April 17, 2014

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The Best of the First Quarter of 2014

Believe it or not, we’re now three full months into the 2014 movie calendar, which means we’re a quarter of the way through. That got me thinking about what the best of the bunch so far this year has been. Since now is the time when the film slate begins to transition into summer flicks and counter programming independent fare, I thought it was the perfect time to praise the best of 2014 so far. Basically, anything that hit screens between January 1st and March 31st will be up for grabs here for my personal honors. There are some April and May releases that are wonderful too and would have otherwise cracked my top ten to date, but I’m excluding them here since they’re not first quarter releases.
Below you’ll find my top ten of the year so far, along with my awards for the the first quarter of 2014. Here you go:
10. Bad Words – Jason Bateman’s directorial debut is one of the funnier movies of the year so far. Hardly a masterpiece, but thoroughly enjoyable, it shows that he has a future as a comedic filmmaker. Crude and intentionally lowbrow at times, this is still a very fun flick.
9. Like Father, Like Son – A fascinating look at Japanese fatherhood, this was at one time considered a potential Best Foreign Language Feature contender at the Oscars last year. That never came to pass, but this is still one of the better things to hit theaters this year.
8. Noah – I’ve yet to dislike a Darren Aronofsky flick, and this alternate take on the biblical story continues that perfect record for him. Incredibly ambitious and visionary, the good far outweighs the bad here. Though far from perfect, it’s the first must see epic of 2014 in my mind and a great conversation starter as well.
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel – I’m not usually a big Wes Anderson fan, but something about this latest film of his really clicked for me and I fully embrace it. Ralph Fiennes is really terrific here, while the scope of the work really managed to catch my eye and appreciation. His quirkiness finally found a proper outlet, at least according to my tastes.
6. Breathe In – Drake Doremus is one of the more interesting young filmmakers in the business, and he continues to show why with this domestic drama. With a strong visual palate and [...]

Melissa McCarthy is officially a comedy mega-star

‘Identity Thief’ cements Melissa McCarthy’s stardom while Side Effects clarifies Channing Tatum’s box office drawing power.
Melissa McCarthy is officially a comedy mega-star. There can be little dispute of that after this weekend. Identity Thief topped the box office this weekend with an astonishing $36.5 million and I’m at a loss to think of any reasons it would do so well aside from Ms. McCarthy.
Jason Bateman is a terrific actor and a fine foil, but he’s box office poison as a lead (The Switch opened with $8.4 million, Extract opened to $4.3 million, and The Change-Up debuted with $13 million). The film’s simple and self-explanatory title, along with the clever expository tagline (“She’s having the time of his life.”) surely helped, as did the lack of any big comedies in the current marketplace. Parental Guidance and This Is Forty are both doing stealthy strong business, with $74 million and $67 million thus far respectively, but this is the first big star comic vehicle in awhile and it delivered in spades.
This was McCarthy’s first big test of her alleged stardom. Identity Thief was completely sold on McCarthy’s new-found stardom. The core imagery was basically her face on the poster, slipping a Slurpee next to a befuddled Jason Bateman. This is a much larger debut than Bridesmaids, the film which catapulted her to fame and proverbial glory back in May, 2011. This is among the ten-best R-rated comedy debuts ever and the fifth-best for a non-sequel. Heck, it opened bigger than the PG-13 Couples Retreat, which had a proverbial whos-who of comedy players (Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, and Kristen Bell) and managed a $34 million debut back in October 2009.
Fox has to be thrilled at the moment, knowing that they have a plausible gold-mine in the Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock action-comedy The Heat waiting in the wings for June of this summer.
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Jason Bateman and wife have welcomed a new daughter

HollywoodNews.com: Actor Jason Bateman and his wife, Amanda Anka, are proud parents to a new baby girl, Maple Sylvie Bateman.
A rep for Bateman just recently confirmed the exciting news that his wife gave birth to their second child and daughter on Friday, February 10th in Los Angeles, states People.
The two already have one daughter, Francesca Nora, who is five years old.
Bateman and Anka have been married since July 2001.
Do you like the baby’s name?
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“Arrested Development” to return with ten episodes and a movie

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: The critically acclaimed “Arrested Development” will return to television, its creators have finally announced. Ten episodes will be produced as precursors to a series-ending film. Rumors of the show’s return have swirled for upwards of a year, with the actors and other sources close to the production offering vague, skittish clues in recent months. Though few concrete details are known, a flood of confirmations from insiders over the weekend verifies that the project is underway.
Tweeted star Jason Bateman today, “It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!”
So, what will we see in the new episodes, and how much time has passed since the third season? Creator Mitch Hurwitz told the New York Times: “I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by, there was so much more to the story. In fact, where everyone’s been for five years became a big part of the story. So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together.”
The series was cancelled in 2006, in its third season.
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Jason Bateman apparently expecting 2nd child with wife

HollywoodNews.com: It sounds like Jason Bateman is about to be a dad again as his wife is reportedly pregnant with their second child.
Bateman’s father-in-law, Paul Anka, recently broke the news that his daughter is pregnant, states RadarOnline.com. “I’m going to be a grandfather again. It’s another baby girl,” Anka commented.
Bateman has been married to Amanda Anka since 2001. The couple has one four-year-old daughter together.
Do you think he seems like a fun dad?
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Ryan Reynolds’ divorce brought up by Jason Bateman on ‘The View’

HollywoodNews.com: In a somewhat uncomfortable moment, Jason Bateman brought up Ryan Reynolds’ recent divorce from Scarlett Johansson on ‘The View.’
The actors were promoting ‘The Change-Up’ when Bateman was asked if he had learned anything new about his costar while filming, states RadarOnline.com. Instead of responding with a joke, Bateman got a little serious: “This guy, if you read the papers, he went through some tough stuff. Not once did anybody have any sniff something was wrong … he went through a divorce while we were shooting.”
Luckily, Reynolds lightened the mood when he responded to a question about how he was able to keep his composure during that difficult time: “It’s because I’m dead inside.”
Do you think it should have not been brought up?
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“Horrible Bosses” box numbers trigger sequel talk

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Audiences turned out this weekend to support the star-studded comedic ensemble “Horrible Bosses,” which finds Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day plotting to kill Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell. The comedy nabbed an estimated $28 million in its opening weekend, giving it the No. 2 slot in the box office Top 10.
But would more people have turned out if the comedy starred Ashton Kutcher, Ryan Reynolds, Philip Seymour Hoffman or Johnny Knoxville, as originally planned?
In an interview with “Bosses” producer Brett Ratner, he revealed that the above actors all, at some point, were attached to the comedic premise. Casting options come and go in Hollywood, so it’s no surprise that these names were floated (and eventually flopped).
But in the piece (which you can read HERE), Ratner also admits that sequel talk has begun, and the franchise could go in wildly different directions. Ratner, perhaps jokingly, said that while no plans for a follow up are in development at this time, titles like “Horrible Wives” and “Horrible Children” appeal to him.
What do you think? Is this a concept you want to see expanded? Or was “Bosses” a one-and-done hit? Let us know.
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“Horrible Bosses” has excellent Friday but “Transformers” still leads

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Audiences continue to support R-rated comedies at the summer box office. Following the booming success of “Bridesmaids” and “The Hangover Part II,” Seth Gordon’s “Horrible Bosses” opened to a solid Friday number, posting an estimated $10 million for the day for a potential $27 million weekend, THR reports.
The film, which received largely positive reviews, boasts an all-star cast that includes Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as three schulbs who are plotting to kill their bosses, played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell. Jamie Foxx so-stars.
Despite the strong number, “Bosses” couldn’t top “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which led Friday with roughly $15M.
The weekend’s other new release, Kevin James’ “Zookeeper,” grabbed nearly $8M on Friday for a third-place finish.
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Jason Bateman Photos: Hot Hollywood Male Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Male Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day” is Jason Bateman.

Jason Bateman co-stars in Horrible Bosses as one of three victims who suffer while working under a “horrible” boss. Warner Bros.’ newest comedy hits theaters today. Enjoy the gallery!
Jason Kent Bateman (born January 14, 1969) is an American television and film actor. After appearing in several 1980s and 1990s sitcoms including Silver Spoons, It’s Your Move, and The Hogan Family, Bateman came to prominence in the early 2000s for playing Michael Bluth on Arrested Development, for which he won a TV Land, a Golden Globe, and two Satellite Awards. He has since established himself in Hollywood by appearing in several films including The Kingdom, Juno, Hancock, Up in the Air, and Paul.
Bateman was born in Rye, New York, the son of Victoria Elizabeth, a former flight attendant for Pan Am, and Kent Bruce Bateman, an actor, film and television writer/director, and founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood. His older sister is actress Justine Bateman, of Family Ties fame. Bateman also has three half-brothers. His family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when he was four, and later to California.

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“Horrible Bosses” In Theaters Friday, July 8

HollywoodNews.com: Management candidate Nick (Jason Bateman) has been logging 12-hour days and eating everything his twisted supervisor Harken (Kevin Spacey) dishes out, toward the promise of a well-earned promotion.
But now he knows that’s never going to happen. Meanwhile, dental assistant Dale (Charlie Day) has been struggling to maintain his self-respect against the relentless X-rated advances of Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), when she suddenly turns up the heat. And accountant Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) has just learned that his company’s corrupt new owner, Pellit (Colin Farrell), is not only bent on ruining his career but plans to funnel toxic waste into an unsuspecting population.
What can you do when your boss is a psycho, a man-eater or a total tool?
Quitting is not an option. These monsters must be stopped. So, on the strength of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con whose street cred is priced on a sliding scale (Jamie Foxx), the guys devise a convoluted but foolproof plan to rid the world of their respective employers… permanently.
But even the best-laid plans are only as good as the brains behind them.
The comedy “Horrible Bosses” stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Justin Sudeikis, with Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Julie Bowen and Jamie Foxx.
“Horrible Bosses” is directed by Seth Gordon and produced by Brett Ratner and Jay Stern, from a screenplay by Michael Markowitz and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, story by Markowitz. Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown and Diana Pokorny serve as executive producers, with John Rickard and John Cheng as co-producers.
The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography David Hennings; production designer Shepherd Frankel; editor Peter Teschner; costume designer Carol Ramsey; composer Christopher Lennertz; and music supervisor Dana Sano.
A New Line Cinema presentation of a Rat Entertainment Production, “Horrible Bosses” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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This film is rated R by the MPAA for crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material.
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