the box office this weekend — Inception, Salt, and Despicable Me — are among this summer’s rare crop of non-sequel hits. Finally! Original content! That we like! But is it just a matter of time before we learn that these films, so refreshing for the lack of numerals and colons in their titles, are turned into the Next Big Franchises? Since Hollywood is built on tentpoles with maximum profit potential, I’m bracing myself for the news that at least one of these box-office successes will be returning in sequel form come summer 2012. (I say “bracing” because other than The Godfather 2, Aliens, The Dark Knight and probably one or two more that I’m forgetting, I am staunchly anti-sequel.) Here’s what the follow-ups might look like. Oh, and…SPOILER ALERT! READ FULL STORYThe top three movies at
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CHUD the ’80s-set Anchorman sequel that fell apart over budget issues was going to be a musical. “We were going to do four months on Broadway and then jump right into filming,” he said. Two reasons to believe him aside from the “Afternoon Delight” moment in the first film (and the music video): Ferrell’s limited run with You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush in 2009, and we know Paul Rudd loves to karaoke. (McKay’s reps did not have further comment on the matter when contacted earlier today.)This is something we choose to believe because it would have been awesome: Adam McKay told
New 'Dinner for Schmucks' trailer: Do you qualify if you recognize this woman from 'Ella Enchanted'?
The new trailer for Dinner for Schmucks, the comedy starring Paul Rudd as a man who brings Steve Carell to his boss’ monthly meal for idiots to get ahead in the company, reveals more of Carell’s character’s lunacy and that Rudd’s character has been stalked for two years by a woman (Lucy Punch), to whom Carell gives Rudd’s address. Am I the only one who recognized Punch from Ella Enchanted*? Please say no. Please say no. Watch the preview below.
On his Twitter feed GhostPanther, Adam McKay, director and cowriter of Will Ferrell’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, has announced that Paramount and the producers could not agree on a budget for a sequel, and since the studio owns the rights to Anchorman, the film is dead unless someone has a change of heart. READ FULL STORY
a BBC interview. The interviewer noted that Carell’s contract with The Office only runs through next season. Carell: “That will probably be my last year.” (NBC is not commenting on the interview.)Dunder Mifflin Corporate won’t be happy about this. Steve Carell recently dropped a bombshell at the tail end of
This may just be the opening salvo in a year-long salary negotiation (this is an NBC sitcom, after all), but if you ask me, Carell’s departure could be the best thing to happen to The Office. It could give next season an added emotional heft, not to mention the sure-to-be-hysterical turf war that could ensue over who gets to take over as head honcho of the Scranton branch. And most of this season has been spent on building up the minor characters (as in the Erin-Andy romance). It’s always hard for a show to survive without its star, but talent runs deep in the Office bench.
What do you think of the news, PopWatchers? Do you think Carell will really leave the show, and would you watch it without him? Who would you like to see take over as regional manager? (My money’s on Ryan.) And check EW for further developments…
Steve Carell and Paul Rudd are like peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, breasts and bags of sand. In the trailer for Dinner for Schmucks, we learn that Carell is the pathetic dinner companion, and Rudd, who played a semi-schmuck in the bromantic-comedy I Love You Man, is the cooler fella pressured to humiliate his unassuming new pal. Points for Barry’s mouse-terpiece, a collection of taxidermied rodents depicting The Last Supper. Points for Barry’s mangling of a John Lennon quote (“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not.”) in a way that Michael Scott would especially appreciate. And points for Zach Galifianakis for playing a caped character who wrote a book titled, “Your Brain is My Puppet.” Capes make any character 14 percent funnier. It’s science. READ FULL STORY
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