BIG HERO 6 Review

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Too often in superhero tales, science falls in the realm of the baddies.  The scientists are the cackling madmen (and almost always men) in white lab coats.  They’re irresponsible with their genius.  Meanwhile, the hero has their superpowers thrust upon them.  What they lack in smarts, they make up for in determination.  Big Hero 6 flips the script by making science cool, but never loses the cute and nerdy heart of heroes who are still out of their depth.  Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, Disney Animation Studios’ new movie is filled with gorgeous designs, exciting action, and endearing characters—especially the cuddly robot Baymax (Scott Adsit)—but its most noble deed is getting younger audience members to see science as heroic.

T.J. Miller & Damon Wayans, Jr. Talk BIG HERO 6

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Big Hero 6A Marriage of Convenience. Somehow this was the conclusion arrived at by the end of my interview with T.J. Miller Damon Wayans, Jr. It was late in the day and the two were justifiably tired and a little loopy from a long day of doing interviews for the Disney feature. So a simple question on injecting their own comedic personas into their animated characters turned into a fairly epic nonsensical rant by Miller on how starring in a Disney film is akin to a marriage and, well, it’s best to just watch and see Miller go off. The gregarious comic has a real knack for mixing absurdity with a deeply acerbic sense of wit. Damon Wayans, Jr’s bemused nonchalance at Miller’s monologue is the cherry on top. It’s also a fair representation of their characters’ interactions within Big Hero 6. Miller as Fred is the wacky crazy comic relief while Wayans, Jr. as Wasabi plays the audience-identifying ‘straight man’, often commenting on just how insane the situation truly is.

Usually at this point, I would list the topic points covered in the following interview – but I have no clue if anything of any merit was actually learned. The interview may be all the better for it. So hit the jump and watch “comedy collide”.

New BIG HERO 6 Trailer Is Still All about the Big, Cuddly Baymax

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Disney has released a new Big Hero 6 trailer, and the focus continues to be on how Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) is adorable.  We do get a bit more of the plot in this trailer, which shows that Baymax was created by Hiro Hamada’s (Ryan Potter) deceased older brother, and we also briefly see the other members of the crime-fighting team, but Disney knows that their best shot at selling this movie is on Baymax.  He’s cute, he’s funny, and he’s huggable.  You could do far worse.

Hit the jump to check out the new Big Hero 6 trailer along with three new images.  The film also features the voices of Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, and Maya RudolphBig Hero 6 opens in 3D on November 7th.  Click on the corresponding links for Christina’s interviews with directors Don Hall & Chris Williams, Head of Animation Zach Parrish, and 24 things to know about the film.

BIG HERO 6 TV Spot Featuring GoGo Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred

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We’ve seen quite a bit of Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) and Baymax (Scott Adsit) throughout the Big Hero 6 promotional campaign so far and every second has been great, but how about getting a look at some of the other main players in the film?  A brand new Big Hero 6 TV spot just popped up on the film’s official Facebook page and it features Hiro, Baymax, GoGo Tomago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller) getting ready for some football.

After checking out that first clip from the film, it’s a little too tough to beat the charm of Hiro and Baymax’s relationship, but based on this brief preview, the rest of the gang looks as though they’ll offer up a fun, fresh dynamic as well.  Hit the jump to check it out.  Big Hero 6 opens in 3D on November 7th and also features the voices of Maya RudolphJames Cromwell and Alan Tudyk.

Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr. and Rob Riggle Talk LET’S BE COPS, Going on Ride-Alongs, NEW GIRL, and JURASSIC WORLD

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Let’s Be Cops marks director Luke Greenfield’s (The Girl Next Door) return to hard R-rated comedy after the mellower PG-13 affair Something Borrowed.  The film stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two friends who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms and a car purchased on eBay, but in the midst of all their fun they run into trouble with a dangerous Russian mobster.  Rob Riggle joins them in their adventures as a straight-laced real cop who can’t quite make heads or tails of the unlikely duo’s partnership

I recently had the chance to sit down with the trio to discuss the film and the somewhat surprising revelation that Riggle essentially plays the straight man in this movie.  We also talked about Johnson and Wayans’ New Girl chemistry and Johnson’s appearance in the upcoming Jurassic World.  Hit the jump for the Let’s Be Cops interview (be sure to check out the red-band trailer as well).  The film also stars Nina DobrevJames D’Arcy, and Keegan-Michael Key.  20th Century Fox releases it wide this Wednesday, August 13th.

Comic-Con: Damon Wayans Jr. Talks LET’S BE COPS, Improvising, Scary Ride-Along Research, NEW GIRL, and More

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The action comedy Let’s Be Cops is the ultimate buddy cop movies, except for the fact that they’re not actually cops.  When two struggling pals (Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr.) dress as police officers for a costume party, they get tangled up in real-life crime and become neighborhood sensations.

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, actor Damon Wayans Jr. spoke to press at a conference, in which he talked about how much fun the film was to make, that probably 70% of the movie is improvised, how the fact that everything they’re doing is actually illegal sets it apart from other buddy comedies, working with Jake Johnson on this vs. New Girl, going on a scary ride-along for research, how every scene went off the rails but still made it into the film, the great message of the film, and how unlikely it is that there will be any more Happy Endings.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

BIG HERO 6 International Trailer: Hiro Hamada Meets Baymax

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Disney has released a Big Hero 6 international trailer.  Although the trailer is entirely in Japanese, after that domestic trailer dropped yesterday and absolutely melted my heart, I’m down to watch Hiro (voice by Ryan Potter) and Baymax (Scott Adsit) do just about anything, even if I can’t understand what they’re saying.

This one still has the footage of Hiro trying to train Baymax and help him suit up, but it’s got a far more somber tone to it.  Rather than open up with vibrant colors and an amusing scene like watching Baymax plug up a few holes with tape, this international version gets a funeral and rather blue and grey imagery to go with it.  However, as soon as Baymax pops up – or rather, blows up – the piece lightens significant and also gives us a look at how and why Hiro and Baymax came together in the first place.  Hit the jump to check out the Big Hero 6 international trailer.  The film opens in 3D on November 7th, and also features the voices of Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr., and Alan Tudyk.

New BIG HERO 6 Trailer: Check out More of Disney’s Animated Adaptation of the Marvel Superhero Comic [Updated]

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Disney has released a new Big Hero 6 trailer online.  Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt) directed the adaptation of the Marvel comic, which takes place in the high-tech city of San Fransokyo, and tells the story of a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) who, with his robot companion Baymax (Scott Adsit) in tow, teams up with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters to save the metropolis from destruction.  Like the teaser, this trailer puts a heavy emphasis on Baymax, and I’m completely fine with that.  He comes off as funny and adorable, and this overall movie looks like it could be a lot of fun.

Hit the jump to check out the Big Hero 6 trailer, and click here to see the new images and character descriptions that were released yesterday.  The film also features the voice of Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr., and Alan TudykBig Hero 6 opens in 3D on November 7th. [Update: Disney has released a trio of new images, which are included after the jump.]

New LET’S BE COPS Red-Band Trailer: Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. Are Posers

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20th Century Fox has released a new Let’s Be Cops red-band trailer for director Luke Greenfield’s (The Girl Next Door) upcoming comedy.  The film stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two friends who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms and a car purchased on eBay, but in the midst of all their fun they run into trouble with a dangerous Russian mobster.  I still haven’t really seen anything from the pic that makes it stand out as anything other than a pretty standard buddy cop comedy, but Johnson and Wayans Jr. are very funny guys who have terrific chemistry on New Girl, so hopefully that charisma makes the full feature worthwhile.

Hit the jump to watch the new Let’s Be Cops red-band trailer.  The film also stars Nina DobrevRob RiggleJames D’Arcy, and Keegan-Michael Key.  Let’s Be Cops opens August 13th.

New Trailer for LET’S BE COPS Starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr.

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20th Century Fox has released a new Let’s Be Cops trailer.  Directed by Luke Greenfield’s (The Girl Next Door), the film stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two friends who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms and a car purchased on eBay, but in the midst of all their fun they run into trouble with a dangerous Russian mobster.  The film also stars Nina Dobrev, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Like I said in the intro to my CinemaCon video interview with Johnson and Wayans Jr., while Let’s Be Cops wasn’t on my radar when the movie was filming, everything I’ve seen so far makes me think we might have the sleeper comedy of the summer.  The movie looks really funny and I’m very happy it’s going to be a hard R comedy.  Johnson and Wayans Jr. told me the film is like an 80s movies with crazy comedy, nudity, and a 3rd act filled with action.  Check out the Let’s Be Cops trailer and let me know what you think.  Let’s Be Cops opens August 13th.

Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. Talk Hard-R Comedy LET’S BE COPS, Nudity, Improvising, Joe Swanberg’s DIGGING FOR FIRE, and More

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I’ll admit it: director Luke Greenfield’s Let’s Be Cops just wasn’t on my radar.  While I’m a fan of Greenfield’s The Girl Next Door, I wasn’t sure what to expect with his new comedy starring  Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson.  However, after watching the great-looking red band trailer at CinemaCon, I think we might have an early contender for box office surprise of the summer.  If you haven’t heard of the film, Let’s Be Cops stars Johnson and Wayans Jr. as two friends who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms and a car purchased on eBay, but in the midst of all their fun they run into trouble with a dangerous Russian mobster.  The film also stars Nina DobrevRob RiggleJames D’Arcy, and Keegan-Michael Key and it opens August 13th.

Shortly after presenting the trailer at CinemaCon, I landed an exclusive video interview with Johnson and Wayans Jr.  They talked about how the project came together, how much was improvised, the test screenings, how it’s a hard R-rated comedy with nudity (they say it’s like the 80s movies where it’s a big comedy, then it turns and the action happens), deleted scenes, working with Greenfield, the promotional tour for the film, and more.  In addition, Wayans Jr. talked about his upcoming standup tour and Johnson discussed about his small role in Jurassic World and how he’s about to start filming director Joe Swanberg’s next film Digging for Fire, which starts filming soon and will also star Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Brie Larson.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Red-Band Trailer for LET’S BE COPS Starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr.

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for director Luke Greenfield’s (The Girl Next Door) comedy Let’s Be Cops.  The film stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two friends who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms and a car purchased on eBay, but in the midst of all their fun they run into trouble with a dangerous Russian mobster.  This debut red-band trailer does a nice job of selling the comedy and chemistry of Johnson and Wayans Jr., who have shined on TV with standout roles in New Girl and Happy Endings, respectively (and now both are on New Girl).  The plot is mostly in the background and it remains to be seen whether it’s strong enough to carry the story to feature length, but for now the movie looks to be quite funny.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Nina Dobrev, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy, and Keegan-Michael KeyLet’s Be Cops opens August 13th.

Fox Orders Zooey Deschanel Pilot THE NEW GIRL – Update: J.J. Abrams Drama ALCATRAZ Likely Next

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Upfronts are next week, which means every broadcast network has a day set aside to announce new series and renewal decisions.  Fox is getting an early start with a series order for the comedy pilot The New Girl (formerly titled Chicks and Dicks).  Zooey Deschanel stars as “a quirky teacher who moves in with three guys — the cynic, the player and the man-child — after being dumped.”  Jake M. Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Damon Wayans Jr. play the three guys; Hannah Simone also stars.  Wayans Jr. currently stars in the ABC sitcom Happy Endings, which is on the bubble.  If ABC renews the series, Fox will have to recast Wayans’ role.  No Strings Attached writer Liz Meriwether created the series.  Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard) directed the single-camera pilot.

[Update: A new report suggests Fox is near a deal to pick up the J.J. Abrams-produced drama Alcatraz.  Details after the break.]

[Update 2: Click here for more Fox scheduling news, including the cancellation of Breaking In, Traffic Light, The Chicago Code, and Human Target]

Hit the jump for more on the shape of Fox in the coming television year.

High Quality Set Photos From Adam McKay’s THE OTHER GUYS Starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg

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Never have I seen “set photos” that look this good.  These look like official stills from Sony.  I don’t know how many shots the photographer took (and he or she clearly used a real camera and not a cell phone) but almost all of these all look like they’re in the movie.  I hesitate to call them “stills” because if Sony really shot these and they’re official, why would the studio let them leak out like this?  I just can’t believe the quality on these.  Hit the jump to see these set photos/”stills” of Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Damon Wayans Jr. and Rob Riggle.

Michael Keaton, Damon Wayans Jr. and Eva Mendes join Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in THE OTHER GUYS

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Eva Mendes sure likes to keep busy. Since 2007 she has appeared in seven films, not counting the two in post-production or the one she is currently filming. Though that group includes such notables as “The Women” and the direct-to-DVD “Cleaner,” Mendes is still an actress in demand. She has just been signed to co-star in “The Other Guys,” the latest collaboration between Will Ferrell and his “Anchorman” director Adam McKay. Hit the jump for more info on the project.

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