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Blu-ray Review: Arthur

17 September 2011 7:14 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Arthur

Stars: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner, Luis Guzman | Written by Peter Baynham, Steve Gordon | Directed by Jason Winer

Guess what?! Arthur sees Russell Brand playing himself… again. But this time he has a slightly softer voice with his comedy toned down, which makes him seem even more childish and a bit mundane, if that’s even possible. As you can imagine, this story is somewhat boring, but oddly, there is enough essence to keep you going through the two hours of a man completely reliant on his mother’s money.

The film is of course a remake of the 1981 classic Arthur, whereby Dudley Moore plays a similar eccentric, spoilt man-child, but unfortunately this is another adaptation which doesn’t live up to the original. Russell Brand adds charm, and the modern technology serves well in the film, but there’s nothing quite like watching Moore frolic around in his giant bathtub. »

- Kelly

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: Arthur (2011)

14 July 2011 11:17 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Russell Brand is no Dudley Moore, but he gives it the ol college try and then some in this 2011 remake of Steve Gordon’s 1981 comedy classic starring Moore as the irrepressible man-baby Arthur Bach. Comedian Brand gets solid assistance from an excellent female cast consisting of Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, and Greta Gerwig, and the 2011 version of “Arthur” now arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download July 15, 2011 from Warner Home Video. Loveable billionaire Arthur Bach, an irresponsible charmer who has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of his lifelong nanny and best friend Hobson, to keep him out of trouble. Kind-hearted, fun-loving, and utterly without purpose, Arthur spends every day in the heedless pursuit of amusement. But when his unpredictable public image threatens the staid reputation of the family foundation, Bach Worldwide, he is given an ultimatum: »

- Nix

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Review: Arthur – A Sweet & Affectionate Retread

18 April 2011 5:18 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

There are threads that run through films which are timeless and universal; themes that are manna to audiences of any era. These include determinism; the notion that certain things are meant to happen, a man meeting his perfect woman for example, and as an audience we expect these things to play out and for any obstacle placed in the path of this endeavour to be removed by the film’s close. That’s our pleasure. There’s the idea that the best movie characters are larger than life; not just projections in the literal sense but projections of our fantasies, healthy or otherwise.

Then there’s our moral load, the hypocritical idea that however we live our lives, we expect movies to defend a moral position, usually that of righteousness, of responsibility, so that whatever the character’s stripe, they’re rewarded or punished for the »

- Ed Whitfield

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Review: Arthur

16 April 2011 2:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Arthur

Stars: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner, Luis Guzman | Written by Peter Baynham, Steve Gordon | Directed by Jason Winer

Guess what?! We see Russell Brand playing himself… again. But this time he has a slightly softer voice with his comedy toned down, which makes him seem even more childish and a bit mundane, if that’s even possible. As you can imagine, this story is somewhat boring, but oddly, there is enough essence to keep you going through the two hours of a man completely reliant on his mother’s money.

The film is of course a remake of the 1981 classic Arthur, whereby Dudley Moore plays a similar eccentric, spoilt man-child, but unfortunately this is another adaptation which doesn’t live up to the original. Russell Brand adds charm, and the modern technology serves well in the film, but there’s nothing quite like watching Moore frolic around in his giant bathtub. »

- Kelly

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Arthur / Arthur 2: On the Rocks

11 April 2011 5:03 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Starring: Dudley Moore, Sir John Gielgud, Liza Minnelli

Director: Steve Gordon, Bud Yorkin

The Scoop: Just in time for the Russell Brand remake comes this two-pack featuring both the 1981 version of "Arthur" and its 1988 sequel, "Arthur 2: On the Rocks." Both star Moore as a lazy trust fund baby forced to join the real world when his funds dry up; Gielgud plays his long-suffering butler while Minnelli is the working class girl he falls in love with.

Special Features: Trailers

Rated PG, 97 min. and 113 min. | Watch the trailer »

- NextMovie Staff

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Blu-Ray Review: Original ‘Arthur’ Movies Available to Compare to Russell Brand Remake

11 April 2011 9:53 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Critics were pretty hard on the remake of “Arthur” starring Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, and Greta Gerwig (including our very own Patrick McDonald, who gave the film 2 stars out of five) and the film relatively bombed at the box office, opening in 2nd place to “Hop” and making only $12.7 million in its first frame with a lower per-screen average than “Hanna” or “Soul Surfer.” Now you can compare the new version to the award-winning original and its dreadful sequel in a 2-movie collection, now on Blu-ray.

Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

Warner Bros. could have used the opportunity of the remake to offer a truly impressive version of the 1981 original complete with digital remastering, featurettes, a commentary, and maybe a deleted scene or two. That didn’t happen. This is as minimal a tie-in release as can possibly be made. The two films weren’t even given their own individual discs. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Box Office: April 8-10, 2011: Hop, Arthur, Hanna, Soul Surfer

11 April 2011 7:47 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Animation ruled again. Hop was Number One at the box office this weekend for the second week in a row with $21.6 Million. Arthur (2011) premiered in Second Place with $12.6 Million. Hanna premiered in Third Place with $12.3 Million. Soul Surfer premiered in Fourth Place with $11.1 Million. Insidious was Fifth with 9.7 Million. Source Code, Limitless, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and The Lincoln Lawyer rounded out the top ten respectively.

Arthur is a 2011 comedy film written by Peter Baynham and directed by Jason Winer. The film is based on characters by Steve Gordon, who directed the 1981 film of the same name. It stars Russell Brand in the title role, and Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, and Nick Nolte with supporting roles.

Hanna is a 2011 action thriller film directed by Joe Wright, starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, and Eric Bana.

Soul Surfer is a 2011 American drama film about the life of surfer Bethany Hamilton, »

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movie review: Arthur

7 April 2011 9:00 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

How you react to Arthur will largely depend on your expectations. If you’ve never seen, or heard of, the 1981 movie Arthur you might find the new movie of the same name fairly entertaining. But if you have fond memories of the original, written and directed by Steve Gordon, you’ll know the truth: this occasionally amusing film can’t compare to the original, which was flat-out hilarious, with plum parts for Dudley Moore, as a childlike billionaire, and John Gielgud, as his long-suffering valet and caretaker. The best part of the new movie is the inspired casting of Russell Brand and… »

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"Arthur," Reviewed

7 April 2011 8:43 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Want to know the difference between the two versions of "Arthur?" Just compare their first scenes. The 1981 original introduced Dudley Moore's Arthur Bach cruising for hookers. The 2011 remake has Russell Brand's Arthur dress up as Batman and crash an authentic "Batman Forever" Batmobile into Charging Bull and make fun of its testicles. I'm not a huge fan of the original "Arthur," but as a film about a drunken, whoremongering hero, at least it took some chances. Moore's Arthur was a lecherous sleaze. Brand's Arthur is a cutesy cartoon goof.

So is his movie. Everything messy and ugly (and therefore interesting) about the old Arthur has been smoothed out in this shrewdly calculated remake. With those hints of darkness gone, Arthur becomes an overgrown boy with his toys, a lost innocent looking for the love and respect he's never gotten from his distant mother. He doesn't need a drink; he needs a hug. »

- Matt Singer

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Film: Movie Review: Arthur

7 April 2011 12:52 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Beyond providing an unflinching look at what happens to those caught between the moon and New York City, the 1981 comedy Arthur gave veteran comic actor Dudley Moore one of the best roles of his career as a drunken playboy cackling his way through a search for love. Though the movie—the single directorial effort from veteran television writer Steve Gordon, who died the following year—is uneven, Moore sells the performance with the sadness resting just behind the surface of his bleary eyes. Russell Brand steps into the role of Arthur Bach for the 2011 remake, and while it »

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Upcoming Movies This Weekend - Arthur, Your Highness, Hanna and Soul Surfer

7 April 2011 8:04 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Drunken Arthur vs.medieval stoner comedy Your Highness for top honors. This weekend's upcoming movie releases are frontlined by Arthur, a remake of the original 1981 film. Russell Brand stars in a role played originally by Dudley Moore, in a cast including Greta Gerwig, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Nick Nolte, Luis Guzmán and Geraldine James. The romantic comedy helmed by Jason Winer from the script by Peter Baynham and Steve Gordon, debuts into 3,276 venues, holding a bad 22% Rottentomatoes.com rating. Still, that means little when it comes to numbers these days and badly rated films oftentimes top charts as we all know. Universal Pictures' Your Highness comedy starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel, looks to snag adult viewers in 2,769 locations. McBride wrote the script along with Ben Best for the film helmed by David Gordon Green »

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Upcoming Movies This Weekend - Arthur, Your Highness, Hanna and Soul Surfer

7 April 2011 8:04 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Drunken Arthur vs.medieval stoner comedy Your Highness for top honors. This weekend's upcoming movie releases are frontlined by Arthur, a remake of the original 1981 film. Russell Brand stars in a role played originally by Dudley Moore, in a cast including Greta Gerwig, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Nick Nolte, Luis Guzmán and Geraldine James. The romantic comedy helmed by Jason Winer from the script by Peter Baynham and Steve Gordon, debuts into 3,276 venues, holding a bad 22% Rottentomatoes.com rating. Still, that means little when it comes to numbers these days and badly rated films oftentimes top charts as we all know. Universal Pictures' Your Highness comedy starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel, looks to snag adult viewers in 2,769 locations. McBride wrote the script along with Ben Best for the film helmed by David Gordon Green »

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Arthur Early Reviews: "Dispiritingly Witless," "Crude instead of Whimsical"

6 April 2011 8:51 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In this remake of the 1981 classic, Arthur, Russell Brand takes on Dudley Moore's comic drunk, joined by Helen Mirren (in John Gielgud's butler role) and rival girlfriends Greta Gerwig and Jennifer Garner. Directed by Jason Winer (TV's Modern Family) from Peter Baynham's revamp of Steve Gordon's original script, this ensemble relationship comedy is failing to find critical validation. Early reviews, photos and the trailer are below. Brand and a strong supporting cast work hard to breathe life into this glossily inert studio concoction. (The best laughs are in the trailer: when they arrive in the movie, we don't laugh.) This badly-timed, old-fashioned romantic comedy about a wealthy spendthrift Peter Pan (we're in a recession) isn't real or funny, nor does it relate to us »

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Contest: Win Big in Our Arthur Giveaway!

28 March 2011 1:03 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Do you want to play billionaire just like the troubled Arthur in Warner Bros. new comedy remake starring Russell Brand? Well, you're in luck! We are holding an exciting contest in honor of director Jason Winer's hilarious essay on the terrible life of a super rich, incredibly spoiled man-child. So what if you don't have enough gouda to keep your gas turned on, or the pennies needed to pay rent? So what if you've been eating government issued grilled cheese sandwiches to keep from starving in this horrible economy. That doesn't mean you can't laugh at a man who has everything in life, with the possible exception of true love, right? You may be too broke to waist your needed cash on a lofty remake like Arthur, but if you win our contest, you can certainly pretend like you're rich enough to frivolously purchase that golden ticket at the actual box office window. »

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Arthur movie clips and interviews! Go behind-the-scenes of Russell Brand comedy!

27 March 2011 10:38 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See new clips from the Arthur movie as well as interviews and behind-the-scenes videos form the Russell Brand comedy directed by Jason Winer. We have 7 Arthur clips in standard and high definition and interviews with Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner, Nick Nolte, helmer Winer and producers Larry Brezner, Chris Bender, Michael Tadross and Kevin McKormick. The Warner Bros. Pictures romantic comedy revamp opens April 8th and is scripted by Peter Baynham from the story by Steve Gordon. Arthur Synopsis: In this fresh new look at a classic story, Russell Brand reinvents the role of loveable billionaire Arthur Bach, an irresponsible charmer who has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of his lifelong nanny and best friend Hobson (Helen Mirren), to keep him out of trouble. Kind-hearted, fun-loving, and utterly without purpose, Arthur spends every day in the heedless pursuit of amusement. »

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Arthur movie clips and interviews! Go behind-the-scenes of Russell Brand comedy!

27 March 2011 10:38 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See new clips from the Arthur movie as well as interviews and behind-the-scenes videos form the Russell Brand comedy directed by Jason Winer. We have 7 Arthur clips in standard and high definition and interviews with Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner, Nick Nolte, helmer Winer and producers Larry Brezner, Chris Bender, Michael Tadross and Kevin McKormick. The Warner Bros. Pictures romantic comedy revamp opens April 8th and is scripted by Peter Baynham from the story by Steve Gordon. Arthur Synopsis: In this fresh new look at a classic story, Russell Brand reinvents the role of loveable billionaire Arthur Bach, an irresponsible charmer who has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of his lifelong nanny and best friend Hobson (Helen Mirren), to keep him out of trouble. Kind-hearted, fun-loving, and utterly without purpose, Arthur spends every day in the heedless pursuit of amusement. »

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Award-Winning Composer Theodore Shapiro’s Original Score To Complement The Comedy & Romance Of Arthur

7 March 2011 5:05 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Film also Features New Songs by Mark Ronson and Ben Gibbard,

Vocals by Daniel Merriweather

Burbank, CA, March 7, 2011 . Composer Theodore Shapiro is providing the original score for director Jason Winer’s contemporary re-imagining of the timeless romantic comedyARTHUR, in theaters nationwide on April 8th.

Arthur stars Russell Brand as loveable billionaire Arthur Bach, and Helen Mirren as his lifelong nanny and best friend, Hobson.

Shapiro, a prolific composer and eight-time recipient of the Bmi Film Music Award, says, “Arthur treats the world as a toy to be played with. He’s irresponsible, but also kind-hearted, generous and has a love of life, and Jason and I wanted the palette of the score to reflect that dichotomy and Arthur’s upbeat worldview.”

Also featured in the film will be several original songs contributed by Mark Ronson, with vocals by Daniel Merriweather; and by Ben Gibbard.

“I absolutely love Jason Winer’s new take on ‘Arthur, »

- Michelle McCue

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Three images and UK trailer for Russell Brand remake of Arthur

6 March 2011 4:38 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli and the late Sir John Gielgud proved a magical combination in Steve Gordon's 1981 classic Arthur, which has been revamped in an upcoming Hollywood remake released next month.

Russell Brand follows in Moore's footsteps as the drunken playboy, Greta Gerwig is the love interest previously played by Minnelli and, in a gender-swapping update, Helen Mirren takes on Gielgud's role as the valet.

Also in the cast of director Jason Winer's new film are Jennifer Garner, Nick Nolte, Luis Guzman, Geraldine James and Jennie Eisenhower.

Superhero fans will notice that the Batmobile features in the trailer, with Brand's character dressing as Batman and his chauffeur Bitterman (Guzman) as Robin.

Hard-drinking partying billionaire Arthur (Brand) is set to marry Susan Johnson (Garner) a rich woman he doesn't love, and continue his irresponsible and childish ways, but his life is changed when he falls for gorgeous tour guide »

- David Bentley

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Second Trailer For Russell Brand’s Arthur

4 March 2011 3:14 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes the second trailer for Arthur, starring the wickedly funny Russell Brand as the wild playboy Arthur. Check out Helen Mirren in the Darth Vader mask.

Synopsis:

Irresponsible charmer Arthur Bach has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of lifelong nanny Hobson to keep him out of trouble. Now he faces his biggest challenge - choosing between an arranged marriage that will ensure his lavish lifestyle or an uncertain future with the one thing money can’t buy, Naomi, the only woman he has ever loved. With Naomi’s inspiration and some unconventional help from Hobson, Arthur will take the most expensive risk of his life and finally learn what it means to become a man.

Arthur stars Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Luis Guzman, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Garner and is directed by Jason Winer, written »

- Michelle McCue

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‘Arthur’ Trailer #2

2 March 2011 7:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Warner Bros has released a second movie trailer for the remake of Arthur. Russell Brand plays an "irresponsible charmer" named Arthur Bachwho will lose his limitless fortune if he doesn't accept an arranged marriage. I'm still not sold on two things: 1. The need for this remake and 2. that this movie is funny enough to warrant a $10-$15 movie ticket. The only reason I'm curious to see the film is the involvement of Luis Guzman and the Batman/Robin bit that is teased in the advertising. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below. Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple [2]. [3] Director: Jason Winer Writers: Peter Baynham Story by Steve Gordon Cast: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Luis Guzman, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Garner Official Plot Synopsis: Romantic Comedy. Irresponsible charmer Arthur Bach (Russell Brand) has always relied on two things to get »

- Peter Sciretta

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