DATE NIGHT Blu-ray Review

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I can’t think of two more likeable stars than Steve Carell and Tina Fey so it’s no surprise that their cinematic joint effort, Date Night, exudes a quality of general likability. Carell and Fey have an easy, natural chemistry playing Phil and Claire Foster, a married couple from New Jersey who decide to reignite their romance with a night out in the big, bad apple. When they end up mistaken for a couple of low-life crooks running a blackmailing scheme against a local politico, they end up on the run from corrupt cops and big-city mobsters. There’s a tradition of Manhattan-set screwball comedies that place during the course of one wild urban night – Martin Scorsese’s After Hours comes to mind – and while Date Night doesn’t do much to advance the sub-genre, it’s still a breezy, funny way to pass the Night. Continued after the jump:

Steve Carell Video Interview DESPICABLE ME; Plus Updates on GET SMART 2 (Which he Wrote!) and Another Movie With Tine Fey?

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I’m a huge fan of Steve Carell.  So when I found out I’d be getting the chance to talk with him as our partners at Omelete got TV spots with the cast of Despicable Me, I’ll admit I was pretty excited.  While I’ve had the chance to interview him a number of times in the past, it’s always been part of a roundtable interview or a press conference…never just me asking all the questions.

Thankfully, Steve Carell is ridiculously nice, and while the cameras were getting set up, I had the chance to talk with him for a few minutes before the interview “started.” It’s always great to meet people you respect and admire and they end up being even cooler than you could have possibly hoped.

Anyway, when the cameras finally started rolling, we talked about how he got involved in Despicable Me (which is quite good), how did he find the voice, how did the project change over the years, and we also talked about Get Smart 2 (which he wrote!) and he revealed to me as the interview ended that Tina Fey is currently writing another project for the two of them!  If you saw Date Night, you know they have awesome chemistry.  Hit the jump to watch the interview:

Weekend Box Office – Surprise! KICK-ASS Surpassed By HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON?

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Last weekend’s early estimates put Date Night on top. By the time final numbers were released on Monday, however, the higher ticket prices of the 3D Clash of the Titans had prevailed. One week later it looks like the weekend race is a nail biter once again. Even with softer than expected attendance, the superhero shenanigans of Kick-Ass were expected to take top honors. But it now appears that How to Train Your Dragon will get an encore at number one after four weeks in release. The top ten is as follows but remember – they are likely to change.

Title Weekend Total
1 How To Train Your Dragon $20,000,000 $158.6
2 Kick-Ass $19,750,000 $19.7
3 Date Night $17,300,000 $49.2
4 Death at a Funeral $17,000,000 $17
5 Clash of the Titans $15,770,000 $132.9
6 The Last Song $5,800,000 $50
7 Why Did I Get Married Too? $4,180,000 $54.8
8 Hot Tub Time Machine $3,545,000 $42.5
9 Alice in Wonderland $3,500,000 $324
10 The Bounty Hunter $3,200,000 $60.3

Friday Box Office – KICK-ASS On Top with $7.5 Million

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The evolution of Mathew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass has epic dimensions – even for a superhero flick.  With such a legendary build-up, perhaps it’s little wonder that the film’s actual debut would fail to match expectations. Kick-Ass launched in 3,065 theatres on Friday and brought in an estimated $7.5 million. That was enough to claim number one at Friday’s box office, but not quite enough to get the R-rated action-comedy to the $30 million weekend figure that Lionsgate was hoping for. Three day projections should, realistically, bring the ass-kicking to the $20 million range. That’s more than fellow newcomer Death at a Funeral, at any rate. The comedy brought in an estimated $5.5 million from 2,459 engagements and is looking at a weekend total of about $17 million. Meanwhile, after relinquishing weekend bragging rights to Clash of the Titans on Monday, Date Night looks strong entering its second weekend. The comedy lost just 40% of last Friday’s total and is running even with Funeral for second place.  Full weekend details tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Kick-Ass $7,500,000 $7.5
2 Death at a Funeral $5,500,000 $5.5
3 Date Night $5,500,000 $37.4
4 Clash of the Titans $4,300,000 $121.5
5 How to Train Your Dragon $4,200,000 $142.8

Weekend Box Office – DATE NIGHT Narrowly Edges Out CLASH OF THE TITANS with $27.1 Million

by     Posted 4 years, 109 days ago

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It was a tight race for supremacy at this weekend’s box office, with 3D holdover Clash of the Titans just barely edged out by the debut of the Steve Carell/Tina Fey comedy Date Night. With less than $300,000 separating the two, these estimates could easily change by the time final numbers are released on Monday.

Title Weekend Total
1 Date Night $27,100,000 $27.1
2 Clash of the Titans $26,875,000 $110.4
3 How to Train Your Dragon $25,350,000 $133.8
4 Why Did I Get Married Too $11,000,000 $48.5
5 Last Song $10,000,000 $42.4
6 Alice in Wonderland $5,600,000 $319.3
7 Hot Tub Time Machine $5,430,000 $36.9
8 The Bounty Hunter $4,300,000 $56
9 Diary of a Wimpy Kid $4,100,000 $53.7
10 Letters to God $1,121,000 $1.1

Friday Box Office – DATE NIGHT Debut Overtakes The TITANS

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With only one major new release out this weekend (and a lowly comedy at that) the good folks behind the Clash of the Titans remake were hoping for a second week at the top of the box office. Too bad that the lowly comedy in question happened to star two of the most popular comedians of the past few years: Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Fox’s Date Night, featuring the affable TV stars doing their best Jack Lemmon/Sandy Dennis impersonations, opened at number one on Friday with $9.3 million from its 3,374 locations. That puts Date Night on track to surpass Fox’s projections with a total weekend take over $25 million. Meanwhile, those multi-dimensional Titans experienced a big drop of nearly 70% over last Friday’s holiday debut, though they could still come out on top with a good showing on Saturday.  Check back tomorrow to see how it all shakes out.

Title Friday Total
1 Date Night $9,300,000 $9.3
2 Clash of the Titans $8,500,000 $94
3 How to Train Your Dragon $7,100,000 $115.6
4 The Last Song $3,600,000 $36
5 Why Did I Get Married Too $3,500,000 $41

DATE NIGHT Review

by     Posted 4 years, 112 days ago

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Date Night is a testament to the comic timing and delivery of Steve Carell and Tina Fey.  On the page, their characters aren’t that interesting and their circumstances aren’t very exciting, but Carell and Fey make the film come alive with their affability, dorky charm, and their gift for comedy.  They transform Date Night into a bland romcom affair into a fun screwball comedy worth seeing even if they’re playing more subdued versions of their well-known leading roles on TV’s 30 Rock and The Office.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey Interview DATE NIGHT – Read or Listen Here

by     Posted 4 years, 112 days ago

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Opening tomorrow is director Shawn Levy’s Date Night - which stars Tina Fey (Baby Mama, 30 Rock, SNL) and Steve Carell (The 40 Year Old Virgin, The Office) as a typical suburban couple whose lives have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro where a case of mistaken identity turns their evening into the ultimate date night-gone-awry. Date Night also stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Leighton Meester, James Franco, Ray Liotta, and Mark Ruffalo.

To help promote the film, I recently attended a press conference with Tina Fey, Steve Carell and director Shawn Levy.  They talked about making the film, 30 Rock and The Office, the improv, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read the transcript or listen to the audio.

8 Movie Clips from DATE NIGHT Starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell

by     Posted 4 years, 114 days ago

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Opening this Friday is director Shawn Levy’s Date Night - which stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell as a typical suburban couple whose lives have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro where a case of mistaken identity turns their evening into the ultimate date night-gone-awry. But as Claire and Phil take their unexpected walk on the wild side, they begin to remember what made them so special together.  Date Night also stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Leighton Meester, James Franco, Ray Liotta, and Mark Ruffalo.

To help promote the film, 20th Century Fox has provided us with eight clips from the movie.  Hit the jump to check them out:

New High Resolution Images From DATE NIGHT Starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell

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With 20th Century Fox’s Date Night getting released April 9, the studio has released a number of new images from the film that stars Steve Carell (The 40 Year Old Virgin, The Office) and Tina Fey (Baby Mama, 30 Rock, SNL).  The premise is a run-of-the-mill married couple’s date night is turned upside down (for some reason) and they get into a crazy adventure.  While the premise is a bit iffy, I’m in for anything that stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey as they both make me laugh. Also, the film is loaded with guest stars like Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Leighton Meester, James Franco, Ray Liotta, Mark Ruffalo, and a lot of others.  Hit the jump to check out the images:

New Clip from DATE NIGHT Featuring Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and a Mark Wahlberg Cameo

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I was overjoyed when it was first announced that Steve Carell and Tina Fey would be joining forces for Date Night.  To see NBC’s comedy superstars bounce off each other at feature length sounds wonderful to me, even if said bouncing is directed by Shawn Levy of Night at the Museum/Pink Panther/Cheaper by the Dozen fame.  But the trailer was pretty underwhelming.  It’s peppered with some good lines, but seems overwhelmed by its action-comedy plot:  Fey and Carell play a married couple whose date night turns is plagued by gangsters and car chases after a case of mistaken identity.

But comic timing can be ruined by the rules of trailer editing.  Luckily, Yahoo! Movies has posted a three minute clip, an undoubtedly better representation of the film.  The clip features Mark Wahlberg, and the interplay between the three is exactly what I was hoping for upon the first announcement.  I don’t think I’ll ever get behind the plot, but hopefully I’ll never need to.  Check out the clip along with the official synopsis after the break.

Date Night hits theaters on April 9th.

Warner Bros. Decides THE LOSERS Is Enough of a Winner to Compete with Summer Blockbusters

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The spring may not be the prelude to the summer of blockbusters, but with kids out of school, the summer remains the most competitive time of year for movies.  Warner Bros. thinks Sylvan White’s The Losers is good enough to get in the fight as they’re moving the film from its April 9th release date into the fray of June 4th.  That’s not a big fight for the action-thriller as it’s going up the raunchy comedy Get Him to the Greek, the derivative looking action-comedy Killers, and the family flick Marmaduke. The real fight comes the following weekend when Losers will be going up against Joe Carnahan’s A-Team.  Both films have the plot line of a burned special ops team taking revenge against those who burned them, but it will be interesting to see which movie audiences will prefer.

For more on why WB moved the film, along with the trailer and synopsis, hit the jump:

New Posters for KICK-ASS, DATE NIGHT, and EDGE OF DARKNESS

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Courtesy of IMPAwards, the world’s best movie poster site ever, we have three new posters for Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass, Shawn Levy’s Date Night, and Martin Campbell’s Edge of Darkness.  The Kick-Ass poster feature Chloe Moretz as “Hit-Girl” and completes the set of the previously released posters.  The Date Night poster is so plain that they just took an image we’ve already seen, slapped a gray background and the movie’s titled on it, and went about their business.  Still, people love Steve Carell and Tina Fey so what more do you really need?  And finally, the poster for Edge of Darkness tells us that few escape justice, none escape vengeance, and Mel Gibson can’t escape motion blur. [Update -- This poster was not a finalized version of the alternate poster and we have removed it at the request of the studio]

Hit the jump to check out all the posters plus a brief synopsis on each film.

Tina Fey and Steve Carell to Co-Star Again in MAIL-ORDER GROOM

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Tina Fey and Steve Carell are tentatively set to co-star in Mail-Order Groom — a comedy about a desperate woman who orders a husband from Eastern Europe –which will be co-produced by their respective companies, Little Stranger and Carousel Productions.  Fey and Carell will first be seen together in Shawn Levy’s Date Night, which hits theaters on April 9, 2010.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the concept for Mail-Order Groom comes from Fey’s husband Jeff Richmond, and the script is currently going through rewrites by Glenn Ficarra and John Requathe  (Bad Santa and I Love You Phillip Morris).

Fey and Carell are two of the funniest people in television today, so I think the more they do together the better, but don’t be surprised if either or both names get dropped from the project.  They both have successful shows on NBC, and their schedules are backed up due to Date Night publicity, so it may be tough to find the time.  However, even if they choose not to star, presumably they’ll stay on in a producing capacity.

First Trailer for DATE NIGHT Starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey

by     Posted 4 years, 260 days ago

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I was under the impression that Date Night would have stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey as a married couple who undergo a series of comic mishaps as they try to have a nice night out on the town-a kind of quasi-remake of The Out-of-Towners.  But as the first trailer shows us, Date Night is a comedy-action movie.  The plot may be “married couple vs. gangsters” but the movie looks like “Carell/Fey vs. bad jokes/director Shawn Levy”.  Here’s hoping that Carell and Fey win.

Check out the trailer after the jump.  Date Night hits theaters on April 9, 2010.

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