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.

Oscar Beat: 19 Animated Features Submitted for 86th Academy Awards

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19 animated feature films have been submitted for consideration for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, and it’s clear that this is a very thin year for the Best Animated Feature race.  Monsters University and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 feel like the biggest standouts, and while MU is certainly a strong effort from Pixar, it’s tough to imagine those two rousing the same kind of passion that previous nominees like How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3, or even ParaNorman instilled.  DreamWorks Animation has two contenders in the bunch with The Croods and Turbo, while Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2, Blue Sky’s Epic, and Disney’s Planes and Frozen are also eligible for nominations.  Hayao Miyazaki’s latest feature The Wind Rises is also among the submitted films.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of submitted features and for my early thoughts on the Best Animated Feature Oscar race.  The 86th Oscars will be held on March 2, 2014.  To catch up on all of our Oscar Beat coverage thus far, click here.

Friday Box Office: GRAVITY Stays on Top as CARRIE, ESCAPE PLAN, and THE FIFTH ESTATE Open

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Three new releases challenged Gravity for the top spot at the box office on Friday, but the 3D space thriller remained on top with $9.1 million.  Gravity will cross $150 today and is likely to win its third weekend in a row, bolstering the film’s Oscar chances.  Carrie put up the best fight with a $6.6 million Friday for second place.  The Stallone vs. Schwarzenegger pitch brought in just $3.4 million in business for Escape Plan, good enough for fourth place.  In a semi-wide release, The Fifth Estate lagged behind with a seventh place opening of $587,000.  Check back tomorrow for the weekend box office report.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Gravity $9,070,000 $148.6
2.  Carrie $6,600,000 $6.6
3.  Captain Phillips
$5,150,000 $41.2
4.  Escape Plan
$3,360,000 $3.4
5.  Cloudy with a Chance 2
$2,550,000 $85.6

Weekend Box Office: GRAVITY Hits New October Opening Record with $55.5 Million

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gravity-george-clooney-sliceSci-fi has been redeemed this morning. In a year that produced genre disappointments like After Earth and Oblivion, original sci-fi has its first unqualified hit of 2013 with Gravity. The thriller soared to $55.5 million on its first weekend, or about $15 million more than even its most optimistic boosters put the film one week ago. More importantly, Gravity set a new record for October by topping Paranormal Activity 3’s $52.5 million debut.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Gravity $55,550,000 $55.5
2.  Cloudy with a Chance 2 $21,500,000 $61.5
3.  Runner Runner $7,600,000 $7.6
4.  Prisoners $5,700,000 $47.8
5.  Rush $4,408,000 $18
6.  Don Jon $4,160,000 $16
7.  Baggage Claim $4,125,000 $15.1
8.  Insidious Chapter 2 $3,876,000 $74.7
9.  Pulling Strings $2,500,000 $2.5
10.  Enough Said $2,150,000 $5.13

Writers Jonathan M. Goldstein and John Francis Daley Talk CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, VACATION Remake, and More

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John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein make for an unusual pair. Daley is best known as a television actor, starring on the cult TV show Freaks and Geeks and now on Bones. Goldstein is a well traveled sitcom writer, contributing to shows ranging from The PJs to The New Adventures of Old Christine. Together the two have become one of the most in-demand and successful screenwriting teams in Hollywood. Their produced work covers a range of genres: the adult dark comedy Horrible Bosses, the broad comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and this weekend’s release Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

In the following interview with Daley and Goldstein, the writing duo discusses the genesis of their writing partnership, the re-writing process on Cloudy 2 and the difficulties of writing for animation. In addition Daley and Goldstein gave updates on a number of their upcoming projects: Horrible Bosses 2, Vacation (the remake to which they’re still slated to direct), their in-development pilot Punching Out and the just-sold-to-New-Line Bad Santa-esque The Bus Driver. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Weekend Box Office: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Wins with $35 Million

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Sony is reporting an opening weekend estimate of $35 million for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. That represents a nice bump from the $30.3 million debut of the original in 2009 (when 3D animation was still a hot trend) but is far from the record-breaking run that many expected. The weekend’s other new titles stuck closer to their very modest projections: Rush was edged out by Prisoners for second place, and neither Baggage Claim nor Don Jon managed to distinguish itself on September’s final frame.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $35,000,000 $35
2.  Prisoners $11,270,000 $38.9
3.  Rush $10,314,000 $10.5
4.  Baggage Claim $9,300,000 $9.3
5.  Don Jon $9,000,000 $9
6  Insidious Chapter 2 $6,747,000 $69.5
7.  The Family $3,700,000 $32.6
8.  Instructions Not Included $3,380,000 $38.5
9.  We’re the Millers $2,865,000 $142.4
10.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $2,417,000 $110.2

Friday Box Office: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Grabs $9.3 Million on First Day

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After an animation dry spell that left Disney’s Planes the only feature flying for nearly two months, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 lifted-off on Friday. The sequel to 2009’s 3D hit earned an estimated $9.3 million from 4,002 locations, which means that a new September record is probably not on the menu for the Sony release. At this time last year, Hotel Transylvania banked $10.9 million on its way to that record-setting $42.5 million first weekend. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 seems destined for about $37 million by Sunday – short of a record but well ahead of the $30.3 million debut of the first Cloudy.

After a good start in just five locations last weekend, Ron Howard’s Rush expanded its run on Friday. From 2,297 locations, the racing drama earned an estimated $3.7 million for second place. The frame’s remaining new releases ran about even on Friday: R-rated comedy Don Jon (directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt) took in $3.27 million from 2,422 locations while romantic comedy Baggage Claim booked $3.29 from 2,027 runs. Check back tomorrow for full details.

   Title Friday Total
1.    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $9,300,000 $9.3
2.    Rush $3,700,000 $3.96
3.    Prisoners $3,380,000 $31
4.    Baggage Claim $3,290,000 $3.29
5.    Don Jon $3,275,000 $3.27

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.

Andy Samberg and Terry Crews Talk CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, Voice Recording, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, THE EXPENDABLES 3, and More

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Andy Samberg and Terry Crews’ animated characters in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 couldn’t be more different. The brilliantly sardonic, not to mention rail-thin, Samberg goes against type as the dense, rotund ‘Baby’ Brent. Crews, on the other hand, co-stars as the hyper-masculine super cop Earl Devereaux. The militant character seems like a natural extension of Crews’ live action persona: a potent mixture of badass masculinity with an often-times-played-for-laughs vulnerability. However it’s Crews who is the newbie to the Cloudy franchise. While Samberg reprises his role from the first film, Crews takes over a part previously played by Mr. T. It’s an interesting duality: Samberg re-playing a character so far removed from himself and Crews stepping into a role seemingly tailor-made for him.

In the following interview with Samberg & Crews, the twosome discuss the vocal performance process on Cloudy 2, whether or not Crews could take Mr. T in a fight and working together on the TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  In addition, Terry Crews talks about working opposite Wesley Snipes on The Expendables 3.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

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.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is one of my favorite films of the last five years.  I missed it when it was in theaters because it seemed like it would be another lousy adaptation of a beloved kid’s book.  I couldn’t have been more wrong, and the movie gets better every time I see it.  Even though the sequel has different writers and directors, I still have high expectations for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and I’ve been very encouraged by what I’ve seen so far.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 10 family four-packs to the Atlanta screening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film features the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, Will Forte, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, and James CaanCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.

New Clip from CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Introduces the Foodimals

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Sony Pictures has released a new clip from the animated sequel 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.  This new clip is an extended “dolly shot” that pulls back and reveals a number of the film’s foodimals.  The animation looks fantastic, and I’ve been very encouraged by the pun-filled trailers and clips that we’ve seen thus far.

Hit the jump to watch the new clip.  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.

6 New Posters for CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Feature Characters and Puns

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In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Swallow Falls is under attack by mutant foods known as “foodimals”.  The audience will be under attack by the many puns, and not even the marketing is safe.  Sony Pictures Animation has released six character posters for the film, and each features puns such as “Run for Your Chives” and “Fruit Loose”.  Normally, these kinds of taglines would be lame, but since they actually represent the comedy featured in the film, I can get on board.  If you’re going to embrace puns, take it all the way.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The film features the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Benjamin Bratt, and Terry CrewsCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.

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