When 'Horrible Bosses' came out in 2011, it was one of a wave of comedies unleashed that summer (including 'Bridesmaids,' 'The Hangover Part II' and 'Bad Teacher'), but it was also one of the most successful, as it made over a hundred million at the box office on a smaller budget. Though it's hard to know how Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman could have new horrible bosses, all have signed on for a sequel.
They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world.
'Identity Thief' has been in theaters for less than two weeks and it's already grossed $76 million at the box office, an enormous amount for a modestly budgeted comedy with a known but untested leading lady. Although critics haven't been as kind as audiences, $100 million is a sure thing at this point and we wouldn't rule out $150 million if March is kind to it. So of course Universal has already thought about an 'Identity Thief 2.' They probably thought about it two weeks ago.
Funny is, of course, subjective. I find Woody Allen funny but there are plenty of people who find him about as amusing as being slowly asphyxiated in plastic bags from CVS. Still, I'll hazard to guess that there is no one who will find Melissa McCarthy obnoxiously singing along to Kelis' not-at-all-current "Milkshake" funny. Especially when 'Identity Thief' - a new "comedy" with McCarthy and Jason Bateman - goes to quite successful lengths to make you HATE her character. And you just might wind up hating this movie too.
While we're waiting to see Jason Bateman star alongside his 'Arrested Development' castmates once again for the Netflix debut of the series' fourth season, he's got some Hobbit hunting to do. At least, that's what his character thinks lies ahead in the new 'Identity Thief' trailer, but what he gets is a not-so-Bilbo-like Melissa McCarthy who's ready to sock him in the face at a moment's notice.
It's here, it's here! No, not Hurricane Sandy. Well, that too, but we digress. The first official photograph from Netflix's upcoming fourth season of 'Arrested Development' has hit the web courtesy of Conan O'Brien, and it's...well...let's just say we're not seeing much yet we haven't already seen. So, which Bluths do you think pop up in the first official still? And which recent guest stars are already putting in an appearance?
Considering the run of good fortune NBC is having this week -- giving full-season orders to both 'Revolution' and its new hit comedies, 'Go On' and 'The New Normal' -- and winning premiere week in the ratings for the first time in nine years, the Peacock is definitely in the mood to capitalize. And what better way to capitalize than to get in business with beloved 'Arrested Development' star Jason Bateman? The likeable everyman star will produce a new single-camera period comedy for the network called 'Then Came Elvis,' so what's it all about?
Making comedy about a man whose credit line is ruined and is about to go to court for debt because of identity theft seems difficult. It's a nightmare scenario for anyone who's suffered it before. Hopefully Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy are enough to make 'Identity Thief' entertaining, and now we've got a trailer for the film.