CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Blu-ray Review

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It’s a shame that some still feel like animated films are primarily made for children.  The advent of Pixar and films like Shrek and The Fantastic Mr. Fox have more than proved otherwise, and in 2009 directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller delivered a wonderfully goofy animated take on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs that appeals to adults and kids alike.  That film reveled in its offbeat sense of humor, and while Lord and Miller stepped back into executive producer roles for the sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a worthy follow-up that delivers a hefty dose of adorable buoyed by colorfully inspired designs and a heartfelt theme of friendship.  Read my review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray after the jump.

Bill Hader and Anna Faris Talk CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 2009’s surprisingly terrific animated feature, deftly adapted a children’s picture book into a hilarious genre-blending mix of mad science run amok and action adventure disaster. Since its release, original writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have moved on to helm 21 Jump Street and the forthcoming The Lego Movie. Now the reigns of the Cloudy franchise have been left in the capable hands of the original film’s storyboard artist and story team member Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. Instead of a Frankenstein-ian/Roland Emmerich mash-up, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 entwines a riff on Jurassic Park with a surprisingly pointed satirical denouncement of corporate culture. It’s strange to think that the most pointed critique of Steve Jobs & Apple can be found in an animated sequel to an adaptation of a children’s book.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review.

Anchoring the sequel yet again, Bill Hader and Anna Faris provide the voices to lead Flint Lockwood and his paramour Sam Sparks. The animated characters almost feel like doppelgangers to Hader and Faris, natural extensions of their live-action comic personas. In the following interview with Hader and Faris, the duo discuss having so much in common with their animated alter egos, the secrets to being a voice actor and how the success of the first Cloudy influenced their performances in part two. In addition, Bill Hader briefly touched upon providing voice performances for the two upcoming Pixar releases: The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out. For the full interview, hit the jump.

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Review

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I adore Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsPhil Lord and Christopher Miller’s adaptation of the classic children’s book is one of the most unexpected and successful book adaptations of the past several years.  Most movies based on children books are belabored, tiresome affairs, and Cloudy turned the simple idea of food falling from the sky into a weird, adorable, and hilarious animated comedy.  It set an incredibly high bar for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, but new directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn have come close to giving us a movie as wonderful as the original.  Everything that made the first Cloudy a success is still in place, even though there’s more reliance on some cheap gags.  The sequel has cemented the identity of the series even though the story leaves some residual guiltiness about being a carnivore.

Watch 5 Clips from CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Sony Pictures Animation has released five clips from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  In the follow-up, Swallow Falls is under attack by mutant foods known as “foodimals”, so Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Earl (Terry Crews), and Steve (Neil Patrick Harris) must contain the creatures before they overrun the planet.  I’m going radio silent on the movie since I love the first one, and I like everything I’ve seen from the trailers, so I don’t need more to sell me on this flick.  However, if you still need some convincing, these clips are for your viewing please.  Also, if you live in Atlanta, you still have a time to enter for a chance to win passes to an early screening.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.

First Clip from CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Sony Pictures has released the first clip from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  In the upcoming sequel, Swallow Falls is under attack by mutant foods known as “foodimals”, so Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Earl (Terry Crews), and Steve (Neil Patrick Harris), must contain the creatures before they overrun the planet.  The clip is part of the footage we saw at Comic-Con, and it shows that the movie isn’t just the food puns we’ve seen in the trailers.  The same zany humor is back in full force, and this looks like it will be an incredibly fun ride.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.

Anna Faris and Chuck Lorre Talk New CBS Series MOM, Playing a Character with a Normal IQ and Perspective, Discovery Process for the Show, and More

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From co-creator Chuck Lorre, the new CBS comedy series Mom (premiering on September 23rd) is an irreverent and outrageous take on true family love and dysfunction. Newly sober single mom Christy (Anna Faris) struggles to raise two children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls that test her sobriety, along with her formerly estranged mother (Allison Janney), who is all too eager to give her opinion about her daughter’s many mistakes.

While at the CBS portion of the TCA Press Tour, actress Anna Faris and executive producer Chuck Lorre talked about what made this TV series appealing, playing a character with a normal IQ and perspective, the discovery process for a new show, the roles Justin Long and Octavia Spencer will be playing, and how difficult it is to sustain an acting career in such a competitive business.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

I GIVE IT A YEAR Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.  I Give It a Year opens tomorrow in limited release.]

Dan Mazer‘s I Give It a Year is the rom-com in reverse and two rom-coms in one. Mazer takes the difficult task of showing a marriage fall apart, and turns it into a surprisingly funny and witty comedy that never feels cynical. And it’s absolutely easy to be cynical when it comes to marriage because of the 50% divorce rate. But like any good comic writer, Mazer finds the humor in an unlikely topic, and succeeds with sharp dialogue, talented actors, and wisely keeping the tone of the film the same as an average romantic comedy.

Bill Hader, Anna Faris, and Benjamin Bratt Talk CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, Upcoming Projects, and More

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This week I was invited to take an early look at the hilarious new animated adventure, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn.  The press day was held at Sony Pictures Animation Studios where I had an opportunity to talk to Anna Faris, Benjamin Bratt and Bill Hader who return in the sequel.  The plot picks up right where the first film ends and reveals what happens after the island of Swallow Falls is evacuated to clean up the food disaster and Flint (Hader) discovers his infamous invention is still active and churning out deadly food monsters.

During our roundtable interview, Faris, Bratt and Hader talked about returning to their characters, working with new directors, why mining the funny in an animated feature is a unique challenge, how they often don’t know how their work looks until they experience it in a theater, why El Gallo Negro would be a cool addition to the Cloudy universe, and how they’d return if there was a Cloudy 3.  They also discussed their upcoming projects including Faris’ new CBS TV show, Mom; Bratt’s PBS documentary, American Latinos; and Hader’s roles in The To Do List, The Skeleton Twins, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, and writing on South Park.

Comic-Con: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Terry Crews, and Directors Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn Talk CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, SNL Exits, and More

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While at Comic-Con this weekend for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Anna Faris, Bill Hader and Terry Crews and co-directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn spoke to the press about their new animated comedy, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  The sequel to Sony Pictures Animation’s 2009 hit comedy picks up sixty seconds after the first film ends and revisits the characters in a new and crazy adventure.  After evacuating the island of Swallow Falls to clean up the food disaster from the first film, Flint (Hader) discovers his infamous invention is still active and churning out mutant food animals, or foodimals.  Once again, he and his friends have to save the world.

During the interview, they talked about the creative ways they expanded the story and characters, how they came up with the new designs for the food creatures, and what it’s like for the actors to convey their comedic work in an animated form.  Hader also discussed getting back into character the second time around, his reaction to hearing he was nominated for an Emmy, and why he decided to leave SNL.  Crews revealed what it’s like to live in both the Cloudy and Expendables film worlds and why we need a Camacho movie.   Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Panel Recap; Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Terry Crews Talk About Making “A David Cronenberg Movie for Kids”

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One of the most enjoyable animated films of the past few years was Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s very funny Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and so I was very happy to hear that Sony was moving forward with a sequel.  Lord and Miller remain onboard as producers for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, but Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn take the helm as directors this time around.  At the film’s Comic-Con panel in Hall H today, Bill Hader, Anna Faris, and Terry Crews showed up alongside Cameron and Pearn to talk about the follow-up, the numerous “foodimals,” and more.  Hit the jump for my full recap of the Comic-Con panel for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

International Trailer for CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Following on the heels of yesterday’s new domestic trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, an international trailer has now been released online.  The plot revolves around Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) returning to Swallow Falls to clean up the mess created by the FLDSMDFR, only to find that food is now taking on the form of mutant beasts.  The film is one of my most-anticipated movies of the next three months, and while this trailer does retread a good portion of what we saw in the first trailer with regards to the food puns, we’re also getting more of Steve (Neil Patrick Harris).  I’m curious to see if the talking monkey will have a larger role in the sequel, or if he’s just being played up in the marketing due to his popularity and ability to get quick laughs.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Andy Samberg, Will Forte, and Terry CrewsCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.

New Trailer for CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Sony Pictures Animation has released a new trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  The plot revolves around Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) returning to Swallow Falls to clean up the mess created by the FLDSMDFR, only to find that food is now taking on the form of mutant beasts.  It looks to be every bit as zany as the first one and then some, so if you’re worried about directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn handling the follow-up, this trailer should put you at ease.  If nothing else, enjoy the moments with Steve the scene-stealing simian (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris).

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Will Forte, and Terry CrewsCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens on September 27th.

Trailer and Poster for I GIVE IT A YEAR Starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Simon Baker, and Anna Faris

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Magnolia has released the trailer and poster for Dan Mazer‘s reverse romantic-comedy, I Give It a Year.  The film stars Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Rafe Spall (Prometheus) as a mismatched couple and centers on their struggle to survive their first year of marriage.  This trailer shares some of the jokes with the one we saw last year, but it’s still very funny stuff.  I really enjoyed the film when I caught it at SXSW, and this trailer makes me want to see it again.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, and Olivia Coleman. I Give It a Year hits VOD on July 3rd and opens in theaters on August 9th.

Magnolia Picks up I GIVE IT A YEAR Starring Rafe Spall, Rose Byrne, Simon Baker, and Anna Faris

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Magnolia has picked up the reverse rom-com I Give It a Year.  The film stars Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne as a married couple who grow to realize that they’re not right for each other, and start being drawn to other people (Anna Faris and Simon Baker, respectively).  I caught the film at SXSW, and found it to be surprising funny and charming even though it deals with a relationship that’s falling apart.  The movie will be released via Magnolia’s “Ultra VOD” program, which means it will debut on VOD and then the VOD cost will be slightly reduced when the picture hits limited theatrical release.  VOD is probably the best distribution method for the film since it’s a little too slight and lacks the star power to be a serious wide release.

Hit the jump for the press release.  I Give It a Year is due out later this year and also stars Stephen Merchant, Olivia Colman, Jason Flemyng, and Minnie Driver.

SXSW 2013: I GIVE IT A YEAR Review

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Dan Mazer‘s I Give It a Year is the rom-com in reverse and two rom-coms in one.  Mazer takes the difficult task of showing a marriage fall apart, and turns it into a surprisingly funny and witty comedy that never feels cynical.  And it’s absolutely easy to be cynical when it comes to marriage because of the 50% divorce rate.  But like any good comic writer, Mazer finds the humor in an unlikely topic, and succeeds with sharp dialogue, talented actors, and wisely keeping the tone of the film the same as an average romantic comedy.

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