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Deadline is reporting that Nicholas Stoller’s (Neighbors) upcoming Netflix comedy series Friends from College has secured its cast, with Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) and Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) set to appear alongside Annie Parisse (Vinyl), Nat Faxon (Married) and Jae Sug Park (The Mindy Project).
Friends from College “centers on a group of friends who went to Harvard together and are now facing down their forties and experiencing a range of success, or lack thereof, both professionally and domestically. With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another, the series is a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past.”
“Nick is a comedic mastermind,” said Netflix VP of Original Content Cindy Holland. “With Friends from College, he and Francesca Delblanco have created a world that is both moving and very, very funny. »
- Gary Collinson
The half-hour series hails from the husband-and-wife team of Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco. The story revolves around a group of friends who attended Harvard together and are now in their 40s, experiencing varying degrees of success in their personal and professional lives. Stoller and Delbanco, who are both Harvard alums, are writing and exec producing the series, with Stoller also set to direct all eight episodes.
“Nick is a comedic mastermind. With ‘Friends from College,’ he and Francesca have created a world that is both moving and very, very funny,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original content. “We are thrilled to be working with them and this incredible cast, and look forward to audiences around the world laughing with and at these »
- Cynthia Littleton
A (potential) one-night stand turns into a long-term fight for survival in Night of the Living Deb. Following its world premiere last year at FrightFest, the horror comedy will come out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital this September from Mpi/Dark Sky Films, and a new trailer and poster tease the movie’s living dead laughs:
Press Release: A sweet but insecure girl tries to make the most of her biggest romantic opportunity – if only she can fight off the undead closing in on her! … in the delirious Night Of The Living Deb. Directed by Kyle Rankin, winner of HBO’s Project Greenlight (Season 2), the “disarmingly sweet horror comedy”(Starburst) will charm its way onto Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from Mpi Home Video on September 6, 2016.
After a girls’ night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She’s thrilled, »
- Derek Anderson
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- Benjamin Lee
The new Storks trailer has arrived online ahead of its release in cinemas ins a couple of months. The film, from director Nicholas Stoller, who makes his first steps into animation following some great comedies like Bad Neighbours and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and »
- Paul Heath
With the summer movie season winding down, some are already looking ahead to see what this fall has to offer. One movie that could make some big waves at the box office is Storks, hitting theaters on September 23, featuring an incredible voice cast that includes Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Kelsey Grammer, Ty Burrell, Key & Peele and rising star Katie Crown. Today we have the fourth trailer for this animated adventure, which shows how the Storks' plight has evolved over the years.
Storks deliver babies... or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company's top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip (Katie Crown), the only human on Stork Mountain, »
With a rumoured budget of $20 million, comedy ensemble Bad Moms has already made $23.4 million domestically and $24.8 million worldwide. If Bad Moms can capture the Bridesmaids audience retention, it could earn around $60-$80 million domestically.
What could be a blow however was that Bad Moms was actually tracking around $30 million leading into the weekend.
See Also: Read our review of Bad Moms here
Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis, Black Swan) puts her family first, second, and third. But her man-child husband, high-maintenance kids and idiot boss are taking a toll. She gives and gives, and gives and gives, and then gives a little more, but it’s never enough. When the alpha moms (Christina Applegate, Anchorman; Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids and Jada Pinkett Smith, Magic Mike Xxl) at her kids’ school push her too far, »
- Luke Owen
No matter which way you slice it, Kristen Bell is one of the sweetest and most hilarious people in Hollywood. The actress has proven that she's extremely talented in roles in Veronica Mars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Frozen. But while she continuously kicks ass on screen, she is also pretty damn relatable when the cameras stop rolling. From her intense love of sloths to her impressive ability to poke fun at other Hollywood stars, Kristen is basically the Bff you wish you had. Keep scrolling for all the ways she's spoken to you on a personal level, then check out her very first Instagram post! »
- Caitlin Hacker
With a little under three weeks to go until its release, a new clip has arrived online from Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s upcoming comedy Bad Moms featuring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn; watch it below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Bad Moms
Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis, Black Swan) puts her family first, second, and third. But her man-child husband, high-maintenance kids and idiot boss are taking a toll. She gives and gives, and gives and gives, and then gives a little more, but it’s never enough. When the alpha moms (Christina Applegate, Anchorman; Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids and Jada Pinkett Smith, Magic Mike Xxl) at her kids’ school push her too far, Amy finally snaps. Good Amy becomes Bad Amy really fast — and she doesn’t go alone. Teaming up with two other misfit moms (Kathryn Hahn, Transparent; Kristen Bell, »
- Amie Cranswick
If this is the comedy Hollywood thinks millennials want, we’re screwed.
Mike and Dave Stangle are two hard-partying brothers whose frat boy antics always end up ruining the party. The boys have messed up enough family gatherings that their parents demand that they bring respectable “nice girls” as dates to their sister’s wedding in Hawaii so they don’t hit on other girls or do anything that could potentially destroy the big day.
The premise is very loosely based on the true story of the real-life Mike and Dave Stangle whose viral Craigslist ad for wedding dates led to a book and movie deal. (It doesn’t hurt to have a CAA trainee as a friend.) Hollywood felt there was enough fodder in their story for a movie, but it wears thin quick. What starts off as an adventure about two bros on a quest for dates turns into a battle of shenanigans between bros »
- Paola Mardo
If it’s true that every generation gets the “Wedding Crashers” it deserves, then millennials have finally gotten some definitive proof that they’re doing alright. Starting with a timeless premise — young people are stupid — and spinning it into a broad, crass, and relentlessly amusing mid-summer surprise, “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” may not be the first Apatow-era comedy about twentysomethings coming to grips with the fact that they won’t live forever (and it’s certainly not the deepest, as it lingers in your memory for about as long as a Snapchat), but it might just be one of the funniest.
Very, very loosely based on the true story of short-lived viral sensations Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Ye Mighty Zac Efron) Stangle, this delightful work of idiocy introduces the Brothers Dim through rose-colored shot glasses, as the opening credits take us through all the family events that »
- David Ehrlich
"You are physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, you're morally reprehensible, vulgar, insensitive, selfish, stupid, you have no taste, a lousy sense of humour and you smell"
9 to 5
"He's not ugly. He's completely unattractive"
10 Things I Hate About You
"There are really only two things I dislike about you. Your face"
All About Eve
"You're not worth the trouble it would take to hit you! You're not worth the powder it would take to blow you up"
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
"Everything that comes out »
- Benjamin Lee
Stx Entertainment has released a new red band trailer for directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s upcoming comedy Bad Moms which stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith and Christina Applegate; check it out below after the official synopsis…
Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis, Black Swan) puts her family first, second, and third. But her man-child husband, high-maintenance kids and idiot boss are taking a toll. She gives and gives, and gives and gives, and then gives a little more, but it’s never enough. When the alpha moms (Christina Applegate, Anchorman; Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids and Jada Pinkett Smith, Magic Mike Xxl) at her kids’ school push her too far, Amy finally snaps. Good Amy becomes Bad Amy really fast — and she doesn’t go alone. Teaming up with two other misfit moms (Kathryn Hahn, Transparent; Kristen Bell, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Amy gets a jolt »
- Amie Cranswick
Storks may have one of the strangest plots of any recent kids' movie. It takes place in a world in which flying birds do actually deliver babies to people, which is certainly odd enough. But as this new trailer for Storks shows us, that world is even more surreal because the storks have decided to go all corporate. The way of the future is delivering people's online shopping, not their actual babies, so the storks basically become Amazon package drones. Weird, right? That's apparently what happens when you team up the people who made The Lego Movie with the writer-director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Neighbors. But don't let those R-rated credits make you think this is anything but a silly kids' movie. It's got talking animals, humans with jet packs...
- Peter Hall
"You're probably asking yourself how a stork, a girl, and a baby wound up in this situation?" WB has unveiled a new trailer for their animated comedy Storks, written & co-directed by Nicholas Stoller, behind the films Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, Neighbors and Neighbors 2. The movie is about a company that used to delivered storks that has since become a major .com delivery giant, and the workers who decide to deliver a baby. The voice cast features Andy Samberg as the voice of Junior, as well as Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Key and Peele, plus Katie Crown as Tulip. This actually looks much better than expected, but I'm still not sure if it'll compare to Pixar of Disney. Have fun. Here's the second trailer for Nicholas Stoller & Doug Sweetland's Storks, direct from WB's YouTube: You can still see the first teaser trailer for WB's Storks here, »
- Alex Billington
Animated adventures have been big at the box office over the past decade, but it's a genre usually dominated by Pixar, Disney and DreamWorks. Though Warner Bros. has also had its fare share of CG hits, the studio returns this fall with its most ambitious comedy yet! Storks is in theaters this September. Today, we have the third exciting trailer along with the official one-sheet poster, which asks you to 'Find your flock!'
Storks arrives in 3D and 2D in select theaters on September 23. Nicholas Stoller, best known for such raunchy comedies as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, Neighbors and this summer's Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, takes his first stab at making a family movie everyone can enjoy. He directs alongside Doug Sweetland. The duo are working from a script Nicholas Stoller wrote himself. Stoller is also producing alongside Brad Lewis. Executive Producers include 21 Jump Street directing duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who are joined by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa and Jared Stern.
Leading the ensemble voice cast are Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer. They are joined by a vast array of talent from the world of film and television including Katie Crown, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Danny Trejo, and Ty Burrell. Iconic actress Jennifer Aniston finally makes a return to the animated world with her first voice role since taking on the 1999 classic Iron Giant. There will also be a few surprises to discover along the way.
Storks imagines what happened to the folklore of yesteryear in an age when social media allows everyone in the delivery room. These once proud birds used to deliver babies. Now, they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior, the company's top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl.
Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop, in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks' true mission in the world. Along with the new trailer and poster, Warner Bros. is also introducing a few new treats for fans to get excited about the movie.
The studio has officially launched the Storks company site, which takes audiences inside Stork mountain. Now you can get an inside look at the inner workings of the Cornerstor at www.InsideStorkMountain.com. There is also the exciting Stork Delivery Dash game. Wondering if you have what it takes to soar to the top of Stork Mountain? Storks Delivery Dash lets you join the exciting world of winged delivery service. Fly through the neighborhood and deliver packages by air with flawless timing and stork-like precision. And remember to watch out for obstacles! Cornerstone relies on dependability! But before you get all wrapped up in that fun, be sure to check out the new poster and trailer, which promises to be a lot of fun on its own! In theaters only this fall.
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Annecy — As it puts more touches to plans for the ambitious first animation slate at its Warner Animation Group, Warner Bros. has set a release date of Spring 2018 for “Smallfoot,” its awaited second original animated feature.
News of “Smallfoot’s” dating comes as producer Brad Lewis used France’s Annecy Festival on June 14 to unveil seven sequences from “Storks,” Wag’s second movie and first original animated feature which hits U.S. cinemas on Sept. 23.
“Smallfoot” and “Storks” are two of six Wag movies now in various stages of production which will hit U.S. theaters in the next four-and-a-half years. That slate looks set to be the weightiest new addition to Hollywood animation from any studio in what’s left of the decade.
Lewis’ Annecy presentation, by far the biggest unveil to date of never-seen excerpts from “Storks” – just two-to-three minutes have been seen before in public, Lewis said – also served to underscore Wag’s development of a budding house-style, a distinctive zaniness channelling in particular the tone of its legacy Warner Bros. “Looney Tunes” heritage.
Flipping the myth of the Yeti on its head – it is now the hero, a Yeti, who believes humans really do exist – “Smallfoot” is written by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Cats & Dogs”). It was developed from an original idea by Sergio Pablos (“Despicable Me”), who is also set to direct.
Wag is a “front-end” studio based in Los Angeles, handling story boarding, character design, concept art, editorial, story building and voice recording, said Christopher deFaria, Warner Bros. Pictures’ president, animation, digital production, and VFX.
In the case of “Smallfoot,” character design and a lot of the story reel will be carried out at Sergio Pablos’ Spa Studios in Madrid. The movie will then move to one of Warner Bros’ partner animation studios, deFaria added.
“Smallfoot” will become the fifth movie from the Warner Animation Group. Directed by vet Pixar animator Doug Sweetland and Nicholas Stoller – previously a live-action helmer whose debut, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” was produced by Judd Apatow – “Storks” opens Sept. 23.
“The Lego Batman Movie,” asking whether Batman can be happy, according to a Wag promo reel at Annecy, bows in the U.S. on Feb. 10, 2017; “Lego Ninjago,” a mishmash of kung-fu movies based on the Lego toys theme, is released on Sept. 22, 2017. Following on after “Smallfoot’” is “The Lego Movie Sequel” and “S.C.O.O.B.,” which sees Wag unlocking the Hanna Barbara universe.
“The idea with Wag is to borrow on Warner Bros. legacy and its history of animation and also on their tone and feel. That was the biggest accomplishment of ‘The Lego Movie.’ It felt like a Warner Bros. movie, distilling and channeling ‘Looney Tunes’ and the sensibility the studio was famous for,” said deFaria.
He added: “There is a tone, feel and voice you can recognize as the Warner Bros. animated film. It gives us a place to distinguish ourselves in what is otherwise a very crowded marketplace of incredible quality films.”
That distinctive voice, a “Looney Tunes” zaniness, came through very strongly in Lewis’ “Storks” presentation. The seven clips took in a scene setter at a stork factory which once delivered babies, but now handles packages Amazon-style, where the film’s stork hero, Junior, voiced by Andy Samberg, has just won promotion. Two more sequences feature the Gardener family, parents workaholics, their only son pining for a baby sibling.
Another has Junior and Tulip, a girl orphan at the factory, crashing their plane in a snowfield with a baby on board which they’re attempting to deliver to the Gardeners, Junior and Tulip working up a “Romancing the Stone” rapport. A pack of wolves capture Junior and Tulip and the baby, but its alpha males go so gooey-eyed over the baby, especially when she smiles, allowing the trio to escape.
In maybe the most inspired of the sequences shown at Annecy, which had the audience near to hysterics, Junior and Tulip encounter a evil band of penguins with black eyes who have kidnapped the baby. Since neither side wants to wake the baby up, however, their fight is conducting in total, if pained, silence. “Storks” attempted to introduce more improvisation into its animation process, Lewis said.
“As an art form, we are not spontaneous. Animation is all about iteration,” he observed. “Typically animation progresses via script pages, story telling, then editorial.” But not on “Storks,” Lewis explained, where Stoller-led recording sessions – sometimes there hours long with actors working on the development of the character or a scene – would further develop narrative.
For Lewis, Sweetland’s “crazy animation style is a Warner Bros. style, there’s the history of “Looney Tunes,” we like it crazy, we like fun.”
He added: “In CG animation, there’s an over-reliance on simulation, there’s less of a reliance on how a shot serves a story.” Some shots in “Storks” are not perfectly composed but make a dramatic or comedic point. Lighting in “Storks” plays up effects, as in a camp fire scene in the snow, which emphasised shadows and the moonlit sky. “We wanted a certain cinema verité,” Lewis observed.
On “Storks,” Warner Bros. partnering for the production with Sony’s animation studio in Vancouver. Warner Bros. is also in development on two more original animated features, one with Paul King (“Paddington”), and another with Stoller, deFaria said.
- John Hopewell
After winning at the box office with $65.3 million over the three-day weekend and $80 million over the four-day holiday, 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse wasn't expected to win two weeks in a row. Three newcomers hit theaters this summer weekend, with Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Warner Bros.' Me Before You and Universal's Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping arriving in wide release. As expected, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows came out on top, but it was still much lower than projected, winning with an estimated $35.2 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows had the widest debut this weekend, opening in 4,071 theaters, although that count still came in under the 4,153 theater roll-out of X-Men: Apocalypse, which dropped to second place with $22.3 million, a 66.1% drop from its debut. Me Before You took third place with $18.5 million, opening in 2,704 theaters, »
Depending on what you’ve seen him in, you might have a number of different takes on Andy Samberg. You could know him from his run on Saturday Night Live, his television show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a handful of supporting roles in films, or his highest profile turn in Celeste and Jesse Forever. There’s also his musical work with The Lonely Island, which combines with his comedic movie work this week to mark the release of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, his attempt at a real comedy hit. It appears to be something a little on the unique side, so there’s a chance that Samberg is about to break through in a big way. The film is a look at fictional superstar Conner4Real (Samberg), who was once a member of the pop/rap group The Style Boyz. When his solo career goes up in flames, Conner4Real is game to »
- Joey Magidson
Another Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, as 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse pulls away with an easy win at the box office. The superhero sequel took in $65.3 million over the three-day weekend and $80 million over the four-day holiday. This superhero adventure's reign at the top may be over quickly, though, with three newcomers hitting theaters this Friday, including Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Warner Bros.' Me Before You and Universal's Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping arriving in wide release. If our projections are accurate, Ninja Turtles 2 should be the king of them all.
According to Box Office Mojo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will easily have the widest release this weekend, opening in an estimated 3,800 theaters. Me Before You is slated to open in more than 2,500 theaters, while Popstar is set to open in approximately 2,200 theaters. Me Before You currently »
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