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A few years back, Jason Bateman made his directorial debut with the amusing yet filthy comedy Bad Words. This year, he has a sophomore feature that just hit screens in The Family Fang. I saw this movie a couple of weeks ago at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and found it to be only decent, but regardless of my thoughts, it shows off an interesting direction for Bateman as a filmmaker. He seems to be moving towards prestige fare, which is not exactly where you’d initially peg his projects to go. For that, I can’t help but show admiration for his choices so far. The movie is an adaptation of Kevin Wilson’s novel. The plot centers on the adult lives of the children of noted performance art mavericks Caleb Fang (Christopher Walken) and Camille Fang (Maryann Plunkett). As kids, Baxter Fang (Bateman) and Annie Fang (Nicole Kidman) enjoyed »
- Joey Magidson
With Star Trek Beyond heading for theatrical release on July 22, director Justin Lin is looking ahead, and he's decided that a sequel to Space Jam lies in his future (possibly). It's not a done deal yet, but Lin is cowriting Space Jam 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with an eye toward directing. LeBron James is already set to star. The 1996 original starred Michael Jordan as himself. He agrees to help various Looney Tunes characters to take on alien slavers in a basketball game to gain their freedom. Joe Pytka directed the live-action/animated movie. Lin is writing a new screenplay with Andrew Dodge, whose credits include Bad Words, directed by Jason Bateman, and the upcoming O' Lucky Day, a comedy for Paramount, and...
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Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Kathryn Hahn, Christopher Walken, Marin Ireland, Harris Yulin, Eugenia Kuzmina, Michael Chernus, Josh Pais, Maryann Plunkett | Written by David Lindsay-Abaire | Directed by Jason Bateman
Performance artists. What good are they anyhow? It’s not like they put their lives on the line, or make a strong statement about anything going on in current events. It’s not like they tend to become wildly notorious for their acts, nor do they leave a mark on younger generations.
But the question is, what happens to their kids? That’s what The Family Fang sets out to solve…
The second directorial feature from Jason Bateman after 2013′s Bad Words, The Family Fang sees Bateman star as Baxter Fang, the brother of Annie Fang, played by Nicole Kidman. They are affectionately called “Child A” and “Child B” by their parents Caleb and Camille, played by the one and only »
- Catherina Gioino
Starz Digital gave an exclusive one-theater run to The Family Fang, Jason Bateman's second feature directorial, starring Christopher Walken, Nicole Kidman, Kathryn Hahn and Bateman himself over the weekend. The title had a decent start ahead of its expansion into 40 markets and VOD this coming week. Fang bit off the weekend's highest per theater average among the Specialty newcomers, edging out IFC Films' The Man Who Knew Infinity starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel… »
Walt Disney Pictures has announced details of the home entertainment release for Zootopia (Zootropolis in the UK), the blockbuster comedy adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film will hit Blu-ray and DVD in the States on June 7th, although the UK date is yet to be announced.
See Also: Order Zootopia via Amazon Us or Amazon UK
Bonus features include*:
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital HD:
Zoology: The Roundtables – Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more. The artists at Disney Animation give a rare and in-depth look at the complexities of bringing an all-animal world to life from the ground-breaking technology behind the characters’ fur and clothing to the varied and vast environments of Tundratown, Sahara Square and the Rainforest District as well as the deep thought and research given to bringing 64 unique animal species to life through animation. The Origin »
- Gary Collinson
Jason Bateman is getting better and better at directing. Working with an adaption of Kevin Wilson's novel, by screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole”), this is his second movie behind the camera. He rounds up a great ensemble of actors (himself included) to deliver a funny, sensitive, and layered piece of work. It's an original story about the thin, squiggly line between art and life, comfortably swaying between comedy and drama. To call "The Family Fang" an improvement on Bateman’s debut "Bad Words", would be an understatement. A dysfunctional structure and some bizarre plotting stop the film from reaching greatness, but never from being endearingly satisfying. Read More: Exclusive: Soundtrack Preview Of Carter Burwell's Score For 'The Family Fang' The Fang family unit is really, really strange. As seen in the opening sequence, they're pranksters who practice experimental public performance art. The first one we see, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
A bunch of new release dates have just been set.
Lionsgate have also set an awards-season date of October 21st this year for a limited release of its drama “American Pastoral,” and moved up the release of the in development "My Little Pony" film by a month to October 6th 2017.
Next up, Paramount Pictures has announced a December 9th wide release date for their all-star comedy ensemble "Office Christmas Party". Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Munn, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller and Kate McKinnon star.
Finally, the Alicia Vikander-led period drama "Tulip Fever" has set a limited July 15 release date in the United States, while Screen Media Films has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director Michel Gondry »
- Garth Franklin
Disney's Zootopia has become a box office sensation, taking in over $318 million domestically and $910.2 million worldwide since its release in early March. In case you didn't get a chance to see it in theaters, or just want to relive this animated comedy over and over again, Disney has announced that this blockbuster will be released on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD formats June 7. The studio has also released a new preview that breaks down several of the Disney Easter Eggs featured in this hit movie.
The preview comes from the Disney Movies Anywhere YouTube page, which shows the Zpd "investigating" the numerous Easter Eggs and references to other Disney movies featured within Zootopia. This video reveals that the city of San Fransokyo, from Disney's 2014 hit Big Hero 6, is featured as the "City of the Month" on Chief Bogo's (Idris Elba) calendar. Big Hero 6's Baymax is »
Actor Jason Bateman made his feature directorial debut with the 2013 comedy, Bad Words. Bateman’s sophomore effort, The Family Fang, is a slightly less aggressive film. Bateman’s adaptation of Kevin Wilson‘s novel, written by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), simply called for a more reserved approach than his first film –although The Family Fang isn’t without its comedic moments, like when Bateman’s character gets beamed […]
- Jack Giroux
Disney's animated hit Zootopia starring the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman is riding to Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movie Anywhere this summer on a precise release date of June 7th, 2016.
Zootopia had a fantastic run at the box office, charming adults and children alike on its way to earning $318 million in North America. International business pushed the worldwide total up to $910 million or about $290 million less than Frozen earned.
Look for Zootopia in HD to be presented in 1080p video and 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. The Blu-ray 3D version is dubbed the Ultimate Collector's Edition and we hope to have more information on that in the very near future, while bonus features on both Blu-ray editions include the following at minimum:
Zoology: The Roundtables
The Origin of an Animal Tale
Research: A True-Life Adventure
Z.P.D. Forensic Files
Deleted Scenes w/Alternate »
Fresh off its Tribeca Film Festival premiere, Jason Bateman's The Family Fang, starring himself along with Christopher Walken and Nicole Kidman, begins its theatrical run. This is Bateman's second directorial feature, following his 2014 debut, Bad Words. Fang joins a hefty crowd of Specialty newcomers this weekend, including IFC Films' Toronto feature The Man Who Knew Infinity starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel, which had its theatrical premiere and party in New York's… »
National Geographic Channel is getting into the scripted game with a little help from a big name.
Ron Howard is set to direct the first episode of Genius, an anthology drama about the world’s greatest inventors, our sister site Deadline reports. The first season of Genius, which received a straight-to-series order, will focus on renowned physicist Albert Einstein — maybe you’ve heard of him? — with information gleaned from the Walter Isaacson-penned biography Einstein: His Life and Universe.
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Howard is also among the series’ (many) executive producers, »
After more than 30 years on screen — from his baby-faced days on Little House on the Prairie to his work on Arrested Development — Jason Bateman directed his first feature in 2013 with Bad Words. He now returns behind the camera with The Family Fang, an adaptation of the 2011 bestselling novel by Kevin Wilson. The Family Fang charts the 40-year saga of a family led by a pair of eccentric performance artists: Caleb (Christopher Walken) and Camille (Maryann Plunkett) Fang. In the ’70s, the Fang parents enlisted their children Baxter (Bateman) and Annie (Nicole Kidman) to act in their abrasive art projects. […] »
- Soheil Rezayazdi
With Volker Schlöndorff currently filming Return to Montauk, co-written with Colm Tóibín (John Crowley's Brooklyn), starring Stellan Skarsgård, Susanne Wolff, Nina Hoss and Niels Arestrup of Diplomacy fame, Jason Bateman explained that his Baxter's Montauk shirt belongs to Christopher Walken's Caleb in The Family Fang, which co-stars Nicole Kidman with Maryann Plunkett, Jason Butler Harner, Kathryn Hahn, Marin Ireland, Michael Chernus, Jack McCarthy and Mackenzie Brooke Smith.
Based on Kevin Wilson's novel with music by Carter Burwell, (who received a Best Original Score Oscar nomination for Todd Haynes' masterful Carol) edited by Robert Frazen with a John Boorman-esque Deliverance potato cannon scene, The Family Fang is about when one discovers »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Carter Burwell's accomplishments speak for themselves. He's been the go-to composer for the Coens, while also scoring films for the likes of Spike Jonze, David O. Russell, Charlie Kaufman and Todd Haynes. But it's not just major auteurs who have sought him out for projects. Burwell has also scored blockbuster films as well, including the "Twilight" series and this year's rescue drama "The Finest Hours." And true to his ability to jump from genre to genre, his latest work is in new territory, via the comedy/drama "The Family Fang." Read More: Review: Todd Haynes' Shining, Shimmering, Swooningly Romantic 'Carol' Starring Cate Blanchett And Rooney Mara The newest directorial outing from Jason Bateman, in which he also stars alongside Nicole Kidman, follows siblings Baxter and Annie as they return to their family home after an unlikely accident. When their parents —performance artists famous for elaborate public hoaxes— suddenly go missing, »
- Edward Davis
Christopher Walken: "When people talk about art, I get nervous." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Jason Bateman's impish The Family Fang, screenplay by Rabbit Hole playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, adapted from Kevin Wilson's novel, stars Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett with Jason Butler Harner, Kathryn Hahn, Marin Ireland and Michael Chernus (memorable in Noah Baumbach's While We're Young and James Strouse's People Places Things).
When I ran into Vincent Lindon at Félix in SoHo and told him I had just talked with Christopher Walken at the Tribeca Film Festival, he asked "has he stayed in touch with Robert De Niro?" since they made Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter. Meeting Jeff Goldblum, a Key Largo Humphrey Bogart, Joe Papp, Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, playing a cat lover in Barry Sonnenfeld's Nine Lives with Kevin Spacey and Lil Bub of Lil Bub and Friendz fame »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The RSVPs are in and, finally, after assembling a star-studded cast, principal photography has kicked off on the Atlanta set of DreamWorks’ festive comedy, Office Christmas Party – but not without the last-minute addition of Chloe Wepper.
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that Wepper will star opposite the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller and soon-to-be-Ghostbuster Kate McKinnon, who each look to ring in the festive season with a bang. At the heart of the workplace comedy, though, is a hard-partying Average Joe (Bateman, we assume), who learns that his CEO sister is attempting to shutter the branch he’s called home for years.
In a last-ditch – and ill-advised – attempt to salvage some festivity, Office Christmas Party brings together the entire workplace for the biggest bash of the year as our protagonist teams with the Cto in order to impress a potential client. Also on the »
- Michael Briers
Just what do you do when your parents are performance artists and go missing? Are they crying wolf and trying to pull another stunt? Or rather, are they actually in trouble and need your help?
This is the dilemma Annie and Baxter Fang find themselves in, in The Family Fang. In Jason Bateman’s second directorial film since Bad Words, he stars as Baxter Fang, alongside Nicole Kidman as Annie Fang, the children of previously notorious performance artists Caleb (Christopher Walken) and Camille (Maryann Plunkett) now turned jokes.
Based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Wilson, The Family Fang turns to the unexpected, especially in terms of the pranks on screen as well as toying with the audience’s emotions. In a matter of seconds, you go from thinking “This is a normal family” to thinking “Wow, I can’t believe they got away with that.” Considering »
- Catherina Gioino
Tribeca Film Festival Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer met me for a conversation at Benedikt Erlingsson's The Show Of Shows at MoMA PS1's Vw Dome, where Michelangelo Frammartino's Alberi, Tsai Ming-liang's Journey To The West and Celia Rowlson-Hall's Ma premiered. Parents came to mind as a theme with Halkawt Mustafa's El Clásico, Lorene Scafaria's The Meddler, Robert Schwartzman's Dreamland, Jason Bateman's The Family Fang, Kadri Kõusaar's Mother, Bart Freundlich's Wolves and Christian Tafdrup's Parents (Forældre). Andrew Rossi's The First Monday In May, John Dower's My Scientology Movie, Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai's Reset, Benjamin Ree's Magnus, Ferne Pearlstein's The Last Laugh and Dylan Harvey and Ian Roderick Gray's The Banksy Job are some of the original documentaries of note. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Sam Richardson (Veep) and Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live) round out the cast of Office Christmas Party, the ensemble holiday comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller and Kate McKinnon. When a CEO tries to close her hard-partying brother's branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their… »
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