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It wouldn.t be the holiday season without classic Christmas movies like It.s a Wonderful Life, Frosty the Snowman, or Miracle on 34th Street. Or, for that matter, newer, left-of-center additions to watch list, like Bad Santa and Die Hard. If Seth Rogen and his compatriots have their way, we.ll have another one to add our annual viewing schedule, The Night Before, which just dropped a somewhat tame green band trailer. At least it.s as tame as we.re likely to get. While this trailer is definitely a much more subdued version of the red band look we got a few weeks back, but given the subject matter and the parties involved, there.s only so much they can do. Even though this is green band, maybe don.t watch it with your kids. There is certainly much less swearing and general vulgarity, but there.s still »
Where would we be in this world without The Rock's Instagram. Not only is he very often sharing workout photos in a tight muscle shirt, he is also constantly sharing all of the movie news we can handle. Case in point, he has just opened up about his big Disney movie, Jungle Cruise. The writing process has just started on the movie, which he is involved with. It will be a fun and edgy movie. And it's set an a very distinct time period. Dwayne Johnson explains.
"Pumped to kick off the writing for our Disney's Jungle Cruise. Great meeting w/ our writers Requa & Ficarra who last wrote and directed Focus w/ Will Smith and Bad Santa w/ Billy Bob Thornton. Our goal is to push the envelope in a smart, edgy, epically fun way. Johnny Depp raised the bar with Pirates Of The Caribbean.. now it's our turn at »
Many of the attractions at Disney theme parks are designed to transport riders to another time and place. And as rides are now totally acceptable fodder for movie ideas, the subsequent films based on them attempt to do the same thing. The Johnny Depp-fronted Pirates of the Caribbean franchise conveys viewers back to the mid-1700s, and when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson tackles Disney.s Jungle Cruise, the production will follow suit. Fans will get to smell what The Rock is cooking in the 1920s. Pumped to kick off the writing for our Disney's Jungle Cruise. Great meeting w/ our writers Requa & Ficarra who last wrote and directed Focus w/ Will Smith and Bad Santa w/ Billy Bob Thornton. Our goal is to push the envelope in a smart, edgy, epically fun way. Johnny Depp raised the bar with Pirates Of The Caribbean.. now it's our turn at bat »
When you first heard about Pirates of the Caribbean, you thought it was a pretty stupid idea to make a film based on a ride, and you were right. As bad as endless sequels and reboots might be, you thought we were really running out of ideas when Disney has to start kicking out films based on rides… because that doesn’t even make any sense.
It turned out to be a good film, but only because it actually had nothing to do with the ride at all, except that both feature pirates.
Of course, The Haunted Mansion came out at about the same time, just to prove that even Disney can’t win them all.
Now that we’ve heard that Jungle Cruise is going to get the film adaptation treatment, the exact same thought process has started whirring in the collective conscious, because it sounds stupid as well. »
- Marc Eastman
It's been a long time since we've gotten a genuine Christmas comedy to top the likes of Christmas Vacation or even A Christmas Story for that matter. Okay, except maybe Elf. There's been some solid entries along the way, such as Scrooged, Home Alone, A Nightmare Before Christmas, or, hell, even Batman Returns or Die Hard. Maybe Bad Santa, but that's not exactly one you watch with... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
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- Benjamin Lee
People love classic Christmas movies like Miracle on 34th Street, It.s A Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Carol, but there.s also room for awesome nontraditional holiday fare like Christmas Vacation, Bad Santa, and Die Hard. Now it looks like we have another to add to the latter category with the Seth Rogen-starring The Night Before, which just delivered this hilarious new trailer. This holiday season, three childhood friends become three wise men. Watch the trailer for #TheNightBefore now! https://t.co/HazuYYuAQ0 . The Night Before (@TheNightBefore_) July 28, 2015 The Night Before stars Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie as three life-long friends who spend every Christmas together. Things are changing, however, and this year that tradition comes to an end. Isaac (Rogen) is about to have a baby, Chris (Mackie) is too famous to go out in public for some reason, and Ethan (Gordon-Levitt) has come to terms »
Into the Grizzly Maze has already been released through Video-on-demand, within North America (May 19th). The film will be released on DVD, in this territory on August 4th. Fans of more natural threats will want to keep this film on their radar as Into the Grizzly Maze promises an engaging cast. The film stars: James Marsden (X-men), Adam Beach (Windtalkers), Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa) and Thomas Jane (The Mist). Also, the United Kingdom distributor (Signature Entertainment) has just released three new clips for the film; each preview can be viewed here. From the story, a rogue grizzly bear is on the hunt. A true man-eater, this huge animal has his eyes on several hunters, who hope to take down this mythical beast. Unfortunately, this living brick wall is not easily overcome, nor tracked down. Now, an Alaskan community quakes in fear as this creature tears through the countryside. The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
If there are two things Hollywood adores right now (besides superhero movies), it's origin stories and live-action fairy tales. Minions, even, was there to remind families how they're characters came to be. Efforts have already been made to bring the two together, particularly from Disney as they bask in the money with box office smash Maleficent and a Prince Charming movie on the horizon, and the studio is going just another step forward as it brings the beginnings of Aladdin's best friend, the Genie, to the big screen. Written by Damian Shannon and Mark Shift, horror writers behind flicks like Freddy vs. Jason and the 2009 Friday the 13th remake who've transitioned into comedy with their pens guiding the new Baywatch movie and the Peter Dinklage-starring, Bad Santa-esque R-rated leprechaun romp O'Lucky Day, the studio is developing Genies as a live-action comedy adventure. It won't bring Aladdin in the mix (at least, »
- Will Ashton
Bad Santa 2 is a film that's been written about on and off for a long time, seemingly without actually coming too close to being made. The last we heard was that Billy Bob Thornton said in October 2014 the project was still on the cards, but that "we're just waiting for a script".
Might the wait soon be over, though?
He added that "the exact status is we're working on the script right now and if we get it right, we'll shoot in September or October. Billy Bob is back and good to go, »
More than a decade on from Bad Santa, and a good two years since we last heard anything about it, Bad Santa 2 may finally be ready to slouch into some more curmudgeonly seasonal shenanigans. Writer/director Doug Ellin (Entourage) has revealed that, all being well, it could be in the can before the year is out.Original star Billy Bob Thornton remains attached as the washed-up Willie. "He's back and good to go," says Ellin. "The exact status is we're working on the script right now, and if we get it right, we'll shoot in September or October." He also confirms that the project remains, of course, in the R-rated zone, with "hopefully a similar tone to the first one".That tone came courtesy of a fractious post-production period between director Terry Zwigoff, uncredited co-writers the Coen Brothers, and the Weinstein Company. Cracking the misanthropic code ultimately involved reshoots that Zwigoff didn't participate in, »
Back in November of 2013 Billy Bob Thornton spread a little Christmas cheer by stating that a follow-up to the 2003 cult comedy Bad Santa was set to shoot “next year”, and while that obviously didn’t materialise writer-director Doug Ellin (Entourage) has revealed that Bad Santa 2 is still very much alive and he’s hoping to start production in 2015.
“I’m supposed to do Bad Santa 2 in September,” Ellin tells Collider. “The exact status is we’re working on the script right now and if we get it right we’ll shoot in September or October. Billy Bob is back and good to go, and that’s the status. [Hard R] Hopefully a similar tone to the first one. That’s the goal.”
Are you excited about the prospect of Bad Santa 2 finally becoming a reality? Let us know in the comments below…
- Gary Collinson
I’m a little wary of Bad Santa 2 because not only are comedy sequels tough; the original felt like lightning in a bottle. No one expected something that was so delightfully mean-spirited yet had a heart buried somewhere deep beneath its cynical exterior. It’s hard to shock people twice, and it can’t just be with naughty language. A Bad Santa sequel has been in development hell for years, but Entourage writer/director Doug Ellin is aiming to finally get it in front of cameras this year. Here’s the video of Ellin talking to Steve about the film: [complextv contentid="BtdTI1dTpYYaAyfaQ6ucc5DSQxip23lv" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] The big comment from Ellin is his revelation that he’s supposed to start shooting the movie in either September or October, but they’re currently working on the script. If they’re happy with the script, then Billy Bob Thornton is already on board. Unsurprisingly, they’re aiming for a similar tone, »
- Matt Goldberg
Work is currently underway on the script and they're reportedly aiming for a tone akin to the hard 'R' of the first film. Billy Bob Thornton is already thought to be onboard. [Source: Collider]
Mermaids in Paradise
"Portlandia" duo Krisel and Graham Wagner will direct and pen the script respectively for the feature about a couple who discover the existence of mermaids while celebrating their marriage in a tropical paradise. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
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7.21 In Plane Sight
It’s not often that Castle goes outside its comfort zone. And still less often that it does it well. But In Plane Sight was just such an outing, and a real treat for mystery fans.
On one level, this is a surprise. After all, this episode has few of the hallmarks of what faithful viewers tend to think of as key to a good Castle tale. In Plane Sight takes place entirely during the course of a transatlantic flight on the always-tragic Oceanic Air (Oceanic Air/Airlines/Airways is the commonly used name of an airline company where bad air stuff always happens—think Lost or Executive Decision) during which Rick and Alexis are on their way to London to have a little father-daughter bonding-time. »
There are two ways of seeing "Focus": as a slick, derivative con man movie starring a typically debonair Will Smith that channels the labyrinthine schemes and accompanying jubilance found in everything from "Ocean's Eleven" to "Out of Sight" — or as the worst movie yet from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writer-director pair behind "I Love You Philip Morris" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love." It's the latter perspective that makes "Focus" such a letdown for anyone intrigued by the pair's other work. Despite its stylish execution, the movie sags into formula and shows little of the vulgar, edgy sensibilities that made this filmmaking pair worth following in the first place. Ficarra and Requa first gained attention as the screenwriters behind "Bad Santa," which, like "Focus," revolves around the plight of a criminal defined by his routine. In their directorial debut "I Love You Philip Morris," Jim »
- Eric Kohn
The Grift of Love: Ficarra & Requa’s Perfunctory Take on the Art of the Con
Those hoping for a scintillating update on the con-artist sub-genre will most likely be sorely disappointed with the latest film from directing team Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Focus (not to be confused with the Arthur Miller novel that was made into a chilling film version with Laura Dern and William H. Macy, 2001), with displays artistry that feels more akin to watching a children’s magic show with all those standardly familiar tricks. There may not be a rabbit pulled out of a hat, but its romantic inclination seems uprooted from a similar realm. There is a certain degree of pizzazz, however, thanks mostly to rare glimpses of playful, organically achieved chemistry courtesy of its charming leading lady, but as much as the film can be lauded for nimbly avoiding mention of its interracial romance (still rare in studio fare, »
- Nicholas Bell
Unpleasant, humor free, and contrary to accepted codes of movie morality. And that’s before it shows its hand as a pile of implausible sentimental mush. I’m “biast” (pro): love a good con movie
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
How did the filmmaking team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa — responsible for the brilliant nastiness of Bad Santa (as writers) and charming sweetness of I Love You Phillip Morris (as writers and directors) — come to this? Focus is unpleasant, humor free, and contrary to accepted codes of movie (and nonmovie) morality. Con artists Nicky (Will Smith: Winter’s Tale), a seasoned expert, and Jess (Margot Robbie: The Wolf of Wall Street), a naive upstart, meet-criminal-cute in New York and move on to work an elaborate pickpocketing operation at the “Associated Football Franchise of America”’s not-Superbowl in New Orleans, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
"Wait, what is 'Focus' again?" This is a question that is usually fired back at me, over the past few weeks, when people ask me what I've seen recently and really liked.
Lately, when I run down the movies I've seen recently, "Focus" is always one of those movies I mention, because I really, really liked it. But then, without fail, the person I am talking to asks what "Focus" is. And then I have to explain it to them. This probably has to do with the film's nebulous title and equally nebulous ad campaign, which isn't exactly explanatory (or particularly evocative or moody). So let me tell you just what "Focus" is, exactly. And when I explain what it is, you'll probably be shocked you haven't heard more about it.
- Drew Taylor
It's a con man movie, so you know up front that there are going to be cons played on the characters and the audience alike, and sure enough, "Focus" plays out like you'd expect a con man movie to play out. It is slick and it is well-made, and there is little or nothing about it that I'd call surprising. If you know what kind of genre you're getting into and you're going to see the good-looking movie stars do exactly what you expect them to do, "Focus" will go down easy this weekend. Will Smith is in his comfort zone here as Nick, a big league con man who runs a sizable crew. When he spots Jess (Margot Robbie) one night at a bar, he knows she's got larceny in her blood right away. She's green, though, and she sees Nick as a possible mentor, someone who can teach »
- Drew McWeeny
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