19 items from 2014
Performer-turned-writer/director Paul Mazursky, who was Oscar-nommed five times and helmed hit movies including “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice” and “An Unmarried Woman,” has died. He was 84. Mazursky died of cardiac arrest Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
While his most significant films as a director came several decades ago, he returned to acting on TV in later years, playing Norm on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and appearing on “The Sopranos” and on ABC drama “Once and Again” as Sela Ward’s father.
Mazursky at his best captured the spirit of the late ’60s and the ’70s, when the American moral climate was turned on its head. His films entertainingly explored such weighty issues as marital fidelity, the merits of psychological therapy and modern divorce: “Bob and Ted,” starring Robert Culp and Natalie Wood as a “liberated” married couple; “Blume in Love,” starring George Segal and Susan Anspach »
- Richard Natale
Paul Mazursky, the five-time Academy Award-nominated writer and director, died Monday. He was 84.
Paul Mazursky Dies
Mazursky died as a result of a pulmonary cardiac arrest, a family spokesperson told Entertainment Weekly.
In the 1950s and early 60s, Mazursky broke into Hollywood as a TV actor in The Kaiser Aluminum Hour, The Steve Allen Plymouth Show, The Untouchables, Twilight Zone, The Real McCoys and more. He also made appearances on the silver screen in Blackboard Jungle and Stanley Kubrick’s Fear and Desire.
Among Mazursky’s first screenwriting credits were for The Monkees and The Danny Kaye Show. He went on to pen I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, for which he earned his first credit as a director and first Oscar nod.
In later years, »
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
Kevin Hart is back in the box office running this weekend with Think Like a Man Too. The star comedian had two early 2014 hits: one modest (About Last Night) and one a veritable smash (Ride Along). He’s his own bar for success.
Sony’s $12 million Think Like a Man opened in April 2012 to $33.6 million — a surprise only to some in the industry. Based on Steve Harvey’s popular self-help book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the Tim Story-directed comedy boasted an all-star cast including Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, and Taraji P. Henson and went on to gross $91.5 million domestically. »
- Lindsey Bahr
The animated sequel opened to $50 million domestically and picked up in an additional $24.8 million from 26 international territories. However, going into the weekend some analysts had predicted that the film would open to north of $60 million. The company’s stock was down more than $3 on Monday morning, trading at $23.94.
While DreamWorks Animation has made steps to branch out into different areas of the media business, buying YouTube powerhouse AwesomenessTV and signing deals with Netflix for instance, the frosty reception from investors demonstrates its fortunes remain inexorably tied to the theatrical performance of a handful of films.
“The stock is definitely going to being volatile to opening weekends given that they only have three movies per year and they’re »
- Brent Lang
In a market where the turnaround for sequels is so quick, it feels like it's been a long time since Hiccup and Toothless first arrived on the big screen. How To Train Your Dragon was the film that really made people sit up and pay attention to DreamWorks Animation again after a string of Shrek sequels and tacky celebrity-led reference-paloozas.
By our reckoning, that makes How To Train Your Dragon 2 the most anticipated animated feature of the year by some distance. Young fans will have had the animated series Dragons: Riders Of Berk to tide them over, but assuming that many of us who loved the first film might not have got around to the series, we've been eager to see where the story goes next. »
As expected, highly-anticipated sequels 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 took the top two spots at the box office this weekend. It came as quite the surprise, though, that the R-rated comedy easily took first place ahead of the DreamWorks Animation movie.Playing at 3,306 locations, 22 Jump Street opened to a fantastic $57.1 million this weekend. That's the second-biggest opening ever for an R-rated comedy behind The Hangover Part II, and ahead of hits like Neighbors and Ted. It's also up a whopping 57 percent from 21 Jump Street's $36 million debut in March 2012.22 Jump Street's strong start is likely due to a combination of goodwill from the first movie and a strong marketing campaign this time around. 21 Jump Street came out just over two years ago*the ideal wait time between a movie and its sequel*and had a strong run thanks in part to good word-of-mouth. That movie promised that »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
It was the big sequel showdown of summer 2014: the R-rated comedy 22 Jump Street vs. the family-friendly How to Train Your Dragon 2. While the latter’s predecessor was a much bigger hit and widely expected to open at the top of the box office, it was the Jonah Hill-Channing Tatum team-up that rocketed to the #1 spot. The comedy sequel opened with an estimated $60 million, making it the fifth-largest opening for an R-rated film of all time (behind The Matrix Reloaded, The Hangover Part II, The Passion of the Christ and 300). It zoomed past the original’s $36.3 opening from March 2012, as well as raunchy summer hits Ted ($54.4 million) and Neighbors ($49 million).
22 Jump Street‘s victory over How to Train Your Dragon 2 was even more impressive considering the comedy was playing in nearly 1,000 fewer theatres and did not benefit from 3D surcharges. Not only that, but Phil Lord »
- Jordan Adler
For anyone who grew up watching "SpongeBob Squarepants" or just likes getting high and watching the cartoon, you might be happy to know that a sequel to the first feature film featuring the underwater citizen is on the way. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water arrives in February of 2015, but no one really knows what to expect from the sequel. However, the debut of a new poster seems to hint at the potential for some Who Framed Roger Rabbit style crossover with live-action. The title is a hint in itself, but when you see the poster and the tagline, it looks like SpongeBob might be coming into the real world. Here's the first poster for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (via ComingSoon): The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is directed by Paul Tibbit (writer and producer of the "SpongeBob SquarePants" animated series) and written by »
- Ethan Anderton
I don't know about you, but it's a little amazing to me that Angelina Jolie hasn't had a film open higher than Maleficent's $69.4 million. Then again, you look at her filmography and I can't help but wonder what exactly has Jolie done to make her considered such a big star other than simply being Angelina Joliec Sure, she's had some solid performances, but none of them are exactly general audience "must sees". Quick, what do you think is Jolie's highest grossing domestic release to datec Now, what are the movies you most often think of when you think of Joliec Now Now, here are her top five domestic releases. Are they the ones you were thinking ofc Kung Fu Panda - $215,434,591 Mr. & Mrs. Smith - $186,336,279 Kung Fu Panda 2 - $165,249,063 Shark Tale - $160,861,908 Wanted - $134,508,551 Now, here are her most popular roles based on number of votes at IMDb: Wanted (2008) - $134,508,551 Mr. »
- Brad Brevet
Another May weekend, another big number one debut. For the fifth weekend in a row, a new release has taken the number one spot at the box office. Two weeks ago, it was Godzilla and last weekend, X-Men: Days of Future Past. This weekend, it was the Walt Disney live-action fantasy Maleficent's time to shine. Angelina Jolie's first starring role in four years conjured up big numbers in its debut, easily beating the Seth MacFarlane comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West while knocking the wind out Marvel's money-making mutants.
Alice in Wonderland opened to $116 million four years ago and wound up earning $332 million domestically and one billion dollars worldwide. Suffice to say, Disney began to see dollar signs all over the possibilities of live-action variations of classic children's tales, such as The Wizard of Oz and Sleeping Beauty (Cinderella arrives in 2015). 2013's The Wizard of Oz prequel, »
What happens when your dad is an animator at DreamWorks, working on movies like Kung Fu Panda 2 and How to Train Your Dragon? Well, if you're the son of Daniel Hashimoto, it means many of your everyday activities are going to be turned into epic mini action movies. Hashimoto's son, who goes by the title Action Movie Kid on YouTube, has invaded the Internet with a host of videos that primarily feature him using his imagination to play with toys as any kid does. What makes the videos special is that his father then adds the perfect effects to accompany each home video so that it appears as if his son's imagination has come to life. So if Action Movie Kid is hanging out in the aisles of Toys 'R' Us waving around a fake lightsaber, his...
- Erik Davis
Having a DreamWorks animator for a dad must be pretty cool. Especially when that dad is creative enough to turn his toddler's playtime into mini-action movies, complete with light sabers that destroy toy store shelves, a grapple gun that gets you stuck on the ceiling, and a building block hyperdrive that crashes out the window. Watch all the adorableness, below. The animator in question is Daniel Hashimoto (who's worked on "Kung Fu Panda 2" and "How to Train Your Dragon"), and whose son goes by Action Movie Kid on Twitter. Expect his followers to go up at the speed of light. »
- Beth Hanna
What happens when your dad is an animator at DreamWorks, working on movies like Kung Fu Panda 2 and How to Train Your Dragon? Well, if you're the son of Daniel Hashimoto, it means many of your everyday activities are going to be turned into epic mini action movies. Hashimoto's son, who goes by the title Action Movie Kid on YouTube, has invaded the Internet with a host of videos that primarily feature him using his imagination to play with toys as any kid does. What makes the videos special is that his father then adds the perfect effects to accompany each home video so that it appears as if his son's imagination has come to life. So if Action Movie Kid is hanging out in the aisles of Toys 'R' Us waving around a fake lightsaber,...
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While fans still have three Marvel Phase Two movies coming in the next two years (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron), the studio is already prepping its Phase Three slate, which kicks off with Edgar Wright's Ant-Man in 2015. Marvel is currently seeking directors for their only other confirmed Phase Three movie, Doctor Strange, with Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) currently in contention.
The studio has either already met with these filmmakers, or are about to meet with them in the coming weeks. Marvel is also seeking screenwriters to work in tandem with a director to develop the story together, or a filmmaker who can both write and direct. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 3) are in contention to write the script, »
Seoul – Frozen has became the highest-grossing animated feature ever in South Korea over the weekend, while also selling the most tickets during the country's long lunar New Year break from Jan. 30-Feb. 2. According to the Korean Film Council (Kofic), the Disney film has grossed $44.17 million (47.7 billion won) in South Korea, passing prior record holder Kung Fu Panda 2, which pulled in $41 million (44.298 billion won) in 2011. Photos: Korea Box Office 2013: Top 10 Movies Frozen, about two estranged sister princesses trying to break a wintry spell that freezes their kingdom, has so
- Lee Hyo-won
Over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, Kevin Hart/Ice Cube comedy Ride Along drew huge crowds and set a new January opening record. Meanwhile, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit missed the mark and Devil's Due bombed.<br>Playing at 2,663 locations, Ride Along scored a fantastic $41.2 million over the three-day weekend. That's a tad higher than Cloverfield, which had previously held the January record with $40.1 million. Among original comedies, Ride Along had the highest opening since Ted ($54.4 million) back in June 2012.Ride Along's stunning debut can be attributed to a number of factors. First and foremost, the movie had a strong, broadly-appealing premise that was put front-and-center in all of the marketing material. That would be worthless, though, if the movie looked like a dud: fortunately, the Ride Along previews were packed with solid laughs, including a very memorable shotgun bit. All of this was brought to life by stars Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jean-Claude Van Damme has had a quirky and fun career resurgence. Yeah, he’s found himself in a position to return to somewhat mainstream relevance since 2008′s Jcvd (which is all sorts of fun, and you should watch), and while he’s done so most notably in his role as Jean Vilain in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 2, and a solid voice acting gig in Kung Fu Panda 2, Van Damme’s heart belongs to indies and direct to DVD actioners. With two new Universal Soldier flicks amongst that list of films, I’d say we should be pretty stoked about the state of his career. Next on the docket is Pound of Flesh, where Jcvd will portray a man who rescues a woman in distress, and wakes the next morning in a blood-filled hotel bathroom, sans kidney for his troubles. According to Van Damme, he’s gonna fight a lot of people over this, saying »
- Dustin Hucks
The first image from Thomas McCarthy’s dramatic comedy The Cobbler has been released showing off its leading man Adam Sandler (Jack and Jill). Before you hesitate, the film sees Sandler return to drama in a role that sees him repair shoes with the ability to metaphysically step into the lives of the people whose shoes he repairs. Thomas McCarthy’s previous films have been charming and intelligent and it will interesting to see what he can do with Sandler’s stubborn comedic background...
The Cobbler also stars Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Dustin Hoffman (Kung Fu Panda 2), Method Man (Red Tails), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station) and Elena Kampouris (Labor Day).
- Gary Collinson
19 items from 2014