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The Funny Way Neil Patrick Harris Learned He Was In Harold & Kumar

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Neil Patrick Harris shares the peculiar way he learned he had been written into the script for the comedy, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle.

Neil Patrick Harris shares how he learned he was cast in Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. The iconic stoner comedy was quite the box office hit when it premiered in theaters in 2004, being one of the most popular films that year. Harold & Kumar‘s commercial success earned the movie two sequels and an avid fan base that has continued to keep the film’s spirit alive throughout the years. Starring John Cho as Harold and Kal Pen as Kumar, their sequels Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas performed even better at the worldwide box office.

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Harris plays an exaggerated, drug-addicted version of himself in Harold & Kumar and reprised his role throughout the series. However, Harris was a relatively unknown actor at the time the script was being written for the first movie. Before his role on How I Met Your Mother, Harris had little acting credits to his name, but, thanks to Harold & Kumar, that was about to change.

During an interview with GQ discussing his most beloved characters, Neil Patrick Harris reveals the strange way he found out he had been cast in Harold & Kumar. Harris learned about his part in the film through a phone call with a friend. The friend revealed that Harris had been written into the script of Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. To his dismay, Harris accepted the offer to star in the film, on the stipulation that they do not change the way his character was originally written. Check out the full story on what went down on this phone call below:


“Harold and Kumar was very strange. I was living in Los Angeles and I got a phone call from a friend that said ‘I’m auditing for this movie that you’re in’, and I had no idea what he was talking about. I was not in any movie. And he said yeah, this ‘Harold and Kumar Get The Munchies’ or something it was called at the time I think, and that made no sense. And, so I said, ‘are you being serious or are you joking?’ and he said ‘are you not aware you’ve been written into a movie like a crazy version of you’, and so then I kinda panicked because I didn’t want to be the ass of a joke.. like who’s going to play me? So I called my agent…so they sent me the script and it was really funny I was flattered to be honest…my only demand was that I would sign up and they wouldn’t rewrite it and change it.”

Written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, it’s almost impossible to imagine Harold & Kumar without Harris. Thankfully, Harris accepted the role and went on to have a lucrative career in both film and TV. It’s important to note that most actors must reach peak critical success before they are allowed a cameo in a film or show, but Harris proved his self-awareness and comedic chops early on in his career, so much so to star as himself in a feature film. His work in the early 2000’s continued to build upon his success.

Loyal fans of the Harold & Kumar franchise want a fourth sequel, and so do the actors themselves. With John Cho and Kal Pen on board to make a new installment of Harold & Kumar, perhaps in space, it’s hard to see Harris not wanting to be a part of that, if it happened. Harris was an integral part to Harold & Kumar‘s success, and even if the franchise ended on three movies, it will live on forever through many, many memes, and White Castle jokes.


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Kamila Andini’s ‘Before Now & Then’ Picked up by Film Movement for North American Release  (EXCLUSIVE)

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“Before Now & Then,” a period drama film about Indonesian women battling the traumas of war and patriarchal society, has been picked up for North American distribution by Film Movement. The film is directed by Kamila Andini.

The film had its premiere earlier this year at the Berlin festival, where it was rewarded with a Silver Bear for Laura Basuki’s supporting performance. It also recently captured the jury prize at the Brussels International Film Festival.

Film Movement plans a theatrical release in the first quarter of 2023, followed by a wide release on home entertainment and digital platforms.

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The film is set in the late 1960s, where Nana (played by Happy Salma) cannot escape her past. Poverty-stricken, having lost her family to the war in West Java, she marries again and begins a new life. Her new husband is wealthy, but her place in the home is menial, and he is unfaithful. Nana suffers in silence until the day she meets one of her husband’s mistresses and everything changes. Ino (played by Basuki) is someone she can trust, someone who offers her comfort and to whom she can confide her secrets, past and present. Together, the two women find the hope of new freedom.

“Set against the backdrop of growing anti-Communist sentiments of 1960s Indonesia, ‘Before, Now & Then’ focuses on the particular hardships that women are forced to endure in the face of political unrest. Andini and her collaborators, specifically Happy Salma’s mesmerizing lead performance, have crafted a rich portrait of dignity in the face of loss and violence,” said Michael Rosenberg, president of Film Movement. “[Andini is] one of the most promising Indonesian directors to emerge in recent years.”

The film is Andini’s fourth feature. She has previously directed: “The Mirror Never Lies” in 2011; “The Seen and Unseen” in 2017; and “Yuni” in 2021.

“ ‘Before, Now & Then’ is a recollective memory of my Sundanese mother, grandmother, great-grandmother. It is a journey through my own roots and history,” said Andini.

New York-based Film Movement is a North American distributor which has released some 250 U.S. independent and foreign-language films in its twenty-year history. Its recent Asian titles include Kawase Naomi’s “True Mothers,” acclaimed Korean debut film “Aloners” and Korean horror “Seire.”



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Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Gets Key Holiday 2024 Release Date

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Paramount has scheduled its Sonic threequel, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, for a Christmas 2024 release, making for a two-year gap between installments.

Paramount has officially revealed the release date for Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Based on Sega’s wildly popular action-adventure game series of the same name, the Sonic film franchise has so far produced two successful installments. Most recently, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 came out in April 2022, surpassing its predecessor’s box office earnings and winning praise for its pleasing visuals, blending of humor and action, and charming performances – especially the one turned in by newcomer Idris Elba, who voiced Knuckles. The movie also saw the returns of Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, as well as Jim Carrey, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, and James Marsden. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was announced by Sega and Paramount Pictures a month before the sequel premiered.

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Currently, plot and character details for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 are slim. However, the movie is expected to pick up from the cliffhanger ending of the sequel and introduce a new villain in the form of the notorious Shadow. Since Carrey has retired from acting, he is not expected to return as Dr. Robotnik, although the filmmakers have decided not to recast his character. Schwartz previously teased that the film is “going to be bananas,” with subsequent details indicating that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 will include elements from the video games Sonic Adventure 2 and Shadow the Hedgehog. Details on Sonic the Hedgehog 3 have been scant since, although now there is a major update.


As confirmed by Sonic the Hedgehog‘s official social media, the threequel has been scheduled to premiere on December 20, 2024. No further details have been revealed, but it’s nevertheless reassuring to know that the movie has managed to secure an auspicious holiday release window. Take a look at the tweet below.

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The new release date for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 continues the trend of leaving two years between movies in the franchise, so all installments will hopefully feel evenly spaced out. Right now, the date confirmation doesn’t give much of an idea about the movie’s story, although it indicates that a similar announcement could arrive soon for the Knuckles spinoff, which will see Elba reprising his red echidna role. The Knuckles show will set up Sonic 3, so it seems likely that the project will start to move forward now that the movie has a release date. There is plenty of room for both over the next two years.


Now the question of how Sonic the Hedgehog 3 will resolve some of its most pressing dilemmas remains. The immediate task the movie needs to take care of is addressing Carrey’s potential exit and explaining how the threequel will handle Dr. Robotnik’s absence. In the games, Dr. Robotnik had a crucial role in bringing his grandfather’s Project Shadow to life and provoking the conflict between Sonic and Shadow. However, with Robotnik presumably not returning for Sonic the Hedgehog 3, the movie might choose to tweak Shadow’s backstory, associating him with Guardian Units of Nations (G.U.N.) instead of Robotnik. Additionally, with a premiere date set, Sonic 3 could also reveal other game characters that might show up in the film. That said, with a release in sight, audiences can expectmore exciting updates from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in the coming months.


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Diane Keaton Reveals How She Helped Al Pacino Get Cast in ‘The Godfather’ (Exclusive)

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It’s almost impossible to imagine a world in which Al Pacino didn’t play Michael Corleone in 1972’s The Godfather. However, Diane Keaton says that producers almost went a different direction — until she was cast in the film.

Keaton recently spoke with ET’s Nischelle Turner, while discussing her new film Mack & Rita, and she reflected on her iconic career filled with beloved and uniquely quirky characters.

Going back to the very beginning of her film career, Keaton remembered how she was cast in The Godfather — and how little she ever expected to land the role that went on to be so vitally important to the film and its legacy.

“I auditioned for The Godfather having never read it and I knew nothing about it, and just was there, I was standing there like every other woman,” she remembered. ” I didn’t know what the hell I was there for. And they cast me in that role!”

While she had been cast, the producers and filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola were still looking for the right actor to play Michael Corleone, the reluctant heir to the Corleone crime family and beating heart of the entire movie.

“Nobody wanted Al Pacino. They didn’t want him to play that part, and I had already been cast,” Keaton recalled. “I had been cast before Al Pacino in Godfather 1! Is this not weird?”

“So I was standing there and they brought him up when I was standing there and we worked together in front of [the producers], and they gave him the job,” she continued. “Do you believe that? After he had auditioned before and they didn’t want him.”

“What would The Godfather have been without Al Pacino?” she added. “It’s just one of those weird, unusual things in life.”

Now, 40 years later, Keaton is still a leading lady with her new film, Mack & Rita. The film follows a 30-year-old writer and self-described homebody named Mack (Elizabeth Lail), who reluctantly agrees to go to Palm Springs for a bachelorette party for her best friend Carla (Taylour Paige). However, when arriving, Mack magically transforms into her future 70-year-old self, who goes by the name Aunt Rita (played by Keaton).

The actress opened up about what attracted her to the role, sharing, “There aren’t a lot of these female-driven movies, so we’re fortunate to [be able to do one].”

“And it is good, and it is good to do and be part of that. There’s not a whole lot of them,” she added.

Mack & Rita is set to hit theaters Aug. 12.

 

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