LARRY CROWNE DVD Review

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For as long as I can remember, Tom Hanks has been the reigning champ of the romantic comedy genre.  Oh, sure, upstarts have come along every few years to try and overthrow the dude’s throne, but if you’ve ever seen Splash, Sleepless in Seattle, or Bachelor Party (What?  That’s not a rom-com?  Well, what about the donkey?), you know that Hanks is pretty much undefeatable in these kinda roles:  his everyman likability, his universal demographic appeal, his longstanding reputation as the nicest dude in Hollywood—it all adds up to a rom-com master.  This year’s Larry Crowne, recently released on DVD, will do nothing to tarnish that reputation…but it also won’t do anything to advance it.  Read on for the full review, after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Breaks Fourth of July Holiday Record with $97.4 Million

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In the US, the Fourth of July weekend is traditionally a giant money-maker for Hollywood movies. So, surprise!  This year was a giant money maker for Hollywood movies.  Make that “movie.”  Three movies debuted, but only one – Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon – made an impact.  A big, record-breaking impact.

Title Weekend Total
1 Transformers 3 $97,400,000 $162.1
2 Cars 2 $25,110,000 $116
3 Bad Teacher $14,100,000 $59.5
4 Larry Crowne $13,000,000 $13
5 Monte Carlo $7,600,000 $7.6
6 Super 8 $7,500,000 $108
7 Green Lantern $6,270,000 $101.9
8 Mr. Popper’s Penguins $5,100,000 $50.1
9 Bridesmaids $3,520,000 $152.8
10 Midnight in Paris $3,438,000 $33.6

Friday Box Office – TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Earns Another $32 Million For New Domestic Total of $97 Million

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Friday is premiere day at the box office, a chance to see how major movies open and to gauge how they might perform over their initial three-day weekends.  Trouble is, the movies that opened this Friday are the ones that nobody cares about.  Larry Crowne, the romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, began with an inauspicious bow of $4 million from 2,972 locations.  That portends a 3-day take of just $15 million.  Fox’s Monte Carlo placed fifth with a debut of $3.1 million from its 2,473 venues.  But let’s get to the Bots.  Friday marked day four of Transformers 3’s super-extended, six day holiday weekend (seven, if you throw in Monday).  The sequel took in an estimated $32 million from 4,013 locations for a current domestic total just shy of $100 million.  Clearly, that is a huge number by 2011 standards.  It is only diminished when Transformers 2’s record-breaking 2009 debut (without the latest film’s higher 3D prices) is taken into account.  But, throw in international grosses and Dark of the Moon is still the cash cow we all knew it would it would be. Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Transformers 3 $32,000,000 $97
2 Cars 2 $7,670,000 $98.5
3 Bad Teacher $4,500,000 $49.9
4 Larry Crowne $4,000,000 $4
5 Monte Carlo $3,125,000 $3.1

Exclusive: Taraji P. Henson Talks PERSON OF INTEREST and LARRY CROWNE

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This fall, Academy Award nominated actress Taraji P. Henson is joining forces with show creator/executive producer/writer Jonah Nolan and executive producer J.J. Abrams for the highly anticipated CBS drama series Person of Interest. Centered on ex-CIA hitman John Reese (Jim Caviezel) and a scientist named Finch (Michael Emerson), who team up to prevent crimes before they happen, Henson is the perfect foil as Detective Carter, a woman trying to discover the mysterious identity of Reese, once they cross paths. Along with the new series, Henson also has a role as the next door neighbor of Tom Hanks’ character in Larry Crowne (out in theaters on July 1st), about a man who’s laid off from work and decides to head to his local college to start over.

During a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Taraji P. Henson talked about what drew her back to television, how much she’s enjoying working on Person of Interest, having someone as talented as Jonah Nolan writing for her, how exciting it is to be on one of the Fall’s most anticipated new series, what it was like to get a call that Tom Hanks wanted her for Larry Crowne, and how she’s always looking for roles she’s never done before. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

LARRY CROWNE Review

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In 1996, Tom Hanks made his writing-directing debut with the harmless but charming That Thing You Do.  After writing and directing episodes of the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and Band of Brothers, Hanks has returned to feature films with Larry Crowne.  While his direction remains competent and innocuous, his screenplay, which he co-wrote with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) relies far too heavily on meaningless quirks and undercooks both the title character’s development and his romance with his public speaking teacher, Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts).  Larry Crowne manages to deliver a steady stream of laughs, but like everything else in the movie, they feel unearned.

MSN FilmFan Video: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON and LARRY CROWNE

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Last week we explained that, as part of actually running Collider and being able to pay for things like full-scale coverage of Comic-Con, from time-to-time we accept offers for sponsored content to be hosted on the site. This MSN FilmFan Video Series is one of those sponsored content articles.

To help raise awareness for the show, we’ve made a deal to promote the series for the next four weeks. Every Thursday or Friday there will be a new video that features the FilmFan host giving a rundown of what movies are opening. He chooses two, and pits them against each other, stating his case for why one is the better choice over the other. This week, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Larry Crowne are pitted against each other. Hit the jump to watch the video.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Wilmer Valderrama Interview LARRY CROWNE

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With Larry Crowne getting released this weekend, I recently attended a press conference with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Wilmer Valderrama.  Directed by and starring Tom Hanks, the story centers on a laid-off middle-aged man (Hanks) who goes back to college and strikes up a relationship with one of his professors (Roberts).  Raw and Valderrama play two friends that Hanks meets while at school.  Larry Crowne is the first film Hanks has directed since 1996’s That Thing You Do, and he co-wrote the script with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).  You can watch the trailer here.

During the press conference, Raw and Valderrama talked about working with Hanks and Roberts, filming the movie, the improv, working on Broadway, what would they do if they had to go back to school for a new career, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.

Exclusive: Rob Riggle Talks 21 JUMP STREET, THE LORAX, EVERYBODY LOVES WHALES, LARRY CROWNE, and Adam McKay’s Football Movie

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Comedian Rob Riggle is one of the busiest funnymen working in Hollywood these days. Currently filming 21 Jump Street in New Orleans, he’s also done a voice for the Dr. Seuss story The Lorax (due out in 2012), and he has roles in Everybody Loves Whales, based on a true story about whales trapped under the ice in the Arctic Circle, and Larry Crowne, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. On top of that, he’s the host of the AXE Dirtcathlon, on behalf of AXE shower gel, and he will be doing a football comedy with Adam McKay sometime next year.

During an exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Rob Riggle talked about his journey from Theater and Film major to officer in the Marine Corps to popular comedian, playing the villain in 21 Jump Street and getting to improvise on set with Jonah Hill, how honored he is to be a voice in The Lorax even though his character is morally questionable, how awesome it was to work with Tom Hanks, who was both his co-star and director for Larry Crowne, and how his humor developed out of the need to diffuse situations when he was growing up. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts Interview LARRY CROWNE

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With Larry Crowne getting released this weekend, I recently attended a press conference with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. Directed by and starring Tom Hanks, the story centers on a laid-off middle-aged man (Hanks) who goes back to college and strikes up a relationship with one of his professors (Roberts).  Larry Crowne is the first film Hanks has directed since 1996’s That Thing You Do, and he co-wrote the script with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).  You can watch the trailer here.

During the press conference, they talked about their relationship off screen, the diverse casting, how the film will play against all the big budget movies like Transformers 3, how the film deals with what’s real life problems, where do they keep their Oscar’s, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

7 Clips and a Featurette from LARRY CROWNE Starring Tom Hanks and Julie Roberts

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Universal has sent over 7 clips and a featurette from Larry Crowne.  Directed by and starring Tom Hanks, the story centers on a laid-off middle-aged man (Hanks) who goes back to college and strikes up a relationship with one of his professors (Julia Roberts).  Larry Crowne is the first film Hanks has directed since 1996’s That Thing You Do, and he co-wrote the script with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).   While the story seems pretty simple, Hanks has proven himself behind the camera and people love the guy.  What I’m trying to say is…I’m pretty sure Larry Crowne is going to be a big hit for Universal.  Hanks and Roberts are joined in the film by Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Wilmer Valderrama, Pam Grier, Rami Malek, George Takei, Grace Gummer, Rita Wilson, and Jon Seda.  Check out the clips after the jump.  Larry Crowne hits theaters July 1st.

New Trailer for LARRY CROWNE Starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts

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Universal has released a new trailer for Larry Crowne. Co-written, directed by and starring Tom Hanks, the story centers on a laid-off middle-aged man (Hanks) who goes back to college and strikes up a relationship with one of his professors (Julia Roberts). The new trailer is fairly similar to the first one that was released, but we do get a look at a pitch-perfect George Takei as an Economics professor. Hanks’ previous directorial effort, That Thing You Do!, is fantastic, and he’s assembled a top-notch cast here for what looks to be some nice light-hearted relief in the middle of a summer full of blockbusters and “Kevin James babysits a cat” comedies.

Hanks and Roberts are joined in the film by Bryan Cranston, Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer and Rami Malek. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Larry Crowne hits theaters July 1st.

Exclusive: Bryan Cranston Talks BREAKING BAD Season 3 and 4, TOTAL RECALL, DRIVE, ROCK OF AGES, LARRY CROWNE & LINCOLN LAWYER

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With Breaking Bad season three hitting DVD and Blu-ray next week and season four starting next month, I was able to get on the phone with Bryan Cranston earlier today to talk about the amazing series. As most of you know, the show’s about a brilliant high school chemistry teacher that finds out he’s dying. To help provide for his family after he’s gone and also to pay for medical treatment, he gets into cooking crystal meth.  The past three seasons has seen Cranston’s character slowly become another person, and it’s been an amazing ride.  Trust me, this is a show you should be watching and Cranston’s work is amazing.  That’s probably why he won a few Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

During our conversation, Cranston talked about his take on the first three seasons and what’s coming up on season four.  He also talked about the level of difficulty in starting up again after a year between seasons, his preference between knowing the entire season’s storyline in advance or sticking to one script at a time, and the possibility of Breaking Bad mini episodes (he says no).  Cranston went on to discuss other film projects like The Lincoln Lawyer, director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, Rock of Ages, Larry Crowne, and Len Wiseman’s Total Recall.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.

New Posters for LARRY CROWNE, PROJECT NIM and SALVATION BOULEVARD

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A few new posters have been released today. First up, the one-sheet for Larry Crowne has been unveiled. Co-written, directed by, and starring Tom Hanks, the flick centers on a laid-off middle-aged man (Hanks) who goes back to college and strikes up a relationship with one of his professors (Julia Roberts). Additionally, the poster for Tim Marsh’s (Man on Wire) documentary Project Nim has been released. That film follows the real-life project in the ‘70s that set out to teach a chimpanzee (lovingly named Nim Chimpsky) sign language in an effort to bridge the gap between man and beast.

Finally, we have the poster for Salvation Boulevard. The religion-centered comedy premiered at Sundance and stars Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Greg Kinnear and Jim Gaffigan. Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for Larry Crowne, Project Nim and Salvation Boulevard.

CinemaCon 2011: New Posters and Standees Including FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS and HARRY POTTER

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CinemaCon (formerly ShoWest) begins tomorrow in Las Vegas.  If you haven’t heard of CinemaCon, it’s a convention for theater owners and operators to see what’s new in their industry and be wined and dined by the Hollywood Studios.  It’s essentially Comic-Con for people that make big decisions in the movie industry.

In the coming days I’ll be watching tons of footage from many upcoming movies and I’ll try and report what I see. Occasionally they ask us not to say anything, but whenever I can, you can expect video blogs and written reports.  Until then, I managed to snap pictures of the movie posters, standee’s, and escalator artwork that’s on display at the Convention.  Included are new posters for Friends With Benefits, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Larry Crowne and After.  I’ve also got pictures of new banners including Super 8, Captain America: The First Avenger, One Day, Warrior, Bad Teacher, and a DreamWorks one that includes The Help, Fright Night, Real Steel and War Horse.  Hit the jump to check them out.

First Trailer for LARRY CROWNE; Directed by and Starring Tom Hanks

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Universal has released the first trailer for Larry Crowne.  Directed by and starring Tom Hanks, the story centers on a laid-off middle-aged man (Hanks) who goes back to college and strikes up a relationship with one of his professors (Julia Roberts).  Larry Crowne is the first film Hanks has directed since 1996’s That Thing You Do, and he co-wrote the script with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).   While the story seems pretty simple, Hanks has proven himself behind the camera and people love the guy.    What I’m trying to say is…I’m pretty sure Larry Crowne is going to be a big hit for Universal.  Check out the trailer, synopsis and new images after the jump:

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