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Ice Cube returned to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday, and once again he demonstrated his ability to turn even the most wholesome of statements into intimidating bursts of anger. See photos: Party Report in Pictures: Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Jon Stewart and SNL's Week Off (Photos) Kimmel read his guest lines like, “Rainbows are majestic visions that remind us how beautiful life truly is,” and waited for the former N.W.A rapper to repeat them in signature tough-guy fashion. “Baby spinach” never sounded so dangerous. See video: Channing Tatum, Diego Luna Vie for Zoe Saldana's Heart in »
- Greg Gilman
Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez; Screenwriters: Jorge R. Gutierrez, Douglas Langdale; Starring: Channing Tatum, Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube; Running time: 95 mins; Certificate: U
Mexican mythology provides the inspiration for The Book of Life, a sunny and spirited animation that's as much about what happens after we leave this mortal coil. Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Diego Luna lend their voices, each in the corner of a love triangle that spans three beautifully realised worlds: the Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten.
At the centre of some cosmic turbulence is Manolo (Luna), the son of a bullfighter who is expected to follow in dad's footsteps, but Manolo would rather play his guitar and serenade the town beauty Maria (Saldana). Rivalling him for Maria's affections is best pal Joaquin (Tatum), a bit of a blowhard who »
Now in theaters is Jorge Gutierrez‘s charming and visually stunning tribute to Dia de los Muertos, The Book of Life. The animated feature depicts Gutierrez’s vision of the afterlife in which the celebrated and beloved spend eternity in the Land of the Remembered, ruled over by the beautiful and kind-hearted La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), while the souls beyond remembrance languish under the rule of the trickster Xibalba (Ron Perlman) in the Land of the Forgotten. The film’s events are set into motion when the deities place a wager on the romantic fate of three childhood friends – should Maria (Zoe Saldana) choose to marry Manolo (Diego Luna), a good-natured musician, Xibalba will stop meddling in human affairs, but if she marries the rakish warrior Joaquin (Channing Tatum), Xibabla will take over as ruler of The Land of Remembered. I recently sat down with Diego Luna and Zoe Saldana »
- Haleigh Foutch
Brad Pitt’s World War II tank thriller Fury blew away the competition in its Friday debut, racking up $8.8 million at the box office and handily ending Gone Girl’s two-week run as the No. 1 movie in the country. The animated kids’ flick The Book of Life, meanwhile, showed a strong pulse in its first day in wide release, tallying $4.9 million. And the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic tearjerker The Best of Me opened to a lackluster $4.1 million Friday, on track to come up short of pre-release expectations for its opening weekend. Fury rolls into multiplexes with an A- Cinemascore »
- Chris Lee
“Fury” opened to No. 1 at the U.S. box office on Friday — ahead of two-time champ “Gone Girl” and newcomer “The Book of Life” — with $8.8 million. This includes $1.2 million from Thursday night showings. The tank tale looks to haul $25 million in its debut weekend.
Pitt stars as an army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and a five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in Germany during the end of WWII. This is a record opening for director David Ayer, who wrote and directed 2012’s “End of Watch” and scripted “Training Day.” The movie also stars Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Peña.
Aside from Pitt’s star power, the $68 million production — backed by Columbia Pictures in association with Qed Intl. and LStar Capital — has the critics on its side, earning 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Maane Khatchatourian
One of the unique fixtures of an opening weekend in Los Angeles, whether it's an art house release or a studio blockbuster, are filmmakers and sometimes stars popping their heads into a theater to see how their baby plays. Well, if you're going to a screening of the new animated feature "The Book of Life" in the Southland this weekend, there's a good chance you might see Jorge R. Gutierrez dropping by your theater. "Book" is Gutierrez's directorial debut and a project he's worked diligently to bring to the big screen for 14 years. The talented animator has received advice about handling the release from the film's producer, Guillermo del Toro, but Gutierrez jokes he's not listening to it. "He said don't read the Internet, don't read any reviews, like, don't look at the comments," Gutierrez says. "But I am a masochist, so I'm reading everything. And then this whole weekend »
- Gregory Ellwood
Guillermo del Toro’s vibrant animated comedy, “The Book of Life,” is a colorful celebration of life and culture directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez that tells the legend of Manolo (Diego Luna), a conflicted hero and dreamer. Manolo sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds to rescue his one true love, […]
- Sheila Roberts
“The Book of Life,” the visually stunning and colorful animated tale produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, is an exciting celebration of life inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday. The story centers on Manolo (Diego Luna), a young man torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and […]
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- Sheila Roberts
Update, Friday, 2:03 Pm: With matinee grosses tumbling in, it appears at the moment that The Book Of Life is headed to a $4M-$5.2M Friday night with most of its audiences sure to come in on family moviegoing Saturday and Sunday for Fox. Currently, that puts it in the $11.5M-$15M range for the three-day week. Likewise, the Brad Pitt war movie Fury — which is expected to win the weekend — will see its R-rated audience come in later this evening and tonight for Sony and Qed. Right now, it’ss tracking for a $8M-$9M+ Friday or a three-day debut in the $21M-$25M range. Word of mouth on this mostly positively-reviewed movie should help. The Best Of Me from Relativity, as previously noted below, is not expected to do much business and that is certainly the case in matinees. It may make around $3M-$4.5M today on track »
- Anita Busch
While Zoe Saldana may still be eight weeks away from giving birth, the pregnant actress could not be more excited to add the title of mother to her resume. "Thank you," the beaming mama-to-be gushed to Ellen DeGeneres after the television personality congratulated the actress on her pregnancy. Saldana, along with her Book of Life co-stars Channing Tatum and Diego Luna stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres Show to chat about the animated comedy, which hits theaters today, while also dishing on parenthood. "They're schooling me on what to expect," the soon-to-be mother said of Luna, who has a 6-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, and Tatum, who is a dad to one-year-old »
Now in theaters is Jorge Gutierrez's charming and visually stunning tribute to Dia de los Muertos, The Book of Life. The animated feature depicts Gutierrez's vision of the afterlife in which the celebrated and beloved spend eternity in the Land of the Remembered, ruled over by the beautiful and kind-hearted La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), while those souls beyond remembrance languish under the rule of the trickster Xibalba (Ron Perlman) in the Land of the Forgotten. The film's events are set into motion when the deities place a wager on the romantic fate of three childhood friends - should Maria (Zoe Saldana) chose to marry Manolo (Diego Luna), a good-natured musician, Xibalba will stop meddling in human affairs, but if she marries the rakish warrior Joaquin (Channing Tatum), Xibabla will take over as ruler of The Land of Remembered. I recently sat down for an exclusive video interview with »
- Haleigh Foutch
"The Book of Life" is a colourful, slightly macabre animated story that draws from Mexican culture and aesthetic style. Told as a story-within-a-story, this is a straight-up fairy tale that sees the protagonist go on a traditional heroic quest, with visits to the underworld, battles with raging beasts, and overcoming family expectations.
For a film that has significant events that take place in the underworld, this seems like a weird title.
Originally the film was called "Day of the Dead," which, frankly, is much more in keeping with the film's style. While granting that there are entire swaths of the audience that would be caught, um, dead taking their children to a film of that title, from both a narrative and aesthetic point of view it's a much more apt title.
What's with Mexicans and all this death stuff?
That seemingly offensive question is a rhetorical question that the film explicitly raises, »
- Jason Gorber
Chicago – Unfortunately you can’t judge “The Book Of Life” by its cover. The movie draws on the fertile imagery of the Mexican “Day Of The Dead” to create its own animated world. The animation is excellent and the wooden characters seem to spring to life – but those performances are as wooden as a board.
Which also describes my feelings for most of this uninspired journey…bored.
The film doesn’t have the courage to go its own way, instead it uses the window dressing of its distinctive look to paper over a story that is firmly stuck in the material world of mediocrity. Trouble begins from the onset with an uninspired framing device involving grade school slackers touring a museum and learning about the Mexican cultural traditions – complete with a map showing Mexico with a giant bandito mustache. These modern characters seem to have been inspired by the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In Jorge R. Gutierrez's splendid animated feature The Book Of Life, Channing Tatum plays Joaquin, a pompous but good-natured soldier who finds himself fighting for the affection of his childhood friend Maria (Zoe Saldana) against his best pal Manolo (Diego Luna). Unbeknownst to all of them, the outcome of this love triangle will have consequences far more significant than can be imagined. This is my third time interviewing Tatum, who is always a cheerful, engaging presence. Here we talk »
- Eric Walkuski
Right away, "The Book Of Life" is appealing to me on a purely visual level. Simply put, this is a film that is delightful to look at, pretty much start to finish. Using CG to create a tactile world and a style that feels like part puppet, part cartoon gives the characters an unusual quality. It's kind of a lovely moment for family-audience movies right now. If you're in the right area this weekend, your options include "The Book Of Life," "The Boxtrolls," and "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," all of which are excellent exercises in voice. It's true that Pixar and Dreamworks have house styles, that there is a thread that runs through the way their films look and feel that unites them. And it's hard not to get used to it. Familiarity sometimes hurts the reception to these films because we're used to seeing them get it right. »
- Drew McWeeny
Gone Girl may have had a cozy two weeks at the top of the box office, but there's a new contender in town: Fury. Brad Pitt stars in the David Ayer-directed WWII pic that's expected to march to the top spot by the weekend's close, in spite of the crowded adult-targeted market. The Guillermo del Toro-produced animated pic The Book of Life hits theaters this weekend, too, as does the weepy Nicolas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me. Jason Reitman's Men, Women, and Children also expands nationwide after two uninspiring weeks in limited release. Here's how things might play out. »
- Lindsey Bahr
You may not see his beautiful body in The Book of Life, but Channing Tatum still exudes the same charm and confidence he brings to live-action roles. Also starring Zoe Saldana and Diego Luna, the film is a visual treat for the whole family to enjoy, with a kick-ass soundtrack. Producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez give us a story based on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead (which was the original title), that deals with love, friendship, family, life, death and everything in between. Literally.
Based on a Latin tradition, The Book of Life tells the story of Manolo (Luna) and Joaquin (Tatum) fighting for Maria’s (Saldana) love with modern tropes weaved throughout (see: “Hey, girl”). There’s also the unexpected delight of contemporary music, including cast remakes of Mumford and Sons‘ “I Will Wait” and “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie. »
- Taylor Ferber
Any children’s film that opens with a Le Tigre song and contains a sad matador singing Radiohead is basically alright by me. Death is ‘in’ at the moment in children’s animation, with The Book of Life belonging to a quirky little group along with Frankenweenie and Paranorman (or going back a bit further, The Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas). But even among this morbid crowd, The Book of Life racks up an impressive body count. Given that the film bears Guillermo del Toro’s unmistakable fingerprints, this perhaps isn’t surprising, as in this case, animation allows his intricate imagination to run riot.
We open in the ‘real world’ to find four misbehaving children on a school trip to a museum. The guide (Christina Applegate) is teaching them all about the Mexican Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) via a children’s fable told through wooden toys. »
- David James
This weekend, Brad Pitt and his battle-hardened platoon attempt a deadly mission in the WWII drama "Fury," Michael Keaton plays a washed up actor in the critically acclaimed off-beat comedy "Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," the popular IFC show "Comedy Bang! Bang!" returns for a new season late Friday night, and "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" wraps up its sixth season Sunday on Bravo.
Also in theaters this weekend: "The Book of Life" is an animated film that follows the fantastical adventures of a young man who's torn between his family's expectations and his heart. Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, and Channing Tatum voice roles. In "The Best of Me," a pair of former high school sweethearts (Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden) reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown. "Dear White People" is a comedy-drama that follows four black students at an Ivy League »
- Jonny Black
The Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 5-16) is to present its Achievement Award to Us actress Uma Thurman.
The Kill Bill star will will visit Stockholm to receive the prestigious Bronze Horse and meet the audience during an exclusive “Face2Face”.
Thurman will also take part in the inauguration ceremony, which will include the unveiling of an ice sculpture by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
Weiwei was a Stockholm jury member last year but since he wasn’t allowed to leave China, he sent an empty chair named ”The Chair for Non-attendance” as symbol of his absence.
The festival will focus this year on Brazil »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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