April 24, 2014

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‘Glee’ is getting Kathy Griffin?

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Glee’ has reportedly decided to take on the ‘D-List’ and will allegedly have Kathy Griffin showing up on an upcoming episode.
Griffin will reportedly be playing a judge when Regionals start up, states TVLine.com. While it was rumored that she will be playing a character who is similar to Sarah Palin, now it is alleged that her character will be nothing like that.
‘Grey’s Anatomy‘s’ Loretta Devine will reportedly be joining Griffin as a judge for the ‘Glee’ kids.
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‘For Colored Girls’ from the world’s only (?) white, Jewish Tyler Perry fan.

By Scott Mendelson
hollywoodnews.com: For the record, I have not seen the original play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. This is my first exposure to this material and should be treated as such. Anyway, as a film, For Colored Girls represents only a token departure for Mr. Perry. The film is basically the classic Perry melodrama. Again we are treated to African-American women who have been beaten down by life, but like most Perry stories, these tales have little to do with race and only a token amount to do with class. But this one is stripped down to its bare essentials. There is no real comic relief of any kind. There are no religious overtones and reassuring gospel music. There are no knights in shining armor to save the proverbial day. In fact, there isn’t really much of a narrative beyond the establishment of each woman’s respective crisis and whether or not there is any resolution at the end. It is a tone poem, and thus works best as a piece of performance art.
Perry’s neat trick is to turn the film into a quasi-musical, with the monologues from the show serving as ‘musical numbers’. Each actress gets one or two of these little monologues, and it’s a clever way to insert the overly obtuse original text into a conventional piece of narrative fiction. Yes, the film kinda stops in its tracks whenever someone starts into their respective poem, but it indeed feels like a conventional film musical, where a character stops in their tracks to sing about their feelings. This allows the rest of the film to generally avoid over-the-top melodrama and hysterics. Yes, there are moments of emotional grandstanding and spirited arguments, but they are relatively rare and always life-size. There’s a great scene in the otherwise mediocre Why Did I Get Married Too when Tyler Perry and his wife (Sharon Leal) have an argument involving fidelity that never rises above a whisper. Perry seems to have taken that moment to heart, as many of the more openly emotional moments are delivered as low-key as possible. Of course, this makes the third-act moments of full-bodied emotion that much more potent. Even a second-act scene of shattering violence is staged more for tension and suspense than emotional manipulation.
If it needs to be said, all of the actresses are relatively superb. Janet Jackson is [...]

This Week In Movies – “Megamind,” “Due Date,” “For Colored Girls”

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: For the third time this year Dreamworks Animation has scored strongly at the boxoffice in their continuing challenge to Disney and Pixar to top the ‘toon parade. “Megamind,” a really funny twist on the superhero genre featuring the voices of Will Farrell, Tina Fey , Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill scored an estimated $47.7 million to lead all comers, following in the footsteps of DWA’s early 2010 hits, “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Shrek Forever After” which between them have earned over 1.2 billion dollars worldwide. One of the distinguishing secrets to the success of the Dreamworks formula, if there is one has been in the voice casting of their animated movies. Using comedians in key roles has provided those stars with film vehicles for some of their best work. It’s a conversation I had with DWA chief Jeffrey Katzenberg recently in which we both said it’s interesting that stars like Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld. Robin Williams, Mike Myers, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and others have had some of their biggest box office and critical success going the ‘toon route. I told him I thought Will Farrell’s work as the inept villain-turned-hero, “Megamind” was the best thing I have ever seen him do in movies to date and Katzenberg agreed there is something about the animation process that frees these great comedy talents to really let loose and deliver. I caught up with Katzenberg at DWA’s DVD release party for “How To Train Your Dragon” where he also mentioned that the company is now beginning work on a sequel and has a sequel to “Kung Fu Panda” coming in 2011. A sequel to “Megamind” would also seem to be a no-brainer if it continues to perform at the boxoffice this holiday season and its A- Cinemascore rating bodes well for that happening even with intense upcoming competition from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1″ and Disney’s Thanksgiving ‘toon release, “Tangled.”

Sunday morning I also got the opportunity to moderate a Q&A at the DGA with Zack Snyder, the director of another of the Fall’s animated entries, “Legends Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’hoole,” a stirring beautifully made 3D adventure based on a series of well-known children’s books. Snyder who made his first foray into animation with the picture [...]

Tyler Perry’s ‘For Colored Girls’ gets first official trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Though it just recently crossed our radar, Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” seems to be coming together at a rapid clip.
First, there was the rumor that Lionsgate might movie Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s 1975 stage play from 2011 to the thick of the Oscar race … a rumor that was later confirmed when the studio claimed a Nov. 5 release sate. Shortly after that, the studio released posters from the film, showcasing Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg and the rest of Perry’s cast. And now, we have a full-length trailer for “For Colored Girls,” giving us our first view of Perry’s ensemble drama.
Here’s an official synopsis of the film:
“For Colored Girls” brings to the screen Ntozake Shange’s Obie Award-winning play, a poetic exploration of what is to be of color and a female in this world. It stars Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Michael Ealy, Kimberly Elise, Omari Hardwick, Thandie Newton, and more.
Watch the trailer below:

“For Colored Girls” opens Nov. 5.
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Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” moving up to November release date

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Lionsgate and Tyler Perry appear to be tossing their hat into this year’s Oscar race.
The studio announced this morning that Perry’s next picture, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” will premiere on Nov. 5 … and not in 2011 as was expected.
The star-studded film, an adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s landmark 1975 stage study of the African-American female experience, packs Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Loretta Devine, Tessa Thompson and Thandie Newton into its ensemble.
Clearly, the studio feels Perry’s drama can compete in the annual awards race. Perry had success just last year as a producer for Lee Daniels’ “Precious,” which won two Oscars (for screenplay and co-star Mo’Nique).
More on “Colored Girls” as it begins to screen, but this is a very good sign for Lionsgate, a vote of confidence for Perry, and a shakeup for the still forming Oscar picture.
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Tyler Perry generating Oscar buzz ‘For Colored Girls’?

HollywoodNews.com: Oscar pundits are warming up to Tyler Perry. The director, who has been a staple at the Lionsgate box office with his urban family dramas during the fall, winter and spring has a new title expected to bow in January, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.”
While it is quite early in awards season, it’s believed by some that the film could be given an Oscar run before the end of the year.
In Contention describes “Enuf” as “Perry’s filmization of Ntozake Shange’s landmark 1975 stage study of the African-American female experience. The play, a poetry-based piece taking on issues of abuse, rape, abortion and eventual empowerment, is pretty strong medicine; it’s difficult to imagine how it might work on film, and how it’ll mesh with Perry’s brash creative sensibility.”
It is assumed that “Enuf” could have the dramatic heat of last year’s “Precious,” however that film was propelled by the acclaim it received on the festival circuit. Perry raised his profile among Oscar voters last year by serving as the executive producer on “Precious.”
“Enuf” headlines an-all star wattage cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine and Macy Gray.
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Hollywood Movie Roundup: Five films go to war with ‘Expendables’

HollywoodNews.com: As the summer movie season begins to fade, a blitzkrieg of films are being dumped at theaters, but box office gurus believe that “The Expendables” will hold at No. 1 with $15 -$17 million. Through Thursday, the Sylvester Stallone actioner has collected a nice bounty of $48.4 million.
Fox’s “Vampires Suck”, a parody of the “Twilight” series, had a head start ahead of the competition on Wednesday and has since pulled in $6.4 million. Film is from the creative team of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the masters of satire behind “Date Movie” and “Meet the Spartans.” “Vampires Suck” should vacuum up another $10 million or less from Friday through Sunday.
Critics loathe the film giving it a 3% rotten score (31 of the 32 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes have been negative). Adam Markovitz of Entertainment Weekly gripes “The Twilight Saga, with its operatic gloom and straight-faced fantasy, is undoubtedly ripe for a smart, good-natured ribbing. This isn’t it.”

“Nanny McPhee Returns”, a sequel to the British kid hit starring Emma Thompson, looks to go toe-to-toe with “Expendables.” The film has already bagged $63 million abroad with most of its dough coming from the U.K. The film follows the ugly child caretaker as she tends to children out on a farm during wartime. “Nanny” looks to make a little less than $15 million this weekend and critics are glowing about it, awarding a 76% fresh on the Tomatometer. Glenn Whip of the Los Angeles Times compliments, “Thompson again wrote the screenplay, putting an emphasis on language, emotion and manners, qualities typically in short supply in movies geared toward families.”

Warner Bros.’ urban comedy “Lottery Ticket” tells the tale of a young man who must sit on a winning stub over a long holiday weekend. The film looks to pull in about $10 million and stars Bow Wow, Ice Cube, Loretta Devine and Terry Crews (who is also in “Expendables”). “Lottery Ticket” loses among critics with a 31% rotten score. Kyle Smith of the New York Post complains, “There’s a one-in-a-billion story to ‘Lottery Ticket’: Those are the approximate odds against a script this bad making it out of the introductory seminar at film school.”

The Weinstein Co. resurfaces from its financial woes from a year ago with Z- monster movie “Piranha 3D.” Thanks to 3D, the film will be lucky to chomp [...]

Tyler Perry taps Mustafa to “Spice” up next “Madea” comedy

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Charismatic Old Spice pitchman Isaiah Mustafa is ditching one Tyler Perry movie and moving on to another.
Mustafa was supposed to star in Perry’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” As it turns out, he’s now going toe-to-toe with a cross-dressing Perry for another “Madea” comedy
“I got a call from my manager a week and a half ago who told me that I was no longer in ‘Colored Girls’ and said I would be in ‘Madea’s Big Happy Family’ instead,” Mustafa told the Hollywood Reporter. “It was confirmed last Monday, and I left on Friday to begin filming.”
Like many of Perry’s male protagonists, Mustafa will play a man wrestling with family and relationship issues. No female love interest has been cast yet, though Loretta Devine and Bow Wow (“Lottery Ticket”) have supporting roles.
“Big Happy Family” is filming in Atlanta. It’s eyeballing a 2011 release.
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Bow Wow’s ‘Lottery Ticket’ releases new featurette

HollywoodNews.com: Erik White’s new film “Lottery Ticket” starring Bow Wow, Ice Cube, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Keith David, Charles Q. Murphy, Loretta Devine, and Terry Crews has just released a new featurette for the film.
Kevin Carson (Bow Wow), a young man living in the projects, wins $370 million in a nationwide lottery. When his opportunistic neighbors discover he has the winning ticket in his possession, Kevin must survive their greedy and sometimes even threatening actions over a three-day holiday weekend before he can claim his prize.
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Hollywood Movie Roundup: Give me “Kick-Ass” or give me “Death”

BY Kevin Crust
You can put your 3D glasses away because for the first time in weeks a 2D movie should rule the box-office roost. Two modestly budgeted genre movies will duke it out for the top spot with “How to Train Your Dragon” a threat to slip back into second place should either stumble. The first up is the highly marketed movie:
KICK-ASS
Director Matthew Vaughn (“Layer Cake”) co-wrote (with Jane Goldman) this adaptation of the hyper-violent Michael Millar comic book series about a regular teen who tries to be a superhero and discovers that he is not alone. Nicolas Cage is the big name, but he’s in a supporting role with Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz poised to breakout if this catches on.
Critics are giving “Kick-Ass” a surprisingly warm welcome with Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times citing its exacting knowledge of its largely adolescent male, comic-collecting audience’s fantasies. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times reps those more impressed by the then-11-year-old Moretz’s performance as Hit Girl. Ebert and fellow Chicagoan Michael Phillips of the Tribune are simply not that interested with Ebert finding it “morally reprehensible.”
This one’s been buzzing since Comic-Con 2009 and the positive reviews will only bolster the online echo chamber of the fanboys. With nine months of gestating anticipation built up, the film looks like it could join titles such as “Sin City” and “Kill Bill, Vol. 2″ among the biggest gross R-rated April openers ever with a take between $25-$30 million.
DEATH AT A FUNERAL
A remake of the well-regarded 2007 British-American comedy, its been relocated to L.A. and stocked with a mostly African American cast, but it’s faithful enough that original screenwriter Dean Craig still gets the credit. Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence head the cast as the battling sons of the deceased. Peter Dinklage reprises his key role from the first movie, while Tracy Morgan, James Marsden, Loretta Devine, Regina King, Keith David and Danny Glover are also on hand. Director Neil LaBute steps away from his prolific playwriting career and indie films to give mainstream comedy a shot.
The reviews have mostly been middling, but Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that it’s funnier than the original. Most critics, however, such as Stephen Holden of the New York Times and Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times, acknowledge some laughs but deride the plug-and-play mentality that went into making it.
The original was an [...]