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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.

'Robot Chicken' Helmer Chris McKay To Co-Direct 'Lego' With Phil Lord & Chris Miller; 2014 Release Pegged

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2011 9:49 AM
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The various movies in development based on childhood toys and board games, probably the most serious symptom of the creative bankruptcy facing most studios, have, thankfully, yet to come to pass for the most part. McG's "Ouija" had the plug pulled on it, Ridley Scott's "Monopoly" remains stranded in development hell, and films based on the likes of "View-Master" and "Candyland," while threatened, have never made it into production.

'21 Jump Street' Directors Chris Miller & Phil Lord Punched Up The Humor In ‘The Darkest Hour’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2011 5:16 AM
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And More We Learned From Our Talk With Emile Hirsch At Comic-Con Including His Love For 'Avatar'Saturday afternoon in San Diego, Summit Entertainment screened the first official trailer for their upcoming alien invasion film "The Darkest Hour," directed by Chris Gorak and starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor and Joel Kinnaman. The film tells the story of a group of Americans traveling in Moscow who survive an alien invasion and team up with others to try and fight back. Following a presentation by Gorak and producer Tom Jacobson ("Unstoppable"), The Playlist stole a few minutes with the film’s star Emile Hirsch to find out what appealed to him about this role and the character driven elements and humor to be found within the forthcoming film.

'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' Sequel To Be Written By 'Horrible Bosses' Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 2:57 AM
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John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein Penning Script; Phil Lord & Chris Miller Not Returning To DirectHitting theaters in 2009, "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" was a surprise hit both with critics and audiences. Hauling in over $240 million worldwide, it was proof that Pixar wasn't the only animation studio with a stranglehold on the public and it also announced the arrival of directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller who have since parlayed the cred they earned on that film, into their first live action gig, taking on the upcoming "21 Jump Street." A sequel was pretty much inevitable, and now the wheels are formally in motion as 24 Frames reveals that "Horrible Bosses" writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will be penning the screenplay.

Channing Tatum Will Be Hot For Teacher, 'Bridesmaids' Star Ellie Kemper, In '21 Jump Street'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 14, 2011 1:46 AM
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We can't be the only ones who feel like Ellie Kemper is going to be a giant movie star. The 31-year-old actress, a graduate of Princeton, Upright Citizen's Brigade, The Onion and McSweeney's, has been one of the shining lights of "The Office" since her introduction as touched-in-the-head receptionist Erin a couple of seasons back, and after supporting roles in "Mystery Team," "Get Him To The Greek" and Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," she broke-out on the big-screen in a major way this summer in the mega-hit "Bridesmaids."

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."

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.

'Cloudy With Chance Of Meatballs' Directing Team In Talks To Helm 'Bob The Musical' For Disney

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 7, 2010 2:10 AM
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We've brought it up a few times now, in an attempt to atone for ignoring the film on its original release, but we'll mention it one more time -- when we finally caught up with Sony's "Cloudy With Chance of Meatballs," it turned out to be one of the most delightful surprises of 2009, a genuinely charming animation which managed to be inventive, funny, exciting and moving in equal measure. It came from writer-director team Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were behind the MTV animation "Clone High," and it seemed to promise big things for the pair.

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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