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Blu-ray Review – The House (2017)

11 October 2017 5:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The House, 2017.

Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen.

Starring Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Ryan Simpkins, and Jeremy Renner

Synopsis:

Forty somethings Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) are proud that their daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins) is going to college.  She’s done so well that she’s getting a scholarship from the council to cover her tuition fees – except that it’s pulled due to budget cuts.  Neither of them can raise extra money from their employers, but friend Frank (Jason Mantzoukas) comes up with an idea that could be the answer to their financial problems, as well as his.  Open up a casino in his basement.

Saturday Night Live veterans Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler re-team as a suburban married couple in the comedy The House, a funny, if flawed, comedy that showcases the chemistry between the two actors even if the jokes don’t always land. »

- Ricky Church

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'War for the Planet of the Apes' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

10 October 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical The House (comedy; Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Ryan Simpkins, Cedric Yarbrough, Nick Kroll, Allison Tolman; rated R) Baby Driver (action-comedy; Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eiza González, Flea, Sky Ferreira; includes stunt-driving featurette; rated R) Wish Upon (horror; Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Sherilyn Fenn, Ki Hong Lee, Sydney Park; available in PG-13 and unrated versions) Heartstone (romantic drama; Baldur...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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‘The House’ Star Jason Mantzoukas Is ‘Bummed’ That Will Ferrell Film Bombed

10 October 2017 4:33 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

At the start of the summer, “The House” seemed poised to be among the season’s breakout comedies. Alas, that wasn’t quite the case, as the Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler film was poorly received critically and commercially. “I was bummed,” co-star Jason Mantzoukas told TheWrap about the movie fizzling. “It’s everything from, all these great people putting in all this great work, to I think there’s really funny stuff in that movie. So it’s a bummer when it comes out and underperforms and isn’t received how you want it to be.” In the film »

- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Big Mouth’ Season 1 Voice Cast: A Visual Guide To The Adult Voices Behind The Tweens

30 September 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix’s new animated comedy “Big Mouth” takes on adolescence from a distinctly adult point of view, tracking the middle school adventures of a pack of tweens whose bodies are changing in crazy ways. Fortunately, their antics are brought to life by the crème de la crème of voice acting — starting with the powerhouse himself, co-creator Nick Kroll.

It wasn’t a surprise when Kroll, an executive producer of the show, recruited his friend and Broadway co-star John Mulaney to the roster. After that, the voice cast list seems to be a handful of your favorite SNL alums and comedy icons. Even Dick Whitman makes a small, yet savory appearance.

Read More:‘Big Mouth’ Review: Nick Kroll’s Exemplary Netflix Comedy is a Horrifying and Hilarious Portrait of Childhood Nick Kroll (Nick, Hormone Monster, Coach Steve, Lola, Ladybug, Janitor, Nick Starr, Joe Walsh, Coach Hormone Monster, Ghost of Picasso, »

- Raelyn Giansanti and Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Big Mouth’ Season 1 Voice Cast: A Visual Guide To The Adult Voices Behind The Tweens

30 September 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix’s new animated comedy “Big Mouth” takes on adolescence from a distinctly adult point of view, tracking the middle school adventures of a pack of tweens whose bodies are changing in crazy ways. Fortunately, their antics are brought to life by the crème de la crème of voice acting — starting with the powerhouse himself, co-creator Nick Kroll.

It wasn’t a surprise when Kroll, an executive producer of the show, recruited his friend and Broadway co-star John Mulaney to the roster. After that, the voice cast list seems to be a handful of your favorite SNL alums and comedy icons. Even Dick Whitman makes a small, yet savory appearance.

Read More:‘Big Mouth’ Review: Nick Kroll’s Exemplary Netflix Comedy is a Horrifying and Hilarious Portrait of Childhood Nick Kroll (Nick, Hormone Monster, Coach Steve, Lola, Ladybug, Janitor, Nick Starr, Joe Walsh, Coach Hormone Monster, Ghost of Picasso, »

- Raelyn Giansanti and Liz Shannon Miller

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Don't try to talk shit about Amy Poehler's The House when Chance The Rapper is around

30 September 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell’s recent “suburban parents break bad” comedy The House came and went from theaters with a quickness, pushed along by a critical consensus that generally asked how such a funny cast—which also included folks like Nick Kroll, Jason Mantzoukas, and Allison Tolman—could provoke such a small…

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- William Hughes

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Chance the Rapper Is Very Unhappy That ‘The House’ Only Scored a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes

30 September 2017 10:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The House” was roundly rejected by film critics earlier this year, and most of us didn’t mind. But most of us aren’t Chance the Rapper, who recently passed the time by watching the ill-fated Will Ferrell/Amy Poehler comedy — and then got angry when he saw that it received an abysmal 17% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Read More:‘The House’ Review: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s Unfunny Comedy Is a Bizarre Endurance Test

“Yesterday I watched a movie that I never heard of. It had a 17% on @RottenTomatoes … it was funny as fuck. Wtf @RottenTomatoes,” he tweeted, keeping his 5.7 million followers guessing as to which movie he was praising. After a few more angry tweets — see below — he ended the suspense: “If the film critics of today can’t find why The House is a comedic delicacy then I don’t wanna hear anymore reviews.” (Having personally panned “The House” for this very publication, »

- Michael Nordine

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Chance The Rapper Really Enjoyed Amy Poehler’s ‘The House’ And Has A Bone To Pick With Rotten Tomatoes

30 September 2017 8:28 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Rotten Tomatoes gave Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell’s “The House” a measly 17 per cent rating and Chance the Rapper believes it is a crime! The “Colouring Book” rapper took the rating curator to task over what he thought was a comically and unfairly poor rating. “Yesterday I watched a movie that I never heard of,” […] »

- Shakiel Mahjouri

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Mark Wahlberg Jokes He Isn’t Happy His Daughter and Will Ferrell’s Son Follow Each Other Online: It’s ‘Disturbing’

1 September 2017 12:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mark Wahlberg wasn’t thrilled when he learned that Will Ferrell‘s 13-year-old son Magnus was in “some sort of communication” with his daughter.

“I found out some disturbing news today,” Wahlberg, 46, tells Ellen DeGeneres when the two appear on her upcoming Tuesday show — the season 15 premiere — to promote their new movie, Daddy’s Home 2.

“I thought was a lovely lad until I found out that he has formed some sort of communication with my oldest child,” the actor and father of four says of his daughter Ella Rae, also 13.

“They’re following each other on Instagram,” adds Ferrell, 50, putting on his classic serious face. »

- Yvonne Juris

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Are Mark Wahlberg And Will Ferrell’s Kids Flirting On Instagram?

1 September 2017 5:09 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

The 15th season of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” kicks off with a visit from on-screen duo Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. On Tuesday, September 15, the “Daddy’s Home 2” stars share seats on DeGeneres’ couch, dishing on peculiar topics such as Wahlberg’s inability to sweat, and potential flirting between their teenage children. Related: ‘The House’ […] »

- Sylvia Ogweng

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Will Ferrell To Lead ‘100 Year-Old Man’ Remake

24 August 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Will Ferrell in The House

Will Ferrell is to lead the cast of an American remake of The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, the novel by Jonas Jonasson, which was turned into a 2013 Swedish movie of the same name. That film is currently the third-highest grossing Swedish movie of all time with $50 million in worldwide box office.

Ferrell is lined up to play the lead in the movie, which is being written by Narcos screenwriter Jason George, though no director is currently attached.

Here’s the official synopsis from the source material.

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, »

- Paul Heath

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Will Ferrell Takes the Lead in The 100 Year-Old Man

23 August 2017 7:10 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's official. Will Ferrell is The 100 Year-Old Man. The improv icon will be starring in the comedy for CBS Films. The script for this hilarious caper will be based on author Jonas Jonasson's bestselling novel The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Not only is Ferrell set to play the lead, he'll also be producing the movie.

Will Ferrell is playing senior citizen Allan. The elderly man manages to escapes from his nursing home on his 100th birthday. While he goes on the run, it is revealed that Allan took part in several different defining events from the 20th Century. It's a lot like that little seen movie from 1994 called Forrest Gump. The movie was already made in Sweden. In that version, Allan had a fateful meeting with President Harry S. Truman. And he also had a memorable run-in with Robert Oppenheimer, the guy who created the atomic bomb. »

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Will Ferrell to Star in ‘The 100 Year-Old Man’

23 August 2017 1:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will Ferrell is producing and starring in the CBS Films comedy “The 100 Year-Old Man.”

The project is based on bestselling author Jonas Jonasson’s “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.”

Ferrell is producing the film with partners Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum via their Gary Sanchez shingle alongside Andy Licht and NiceFLX Pictures’ Pontus Edgren and Mikael Wallen. Felix Herngren and Henrik Jansson-Schweizer will serve as executive producers, and Joshua Mehr will co-produce.

Jason George (“Narcos”) is set to write the screenplay. No director is yet attached. »

- Dave McNary

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Listen To The Music From Benjamin Wallfisch’s Annabelle: Creation

10 August 2017 12:24 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

New Line Cinema’s Annabelle: Creation —the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful film Annabelle —will arrive in theatres on August 11, 2017.

WaterTower Music has released the soundtrack from the film, which you can order here.

Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Benjamin Wallfisch (upcoming It, A Cure For WellnessLights Out) is recognized as one of the leading film composers of his generation. His masterfully unnerving 24-track Annabelle: Creation film score offers a potent dimension of eeriness that magnifies the suspenseful discomfort when set against picture.

Read our interview with composer from March 2017 here.

“It’s always a joy to collaborate with David F. Sandberg; not only is he of course a master filmmaker, but he’s also a great musician,” says Wallfisch about the Annabelle: Creation director. “His deep understanding of what a score can bring to the table in such a finely nuanced, beautifully crafted piece of cinema as Annabelle: Creation, »

- Michelle Hannett

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Fun Mom Dinner movie review: stay at home, moms

4 August 2017 2:11 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Stereotypes and contrived shenanigans don’t seem to actually offer much catharsis for harried moms seeking escape. And the dads inevitably butt into their me-time. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Fun? Nope, not for us. Dinner? Mostly offscreen. Moms? Check… though even here, in a movie allegedly devoted to mom time, they have to share the spotlight with dads. Wtf?

Fun Mom Dinner (the title sounds like a Japanglish attempt to sound cool) starts off promising enough, with Toni Collette’s (Krampus, Miss You Already) Kate complaining about how child-focused the interactions of so many women can be — “I’m mommed out,” she sighs, with a refreshing lack of reverence for motherhood, something that cinema is sorely lacking — and with Katie Aselton’s (The Gift, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘BearCity’ Is the Biggest and Hairiest Gay Trilogy You’ve Never Seen

25 July 2017 1:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“If something’s not representing you, you just have to change it,” queer filmmaker Silas Howard told IndieWire last month. “Because no one else is going to care enough to do it for you.”

That’s exactly what “BearCity” writer/director Doug Langway did when it came to addressing the dearth of movies about his community: Bears. A passionate niche within gay male circles, a bear, for the uninitiated, is an affectionate term for “the bigger, hairier guy,” as Langway put it. With only one feature under his belt from 1996 (“Raising Heroes”), Langway initially set to work on a script that would encompass all the colors of the bear rainbow.

Seven years and three movies later, the “BearCity” trilogy is the biggest gay movie franchise you’ve probably never heard of. It’s also a triumph of a grassroots independent filmmaking model that has all but disappeared.

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- Jude Dry

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Why Directors Are This Summer’s Biggest Stars

24 July 2017 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While movie stars continue to fade at the box office, directors are having their day in the sun. “Dunkirk’s” $50 million opening weekend is just the latest indication that the spotlight may be shifting from actors to filmmakers, even for blockbusters and summer popcorn fare.

Star-driven films like Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s “The House,” Scarlett Johansson’s “Rough Night,” Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy,” Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” and Charlie Hunnam’s “King Arthur” all failed to deliver audiences to movie theaters. The directors were the focus of the buzz on Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” earlier this year, and more recently for Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” and Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” Even comic book tentpoles and sequels like “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” directed by Jon Watts, and Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” succeeded with lesser-known leads taking on properties with troubled pasts, thanks »

- Justin Kroll

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Black Girl Magic and Grapefruits Make ‘Girls Trip’ a Must-See Film of the Summer

21 July 2017 1:50 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The summer 2017 box office calendar promised us laughter. It also promised that we’d see girls behaving just as badly as the boys. Girls Trip and Rough Night were promoted as the raunchy femme answer to The Hangover and the direct descendant of the ultimate R-rated female comedy Bridesmaids. 

However, what we got from summer 2017 was a series of comedic flops -- with Will Ferrell seeing his lowest box office returns with The House, reboots like Baywatch and CHiPs failing to land with audiences, and Rough Night ultimately earning less money to date than last year’s big hit, Bad Moms, did in its opening weekend.

More: Why Jada Pinkett Smith Can't Watch 'Girls Trip' With Daughter Willow

“You know, comedies haven’t worked this summer. They’ve been having a hard time. Audiences have not been coming out in droves for comedies,” Girls Trip producer Will Packer admitted to Et’s Kevin Frazier at the »

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The keg party's over: why gross-out comedies are going down the pan

19 July 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen and the rest ruled comedy for more than a decade. But everyone’s wisecracking now – from Marvel heroes to current affairs anchors – and the gross-out gags are wearing thin

Before it landed in cinemas last month, the smart money would have been on gambling farce The House as a hit. All the elements of recent comedy successes were there: a zany premise (parents try to pay off their daughter’s tuition fees by opening an illegal casino in their friend’s living room); two well-liked leads in Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler; a ribald, outrageous tone; and some appealingly anarchic set-pieces – who could resist the prospect of watching Jeremy Renner being rolled up in a carpet and set alight?

But resist it audiences did. Most cinemagoers opted instead for the speed-demon thrills of Baby Driver or the unstoppable might of Wonder Woman. On its opening weekend »

- Gwilym Mumford

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Box Office Weekend: Apes Best Wall Crawler to Take Box Office

16 July 2017 9:01 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The latest film in the Planet of the Apes series, War for the Planet of the Apes debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $56.5 million. Though that was a bit below the $163 million Spider-Man: Homecoming brought in last week, it was still an impressive number given the competition it faced this week.

Meanwhile, the Spider-Man reboot finished in second place, dropping more than 60% to earn $45.2 million. Despicable Me 3 continued respectable business finishing in third place with $18.9 million (giving the film a three-week total of $188 million). Baby Driver fell from third to fourth place, earning $8.8 million (a bit less than the $20+ million it brought in last weekend). The Big Sick improved on its third-week total of $5.2 million by bringing in $7.6 million this weekend and climbing all the way to the fifth spot in this week’s top ten.

Wonder Woman continued to pile on the money with another »

- Mike Tyrkus

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