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I have now determined that Robert De Niro will only do films with “grandpa” in the title. First we had Bad Grandpa, probably the worst film De Niro has ever made; now, we have The War with Grandpa, a new comedy featuring De Niro and-we hope-the comedic chops of Marisa Tomei.
Tomei is currently in negotiations to join the film alongside De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Eugene Levy. De Niro plays the titular grandpa and Tomei his daughter and the mother of his grandson, who’s forced to give up his room when his grandpa comes to stay. The boy begins enacting a series of pranks against his grandfather in the hopes of driving the old man away, but naturally Grandpa is much tougher than anyone thought. Meanwhile, Tomei’s character is also dealing with a teenage daughter who keeps sneaking out the house. So her plate is pretty full »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Exclusive: Marisa Tomei is in negotiations to join Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Eugene Levy in the Tim Hill-directed feature The War With Grandpa. That would put three Oscar winners into the comedy which is based on the book by Robert Kimmel Smith. The story is about a kid who reluctantly gives up his bedroom to accommodate his grandfather (De Niro), whom he loves but wants out of his room. The boy engages in a series of pranks meant to drive his grandpa out… »
Finding Dory is full of familiar voices. There's Ellen DeGeneres, reprising her role as Dory, the energetic and forgetful Pacific regal blue tang. There's Ed O'Neill, making his debut as a surly septopus named Hank. Albert Brooks, Ty Burrell, Idris Elba, Bill Hader, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Kate McKinnon, Kaitlin Olson, Bob Peterson, Hayden Rolence and Dominic West also lend their voice talents to the sequel. And then there's three-time Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver, whose disembodied voice welcomes visitors to the Marine Life Institute in Morro Bay, Calif. Weaver's recording is a running joke in the Disney•Pixar film, as the animals have all come to consider Weaver a friend. If »
As Spinal Tap lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel – wearer of anatomically correct T-shirts, owner of amplifiers that go to "11," writer of delicate compositions like "Lick My Love Pump" – Christopher Guest, along with director Rob Reiner and his co-writers/bandmates Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, turned 1984's This Is Spinal Tap into a devastatingly funny dissection of rock pomposity. To say that the film's mix of off-the-cuff jokes and straight-faced parody has influenced several generations of filmmakers and funny people would be a vast understatement – everyone from Ricky Gervais to Fred Armisen »
Dory is the year’s highest-grossing domestic release with $485 million, and the third biggest movie of the year worldwide after fellow Disney releases Captain America: Civil War ($1.153 billion) and Zootopia ($1.023 billion). It’s also the second Pixar release to hit the $1 billion mark after Toy Story 3, which earned $1.067 billion back in 2010.
2016 has certainly been a great year for Disney, with The Jungle Book falling just short of the billion mark with $966.2 million, and Moana, Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story all still to come.
- Gary Collinson
In an era of arbitrary holidays, what's one more? In honor of Finding Dory's digital release on Oct. 25 and Blu-ray/DVD release on Nov. 15, Ed O'Neill—voice of Hank the septopus—has announced a new holiday inspired by his character. "While you may think Dory is the star of this movie, Hank actually has his own day. It's not Oct. 8: World Octopus Day. It's Friday, Oct. 7. We celebrate World Septopus Day. Seven tentacles. Get it?" he jokes. "Why in the world would I want to celebrate with everyone else on Oct. 8?" In addition to O'Neill, Albert Brooks, Ty Burrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Idris Elba, Alexander Gould, Bill Hader, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Kate McKinnon, »
The Deer Hunter (1978)
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That’s quite the horrific headline isn’t it? Robert De Niro involved with another grandpa movie. Well, hopefully this one isn’t as ‘Dirty’ as The War With Grandpa is based on Robert Kimmel Smith’s famous book of the same name that has some pretty big acclaim in the literary world.
According to the official synopsis, the story revolves around the central character of Peter, who is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves right into Peter’s room, forcing him upstairs.
Peter loves his grandpa but wants his room back. He has no choice but to declare war! With the help of his friends, Peter devises outrageous plans to make Grandpa surrender the room. But Grandpa is tougher than he looks. Rather than give in, Grandpa plans to get even. »
- Paul Heath
Sharing the screen together for the first time since 1978’s The Deer Hunter, Christopher Walken and Robert De Niro will reunite for the upcoming comedy The War With Grandpa. Deadline is reporting that Walken and De Niro will again play best friends, and that comedic journeyman Eugene Levy has also been cast in an unspecified role.
Based on Robert Kimmel Smith’s book, The War With Grandpa will see a boy’s affection for his grandfather give in to a deep, seething resentment as his bedroom is annexed to accommodate the elder’s open-ended stay. That conflict then escalates into a familial arms race, with the grandson staging a series of pranks intended to hasten his grandfather’s departure. High jinks ensue when the grandson discovers that De Niro also knows how to dish it out (perhaps borrowing a trick or two from fellow elderly pranksters Gil Faizon and ...
- B.G. Henne
The Weinstein Co. set an April 21 launch for the film, which is based on the 1984 children’s book by Robert Kimmel Smith.
In the original story, a boy is forced to move out of his room when his recently widowed grandfather moves in. With the help of his friends, the boy devises outrageous pranks to make his grandfather surrender the room — but he turns out to be tougher than expected and all-out war ensues.
Walken will play the best friend of De Niro’s character. The two acted together in “The Deer Hunter.”
Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart and Rosa Morris Peart are producing with Jane Rosenthal and Barry Welsh exec producing. Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse wrote the script’s first draft which Matt Ember and Tom Astle are polishing. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: In a rare instance of working together since 1978’s The Deer Hunter, good friends Christopher Walken and Robert De Niro will go before the cameras next month to take part in a different kind of war: The War With Grandpa, a comedy directed by Tim Hill (Hop). Comedy favorite Eugene Levy — who co-starred in the American Pie franchise and pretty much every funny Christopher Guest movie you can think of — also has joined the cast, sources tell Deadline. The War With… »
Mascots (Grade: C), Christopher Guest’s first mockumentary since A Mighty Wind (and first feature as a director in over a decade), offers up an unwieldy cast of familiar Guest-ian caricatures, but little sympathy. There’s another problem: The wacky sports mascot competition in which this particular set of over-sharing oddballs is participating is one of Guest’s lamer ideas, and whether you’ll find yourself snickering at the climax or occasionally fidgeting out of boredom depends on whether you find sports mascots inherently hilarious. One can’t help but suspect that longtime Guest co-writer and company player Eugene Levy might have been a grounding presence, as his characters are some of the most affectionately drawn (and saddest, in the case of A Mighty Wind) in Guest’s body of work. He sits this one out, as does the invaluable Catherine O’Hara.
Guest’s previous mockumentary projects »
- A.A. Dowd, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Best in Show continues director Christopher Guest’s series of satirical documentaries on the American institutions that attract some of our country’s finest eccentrics (we’re waiting for him to tackle comic con). Guest has built an informal repertory company around some of our best and brightest comedians and the gang’s all here including Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy and Michael McKean. Levy co-wrote this gentle broadside at dog shows and the obsessive behavior of the human participants, leaving only the dogs to retain their dignity.
- TFH Team
In Netflix, Mascots has found a perfect home. One that permits any viewer to pop on Christopher Guest’s latest mockumentary from a comfortable position – or even better – while more productive activities are accomplished. Guest’s Best In Show rehash with costumed mascots meanders more than it entertains, given how laughs don’t incapacitate like we’re used to from such a legend of dry comedy. This is the kind of comedy you can float in-and-out of – like a performance-heavy fever dream – as disillusioned mascot personalities ramble on and on about their lofty, off-color dreams. You will laugh, but the world of Mascots isn’t as quirkily inviting as A Mighty Wind, for example. It’s still funny-ish, yet far from the hopeful home run.
Guest’s latest stars a bevy of big-time mascots who all have dreams of winning their first Fluffy, the official award of the (maybe) soon-to-be televised World Mascot Championship. »
- Matt Donato
Burbank, Calif., Sept. 8, 2016 — The summer blockbuster hit, Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory, swims home just in time for the holidays on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (Dma) on Oct. 25 and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Nov. 15. Viewers can watch Dory’s hilarious and heartwarming quest to find her family and continue the underwater adventure with hours of immersive bonus features.
The film’s playful and plentiful bonus offerings include “Piper,” the theatrical short film starring an irresistible sandpiper hatchling; an all-new mini short featuring interviews with Dory’s pals from the Marine Life Institute; a behind-the-scenes look at the most challenging character Pixar has ever created; never-before-seen deleted scenes, including a digital exclusive featuring the Tank Gang from Finding Nemo who make it their mission to get Marlin and Nemo to the Marine Life Institute; and much, much more.
Finding Dory features an all-star voice cast, »
- ComicMix Staff
Stop what you’re doing right now and watch this trailer. I don’t want to hear any excuses. Done? Ok, now we can move on. Yes, that is the first full length trailer for Christopher Guest’s upcoming mockumentary Mascots and, yes, it does look amazing. Glad we can agree on that.
Mascots does exactly what one would expect from the director of Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. Guest’s trademark mockumentary style and gang of brilliant comedians are all on display in this trailer, reminding us why we love Guest and his crew so very much. The general outline is there: documentary-style talking head interviews, interspersed with the weird world of dog competitions, folk music, community theater, or, in this case, mascot competitions. But more important is the meat of the matter, where the comedians get to cut loose a little bit and form their own strange, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The trailer for the new Christopher Guest film, Mascots, shows members of his troupe of players hilariously competing to win the "Gold Fluffy," a trophy at the Eighth World Mascot Association Championships, a competition for sports-team mascots.
An anatomically correct donkey, a giant fist and a bizarre pencil-and-sharpener duo, are all presented in Guest's signature deadpan mockumentary. The film chronicles both a backstage look at the awards ceremony and the "drug and sex problems" pervading behind the scenes.
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Scott J. Davis and Rohan Morbey are back to review the best new films in UK cinemas. This week they discuss the return of Matt Damon’s return in Jason Bourne, directed by Paul Greengrass and co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Julia Stiles; and Finding Dory, the latest Pixar effort/sequel which sees the return of Dory, Nemo and Marlin as they race across the oceans to help Dory find her parents. Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks return to voice Dory and Marlin, joined by Ed O’Neill, Idris Elba, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.
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- Scott J. Davis
Pop TV has announced the third season of its Schitt's Creek TV show will premiere in January 2017. The riches-to-rags comedy airs on CBC in Canada. The season three premiere news broke during Pop's Summer 2016 Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation.The sitcom features the once wealthy Rose family, who end up living in the depressing little town they first bought as a joke. The Schitt’s Creek TV series cast includes: Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, and Annie Murphy.Read More… »
We don’t know much about Mascots, the upcoming Netflix mockumentary from mockumentary visionary Christopher Guest, but this new teaser sets the stage pretty cleanly. Basically, the movie will center around the competition to win The Gold Fluffy, the most prestigious honor in the world of sports—or at least in the world of sports mascots. We don’t get to see Jane Lynch, John Michael Higgins, or any of the other usual Christopher Guest players (sans Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara) who will appear in Mascots, but you don’t really need to see clips of people saying funny stuff to convince you to watch a Christopher Guest movie, right? You just need the title, a few lines about the premise, and a release date. In that sense, this teaser is wildly successful.
Mascots will hit Netflix on October 13.
- Sam Barsanti
On Tuesday, People confirmed that Channing Tatum will star in a reboot of 1984's Splash as … the mermaid. Tatum, who'll star alongside Jillian Bell, will tackle the role he has been training his whole life to play. In the original, a young man (Tom Hanks) reunites with a mermaid (Daryl Hannah) who saved him from drowning as a child, but in the remake, the genders will be swapped. Hence, Tatum as merman. The original film, which was directed by Ron Howard, starred John Candy, Eugene Levy and Dody Goodman, and we hope the remake will have such charismatic players. (Can »
- Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda
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