Date of birth
3rd May, 1970
This animated comedy adventure is based on the beloved children's book, which was published in 1936 and first adapted for the big screen by Walt Disney in an Oscar-winning 1938 short. Thankfully, that warm, funny story is preserved in the middle of this animated feature, stretched out with lots of the usual slapstick and action mayhem. So while the silly, pointless mayhem will keep children giggling, it's the story's big heart that makes it worth seeing.
Ferdinand (voiced by John Cena) is a young calf growing up on a ranch in Spain, being trained to become a fighter in the bull ring. But he's far more interested in smelling the flowers. So he escapes and is adopted by Nina (Lily Day) on her quiet farm, growing up to be a gentle-giant bull. The problem is that the local villagers are terrified of his behemoth size, and he's captured by animal control and taken back to the ranch. Now he's competing with his childhood cohorts (Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Anderson and Peyton Manning, plus David Tennant as a Scottish Highland bull) for a spot in a big upcoming Madrid bullfight. But Ferdinand just wants to get back to the flowers, so he enlists the help of goofy goat Lupe (Kate McKinnon) to escape again.
The central point about being true to your nature is important and moving, played with just the right balance of humour and sentimentality, especially as it makes a strong comment on choosing love over violence. But this message is somewhat watered down by the rather corny zaniness that fills the screen, including several massive action set-pieces that not only make very little sense but feel like scenes we've seen before. The characters are colourful enough to keep us smiling, but while the animation is technically adept it's not hugely original (see also director Carlos Saldanha's Ice Age movies), and it makes virtually no use of the 3D.
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Bobby Cannavale at the LA premiere of 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' held at the TCL Chinese Theater. The movie is a standalone sequel to 1995's 'Jumanji' and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 12th December 2017
Bobby Cannavale at the LA Screening of 'Ferdinand', a Golden Globe nominated animated comedy set in Spain, held at the Zanuck Theater at the 20th Century Fox Studio - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 10th December 2017
The actress already has a one-year-old son, Rocco, with her partner, Bobby Cannavale
Actress Rose Byrne has revealed she and her partner Bobby Cannavale are expecting their second child. The comedy actress - who has appeared in funny films including Spy, Bridesmaids and bad Neighbours - debuted her baby bump in a magazine interview with her creative brother, George.
Speaking to Jones magazine, the Byrnes - who originally hail from Australia - spoke about their close relationship as the 37-year-old actress showed her burgeoning bump.
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Ever since the original 'Nut Job', Surly the squirrel and his animal friends have been living it up at the Nut Shop and feasting on all the peanuts they can manage. Unfortunately, that luxury isn't destined to last long and when the shop mysteriously explodes, they are forced to find another hide-out. A vista in Liberty Park is idyllic and seems like the perfect place to re-locate, the only problem is the mayor of Oakton City just wants to make as much profit as possible from his town and the Park is not raking in anything except weeds. Thus, he decides to open an amusement park on the site, only that involves bulldozing the animals' home and they can't afford to lose another sanctuary. They must do everything they can to stop this amusement park being built, but that involves enlisting the help from mouse gang leader Mr. Feng.
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It's been over twenty years since the release of the award-winning family adventure starring Robin Williams, and now Jumanji is back with an all new game - and this time, it's gone to console.
Spencer (Alex Wolff), Bethany (Madison Iseman), Fridge (Ser'Darius Blain) and Martha (Morgan Turner) are four high school kids who could not be more different from each other. Spencer's a big time geek and serious gamer, Bethany's super popular, Fridge is a jock and Martha's a bit of a social outcast. Somehow, however, they find themselves all in the same detention, and are forced to spend time with each other while cleaning out the basement.
Of course, this isn't the bonding exercise they would have expected. Pretty soon they come across a super retro computer console with a game on it called Jumanji. Bored out of their minds, they decide to play together, picking characters at random. As you can probably predict, they get sucked into the reality of the game and find themselves in the bodies of their adult avatars in the middle of a jungle.
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The upcoming show stars Olivia Wilde and Bobby Cannavale.
Finally, the premiere date for forthcoming HBO drama 'Vinyl' has been announced, with a feature length pilot episode to kick it all off. Exploring music in the 1970s, the series has been produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese and The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger.
Created by the Oscar nominated Terence Winter, best known for his work on such shows as 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'The Sopranos' as well as movies like 'The Wolf Of Wall Street', the show has been in production since 2011 but after much waiting, we'll see the finished result for the first time in 2016. 'Vinyl' follows the story of a fictional New York record label called American Century Records and its founder Richie Finestra, tracing music through the decades from punk, through disco, to rock 'n' roll.
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Olivia Wilde, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen , Bobby Cannavale - Olivia Wilde on the set of her new TV show 'Vinyl' in a red Pontiac Firebird muscle car on Coney Island at Brooklyn, Coney Island - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 12th August 2015
Olivia Wilde, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, Bobby Cannavale , James Jagger - Olivia Wilde, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, Bobby Cannavale and James Jagger in a red Pontiac Firebird muscle car on the set of new TV show "Vinyl" on Coney Island at Brooklyn - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 11th August 2015
The increasingly stale Marvel formula gets a blast of fresh air in this rollocking adventure movie, which combines a steady stream of character-based comedy with action sequences that are integrated seamlessly into the plot. Like last summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, the film departs from the usual tired structure to joyously tell a story that's more than pure escapism.
Released from prison after a stint for burglary, Scott (Paul Rudd) is struggling to restart his life when he has an unexpected encounter with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), an inventor who needs his help. Hank's technology company is being steered away from his original vision to help mankind by his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and his protege Darren (Corey Stoll), who see a chance to make a lot of money by selling Hank's ideas to the highest bidder. Hank's biggest breakthrough is a suit that shrinks the wearer down to ant-size, allowing for all kinds of unexpected possibilities. Pushed into a corner, Scott starts learning how to master the suit. But his ex-wife (Judy Greer) is now engaged to a cop (Bobby Cannavale) who's keeping his eye on Scott.
One of director Peyton Reed's main challenges was to sell the whole idea of an insect-sized warrior, and he does that fairly effortlessly, revealing an increasingly cool series of possibilities in each action sequence. These set-pieces emerge organically from the story, combining comedy and exhilaratingly coherent action to push the narrative forward. One of the best moments is an encounter with one of the Avengers (Anthony Mackie's Falcon), which offers a strong hint about how Ant-Man can liven up the franchise as a whole. And the climactic sequence is an inspired collision of mind-bending effects and inventive humorous touches (Thomas the Tank Engine nearly steals the whole film). Plus two post-credit stings for the fanboys.
Continue reading: Ant-Man Review
By Rich Cline
The ace partnership between filmmaker Paul Feig and actress Melissa McCarthy evolves into something formidable with this raucous action comedy, which simultaneously spoofs the espionage genre and provides some genuine thrills. From ensemble player (Bridesmaids) to costar (The Heat) and now to the star of the show, McCarthy finds a role worthy of her talents, subverting rather than exploiting her distinct physicality.
She plays Susan Cooper, a desk-jockey at the CIA who works with the field agents, guiding them by radio link through their dangerous paces. When star spy Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is taken out of service and all other top agents have their covers blown, the boss (Allison Janney) has little choice but to send the well-trained Susan into the field to take down the villainous arms dealer Rayna (Rose Byrne). With her best pal Nancy (Miranda Hart) as her office-bound helper, Susan gets into a series of disguises and travels to Paris, Rome and then Budapest. And despite the constant attempts of rogue agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) to "help" her, Susan gets ever closer to Rayna and her gangster buyer Sergio (Bobby Cannavale).
The relatively simple plot is overcrowded with characters and subplots that add absurd layers of humour to the film, almost all of which are genuinely hilarious. Best of all, none of the laughs come at the expense of Susan, a capable, smart, witty woman who's the perfect alter ego for McCarthy (and certainly much more engaging than her obnoxious-slob persona in The Heat or Tammy). She has terrific chemistry with all of her costars, flirting shamelessly with the Bond-like Law, an amusingly swaggering Statham and especially the purringly hysterical Byrne. As always, the great Janney steals every one of her few scenes. Less effective is an extended goofy cameo by Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, who at least shows willing to dive into some ridiculous comedy. There's also another terrific foil in Susan's local contact Aldo, played with leering, opportunistic relish by Peter Sarafinowicz.
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When you need someone to break into a place and steal something, a career cat burglar is your best bet. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is in jail, which isn't the best start, but when Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) needs a thief, Lang is still his man. Pym was once a miniature superhero known as Ant-Man, yet when Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) takes over his company and tries to mass-market the powerful Ant-Man suits, Pym hires Lang to break in and steal the suit back. From there, he must become the Ant-Man - no matter how much he hates the name.
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On the day of his new company's big launch, and young and successful entrepreneur suffers, and pays the price for his hubris. Jake (Nick Kroll) loses everything; not only his money, but also the money of a lot of other people. Forced to move in with his pregnant sister, Justine (Rose Byrne), and her husband, Danny (Bobby Cannavale), for around three months, Jake takes to baby-sitting, and has to learn to love his family once again. In the process of raising a child, Jake, Justine and Danny are all forced to grow up a little themselves.
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Susan Cooper works as an analyst for the CIA; rarely out where the action is and working entirely from the office, advising some of the organisation's top agents during their most deadly assignments. However, following a serious lapse in judgement at the hands of her partner during a bomb disposal mission, the agency are forced to enlist another member of the team to uncover the location of the nuclear weapon. Deciding now is the time to drop her boring persona and become the super keen spy she always wanted to be, Susan volunteers to go undercover - to much derision from her colleagues who barely know her name let alone her position in the CIA. She's allowed to prove herself on the task though, with no appropriate alternative, but can she show that Susan Cooper is just as deadly as her team?
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