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Very seldom do movies manage to unite critics in mutual abhorrence, but “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is doing just that. The sequel to the 2009 Kevin James comedy about a bumbling security guard is not just being blasted in reviews, it’s been decimated ahead of its opening weekend. The alleged comedy currently has a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That puts it on par with other “classics” like the 1999 Dennis Rodman action flick “Simon Sez,” and the Antonio Banderas/Lucy Liu clunker “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.” See Photos: 21 Movie Sequels That Took Forever to Hit the Big Screen Ouch. »
- Joe Otterson
DreamWorks Animation may have recently announced plans to scale back from the admittedly ambitious three-films-per-year business model, but that doesn’t negate the staying power of the studio’s beloved IP moving forward. As a matter of fact, the company today announced that it has reshuffled the release date for upcoming threequel Kung Fu Panda 3, meaning that Po’s latest adventure will hit cinema screens on January 29, 2016, as opposed to March 18.
Aside from How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda remains as one of DreamWorks’ most lucrative franchises, and considering that the previous two films have pulled in a staggering $1.3 billion between them, all eyes are on the third installment to deliver a sure-fire hit. And truth be told, the studio is in need of a financial boon, with Rise of the Guardians, Turbo and Mr. Peabody and Sherman failing to kickstart new franchises for the company in recent years. »
- Michael Briers
DreamWorks Animation has changed the Kung Fu Panda 3 released date from March 18, 2016 to January 29, 2016. This will put the animated sequel up against the drama The Finest Hours starring Chris Pine, the Ya film The 5th Wave, and an untitled horror film from New Line Cinema. It wouldn’t shock me if Kung Fu Panda 3 ended up winning the weekend since the first two movies have raked in $1.3 billion worldwide. People love animals that know karate. DreamWorks Animation also needs a hit. The company has been sliding over the past few years (people have finally caught on that their films are largely lazy and forgettable), and Kung Fu Panda is a solid franchise for the studio. Jack Black will return as the voice of Po in the film, and the rest of the voice cast includes Gary Oldman, Dustin Hoffman, David Cross, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Yeoh, Mads Mikkelsen, Danny McBride, »
- Matt Goldberg
Late last year, DreamWorks Animation decided to move the sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 from a late release this year, to a spring release in 2016. However, it sounds like the animation studio and their new distribution partner 20th Century Fox want to give it some more room to breathe away from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, because THR reports they've bumped it up a couple months to a release on January 29th, 2016. That's a terrible release month, but that means this movie should have no problem performing well at the box office, which is exactly what the struggling DreamWorks Animation needs now. We still don't know much about Kung Fu Panda 3, but Jack Black is slated to return as the title panda warrior Po, and new cast members include Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen and Rebel Wilson. We're also assuming that Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross »
- Ethan Anderton
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
The Blu-ray edition of Christopher Nolan's sprawling space pic is packed with featurettes about the making of "Interstellar," including a 50-minute special narrated by Matthew McConaughey about the scientific research behind the story.
Benedict Cumberbatch's star turn as Alan Turing doesn't quite elevate this pic above Oscar bait, but it's big and glossy and worth a look.
Reese Witherspoon stars in the big-screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Witherspoon was nominated for an Oscar for her performance, as was Laura Dern, who has an extra-special role as Cheryl's late mom.
TV Worth Watching
"The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber" (Monday on Comedy Central at 10 p.m. »
- Jenni Miller
The latest from Studio Ghibli and it's legendary co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), The Tale of The Princess Kaguya already delivered one breathtaking clip of it's beautiful hand drawn animation, and now we have another one which shows just how visually stunning this Oscar nominated animation is. Based on the classic Japanese folk tale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, and featuring the vocal talents of Chloe Grace Moretz and Lucy Liu, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya opens in U.k. cinemas tomorrow, Marhc 20th, and in Irish cinemas on March 27th. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
To celebrate the cinema release of Studio Ghibli’s Academy Award nominated new film, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya on 20th March, we are giving you the chance to win exclusive Studio Ghibli merchandise and DVDs!
From Oscar-winning animation house Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, The Wind Rises) and directed by Ghibli co-founder the legendary Isao Takahata (Grave of The Fireflies), comes the spellbinding and visionary tour de force The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. Nominated for an Academy Award (Best Animated Feature), this exquisitely drawn and spellbinding story is based on the classic folk tale ‘The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter’. Studiocanal are releasing both English language and Japanese versions, the dubbed release features an all-star cast with Darren Criss, Lucy Liu and Chloë Grace Moretz (as Princess Kaguya).
For your chance to win, just answer the question below:
Who voices Princess Kaguya in The Tale of Princess Kaguya? »
- Dan Bullock
Madonna opens up about her past relationship with Guy Ritchie - Us Weekly A Sex and the City star disses Jamie Dornan - Et 5 things to know about Chris Soules's fiancée, Whitney - Gossip Girl Kelly Osbourne talks about Fashion Police - HuffPost Celebrity Ashton Kutcher takes his adorable daughter for a hike - Ok! Lucy Liu reveals her intimate side project to the public - People Taylor Swift reportedly insures her legs for $40 million - Lainey Gossip This Australian hunk is your new Chris Hemsworth - BuzzFeed »
As an actress, Lucy Liu is accustomed to baring her soul before millions every week - but the Elementary star has been moonlighting on a passion project that even she considers incredibly "intimate," and she's also finally ready to reveal what's been going on behind the scenes for the last few years. On Wednesday, Liu unveils decades of her art - which she has been curating for more than two years - on lucyliu.net. The collection has inspirations as wide-ranging as 9/11 and modern-day slang, and Liu tells People, "Ultimately I think it is about sharing - it's about being in an experience. »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
Hitting screen on this side of the pond in just ten short days, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is the latest from the legendary Studio Ghibli, directed by its equally legendary co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies). Nominated for Best Animated Feature in this year's Oscars, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a retelling of the classic Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter with an all star voice cast, including Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, and Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role. As you can tell from the above clip, this hand drawn animation looks absolutely breathtaking, reminiscent of Japanese watercolours, and no doubt continues the proud Ghibli tradition of matching beautiful with a deep and meaningful story. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is released in the U.K. on March 20th, and Ireland on March 27th. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
To celebrate the cinema release of Studio Ghibl’s Academy Award nominated new film, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya on 20th March, we are giving you the chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to a back-to-back preview screening of Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Grave of the Fireflies! Both films were directed by Ghibli co-founder, the legendary Isao Takahata.
This celebration of all things Studio Ghibli will feature Japanese snacks for attendees, and additional prizes for those who bring along their most prized Ghibli possession or dress up as their favourite Ghibli character! This event will be taking place on the evening Monday 16th March starting at 6.15pm at a London West End location.
- Gary Collinson
With gorgeously expressive animation reminiscent of Japanese scrolls and an irrepressible heroine who is full of life and joy and humor, this is an ancient folktale fresh with immediacy and relevance. I’m “biast” (pro): generally love Studio Ghibli’s films
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I viewed the subtitled Japanese-language version of ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.’ The voice cast of the English-language-dubbed version includes Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, and Lucy Liu.
(My Ratings posts are a quick way for me to share my reaction to a film. This post will be updated if/when I ever write a review. Feel free to discuss the movie in depth in the comments section.)
See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya for its representation of girls and women.
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Tale Of Princess Kaguya was nominated for best animated feature! Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork featuring an all-star cast including Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Lucy Liu and more. The Blu-ray and DVD will be available February 17, but you can win a copy for Free. We Are Movie Geeks has two copies of the The Tale Of Princess Kaguya Blu-ray. Want one? All you have to do is answer this simple question and leave it in the comments section: What is your favorite movie from Studio Ghibli? (mine is definitely Spirited Away)
The Tale Of Princess Kaguya is a critically praised film that features the best of Japanese folklore and artful animation. Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork featuring an all-star cast including Chloë Grace Moretz, »
- Tom Stockman
I don't need to do anything on turntables: Jimmy, Taylor, Justin, Jim B, Dan A, form a superband Swift's confidence and command of this band is friggin a site to see. She killin it. #SNL40 #SNL40afterparty A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on Feb 15, 2015 at 10:44pm Pst Saturday Night Live's epic, three-and-a-half-hour-long 40th anniversary special ended at 11:30 p.m. Et on Sunday - but the party was only just beginning. After the telecast, pretty much all the stars you'd ever imagine - and way, way more - headed from 30 Rock to the Plaza hotel for »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
Last night, CBS delivered the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Elementary" episode 14 of season 3, and it offers up new looks at some very dramatic and intriguing stuff as Watson is very into the latest case as it involved her boyfriend getting poisoned. In fact, she's so into it that it has compelled her to want to come back ,fulltime, and more! The episode is titled, "The Female of the Species." In the new, 14th episode official storyline: An unexpected event is going to bring Watson into contact again with Elana March, who is the crime boss she put behind bars. Stoyline number 2: An unexpected event will bring Watson into contact again with Elana March, who is the crime boss she brought to justice. Also, with Watson distracted, Holmes is going to enlist Detective Bell to join him in a temporary partnership to solve a theft at a local zoo. »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, CBS served up the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Elementary" episode 14 of season 3, and the episode is entitled, "The Female of the Species," and it turns out that we're going to see some very dramatic and intriguing stuff when Watson gets put in a position that causes her to have to face off with one of her past, criminal enemies that she actually helped send to prison, and more! In the new, 14th episode press release: An unexpected event will bring Watson into contact again with Elana March, who is the crime boss she put behind bars. Press release number 2: An unexpected event is going to bring Watson into contact again with Elana March, who is the crime boss she brought to justice. Also, with Watson distracted, Holmes will enlist Detective Bell to join him in a temporary partnership to solve a theft at a local zoo. »
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013) Film Review, a movie directed by Isao Takahata, and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt, Hynden Walch, Dean Cain, Daniel Dae Kim, George Segal, John Cho, and Emily Bridges. With the [...]
Continue reading: Film Review: The Tale Of Princess Kaguya (2013): Beautiful, Engaging, & Underwhelming »
- Derek Sun
When it comes to diversity in Hollywood, it seems they’re playing by the “two steps forward, one step back” rule. Never is this lack of representation more prevalent than when Vanity Fair puts out the cover of their 'Hollywood Issue' each March. And sadly, 2015 is no exception. Photo Credit: Vanity Fair At first glance, you might think “Well, the Oscars are super white this year so obviously the cover would be too,” but look again. Oscar Isaac was granted a spot for his turn in “A Most Violent Year,” which received a grand total of zero nominations. So being on the Academy list was not necessarily a criteria. This cover is especially perplexing since last year Vanity Fair seemed to have grasped that we’re living in the 21st century with its most racially diverse 'Hollywood Issue' cover yet. A solid Half the actors in the picture were black. »
- Donna Dickens
“All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.”
Quentin Tarantino took Jean-Luc Godard’s quote to heart, populating his blood-splattered films with some of the most iconic female characters in the last twenty-five years. There’s almost always a female lead or, at the very least, a villain.
Case in point: Kill Bill. Nearly all the leads – with the exception of the aforementioned Bill – are ladies, and they’re all very, very, very deadly. Luckily, Kill Bill: Vols. 1 & 2 play select Cineplex theatres on Tuesday, February 3, and Wednesday, February 4, as part of this year’s Great Digital Film Festival.
Who is Tarantino’s greatest female character?
Amanda Plummer’s Honey Bunny is a »
- Sasha James
Despite its title, “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast” cares little for the iconic fairy who was introduced in J.M. Barrie’s classic “Peter Pan,” and who has since spawned her own Disney movie-and-merchandising franchise, of which this is the sixth full-length feature. Relegating Tinker Bell to peripheral supporting status, Steve Loter’s animated saga instead focuses its attention on one of her many fairy friends, Fawn (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), a plucky sprite who learns, through her adventure with a mystical creature known as the Neverbeast, that it’s equally important to follow your heart as well as your head. A colorful and cheery fantasy that duplicates its series predecessors’ cutesy humor and feel-good message making, it’s apt to garner moderate interest from very young fans both during its limited-engagement theatrical run and subsequent homevideo release, though anyone over the age of 7 will likely find it too immature by half. »
- Nick Schager
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