24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Preview: It’s the Same Old Jack, For Better or Worse

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It’s only been four years since 24 went off the air, but the television landscape has changed quite dramatically since we last saw Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland).  When the series first premiered in 2001, just months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bauer’s “whatever it takes” attitude was an inspiring jolt to TV viewers.  The show’s unique structure of unfolding in real time maintained the story’s heightened tension throughout the entire 24 episodes, and subsequent seasons would provide plenty of thrilling twists and turns to keep audiences engaged.  The show’s quality started to decline as the years went on (it topped out at a magnificent season five), but Jack is up to his old tricks again in the limited series event 24: Live Another Day, and he’s joined by some familiar faces.

The 12-episode miniseries gets off to a bit of a slow start, but the trademark double-crosses and surprises remain intact, as does Jack’s outlaw attitude.  Live Another Day isn’t significantly better or worse than the show was when it left the airwaves in 2010, but given how much great TV is out there right now, the question becomes: is “same old Jack” good enough?  Read my full 24: Live Another Day review after the jump.

New “Movie Trailer” for 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY

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When 24 ended its television run in 2010, the producers made no secret of their desire to continue the adventures of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer in a feature film.  However, after a few years of script development, the project had stalled and the movie seemed like less of a reality as time wore on.  So what do you do when you can’t get a 24 movie off the ground?  Bring the show back, of course.  Producers are indeed resurrecting Jack for another adventure, but instead of a two-hour movie, it’s in the form of a 12-hour limited series event.  In a bit of a nod to the proposed film, a “theatrical trailer” for 24: Live Another Day has been released that highlights Jack’s latest murderous tendencies, which find him in London thwarting an attack on the President of the United States.

Hit the jump to watch the new 24: Live Another Day trailer.  The series also stars Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, Benjamin Bratt, William Devane, Tate Donovan, Yvonne Strahovski, Stephen Fry, and Michelle Fairley24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on May 12th.

New Trailer and Poster for 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Starring Kiefer Sutherland

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Fox has released a new trailer and poster for the upcoming limited series event 24: Live Another Day.  While the previous marketing materials simply teased the return of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer, this new trailer shows off quite a bit of footage and delves into the premise for Bauer’s 12-episode return.  After living off the grid ever since the events of the 24 series finale, Bauer resurfaces in London in order to thwart an assassination attempt on the President of the United States, who just so happens to be James Heller (William Devane).  It’s funny to see the return of the show’s signature multi-panel screen and Bauer looks to be up to his old shenanigans once again, but I’m interested to see how the limited run of episodes will impact the storytelling.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the official poster.  The show also stars Mary Lynn RajskubKim Raver, Benjamin BrattTate DonovanYvonne StrahovskiStephen Fry, and Michelle Fairley.  24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on May 12th.

Jack, Chloe, Audrey, and More Are Back in New Images from 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY

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Jack Bauer returns to say “Dammit Chloe!” another 46 times in a couple of months in Fox’s highly anticipated event series 24: Live Another Day, and some new images from the show have landed online.  The 12-episode limited series finds Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer thwarting terror abroad in London four years after the events of the show’s series finale.  These new images show the return of Jack, a newly punk Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub), Audrey (Kim Raver), and even now-President James Heller (William Devane), and we also get a look at some new characters, including Benjamin Bratt as the head of the CIA operation that’s tracking Jack in London, Tate Donovan as the White House Chief of Staff, and Chuck star Yvonne Strahovski as Kate Morgan, a “brilliant but impulsive” CIA field operative working in London.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here if you missed the first teaser trailer.  24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on May 12th.

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.

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.

DESPICABLE ME 2 Review

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The adorable minions stole the first Despicable Me, and the thinking for Despicable Me 2 must have been to give the little yellow guys the whole movie.  It’s an odd picture that technically has a protagonist and slightly builds off the first story, but nominal villain Gru (Steve Carell) is the least interesting part of the sequel, and his daughters Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) have almost been completely pushed aside.  Rather than develop these characters, directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud apparently responded to fan reaction to the original film, and put the minions front-and-center.  It’s tough to complain when everything they do is funny, but it also makes Despicable Me 2 feel like a stopgap for next year’s minions spinoff.

Benjamin Bratt Talks DESPICABLE ME 2, Replacing Al Pacino, and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Benjamin Bratt turns in a fantastic performance in his first animated feature, Despicable Me 2 directed by Chris Meledandri.  In the eagerly anticipated summer sequel, he voices two sides of the same character:  Eduardo, the charming owner of the popular Salsa & Salsa restaurant whose larger-than-life personality is dwarfed only by the size of his waistline, and El Macho, the most ruthless, dangerous and macho super-villain who ever villained.  Bratt’s character stands out among a host of new and outrageously funny characters in the hilarious comedy adventure opening July 3rd.

At the film’s recent press day, Bratt talked about replacing Al Pacino in the dual role, how he developed the voice for the character, what appealed to him about the first film and drew him to the sequel, how he found the role exciting, challenging and emancipating in a way he’d never experienced as a performer, why he’s now cool in the eyes of his kids, what it’s been like to go from drama to comedy to voicing characters in an animated film, how Modern Family helped expand the comedic possibilities of his career, his thoughts on the meaning of being manly, and his new film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, that’s coming out this fall.  Hit the jump to read the rest of the interview:

7 Clips and 23 High-Resolution Images from DESPICABLE ME 2

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Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released seven clips from the upcoming animated sequel Despicable Me 2.  In the new film, Gru (Steve Carell) is kidnapped by the “Anti-Villain League”, and recruited in order to defeat a new super villain, voiced by Benjamin Bratt.  Fans of the first pic aren’t likely to be disappointed with this follow-up, as it looks to include more goofy weaponry, cute kids, and of course those adorable minions.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also features the voices of Kristen Wiig, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Dana Gaier, Elsie Kate Fisher, Miranda Cosgrove, and Russell Brand.  Despicable Me 2 opens in 3D on July 3rd.

Al Pacino Departs DESPICABLE ME 2 [Update: Benjamin Bratt Steps in to Replace Him]

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We haven’t seen too much from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s animated family-friendly sequel Despicable Me 2, but we can expect to hear even less from Al Pacino as the veteran actor has left the picture.  Pacino had come onto the film to replace Javier Bardem as the new antagonist, but apparently creative differences have led to a parting of ways.  Although Pacino has done a fair amount of work on the film, the studio is already looking for an actor to replace him in order to make their early July release date.

Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud are directing the sequel with Steve Carell reprising his role as Gru.  Other voice cast members include Kristen Wiig, Ken Jeong, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand and Steve Coogan.  Despicable Me 2 opens July 3rd.  Hit the jump for more.

Benjamin Bratt Talks SNITCH, His History with Director Ric Roman Waugh, the Authenticity of the Film, Playing an Antagonist and Going Up Against Dwayne Johnson

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While Dwayne Johnson may be the big draw in Ric Roman Waugh’s Snitch, Benjamin Bratt gets to play the big bad behind the scenes.  During a recent interview for the film, Bratt talked about his history with Waugh, the authenticity that the director brings to the picture, the thin line separating crops from criminals, starring in an antagonistic role and going up against the physically imposing Johnson.

In theaters now, Snitch also stars Susan SarandonMichael Kenneth WilliamsJon Bernthal and Barry Pepper.  You can check out my review here.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

First Trailer for CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Sony Pictures has released the first 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.  I laughed a lot during this trailer, but keep in mind that I love puns, so I crack up when the beasts are called “Mosquitoast” and “Shrimpanzees”.  The trailer also shows off the strange, offbeat humor that made the first film such a delight.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Terry Crews, and Neil Patrick HarrisCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.

5 Clips for SNITCH Starring Dwayne Johnson

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With director Ric Roman Waugh’s (Felon) Snitch opening February 22, we’ve been provided with five clips.  The film stars Dwayne Johnson as a father whose son is wrongly accused of a crime and sentenced to 10 years in jail.  In order to clear the boy’s name, he must go undercover and risk his own life.   Snitch also stars Susan Sarandon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jon Bernthal, Benjamin Bratt and Barry Pepper.   Hit the jump to check out the clips and look for our exclusive video interviews with the cast soon.

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