8 items from 2017
Author: Dave Roper
With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.
As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..
Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July, »
- Dave Roper
In the midst of a host of projects that DreamWorks Animation has cancelled or shuffled around its schedules these part few years – the likes of B.O.O., The Croods 2, Me & My Shadow and Mumbai Musical have all been quietly shelved – one film that has remained pretty much bulletproof is The Boss Baby. Based on the short book by Marla Frazee, it’s the fifth feature from director Tom McGrath, and I think the clue for its endurance lies there. Across his previous four movies – the Madagascar films, and Megamind – McGrath has demonstrated a very able touch for comedy, and I suspect that were he working in live action, he’d be far more known that he is.
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Tom McGrath is one of Hollywood’s most underappreciated comedy directors. Megamind was a hoot, I found myself guffawing heavily through the Madagascar trilogy and now, with The Boss Baby, he’s brought yet more animated mischief to the screen.
I remember watching the Oscars one year, and Jim Carrey came on to present an award just as Liar Liar had opened to massive numbers. He walked up and said “how was your weekend, mine was good!”. So, Tom McGrath: how was your weekend?
It was great! It was good! [Laughs] You know, I don’t have children myself, »
Fans of 30 Rock rejoice – Jack Donagee is back in the boardroom. Well, sort of. In The Boss Baby, Alec Baldwin lends his voice to a tiny tyrant in diapers, dispatched to take on the one thing that threatens babies’ place as the kingpins of cuteness: puppies. It’s a pretty zany concept for a kids’ movie, but coming from director Tom McGrath (Madagascar, Megamind) we wouldn’t really expect anything less.
If you’ve seen the trailer you’ll probably have a good idea of what to expect – this is a film that really does exactly what it says on the tin. That’s not necessarily a criticism of The Boss Baby; it’s a charming kid’s film with a couple of adult jokes thrown into the mix, and fans of Baldwin in particular will enjoy his no-nonsense performance as the titular character, who bears a strong »
Chicago – The young Alec Baldwin (think “Prelude to a Kiss”) never seemed as prevalent as the today’s Alec Baldwin. Taking his “30 Rock” persona to a different level, he voices the title character of ‘The Boss Baby,” the latest from Dreamworks Animation and director Tom McGrath.
The film works well on a couple levels – as a warm story on family dynamics when a new baby comes into a sibling’s territory, and as a hilarious satire on American business, especially during the 1960s Mad-Men era. Baldwin’s interpretation of Michael McCullers’ screenplay adaptation (of a children’s book by Marla Frazee) is the highlight of a conventional we-gotta-save-the-world type story. Riffing on crass businessmen is a Baldwin specialty, and he takes the Boss Baby and lifts it to a height where the mere presence of the character elicits laughs. Director Tom McGrath (“Madagascar” series, “Megamind”) uses a familiar animation »
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Chicago – In one of the most natural pieces of voice casting in cartoon history, Alec Baldwin portrays the title character in Dreamworks Animation’s “The Boss Baby.” The director is animation veteran Tom McGrath (“Madagascar”), and the producer is Ramsey Ann Naito, and they were both in Chicago to promote the film.
“The Boss Baby” is fast, loose, funny and full of heart. Based on a children’s book by Marla Frazee, the animated version combines baby brother jealousy with Mad Men-era business self help, in a crazy visual landscape. Alec Baldwin is at his “30 Rock” best as the Boss Baby, delivering lines like the parody of his famous movie quote, “cookies are for closers.” There are many layers in the film, but mostly it is a hilarious metaphor on how families adjust when new siblings are added to the mix.
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Alec Baldwin brought his own boss babies to DreamWorks Animation’s blue carpet on Monday for the premiere of “The Boss Baby.” The star, his wife, and their three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son smiled for the cameras before the AMC Loews Lincoln Square screening in New York City.
It’s been three years since Baldwin first signed on to voice the lead role in the film about a new baby’s arrival and his impact on a family. In that time Comcast acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion and Jeffrey Katzenberg stepped down as the company’s CEO. Tom McGrath’s “The Boss Baby” marked Katzenberg’s final film with the company.
“I wasn’t worried because I was sure Jeffrey wouldn’t just bail out of there without making sure everything was the way it ought to be for the health of the company,” Baldwin said. “I don’t think »
- Addie Morfoot
Love is a hard word to say. Especially when you actually hate the other person. That's the dilemma faced by Tim, who is not exactly enamored with his new baby brother, a briefcase-wielding, maniacal infant. Today, we have the first clip from Boss Baby, and it arrives just in time for Valentine's Day weekend.
DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks' The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks' The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages. »
8 items from 2017
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