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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Will Ferrell gets tough for adult comedy “GET HARD”


Will Ferrell is going to prison—not the comedy legend of “Anchorman,” “Zoolander,” and TV’s “Saturday Night Live” fame, but his latest incarnation—James, a hedge fund manager facing hard time in San Quentin prison on fraud charges—in the outrageous and satirical new comedy “Get Hard” from Warner Bros.

Directed by Etan Cohen, the film pairs Ferrell with comedy phenom Kevin Hart (“The Grudge Match,” “The Wedding Ringer”), who plays the family man and small time entrepreneur the clueless millionaire assumes to be a thug and offers cold, hard cash to teach him how to survive behind bars. The closest Darnell has ever been to prison is seeing it on TV, but he’s no fool—he takes the money—and devises increasingly ridiculous ways to prep James for his impending hard time. Along the way, the unlikely team forges a friendship that will challenge their most basic – and hilariously off-base – pre-conceptions about so many things, including each other.

For Cohen, who also shares writing credit with Jay Martel and Ian Roberts, the movie’s culture clash and send-up of cultural biases are highlighted by the unique comedy styles of Hart and Ferrell. “This movie is not just incredibly funny because of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart,” he says. “It also takes a swing at satirizing the stereotypes people have by heightening those qualities in these characters, not only in their interactions with each other, but with nearly everyone else they encounter. This is one of the great gifts both Will and Kevin share—the ability to draw audiences into the joke.”

Cohen sees the film’s title as an added bonus, gleefully noting “the confusion it may produce to people that are not sure what it is about. I think if the title makes people uncomfortable, that’s a good thing,” he laughs. “It’s fun, and it’s emblematic of how this movie likes to go to the edge.”

Double entendre notwithstanding, “Get Hard” refers to the process of preparing mentally and physically for prison. When James—a ridiculously wealthy and entitled hedge fund manager with the biggest mansion and the hottest fiancée money can buy (played by comedic actress Alison Brie)— is convicted of fraud and given 30 days to get his affairs in order, he pegs Darnell as just the right kind of criminal to help him prepare for lockup. And Darnell, who is nearly as clueless as James himself about what that entails, is willing to at least fake it to help him survive his prison stint.

“Imagine, for whatever reasons, getting that piece of information that in 30 days you were going to prison—how would you react?” Ferrell muses. This is a question, he tells us, that producer Adam McKay had been grappling with for years, which he and his partners at Gary Sanchez ultimately developed into “Get Hard.” “Every scenario would go through your mind,” he details. “‘I’m going to flee the country… Okay, no, I can’t do that. I’m going to have to learn how to fight.’ Now, imagine that question through the eyes of two people who turn out to be wrong about nearly everything, even each other? I thought that would be a really funny premise. It was something that we kind of built from the ground up, and the final piece was getting Kevin.”

They both loved the idea of taking cultural preconceptions head-on in a genre in which nothing’s off limits—racial stereotypes, potty humor, sexual innuendo, you name it. But in between the jokes and balls-out physical humor both excel at, they also see the film as a story about two guys who become unlikely friends and discover how wrong their preconceptions can be about each other and the world around them.

“First and foremost, we set out to make a funny, satirical movie that makes you laugh by taking that to the extreme,” Ferrell says, “That having been said, the relationship in `Get Hard’ is almost a metaphor for surviving in the real world, because James doesn’t live in the real world. He thinks he does, but he’s separated. With all due respect to anyone who’s gone to Harvard, including our director, I was thinking ‘Harvard A**hole,’” he laughs. “Yeah, that was my inspiration. And as much as my character knows about financial dealings and how to make a lot of money, he really is completely ignorant about the rest of how the real world works and how people operate within that world.”

Opening across the Philippines on April 29, “Get Hard” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.



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It feels good to fall in love once again

I'm not keeping well tonight and I feel like dozing off in the next 5 minutes or so. But before that, I just wanna share something first: it really feels great to "fall" and "be" in love once again.

I just really need to spill it out, else I'm gonna lose my senses. He's so into Math so let's just call him "Math guy."

There's this guy in our office that I'm really super duper mega ultra heavily crushing on. I won't describe him anymore because it's gonna be a dead giveaway. There's only one person in our team who knows who he is, and three from the other teams as well (they were the ones who introduced him to me).

I was on my way out of the office this afternoon heading to the elevator when I realized that my car keys weren't inside the pocket of my Longchamp but instead found its way at the bottom of my hand bag. As I was reaching out for it, the elevator door opened and there he was....in all his shining, oh-so-glorious gorgeousness, standing right in front of me, looking as handsome and as dashing as ever. His hair was somewhat styled similar to that of Edward Cullen; his jaw was sculpted so perfectly, serving as the foundation and holding ground of his captivating crooked smile; his eyes were even accentuated by the deep contours of his seemingly delicately brushed....ok I'm gonna stop there. I don't wanna spill the beans just yet!

Anyway, going back, and to make the long story short...I was stunned. I was shocked. I was motionless.

He stepped out of the elevator and started walking towards the reception area. I knew that I needed to step inside the elevator at that very moment, press "G" (ground floor), head straight to the parking lot, and drive myself home. But instead...I started following him. I literally just found myself walking towards the reception area as well. And then all of a sudden it felt like as if my guardian angel slapped me on the face to wake me up from this mirage and return me to the real world.

I decided to walk to the opposite direction and headed to the comfort room to freshen myself up a bit. I needed to calm down. The degree of giddiness that I was feeling at that very moment was so intense. As I was nearing the comfort room, I decided to look back, one final look, and I saw him holding his badge and swiping it over the glass door. I took a few more steps until I was able to reach the comfort room door. However, it didn't feel flat and smooth as it normally should. It felt angulated and rough. I turned my gaze away from him and stared at the door in front of me.

I was about to enter the fire exit.

Good night.



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Kevin Hart mentors prison-bound rich guy in “GET HARD”


One of the hottest comedians and entertainers in the industry today, Kevin Hart (“The Wedding Ringer,” “Grudge Match”) is tasked to get Will Ferrell in “tough” shape for prison, in Warner Bros. Pictures' new adult comedy “Get Hard.”

This outrageous and satirical comedy is about two guys who work in the same building but live in different worlds, until they strike an unusual and potentially life-changing deal that challenges their most basic – and hilariously off-base – preconceptions about so many things.

It all begins as Ferrell’s character, James, a ridiculously wealthy and entitled hedge fund manager with the biggest mansion and the hottest fiancée money can buy, is caught with his hand in the till. Summarily convicted of the kind of fraud that costs regular people their life savings, he then adds insult to injury by turning to the only person he can think of to help him prepare for lockup: his car detailer Darnell (Hart), a struggling but focused entrepreneur whom James automatically expects to have done time, statistically speaking, given Darnell’s age, his economic circumstances, and....

“He assumes Darnell has been in jail because he’s black,” offers Hart. In fact, Darnell has zero experience with the prison system. Understandably offended, he tries to set James straight but the disgraced financier is too wrapped up in his own escalating panic to listen. Darnell then quickly does the math and figures: why not? If James is stupid enough to run that stereotype and is willing to pay for the mentoring he believes Darnell can provide, “he’ll take him up on the offer, create some kind of program, put up with his bullshit for a few weeks and take his money.”

The only thing James and Darnell appear to have in common, apart from the absurdity of their situation, is the commitment and timing of the actors who portray them.

“There are levels. It’s not always about being the funniest person in the room, and we both get that,” Hart says. “We were focused on making each scene better and the material put us in a situation where we could both win. As a fan of comedy, a fan of improvisation, Will has always been at the top of my list. We’re making a movie to make people laugh, so we need to laugh while we’re filming it; that’s how you get your best content, and that’s what Will and I were doing from the start. We didn’t rush to our trailers between takes. We mostly just sat in the chairs, talking and laughing.”

Theirs was a welcome camaraderie in that “Get Hard” develops into a kind of buddy movie. Or, says director Etan Cohen, “It’s about two people who make a lot of assumptions about each other and who would just go on their way and never have those assumptions challenged if not for the situation they get into. It’s a two-way street. James has never encountered anyone outside of the Ivy League or the world of high finance, so when he meets Darnell he sees a potential gang-banger. And Darnell takes James for a racist jerk who’s had everything handed to him — and to some extent that’s true, but, once he gets to know him, he realizes James is trying to be a good guy, in his own weird way. Conversely, James comes to understand that Darnell isn’t necessarily struggling because of a character failure but because of his circumstances.”

“The movie deals with stereotypes in a funny, clever way and we make fun of all of them,” says Hart. “It helps to draw attention to the stupidity. We’re saying, hey, in this day and decade, we should all be on the same playing field and treat each other accordingly.”

Opening across the Philippines on April 29, “Get Hard” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.



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“GET HARD’S” Will Ferrell gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


Comedian Will Ferrell cemented his place on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Tuesday, March 24, by parading his three young sons around his newly minted star plaque.

Ferrell, 47, asked his sons Magnus, Mattias and Axel to take a lap around the star to show off how they looked "like a million bucks."

"You want to step up and take a tour around and show people off your suits? Just take a little lap, don't step on the star," the comedian quipped as the three boys circled the red carpet surrounding the star.

Ferrell received the 2,547th star on the Walk of Fame for his contributions to comedy, from his beginnings as part of the comedy troupe The Groundlings to a cast member on NBC's live sketch show "Saturday Night Live," in which he became best known for playing former US President George W. Bush.

He went on to lead films such as "Anchorman," "Elf" and "The Other Guys," and also founded the website FunnyOrDie.com with writing partner Adam McKay.

The actor was joined by fellow comedians Molly Shannon and John C. Reilly as he accepted his star, albeit with some faux hesitance.

"It goes without saying that I feel so fortunate, and yet I can't accept this award. So just cover it up, cover it up for someone else," he joked, before adding, "I not only accept it, but I will be here every day from 3 to 5 p.m. polishing the star. You can count on that. And on those days that John's in the neighborhood, he will help me as well."

Ferrell will next be seen alongside Kevin Hart in the raunchy comedy "Get Hard," playing a white collar criminal preparing for life behind bars.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame, a mile-long strip of plaques on Hollywood Boulevard, has honored influential figures in the entertainment industry since 1960.

The plaques which are cemented into the sidewalk can be purchased for $30,000 by the sponsor of a nominee, who is approved by Hollywood's Chamber of Commerce. The money goes to the Hollywood Historic Trust.

Opening across the Philippines on April 29, “Get Hard” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.



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Ridley Scott produced film “CHILD 44” opens today (April 29) at Ayala Malls Cinemas


From blockbuster and acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott comes a chilling action drama “Child 44” based on Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling novel of the same titled starred in by Hollywood’s most admired actors headed by Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassel, Joel Kinnaman and Jason Clarke about an unlikely hero amidst desperate times.

Orphan-turned-war-hero Leo Demidov (Hardy) has risen through the ranks of the MGB, the state’s domestic security apparatus, to become a star investigator of dissident activity. When he and sadistic colleague Vasil (Kinnaman) capture suspected spy Anatoly Tarasovich Brodsky (Clarke), the “traitor” names Leo’s own wife, beautiful schoolteacher Raisa (Rapace), as a co-conspirator.

Forced to investigate Raisa on suspicion of treason, Leo also takes on the case of a boy found carved up alongside railroad tracks. Despite evidence to the contrary, Leo describes the death as an accident to the boy’s father, MGB Agent Alexei Andreyev (Fares Fares) because Stalinist decree dictates, “There is no crime in Paradise.”

When Leo refuses to denounce his wife, MGB Commander Major Kuzmin (Vincent Cassel) exiles the couple to the grim industrial city of Volsk. Confined to a one-room hovel and stripped of rank, Leo and Raisa learn that dozens of other dead boys have suffered gruesome “accidents” near railroad tracks under almost identical circumstances as Alexei’s son. Teaming with local Police Chief General Nesterov (Oldman), they sneak back to Moscow and pursue clues before zeroing in on mild-mannered factory worker Vladimir Malevich (Paddy Considine).

Desperate to rein in his former colleague, the increasingly psychotic Vasili tries to stop Leo and Raisa before they catch the child murderer, who has no place in Stalin’s supposedly crime-free Communist society. In the end, only one man survives the spectacular forest showdown between hero, pedophile and bureaucrat. But despite the victims and the damage done, the Soviet State remains immune to Leo’s inconvenient truths.

The author’s fans include Oscar®-winning filmmaker Ridley Scott. Galvanized by Child 44’s rich characterizations and epic scope, Scott arranged nine years ago to meet the novelist at his London production headquarters. “It was slightly surreal,” recalls Smith. “I’d gone from having this project I thought might not even get published to talking to Ridley Scott in his office sitting next to a Gladiator sword and a prop from Alien. Ridley was full of incredible ideas for the project.”

Scott initially intended to direct Child 44 himself. Then he saw Swedish director Daniel Espinosa’s 2010 crime thriller Snabba Cash (aka Easy Money). The highest-grossing movie in Swedish history, Snabba Cash showcased Espinosa’s inventively staged action sequences and stylish editing. In Child 44, Espinosa saw an opportunity to blend visceral action sequences with psychologically nuanced character arcs against a rich historic tapestry, thus a thrilling and engaging masterpiece was produced.

“Child 44” opens April 29 exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide. Log on to www.sureseats.com for schedule.



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Who is that "gay" I see staring straight back at me...?

Why is my reflection someone I don't know?

Must I pretend that I'm someone else for all time?

When will my reflection show...who I am inside?