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In "Last Vegas," a group of best friends get together to celebrate the impending nuptials of one of the dudes. An age-old story, right, and one that we've seen a few times over the past few years, mostly in bawdy R-rated comedies like "The Hangover" trilogy. The twist with "Last Vegas," of course, is that all of these dudes are, well, much older.
Instead of nubile, CW-approved stars, the movie is stocked with five seasoned Oscar winners -- Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, and Mary Steenburgen. The actors are clearly having a ball, and the movie is just as fun to watch, full of nifty little gags and a kind of warm-hearted optimism. Unlike "The Hangover" movies, there isn't a nasty bone in this movie's body.
- Drew Taylor
Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have opted not to renew their first-look deal, which will expire next year. The Disney-Bruckheimer relationship goes back to the 1990s, and marks one of the most successful Hollywood partnerships of the last two decades. It might have continued, thanks to such deluxe franchises as "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "National Treasure," but this train wreck was inevitable following Bruckheimer's recent pricey flops, from "Prince of Persia," "G-Force," and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" to "The Lone Ranger," which could yield as much as a $190 million write-off for the studio. Where once the studio relied on Bruckheimer as their go-to tentpole producer, now after such big buys as Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, they just don't need him anymore. He has enjoyed a very rich deal all these years; he's expensive. Bruckheimer will still produce one-offs for Disney, although the sequel to "Pirates of the Caribbean" has been »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
After several decades together, The Walt Disney Co and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are parting ways.
In an official statement from Disney, the studio has announced that it and Bruckheimer have decided not to renew their current deal which gives Disney first-look rights to the producer's films.
The pair will continue working together on various projects, including a fifth installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise due for release in 2016.
The statement suggests another "National Treasure" film might eventually be in the works, while Bruckheimer himself is: "looking to produce more mature films outside the scope of the Disney brand."
The deal, which began in the 1990s, has yielded over two dozen films including major hits like "Crimson Tide," "Dangerous Minds," "The Rock," "Con Air," "Gone in 60 Seconds," "Remember the Titans," "Armageddon," "Enemy of the State," "Pearl Harbor," "National Treasure," "Deja Vu," "G-Force" and the four "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. »
- Garth Franklin
Before "The Lone Ranger" belly-flopped at the box office this summer, super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who has overseen everything from "Flashdance" to "The Rock," had made a pretty solid home for himself at Walt Disney Studios, where he produced the "National Treasure" films, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, and less successful one-offs like "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," and "G-Force." But with his footing at Disney now seemingly shaky ("Pirates 5" just lost its summer 2015 slot), Bruckheimer is reportedly revisiting some of his older franchises -- which may mean he'll take on "Beverly Hills Cop 4" for Paramount.
Bruckheimer and former producing partner Don Simpson (who passed away from a drug overdose in 1996, a year after Bruckheimer terminated their partnership) produced the first two installments in the "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise, starring Eddie Murphy as streetwise cop Axel Foley. The duo stepped away from the franchise for the third movie, »
- Drew Taylor
The project officially announced last year , TheWrap is reporting that Universal Pictures' Clifford the Big Red Dog may have a director in David Bowers. The outlet also brings word that Illumination Entertainment is no longer involved with the adaptation. Based on Norman Bridwell's children's book character, Clifford the Big Red Dog is planned to hit the big screen as a live action/CGI hybrid akin to the studio's Hop . Matt Lopez ( The Sorcerer's Apprentice ) is supplying the screenplay. Bridwell created the character of Clifford, a dog who started a runt but grew to gigantic proportions, in 1963 and the dog and his owner, Emily Elizabeth, have appeared in dozens of children's books over the years as well as in a television series with the late John Ritter providing the »
When Jerry Bruckheimer grants you an interview, he gives you 15 minutes max. I'm assured there will be no dilly-dallying. The man, after all, knows a thing or two about time management. Besides, he's not here to indulge me: he's here to sell, every inch the businessman (and indeed a business, man).
Bruckheimer burst into Hollywood in the early 80s, producing (alongside Don Simpson) Flashdance, Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop. The 90s saw a move into big-budget action – Armageddon, The Rock, Con Air – while today, thanks to a Disney deal, he's responsible for more family-oriented juggernauts: The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Prince Of Persia weren't enormous successes; the four Pirates Of The Caribbean films were.
He's humouring me »
- Alex Godfrey
Sure, The Lone Ranger is now a famous flop, but Johnny Depp is still a slam-dunk when starring in a Pirates movie.. right? Probably, but Disney still isn't going to take their chances as they gear up for the inevitable Pirates 5. According to The Wrap, as Disney reels from the estimated $150 million they lost on The Lone Ranger, they're tinkering with producer Jerry Bruckheimer's role on Pirates 5, talking about limiting the film's budget and, most shockingly, denying him final cut. Director Gore Verbinski may have ostensibly been the man behind the camera on the first three mega-hit Pirates movies (and Rob Marshall on the fourth), but producer Bruckheimer-- who got his start back in the 80s with hits like Beverly Hills Cop and Flashdance-- was always the muscle. But what seemed like a limitless string of hits for Bruckheimer slowed down well before The Lone Ranger, »
Using 99 different movies from the works of directors such as Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon, Michael Bay, the Wachowskis, Neill Blomkamp, James Cameron, Danny Boyle, Guillermo del Toro and even Darren Aronofsky and Terrence Malick, video director Vadzim Khudabets (official site) delivers the following 6:10 minute compilation of "epic" moments from a slew of recent movies (all listed below the video) for a video titled "Eterna". I'm featuring it here for two reasons; 1.) because it's very well done and 2.) I think it highlights the issues I have with today's blockbuster cinema. The first point is self-explanatory, but to the second point just watching this reminds me of every problem I have with so many of today's big budget spectacle features from the fact they are more style and size over substance and, like the video, overstay their welcome. For as well made as this video is, at the 2: »
- Brad Brevet
The first trailer for Seventh Son, the new fantasy/action pic based on The Wardstone Chronicles series of books by author Joseph Delaney, has arrived. Starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Williams, Kit Harington, and Man Of Steel's Antje Traue, the pic is helmed by Russian filmmaker Sergey Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise Of Genghis Khan) and looks to be like a cooler version of The Sorcerer's Apprentice with Bridges in the Nicolas Cage role and »
- Paul Shirey
After May and June set new monthly records, July 2013 is poised to get off to a strong start over Independence Day weekend. Opening at 3,956 locations on Wednesday, Despicable Me 2 should be able to leverage goodwill from the original movie in to at least $100 million in its first five days. Meanwhile, The Lone Ranger rides in to 3,904 theaters, though it will probably only open to about half as much as Despicable Me 2. Finally, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain debuts nationwide in 876 theaters and will have one of the best starts ever for a stand-up movie.Despicable Me 2 opens almost exactly three years after the first Despicable Me, which earned a surprising $251.5 million and put upstart animation house Illumination Entertainment on the map. After being well-received by audiences at the time, Universal Pictures has done a nice job maintaining the Despicable brand in toy stores and in their theme parks. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Diego Boneta ("Rock of Ages"), Ethan Peck ("The Sorcerer's Apprentice"), Nate Parker ("The Great Debaters"), Eugene Simon ("Game of Thrones") and Sung Kang ("Fast Five") are set to star in Jaume Collet-Sera's survival thriller "Eden" at Ombra Films.
A fusion of "Alive" and "Lord of the Flies," the story begins when a soccer team's plane crash lands on a deserted Pacific island.
Team spirit evaporates as disagreements cause the group to separate into factions - a violent one lead by an unbalanced ruler (Peck), and a compassionate one led by a selfless player (Parker).
Shayam Madiraju makes his feature directing debut on the project which is aiming to begin shooting next month in Malaysia.
A year ago, Parker helmed a 'proof »
- Garth Franklin
We're all aware that many people in Hollywood share an uncanny resemblance. We're not about to rattle off some tired list of celebrity twins. Instead, we take things up a notch with Hollywood Doppelgänger Math, a new series from GeekTyrant that is sure to change the way you look at actors and the roles they play. To make the cut, a person has to look like the sum of at least two other people. For this first collection, we focused on equations that resulted in young and/or up-and-coming actors. We have also included a list of other connections the actors share.
All three have played secondary love interests in popular sitcoms; Amy Adams in The Office, Alison Brie in Community, and Alexandra Daddario in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Both Adams and Brie have played sisters to characters portrayed by Emily Blunt; Adams in Sunshine Cleaners and Brie in The Five-Year Engagement. »
- Eli Reyes
Sorry for the delay on this one. Last night got away from me a little. Okay, a lot. Like Mickey's multiplying brooms in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" the problems in finding blog time just kept expanding. But here we are. This week I asked the Best Shot club to look at Disney's ambitious Fantasia and choose their Best Shot from the "Rite of Spring" sequence since that riot-inducing Stravinsky composition is now 100 years old and I have a thing for Centennials. Ambitious "Sorcerer" level bloggers were asked to also choose a best shot not from the film as a whole but one from each musical sequence.
Refresh your screen periodically for more...
Cinesnatch I knew Vinci would go the sorcerer level and choose a shot from each segment because he does that anyway even when I don't ask. Image explosions every week over at that blog!
The Film's The Thing »
- NATHANIEL R
Last Vegas sounds like a rather innocent little comedy from director Jon Turteltaub in which three old friends (Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro) decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single played by Michael Douglas. Of course, I can't seem to get The Bucket List out of my mind every time I think of this movie. The script was written by Dan Fogelman whose work includes Tangled and Crazy, Stupid, Love so, really, this could turn out any myriad of ways considering, at the helm is the director of The Sorcerer's Apprentice and the National Treasure films. Speaking of which, how did Nicolas Cage not land a role in this one? Check out the first trailer below and let me know what you think in the comments, Last Vegas hits theaters on November 1. »
- Brad Brevet
Every Wednesday we look at a picture together and choose our own "best shot" individually. It's a great way to see a motion picture through multiple sets of eyes. Join us... Add eyeballs to our crazy blogging monster that just looked at cloned monsters, rotten to the core dames, and stars reborn.
Summertime, Ripley, Fantasia, Hud
5/15 The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) Tom would really like Dickie's life, thank you very much
5/22 Fantasia (1941) a strictly conducted 'best shot' special. You have three options:
1) Beginners (or Short on Time?): In honor of the May Centennial of "The Rite of Spring", choose your Best Shot from that section of Disney's experimental early feature.
2) Apprentice: Choose from 'Rite of Spring' And the movie as a whole. Two shots.
3) Sorcerer: Your post will contain six screenshots, your choice for "best" from each of the movies major classical movements: The Nutcracker Suite, »
- NATHANIEL R
Monsters University is the origin story of how Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) met and became best friends and the best scaring team at Monsters, Inc. Since it takes place before the duo work at Monsters, Inc., it's a mostly new voice cast. Here are the voices you'll hear:
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Sneak Peek Italian actress Monica Bellucci in the March 2013 issue of fashion magazine, "Harper's Bazaar Ukraine".
Bellucci wears dresses from the 2013 spring/summer collection from Dolce & Gabbana.
In 1996 she was nominated for a 'César Award' for best supporting actress for her portrayal of 'Lisa' in "L'Appartement".
She has since played in numerous films including "Tears of the Sun" (2003), "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003), "The Brothers Grimm" (2005), "Le Deuxième souffle" (2007), "Don't Look Back" (2009), and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (2010).
Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film "Shoot 'Em Up" (2007), also voicing 'Kaileena' in the video game "Prince of Persia: Warrior Within" and the French voice of 'Cappy' for the French version of the 2005 animated feature "Robots".
- Michael Stevens
One very unusual zombie forms a romantic relationship with a teenage girl in Warm Bodies, which stars hot young actors Nicholas Hoult (Jack the Giant Slayer, X-Men: First Class) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four, The Sorcerer's Apprentice), along with an all-star supporting cast including Primetime Emmy winner Rob Corddry (Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs, Childrens' Hospital, 2008; Rapturepalooza), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy Stupid Love), Cory Hardrict (upcoming Lovelace, Battle: Los Angeles) and Academy Award nominee John Malkovich (Actor in a Supporting Role, In the Line of Fire, 1993; Red, Burn After Reading). Written for the screen and directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50) and based on the novel by Isaac Marion, the film arrives on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), DVD (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View June 4th from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company. Warm Bodies will also be available on Est May 14th, »
Old-school Vegas magic takes on new-school street magic in this Steve Carell comedy – but the best stuff is in the opening 20 minutes
The creepy-stroke-cheesy Vegas magician is in danger of becoming a stereotype. Jeremy Piven played one in Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces (2006), and Toby Kebbell was something similar in Jon Turteltaub's The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010). Now Steve Carell gets to play a permatanned illusionist in this comedy written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. It's funnier and more likable than their previous script, Horrible Bosses. Carell is Burt Wonderstone, who has a big-haired Las Vegas double act with his old friend, Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi). His desperately old-school act and his self-belief are put under extreme pressure by a fashionable badass street magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), and Wonderstone must reach down deep inside himself to see if the magic is still there. As ever with comedies like this, »
- Peter Bradshaw
We've heard things about this Oz (James Franco) character. In fact, we hear he's a wonderful wizard. Word on the street is he's also great and powerful. Sounds like a good combination. So let's go off to see how this wizard of Oz would fare against another character who wields a powerful stick. We're not talking about The Sorcerer's Apprentice, nor are we going with Harry, Hermione, Dumbledore or anyone else from the Harry Potter world. For this Film Face-off, we are pitting Oz vs. Gandalf (Ian McKellen). It's our first ever wizard-off. Sounds magical, doesn't it? Actor Behind the Role 34-year-old James Franco has done it all, though that's not always a compliment. He has franchise success...
- Jeff Bayer
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