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There is not a cynical or mean-spirited moment in Peter Chelsom's new film "Hector and the Search For Happiness," and the film's observations about life are in some ways so direct, so fundamental, that it would be easy to shrug it off and laugh at its sincerity. Happiness is a subject I've been thinking about quite a bit this year. At 44, I find it elusive, temporary. I've upended my life this year, moving out of my house, negotiating a divorce, building a new life to share with my kids, and even exploring the notion of new love, and all of it has been life-altering and shattering and scary and exhilarating, and above all else, necessary. Completely and totally necessary. When I was a young man, I saw happiness as something that landed on you, something that was simply a by-product of living life. I took happiness for granted, and »
- Drew McWeeny
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About The Film
Hector And The Search For Happiness: Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients »
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
“The Maze Runner” is hurtling towards theaters this weekend, with the sleek look of a young adult franchise in the making.
The adaptation of James Dashner’s post-apocalyptic bestseller mixes a dash of “Lord of the Flies” and a dollop of “The Hunger Games” in its story of a group of teenagers who must outrace some nasty creatures and a dangerous, perpetually shifting labyrinth as they struggle to survive.
Audiences seem to be responding to futuristic saga and the film is on track to debut to north of $30 million across 3,500 locations, 350 of which will be Imax theaters and the same number of premium large format screens.
“That young adult audience is fickle, but if they’re properly marketed to then suddenly you’ve got a big hit on your hands,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.
Fox, which is backing the $34 million production, is being more conservative and »
- Brent Lang
Opening this weekend in North America is director Peter Chelsom’s dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness. Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier. One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists. The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno. For more on Hector and the Search for Happiness, click here to watch the trailer, and here's all our previous coverage. Last week at the Toronto International Film festival I landed an exclusive interview with Rosamund Pike, who plays Hector's wife. She talked about being at Tiff, working with Pegg on The World's End and then Hector, collaborating with Peter Chelsom, if there were script changes during production, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Simon Pegg has always been more like a cartoon than a real boy. He's one part Charlie Brown to two parts Tintin, a round-faced runt who can channel both childlike depression and old-fashioned cowlicked pluck. In Pegg's new film, Hector and the Search for Happiness, director Peter Chelsom simply allows him to be himself, and it fits. Hector is a psychiatrist quietly churning with adult-onset anxiety. He looks and acts mature — he downs wheatgrass shots every morning — but inside he's still a kid. Hector's girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), tries cheerfully to ignore his inability to propose. On a whim, Hector decides to make like Hergé and travel the world. He tells Clara he wants to write a book about happiness, but Pike plays the scene with j »
This was orginally reviewed as part of our Tiff 2014 coverage. Plot: Hector (Simon Pegg) . an unhappy psychiatrist . leaves his adoring girlfriend (Rosamund Pike) behind on a globe-trotting adventure to discover the secret of happiness. Review: Hector And The Search For Happiness is the second film in a year to feature a bored, middle-aged man yearn to escape his humdrum existence and travel the globe in search of adventure and fulfilment. But, where the other one, Ben »
- Chris Bumbray
Being based in Montreal, not exactly a mecca for film junkets, it’s rare that I get to sit down 1:1, or in this case 1:2 with big stars like Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike. Lucky for me, attending the Toronto International Film Festival has been the exception to this rule, and with Hector And The Search For Happiness being part of the fest, I had the chance to have a quick chat with Pegg and Pike, who couldn’t have been nicer, and were very tolerant of my nervousness. »
- Chris Bumbray
Pre-Order Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/boxtrolls-original-motion/id915660436
The Unspeakable Has Happened
The Boxtrolls Cavern
Eggs’ Music Box
One Busy Night
Snatcher and His Stooges
To the Rescue »
- Movie Geeks
The Boxtrolls has claimed the top spot in the UK box office chart.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) The Boxtrolls - £2,000,597
2. (2) Lucy - £812,073
3. (-) Pride - £718,778
4. (1) Sex Tape - £673,478
5. (-) A Most Wanted Man - £610,312
6. (3) Before I Go To Sleep - £537,991
7. (5) Guardians Of The Galaxy - £614,564
8. (6) Let's Be Cops - £477,576
9. (4) The Hundred-Foot Journey - £437,650
10. (7) The Inbetweeners 2 - £332,564 »
ComingSoon.net has an exclusive video interview with actor Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) talking about his new movie Hector and the Search for Happiness as well as talking about his pal J.J. Abrams taking on Star Wars Episode VII, when we might see "Star Trek 3" and why they've been able to make Mission: Impossible V in relative secrecy. »
The result is a more stylized, theatrical look along with more ambitious storytelling, and sure to be an Oscar contender for best animated feature. Laika previously helmed Oscar nominated animated films "Coraline" and "ParaNorman." Focus takes "The Boxtrolls" wide on September 26. It is directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, and stars Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan. Here's what critics are saying so far. The movie just opened in the UK, and the Brits are more in favor: The Guardian: "The visuals are dazzling, the voices expressive, and the end-credits sequence offers a laugh-out-loud appraisal of the madness of the animators’ labour-intensive craft." Time Out: "It’s no surprise that this digitally animated adventure from the producers of Edward Gorey-esque kids’ fairytales ‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman’ is an ooky, »
- Bill Desowitz
Here’s a suggestion for Kriv Stenders, director of the flagrantly messy “Kill Me Three Times”: don’t be so kind to first-time screenwriters. As our thoughts wrestle over who to chastise for this incomprehensibly cluttered picture, it can either be James MacFarland for his first screenplay or Stenders for not using the experience he has from his more compelling movies (“Red Dog,” “Boxing Day”) to take control of the situation. As it stands, they are both culprits for making “Kill Me Three Times” feel artificial in every possible way, despite having Simon Pegg along for the ride. If it were funnier, perhaps the trite action and insipid characters could be excused, but it isn’t nearly funny enough for that. “Fuck me,” says Pegg’s Charlie Wolfe in the opening voice-over, as an aerial shot of a gorgeous Australian beach comes into view. It’s the very first dialogue spoken in the film, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
The very first time I saw the utterly brilliant Shaun Of The Dead, I knew that Simon Pegg was going to be a major force. As a comedic actor, he is able to capture so much depth while still making us laugh at his follies. This wonderfully charismatic talent has shined in Shaun, Paul, Hot Fuzz, The World’S End and a number of big franchise flicks including Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol as well as Star Trek. He continually impresses in his film work. And with his latest, Hector »
Below-the-line talent rarely seems like the lynchpin holding a whole film together, but if anyone should be getting praise for Kill Me Three Times, it’s casting director Christine King. Without her presence, the film would have been a dull Aussie crime caper that you’ll probably forget about by the time you reach the parking lot. But thanks to King, Kill Me Three Times is a dull Aussie crime caper that’ll make you think it was neat seeing so many actors play against type, before then forgetting everything else about it.
Not content to let brother Liam be the only Hemsworth with a derivative, Teresa Palmer-co-starring knockoff premiering at Tiff, Luke Hemsworth is the only player in Kill Me Three Times that’s squarely in their comfort zone (his: bland and hunky). The rest are diverting in spots simply for trying something a little different, whether it »
- Sam Woolf
With the last gasp of the Toronto International Film Festival now upon us (it officially closes Sunday,) the Oscar race has become further defined, particularly with input from Venice and Telluride. Until that fall fest trifecta, only IFC’s summer phenomenon Boyhood and perhaps Sony Pictures Classics’ Foxcatcher could realistically be thought to be in serious contention for Best Picture consideration. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has been mentioned in some quarters, but that movie came out in March, and when was the last time a March release made the list of Best Picture nominees?
Related: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As Tiff World Premieres Keep On Coming
But with these early fall fests, Hollywood has trotted out at least three additional films that seem like sure shots to add to the list: Focus Features’ Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, with certain »
- Pete Hammond
Recently, "Mission Impossible 5" movie director, Christopher McQuarrie, hit up his official Twitter account to reveal this new set photo, which features main stars: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner reunited and palling it up for a nice,smiling pose. He captioned the photo with the words: "The team is back. @Renner4Real @TomCruise @simonpegg #VingRhames #MI5Diary." They've already filmed a lot of major explosion scenes, high speed car chases, building repelling, and more. It should be a very entertaining, new installment. It stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, and Ving Rhames. Paramount Pictures is funding the distribution. Christopher McQuarrie is the director. Will Staples and Drew Pearce are handling the screenwriting duties. It's set to show up in theaters on December 25th,2015. Stay tuned. »
The folks at Laika have already done such an incredible job making the Boxtrolls feel like real, living, breathing creatures that it’s easy to forget that there’s actually human beings in a sound booth voicing them. Now, thanks to the brand new The Boxtrolls featurette, “Trolls Rights Off the Tongue,” you get to meet the men responsible for configuring the Boxtrolls’ language, Dee Baker and Steve Blum. On top of that, we’ve also got a new clip from the film featuring Winnie (voiced by Elle Fanning) trying to teach Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) to dress like a proper boy with a little help from the Boxtrolls. Hit the jump to check out The Boxtrolls clip as well as that featurette. The movie also features the voices of Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Jared Harris, and is due to hit theaters on September 26th. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Mission: Impossible 5: The "Impossible Mission Force" has reunited, as Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames posed for a photo on the set of Mission: Impossible 5. They will be joined by Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris, the latter recently confirmed as the chief villain. Christopher McQuarrie, who shared the photo, will direct; the movie is due in theaters on December 25, 2015. [Twitter via Collider] Underworld 5: Theo James, who costarred opposite Shailene Woodley in Divergent (above), will take on the lead role in Underworld 5. James appeared in a supporting role as a vampire in Underworld: Awakening (2013); in the new installment, described now as an "expansion" of the series rather than a reboot, he will star...
- Peter Martin
“You never can quite understand what the Boxtrolls are talking about, but you certainly get the emotional intent of it all.” In Laika’s The Boxtrolls, an underground species of trash-collecting creatures communicate with a language all their own, and a new video looks into the creation of their communication, while a clip shows Elle Fanning’s Winnie ordering Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) out of his box.
“A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, »
- Derek Anderson
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