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An unnecessary sequel that’s empty and arduous, little more than vignettes on vengeance and cruel parades of sociopathic power performed as gleefully ultraviolent shadowplays. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): didn’t see a need for a second
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There’s the nihilism of Sin City. A place where wounded men have to remind themselves to “never let the monster out,” and a woman can “makes slaves of men,” and even “good men” are turned on by a woman’s tale of rape (which she invented, of course, because this is Sin City, where you can’t trust a dame). A place where men are nothing but how they can use their rage and women are nothing but how they can use their bodies.
And that’s none of it nice. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Full disclosure: I am a frustrated Adam Sandler fan. Before you gasp in horror and dismiss everything I’ve ever written, hear me out. The operative word here is ‘frustrated.’ What is the cause of my discontentment? Well, about 95% of his film output, to be precise. I have exactly zero interest in Grown Ups, or its sequel. You could not pay me to invest time in Don’t Mess With The Zohan, and I have no intention of watching Blended, ever.
Punch-Drunk Love, however, is one of my favourite movies – largely due to Sandler’s performance – and I have a deep appreciation for Funny People. I even have a soft spot for Spanglish, since we’re sharing details. What do these films have in common? They require Sandler to act with real emotional depth – and that is something I have been waiting for him to do again since 2009. I »
- Sarah Myles
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings you "a beautiful, poignant, funny and heart-warming film" (Chicago Sun Times) on September 16, when The Fault in Our Stars arrives on Blu-ray and DVD with an extended version of the movie! Featuring brilliant performances from Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort that made the film a favorite of fans and critics alike, this inspirational modern day tale of star-crossed lovers will have you going from laughter to tears and back again. Fans of the book and the film showed up in droves to theaters across the globe to share little infinities with their beloved characters, driving nearly $240M in box office sales worldwide!
Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) share a sarcastic sense of humor, a distaste for the conventional, and ultimately a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Although the two teens face unlikely challenges, their courage and dedication to each »
The highly succesful drama, The Fault in Our Stars, based on the John Green book of the same name is coming home to blu-ray in September. 20th Century Fox has revealed this morning exactly when fans of the movie will be able to get their hands on the release, details on a special edition, and what all to expect for special features included on the disc. Come inside for all the info!
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings you “a beautiful, poignant, funny and heart-warming film” (Chicago Sun Times) on September 16, when The Fault In Our Stars arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD with an extended version of the movie! Featuring brilliant performances from Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort that made the film a favorite of fans and critics alike, this inspirational modern day tale of star-crossed lovers will have you going from laughter to tears and back again. Fans of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Jon Favreau’s midlife artistic crisis rendered as food porn. This is funny, poignant, and wise, though the wish-fulfillment romantic fantasy of it is a tad much to take. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I think Jon Favreau is trying to tell us that he’s tired of constructing giant Iron Man blockbusters and wants to go back to making little movies like Made and Swingers. Cuz this delightful film, as funny as it is poignant, is clearly the writer and director’s midlife artistic crisis rendered as food porn.
Carl Casper (Favreau: The Wolf of Wall Street, Identity Thief) is a chef at an upscale Los Angeles eatery where the owner (Dustin Hoffman: Kung Fu Panda 2, Little Fockers) refuses to let him be the inventive crafter of unusual yum-yums that he was supposedly hired to be, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
DreamWorks is moving ahead with its remake of Japanese child-swap drama “Like Father, Like Son,” bringing on the writing team of Paul and Christopher Weitz.
DreamWorks acquired English-language remake rights to “Like Father, Like Son” last year following the Cannes film Festival, where the film won a jury prize in competition and a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury.
DreamWorks has not set the remake with producers. U.S. rights to the Kore-eda film were acquired by Sundance Selects.
The Weitz brothers teamed on directing and writing “American Pie” and “About a Boy”; Paul directed “In Good Company,” “Admission,” “Being Flynn” and “Little Fockers” while Chris directed “The Twilight Saga”: New Moon, »
- Dave McNary
Robert De Niro’s next movie project sees him making a welcome return to the type of role he occupied in his heyday. Bus 757 has the mumbling, brooding one playing The Pope – not the beloved Pontiff (though there’s arguably a resemblance) but a dodgy casino owner with a holy nickname who becomes caught up in an audacious plot to both raid a bank and hijack a bus.
The story sounds like a frantic blend of Heat and Speed, though with a budget of $15 million the emphasis is likely to be less on explosions and more on character. The heavyweight screen veteran is to the first casting to be confirmed and is sure to attract some exciting talent to the table. Written by Stephen Sepher (4 Minutes) and directed by Scott Mann (The Tournament), the movie will shoot in September in Baton Rouge. The producers are Efof, who are also »
- Steve Palace
It’s never pleasant to watch a person you once respected lose touch with the skill or talent that made them so great, and that’s what we’ve been witnessing with Robert De Niro and, to a lesser extent (in that our respect for him was considerably less), Sylvester Stallone. As Robert De Niro has been lending his presence to lousy family comedies (Meet the Fockers, Little Fockers, etc.) or failed attempts at reclaiming his once gritty persona (Righteous Kill) with only a few good projects scattered in between, Stallone has been doing the same with revisits to his boxing (Rocky Balboa), soldier (Rambo), and action star (The Expendables, Bullet to the Head) glory days. And so, with their collective dignities besmirched by their refusal to let go of their glory days, they’ve given in to a film like Grudge Match, a film whose very premise plays out »
- Lex Walker
Teri Polo has had the unfortunate event of meeting money trouble. The Meet the Parents star filed for bankruptcy on April 14, according to Federal Court documents obtained by E! News, claiming she's buried in a massive amount of debt. Polo's filing details various unpaid amounts to the IRS and credit cards, along with attorney fees, which total up to nearly a million dollars owed. Her rep has no comment. The actress is best known for her role in Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers. She currently stars in Jennifer Lopez's ABC Family series The Fosters. —Reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum »
Tumbledown, a romantic comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall, has begun principal photography in Devens, Massachusetts, it was announced by producers Kristin Hahn and Bron Studios' Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand. Dianna Agron, Blythe Danner, Griffin Dunne, Joe Manganiello and Richard Masur also star. Tumbledown is directed by Sean Mewshaw from an original screenplay by Desi Van Til.
Deep in the Maine woods, Hannah (Hall) is unable to move on after the death of her husband, an acclaimed musician and the subject of a biography she's struggling to write, when she meets Andrew, a brash New York academic who has a different take on her husband's life - and death. The unlikely pair must collaborate to craft the famous singer's story and begin to write the next chapter in their lives together.
Amazon Studios has given four new series the green light after reviewing 10 pilots that have been under consideration in recent months. Variety reports that Amazon decided on the series by judging ratings and viewer feedback, a process that produced the comedies Alpha House and Betas last year.
61 Reasons to Love 2014
Chief among the new series is The After, a drama conceived by X-Files creator Chris Carter, that follows eight strangers brought together by "mysterious forces." The group must then work with one another to survive their daily life, which is now filled with inexplicable violence. »
As the run of USA's “Psych” draws to an end, one of its stars has landed another gig. James Roday, who plays Shawn Spencer on the series, has been cast in the CBS comedy pilot “Good Session,” from “Chuck” alum Matt Miller and “Little Fockers” writer John Hamburg. See photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2014 The single-camera pilot centers on a happy couple decides to see a therapist to help them decide if they should have a baby. They quickly discover they have more to discuss. Roday will play Joel, a dedicated middle-school guidance counselor who thinks his marriage to Lindsay (yet. »
- Tim Kenneally
Jonathan Creek was Friday's (February 28) highest-rated TV show outside of soaps.
For the second week running, Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages was ITV's highest-rated show outside of soaps, picking up an average of 2.75m (12.4%) at 8pm.
After the evening's second visit to Weatherfield at 8.30, the latest episode of Edge of Heaven was viewed by 1.75m (8.3%) from 9pm.
Over on BBC Two, Permission Impossible attracted 1.26m (6%) at 7pm, Mastermind secured an evening high of 2.17 (9.8%) viewers at 8pm, »
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returned to ITV to 6.05 million viewers last night (February 22), according to overnight data.
25.9% of the audience share tuned in to the first instalment of the entertainment show's 11th series when it aired at 7pm.
In the same timeslot on BBC One, The Voice UK continued to top Saturday night ratings, with 7.25m (31.2%) watching as Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson completed their teams in the final round of blind auditions.
On BBC Two, 1.51m watched the highlights of Sochi 2014's penultimate day on Winter Olympics: Today at the Games at 7.10pm.
Top Gear followed at 8pm with 1.15m (5.15%), while The Culture Show pulled in 1.01m (4.85%) at 9pm.
Back on ITV, Take Me Out's current series came to an end with 3.67m (17.44%) hoping »
Charlie Sheen’s pornstar fiancée has a thing for Robert De Niro ... so Charlie’s inviting him over for a smoking hot group session ... in his home photo booth. Charlie just gushed over De Niro’s movie “Last Vegas” on Twitter ... and revealed he bought a photo booth used in the film -- probably because his bride-to-be Brett Rossi is Bobby D's "biggest fan."Now, in a move only Charlie Sheen could pull off -- »
- TMZ Staff
This Valentine’s Day the remake of the classic romantic comedy, About Last Night descends on theaters. The film, from director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine), is more of a reimagining of the 1986 and actually has more in common with the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago on which both films are based. The new contemporary version two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom as they try to carve out their own unique space in the world of dating.
The cast is headed by Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant, who play Danny and Debbie, a couple brought together on a blind double date with their best friends, Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Joan (Regina Hall), who are on their all-important post-coital second date. The film then follows all four as they navigate through the rocky terrain of the contemporary world of dating and through the »
- Mike Tyrkus
It may have been a blowout at the Super Bowl, but the big game didn't knock Downton Abbey out of the competition. The Masterpiece drama had 6.8 million viewers on Sunday, Feb. 2, according to PBS. The ratings were up 3 percent compared to last year. This is the third year Downton Abbey has gone up against the Super Bowl and clocked in as the No. 2 program at 9 p.m. Its competition on major broadcast networks: Little Fockers on NBC had a 0.6 rating and 2.4 million viewers, a Shark Tank rerun on ABC had 0.6 rating and 2.2 million viewers and a Mentalist rerun on CBS had a 0.4 rating and 3 million viewers. The 2014 Super Bowl had 111.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched TV telecast ever. Downton »
Sunday, February 2, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Sports: Super Bowl Xlviii: Seahawks vs Broncos and Super Bowl Post-Game. Specials: Little Fockers. Reruns: 60 Minutes, Dateline, The Good Wife, Shark Tank, The Mentalist, NCIS, and America's Funniest Home Videos.
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Overall, the Super Bowl averaged a 34.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 96.88 million viewers.
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Fast National ratings for Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014
Sunday was a great night for the Seattle Seahawks, and Super Bowl Xlviii delivered massive ratings per usual. But partly due to the Seahawks' lopsided win over the Denver Broncos, ratings for the game will likely be down from recent years.
The Super Bowl scored a 47.6 rating/70 share in the preliminary metered-market ratings, down from last year's 48.1/71 and the lowest mark since 2010. Fast national ratings, which aren't super-accurate for a live telecast, are also down. "New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" look to have scored way above their usual numbers as expected, but since they started at 10:23 p.m. Et, accurate numbers won't be available until later in the day.
In the fast nationals, Fox delivered 80.7 million viewers and a 34.4 rating/51 share in households. CBS (3.9 million, 2.6/4) was the best of the rest, followed by ABC (2.7 million, 1.6/2) and NBC (2.4 million, 1.5/2).
Fox delivered a 29.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. »
Which celeb does Ted Ligety look like? E! News recently sat down with the 29-year-old champion alpine ski racer in anticipation of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to find out! The Olympian told us exclusively that when people talk about who would play him in a movie about his life, he often gets Scott Caan as his celebrity look-alike. Does he agree? Actually, the hunky blonde revealed that he believes he looks more like Owen Wilson, a resemblance that got a stamp of approval from our very own Catt Sadler. And when we pressed him on his celebrity crush, Ligety admitted that although he's currently in a relationship, he's a fan of one of Owen Wilson's co-stars in Little Fockers, Jessica Alba. But he »
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