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Featuring the voice talents of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Anton Starkman, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Stephen Kramer Glickman, Danny Trejo, Awkwafina, Ike Barinholtz, Jorma Taccone, Chris Smith.
Storks deliver babies — or at least they used to. Now, they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, lands in hot water when the Baby Factory produces an adorable but wholly unauthorized girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble, Junior and his friend Tulip (Katie Crown), the only human on Stork Mountain, race against time to make their first baby drop before the boss (Kelsey Grammer) finds out.
I’m rarely in the car to listen to Mark Kermode on a Friday afternoon. Generally I respect and agree with him on films. We both share a mutual »
- Chris Cooper
BMW Films has released a new trailer for the short film “The Escape,” starring Clive Owen, Dakota Fanning and Vera Farmiga, Coming Soon reports. Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Neill Blomkamp (“District 9,” “Elysium”) the short features Owen reprising his role as The Driver, which he first played as a rising star in a series of eight short films between 2001 and 2002.
The new short pays homage to the original as part of the 15th anniversary of the critically-acclaimed BMW Films series, entitled “The Hire.” The shorts starred Owen as a mysterious Driver completing a series of missions, and were directed by filmmakers including Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Ang Lee, Joe Carnahan, Wong Kar-wai, Guy Ritchie, John Woo, John Frankenheimer and Tony Scott.
“The Hire” also starred Hollywood talent including Gary Oldman, »
- Graham Winfrey
Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.
There’s a reason the late Chuck Jones-the mastermind behind Looney Tunes – is remembered as maybe the great of animation; Jones had a fundamental understanding of what one could do with medium, the world building, animation as a facility to play with physics. Not to go so far as to compare Storks, the latest from Warner Bros. Animation – whose only film prior was 2014’s delightful The Lego Movie – to that of Jones’ output, but it certainly takes notes. It seems infatuated with the brazen, brash »
- Amie Cranswick
Alex Trebek calls ’em like he sees ’em, folks.
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During Wednesday’s episode of Jeopardy, contestant Susan Cole explained her passion for “nerdcore hip-hop,” which involves rapping about “video games, science-fiction” and, naturally, “having a hard time meeting romantic partners.”
But the game show’s once-mustachioed host felt he had a more appropriate word to describe this particular group of performers: “losers.”
Fortunately, Cole got the last laugh, winning the game and pocketing more than $20,000. (And you know we’ll be tuning in for her return on Thursday.)
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Shia Labeouf recently made headlines for reportedly marrying girlfriend Mia Goth in a ceremony presided over by an Elvis impersonator. Though it was later reported that the event was just a “commitment ceremony,” nothing about this is surprising. In fact, it would have been more surprising for Labeouf to have a simple City Hall ceremony attended by friends and family, given his track record. Let’s take a look back at some of that track record now — it’ll be a pre-wedding scrapbook of sorts.
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Storks, from Wag – that’s Warner Bros. Animation, revolves around an Internet shopping destination where all of the parcels are delivered by – yes you’ve guessing it – storks. They’ve long been done with those pesky babies now that Kelsey Grammar‘s Hunter is in charge. Hunter’s reign at the top is set to come to an end and Junior (Adam Samberg) looks like the man to take over – he has just one task – to fire human worker Tulip (Katie Crown) who keeps messing things up and forcing the sales numbers to nose-dive. Tulip was the last baby ever to be scheduled for delivery by the storks, »
- Paul Heath
Since Amazon’s launch in May of Amazon Video Direct, the company says users have streamed several billion minutes of video from its partners the service, which is open to any content creator or owner and provides multiple options for generating money from that video.
That’s likely less than the staggering amount of video gushing from the fire hoses of YouTube or Netflix. But Amazon Video Direct content partners say the program represents a noteworthy new platform that is letting them generate incremental revenue. And for the first time, the e-commerce behemoth has released the list of the best-performing movie titles, TV shows and digital partners the service — which Amazon is rewarding with extra cash doled out from a $1 million pool on a monthly basis, through its “Avd Stars” program.
Amazon Video Direct partners have four distribution options: They can make their content available to Prime Video subscribers and »
- Todd Spangler
[[tmz:video id="0_o40zb3it"]] Danny Trejo is known for being a badass on the big screen ... but he's becoming more and more popular for serving badass tacos to hungry Los Angelenos. We got Danny at Lax -- just in time for National Taco Day -- and he says business is so awesome at his Trejo's Tacos restaurant, he's about to open a second one. And if you're looking for a bonus side order to go with your eats ... Danny's »
- TMZ Staff
Danny Trejo and Jesse Metcalfe have come aboard In Stranger Company, an indie film based on the book The Loyalty Treasures by Dr. Mark Smith. Phillip Abraham is directing and adapted the screenplay along with Patrick Werksma. The feature follows Mia Stone, a young wife, mother, and workaholic entrepreneur. She is faced with an eerie supernatural opportunity to reset her future when a strange encounter with an eccentric man (Trejo) gives her a second chance at saving her… »
BMW of North America announced this past September the return of BMW Films with The Escape, a short film from Academy Award nominated director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) featuring original BMW Films star and Oscar nominated actor Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men), who reprises his role as The Driver. Today, we have the trailer for The Driver, which shows Clive Owen going to work.
Presented as an homage to the 15th anniversary of the original BMW Film series, The Escape also stars Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, I am Sam), Jon Bernthal (The Punisher, Daredevil) and Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (The Departed, Up in the Air).
The Escape will premiere on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Est on BMWFilms.com. The critically acclaimed original series, The Hire, included eight short films which were released in two seasons from 2001-2002. Each film featured then rising-star Owen as »
He may have now been on this planet for 72 years, but when it comes to balls-to-the-wall action, Danny Trejo certainly still has it in him. Who else would you want to lead what remains of humanity against an army… Continue Reading →
- David Gelmini
Earlier this week, we predicted that it would be a close race between the two new box office newcomer this weekend, Sony's The Magnificent Seven and Warner Bros.' Storks, but that didn't exactly happen. The Magnificent Seven easily took the box office crown this weekend with an estimated $35 million, with Storks debuting in second place with $21.8 million. Both new releases were critical hits as well, before performing well at the box office.
Box Office Mojo reports that The Magnificent Seven, the Western remake starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, pulled in an impressive $9,526 per-screen average from 3,674 theaters, along with a solid 63% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The remake was produced with a $90 million budget, but no international box office data has been released quite yet. Still this is a solid opening, which also represents a career best opening weekend for director Antoine Fuqua. This film also marks the third »
MGM and Columbia Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven” is leading the weekend box office charge after lassoing $12.7 million on Friday at 3,674 locations. The film, from director Antoine Fuqua, is zeroing in on a $35 million opening.
The Western, which carries a $90 million price tag, features an ensemble cast including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Byung-Hun Lee. The film is co-financed by LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, and debuted on the Toronto Film Festival’s opening night. It carries an A- CinemaScore.
The last time Fuqua and Washington teamed up for “The Equalizer,” it opened with $34.1 million. Compared to other recent Westerns, “The Magnificent Seven” earned more than Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” which opened over Christmas weekend to $16.2 million. “Django Unchained” had a healthy $30.1 million opening in 2012.
- Seth Kelley
[[tmz:video id="0_wsz9ysnc"]] Emilio Rivera is awesome!!! He deftly completed the 22 Push Up Challenge ... smack in the middle of an Lax terminal. 2 things ... 1. The "Sons of Anarchy" star calls out Danny Trejo to pick up the mantle 2. He should really wash his hands. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
“The Magnificent Seven” is targeting an opening weekend in the $32 – 34 million range at 3,096 locations, according to early Friday projections.
The film, from MGM and Columbia Pictures, is aiming for a $12 million Friday after rounding up $1.75 million in Thursday previews. Its biggest competition, Warner Bros. Animation’s “Storks,” looks to push out $5 million on Friday and $18 – 20 million this weekend.
A remake of a remake, “The Magnificent Seven” is an action film set in the Wild West, featuring an ensemble cast of bankable stars including Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. Antoine Fuqua directs the movie, presented in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures. The film debuted on opening night of the Toronto Film Festival.
“Storks” opens in a year that has rewarded animated films including “Finding Dory,” “Zootopia” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” Andy Samberg voices the lead character Junior, who is the top delivery stork in his company. »
- Seth Kelley
Chicago – I’ve waited all week to write that headline, and I will be joining the 100,000 other similar headlines out there. Hey-ooh! “Storks” is a lot of fun, without the dire need for any “message” or heavy handedness that is too familiar in the current animation environment. It’s just funny.
Much of the credit has to go to writer/co-director Nicholas Stoller (“Get Him to the Greek”), doing his first animated film. He has a light touch with comedy, pressing the accelerator when he needs to, but also getting laughs from wacky dialogue and strange asides. Staying close to the roots of the story (storks no longer deliver babies, but packages), and employing a great voice cast, combined for “Storks” to join “Sausage Factory” as the funniest full-length cartoon of the year.
The old days of storks delivering babies has gone the way of the rotary phone. The new delivery model is packages, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Yikes. What a terrible weekend we just had, not only for the new movies released but also for the Weekend Warrior’s predictions. Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks’ Sully won its second weekend in a row with just under $22 million, but as far as the new movies, neither Lionsgate’s Blair Witch nor Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby did very well, putting the last nail in the coffin (hopefully) for sequels/remakes trying to play upon nostalgia that just isn’t there. (Good luck to the Rings movie opening next month!) Blair Witch ended up with $9.6 million to take second place and both Bridget Jones’s Baby and Oliver Stone’s Snowden ended up with around $8 million, so »
- Edward Douglas
BMW of North America announced today the return of BMW Films with The Escape, a short film from Academy Award nominated director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) featuring original BMW Films star and Oscar nominated actor Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men), who reprises his role as The Driver. Presented as an homage to the 15th anniversary of the original BMW Film series, The Escape also stars Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, I am Sam), Jon Bernthal (The Punisher, Daredevil) and Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (The Departed, Up in the Air). BMW Films has released a brief sneak peek and the first photos, ahead of the short film's premiere next month
The Escape will premiere on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Est on BMWFilms.com. The critically acclaimed original series, The Hire, included eight short films which were released in two seasons from 2001-2002. Each film featured then »
After taking down three under-performing newcomers for its second straight win, Warner Bros.' Sully tries to make it three straight box office wins in a row this weekend. The true story drama will only face two newcomers, Sony Pictures' The Magnificent Seven remake and Warner Bros.' animated comedy Storks, both of which should easily unseat Sully. While we think it will be close, The Magnificent Seven should come out on top with $24.7 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that The Magnificent Seven, director Antoine Fuqua's Western remake starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, will debut in roughly 3,600 theaters, while Storks will open in 3,800 theaters. The Magnificent Seven currently holds a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, although not enough reviews are in for Storks quite yet. We're predicting that Storks will debut in second place with $23.6 million, but it's certainly possible that these two newcomers flip-flop in the top two spots this weekend. »
There’s a fleeting moment at the end of “Storks” rich with warm possibilities. One after another, would-be parents from all walks of life — gay, straight, single and many different skin colors — embrace their new infants, celebrating the universality of family bonds in a way that’s uniquely contemporary for a major studio release of this sort. The story leading up to it, however, falls short of such foolproof logic. “Storks” takes place in a world eerily devoid of sex, in which parenthood has been corporatized and then abandoned by a factory run by talking birds whose priorities have shifted to delivering non-human goods. Co-directed by Doug Sweetland and Nicholas Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) from Stoller’s screenplay, it doesn’t have the brains to wrestle with the outrageous conceit, nor the inspired humor to distract from the rampant absurdity. It’s a dumb movie in search of a sweet idea. »
- Eric Kohn
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