Warner Bros. has unveiled a few new images from some of its upcoming Summer 2014 films. Briefly:
- Jupiter Ascending – A new Jupiter Ascending image from writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi epic shows that Channing Tatum’s half-werewolf/half-albino character has himself a pair of rocket boots, which come in handy when saving Mila Kunis’ queen character. The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.
- Tammy – A pair of new Tammy images from the upcoming comedy highlight Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, with McCarthy playing a down-and-out woman who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon). Directed by Ben Falcone, the film opens on July 2nd.
- Jersey Boys – Two new Jersey Boys images from director Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the stage musical show the titular characters, played by newcomers John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, and Vincent Piazza. The film opens on June 20th.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.
The best thing I can say about director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake is that, for better or worse, it tries to do its own thing. It makes an honest attempt at updating the scathing social critique of the original to fit within our immediate corporate and political landscape and I respect it for that. The most condemning thing I can say about the film is that I found it painfully boring. Aside from the original music playing over the opening title card and watching Samuel L. Jackson‘s spot-on depiction of the pure theater that cable television sells as honest political discourse, I rarely mustered so much as a grin throughout the film’s 108 minutes. To be fair, I don’t envy anyone who is tasked with making a PG-13 reimagining of Paul Verhoeven‘s subversive classic. It’s like Verhoeven was allowed to work with a sledgehammer and Padilha was asked to make due with a Q-tip. It was never a fair fight to begin with.
Opening thoughts aside, we’ll talk more about the RoboCop remake in this week’s Top 5 including an official review and interviews for the film. We’ll also cover the new trailer for Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut Transcendence, Paramount’s decision to release Darren Aronofsky‘s cut of Noah to theaters, the first trailer for Melissa McCarthy‘s Tammy, and a trailer for the excellent looking doc Jodorowsky’s Dune. As is so often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Ben Falcone’s upcoming road trip comedy Tammy. The film stars Melissa McCarthy as a woman who takes a road trip with her diabetic/alcoholic/foul-mouthed grandmother (Susan Sarandon) after she’s laid off from a fast food restaurant and discovers that her husband is having an affair. This first teaser focuses squarely on McCarthy, who appears to be doing her best Shia LaBeouf impression right off the bat. It’s a great example of a teaser, since only the barest bones of a plot are on display. If you like the humor in this minute-plus, there’s a good chance you’ll want to check out the full movie.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd, and Kathy Bates. Tammy opens July 2nd.
Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig are looking to go three for three. The two first collaborated on the comedy hit Bridesmaids, and their second film The Heat opened to impressive box office and solid reviews earlier this summer. Now The Wrap reports that McCarthy is in talks to lead Feig’s female-led spy comedy Susan Cooper. The 20th Century Fox film centers on a female James Bond-type, but will not be a spoof and instead will handle situations realistically with a comedic bent. Feig wrote the script and will direct and produce, and McCarthy is currently negotiating her deal, figuring out how to work around her CBS sitcom schedule on Mike & Molly.
McCarthy most recently wrapped Tammy, which she co-wrote and stars in opposite Shirley MacLaine, and is currently filming the comedy/drama St. Vincent de Van Nuys with Bill Murray.
Seth Gordon’s Identity Thief was definitely no Horrible Bosses. Sure, it was funny and quirky, but to watch this film with the expectations that it will be something equally, if not funnier than Horrible Bosses, will lead to a giant letdown. Identity Thief stars, Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, do a superb job at playing these characters to their best of their comical abilities, but there is such thing as something being “too ridiculous” and Identity Thief manages to go there. Funny? Yes. Hilarious? Not so much. I was, however, pleasantly surprised by the way the film was able to turn McCarthy’s character from an obnoxious criminal to a relatable and heartwarming troubled woman. Hit the jump for my review of Identity Thief on Blu-ray.
Well said, Matt Goldberg. In the opening sentences of his review of The Heat (linked after the jump), our Managing Editor/resident film reviewer dropped some serious truth regarding female lead films, their often unfair characterization as “the female [insert hit movie here]“, and how ridiculous it is that it has taken this long to get our better halves at the forefront of a genre that has been around for years. I say this not because I feel like Matt needs my approval and/or defense, but because it’s thoughtful writing like this that makes me both a proud contributor and eternal fan of the site.
All high-fiving aside, this week’s Top 5 includes White House Down interviews with Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and more, Dave’s The Conjuring set visit recap, The Heat interviews with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and director Paul Feig, Jim Carrey‘s announcement that he won’t be promoting Kick-Ass 2, and interviews from the 2013 Saturn Awards red carpet with the likes of Joss Whedon and Shane Black. A brief recap and link to each makes its home after the jump.
According to the MPAA’s theatrical market statistics for 2012, slightly more women went to see movies than men. However, most movies feature men in the lead roles or with an actress as a co-lead. Hit films are usually male dominated and then if there’s movie in the same vein but featuring women, it’s “the female [insert hit movie here]“. The Heat could be described as a female buddy-cop movie (you don’t need a specific movie title because there have been so many), which is not only pithy and unfair, but only serves to highlight how long it’s taken to get talented actresses to lead a genre that’s been around for decades. With tremendous chemistry between stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as well as painfully funny dialogue, The Heat isn’t a hilarious buddy-cop flick with women. It’s a hilarious buddy-cop flick, period. It’s also the funniest film I’ve seen all year.
At the recent press day for director Paul Feig‘s The Heat, we landed an exclusive video interview with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. The film stars Bullock as an FBI agent who teams up with a local Boston cop (McCarthy) in order to bring down a drug lord. As you can see in the trailers and clips, the film features some excellent chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and it’s great to see two women as the leads in a buddy cop comedy.
During the interview, Bullock and McCarthy talked about how Hollywood rarely makes a movie with two female leads, what they collect, iced coffee, Dunkin Donuts, and more. In addition, McCarthy talked about Tammy, which she wrote and is directing with her husband Ben Falcone, and Bullock talked about Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Hit the jump to watch. The Heat opens June 28th.
With director Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids) upcoming buddy cop comedy The Heat opening June 28th, 20th Century Fox has sent over six clips. The film stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent who teams up with a local Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) in order to bring down a drug lord. The previous trailers and clips have teased some excellent chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and these new clips are no different.
The film also stars Katilin Olson, Demian Bichir, Tony Hale, Thomas F. Wilson, Taran Killam, and Michael Rapaport. Hit the jump to watch the clips and look for our exclusive video interviews for the film this week.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
Hit the jump for more on both casting announcements.
A few days ago at CinemaCon, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy showed some footage from director Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids) upcoming buddy cop comedy The Heat. The film is a standard buddy-cop formula where a straight-laced cop (Bullock) is teamed up with a shoot-from-the-hip partner (McCarthy), and they learn to overcome their differences and become BFFs on their mission to bring down the bad guys. The plot is secondary to the chemistry, and judging by the trailer, Bullock and McCarthy look like they’re going to be a great comic duo.
Shortly after they took the stage, I participated in a small press conference with Bullock and McCarthy. They talked about improv versus sticking to the script, the impact of Bridesmaids on female-driven comedies, funny moments on set, filming in Boston, the stunts, working with Paul Feig, Bullock’s improv skills, and a lot more. Hit the jump to either listen to or read what they had to say.
Sequels are already in the works for two upcoming cop comedies. Buzz is strong for Bridesmaids director Paul Feig’s buddy cop comedy The Heat, and Deadline reports that screenwriter Katie Dippold has been tapped to start working on the script for a follow-up months before the first film even opens. The pic stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as a by-the-books FBI agent and a rough-around-the-edges local Boston cop, respectively, who team up to take down a drug lord. The film’s red-band trailer promises plenty of laughs and great chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and the pic’s June 28th release date shows big confidence from 20th Century Fox. Hit the jump for news of a sequel to Ride Along.
We’ve got some new images to share with you from the following films:
- The Heat – Starring Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) and Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) in a dysfunctional buddy cop comedy, Paul Feig’s The Heat opens June 28th.
- The Internship – Starring the Wedding Crashers comedians Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, Shawn Levy’s The Internship opens June 7th.
Hit the jump to check out the new images.
A new clip and poster for director Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids) upcoming buddy cop comedy The Heat have been released online. The film stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent who teams up with a local Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) in order to bring down a drug lord. The previous trailers and clips have teased some excellent chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and this latest clip is no different. We see an alternate take on the good cop/bad cop routine with a nice cameo by Michael McDonald and an excellent punch line.
Hit the jump to watch the clip and to check out the pic’s poster. The film also stars Katilin Olson, Demian Bichir, Tony Hale, Taran Killam and Michael Rapaport. The Heat opens on June 28th.
Universal has released the first clip from Paul Feig‘s new comedy, The Heat. The film is a standard buddy-cop formula where a straight-laced cop (Sandra Bullock) is teamed up with a shoot-from-the-hip partner (Melissa McCarthy), and they learn to overcome their differences and become BFFs on their mission to bring down the bad guys. The plot is secondary to the chemistry, and judging by the trailer, Bullock and McCarthy look like they’re going to be a great comic duo. Most of the new clip is material that’s already been in the trailer, so there’s no need to worry about spoilers.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The Heat opens June 28th.