In light of Vince Vaughn's fifth box office bomb Unfinished Business, The Guardian has a great piece out today about the decline of "Frat Pack" movies starring Vaughn and frequent collaborators like Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson that sums up why audiences no longer enjoy "watching men not far off 50 imitate children" in favor of newer and more diverse voices like Melissa McCarthy and Kevin Hart. On the bright side, the end of the piece offers a drop of hope for Zoolander fans and breaks down why the Frat Pack's recent failures are potentially great news for next year's sequel:
Vince Vaughn's latest starring role alongside Dave Franco in Unfinished Business debuted in theaters this weekend, and the numbers aren't looking so good. According to Deadline, the film debuted with $4.8M in 2,777 theaters, making it a bigger bomb than Vaughn's 2013 film Delivery Man and the lowest-ever opening for a wide release. This makes Unfinished Business Vaughn's fifth box office bomb since Couples Retreat in 2009, so hopefully his turn in the second season of HBO's True Detective will help him break his recent string of bad luck.
Variety reports that the sequel to the wonderful, Oscar-snubbed Lego Movie has its director: Community's Rob Schrab. Seeing as the previous directors, Chris Miller and Phil Lord (who are returning to write the script), also came from an excellent TV background with Clone High, and with the level of meta-ness that both The Lego Movie and Community share, it's an inspired choice. It'll be Schrab's first feature, but he's directed tons of comedic television, including episodes of Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project, Workaholics, and Childrens Hospital. All very exciting! But there's gonna be a bit of a wait — the sequel isn't due until 2018.
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone's upcoming film Michelle Darnell is rounding out its cast. THR reports that Kristen Bell has just been added to the cast, which also includes Kathy Bates and Peter Dinklage. Based on one of McCarthy's original characters at The Groundlings, Michelle Darnell will follow McCarthy as "a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to re-brand herself as America’s latest sweetheart with the help of a former assistant, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget." Bell will play the former assistant — a "mousy single mother who is trying [...]
Bobby Farrelly is set to make his solo directorial debut. The Wrap reports that Farley has signed on to direct an upcoming comedy called One Night Stan. His brother Peter was originally slated to co-direct but has since left the project. No cast has been announced yet, but the film will follow Stan, "a charmer known for his one-night-stands and firm commitment not to commit who falls hard for a dazzler named Amy. When he decides to change his wanton ways, he discovers that Amy has her own ideas about relationships." Said Farrelly on the news: "Every successful comedy starts with a good script, and this one’s a [...]