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Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart Address 'Get Hard' Critical Backlash: "Funny Is Funny"

"If you’re disturbed by white-collar crime, but not quite as disturbed as you are by gay sex, then congratulations: You might possess just the right combo of social conscience and unexamined homophobia needed to fully enjoy Get Hard." That's the opening line from Variety's review of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's new buddy comedy, and it sums up much of the critical backlash since the film premiered at SXSW. Ferrell and Hart have responded to these accusations to varying degrees of success this week, but the most interesting coverage comes from HitFix's Louis Virtel, who confronted the guys about the issue head-on:

“You're both very smart, funny [...]

Adam Scott, Jenny Slate, and Nick Kroll Are Starring in a Movie Together

Adam Scott, Jenny Slate, and Nick Kroll are set to be your new favorite love triangle. Deadline reports that the trio have signed on to star in My Blind Brother, an upcoming film by Sophie Goodhart based on her 2003 short film of the same name. Scott will play "a handsome man who gets all the women and is the perfect athlete–even though he’s blind," Kroll will play "his less handsome brother, whose role in life is to serve as his brother’s eyes," and Slate will play a young woman who both brothers fall for. Production on the film starts in Ohio this May, and The Bounty Hunter's [...]

Will Ferrell to Star in 'The House' by 'Neighbors' Writers

Will Ferrell just landed another big-screen role. Deadline reports that Ferrell will star in an upcoming film called The House by Neighbors writing team Brendan O'Brien and Andrew J. Cohen. Ferrell will play "a guy, who, with his wife, blows their daughter’s college fund. Desperate for cash, they team with some neighbors to open an illegal casino in the suburbs." The film is currently slated for a summer 2016 release. O'Brien and Cohen are also behind the upcoming film Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates starring Adam DeVine and Zac Efron.

Paul Reubens Announces 'Pee-wee's Big Holiday' Will Premiere on Netflix

Paul Reubens just revealed some interesting details about the upcoming Pee-wee Herman film Pee-wee's Big Holiday. In a blog post, Reubens announced that the Judd Apatow-produced film begins production next month and will debut on Netflix, and Wonder Showzen/The Heart, She Holler's John Lee is set to make his feature directorial debut with the film. "Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago," Reubens said on the news. "The world was much different back then— Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. I've changed all that. The future is here. Get used to it. Bowtie is the new black." Full plot [...]

Kevin Spacey Will Transform Into a Cat in New Movie 'Nine Lives'

Move over, Rob Schneider-as-a-carrot, because there's a new transformation comedy star in town. The Wrap reports that Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has signed on to star in Nine Lives from Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld, which is described as both a "high-concept comedy" and "funny, emotional, commercial comedy." What's the high concept, you ask? Spacey will play a businessman who "suffers a terrible accident that leaves him trapped in the body of the family cat." Nine Lives won't be the first high-concept cat comedy Spacey has starred in onscreen — check out his 2014 short for Jimmy Kimmel "Ameowadeus" below:

Why the Decline of the Frat Pack Comedy Is Great News for 'Zoolander 2'

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:

The [...]

Vince Vaughn's 'Unfinished Business' Bombed at the Box Office This Weekend

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.

'Community's Rob Schrab Is Directing the 'Lego Movie' Sequel

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.

Kristen Bell and Kathy Bates Join Melissa McCarthy's 'Michelle Darnell'

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 to Direct Comedy 'One Night Stan' Solo

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 [...]

Derek Zoolander, Hansel McDonald, and Anna Wintour Bond Over a Selfie Stick

In addition to today's official Zoolander 2 confirmation from Paramount, here's a new clip from Vogue featuring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in character at Paris Fashion Week today hanging out with Anna Wintour backstage, who does a satisfactory job of dealing with Derek and Hansel's ridiculousness as they describe their runway walks and current world issues that are important to them.

Adam Scott and David Koechner to Star in Christmas Horror-Comedy 'Krampus'

Adam Scott and David Koechner are teaming up to star in the next Christmas classic. The Wrap reports that Scott has joined Koechner in Krampus, an upcoming horror-holiday film directed by Trick 'r Treat's Michael Dougherty based on the ancient legend of the Christmas devil who punishes misbehaving children. Scott and Koechner will play fathers whose kids go missing, and Allison Tolman, Emjay Anthony, and Toni Collette round out the cast. The film is slated for a December 4, 2015 release.

Adam DeVine and Zac Efron to Star in 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates'

Workaholics' Adam DeVine and Zac Efron are starring in a movie together. According to THR, DeVine has just signed on to join Efron in an upcoming Fox comedy called Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates directed by Funny or Die's Jake Szymanski. The movie is based on the true story of Mike and Dave Stangle from Albany, New York, who tried to find wedding dates on Craigslist. The film will follow "the hard-partying and immature brothers putting out an ad for dates and coming across a pair of honeys that can out-party and out-immature our slovenly heroes." Neighbors writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien wrote the script.

Peter Dinklage Cast Opposite Melissa McCarthy in 'Michelle Darnell'

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone's upcoming film Michelle Darnell just added a superstar to its cast. Variety reports that Peter Dinklage has been cast in the movie, which is based on one of McCarthy's original characters from The Groundlings and centers on "a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget." Dinklage will play the antagonist in the film, though details on his role have not been announced. Universal reportedly landed on Dinklage after considering Sandra Bullock, Jon [...]