To launch their new Dark Universe franchise, Universal has taken an approach that mixes murky visuals with exaggerated action. It's certainly nothing like the involving classic monster movies they're trying to reignite, such as the 1932 Boris Karloff classic The Mummy. But this movie has more in common with Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher blockbusters, with added swimming zombies.
Cruise plays Nick, an American army officer and mercenary who with his cohort Vail (Jake Johnson) has just located a long-lost burial site deep in Daesh-controlled Iraq. Somehow, the hot archaeologist Jenny (Annabelle Wallis) arrives immediately to stop him from plundering this tomb. It turns out that the sarcophagus contains the remains of ancient Egyptian Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), who was mummified alive for making a pact with the evil god Set and then murdering her father and brother. Now transported to London, she returns to life with a vengeance, casting a spell on Nick to help reassemble Set's dagger and finish her nefarious plan. So Jenny turns to her deeply unstable boss Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) for help.
There's rather a lot of mythology building going on here, setting things up for the further adventures of Jekyll's secret society, which is trying to deal with ancient evil like a mash-up of Men in Black and Night at the Museum. Without the humour. There are some throwaway gags here and there, but director Alex Kurtzman stages everything with a gloomy sense of foreboding that simply never gains traction. The thin plot seems constructed merely to connect a series of enormous action set-pieces, which are all very well choreographed but never remotely exciting. It doesn't help that everything on-screen has been extravagantly over-designed, with cavernous sets that have been made deliberately dark and sooty. But this leaves the entire movie feeling artificial, random mayhem in fake places.
Continue reading: The Mummy Review
Fourth season of 'New Girl' set to feature Jessica Biel as Jess's love rival.
Film actress Jessica Biel is set to make a guest turn in the hit US comedy series 'New Girl' later this year.The show, which stars Zooey Deschanel – The Queen Of All Things Quirky TM - is set to return for its fourth season in September. Biel will play “the hottest scientist in the world”, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and will apparently obstruct Deschanel’s character Jess’s attempts to hook up with a guy at a wedding.
Jessica Biel is headed for 'New Girl'
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Jurassic World is shaping up to be really, really, good.
We were a little sceptical about last week's plot leak regarding Jurassic World, not least because Universal had done a pretty great job of keeping a lid on things so far. However, it's with a heavy heart that director Colin Trevorrow has confirmed that the rumors leaking online were in fact accurate.
In an exclusive interview with /Film, a downbeat Trevorrow said: "When I was a kid, you got to discover everything at once, it washed over you and blew your mind. Now it only takes one person to spoil it for everyone else. I hope whoever leaked it is actively trying to undermine what we're doing. Because if they're trying to help, they're doing it wrong."
Continue reading: Finally, We Know The Plot For Colin Trevorrow's 'Jurassic World'
'Glee' star Lea Michele turned heads in a very short, green, silky dress with an extremely daring plunging neckline at the FOX Upfronts presentation at The Beacon Theater in New York.
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As the official trailer for 'Let's Be Cops' is released, the 'New Girl' duo are equally as hilarious when impersonating officers of the law in their upcoming buddy comedy.
'Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr are already very familiar with each other from their time starring on Fox's hit sitcom 'New Girl,' but will their hilarious partnership translate onto the big-screen in the new comedy 'Let's Be Cops?'
The trailer for the upcoming flick premiered Monday (April 28th) and it is clearly obvious their new characters are not a stone's throw away from who they play in 'New Girl.'
'New Girls' co-stars, Johnson and Wayans, starring in 'Let's Be Cops'
Continue reading: 'New Girl' Co-Stars, Jake Johnson And Damon Wayans Jr, Feature In Hilarious Trailer For 'Let's Be Cops'
Check out the new set photo from Prince's 'New Girl' Cameo!
Not long after we first heard Prince would be making his debut cameo in an episode of Fox comedy New Girl, we've already been gifted with the first on-set snap showing The Purple One looking cool yet solemn squeezed in between Zooey Deschanel's Jess and Jake Johnson's Nick on a stone bench.
'New Girl' Super Fan Prince Will Make His Debut Cameo In The Comedy After The Super Bowl.
A raspberry beret would have made an excellent addition to Jess' quirky and preppy wardrobe but there seems to be no sign of one in the shot. Instead, the actress in clad in a grape-coloured coat, with Prince in black leather and Nick strangely wearing a black suit and tie.
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Jake Johnson reacts to acting alongside Prince for the Super Bowl episode of 'New Girl': "He's really nice and he told us he was a fan of the show."
The Fox sitcom 'New Girl' welcomed a new cast member on set for their upcoming Super Bowl episode.
Music icon Prince makes a guest appearance on the show and is expected to interfere with 'New Girl's' favourite couple Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel).
The 55 year-old will play himself and invites 'Jess' to a house party at one of his mansions, but as soon as her pals get wind of this, they try to do anything to attend.
Continue reading: 'New Girl's' Jake Johnson, Who Plays 'Nick', Comments On Prince Appearing In Super Bowl Episode
Mac and Kelly Radner are filled with enthusiasm when they learn that the house next door is up for sale and can't wait to welcome their new neighbours into the area. However, watching the arrival of a removal truck and a bunch of college kids clutching a sign made up of Greek letters, they realise that it has in fact been sold to the local school's fraternity which could spell big trouble due to their party-heavy reputation, but, nonetheless, they do their best to greet the young owners. Soon, though, they become the neighbours from hell when Mac and Kelly's newborn baby is exposed to frequent episodes of debauchery and even the couple themselves become a target for chaos. They decide it's time to get their own back and vengefully strike out against the frat house - but that only makes their lives worse.
'Neighbors' is an over-the-top but nonetheless hysterical new comedy directed by Nicholas Stoller ('Forgetting Sarah Marshall', 'Get Him to the Greek', 'The Five-Year Engagement') and written by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien in their screenwriting debuts. Touching on the very real anxieties about college antics and new neighbours, it is set for release on March 7th 2014.
Does getting drunk and making a movie work? Yep.
When you’re making a movie about murderers, no one really gets killed. When you’re making a movie about magic, no one’s really casting spells. And when you’re making a movie about alcohol, no one gets drunk. Hang on a minute; no, wait.
Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson in Drinking Buddies
Anna Kendrick did. She got real drunk. But it wasn’t her fault, you see. “During a scene at the bar, they gave me fake beer, but then during a scene where I'm playing cards with Jake, they gave me real beer, and I didn't realize it!” she explained. “And so every time I lost, I was pounding beer, and I didn't realize it was real until halfway through the take. I was like, I'm super drunk right now!" (Huffington Post)
Continue reading: Did The 'Drinking Buddies' Cast All Get Hammered While Making The Movie?
Take a look at the trailer and some stills from the upcoming romantic comedy/drama.
Drinking Buddies comes out on July 25th in America after some pretty serious festivals over the spring. In this trailer, we can see the film’s stars Olivia Wilde (Kate)and Jake Johnson (Luke) getting pretty cute with each other. This can’t go wrong at all, can it?
Wilde and Johnson chill out as Kate and Luke
Well, Anna Kendrick, who play’s Luke’s Jill, and Ron Livingston, who plays Kate’s Chris, might find something to take issue with there, especially when the four of them decide it would be a great idea to spend a weekend away together. Of course, Kate and Luke’s close friendship just blossoms further, as the work colleagues-cum-best buds find time to spend with eachother. But what does that mean for Jill and Chris? Trouble, that’s what.
Continue reading: Olivia Wilde And Jake Johnson Get Flirty In 'Drinking Buddies' [Trailer & Pictures]
They had three more seasons in which they could’ve dragged out the sexual tension between Nick and Jess, but instead the creators of New Girl have opted to get it over and done with – the pair smooched for the first time in the latest episode, giving the writers a whole new challenge as to what direction to go in with over the forthcoming seasons.
The kiss apparently almost didn’t happen; originally Jess (played by Zooey Deschanel) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) were supposed to be behind a curtain in a game, and given orders to make out. However the storyline changed to it being Jess and Nick (Jake Johnson); even then they’d decided that the episode wouldn’t end in kissing, only to change their mind shortly before shooting. “Liz [Meriweather, series creator] pulled me aside and said they changed the end of the episode,” Johnson told Entertainment Weekly. “I said great. In the past we’d have to do another take because Nick and Jess were sitting too close together and they wanted to keep us apart. So we were really excited we were allowed to go for it.”
According to Meriweather herself, she said: ”We were right on the edge of starting to spin our wheels with their story and holding out any longer felt like not an honest thing. It felt exciting to give ourselves this challenge of how are they going to get out of this or how is this going to affect everything. We came up with the way for him to kiss her the way he wanted to. And as we were pitching it out we were all like, ‘That’s hot!’” Of course they now have three more seasons to think up how this is going to develop; as we saw in Friends, Ross and Rachel’s relatively early relationship in the show worked out well, the pair subsequently breaking up and having a will-they-won’t-they friendship for long after, before a happy ending. Maybe this could go the same way.
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With a low budget but a lot of imagination and talent, director Trevorrow and writer Connolly create a deceptively simple comedy that's one of the most entertaining films of the year. It's so cleverly written that every moment of the film is hugely engaging, and it's so perfectly played by its cast that we can't help but fall for the likeable, flawed characters.
Set in Washington state, the story centres on Darius (Plaza), a sardonic Seattle magazine intern whose life derailed when she was 14, after her mother's death. So her interest is piqued when she hears about a classified ad asking for an assistant on a time travel mission ("Bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed"). She accompanies arrogant journalist Jeff (Johnson) and fellow intern Arnau (Soni) to a seaside town to write up the story for the magazine, but once they track down the ad's author Kenneth (Duplass), nothing goes as expected.
Each of these three magazine reporters has a full-bodied story, expertly set within the larger investigation of whether Kenneth is nuts or not. All of these characters are caught between their past and the present, exploring who they once were, who they are and who they want to be, which makes them easy to identify with even as they do some amusingly silly things. And the filmmakers cleverly refuse to play into our expectations, keeping us guessing about where the movie is heading. So each scene bristles with possibility, and each twist and turn of the plot and side-plots is both thrilling and hilarious.
Continue reading: Safety Not Guaranteed Review
Morton Schmidt and Greg Jenko were enemies in high school. Schmidt was a nerd who looked like Eminem in an attempt to be cool. Jenko was a jock who took particular delight in bullying Schmidt. In a twist of fate, the pair end up at the same police academy after graduation.
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Sam Davis is an unsuccessful children's book author, who persuades his estranged best friend Marshall to accompany him on a weekend away from Brooklyn. Marshall is all too eager to go, believing this will be a chance for him and Sam to catch up and reconnect.
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