Ryan Reynolds cut a nice comic figure in the original Van Wilder, elevating the movie despite the presence of Tara Reid. Then Kal Penn took the anarchic collegiate party-planning overseas in Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj, about Wilder’s protégé-turned-playa. Now there’s the announcement of the not-particularly-clamored-for completion of the trilogy, in the form of Van Wilder: Freshman Year, which hits DVD and Blu-ray on March 17 and promises to be “packed with panty raids, wild parties and shocking behavior,” according to the press release. For those wondering, the curiously-eyebrowed Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) takes over as “Van the Man,” Kristin Cavallari is the requisite eye candy, and Steve Talley, Kurt Fuller and Linden Ashby costar as Van’s partners in mayhem.
Oldish news by industry standards, I certainly realize, but Bob Yari has placed the releasing division of his Yari Film Group into Chapter 11 reorganization, per Variety and others, which can’t bode well for Brian Goodman’s What Doesn’t Kill You and Rod Lurie’s Nothing But the Truth, two solid, meat-and-potato-type dramas that were trying to use limited, boutique awards qualification runs in New York and Los Angeles to boost long-play theatrical commercial prospects. Also somewhat in peril, just from an available resources point-of-view, is Assassination of a High School President, starring Bruce Willis, which was/for now still is slated for a late February ’09 release.