PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Review

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Can scene-stealers carry a movie?  Or do some characters only work best in small doses?  Even though they don’t have big-name voice actors, the espionage-minded penguins from the Madagascar franchise have consistently been more appealing than the central characters.  They almost feel like they’re more for the adults in the audience and the kids can have the slapstick and fart jokes.  Now Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (Conrad Vernon), and Private (Christopher Knights) have taken center stage, and their spin-off, Penguins of Madagascar, easily surpasses the first two Madagascar films (I didn’t even bother with the third) through its rapid-fire wit, cuteness, and offbeat jokes that will amuse kids and adults alike.

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Mockumentary Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich and Ken Jeong

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Want to see Benedict Cumberbatch perfect his wolf bark, Ken Jeong perform as a Navy Seal instead of a baby seal and John Malkovich get into octopus form?  It’s all in the brand new Penguins of Madagascar mockumentary that DreamWorks Animation debuted and just like the large majority of the promotional material released for the film thus far, it’s pretty amusing and well worth a watch.

In the upcoming film, Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio) and Private (Patrick Stuart) have to stop an old acquaintance from taking over the world, Malkovich’s Dr. Octavius Brine, aka Dave the Octopus.  But the penguins can’t do it alone so they team up with a spy organization lead by Cumberbatch’s Agent Classified called the North Wind.  Hit the jump to check out that Penguins of Madagascar mockumentary and keep an eye out for the full feature, which is due in theaters in 3D on November 26th.

Malkovich and Colette Are UNLOCKED; Silverstone Wonders WHO GETS THE DOG?; Sarandon, Janney, and Amell Want WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY

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With the American Film Market underway and films being packaged for international sales, plenty of new casting is being announced.  Briefly:

  • John Malkovich and Toni Collette have joined Noomi Rapace, Michael Douglas, and Orlando Bloom in the female Bourne-style thriller Unlocked.
  • Alicia Silverstone will lead the romantic comedy Who Gets the Dog?
  • Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, and Stephen Amell will star in the comedy Whatever Makes You Happy.

Hit the jump for more.

New PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Trailer: Young Skipper, Kowalski and Rico Meet Baby Private

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Remember that footage from the Penguins of Madagascar New York Comic-Con panel showing how a young Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller) and Rico (John DiMaggio) first meet Private (Patrick Stuart)?  The film’s latest trailer actually shows off a good deal of it, minus the leopard seal scuffle, before launching into a roll call montage featuring the penguins and their new cohorts, the North Wind.  Together, they’ll take on Dr. Octavius Brine (John Malkovich), an accomplished geneticist.  Or he is?  Turns out, Dr. Octavius Brine is really Dave, an Octopus who used to live at the Central Park Zoo until the penguins completely overshadowed him, compelling the zoo staff to ship him off to another location.

Hit the jump to catch the gang in action in the latest Penguins of Madagascar trailer.  The film opens in 3D on November 26th and also features the voices of Benedict CumberbatchKen JeongAnnett Mahendru and Peter Stormare.  And in case you missed it, you can also watch my interview with directors Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith right here.

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR and NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Footage Preview Recap

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Last Thursday I headed down to Fox to check out over 30 minutes of footage from The Penguins of Madagascar and about 15 minutes of footage from Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.  Both films are due for release later this year so it was a chance to catch up on what to expect from the more family friendly side of Fox’s upcoming slate.  The seems quite confident when it comes to The Penguins of Madagascar given the amount of stuff we were shown, and they’re not wrong to feel that way.  The film opens in 3D on November 26th, and features the voices of Tom McGrathChris MillerChris KnightsJohn MalkovichBenedict CumberbatchKen JeongAnnett Mahendru, and Peter Stormare.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was directed by Shawn Levy and stars Ben StillerRobin WilliamsDan StevensBen Kingsley, Rebel WilsonRicky GervaisRami MalekSteve CooganOwen WilsonPatrick GallagherMizuo PeckBill CobbsDick Van Dyke, and Mickey Rooney. That film hits theaters on December 19th.  Hit the jump for a brief breakdown of the footage shown from both movies.

New THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Trailer Fights Squids and Struggles with Skype

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DreamWorks Animation has released a new The Penguins of Madagascar trailer.  The spin-off features Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private joining with a group of spies to fight the nefarious Dr. Octavius Brine.  This trailer goes into more detail about the plot, but it also provides more of the great humor that was showcased at the film’s Comic-Con panel.  I’m rarely excited for DreamWorks Animation movies, but I expect to have a big smile plastered on my face when I go see this one.

Hit the jump to check out The Penguins of Madagascar trailer.  The film opens in 3D on November 26th, and features the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru, and Peter Stormare.

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Comic-Con Panel Recap: A Great DreamWorks Animated Film Might Be on the Way

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Following the panel for Home, DreamWorks Animation moved to Penguins of Madagascar.  In the upcoming spinoff, the scene-stealing penguins take the lead, and are joined by a wolf named Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his covert team of protective animals as they try to stop Dave (John Malkovich), a malevolent octopus.  Even though I’ve never been much for the Madagascar movies, the Penguins have always been wonderful, and I was interested to see if they could carry their own movie.  Judging by what they showed us today, they could have one of the funniest films of the year.

Hit the jump for my Penguins of Madagascar Comic-Con panel recap.

CROSSBONES Review: The Legend of Blackbeard Gets a Reconsideration, Loses the Beard

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The first thing to note about NBC’s new pirate drama Crossbones, about the legendary Blackbeard, is that the actor portraying him, John Malkovich, sports a small gray goatee.  This Blackbeard also doesn’t like the name Blackbeard (probably because he doesn’t have one), and prefers the distinction The Commodore, or occasionally around his friends, Ed.  You see, the Blackbeard you thought you knew from legend is really more of a utopian socialist / Deist / appreciator of overdecorating, with a deep affinity for clocks.  But perhaps not all is lost.  There’s a lot of pretty water.  Hit the jump for more.

Keira Knightley to Signs on to EVEREST; Andy Garcia Joins MAX STEEL; Ifans, Luna, and Malkovich to Lead DOMINION

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With the Cannes Film Festival set to get underway later this month, there’s plenty of wheeling and dealing going on, which means there’s plenty of casting news.  First up, Keira Knightley has signed on as a late addition to the Everest.  Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain.  Filming has been underway for well over a month, and the Daily Mail reports that Knightley has signed on to play “Jan Arnold, widow of climber Rob Hall, who conquered the mountain five times.”  Knightley “shot most of her scenes at Pinewood and around the Home Counties,” so don’t expect to see her character scaling the mountain.  The outstanding cast also includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, Thomas M. Wright, Sam Worthington, and Robin WrightEverest opens in 3D and IMAX 3D on September 18, 2015.

Hit the jump for casting news on the adaptation of the Mattel superhero toy Max Steel and the Dylan Thomas biopic Dominion.

First CROSSBONES Trailer Featuring John Malkovich as the Dread Pirate Blackbeard

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The bald head and white beard of John Malkovich in the above image doesn’t exactly scream “the dread pirate Blackbeard,” but that’s exactly the role he’ll take on in the new NBC series, Crossbones.  For fans of Malkovich’s quirks and particular brand of humor, this first trailer should be a delight as it shows the veteran chewing scenery with zeal.  For those who aren’t quite as fond of Malkovich (myself included), then this first look acts as more of a deterrent than an enticement.  That’s a shame, since the rest of the cast – which includes Richard Coyle, Tracy Ifeachor, and Yasmine Al Massri – appears to turn in a worth-watching performance.

Hit the jump to watch the first trailer for NBC’s Crossbones, which premieres Friday, May 30th at 10/9c.

RED 2 Blu-ray Review

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Red 2 is a very obvious film.  It’s pleasant enough, but you know what you’re getting, which is old actors engaging in Bond-esque behavior.  It’s all fluffy and light, and seems geared towards Sunday afternoon cable viewing.  On that level it delivers.  But whether it’s demeaning or charming that so many talented performers are doing something so beneath them is up to the viewer.  Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren lead the cast and my review of Red 2 follows after the jump.

Benedict Cumberbatch & John Malkovich for PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR; Rashida Jones & Matt Bomer in B.O.O.: BUREAU OF OTHERWORLDLY OPERATIONS

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Check out the latest voice-casting news for the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movies below:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) and John Malkovich (Red 2) will lend their voices to The Penguins of Madagascar feature.  The film is due out March 27, 2015.
  • Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Matt Bomer (White Collar) will join the voice cast of B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.  The film opens June 5, 2015.

Hit the jump for more on each film. 

Watch 6 Clips From RED 2 Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Helen Mirren

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With the Red 2 press junket happening in New York City this weekend, Summit has provided us with six clips for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) upcoming action-comedy sequel.  The spy follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.”  All the while, Moses and his team work to track down a missing nuclear device.  The new clips continue to make the film look like a lot of fun, especially with regards to the very promising interplay between the pic’s talented cast members.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, and Anthony HopkinsRed 2 opens on July 19th.

New Posters for THE LONE RANGER, RED 2, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, and I, FRANKENSTEIN [Updated]

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New posters have been released from The Lone Ranger, Red 2, Star Trek Into Darkness, and I, Frankenstein.  Briefly, The Lone Ranger international poster has the Lone Ranger in danger of falling into Helena Bonham Carter‘s cleavage, the gang is all there in the Red 2 poster, the Enterprise is still seriously screwed in the latest poster for Star Trek Into Darkness, and then there’s the first poster for I, Frankenstein.  It’s a “motion poster”, but it will be holographic when you see it at your local theater.  It doesn’t have a close-up of Aaron Eckhart as the monster, but at a distance, he’s the most handsome iteration of the creature to date.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The Lone Ranger opens on July 3rd.  Red 2 opens July 19th.  Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on Wednesday and in 2D and 3D on Thursday.  I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24th. [Update: The Star Trek Into Darkness poster was not approved by the studio, and we have removed it at their request.]

New Trailer for RED 2 Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Helen Mirren

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Summit Entertainment has released a new trailer for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) action-comedy sequel Red 2.  The spy follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.”  This trailer introduces us to the film’s new characters, as Anthony Hopkins plays a living MacGuffin (similar to John Hurt‘s character in Crystal Skull) and Catherine Zeta-Jones plays an old flame of Willis’ character who joins the group to combat a common enemy.  Byung Hun Lee appears to bring some freshness to the film’s action sequences, and the humorous tone is spot-on thanks to the sensibilities of Parisot.  All in all, Red 2 looks to be quite the fun ride.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Mary-Louise Parker and John MalkovichRed 2 opens on July 19th.

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