LAST VEGAS Blu-ray Review

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Last Vegas is the sort of film that lets you know what it is just by the premise and cast.  Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline star in the film, and all are talented performers, but does anyone really want to see them in a PG-13 version of The Hangover? My review of Last Vegas on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, RUSH, TREME: The Complete Series, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a deliciously funny animated sequel, a new Criterion entry, Ron Howard’s latest film, and the final season plus a complete series box set for a beloved HBO show.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Thunders Past $86 Million

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Thor: The Dark World earned an estimated $86.1 million from 3,841 locations on its first weekend in theatres.  That might seem like a step down for the Thunder God after appearing in The Avengers but, Disney will be quick to note, the debut marks a 31% improvement over Thor’s first solo outing, in 2011. And, as for all those predictions that put the sequel in the $100 million range? I’m not sure what we were thinking…

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Thor: The Dark World $86,100,000 $86.1
2.  Bad Grandpa $11,300,000 $78.7
3.  Free Birds $11,180,000 $38.1
4.  Last Vegas $11,100,000 $33.5
5.  Ender’s Game $10,800,000 $44
6.  Gravity $8,405,000 $231.1
7.  12 Years a Slave $6,600,000 $17.3
8.  Captain Phillips $5,800,000 $90.9
9.  About Time $5,172,000 $6.6
10.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $2,800,000 $109.9

Weekend Box Office: ENDER’S GAME Wins Frame with $28 Million; THOR: THE DARK WORLD Hits $109 Million in International Debut

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The adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved science fiction novel Ender’s Game hit theatres on Friday, and while it’s not looking like a break-out hit, it did not embarrass itself either. Fellow newcomers Last Vegas and Free Birds, came in about equal, but – considering the latter’s family-earning potential – its estimate seems a bit underwhelming. In more impressive news, Thor: The Dark World flexed its muscles overseas, taking in $109.4 million from its first 30 territories.

Title Weekend Total
1.  Ender’s Game $28,000,000 $28
2.  Bad Grandpa $20,500,000 $62
3.  Last Vegas $16,520,000 $16.5
4.  Free Birds $16,200,000 $16.2
5.  Gravity $15,130,000 $219.1
6.  Captain Phillips $8,500,000 $82.5
7.  12 Years a Slave $4,600,000 $8.7
8.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $4,200,000 $106.1
9.  Carrie $3,400,000 $31.9
10.  The Counselor $3,250,000 $13.3

Friday Box Office: ENDER’S GAME Tracks Solid Opening

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After an uneven October dominated by just one title, November’s box office got off to a more equitable start. Two of Friday’s new releases did solid business on their opening days – with Ender’s Game coming out on top, as expected. The sci-fi adaptation earned an estimated $9.9 million from 3,407 locations on Friday, including $1.4 million from Thursday pm and midnight previews.  That puts Ender’s Game on track for close to $30 million through Sunday – a bit higher than the $26 million start Lionsgate was expecting.

Targeting a more ‘mature’ audience, Last Vegas is also off to a good start. The CBS Films title earned an estimated $5.1 million from 3,065 venues on Friday. That puts Last Vegas on track for a $15 million first weekend – the high end of expectations for this star-studded comedy. Compared to its live-action compatriots, Free Birds looks like the frame’s only turkey. The animated feature earned just $4 million on Friday despite having the widest release of the week at 3,736 locations. Even with the typical Saturday kiddie bump, Free Birds is not projected to earn more than $16 million through Sunday. We’ll have complete details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Ender’s Game $9,900,000 $9.9
2.  Bad Grandpa $6,090,000 $47.6
3.  Last Vegas $5,100,000 $5.1
4.  Free Birds $4,000,000 $4
5.  Gravity $3,610,000 $209.6

Jon Turteltaub Talks LAST VEGAS, Assembling the Impressive Cast, Overturning the Film’s R-Rating, NATIONAL TREASURE 3, and More

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The very funny, heart-warming comedy Last Vegas stars four Academy Award-winning legends – Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline – as lifelong friends who decide to reunite and relive their glory days in Las Vegas when one of them decides to get married to a girl half his age.  As Archie (Freeman), Sam (Kline) and Paddy (DeNiro) try to convince Billy (Douglas) that he’s making a mistake, the four men quickly rediscover what made them such good friends, in the first place.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, director Jon Turteltaub talked about why Last Vegas appealed to him, the challenges of just doing right by a great script, how happy he was to win the R-rating appeal with the MPAA, what it was like to get the four acting legends together for the first time, who did the most improvising, and that they only had one deleted scene that is too short and too bizarre (think Carrot Top!) to put on the DVD.  He also talked about what’s been holding up National Treasure 3, and that he hopes to go into production on the film within the next two years.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

LAST VEGAS Review

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Last Vegas is as comfortable as warm blanket.  It allows the audience to snuggle up with some light comedy, likable characters, and relatable situations.  The movie never panders as much as it simply invites the audience to come along and enjoy a nice time at the theater.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.  Not every movie needs to overreach to be charming, and Jon Turtletaub‘s comedy always keeps us laughing.  The key to all of it is watching the four lead actors have a good time, but never keeping their party exclusive even if the secret to youth is absorbing it via proximity to nubile partygoers.

Jerry Ferrara Talks LAST VEGAS, Getting Punched by Robert DeNiro, Training for an Arturo Gatti Biopic, THINK LIKE A MAN TOO, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 21 days ago

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The very funny, heart-warming comedy Last Vegas stars four Academy Award-winning legends – Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline – as lifelong friends who decide to reunite and relive their glory days in Las Vegas when one of them decides to get married to a girl half his age.  As Archie (Freeman), Sam (Kline) and Paddy (DeNiro) try to convince Billy (Douglas) that he’s making a mistake, the four men quickly rediscover what made them such good friends, in the first place.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Jerry Ferrara (who plays obnoxious frat boy Dean) talked about why he wanted to be a part of this project, his first time meeting the guys at the table read of the script, being nervous about working with such legendary actors, and getting punch by Robert DeNiro.  He also talked about taking on boxer Arturo Gatti for a biopic that he’s already in training for, re-teaming with director Peter Berg for a role in Lone Survivor, and reprising his Think Like A Man character for the sequel, Think Like A Man Too.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

4 Clips from LAST VEGAS Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline

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Four new clips from director Jon Turteltaub’s upcoming comedy Last Vegas are now available.  The story centers on four friends in their 60s who reunite in Las Vegas to throw a bachelor party for their last remaining single pal.  Last Vegas brings Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline together on the same screen, and these new clips each highlight each of their characters in turn (my personal favorite is an energetic-yet-drunk Freeman hopped up on Red Bull and vodka).  Last Vegas opens November 1st.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

New Trailer for LAST VEGAS Starring Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, and Robert De Niro

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CBS Films has released a new trailer for director Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) upcoming comedy Last Vegas.  The film stars Michael DouglasRobert De NiroMorgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline as four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single (Douglas).  This trailer seems to be heavily aimed at grabbing younger viewers, and it’s not very effective.  The cast is promising and I’m still hopeful that the film will turn out to be an entertaining ensemble piece, but the ADD-style of this quick-cut trailer is a tad off-putting.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Mary SteenburgenJerry FerraraRomany Malco, and Roger Bart.  Last Vegas opens on November 1st.

New Posters for George Clooney’s THE MONUMENTS MEN and Bachelor Party Comedy LAST VEGAS

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New posters have landed online for two star-studded ensembles that are headed to theaters later this year.  Besides teasing the stellar cast, there’s really not much to the full theatrical poster for George Clooney’s new directorial effort The Monuments Men, but we do see Matt Damon flanked by Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville.  Based on a true story, the film centers on an unlikely World War II platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians tasked by FDR with going into Germany and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves before they are lost forever.  The film also stars Cate Blanchett and opens in theaters on December 20th.

Additionally, the first poster for Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) comedy Last Vegas also highlights its ensemble, as we get a look at Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline laughing it up as a quartet of friends who get together to celebrate a bachelor party in Vegas.  The film opens on November 1st.  Hit the jump to check out both posters.

Full Trailer for LAST VEGAS Starring Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Robert De Niro

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CBS Films has released the full-length trailer for director Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) new comedy Last Vegas.  The film stars Michael DouglasRobert De NiroMorgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline as four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single (Douglas).  While the first teaser was actually pretty funny, this new trailer lays on the “old people are old” jokes way too heavily, most of which you can see coming from a mile away.  That being said, there appears to be some promising relationship interplay between the lifelong friends and the cast is certainly impressive, so here’s hoping there’s more to Last Vegas than wall-to-wall old-age jokes.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Mary SteenburgenJerry FerraraRomany Malco, and Roger Bart.  Last Vegas opens on November 1st.

First Trailer for LAST VEGAS Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline

by     Posted 1 year, 188 days ago

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CBS Films has released the first trailer for director Jon Turtletaub’s (National Treasure) upcoming comedy Last Vegas.  The film stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline as four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single (Douglas).  This teaser trailer sells the film hard as “The Hangover with old guys,” but despite the forced premise, Last Vegas actually looks like it could be kind of fun.  All four of the lead actors are Academy Award winners, and it’s interesting to see someone like Freeman just completely let loose and go full-on comedy.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Mary SteenburgenJerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, and Roger Bart.  Last Vegas opens on November 1st.

Release Date Shuffle: BEFORE MIDNIGHT, LAST VEGAS, Pedro Almodovar’s I’M SO EXCITED, and Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE

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A few release date changes and announcements are being made.

  • Sony Pictures Classics has announced that director Richard Linklater’s fantastic sequel Before Midnight will open in limited release in New York and Los Angeles on May 24th.  The film reunites Linklater with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as we again pick up with the characters from Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.  Read Matt’s positive review from Sundance here.
  • Director Pedro Almodovar’s latest film, I’m So Excited, is also getting the limited treatment, as the pic will open in New York and Los Angeles on June 28th.  Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Paz Vega star.
  • The comedy Last Vegas is being moved up from December 20th to November 1st.  The film stars Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Michael Douglas, and Morgan Freeman, and will face off against the sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game in wide release.
  • Finally, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine will open in NY and LA on July 26th.  The film stars Cate Blanchette, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, and Louis C.K.

Screenwriter Dan Fogelman Talks THE GUILT TRIP, LAST VEGAS, THE NEIGHBORS, Being on the 50 SHADES OF GREY Shortlist, and More

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This holiday season, you can celebrate family at the movies with The Guilt Trip, which tells the story of Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen), as he embarks on a cross-country road trip with his mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand), to turn one of his inventions into a success. With both funny and poignant moments on their mother-son adventure, each realizes that they just want the other to be happy.

At the film’s press day, writer/executive producer Dan Fogelman spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about taking a road trip with his own mom to inspire the script, that Barbra Streisand was his mom’s hero, making sure everything in the film came from a place of love, the scene he was most looking forward to seeing brought to life, why mother-son relationships are rarely explored in film, and how he loves it when actors improvise.  He also talked about how cool it is to have Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline make up the cast for Last Vegas, which he wrote with Jon Turteltaub directing, what made Imagine (with Al Pacino, Julianne Moore and Jeremy Renner) the right film for him to make his directorial debut with, how much he’s enjoying the success of the ABC comedy series The Neighbors, which he created, and what interested him in the possibility of writing the 50 Shades of Grey movie (he was on the shortlist).  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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