January 20, 2017

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“The Campaign” with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis Trailer

HollywoodNews.com: “The Campaign” with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis trailer.
When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other, in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy from “Meet the Parents” director Jay Roach that takes today’s political circus to its logical next level. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there’s room to dig a whole lot deeper.

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Ben Stiller to present at the 84th Oscars

HollywoodNews.com: Ben Stiller has been added to the list of presenters who will be taking part in the 84th Academy Awards®.
Stiller, who is famous for his work in ‘Meet the Parents,’ ‘Tropic Thunder’ and ‘Zoolander,’ will be a presenter that night along with other stars like Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz.
Stiller can soon be seen in the upcoming films ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and ‘Neighborhood Watch.’
The Oscars will air on Sunday, February 26th.
Will you tune in?
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Owen Wilson going to be a daddy

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A “Meet the Parents” co-star is about to become a parent himself.
A rep has confirmed this morning that Owen Wilson and his girlfriend, Jade Duell, “are happy to be expecting a baby.” It is the 42-year-old actor’s first child.
Wilson, of course, can be seen in the money-making “Little Fockers,” the third installment in the “Meet the Parents” franchise. Next month, he’ll appear in the latest Farrelly Brothers comedy, “Hall Pass,” about a married man who gets a temporary reprieve from his wedding vows so he can sleep with random strangers.
It will be curious to see if fatherhood softens Wilson’s role choices. Maybe he’ll be competing with Eddie Murphy for the latest family-friendly comedy by 2013?
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‘True Grit’ takes the lead, while ‘Season of the Witch,’ ‘Country Strong’ lead off 2011

By Scott Mendelson
hollywoodnews.com: The crowd-pleasing, critically-acclaimed Coen brothers western remake/adaptation True Grit took the box office crown in its third weekend of release, setting itself up as a major Oscar contender. The Jeff Bridges/Hailee Steinfeld vehicle grossed $15 million in its third weekend, dropping a reasonable 38%. The post-holiday weekends usually see hefty drops, so this isn’t anything to be concerned about. What is impressive is that, in its third weekend, True Grit has a Fri-Sun amount right on par with the opening weekends of recent (justifiably) acclaimed westerns such as 3:10 to Yuma and Open Range, both of which opened with $14 million within the last seven years. The (slightly overrated) film crossed the $100 million mark on Saturday, and ended day 19 with $110.4 million. That makes it the third-biggest grossing western in domestic history, behind the sci-fi tinged Wild Wild West ($113 million) and the revisionist epic Dances with Wolves ($184 million). It is also now the highest-grossing picture amongst the Oscar-bait contenders this year, although probably nominees Inception ($292 million) and Toy Story 3 ($415 million) are obviously out of reach. Alas, unless you only count pure traditional westerns, most of these genre-related box office records will likely fall when Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens (trailer) is released this summer.

Coming in at second place was Little Fockers, which is not quite the disaster that many (including me) predicted after its sub-par opening weekend. The ‘part 3’ added another $13.8 million over its third weekend, dropping an okay 47% in its first post-holiday frame and ending the first weekend of 2011 with $123 million. Comparably, Meet the Fockers (which opened over Christmas back in 2004) dropped 31% in its third weekend and had grossed $204 million. Still, the big issue is not so much the success or failure of the film itself, but that the $100 million comedy is basically playing out like a slightly profitable tent-pole, as opposed to the massive cash cow that was supposed to help Universal after two years of challenging and/or original pictures that have struggled at the box office. It’s no flop, and it may even reach the $166 million earned by Meet the Parents back in 2000, but it’s not the mega hit that Universal needed at this point.
Third place goes to the first wide release of the year, Season of the Witch (trailers). This medieval horror romp was supposed […]

“Little Fockers” leads “True Grit” heading into holiday weekend

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It was a big win for “Little Fockers” at the box office on Wednesday as the ensemble comedy – the third in the “Meet the Parents” franchise – topped several newcomers to lead the daily box office and charge into the holiday frame with some momentum.
“Little Fockers” earned an estimated $7.2 million on Wednesday to jog ahead of Joel and Ethan Coen’s “True Grit,” which opened to much better reviews but only $5.5M or the day. Still, pundits say that number for Paramount’s period Western is better than expected.
“The Coen Brothers Western performed above expectations,” writes EW.com, adding that between “Grit” and “TRON,” December “belongs to Jeff Bridges.”
Will “Fockers” hold? Reviews have been brutal, with the comedy claiming only an 11% Fresh grade on Rotten Tomatoes. If word of mouth hurts the film over the weekend, it’s possible that “Grit” – with a stunning 96% Fresh grade – could triumph. It depends how many people want vengeance this holiday season as opposed to laughs. Then again, you’ll find more effective jokes in “Grit” than in “Fockers,” so pick your poison.
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Interview: “Dinner for Schmucks” director Jay Roach on Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Sacha Baron Cohen

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Don’t call it a remake.
Yes, Jay Roach’s latest comedy “Dinner for Schmucks,” which opens this Friday, drops Steve Carell and Paul Rudd into hilariously uncomfortable situations that are reminiscent of French director Francis Veber’s 1998 comedy, “The Dinner Game.”
But Roach, who recently spoke with Hollywood News about the production, was quick to point out that they moved away from the “Dinner Game” premise to weave their own, unique joke.
The film stars Rudd as a ladder-climbing corporate executive who is asked to invite an idiot to a strange dinner-party game. He thinks he discovers a slam-dunk dork in Carell. Then, however, Roach says their film goes down several different avenues as it distances itself from Veber’s film, which he considers a masterpiece.
“Our film starts with that premise. It’s inspired by (the original movie). But the entire third act was not part of the original French film. It’s a great film. I am a huge fan of Veber. But we went with ‘Inspired by’ instead of ‘Based on’ because I felt we couldn’t beat his jokes. And though we borrow the concept of the story, basically none of the jokes are the same,” Roach said.
For Roach, it’s always a learning process. In addition to directing Myers through the “Austin Powers” films, he helmed two “Meet the Parents” films and served as a producer for Sacha Baron Cohen’s outrageous “Borat” and “Bruno” comedies.
“His comedy is so specific, and he is so amazing at it,” Roach said of Cohen. “I’ve never seen an audience laugh harder than they laughed at ‘Borat.’ I can remember, literally, just looking around at the audience during that naked fight sequence and going, ‘Oh my God, I will never direct anything that has people flopping around in their seats as hard as they are right now.’
“So I learned from those experiences that he is a master,” Roach continued. “I was a producer on those films, and I helped with the post process where we screened it over and over and kept finding the film with the interactions with the audience. I think I evolved through that.”
Audiences will find out how far Roach’s comedy styles have evolved when “Dinner for Schmucks” opens in theaters Friday, July 30.
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Interview with ‘Dinner for Schmucks’ director Jay Roach – Hollywood In Ten

HollywoodNews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s interview feature, “Hollywood In Ten,” showcases the creative individuals responsible for the movies we love and corners them for 10 quality minutes.
Recently, Anthony D’Alessandro caught up with “Dinner for Schmucks” director Jay Roach who has a reputation for catapulting comedies to the top of the box office chart. Since first working with Mike Myers on the first “Austin Powers” in 1997, Roach’s producer-director credits have racked up over $2.2 billion at the global B.O.
Roach talks about his criteria for choosing projects, “Austin Powers 4,” method comedic actors, stand-up Emo Philips, a looming Tom Hanks feature and his role outside the director’s chair on the third “Meet the Parents” chapter, “Little Fockers” (which Roach still served as producer on).
“Dinner for Schmucks,” based on the 1998 French film “The Dinner Game” follows a burgeoning financial executive played by Paul Rudd, who in order to peg his way up the company ladder, must bring an idiot to a dinner that his boss (Bruce Greenwood) is hosting. The idea of the event is for upper class people to poke fun at real life wackos. Rudd finds a wacko in Steve Carell’s Barry, a sincere man with a flair for recreating famed paintings with stuffed dead mice.
Listen to our Hollywood In Ten interview with Jay Roach below:

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Steve Carell’s ‘Dinner for Schmucks’ releases new photos

HollywoodNews.com: Steve Carell’s latest film “Dinner for Schmucks” has just released new photos for the film directed by Jay Roach.

“Dinner for Schmucks” tells the story of Tim (Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss’ annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry (Steve Carell), a guy with a passion for dressing mice up in tiny outfits to recreate great works of art. From Jay Roach, director of “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers” comes an unforgettable feast about two unlikely friends and one very memorable dinner.
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Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro return for Christmas comedy “Little Fockers”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Looks like we’re all getting “Fockers” for Christmas.
Earlier this week, JoBlo had an early review of “Little Fockers,” the third film in the “Meet the Parents” series that finds Ben Stiller matching wits with Robert De Niro. Without getting into details, the blogger who attended a test screening called it unnecessary, but frequently hilarious.
This morning, Universal unveiled the first full trailer for the film. It will be attached to Sony’s “Grown Ups.” But if you don’t want to tolerate Adam Sandler and his toilet humor, click here and download the trailer in the comfort of your own home. Ah, technology.
Based on the clip, Greg (Stiller) and Pam (Teri Polo) are raising their twins and hosting her parents in Chicago, while Jack (De Niro) is wrestling with the idea of giving up control of his circle of trust. Oh, and there’s a truly tasteless erection joke. LOL. Barbara Steisand is back as Stiller’s mom, but Dustin Hoffman’s a no show. He’s replaced, somewhat, by Jessica Alba, Laura Dern, and Harvey Keitel, who plays a contractor working on Greg and Pam’s renovations. Expect “Money Pit” levels of hilarity.
“Unnecessary” might be harsh. There are far worse franchises than this that earned third installments. Plus, I think Stiller and De Niro’s uncomfortable chemistry produces big laughs. I’d rather spend a little more time in this “circle” than, say, analyzing another “Analyze This” pairing. I’m not sure why Chris Weitz took over directing duties for original series helmer Jay Roach. But we’ll see if “Fockers” flies this December.
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“Dinner for Schmucks” gets a new date on the summer schedule

Hollywoodnews.com: Moviegoers will have to wait a little longer for dinner.
Paramount’s Paul Rudd-Zach Galifianakis-Steve Carrell comedy “Dinner for Schmucks” changed its release date from July 23 to July 30.
Insiders, according to Variety, said that the DreamWorks-Spyglass production moved on account of the crowded summer release schedule.
“Schmucks” needed some breathing room from Warner Bros.’ “Inception” (July 16) and Sony’s “Salt” (July 23).
“Schmucks” is an English remake of the 1999 French film “The Dinner Game.” It also marks director Jay Roach’s first non-franchise feature comedy, outside of “Meet the Parents” and “Austin Powers,” in quite some time.
For the longest time, Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to star in “Schmucks,” but later dropped out.
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