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.

Genesis Rodriguez & Jamie Chung Talk Line Readings, Character Changes and Technical Jargon in BIG HERO 6

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Animated voice-over work has always seemed like a pretty good gig for an actor.  You show up for a couple sessions for a few hours and voila you’re the star of a film.  A far cry from the usual twelve-hour-a-day three-month shoot required for those pesky live action films.  But in talking with Genesis Rodriguez and Jamie Chung, it quickly becomes apparent how difficult an animated feature is for an actor to gage their performance.  By acting out so many different permutations for each line reading, a performance can be skewed in any number of directions.  It’s a real testament to the trust developed between an actor and director (here Chris Williams & Don Hall) – that Rodriquez and Chung’s performances not only work but also feel consistent.  In Big Hero 6, the two actors co-star as Honey Lemon & Go Go, two wicked smart science students, suddenly thrust into a situation where they must use their technical prowess to battle a masked vigilante.

In the following interview with Rodriguez and Chung, the duo discuss the preparation process for Big Hero 6, how many different variations they do for a line reading and the most difficult lines to deliver.

Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez Talk BIG HERO 6, Similarities to Their Characters, Upcoming Projects, and More

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From Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 follows robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) who, after a tragic event, turns to inflatable and huggable robot companion Baymax (Scott Adsit).  With a dangerous plot unfolding on the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro transforms a group of like-minded friends – adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), precision freak Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller) – into high-teach heroes determined to solve the mystery and save the day.

At the film’s press day, voice co-stars Genesis Rodriguez and Jamie Chung spoke at a roundtable interview about how much they got to see of their characters while they were recording the voices, how similar they are to the characters they brought to life (Genesis Rodriguez was actually even on her high school robotics team), how important it is to them that there are two very smart women in the film, telling an emotional story that’s very relatable, their action figures, that the finished film actually brought them to tears, how much improvisation they did, where they’d like to see their characters go in future films, and how strange it is to be a Disney character.  Genesis also spoke about the Kevin Smith trilogy of films that she’s a part of, while Jamie spoke about her Hulu series, produced by Elizabeth Banks.

BIG HERO 6 Comic-Con Panel Recap: Brand New Clips and Big Laughs Thanks to Baymax

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You’d think some of the folks attending the Big Hero 6 panel at New York Comic-Con might be big fans of the source material.  However, when the guy warming up the crowd prior to the panel asked who has read the comic book, hardly anyone responded.  In fact, one of the only audible responses was, “It’s weird.”  Weird or not, Big Hero 6 the movie looks like it’ll be a major crowd-pleaser.  At this point, Walt Disney Animation Studios has unleashed a slew of promotional material and Baymax is absolutely killing it in every last bit of it.

With the film less than a month away from its big debut, directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, producer Roy Conli, and voice actors Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Genesis Rodriguez, Jamie Chung and T.J. Miller all hit the main stage at the Javits Center to talk Big Hero 6 and show off some unseen clips from the film.  Hit the jump for my Big Hero 6 Comic-Con panel recap, and click here to watch the new trailer.

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.

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.]

Holliday Grainger to Star in TULIP FEVER; Kid Cudi Joins ENTOURAGE; Genesis Rodriguez Goes HOME

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If you count “Kid,” tonight’s casting report features a great group of first names.

  • Holliday Grainger is in negotiations to star opposite Christoph Waltz in the period romance Tulip Fever, directed by Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom).
  • Kid Cudi has joined the cast of the Entourage movie, written and directed by series creator Doug Ellin.
  • Genesis Rodriguez will join Topher Grace and Patricia Clarkson in the supernatural thriller Home, directed by Dennis Iliadis (The Last House on the Left).

More on each project after the jump.

First Trailer for Hurricane Katrina Suspense Drama HOURS Starring Paul Walker

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The first trailer for writer/director Eric Heisserer’s (The Thing) Hurricane Katrina drama Hours has been released online.  The film stars Paul Walker as a man grieving with the recent passing of his wife while attempting to keep his premature newborn daughter alive after they are abandoned in a New Orleans hospital during landfall of Hurricane Katrina.  Power failures, looters, and rising flood waters complicate matters for Walker’s character, as he struggles to survive.  The film looks like an intense Hallmark movie or a very special episode of ER, but I guess it’s nice to see Walker stretching with more dramatic material.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Genesis Rodriguez and is currently awaiting a release date.

IDENTITY THIEF Review

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The most remarkable thing about Identity Thief is how a movie this dumb could keep insulting its audience’s intelligence.  Aside from being a comedy with no laughs, screenwriter Craig Mazin rests almost his entire plot on coincidences, and one-dimensional characters.  The comic talents of stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy are absolutely wasted on a limp road movie that gets lazier and more tiresome with every passing moment.  The best joke the film can conjure is a punch to the throat, which would almost be preferable to sitting through this chore of a picture.

20 Things to Know from Our Set Visit to THE LAST STAND Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

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The sheriff of a small border town stands in front of a notorious drug cartel leader, blocking his path across the bridge that will take him safely out of the country.  Wanting to avoid a physical confrontation with the much larger man, the cartel leader attempts to buy him off. The sheriff responds by discarding his gun belt and shedding his jacket, dropping it to the ground.  The men rush each other.  They trade blows, neither getting the upper hand until the sheriff lifts the man into the air and prepares to slam him to the asphalt.  Director Kim Jee-Woon calls cut and sheriff Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) slowly lowers cartel leader Gabriel Cortes (Eduardo Noriega) to the ground with the assistance of the actor’s stunt wires.

It’s late October 2011 and we’re on set of The Last StandSchwarzenegger’s first starring role since leaving the governorship of California and his triumphant return to the big screen.  While we’ll have interviews with the cast and crew of the film later on this week, you can hit the jump right now to view our “20 Things to Know” for The Last Stand.  Also starring Forest Whitaker, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzman, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford and Genesis Rodriguez, The Last Stand opens January 18th, 2013.

New Trailer for THE LAST STAND Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

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A new full-length trailer for director Kim Jee-Woon‘s actioner The Last Stand has been released.  The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the old sheriff of a sleepy border town who’s called to action when a drug kingpin flees an FBI prisoner convoy, and tries to make his way to Mexico.  This trailer gives us a better look at the action outside of the border town involving Forest Whitaker‘s law enforcement character and also highlights some of the lighter aspects of the pic.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Eduardo Noriega, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford, and Genesis Rodriguez.  The Last Stand opens January 18, 2013.

First Trailer and Images for IDENTITY THIEF Starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy

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The first trailer for the comedy Identity Thief has been released.  Directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), the movie stars Jason Bateman as an accounts rep who has a week to travel across the country and track down the con artist (Melissa McCarthy) who stole his identity.  Horrible Bosses was a fantastic surprise last year and the pairing of Bateman and McCarthy sounds great, but this trailer is a tad disappointing.  Many of the jokes hinge on physical comedy, so hopefully they’re saving the dialogue-driven stuff for the full film. The caliber of talent involved is promising and McCarthy looks to have put together quite the character, so I’m still eager to see more.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out some images.  The film also stars Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, and Eric StonestreetIdentity Thief opens February 8, 2013. 

Synopses Released for 2 GUNS Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, and IDENTITIY THIEF Starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy

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Universal Pictures has released synopses for their upcoming films 2 Guns and Identity Thief.  Briefly, 2 Guns is an action flick that stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong.  As for Identity Thief, the comedy stars Jason Bateman as a man who goes to great lengths to get his identity back from a con artist (Melissa McCarthy).

Hit the jump to check out the synopses.  2 Guns opens August 16, 2013.  Identity Thief opens February 8, 2013.

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