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Rich Cline talks us through some of the most anticipated movies for release in 2017.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but hopefully they'll be better than 2016's lacklustre batch. (Release dates are subject to change.)
Star Wars: Episode Viii - Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill continue the saga (Dec). More sci-fi sequels worth waiting for: the gang reteams for more space antics in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (May), Michael Fassbender returns for Alien: Covenant (May), and Harrison Ford is back for Blade Runner 2049 (Oct).
Continue reading: The Ten Most Anticipated Films Of 2017
Smart and snappy, this comedy is one of the scariest films of the year, using humour to outline the 2008 economic collapse from the inside. With characters who are based on real people, the film shows how economists made a fortune from the financial devastation inflicted on millions of families. And the movie cleverly points out that all of this happened (and people are still getting away with it) because the general public can't be bothered to pay attention.
Things were so booming in the first years of this century that it was easy for the media to divert the attention of Americans away from the dark underbelly of the financial world, creating big scandals out of nothing, spurring rampant buying sprees and making stars of non-entities like the Kardashians. Meanwhile in 2005, investment expert Michael Burry (Christian Bale) noticed that America's mortgage market was turning toxic. So he offered to "short" it, betting against this always-stable market by purchasing credit default swaps. The banks thought they would make a fortune from him, carrying on their dangerous practices. But other experts saw Burry's point, including the nerdy genius Mark Baum (Steve Carell), the shark-like Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) and a pair of newbies (Finn Wittrock and John Magaro) who tip off their reclusive mentor Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt). When the economy imploded, these men became billionaires.
Director-cowriter Adam McKay is better known for silly movies like Anchorman, so he packs this film with raucous cutaways to pop culture references of the period, as well as hilariously absurd explanations of economic issues from, for example, Margot Robbie in a bubble bath or Selena Gomez playing blackjack. This approach actually heightens the horror of what's going on as fraudulent bankers and corrupt government officials conspire to undermine the foundations of the economy. Although the explanations still feel like gibberish to mere mortals, it's at least presented in a way that's entertaining.
Continue reading: The Big Short Review
In the new comedy-drama The Big Short, filmmaker Adam McKay and a starry cast including Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt all try to get to the root of the 2008 financial crash.
The Big Short is based on real people and events, and it has touched a nerve with viewers.
Carell says this is partly because everyone was affected by what happened. "We all have personal stories that relate to that time," he says. "The minutiae of what went down, no. But when you start peeling away the layers of the fraud and the duplicity, it's incredibly terrifying."
Ryan Gosling also stars
Continue reading: Carell And Bale Enjoyed Playing Real Characters In The Big Short
"Diversity!", cried film buffs across the land.
The Oscars and white nominees go together like cheese and white bread – but in both cases, that doesn’t mean they’re good for you. With the kickoff of awards season 2015 came the inevitable backlash for the lack of diversity on the nominees list, but what are the bloggers saying this time around?
No Selma at this year's Oscars.
This year, it looks like the academy jury didn’t even try to seem unbiased – despite films like Selma and Gone Girl becoming massive critical and commercial successes in 2014, both Gillian Flynn and Ana Duvernay got left out of the race for Best Screenplay and Best Director, respectively. David Oyelowo also got snubbed, leaving us with a total of 0 people of colour in the acting categories. Now, it’s not that Bradley Cooper didn’t deserve his third nomination in three years (Best Actor, American Sniper) or that Steve Carrell’s transition into drama wasn’t nod-worthy (Best Actor, Foxcatcher) or that Richard Linklater didn’t create a masterpiece with Boyhood (Best Director).
Continue reading: Oscars 2015 Line-Up: Notice Anything Missing?
The Schultz brothers' harrowing story is coming to the big screen this winter.
Foxcatcher, the new movie starring Steve Carell, is now out in cinemas. But it was not an easy road getting here. It’s a brand new direction for Carell, who has built a career on his quirky and, let’s be honest, pretty awkward brand of comedy. Now, he plays millionaire John Dupont, the sponsor of brothers and Olympic wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz.
Steve Carell shines as the antihero in Foxcatcher.
Portraying the Schultz brothers are Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo – so not the typical cast you’d expect to see in a sports drama. But they do a stellar job of portraying the harrowing story of Dave’s murder, point blanc, by Dupont.
Natalie Portman has paid tribute to the late director Mike Nichols in a statement. She joins the likes of Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and Steven Spielberg in expressing her grief via social media or in a media statement.
Natalie Portman at the Childrens' Hospital Gala in Los Angeles in October 2014.
'Foxcatcher' gets its full U.S release this weekend and it continues to gather steam as one of the most prominent Oscar contenders of the year.
Foxcatcher is beginning to pick up steam in an Oscars race that has so far been dominated by strong press for Boyhood and perhaps more curiously, Birdman. Inarritu's avant-garde comedy-drama will almost certainly provide Michael Keaton with his first trip to the Academy Awards for a while, though as a Best Picture contender, it has work to do.
Foxcatcher will be nominated for Best Picture - and its director Bennett Miller has been here before. Baseball drama Moneyball was up for the top gong in 2012, as was Capote in 2006. Based on a true story, Miller's film tells the story of John DuPont (Steve Carell), the wealthy benefactor to two Olympic wrestlers (Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo).
Continue reading: 'Foxcatcher' Took 7 Years To Make - But Boy, It Was Worth The Wait
The 'Foxcatcher' screening at the 52nd New York Film Festival saw the cast and crew take to the red carpet to pose for pictures. Amongst these, were stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Sienna Miller with her fiancé Tom Sturridge.
As part of the 52nd New York Film Festival, the cast of 'Foxcatcher' were photographed arriving at the red carpet event, as well as posing ahead of the film showing. Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan were pictured, as well as Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo.
Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner - Los Angeles premiere of 'Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' at El Capitan Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 7th October 2014
Steve Carell's performance in 'Foxcatcher' is being tipped as a possible Oscar winner.
Bennett Miller's intense drama Foxcatcher - which previously scored five-star review at the Cannes Film Festival - has stunned audiences at the Telluride Film Festival. The movie is tipped for major awards and the general consensus in Colorado was that Steve Carell's stunning performance is the best of the year, so far.
"A film to be considered alongside David Fincher's The Social Network and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master as a swirling, smoke-black parable of modern America," said Robbie Collin of the Daily Telegraph.
Continue reading: Stunning 'Foxcatcher' Leaves Eerie Mark On Telluride Film Festival
The New York Festival line-up contains numerous Oscar prospects.
David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars is one of the more eye-catching movies announced for the 52nd New York Film Festival though the drama starring Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore will not be involved when the Oscars are handed out come February 2015: other festival inclusions including Gone Girl, Mr Turner, Birdman, Inherent Vice and Foxcatcher could be.
Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars'
We already know that David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel will earn its world premiere in New York and the mystery drama is joined by a host of hugely anticipated films on this year's bill.
Mel Gibson is honoured at Czech festival, while the Apes sequel and What If premiere in New York, and Legend and Grimsby film on streets around London. Plus new trailers for heavy-hitters Exodus, Gone Girl and Foxcatcher...
This is a week when most attention was on the sporting world, with the Wimbledon finals, the Formula One British Grand Prix and the Tour de France starting in Britain, and of course the World Cup in Brazil. So most people didn't notice that the Karlovy Vary Film Festival kicked off in the Czech Republic by awarding Mel Gibson with the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema. The festival wraps up on Saturday. Here's Mel Gibson at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Mad Max screening .
Meanwhile in New York, the stars turned out on Tuesday for the premiere of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Cast members Andy Serkis and Keri Russell were joined by visiting filmmakers Darren Aronofsky and Paul Haggis and actors Alex Karpovsky and Bridget Moynahan. The film opens this week in the US and next week in the UK. Here's a Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes clip to get you in the mood.
The gritty sports drama, based on a true story, dpecits the tulumtious relationship between the schizophrenic million, John du Pont, and olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz.
The Bennett Miller-directed sports movie, 'Foxcatcher,' based on the horrific tragic true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz, was one of many highly anticipated films that was shown at the Cannes Film Festival this week, and it did not disappoint.
Tatum & Ruffalo star as olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz
This tragic tale was bound to have attracted many intriguing film buffs as Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo headed the cast, and the production is already generating Oscar buzz.
Alexander is an 11-year-old boy who experiences a series of disastrous events in just one day, from waking up with chewing gum stuck in his hair and tripping over in front of the girl he likes to someone at school sending round embarrassing photos of him and him setting fire to the science lab. His family seem to be having the best day ever though with his father looking at an impressive new job and his brother looking forward to getting his driver's license. The next day, however, the tables have turned as everyone sleeps in, his father seems out of his depth in his job interview, the baby eats felt tip pen and his brother crashes the family car during his driving exam. While everyone wallows in their own bad luck, it's up to Alexander to realise that he's not the only one who has bad days - and remind his family of that too.
The comedy sequel is predicted to make whopping $40.1 million this weekend, making it $61.3 million in five days
Anchorman 2: The Lengend Continues has been lighting up cinema screens since Wednesday (18 December) this week and looks set to continue its impressive run into next week and emerge as the top grossing film of the weekend. Having opened strongly mid-week, the reunited Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner have maintained their steady rise to the top.
All the gang, plus a secretary and some other guy, are back for the new Anchorman
In just five days since it was released, the film is estimated to have made $61.3 million already (via Box Office Mojo), with a massive $40.1 million coming in over the weekend period alone. Clearly people have recognised that Anchorman 2 is kind of a big deal, and they responded as expected.
Continue reading: 'Anchorman 2' Staying Classy To Top US Box Office This Weekend
Great Odin's raven! It looks like the bulk of the reviews are positive!
Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner are back as everyone's favourite news team in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. It's been almost 10 years since 2004's unparalleled look into the inner workings of local news stations in the 1970's first gave us Ron Burgundy and the rest of the Channel 6 news team and almost a decade later it seems as though they still now how to keep it classy.
The moustachioed maverick that is Ron Burgundy is back!
On the whole, the early feedback for the much-anticipated sequel s mostly positive. There are a few exceptions of course, with Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times leading the negative reviews. Skarkey, like most of us, is happy that Anchorman is back, but ultimately felt let down by Burgundy's second outing. She wrote, "While I'm glad Anchorman is back - we need a little levity in this year of heavy films - I do wish it were better."
Check out the ridiculous videos below
It’s the nearly moment all Anchorman fans have been waiting for, as the most quoted film of all time doubles its stock with a sequel, out tomorrow (Wed 18). But before the lexicon of hundreds-of-thousands of Ron Burgundy wannabes changes irrevocably, we have some choice clips for your delectation.
These four have entered many a 14 year old boy; entered their minds
It looks as though fans of the franchise aren’t going to be disappointed, if the reviews are anything to go by. The sequel has amassed an impressive 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, and while most of the critics seem to give Anchorman 2 a pass because of its predecessor, people won’t be leaving the cinema disappointed.
The reviews are in for Anchorman 2: how does the long-awaited sequel rate?
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has to be one of the most eagerly-anticipated sequels in memory with the near decade gap between the upcoming release and 2004's The Legend of Ron Burgundy serving only to heighten the fan mania surrounding the franchise.
It has been a long wait but the release of The Legend Continues is only two days away and boy, do we know it. The 2004 movie may have been released to comparatively low fanfare but the sequel has been promoted for months on end with a seemingly never-ending stream of teasers, trailers, clips and in-character public appearances from Will Ferrell, AKA Ron Burgundy, and his hapless news team.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Continue reading: Anchorman 2: How Does The Sequel Weigh Up To Anchorman? [Trailer]
Steve Carell - The cast of Anchorman 2 leaving Toners pub after popping in for a couple of pints before heading off to the premiere of their film. After the premiere they headed to Shanahans restaurant on the Green for dinner and stopped and posed for photos with fans, brother and sister Niall & Niamh Burke. - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 9th December 2013
David Koechner, Steve Carell and Will Ferrell - The cast of Anchorman 2 leaving the Merrion Hotel heading for the RTE studios for a pre-recording of the Late Late Show - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 9th December 2013
Emerson College renames its journalism school after the Anchorman "legend."
The Anchorman sequel is almost here and if that's not exciting enough for you then the news that top Boston university, Emerson College, will temporarily rename its school of communication 'The Ron Burgundy School of Communication' will send you into full-blown, movie-quoting overdrive.
Smell That? It's 'Sex Panther' And It's Coming Our Way!
Indeed, It's exactly a month until Ron Burgundy, Brian Fantana, Brick Tamland and Champ Kind reunite for more debauched and bungling action. To celebrate the occasion, the prestigious Boston college will rename the school for one day only on the 4th December to honor the fictitious television anchorman, reports the AP.
Anchorman-ners, give yourselves a big fat pat on the back.
By making a film with so many quotable lines, the public couldn’t resist but repeat them to each other on a daily basis; the Anchorman team basically guaranteed themselves a sequel, even if they didn’t quite know it at the time.
The cult hit returns for a sequel
“We’ve never made a sequel to any of the films we’ve done because we’ve been anti-sequel. Why not explore a new idea instead of revising something that you’ve already made?” the film’s star, Will Ferrell, told Screen Rant.
'The Way, Way Back' has been hailed as extraordinary by our own critic.
Written and directed by Little Miss Sunshine's Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, new coming of age story The Way, Way Back is being hailed by critics ahead of its release in the UK this week. It follows the fortunes of 14-year-old Duncan and his summer vacation with mother Pam (Toni Collette).
The problem being that Pam's overbearing boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell) is along for the ride too, as is sister Steph. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in the manager of the Water Wizz water park, Owen (Sam Rockwell). Their relationship begins to open up and Trent experiences a summer he will never forget.
The critics are unanimous in their praise for Faxon and Rash's new movie - their first since writing Alexander Payne's The Descendants, for which they won an Academy Award.
Continue reading: Steve Carell's 'The Way, Way Back' Hailed A 'Masterstroke' By Critics
The Conjuring, Warner Brother's summer horror offering, has defeated the likes of R.I.P.D in the US weekend box office.
The Conjuring, opening this weekend, gained $41.5 million. Another lower budget film beat off the likes of R.I.P.D. which, according to reports, cost more than $130 million to make.
Vera Farmiga at the premiere of Bates Motel, L.A.
Warner Brother's haunted house horror, which stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel); Lili Taylor (Hemlock Grove); Patrick Wilson (Prometheus) and Ron Livingston (The Time Traveller's Wife), follows two paranormal investigators as they attempt to help The Warrens overcome a malign presence which lurks in their seemingly idyllic country house.
Continue reading: US Box Office: The Conjuring Haunts R.I.P.D. During Its Opening Weekend
The box office estimates are in and Despicable Me 2's minions have emerged as champions of the week, narrowly scooting past Grown Ups 2.
In this weekend's battle of the light-hearted sequels, Despicable Me 2 has come out on top of the weekend's movie charts in the United States and Canada beating Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2, despite the children's animation having been released on July 3rd in both countries. Despicable Me 2 raked in $44.8 million (£29.6m) from Friday to Sunday, leaving Grown Ups 2 slightly behind with takings of $42.5 million (£28.1m) in its first US weekend, according to Reuters. Though Grown Ups 2 is only marginally behind on its first days of release, it can't be an easy pill to swallow for actor Sandler who not only had his movie panned by critics before it was even released, but also had to relive the ordeal of being mauled by a cheetah whilst on safari in Africa on David Letterman's show.
Steve Carell With One Of His Minions.
Guillermo Del Toro's big-budget monsters vs. robots movie, Pacific Rim looked set to be a box office smash after it's exciting trailers and intriguing premise but had to contend with third place in a weekend dominated by the friendlier comedies. In an audience break-down provided by Forbes, "The film played 19% IMAX, 50% 3D, 61% male and 47% under-25 years old," showing a promising chunk of younger theatregoers.
Continue reading: Despicable Me 2's Box Office Conquest Over Grown Ups 2
Winners and losers going into weekend overtime,
This week’s box office isn’t offering any surprises – the adorable yellow minions of Despicable Me 2 dominated the chart, while Lone Ranger went into the weekend hoping to minimize losses. On Friday, three days into its release, the animated feature had clocked in at $59 million, with the prediction of weekend sales putting it at a comfy $130 by the end of the five day period, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Carell and the yellow minions had a comfortable lead going into the weekend.
The Lone Ranger will rely on DVD and Blu-Ray sales to recoup its budget.
The Lone Ranger took another $10 million on the 4th of July to take its overall total to just $20 million heading into the weekend. Gore Verbinski's new movie, starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid, is tracking for a five-day total of just $45 million - miles off its reported $225 million budget.
In contrast, the minions of Despicable Me 2 are celebrating after a huge $34.3 million opening day on July 3, which sees it pacing to wrap the weekend with $125 million, almost double its budget. The original movie, starring Steve Carell as the evil genius Gru, earned $56.4 million during a more traditional three-day opening in July 2010.
Disney staff have presumably entered the sweepstakes to guess which executive will be clearing their desk first after this mess. The Lone Ranger is potentially another John Carter - the big budget flop that cost studio boss Rich Ross his job. Everyone concerned will be preying that Depp's name on the posters will be enough to pull in the crowds over the July 4th weekend, though a slew of horrible reviews and a less than prominent promotional campaign has not helped the cause.
Continue reading: The Lone Ranger Takes $10 Million. Just $205 Million To Go, Then.
The is one sequel the studio won't regret making
Despicable Me 2’s special July 4th was independent in more ways that one: it was Universals biggest ever opening for a movie, with a total of $34.3m on Wednesday, despite most American’s enjoying the seasonally good weather. This has set it up to perform well over the weekend, as those little minions continue to delight audiences.
Gru being a family man
The hilarious animation – starring Steve Carell as the evil genius-cum-family man Gru – followed up the impressive Wednesday with a solid Thursday, managing $23.5m. All in all, a domestic total of $84.3m so far is good going, especially considering it’s still got a holiday weekend to sell. Even better news for Universal is, considering it’s an animation, it was rather cheap, costing a mere $76m to make – it’s already broken even and more!
Continue reading: Will 'Despicable Me 2' Break More Records For Universal?
The film's wit and charm win over even the harshest critics
The Way Way Back – a light, heart-warming comedy in the midst of an action-packed summer blockbuster season, saw its world premiere last month. The film hits US theatres (as a limited release) tomorrow, June 5th and there are already a number of opinions from critics floating around the internet.
Tony Collette stars as an out-of-touch mother in this one.
Old formula, new laughs: The Way, Way Down has been popular with the critics
It’s a familiar theme: 14-year-old Duncan's (Liam James) faces teenage angst and is on a summer holiday with his mum and her annoying boyfriend (Steve Carell). It’s the coming of age story we’ve seen times, but this time, the writers and directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash seem to have nailed it.
Sam Rockwell at the premiere of of The Way, Way Down
“The whole experience there was so emotional because it had been such a long journey for us, and to finally make it to the finish line, it was so satisfying and wonderful. And to share it with each other was remarkable,” said the creative duo to the Wall Street Journal.
Continue reading: The Way, Way Down – A Coming Of Age Film That’s Actually… Good?
Disney's The Lone Ranger may struggle to recoup its $250 million budget.
Disney's big-budget The Lone Ranger may only earn $50 million at the box-office this weekend after getting crushed by Universal's Despicable Me 2 in the opening few days of the box-office. The Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig voiced family flick is tracking for a $35 million Wednesday, whereas The Lone Ranger should only take around $11 million.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Despicable Me 2 will prove to be a huge box office hit over the Fourth of July weekend, with strong reviews and the hugely popular Minions leading the promotional trail. Meanwhile, The Lone Ranger - with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer - is likely to take around $50 million, meaning it will need to do huge business internationally to recoup its mega budget of $250 million. Director Gore Verbinski and Depp reunited with Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Buckheimer, though the Hollywood A-lister's casting as Tonto appears to have been a misguided move and audiences appear underwhelmed with Hammer as the Ranger.
Continue reading: Oh Lonesome Me: The Lone Ranger Crushed Early At Box Office
'Despicable Me 2' has dominated in the UK and is set to storm the U.S. box office.
Despicable Me 2, the sequel to Illumination Entertainment's well-received 2010 animated movie starring Steve Carell as an evil genius, has stormed to the top of the UK box office to record the biggest opening weekend of the year. The sequel, starring Carell and Kristen Wigg, landed the top spot with takings of £14.8 million to oust Man of Steel and Brad Pitt's World War Z.
The Minions Are The Real Winners From Despicable Me 2
Despicable Me 2 took over £12 million more than the Superman movie, and demolished the likes of This Is The End, Hummingbird and Behind the Candelabra. The animated sequel once again revolves around Carell's Gru character, now a reformed father-figure who cares for three young children in suburbia.
Continue reading: 'Despicable Me 2' Breaks Box Office Records As Minion Fever Grips UK
Despicable Me 2 has launched the clever Minions into popular culture.
Chances are, if you've read anything about Despicable Me 2 - the sequel to 2010's Illumination Entertainment movie about Steve Carell's criminal mastermind Gru - then you've read about the Minions. Gru's hilarious yellow henchmen steal the sequel away from Carell, Kristen Wiig and Russell Brand - and the kids are hungry for more.
A Minion And Steve Carell At The Despicable Me 2 Premiere
"As we left the theater, my son was raving about the minions. He wanted a minion toy," Carell told USA Today after the premiere, "I took no offense. There is no competing with these masters of upstagery. You just have to bow down to minion appeal."
Continue reading: Despicable Me 2: Where Do The Minions Go From Here?
Despicable Me 2 - the sequel to 2010's Despicable Me is out on 3rd July in cinemas. Has the original's funny and cute magic formula worked for the second time though?
Despicable Me 2catches up with former moon-stealing villain, Gru, who is settling into family life, raising three young girls: Agnes, Edith and Margo (Miranda Cosgrove). But has fatherhood completely distracted him from his former pursuit of evil deeds? Seems the past has come back to bite him as his quiet life is interrupted when he gets kidnapped by Agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) of the Anti-Hero League. His minions are helpless as Gru is taken off to the AHL's deep sea headquarters where the league has an interesting proposition for him. Will the AHL's reluctant recruit forego his evil ways for good or will the temptation for wrongdoings continue to lure Gru back in?
Steve Carell Voices Gru In Despicable Me.
Despicable Me 2 is the captivating follow-up to the Golden Globe-nominated original, in fact The Guardian declare it to be "Funnier - and perhaps cuter - than its predecessor," with a film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. The original grossed $543 million worldwide (£357m) making a whopping profit and securing the possibility of a sequel. Perhaps the movie's success is due to the comedy factor brought about by the playful, helium-voiced minions? Mark Kermode seems to think so, in a golden review: "these yellow weebles are comedy gold, their slapstick antics blending a simplicity of form with a complexity of expression rooted in the traditions of silent cinema."
Continue reading: Despicable Me 2: Entertainment For Parents...And Their Little Minions
'Despicable Me 2' reviews have been favourable although most critics have said it lacks originality. The movie is due to be released in US cinemas on Wednesday (3rd July). It has already been released in the UK and has topped the Weekend Box Office.
Despicable Me 2, the sequel to the first 2010 film, is due to be released in cinemas on Wednesday. Early critical reviews have been largely positive. Keith Uhlich of the New York Times said the franchise has improved since the last film and that it is "delights more often than it disappoints".
Steve Carell at the Despicable Me 2 premiere, L.A.
Whilst most of the critics have enjoyed the film there are others who criticised Universal Pictures for its lack of originality. Ryan Gilbey of The Statesman said the film is "a completely redundant follow-up to the perfectly delightful 2010 original". Others have drawn comparisons with Monsters University, claiming Despicable Me 2 "has more laughs in the first 5 minutes" than Monsters managed in 90 (according to Roger Moore of McClatchy-Tribune News Service).
Continue reading: 'Despicable Me 2': Early Reviews Round-Up
With the same teams of writers and directors, this sequel sticks closely to the winning formula of the 2010 original: pile on so much snappy humour and colourful wackiness that no one will worry about the plot. So the film is sweetly engaging and relentlessly hilarious, but there's nothing particularly inventive or memorable about it.
After discovering his less villainous side, Gru (Carell) is now trying to go legit with his sidekick Dr Nefario (Brand) and their horde of mischievous yellow minions. Gru is also enjoying the challenges of being a father to his lively adopted daughters Margo, Agnes and Edith (Cosgrove, Fisher and Gaier). Then he meets the undercover spy Lucy (Wiig) and her boss Silas (Coogan), who ask for his help hunting down the bad guy who stole a secret government chemical. Gru reluctantly takes the job, and his suspicion falls on Eduardo (Bratt), not because he looks just like former fellow villain El Macho, but because Margo is in love with his surly teen son (Arias).
As before, the film mixes cute family sentimentality with wacky cartoon slapstick in which everyone gets smashed, pounded and blown up but emerges unscathed to face the next bit of outrageous mayhem. The violent undercurrents are sometimes a little disturbing, especially when children are talking about murder, but the movie's wildly ridiculous tone constantly reminds us to stop taking anything seriously. Thankfully, we're constantly distracted by the whizzy, action-packed animation, which makes especially witty use of the 3D.
Continue reading: Despicable Me 2 Review
Can Brad Pitt's World War Z live up to years of hype? We find out this weekend. Also: Edinburgh kicks off, the cast of Despicable Me 2 have a chat and we get trailer overload...
Filming on Brad Pitt's apocalyptic zombie epic World War Z started two years ago in Britain and Malta, and audiences are finally getting to see the results this weekend. Critics are being hard on the film, but the box office will have the last word.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival kicked off this week with the premiere of Breathe In, the new drama from Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), who walked the red carpet with star Felicity Jones. There will be nearly 150 new movies screened in Edinburgh over the next 10 days, along with parties every night with the filmmakers and stars.
The funnyman opens up on his funny films
Since Anchorman 2 was confirmed, then delayed, then re-confirmed, then given an official trailer not so long ago, every time one of the cast members gives an interview, attention inevitably turns to the sequel of the 2004 comedy monolith.
So when Steve Carell spoke to The Sun about Despicable Me 2 – the upcoming animated sequel – he ended up talking more about Brick Tamland than Gru. When asked if Anchorman: The Legend Continues", which will be out in December, will be just as funny as the first, Carell replied: “It’s hard to say. I don’t want to overhype it, but I think it will be really funny.” He’s probably right not to hype it too much, as the fans will be doing that for him.
“We were in Atlanta for two months. Just imagine being with your friends for two months and laughing hard every day when you go to work,” he explained on his ‘job’. “That’s a great way to spend some time.” Carell also took the time to pay tribute to James Gandolfini, who tragically passed away aged 51 from a heart attack. “It’s a huge loss. My thoughts go to his family. He was a great guy, really sweet, generous, kind and obviously a great actor. We were supposed to do something next year. It’s a big shock.”
Continue reading: Steve Carell On Anchorman 2 And James Galdolfini's Passing
"Say whaaat?" The long-awaited Anchorman sequel is moving closer to cinema screens as filming finally wraps up, with post-production work beginning on 19th June according to Movie Insider.
After teaser videos have circulated for weeks, a full Anchorman 2: The Legend Returns trailer has finally been released, signalling the world is about to go crazy for the 'big deal' that is Ron Burgundy all over again. Planned for a late 2013 release, the film has been in the pipeline for quite some time - after first announcements in 2011 - making sure fan excitement reaches maximum levels of rabid hysteria before the film is finally released this Christmas.
Still classy in San Diego, the film will catch up with the legendary sleazeball and moustachioed news anchor, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), and feature much of the same cast, including Steve Carell as Brick Tamland, Paul Rudd as Brian Fantana, David Koechner as Champ Kind and Christina Applegate as Veronica Corningstone. Only this movie sees the crew years on from where the first Anchorman left off, living life in the eighties and faced with the prospect of a rolling 24 hour news channel.
Now the team have more competition in the form of a handsome, well-dressed rival anchor to deal with and plenty more cringeworthy sticky situations for Burgundy.
The trailer for the sequel to 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy' has been released today. 'Anchorman: The Legend Continue's is causing ruckus amongst comedy fans who cannot wait until December for the latest instalment in the life of Ron Burgundy, the floppy haired, moustached and socially inept newsreader.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' trailer was released today and has been met with widespread excitement by comedy fans. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues follows the story of 70's newsreader Ron Burgundy and his group of hideous (yet hilarious) co-anchors. Ferrell stars as Ron, whilst Paul Rudd (Friends), Steve Carell (The Office) and David Koechner (The Office) play the rest of the team, Brian, Brick and Champ. The group first graced our screens in 2004. Christina Applegate (Up All Night) will feature as Ron's love interest Veronica.
In this instalment the group of badly dressed misfits have encountered the 80's. Ron has disappeared into obscurity only to be picked to host a new 24 hour news station. A series of farcical and not at all P.C. events occur.
Appearing in cameo roles are actors Liam Neeson (Taken) and Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones). Comedy friends of the four main actors who also play a part include Tina Fey, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jim Carey.
Ron Burgundy, Brian Fantana, Brick Tamland and Champ Kind have now hit the eighties and things are a little different. The legendary San Diego news anchors are now embarking on a different project, as part of a 24 hour news channel, but now they have fresh competition in the form of a young, handsome and well-dressed fellow anchor. Ron continues to put himself in sticky situations, this time involving some awkward racism with his new girlfriend's family during a social occasion among many other things. Will their antics extend beyond their previous capers involving angry bears and mean bikers? Or will the eighties bring with it a more streetwise news bunch? We doubt the latter.
The sequel to 2004's 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy' is set to hit our screens soon entitled 'Anchorman: The Legend Continues'. We'll likely be seeing yet more hijinks from one of Hollywood's favourite comedy casts as they return following at massive $85 million gross from the original movie. Produced again by Judd Apatow ('The 40 Year Old Virgin', 'Knocked Up', 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'), Adam McKay ('Step Brothers', 'The Other Guys', 'Talladega Nights') also makes a return as director and co-writer alongside Will Ferrell. It is scheduled for release in the UK on December 20th 2013.
Steve Carell, who plays the lead character Gru in 'Despicable Me 2', talks about the movie in an interview, discussing Minions, Gru's reform and working with Kristen Wiig.
I was watching the Minions and I realised that they are the Marx brothers', he muses. 'They are these physical comedy geniuses. They're comedic relief within a comedy.' On the subject of his formerly evil character Gru, he explains, 'He wants to be a good dad, he knows he has to put his evil ways behind him. he has a little bit of a dilemma career-wise because he can't be what he was but he can't deny who he is.' His main partner in crime in the movie is Agent Lucy Wilde who is played by Kristen Wiig. 'Kristen Wiig, for starters, is somebody who is, in my opinion, never not good', Steve says. 'She is always funny, she's always the best thing in anything that she does. I've been a fan since I first saw her on 'SNL'.'
Former evil-doer Gru, who once attempted the career-defining heist of stealing the moon, has seemingly left a life of evil deeds and landed himself a new kind of job. Albeit fairly reluctantly and without actually having a choice, he has been enlisted by Silas Ramsbottom of the Anti-Villain League on a world-rescue mission as a new villain arrives in town, to the delight and pride of his young adopted daughters Agnes, Edith and Margo. He and Agent Lucy Wilde must now embark on a new kind of adventure with the help of Gru's faithful, blabbering Minions. But with interfering neighbours coupled with his girls becoming older and smarter, saving the world from a ruthless rogue seems the least of his worries.
'Despicable Me 2' is the wonderful follow-up to the Golden Globe nominated 2010 animated comedy 'Despicable Me'. It has been produced by the geniuses behind 'Ice Age' and 'Shark Tale' comes 'Despicable Me 2' and sees the thrilling return of directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud ('The Lorax') with screenwriters Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio ('The Santa Clause 2', 'Horton Hears a Who!', 'Hop'). Already with an award nomination under its belt (from the Golden Trailer Awards), this adorable flick will be released on June 28th 2013.
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It isn't all about the boozy franchise you know? He's been weird in plenty of other roles too
Zach Galifianakis may well be back for another stab at The Hangover franchise, with the rest of the goofy gang who constantly managed to find ways to get more boozed up than anyone thought possibly imaginable, but he's got plenty more to his canon than that too, you know? The actor has been in the game since the 90's, and already had ammassed a large selection credits before the first Hangover film came about in 2009. 'Sure, anyone can tot up how many small speaking roles he's had listed on IMDB' I hear you cry; well, let us show you that there is a little more to Zach Galifianakis than roles where he simply has to drink hard and be a little bit weird.
Zach Galifianakis is back in The Hangover ... but else has he been in?
1. Tim And Eric Awesome Show
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A new Anchorman 2 trailer has been released online.
The second trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has rolled out online, though, uh, it’s not too different from the first one. Once again, the Channel 4 crew approach the camera and attempt to deliver their very best catchphrases. “Jesus, McArthur, Jay-Z—the great ones always return, and when they do, one thing's for sure: Their hair will be perfect,” says the narrator before David Koechner, Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell confidently deliver their lines. Of course, Steve Carell’s Brick Tamland messes the whole thing up, offering a rather weak “Happy Easter,” before trying, “Always make sure the parents are around before you hug children.”
Watch the original Anchorman 2 trailer!
The long-awaited sequel to the classic comedy also stars Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson and Chris Parnell, plus a cameo from just about every celebrity in Hollywood. Last week, Kanye West was spotted shooting scenes for the movie on an Atlanta rooftop, while Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman and John C. Reilly are known to be making appearances. Judd Apatow ('The 40 Year Old Virgin', 'Knocked Up', 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall') returns to production, as does director Adam McKay ('Step Brothers', 'The Other Guys', 'Talladega Nights').
Anchorman: The Legend Continues hits theaters on December 20, 2013. Do you think the sequel will live up to the quality of the first movie?
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Ron Burgundy, Brian Fantana, Brick Tamland and Champ Kind return in this hilarious sequel to 2004's 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy' which saw Ron land himself a hot girlfriend, get attacked by a bear and have his dog thrown over a bridge by an angry biker. The legendary San Diego news anchors are doubtlessly set to entertain us with more news casting exploits which, according to the latest teaser trailer, will involve 'submachine guns and boobies' and getting 'stinky'. One thing's for sure, it's going to be funnier, weirder and much ruder.
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The Channel Four New Team have returned with two new teaser trailers
The day is fast approaching when Anchorman 2 is released to an eager public, with the second and third teaser trailer for the long-awaited sequel going viral this weekend. The new trailers follow the same formula as the first (released earlier his year), with the news team reeling off another line of funny quips each to the backdrop of bright stage lights.
San Diego's finest news anchor and his loyal team - played by Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell - will return to the big screen in December this year, with filming for the project already underway.
To garner more anticipation for the return of Ron and the rest of the Channel Four news team, the official Anchorman 2 YouTube channel posted two variations of the teaser over the weekend, each as funny as the last.
Continue reading: The News Team Re-Assemble For Anchorman 2 Teaser Trailer [Video]
Ratings are what you might expect - success for Big Bang Theory and Scandal, but a chilly reception for American Idol.
The ratings from TV finale week are in and, as you might expect, it’s looking good for the last ever (tear) episode of The Office and CBS’s Scandal, while good ol’ American Idol takes its deepest plunge yet. According to USA Today, the singing competition, which crowned Candice Glover as the winner, drew in only 14.3 million viewers for Fox, less than half of its peak audience of 36+ million, who tuned in to the 2005 finale. At this point things are looking bleak for Idol, which is even trailing behind CBS’s Big Bang Theory. That show broadcast to 14.8 million. Some frontrunners in the newcomer category included ABC’s political drama Scandal, starring Kerry Washington. The series managed to draw in 9.1 million for its second season finale.
And last but not least of course there was The Office. The much beloved sitcom has never quite had a viewership on the scale of a talent competition. Still, with its extended 75-minute finale, which saw the return of Steve Carell and prompted a lot of nostalgia, The Office bowed out with 5.7 million people watching. All in all, though, it’s been an underwhelming season for television. Perhaps online productions of the kind Netflix has been working on this past year really are the way forward.
The almost identical ratings, which spell doom for Idol, mean that BBT is flying high.
Steve Carell's return to The Office was a successful one, as the show said it's final goodbye
Steve Carell has come a long way since he first introduced himself to America as Michael Scott, the hapless boss of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch, but even after two years (and two seasons) away from the show it was almost as though he'd never left The Office. Thursday's (May 16) 75-minute final farewell to the cast brought to an end nine seasons - spread over eight years, since 2005 - worth of highs, lows, loves and losses, and Carell's return served as the perfect icing on top of what was already a excellently crafted cake.
The feature-length send-off featured a reunion of the Dunder Mifflin colleagues old and new, who came to celebrate the marriage of office manager Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) and accountant Angela Martin (Angela Kingsley). And Carell's return as Scott was done in classic, cringe-worthy fashion, as the former manager re-entered the show to give his famous one-liner for a final time. Of course, where else other than a wedding is it more appropriate to enter a room saying; "That's what she said."
His insight into the wedding was equally as Scott-esque and best watched from behind a pillow, with the hapless character reflecting on the marriage when he told the camera, "It's like all my children grew up and they married each other."
Continue reading: Michael Scott Returns To Scranton In Fitting Office Finale
Which one comes out on top?
The U.S Office closes its doors after nine seasons tonight, with the season finale expected to attract millions of viewers. As it’s officially ‘season finale season’, we thought this would be a good time to pit The Office up against it’s predecessor: The Office…
We’ve split this up into five nice categories: critical response, originality, longevity, viewing figures and legacy. Way we see it, that makes a nice ‘best of five situation’ to sort out at the end. An added bonus is the lack of hard math. Here we go.
Continue reading: The Office U.K Versus The Office U.S – Which One Wins?
Take a look at our favorite moments, and feel free to suggest your own
Tonight sees the finale episode of The Office hit NBC. It’s a sad day for sure, but after eight hilarious years of workplace jokes, it’s time to celebrate the life of this great show. What better way to remember it than a top 5 moments? A top 10 moment perhaps, but you’ll get what you’re given.
These two have been the face of The Office for over a decade
Kicking off our choice selections is The Christmas Goose; Dwight brings a dead goose into the office with only good intentions at heart, but the other staff members aren’t so sure they want a dead animal lying about. Our favourite line: “Can you watch this? I’m going to get my carving knife out of the truck.”
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We'll miss the work-place antics
Never has a U.K import been so popular. The U.S Office is finally shutting down after nine seasons of awkward silences, work-place japes and, of course, paperwork.
A remake of David Brent’s original British comedy, which lasted two seasons in the U.K, the American version displayed greater longevity, but that’s not what the show runners predicted. In fact, the first season wasn’t received nearly as warmly as the subsequent eight. "I just wanted to do something with a faithful tone," executive producer Greg Daniels says.
Will Steve Carell make a Brent-like return? Will Brent make a Brent-like return!?
Continue reading: 'The Office' Closes Its Doors After Nine Hilarious Seasons
In a week packed full of announcements and shocks, Tom Cruise has signed on for another Mission: Impossible movie, reigniting the debate as to whether he can still truly be considered one of Hollywood's top stars.
Cruise Control: Great news for fans of both Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible this week after it was announcement the Hollywood star has signed on for a fifth instalment of the action-thriller franchise! Given the quality of Ghost Protocol, we can't wait to see what's next!
Office Politics: The will-he won't-he rumors about Steve Carell's potential return to The Office have finally been put to bed after it was announced the nation's favorite incompetent boss would return for the season finale on May 16! Oh, and you're getting an extra 15 minutes too!
Steve Carell will be returning for The Office season finale! Well, at least that's the word on the street.
After two seasons away, Steve Carell will be returning as Michael Scott in the season finale of The Office. Despite numerous reports denying his involvement in the final episode of the long-running show, it now seems that Carell will in fact be returning to Dundler Mifflin one last time, TV Line first reported.
Last week, amidst the first round of reports that Carell would be returning, show creator Greg Daniels said that neither he nor Steve felt that Michael Scott needed to be in the final because it would overshadow the rest of the cast too much. He said, “I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the ‘Goodbye, Michael’ episode was his goodbye and he didn’t want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved.”
Steve Carell has hardly struggled to find work since leaving The Office
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The latest name to be added to the Anchorman cast is none other than the Stepford Wives star.
It’s official - Nicole Kidman has shot an uncredited cameo for the upcoming Will Ferrell flick Anchoman: The Legend Continues. Yep, you guessed it, that’s the sequel to the hilarious (imho) Anchorman. Kidman is adding her name to an already pretty impressive cast. Along with the original stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, Harrison Ford himself is going to make a brief appearance as well. Looks like Ron Burgundy’s crew is growing by the day. Can you imagine what that set must be like during filming? It’s no surprise Kidman would be eager to jump on this particular bandwagon.
This isn’t Kidman’s only dabble in the comedy world of late. In 2011, she shot a cameo in Adam Sandler’s Just Go With It. Apparently these kinds of lighthearted roles are simply in her blood. Hopefully you’re all excited for the Anchorman sequel and for Kidman’s appearance as well. The movie is currently still in production and the release date has been set for December 20th this year. That’ll certainly be one holiday flick to look out for.
And if you simply can’t wait that long for your next fix of Ron Burgundy, you can catch the teaser for Anchorman: The Legend Continues below.
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman Takes On Comedy Once Again With Anchorman 2 Cameo
The full trailer for 'Despicable Me 2' has finally arrived with plenty of laughs to go around.
Gru And The Girls
The Despicable Me 2 trailer is finally here seeing the return of your favourite Despicable Me characters including former supervillain Gru, his beloved foster children and his faithful Minions, as well as some entertaining new additions to the Despicable Me cast.
We got the slightly bizarre teaser over a year ago showing nothing more than the funny yellow aliens that serve Gru (Steve Carell) performing an adorable rendition of The Beach Boys' hit song 'Barbara Ann'; it certainly managed to keep the plot under wraps though it was far from a disappointing introduction into the much anticipated sequel to this Golden Globe nominated flick. Following Gru's evil plot to steal a shrink ray and hijack the moon in the first film, he adopted three young girls named Agnes (Elsie Fisher), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Margo (Miranda Cosgrove) after taking pity on their misfortune. This time round, it looks like Gru has taken fatherhood in his stride and devious deeds seem to be the last thing he's thinking about, particularly as the eldest girl is getting, well, a little too old for his liking. Just as the prospect of a quiet life looms, however, he is abducted by a feisty agent (Kristen Wiig) from the Anti-Villain League, headed by the pompous Silas Ramsbottom (Steve Coogan) who wish to use him to help save the world from a new evil - and Gru is well up for the challenge!
Having hatched an evil plot to steal the moon in the first movie, Gru appears to have let fatherhood take over from his dastardly passions after the adoption of Agnes, Edith and Margo. However, his bad deeds have not been forgotten. As his new daughters get older, he is forced to join Agent Lucy Wilde of the Anti-Villain League in their plot to overthrow a new evil rival with plans way beyond their competency. While his minions attempt to rescue him from this difficult new project, he is ultimately forced to agree to the mission after facing formidable, if ridiculously named, company director Silas Ramsbottom. It's Gru's first time on the side of good - but will he find it a suitable career move from his former immoral ways? Or will this new evil give him plenty of new ideas?
'Despicable Me 2' was the hugely anticipated follow-up to Golden Globe nominated animation 'Despicable Me'. From the producers of 'Ice Age' and 'Shark Tale', it has been directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud ('The Lorax') alongside writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio ('The Santa Clause 2', 'Horton Hears a Who!', 'Hop'). Featuring that smash hit single 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams, the film was released in July 2013.
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While not the laugh riot it could have been, this comedy consistently amuses us with its pastiche characters and silly gags. It threatens to get bogged down in sentiment at a few points along the way, but manages to veer back into something witty just in time. And while none of the characters are quite as classic as Anchorman's Ron Burgundy, it's an entertaining addition to the affectionate-spoof genre, which includes Blades of Glory and Talladega Nights.
The events take place in the sequin-filled world of Las Vegas magicians, where childhood pals Burt and Anton (Carell and Buscemi) have packed out their theatre for 10 years. But their new assistant Jane (Wilde) is surprised to see that it's now performance by numbers for them, and they can barely stand the sight of each other. Meanwhile, the egomaniac Burt won't consider freshening the act even when faced with competition from attention-seeking street magician Steve (Carrey), who's stealing their audience. But the hotel owner (Gandolfini) urges them to try a big stunt themselves. Or maybe they should return to their roots with their old-school mentor Rance (Arkin).
Carell creates a remarkably believable idiot in Burt Wonderstone, an arrogant womaniser who clearly needs to be brought down a peg or two. What's impressive is how likeable he is, even opposite Buscemi's more sympathetic (but less interesting) Anton. Arkin delivers his usual dryly hilarious supporting turn, while Wilde and Gandolfini do little more than play gently with their usual images. By contrast, Carrey's performance is much more broadly comical. He's funny but far too clownish to ever be taken as a serious threat.
Continue reading: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Review
Ten of the best close-up magic tricks ever captured on film.
Magic tricks are a touchy subject among most grown adults nowadays, with it being literally one of those things where you either love it or you absolutely despise it. But there have been a few street magicians who've really transferred it into youth culture; the likes of West Yorkshire's Steven Frayne, more commonly known as Dynamo, being one obvious example as well as A&E Network star Criss Angel who's known for his cool, rocker style and his superhuman mind-reading skills.
We also thought, what with the release of Steve Carell's new comedy 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone', also starring Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey, it might be a good idea to put together our favourite close-up magic tricks to whet your appetite for its UK cinematic release, ranging from the old classics to the hip street stuff that has quickly risen in popularity. Of course, these ten magic mavens put Wonderstone to shame with some of the sleekest sleight-of-hand tricks on record.
Dynamo: The Vanishing And Re-Appearing Coin Trick
Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey are among arrivals at the LA premiere for 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'.
The LA premiere for 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' took place on Monday (March 11th 2013) and as well as the starring cast, saw many other famous faces.
As well as leading stars Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi, who play the title character and his partner Anton Marvelton respectively, we see their magic rival Steve Gray played by Jim Carrey as well as their beautiful assistant Jane played by Olivia Wilde on the red carpet. Primetime Emmy winning director of the movie Don Scardino, who has previously worked on American comedy series '30 Rock', made his appearance at the premiere held at the TCL Chinese Theatre alongside screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein who have worked together on a variety of projects including 'Horrible Bosses', an episode of 'Bones' and a short film called 'Audio Tour'. Legendary illusionist David Copperfield was also spotted on the red carpet; he makes a cameo appearance on the movie and was also a key figure in developing some of the visual trickery performed by the onscreen magicians. Young versions of main characters Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton were also snapped, played by Mason Cook and Luke Vanek respectively, as well as their character's biggest hero Rance Holloway played by Alan Arkin.
Steve Carell and Jim Carrey star in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a comedy about a magician desperate to increase his public profile (and ticket sales) in an ever-changing world and resorting to a few stunts that might just look a little familiar, if you’re at all familiar with the work of David Blaine. A guerrilla street magician starts to steal Burt’s thunder and he turns to his childhood idol, to remind himself of why he loved magic so much in the first place.
The trailer traces Carell and Buscemi from their childhood beginnings in the world of magic, through their ailing career. Along comes a bleach-blonde Jim Carrey, who performs ‘magic’ of a different kind… such as holding his urine for 12 days. Wonderstone knows that he’s going to have to up his game to keep up but the best he comes up with in this sneak preview is holding his poop in.
Burt Wonderstone wanted to be a superstar magician ever since he was a young boy watching his idol Rance Holloway perform tricks on TV. Enlisting his best friend Anton Marvelton as his partner, the pair became stars beyond their wildest dreams wowing audiences in Las Vegas for the best part of 30 years. However, after a while being the biggest magic stars in America, ticket sales begin to drop and the pair find themselves drifting apart from each other. It doesn't help that a young, charismatic new street magician called Steve Gray has arrived on the scene becoming a massive hit among young magic fans. After Burt and Anton embark on a new stunt, attempting to stay suspended in a box with each other, they realise that their friendship is long forgotten and Anton moves abroad. Burt must meet with his hero Rance and reconnect with what made him love magic in the first place in order to reunite with his friend once more.
'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' is a hilarious new comedy directed by Don Scardino ('30 Rock') and written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein ('Horrible Bosses'), and Chad Kultgen ('Southern Discomfort', 'Waiting to Die'). It is set for release in UK cinemas from March 15th 2013.
Starring: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Gordon, Brad Garrett, Melissa Ordway, Jay Mohr, John Lewis, Freedom, David Copperfield, Mark Engelhardt, TJ Myers,
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Fans of The Office won't be swapping filing cabinets and printers for scenic views and organic vegetables, as the rural spin off, previously announced in January and starring Dunder Mifflin's egomaniac salesman Dwight Schrute has been halted in its tracks.
"NBC has passed on moving forward with The Farm TV show. Had a blast making the pilot - onwards & upwards!" tweeted Rainn Wilson, who plays Schrute. He did, though, implore fans of the series not to be too downheartened, and to keep on watching the show, Reuters reported. The potential spin off would have seen Schrute working full time running a bed and breakfast inn at the beet farm with a cast of new characters. Matt Jones, who plays Badger on Breaking Bad, was to play Schrute's cousin Zeke. Sounds funny to us; we wish it'd been done! Wilson has previously promised that The Farm would be "even more far out and weird" than The Office. But NBC has lately expressed a taste for more mainstream comedy.
The U.S incarnation of The Office, which was created in the U.K by British funny man Ricky Gervais, is currently in its last season and producers have said it will tie up many of the characters' storylines and reveal the identity of those shooting the 'documentary' at the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton.
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Ashton Kutcher has been named TV’s highest paid actor. The Two and a Half Men star may have disgraced himself in the celebrity gossip world, by allegedly cheating on his partner Demi Moore, but in the world of television, he’s still hot property and commands a staggering fee for his appearances in the show.
According to Forbes’ annual survey of the highest paid television actors, Kutcher earned $24 million between May 2011 and May 2012. His predecessor on Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen (who left the show in a pretty dramatic fashion after suffering what appeared to be some kind of mental breakdown) did not even make the Top 10. That said, when Sheen was at the top of his game, he out-classed Kutcher significantly, with earnings of $40 million. Sheen wasn’t the only big name star to mysteriously disappear from the Top 10 though. Steve Carell, who proved to be a massive hit on the small screen with the US adaptation of Ricky Gervais’ The Office, also dropped off the list.
Snapping at Kutcher’s heels at the top of the list was Hugh Laurie, who ranked second with $18 million, largely for his role in House. Ray Romano earned an equal amount, and still appears to be raking it in with re-runs of his classic Everybody Loves Raymond comedy. Alec Baldwin’s in next with $15 million, still charming TV audiences with his role in 30 Rock.
The story starts when Kay (Streep) finally refuses to accept her dried-up marriage to Arnold (Jones), who can't see any reason to change things. She enrols them in an intensive counselling session in Hope Springs, Maine, with a well-known therapist (Carell), and after initially refusing to go, Arnold tags along. Their sessions immediately hone in on their nonexistent sex life, which causes both Kay and Arnold to squirm in their seats (and provides most of the laughs for the audience). And their small-step exercises aren't exactly a roaring success. But Kay is determined that she wants a real relationship or nothing at all.
Continue reading: Hope Springs Review
With an apocalyptic asteroid strike due in three weeks, Dodge (Carell) wonders why he's still going to work at his dull insurance firm. Then he runs into Penny (Knightley), distraught because she's broken up with her boyfriend (Brody). Dodge wants to revisit his childhood sweetheart, while Penny wants to see her parents in Britain. And Dodge knows someone with a plane, so they team up. Along the road, they get help from a trucker (Peterson) and Penny's survivalist ex (Luke). But with the world ending, their priorities begin to shift.
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After 31 years of marriage, Kay is starting to feel disheartened by the lack of a spark between her and her husband Arnold. Desperate for romance and intimacy again, Kay searches out a well-known specialist in marriage counselling who she arranges to visit to enrol in one week of therapy sessions in order to rekindle their relationship. She drags a reluctant Arnold on a plane to the town of Great Hope Springs for the counselling that will prove either futile or life-changing; it certainly doesn't look like an easy task what with the couple being faced with their sexual reservations and, conversely, each other's illicit fantasies.
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Following the evil schemes of Gru in 'Despicable Me' involving the hijacking of the moon with his little yellow minions and wicked cohort Dr. Nefario, 'Despicable Me 2' sees their anticipated return in the summer of 2013. Having competed against his rival Vector by going one up from his Egyptian Pyramid theft and successfully stealing the moon, the first film saw Gru adopting three young girls and giving up the stolen rock to rescue them from the ruthless super-villain. Does his success make Gru learn his lesson and become a decent man after his newfound fatherly affection for his girls, or will he and his minions return with an even more abominable plot to become the most notorious super-villain in the world?
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While its trailers make you believe the small screen gem has been reincarnated from its TV Land graveyard, those expecting a proper big screen revival will be sorely disappointed. In fact, the sisters Ephron have carefully crafted a film that tries and succeeds at not resembling the original. Too bad the parts they took out are all the best bits. The finished product is new and different, but it's too predictable and remarkably devoid of anything entertaining or enduring.
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In a welcome change from puerile and stinking-rotten Rob Schneider and David Spade movies, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" is a ribald comedy that is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, despite being custom-built around a scene-stealing second-banana who really belongs in small roles.
Deadpan "Daily Show" correspondent Steve Carell, who briefly but memorably upstaged Will Ferrell in "Anchorman" and Jim Carrey in "Bruce Almighty," stars as Andy Stitzer, a king-dork electronics store clerk rapidly approaching middle age and so bereft of social skills that he's never managed to get much past first base with a woman. When his co-workers realize this, watching him fumble to fit in while swapping sex stories during an after-hours poker game, they make it their mission to get the poor guy laid.
Co-written by Carell and director Judd Aptow (creator of TV's "Undeclared" and "Freaks and Geeks"), the plot is perfectly pitched to its star's talent for playing hapless, hopeless twits. Put Carell in a polo shirt, a pair of khakis and a K-Mart windbreaker, and he can garner hardy chuckles with little more than a perplexed stare from his deep-set buggy eyes. He dives headlong into this character, earning cheek-hurting laughs with painfully awkward moments (his pals convince him to get his chest waxed) and giving Andy such an authentic geekdom (his apartment is lined with collectable toys in their original packaging) that the movie's plot hardly feels like a gimmick at all.
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