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Jonah Hill And Michael Bacall Scripting A Return Visit To '21 Jump Street'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 17, 2012 9:30 AM
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Early results are looking good -- "21 Jump Street" is poised for a $30 million plus debut, unprecedented for a non-summer R-rated film (read our highly positive review here). Action comedies are a tough sell, but Sony handled this one masterfully, finding a way to guide an older brand name to massive appeal amongst younger audiences (plus hiring two smart directors who knocked the final product out of the park). And now they're ready to do it again, enrolling Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall (co-writer of "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World") to return for scripting duties on a sequel.

In Theaters: Take '21 Jump Street' To Get To 'Casa De Mi Padre' To Find 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 16, 2012 4:21 PM
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Hello all, greetings from the humid climes of Austin, Texas! I am reporting your weekly in theaters to you while taking a break from watching movies about rape, that take place in the woods, or are about long forgotten musical icons. Pro-tip: next year, submit a film that's about a camping trip gone awry, with at least one rape of any kind, co-starring, like, one of the members of Ace of Base or something. Let's sign some checks people! No, but the fest has been super fun and crazy as most fests are and should be. Also, I'm very busy with plans to start a charitable foundation for independent filmmakers who are in desperate need of tripods. The lack of tripods is an important issue that is facing our independent films today. But since you are not here (or are you?) let's get down to what's in theaters this weekend! This one is gonna be quick and dirty, 'cause I gots to go watch a crazy documentary.

23 High School Movies That Get The Passing Grade

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 15, 2012 4:17 PM
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Considering it's where most of us (bar the weird home-schooled kids) spend our crucial formative years, where we have our first fights, our first loves, our first tentative steps into adulthood, it's no surprise that high school has long been a popular setting for a movie. A range of genres (but generally leaning towards comedy) have taken place in those hallways, particularly from the 1980s onwards, when John Hughes, among others, made an entire career out of the lives and loves of 15-18 year olds.

'21 Jump Street' Directors Chris Miller & Phil Lord Talk Deleted Scenes For DVD, Shooting Action & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 14, 2012 12:56 PM
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One of the biggest compliments you can pay a movie like the new Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum vehicle "21 Jump Street" -- based on a old television property and seemingly hatched inside a coldly cynical meeting between studio chiefs and big-name action producers (in this case "Fast and Furious" overseer Neal H. Moritz) -- is what a huge surprise it is. If you had told us a few weeks ago that we would be staggering out of the theater, our sides aching from laughing too hard and our heads spinning from what a smart, fun, earnest, movie it was, we wouldn't have believed it ourselves. But it's true. "21 Jump Street" really is that good. And a big part of what makes it so fresh is that it comes from a couple of new live action directors – "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" helmers Chris Miller and Phil Lord. We talked to them about the transition from live action to animation, what they wanted to incorporate into the movie, and why Dave Franco asks Tatum about his choice in music.

All The Songs From The '21 Jump Street' Soundtrack Including Eminem, The Clash, N.W.A., Foster The People & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 11:59 AM
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Bigger and badder than anything Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have done before, "21 Jump Street" is the kind of action comedy that is getting labels like "instant classic" thrown around (okay, maybe we said that). And while the movie has been marketed hard, one thing you won't be getting (oddly enough) is an official soundtrack or score (which is a pity because Mark Mothersbaugh of Wes Anderson-film fame composed the score), but not to worry because we got you covered there.

Review: '21 Jump Street' Is A Hilarious, Heartfelt Action-Comedy That Just Might Be An Instant Classic

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 12, 2012 10:30 PM
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In cinema as in life, self-awareness can be a virtue or it can be a deadly thing. Since there’s essentially no such thing as originality, conceding that you’re working within existing parameters or with familiar formulas excuses, and can sometimes enhance, the effectiveness of a lot of necessary decisions that eventually must be made in order to tell a story. Calling too much attention to those choices, however, turns storytelling into parody, characters into punch lines, and any emotional investment that may once have existed into fodder for dismissal, if not derision.

14 SXSW Movies We've Already Seen Including '21 Jump Street,' 'Marley,' 'Killer Joe,' 'Bernie' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 7, 2012 12:59 PM
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Yesterday, we ran through fifteen movies that we're dying to see at this year's SXSW, but the Austin, Texas festival doesn't just have world premieres: there's also a selection of films that have played film fests elsewhere in the world over the last months, from Venice and Toronto to Sundance and Berlin.

Watch: 5 Minute Red Band Clip From '21 Jump Street' Will Show You All The Hilarious Parts So You Don't Have To See It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 4:19 PM
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When did movie marketing turn into 'What The Hell We'll Just Show You As Much Of The Movie As Possible Before It Opens'? It's a strange trend that has seen teasers and trailers turn into multiple clips to the first 8, 10 or 12 minutes being shown online. And while that's a tactic best served for indie movies like "Sound Of My Voice" which recently showed it's first chapter online to start buzz, it's bizarre when Disney serves up a big chunk of their $250 million space opus "John Carter" on the internet (though we suppose they are pretty desperate at this point).

Watch: New Clips From '21 Jump Street,' 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' & Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 1:18 PM
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Some more peeks at a few movies headed your way, so let's just dive in...

Watch: New Clips From 'Friends With Kids,' 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' & '21 Jump Street'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2012 6:07 PM
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March is here, which means a whole new boatload of movies are coming your way in the coming weeks, so here's a peek at a few of them.

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