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Today we’ve got the first clip from A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, the last movie that the great Robin Williams filmed before his saddening death, and it echoes a similar vibe to the more indie projects he’d been taking on more recently including a distinct touch of World’S Greatest Dad.
Directed by Community’s Tristram Shapeero, it’s written by Phil Johnston, who’s work includes Wreck-it Ralph and Cedar Rapids. This short clip shows us Mitch (Williams), giving advice to his grandson on alternative treats for Santa after they’ve eaten all the milk and cookies! Here’s your official synopsis:
Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son’s gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
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- Dan Bullock
When Kathy Kaiser reviewed Belleville here at We Are Movie Geeks, she gave it 4 of 5 stars (read her review Here). It’s only been screened a couple of times, but starting September 5th, it will play a regular engagement exclusively at Wehrenberg Theaters. The producers of Belleville are looking for some local talent for their next film and will hold auditions when Belleville plays. Here are the details:
Ted Trent Studios and Circa 87 will hold open call auditions for their new movie shooting in the Midwest next summer. The film, which is still untitled, will center on the theme of sports. The auditions will take place at 13 Wehrenberg Theatres during the first two nights of the run of Belleville, the locally-shot movie about a farmer and his friendship with an out-of-this-world stranger.
- Tom Stockman
Last night, the adolescent drivel known as the Teen Choice Awards pandered the most coveted audience in entertainment, and that meant the studios were pushing some of the forthcoming films to the young crowd on the flickering box. Disney decided to push their family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with a new TV spot showing off some more ridiculous footage from the film. Unlike the book on which the film is based, it's not just Alexander having a bad day, but his whole family. This looks to be full of slapstick comedy, complete with Steve Carell fighting a kangaroo. Watch? Here's the TV spot for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day from Disney: Watch the full trailer for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day right here. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day »
- Ethan Anderton
The 1972 children’s classic was written by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz and inspired by Viorst’s sons Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas. With more than 2 million copies in print, it became an Ala Notable Children’s Book and won a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, a Georgia Children’s Book Award, and distinction as a Reading Rainbow book.
Viorst penned the sequels: “Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday” (1978) and “Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move” (1995).
The film follows follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life – a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, »
- Michelle McCue
We've already seen an underwhelming trailer for the lengthy titled family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day from 20th Century Fox starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, and now two new posters show just how bad this day is going to get. One poster shows the young Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) with his family, looking clean and happy before the bad day arrives. And the second one is an after pictures, showing the family is various levels of dishevelment, like they all got in a fight in the forest or got hit by a cartoon truck. We're not expecting much from the fall release. Look! Posters for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day(via Facebook): Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is directed by Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids) and written by first-time scribe Rob Lieber. The film »
- Ethan Anderton
(Cbr) Robin Lord Taylor and Camren Bicondova are among "Gotham's" crop of nascent bad guys -- two proto-villains in what will eventually become the rogues gallery for the future Batman -- and both actors have eagerly been doing their homework in order to breathe fresh life into iconic DC villains the Penguin and Catwoman. Speaking with Comic Book Resources at Fox's summer party for the Television Critics Association, the young actors reveal their learning curves in the backstories of the Bat-villains and their various pop cultural interpretations, as well as how thrilled they are to part of the ever-expanding, ever-shifting mythology surrounding the Dark Knight. Cbr News: What got you excited about these iconic roles and being able to reinterpret them for a new generation? Robin Lord Taylor: Well, as an actor, the opportunity to play a role that everybody is aware of, and to follow in the »
- Scott Huver, Comic Book Resources
Wheelan also tweeted Monday evening that he was “Fired From New York”.
Had a blast and loved every second of it. I’m totally honored to be able to make this next joke… Fired From New York It’S Saturday Night!
— Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) July 14, 2014
Variety also speculated that Wheelan may just be the first to go. According to this chart, Wheelan only appeared in 3.37 percent of all of SNL’s sketches in its 39th season, just ahead of more recently added African American cast member Sasheer Zamata (who isn’t going anywhere unless they find a new black woman for the cast) and John Milhiser (who did a Jon Cryer impression, so yeah). The aforementioned Milhiser and Noël Wells have also been let go, »
- Brian Welk
Brooks Wheelan's run on Saturday Night Live has ended after one season. The 27-year-old stand-up comedian from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, broke the news Monday in an announcement to his 32,000 Twitter followers. Photos From Live TV to the Big Screen: 12 'SNL'-Based Movies "Had a blast and loved every second of it," Wheelan wrote. "I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke... Fired From New York It'S Saturday Night!" A source close to Saturday Night Live confirms to THR that the show declined to renew Wheelan's contract. Other castmembers' futures have not yet been determined.
- Seth Abramovitch, Lesley Goldberg
There’s a saying that you’re only as sick as your secrets. If that’s the case, then Mary Lambert is very,very healthy. On her new single, “Secrets,” the singer best know for her feature on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love,” proudly declares all her secrets: she’s bi polar, her family is dysfunctional, sometimes she cries all day, and some less secret ones— she’s overweight and gay. All these confessions are sung over an impossibly jaunty tune as she refreshingly reveals all in the lyric video. “‘Secrets’ might be the first fun song I’ve ever written,” says Lambert. And, indeed, the bouncy track has an irrepressible Katy Perry, “Roar” vibe. She co-wrote the track with Eric Rosse, Benny Cassette and MoZella. Rosee and Cassette are also executive producers on her new album, “Heart On My Sleeve,” out Oct. 14 on Capitol Records. The song is about accepting yourself, »
- Melinda Newman
The story centers on a highly-trained British spy (Mark Strong) who is forced to go on the run with his idiotic soccer hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen). Isla Fisher is said to be playing either a "femme fatale or other comely vixen." She joins a supporting cast that also includes Annabelle Wallis, Rebel Wilson, David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe and Johnny Vegas.
Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Clash of the Titans) is directing from a screenplay by Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids), Peter Baynham (The Dictator) and Sacha Baron Cohen, based on an original story by Sacha Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston. Sacha Baron Cohen and Nira Park are producing, with shooting scheduled to begin this summer.
• Tom Hiddleston will star (and sing) as Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic about the country legend. I Saw The Light will be directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius), who adapted the script from Colin Escott’s biography of Williams. Quite different than his role in The Avengers, Hiddleston will sing from the entire Williams catalog, with songs like “Hey, Good Lookin’,” after the rights were secured through a deal with Sony Atv. The film will follow Williams’ rise to fame before dying of heart failure at age 29. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
The story centers on a British black ops spy, who is forced to go on the run with his idiotic, soccer hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen). Annabelle Wallis is playing one of the soccer hooligan's suitors, although no details were released regarding Rebel Wilson's role. David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe and Johnny Vegas also star.
Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Clash of the Titans) is directing from a screenplay by Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids), Peter Baynham (The Dictator) and Sacha Baron Cohen, based on a story originally created by Sacha Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston. Sacha Baron Cohen and Nira Park are producing, with shooting scheduled to begin this summer.
Rebel Wilson recently wrapped production on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and she »
It’s been a little while since we heard anything about Sacha Baron Cohen’s spy comedy Grimsby, which Now You See Me director Louis Letterier is set to direct for Sony. As it turns out, the film was still working on pulling together a cast, and now we’ve learned that the film has just enlisted the diverse talents of four great actors. Signing on for Grimsby are Hercules actor Ian McShane, Homeland‘s David Harewood, Precious star Gabourey Sidibe and English comedian Johnny Vegas.
The roles of each actor are being kept under wraps, but Grimsby focuses on a British black ops spy (Mark Strong) who finds his life in danger and is forced to call on his idiotic football hooligan brother (Baron Cohen) in order to survive. Baron Cohen scripted the film along with Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids) and Peter Baynham (Borat, Bruno).
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- Isaac Feldberg
• Rosa Salazar (Parenthood) has joined the cast of Insurgent as Lynn. Currently filming in Atlanta, the Divergent follow-up from director Robert Schwentke (R.I.P.D.) will again star Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars), Theo James (Underworld: Awakening), Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now), Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), Kate Winslet (Labor Day), Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher), and Zoe Kravitz (After Earth), as well as newcomers to the series Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost), and Octavia Spencer (The Help). In the book, Lynn is described as a bitter Dauntless-born initiate with a shaved head, eyebrow piercing, a tough attitude, »
- Jake Perlman
Check out the trailer and poster for the first live-action film adaptation of the children’s classic Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him.
He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing »
- Michelle McCue
Walt Disney Pictures has released the first trailer for Miguel Arteta’s (Cedar Rapids) adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 illustrated classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which stars Steve Carell (Despicable Me), Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club), Dylan Minnette (Prisoners), Kerris Dorsey (Brothers & Sisters), Ed Oxenbould (Puberty Blues), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), Jennifer Coolidge (2 Broke Girls), Bella Thorne (Shake It Up!). Check it out after the official synopsis…
“Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He »
- Gary Collinson
Oscar nominee Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, Robot & Frank) has joined the cast of the unconventional romance The Driftless Area alongside the previously announced Anton Yelchin (Like Crazy, Only Lovers Left Alive, Star Trek), three-time Golden Globe nominee Zooey Deschanel (500 Days Of Summer, Elf, All The Real Girls), Oscar® nominee John Hawkes (The Sessions, Winter’S Bone, Lincoln), Ciaran Hinds (Munich, There Will Be Blood, HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) and Alia Shawkat (Fox/Netflix’s “Arrested Development,” Cedar Rapids), it was announced today by producers Unified Pictures and Bron Studios.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin on May 14th in greater Vancouver.
- Michelle McCue
All right, well, it's not just Steve Carell that's having a bad day since the film is actually called Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, but the young titular boy's entire family slowly begins to have the worst day of all their lives. Complete with an introduction from Carell himself, the first trailer has arrived showing off the silly and goofy family comedy that we all expected, but we're not necessarily excited for. This just isn't our brand of humor, and it really seems to be over-the-top. That doesn't mean younger kids and average families won't enjoy it, but there's just nothing special here. Watch! The first trailer for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day from Yahoo: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is directed by Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids) and written by first-time scribe Rob Lieber. The »
- Ethan Anderton
London, April 29: Despite weighing in at 56.4 stone, world's fattest housebound woman is planning to walk up the aisle with her lover who is almost half her age.
Charity Pierce, 38, said that she is determined not to have to get married to her 22-year-old fiance Tony Saur at home, Metro.co.uk reported.
Pierce, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also revealed that she feared having a heart attack or a stroke and dying in her sleep, but she doesn't want much from life, but just a life.
Meanwhile, Saur, who is helping Pierce lose 20st before the wedding so she can have a life-saving gastric bypass operation, asserted that his. »
- Amith Ostwal
The story centers on a British Black Ops secret agent (Mark Strong) who is forced to go on the lam with his long-lost brother (Sacha Baron Cohen), an idiotic soccer hooligan. We reported in February that the project originated at Paramount, where Sacha Baron Cohen and screenwriter Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids, Wreck-It Ralph) sold it as a pitch, before it moved to Sony.
Louis Leterrier is directing from a script by Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham. Sacha Baron Cohen is producing through his Four By Two production company, alongside Working Title's Eric Fellner and Big Talk Productions' Nira Park. Our report from February also revealed that Sony issued a July 31, 2015 release date, with production scheduled to begin sometime this summer.
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