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David Dobkin To Helm Hugh 'Hefner' Biopic While Paul Feig Lines Up Another Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 4:34 PM
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Hugh Hefner has been many things during his life and career — champion of free speech and civil rights, night club entrepreneur and yes, peddler of naked ladies — so it was only a matter of time before his story made its way to the big screen. And time it's indeed taking. Universal first had "Hefner" under their roof years ago years ago, with an eye on folks Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman (or any other similarly handsome, charming man) for the lead role but it never came together and it was put into around. And that's where Warner Bros. snapped it up in 2012, and now heading into 2014 they've got a director.

Robert Downey Jr. & David Dobkin Looking To Get In Front Of 'The Judge'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2012 9:47 PM
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Robert Downey Jr. and David Dobkin are two faves down on the Warner Bros. lot. Of course, the former is the man who has turned "Sherlock Holmes" into a mega franchise and the latter had a huge hit for their New Line arm with "Wedding Crashers," also had a hit with "Fred Claus" and after a rough patch, is still developing "Arthur & Lancelot" under their roof. So why not pair those two together?

Warner Bros. Adding 'Arthur & Lancelot' To The Chopping Block, Urging Director David Dobkin To Take It To Another Studio

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 2:24 PM
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With the year winding down, it looks like executives at Warner Bros. have been looking at the year ahead and wondering WTF have they greenlit. Just yesterday word arrived that they were putting Alex Proyas' expensive, 3D, motion-capture adaptation of "Paradise Lost" on hold to get the budget and script under control. And now, another high profile movie may be getting the axe altogether.

'The Change-Up' Director David Dobkin Says R-Rated Comedies Should Make You Feel "A Little Sick"

  • By Leah Zak
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  • August 5, 2011 7:32 AM
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We're certainly not the first to say it, but the R-rated Comedy New Wave (La Nouvelle Vulgaire?) is raking in the dough. Once something you had to watch on Comedy Central after midnight, the turn of the century has seen the raunchy comedy genre steadily edging its way into guaranteed box office (and DVD sales) gold. And, arguably, "The Change-Up" director David Dobkin was amongst its pioneers. With 2005's "Wedding Crashers," the filmmaker managed to create an R-rated comedy but with enough broad appeal that it provided quality laughs, as well as ticket sales -- a lot of ticket sales (over $280 million worldwide). Since then, similar comedies like "The Hangover" and "Bridesmaids" have been giving your typical summer blockbuster a run for their money, and this weekend Dobkin is stepping up to the plate again with "The Change-Up," a less-than-wholesome take on the body-switch comedy genre starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds. We recently had the opportunity to hear from the director on his new film, as well as what he had to say about the genre itself and his approach to going Gross Out.

Olivia Wilde & Leslie Mann Talk About Breaking Out From The Scenery In 'The Change-Up'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • August 4, 2011 3:22 AM
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While this summer has seen a barrage of trends -- from superheroes to aliens to raunchy comedies -- perhaps prompting the most discussion around the season's cineplexes is the larger role women are beginning to play in those big, R-rated comedies. Kicking off the summer was the box office smash “Bridesmaids,” a quality raunch-fest but, in a rare twist for Hollywood, led by a cast of comediennes. And this Friday, "The Change-Up" delivers another big adult laffer with female characters that do more than just add to the scenery.

Point Counter-Point Review: 'The Change-Up' Is Gross-Out Unfunny Or Messy But With Amusing Laughs

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 3, 2011 4:48 AM
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“The Change-Up” is nothing if not honest. Before the title card has even popped up on screen, Jason Bateman, playing a stressed out husband, father, and (pivotally) lawyer, gets poop sprayed onto his face and, seconds later, into his mouth. It’s a very gross gag very early on and sets the stage for what might be, in the summer of raunchy comedies, the very raunchiest of them all. The problems arise, later on, though, when the truly outrageous stuff uneasily mingles with more earthbound relationship issues and the film winds up being a tepid mixture of both.

David Dobkin Says 'The Change-Up' Isn't Exactly 'Face/Off' Or 'Freaky Friday'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • August 2, 2011 2:36 AM
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CGI Babies, The Freedom Of The R-Rating & More We Learned From Jason Bateman & Ryan Reynolds About the Body-Switching ComedyThis weekend sees the release of another candidate for the R-rated comedy of the summer: bro-rific body-switcheroo film “The Change-Up.” Starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, the story centers on two friends living polar opposite lives; Bateman as Dave, a family man and lawyer on the rise, and Reynolds as Mitch, his best friend, who makes a meager living as an actor, but mostly uses his charisma and physique to bang anything with two legs. After a night of drinking the two friends -- ahem -- relieve themselves, in what they will soon learn is a magical fountain, and the next morning wake up to find that they've switched bodies, and consequently, lives.

David Dobkin To Direct Contemporary 'Arthur & Lancelot'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 7:35 AM
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After doing the indie thing with "Clay Pigeons," getting a taste of Hollywood with "Shanghai Knights," and breaking out with "Wedding Crashers," David Dobkin is getting ready to change gears a bit. While "Fred Claus" was an embarrassment, his forthcoming Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman comedy "The Change-Up" looks to find the director back in stride and it seems Warner Bros. is ready to allow him to take a chance on something big.

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