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.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Review

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In 2005, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s Sin City was an interesting novelty.  The directors were able to transfer Miller’s visually distinct comics to the screen through the heavy use of CGI.  Not adapt; transfer.  The comic was used as a storyboard, and the directors filled in the gaps by casting a bunch of recognizable actors to play the roles.  For people who argue that adaptations should never stray from the source material, 2005′s Sin City was perfect.  Although the novelty has run its course, Rodriguez and Miller are back nine years later with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but the visual panache now feels like a crutch while also diminishing any authentic noir vibe the movie occasionally tries to convey.  Although the sequel is occasionally enjoyable thanks to the actors who are in on the exaggerated tone, the film feels like it was made by a couple of teenagers who mistake whores for dames, sadists for toughs guys, and style for charm.

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 SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Images Feature Rosario Dawson and Jamie Chung

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Dimension Films has released new Sin City: A Dame to Kill For images.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  These images feature Jamie Chung as Miho (who was played by Devon Aoki in the first movie) and Rosario Dawson as Gail, whose outfit was apparently inspired by the prank played on Regina George in Mean Girls.

Hit the jump to check out the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For images.  The film also stars Jessica AlbaMickey RourkeJoseph Gordon-Levitt Bruce WillisJaime KingDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens August 22nd.

8 New Images from SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Starring Eva Green, Josh Brolin, and Jessica Alba

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Eight new images from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For have been released online.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically-altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  All of these images could be glimpsed briefly in the trailer, but these are some nice, higher-resolution stills, which is important when so much of the film’s impact will probably be in the visuals.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis Haysbert, Jamie Chung, Powers Boothe, Christopher Lloyd, Christopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

First Trailer for THE HANGOVER PART III

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The first trailer for director Todd Phillips’ comedy sequel The Hangover Part III has been released.  Billed with the tagline “It All Ends”, and Stu threatening to burn Las Vegas to the ground, the trailer for Part III comes off more like an action movie than a comedy.  There are some jokes (the trailer closes with a great one), but more than anything, it looks like Warner Bros. is trying to push the idea that the trilogy’s conclusion won’t be a retread like The Hangover Part II.  Let’s hope so.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jamie Chung, Mike Epps, Mike Tyson, Jeffrey Tambor and Melissa McCarthyThe Hangover Part III opens on May 24th.

New Trailer for Forced Prostitution Drama EDEN Starring Jamie Chung

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Phase 4 has released a new trailer for the human trafficking drama Eden.  As you probably inferred from the “human trafficking drama” description, Eden looks pretty messed up.  Jamie Chung stars as a Korean-American teenager abducted and forced into prostitution: “Throughout the two years she is held, Eden reluctantly ensures her own survival by carving out power and influence within the very organization that has imprisoned her.”

Eden got solid reviews at SXSW 2012 (I like THR’s account of a “grim but gripping” film), so the harrowing tale (based on a true story) looks to be worth the effort.  You can find Eden in theaters starting March 20.  Matt O’Leary and Beau Bridges co-star in the Megan Griffiths-directed thriller.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

PREMIUM RUSH Blu-ray Review

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Premium Rush is the kind of movie Hollywood no longer seems interested in: The B-movie action film. These are films with low budgets and generally smaller stakes that try to make up for their limitations with a streamlined plot, a high concept, and a leading man that people like. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon star in this story of a bike messenger (Gordon-Levitt) who’s given a hot item that gets him hunted by a cop (Shannon). Our review of Premium Rush on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

SIN CITY 2 Begins Shooting, Adds Jaime King and Jamie Chung; Major Casting Still to Come

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Sin City 2, aka Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which began shooting in Austin yesterday, has added Jaime King in a returning role and Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch), who replaces Devon Aoki.  Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are teaming up once again for the sequel to their 2005 hit adaptation. Their co-written script is a mingling of Miller’s comics’ storylines as well as a new story written just for the film by Miller.  One plot was taken from the 1993 comic, “A Dame to Kill For,” and centers on a man named Dwight and his entanglements with a femme fatale named Ava.  Additional info on casting, such as the possible return of Clive Owen and much more, follows after the jump.

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