January 17, 2017

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Interview: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes talk ‘The Other Guys’

By Sean O’Connell
HollywoodNews.com: Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg?
OK, so the “Saturday Night Live” veteran and the Oscar-nominated star of “The Departed” aren’t the first people you’d think to pair in an action vehicle. Unless, of course, you are Adam McKay, director of Sony’s upcoming action-comedy hybrid, “The Other Guys,” in which case the idea tickles you pink.
In the film, which opens Aug. 6, Ferrell and Wahlberg are NYPD officers with polar opposite personalities who must overcome their differences if they’re going to apprehend a white-collar criminal (played by Steve Coogan). The actors sat down with co-stars Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, and director McKay for an interview with a handful of journalists. HollywoodNews.com was there, and we’ve got the exclusive video of this “Other Guys” event.





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Jonathan Gold, Quincy Jones, and Paul Reubens are Los Angeles Film Festival’s 2010 Artists in Residence.

hollywoodnews.com: Each Artist will program a film in the Festival that has inspired his work, and then stick around for a conversation with the audience!
Jonathan Gold: A conversation about food and film.
Film Selection: Udon (2006, Japan)
Directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro
Udon is a high-spirited comic ode to the power of Japan’s ubiquitous noodle. After failing to make it as a stand-up comedian, a young man drags himself home to Kagawa Prefecture, where his father owns a small udon factory. When an article he writes for a local magazine sets off a nationwide udon craze, he learns there’s more to the simple noodle, and the people who make them, than he ever expected.
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic for LA Weekly and author of Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles.

Quincy Jones: A conversation about music and film.
Film Selection: The Color Purple (1985)
Directed by Steven Spielberg
“It is a great, warm, hard, unforgiving, triumphant movie, and there is not a scene that does not shine with the love of the people who made it,” wrote Roger Ebert of Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple. Twenty-five years later, Spielberg’ luminous adaptation of Alice Walker’s beloved novel stands as a landmark moment in the careers of its extraordinary cast. It introduced to the big screen both Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, and sent Danny Glover’s career into orbit. And its wonderful score, of course, was the work of the incomparable Quincy Jones.
Quincy Jones is a legendary music composer and producer.

Paul Reubens: A conversation about classics and comedy.
Film Selection: You Can’t Take It With You (1938)
Directed by Frank Capra
You Can’t Take It With You, Frank Capra’s Best Picture-winning screwball comedy, stars James Stewart, in his first collaboration with Capra, and the incomparable Jean Arthur as two young people in love whose families could not be more different. His are well-heeled, high society types; hers are a collection of artists and eccentrics. True love—as well as harmonicas, fireworks, and back taxes—brings everyone together in one of Capra’s most manic, marvelous films.
Paul Reubens is an actor and comedian known for his work on stage, television, and screen and as the celebrated icon Pee-wee Herman.
* There will also be a special 25th anniversary family screening of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure on June 26th at the Orpheum Theatre.

Hollywood Movie Roundup: Give me “Kick-Ass” or give me “Death”

BY Kevin Crust
You can put your 3D glasses away because for the first time in weeks a 2D movie should rule the box-office roost. Two modestly budgeted genre movies will duke it out for the top spot with “How to Train Your Dragon” a threat to slip back into second place should either stumble. The first up is the highly marketed movie:
Director Matthew Vaughn (“Layer Cake”) co-wrote (with Jane Goldman) this adaptation of the hyper-violent Michael Millar comic book series about a regular teen who tries to be a superhero and discovers that he is not alone. Nicolas Cage is the big name, but he’s in a supporting role with Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz poised to breakout if this catches on.
Critics are giving “Kick-Ass” a surprisingly warm welcome with Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times citing its exacting knowledge of its largely adolescent male, comic-collecting audience’s fantasies. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times reps those more impressed by the then-11-year-old Moretz’s performance as Hit Girl. Ebert and fellow Chicagoan Michael Phillips of the Tribune are simply not that interested with Ebert finding it “morally reprehensible.”
This one’s been buzzing since Comic-Con 2009 and the positive reviews will only bolster the online echo chamber of the fanboys. With nine months of gestating anticipation built up, the film looks like it could join titles such as “Sin City” and “Kill Bill, Vol. 2” among the biggest gross R-rated April openers ever with a take between $25-$30 million.
A remake of the well-regarded 2007 British-American comedy, its been relocated to L.A. and stocked with a mostly African American cast, but it’s faithful enough that original screenwriter Dean Craig still gets the credit. Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence head the cast as the battling sons of the deceased. Peter Dinklage reprises his key role from the first movie, while Tracy Morgan, James Marsden, Loretta Devine, Regina King, Keith David and Danny Glover are also on hand. Director Neil LaBute steps away from his prolific playwriting career and indie films to give mainstream comedy a shot.
The reviews have mostly been middling, but Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that it’s funnier than the original. Most critics, however, such as Stephen Holden of the New York Times and Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times, acknowledge some laughs but deride the plug-and-play mentality that went into making it.
The original was an […]

Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence upstaged in “Death at a Funeral”

Death at a Funeral (**1/2 out of 4)
Someone needs to get James Marsden his own comedy. He’s seriously funny. Sure, he showed glimpses of personality as variety show host Corny Collins in Adam Shankman’s “Hairspray.” And his Prince Edward helped make “Enchanted” feel … well, enchanted.
But would you have guessed Marsden would outright steal scenes away from Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Keith David and other very talented comedians as he does during Neil LaBute’s “Death at a Funeral” remake? His performance as a nervous fiancée tripping on a hallucinogenic relies on facial maneuverings, surprised reactions, fearless physical antics and the knowledge of when to underplay the joke. It could have been very broad, but Marsden keeps it in check … which somehow makes it feel overblown. It’s a high-wire act, and he walks it well. “Funeral” will serve as his sizzle reel the next time he auditions for his own comedic franchise. A wise studio executive would sign him before this weekend’s box office results drive up his asking price.
The rest of “Funeral” is consistently amusing but rarely laugh-out-loud funny — a bit of a disappointment considering the comedic potential of this cast. Part of the problem is that all of this has been done before, and recently. LaBute’s “Funeral” is a near shot-for-shot remake of a dark British comedy that came out in 2007. Rock’s character, Aaron, has to juggle an army of cartoonish personalities during his father’s funeral. There’s Ryan (Lawrence), his young and far-more-successful brother who is the family’s prodigal son. There’s mean Uncle Russell (Danny Glover), who makes it his business to abuse his obedient handler, Norman (Morgan). And there’s Frank (Peter Dinklage, reprising his role from the 2007 original), who has compromising photos of Aaron’s father which he wants to use as blackmail.
“Funeral” has some of the same issues that derailed “Harlem Nights,” Eddie Murphy’s lone directing credit that attracted comedic heavyweights Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx and Arsenio Hall, but never figured out how best to use them. “Funeral” handcuffs Rock to the straight-man role, neutering his ability to be funny. Lawrence’s character is defined by his clichés, while Morgan stoops to a disgusting (but admittedly hilarious) toilet joke to score the film’s biggest laugh.
In between the cracks lurks Marsden, who snatches laughs from thin air while his co-stars can only stand around and watch. When it […]

Death of a Funeral: Cast and crew talk about bringing the remake to life

Ensemble comedies are always a mixed blessing: as many talented folks as the filmmakers recruit for their cast, there are always a few characters that you want to see explored a little bit more. Thankfully, at the junket for Death at a Funeral, a press event potentially as overstuffed as the film itself, that selfsame cast was provided with plenty of time for everyone to get a chance to chat about the film.
Hollywood News spoke to members of the film’s cast and crew on Sunday at a press conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. In addition to addressing the demands of their individual characters, the cast and crew members of Death of a Funeral – including Zoe Saldana, James Marsden, Columbus Short, Tracy Morgan, Luke Wilson, Regina Hall, and director Neil LaBute – talked about the process of putting together such a great group in order to bring new life to this remake of the 2007 Frank Oz film of the same name.
[Note: Although “Hollywood News” is used to distinguish questions from answers in the text below, our journalist was just one of many reporters asking questions of the filmmakers.]

Hollywood News: Neil, what was the genesis of this project, and why did you want to do this film?

Neil LaBute: I guess the genesis for me was twofold. I’d been looking for a comedy for quite some time. Getting people to believe that you are able to do something other than what you’re known for in this town sometimes is difficult. Luckily the effect in this case was that Chris Rock had seen the movie and wanted to make a [version of it] in the States. He’d worked with me 10 years ago, had a good experience and also had been a director in the last few years but wanted to act in terms of the production rather than act and direct. So he was interested knowing that I liked working with actors and scripts. Then I’d also worked with Screen Gems who were putting the film together. I’d done Lakeview Terrace with them, had a good experience and so those were an individual and a company or Clint Culpepper the head of that company who said, “Let’s take a chance on somebody doing something different.” There’s always been humor I think in what I do, sometimes unintentionally frankly, but I had never done a comedy other than […]

Danny Glover rallies stars against Hugo Boss for the Oscars

Danny Glover, in collaboration with labor union Workers United has sent out letters requesting Hollywood stars to deny wearing Hugo Boss for the Oscars. This is reply to the option for 400 Hugo Boss manufacturing workers losing their jobs in Clevelend if the company closes down the plant there. Glover sent a letter to dozens of Oscar nominees and others in the film industry to encourage them to not wear Hugo Boss for the big event. In addition, he is requesting them to wear a pin that reads “Keep the Hugo Boss Plant Open.” Celebs who were sent the letter and pin include George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Sean Penn, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Renner, and Matt Damon.
Below is the official letter: