In the new animated adventure-comedy The Secret Life of Pets, Kevin Hart voices a villainous but adorable white bunny called Snowball
Hart's character leads a gang of stray pets living in the sewers of New York City. And the actor-comic jokes that he went method for the role. "As a thespian nothing is easy," he says. "You have to go to a dark place with anything you do. Being a fan of Daniel Day Lewis, you have to invest in that character. So I was a rabbit for almost two years. A bunny suit, carrots, carrot juice. I went and spent a lot of time with some bunnies. I only ate lettuce for like seven months before filming this movie!"
Kevin Hart at The Secret Life Of Pets Premiere
He goes on to comment on getting the character's physicality. "I didn't want to use my fingers," he continues, "because I was like, 'It's no fair, bunnies don't have fingers!' So I just wore mittens for like that seven-month period. I made a thumping noise because bunnies thump. And I just hopped a lot. I hopped a whole lot. And when it came time to film, I had the mindset of a bunny. And then I realized that I was in a sound booth, and I didn't have to use any of that s**t!"
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After teaming up with Will Ferrell for Get Hard and Ice Cube for two Ride Along movies, Kevin Hart takes on The Rock in this entertaining action-comedy bromance. They make a great couple, as Dwayne Johnson's bulk cleverly contrasts with Hart's tightly wound intensity. Even more enjoyable is that they've essentially swapped roles, with Hart as the straight guy opposite Johnson's awkward goofball.
They play characters who knew each other in high school, when Calvin (Hart) was the king of the campus, captain of every sports team, star of every theatre production, top student and boyfriend of the sexiest cheerleader (Danielle Nicolet), whom he went on to marry. On the other hand, Bob (Johnson) was a badly bullied, overweight kid, who now turns up in town for their 20th reunion as a beefy muscleman. Clearly a little unhinged, Bob is also a rogue CIA operative, hunted by his boss Pam (Amy Ryan) for killing his partner (Aaron Paul) and other crimes he insists he didn't commit. So he ropes Calvin in to help clear his name, but Calvin finds this situation so insane that he's not sure who to believe.
While all of this plays out in a blissfully silly way, there's also a bit of an edge to the movie as it explores the issue of bullying with some gentle nuance that includes racism, sexism and homophobia. So even when it's rude or mindlessly corny, the movie is making a point. That said, the message might have been more convincing without the over-the-top violence that fills all of the action sequences. Thankfully, that never drowns out the terrific chemistry between Johnson and Hart, who bounce hilariously off each other as two men who have been emasculated in very different ways and need to prove themselves. This vulnerability makes both of them easy to identify with, especially as they play with their usual on-screen personas.
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Louis C.K. voices the character of Max the dog in Illumination Entertainment's new movie The Secret Life Of Pets. Louis C.K. is seen here on the red carpet at the New York Premiere - New York, United States - Saturday 25th June 2016
From the team behind Despicable Me and Minions, this high-energy adventure makes up for its rather simplistic story by filling the screen with lively characters, silly dialog and colourful animation. There's nothing terribly distinctive about the movie, as most of the gags feel recycled and everything bounces across the surface without generating any resonance either in the humour or emotions. But it's a lot of fun while it lasts.
In a cosy Manhattan apartment, the happy rescue dog Max (voiced by Louis C.K.) lives with his owner Katie (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper). The moment she steps out of the door on the way to work, he's already bored and waiting for her to come home. So he hangs out with the other pets in the neighbourhood, including lovelorn pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) and food-obsessed cat Chloe (Lake Bell). Then Katie brings home another stray, the gigantic brown furball Duke (Eric Stonestreet), who immediately starts challenging Max's alpha-dog status. As war breaks out between them, they find themselves stranded in the city, caught up with a sewer-dwelling gang of abandoned pets led by the adorable but intense bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart). Meanwhile, Gidget and Chloe recruit some help to find them, including a grumpy hawk (Albert Brooks) and an ageing basset hound (Dana Carvey).
The plot basically consists of a series of chaotic chase sequences that build up to a climactic scene straight out of a Die Hard movie. Each character and plot element is over-constructed, which eliminates any sense of honest emotion or loose interaction, but the characters are likeable simply because they're so ridiculous. The animators use a lot of colour and a tactile variety of furry textures. And the actors have a lot of fun with the characters. Hart is, of course, the scene-stealer as the fast-talking kingpin who uses his cuteness as a weapon. And while C.K. and Stonestreet are endearing as the story's protagonists, it's Slate and Bell who win over the audience in the funniest, most complex roles.
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Throughout production of Central Intelligence, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson engaged in a hilarious barrage of on-set social media photos and videos, clearly enjoying their partnership both on-screen and off.
With a long list of buddy comedies behind him, Hart has an idea why some teams work and others don't. "I think it's a little bit of special Kev sauce," he laughs. "Nah, it's all about the chemistry. Without the chemistry you can't expect to see results. I honestly have to say that Dwayne was above and beyond a pleasure to work with. He brought chemistry and an amazing work ethic."
To which Johnson interjects, "Yeah. And my good looks!"
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Kevin Hart's What Now tour has been hailed as the comedy event of the year. This film sees the comedic rock star making history as he performs to Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial field football stadium in front of 50,000 spectators. Hart embarks on his biggest tour to date with 156 shows, in 112 different cities, 13 different countries and 5 continents where he states that he is there to make people laugh.
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The duo will be starring together in action comedy Central Intelligence, due out later this year.
This year the MTV Movie Awards celebrates its 25th anniversary and the ceremony promises to be bigger and better than ever. Comedian Kevin Hart and wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson have just been announced as the hosts for this year's bash, which will take place on April 10th.
The Rock will host this year’s MTV Movie Awards with comedian Kevin Hart.
In a statement announcing the gig Johnson said: "It's an honour to be hosting the MTV Movie Awards with a guy who's not only one of the funniest guys on the planet, but who's often mistaken as my twin, Kevin Hart."
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Hart says there was never any 'bad energy' on set.
When they made the first Ride Along two years ago, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube found an unusual bond as collaborators. "Literally there wasn't a day that we stepped on set with any bad energy," Hart says. "It was a positive vibe: I'm making his day better, he's making my day better. You're really looking at a partnership, two guys who leave all egos at the door and say, 'I got you.' It's a give and take relationship and I think it shows in the movie."
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube team up once again in Ride Along 2
So after the first film became a hit, they had the chance to get together again. "Me and Cube picked up where we left off," Hart says of making Ride Along 2. "With the first film, we made what we set out to do, which was a quality buddy action cop comedy with a hint of romance. So we thought since we had such a great template why not build on it? Why not come back and gain more success off of what we did the first time? And also there's such a good group of people involved - from the studio to the director, producers and actors."
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Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reteam for a sequel no one really asked for, following up their lacklustre 2014 action-comedy with a film that's even lazier. While the first one at least had a sense of pacing, with humour that sometimes tipped from idiotic to mildly funny, this movie wastes its cast and premise on a series of witless action sequences, dopey slapstick and contrived relational touches. It's only watchable because Hart is able to make the most undemanding audience members chuckle now and then.
After proving that his video-gaming skills were useful in police work, Ben (Hart) has completed police academy and is working as a rookie, shadowing tough-guy detective James (Cube), whose sister Angela (Tika Sumpter) is marrying Ben in just a week. But before that happens, James and Ben head to Miami to follow a lead in a drug case they're working on. Alongside local tough-girl detective Maya (Olivia Munn), they track down a hacker (Ken Jeong) who has proof that local philanthropist Antonio (Benjamin Bratt) is actually a notorious global black market dealer. To prove that, they have to dive into a series of car and boat chases, plus heists and shootouts that never seem to go the way anyone expects.
The underlying story is exactly the same as the first film: James is trying to prove that Ben is an idiot, while he is actually softening James' rough edges. The difference here is that they know each other a bit better, so are more effective at getting under each others' skin. This means that they're even less likeable than before, and even Hart's non-stop comical chatter is more annoying than it is amusing. There are moments when Hart adds a tiny detail that elicits a smile from viewers, and some of his physical antics are so ridiculous that it's difficult not to giggle, but most of that is simply because it's unbelievable that the filmmakers thought any of this was genuinely funny.
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Even though 'Seinfeld' ended 17 years ago, its creator is still the highest-paid comedian in the world, with earnings of $36 million.
Jerry Seinfeld has been named as the world’s highest-earning comedian in the last year, making the bulk of his money through his legendary TV series which ended nearly two decades ago.
As reported in the annual list published by Forbes, the top ten of which doesn’t include a single woman, the 61 year old comic made $36 million between June 1st 2014 and the same date in 2015. With a total net worth of more than $800 million, he continues to sell out stand-up tours throughout the world, despite his highly-rates series ‘Seinfeld’ ending back in 1998.
Jerry Seinfeld earned more than any other comedian in the world this year
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'The Daily Show' is returning next Monday on Comedy Central, and the network has announced the first week's worth of guests for the new presenter.
Trevor Noah’s guests for his first week presenting ‘The Daily Show’ have been announced, with just a few days to go before the Comedy Central talk show takes a great step into the unknown.
Noah, who was selected by Comedy Central’s president of programming Kent Alterman to be Jon Stewart’s replacement after he retired last month after presenting the show for 16 years, will be talking to comedian Kevin Hart on his first ever show on Monday (September 28th).
As time goes on, the plan is clearly to keep things much the same as they were under Stewart, talking to a mixture of celebrities and more serious guests such as politicians and industry executives.
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