Mel Gibson hasn’t been in a pure comedy for years (dating back to 2000’s What Women Want), so it’s great to see him join Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in Daddy’s Home 2. Gibson stars as Kurt, the tough nosed father of Dusty with John Lithgow starring as Brad’s (Ferrell) over affectionate father.
“Mark and Will when they get going – I’m in this scene with these two guys and they’re just riffing and ad-libbing,” said Gibson directed last year’s acclaimed war drama Hacksaw Ridge. “I cannot keep up with these cats. They’ve got this shorthand going on and I’m like the ballboy at a tennis match trying to jump in on my bit. It’s hilarious to watch them. Most of the time you end up laughing forgetting you’re on screen. So they have to do it again because you crack up.”
Click on the media bar to hear Gibson talk about when he introduced himself to Wahlberg at a restaurant to offer a few kind words:
The House, a suburban comedy starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, hits Blu-ray and DVD October 10 via Warner Bros. Entertainment.
When their Kate (Poehler) and Scott (Ferrell) can’t afford their daughter’s (Ryan Simpkins) college education, they decide to open an illegal casino in their residence. Scene stealer Jason Mantzoukas (Dirty Grandpa) is the neighbor who helps the couple in their misguided venture. Andrew Jay Cohen, who penned Neighborsand Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, makes his directing debut.
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The House special features include deleted scenes, two featurettes (“The House: Playing With a Loaded Deck” and “If You Build The House They Will Come), extended and alternate scenes, line-o-ramas, and a gag reel. The DVD version only comes with the gag reel.
It’s an assumption that comedic greats like Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler would have worked together a plethora of times by now, but their comedic team ups have been sparse (Blades of Glory). Now they’re the leads of The House, a comedy which has them playing parents who open up an underground casino to finance their daughter’s (Ryan Simpkins) college education. The picture was written and directed by Andrew Jay Cohen, the scribe behind Neighbors, Neighbors 2 and Mike and Dave Need College Dates.
“Andrew, having written the script, had a very good game plan going on how he wanted to shoot it and how he wanted to conceive the whole project in terms of shot selection and set design” said Ferrell. “I think he did wonderfully well for a first time director.”
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Though Ben Affleck recently stated he would take time with the next Batman film until a script is ready, in a new interview with Variety he stated that the movie would begin shooting this spring. “We’re on the right track with that and everything is coming together,” he said. “We’re still finishing up a script. I’m very excited.” The film is expected to arrive in 2018.
Roland Emmerich has begun talks with Sony Pictures to direct an adaptation of the Blake Crouch book Dark Matter. Deadline reports the sci-fi thriller follows a quantum physicist who gave up his dreams for family life. But things take a turn when he’s abducted introduced to a world in which his quantum many-worlds theory has become a fully-recognized technology. In the new world, he never married and had a son, but his journey finds him attempting to get his life back.
Woody Harrelson has signed on to direct and star in a different kind of project. Lost in London LIVE is viewed as a feature film event, with the movie being shot live in London in real time and being broadcast live to theaters in the U.S. Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson are also attached to the project, which will be shot and broadcast on Jan. 19. The film centers on Harrelson as himself as he struggles to get home to his family after run-ins with royalty, old friends and the law. After the live event, the film will go into post-production and be released as a feature film. The cinema broadcast will go live in 550 U.S. theaters on Jan. 19 at 9PM ET / 6PM PT through Fathom Events.
According to Deadline, Saturday Night Live vets Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig are attached to develop an original movie musical based on the book Everything Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are on board to write the film score. The book reveals how corporate America employed Broadway talent to take part in shows that motivated sales forces and educated employees on products.