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10 Comics to Watch: Pete Davidson Hits Fast Track With Nick Cannon

22 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Still not old enough to buy beer, Pete Davidson delivered his first routine at age 16 after hours of watching other comics on stage.

“I only had like one friend in high school, so I wasn’t invited to the parties on the weekends. So instead of going to parties, I just went to comedy clubs,” says the Staten Island native, who found himself experimenting with his own material at open mic nights, learning as he went.

Davidson’s big break came after landing appearances on MTV’s “Guy Code” and Nick Cannon-fronted “Wild ’N Out,” which gave him a chance to try sketch work as well.

See Also: Gallery: Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch

“I owe a lot to Nick Cannon, who took me on the road with him when I was 17. I learned a lot about the business of standup, TV and film from him. He’s been a positive influence even now. »

- Shelli Weinstein

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'Apes' Kill 'The Purge' At Slow Weekend Box Office

20 July 2014 3:43 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

All challengers fell under the mighty force of Andy Serkis in motion capture pajamas.

It was a battle of sequels this weekend, with returning champion Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes throwing down against The Purge: Anarchy. However, despite a commendably strong showing from The Purge, it still couldn't take down the mighty force of Andy Serkis's ape army.

While horror fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Purge: Anarchy – the film that capitalizes on the brilliant premise that all crime is legal for one night of the year, which was established in the first film and then immediately squandered on a mediocre home invasion plot – watching psychos murder each other in the streets of La didn't carry as much water as watching psycho primates murder humans all across the country.

Watch: How 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Made the Ape Come To Life

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Dane Cook, Planes Fire & Rescue Interview

19 July 2014 10:42 AM, PDT | | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Dane Cook reprises the role of Dusty Crophopper, voicing the crop duster turned world-famous air racer in Bobs Gannaway’s “Planes: Fire and Rescue” based on a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard. When Dusty returns home to his friends in Propwash Junction after a victorious racing season, a fateful training run sets him on an unexpected course […]

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- Sheila Roberts

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Julie Bowen, Planes Fire & Rescue Interview

19 July 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Julie Bowen lends her impressive vocal talents to Disney’s new animated adventure-comedy, “Planes: Fire & Rescue” voicing the character of Dipper, the hopelessly romantic air tanker who’s part of the elite aerial firefighting team at Piston Peak. As an avid air-racing fan, Dipper has a major crush on the world-famous Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) and […]

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- Sheila Roberts

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Director Bobs Gannaway and Producer Ferrell Barron Talk Planes: Fire And Rescue, Creating Fire, Future Plans for the Franchise, and More

19 July 2014 7:16 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

When world-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) is sidelined by a career-ending injury, he finds himself searching for his next chapter in life in Disney’s Planes:  Fire & Rescue.  Directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard and produced by Ferrell Barron, the animated adventure-comedy centers on a crew of elite firefighting aircraft whose mission is to protect historic Piston Peak National Park.  The family friendly film about second chances features thrilling firefighting action scenes and an impressive voice cast that includes Curtis Armstrong, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi. At the film’s recent press day, Gannaway and Barron talked about how they wanted to elevate the storytelling from the first film and tell a deeper story with the main character, the extensive research they did to ensure the authenticity of the story and to portray aerial firefighting accurately, »

- Sheila Roberts

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Planes : Fire & Rescue – The Review

18 July 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Wow, talk about your quick sequel turn-around. This weekend sees two follow-ups to surprise box office hits from 2013. For thriller fans there’s The Purge: Anarchy (check out Mike Haffner’s review!) and for the kiddies it’s the return of that low flyer, Dusty Crophopper in Planes: Fire & Rescue. And once again, the ads tell us it’s set in the world of Cars (as with last year’s flick, this is not from the Pixar gang, it’s officially from DisneyToon Studios with much of the work produced by Prana Studios of India). It’s clear from this new film that the makers will not need to piggyback on the earlier Pixar hit again. With this one, Dusty and his pals can stake a claim on their own series, because like the new Apes film still in theatres, this is a much improved, superior sequel.

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- Jim Batts

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Julie Bowen Talks Planes: Fire & Rescue, Getting Involved with the Sequel, Working inside the Recording Booth, and Her Most Bizarre Fan Encounter

18 July 2014 10:26 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Julie Bowen gives voice to Dipper, the friendly, spirited air tanker in Disney’s new animated adventure-comedy, Planes:  Fire & Rescue, directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard.  Dipper is a full-figured gal skilled at skimming lakes, scooping up thousands of gallons of water and dousing angry fires.  She’s also an avid air-racing fan with a major crush on the world-famous Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook).  When she learns he’s joining the fire and rescue squad at Piston Peak, she’s head-over-wheels with excitement.  Opening July 18th, the film also features the voices of Curtis Armstrong, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi. At a recent roundtable interview, Bowen spoke about her character, when she first became involved, how she’s gotten huge cool points from her kids for being in the movie, why she didn’t practice the voice around the house, »

- Sheila Roberts

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‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Review

18 July 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

In the Planes sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue, we catch up with crop duster-turned global racing champion plane Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook), who’s now one of the more famous (if not the most famous) aeronautical racers in the world. However, all that high-velocity action has taken its toll on Dusty’s gears – and when it turns out that his damaged gearbox is a model that has long been out of production, Dusty finds himself facing the possibility that he may never race again.

A new career opportunity for Dusty presents itself when it turns out that, in order to pass safety regulation standards, Propwash Junction Airport is in need of a second firefighting vehicle, to assist the elderly fire and rescue truck Mayday (Hal Holbrook). First, though, Dusty needs ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Dane Cook Facts: 21 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Comic

18 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Dane Cook is one of the most financially successful comics of all time -- he's also one of the most controversial.

Cook exploded onto the national scene with two certified platinum comedy albums and historic sold-out shows, though many people questioned the origin of several of his jokes. But whether you believe he's "stolen" material from other comics (like Louis C.K.) or not, there's little denying his talent and presence as a performer. With starring roles in "Good Luck Chuck"(2007) and "Dan In Real Life" (2007), Cook is no stranger to the silver screen. This summer, the comic/actor returns as the voice of Dusty Crophopper in "Planes: Fire & Rescue."

From his superhero audition to his embezzling brother, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Dane Cook.

1. Dane Cook was born March 18, 1972 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Donna Jean Ford and George F. Cook.

2. Cook's family was Roman Catholic.

3. He »

- Jonny Black

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Planes: Fire & Rescue Review

17 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

2013’s Planes was the underdog story of a little film no one wanted, one that was destined for a direct-to-dvd release, but, against all odds, found its way to theatres. The merchandising windfall ensured by a whole new class of vehicle in the Cars universe was no doubt reason enough for Disney to release a half-assed, miscast, and poorly animated spin-off to the big screen, but a timely launch window allowed Planes to make back its (relatively) inexpensive budget fourfold. Going up against another round of weak weekend competition less than a year later, Planes: Fire & Rescue further pushes the envelope for what the House of Mouse deems “theatre-worthy.” To damn with faint praise, there’s no denying that Fire & Rescue is, at the very least, a marginal improvement over its execrable predecessor.

The first Planes having so dogmatically delivered every beat of its “local plane makes good” story »

- Sam Woolf

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Dane Cook Talks Planes: Fire & Rescue, Reprising His Role, Being Part of the Disney Family, Telling a Deeper Story, and the Theme of Second Chances

17 July 2014 6:06 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Dane Cook returns as the voice of Dusty Crophopper, the crop duster turned world-famous air racer, in Planes:  Fire and Rescue.  After a successful racing season, Dusty comes home to his friends in Propwash Junction, but life takes an unexpected turn when a fateful training run leads to a new career with the elite Aerial Fire Fighters at Piston Peak Air Attack Base.  Opening July 18th, the animated adventure-comedy directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard also features the voices of Curtis Armstrong, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi. At the film’s recent press day, Cook talked about reprising the role, what it means to be a part of the Disney family, how he wanted to tell a deeper story with Dusty this time around, why the theme of second chances resonated with him, the parallels in »

- Sheila Roberts

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Planes: Fire and Rescue Review Roundup: Critics Say Kids Will Love It

17 July 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Get ready for more adventures in aviation! Disney's Planes: Fire and Rescue—the follow-up to last summer's box office hit Planes—picks up right where the original left off. This time around, celebrity air racer Dusty Crophopper hopes to become an aerial firefighter! Dane Cook returns to voice the lead character in the second installment, with Ed Harris, Teri Hatcher, Brad Garrett and Modern Family's Julie Bowen also lending their voices to the sequel. Although the PG-rated animated release is not catered to adults, critics are unanimous that children will love this latest installment! The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy writes that the Disney sequel is »

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Weekend Movies & TV: 'Sex Tape,' 'Planes: Fire & Rescue,' 'Hell on Wheels,' & More (Video)

17 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend, Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel heat up the screen in the raunchy comedy "Sex Tape," Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) takes flight once again in "Planes: Fire & Rescue," Season 3 of "Hell on Wheels" hits Netflix on Saturday, in time for its Season 4 premiere August 2, and women have stopped bearing children in the dystopian drama series "The Lottery," premiering this Sunday on Lifetime.

Also in theaters this weekend: "The Purge: Anarchy" follows a couple, a mother and daughter, and a vengeful father as they all try to survive the lawless night in this sequel to last year's "The Purge." "Wish I Was Here" stars Zach Braff as a 35-year-old man at a major crossroad, forcing him to reexamine all aspects of his life -- particularly his family. Braff also wrote and directed this Kickstarter-funded project. "I Origins" stars Michael Pitt as a molecular biologist who uncovers startling scientific evidence »

- Jonny Black

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Best of Late Night TV: Whoopi Goldberg's Lip Flip and Emma Stone's Random Colin Firth Feud (Video)

17 July 2014 1:17 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Didn't stay up to watch Wednesday's late night talk shows? Moviefone's got you covered. Here's some of what you might have missed:

Jimmy Fallon busted out his funny-yet-creepy Lip Flip routine again with "Tonight Show" guest and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" star Whoopi Goldberg, where the pair swapped mouths and interviewed each other posing as the other (including some hilarious attempts at various accents for both parties). The clip culminated in a rendition of the Aretha Franklin and George Michael duet "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," complete with a semi-horrifying split screen shot of the two digitally altered comedians.

"Frozen" star Josh Gad also stopped by "The Tonight Show" to promote his new movie, the Zach Braff-directed "Wish I Was Here," but the animated Disney hit dominated the conversation. Gad told Fallon that his 3-year-old daughter doesn't care about his character, talking snowman Olaf, but thinks he »

- Katie Roberts

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‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’ – poor characters, lackluster voice-acting, flimsy story, and overall cheap feel

16 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Planes: Fire and Rescue

Written by Jeffrey M. Howard

Directed by Roberts Gannaway

USA, 2014

There’s a moment in Planes: Fire and Rescue where one of the sentient vehicles is prompted to “drop the needle.” The request is followed by a series of quick cuts: a small anthropomorphic forklift pulls out a record from its sleeve, slams in onto a turntable,  and lowers the tonearm. Then, the unmistakable infinite-hammer-on riff to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” appears on the soundtrack, accompanying a getting-ready-to-slay-a-fire montage sequence. “Wait a second,” one might ask, “LPs exist in this universe? Hold on, AC/DC exist in this universe? Are they planes? Or cars? But if they’re cars, how in the hell did Angus Young, or whatever his weird car pun name is, play that awesome riff that clearly necessitates some kind of phalanx? Wait, maybe AC/DC did exist in some distant »

- Derek Godin

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‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Premiere Pays ‘Loving Tribute’ to Firefighters, Says Dane Cook

16 July 2014 6:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” touched down on Hollywood Boulevard outside the El Capitan Theatre on July 15 for the animated film’s premiere, with Dane Cook returning to voice high-flying Dusty, the crop duster.

“It’s a loving tribute to firefighters and the men and women who do this day in and day out,” Cook said before joining the rest of the film’s cast, which includes “Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Fred Willard, Erik Estrada, Stacy Keach, Wes Studi and Brad Garrett to present a $25,000 grant to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Country singer Brad Paisley, who is featured in the film, presented the grant with Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ chief creative officer John Lasseter, who praised firefighters for being the individuals on the scene when everyone else has left.

Rescue vehicles lined the street outside the theater as guests, including Paisley »

- Marc Graser

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'Planes: Fire & Rescue': Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen Honor Firefighters at L.A. Premiere

16 July 2014 7:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Planes, fire trucks and helicopters took over Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday night when Disney's sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue debuted at the El Capitan Theatre. Dane Cook reprises his role as Dusty Crophopper in the sequel to last year's surprise hit, about a crop duster who really wants to be a champion racer. In Fire & Rescue, Dusty embarks on a career in aerial firefighting after a damaged engine threatens to put an end to his racing career. List THR Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Cook said it was a "dream come true" to voice Dusty the first time around,

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10 Indisputable Reasons Why Vince McMahon Is Not A Genius

16 July 2014 6:17 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

In the world of television, true geniuses are few and far between. Sopranos creator David Chase would probably be considered one of them for his family mob drama that blew away everything else on TV at the time. Larry David would be another for helping create the cultural icon Seinfeld, as well as Curb Your Enthusiasm. Then you could perhaps throw in a Ricky Gervais and a James Burrows as well. In film we have Martin Scorcese, Alfred Hitchcock, and David Lynch to name a few of that genre’s geniuses. But when it comes to wrestling, the man that gets called a genius the most often is really no genius at all.

Ever since 1982, Vince McMahon has been at the helm of WWE. During his time on top, he’s drastically changed the wrestling landscape forever. There’s no doubt about it, he is the most successful promoter of all time. »

- Andrew Soucek

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Planes: Fire & Rescue Movie Review

16 July 2014 12:01 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Planes: Fire & Rescue Director: Bobs Gannaway Starring: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Wes Studi, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina King, Jerry Stiller and Hal Holbrook Endearingly reuniting and working with your long-term friends to not only entertain families in your community, but also teach them the importance of banding together in times of need, is an important message to send to children who are first being exposed to crucial life lessons. Not only did the cast of last year’s hit animated comedy, ‘Planes,’ endearingly reunite for the film’s new sequel, ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue,’ to provide more family-friendly jokes for young children, but the  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Employee of the Month

14 July 2014 2:35 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Slacker shelf-stacker Zack (Dane Cook) needs to be crowned his supermarket's employee of the month if he's to win the heart (and considerable chest) of Jessica Simpson's till girl. However, he has a rival - Vince Downey (Dax Shepard), a cocksure cashier and winner of the previous 17 E of M awards. Writer/director Greg Coolidge's Office Space wannabe succeeds largely thanks to winning performances from Cook and Shepard and some amusingly surreal dialogue. »

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