9 items from 2014
First, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is happening!
Second, it will take place in Las Vegas! The story has Paul Blart taking his daughter to a security guard expo in Vegas. He's
Third, the cast will look very familiar to people who watch a lot of Kevin James movies (that would be us). Yep, looks like Kevin James' is following his friend Adam Sandler's lead and filling out the cast with his friends. That makes sense, the movie is from Sandler's company Happy Madison and he's an executive producer along with James. Here's who has signed on:
Raini Rodriguez: obviously, she played Paul Blart's only child Maya in the original.
David Henrie ("Wizards of Waverly Place"): David will play the boy Maya is crushing on. David was not only in Grown Ups 2, he and Kevin James made the upcoming Woirld War II dramedy Little Boy together. »
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Rovio Entertainment has selected the Vancouver-based Sony Pictures Imageworks ("Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "Hotel Transylvania") as the animators for the movie based on its immensely popular "Angry Birds" video game franchise.
Rovio's CEO Mikael Hed says: "It was very important for Rovio to find the perfect partner – in style, talent and location – to bring the Angry Birds movie to life, and Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver made that decision easy."
British Columbia premier Christy Clark says: "Angry Birds is a worldwide phenomenon, and its creators want its movie adaptation done right. And to do it right, Rovio and Sony Pictures Imageworks have shown their faith in Vancouver – and that will lead to more opportunities and more jobs. »
- Garth Franklin
After breaking records for Warner Bros. at the Us box office last weekend, grossing north of $69m. in its first three days, The Lego Movie is finally arriving on our shores today, giving a family-friendly alternative to the more romantic Valentine’s fare.
Adding to all the great things we’ve seen from the animated blockbuster already, Warner Bros. have released a new blooper reel, sure to be a favourite amongst the special features whenever the film hits the shelves later this year.
The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Chris Pratt of course lends his voice as Emmet, the ordinary Lego mini-figure, »
- Kenji Lloyd
With The Lego Movie breaking records for Warner Bros. across the Atlantic over the weekend, marking the biggest animated opening for the studio of all time, the studio’s UK arm is gearing up for its release on our shores at the end of the week.
Last night, Warner Bros. took a great new approach to their marketing campaign, doing something I can’t recall any studio ever doing before, giving an entire ad break during ITV’s Dancing on Ice the Lego treatment.
Impressive stuff. Particularly the opening ad, giving us a look at Vinnie Jones in Lego form. ‘Not made of Lego?’ Genius.
The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, »
- Kenji Lloyd
What do you get when you decide to mix together the people who made 21 Jump Street (and the next 22 Jump Street, which is an ingenious way to advertise for that movie inside the advertisement of this movie) as well as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Hotel Transylvania? That’s right, you get The Lego Movie, a film filled with stop animation that is sure to make you question all the times you cursed at the piece that you just stepped on with your bare feet.
Stop animation you ask? The hundred minute film is made of a combination of stop motion animation as well as CGI (sorry but Coraline still gets the title for longest stop motion film) that is perfectly shown over a »
- Catherina Gioino
Amir here, with the weekend’s box office report. Initially I had decided to mirror last week’s column and predict Oscar winners based on their current financial gains – hey! It worked for the Globes! – but Ride Along’s performance has been so stellar that it warrants a mention. The buddy cop comedy starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart has been described in some quarters as a comedy version of Training Day with a romantic subplot. That’s probably enticing enough; add to it the fact that Kevin Hart’s hot off the incredible box office performance of his standup show, Let Me Explain, it’s really no wonder Ride Along did so well. Still, snatching the best ever January opening, beating a six year old record set by Cloverfield in the process, is beyond the studio’s best expectations. January is always dominated by the previous year’s holdovers though, »
- Amir S.
Underwhelming is the word for The Nut Job, an animated kidflick that’s nowhere in the same league as films like Despicable Me 2 or The Croods. Instead it’s more like last year’s Turbo or maybe Hotel Transylvania. Pixar aside, CG-animated films tend to be an interchangeable bunch. There’s invariably a gang of wiseacre animals, a starry cast and a climactic pursuit. The Nut Job doesn’t break the trend so much as tick every box, and while the film, based on director Peter Lepeniotis’ 2005 short “Surly Squirrel”, looks great and tries hard to earn our affection, its mediocre script and lack of memorable characters bring it down a few grades.
The story is set in fictional city of Oakton in the 1950’s, where a nut shortage is threatening the existence of the local park animals. Surly (gruffly voiced by Will Arnett) is a seasoned, tough-talking squirrel who, »
- Tom Stockman
Less than four months after being ousted by Sony Pictures, Marc Weinstock has landed on his feet as president of domestic theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox.
In his new job, which begins Monday, Weinstock will report to Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus, who were promoted to co-presidents of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution in mid-October following the studio’s firing of marketing chief Oren Aviv.
Since leaving Sony three and a half months ago, Weinstock has pursued other creative endeavors. He and his writing partner Gil Cates Jr. got two movie projects off the ground, one a pitch they sold to an independent producer and the other a script to an indie shingle. Weinstock has also been developing a mobile game as well as a crowd sourcing app.
Many in Hollywood believe that the well-regarded marketing executive was unfairly swept out of his post as president of worldwide theatrical »
- Claudia Eller
One of the first major animated movies of the year, The Lego Movie marks the return of co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller to the world of animation following their acclaimed debut, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
It of course also marks the feature-length debut of Lego on the big screen, which is a huge deal, and all the more reason to get excited for its release next month.
Warner Bros. has teased plenty of great things from the movie already, and with its arrival now just a month away, the studio has launched the first TV spot online.
The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. »
- Kenji Lloyd
9 items from 2014
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