Ricky Baker is a bad egg – if you can believe the social worker who places him with foster parents Bella and Hec. Surprisingly, he finds himself feeling at home with Aunt Bella, Uncle Hec and their dog Tupac – until a tragedy occurs that could place him in yet another home. So Ricky and Uncle Hec head off into the wilderness.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok) and stars Sam Neill and Julian Dennision. It opens in the U.S. and Canada this summer. Follow the jump for the new trailer.
‘On March 21st, 1963, Alcatraz officially closed. All the prisoners were off the island. Only that’s not what happened. Not at all,’ is Sam Neill’s opening narration for Alcatraz [two-hour premiere, FOX, Monday, Jan. 16th, 8/7C] as FBI Agent Emerson Hauser.
Happy Town’s [ABC, Wednesdays, 10/9C] Haplin, Minnesota is a small town where everyone seems determined to be happy, possibly because after seven years of people mysteriously vanishing, things have been – relatively speaking – normal. Into this seemingly normal small town comes Henley Boone [Lauren German], a smart, pretty young woman who says she’s going to use an inheritance to open a candle shop. Her arrival comes on the heels of the unusual murder of the town eccentric by way of a chisel in the forehead – his screams heard only by a local girl who’s been dropped off by her boyfriend so her parents won’t know [yup, it’s yer basic Romeo & Juliet, subplot].
And the 2012 cinematic year gets off to a better than average start…
Daybreakers, written and directed by The Spierig Brothers, gets to an intriguing beginning [despite some vampire projectile vomiting and explosions] as it sets up a world in which vampires are running a very human civilization: glitzy buildings; TV programming – including a CNN-like news channel; coffee shops [20% human blood – though there is no explanation why this one human favorite is loved by vampires, even with the additive…]; billboards; subway advertising; vampire homeless, etc.