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M.C. Escher's 'Relativity' gets parodied in the latest poster for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. This one-sheet features the entire cast of characters, both old and new, as their world is turned upside down. Robin Williams is featured in one of his final performances along with star Ben Stiller, Rebel Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Dan Stevens and more. Check it out as they become accustomed to their new surrounding with the entire gang heading to England to restore The Tablet of Ahkmenrah's powers. In theaters this December!
Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night at the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) joins new friends and old while embarking on an epic quest. When the magic powers of The Tablet of Ahkmenrah begin to die out, Larry Daley spans the globe, embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. »
The teaser trailer for this winter's sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb arrived this past summer, and now 20th Century Fox has unveiled a new poster for the film starring Ben Stiller. It's certainly one of the better posters we've seen for the franchise as it takes the ensemble cast that includes Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Rami Malek and more, and puts them into an M.C. Escher style image with staircases that don't seem to end. Yes, Robin Williams is in the poster too (this is one of his final performances) and you can even spot a tiny Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson if you scan carefully. Look! Here's the new poster for Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb from Fox: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel, Date Night »
- Ethan Anderton
"The Maze Runner" breathed a little life into the box office this weekend with a very good $32.5 million debut. Some polling services had the adaptation of James Rashner's 2007 novel opening closer to $40 million, but considering its the first film since "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" at the beginning of August to open over $30 million Hollywood will happily take it. "Runner" grossed substantially more than "The Giver's" $12 million debut last month, but significantly lower than "Divergent's" $54.6 million in March. The film, which is top lined by "Teen Wolf" star Dylan O'Brien, earned an A- Cinemascore grade which means it should have solid word of mouth in the weeks to come. Disappointing in second place was Universal Pictures' "A Walk Among the Tombstones" with just $13.1 million. The Scott Frank directed thriller is Liam Neeson's lowest wide release opening since "The Next Three Days" in 2010. With a reported production budget of $28 million »
- Gregory Ellwood
“The Maze Runner” showed that sometimes the weekend box office is a marathon, not a sprint.
Twentieth Century Fox’s adaptation of James Dashner’s post-apocalyptic novel took awhile to build up steam, but found its core audience by the weekend’s midpoint. It debuted to $32.5 million from 3,604 locations, in line with projections. That’s good news for the studio, which hopes to turn the story of a group of teenagers battling nasty creatures in a dangerous labyrinth into a franchise.
“All of the elements came together in accomplishing something that no one ever tried by launching a young adult film like this in September,” said Chris Aronson, Fox’s domestic distribution chief. “We like to stand out whenever we can and we selected this release date in order to be the first event film of the fall.”
The unique opening date allowed “The Maze Runner” to jet ahead of »
- Brent Lang
Proving that a boy-centric Ya film adaptation can click, 20th Century Fox's The Maze Runner opened to a pleasing $32.5 million at the North American box office, more the double the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson's R-rated action offering A Walk Among the Tombstones. Shawn Levy's new adult dramedy This Is Where I Leave You followed at No. 3 with $11.9 million. Overseas, Maze Runner continued to impress, taking in another $37.6 million from its first 50 countries for a worldwide total of $81.5 million (the film began rolling out in several
- Pamela McClintock
Jake Coyle, AP Film Writer
According to studio estimates Sunday, Fox' "Maze Runner" easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Neeson's latest action film for Universal Studios. "The Maze Runner," adapted from James Dashner's series of science-fiction Ya novels, is being launched as a new franchise, with a sequel already in the works.
The Warner Bros. dramedy "This Is Where I Leave You" came in third with $11.9 million. The Shawn Levy-directed film failed to be a big draw despite an A-list ensemble cast including Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda. »
- The Associated Press
Now playing in theaters is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You. Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra Monk, Abigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed. Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend. For more on This is Where I Leave You, read Adam’s review or watch the trailer. Last week I landed an extended video interview with author Jonathan Tropper, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie. He talked about the difficulty of bringing his novel to theaters, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
"The Maze Runner" is the third major Ya movie to hit theaters in 2014 and while it didn't shatter any records it got off to a very good start on Friday. Directed by Wes Ball, the adaptation of James Rashner's 2007 novel earned an estimated $11.2 million on its first full day of release. That means it should end up with somewhere between $30-32 million for the weekend. That would put it far ahead of "The Giver's" $12 million debut in August, but significantly lower than "Divergent's" $54.6 million opening this past March. The film, which is top lined by "Teen Wolf" star Dylan O'Brien, also earned an A- Cinemascore grade which means it should have solid word of mouth in the weeks to come. Disappointing in second place was Universal Pictures' "A Walk Among the Tombstones" with just $4.7 million. The Scott Frank directed thriller looks as though it will be lucky to hit $14 million by Eod Sunday. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Shawn Levy is what happens when someone who has never forgotten what it means to be a boy becomes a dad.
The director of Real Steel, the Night at the Museum movies, and the new bittersweet family comedy This Is Where I Leave You (in theaters now), is an undeniable family guy. The father of four girls, he’s known for making movies about households run amok (2003’s Cheaper By the Dozen) and parents who desperately want an evening away (2010’s Date Night,) as well as fathers who redeem themselves in their kids’ eyes with the help of boxing robots or magical museums. »
- Anthony Breznican
The Maze Runner, the new Ya adaptation that hit theaters Friday, chalked up an estimated $11 million for a first-place finish, proving that this over-saturated genre has life left in it yet. Populated with a slew of handsome young male actors led by Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien, The Maze Runner, based on the popular best-selling novel by James Dashner, is on track to pull in close to $30 million. (That’s far better than The Giver, which opened in August to $12 million.) And with Twentieth Century Fox already deep into pre-production on the film’s sequel, the early numbers have »
- Nicole Sperling
Chicago – Jason Bateman and an all-star cast got me there. The unfunny copycat story left me regretting it. If you don’t start with a solid plot that’s at least somewhat new, it doesn’t matter how many “A”-listers you throw into an ensemble. They’re just individuals doing the best they can with weak material.
But the film’s fatal flaw is it can’t figure out who it is – a comedy, drama or dramedy? – and it didn’t do just one thing well.
On the surface, the new comedy from director Shawn Levy (“Real Steel,” “The Internship”) and rookie writer and novelist Jonathan Tropper might have seemed promising. Just put the combined talents of Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, Adam Driver, Timothy Olyphant, Kathryn Hahn, Dax Shepard, Abigail Spencer, Corey Stoll and Connie Britton in the same story and you’ve got a winner, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda . they.re all part of the star-studded ensemble .This is Where I Leave You.. But is the cast good enough to watch the movie based on Jonathan Tropper.s best-selling novel? Take a look at my movie review of .This is Where I Leave You..
The dramatic comedy "This is Where I Leave You" is directed by Shawn Levy, and based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper. It features a starring ensemble cast including Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development"); Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Tina Fey ("30 Rock"); and two-time Oscar (R) winner, multiple Golden Globe honoree and 2013 Emmy Award nominee Jane Fonda ("Klute," "Coming Home," HBO's "The Newsroom"). (c) Warner Bros
Jason Bateman as Judd Altman
Adam Driver as Phillip Altman
Corey Stoll as »
The new family dramedy "This is Where I Leave You" gives us Jason Bateman as a cynical lout, Jane Fonda as a towering matriarch, and Adam Driver as a garrulous wild card. Those characterizations are to be expected, but the surprising actor/role pairing is Tina Fey with her character Wendy Altman, who is more troubled and conflicted than Liz Lemon ever was. Director Shawn Levy, who also helmed the Fey project "Date Night," specifically chose Fey for her role because it would be a stretch for her. In fact, he enjoys pushing Tina Fey away from her comfort zone of wry humor. "I have gotten to know Tina a little bit in real life. A fair bit," Levy told us. "I know she has more colors to her. Different moods to her. I got really excited at the chance of bringing those out and encouraging her to show what »
- Louis Virtel
Editor’s note: This review was originally published on September 7, 2014 as part of our Tiff 2014 coverage. We know Judd Altman. He’s the guy in the movie that looks and acts like he has it all figured out, but who’s about to find out – quite suddenly, in fact, and by way of some sort of dramatic event that would never happen quite that way in real life – that nothing is actually as it seems. We know Judd Altman. We’ve seen Judd Altman plenty of times before. But is there anything new to this particular Judd Altman? Based on Jonathan Tropper’s novel of the same name, Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You explores what happens to Judd (Jason Bateman) after the rug is pulled, spectacularly and swiftly, out from underneath him. But Levy’s overstuffed and unfocused feature is unable to give Judd the attention he deserves – or, at »
- Kate Erbland
Shawn Levy's adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You touts a ton of stars: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Corey Stoll, Adam Driver, Connie Britton, Kathryn Hahn, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Debra Monk, Abigail Spencer and Ben Schwartz. While some may say that the ensemble dramedy is crowded with too many personalities (as family reunions often are), author and screenwriter Jonathan Tropper still had to leave a slew of chapters on the cutting-room floor, including Judd's (Bateman) eloquent streams of consciousness and his flashbacks to why he and his older, overachieving brother Paul (Stoll) have been
- Ashley Lee
[This is a re-post of my This Is Where I Leave You review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film opens in theaters nationwide today.] Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans, or so the saying goes. There are some trite phrases that, while clichéd, kind of ring true, and in the case of This Is Where I Leave You, director Shawn Levy’s adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel of the same name, the Altman family has certainly seen better days. The patriarch’s dying wish was to have his entire family sit shiva for seven days to mourn his death, and when the Altman clan reunites to fulfill his request, old wounds are opened, past relationships are rekindled, and all are reminded that this isn’t exactly how they envisioned their lives turning out. Buoyed by a stellar ensemble and a standout performance from Adam Driver, Levy mostly succeeds in bringing Tropper’s novel to the screen with plenty of humor, heart, and sentiment. While Levy goes overboard with the »
- Adam Chitwood
It’s no surprise that the advertising for director Shawn Levy’s leaden and antiseptic new film, This Is Where I Leave You, emphasizes its immensely talented and loveable cast. Let’s do a roll call, shall we? We’ve got Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Brittion, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Ben Schwartz, and Jane Fonda. With star-studded names like that, what could go wrong? Well, it turns out, a whole lot. The bad part about the movie is that their immense talent and lovability is largely missing, not because of the people themselves but because of the hopelessly generic movie around them. It is a movie that foolishly takes “white people problems” at face value and never attempts to dig deeper under its saccharine sheen. These people are sad, they want to remind you how sad they are, and they just kind of »
- Sean Hutchinson
Where to begin with This Is Where I Leave You? Directed by Shawn Levy, the movie's all-star cast includes Jason Bateman, Connie Britton, Rose Byrne, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Kathryn Hahn, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Corey Stoll. Based upon Jonathan Tropper's 2009 novel of the same name, it tells the story of four siblings who return to their childhood home after their dad dies. To their surprise, they must honor their father's wishes and remain at home together for seven days while sitting Shiva, the Jewish mourning custom. The Warner Bros. movie is in theaters today. Here's what the critics are saying: • The Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern writes, "This »
This Is Where I Leave You, out Friday, adapts Jonathan Tropper's beloved novel for the big screen and brings Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Adam Driver, Connie Britton, Kathryn Hahn and Jane Fonda (plus her boobs) into the same house to sit shiva. The Warner Bros. ensemble dramedy — directed by Shawn Levy and also featuring Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Debra Monk, Abigail Spencer and Ben Schwartz — is predicted to open in the low to mid teens. Read what top critics are saying about This Is Where I Leave You: The Hollywood Reporter's chief film critic Todd McCarthy calls it
- Ashley Lee
The awkwardly titled This Is Where I Leave You is a homecoming funeral comedy in which grown half-Jewish siblings spend more time quarreling and cracking wise than mourning the deceased, and all the characters have diarrhea of the mouth. Broadly directed by Shawn Levy from a script by Jonathan Tropper (based on his novel), it’s in your face and then some. But the actors expelling the wisecracks are ones you’ll probably enjoy spending time with, and the movie has some honest laughs if you can ignore the mixture of sentimentality and gross insensitivity.A bearded Jason Bateman plays the more or less straight man, Judd Altman, a radio producer who walks in on his wife, Quinn (Abigail Spencer), boning his boss. When he travels home to visit his dying father, he doesn’t want to tell anyone that he and Quinn have parted ways, so he goofily lies about her absence. »
- David Edelstein
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