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Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Jacki Weaver, Anna Kendrick, Ella Smith, Paul Chahidi, Stanley Townsend, Adi Shankar, Sam Spruell, Valerie Koch, Paul Brightwell, Alessa Kordeck | Written by Michael R. Perry | Directed by Marjane Satrapi
In the smallest of small towns, Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is the enthusiastic, socially awkward newbie in the packing division of a bathroom manufacture. Behind this innocent facade lurks a dormant, damaged mind waiting for a spark.
Work brings Jerry in contact with the office hottie – Fiona (Gemma Arterton). However, she’s evidently way out of his league. A point he discusses at home with his talking pets: the loyal dog Bosco and angry, scottish cat Mr Whiskers. This is a brilliant, underhand way to introduce Jerry’s illness. Reynolds plays it straight to get the most comic effect out of: Bosco, who always tries to convince Jerry he can be a good man; and Mr Whiskers »
- Stuart Wright
Im Global and leading label Republic Records have signed a multi-film co-financing and co-production deal that kicks off with the Atlanta-set urban comedy Rollin’ Thunder.
David Schulhof, president of recently launch Im Global Music, brokered the deal whereby the parties will produce music-driven features supported by soundtracks, music videos and fan-driven social media.
Hip-hop star Nelly will co-produce Rollin’ Thunder, about an ex-con who uses his bowling expertise to prove his innocence to the tycoon who owns Atlanta’s biggest bowling alley and reconnect with his estranged daughter.
Bille Woodruff, whose credits include Addicted, Honey and Beauty Shop, will direct. Producers are Schulhof, Lipman and Im Global’s Matt Jackson, while actor-comedian Nick Cannon joins Nelly on the co-producer roster.
The production is set for summer and will include a major musical component.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Republic Records and Im Global have launched a multiple picture co-financing and co-production deal for music-driven feature film titles.
The first movie under the deal will be urban comedy “Rollin’ Thunder” to be directed by Bille Woodruff, produced by Im Global Music chief David Schulhof, Republic’s Monte Lipman and Im Global’s Matt Jackson, and co-produced by hip-hop artist Nelly and actor-comedian Nick Cannon.
The story centers on a bowling champ-turned-ex-con who sees in a bowling tournament a chance to get back in the game, prove his innocence to the tycoon who owns Atlanta’s biggest bowling alley, and mend his relationship with his estranged teenage daughter.
The film will be set amid the Atlanta hip-hop scene, contain a major musical component and is scheduled to go into production this summer.
- Dave McNary
This week Neil Calloway unexpectedly finds himself in agreement with the guy from Tenacious D…
It pains me to say it, but Jack Black had a point.
During his interjection into the opening song of last week’s Oscars, Black jokingly bemoaned the current state of cinema, complaining about sequels, prequels and comic book movies. It’s a familiar argument, and one that has been made before – one that I make regularly myself, to be honest. Given that it was a funny, but throwaway line during an award ceremony, you’d expect it to be forgotten quite quickly. Not so, it seems. James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, wrote on Facebook that he didn’t find it offensive, before devoting 300 words as to why it was wrong.
This puzzled me. If I had just directed a film that was nudging close to $800 million at the box office, I »
- Neil Calloway
Eager to get Kung Fu Panda 3 off the ground, Dreamworks Animation has added another director to the animated threequel. According to Deadline, Alessandro Carloni will help Kung Fu Panda 2‘s Jennifer Yuh pick up the pace and get the film into theaters.
Carloni doesn’t yet have a feature film under his belt, but worked in the animation department for several big Dreamworks projects, including the How to Train Your Dragon films, The Croods, and the first two Kung Fu Panda pics. It was Yuh who actually requested that Carloni come aboard, and Dreamworks obliged.
In an effort to recover from the recent box office disappointments that were Turbo, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and Penguins of Madagascar, Dreamworks will soon lean heavily on sequels to some of their bigger films, like How To Train Your Dragon 3, and The Croods 2, as well as a Captain Underpants adaptation. They also have »
- James Garcia
Into the Woods is hitting on Blu-Ray March 24th, and this one has a lot of great bonuses. Of course, it’s to be expected from Disney, but beyond that, this is one that doesn’t even need a lot of bonuses. Check our Into the Woods review here for the full report on the film itself.
Among the bonuses are a commentary track, several behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a look at the cast.
Not only was this a really great movie (and I’m no huge musical fan), but it’s one that, like most things Disney, is going to go into heavy rotation.
Check out all the details below.
From the director of “Chicago” and the producer of “Wicked” comes a modern twist on the »
- Marc Eastman
He’s probably best known here for playing warbling poseur Bumper Allen in Pitch Perfect (and its upcoming sequel) and various small roles in cinematic comedies. Now Adam DeVine has snagged his biggest film role today, signing on to play opposite Zac Efron in Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates.DeVine, who more regularly appears in cult Us comedy Workaholics with his fellow Mail Order Comedy troupe members, will play one half of a sibling duo who, in a tale snatched from a real-life event, put up an ad on Craigslist in an attempt to find dates for a wedding. The immature party animals end up with two beautiful women who are crazier than they are, and chaos ensues. Jake Szymanski, a veteran of Funny Or Die’s online output, is in the director’s chair for the film, scripted by Bad Neighbors’ Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. »
Pitch Perfect star Adam Devine has entered talks to star alongside Neighbors‘ Zac Efron in Fox’s comedy, Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates. Thankfully, the descriptive nature of its title means that the movie won’t be throwing any curveballs with a misleading, enigmatic name. Currently in development, it’s based on the true story of two brothers from Albany, New York, who tried to find dates for their cousin’s wedding by putting an ad on Craigslist which then went viral.
The big screen adaptation, which Chernin Entertainment will be producing for Fox, is expected to insert a few story twists. In addition to the real life incident, the movie will find the two party-mad siblings meet their match when two equally crazy girls respond to their ad. Sounds like we could be in for more frat-y frolics and boozing!
Variety goes on to report that the studio »
- Gem Seddon
Welcome to another horror round-up! This time we have release details on the Ryan Reynolds-starring horror-comedy, The Voices, as well as a look at Death Waltz and Mondo's upcoming vinyl soundtrack releases of Maniac Cop 2 and Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters, aka Zombi 2.
Press Release - "Santa Monica, CA (February 23, 2015) -Ryan Reynolds (upcoming Mississippi Grind, The Proposal)plays a simple, likeable guy trying to do the right thing with the help of his talking pets - but accidentally winds up as a serial killer in the black comedy, The Voices, arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD April 7th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available via On Demand. Directed »
- Derek Anderson
Pitch Perfect 2 is coming to theaters on May 15 wit the whole crew: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Elizabeth Banks are all back for the sequel. With a new trailer dropping on Feb. 10, we got a preview of some of the songs we can expect in the next film. This is a comprehensive listing of the music of Pitch Perfect 2, so far. “Cups” Of course it’s back again — in the premiere trailer, the whole of the Barton Bellas sing it together around a campfire. Related: Pitch Perfect’s ‘Cups': How a Traditional Folk Song Went Top 10 “Before He Cheats” The film’s Super Bowl commercial gave us a peek into the Barton Bellas doing this Carrie Underwood‘s break out hit single. “Bootylicious” And the Green Bay Packers unexpectedly doing some Destiny’s Child. “Wrecking Ball” And trailer 2 revealed Rebel Wilson really wrecked it »
- Courtney E. Smith - Radio.com
Ryan Reynolds (upcoming Mississippi Grind, The Proposal) plays a simple, likeable guy trying to do the right thing with the help of his talking pets - but accidentally winds up as a serial killer in the black comedy, The Voices, arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD April 7th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available via On Demand. Directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and written by Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity 2), the "meticulously crafted genre-bending film" (Indiewire) also stars Gemma Arterton (Runner, Runner, Quantum of Solace), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Into The Woods) and Oscar® nominee Jacki Weaver (Best Supporting Actress, Silver Linings Playbook, 2012). The Voices was a favorite at the Sundance Film »
- Pietro Filipponi
But apparently it takes an under-the-radar indie film that adapts a commercially failed off-Broadway play for her to shine as a dramatic actress and especially carry the tune as a powerful, spine-chilling singer.
“The Last Five Years” is a tough watch, but it’s real – not in the way “Schindler’s List” is, but more like how “Birdman” is an honest portrayal of the behind the scenes of putting up a Broadway show in New York. And instead of the real life of staging a play, “The Last Five Years” is the true story of the burdens and blessings of an artistic male/female relationship merged with the nightmares and paid-off dreams of living as a struggling artist. I »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – The movie musical seems to revive every year, and writer/director Richard Lagravenese puts his spin on the genre with a modern touch. A couple, portrayed by Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick, goes through the ups and downs of a relationship while belting out appropriate tunes in “The Last Five Years.”
The film is based on the stage play by Jason Robert Brown, and is the type of musical that is entirely sung. The songs are sad (“Still Hurting”), hilarious (“Summer in Ohio”) and poignant (“If I Didn’t Believe in You”) and are rendered by the couple in a direct and modern approach through Lagravenese’s direction.
Photo credit: Radius-twc
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Cindy Crawford stuns in her non-retouched Marie Claire spread. [Cosmopolitan]
Cindy Crawford’s April spread in Marie Claire features 100% non-retouched photos. Take a bow Ms. C. pic.twitter.com/ttQz2BcRfg
— Charlene White (@CharleneWhite) February 13, 2015
Dakota Johnson hilariously turned the tables on David Letterman, reminding him of the time her mom, Melanie Griffith, brought him handcuffs. [Elle] Alex Rodriguez wrote a handwritten apology letter to his fans. [NY Post] Sources say Maya Rudolph got a letter of praise from Beyoncé after her amazing SNL 40 impression. [Naughty Gossip] Disabled models inspire us by rocking the runway in wheelchairs during Nyfw. [Us Weekly] Did George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin install a panic room in their home? [Us Weekly] HBO renews John Oliver‘s show Last Week Tonight through 2017. [Variety] Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy have been inseparable since they got married, »
- Taylor Ferber
Planes: Fire & Rescue, much like the Cars sequel, spins us into an entirely new world, and though the Cars franchise sequels haven’t been quite the blockbusters Pixar might have hoped for, this broader sequel theory has made them both far better films than simpler “add-on” efforts might have managed.
Dusty finds himself out of the racing game, and quickly joins with a crew of rescue vehicles who keep an eye on a vast forest in order to contain fires. Naturally, this isn’t something that sounds like a great time to Dusty at first, but he learns that there’s a lot more to life than being in the spotlight.
This all kicks off because Dusty continually pushes himself too far, damaging a part that can’t be replaced. In a fairly obvious maneuver, he ends up crashing, and causing a fire. This leads to the airport being shut down, »
- Marc Eastman
The buddy comedy set in the world of professional basketball follows a non-English speaking rookie and a non-basketball speaking translator (Astin). An insider tells Variety that Astin, who’s been in demand this season, locked down the role almost immediately.
The “Pitch Perfect” star will play Jason, a sweet yet wimpy teaching assistant living in his parents’ basement who’s tapped by an NBA manager to become a translator for a talented but lazy recruit from Botswana. Jason soon realizes he got a lot more than he signed up for when he’s thrown into the company of pro basketball giants.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Skylar Astin is heading to broadcast TV. The Pitch Perfect breakout has been tapped to topline ABC's untitled NBA comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The buddy comedy is set in the world of the NBA and centers on a rookie who doesn't speak English and a translator who doesn't speak basketball. Astin — who was fielding multiple pilot offers this season — will star as Jason, a sweet and slightly wimpy guy who was previously with the Peace Corps. A bit of a loser with no athletic prowess whatsoever, Jason works as a teaching assistant and, while living in
- Lesley Goldberg
In the last three years, Anna Kendrick‘s career has exploded. Thanks to the little a cappella flick that could, Pitch Perfect, the 29-year-old actress has been the go-to girl for all-things movie musical. And now, she’s starring in the most heartbreaking of them all, Richard Lagravenese‘s The Last Five Years.
In the big screen adaptation of Jason Robert Brown‘s original production, in theaters and VOD now, Kendrick plays Cathy, a struggling actress whose marriage crumbles amidst the success of her distracted husband’s (Jeremy Jordan) novelist career.
If the fact that this film is preceded by Into the Woods and followed by Pitch Perfect 2 is any indication, the actress’ singing ability is no fluke. For further proof, here are her 10 greatest musical moments.
“Life Upon the Wicked Stage” (My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies special, 1998)
Kendrick got her start as a fetus, basically, in a Broadway production of High Society, »
- Tara Aquino
At one time, 2015 was poised to be the biggest year at the movies in recorded cinematic history. But that was before Warner Bros. pushed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to 2016. Still, in the next twelve months, we'll be getting a new Star Wars movie, 2 Marvel adventures, a Terminator reboot, a Jurassic Park sequel, and a new 007. That's just the very tip top of this giant tasty cake. There are over a hundred big movies coming in 2015. We're taking a look at the best of the best. These are the movies you know you don't want to miss. Check it out as we delve into the 27 most anticipated movies of 2015!
1Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Release Date: December 18
Director: J.J. Abrams
What It's About: Continuing the Star Wars »
“Ground Floor” has officially been cancelled, Variety has confirmed.
TBS has decided not to renew the multicam workplace comedy for a third season. The official cancellation comes just two weeks after the Turner cabler had agreed to let the cast, including lead Skylar Astin, look for second position jobs.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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