January 23, 2017

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“Deadpool” is one of the best superhero films to date

When I saw Deadpool at a press screening last week, I was expecting to like it. What I wasn’t expecting was to absolutely love it, wholly and fully. Deadpool is a character I’m indifferent to, but the way he was brought to the screen just made me fall in love with the so called Merc with a Mouth. The antihero is finally getting his own film after star Ryan Reynolds and fans of the character basically demanded it, along with test footage leaking and starting a bit of a frenzy. Well, the end result is an absolute blast. Not only is it easily the best film of the year so far, it’s also one of the best comic book adaptation/superhero movies to date. It opens on Friday and it’s an absolute must see. Trust me folks, you’ve never seen anything like it.
The flick is perhaps the most meta comic book tale we’ve ever seen. Sure, this is also an origin story about how mercenary Wade Wilson (Reynolds) became the mutant Deadpool, but it’s also a commentary on those sorts of plots as well. Wade/Deadpool breaks the fourth wall constantly, always letting us know that he knows he’s a comic book character, as well as starring in his own movie. It’s dirty, profane, and absolutely bonkers, but believe it or not, there’s also a believable, if also sexually charged, love story at the center, with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) representing something more for the character. Tim Miller directs, while Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick penned the script. In addition to Reynolds in the leading role and the aforementioned Baccarin, the cast includes Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic, Greg LaSalle, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, and Leslie Uggams, along with the required Marvel movie cameo from Stan Lee, of course. Miller steals some of his scenes with comic relief, but Reynolds gives one of his best performances to date here.
Everything about this film works for me, but more so than anything else, it’s the tone here. The filmmakers are taking the piss out of the genre, but in a way we’ve never quite seen before. We’ve also never seen a superhero be this filthy before, so there is some novelty to the R rated shenanigans. Still, it’s apparently keeping in line with what Deadpool is about, and it’s done in such a way that this is the cinematic equivalent of an endorphin rush. […]

Nominees for the Critics Choice Television Awards include “24: Live Another Day” and many more

Yesterday, the nominations for the 5th annual Critics Choice Television Awards were announced. The sister group to the Critics Choice Movie Awards, this is what could be looked at as a bit of an Emmy Awards precursor, if you will. I’m not exactly an expert when it comes to TV and this awards season (it’s mostly film or bust for me in that regard), but I watch a handful of shows and follow along with the race. Not enough to accurately do predictions, mind you, but I did think this nomination announcement was worthy of a mention. As such, today we have the list of Critics Choice nominees, which I’ll be revealing to you shortly.
Among the titles that fared best this year with the nominations, we have Justified lead the way with five nominations. Following that, we have The Americans, The Good Wife, and Transparent with four apiece. Also doing quite well were 24: Live Another Day, Empire, The Leftovers, and Mom, just to name a few of the various titles that showed up here. It seems like this awards body spread the love around, opting to honor a ton of different works. In terms of frontrunners right now, I can’t say at all, but a lot of the races do seem like they could be on the tight side, so there is that to look forward to…
Anyway, enough talk. Here now is the full list of nominees:
The Americans
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Orange Is the New Black
Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Keri Russell, The Americans
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Aden Young, Rectify
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Charlie Hunnam, Sons of Anarchy
Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Timothy Olyphant, Justified
Carrie Coon, The Leftovers
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Joelle Carter, Justified
Katheryn Winnick, Vikings
Lorraine Toussaint, Orange Is the New Black
Mae Whitman, Parenthood
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Christopher Eccleston, The Leftovers
Craig T. Nelson, Parenthood
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Walton Goggins, Justified
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder
Julianne Nicholson, Masters of Sex
Linda Lavin, The Good Wife
Lois Smith, The Americans
Sam Elliott, Justified
Walton Goggins, Sons of Anarchy
Broad City
Jane the Virgin
Silicon Valley
You’re the Worst
Anthony Anderson, Blackish
Chris Messina, The Mindy Project
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Johnny Galecki, The […]

“How to Train Your Dragon 2”: What’s Up with the Awards Race

Directed by: Dean DeBlois
Written by: Dean DeBlois
Main Cast: Voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Djimon Hounsou, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, and others
Past Oscar relations: The first film in the franchise was nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score
Here now we have a brand new article in this series of mine on 2015 contenders hoping to compete for some sort of Oscar attention at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us is the sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, which looks to please audiences as much as the first one did. From there, it’s potentially on to Oscar contention!
This is the second film in a now franchise, based on a highly popular series of books. How to Train Your Dragon 2 features a top notch voice cast, with folks such as Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Djimon Hounsou, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, and many others lending their talents to the movie. All signs point to this being a big success and a likely player in the Best Animated Feature field. Can it go further though?
What this flick has going in its favor is highly positive reviews and a built in audience that tried to make the last one an awards contender. The early word says that this one is just as good, if not a bit better, than the first How to Train Your Dragon, which is no small achievement. This makes it more or less a surefire nominee in Best Animated Feature and perhaps even the frontrunner right now (give or take how The Lego Movie ages over the course of the rest of the season). Only halfway through the year, that’s a a pretty solid spot to be in.
Working against How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the fact that animation has had a tougher time of late. Since the sliding scale in Best Picture has been implemented, no cartoon has gotten into the major categories, so it’s possible that the time for that sort of a citation has come and gone. If Frozen couldn’t do it last year, one has to think that this year we won’t see anything from the animated category particularly break through. It’s not impossible, but I wouldn’t bet on it happening.
So, can this be a player at all? I’d say […]

Jack Black takes his ‘Tiny Monsters’ to the tube

HollywoodNews.com: Jack Black is getting animated.
His production shingle Electric Dynamite has landed its “Tiny Monsters” cartoon at Fox TV.
The toon was written by Ali Rushfield (“In the Motherhood”) and centers on a click of mean chicks in junior high. Variety had the news.
Executive producers include Black, Electric Dynamite president Ben Cooley and the firm’s TV executive Priyanka Mattoo. Carolyn Bernstein of Reveille is also producing.
Other TV projects Electric Dynamite has in the works include “My Life as an Experiment” at NBC which is based on the A.J. Jacobs book.
Jack Black’s next film is also with Fox, “Gulliver’s Travels” which bows on December 22 in 3D. Film is a modern take on the classic Jonathan Swift book and co-stars Emily Blunt and T.J. Miller.
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“Dragon” sequel details released with DVD, Blu-ray on horizon

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: With DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” hitting shelves this Friday, Oct. 15, and the studio ramping up an awards campaign that it hopes will upset Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” in the race for an animation Oscar, today seemed like an opportune time to release details on a rumored “Dragon” sequel and start generating buzz.
The sequel, filmed in 3-D, will reach theaters in 2013. The original vocal cast will return, including Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig.
Here’s part of the release, including quotes from the filmmakers:
The second chapter to the critically acclaimed 2010 blockbuster, How to Train Your Dragon – which has grossed nearly $500 million at the worldwide box office – will again feature the all-star voice talents of Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller and Kristen Wiig.
The sequel is being made under the creative guidance of Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders, and Bonnie Arnold. It is written and directed by DeBlois and produced by Arnold. Once again based on the book series by Cressida Cowell, the sequel is executive produced by Sanders and DeBlois.
“Nothing could be more exciting for me than being charged with carrying this story forward, into the unknown reaches of Hiccup and Toothless’ ever-expanding world,” commented DeBlois. “Ambitions are high with this epic next chapter, and together with an incredible team of filmmakers, we plan to build upon How to Train Your Dragon’s originality, boldness and heart, in hopes of once again touching audiences around the world.”
“Dean, Chris and Bonnie each has a fiery passion for How to Train Your Dragon that combined is serving as the driving force behind the very bright future of DreamWorks Animation’s newest franchise,” said Bill Damaschke, Co-President of Production for DreamWorks Animation. “Having them on-board to lead the creative team and having our cast return to tell the next exciting chapter is a dream come true for the studio… and the first big revelation of our feature film line-up for 2013.”
“How to Train Your Dragon” is a blockbuster, so a sequel was inevitable. It has earned $217.5 million domestically to date, and $492M worldwide. Expect that audience to increase once it’s released on DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 15.
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Jack Black charts hilarity in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’

HollywoodNews.com: Despite getting a so-so response at Comic-Con, Jack Black is excited about his upcoming December adventure comedy “Gulliver’s Travels.”
The film is an updated adaptation of the classic book. Black plays Lemuel Gulliver. Emily Blunt portrays the Princess of Lilliputia and the buzz is that she steals all the laughs from Black.
Talking about the update with MTV News, Black exclaims, “We’ve taken some liberties. We’ve updated it; we’ve modernized with a pinch of spice as well.”
Black became wowed by the Jonathan Swift novel upon being introduced to it.
“Of course [I’ve read it]! Are you kidding me? And let me tell you something, if I hadn’t, I would have never have sent it to you,” says the actor quipping before setting the record straight:
“No, I hadn’t, actually, when I was first offered the project. But I quickly read it and was blown away by it. One of the great masterworks of fantasy and fiction.”
“Gulliver’s Travels” bows December 22 in 3D. The 20th Century Fox film also stars Jason Segel, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly and T.J. Miller. Rob Letterman of “Monsters vs. Aliens” fame helmed the production; his first live-action title.
Jack Black’s last film at the box office was last summer’s “Year One” which generated over $43 million at the domestic B.O.
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“Yogi Bear” goes from teaser poster to teaser trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Yesterday it was a teaser poster (as well as an unexpected e-mail from a disgruntled reader). Today, “Yogi Bear” graduates to a full-on teaser trailer, complete with a brief introduction by Dan Aykroyd. Click over to Yahoo! Movies to view it for yourself.
Now that we’ve seen footage, we have to make a few minor corrections to our previous “Yogi Bear” assessment. Anna Faris actually is playing a human character, not just lending her voice, as posted on IMDB.com. And the lead park ranger looks to be Tom Cavanagh of TV’s “Ed,” and not T.J. Miller. But Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake still voice Yogi and Boo Boo, respectively. And as we guessed, the film is heavy on the exaggerated physical comedy (bears tumbling off a roof, pies in the face, Yogi’s ass dragging along a picket fence) that characterized similar family films like “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Marmaduke.”
As for that e-mail, it came from credited “Yogi” screenwriter Brad Copeland, who wrote to defend his film as something better than “Garfield” or “Alvin.” That’s totally understandable, and I applaud Copeland for taking a stand and believing in his product. When I requested an official interview for proper quotes about “Yogi,” though, he turned me down. That’s too bad, as I’d love to know what he thinks of this clip.
“Yogi Bear” opens in theaters on Dec. 17. So, are you going to go?
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“Yogi Bear” teaser poster hits Web. Hide the picnic baskets.

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Did “Garfield” teach us nothing? Have the lessons of “Marmaduke” gone unnoticed?
The tepid box-office figures for each ($75 and $32 million, respectively) suggest that the ticket-buying audience does not want its collective childhood destroyed by soulless Hollywood products meant to cash in on live-action nostalgia. And yet, the machine continues to roll.
Up next? Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, the picnic basket stealing bears from Hannah-Barbera cartoons of our youth, will be making their way to the big screen for a pre-Christmas Day release. Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake will voice the main characters. Poor T.J. Miller of “Cloverfield” and “She’s Out of My League” has to play Ranger Jones, while Anna Faris will lend her voice to the character of Rachel. Need another reason not to see this film? It’s being released in 3-D.
A teaser poster hit the Web this morning. It’s pictured above. Masochists who want to see a larger version can click over to The Playlist. “Yogi Bear” hits theaters on Dec. 17.
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