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★★★★☆ Both of the following are true: Jupiter Ascending (2015) is a giddy, sweeping adventure filled with interesting characters and stunning visuals; Jupiter Ascending is a frustrating experience, filled with dead ends, vanishing subplots and too much exposition. Perhaps, coming from the perennially ambitious brother and sister duo Andy and Lana Wachowski, writer-directors of The Matrix (1999) and the divisive Cloud Atlas (2012) - co-written & directed with Tom Tykwer - this is to be expected. Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is an undocumented Russian immigrant living in Chicago, cleaning houses with her mother and aunt.
- CineVue UK
A rich science-fiction world, full of weird and colourful characters who still ring true despite having massive animal ears or wings, with well-defined politics, an ancient conflict and a lead couple who you can’t help but root for with all your heart.
Unfortunately I’m not talking about Jupiter Ascending but the comic Saga... Sadly for the Wachowskis, who clearly put a lot of care and affection into their latest ambitious failure, Jupiter Ascending fails miserably in all the ways Saga succeeds.
But perhaps that’s an unfair comparison; I should judge Jupiter Ascending on its own terms. Inferior similarities to the beloved (and, to be fair, firmly established) comic aside, the film still starts out with a literal boatload of movie cliches: Jupiter (Mila Kunis) is the »
- Mark Allen
Universal Pictures released their new comedy flick, "Ted 2," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out and thought it was extremely funny, delivering laughs at every turn. The plotline was amazingly silly though, but it's about a Teddy bear that came to life and smokes pot, so I guess it would be really hard to expect anything other than extreme silliness. Anyways, the movie stars: Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Mark Wahlberg, Dennis Haysbert, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane and Jessica Barth. In the new flick, Ted (Seth MacFarlane) has gotten married to a hot blonde, named Tami-Lynn. Unfortunately, they run into major marital problems after a couple of months, and ultimately decide they need a baby to help repair the God forsaken marriage. However, things go from bad to really worse when the government decides that Ted is not actually a real person, and that he's actually deemed as property instead. »
- Andre Braddox
Universal Studios released their new comedy film, "Ted 2," into theaters today, June 26th, 2015, and all the top, major critics have turned in their reviews. It turns out that it did pretty even with a mixed split down the middle with an overall 49 score out of a possible 100 across 34 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Mark Wahlberg, Dennis Haysbert, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane and Jessica Barth. We've listed blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Joe Morgenstern over at the Wall Street Journal, gave it an 80 grade, saying: " In a movie devoted mainly to making you laugh, it’s a plea for tolerance that takes your breath away." Mick Lasalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 grade, saying: "Writer-director Seth MacFarlane is like some weird combination of a stupid, dirty-minded teenager and a brilliant comic master. His impulses are sophomoric, »
- Andre Braddox
Ted 2 doesn't hold a candle to the original film, but it entertains enough to warrant a trip to the theater. It could be that the initial premise has lost its luster and that the audience expects more from the story. The pacing is a bit slow and the laughs are mostly middling, but there are some genuine moments of knockdown hilarity. The comedy is what you expect from Seth McFarlane; juvenile, lewd, profane, with sexual antics galore. Anyone seeing this film knows what to expect, so they shouldn't be surprised or offended by anything this talking teddy bear says.
Ted 2 begins with the marriage of Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). The not so innocent bride and plushy groom are madly in love. Alas all has not turned out well for best buddy John (Mark Wahlberg), who's recently divorced and taking up unhealthy porn fixations. »
"Ted 2" is bigger than "Ted" in almost every conceivable way: Its slapstick scenes are wilder, the list of guest-stars is more staggering, and the runtime ticks closer to two hours. But the critical elements -- the wisecreacking CGI teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane, his "thunder buddy" camaraderie with John (Mark Wahlberg), and a dastardly performance by Giovanni Ribisi -- remain intact. We caught up with Wahlberg, who phoned us from a UK press tour to talk about why he likes "Ted 2" better than the original. Here are seven things he taught us about the filming experience, the difference between Mila Kunis and Amanda Seyfried, and the most intimidating actors he's ever worked with. 1. "Transformers" made the act of talking to an invisible teddy bear a lot easier. On filming with a CGI costar: "We definitely had on-the-job training with the first 'Ted.' Doing 'Transformers" made that a lot less nerve-wracking. »
- Louis Virtel
The bawdy comedy about a teddy bear who enjoys such simple pleasures as bong rips, cold ones and “Law and Order” marathons will likely earn $50 million when it debuts across 3,441 theaters. That’s in line with the $54 million that the first “Ted” generated when it hit screens in 2012. The sequel cost $85 million to produce and was co-financed by Media Rights Capital. It brings back stars Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg, but cycles in Amanda Seyfried for Mila Kunis.
“Ted 2’s” likely success continues Universal Pictures’ torrid streak at the multiplexes. With the year hovering at midpoint, the studio has already rolled out “Furious 7,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Jurassic World,” a box office Indominus rex that set »
- Brent Lang
Ted 2, 2015.
Directed by Seth MacFarlane.
Seth MacFarlane has an unusual gift for injecting heart into outlandishly vulgar and crass material. Over the years, his success through television and filmmaking have come from a very discernible brand of humor; no topic is off-limits and he will fearlessly deliver a heavy-handed message about society smack dab in the middle of a world that makes no sense and is inhabited by imaginative, colorful characters.
- Robert Kojder
The first "Ted" was a pivotal moment for Seth MacFarlane. It was his first live-action project, and it was a chance to see if he could successfully launch a whole new empire, one that stood separate from "Family Guy." While I didn't love "Ted," I thought it was a solid step for MacFarlane as a filmmaker. His second live-action film, "A Million Ways To Die In The West"? Less so. I'm already ambivalent about MacFarlane, so adding the extra pressure of my belief that comedy sequels are almost uniformly unsuccessful, and I didn't have very high hopes for "Ted 2" at all. I can report that it is pretty much exactly what I thought a "Ted" sequel would be, complete with a larger canvass and diminishing returns on some of the laughs. Like most comedy sequels, it is too long and too indulgent in calling back to the original film. »
- Drew McWeeny
The magical teddy bear with the heart of gold and the mouth of potty is back in “Ted 2,” and so is writer-director-star Seth MacFarlane’s mischievous mojo, which went missing somewhere in last year’s mirthless comic Western “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” A sequel to MacFarlane’s surprise 2013 smash ($549 million worldwide), “Ted 2” is surely the last movie one would expect to find quoting from the anthropologist Dawn Prince-Hughes’ writings on the essence of human consciousness. But in its own, sweetly subversive way, this might be just the tolerance plea America needs right now — a movie that says, in effect, “Love thy plushie as thyself.” Fret not: Such high-mindedness has little diminished MacFarlane’s appetite for locker-room humor, gross-out sight gags and bounteous pop-culture in-jokes, which should make “Ted 2” the season’s go-to attraction for arrested-adolescent males of all ages, and continue Universal’s beary good summer box office. »
- Scott Foundas
Mila Kunis, a Gemfields’ global brand ambassador, looked stunning in a classy white number at the a preview of a short film celebrating Gemfields’ Mozambican rubies at London’s Corinthia Hotel Tuesday. Mila Kunis’ Gemfields Look For the Gemfields event, Kunis donned an all-white outfit by Antonio Berardi. The ensemble featured a double-breasted sleeveless top with a plunging neckline and a […]
The post Mila Kunis Wore All White To Gemfields Event In London appeared first on uInterview. »
- Chelsea Regan
In 2012, the adorable, foul-mouthed teddy bear, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), made his film debut and quickly became the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Now, the outrageous Ted and his thunder buddy John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) are back in Ted 2, as Ted finds himself in a fight to be declared human, and not the property of someone else. In an attempt to sue the state and win Ted the rights that he deserves, they enlist a young, medical-marijuana aficionada named Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried) who believes that Ted is entitled to the same freedoms as any American. During a Skype roundtable with two other outlets, while writer/director Seth MacFarlane was in London to promote the film, he talked about not wanting to repeat the same movie twice, his great working relationship with Mark Wahlberg, how this particular story developed, why Mila Kunis (who was in »
- Christina Radish
What a gem! Mila Kunis stepped out to a Gemfields event in London on Tuesday, June 23, and she could not have looked more elegant in her all-white ensemble, which showcased her sexy post-baby curves. The Black Swan actress, 31, who welcomed daughter Wyatt Isabelle with fiancé Ashton Kutcher on Oct. 1, 2014, slipped her body into a blazer-inspired sheath dress, complete with a double-breasted bodice, which highlighted her slim figure and ample cleavage. To accessorize the frock, Kunis added matching marshmallow-hued pumps. And as it was a [...] »
The Minions are everywhere! There's no getting away from them, the cute little yellow critters from Despicable Me have invaded pop culture over the last few years and now they've got a film all to themselves.
Minions, set in the years before Gru, follows Stuart, Kevin and Bob as they cross paths with villainess Scarlett Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) and get swept up in her plot for world domination. To mark the release of Minions, we've rounded up some fun facts, figures and trivia on the characters and their movie outings below...
1. Who voices Kevin, Bob , Stu and the Minions? It's none other than Pierre Coffin, the French animator who co-directed both Despicable Me films and Minions. For the latter he reportedly voices 899 different Minion characters.
Special Features: Jupiter Jones: Destiny is within us / Jupiter Ascending: Genetically Spliced / The Wachowskis: Mind over Matter / Worlds within Worlds within Worlds / Bullet Time Evolved / From Earth to Jupiter
Remember when the Wachowski’s made good films? Remember the movie defining Matrix film? Hopeful that Jupiter Ascending is a return to the glory days? Sadly it isn’t, the film having more in common with the Matrix sequels. In Jupiter Ascending the Wachowski’s seem to have tried to craft a strange hybrid of Dune and Star Wars, but failing miserably to emulate either. The story is heavily cliched and, although imaginative, fails to be engaging or interesting due to underdeveloped plot points and poorly constructed drama. There are too many different elements which fail to tie into a cohesive narrative. »
- Kat Smith
"Ted 2" offers a lot of the profane, rambunctious, sporadically gross humor that audiences loved in the CGI teddy bear's first cinematic outing, but it gives a lot more screentime to Jessica Barth, who plays Ted's human bride Tami-Lynn McCafferty. Barth's moxie is often the movie's most endearing quality, and thus it's a pleasure to see the actress explore Tami-Lynn's more emotional side in what's sure to be a blockbuster sequel. We caught up with Barth, a Philadelphia native, to discuss how she got the part of Tami-Lynn, how she learned that Boston accent, and why screaming at a teddy bear can be rewarding. In the first scene of the movie, you're fighting with Ted and screaming at him. What's it like getting that worked up over an imaginary character? Yeah, that can provide a challenge. Obviously there's nothing there. You know, I'm so in the moment, but it is really hard. »
- Louis Virtel
Headey opted out of going naked for the harrowing six-minute sequence "for several reasons", one of which was so she could fully focus on the emotions in her performance.
The actress also wasn't involved in the casting process for her double, adding: "I was like, 'Listen guys, she happens to have a beautiful body, but I don't do casting'. If somebody is brave enough to do this, I applaud it."
We've found 11 other actors and actresses who've spoken candidly about choosing a body double instead of baring their naked bits on the big screen.
And you may find some film scenes quite surprising (it wasn't really Kevin Costner frolicking naked in a waterfall!).
1. Mila Kunis had actresses moon for her
Mila Kunis happily revealed that she used »
The cast of "That '70s Show" just can't quit each other.
First, Ashton Kutcher married his on-screen love interest, Mila Kunis (after years of being just friend). Now, he's reuniting with Danny Masterson for a new, original Netflix sitcom titled "The Ranch."
Deadline reports that the streaming service is close to finalizing a deal for the multi-camera comedy, which comes from "Two and a Half Men" co-showrunners Don Reo and Jim Patterson. That re-teams the duo with Kutcher, who starred on the CBS sitcom in its last four seasons.
In "The Ranch," Kutcher's character, a retired semi-pro football player, returns to his titular Colorado home to help his brother (Masterson) run the family business.
This is Netflix's second multi-cam sitcom after "Fuller House," the "Full House" sequel. "The Ranch" will also follow a slightly different streaming model than most other Netflix shows: It will release 20 episodes a year, in two batches. »
- Kelly Woo
Big budget space romance greenlit by Sony in a high-risk push into original film-making thanks to combined $32m wage demands of star duo – with lion’s share going to female star
Hollywood studio Sony looks set to move forward with a rare big budget original project after greenlighting the space romance Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The high-risk $150m project is moving into pre-production at a time when studios are increasingly reluctant to finance films which do not have a pre-existing fanbase, especially those of a science fiction bent. The past few months alone have seen the box office failure of Disney’s Tomorrowland and the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending, despite the presence of A-listers such as George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis on the cast lists.
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- Ben Child
Ashton Kutcher might not be Rumer Willis’ stepfather anymore, but he’s still a proud dad! The Two and a Half Men star praised ex-wife Demi Moore’s eldest daughter on Facebook after she penned an empowering essay about body confidence for Glamour magazine. “It’s amazing that you’re telling your story and speaking up for other woman,” Kutcher, who is dad to his own daughter, Wyatt, with Mila Kunis, wrote on Facebook on Monday, June 15, along with a link to her essay. Bruce Willis’ daughter, 26, revealed in her [...] »
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