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Zoolander 2, 2016.
Directed by Ben Stiller.
Starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Justin Theroux, Christine Taylor, Billy Zane, Kiefer Sutherland, Milla Jovovich, Cyrus Arnold, Nathan Lee Graham, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Derek and Hansel are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.
When a movie opens up with Justin Bieber getting absolutely slaughtered and mowed down by an Uzi containing a seemingly never-ending amount of bullets, one would think that the rest of the experience would hold up as a piece of disposable yet mildly hilarious entertainment. After all, there does come a very liberating sense of satisfaction from watching Justin Bieber’s body soak up lead for a full straight minute.
Sadly, Zoolander 2 peaks within its opening minutes (and even the scene I’m referencing isn’t that laugh out loud funny), quickly falling into almost »
- Robert Kojder
Benedict Cumberbatch has been recruited as voice talent to narrate high-profile docu “Naples ’44” by Italian director Francesco Patierno, based on the eponymous diary by British travel writer Norman Lewis about his experience as a British intelligence officer in the southern Italian port city following its liberation from Nazi forces.
Cumberbatch is voicing Lewis who wrote the memoir while he was a sergeant in the Field Security Service of the British Army Intelligence Corps in southern Italy from September 1943 to October 1944. In his widely sold book he recorded the desperate lives of Neapolitan civilians who survived by relying on all types of subterfuges, and also prostitution, thievery, and beliefs in miracles and cures.
Patierno, who is known for gritty drama “Pater Familias” and docu “The War of the Volcanoes” about how Roberto Rossellini left Anna Magnani for Ingrid Bergman, is directing “Naples” using both archive and feature film footage, accompanied by Cumberbatch’s narration. »
- Nick Vivarelli
A tad dated and scattershot, but the messy package is inventively absurd… and unlike many Hollywood comedies, able to carry that absurdity to a silly end. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I barely remember Zoolander — it was 15 years ago, after all, and I haven’t seen it since — so I can’t exactly say if I’m surprised or not that I got a big kick out of Z2. It’s true that this overdue sequel feels a tad dated: its humor is at its best when it is snarking about how out of touch has-been 1990s supermodels Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller: While We’re Young) and Hansel (Owen Wilson: No Escape) are with 2016’s fads and fashions as they come out of reclusive retirement in a hoped-for comeback. One joke with massive potential to painfully backfire, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
With the eagerly anticipated Zoolander sequel upon us, we marked the occasion by settling down with screenwriter Justin Theroux to discuss this comedy endeavour. Discussing the pressures that come with appeasing such an expectant fan-base, the writer also responded to the controversy surrounding the transgender character Benedict Cumberbatch portrays in the movie. Watch below for Theroux’s words
- Stefan Pape
Chicago – Humor is subject to the receiver, of course, and what is funny is as distinct to each individual as a fingerprint. Having said that, I found “Zoolander 2” to be hilarious, as it delivered again what made the first film work – tweaking the self-importance of fashion and celebrity.
Ben Stiller is back as Derek Zoolander, the world’s greatest male model, and like the first film he is also the director. The plot has more of a James Bond feel, and is set in Rome. The film also takes awhile to get into gear – the set-up is a bit weary – but once it breaks out the silly and the surreal idiocy that characterized the first film, the laughs start coming. It’s impossible to define why such antics contain such mirth, but any film that features science star Neil deGrasse Tyson and Kiefer Sutherland in odd cameos can’t be all bad. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
If the sheer number of celebrity cameos could make a comedy funny, Zoolander 2 would be hilarious. It is not. In fact, Zoolander 2 is a dull, overloaded slog that it is more likely to evoke snores than laughs.
Even for those who loved the original, Zoolander 2 (also known as “Zoolander No. 2,” in a little Chanel reference that illustrates the film’s level of cliche comedy) does not offer much and tops the list as candidate for this year’s most unneeded sequel. Oh, there are a few chuckles in this follow-up to Ben Stiller’s send-up of dim-witted models and the fashion world, but there are just not enough of them to keep the audience awake through most of this slow-moving, plot-heavy movie. The movie is basically made up of quoted song lyrics, and movie references and cliches, and several plots, all seasoned with a mind-boggling number of celebrity cameos. »
- Cate Marquis
15 years have passed since Ben Stiller's clueless male model Derek Zoolander learned that there was more to life than being really, really, really ridiculously good-looking and was brilliantly, absurdly quotable doing it. In a world where Dumb & Dumber To came out in 2014, Zoolander 2 doesn't really feel like as much of a stretch, but that's one of the only reasons why it doesn't feel like a bit of a letdown either.
That's not to say there's not tonnes of potential here. The world of fame and fashion has only grown more absurd since 2001 and, in fact, the real world sometimes feels a little closer to the arch vapidity depicted in the original film. Social media has all but taken over the world, the Kardashians are somehow seen to be worth »
It’s hard to take Ben Stiller seriously. The successful actor, writer and producer has directed six movies, butPenélope Cruz couldn’t keep a straight face while taking direction from him on the set of Zoolander 2.
“Most of the time, Ben would come out of his trailer dressed as Derek Zoolander. Everyone on set was crying real tears because we were laughing so hard,” says Cruz during a recent Toronto interview.
Fifteen years after the first Zoolander movie, the Spanish superstar plays Valentina, a voluptuous Interpol agent in the sequel to Stiller’s silly satire of the fashion industry. Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Benedict Cumberbatch and Kristen Wiig also join the all-star ensemble.
“Ben is really serious when he’s working,” Cruz says. “It’s like he’s not aware that he’s wearing the most ridiculous outfits. I don’t know how he can handle so much pressure; he’s so professional. »
- Mathieu Chantelois, Cineplex Magazine
It may have been a really, really ridiculously good-looking idea on paper, but Ben Stiller’s attempt to bring back one of his more beloved creations feels like a cheap designer knockoff in “Zoolander 2.” Falling well below the standards of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (2014) in the long-delayed-sequel sweepstakes, this flailing follow-up drags the endearingly dim-witted Derek Zoolander out of retirement for an extended Roman holiday, backed by a parade of real-life celebrities and fashion-world denizens who are now very much in on the joke. If only that joke weren’t so far past its sell-by date: The results may delight those who believe recycled gags and endless cameos to be the very essence of great screen comedy, but everyone else will likely recognize Stiller’s wannabe Magnum opus as a disappointment-slash-misfire, the orange mocha crappuccino of movie sequels.
Just as “Anchorman 2” nearly doubled the worldwide gross of its 2004 predecessor, »
- Justin Chang
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
For Part 1 of our 2016 Oscar Previews, click here.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Walter White - TV’s Breaking Bad
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: Became an ordained minister while he was in college as a part-time job.
Previously Best Known For:
Jason Bourne - The Bourne Films
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Nomination - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1998 - Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting
Won - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen 1998 - Good Will Hunting
Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2010 - Francois Pienaar in Invictus
Interesting Fact: Started a bowling league in Berlin while making The Bourne Supremacy.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
On a dreary day for its competitors in the entertainment sector, Disney reported on Tuesday record quarterly earnings of $2.9 billion for the quarter ended Jan. 2, with earnings of $1.73 per share exceeding both analysts’ estimates and year-prior performance.
Led by revenues of $15.24 billion, Disney posted double-digit increases over a year prior for revenue, operating income, net income and free cash flow.
Among the driving forces behind the performance, Disney cited the more than $2 billion worldwide box office for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which it said drove the record income in both its studio entertainment and consumer products/interactive units. The studio’s income was up 86%, while consumer products/interactive grew by 23%.
Led by its domestic destinations, Disney also reported big growth in its parks and resorts operation, where operating income grew 22%.
A consensus among analysts before the report had predicted earnings of $1.45 per share on revenue of $14.75 billion.
“Driven by »
- James Rainey
It’s been fifteen years since Derek Zoolander and Hansel last walked the runway. This year they're back, and better than ever.
With the highly anticipated Zoolander 2 hitting theatres this Friday, it's the perfect opportunity to look at some of the best movie sequels of all time.
We have high hopes for Zoolander 2. Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell are joined by Kristen Wiig,Penelope Cruz, Benedict Cumberbatch, and even Justin Bieber. It’s a sequel that’s going to be filled with cameos, laughs, and hopefully a lot of “Magnum” and “Blue Steel.”
The question is, will Zoolander 2 be better than the first? It’ll be tough to out-do the cult comedy classic, but below we take a look at ten sequels that arguably did just that. A great idea can sustain more than one film, and here’s proof that sometimes things are even better the second time around. »
- Adriana Floridia
It’s fair to say that a bit of pre-release controversy can do wonders for a film’s box office. However, unless the rumblings are manufactured as part of a marketing plan, there are serious issues at play. As big screen comedies continue to push envelopes as a reflection of a society’s nebulous attitudes an amount of
- Jon Lyus
Oxford University has appointed British actors Emma Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch visiting fellows at Lady Margaret Hall. Emma Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch Watson, 25, and Cumberbatch, 39, were two of 11 individuals named Oxford fellows, reported The Independent. The appointments, which were given to esteemed people in a number of different fields, were confirmed by Alan Rudbridger, […]
- Chelsea Regan
Did you love Disney's animated animal movies like The Jungle Book and The Lion King as a kid? Then the studio's new live-action Jungle Book will terrify you. In a new trailer for the film, which shows off to have a very Scar-and-Mufasa rivalry between Shere Khan and Bagheera — plus a scene reminiscent of that wildebeest stampede! — we see a whole lot more of Disney's live-action world. All of Hollywood's biggest stars signed on for the chance to voice CGI animals in the remake (except for people like Benedict Cumberbatch and Andy Serkis, who are voicing CGI animals in the competing Jungle Book: Origins). We've got Bill Murray as Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Christopher Walken as King Louie, and Lupita Nyong'o as Raksha. Hey, was hearing Bill Murray hum the "Bear Necessities" on your bucket list? Because now you can check that off. Watch the latest trailer above »
- Nate Jones,Jackson McHenry
This week, Neil Calloway looks at a recurring issue in British film and television…
While the debate about the lack of nominations for black actors at the Oscars rumbles on in the Us, a similar debate is happening in Britain. However, in the UK the debate is not about race; it’s about class. The argument goes that the top-tier of acting talent is dominated by a privately educated elite.
Last year Labour MP Chris Bryant bemoaned the lack of diversity in the arts world, complaining that it was dominated by those who were educated privately. More recently Damian Lewis was involved in a minor controversy about him being invited to his local comprehensive school for an event as he had been educated at Eton. This week acting icon Diana Rigg hit out at those complaining about upper class actors dominating our screens by pointing out that the opposite was »
- Neil Calloway
Emma Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch are both taking on a very different role. Both actors have been appointed as visiting fellows at Lady Margaret Hall by Oxford University, The Guardian reports. According to the report, Watson, 25, and Cumberbatch, 39, will have a duties which are supposed to enrich the cultural life of the university. "At a minimum, we'd like them to drop in occasionally at college, eat with us and meet informally with a variety of the Lmh community," Alan Rusbridger, the college's principal told the website. "We'd like them to do one thing a bit more structured. It could be a conversation or debate, »
- Naja Rayne, @najarayne
Storyscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein have partnered with Robert Kravis and Karl Herrmann of Pioneer Pictures on “Champion,” an action-thriller in the world of Thai prison fighting.
Gary Scott Thompson, whose credits include the original “The Fast and the Furious,” “Hollow Man” and NBC’s “Las Vegas,” wrote the original screenplay. The story, based on real events, explores a centuries-old tradition within Thailand’s prison system where inmates compete in state-sanctioned Muay Thai tournaments to win early release.
“Champion” follows the journey of an American who is locked up overseas and must learn Muay Thai in order to fight for his freedom.
Storyscape Entertainment has a first-look feature deal with Broad Green Pictures. The company is also developing “FBI Wedding” at Universal with Jason Bateman starring and directing, and “The War Magician »
- Dave McNary
Emma Watson hit the red carpet in Berlin on Friday for the premiere of her latest film, Colonia. The 25-year-old actress looked chic and sophisticated in an all-white outfit and new side-swept bangs, and posed for photos with her costar Daniel Brühl; in the thriller, which was released in Germany back in September, Daniel and Emma play a young couple that becomes involved in a Chilean military revolt. We last saw Emma out and about when she hosted a London screening for the fashion documentary The True Cost in December, but since then, she's started a feminist book club and been appointed as a visiting fellow at Oxford University along with Benedict Cumberbatch. Keep reading to see photos from Emma's latest appearance across the pond. »
- Brittney Stephens
The alliance between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark has been held together by a common goal in the past, but as the new trailer for Captain America: Civil War demonstrates, that doesn't mean that it won't fall apart when put under stress. The trailer, released during CBS' Super Bowl pre-game show on Sunday, asks Twitter fans to choose a side: #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan. The latest glimpse at Marvel Studios' first movie of the year (Doctor Strange, introducing Benedict Cumberbatch's supernatural hero, is coming Nov. 6) offered a little more insight into what fuels the conflict between Chris Evans'
- Graeme McMillan
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