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Movie Review: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Screenwriter: Seth Rogen, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien
Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Beanie Feldstein, Kiersey Clemons, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Rated R | 92 Minutes
Release Date: May 20, 2016

It’s hard to believe that a comedy sequel could actually be any good whatsoever. Repetition is the proverbial weapon of choice that so often kills a comedy sequel. It’s not even a question of making it greater than its predecessor but if such a thing is even necessary to begin with. For Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, there are a few concerns, sure, no film is without flaw, but Nicholas Stoller brings us something that is still funny and manages to maintain that sharp wit and hilarious chemistry between the cast members all the while adding new elements and even addressing a few serious social issues that affect us today.

The film centers on Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) having to move and put their house in escrow when they find out that they are having a second child. When college freshman Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz) establishes a new sorority, Kappa Nu, with Nora (Beanie Feldstein) and Beth (Kiersey Clemons) right next door, Mac and Kelly recruit Teddy (Zac Efron) to their team to battle the sorority sisters and prevent the buyers from pulling out.

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‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff Title Role Shortlist Revealed
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Last December, it was reported that over 2,500 actors auditioned for the role of young Han Solo in the untitled Star Wars Han Solo spinoff from The LEGO Movie directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. The expectations are high to find the right person to fill the role considering how iconic the legendary smuggler is in the Star Wars universe.

Filming isn’t expected to begin until 2017, yet Disney and Lucasfilm are looking for actors this early on. And there is a reason for that. Apparently, they want to have the role cast so that Han Solo can make a cameo appearance in another Star Wars spinoff film. According to a new report, the list of 2,500 actors auditioning for the role has been reduced to a mere dozen. Check out who they are looking at and which spinoff Han Solo could appear in here below.

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James Franco As Tommy Wiseau For ‘The Disaster Artist’ Image: Josh Hutcherson, Kate Upton Join Cast
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Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero in The Room

It sounds like something you’d expect to see as a fake news story on April Fools’ Day, but it’s something that’s actually happening. James Franco is playing Tommy Wiseau in a movie about the making of The Room, a cult classic widely considered to be the worst movie ever made that was written, directed, produced, and starred Wiseau in the lead role.

Franco, who’s also directing, has shared an image from the set of the movie, titled The Disaster Artist, with him in full Wiseau costume and accompanied by his brother Dave Franco, who plays the actor who played Mark (oh hai), Greg Sestero. A bunch of actors have also recently joined the cast, including Josh Hutcherson and Kate Upton. You can see the image and read more about the cast and who they’re playing below.

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‘Blood Meridian’ Movie: James Franco Releases Test Footage From His Unrealized Adaptation
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First published in April 1985, Cormac McCarthy‘s historical western novel Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West has long been considered too dark and violent for a film adaptation to do the relentlessly horrific narrative justice. Directors like Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) and Todd Field (Little Children), who have never been strangers to making thematically challenging films, have tackled developing a Blood Meridian feature into a reality, but their efforts always ended in complete surrender. A tale of the dark days of the Old West whose violence and tone made The Wild Bunch look like an episode of Bonanza was never going to be an easy sell as a big-budget motion picture, regardless of what important names were attached.

The latest name to take a crack at filming the un-filmable is actor and director James Franco. Having already ventured into the world of cinematic adaptations of literary classics with film versions of McCarthy’s Child of God and William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying on his resume, Franco has long desired to be the one to bring Blood Meridian to the silver screen. A few years ago he even went as far as to shoot some test footage for his prospective adaptation, and managed to rope in some quality actors to help better visualize how Franco would approach a film based on the novel many consider to be Cormac McCarthy’s best.

To coincide with Child of God‘s upcoming U.S. theatrical release Franco has released the Blood Meridian test reel for all to gaze upon. You can watch the video here below.

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Movie Review: 22 Jump Street
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22 Jump Street
Director: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Screenwriters: Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman
Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, Nick Offerman, Rob Riggle, Dave Franco
Columbia Pictures | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Rated R | 112 Minutes
Release Date: June 13, 2013

“Hey! Stop fuckin’ with Korean Jesus. He ain’t got time for yo problems! He’s busy… with Korean shit!” – Ice Cube, 21 Jump Street

Back in 2008, when Columbia Pictures announced they were developing a film adaptation of 21 Jump Street, I was wracked with cynicism. “Really?” I asked incredulously. “Because Starsky & Hutch and Bewitched did so well?” My cynical nerd-brain jumped immediately to the place it so often does these days, “Just what we need, another reboot that no one asked for!”

I was pleasantly surprised, however, to discover that this revamp wasn’t a gritty, self-serious take like Michael Mann’s Miami Vice, but rather an uproarious action-comedy by the directing duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. And I certainly wasn’t expecting 21 Jump Street to be such a smart, self-reflexive satire of ’80s buddy cop flicks and teen movie tropes.

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’22 Jump Street’ Red Band Trailer Arrives; Offers Just As Much Fun As The Original
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22 Jump Street With Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill

When the 21 Jump Street reboot / relaunch / remake I don’t think anyone expected to enjoy it as much as they did, but thanks to some incredibly witty writing (including some very meta commentary on remaking movies) and some great performances the movie found a very receptive audience.

Now, the upcoming sequel 22 Jump Street has a new trailer out which promises more of the same laughs as Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reprise their undercover cop roles, this time in college, and more commentary on movie sequels in general and even the first film courtesy of Nick Offerman’s opening lines.

Check out the NSFW red band trailer for 22 Jump Street below, which opens in theaters June 13th, 2014.

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‘Neighbors’ Red-Band Trailer: Seth Rogen Gets Into Neighborly War With Zac Efron
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Zac Efron has really come a long way from his days of being a Wildcat over at the Mouse House. Since putting High School Musical behind him, the actor has been in a plethora of films ranging from comedies to drama. Next year he’ll star opposite Seth Rogen and Rose Bryne in the Nick Stoller comedy Neighbors.

The film centers on your typical family (Rogen and Bryne) living in a quiet and happy neighborhood. But that all changes when a frat boy (Efron) moves right next door, and things go from petty disagreements to all out acts of war. Check out the trailer below.

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‘Now You See Me’ Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg Is The Smartest Guy In The Room
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The one rule that magicians generally abide by is never to do the same trick twice. This requires some major creativity. So rather than saw a person in half or pull a rabbit out of a hat, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco have something better in mind to keep their audiences entertained. In Now You See Me, they will rob a bank from one of the world’s most wealthiest men and give it right back to the audiences who have been financially wronged. Think of it as Robin Hood with a hat full of tricks. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Mark Ruffalo also star.

The first trailer only teased the core plot, which was that they announced that part of the act was to steal from the rich. But this newest trailer gets into the backstory of the characters and some of the planning that went into this magical heist. Oh, let’s not forget there are also a few more magic acts.

Check out the newest trailer below.

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‘Now You See Me’ Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg Uses Magic To Steal Money From The Rich & Give To The Poor
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The thing with magic is that the magician has a lot of distractions up his sleeve, so you end up focusing on one thing when you should be paying attention to the other. It’s all fun and games, but when the trick consists of Robin Hood-esque magicians stealing from a heavily fortified bank and giving its money back to the audience members, you really might want to pay attention.

The first trailer for Now You See Me, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, and Dave Franco, is now on line. Check it out here below.

The film is more of an action-adventure heist that uses practical magic tricks as well as some help with computer-generated visuals. A lot of genres are mixed into this one film, but I am sure that the magic aspect of it will be the thing to draw audiences in. But overall it looks like a lot of fun, especially if you are into magic and heists.

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Watch Now: 5-Minute ’21 Jump Street’ Red Band Trailer
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21 Jump Street

I initially found it disappointing that Jonah Hill was using his well-earned celebrity clout to mount a big-screen 21 Jump Street movie, even though the actor was insisting it would be funny and violent. I got even less interested when Channing Tatum, the moderately talented human two-by-four from the Step Up movies and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, signed on to be Hill’s co-star. The trend of reviving outdated television series as outsized comedy flicks, kicked off in 1987 with Dragnet, has never caught on as an actual trend and the original 21 Jump Street show was not something I was a fan of anyway.

Then the first trailer for the movie hit and I found it really funny. Now, there’s a newer, longer, and more profane 21 Jump Street trailer for you to laugh your ass all the way through.

You can watch the red band clip here below, but be advised: there’s a ton of swearing in it.

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