After reinventing itself for Despicable Me 2, with Gru becoming a good guy and finding love, DM3 introduces soap and superhero trope the twin brother and adds a villain who styles himself after the ‘80s kids show he starred in before adolescence got it cancelled.
The Minions, of course, are back in the way they are best used – short, sweet, frequently inspired scenes that play counterpoint to the main story.
In 1973, the 55-year old Bobby Riggs (a former #1-ranked men’s tennis player) and 29-year old Billie Jean King (highly ranked on the women’s tennis circuit) played a match to see whether a man, even at his age, could beat a top flight woman player.
Battle of the Sexes is the story of both the match and the stories behind the scenes.
Battle of the Sexes will be in theaters on September 22nd.
The new Despicable Me 3 trailer suggests that someone on the creative team has watched Danger: Diabolik many, many, many times. And that’s a good thing – Danger: Diabolik is one of the best comic book movies ever made.
Previous trailers for DM3 have introduced a villain who acts like it’s still the ’80s. Now we get Gru’s never before mentioned twin brother, Dru! (I predict that this double dose of Steve Carell will be a lot of fun.)
Battle of the Sexes – the story of the legendary tennis match between tennis hustler Bobby Riggs and World number one Billie Jean King – has begun production.
Riggs, a former champion, declared that he could whip King – the current women’s #1 ranked player. The match sparked immense interest and became the single most watched sports event of all time.
Emma Stone stars as King, while Riggs is played by Steve Carell. The film is written by Simon Beaufoy and is being directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. For further details on the story behind the film, follow the jump.
I thought I was going to die – Angie Tribeca (TBS, Mondays – marathoning beginning Sunday, January 17th, 9/8C) is the smart dumb fun cop parody we’ve been waiting for since the failed Police Squad! series turned in the Naked Gun movies!
Seriously, if there’s a cop show it doesn’t skewer, or a convention that that Abrahams/Zucker/Abrahams (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Police Squad! guys’) missed or (for that matter, Monty Python) failed to exploit, it’s here – along with pretty much all of the ones they demolished.
Adam McKay has left soft boiled satires like Anchorman and Talladega Nights in the dust with The Big Short. This look behind the headlines of the big economic disaster of 2007 makes us laugh and identify with characters we shouldn’t while explaining the jargon that Wall Street uses to hide its sins.
It is, in short, the Dr. Strangelove of Wall Street.
TBS is launching the entire 10-episode first season of Angie Tribeca, commercial-free, with a 25-hour marathon beginning on Sunday, January 17, 2016 (10/9C). The launch will take place on mulitple platforms, globally.
Then, just to make things interesting, the network will begin rolling out seasons 2-11 (you read that right) beginning Monday, January 25, 2016 (9:30/8:30C). What’s the twist? For that you’ll have to check out the press release following the jump.
Sony Pictures Classics has released a new trailer for Foxcatcher – the tragic true story of John DuPont and the Olympic gold medal wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz, directed by Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball).
Foxcatcher is slated for a November 14 release and has amassed a lot of critical buzz for all three leads – Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell (I saw it at the Calgary International Film Festival where it closed the festival to much applause) . Check out the new trailer after the jump.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is exactly what it says on tin – a movie about a monumentally bad day, not just for Alexander Cooper, but his entire family. It’s a slight film adapted from and expanding on a very slim children’s book, but it is both funnier and more affecting than expected – in the old-fashioned Disney manner.
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
Genre: Family Comedy
Release Date: October 10, 2014
Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne
Director: Miguel Arteta
Producers: Shawn Levy, Lisa Henson, Dan Levine
Executive Producers: Philip Steuer, Jason Lust
Writer: Rob Lieber
Based on the novel by: Judith Viorst
Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. The film hits theatres nationwide Oct. 10, 2014.
In theatres Oct. 10, 2014, Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—and soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
· Miguel Arteta won the 2001 Independent Spirit Award for best feature under $500,000 for “Chuck & Buck.”
· “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” published in 1972, was written by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz and inspired by Viorst’s sons Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas. With more than 2 million copies in print, it became an ALA Notable Children’s Book and won a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, a Georgia Children’s Book Award, and distinction as a Reading Rainbow book. The book’s success spawned three sequels: “Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday” (1978), “Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move” (1995), and the brand-new “Alexander, Who’s Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever” (2014).
· The 1972 original, which has never before been the subject of a feature film, was adapted to the small screen in 1990 as an HBO animated musical with music by composer Charles Strouse.. In 1998, Viorst collaborated with composer Shelley Markham on a stage musical of “Alexander” for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is the first live-action film adaptation of the children’s classic.