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When Universal Pictures gave creator-director-star Seth MacFarlane the greenlight to make a sequel to his surprise hit “Ted” after it grossed nearly $550 million at the worldwide box office in 2012 to become the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, he vowed to make the tale about a man (Mark Wahlberg) and his foul-mouthed teddy bear as smart, witty and fun as the original despite the enormous expectations.
“To be honest, there was some personal pressure, but my goal was to tell a completely new story and not rehash the same movie twice,” MacFarlane told Variety at the world premiere of “Ted 2″ held at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday. “We wanted to do an entirely new story that explores an entirely new aspect of Ted’s life and evolve the character with funny jokes. Ted fighting for his civil rights is different than the smaller relationships story that »
- Paul Chi
Free Fire, Akira, All I See Is You, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.
Untitled WWII movie
Brad Pitt has been looking for a lover for his next WWII movie and he has finally found one in Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, who’s in negotiations to join him in the untitled period film that Robert Zemeckis is directing
Steven Knight wrote the script
Pitt and Cotillard will play assassins who fall in love during a mission to kill a German official. They soon marry, but their romance is cut short when Pitt is told that his wife is a double agent working for the German government and he must kill her.
- Rollo Tomasi
Silicon Valley's Middleditch will star as Lester, who joins the Union of Evil and is assigned to a crew of workers which includes Stew (Robinson), Jane (Krakowski) and fallen henchman Hank (Marsden).
After the group survive a shift working for The Gluttonator (Will Sasso), they are sent to work at the Vault of Villainy, where Lester accidentally steals the 'ultimate weapon'.
Meanwhile, the evil Baron Blackout (Molina) and his henchman Biff (Riggle) are determined to defeat their nemesis Captain Superior (Fillion) - a situation which causes a whole host of problems.
Hank soon finds himself in an impossible situation - if he wants to save his team »
Last August, an animated short film from Bron Studios premiered at the computer graphics conference Siggraph, and caught the attention of Gary Sanchez Productions heads Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Chris Henchy. The short, titled Henchmen: Ill Suited, told the tale of a dreamy janitor working in a supervillain museum who winds up inside of a dangerous super suit. Not much has been heard of it since Siggraph, but now we’ve received word that a feature film adaptation is officially moving forward and already has a talented group of actors all set to lend their voices.
Several of the actors already have a history of comic book-inspired properties, like X-Men alum James Marsden, Daredevil and Sin City actress Rosario Dawson, Spider-Man 2‘s Alfred Molina and Nathan Fillion, who’s voiced Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in several animated DC films. Joining them are Silicon Valley‘s Thomas Middleditch, »
- James Garcia
Indie producer Bron Studios has set the voice cast for its first animated feature film Henchman, based on the Adam Wood short that premiered during Siggraph 2014 last summer. James Marsden, Thomas Middleditch, Rosario Dawson, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Jane Krakowski, Rob Riggle, Craig Robinson and Will Sasso will lend their voices to the pic, about a band of blue-collar workers at the Union of Evil who must come together to save the world. The movie is in production… »
T.I., Dermot Mulroney, Scoot McNairy and David Harbour are set to join Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union and Michelle Monaghan in Baran bo Odar's action thriller "Sleepless Night". Andrea Berloff penned the script and filming begins June 15th in Atlanta and Las Vegas
Foxx plays a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop whose son is kidnaped by gangsters (Mulroney, McNairy) who want a shipment of cocaine he stole as payment. He races to save his child's life without getting caught by Internal Affairs and before the mobsters discover that he's actually lost the goods. [Source: Heat Vision]
Jennifer Hudson, Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright and Alison Wright have joined the cast of "Confirmation," the TV movie about Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearings. The join Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce and Eric Stonestreet in the project.
The story explores the explosive 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings which brought the country to a standstill »
- Garth Franklin
Production on Henchmen is underway at the company’s studios in Burnaby and Duncan, British Columbia. Gary Sanchez Productions, which came aboard last August, is no longer involved with the project due to scheduling conflicts.
Nathan Fillion, Jane Krakowski, Rob Riggle, Craig Robinson and Will Sasso have also signed on to the story about a ‘fallen henchman’ in a world of super-villains who must find his inner hero to rescue a new recruit and win the girl.
eOne holds Canadian rights and Wme Global represents sales for the rest of the world.
“We are absolutely »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
James Marsden, Thomas Middleditch and Rosario Dawson will star in Bron Studios’ first animated feature film, “Henchmen,” the company announced on Friday. The star-studded voice cast also includes Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Jane Krakowski, Rob Riggle, Craig Robinson and Will Sasso. Marsden will voice Hank, a fallen henchman who must become a hero and lead his team (Middleditch, Krakowski and Robinson) to prevent Baron Blackout (Molina) from taking over the world, and save his love interest (Dawson) in the process. Fillion, best known for ABC’s “Castle” will voice superhero Captain Superior. Also Read: Jack Black and James Marsden Answer »
- Reid Nakamura
The movie is a Bron Studios production in association with CW Media Finance, with Adam Wood directing from is own script. Producers are Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert and Luke Carroll; executive producers are Jason Cloth of CW Media Finance and Bron’s Brenda Gilbert.
Wme Global is handling sales of the film outside Canada, while eOne Canada will distribute in Canada.
Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) is voicing Lester, a new recruit to the Union of Evil, where he is assigned to a motley crew of blue-collar workers led by a fallen henchmen (voiced »
- Dave McNary
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis returns with his weekly look at what’s on offer in the world of Blu-ray…
A juggernaut of massive proportions in the Us, American Sniper was 2014’s highest grossing domestic film with a whopping $350 million. Clint Eastwood’s war/sniper epic saw the film earn six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Director and Actor for Bradley Cooper. Sienna Miller co-stars.
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Another in a line of comedy sequels that no-one really wanted (see Dumb and Dumber To), Hot Tub 2 sees Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry return sans John Cusack as they inadvertently travel »
- Scott J. Davis
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
A lot of fans have been waiting for this one to come out. Bradley Cooper plays U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated war drama, which arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 19. You'll have to wait until June 16 for Netflix or Redbox, but if you pick up the Blu-Ray you get special features like "One Soldier's Story: The Journey of American Sniper" and "The Making of American Sniper."
Looking for something a little more highbrow than a "Hot Tub" sequel? »
- Gina Carbone
A hotter and wetter unrated cut of the raunchy comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is headed to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on May 19. Thanks to Paramount Home Entertainment we have some great prizes to dish out in support of the upcoming home video release.
One grand prize winner will take home a Hot Tub Time Machine 2 poster signed by the cast and filmmakers, the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack, pool beer pong, pink flamingo beverage floaties and a “mysterious floating object” for the pool. Additionally two runner-ups will each score the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack.
For a chance to be randomly drawn as one of the lucky HTTM2 winners, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased with each additional daily entry for as many days as the contest is still open.
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"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" just wrapped up its strong second season with its best episode of the year, dealing with Jake and Amy's awkward attraction for each other, Captain Holt trying to avoid being promoted out of the Nine-Nine by Chief Wuntch, and Boyle helping Diaz on her birthday. Rather than do a review, I reached out to "Brooklyn" co-creator and showrunner Dan Goor with some emailed questions about both the events of the finale and season 2 as a whole, coming up just as soon as I Don Johnson it... Did you know when you made the finale who the new captain would be? If not, do you know now, whether the specific performer or at least the type of character it is? And what are you comfortable saying? Dan Goor: We did not know who the new captain would be when we came up with the finale. We were really »
- Alan Sepinwall
There's The Office and then there's The Office. For many, that name conjures up images of Steve Carell and John Krasinski's hijinks, Mindy Kaling obsessing over B.J. Novak, and Craig Robinson routinely being the funniest person in the room. For others, however, the first thing that pops into their minds is Ricky Gervais's inexplicable David Brent, dancing and gyrating to calcified pop rock, or the great Martin Freeman flirting with Lucy Davis at the front desk. The former bid farewell to network television a few years ago, but the return of David Brent is seemingly imminent, as Entertainment One and BBC Films announced today that they will be co-funding and distributing Life on the Road, a feature-length film wherein a documentary crew catches up with Brent once again. [caption id="attachment_458425" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via BBC[/caption] "BBC Films is thrilled to be supporting David Brent in this exciting new phase of his career, »
- Chris Cabin
NBC has set Wednesday, August 5, for the season debuts of a new hour-long block of comedies, with "Mr. Robinson" at 9 pm, immediately followed by "The Carmichael Show" at 9:30 pm. And we now have our first look at footage from both upcoming new series. "Mr Robinson" follows the lead singer and keyboardist of the funk band Nasty Delicious, Craig (played by Craig Robinson) who knows a thing or two about working the crowd, but his day job is where he really makes his money, while he waits for that big break. So when Craig finds himself short on cash, he takes a job as a substitute high school music teacher. The school principal (played by Peri Gilpin) believes that rules were made to be strictly upheld. She’s none too fond of Craig’s unorthodox teaching style, or his crush on the pretty English teacher (played by Meagan Good). It »
- Tambay A. Obenson
NBC has set Wednesday, August 5, for the season debuts of a new hour-long block of comedies, with "Mr. Robinson" at 9 pm, immediately followed by "The Carmichael Show" at 9:30 pm. And we now have our first look at footage from both upcoming new series. "Mr Robinson" follows the lead singer and keyboardist of the funk band Nasty Delicious, Craig (played by Craig Robinson) who knows a thing or two about working the crowd, but his day job is where he really makes his money, while he waits for that big break. So when Craig finds himself short on cash, he takes a job as a substitute high school music teacher. The school principal (played by Peri Gilpin) »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Adding to its growing haul of new shows for the 2015-2016 season, NBC has given a series order to "People Are Talking," the network's first new comedy order of the spring. "People Are Talking" comes from writer DJ Nash and executive producer Will Packer ("Ride Along") and the multi-cam pilot was directed by "How I Met Your Mother" veteran Pamela Fryman. The Universal TV series looks at two couples who are neighbors and best friends, prone to "analyze and obsess about everything." The core quartet is played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Meaghan Rath, Tone Bell and Bresha Webb. Last week, NBC kicked off the spring pick-up season with series orders for the dramas "Chicago Med," "Blindspot" and "Heartbreaker." NBC previously ordered the drama "Shade of Blue," starring Jennifer Lopez, to series, while the Eva Longoria comedy "Telenovela" was picked up in January. The venerable comedy "Coach" got a surprise resurrection notice back in March. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Strip down to your skivvies and fire up the jets because Paramount Home Entertainment is bringing the raunchy comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on May 19 in a new "Hotter and Wetter Unrated Cut."
Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry are back for more time traveling shenanigans in the sequel to the goofy comedy hit. The film misfired at the box office with only $12 million in domestic tickets sales, but Paramount knew what they were getting into seeing as how the sequel had a budget roughly 1/3 of the original.
The Blu-ray combo edition of Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will be presented in 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features are fairly robust as you see below:
Unrated version of the film
The Making of Hot Tub Time Machine 2
The Future as Seen from the Tub! »
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Big Eyes (Tim Burton-directed drama about artist Margaret Keane; Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston; rated PG-13) The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (WWII-set horror sequel; Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine; rated PG-13) Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (Unedited) (comedy; Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott; unrated) Far from Men (drama; Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb; premieres 4/14 on Mod to coincide with the Tribeca Film...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
If the words “Ball Juice” and “Hot Tub” get you all excited, then you’re in for a treat with the sequel nobody asked for. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has arrived, in what is obvious glitch in the space time continuum. The movie continues more or less where the original left off with our hapless fuck wits being incredibly successful and wealthy, after changing history in the last movie. Craig Robinson, Clarke Duke and Rob Corddry all reprise their roles with the obvious exception of John Cusack who appears in a photograph only. Robinson’s character Nick, is after recording every huge pop track in history and taking all the credit, and Lou (Corddry) has invented Lougle, with Jacob (Duke) being his long suffering son of sorts. When Lou finds himself in a spot of bother, the unlikely trio find themselves once again time travelling in a hot tub »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
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