Zack Taylor (Ludi Lin), Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott), Billy Cranston (RJ Cyler), Trini (Becky G) and Jason Lee Scott (Dacre Montgomery) are five kids with a lot in common; they're all high-schoolers with pretty screwed up lives and going through a lot of the kind of problems that regular teenagers go through. That is until one day, when they stumble across what looks like a long-abandoned spaceship which they somehow manage to accidentally open. Once inside the ship, it soon becomes clear that they are not alone and are very much trapped. It's not the most friendly welcome to their new master as they could have, but they soon realise that Zordon and his robot minion Alpha 5 mean no harm.
In fact, they have chosen these very kids to unite together and become their Power Rangers; superheroes on which the world depends. Of course, they don't believe that they really have super powers at first, but after a series of minor incidents, they are forced to accept their newfound destiny - and quickly because a deadly force is already on the rise led by the dastardly Rita Repulsa.
'Power Rangers' (sometimes known as 'Saban's Power Rangers') is the third and newest movie from the superhero franchise, coming 22 years after 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie'. It has been directed by by Dean Israelite ('Project Almanac') with a screenplay written by the Academy Award nominated John Gatins ('Flight', 'Real Steel'), and it is set to be released in theatres on March 24th 2017.
Kimberly Hart, Trini, Jason Lee Scott, Zack Taylor and Billy Cranston are a group of high school kids from Angel Grove who all have their own problems. They are misfits who all find themselves thrust together as a team when they discover some mysterious artifacts that transform them into glowing, uber strong super heroes. Their discovery leads them to Zordon; an ancient being who now survives only as part of the Morphin Grid, and who reveals to them that they have been chosen as this generation's Power Rangers. Together, and with a little help from Zordon's faithful android Alpha 5, they must use their powers and their disguises to save the world from whatever adversary that may lay ahead - unfortunately for them, that comes sooner than anticipated with the villainous villainess Rita Repulsa who threatens to bring them all down. Are these new Rangers equipped to handle their first alien threat?
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If only Bill Hader and Melissa McCarthy went for the role.
The role of a young Han Solo has got to have been the most coveted part known to Hollywood, even taking James Bond into account, so it's difficult to imagine what the auditions might have been like. Luckily for us, we don't have to imagine because the latest 'Conan' sketch has done that for us.
Melissa McCarthy auditions for Han Solo on 'Conan'
Ultimately, it was 26-year-old Alden Ehrenreich who landed the part of Han Solo, taking over from Harrison Ford for a new stand-alone 'Star Wars' film due to be screened in 2018. We know that the likes of Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Scott Eastwood, Taron Egerton and Jack Reynor all auditioned and subsequently lost out, but a new skit on TBS' 'Conan' shows us just how funny it could've been with it's own series of potential auditionees.
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For his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Steven Spielberg reunited with screenwriter Melissa Mathison, with whom he made E.T. nearly 35 years ago. Another story of an unlikely friendship, this film is even more wondrous and earnest, and also much more reliant on effects. But it's also hugely involving, with a terrific cast and of course a delightful story with a wry sense of humour.
It's set in a timeless London, where Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) lives in an orphanage. One night she spots a stealthy giant (Mark Rylance) prowling the city streets, so he grabs her and takes her back to Giant Country so she can't reveal his secret existence. As she gets to know him, Sophie discovers that he's an outcast in his own community, half the size of the nine giants (including Jemane Clement and Bill Hader) who live around him and bully him mercilessly because he doesn't eat human beans. This has earned him the nickname Big Friendly Giant, which Sophie shortens to BFG as she accompanies him into a colourful parallel world in his job collecting dreams and nightmares. Then when the bullies' threats grow stronger, Sophie comes up with a plan to get help from the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and her staff (Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall).
Continue reading: The BFG Review
A New York comedy with vivid characters and a contrived plot, this feels rather a lot like a Woody Allen movie. Although writer-director Rebecca Miller keeps it rather cute and silly, avoiding the more pointed issues raised in her script. Still, the snaky, farcical story is very entertaining, and the witty performances from the terrific cast make it well worth a look.
Greta Gerwig plays Maggie, a woman who has given up on finding the perfect man, so she sets out to have a child using a donation from a pickle entrepreneur (Travis Fimmel). Then just after she has the fertilisation procedure, she falls for her fellow professor John (Ethan Hawke), who's looking for a reason to leave his haughty Danish wife Georgette (Julianne Moore). Three years later, Maggie and John are settled down with their toddler daughter. But Maggie is frustrated that John has become aimless, unable to finish his long-in-the-works novel. She's also somehow ended up raising his and Georgette's kids (Mina Sundwall and Jackson Frazer). So she hatches a plan to get Georgette to take him back.
The premise is ingenious, and Miller fills it in with colourful characters and lots of detail, plus several convenient twists and implausible turns of the plot. This keeps the film from ever becoming more than a bit of nutty fluff, but at least it's entertaining fluff. Gerwig and Hawke are superb as self-involved people whose relationship develops in surprisingly resonant ways. Both are sympathetic but not hugely likeable in the way they remain oblivious to everyone around them, and watching them interact is a lot of fun. But the entire film is stolen by Moore in a hilariously spiky turn as the high-maintenance Georgette, who peers imperiously through her riotous array of furs and scarves but can only barely hide the fragile person inside.
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One of Roald Dahl's most popular children's novels The BFG is once again going to appear on the screen, this time it the retelling comes courtesy of director Steven Spielberg. The narrative follows a 10 year old girl, Sophie, on her journey as she comes face to face with a giant that shows her that giants really do exist in the world. The BFG takes Sophie to his cave, in Dream Country to show her how he collects dreams and shows her how he sends them to children.
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With the passing of each decade, the music industry is constantly set alight by the most recent saviour of pop and Connor4Real is the latest major record label cash cow but behind every great talent there's a whole host of people working behind the scenes to create the finished Connor4Real package.
Maggie's has always been practically minded and now that she's in her thirties and has decided that it's time to have a child, the small issue of not having a partner isn't going to stand in her way. She's never really experienced being head over heels in love so when she meets John Harding (an aspiring novelist) their instant connection comes as a shock to the sometimes bookish Maggie.
As Maggie and John's relationship becomes more and more serious, Maggie seeks advice from her best friends. Falling for John isn't just a usual case of starting a relationship, John has many other people to consider - namely his wife and kids. John has been married to a Danish academic for years but over recent times, the couple have become more and more distant.
Soon John realises that Maggie is a source of inspiration for him and he's ready to move on from his prior life. We fast-forward 2 years down the line and the couple have a child but Maggie isn't quite as head over heels in love with the man she thought John was. Maggie cannot bring herself to leave John and decides to come up a highly unconventional way to try and find a solution to her current predicament.
Sophie has spent her life alone. She lives in an orphanage full of girls just like her. Each night the girls tell tales of the witching hour when the boogieman comes to visit and children go missing, Sophie's friends believe the witching hour is at midnight but little Sophie doesn't agree, she thinks the hour is much later, at 3am when only Sophie remains awake.
One night, whilst Sophie is reading, she hears an almighty rumble from outside and cannot help but open the window and look to see what's there; what she finds will change the lives of many forever.
The BFG is the much loved Roald Dahl book which was originally published by the author in 1982. The book was later turned into an animated film which featured David Jason as the voice of The BFG.
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Bill Hader - Los Angeles premiere of 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2' at Regency Village Theatre - Arrivals at Regency Village Theatre - Westwood, California, United States - Saturday 21st September 2013
Watch live TV, save SNL.
There’s something rotten at SNL. And by that I mean, the writing just isn’t the same and the viewers are starting to notice. Despite Bill Hader’s cameos, the latest episode received the lowest ratings in the show’s history. According to Complex, Saturday’s show scored abysmally with the all-important 18-49 demo.
Even Bill Hader couldn't save this sinking ship.
Because, say it with me folks, young adults don’t watch live television anymore. The previous record holder for lowest views was that one episode Charlize Theron hosted last season that we’re not gonna talk about.
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Last night's SNL in a sentence: everything was Bill Hader and nothing hurt.
Bill Hader returned to SNL last night and it was the. Best. Thing. Seriously, if you’ve ever been a fan of the comedian, this week’s episode was a must-see and if not… well, find a way to watch it anyway. You will be one by the end.
Where my Hader fans at?
To answer all the questions I know you’re asking yourself – yes, he did bring back Stefon, the worst news correspondent ever. And it was just as good as ever. And of course, the reunion wouldn’t be complete without the antics of Herb Welch.
Riley is an ordinary young girl growing up, thought she has some very real hurdles to get over as she enters into her teen years. Her parents have decided to move from their home in the Midwest, all the way to San Francisco after her father finds his career leading him to the city. It's not easy getting used to calling somewhere else home, nor is it to change schools, make new friends and fit in with a neighbourhood, so it's unsurprising there's a whirlwind of emotions going on in her head. Those emotions? They are Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness and they are not making life easy for Riley. Living in the Headquarters of her brain, they are forever arguing about how best to deal with Riley's situation, and while Joy is trying to make the best of what has happened, the others aren't so forthcoming.
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Uku is a volcano living in the isolated tropical beauty of Hawaii and desperate to find someone to love him. He sings about his lonliness and his attention is soon grabbed by fellow volcano Lele - but does she feel the same way?
'Lava' is a short film directed by James Ford Murphy and produced by Andrea Warren. It will be released alongside a new Disney animation entitled 'Inside Out', which stars Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader.
Riley is struggling with her and her family's move from the Midwest to San Francisco after her father lands a new job in the city. Growing up is difficult at the best of times, but now her emotions are really starting to get the better of her. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness live in the Headquarters inside Riley's brain and are constantly at odds - arguing over the best coping mechanism to deal with growing up, her new home, new school and new friends. Joy wants to remain upbeat and optimistic about the future, while Fear can't bear with the new surroundings. Anger and Sadness are lamenting leaving the Midwest, and Disgust will do anything to get Riley away.
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The upcoming film 'Skelton Twins' promises to be both amusing and touching with Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig starring as a set of twins trying to work out where their lives went wrong. See the pictures and watch the trailer.
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig star in director Craig Johnson's Skeleton Twins as Milo and Maggie, twins who have been separated for a decade. After Milo's (Hader) childhood dreams of becoming a famous Hollywood actor have failed, he is forced to return home and encounters his sister Maggie (Wiig) in hospital. The two have narrowly escaped the same near fatal accident and Maggie suggests Milo stay with her.
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig star in Skeleton Twins as Milo and Maggie.
The two are polar opposites and have to overcome their differences in order to seemingly come to terms with the reality of their lives. Milo is heartbroken and his hopes of a glittering Hollywood career have been crushed whilst Maggie has resorted to infidelity to avoid admitting she is not ready to have a baby with her husband, Lance (Luke Wilson).
Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon as the host of Late Night.
This week’s Saturday Night Live was hosted by Melissa McCarthy and featured some great sketches with her, but it was really Seth Meyers who stole the show. And rightfully so – it was Meyers’ last episode at the Weekend Update desk. Joined by former SNL co-stars Bill Hader (as Stefon) and Amy Poehler, Meyers was given a proper Weekend Update sendoff.
Seth Meyers said "so long" to SNL and moved on to greener pastures (and a premium time slot.)
Meyers is moving on to the next step of his career – replacing Jimmy Fallon as the host of Late Night – but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some emotional goodbyes. "This is the job I always wanted, and I had the best time," Meyers said in lieu of a witty closing line at the end of his last Weekend Update.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 dominated the US weekend Box Office, raking in over $34 million.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, despite receiving mixed reviews, has gained over $34 million at the US weekend Box Office. The film was released on Friday (27th September), and received mixed, although generally positive reviews. Some critics described the film as "wildly cute" and "colourful" (Miriam Bale, New York Times), but many felt the film lack originality particularly the "the original film's intelligence" (Sean O'Connell, Washington Post).
Neil Patrick Harris provides the voice for Steve, Flint Lockwood's monkey.
However, such comments do not appear to have discouraged many from seeing the second instalment in the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs franchise, quite the contrary as the film beat off its competition by at least $20 million. The other films in the Box Office are more equally spread, figures wise, with Prisoners (down from No.1 last week) and Rush (up from No.38) each gaining $10 million.
The animated sequel triumphed, but didn't do everything it set out to do.
Maybe it was the lack of animated competition, the niche subject matter of its closest rival, the fact that September is becoming an excellent time for comedies of its kind or a original film’s fan base to fall back on, or maybe it was all of the above, but somehow, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was always going to top the box office.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.
It was, in fact, the last option: all of the above. Disney’s Planes hit cinemas two months ago, Rush, while critically acclaimed, is probably more for film aficionados and racing enthusiasts, September – like Hotel Transylvania showed is – is a prime slot for animated comedies and there are already plenty of Cloudy fans out there.
The fun and frivolity of Cloudy...beat the high drama of Rush and Prisoners.
As expected, predicted and prophesized, the wonderfully strange world of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 enticed enough families to propel it to the top of the weekend box office.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 proved magical enough.
It didn’t manage to outgun Hotel Transylvania, though, as the animated comedy grabbed $35m - $7.5m less than the spooky flick managed last September.
Big things are expected for the animated sequel
There are plenty of ridiculously silly, colourful and imaginative animated classics out there, but perhaps none have the same psychedelic ‘out there’ feel that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs has. The sequel – the one with a ‘2’ on the end – is coming out tonight (Sept 27) and it looks like the box office might be covered in Italian balls of minced beef.
The weird and wonderful world of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
It was this weekend last year that Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania broke the September opening weekend record with a $42.5 million. As we hit the fall season, summer’s gone, and people need their sprits lifted. It’s the perfect time for animated films to come along and inject some colour into an increasingly sullen climate.
Is Jason Sudeikis about to follow in the footsteps of Tina Fey, Chevy Chase and Mike Myers?
Jason Sudeikis, the most high profile member of the Saturday Night Live cast, has announced he will not be returning to the show in the fall. Sudeikis is following comedians Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers and Kristen Wiig out of the long-running show, leaving NBC bosses with a dilemma on their hands as they seek to keep the show relevant, popular and most of all funny for its 39th season.
Sudeikis, who has worked on the show for 10 years, announced the news during a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman,
"Yeah, I'm going to leave. Yeah, I'm not coming back next fall." he told the veteran host, to a bewildered audience. Letterman had apparently not heard of the departure and began asking the actor questions about life working on the show, with the 37-year-old dropping the bombshell shortly after.
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Larry David has thrown the future of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' into doubt.
Larry David has given the strongest hint yet that the eighth season of HBO comedy 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' was the show's last.
Appearing on-stage at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday (July 25, 2013) to promote his new movie Clear History, David indicated that the future of his award-winning comedy was in doubt.
"I don't know, I really couldn't say...Ask me in six months," he said when asked when audiences could expect the ninth season.
Jason Sudeikis will presumably concentrate on movie roles now.
Jason Sudeikis, the most high profile member of the Saturday Night Live cast, has confirmed he is leaving the show and will not feature on the new series.
The veteran announced the news on Wednesday's The Late Show With David Letterman, saying he's "definitely done" after 10 years on the late-night NBC comedy staple.
"I'm definitely done," he told Letterman. "I'm not coming back next fall." The actor is currently starring in the comedy flick 'We're the Millers' with Jennifer Aniston and is engaged to his former co-star on The O.C, Olivia Wilde.
Continue reading: As Jason Sudeikis Takes His Bow, SNL Is Left In Crisis
The Emmy Award nominations were revealed yesterday (Thursday 11th July). Breaking Bad; House of Cards; Modern Family; Game of Thrones and Mad Men all received multiple nominations. Netflix made history by becoming the first internet network to be nominated for a number of awards.
The Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced yesterday (Thursday 18th July). The nomination ceremony was presented by Kate Mara and Aaron Paul via a live video stream on the Emmy's website.
Kate Mara at the Vanity Fair and Juicy Couture's Celebration of 2013 in L.A.
Netflix has managed to triumph with nominations for their shows: House of Cards; Hemlock Grove and Arrested Development. The company are developing this aspect of their business, which is proving hugely popular and profitable. The future does seem bright for the company which announced it was expanding into its 64th country. It also seems likely their awards over the next few years will increase especially with recent praise of Orange is the New Black.
Continue reading: Primetime Emmy Awards 2013: How Accurate Were Nomination Predictions?
Turbo will be accompanied by a video-game on all the major consoles.
Turbo, the new 3-D animation from DreamWorks Animation, follows the story of an ordinary garden snail whose dream is to become the fastest snail in the world. It stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular character, with the voices of Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Bill Hader, Michelle Rodriguez, Samuel L Jackson and Snoop Dogg also lending their voices to the movie. The trailer suggests Turbo is going to be a whole lot of fun.
Turbo's buddy Chet tries to talk out his snail friend out of his aspirations and does everything within his power to convince him that he should enjoy his relaxed lifestyle. However, when Turbo is admiring the speeding vehicles roaring down the highway, he is sucked into the engine of a racing car and is submerged in a tank of nitrous oxide which causes him to glow brightly. He later comes to realise that it has given him the ability to move at extraordinary pace and Turbo harbours a new dream of competing at the IndyCar races.
Continue reading: 'Turbo' Could Be DreamWorks' Latest Masterstroke [Trailer]
Oscar-winning director Ben Affleck had his fifth turn hosting.
Last night’s season finale of Saturday Night Live was filled with nostalgia, as Ben Affleck returned to host for the fifth time, while cast members Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader bowed out with their final SNL show.
It was an unusual hosting turn for Affleck, who gave his opening monologue with wife Jennifer Garner by his side and devoted the moment to an apology to her (of sorts). Affleck raised a couple of eyebrows with his Oscar acceptance speech earlier this month, when he mentioned that his marriage to the actress was “work”. In front of the SNL cameras, however, he was all remorse, saying: “I couldn’t do any of the things I do without you” and so on and so forth, until Garner jokingly noted that he was, in fact, just reading from the cue cards. Oh well, it was a noble try anyway.
But the night definitely belonged to Hader, Armisen and Sudeikis, all of whom went out on a high note with their final sketch performing with Armisen's Brit punk character and singing "It's a Lovely Day." Carrie Brownstein, who works with Fred Armisen on the sketch comedy series Portlandia also joined in the festivities, as did the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, singer Aimee Mann and others. This time the promos weren't deceiving. One thing is for sure: the SNL team definitely knows how to put on a finale.
It's been a pretty busy week in the world of entertainment, though one story dominated and rightly so. Actress Angelina Jolie announced in the New York Times that he had undergone a double mastectomy in order to reduce her risk of breast cancer considerably.
Simply Heroic: Angelina Jolie stunned the world this week after revealing she had undergone a double mastectomy in order to reduce her risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. The Oscar-winning actress lost her mother to cancer and was keen to limit the chances of the same thing happening to her brood.
Darth Hader: After eight years on Saturday Night Live, Bill Hader has announced he is leaving the show when its season ends on Saturday. "It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point," Mr. Hader said in an interview. "It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it's just time to go." He will certainly be missed!
As SNL says goodbye to Bill Hader, the actor's future might be clearer than that of the show.
Let’s shed a collective tear for Bill Hader leaving SNL. Not for Hader himself of course, as we all know that talented comedians who had their start on the sketch show usually do quite well for themselves. And Emmy-nominated Hader certainly doesn’t seem to be slowing down. No, what will be missed are Hader’s characters, starting with the overly caffeinated “Weekend Update” city correspondent, Stefon. Yes, Hader is probably moving on to bigger and better things, but who will tell us what New York’s hottest club is now?
“It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Mr. Hader said in an interview. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’ ”
Hader, 34, has had an impressive run on SNL. After joining as a featured performer in 2005, he was soon promoted to a full-time castmember and went on to create some memorable impersonations of people like James Carville, Al Pacino, Vincent Price and Julian Assange. The actor isn’t the only one leaving SNL of late though. This large-scale departure of talent, including writer/castmember Seth Meyeres (who is leaving to replace Jimmy Fallon on The Late Show) as well as possibly Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis, could pose a problem for the show.
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Is there anyone left to helm the SNL shift?
Hader spearheads the 'Weekend Update' as city correspondent, Stefon. He also acts up as James Carville, Al Pacino, Vincent Price and Julian Assange, and anyone else he’s told to impersonate. He is, by all accounts, a truly adaptable man. “It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Mr. Hader said in a recent interview. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’”
Lorne Michaels, executive producer of Saturday Night Live, said: “In terms of intelligence and talent, he was in that same tradition. He was so completely committed to the art of it and enough a student of it that there’s something strikingly original. He didn’t explode onto the air, but gradually he found his voice, and that became a huge thing.”
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Clint Eastwood isn't going to be living down his now infamous empty chair speech at the recent Republican convention any time soon. The venerable actor and director spoke at an event to show his support for the Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and opted to have an imaginary conversation with an (of course absent) President Barack Obama. The images of Eastwood talking to an empty chair have become internet meme sensations, whilst impressions have adorned television screens worldwide, culminating in actor Bill Hader doing his own version on a recent episode of Saturday Night Live.
You'd think he'd be safe at the premiere of his latest film though but apparently not. The 82 year-old appeared at the showing of Trouble With The Curve and walked past the press, only to have it pointed out that there were 16 chairs being carried behind him. Eastwood took the reference pointed out to him in his stride, laughing "Oh my God, yes."
The chairs were only set dressing for the stage, but Eastwood had it made clear that he didn't want to answer any questions about his speech whilst at the premiere. Reflecting on its impact on the film, director Robert Lorenz pondered "I don't know. Some people may come and some people may not because of it. But, in the end, it's not a political movie. Myself, the other cast (members), we all have different political ideas. We all came together and put those aside. So, I hope people treat it as such."
One day Agent J (Smith) wakes up to find that his partner Agent K (Jones) has been dead for more than 40 years. It turns out that evil alien Boris (Clement) has travelled back to 1969 to stop K from capturing him so he can conquer Earth. So J has little choice but to follow him. First, he must convince new boss O (Thompson) to let him go, and then he has to explain everything to the younger K (Brolin) and work with another alien (Stuhlbarg) who can see multiple futures.
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Agents K and J work for the Men In Black, an organisation specialising in hunting down aliens. Agent J used to be known as James Darrell Edwards III and was recruited by Agent K, after the latter observed the former hunting down an alien in disguise while working for the NYPD.
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Agents K and J work for the Men In Black, an organisation specialising in hunting down aliens. Agent J used to be known as James Darrell Edwards III and was recruited by Agent K, after the latter observed the former hunting down an alien in disguise while working for the NYPD.
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Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Tina Fey - Bill Hader, Tina Fey, Fred Armisen, New York City, USA - at the 2011 American Museum of Natural History gala at the American Museum of Natural History. Thursday 10th November 2011
Graeme and Clive (Pegg and Frost) are sci-fi geeks who realise their dream to drive a Winnebago across the American Southwest visiting UFO hotspots to re-enact favourite movie and TV scenes. Then they stumble across an actual alien named Paul (voiced by Rogen as an Alf-style wisenheimer). They agree to help him get home, but are hotly pursued by a tenacious Man in Black (Bateman) and two X-Files agents (Hader and Lo Truglio). They are also joined by someone who's even more alien to them: devout one-eyed creationist Ruth (Wiig), who Paul calls a "God-bothering cyclops".
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For the majority of their lives Graeme and Clive have been huge sci-fi geeks, and when the two Brits find an opportunity to take a road trip across America and visit Area 51, they can hardly contain their excitement. What the two friends weren't to know was that they were soon to have a new friend in the truck keeping them company; Paul.
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Every super-villain needs an arch nemesis, and generally they come in the form of a superhero! Megamind and Metro Man have that exact relationship. Megamind is the worlds most famous super-villain and for the past 20 years Metro Man has shattered all his efforts at world domination.
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Like a comically deranged Twilight Zone episode, this colourful animated feature underscores its fantastical story with some intriguingly serious issues. But it never gets preachy, and a stream of warped humour will keep adults chuckling all the way through.
Geeky inventor Flint (voiced by Hader) has finally created something that will make him famous: a machine that makes food from water. When it's inadvertently catapulted into the clouds, it starts raining cheeseburgers, much to everyone's delight. Now famous, he remotely programmes the machine to rain everything from ice cream to spaghetti and meatballs. While Flint's mono-browed dad (Caan) doesn't really get him, the greedy mayor (Campbell) wants a piece of his success. Meanwhile, Flint meets weather reporter Sam (Faris), who might actually understand him.
Filmmakers Lord and Miller somehow manage to keep the film utterly silly, with outrageous visual flourishes and zany comical asides, while maintaining a sharp intelligence beneath the surface. As a result, grown-ups will probably find the film funnier than kids, who will be entranced by the visual antics and miss the sophisticated wit. And they quietly hide the serious subtext as well, including a knowing look at celebrity and pointed comments on how tricky it is for people to truly communicate.
But all of this is mere icing on the cake, as it were, for a film that's raucous, nonstop fun. Images of food falling from the sky are pure dreamlike fantasy, especially when Flint's machine overheats and produces oversized culinary delights that look utterly delicious even as they flatten the houses they land on. Of course, this gives the screenwriters plenty of running gags and punning opportunities, which the talented vocal cast run wild with.
Even side characters like Mr T's supercop and Bratt's Guatemalan cameraman get terrific moments along the way, while Flint's relationship with his dad has a surprising resonance. And along the way, there are some superb sequences that combine goofy humour with awkward emotion plus a hint of unhinged weirdness (such as the Jell-O palace). And as global chaos threatens to erupt, along with Mt Leftovers, the film develops into a hysterical disaster movie satire that's brilliantly animated and, for once, makes full use of 3D to throw everything right into our faces.
In a prehistoric woodland village, the goof-off Zed (Black) isn't a very good hunter, while the smart-but-shy Oh (Cera) isn't the best gatherer. After breaking the community's one rule, they're banished, heading off over the mountains. There they run into the biblical world, linking up with Cain (the hilariously slippery Cross), Abraham (Azaria) and Isaac (Mintz-Plasse) on the way to Sodom to rescue their enslaved semi-girlfriends (Raphael and Temple).
But a nasty soldier (Jones), scheming princess (Wilde) and flamboyant high priest (Platt) are in their way.
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