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In the original series, James Garner played the titular James Rockford: a gumshoe that, after wrongfully serving time in San Quentin, started his own Private Investigation business. Working out of a trailer he also lived in, Jim enjoyed serving justice just as much as he did a good drink or a witty comeback. Among the shows other trademarks were the catchy theme song, and a seemingly limitless answering machine (Seriously, how did that thing never run out of room?)
Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt And Cobie Smulders Talk Branching Out, Gaining Weight And More For Delivery Man
The film’s three stars recently gathered for a gathered for a press event in Beverly Hills, California where I had the pleasure of talking to all three about their roles in the film. Watch the videos below to learn about Vaughn’s approach to a very different kind of character; Pratt’s fun ride gaining weight for the role, and Smulder’s thoughts on her career post-How I Met Your Mother.
The movie industry is a results-oriented business heavily influenced by momentum. With a few surprise hits and the buzz that always accompanies success, actors and actress can suddenly find themselves fielding offers for the most hyped upcoming projects and demanding truly ridiculous salaries.
Imagine finding out you had a 18-year-old kid you never knew about. Now imagine you have 533 grown children you never knew about. This is the incredible situation underachieving New Yorker David Wozniak finds himself in in the new comedy Delivery Man.
QED International and Worldview have signed on to produce and finance the picture that is inspired by Andy Lieberman and Nick Thornborrow's graphic novel of the same name. Universal will serve as the picture's domestic distributor.
Despite its dark premise, it looked like Term Life was angling for comedy, as Universal Pictures had Couples Retreat director Peter Billingsley attached to helm. However, following some shakeups in the studio's management, it appears Universal has lost faith in Term Life, denying it a green light.
The new film will tell the story of a man named Nick Barrow, who has found himself in quite a bit of trouble. The mob, dirty cops and contract killers have all put a target on his back and Nick knows that he doesn't have much time left. With his sad life about to come to an end, he decides to try and do one last kind thing, taking out a million dollar life insurance policy on himself that would give the money to his estranged daughter.
One of the funniest scenes in recent memory, and in a movie that almost nobody saw, was the opening credits of Duplicity, a spy comedy starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, but opening on a slow-motion fistfight between Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti, playing two titans of industry who were sick of each others' shit.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues reteams producing partners Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, the former directed the sequel that the pair wrote together. Ferrell of course stars as the titular newscaster Ron Burgundy, and will be joined once again by Vaughn, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, and David Koechner.
In just a 24-minute interview, my opinion of Vaughn was transformed intensely. No longer did I think of him as a goofy guy with acting chops he could use when called upon. Now I saw Vaughn as a dedicated actor who takes a great deal of pride in his work whether it be something serious like the Joseph Ruben thriller Return to Paradise or the willfully silly buddy-comedy The Internship.
“Nope. This can’t be right,” I thought to myself, quadruple-checking the address for my visit to the set of Vince Vaughn’s upcoming dramedy Delivery Man on the second to last day of shooting. I’d been told I’d be visiting the Screen Gems’ sound stage, but midtown Manhattan is too crowded with skyscrapers to fit a studio right?
Vaughn will play David, a commitment-phobe whose world is turned on its ear when he learns that a mistake at a sperm bank has allowed his long-ago donation to create 533 offspring.
A definite eyebrow raiser is his next project, an adaptation of the crime thriller Term Life, an Image Comics graphic novel written by A.J. Lieberman, who also wrote Marc Forster’s possible Cowboy Ninja Viking project. Vaughn is reteaming with Couples Retreat director Peter Billingsley, who is another unique choice
Locations are key in certain comedies. When a filmmaker is able to shoot in them to achieve authenticity, I don’t think it’s product placement – more of a happy marriage between a recognizable brand and a storyteller who needs their assistance to lend credence to the vision.
As the trailer explains, Vaughn will be playing a guy who donated sperm a long time ago, but due to some mix up at the sperm bank ended up fathering 533 children. Oh, and and some of them are suing to find out who he is. I’m not sure how accurate the legal portion of the plot is, but it seems a bit off.
The script is about "a mild-mannered radio executive" (Ferrell) who wants to be the best stepfather he can be to his wife's children. This becomes complicated when their deadbeat biological father (Vaughn) returns and forces the protagonist to fight for the kids' affection.
In less than a month, Shawn Levy's The Internship will make its way into theaters. The comedy puts Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson into two coveted internship spots at Google, where they'll be surrounded by young, tech-savvy geniuses all trying to land a permanent position at the company.
Scott has entered into talks with New Regency to helm the Vaughn-fronted Business Trip. Though the comedy's logline is currently being kept secret (we assume it will involve travel and business of some kind), we do know the script has been written by Steve Conrad...
While the film was ultimately overshadowed by Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, which was released the same summer and almost instantly earned cult movie status, DodgeBall was actually a bigger winner at the box office, taking in nearly $115 million domestically on a $20 million budget.
The screenplay was written by Steve Conrad, most famous for penning 2006’s feel-good biography The Pursuit of Happyness, and he also wrote 2005’s Nic Cage dramedy The Weather Man.
When you look at Wedding Crashers from the outside, it really didn't look like much. Starring Vince Vaughn, who had just been in Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Be Cool, and Owen Wilson, who had just come off Meet the Fockers and Around the World in 80 Days, it looked like a dumb comedy with an insane premise that could never work
Certain comedians work better in pairs, and I’m anxiously awaiting what Vaughn and Wilson are able to do with the medium-concept premise. They seem to bring out the best in each other, though director Shawn Levy wisely surrounded them with hilarious talents who should help get the most out of the movie.
Vaughn would headline what sounds like a rework on the fantastic Midnight Run formula, with the funnyman playing a U.S. Marshal who must get a convict to Washington, D.C. after their transport plane somehow explodes. The crook is an environmental criminal, and will be the target of an outside force that begins to hunt the pair down
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are now in production on The Internship, which marks their first collaboration since 2005's Wedding Crasher. But how do they plan to top the R-rated comedy that was a box office sensation that also scored with critics?
The currently untitled picture will center on a 42-year-old manchild whose life is thrown into spin when he discovers his old habit of rampantly selling his semen to sperm banks has resulted in 533 successful pregnancies