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Batman has the Joker, Harry Potter has Lord Voldemort, and in the world of James Bond one archenemy reigns supreme: Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The head of a global crime syndicate known as Spectre, Blofeld appears in three of the original Ian Fleming novels and six of Eon Productions’ Bond films. Last seen falling to his apparent death in “For Your Eyes Only,” the supervillain has been absent from the screen for 33 years due to a legal battle over character rights. With the case now settled, reports say Christoph Waltz will play the iconic baddie in the next film. As fans wait for an official announcement, here’s a look at some of the most memorable adversaries Bond has faced over the past 52 years.
- Matthew Chernov
New Line Cinema released their new comedy film, "Horrible Bosses 2," into theaters today, and the reviews have been submitted by all the top,major critics in the biz. And the outcome appears to be pretty mixed or average, getting an overall score of just 41 out of a possible 100 across 34 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day. We've posted blurbs from a couple of the critics, below. Mick Lasalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a decent 75 score, saying: "Horrible Bosses 2 is harsh and tasteless, not to mention broad and shameless, but that’s not a bad thing in this case. Softness and good taste, as well as restraint and carefulness, are the enemies of comedy, and “Horrible Bosses 2” is a very funny movie." Chris Nashawaty over at Entertainment Weekly, »
According to KDramaStars, Hilary Swank is being lined up for a role in Bond 24, which – if true – would see her overtake the record set by a 39-year-old Honor Blackman in Goldfinger to become the oldest actress to portray a Bond girl. However, we should probably take this with a grain of salt, given the site’s past track record, as well as numerous reports suggesting that Lea Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color) will appear as the female lead.
Bond 24 is set to go into production next month, with director Sam Mendes reuniting with Skyfall stars Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Naomie Harris (Moneypenny). Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) is rumoured to be attached as the villain’s henchmen, while it’s also been reported that Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) is set to play 007’s arch-enemey Blofeld.
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- Gary Collinson
Comedy is not necessarily top of the mind when one thinks of Christoph Waltz, but consider this: going back to his acclaimed hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” last year, his recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” performing the “Sesame Street” theme song and now with “Horrible Bosses 2,” Waltz has opened up comedic venues for his diverse talents.
Waltz, who will receive a star Dec. 1 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, says his interest in “HB2” was piqued by a clash of narrative approaches taken in the Sean Anders-helmed sequel to the 2011 hit, in which he co-stars with Chris Pine as conniving father-son investors taking Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis for a ride.
“Three silly men or boys in a very serious story — a thriller — that’s how they treated this, and that’s why it works so well,” he says of the comedy, which opens wide Nov. »
- Malina Saval
“The Hunger Games” continued to give Lionsgate reasons to be thankful this holiday season after “Mockingjay – Part 1,” the latest installment in the blockbuster franchise, dominated the box office.
Katniss Everdeen and her band of rebels hit the bullseye, delivering $11.1 million on Thanksgiving. Though “Mockingjay – Part 1″ will fall short of its predecessor “Catching Fire’s” record-breaking $110 million over last year’s five-day holiday, it is on pace to be the week’s top-grossing film with roughly $80 million. Domestically the film has made $168.6 million and has crossed $200 million internationally, bringing the estimated worldwide total to $370 million to date.
With “Hunger Games” establishing a commanding lead, the week’s other new releases, “Horrible Bosses 2″ and “Penguins of Madagascar,” are struggling to carve out some space at the table. “Penguins of Madagascar,” a spin-off of DreamWorks Animation’s $1.8 billion grossing “Madagascar” franchise, picked up $3.9 million from 3,750 theaters. The film cost $132 million to make »
- Brent Lang
Out now in cinemas, Warner Bros. have released a TV spot for Horrible Bosses 2 which stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day alongside Jennifer Aniston, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey.
See Also: Movie Review – Horrible Bosses 2
Watch the TV spot below:
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in Horrible Bosses 2. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.
See Also – Watch highlights from the Horrible Bosses 2 press conference
- Luke Owen
★★☆☆☆Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis reunite for Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), a predictably bland and entirely unnecessary sequel to the 2011 comedy in which three mistreated employees conspired to murder their managers. While that film suceeded in at least partially delivering on its amusing premise, its follow-up does not. Fed up of being used and abused by their employers, Nick (Bateman), Kurt (Sudeikis) and Dale (Day) start their own business. Their first product attracts the attention of rich investor Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz), who places a big order. Unexpectedly, though, he pulls out of the deal and steals their idea, leaving the trio in thousands of dollars of debt.
- CineVue UK
Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2 should do decent business over the long Thanksgiving weekend, though its unlikely that the two new franchise titles come anywhere close to taking first place from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.A year ago, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 53 percent over the three-day Thanksgiving weekend. If Mockingjay matched that drop, it would earn $57 million over the three-day weekend, and around $85 million for the five-day frame (including Wednesday and Thursday).However, word-of-mouth for Mockingjay isn't quite as strong, and grosses have dropped off at a slightly steeper rate from Friday to Tuesday. Look for Mockingjay to fall 55 to 60 percent in its second frame, which would put it around $50 million ($70-75 million five-day).Opening at 3,654 locations, Penguins of Madagascar should take second place ahead of Horrible Bosses 2.Madagascar is one of DreamWorks Animation's most successful franchises: all three movies have earned over $180 million in the U. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The three dudes with criminal malice in their eyes are about to unleash comedic hell at the box office as Horrible Bosses 2 rolls into theaters. There are a lot of new faces joining Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis and Charlie Day on their misadventure, with Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz standing in for former bosses like Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston. But if a deleted scene were to actually play out, we might have had a comedy franchise super team in the makings. While being interviewed by EW, the guys were asked if there were any jokes that they wanted to get in that didn.t ake the cut. And as it turned out, Jason Sudekis had a funny idea for a comedy cameo, that would have went like this: We talked about at one point being with Motherf.er Jones (Jamie Foxx) and he says, .You crackers got to go, »
When you have something that really works you don't fuck it up. Horrible Bosses 2 doesn't make the mistake of screwing with the perfectly "horrible" premise of the original movie. Bateman, Day and Sudeikis are an unbeatable comedy team not equalled since Moe, Larry and Curly.
When studios land a hit comedy, the massive return on relatively miniscule investment guarantees a sequel. The Hollywood machine depends on finding a formula that works and milking it dry. Sticking as close to the established formula while changing things up enough to keep it fresh is the magic trick, and sometimes a production team can fail to pull it off. I was worried that would be the case here, that like The Hangover II, the laughs would fall flat for me.
- Mike Saulters
Moviegoers showed some love for the art of boss-hating as New Line’s “Horrible Bosses 2″ launched with a solid $1 million in Tuesday night showings at the U.S. box office.
The R-rated comedy sequel — the first challenger to Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ — took in nearly triple the opening night number for “Horrible Bosses,” which opened with $365,000 in July 2011.
Forecasts have projected that “Horrible Bosses 2″ will take in about $35 million for the Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving holiday period. The original opened with $28.3 million on its way to $117 million in the U.S. and $209.6 million worldwide.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ is expected to dominate the holiday weekend. So far it’s hit $130 million after four days in the U.S. and $154 million in international markets. Trackers expect the U.S. haul to hit $80 million to $85 million for the five-day holiday period.
“Penguins of Madagascar,” DreamWorks Animation »
- Dave McNary
Horrible Bosses 2, 2014
Directed by Sean Anders
Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.
Getting a comedy sequel right is a very, very tricky task and its so often done wrong. For every 22 Jump Street, American Pie 2 or Wayne’s World 2, you get The Hangover 2, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Son of The Mask, Men in Black II, Blues Brothers 2000, Porky’s Revenge etc. The ratio of bad to good is almost staggering. So the fact that Horrible Bosses 2 is actually half-decent is a miracle unto itself.
The first Horrible Bosses was quite the surprise hit among critics and rightly so. »
- Luke Owen
Horrible Bosses 2 would be more aptly titled Terrible Criminals 2. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are back as the three sorriest excuses for wannabe felons the big screen has ever seen. Luckily, their failed criminal exploits are the subject of great mirth, and this sequel is a worthy follow-up to 2011's original surprise box office hit.
Bateman, Sudeikis and Day once again play Nick, Kurt and Dale, who this time are trying to start a business of their own. They want to be their own bosses for once, and they create a product called the Shower Buddy. They appear on a local morning news show, where they're seen by Chris Pine's character Rex Hanson. Rex works at his dad's company Boulder Stream, a huge catalog retailer that wants to buy the Shower Buddy. His father Bert, played by Christoph Waltz, agrees to place an order for the product, »
- Daniel T
By their very nature movie sequels are designed to offer audiences more of the same with the logic being that if something worked once it will of course work again. This laziness is nowhere more apparent than with follow-ups to comedies built around jokes and personalities as opposed to a strong story, and the apathetic greed inherent in that core idea is what leads to unfunny and increasingly painful sequels like Porky’s II: The Next Day, Beverly Hills Cop III, Rush Hour 3 and sweet jesus the stink piles that are The Hangover Parts II and III . When done right though, a sequel to a successful comedy can recapture that magic and deliver just as many (or more) laughs. Evidence for that argument could include films like A Shot in the Dark, 22 Jump Street and — surprisingly — Horrible Bosses 2. Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) have reaped the benefits of their adventure »
- Rob Hunter
In 2011's Horrible Bosses, Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and Dale (Charlie Day) were hapless drones plotting revenge upon their sadistic overlords. But in the sequel (rated R, out Nov. 26), the trio go into business for themselves Their plans to mass-produce an all-in-one bathing apparatus—the Shower Buddy—go astray when a SkyMall-style marketer (Christoph Waltz) and his selfish son (Chris Pine) set them up for ruin. There's a kidnapping, a car chase, and the return of some familiar sinister faces: Kevin Spacey as the emasculating ex-boss, Jennifer Aniston as the sexually omnivorous dentist, and Jamie Foxx as "crime consultant" Motherf--er Jones. »
- Anthony Breznican
Before it screened, Tim Burton's biopic “Big Eyes” was seen as a slam-dunk Oscar vehicle for Amy Adams. After all, Adams, who stars as painter Margaret Keane, has lost all five of her Oscar bids: four in supporting -- “Junebug” (2005), “Doubt” (2008), “The Fighter” (2010), and “The Master” (2012) -- and last year in lead (“American Hustle). However, now that this Weinstein Company film has unspooled, the buzz is all about Christoph Waltz who could well contend for his third Oscar in six years. -Break- Oscar experts: Eddie Redmayne narrows Michael Keaton lead, 'Selma' cracks top five Waltz won Supporting Actor twice for his scene-stealing work in two Quentin Tarantino films -- “Inglorious Basterds” (2009) and “Django Unchained” (2012) -- which were also produced by Oscar wiz Harvey Weinstein. The actor brings this same winning combination of wry charm...' »
When 2011's "Horrible Bosses" came to an end, did you find yourself wondering (aloud), "What happens next?" Well, you're in luck, because this week "Horrible Bosses 2" is going to answer all of those questions (and then some).
"Horrible Bosses 2" has Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day reprising their respective roles from the first film, and this time the hapless trio gets involved in a scheme to kidnap the son (Chris Pine) of a rich entrepreneur (Christoph Waltz) who has screwed them out of a big deal. Yes, they've downgraded from murder to kidnapping. Hey, times are tough all over.
But does this sequel bring the yuks? Or should you skip this one and instead just go to town on Thanksgiving leftovers? Read on to find out!
1. There Aren't Really Any Bosses in This One
The movie is called "Horrible Bosses 2" but there aren't really any bosses, »
- Drew Taylor
Horrible Bosses 2, out Wednesday, follows up on the hapless worker drones in 2011's ribald comedy as they discover their entrepreneurial inspiration and seeking to become CEOs themselves — but at a price. The New Line and Warner Bros. sequel — starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz and Kevin Spacey and directed by Sean Anders — is expected to gross $35 million to $40 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend. See more 'Horrible Bosses 2': Jennifer Aniston Simultaneously Seduces the Trio in New Trailer Read what top critics are saying about Horrible
- Ashley Lee
The first "Horrible Bosses" landed as a solid hard-r hit back in 2011, thanks to audiences falling for Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day as a lovably bumbling trio of would-be criminals. Well, that, and the appeal of watching Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston saying dirty words.
So Nick (Bateman), Kurt (Sudeikis) and Dale (Day) are back again for "Horrible Bosses 2," having ditched the nine-to-five to start their own business. But even though they're their own horrible bosses now, they're still having problems with upper-management types, in the form of the father/son team of potential investors Bert and Rex Hanson, played by Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine.
Of course, comedy sequels haven't always had the best track record; it's a delicate balance recapturing what worked in the first film without just delivering the same movie with new punchlines. (See: "The Hangover Part II.") Not to mention, three idiots »
- Rick Mele
Directed by Sean Anders
There’s nothing more depressing than a lazy comedy, and Horrible Bosses 2 suffers from a terminal case of laziness. Instead of gleefully diving into its richly-black premise, it settles for obvious sight gags and uninspired improvisations. A talented comedic cast is wasted on material that aims for mediocrity and hits the target over and over again. There simply aren’t enough laughs here to justify this film’s existence.
This sequel to 2011’s inexplicable hit Horrible Bosses sees our triumvirate of dipshits once again scheming to balance the scales of capitalism. The laconic moron character, Dale (Charlie Day), wants to sell his great invention, so he enlists his two best chums, the hyperactive moron character, Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and the exasperated straight-man character, Nick (Jason Bateman), to help him strike at rich. Sadly, they »
- J.R. Kinnard
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