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I’m starting up with a new weekly series here at Hollywood News, one tentatively titled “What’s up with the 2015 Awards Race”. Once or twice a week, I’ll be looking at potential 2014 awards contenders, and for the inaugural piece today, I figured I’d cover some of the films that have already come out this year, including one notable release that’s beginning its theatrical run today. Future pieces will more specifically focus on one title in particular, completely with more of an in depth look at them, but today we’ll start off with a primer. I’ve got a quartet of films to discuss, though they all have various pros and cons to their potential candidacies, obviously. Consider this a template for what’s to come during the year, including a placeholder grade of either “likely contender”, “potential contender”, or “long shot contender” for each… The Grand Budapest Hotel »
- Joey Magidson
Sure, Ellen DeGeneres' star-studded selfie from last night's Academy Awards may have busted up Twitter, but this pic simply had us busting out laughing. While attending Vanity Fair's Oscar party on Sunday evening, Amy Poehler found herself getting slightly manhandled by the likes of Adam Scott, Bill Hader, Bill Murray and Paul Rudd, all of whom managed to successfully turn the girl upside down and create a pretty memorable Kodak moment. Joining in on the fun were Andy Samberg, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. Hmm, could this have simply been part of George Clooney's elaborate plan to prank Poehler? Probably not. Which means, of course, some sort of stunt by the Monuments Men star »
If this picture from the Vanity Fair Oscar party were just of Bill Murray and Bill Hader lifting Amy Poehler, it would have been enough. (Or "dayenu," in Passover terms.) And if Paul Rudd were to wander over to help with her feet, well, that would just be gravy. Okay, but what if Andy Samberg, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Adam Scott were to join in to snicker while Amy is dropped? (There's someone behind Bill Hader, and let's just assume that's Jon Hamm, because that's where he'd be.) If this were a yearbook pic, the caption would be, "Hollywood High School's class clowns are at it again!" And like high school, let's hope that they all left the party to get baked in Samberg's basement and watch Stripes and pig-pile on Bill Murray. »
- Josh Wolk
You know what's better than going to the Vanity Fair Oscar party? Well, as it turns out, going to the Vanity Fair Oscar party and being manhandled by some of the funniest men of all time.
Amy Poehler found this out last night when she was ganged up on by Bill Murray, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg, Nick Offerman and Adam Scott (Megan Mullally was there, too, but we hope that she was there to offer moral support). These photos pretty much say it all: she was picked up and then dropped (on purpose, one imagines). There's also someone behind Bill Hader / Adam Scott. Vulture theorizes that it was Jon Hamm, but Hamm's handsomeness usually attracts the power of any photographer within a mile radius, so it's kind of doubtful that it was him.
This was undoubtedly organized by Murray, who was one of the stars of the Oscar »
- Drew Taylor
Jim Parsons is delightful. He’s cute, charming, good with a punchline, and unfailingly humble, even when being nominated for (and winning) yet another Best Actor trophy for his work on The Big Bang Theory.
That said, Parsons faces one major roadblock as an actor: He’s so closely associated with theoretical physicist/brilliant jerk Sheldon Cooper, whom he’s been playing for seven seasons on CBS, that it’s a little jarring to see him inhabit another role. And maybe more importantly, Sheldon Cooper is so beloved that a lot of people might not want to watch Parsons experiment with a different character. »
- Hillary Busis
From Non-Stop to Ernest & Celestine, here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend. See ThisNon-StopIt was Col. Mustard on the airplane with the candlestick. Yes, the fun of Non-Stop is that it's like a hijack version of Clue, with a whole gang of suspects threatening to take out passengers on an international flight. The movie is so twisty, even its ostensible hero, played by Liam Neeson, is a person of interest. Non-Stop reunites Neeson with his Unknown director, Jaume Collet-Serra, and it's clear the two learned something from that half-hearted effort, since this latest outing is far more engaging. »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
If you're only mildly curious about the Oscar-nominated (Best Animated Film) "Ernest & Celestine," then we can all but guarantee that you'll be scrambling to see it after you watch this gorgeous exclusive preview. (We liken it to watching a million watercolor paintings come to life, but you can come up with your own simile once the initial wave of child-like wonder wears off.)
Based on the beloved book by French author Gabrielle Vincent, "Ernest & Celestine" tells the tale of an unexpected friendship between an orphaned mouse (Celestine, voiced by Mackenzie Foy) and a down-and-out bear (Ernest, voiced by Forest Whitaker). How adorable is that?! Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey Wright also lend their voices to the movie.
In our preview, we follow the impossibly cute Celestine as she makes her way through the bustling underground village she calls home. There's a mouse in a boat, »
- Tim Hayne
First Lady Michelle Obama is set to make a special appearance on the season finale of NBC’s comedy Parks and Recreation, which is set for Thursday, April 24 (8-9 p.m. Et). Mrs. Obama’s scene in the episode titled “Moving Up” was filmed in late February in Miami, where she celebrated investments in healthier out-of-school programs as part of her “Let’s Move” initiative, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity. The First Lady’s appearance is not the first time real-world politics have interwoven with the Parks and Recreation storyline. National figures who have appeared on the series include Vice President Joe Biden, Arizona Sen. John McCain, California Sen. Barbara Boxer and former Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe. Parks and Recreation, which airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. Et/Pt, centers on Leslie Knope, a proud civil servant in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Ind. The series stars Amy Poehler, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
From Sochi to Pawnee we go: Now that the crying Olympic bear has gone back into hibernation, the rabid racoons can come out of hiding, and Parks and Recreation can return to the air. Tonight at 8:30 p.m., NBC’s beloved small-town government comedy kicks off the second half of its sixth — and not final — season.
While the midseason finale, “Ann and Chris,” saw the departure of Leslie’s best friend, Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), and City Manager Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe), our former city councilwoman (Amy Poehler) will see the arrival of a few new challenges in the second half of the season, »
- Dan Snierson
Since passing the $200 million mark, The Lego Movie is quickly being slot in for a sequel, and promising to ride high on the success that is being presently enjoyed at the box office. Currently untitled, we’re also unaware of the route that the plot will take or the stars who will be attached to lend their magnificent voices.
According to THR, we can expect the untitled sequel from Warner Bros. on May 26, 2017, which is a Memorial Day weekend. We’ll be sure and keep you posted on the awesome.
In the mean time you can enjoy The Lego Movie featuring the voices of Will Farrell, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, Jason Sand, Nick Offerman, Jonah Hill, Charlie Day, Channing Tatum and Will Arnett which is now in theaters. »
- Jess Orso
Director: Terrence Malick
Writer: Terrence Malick
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Imogen Poots, Cate Blanchett, Teresa Palmer, Joe Manganiello, Nick Offerman, Wes Bentley, Nicky Whelan, Antonio Banderas, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Jason Clarke, Shea Whigham, Katia Winter, Thomas Lennon, Ryan O’Neal, Kevin Corrigan
There aren’t too many filmmakers turning up twice on our list, but Knight of Cups and the formerly titled Lawless (#81) are in a traffic jam of their own, hopefully getting a green light at some major film festival where the final guest list shall let us know who made the final cut.
Gist: This is about celebrities and excess.
Release Date: Cannes or Venice.
- Eric Lavallee
Forget Yelp, there's a new review system in Pawnee: Ron's Reviews. Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) is giving his opinions on local businesses, people and things when the NBC comedy returns on Thursday, Feb. 27. "Computers are mostly pointless, but that Yelp thing gave me a great idea on how to criticize people and places," Ron says in the exclusive preview clip below. We all know how Ron Swanson feels about computers, social media and technology in general, so what's the deal with Ron's Reviews? Ron Swanson is using the Internet to look up addresses of people and businesses to send his "strongly-worded letters" to. His targets: a vegetable farm, several »
The Lego Movie has held on to the number one spot at the Us box office for the third weekend in a row.
The Warner Bros computer-animated movie took in $31.4m, earning a total of $183.1m. It beat two new releases - 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii - for the number one spot.
Both Ride Along and Frozen remained on the top ten »
Warner Bros. wasted little time giving the go ahead to a follow-up to The Lego Movie, announcing that a sequel was in the works before the animated smash hit had even arrived in cinemas. But now, with the film out to near-universal acclaim and big box office receipts, the studio has set a release date for The Lego Movie 2, which will hit cinemas on May 26th 2017. Yes, that's an awful long wait.
The Lego Movie 2 is currently being written by Jared Stern (The Internship, Mr. Popper's Penguins) and Michelle Morgan (Middle of Nowhere, Girl Most Likely). At this point it's unknown whether directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return - they chose to hand over directing duties on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, but did stick around for the upcoming 22 Jump Street, so obviously they aren't averse to revisiting material.
The Lego Movie is out now, »
- Gary Collinson
The Lego Movie is blowing up at the box office and has recently surpassed $200 million worldwide. The sequel to the film has already been announced, and Warner Bros. has set its release for May 26th, 2017.
The studio has already hired Jared Stern (Mr. Popper’s Penguins) and Michelle Morgan to write the script. There's no word on or Chris Lord and Phil Miller will return to direct it. I assume most of the original cast will be back to reprise their roles, though. That cast includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, and Alison Brie.
Hopefully they are able to come up with a story that is just as awesome as the original.
Via: Variety »
- Joey Paur
A sequel to The Lego Movie has been confirmed for 2017.
The blockbuster financial success of The Lego Movie has led Warner Bros to confirm that the follow-up will be out on May 26, 2017.
The Lego Movie has already made more than $202 million at the worldwide box office.
A video game spinoff topped the all-formats chart as well.
Watch the stars of The Lego Movie speak to Digital Spy below: »
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Warner Bros. had hired Jared Stern (The Internship) and Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely) to write a sequel to The Lego Movie. Since being released in North America two weeks ago, the animated film has earned an incredible $200 million worldwide.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wrote the first movie, and the duo are expected to also helm the follow-up (although that has yet to be confirmed). Either way, the studio has now dated the sequel for a May 26th, 2017 release.
This is one of the first movies to be pencilled in for 2017, and it gives Lord and Miller plenty of time to fit the movie into their already packed out schedule (22 Jump Street is being released this year, and many are already speculating that a third instalment will soon be given the green light if the sequel is as successful as the first »
- Josh Wilding
The untitled sequel is the first movie to be be set for that date. Warner Bros. confirmed four days before the film opened on Feb. 7 that it had tapped screenwriters Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan to write the script for the sequel.
“The Lego Movie” is poised to win its third straight weekend at the U.S. box office, where it has grossed $151 million in its first two weeks. The computer-animated comedy has taken in another $52 million in 42 international markets and is adding France and Italy this weekend, followed by Russia on Feb. 27, Japan on March 21, Australia on April 3 and Germany on April 10.
Stern, who wrote “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” was one of the half-dozen writers announced a year ago by Warner Bros. as part of its animation consortium aimed at »
- Dave McNary
Chris Brown and Rihanna's relationship may be complicated, but "21 Jump Street" underachieving cop duo Jenko and Schmidt — can we call them Schmenko? — are definitely, undeniably an item again. That's right: Even though Nick Offerman's Deputy Chief Hardy "hoped never to see you again," Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill proudly proclaim "we're back" in the latest trailer for "22 Jump Street." And not only are they back — their relationship is stronger than ...
By Emily Blake »
While Channing Tatum rose to prominence with a filmography that included Step Up, Stop-Loss, and GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, his supporting turn in 2011′s The Dilemma gave many a look at his comedic talents. His subsequent leading turn in the following year’s 21 Jump Street earned Tatum a new set of fans, all of whom were excited to find out that he had formally signed on to the movie’s sequel. Titled 22 Jump Street, Tatum is once again joined onscreen by Jonah Hill, Nick Offerman, and Ice Cube, with c0-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller once again helming the sequel, and screenwriter Michael Bacall joined this time around by Rodney Rothman and Oren Uziel. A new trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
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