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Kevin Can Wait closed out Season 1 on Monday with an episode that doubled as a conclusion to the two-part King of Queens reunion between Leah Remini and Kevin James. (Looking for a recap of Part 1? Click here.)
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The episode began with James’ current and former on-screen wives finally coming face-to-face, with Vanessa asking Donna how she ever puts up with Kevin. (“Just pretending to be his wife gives me agita.”) Kevin and Vanessa then hit the road to attend Domingo and Maritza’s art show in Boston. Upon checking in at the hotel, »
The sci-fi drama, starring himself and Jennifer Lawrence, had a lot of buzz behind it, but ultimately was scorned by critics and never really caught fire with fans.
Passengers was set aboard a massive space vessel where Pratt and Lawrence are woken up halfway through the long slumber necessary to make the journey to their new planetary home.
As mentioned, the film was not received well, many finding the nefarious nature of some of the movie’s plot points as enough reason to savage the film.
And it turns out that Pratt himself didn’t know quite what to make of the reception it received. When asked if it surprised him the actor said, “It did, it really did. I was really caught off guard by that. It was definitely a lesson.”
Pratt however is happy with the film, »
- Samuel Brace
Author: Scott Davis
Chris Pratt is beginning the long slog that is the worldwide press tour for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (the cast and filmmakers come to the UK next week) and while most of the attention is on the long-awaited sequel, some of the talks has veered off into chats about Jurassic World 2 and, more specifically, his previous film Passengers.
The sci-fi romantic drama, directed by Morten Tyldem (The Imitation Game), co-starred Oscar Winner Jennifer Lawrence and was met with a mixed response from critics on its release back in December. Audiences too were perhaps not as big as the studio would have hoped given the budget and cast involved, and the film grossed around $300million from its reported $110million. But despite the criticism and lukewarm box-office, Pratt spoke to Variety about the film and said that while he is still proud of the film reactions »
- Scott Davis
Chris Pratt is about to top the box office with “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” a follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster that made him an international movie star. It’s his first movie since December’s “Passengers,” which was eviscerated by critics – it currently holds a 31% on Rotten Tomatoes. Many took particular issue with a controversial plot point in the sci-fi romance.
In the film, Pratt plays Jim, one of 5,000 passengers in suspended animation on a ship taking 120 years to reach its destination. After accidentally awakening 90 years early, Jim endures a year of loneliness before making the decision to wake up a fellow passenger, Aurora, played by Jennifer Lawrence. This decision didn’t set well with some, such as the Guardian, who called it an “interstellar version of social-media stalking” or the New York Daily News, »
- Jenelle Riley
Supervising sound editor Michael J. Benavente has joined audio postproduction company Formosa Group.
His feature credits range from comedies such as Bad Santa and Paul Blart: Mall Cop to horror films such as Drag Me to Hell, as well as such pics as Starship Troopers and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. In 2015, Benavente won an Emmy for his work on History Channel’s docudrama Houdini.
A graduate of the UCLA Film School, Benavente began his career under the tutelage of award-winning sound editors Richard »
- Carolyn Giardina
The film follows a cynical woman who doesn’t believe in love and then wakes up to discover that her life has become a romantic comedy.
Wilson starred in both “Pitch Perfect” movies and is attached to the upcoming “Pitch Perfect 3.” Credits for the Australian actress include “Bridesmaids,” “How to Be Single,” “The Brothers Grimsby,” and “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.”
Garner produced both the “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” movies, along with “Into the Storm” and “Knight and Day.” Scharbo and Matthews were executive producers on several TV series, including “The Gates,” “Missing,” and “Rush.” Matthews was also a producer on the feature »
- Dave McNary
Kevin James will star in his own new Netflix stand-up special, Variety has learned.
This will mark the first time James has starred in a stand-up special since 2001’s “Sweat the Small Stuff.” He is currently scheduled to tape the special later this year, with a release eyed for 2018. Netflix previously distributed James’ film “True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” and he will also appear in the Adam Sandler Netflix film “Sandy Wexler,” which debuts in April.
James was discovered at the Montreal Comedy Fest in 1996, which led to the creation of his long-running CBS sitcom “King of Queens.” In addition to a film career that saw him star in successful comedies like the “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” franchise and “Grown Ups,” he recently returned to CBS with the sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” which he also executive produces.
This is the latest high-profile comedy acquisition for Netflix. The streaming giant will release two never-before-seen Dave Chappelle comedy »
- Joe Otterson
7 items from 2017
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