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The writer and director’s new film is a bittersweet comedy of breakups, threesomes and deadpan hipsters. Just how autobiographical is it?
One of my favourite scenes in Appropriate Behaviour – Desiree Akhavan’s terrific debut film that she directed, wrote and stars in – comes very early in the film. The protagonist Shirin (Akhavan) meets up with Ken (30 Rock’s Scott Adsit), a stoner Brooklynite, in a trendy cafe, in the hope he’ll give her a job. His eyes light up greedily when she mentions that her name is Iranian.
“Iranian! Wow! What do you think of that whole situation?” he coos.
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- Hadley Freeman
Scott Adsit has spent over a decade playing and voicing different supporting characters in dozens of television shows and movies. All his hard work is paying off thanks to the landmark role the actor took on for Disney’s incredibly popular Big Hero 6. He voices Baymax, the loveable inflatable robot, who lead character Hiro teams up with to fight evil in San Fransokyo.
I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Adsit about what will no doubt be a career-defining role. Big Hero 6 has the potential to become a monstrous franchise that could go on for years to come. His character of Baymax will obviously be a central figure in any sequels Disney would make.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Disney’s animated version of Marvel’s Big Hero 6 comes home to thrill families. You can now own the movie which rightfully won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. A successful blend of relatable characters, life lessons, and plenty of hilarity and frantic excitement make for an enduring movie which will have you going back for repeated viewings.
In Big Hero 6, Robotics prodigy Hiro (Ryan Potter) lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro's closest companion is Baymax (Scott Adsit), a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends, Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller) into a band of high-tech heroes.
Imagine the Avengers if »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Beyond the Lights (drama; Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver; rated PG-13) Big Hero 6 (Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature; voices: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter; also available in 3D; rated PG) Horrible Bosses 2 (comedy sequel; Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Pine, Jennifer Aniston; rated R) Whiplash (music drama; Miles Teller, Oscar winner J.K. Simmons; rated R) Serena (drama; Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Baymax may not be fast, but he's definitely beloved by the Academy! Disney's Big Hero 6 beat out DreamWork's How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Boxtrolls to take home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, making it the fourth Oscar win for Disney since the start of that category in 2002. Big Hero 6, starring the voices of Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, T. J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Maya Rudolph, follows the adventures of young robotic genius Hiro and his "personal healthcare companion," Baymax, aka the best superhero sidekick ever. Director Chris Williams took the stage with his Big Hero 6 colleagues Roy Conli and Don Hall to thank the cast and team, and he ended his »
Check out these cool promotional posters for Big Hero 6!
In anticipation of the release of Disney's Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray February 24, Disney has released this series of poster images featuring characters from the film. The posters, which have a strong Asian influence, features characters Baymax, Hiro, Wasabi, Fred, Honey Lemon, and Go Go Tomago. They can all be seen below.
Big Hero 6 tells the story of Hiro, a young boy genius living in San Fransokyo, California. When an evil villain threatens the city, Hiro and the medical assistant robot Baymax team up with some unlikely heroes in order to save the city. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel comic and features the voices of Scott Adsit and Ryan Potter.
Big Hero 6 is now available to order on Blu-ray from Amazon by clicking right here.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
By Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson
This year there are 30 nominees in the animated category, between the Short and Features. “Don’t we love these people who bring us the magic?,” said Academy Governor Bill Kroyer as The Academy celebrated the Feature Animated films on Thursday.
The Academy presented their seventh annual event celebrating the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film.
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, who won last year’s Animated Feature Film Oscar for Frozen, moderated the discussion with all the nominated filmmakers from Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya. This year’s nominated films come from around the world and encompass traditional animation, computer animation and stop-motion, and the evening also featured clips from each film.
Prior to the panel discussion, a few of the nominees spoke with Wamg.
- Movie Geeks
A decade in rehab has failed to tame abrasive former supermodel Salem Rogers (Leslie Bibb, About a Boy), Model of the Year 1998. Now that she’s been let loose on the world, hard-partying Salem is intent on recreating her former success and glamorous lifestyle in a new world she barely recognizes. She tracks down her browbeaten former assistant (SNL alum Rachel Dratch), who’s since built a career as an author of self-help books, and stops at nothing to enlist her in her plans to return to the spotlight — whatever it takes.
Discovered through Amazon Studios’ open submission website, Salem Rogers was created by newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) and executive produced by Will Graham (The Onion News Network). In addition to Bibb and Dratch, the half-hour comedy stars Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Brad Morris (Playing House), Harry Hamlin (Mad Men), Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors »
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.
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This might not be the best of Nicholas Sparks's oeuvre of weepy romantic dramas, but at least it's not the most insane! (That honor probably goes to "Safe Haven," for the record.) In any case, this story about true love lost and found stars Cyclops from "X-Men" and Michelle Monaghan. If you love Nicholas Sparks, you love him, and nothing anyone else says will change that. Which is sort of admirable, really. Extend your love Sparks with this exclusive featurette.
- Jenni Miller
Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adist
Running Time: 102 minutes
Synopsis: The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
Kids’ films are curiously difficult to get right. The best examples take their audience seriously, and often offer rounded appeal – meaning parents can enjoy the experience too. Take, for instance, The Lego Movie: fun for all the family, exploring deeper themes while providing plenty of laughs and a supremely enjoyable ride. Sadly, Big Hero 6 isn’t particularly fun even for the kids.
Meshing a predictable underlying narrative with a handful of ridiculous plot twists and set pieces, Disney’s latest Marvel adap ultimately ends up feeling patronising, even toward its youngest demographics. It’s set in the fictional city of San Fransokyo (which »
- Chris Wharfe
Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams; Screenwriters: Jordan Roberts, Dan Gerson, Robert L Baird; Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Tj Miller, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr; Running time: 108 mins; Certificate: PG
Disney mines the Marvel Comics back catalogue for its latest animation Big Hero 6, a delightfully entertaining East/West genre blend that's a neat addition to the ever-expanding superhero genre. Think of it as an Avengers aimed at tweens.
The story takes place in the fictional future city of San Fransokyo where Hiro (Ryan Potter), a 14-year-old tech whizz, and his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) live with their Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph). Hiro is directionless and constantly running into trouble, but through his older brother he begins to develop his interest in robotics.
Baymax, a rotund vinyl-clad healthcare android, is Tadashi's prize invention. Able to scan a patient for illness and injury and treat them, he comically waddles »
Joyous and exhilarating. A fresh and funny animated adventure that subverts genre clichés at every turn. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Superhero origin stories are ubiquitous in our comic-book-happy pop culture, but none of them has been as sheerly, simply delightful as Big Hero 6… maybe because it barely feels like an origin story at all. Oh, all the familiar elements are here, in this gorgeously animated Disney flick: a young genius tormented by grief; high-tech gadgets; a complex villain; funny sidekicks. But the movie is so utterly unself-conscious that even the moments of self-referential humor — the kind that are inevitable when one of the superteam is a big ol’ geek who has been actively trying to reinvent himself as a comic-book character — play like something we’ve never seen before. (You’d probably »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Big Hero 6, 2015.
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
With Pixars’ John Lasseter and Edwin Catmull involved, you know they’ve probably done well, and in Big Hero 6, there is very little disappointment. This is the next film to surface after the “redemption quadtrilogy” of The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Wreck It Ralph (a personal favourite), and the musically unending smash hit Frozen. Since bringing these guys in, Disney have totally turned it around, with some saying that Pixar has actually taken a little hit in creativity since Catmull and Lasseter assumed control of both studios. »
- Irwan Lowe
★★★☆☆ Comic book adaptations are fast becoming a staple element in the diet of blockbuster cinemagoers and, despite already owning Marvel, Disney have now decided to get in on the action themselves. Their first foray into the superhero universe comes in the eminently cuddly form of the inflatable robot Baymax (Scott Adsit), whose Kuleshov care warms the heart of Big Hero 6 (2014). He's a roly-poly nanny, designed to soothe aches both physical and emotional in the futuristic synthesis of East and West that is the city of San Fransokyo. Envisioned as the ultimate carer, he provides a loveable axel around which the colourful animation and madcap fun can revolve.
- CineVue UK
Appropriate Behavior (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Desiree Akhavan, and starring Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Scott Adsit, Halley Feiffer, Anh Duong, Hooman Majd, Arian Moayed, Aimee Mullins, Christopher James Baker, Robyn Rikoon, and Gracie Beardsley. Already a victim to the typically myopic Hollywood group-think in which every film [...]
Continue reading: Film Review: Appropriate Behavior (2014): Akhavan’s Film Bristles With Potential »
- Victor Stiff
Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph, Abraham Benrubi | Written by Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird | Directed by Don Hall, Chris Williams
Cursory Wikipedia research suggests that Disney’s latest animated feature bears little resemblance to the Marvel property on which it is based. Which is fine; feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there’s exactly a horde of Big Hero 6 fans to outrage. Disney’s film is certainly a lot more cutesy than the source material. At no point does Baymax, the movie’s inflatable, medical robot, transform into a ‘battle dragon’. Rather, he is the creation of Tadashi Hamada, a university student who tragically dies in a fire shortly before successfully inspiring his younger brother, Hiro, to make more of his outrageous »
- Jack Kirby
She’s overeducated, underemployed, badly sexed — you might think you’ve heard 20-something Shirin’s story before, but you haven’t. Written and directed by and starring newcomer Desiree Akhavan, “Appropriate Behavior” borrows the flashback structure, New York hipness, and bittersweet wistfulness of “Annie Hall,” but in service of a startlingly new love story that’s sexy and searching, queer and contemporary.
Caught between her well-heeled Iranian-American parents’ expectations and her self-serious ex-girlfriend’s Lgbt activist dogma, Shirin’s pursuit of her true self isn’t just a story we’ve rarely, if ever, seen on film; it’s the »
- Inkoo Kang
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
Disney and Marvel's animated collaboration, Big Hero 6, delgithed critics and audiences alike when it released last year, and now fans will get the chance to bring it home on blu-ray in February. Come inside to check out all the details on special features for the upcoming release.
I loved Big Hero 6 and so did my kid (and 2 soon-to-be stepchildren), it was just an amazing movie. I can't wait to watch it again, and I'll get my chance along with everyone else when it hits blu-ray on February 24th, but if you can't wait that long, it'll be digitally available on February 3rd. Check out the press release below for all the bonus features coming with it:
From Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Frozen,” “Wreck-It Ralph”), Disney's “Big Hero 6” introduces you to a lovable robot who will change your world. Join Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit) and Hiro Hamada »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
From Walt Disney Animation Studios (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph), Disney's Big Hero 6 introduces you to a lovable robot who will change your world. Join Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit) and Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter) in a comic adventure that will make your heart soar as they learn about teamwork and becoming more than you thought you could be. Disney will release Big Hero 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (Dma) formats starting February 3, with the Blu-ray and DVD arriving a few weeks later on February 24.
With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, »
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