Opening this weekend is writer-director Jimmy Hayward’s animated family movie, Free Birds. The film centers on two turkeys who travel back in time in order to try to undo the tradition of eating turkey on Thanksgiving. The voice cast is led by Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson, with Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, and Keith David filling out the ensemble. For more on the film, watch the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.
At the recent L.A. press day, I landed a video interview with Harrelson and Wilson. They talked about making Free Birds, the recording process, how they were approached to be in the film, the concept of time traveling turkeys, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for writer/director Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel, where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) takes a young employee (Tony Revolori) under his wing to become his trusted protégé. The movie looks absolutely delightful, and there are some great laughs in this trailer. It’s also refreshing, unexpected, and exciting to see Fiennes in a comedic role. [Update: On a side note, Refocused Media tweets that Anderson shot the movie in three different aspect ratios (1.33, 1.85, and 2.35) for reference during it's three time periods. I'm not sure if that means personal reference, or if it will be a reference for the audience.]
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwarztman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson. The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7, 2014
Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its line-up for their Galas and Special Presentation programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:
- Devil’s Knot (Directed by Atom Egoyan) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood, Mireille Enos, Dane DeHaan, and Stephen Moyer.
- You Are Here (Directed by Matthew Weiner) Starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, and Laura Ramsey.
- Can a Song Save Your Life? (Directed by John Carney) Starring Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, and Mark Ruffalo.
- Dallas Buyers Club (Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée) Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th. [Update: We have removed the image from Labor Day at the request of the studio]
Relativity Media has released the first trailer for director Jimmy Hayward’s (Horton Hears a Who!) upcoming animated film Free Birds. The film centers on two turkeys who travel back in time in order to try to undo the tradition of eating turkey on Thanksgiving. Hayward’s Horton Hears a Who! was actually pretty funny, and there are a couple of solid jokes to be found in this debut trailer for Free Birds. The film looks to be very heavily themed towards the holiday of Thanksgiving, and the time travel aspect allows the story to play around in both the present day and 17th century setting. Whether kids take to the turkey-fronted story is uncertain, but I could see the film causing quite few outbursts from children around the Thanksgiving table as they realize that the lovable characters and the delicious gravy-covered treat are one and the same.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film features the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Eddie Sotelo, Josh Lawson, and Danny Carey. Free Birds opens in 3D on November 1st.
For all of the uneasiness I felt watching The Internship play as a not so subtle promo for Google’s portfolio of services (what in the hell is Google Wallet?), the movie painted a dichotomy that I found interesting. While far from perfect, I thought the film did a nice job of contrasting the eternal optimism of a couple Gen X’ers with the often harsh practicality and cynicism I see embedded in myself and many of my fellow Millennials. Although this is hardly the platform from which to dive into a generational debate, The Internship at least introduced the idea that belonging to a generation that has had the wealth of the world’s knowledge at their fingertips for a good portion of their lives (not to mention video games and the lack of a military draft) faces a whole new set of unique challenges and insecurities. At the same time, it also sent an oft-overlooked truth that we (Millennials) don’t know it all, haven’t seen it all, and the “Culture of Meh” that we often embrace is cynical bullshit that I can only hope life experience will help pull us out of.
In addition to my “meh” soapbox, this week’s Top 5 offers The Internship interviews with Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Rose Byrne, the first trailer and a set visit recap for director James Wan‘s Insidious: Chapter 2, a truckload of set images from X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Purge interviews with Ethan Hawke and more, and a look at the WGA’s list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time”. Check out a brief recap and link to each after the jump.
What most expected to be a quiet weekend at the box office is making big news for one new release. The Internship is not that release. The Fox comedy earned an estimated $6.55 million from 3,365 locations on Friday and is now on track for a first-weekend in the $18 million range. That’s slightly higher than pre-release projections for the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson feature, but lower than the $20 million-plus that a star-driven summer release should be earning. If The Internship is destined for disappointment, The Purge looks like a legitimate sensation. With an estimated $16.7 million from 2,536 locations on Friday, the low-budget horror film equaled its entire weekend projection in just one day. That puts The Purge on track for a remarkable $36 million through Sunday – a number that would secure both the highest horror debut and the highest R-rated opening of 2013. We’ll have full details tomorrow.
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|| Fast & Furious 6
|| Now You See Me
A film that feels like one long advertisement shouldn’t be much of a shock. Advertising surrounds us (it even surrounds this review you’re reading), and while some companies will settle for product placement or marketing tie-ins, that’s small-time thinking. Google is a portal to the Internet, and if it’s going to be in a movie, it’s going to be the movie. If most reviews say that The Internship feels like one giant advertisement for Google, that’s only because it’s pretty much true. Shawn Levy‘s comedy is filled with stock characters, lethargic storytelling, and slogs through a bloated runtime as stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson try to scrap together any laughs they can. Even though Google dominates the picture, The Internship undermines the company by making it look like the most superficial and horrible place to work.
With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening this weekend, 20th Century Fox recently held a press junket at Google where we were able to speak with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. If you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film re-teams Wilson and Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Gad, B.J. Novak, and John Goodman. For more on the film, watch these clips.
During the interview, Wilson and Vaughn talked about finding the right tone and a story with meaning, if they agreed to make the movie because they’d get to play Quidditch, the work environment at Google and how it’s like a vacation compared to most work environments, what surprised them about Google, and more. In addition, if you’re a fan of the way Vaughn and Wilson can play off one another, watch the last minute of this interview.
With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening June 7th, 20th Century Fox has sent over five clips. If you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film reteams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Gad, B.J. Novak, and John Goodman.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. And if you missed them, here’s my set visit and on set interviews with Levy, and Wilson and Vaughn.
Owen Wilson is reportedly in negotiations for a role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s (The Master) upcoming crime thriller Inherent Vice, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Although Wilson’s representative declined to comment, it is believed he will play a lead role opposite the exceptional Joaquin Phoenix. Set in 1970 Los Angeles, Inherent Vice tells the Lebowski-esque story of pot-smoking private investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the alleged kidnapping of a girl he used to date. The cast may also include Benicio del Toro, playing a lawyer who helps the protagonist. Hit the jump for more details.
The first clip from director Shawn Levy’s corporate comedy The Internship features stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson participating in an online interview. As two out-of-work salesmen looking to reinvent themselves in a digital world, it’s immediately apparent that they’re out of touch with modern technology. The Wedding Crashers chemistry is on display so if you liked it before, it looks like you’re in for more of the same. Be sure to get caught up on Steve’s set visit, including interviews with Levy, Wilson and Vaughn.
Also starring Rose Byrne, B.J. Novak, John Goodman, Dylan O’Brien and Josh Gad, The Internship opens June 7th. Hit the jump to watch the clip.
One great thing about the release of older movies on Blu-ray is rediscovering movies you enjoyed when they came out, but now rarely get a chance to see them unedited and without commercial interruptions. One, or rather, two such movies now available on Blu-ray are Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights, brought to you together in this two-movie collection. It’s been at least ten years since either of these films were released, so it was a genuine pleasure to review them and relive the zany buddy comedies starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. Hit the jump for my review.
20th Century Fox has provided us with a number of new images from director Shawn Levy‘s The Internship, and a few of them are exclusive. If you’re not familiar with The Internship, which opens June 7th, the film reteams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google. The film also stars Max Minghella, Rose Byrne, Dylan O’Brien, and Jessica Szohr.
Last year I got to visit the set when they were filming in Atlanta, and I watched the cast film a very funny scene featuring everyone getting to know one another. In take after take, I saw the way Vaughn, Wilson and Levy would slightly adjust the dialogue and reactions so they’d have plenty of choices in the editing room. In addition, it was great to see the cast and crew try and hold it together until Levy called cut. As soon as he did, the room lit up with laughter. Based on what I saw and learned on set, I think The Internship is going to be a winner. Hit the jump for the images.
Over the past few years, I’ve been extremely lucky as I’ve been able to visit a lot of movies when they’ve been filming around the globe. However, no matter where you get to go, visiting a movie set is usually the same: you spend hours watching from a distance, during a break in shooting you conduct interviews, and the production is always careful what you get to see while on set. But when 20th Century Fox invited me to the set of director Shawn Levy‘s The Internship, it was a unique opportunity, because unlike most set visits that have a number of journalists visiting on the same day, I spent the day with only two other reporters, and we had a ton of freedom to watch what we wanted and take in the production on our own terms. It turned out to be the perfect way to watch Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn work on a very funny scene.
If you’re not familiar with The Internship, which opens June 7th, the film reteams the Wedding Crashers stars as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google. The film also stars Max Minghella, Rose Byrne, Dylan O’Brien, and Jessica Szohr. As you might imagine, there’s plenty of opportunity to showcase Vaughn and Wilson being ill equipped to handle modern technology in funny ways. Hit the jump for more.
When you visit the set of a movie, you’re lucky to get ten to fifteen minutes with the main cast. It’s not because they don’t want to talk to you; it’s usually because they’re in every shot and they have limited time in between set-ups. However, when I visited the Atlanta set of The Internship last year with two other reporters, I did something I’ve never done on any movie set: I had lunch with the stars and director. When the production took their lunch break, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and director Shawn Levy came over to where we were sitting and for about thirty minutes talked about the movie, how it came together, improv, what it’s been like working with Google, script changes, and so much more. As a big fan of all three people, it was an awesome way to conduct the interview. Hit the jump for what they had to say.