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The Big Year Blu-ray and DVD Debut January 31st

18 December 2011 10:34 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Let the fowl play begin! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the story of a competitive trio who quickly turn a simple quest into the ultimate competition when The Big Year spreads its wings on Blu-ray and DVD January 31.

Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson portray three men from very different walks of life, facing a mid-life crisis, a work-life crisis and a no-life crisis. In the biggest competition of their lives, they undertake an unforgettable trek through North America, engaging in hilarious and bizarre adventures and forming friendships that will last a lifetime!

Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me) and featuring outrageous supporting performances from Joel McHale (Community), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Anjelica Huston (50/50), Dianne Wiest (In Treatment), Brian Dennehy (The Next Three Days), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), Kevin Pollak (Red State) and Anthony Anderson (Scream 4), The Big Year Blu-ray »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Big Year

15 December 2011 2:17 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 31, 2012

Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $29.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

2011 comedy movie The Big Year has some heavy hitters in the laughs department — Steve Martin (Three Amigos), Jack Black (Gulliver’s Travels) and Owen Wilson (Hall Pass) — but failed to wow critics and audiences.

In the film, Martin, Black and Wilson are each facing a mid-life crisis, a work-life crisis and a no-life crisis. Avid bird watchers, they join a contest to spot the rarest birds in North America at a prestigious annual event, but for them, the quest turns into the ultimate competition.

The Big Year also features TV comedians Joel McHale (TV’s Community), Jim Parsons (TV’s The Big Bang Theory) and Rashida Jones (TV’s Parks and Recreation), as well as Angelica Huston (When in Rome), Dianne Weist (TV’s In Treatment), Brian Dennehy (The Next Three Days), Kevin Pollak »

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Sony Pictures Entertainment Extends First-Look Non-Exclusive Pact With Escape Artists

14 December 2011 3:38 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has extended its first-look non-exclusive deal with Escape Artists, the independently financed film and television production company headed by partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch, it was announced by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. The three-year deal renews Sony Pictures’ relationship with the company, which has been headquartered at the studio since 1998.

Recent Escape Artists films for Sony Pictures include The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds, and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. Among its current projects, the company is partnering with Mandate Pictures and Management 360 to produce Great Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell, which Sony Pictures will distribute with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures in North America next December.

Escape Artists has several other projects currently in development with Sony Pictures, including:

Sex Tape, with Nicholas Stoller attached to direct »

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Denzel Washington Wanted For ‘The Equalizer’

14 December 2011 6:19 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Growing up in the 80′s and glued to the television for shows like Street Hawk, The A-team and Knight Rider, my favourite featured a middle-aged Brit helping the helpless and ‘taking out trash’. That may sound like series set in a care-home but no, The Equalizer featured the superb Edward Woodward as skilled private detective and vigilante Robert McCall, a man tired of seeing the world going to hell at the hands of the criminal scum. The iconic opening with synthesised music had me hooked and I never missed an episode in a show that ran for four seasons.

Now finally in news that has me giddy as a school kid once again Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that Denzel Washington is wanted for a big-screen treatment. Check out the press release regarding the studios renewed deal with Escape Artists for more details on this and other projects they have in the pipeline. »

- Craig Hunter

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This week's new film releases

2 December 2011 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hugo (U)

(Martin Scorsese, 2011, Us) Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen. 126 mins.

Eyebrows were raised and expectations lowered at the prospect of a Scorsese-made 3D family movie – but now it all makes sense. This is less a kids' romp than a hymn to early cinema – sugar-coated with a junior steampunk adventure revolving around an Parisian orphan and his mystery automaton. It's a satisfyingly lavish affair technically, with a story that's intelligent and heartfelt.

We Have A Pope (PG)

(Nanni Moretti, 2011, Ita/Fra) Nanni Moretti, Michel Piccoli, Jerzy Stuhr. 105 mins.

Moretti's Vatican satire is wry rather than scathing, which will disappoint many. But there's fun to be had as Piccoli's panicked new pope seeks therapy from Moretti's secular psychoanalyst.

Surviving Life (15)

(Jan Svankmajer, 2010, Cze) Václav Helsus, Klára Issová, Zuzana Krónerová. 109 mins.

More light-hearted Freudian comedy, with Monty Python-style cut-out animation, as a middle-aged man prefers his dream world to reality, »

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The Big Year (review)

2 December 2011 6:23 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

So this is a real thing: a “big year” is an adventure and a competition among North American birdwatchers to see who can spot the most different individual species of avian in a single January-to-December span. This actually happens, and The Big Year is based on a nonfiction book by journalist Mark Obmascik [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.] about one actual year during which three very different guys vied for the title of America’s biggest bird nerd. It’s sorta one of those “you can’t make this up” things, and yet screenwriter Howard Franklin (Antitrust) and director David Frankel (Marley & Me) have turned it into a charming little narrative movie that is so amiably ridiculous that you’re sure it must have been invented. Here we meet Brad Harris (Jack Black: Kung Fu Panda 2), a divorced computer programmer; Stu Preissler (Steve Martin: It’s Complicated), an about-to-retire corporate executive with a supportive »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Big Year Review

1 December 2011 1:45 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

A comedy about bird watching – or ‘birding’, as it’s officially known – is such a random concept that it must surely be one of great mockery of the pastime. But Marley & Me and The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel’s The Big Year manages to give it a little eccentric charm and grounded purpose, while relying on household comedy old-timers Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin to add the feel-good factor.

Based on a non-fiction book by Mark Obmascik, the story follows Brad Harris (Black), a mummy’s boy and It worker who is obsessed with birds of the ornithological kind. His dream is to take a year out and spot as many bird types as possible to win the coveted, annual Big Year, an informal competition dominated by the world’s best birder, Kenny Bostick (Wilson), who finds all kinds of devious ways to put others off »

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Win The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession

29 November 2011 7:52 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To celebrate the release of ‘The Big Year’ in cinemas Friday, we’re offering 5 lucky readers the chance to win the book on which the film was based; The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession, written by Mark Obmascik.

In this comedy for grown-ups, Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson portray three men from different walks of life, each facing unique personal challenges. The one thing they share is an uncommon passion for…bird watching. In the biggest competition of their biggest year, they undertake an unforgettable trek through North America, fall in and out of love, engage in hilarious and bizarre adventures, and form friendships that will last a lifetime. Directed by David Frankel (“Marley and Me,” “The Devil Wears Prada”).

The Big Year is in cinemas Friday The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession was published by »

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Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are having ‘The Big Year’

9 November 2011 5:02 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Big Year stars Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson as three men who are at a crossroads: one is experiencing a mid-life crisis; another, a late-life crisis; and the third, a far from ordinary “no-life crisis.” The film comes from director by David Frankel (Marley and Me, The Devil Wears Prada)

In this comedy for grown-ups, Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson portray three men from different walks of life, each facing unique personal challenges. The one thing they share is an uncommon passion for…bird watching. In the biggest competition of their biggest year, they undertake an unforgettable trek through North America, fall in and out of love, engage in hilarious and bizarre adventures, and form friendships that will last a lifetime.

From David Frankel, the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me, comes a sophisticated comedy about three friendly rivals who, tired of »

- Phil

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Weekend Movies: 'Puss in Boots,' 'The Rum Diary' and 'In Time'

28 October 2011 11:03 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Here is a sneak peek at what's opening in theaters this weekend, including the animated "Puss in Boots," starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek; the alcohol-fueled dramedy "The Rum Diary," starring Johnny Depp; the sci-fi thriller "In Time," starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried; and the period Tudor drama, "Anonymous."

In Theaters Now (October)'Puss in Boots' (Oct. 28)

Who: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris; director Chris Miller »

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Weekend Movies: 'Paranormal Activity 3,' 'Musketeers,' 'Margin Call'

21 October 2011 2:15 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Here's a preview of what's opening in theaters this weekend, including the third "Paranormal Activity"; the swashbuckling "The Three Musketeers"; the taut financial drama "Margin Call," starring Demi Moore and Zachary Quinto; and the British comedy "Johnny English Reborn," starring Rowan Atkinson.

In Theaters Now (October)'Paranormal Activity 3' (Oct. 21)

This prequel shows how a young Katie and her sister may have summoned the demon that haunts them for the rest of their lives. »

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Dianne Wiest and Chris Cooper to Star in HBO’s Adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections

18 October 2011 5:43 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is just one of many good ways to get your writing noticed. Luckily for Jonathan Franzen, his National Book Award-winning novel The Corrections has been picked up by the capable folks at HBO. Now, screenwriter Noah Baumbach (Greenberg) and producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network) have some equally capable actors to work with. Dianne Wiest (In Treatment) has landed the female lead of Enid Lambert and may star opposite Chris Cooper (Adaptation) who is in negotiations to play her husband, Albert. The Corrections is a sprawling satire of a conservative Midwestern couple suffering from “empty nest syndrome,” among other things. The novel wanders through time, highlighting each of the family members’ successes and mistakes until finally converging at a point where they all begin to correct the individual courses of their lives. Hit the jump for more on The Corrections. Casting »

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Box Office: October 14-16, 2011: Real Steel, Footloose, The Thing

17 October 2011 1:10 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Steel took a licking, still ticking. Real Steel was Number One at the box office for two weeks in a row with $16.3 Million. Footloose premiered in Second Place with $16.1 Million. The Thing was premiered in Third Place with $8.7 Million. The Ides of March was Fourth with $7.5 Million. Dolphin Tale was Fifth with $6.3 Million. Moneyball, 50/50, Courageous, The Big Year (which premiered this year), and The Lion King rounded out the top ten respectively.

Footloose is a 2011 American dance film directed by Craig Brewer. It is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name and stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, and Andie MacDowell. The film follows a young man who moves from Boston to a small southern town and realizes that the town has banned dancing.

The Thing is a 2011 science-fiction horror film directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., and written by Eric Heisserer and Ronald D. Moore. It »

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Why Hollywood's Footloose remakes are just not Us teenagers' Thing

17 October 2011 6:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Young Americans would rather watch video on demand than go to the cinema to see unadventurous remakes such as Footloose and The Thing

The teenagers whom Hollywood woos week-in, week-out voted with their feet yet again as the Us box office slumped to another slow session this week. After several lacklustre weekends the studios thought they might have had something with the release of The Thing and Footloose. But guess what? The kids by and large stayed away, preferring to spend their dollars on alternative forms of entertainment. It's no wonder when you think about it: churning out anodyne remakes and prequels continues to insult the intelligence of the masses.

I've said it many times before: risk-averse studios owned by large corporations are killing Us movie culture. Tyrannical studio heads and narrow-minded executives terrified of losing their jobs will always "take a punt" on superstar film-makers like Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, »

- Jeremy Kay

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This Week in Movies By Pete Hammond – “Footloose,” “Real Steel”

16 October 2011 2:39 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Pete Hammond

hollywoodnews.com:Three new wide release movies with built –in marketing elements “guaranteed” to draw audiences all failed on one level or another this week in movies. In fact it is Dreamworks and Disney’s Real Steel that continues to rule at number one for a second week just barely squeaking by Paramount’s reboot of Footloose, $16.3 million to $16.1 million. So what went wrong? Hollywood seems to be creatively drifting as this week so pales in comparison to last year when Jackass 3D opened to over $50 million. Of course you can build an industry on Jackasses although many have been before. But the sad fact is the town awaits next week’s third Paranormal Activities movie in as many years to give it an infusion of cash from entertainment-starved filmgoers. Certainly on paper this week’s films probably looked really good to the committees that made them. The »

- Pete Hammond

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Weekend Box Office – Real Steel Takes Top Spot Again with $16.3 Million; Footloose a Close Second with $16.1 Million

16 October 2011 9:23 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In a photo-finish that could very well end up too close to call, it looks like Shawn Levy’s sci-fi pic Real Steel has topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, just edging out the Footloose remake. Estimates have Real Steel with $16.3 million for the weekend, with Footloose finishing with a respectable $16.1 million. The neck-and-neck race may come down to Sunday totals, with the family-heavy day giving a slight edge to the all-ages Real Steel. Hit the jump for more details. Title Weekend Total 1 Real Steel $16,300,000 $51,744,000 2 Footloose $16,100,000 $16,100,000 3 The Thing $8,700,000 $8,700,000 4 The Ides of March $7,500,000 $22,154,000 5 Dolphin Tale $6,345,000 $58,672,000 6 Moneyball $5,500,000 $57,712,000 7 50/50 $4,315,000 $24,344,000 8 Courageous $3,400,000 $21,378,000 9 The Big Year $3,325,000 $3,325,000 10 The Lion King 3D $2,708,000 $90,452,000 The other new releases for the weekend fared significantly worse. Universal’s The Thing prequel took in a mere $8.7 million. Directed by Matthjis van Heijningen, the film serves as a prequel to John Carptenter’s 1982 film of the same name. Originally dated for April, »

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Weekend Report: Remakes Can't Retire 'Real Steel'

16 October 2011 6:20 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Two 80s remakes and a bird-watching movie weren't able to knock down Real Steel, which held well enough to repeat in first place this weekend. Footloose wasn't far behind, but also wasn't all that impressive, while The Thing missed the mark and The Big Year bombed. Overall box office was off around 33 percent from the same frame last year when Jackass 3-D led with $50.3 million. Real Steel dipped 40 percent to an estimated $16.3 million. That hold isn't quite as strong as Secretariat or Red from last October, but it's still solid in its own right. Through 10 days in theaters, the Hugh Jackman robot boxing movie has earned $51.7 million. Footloose was a close second with an estimated $16.1 million. It debuted below Stomp the Yard ($21.8 million and the first two Step Up movies ($20.7 million and $18.9 million), but did end up slightly above Step Up 3-D ($15.8 million). It also had lower initial attendance than the original Footloose, »

- Ray Subers

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'The Big Year': Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson team up

15 October 2011 3:24 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

What do Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson have in common? Birdwatching? Nope. But all three star in "The Big Year" -- a comedy that unfolds against the backdrop of a bird-watching competition.

The movie opened eighth in theaters on Friday (Oct. 14), but is generating plenty of Internet buzz thanks to its all-star triumvirate. So is it worth watching? We decided to check a few of our go-to spots to get a quick take on the film which, we feel duty-bound to report, has a 39 percent Rotten Tomatoes critic score, despite being "liked" by 65 percent of alleged viewers.

The three leads land a few laughs, but the fine cast and Frankel--for all his sweeping shots and soaring music--can't get any lift on the material, which is grounded by tedium and repetition. -- Ei

Even though none of these guys is ready to kick the bucket, "The Big Year" has »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Footloose a Little Uptight, The Thing Mid-Level, The Big Year Steve Martin's Biggest Dud?: Box Office

15 October 2011 1:40 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kenny Wormald, Footloose If early, rough estimates are correct, the Footloose remake will not reach the $20 million mark as some had been expecting. As per The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.com, Footloose collected approximately $5.7 million on its Friday debut, which would translate into a $17 million weekend. Directed by Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan's Craig Brewer, the Paramount release stars relative newcomer Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, and Andie McDowell. Kevin Bacon starred in the 1984 original (itself a derivative effort similar to countless movies of the previous three decades). Hugh Jackman's Real Steel is expected to land in second place with $15m-$15.5m for the weekend, following grosses of $4.5m on Friday. At no. 3, the horror/thriller The Thing — another remake of an '80s flick (itself a remake of a 1951 B movie) — will likely cume at $10m-$11m after only $3.8m on Friday. Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. »

- Zac Gille

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Film Review: Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, Jack Black Flock Up in ‘The Big Year’

15 October 2011 12:06 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “The Big Year” is advertised as a comedy. The subject is bird watching, or as the new film likes to express the proper term, “birding.” It stars comic legend Steve Martin, and funnymen Jack Black and Owen Wilson. It is both not funny and is Actually, seriously about birding. Time to fly away.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

The Big Year” amazes in so many ways, all of which are negative. It wastes a monumental amount of talent. Besides Martin, Black and Wilson, it includes Oscar winners Anjelica Huston and Dianne Wiest, indie film favorites Tim Blake Nelson and Brian Dennehy, plus top TV personalities Rashida Jones, Joel McHale and Jim Parsons. If this much waste was spewed by a factory, there would be million dollar fines from the E.P.A.

Owen Wilson plays Kenny Bostick, the top bird watcher in the United States (apparently this exists. USA! USA!). In one year, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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