shape in the form of Russ & Roger Go Beyond.  Penned by The Simpsons and SNL scribe Christopher Cluess, the film chronicles the relationship between Roger Ebert and provocative director Russ Meyer as they develop and produce 1970’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which marked Ebert’s one and only screenplay credit.  Meyer was coming off a string of pulp films like Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill when he was asked by Fox to helm Dolls.  When he signed on, Meyer insisted that Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert write the screenplay.  The two struck up a rapport that continued until Ebert’s passing, and the film will follow their path to getting Dolls made, including the controversy with the ratings board surrounding the film’s X rating.

It’s been some time since we’ve heard about Russ & Roger Go Beyond, but now it appears that the project has piqued the interest of Will Ferrell, who is circling the role of Meyer.  More after the jump.

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to Produce MANIMAL Adaptation for Sony Pictures Animation

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When Hollywood sets their sights on an adaptation, you never quite know how it’s going to turn out.  Is the tone going to be similar to the original and recreate what made it endearing, or will it be a tongue-in-cheek contemporary take?  Either approach can fail spectacularly or succeed beyond all expectations.  Now when the property in question is the short-lived TV series Manimal, it’s easy to write it off.  Enter Adam McKay and Will Ferrell.  You know what you’re getting with Gary Sanchez Productions, who might just be the best team to tackle the oddity that will be the Sony Pictures Animation live-action/animation hybrid, Manimal.  Hit the jump for more.

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell May Reunite in DADDY’S HOME

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When last we spoke about the project titled Daddy’s Home, it had Will Ferrell set to star opposite Vince Vaughn with Etan Cohen directing.  A fair amount has changed in the last year, since now word has it that Ferrell will reunite with The Other Guys’ co-star Mark Wahlberg, and that Sean Anders and John Morris are in talks to direct.  The Gary Sanchez production was originally scripted by Brian Burns, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy with Cohen, and is scheduled to begin production this fall.  Hit the jump for more on the plot.

Richard Linklater to Direct Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in LARRY’S KIDNEY

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An exciting team is coming together to bring Larry’s Kidney to the screen.  The Wrap reports that Richard Linklater will direct The Campaign stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in an adaptation of Daniel Asa Rose’s memoir Larry’s Kidney, which recounts Rose’s journey to China with his black sheep cousin Larry and his mail order bride in order to save Larry’s life by securing him a kidney transplant.  Ferrell will play Rose while Galifianakis will play Larry, and with Linklater at the helm we can probably expect something a tad more thoughtful than a simple outlandish comedy.

This looks to be Linklater’s most “commercial”-sounding film since 2005’s Bad News Bears and 2003’s excellent School of Rock, as he’s been bounding between genres as of late to fantastic results.  His last three films are all top-notch (Bernie, Before Midnight, and the upcoming Boyhood), so hopefully he can keep the streak alive with Larry’s Kidney.  No word on when production might begin.

THE FLINTSTONES in Development at Warner Bros. as Animated Feature with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay as Executive Producers

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The Flintstones are headed back to the big screen!  Thankfully, the new project in development over at Warner Bros. is not slated to be a live-action reboot, but rather a feature-length animated film.  (The 1994 Brian Levant picture starring John Goodman, and it’s Vegas-centered follow-up, was more than enough Flintstones live action for many a lifetime.)  With Disney/Pixar currently owning the animated market (with all due respect to the fine folks over at DreamWorks Animation), perhaps WB wanted to get in on the action.  What better place to start than with the modern Stone Age family, whose rights the studio acquired from Turner Broadcasting back in 1996?  Word that the Gary Sanchez Productions team is on board, which sees Chris Henchy penning the script for executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, is an encouraging bit of news.  Hit the jump for more.

Will Ferrell Is THE YANK; Johnny Knoxville Takes SICK DAY; Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, and Judith Godreche Join THE OVERNIGHT

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A few comedy casting reports to round up:

  • Will Ferrell is attached to star in The Yank, a fish-out-of-water comedy set in London.
  • Johnny Knoxville is attached to star in Sick Day, described as a “modern-day Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
  • Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, and Judith Godreche are set to star in the indie comedy The Overnight.

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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to Star in Sony Pictures Comedy, BORDER GUARDS; Adam McKay May Direct

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The stars of Step Brothers and Talladega Nights are back!  Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are set to reunite on screen in Border Guards, a new Sony Pictures comedy that Adam McKay is eyeing to direct.  The picture would see Ferrell and Reilly as two incompetent border guards who get stranded in Mexico and have to sneak back across the border.  While the the reunion of the comedic trio is cause for celebration in its own right, there’s also word that Sony has set British scribe and Peep Show creator Jesse Armstrong to pen the script.  Hit the jump for more.

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