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    Will Ferrell’s ‘Casa de mi Padre’ has US distribution

    Posted: 03 Nov 2011 04:47 AM PDT

    It’s the hardest hurdle for an indie film to clear, getting someone to put the money into releasing it into theaters, video, or cable.

    Even a big star like Will Ferrell, when he’s working in Spanish, is going to have trouble making that leap.

    Variety reports that Pantelion Films has picked up Ferrell’s “Casa de mi Padre,” a Spanish language comedy co-starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, is directed by Matt Piedmont and was produced by Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions as well as Nala Films.

    Pantelion? They’re pretty much an unknown entity, with a few Spanish language titles on their roster.

    Will Joel Edgerton star in the ‘300′ sequel?

    Posted: 03 Nov 2011 04:34 AM PDT

    Culture Vulture is reporting that Warners, trying to line up a manly man who can play a Greek warrior as well as Gerard Butler, is in talks with Joel Edgerton for “300: The Battle of Artemisia.”Don’t know why they’re titling it that. The battle is typically named thusly – “The Battle of Artemisium.”

    The actual battle was a sea struggle that happened concurrently with Thermopylae, the campaign that “300″ with its 300 Spartans, was set in. There was a hint of the Persian fleet’s difficulties in that film, the storms that battered it, etc.

    Love Edgerton, and “Warrior” stands as one of the best movies to come out this fall that nobody saw.

    But I don’t know. If Greece continues to spiral down the world’s financial drain, I’m not sure anybody will have the cash to show up for a “300″ sequel. And we’ll all be giving serious thought to rooting for the bloody Persians this time.

    Seacrest produces? The TV host will work with Reese Witherspoon on a rom-com

    Posted: 03 Nov 2011 04:23 AM PDT

    Ryan Seacrest will team with co0producer Reese Witherspoon in getting a romantic comedy from a “Grey’s Anatomy” writer onto the big screen.

    The Hollywood Reporter says that the untitled project is by “Charmed/Private Practice” and “Grey’s” writing vet Krista Vernoff.

    Movie Review: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

    Posted: 02 Nov 2011 07:10 PM PDT

    It’s about what you’d expect from a Harold & Kumar movie, this “Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.”

    There’s a baby blitzed on cocaine, Neil Patrick Harris “pretending” to be gay, every manner of bodily fluid, naked nuns, Claymation,  attempted date rape, a Radio City style Christmas spectacular, a Santa shooting and a bit of comically graphic Santa surgery.

    And it’s got 3D clay animation penises, not to mention clouds of 3D smoke rings wafting off the screen pretty much constantly.

    Seriously, someday you guys are going to sober up, catch this on video and wonder what gave you the giggles all those White Castle runs ago.

    The charm has aged right out of this silly stoner franchise, the movie series that got Kal Penn a short term job at the White House, John Cho a shot at playing Mr. Sulu and brought Neil Patrick Harris back from the dead. A few laughs peel off their latest round of transgressions  — coked up kids, racist references to Latinos, Koreans and Jews, pedophile priest gags and a graduation from that funny “gateway drug” once known as Mary Jane and into coke and Ex.

    Harold is now a titan of New York finance, not brave enough to look down his nose at the protesters gathered below his office window, not wanting to disappoint his hot Latina wife. And Kumar, who never became a doctor,  is a permanently plowed 30something living in squalor and scoring pot from a toy store Santa (Patton Oswalt). What’ll it be, sir, “It’s a Weederful Life” or “Kwanzaa Cook Out?”

    Circumstances hurl them together as the clumsy Kumar ensures that Harold’s Christmas tree, the one grown by his scary father-in-law (Danny Trejo), is as torched as he is. Over one long Christmas Eve, they hit tree lots, a Ukrainian mob party, a Christmas stage show hosted by a singing Neil Patrick Harris and a Catholic church in search of a replacement tree.

    Yeah, stuff flies off the screen at you, even though, as Harold points out, “the whole 3D thing” has “jumped the shark by now.”

    Penn’s ability to shock with his soliloquies 0f profanity is in the past, but at least his ever-present bong/pipe/joint is good for a laugh from the faithful. He can’t go out on Christmas Eve — “I gotta stay here and smoke this weed, otherwise, I won’t get high.

    Supporting players don’t deliver much support, save for their old Jewish pals, played by Eddie Kay Thomas and David Krumholtz. And of course, Neil Patrick Harris, returning to the role that made him famous — playing a gonzo, over-sexed, amoral, drug-addled version of himself — delivers giggles.

    But the leads, with the script’s feeble attempts at warmth and lessons about maturity (not really), just remind us that there’s nothing sadder than a 30something stoner, years of smoking and pounds of attacks of the munchies having taken their toll.

    MPAA Rating: R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence.

    Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Patton Oswalt

    Credits : Directed by  Todd Strauss-Schulson, written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.  A Warner Brothers release. Running time: 1:30

    Movie Review: Tower Heist

    Posted: 02 Nov 2011 03:05 PM PDT

    A comedy about working class stiffs who stick it to the Wall Street type who stole their savings?

    Talk about ripped from today’s headlines. Talk about being in sync with the national mood.  Talk about Eddie Murphy, funny again after all these years.

    “Tower Heist” is a winning “Robin Hood and his Merry Doormen” comedy about getting even. A cast of comedy specialists each deliver their comic specialties to perfection, delivering double-takes and one liners so well that you don’t notice how clunky the actual caper in this caper comedy is.

    Ben Stiller is Josh, the ever-efficient building manager in “the priciest real estate in North America,” New York’s swank high-rise condo complex, The Tower.  It’s where the richest of the rich live. And Josh has drilled and drilled his staff on anticipating their every need.

    “We’re all about discretion, here,” Josh lectures the new guy (Michael Pena). No client has to open his or her own door, no cheating husband ever has to worry he won’t be warned the wife is coming home early.

    Guys like fund manager Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) are kept in coddled comfort thanks to the labor of many. Josh is the “fixer” who makes The Tower run like a well-oiled machine, and his employees adore him for it.

    But the Feds arrest Shaw for financial wrongdoing, and Josh has to admit to his staff that he invested their retirement money with the swindler. As they take stock of working lives which they have nothing to show for, some think of suicide. Josh, feeling guilty, thinks of revenge — stealing that money back.

    This Brett Ratner comedy was cast with able role players. Stiller does this good-at-his-job guy well.  Casey Affleck is spot-on as Josh’s lazy brother-in-law who can’t lose his savings or his job right now.

    Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”) is hilariously on the make as a Jamaican maid who lost her savings and may lose her work visa if she can’t find a husband. Pena, of “The Lincoln Lawyer,”  is a hoot. It takes talent to play this clueless. Don’t call his character Enrique.

    Try “The Puerto Rican Mohican,” he says. “That’s my hip hop name.”

    Matthew Broderick is type-cast as the nebbish laid-off Merrill Lynch manager evicted from The Tower. He’s lost his job, his home and his wife. He’ll help with the heist.

    But if they’re after Shaw’s hidden millions, they need more than people who know the building and who know Wall Street. They need a thief. They need Eddie Murphy, the Murphy of  1983’s “Trading Places” — manic, mouthy and menacing, a guy who can teach them how to pick a lock or lift a wallet.  The film’s funniest bits involve Stiller and Murphy remembering their pre-school past.

    “Little seizure boy! Little seizure boy wants to rob somebody!”

    Tea Leoni stages a “Flirting With Disaster” reunion with Stiller as an FBI agent on the Shaw case and ready to flirt with Josh, especially after she’s had a few drinks.

    Alda makes a great patronizing patrician. He plays online chess with Josh, but he never lets him forget his place, demanding that Josh personally deliver his meals because “I don’t want the help spitting in my coffee.”

    The one-liners pop and the cast delivers. And in “Tower Heist,” the caper itself becomes secondary when the message  hits this close to home. In this economy, we’re all “The Help.”

    MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual content

    Cast: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Tea Leoni, Alan Alda, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Pena.

    Credits: Directed by Brett Ratner, screenplay by Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson. A Universal release. Running time: 1:44

    Potter cast members here for DVD/BluRay premiere on Nov. 11-12

    Posted: 02 Nov 2011 12:50 PM PDT

    So who will make the journey from Jolly Olde to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to celebrate the video release of the final film in the Harry Saga?

    Here’s what Warner Brothers Home Entertainment says.

    Rupert Grint, Jason Isaacs, Helen McCrory, the adorable Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis, Mark Williams, James and Oliver Phelps, as well as director David Yates, a few producers and others — some 20 cast and crew members will walk the red carpet to celebrate the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the final film in the most popular film series of all time.

    They’ll walk the carpet of the AMC Universal Saturday night before a screening of the film there. More details are coming.

    Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez are ‘Spring Breakers’

    Posted: 02 Nov 2011 05:58 AM PDT

    Here’s an odd indie choice (maybe) for once squeaky clean Vanessa Hudgens and squeakier clean Selena Gomez.
    They’ll play college Girls who commit a robbery to be able to afford a spring break trip with hipsters James Franco and Emma Roberts.
    And Variety says they’ll play these “Spring Breakers” this for indier than indie filmmaker Harmony Korine.

    Disney girls gone bad. This thing sells itself.

    Korine scripted “Kids” and “Gummo,” and his output as director has been so odd (“Mister Lonely”) that the only thing shocking about this would be if anybody outside of Greenwich Village and West Hollywood saw the film.

    But you never know.