New Trailer and Poster for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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DreamWorks Animation has released a new How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer and poster.  Director Dean Deblois’ animated sequel takes place five years after the first installment, as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless are exploring new territories while the rest of their friends are enjoying dragon races.  During one of Hiccup and Toothless’ journeys, they discover a secret ice cave, hundreds of new wild dragons, and the mysterious Dragon Rider.  This trailer has the blend of humor and drama I was hoping the movie would provide, and I’m surprised and encouraged that they’re leaning more heavily on the emotional side than the comedy even though the jokes are still funny.  The first How to Train Your Dragon set a high bar.  The sequel could very well meet it.

Hit the jump to watch the new How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer and to check out the new poster.  The film opens in 3D on June 13th and also features the voices of Cate Blanchett, Gerard ButlerKit HaringtonCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig

Trailer for HATESHIP LOVESHIP Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, and Nick Notle

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A trailer has gone online for the indie drama Hateship Loveship.  Per the film’s Toronto International Film Festival description, “Johanna Parry (Kristen Wiig) moves to a new town to work for Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) and his granddaughter, Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). Sabitha and her friend trick Johanna (Liza Johnson) into a one-way epistolary romance with Sabitha’s father Ken (Guy Pearce). Johanna lights on fire, and commits a criminal act to get to her lover, who barely knows she exists.”  Hateship Loveship passed through TIFF mostly unnoticed despite its cast, and watching this trailer, it’s not hard to see why.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Hateship Loveship will be released on VOD and in theaters on April 11th.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (“Super-Sized R-Rated Version”) Review

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I thought Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was hilarious, and it was no surprise that there was an alternate cut featuring different jokes.  There was plenty of riffing on set, and director Adam McKay had a wealth of choices when trying to find the right jokes.  Even at two hours, the original breezed by, and while I didn’t like it quite as much on a second viewing, it was still quite enjoyable.  Now a “Super-Sized R-Rated” version has been released, and in many ways it improves the original by showing that McKay made the right call on which jokes to use and which ones to leave on the cutting room floor.  Although there are some additions in the new version that are superior to the original, the new cut is plenty of bloat to the point where some of the jokes don’t even make sense.  The comic timing is completely off as it seems like the goal of the new version was to add more and make it slightly different, but not better or even as good as the original.

New Posters for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, NEED FOR SPEED, and POMPEII

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Today, we’ve got new posters for How to Train Your Dragon 2, Need for Speed, and Pompeii.  The Dragon poster features siblings Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig), Tuffnut (T.J. Miller), and their two-headed dragon on a poster that clearly doesn’t have enough room for all of them.  Then there’s Need for Speed, which is seriously abusing the blue-orange poster cliché.  Finally, there’s the Pompeii poster where Kit Harington has apparently discovered something even more horrifying than the exploding volcano behind him.  Also, I don’t know if this is a foreign poster or not.  Everything is in English except “Pompeii” is spelled with a “J”.  Go figure.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13th.  Need for Speed opens March 14th.  Pompeii opens in 3D on February 21st.

Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, and More to Voice R-Rated Animated Film SAUSAGE PARTY

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The This Is the End gang is getting back together—and then some.  Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Evan Goldberg have been developing a hard-R animated film called Sausage Party for some time, and when Sony Pictures agreed to produce the pic alongside Annapurna Pictures last year, we assumed that Rogen, Hill, and some of their regular collaborators would be leading the voice cast.  We assumed correctly, as The Wrap now reports that Rogen, Hill, and James Franco will lead the voice cast for the film, with Michael Cera, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Nick Kroll, and David Krumholtz also lending their voice talents to the pic.  Hit the jump for more.

Sundance 2014: THE SKELETON TWINS Review

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Comedic actors moving into dramatic territory is not a new concept.  Many make the transition with ease, while some have trouble crossing over or getting audiences to buy into them doing “serious” things.  SNL veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig make a striking move to drama to excellent results in The Skeleton Twins, a darkly comic drama from director Craig Johnson.  This isn’t a “look how serious I can be” performance from the Hader/Wiig duo, as the film does have some very funny moments, but the two bring a formidable about of weight to the characters, with Hader in particular turning in a stellar performance as one half of the troubled sibling pair.  Read my full review after the jump.

Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard Join THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL; Jeffrey Dean Morgan Set for DESIERTO; Rebel Wilson Joins HE’S F-ING PERFECT

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Kristen Wiig Talks THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, Working with Ben Stiller, How She Prepares for a Role, Future Projects, and More

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Now playing in theaters is Ben Stiller‘s latest directorial effort The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  In the film, Stiller stars as the eponymous LIFE Magazine negative asset manager who, incapable of standing up for himself in the real world, retreats to a fantasy where he becomes his poised, confident opposite.  On his quest, he seeks to find a missing image taken by a photographer played by Sean Penn.  The movie also stars Kristen Wiig as his love interest, and Adam ScottShirley MacLainePatton Oswalt, and Kathryn Hahn.  While Stiller is known for his great work behind the camera on Tropic Thunder and ZoolanderWalter Mitty is definitely his most adult effort to date and the film is a beautiful look at life.

At the New York City press day, I landed a video interview with Kristen Wiig.  She talked about working for Ben Stiller, how it was a cool project because it’s not just a comedy or a drama, how she prepares for a role, other projects like Anchorman 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the possibility of a MacGruber sequel, and more.  Hit the jump to watch

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 New York Film Festival.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens tomorrow.]

The problem with platitudes is that they may profess a nice sentiment, but the statement tends to be an obvious one, and it will be a fleeting memory by the time you finish reading that t-shirt or bumper sticker. Platitudes can’t cut deeper and provide a thoughtful, lasting impression that would cause us to seriously take stock of our lives and values. Ben Stiller’s two-hour platitude, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, may seem like it’s championing bravery and adventure, but the presentation, while initially enjoyable, quickly becomes hollow, frivolous, and overbearing. It’s a movie where a man’s facial hair defines his character more than his actions.

First Trailer for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Featuring the Voices of Jay Baruchel and Cate Blanchett

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The first trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 is now available. The movie picks up five years after the first installment, and has Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless exploring new territories while the rest of his friends are enjoying dragon races.  During one of Hiccup and Toothless’ journeys, they discover a secret ice cave, hundreds of new wild dragons, and the mysterious Dragon Rider.  The new trailer features the adorable relationship between Hiccup and Toothless, daring heroics, flight scenes that could be pretty incredible in 3D, and a big revelation regarding the history of the Dragon Rider.  This sequel continues to be one of my most-anticipated of 2014.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Cate Blanchett, Gerard ButlerKit HaringtonCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13, 2014.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES Review

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a comedy classic.  It’s infinitely quotable, gets better with every viewing, and had the staying power to go from being a moderate summer hit to a film where a growling legion of fans were constantly demanding a sequel.  Sadly, these cases usually end with a “Be careful what you wish for.” But Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is “Sometimes, dreams do come true.”  Burdened with almost a decade of expectations compounded by an unrelenting marketing campaign, not to mention the fact that comedy sequels are almost always inferior to the original, Adam McKay‘s film was inevitably at a disadvantage despite fans begging for its existence.  The compromise is a shaggy beast of a sequel that maintains the silly and strange soul of the original.  Even with its glaring flaws, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues still manages to be 2013′s funniest film.

GIRL MOST LIKELY Blu-ray Review

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After the blockbuster success of Bridesmaids, actress Kristen Wiig announced she’d be skipping the requisite sequel to try her hand at a more darkly comic role in a black comedy then-titled Imogene. Its basic storyline – a failed playwright (Wiig) moves in with her gambling addict mother (Annette Bening) after faking her own suicide – sounded teasingly reminiscent of beloved ‘90s seriocomedy Postcards from the Edge. But any hopes I had that Wiig and Bening might recapture that classic Streep/MacLaine chemistry quickly went out the window as the finished film – blandly re-titled Girl Most Likely ­- unspooled. Less a mother/daughter story than a young woman/weird world yarn, Girl Most Likely is a meandering film that fails as black comedy (it’s not black enough) or plain comedy (it’s not funny enough). Instead, it plays as 104 minutes of quirk, with Wiig stuck in the mediocre middle playing against her strengths.  Hit the jump for my Blu-ray review.

New Trailer and Poster for THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

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20th Century Fox has released a new trailer and poster for Ben Stiller’s upcoming drama The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  Stiller both directs and stars in the film as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn).  This new trailer gets some help from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to showcase the titular Mitty’s fantasy sequences, and the visuals in the film remain extremely strong.  The pic had a bit of a polarizing effect on critics (read Matt’s take here and Steve’s take here), but it feels more like a commercial crowd-pleaser than a critical darling.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and poster, which is a tad heavy on the photoshop.  The film also stars Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, Patton Oswalt, and Sean PennThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens on Christmas Day.

Director Adam McKay Talks ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, Musical Numbers, Releasing an Alternate Cut with 240 New Jokes, and Much More

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A few weeks ago, I got to visit the editing room of director Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues with a few other reporters.  While we only got to see a few selected scenes from the beginning of the film, I’m happy to report they looked fantastic and everyone was laughing non-stop.  Shortly after watching the footage, McKay and his editor, Brent White, answered questions for about thirty minutes and revealed a lot of cool information.  Here are a few highlights:

  • The first assembly cut was over four hours.  The first test screening was two and a half hours and, according to McKay, it played extremely well.  However, the final release will be around two hours.
  • McKay and White are developing an alternate version of Anchorman 2 that has a completely different set of jokes (around 240).  They’re going to test screen the alternate cut and hope to release it on either movie screens (after the original’s release) or VOD/DVD/Blu-ray.
  • The film has a couple of musical numbers and one big love song at the end of the movie.
  • Will Ferrell and McKay originally intended the ending to the sequel to be a ridiculous bit about an underwater glass hotel that failed, with water coming through the windows and sharks coming at people.  They changed their minds.

Hit the jump for more highlights from the interview followed by the full transcript.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th and stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford.

New Posters for ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES Feature Newcomers Kristen Wiig, Meagan Good, and James Marsden [Updated with Baxter]

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Paramount has released three new posters for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The previously released character posters have focused on familiar faces Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champion Kind (David Koechner), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). The latest posters feature newcomers Chani (Kristen Wiig); Linda (Meagan Good), Ron’s new boss; and Jack (James Marsden), Ron’s handsome rival. I’m sure Wiig will be a big part of the comedy, but I’ll be curious to see how Good and Marsden hold their own against their ad-libbing co-stars.

Hit the jump to check out the posters. The film also stars Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th. Click on the respective links for the first clips, an exclusive TV spot, and Dave’s set visit.

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