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Jake Johnson Latest To Join Cast Of '21 Jump Street'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 21, 2011 1:02 AM
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Considering it's the kind of project that we'd normally run a mile from (namely, a big-budget remake of a 1980s TV show that no one really gives a shit about), we're curiously optimistic about "21 Jump Street." Like the show, which launched the career of Johnny Depp, the movie will focus on a group of fresh-faced cops who go undercover in a high school, but the new version is an R-rated action-comedy take on the material, described as "Bad Boys" meets "John Hughes."

Max Winkler Talks Jason Reitman's 'Whispers In Bedlam,' 'The Adventurer's Handbook' Still Waiting

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 4, 2011 6:39 AM
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Winkler and Matt Spicer Also Sell 'The First Man' To Paramount Starring Johnny KnoxvilleFledgling filmmaking duo, director/writer Max Winkler and producer/writer Matt Spicer might not be household names at the moment, but if the frequency with which their names keep appearing in the film trades continues, the up-and-coming duo are going to be a familiar force to be reckoned with. The two have their debut feature film, "Ceremony" (which Winkler wrote and directed, Spicer produced) coming to theaters on April 8th starring Uma Thurman and Michael Angarano, and two big name writing projects- "The Ornate Anatomy of Living Things" and "The Adventurer's Handbook" -- sold to studios, both with serious buzz surrounding them.

Jonah Hill To Direct 'The Kitchen Sink' A High School Movie With Zombies, Vampires & Aliens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2011 2:37 AM
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When Jonah Hill came on the scene, popping up in David O. Russell's "I Heart Huckabees" and Judd Apatow's "The 40 Year Old Virgin," no one thought much of the young comic except that he was already stealing scenes from vets with a few more years of experience. But for anyone who has been paying attention to him behind the scenes, it's been pretty apparent his ambitions were big. He's taken to the pen, with films like "The Adventurer's Handbook" and the animated "Sausage Party" in the works, and he's even developing television programs, recently selling a project to Fox. So no surprise that the young talent has plotted a major next move.

TV News: Jonathan Demme To Direct CBS Pilot & Jonah Hill Sells Comedy Spec Script To Fox

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2011 4:29 AM
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While it's been a couple years now since Jonathan Demme's last film, "Rachel Getting Married," the director has been busy with a handful of projects, though a number of them seem to have stalled out in various stages of development. While he's directed two episodes of the forthcoming HBO show "Enlightened," he's got a completed Bob Marley documentary sitting on the shelf, was set to make a music-drive documentary in Haiti with Arcade Fire before the massive earthquake struck the nation last year, has lined up an HBO show based on Walter Mosely's "The Long Fall," and was attached to helm the drama "Honeymoon With Harry" last fall with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro to star, though movement on that project seems to have cooled. So what's next?

Jonah Hill's '21 Jump Street' To Shoot This April In New Orleans

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 17, 2011 3:16 AM
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Looks like the pieces are finally in place for the long-gestating film adaptation of "21 Jump Street" which has been valiantly shepherded throughout by Jonah Hill. Speaking with MTV at the Critics' Choice Awards over the weekend, the actor has provided an update on the production noting that "the ball's very slowly rolling" and adding "We're gonna shoot April 11 in New Orleans. I'm excited. I've never been to New Orleans before."

Seth Rogen Reveals Basic Plot To R-Rated Animated 3D Project 'Sausage Party' Co-Starring Jonah Hill

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 13, 2011 3:40 AM
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At last year's ComicCon, "Superbad," "Pineapple Express" and now "The Green Hornet" co-writer Evan Goldberg revealed to us for the first time a new "top secret" project that he and his cohorts were developing called, "Sausage Party."

Method Man To Appear In David Gordon Green's 'The Sitter'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 31, 2010 2:17 AM
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The next comedy from David Gordon Green, the bonkers-looking fantasy spoof "Your Highness," isn't out until April, but the prolific, chameleonic director has already wrapped his next picture, the Jonah Hill-toplining comedy "The Sitter." Following a college dropout who has to take his three babysitting charges across town to buy drugs for his girlfriend, it's a script we really enjoyed when we read it, and features a very promising cast, including Ari Graynor as the girl, "Where The Wild Things Are" star Max Records as one of the kids, and Sam Rockwell and "Curb Your Enthusiasm"'s J.B. Smoove as Hill's drug dealer nemeses.

First Look: Jonah Hill In David Gordon Green's 'The Sitter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2010 4:18 AM
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David Gordon Green is a machine (best rhyme ever). The director spent the last year putting the finishing touches on his upcoming medieval stoner comedy "Your Highness," acting as a producer on the cult hit comedy show "Eastbound & Down" (sorry, we actually don't understand the appeal here) and this fall, he's been shooting yet another comedy, the very fun sounding "The Sitter."

Johnny Depp Says "I'm In" For '21 Jump Street' Cameo (But No One Has Asked Him Yet)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2010 8:07 AM
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As "21 Jump Street" keeps moving forward toward its production start next year with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the lead roles, the biggest wishlist hopeful/question surrounding the film is if Johnny Depp would make a cameo appearance in the film version of the television show that helped launch his career. Turns out, he'd be game but no one has asked him. Yet.

Channing Tatum Likely To Pair With Jonah Hill In '21 Jump Street'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 10, 2010 2:20 AM
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A Career Move Now Known As 'Doing A Wahlberg'It feels like only a few weeks since we were expressing bafflement at the success of the career of Keanu-esque golem Channing Tatum, who's already worked with Michael Mann, Steven Soderbergh and Kevin Macdonald, and been praised by the likes of Nicolas Winding Refn. So we won't dwell on it here. Instead, we'd like to praise the guy for a second, because, like fellow heartthrobs Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Franco, you can certainly say that it's hard to predict the actor's next move.

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