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On paper, "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples" should have done decent business this weekend. Even though he didn't write or direct it, the meet-the-parents comedy had Perry's name on it as producer and promoter. It features two popular TV stars, Craig Robinson and Kerry Washington, in the leads. It's a movie that caters to older women and comedy fans at a time of year (summer superhero season) when both are underserved. It opened on Mother's Day weekend, a good time to catch the family business that Perry targets so effectively. Most of all, as a movie with an all-African-American cast, it seemed like smart counterprogramming to "The Great Gatsby," a movie about white people throwing parties. Perry movies typically open at around $20 million. Pundits predicted "Peeples" would earn at least half that. Instead, it debuted in fourth place, with a meager $4.9 million in estimated sales. It's Perry's weakest opening ever (eclipsing "Daddy's Little Girls, »
- Gary Susman
Craig Robinson and Kerry Washington light comic fireworks in sweet and funny film. Ten feet from stardom sums up comic actor Craig Robinson, ensemble cast member on TV’s The Office and supporting banana on various big-screen comedies including Pineapple Express, Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Hot Tub Time Machine. All of that changes with writer/director Tina Gordon Chism’s romantic comedy Peeples. Finally, Robinson receives a chance in the spotlight and while it’s great for his career it’s even better for moviegoers. Robinson is too funny for exclusion on the supporting player sidelines. His hilarious performance as a low-achieving boyfriend trying to impress his girlfriend’s affluent family makes Peeples the first true surprise of the 2013 summer movie season. »
Seth Rogen is many things: he's an actor, comedian, guy who makes a sex scene with Elizabeth Banks look really hot in Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and now another member of the Backstreet Boys. The video online was talked about a tiny bit over the weekend, but it hasn't gotten nearly enough attention. During a recent show, the Backstreet guys got Rogen to come on stage for a little "Everybody" dance during the Hilarity for Charity dance.
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Forserious, it looked like he definitely got some choreographed help backstage before the big moment too. Check out the video below:
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- Stephanie Webber
You would have thought that playing Superman would have opened a lot of doors for Brandon Routh. Instead, his career never seemed to really take off after Bryan Singer's ill-fated take on the DC superhero, despite memorable appearances in the likes of Chuck, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. "I certainly haven't got my mind set on failure," he said when asked by Empire Magazine if he's worried "about pulling a Brandon Routh and disappearing" after the release of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. "That is a bad approach - you want to strive for success." As for what he has lined up next, his schedule is clear, but James Bond is still on his mind. "What a wonderful challenge to follow up Daniel Craig. He has set the bar so high." What would you guys like to see Cavill do after Man of Steel? »
From The Office to Pineapple Express and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, comedian Craig Robinson has been stealthily stealing scenes, regularly knocking it out of the park in supporting roles. In 2010, he memorably co-starred in the hit time-traveling sex-comedy Hot Tub Time Machine alongside John Cusack, and now he's headlining his own the upcoming comedy, called Peeples. Formerly known as We The Peeples, it stars Robinson as a child psychologist who desperately wants to marry his lovely girlfriend (Kerry Washington). She's game, but first he must ask her hand from her very hard to please father played by David Alan Grier. When the couple goes to meet his future in-laws, this shrink discovers the Peeples family is far loonier than any of his patients. Get a glimpse at the mayhem below in the film's first trailer, courtesy of Moviefone: Peeples marks the directorial debut of Tina Gordon Chism, who »
Ensemble comedy Movie 43 opens this week, and with so many stars in the mix, we're testing your knowledge of some of our favorite cast members. Think you know Hugh Jackman's movies pretty well? What about Elizabeth Banks's? Go ahead and see if you can match each picture to the movie it's from. Question 1 of 5Name that Elizabeth Banks movie: Our Idiot Brother Zack and Miri Make a Porno Role Models Wet Hot American Summer »
- Maggie Pehanick
I moved to Austin from Seattle a little over four years ago. Before I moved to Austin I made sure of one thing: Did Austin have any decent film festivals? Seattle has one of the best festivals in the country and I didn’t want to go without that annual experience. After some quick research I found SXSW and the Austin Film Festival. Check and check! My high (in my mind) standard was met.
Along with some great film festivals, Austin houses one of the best theatre chains in the Us of A: Alamo Drafthouse! As an avid moviegoer it took me all of five seconds to recognize the greatness of this theatrical experience. I think I watched five or six movies at the Drafthouse before actually moving here.
On one my many visits to the South Lamar theater in 2008, I noticed a blurb in the monthly guide advertising something called Fantastic Fest. »
- Rod Paddock
7 items from 2013
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