comedy

Step Brothers director says that a sequel is ‘very possible’

This is probably the best news you’re going to hear all day!

Step Brothers director, Adam McKay, has opened up about the possibility of a sequel to one of the best comedies in recent years.

Many fans of the original have hoped to see Dale and Brennan return since leaving us in hysterics 10 years ago, and there’s no reason why a sequel can’t be done.

McKay, who also directed Anchorman, The Other Guys and The Big Short, told CinemaBlend that he is open to a sequel, despite previously having doubts.

He said: “It is very possible in five years, because I don’t think the Step Brothers idea gets worse the older these guys get.

“We could all look at each other and go, ‘all right, let’s go do it.’ A while ago I said, ‘No way we’re doing it.’ But I thought about it. I was like, ‘Why am I saying that? We definitely could end up doing that.’ So who knows?”.

Will Ferrell doesn’t often turn down the chance of a sequel, having featured in Anchorman 2 and last year’s Daddy’s Home 2.

That being said, Ferrell seemed reserved about a potential sequel in a previous interview with New York Daily News, drawing to his experiences with Anchorman in mind.

He said: “The sequel thing is so funny because, we decided obviously to go down the road with Anchorman, and we made what I thought was a really great sequel, really funny.

“The entertainment media and fans beg you, and beg you, and beg you for sequels, and then you make it and you definitely have a fraction that’s like, ‘Well, not as good as the first one.’ So I guess it’s a catch-22. It’s a nice catch-22, because people love the movies in the first place.”

Ferrell did however go on to say that ideas for a sequel were already being discussed.

He said: “We talked about Step Brothers and then Adam and I got sidetracked with other things. We had a whole story where John (C. Reilly) and I follow our parents to live in a retirement community and try to convince them that we earned the right to retire as well”.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone would love to see Nighthawk and Dragon back together!

 

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Jack Whitehall joins Dwayne Johnson for Disney movie

British comedian and actor, Jack Whitehall, will join Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for Disney’s upcoming movie, “The Jungle Cruise”.

Whitehall will play the key role of Blunt’s brother in the movie which is based on the classic theme park attraction.

Disney plans to make the movie in a similar vein to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, with Jaume Collet-Serra directing and Logan writer, Michael Green, penning the latest draft.

Mark Wahlberg to star in new comedy

Daddy’s Home star Mark Wahlberg is set to continue his ventures into comedy by starring in and producing ‘Instant Family’.

The man behind Daddy’s Home, Sean Anders, is set to direct, teaming back up with Wahlberg.

Paramount are set to fast-track the project, aiming to start shooting early next year.

The film follows a couple who decide to start a family and adopt through the foster-care system, only to find themselves raising three wild kids who have no interest in being parented.

Daddy’s Home 2 – Trailer #1

The Hype:

Guess what everyone! Will Ferrell is doing a comedy sequel! But to be fair, this one looks pretty funny. The follow up to 2015’s Daddy’s Home is set to be bigger, better and hopefully slightly funnier than the first, with big timers Mel Gibson and John Lithgow joining the original cast of Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardenelli.

The Plot:

Very similar to the first as comedy sequels often are, only this time the daddies in question are those of Ferrell and Wahlberg’s. Now both their families are in tandem, but things look to take a turn for the worse when their fathers come to stay for the holidays.

The Trailer:

The UK release date:

22nd November 2017

Spy – Review

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On paper, Spy has all the ingredients for a comedy masterpiece. But Paul Feig’s latest project alongside Melissa McCarthy is nothing more than a moderately funny mess.

McCarthy plays the loser CIA desk jockey, Susan Cooper, who informs the dashing Bond-esque field agent Fine (Jude Law) whilst he goes out on his dangerous missions.

When Fine becomes inoperative, Cooper volunteers to finish off the mission he has started and take down villainous Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) as she travels across Europe.

Feig and McCarthy worked well in Bridesmaids but struggled to create that same magic in The Heat and now Spy. The comedy has become too predictable and McCarthy continues to play the same underdog character, playing on her image for cheap gags.

Fortunately, McCarthy is more than comfortable delivering some well written lines throughout Spy but the stand out comedy performers are Byrne and Jason Statham. The latter plays the more seasoned and traditional spy – much like the macho, tough guy characters he is used to, but almost overdoing it in Spy, which brings some punchy laughs throughout.

McCarthy is the centre of the action but the best comedy is without doubt coming from the background characters, including a more than comfortable Miranda Hart.

Spy is a fun watch but the action isn’t quite enticing enough and the comedy is too predictable to truly enjoy all the way through. It would be wrong to constantly compare projects between Feig and McCarthy following Bridesmaids but the truth is they have struggled to reach those heights since.

Horrible Bosses 2 – Review

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The topic of comedy sequels has been one that has divided opinion in the last couple of years. The general consensus is that they are never a good idea. Take Anchorman 2 for example, one of the worst films of 2013 whereas the first is arguably one of the greatest comedy movies of all time. The majority of the time, comedy sequels will fail but in some cases it works as it did with 22 Jump Street earlier this year and now with Horrible Bosses 2.

Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day all return but this time with a different vendetta. The trio start their own business, becoming their own bosses after their invention of the ‘Shower Buddy’. Following their promotion on a daytime television show, they finally receive an offer from Burt Hanson (Christoph Waltz), a slick investor.

However, things go array when Hanson pulls the plug on the project after the trio spend big in order to manufacture their units. Typically, they seek revenge in the most extreme way possible: kidnapping (or kidnaping) Hanson’s son Rex (Chris Pine). Naturally, things don’t quite go to plan and the expected chaos ensues.

Jennifer Aniston returns as Dr Julia Harris, playing the nympho role that made heads turn in the first Horrible Bosses edition, and playing out one of the funniest scenes in the film in the sex addicts meeting with Bateman. Jamie Foxx also returns as ‘MF’ Jones along with Kevin Spacey who plays an imprisoned Dave Harken.

Horrible Bosses 2 is on par with the first film in terms of humour, which is generally the main concern with comedy sequels. The storyline may be slightly wackier than the first but the comedy is carefully managed in the safe hands of the leading trio. One surprise is Pine who churns out an excellent comedy performance, something we haven’t been used to seeing in the last couple of years from him. Waltz unfortunately only plays a very small role in the film, which is a shame but at the same time understandable, as you have to imagine that this is merely a filler-in film for him.

When they announced there would be a Horrible Bosses 2, the initial reaction was to ask why. Very rarely do comedy sequels work and it’s usually because they made so much money from the first instalment that they choose to do a petty second to rake in similar figures. Fortunately, the second edition did not disappoint and keeps the laughs coming all the way through, just as the first one did.