DreamWorks Animation's Turbo Fast Series to Launch as Netflix Original Series
DreamWorks Animation is launching a Turbo Fast series for kids on Netflix. The series, which features characters from the feature film, will debut on Christmas Eve. Reid Scott from Veep will voice Turbo and Ken Jeong will return to voice Kim Ly.
Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, said in a statement, "We've long said that Netflix is revolutionizing the television industry and now we are thrilled to officially be a part of it. They have been fantastic partners whose vision has given our characters an amazing platform to be enjoyed by families around the world."
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Photo: DreamWorks Animation
Posted on December 4, 2013
Tom Cruise introduced his good friend Ben Stiller at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Ben got his handprints and footprints in cement. Tom talked about how he and Ben met so many years ago and then got to know each other when they did that hilarious Mission Impossible 2 spoof for the MTV Movie Awards. Ben's wife Christine Taylor and his two children were in attendance, as was director Judd Apatow. Ben's next film is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty which opens Christmas Day. This is the video of the entire event, Tom Cruise starts speaking at about the 8:00 mark. Take a look:
Posted on December 3, 2013
International Trailer for Anchorman 2 Starring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell
Here is the international trailer for Anchorman 2 starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd. In this clip we get a glimpse of Harrison Ford's character in the film. We also see how Ron Burgundy single-handedly changed the face of news in the 1980s by introducing formerly forbidden topics such as crack cocaine and plastic surgery. Take a look:
Posted on December 1, 2013
Trailer for Enemies Closer Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Tom Everett Scott
Here is the trailer for Enemies Closer starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tom Everett Scott and Sleepy Hollow's Orlando Jones. Van Damme plays the bad guy, a drug dealer who is determined to locate a missing drug shipment in the forests on the U.S. Canadian border. Everett plays a former Navy SEAL who must work together with an old enemy (Jones) in order to stay alive as the drug cartel hunts them. Van Damme looks delightfully crazy in this one. He's even sporting some crazy blond hair. The film is directed by Peter Hyams (A Sound of Thunder, The Musketeer). Take a look:
Posted on November 27, 2013
Theatrical Trailer for Hercules: The Legend Begins Starring Kellan Lutz and Gaia Weiss
Here is the theatrical trailer for Hercules: The Legend Begins starring Kellan Lutz as the demigod son of Zeus and Gaia Weiss as his love, Princess Hebe. The trailer shows lots of action and Hercules finally embracing some cool lightning-powered superpowers. But we don't hear much dialogue from our hero. Renny Harlin directs. Take a look:
Posted on November 26, 2013
Jennifer Lawrence Discusses Getting Mobbed at Whole Foods
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson sat down with CNN's Nischelle Turner to discuss The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Jennifer talked about the way her life has changed after the first movie came out. She said she didn't know what day the movie was coming out and she went to Whole Foods where she had the worst day of her life. She had no idea she was now famous, but she got recognized and apparently it got so bad the store had to call the police. She said she was crying and saw an old boyfriend there, it was a total disaster as she was rushed out the freight elevator. She says this time she will steer clear of Whole Foods the day the movie comes out. She is just so hilarious. Take a look:
Posted on November 20, 2013
Trailer for Need for Speed Starring Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper
Here is the trailer for the Need for Speed starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots. The movie is based on the video game franchise by Electric Arts. Paul plays Tobey who has been wrongly imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. When he gets out of jail he is determined to get revenge on the man who ruined his life (Dominic Cooper). He now has two things on his mind: fast cars and a way to take down his mortal enemy. It hit theaters in March, 2014. Take a look:
Posted on November 19, 2013
Trailer for Heaven is For Real Starring Greg Kinnear and Kelly Riley
Greg Kinnear stars in the film version of the bestselling book by Todd Burpo, Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip To Heaven And Back. Kinnear plays a small-town pastor whose four year old son Colton briefly dies on the table during an emergency appendectomy. When Colton awakes, he tells his family he has been to Heaven. He is able to recount stories about relatives he could not have known about, including a sister who died as a result of a miscarriage. The film is set for release on April 16, 2013. Take a look:
Photo: Sony Pictures
Posted on November 16, 2013
Trailer for Noah Starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly
Here is the first trailer for Noah which stars Russell Crowe as the Biblical ark-builder in this retelling of the story by Darren Aronofsky. Noah Watson, Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Connelly co-star. The studio has shown the films to both Evangelical Christian and Jewish audiences, and reportedly both groups were unhappy at how different the film is from the Biblical story. Certainly the CGI looks amazing. And Noah looks like he can throw a javelin with the best of him. Aronofsky is reportedly at war with the studio over proposed edits to the film to make it more religion-friendly. But Aronofsky (Black Swan) wants to tell the story his way, with unrecognizable animals and a warring Noah who has a daughter instead of sons. The film is set for a March 28, 2014 release. Take a look:
Photo: Paramount Pictures
Posted on November 15, 2013
Chris Hemsworth Discusses the Difficulties in Kissing Natalie Portman
Chris Hemsworth was a guest on Conan O'Brien's show to discuss Thor: The Dark World. Chris is 6'3" and his co-star Natalie Portman is 5'3" so the special effects team had their work cut out for them during the romantic scenes. Chris said that for kissing scenes, Natalie usually stood on a box. But in one scene they have to walk towards each other before embracing, so they built Natalie a ramp so that by the time she got to see Thor, they were equivalent in height. Take a look:
Posted on November 11, 2013
Thor: The Dark World Dominates Weekend Box Office With $81 Million Opening
Thor: The Dark World dominated the box office this weekend. The Thor sequel's huge box office was a 31% improvement over the first Thor movie according to Box Office Mojo. Thor pounded its opponents and made about $75 million more than the second place film, Jackass Presents; Bad Grandpa. Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston and Tom Hiddleston.
Bad Grandpa, which made $11.3 million, was followed by Free Birds and Last Vegas. The success of Thor: The Dark World caused last weekend's winner, Ender's Game, to slip in its second weekend in theaters. Ender's Game made $10.3 million, which is a 62% drop from what it made last weekend.
Ender's Game was followed by Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips and About Time. You can see the complete box office report here.
Photo: Marvel Studios
Posted on November 10, 2013
Marvel and Netflix Partner for Four Original Series, Plus Mini-Series
Disney's Marvel and Netflix have joined forces for four series based on four different superheroes. Marvel says in the announcement that the series will begin in 2015. It will begin with a series about "Daredevil." The other series will be about Marvel heroes Jessiac Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Marvel says Netflix has commited to a minimum of four original 13-episode series, plus a culminating Marvel's "The Defenders" mini-series event.
Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment, said in a statement, "This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel's brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel's specialty. This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what's sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure."
The success of ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. likely helped encourage Netflix to agree to a big four season deal upfront. EW notes that Isaiah Mustafa campaigned to play Luke Cage a few years ago. He would be great as a superhero.
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Posted on November 9, 2013
Ender's Game Wins Weekend Box Office
Ender's Game won the box office this weekend. The film, based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, had a strong $27 million opening. Despite the strong opening, the Hollywood Reporter says analysts don't expect the film to produce a franchise. The film's stars include Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield.
Ender's Game was followed by Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa which made another $20 million during its second week in theaters. Last Vegas, a comedy starring Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, performed well and opened with over $16 million. The film had its R rating overturned in August, which likely helped the box office. Last Vegas was followed by the animated film Free Birds made $15 million in finished forth.
Gravity finished fifth and has crossed the $200 million mark. It is the ninth film to make over $200 million in U.S. theaters this year. Gravity was followed by 12 Years a Slave, Cloud With a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Counselor, Carrie and Escape Plan. You can see the complete weekend box office report here.
Photo: Summit Entertainment
Posted on November 6, 2013
SNL Faux Movie Trailer for The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders Starring Ed Norton as Owen Wilson
SNL did a hilarious parody of Wes Anderson movies. Ed Norton hosted and in this faux movie trailer Ed plays Owen Wilson as the star of what an Anderson horror movie might look like. The film is called by the catchy name The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders. Owen and his wife realize that their house is surrounded by would be murderers who send threats through the window via paper airplane. Owen writes messages back from the Homeowners saying that no, they cannot murder them. Alec Baldwin is the narrator. There are references to Gwyneth Paltrow's character in The Royal Tenenbaums and to Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom, in which Ed also starred. Ed will also appear in the Anderson's next film The Grand Budapest Hotel. But we think this horror film is the real gem. Funniest line from the New York Times' review: "You had me at Wes Anderson." Take a look:
Posted on October 27, 2013
Trailer for The Book Thief Starring Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nelisse and Emily Watson
Here is the trailer for The Book Thief which is based on the bestselling novel by Markus Zusak. A young girl (Sophie Nelisse) in Nazi Germany spends her time reading to get away from all the horrors that the new regime has brought. Her father (Geoffrey Rush) and mother (Emily Watson) are hiding a young Jewish man (Ben Schnetzer) in the basement and she befriends him and helps nurse him back to life. The film has excellent early buzz and hits theater on November 8. Take a look:
Photo: Jules Heath/20th Century Fox
Posted on October 25, 2013