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NBC is developing Problem Child as a single-camera sitcom. The comedy will be based on the original Problem Child released in 1990, starring John Ritter, Jack Warden, Amy Yasbeck, Michael Richards and Michael Oliver as the title character. Originally envisioned as an R rated romp, the final film was rated PG and took a more family friendly stance on the story of an adopted 7 year-old child, compared to Damien from The Omen, who can't keep himself out of trouble. The first film was a big hit, grossing $72 million on a $10 million budget.
Since 2010, Paul Giamatti has been one of Hollywood’s most prolific actors, appearing in 19 films in the past five years. Some were great (12 Years a Slave, Win Win), and some were not so great (Rock of Ages, The Hangover Part II). However, regardless of the role, Giamatti was almost always a high point of the film. Now, the trusted character actor (and occasional leading man) has an exciting new role in his roster, as Jerry Heller, the controversial manager of the pioneering hip hop group N.W.A., in the music biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Before he managed the influential group, Heller represented pop acts like Journey, Reo Speedwagon and Marvin Gaye. After he co-founded Ruthless Records with N.W.A. member Eazy-e, Heller oversaw one of the genre’s defining records by the group, one which shares its title with this biopic.
However, he later became synonymous with ripping off the rappers. Several »
- Jordan Adler
Terence Winter, who created HBO's Boardwalk Empire and received an Oscar nomination for writing The Wolf of Wall Street, is writing the screenplay, with Mike Tyson's manager Rick Yorn producing and shepherding the project, which doesn't have a studio home at this time. However, once the full package is finalized, it shouldn't have any trouble finding a distributor.
After Mike Tyson became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in the mid-1980s, he became one of the most recognizable sports figures in the country, with a polarizing personality in and out of the ring. He lost his title in a shocking upset to James "Buster" Douglas in 1990, and was convicted of rape just a year later, spending six years in prison for the crime. His return »
Ready for Tuesday morning yumminess – then watch the brand new trailer for Big Hero 6
The voicecast includes Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Daniel Henney, with Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada and Scott Adsit as Baymax.
Big Hero 6 joins the field of other cute, family-friendly animated feature films in 2014 such as The Lego Movie, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Planes: Fire And Rescue and the upcoming The Boxtrolls, The Penguins Of Madagascar, and The Book Of Life films.
Here’s a rundown of Big Hero 6′s characters.
Voiced by Ryan Potter (“Supah Ninjas,” “Senior Project”), robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada has the mind of a genius—and the heart of a 14-year-old: his state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring »
- Melissa Thompson
Walt Disney Animation Studios today announced the star voice cast to their upcoming film Big Hero Six and surprisingly, there appears to be no standout A-list star in any major role. On top of all that new information, there's a brand new movie trailer for you to feast your eyes on as well!
[Editor's Update: Disney/Marvel have now revealed an all new trailer for the film, so we figured we'd go ahead and post these all together!
Original article and all the cast information follows below.]
This is not to say any of the actors or actresses are inexperienced as much as it appears the studio is selling the characters themselves over the people who voice them. Most of the performers appear to be up and comers but with an impressive track record of working on big budget projects. However, the list does show James Cromwell and SNL alum Miya Rudolph in supporting roles to round out the cast.
Director Don Hall said of the cast: We’re so impressed with what these performers »
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Walt Disney Animation Studios officially announced the voice cast behind the new action-packed comedy-adventure Big Hero 6, including Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Daniel Henney, with Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada and Scott Adsit as Baymax.
“We’re so impressed with what these performers have been able to bring to their characters,” said Hall. “The story really calls for each performer to give a wide range of emotions – from light-hearted to some seriously heavy moments – and this cast has been incredible.”
Check out the voice cast and official character descriptions below:
- Michelle McCue
The sequel to 21 Jump Street easily topped the box-office, pulling in $6.8 million from Thursday to Sunday, and $7 million with previews. Pro-rata, that.s even stronger than the bumbling cop comedy.s $US57.1 million debut in the Us the previous weekend, which was the second-biggest opening ever for an R-rated comedy behind The Hangover Part II.
In second spot DreamWorks Animation.s How to Train Your Dragon 2 conjured up $3.5 million. With previews, the 3D action-fantasy voiced by Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristin Wiig and Jonah Hill has raked in $8.7 million.
All told, nationwide takings surged by 25% to $16.7 million, according to Rentrak.s weekend estimates. It wasn.t a memorable weekend for Australian cinema as The Rover plunged by 44% to $81,000 after an inauspicious debut, bringing the 11-day total to $344,000.
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- Don Groves
Well, 22 Jump Street still did excellent business over its opening weekend, but estimates were off by three million as the new R-rated comedy finished with $57 million instead of the estimated $60m. The film holds the record for the sixth largest opening ever for an R-rated movie and second highest opening for an R-rated comedy behind The Hangover Part II ($85.9m). Next weekend the drop will likely be significant, but with an opening like that on a film budgeted at $65 million things are looking just fine. In second is the disappointment of the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon 2, opening with a mere $49.4 million, less than six million more than the 2010 original. It was reported this morning DreamWorks Animation stock dropped as a result of the poor performance, which makes me wonder about those planned sequels considering the $145 million budget. So far, only $24.8 million has come in from 26 international territories. »
- Brad Brevet
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
I can't deny being a little surprised to see 22 Jump Street take the #1 slot over How to Train Your Dragon 2, but it would seem the mere fact Dragon 2 is a well-reviewed movie on the heels of a much-appreciated original doesn't mean much if it isn't loaded with fart jokes and pop culture references. With $50 million in its opening weekend and an "A" CinemaScore, Dragon 2 is up $6.3 million from the first film's total back in 2010, but that isn't nearly the sequel bump we've come to expect. You want to talk about a sequel bump, let's talk about 22 Jump Street... In 2012, 21 Jump Street opened with $36.3 million, fast forward two years and the sequel has opened with more than one-and-a-half times that amount, hauling in an estimated $60 million this weekend to go along with an "A-" CinemaScore. If the estimate holds, this will give 22 Jump Street the fifth largest opening ever for »
- Brad Brevet
“22 Jump Street” edged out “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ to capture the weekend box office crown as the two hotly anticipated sequels swooped into multiplexes just in time for Father’s Day.
The undercover cop comedy reunited Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and had the two leads matriculate to college to the tune of $60 million across 3,306 locations. Its opening is the second biggest for an R-rated comedy in history, right behind “The Hangover Part II” ($85.9 million) and just ahead of the first “Sex and the City” ($57 million) cinematic adventure.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ nipped at Hill and Tatum’s heels, soaring to $50 million across 4,235 locations.
“It’s extraordinary to have two films open to $50 million on the same weekend,” said Chris Aronson, Twentieth Century Fox domestic distribution chief. “Any time you have a PG animated film opening against an R-rated comedy, that’s the kind of competitve environment you’re looking for. »
- Brent Lang
22 Jump Street got off to a commanding lead in this weekend's battle of the sequels. How to Train Your Dragon 2 could make up ground throughout the weekend, though it will almost certainly fall short of $60 million.22 Jump Street opened to a massive $25 million on Friday. That's the second-biggest R-rated comedy debut ever behind The Hangover Part II ($31.6 million). It's also nearly double the first movie's $13.2 million start. The audience skewed younger (56 percent under 25), which suggests the movie will be very front-loaded this weekend. Still, it should wind up with at least $60 million.In second place, How to Train Your Dragon 2 earned an estimated $18.5 million on Friday. That's significantly higher than the first movie's $12.1 million start. Unfortunately, it's lower than Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted ($20.7 million), which was the last DreamWorks Animation sequel to open in June.It can be tough to predict how animated movies are going to play throughout the weekend, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
With two major sequels hitting theatres this weekend, it was a foregone conclusion that box office numbers would be impressive. What was much less conclusive was which of those two sequels would ultimately wind up in first place. Between How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street, most box office watchers had their money on DreamWorks’ Dragon for first. See how much we know? In what is shaping up to be one of the biggest debuts ever for an R-rated comedy, Sony’s 22 Jump Street began its run with an estimated $25 million from 3,306 locations. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opened in almost 1,000 more locations but came in second with an estimated $18.5 million. Details and Friday’s top five after the jump. Back in March of 2012, the big screen adaptation of 21 Jump Street took in over $36 million on its debut weekend. That was a big deal at the time, »
- Nicole Pedersen
Sony/MGM’s “22 Jump Street” has shown plenty of firepower with an estimated $62 million opening weekend, topping the launch of Fox/Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2” with a projected $50 million.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” followed with $18 million on Friday (with $2 million on Thursday night).
Both sequels are outperforming their predecessors. “22 Jump Street,” with Tatum and Hill’s characters now in college, blew away “21 Jump Street,” which opened with $36.3 million in 2012 on its way to $138.4 million domestically.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2,″ with a $145 million budget, should benefit from being one of the few animated titles in the summer season. The first “Dragon” debuted in 2010 with $43 million on went on to cume $215 million domestically and $494 million globally.
“22 Jump »
- Dave McNary
Friday Update: 22 Jump Street earned an awesome $5.5 million from late Thursday shows beginning at 7 p.m. The comedy sequel, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, was playing at 2,746 locations. 22 Jump Street earned over twice as much as R-rated hits Ted ($2.63 million at midnight) and Neighbors ($2.56 million at 8 p.m.). It also compares favorably to last June's The Heat, which earned $1 million at late Thursday shows. Before assuming 22 Jump Street is on its way to $80 million this weekend, it's worth keeping in mind that this is an R-rated comedy sequel primarily targeting 17-34 year-olds opening at 8 p.m. after nearly all schools have dismissed for the Summer. That's to say there's a good chance that Thursday night accounts for a disproportionately high amount of the movie's overall business this weekend. Still, this virtually guarantees an opening of at least $50 million, which would make this one of the biggest R-rated comedy debuts ever. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Longtime friends and collaborators Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper have formed a production company as producing partners and signed a three-year, first-look production agreement with Warner Bros. Pictures, it was announced today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
“Todd and Bradley have deep personal ties throughout the Studio and we couldn’t be more pleased that they are combining their immense talents into what promises to be one formidable production company,” said Silverman. “The entire Warner Bros. family is excited about the great movies we know will come from this collaboration of two highly successful and original filmmakers.”
“Todd is one of the smartest, coolest guys I know,” said Cooper. “He also happens to be one of the best filmmakers in the business, and I am honored and excited to be his partner.”
“Bradley is a tremendous talent and one of my closest friends, »
- Michelle McCue
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man had no trouble taking on Electro and The Green Goblin. At the North American box office, he proved to be no match when it came to Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. Much to the surprise of everyone, Universal's R-rated comedy Neighbors moved into the number one spot at the North American box office this weekend, easily displacing The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It also made mincemeat out of fellow newcomers Legends of Oz: Dorothy Returns and Moms' Night Out, which both bombed.
Proof that you don't need to spend hundreds of millions to make a hit movie, the $18 million Neighbors arrived in 3,279 theaters following an extensive period of marketing and screenings to earn a great $51 million. The huge opening represents the fourth best opening ever for an R-rated comedy behind The Hangover Part II, Sex and the City and Ted. The film was directed by »
Despite a release date of November 7th 2014, we still haven't seen or heard much from Disney and Marvel's first animated collaboration, the adaptation of the lesser known superhero team Big Hero 6. We've only gotten some teases of concept art and settings, but we don't know what any of the characters look like, and so far only comedian T.J. Miller has been tipped to lend his voice to the project. But now one more voice has been revealed by way of NBC (via ComingSoon) as they list the animated flick in the screen credits for Jamie Chung, who has been in the network's show "Believe." But we don't know her role yet. Chung has been seen in plenty of less family friendly fare like Sucker Punch, The Hangover Part II, The Man with the Iron Fists and has a role in this summer's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. »
- Ethan Anderton
Feature Mark Harrison 1 Apr 2014 - 05:47
Following new Captain America and Muppets movies, Mark looks at the challenges facing a second movie...
This article is spoiler-free, but it may contain some plot details about Muppets Most Wanted and Captain America: The Winter Soldier that you may not want to know if you haven't already seen those films, so proceed carefully.
The sophomore slump is a trend observed in academic study, whereby a decline in morale in second-year students can be linked to new stressors, and disaffection with what previously seemed new.
Its equivalent in the music industry would be the term “difficult second album”, which gets bandied around a lot, largely projecting audience anticipation onto an artist who has enjoyed a successful début, and now has the world snapping at their heels for an equally well-received follow-up.
And, in a film industry where brand-led tentpoles are becoming dominant, the enthusiasm »
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