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Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams; Screenwriters: Jordan Roberts, Dan Gerson, Robert L Baird; Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Tj Miller, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr; Running time: 108 mins; Certificate: PG
Disney mines the Marvel Comics back catalogue for its latest animation Big Hero 6, a delightfully entertaining East/West genre blend that's a neat addition to the ever-expanding superhero genre. Think of it as an Avengers aimed at tweens.
The story takes place in the fictional future city of San Fransokyo where Hiro (Ryan Potter), a 14-year-old tech whizz, and his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) live with their Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph). Hiro is directionless and constantly running into trouble, but through his older brother he begins to develop his interest in robotics.
Baymax, a rotund vinyl-clad healthcare android, is Tadashi's prize invention. Able to scan a patient for illness and injury and treat them, he comically waddles »
Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, best known writing-performing on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” will write, executive produce and star on the show. “Saturday Night Live” mainstay Lorne Michaels is also executive producing under his Broadway Video banner.
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Rudolph and Smith are said to be recurring guest stars, should the comedy make it to series. The story centers on best friends Langston (Riddle »
- Travis Reilly
HBO is reteaming with Lorne Michaels and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon duo Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin for another comedy pilot. After passing over the duo's Michaels-produced reporter comedy, the network is moving forward with Brothers in Atlanta, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The new pilot is described as a comedy about struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black mecca of Atlanta. In addition to starring — with Jaden Smith and Maya Rudolph recurring — the pair will again pen the script and exec produce alongside
- Lesley Goldberg
George Lucas rides off into the sunset on a song, and with a whole lot of love as Strange Magic marks the final film he developed for Lucasfilm before selling his company to Disney. Inspired by Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', Strange Magic is a motion capture, CGI musical about the unlikely romance of a faerie princess (Evan Rachel Wood) and the grizzled Bog King (Alan Cumming).
A departure from his previous work, this new fantasy adventure is a frame to frame musical, with popular songs driving the love themed plot. Lucas admits he has been writing Strange Magic for over fifteen years. As Star Wars was mainly meant for boys, Strange Magic is his opus for girls. And it Teaches a much different lesson than traditional, patriarchal fables.
Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph, Abraham Benrubi | Written by Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird | Directed by Don Hall, Chris Williams
Cursory Wikipedia research suggests that Disney’s latest animated feature bears little resemblance to the Marvel property on which it is based. Which is fine; feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there’s exactly a horde of Big Hero 6 fans to outrage. Disney’s film is certainly a lot more cutesy than the source material. At no point does Baymax, the movie’s inflatable, medical robot, transform into a ‘battle dragon’. Rather, he is the creation of Tadashi Hamada, a university student who tragically dies in a fire shortly before successfully inspiring his younger brother, Hiro, to make more of his outrageous »
- Jack Kirby
“I have to move out of my apartment soon,” says the 66-year-old actress who believes she’s been typecast
Two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest says she is struggling financially and having trouble paying her rent because she can’t find enough work.
“I have to move out of my apartment soon,” the 66-year-old Wiest told the New York Times in a story published in Sunday’s print edition.
Also Read: Hey Actresses, Want a TV Job? »
- Todd Cunningham
The Iraq War saga “American Sniper” soared like a superhero movie at the box office, with a $64.3 million second weekend in wide release that would make any caped crusader proud.
The Clint Eastwood-directed telling of the tough return home by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, played in the movie by Bradley Cooper, continued its electrifying run with the best second weekend ever by an R-rated movie. In the process, “American Sniper” hit the $200 million mark in domestic grosses just 10 days after earning nominations for Best Picture, »
- Todd Cunningham
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Joana Newsom, Jordan Christian Hearn, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Hong Chau, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon.
Running Time: 148 minutes
Synopsis: Feckless Pi, Doc Sportello (Phoenix), is asked to investigate a supposed plot to commit land tycoon, Michael Z. Wolfmann (Roberts), to a loony bin.
Paul Thomas Anderson is quite simply one of the greatest directors of his generation, maybe even The greatest. But with any great director, there are usually stumbling blocks along the way. Spielberg, Scorsese, and more recently Nolan, have all given us films that weren’t necessarily up to the ridiculous standards they set for themselves. Unfortunately, with Inherent Vice, Anderson doesn’t so much stumble, as he does plummet head first into the ground, crashing through all the good work he’s done over the last two decades plus. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
“American Sniper” intensified its stunning and record-breaking box-office barrage with another $18.3 million on Friday. The tale of a top U.S. marksman coming home a changed man again blew past analysts’ projections and is heading for a three-day haul of more than $60 million, which would be easily the best second weekend in January ever.
- Todd Cunningham
Even though Bridesmaids came out about three years ago, it's already become somewhat of a classic. The ensemble cast of women, including Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy, is strong, unique, and hilarious. Kristen Wiig is absolutely brilliant, despite the fact that she plays a (relatively) normal person and not one of her countless insane SNL characters. But that's kind of what makes it amazing, right? Kristen Wiig is channeling all of us! Keep scrolling for all the most relatable moments from the film. »
On its way to box office supremacy and Christmas season ubiquity, Disney’s Frozen left a lot of pretenders in its dust. With the exception of Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises, 2013’s animated scene was defined by better-than-expected sequels, but not much else outside the sweep of Frozen‘s popularity vortex. 2014, by contrast, saw studios separate the House of Mouse putting their best foot forward, with creative successes from the aforementioned Ghibli, Aardman Animation, Dreamworks, and the house that Lego built, Animal Logic. As a showcase for the breadth of styles and narratives available, 2014 was a stellar year for animation. Strange Magic, the first animated feature of 2015, suggests such a trend ended with the calendar year.
- Sam Woolf
Analysts didn’t see Clint Eastwood’s look at the life of Navy Seal Chris Kyle coming, so it’s hard to figure out just how massive the film will continue to be now that it faces off against new projects from Jennifer Lopez and Johnny Depp.
If “American Sniper” has a sophomore weekend drop-off like the kind of traditional summer blockbuster it mirrored when it kicked off with $107 million and change over the four-day period, it should pull in roughly $45 million. In a sign of its dominance, “American Sniper” will have the biggest second weekend of any January wide release in Fandango history.
“We’re in uncharted territory,” said Phil Contrino, VP and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “I don’t think »
- Brent Lang
Johnny Depp and Jennifer Lopez, two stars whose best box box office days appear behind them, will try to bounce back in new movies opening Friday. But with the record-breaking reigning champ “American Sniper” turning into a cultural phenomenon, they may have picked the wrong weekend.
Lopez is featured in Universal Pictures’ R-rated erotic thriller “The Boy Next Door” as a high school teacher who becomes the object of a young neighbor’s obsession after a one-night stand. Rob Cohen directs and Ryan Guzman, »
- Todd Cunningham
Rubber-faced characters and a seemingly ceaseless parade of repurposed pop ditties combine to make what might be the worst animated feature Disney has ever released
Well, now we know what a Las Vegas show designed for eight-year-olds would look like.
The advance marketing on producer George Lucas’ “Strange Magic” suggested a retread of the not-all-that-memorable 2013 cartoon “Epic.” And yes, this fairies-versus-bugs story does recall that earlier film, but “Magic” also ladles in unwieldy dollops of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Moulin Rouge!” and a particularly long and excruciating episode of “American Idol.”
See Video: Sing Along With the First Trailer »
- Alonso Duralde
Like any decent trick, "Strange Magic" came about as a bit of a surprise. Instead of the usual multi-year lead-up of most animated film releases, the release announcement for this film came as a bit of a shock when its beans were spilled last November.
The project is directed by Gary Rydstrom, a sound designer and editor credited with the majority of the most popular live-action and animated films ever made, from "Toy Story" to "Titanic," with the "Star Wars" prequels, "Jurassic Park," and "Saving Private Ryan" under his belt. He has 17 Oscar nominations (with seven wins), yet this is the first time he's credited as the director of a film.
The story is credited to Rydstrom's boss at Skywalker Sound, the one and only George Lucas. This is a straight-up fairy tale, complete with dark forests, goblins, elves and the like.
Oh, dear. Are you going to be some Lucas fanboy about this? »
- Jason Gorber
“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a fairy tale—but not your average fairy tale. It’s a madcap musical with a princess who has sworn off love, a vulnerable villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious and big-hearted elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming.
“Strange Magic” welcomes an extraordinary roster of voice talent, including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”) as Bog King, Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March“) as feisty fairy Marianne, Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “Lee Daniels’The Butler”) as lovelorn elf Sunny, newcomer Meredith Anne Bull as Marianne’s lovesick sister Dawn, »
- Michelle McCue
See Also: Watch the trailer for Strange Magic here
Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.
Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and features a voice cast that includes Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Peter Stormare (Arrow) and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull. »
- Gary Collinson
Kevin Hart and Josh Gad are teaming up for The Wedding Ringer this weekend and in honor of the film's release, we're raising a glass to the seven best movie weddings of all time. From My Best Friend's Wedding to The Wedding Singer, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding to Bridesmaids, Hollywood knows just how to cash in on the beautiful chaos that is "the big day."
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7. The Wedding Planner (2001)
Who can forget Jennifer Lopez as Mary Fiore, the ambitious and successful San Francisco wedding planner who is forced to choose between her career and love when she falls head over heels (literally) for a top client's groom-to-be (Matthew McCaughney)?
6. 27 Dresses (2008)
"Always a bridesmaids, never a bride."Truer words have never been spoken when it comes to Katherine Heigl's character in this 2008 romantic comedy. Heigl plays an unmarried woman who has hiked up her fair share of poofy »
With so many superhero movies on the horizon, there’s a growing concern in some quarters that the current comic book movie boom is leading to the death of cinema, but one person who definitely isn’t concerned is Paul Thomas Anderson, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the likes of Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice.
“Ah, that’s such a fucking crock of shit,” Anderson told Rolling Stone when asked for his thoughts on complaints about contemporary American filmmaking being nothing but superhero movies. “I can’t remember a year in recent memory where there were less complaints about the quality of movies. And what’s wrong with superhero movies, you know? I don’t know. You’re talking to someone that enjoys watching those films. People need to get a life if they’re having that discussion [laughs]. Those movies get a bad rap.”
- Gary Collinson
According to a new USA Today interview with the creator of the popular science fiction franchise, he was developing a new trilogy and planning to release the first installment in May of this year before putting his company on the market. But then Disney approached him with $4 billion for Lucasfilm.
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- Greg Gilman
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