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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
This review contains spoilers.
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
Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa; Screenwriters: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa; Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney, Adrian Martinez, Running time: 104 mins; Certificate: 15
Few films are more annoying than a con caper that has nothing up its sleeve except cool, designer style and Focus falls squarely into that category. Will Smith epitomises the too-smooth approach as career grifter Nicky and though he has some fizzing chemistry with leading lady Margot Robbie, the love story at the heart of the plot just doesn't pay off.
Expectations might be high for some quirkily comic to-and-fro, considering this one comes from the people who brought you Bad Santa, I Love You Phillip Morris and Crazy, Stupid, Love. (writer/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa), but straight away, the self-consciously self-aware banter between Nicky and Jess (Robbie of The Wolf of Wall Street) rings untrue.
After she bungles a honey trap to »
This review contains spoilers.
So my prediction last week panned out. Castle has been invited back to work with Beckett at the precinct, his career as a Pi outlasting hers as an FBI(?) agent by one episode. But to be fair, the whole thing was a bit of a gimme. I mean, we knew from the beginning that the status quo would eventually be re-established, if only because Castle’s producers/writers would never run the risk of playing with the formula that has paid them such dividends. I just wish that they had done it in a way that did not strain credulity quite so much.
I mean, Castle is guilty of attempted murder. Neither we nor the NYPD doubt that. But rather than file charges, »
After years of solid work as a background player, Peter Dinklage finally broke into the mainstream with his terrific performance as conniving, charismatic Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and as the fifth season of that series approaches, it appears that Hollywood is finally seeing the actor as leading man material.
Paramount Pictures has recruited prolific helmer Adam Shankman to direct Dinklage in O’Lucky Day, an R-rated comedy in the vein of Bad Santa about a con man who poses as a real, live leprechaun. The project, which has been in the works for sometime, is described as being “deep in R-rated territory but wrapped around an emotional heart.”
O’Lucky Day certainly sounds like it could yield a fair share of laughs, though Shankman’s involvement isn’t exactly thrilling news. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Deadline is reporting Adam Shankman (Rock Of Ages, Hairspray) is in talks to direct O'Lucky Day, a comedy about "a con man who may or may not be a real Leprechaun, but who certainly passes himself off as one" starring star Peter Dinklage. The tone of the film has been described as similar to Bad Santa, so hopefully that means the film will be getting an R-rating. We first learned about the movie back in October of 2013 when Dinklage joined the project, and the »
- Jesse Giroux
We're standing in a hotel in Innsbruck, Austria, and it is just over 24 hours until the very first live show of The Jump. Pleasingly, Dom Parker has lived up to his Gogglebox persona by wandering in with a glass of red wine, but we don't blame him for having a drink - he's been through the wars.
Dom was sent to hospital earlier in the week after he was suspected of having a concussion, but he's on the mend now - although his shoulder's still dodgy (as is Jb Gill's, who admitted he's frustrated he can't give 100% at the moment - though he did joke that none of the other Jls boys would have dared to do the show, with poor Marvin being dubbed the least likely to follow in Jb's footsteps).
But they're not the only contestants feeling the pain. "I fall over about 15 times a day," Phil Tufnell winced. »
Our crew is hard at work covering the Sundance Film Festival. Here is the first batch of review with more to come.
‘The D Train’ promises a fun, twisty ride Sundance 2015: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ will have you running for the exits Sundance 2015: ‘Slow West’ is a tense and thoughtful revisionist western Sundance 2015: ‘Princess’ is one of Sundance’s best Sundance 2015: Maybe the dingos should eat ‘Strangerland’ Sundance 2015: Ben Mendelsohn is the jackpot in otherwise middling ‘Mississippi Grind’ Sundance 2015: ‘Me & Earl & the Dying Girl’ an emotional, honest and hilarious experience Sundance 2015: ‘The End of the Tour’ a quiet, affecting primer on the life of David Foster Wallace Sundance 2015: ‘Cop Car’ is an instant Americana genre film classic Sundance 2015: ‘Girlhood’ rivals Linklater’s opus Sundance 2015: ‘Knock Knock’ sees Eli Roth and Keanu Reeves offer camp glory Sundance 2015: ‘Eden »
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