We have a new trailer for Undercover Brother 2, which is probably an assortment of words nobody expected to find themselves reading today. Indeed, Universal Pictures has pulled something of a fast one on all of us by putting together this direct-to-video sequel to its 2001 predecessor rather quietly. Though, it seems to be a sequel mostly in name only, as we've got an entirely new cast, with Michael Jai White as our new titular hero.
The trailer is admittedly brief, clocking in at just 30 seconds, which is normally what we can expect from a TV spot. But this appears to be a very small budget, low-key affair. Though, for those familiar with the 2002 movie, many of the same elements are at play here. We've got the organization known as The Brotherhood, who are tasked with trying to take down The Man. It's all coated in 70s sheen and layers of cheese. The big hook here is that we're going to be introduced to the brother of Undercover Brother. Black Dynamite fans might get a kick out of seeing White do something like this.
The full cast includes Michael Jai White Spawn, The Dark Knight, Gary Owen Ride Along, Daddy Day Care, Affion Crockett The Wedding Ringer, A Haunted House 2, Laila Odom Phantom Halo, Game Shakers, Steven Lee Johnson Chicago Fire, No Resolution, Barry Bostwick The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spy Hard and Vince Swann In Contempt, A Stone Cold Christmas. Leslie Small is in the director's chair for this one. Small has helmed other features such as Hair Show and Tara, in addition to comedy specials for the likes of Kevin Hart, Katt Williams and Gary Owen, amongst others.
Undercover Brother 2 centers on the coolest spy in the game his less-than-cool younger brother, Lionel. Way back in 2002, the brothers were hot on the heels of The Man, the leader of a racist, worldwide syndicate known as The Organization. However, they got caught in an avalanche of oppressive, white snow, preventing them from finishing the mission. Sixteen years later, they are discovered, thawed out, and set out to finish the job they started. With the help of The Brotherhood, an old foe, they must take on an even more dangerous threat to the black community and the world; extreme "wokeness."
The original Undercover Brother, directed by Malcolm D. Lee Girls Trip, The Best Man, was a very modest success, bringing in $41 million at the box office. Fronted by Eddie Griffin as the titular character with a cast that included Chris Kattan, Denise Richards, Dave Chappelle, Billy Dee Williams and Neil Patrick Harris, the send-up of the blacksploitation movies of the 70s managed to find something of a cult following in the years that followed. Ultimately, enough of one to warrant a sequel all these years later. Undercover Brother 2 arrives on DVD and Digital HD on November 5 from Universal Pictures Home entertainment. Be sure to check out the trailer for yourself.
The Lionsgate project comes from Mandeville Films.
Zachary Levi and Cole Sprouse will soon be taking center stage in a music-driven comedy for Lionsgate and Mandeville Films.
The two are set to star in Undercover which follows Jack Levi, a down-on-his-luck rocker-turned-father, who, to make ends meet, secretly joins a group of young musicians in a wedding cover band led by misfit Ben Sprouse. Things start looking up for this ragtag band, but when Jack's secret is revealed, he rediscovers what's truly important in life while teaching Ben to find his own voice as a musical talent.
Steve Pink, who was behind the screenplay for High Fidelity and directed Hot Tub Time Machine, will direct. Amy Talkington wrote the screenplay, with revisions by Jonathan Igla, Diablo Cody, Chris Hazzard and Michael Fontana.
Mandeville's Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman will produce, reteaming with Lionsgate after box office hit Wonder. Jonathan Levine serves as executive producer. Alex Young serves as an executive producer for Mandeville Films.
Lionsgate's Meredith Wieck and Aaron Edmonds will oversee the production for the studio, which begins this April.
Levi, who was last onscreen with DC movie Shazam!, is repped by UTA, Untitled and McKuin Frankel. Sprouse — repped by WME, Authentic and DLA Piper — stars in popular CW series Riverdale and starred in last year's teen drama Five Feet Apart. Pink is repped by UTA, Mosaic and Morris Yorn.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: