17 items from 2011
 While Steve Carell has obviously been trying to branch out beyond his funnyman roots with some of his recent  choices , the latest addition to his crowded slate sounds more like classic Carell. The very busy actor is attached to produce and star in Universal Pictures' Lunatics, a big-screen adaptation of Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel's forthcoming novel. Carell will play one of two suburbanites who get involved in a petty feud, with unexpectedly far-reaching consequences. More details after the jump. Carell's been landing roles left and right ever since his exit from NBC's The Office. He's already wrapped Seeking a Friend for the End of the World with Keira Knightley, and is currently shooting Great Hope Springs with Meryl Streep. Beyond that, he's also signed on for Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, Charlie Kaufman's Frank or Francis, the literary adaptation Dogs of Babel, the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone, »
- Angie Han
Steve Carell has built a career out of playing some less-than-average characters, but his latest film role has him turning into a real head case.
The movie tells the story of two soccer dads who find themselves at the center of escalating insanity when they cross paths, not limited to running from the law, the government, and a guy in a Chuck E. Cheese costume.
Carell has been keeping busy since leaving "The Office," with roles in "Burt Wonderstone," "Dogs of Babel," "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," "Foxcatcher" and "Despicable Me 2" all lined up for the next few years.
"Lunatics" is being produced by Carell and his partners at Carousel Productions. »
- Sarah Crow
What do you get when you take two prize-winning humorists and add in one of Hollywood’s leading comedic actors? Apparently, you get Lunatics, the Universal Pictures adaptation of the Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel novel of the same name. Steve Carell will star as one of two soccer dads whose conflict with each other grows into a series of escalating events until both of them are sent running for their lives. Barry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, is most famous for his long-running syndicated humor column in The Miami Herald. Zweibel is an Emmy-winning writer behind such TV series as Saturday Night Live and Late Show with David Letterman. Carell, of course, is one of the most sought after actors today, having left The Office to pursue his lucrative movie career. Hit the jump for more on Lunatics. News of Carell’s casting in Lunatics comes via Deadline. Carell will play Philip Horkman, »
- Dave Trumbore
Despicable Me 2 May Be Getting Some Oscar Talent
You may have never thought it would happen, but surprisingly, Oscar-winner Javier Bardem is apparently in negotiations with Universal Studios to provide the main bad-guys voice in the sequel to their surprise hit, ‘Despicable Me 2′. In the first film, a plot centered around the curmudgeonly vaguely east-European “bad-guy” Gru (played by a deeply accented Steve Carell) whose plans for world dominance are overturned when three little orphan girls come under his care. Most of the original ensemble cast is expected to return with some new big names, including this one.
If he signs on, Bardem will play the new villain El Macho, who apparently also has a young son named Machito. While certain other plot details aren’t being said and shown to the public, it’s possible that a big rivalry between their young children could be what pits »
- Dan O'Neill
Last summer, Universal’s Despicable Me was a resounding success that was really well received both critically and at the box office, turning a $70m. into more than half a billion dollars worldwide. Very impressive stuff.
Following the great news that Javier Bardem has finally officially self-confirmed his involvement in Bond 23/Skyfall, word now comes that he’s also in talks to lend his voice for the sequel to last summer’s terrific success, Despicable Me 2, THR report.
Co-directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud made such fantastic feature debuts with the original, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us with the second film. The plot is currently, and understandably, being kept under wraps, but I’d be willing to bet that it’s going to be another great one from the pair.
If talks go well, Bardem will be playing »
- Kenji Lloyd
An Oscar-winner known for calling people "Friend-o" could soon be playing an animated character name "El Macho." Javier Bardem, best known for his villainous turn in the Coen Brothers' No Country For Old Men is in negotiations to voice the bad guy in Despicable Me 2, the 3D animated sequel to the 2010 hit starring Steve Carell. That first film was about a wannabe super-villain named Cru who became a hero because bonded with three little kids and this one will continue the adventure as Cru and his family go up against El Macho and his son, Machito. It's scheduled for release  on July 3, 2013. More after the break. The Hollywood Reporter  broke the news of Bardem's negotiations, which would be the actor's first foray into animation. Being as he's still negotiations though, it's definitely not a sure thing, especially with the kind of luck Bardem has had recently. He's still attached »
- Germain Lussier
The first movie followed a villainous mastermind (Steve Carell), who connects with his paternal side when the trio of orphans he hires for an evil scheme melt his icy heart. The actor would play the elder half of a father/son duo, called El Macho and Machito. Further details about the plot of the sequel have yet to be revealed.
Steve Carell is expected to return as Gru alongside Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, and Julie Andrews. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud will be teaming up to direct the upcoming animated comedy.
But, will he have minions? Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are in negotiations with actor Javier Bardem to voice the new villain in the upcoming animation sequel “Despicable Me 2.” Bardem will be the voice the villain character named El Macho and who has a son named Machito, according to The Hollywood Reporter. All other plot details are kept under wraps. “Despicable Me” starred Steve Carell as voice of the criminal mastermind who used adopted three orphan girls to help steal a shrink ray from his arch-nemesis in order to steal the moon. The film other voices included Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig and Miranda Cosgrove. The film grossed more than $251 million in the United States last year. It is expected most of the characters and actors will return in the sequel. “Despicable Me 2” will be directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. It »
Heat Vision is reporting Javier Bardem is in negotiations to voice the villain in Universal's Despicable Me 2, the follow-up to the 2010 animated hit featuring Steve Carell as the voice of Gru, a super-villain who changes his ways after adopting a trio of orphans.
Little has been reported on the story for the sequel, but this news gives us a few details reporting Bardem would be voicing the character El Macho who has a son of his own named Machito. Original directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud will also be back for the feature, which is already slated for a July 3, 2013 release.
Previously a piece of teaser art for the film was revealed, which you can check out right here.
- Brad Brevet
In casting that I didn’t exactly see coming, THR says that Javier Bardem is currently in talks to voice the villain in Despicable Me 2. The sequel to last year’s surprise animated hit has already been given a release date of July 3rd, 2012, with Steve Carell and most of the original cast returning, along with directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.
All that’s known about Bardem‘s potential character is his name, El Macho, and the name of his son, El Machito. I haven’t been paying any attention to the sequel (I didn’t even see the first); his casting probably won’t change that, but it’s still a great choice. Remember that he was possibly the best villain of the past decade in No Country for Old Men, and there was also a brief but impressive part in Collateral, where he played a crime lord named Felix. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
With all due respect to Jason Segel, Vector was a forgettable foe in Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.s animated comedy Despicable Me. Part of it was Segel.s reading of the character, who was easily overshadowed by Steve Carell.s Gru, the three adorable orphan girls, the yellow-bellied minions, and even Russell Brand.s humorously out-of-touch Dr. Nefario. Gru needs a proper nemesis, and a new report says one might be on the horizon. Javier Bardem is reportedly negotiating to voice a new villain in Despicable Me 2, THR reports. The site says Bardem.s character would be El Macho, who has a son in much the same way that Carell.s Gru has his three adopted daughters. There are endless possibilities as to which direction a Despicable Me sequel could go, and Coffin and Renaud will have to get in gear if they hope to deliver by the »
A promo poster Despicable Me 2 has surfaced online courtesy of the folks at Collider. Little is known about the film which is once again being released by Universal Pictures? and produced by Illumination Entertainment, other than directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud are back for the sequel, as are original screenwriters Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.
There’s only a two year wait for the film which no doubt will continue the story of Gru and his new family. Despicable Me 2 has a release date of July 3rd 2013. »
Despite not being released until July 3, 2013, directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud are already hard at work on the follow-up to last years surprise animation hit, which has since grossed an estimated $543M at the worldwide box office and boasted the voice talents of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig and Julie Andrews.
Apart from that, details are thin on the ground, but it’s safe to say this will be one of 2013′s most anticipated releases.
Check out the promo poster below:
- Jamie Neish
After delivering the massive hit Despicable Me, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have teamed up again for an adaptation of Dr. Suess‘ beloved book The Lorax. Before delivering Despicable Me 2 in summer 2013, co-director Chris Renaud has teamed up with Ken Daurio for this adaptation arriving this spring.
With a voice cast featuring Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle and Betty White, we now have the first teaser poster for the film, which you can check out below via Yahoo. Accompanying that is an early glimpse at some footage from the film (via CartoonBrew/Sina). I’m avoiding it in an effort to wait for full release, but you can see it below until it gets pulled.
Update: Removed at the request of Universal Pictures.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment bring to life the classic fable about a forest creature, the consequences of greed and »
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Universal is preparing their sequel to one of the more surprising hits of 2010 and the first bit of marketing has arrived. While Despicable Me 2 (I'm sure they will come up with a snazzy subtitle) doesn't hit theaters until July 3, 2013, it never hurts to get the masses clamoring.
To this point there aren't any plot details other than the expectation it will pick up where it left off with Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), a one-time supervillain, finding a family in three little orphaned girls. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud are returning to direct and original screenwriters Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio are working on the script.
You can check out the poster below, courtesy of Collider.
Photo: Universal Pictures »
- Brad Brevet
I know, right? How can I be talking about the summer movie season of 2013 when we're just got finished with June '11? Here's the sitch: when you're a Hollywood movie studio you have to be thinking two years out, minimum. The long lead time is necessary to map out what summer tentpoles you want to get started developing right now by hiring directors, assigning writers and attaching actors to jumpstart interest in the project.
If you thought that it was too early to consider looking ahead two summers, think again. Like a family wanting to avoid the crowd and get a prime spot on the beach, already several big movies have staked out prime summertime positions as a way to wave off competition. Who's grabbed what spots and what movies are being developed for release in summer 2013? Here's the latest rundown of what's been announced -- and what we've heard »
- Patrick Sauriol
Dates set for Oliver Stone's Savages, Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion starring Tom Cruise and Despicable Me 2. Universal pictures has set release dates for three of its big players. First up, Oliver Stone's Savages will find theaters this September 28th, 2012. Starring in the crime drama are Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitch, John Travolta, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir. Shane Salerno and Don Winslow wrote the screenplay from the bestselling novel by Don Winslow. Savages will open against Sony's Looper sci-fi actioner Follow-up Despicable Me 2 will open July 3rd, 2013 to capitalize on the Fourth of July Weekend after the first film made a hefty $540 million at the worldwide box office »
17 items from 2011
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