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18 items from 2016


Watch an exclusive behind the scenes clip from ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’

25 July 2016 1:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Released on UK DVD, Blu-ray from August 1st and on Digital Download now, is the sequel to one of the most successful original comedies of all time. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2Nia Vardalos and John Corbett lead the cast of the film, and we have an exclusive, behind the scenes clip featuring the lovable and funny Portokalos family to share ahead of the film’s release.

Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett, “Parenthood”) have raised their daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris, Men, Women, and Children) in the bosom of her extended Greek family. But the now 17-year-old is eager to set out on her own. When an unexpected wedding threatens to disrupt the clan’s delicate balance, it can either bring them all together or put them all at odds in a heartwarming family comedy as sweet as a slice of baklava.

The entire original ensemble reprises their iconic roles, »

- Paul Heath

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Movie Review

31 March 2016 10:32 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Universal Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya, d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: C- Director:  Kirk Jones Written by: Nia Vardalos Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin Screened at: AMC Empire, NYC, 3/21/16 Opens: March 25, 2016 This movie is so sit-comish like that I wondered why the background music is Greek rather than the usual elevator scores that we hear on equally banal comedies like “Two Broke Girls.”  A major segment, particularly in the first hour, is so embarrassing that I felt like crawling under my seat, with “humor” so ethnic that I felt like watching thirty hours  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Interviews: Flashback to Nia Vardalos, Lainie Kazan of ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’

25 March 2016 3:47 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The second biggest release of the 2016 Easter Weekend is “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” The sequel to the 2002 mega-hit, the film rolls out the same weekend as a certain “Bats v Supes,” but is a bit quieter – and more Greek – than its weekend neighbors. In anticipation of the new “Wedding,” HollywoodChicago.com reruns a couple interviews from featured stars Nia Vardalos and Lainie Kazan.

Nia Vardalos, Actress & Screenwriter, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

The Nia Vardalos story began with the first “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002). She was doing a one woman show version of the story, when Rita Wilson – wife of Tom Hanks, and a Greek actress herself – came backstage and told Vardalos that it would make a great film. With that, Vardalos gave Wilson the already completed screenplay, and the rest is film history. Since then, Nia Vardalos has written and starred in several films, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Meet My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2's New Star! Elena Kampouris Dishes on Feeling 'at Home' Joining the Portokalos Family

25 March 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Elena Kampouris landed a role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, her family couldn't have been happier. "Literally, I could've won like the Nobel Peace Prize and it would've meant nothing," the New York-born actress of a Greek father and French-American mother tells People. "Nothing I'm going to do in my life now is going to top this, unless I carry the Greek torch in the Olympics." In the sequel to the 2002 comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Kampouris, 18, plays Paris, the rebellious daughter of Toula Portokalos-Miller (Nia Vardalos) and Ian Miller (John Corbett). The movie finds Toula »

- Chancellor Agard and Michael Miller

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Meet My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2's New Star! Elena Kampouris Dishes on Feeling 'at Home' Joining the Portokalos Family

25 March 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Elena Kampouris landed a role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, her family couldn't have been happier. "Literally, I could've won like the Nobel Peace Prize and it would've meant nothing," the New York-born actress of a Greek father and French-American mother tells People. "Nothing I'm going to do in my life now is going to top this, unless I carry the Greek torch in the Olympics." In the sequel to the 2002 comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Kampouris, 18, plays Paris, the rebellious daughter of Toula Portokalos-Miller (Nia Vardalos) and Ian Miller (John Corbett). The movie finds Toula »

- Chancellor Agard and Michael Miller

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Review

24 March 2016 10:52 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Okay film fans, are you all set for the big sequel storming the multiplex this weekend. No, not that one, the one with the caped combatants. Instead of spandex think….Windex. This is the follow-up that most movie-goers of a…ahem…certain age have been clamoring for since the original shocked and stunned Hollywood fourteen (gasp!) years ago. That’s because this lil’ flick with no big marquee stars, which cost a paltry five million, went on to gross just under a quarter of a billion bucks. So what took em’ so long, you may ask. Well, there was a TV show in 2003 that CBS canned after just seven episodes. Tis’ a distant memory, one that will be erased when the whole gang is back for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. So pass the ouzo! Opa!

Once again, good ole’ Gus Portokalos (Michael Constantine) is driving off to open »

- Jim Batts

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 review

24 March 2016 7:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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It took a long time for a sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding to arrive. Sadly, it was not worth the wait...

Few things are as disappointingly inevitable than a sub-par sequel for a hit comedy of the past. As we know very well, everything gets a sequel these days, so it makes sense for Hollywood to turn its attention to surprise hits from over a decade ago, but some big successes were so for a reason – the perfect coalescence of time and story – and some might say it's a fool's errand to attempt to recreate them.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding was not one of those films. It was a hit precisely because its seemingly specific subject matter transcended cultures and time periods. It was about families welcoming in outsiders, and formerly repressed individuals defining their identity. Those things are still relevant today, yet one »

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[Review] My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

23 March 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There’s one point late in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 that stands out — nay, is almost stunning — for actually being underplayed. Ian (John Corbett), in the middle of a utilitarian exchange of pleasantries with his ultra-reserved Wasp father (Bruce Gray), tentatively reaches for a deeper connection, offering to be available to “just talk or whatever” if he ever wants to. It’s left unsaid but obvious that spending so much time around the extraordinarily close family of his wife, Toula (Nia Vardalos), has made Ian long, at least a little bit, for that kind of casual intimacy with his own relatives. It’s a nice little exchange that speaks better for this film’s affectionate vision of Greek family life than most of its boisterous comedy scenes.

The weird thing is that, though written by the Greek-descended Vardalos, most of the aspects of Greek identity on display in »

- Daniel Schindel

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Nia Vardalos and her big fat Greek family wreak more havoc in 6 new clips from My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

23 March 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

There is another big, fat, Greek wedding upon us.

It's been nearly fifteen years since My Big Fat Greek Wedding proved to be the little comedy that could, when the indie film written by and starring Canadian Nia Vardalos became the most profitable film ever made, making over sixty-one times its budget (this record is now claimed by the first Paranormal Activity). We've been anticipating the sequel ever since.

This time around, Toula (Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) have a teenager daughter, who is similarly annoyed by her overbearing Greek family. To add to the mix, it turns out that the marriage license for Toula's parents was never signed by the priest, which is why they now have to throw another big, fat, Greek wedding.

The entire cast returns for the occasion, including Michael ConstantineLainie KazanJoey Fatone, and Canadian comedy legend Andrea Martin. »

- Adriana Floridia

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Review

23 March 2016 10:46 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Like an uninvited relative who barges in unannounced, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is back for a second helping of helicopter parenting, familial bonding and Mana-Yiayia’s legendary Spanakopita. You all asked for this decade-plus reboot to happen, right? I must have missed the “Bring Back Toula” petitions, because without a ravenous fanbase, a fourteen-year-old romantic sequel seems like a risky play – even by today’s Hollywood standards. And, as feared, Kirk Jones’ Hallmark-y, meant-for-Netflix continuation struggles to justify its existence beyond a criminally underused John Stamos cameo.

It’s not the worst date-night experience, it’s just disappointingly far from the best. Insufferably tolerable, if you will. Yes, those are two words that nullify each other’s existence, defining the blandest, most forgettable cinematic purgatory imaginable.

Sounds about right.

Nia Vardalos returns as writer and star, Toula, along with her non-Greek, but now more accepted husband, Ian (John Corbett). Their daughter, »

- Matt Donato

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 movie review: prearranged marriage

22 March 2016 1:34 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

There is genuine if exasperated warmth here, but it is far less satisfyingly bound up into a cohesive story in this halfhearted retread of the original film. I’m “biast” (pro): liked the first film

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I recently rewatched the original My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which I enjoyed back in the day but had not seen since it was new in 2002. And it holds up well: it’s not perfect, and it’s a bit too heavy on the ethnic humor and sitcom schtick, but at its core there is a sweet story about a young woman coming out of her shell and finding herself in a way that her loving but overbearing family hadn’t allowed her to do before. That’s not the sort of story we often see in mainstream Hollywood films, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Film Review: ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’

21 March 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Making a sequel to one of the biggest sleeper hits of all time is a tall order, and scribe-star Nia Vardalos let 14 years pass before revisiting her breakout success with “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” Whether or not audiences feel like it was worth the wait will depend heavily on how much they’re up for a family reunion: Literally the entire major cast returns in this simultaneously overstuffed and undernourished follow-up. Every bit as sitcom-ish and saccharine as its predecessor, but considerably less distinctive, “Wedding” redux will unquestionably fall short of the original’s massive $241 million domestic gross. But the curiosity of a presumably still-loyal fan base should at least allow for a respectable honeymoon period opposite “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” before this Universal release settles into its natural habitat as cable-tv filler.

Critics didn’t exactly flip for Vardalos’ feature length ethnic joke-cum-romantic comedy when it first opened, »

- Geoff Berkshire

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ With Nia Vardalos

19 March 2016 7:14 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the comedy sequel “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” starring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” which opens on March 25, 2016 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Michael Constantine, Joey Fatone, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Gia Carides and Elena Kampouris from director Kirk Jones and writer Nia Vardalos.

To win your free passes to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Preferably, use your computer to enter rather than your smartphone. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’s’ Nia Vardalos: ‘Women Have to Write for Each Other’

17 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Writer-actress Nia Vardalos charmed audiences in 2002 with surprise hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” and now she’s back with older and wiser life lessons in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” due out from Universal on March 25. In the new film, she tackles issues concerning her large and eccentric Greek family that also touch her fans: mothering a teenager, finding time for one’s spouse, and dealing with aging parents.

You are tuned into what your fans are dealing with now, 14 years later.

Women are so many things. We’re sisters, mothers, wives. There are so many things we encompass. I wanted to write a movie for us too.

There are a lot of strong women in the film.

The dearth of female roles is disgusting. Instead of whining about it, I wrote the female roles with a lot of strength and depth — and knowing that Andrea Martin and »

- Carole Horst

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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ Premiere Brings the Whole Family Back Together

16 March 2016 7:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nearly 14 years after the original surprised the box office in 2002, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” premiered Tuesday evening in New York at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square — and the extended Portokalos-Miller family buzzed with anticipation to watch, laugh and celebrate.

Before the screening, cast members and creators arrived for the premiere, among them Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who are producers on the original and the sequel. But this time around, Wilson also has an acting credit (we meet her at church with her husband, played by John Stamos), and she performs a song in the closing credits called “Even More Mine,” which she co-wrote with Nathan Chapman and Darrell Brown.

As veteran romantic comedy actors, Hanks and Wilson shared their thoughts on the genre. “I don’t think [rom-coms] work unless they accurately reflect behavior that people recognize,” Hanks said, adding that “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” juxtaposes humor with relatable challenges, »

- Seth Kelley

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Aunt Voula Takes Charge in This Exclusive 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2' Clip

9 March 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The Portokalos family is back, bigger and Greeker than ever, in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2," due in theaters later this month. And as we see in this new clip, premiering today on Moviefone, not too much has changed with Toula's (Nia Vardalos) flamboyant relatives.

The sequel to 2002's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" picks up about 18 years after the original, with the shocking revelation that Toula's parents, Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan), are not actually legally married. Naturally, this necessitates another big blowout celebration, and Toula decides to throw her parents a lavish wedding -- except that her plans are immediately hijacked by her headstrong Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin).

As Toula and her husband Ian (John Corbett) ask the family for help, Voula quickly steps in as Wedding-Planner-In-Chief, dismissively telling Toula, "It's best." Expect these two strong-willed women to continue to butt heads throughout the rest of the flick. »

- Katie Roberts

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 gets four new character posters

1 March 2016 3:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The U.S. record holder for the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, is getting a sequel later this month, and in anticipation of the film’s release, four new character poster for the film have been unveiled.

See Also: Watch the trailer for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Featured on the posters are such returning characters as Nia Vardalos’s Toula, John Corbett’s Ian and Andrea Martin’s Aunt Voula; Elena Kampouris, a newcomer to the series, is also shown on one of the posters as Paris, the daughter of Toula and Ian. See all of the one-sheets here…

 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is the only major release brave enough to go against the mega-blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25th. Opening a lower budget comedy against a massive film worked surprisingly well for Universal when »

- Justin Cook

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‘Pray For Death’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

7 February 2016 8:56 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Shô Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kei Benz, Norman Burton, Kane Kosugi, Shane Kosugi, Matthew Faison, Parley Baer, Robert Ito, Michael Constantine, Alan Amiel, Woody Watson | Written by James Booth | Directed by Gordon Hessler

Pray For Death was the second film – outside of the Ninja Trilogy – to feature Sho Kosugi in a lead role and is easily one of, if not the, best film Kosugi has ever made. The film sees Shô Kosugi star as Akira, a Japanese businessman who, jaded by his job and looking for a better life for his family, moves to America. He opens a restaurant with his wife and kids but his world is shattered when he stumbles upon the headquarters of a sinister gang, led by crime lord Limehouse Willie. Wrongfully accused of stealing a precious necklace, the gangsters begin a rampage of murder that takes the life of Akira’s wife and threatens »

- Phil Wheat

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