Posts tagged as nicholas stoller

Seth Rogen and Zac Efron Are Returning for 'Neighbors 2' Next Year

Last year's hit film Neighbors starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron has a sequel in the works. According to Deadline, Universal Pictures confirmed today that Neighbors 2 is happening with Efron and Rogen both attached to star, and the sequel is slated for a May 13, 2016 premiere, two years after the US premiere of the original. Nicholas Stoller will return to direct, Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O'Brien will write the script, and Rogen's longtime writing partner Evan Goldberg will serve as a producer on the project. The original Neighbors grossed $268M worldwide last year, making it the top-grossing original comedy of 2014.

A New Muppets TV Show Is Reportedly in the Works

The Muppets might be planning their television comeback. Collider recently spoke with Nicholas Stoller — who co-wrote both The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted — who said that though he's not creatively involved, there is currently a push to bring the Muppet crew back to the small screen in what sounds like a possibly live variety show format. From Collider's interview:

I know they're working on something to get them back on TV. I have no idea where it’s at, but I definitely think so. I mean, they're such rich characters, and it’s very easy to pitch on stories for them, and think of ideas for them. They [...]

Prepare for a Muppets Sequel Minus Jason Segel's Deft Puppety Touch

The good news: there could be a Muppets sequel!

The bad news: Jason Segel is too busy being a giant TV and movie star to help Nicholas Stoller and director James Bobin write the script.

The consolation news: he still might star in the sequel!

The second-thoughts news: After such a perfect original movie in The Muppets, do we even want a sequel that will inevitably disappoint?

The conclusions news: yeah, we probably do.

Nick Stoller Is Writing a Tinkerbell Comedy Starring Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy just landed another starring role. Deadline reports that McCarthy has signed on to play Tinkerbell in an upcoming feature film by Fox with Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy attached to direct. The film is described only as "a fresh take on the classic tale" that Levy conceived with McCarthy. Nick Stoller (Undeclared, Muppets Most Wanted, director of Neighbors) will pen the script.

Christoph Waltz Will Be a Muppet Villain

Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz is close to signing on for a substantial role in the new Muppets movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Waltz is in talks to play an Interpol inspector, one of the few major human characters in the new movie (besides a million cameos). Other human roles that have yet to be filled are that of a "Russian femme fatale" and a "male lead 'whose intentions are always in question.'"  As reported previously, James Bobin (who directed the previous Muppets movie) and Nicholas Stoller (who co-wrote it with Jason Segel) are writing the sequel for Bobin to direct. One [...]

CBS Has Ordered a Comedy Pilot From The Muppets' Nicholas Stoller

Nicholas Stoller, writer of such films as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek and The Muppets, is moving to TV! CBS just ordered a pilot for his "twenty-something ensemble comedy about a guy who gets his heart broken by his girlfriend and now has to work one cubicle away from her at an ad agency." Hopefully at least one member of this twenty-something ensemble is Jason Segel. And the ex-girlfriend is Miss Piggy. And the entire project is a TV version of the Muppet movie. What? Who said that? Not me.

How Nicholas Stoller Grounds 'Neighbors', 'Get Him to the Greek', and His Other Comedies in Real Life

Early in Neighbors, a new comedy by Nicholas Stoller, Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne), stuck in their carefully planned adult home with their new baby, Facetime with their single party-girl friend (Carla Gallo) while she prepares to attend, attends, and comes down from the “craziest rave she’s ever been to.” Throughout the scene, when they receive the calls we see the familiar shape of the iPhone appear in a corner of the screen and Gallo’s face smushed into the rectangular frame, giving the viewer the sensation of actually Facetimeing with the character. The structure and style of this interaction seems to encompass all of the visual and dramatic [...]

Review Roundup: The Five-Year Engagement Engages But for Too Long

It was hard to get a sense in the trailer if Five-Year Engagement, the new film from Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, is going to be good. The pedigree is there both in front and behind the camera but the trailer included a pretty awful "I heard that black pianese are much bigger" joke. So what have the critics been saying?

Currently, it's at a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 59 on Metacritic, which is definitively in the pretty good range. (In comparison, Forgetting Sarah Marshall clocked in at 84% and 67 respectively.) What's interesting is most of the negative reviews and positive reviews [...]

Five-Year Engagement Trailer Is a Pleasant Swirl of Comedy & Romance

Here's the trailer for Five-Year Engagment, written by Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller and starring Segal and Emily Blunt, set for release April 27. The trailer alone includes one party with champagne, one couple falling into a snowdrift, one twinkly-lit rooftop, and one scene of the couple running towards each other, which together earn it an official rom-com cuteness badge. It should be exciting to see if Segal and Stoller can breathe new life into the petrified corpse of the American romantic comedy. The movie also features Chris Pratt along with one Ms. Alison Brie talking in a British accent, so in the words of Splitsider El Hefe Adam [...]